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I did not personally get to attend this year’s show, but a handful of people from Goore’s went and have filled me in on the latest and greatest new products they saw at ABC this year.
The trend this year seems to be leaning towards the smaller rectangular 3-in-1 cribs (crib, toddler bed, and day bed) with a more modern look to them. Some, like this one (shown below) the Uptown crib from NurseryWorks, converts to twin bed. Lifetime cribs are of course still popular, converting from crib to toddler bed, then to a day bed, and finally to a full size bed. The neutral of the season seems to have gone from browns to greys. MDB Family of Brands (including Million Dollar Baby, Babyletto, DaVinci, and NurseryWorks) has added a new line this season called Franklin & Ben. Look late this year or early next year for unexpected library hardware details on one of their cribs in a soft grey finish. The Project Nursery Team (which is one of my new favorite blogs) got some great shots of the crib (and the Uptown converted to a twin bed) and posted them in Part 3 of their ABC review here.
Also, innovative furniture items like the Melville Chair from Hatched Eggrs, awesome lighted headboards from LightHeaded Beds, and inflateable travel beds by The Shrunks got a lot of attention at the show.
Skip Hop Complete Sheet gives parents the option to do away with bumpers but retain their cute factor in the nursery with a bigger, bolder pattern on the sides of the sheet that coordinates with the top of the sheet. These patent pending alternatives should be on the market in Early December, with 7 designs and option for 4 piece sets including sheet, crib skirt, wearable blanket, and crib blanket. Again, Project Nursery got the up close shots of the new designs in this post.
Boon has come up with Naked, a collapsible baby bath tub that provides two support positions for newborn and toddler. It features a simple one piece design for easy trasitioning, as well as a hanging hook and slim profile for storage. As always, it will be available in a variety of bright colors.
Apparently, clek made the biggest hullabaloo at ABC with the foonf convertible carseat prototype and marketing campaign (wtf?! – what’s the foonf?) carseatblog.com seems to have the most info on the foonf and wrote about it in this post. If the foonf is anything like clek’s other offerings, it is sure to impress, with a magnesium reinforced base, steel reinforced frame, and ridgid LATCH system. Retailers may see it as early as April 2012.
The latest offering from Quinny is the Moodd. This stroller features a full recline for use from birth on up. With an iPod-esque white frame (Natural Delight and Pink Passion styles only from what I can tell, there are six other styles available with a black frame) the Moodd makes quite a statement. It comes with adapters to work with Maxi-Cosi brand infant car seats as well as Bebe Confort Pebble infant car seats.
Orbit offers up the double Helix, which we already posted on here, but it did make a stir at the show.
That’s all I have for now, but as new products roll out from the show they will be featured here and on GooresInsider.com! Thanks for reading!