New Feature: Baby and Kid Gear Review Roundup

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Welcome to the first article in a brand-new series on BC. Each week I’ll be rounding up 3-5 of the best and newest baby and kid gear reviews on the web. Check back each Thursday to learn about the best new strollers, car seats, toys and more.

Here is this week’s selection. Click through to get the scoop!

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Best New Baby Gear 2013 [Part 3: Boosters, Breast Pumps and More]

Welcome to part 3 of the Best New Baby Gear posts. This time you’ll find a miscellany of the most interesting new gear hitting the market–boosters, breast pumps and more.

Some of the items on the list below came out in late 2012 and some will do so later this year. In addition to the MSRP and availablility date, I’m also including useful snippets from reviews and press releases along with links so that you can read more, see the specs, etc.

Other

  • BabyBjorn Harmony Cradle. $349.95. “bounces based on baby’s movements. Its mesh fabric and deep sides are all designed to help keep baby safe”. LilSugar.com. JPMA Innovation Award winner. Available now.
  • BabyBjorn booster (shown, right). $79.95. “The seat features a non-slip strap and mini pads, and a two-stage safety lock to prevent a child from releasing the booster when it is strapped to a chair. The seat is equipped with a practical handle, making it ideal to take along for traveling or to restaurants. The smooth surface also makes clean-up easy. PVC, BPA and phthalate free.” ToyDirectory.com. JPMA Innovation Award winner. Available now.
  • Bumbo booster. $39.99. “The Bumbo Booster Seat features the same comfortable and easy-to-clean low density foam construction as the popular Bumbo Floor Seat. A three-point harness and adjustable straps on the bottom that attach to most standard four-legged chairs create a comfy and secure booster seat for the dinner table.)”  Press releaseAvailable now.
  • Lansinoh Affinity Pro Pump. $139.99. “ The pump parts are super easy to assemble, the bottle stands are so stable, and the 5 oz. bottles can comfortably be held across your chest with one hand or two or placed inside a pumping bra. The Affinity Pro pump’s base unit can be run on batteries or AC adapter and features a timer… Suction and speed levels are all easily adjusted using the buttons on the pump’s base.” PlaydateCrashers.com. JPMA Innovation Award winner. Available now.
  • Keekaroo Peanut Diaper Changer (shown, above). $92.95. “Squishy, nonslip changing pad can used on a dresser top or changing table (no hardware required) and the anti-microbial surface wipes clean.” FitPregnancy. Available now.

See more new gear for 2013Part 1: Car Seats | Part 2: Strollers and Carriers

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Best New Baby Gear 2013 [Part 2: Strollers and Carriers]

Welcome to part two of BC’s Best New Baby Gear posts.

Below you’ll find the most interesting new strollers and carriers hitting the market. Some came out in late 2012 and some will do so later this year. In addition to the MSRP and availablility date, I’m also including useful snippets from reviews and press releases along with links so that you can read more, see the specs, etc.

And if these prices seem especially high to you, remember than these are MSRP or list prices. Expect to be able to save 15% or more on these items within the first year they’re on the market depending on brand.

Strollers

  • BOB Motion (shown). $349. BOB’s first four-wheel stroller, “the MOTION’s lightweight aluminum frame represents the company’s most compact design and  complements the BOB joggers as a daily stroller.” Press release. Holds kids up to 65 lbs. Available now at REI.com.
  • *Quinny Yezz.  $279. Holds kids up to 40 lbs.”The Quinny Yezz is the newest addition to the company’s stroller line. The umbrella-like stroller only weighs 11 pounds and comes with a carrying strap, making it great for travel.” LilSugar.com. JPMA Innovation Award winner. Available in March.
  • Chicco Liteway Plus. $179.99 at Amazon. Holds kids up to 40 lbs. “The Liteway Plus functions as both an infant car seat carrier and a lightweight compact stroller offering extended use. As a carrier it offers a canopy, compact fold, and  “click” ICS attachment. As a stroller it offers a full recline, adjustable leg rest, and parent cup holder.” ChildrensProductNews.com. JPMA Innovation Award winner. Available now. Chicco is also debuting the Echo, which runs $99.99 and holds kids up to 40 lbs. It’s available at Target.
  • Baby Jogger Summit x3. $429 ($649 double). “Wider and taller than its predecessor, the stroller features more headroom for older tots. It also has a remote swivel wheel lock” LilSugar.com. Available in May.
  • Mountain Buggy Mini. $349.99. “Ultra Lightweight, Ultra slim single hand fast fold stroller… Perfect for city parents on the go, you can quickly fold it and stand it up (because it stays!) when on public transportation or to store it at your home. It’s full-size tires make navigating the city a cinch and its full swivel front wheel is designed for city focused maneuverability.” Bump Club Chicago via ABCLocal. Available now.
  • Valco Zee. $329.99. Holds kids up to 45 lbs. “The Zee is not only much more durable than you’d think, it’s 18 lbs and 21 inches wide—which means it’s about 2-3 inches more narrow than many strollers in its class.  The fold is AMAZING and I can actually remove the wheels and store it on a shelf in my closet” BabyGuyGearGuide.com. Available  now.

Carriers

  • Ergobaby Stowaway travel carrier. $115. “The Stowaway Carrier is compact and lightweight and can fold into itself as a pouch that is easy to take everywhere you go. “ThriftyandChicMom.com. Availble now.
  • Ergobaby Urban Chic travel carrier. $115. “More masculine and tailored than its typical carrier, it is made from recycled plastic” LilSugar.com. Available now.
  • JJCole Agility Wrap. Around $50. Stretch carrier, eliminates the worry of a traditional wrap with its unique back panel design that distributes baby’s weight evenly with multiple secure and comfortable carrying positions. Press release. Release date unknown.
  • JJCole Medley Carrier. Around $90. Three-position infant carrier cradles baby in an ergonomic hug that is best for baby’s hip position. Features easy-adjust buckles, thick straps and seat extender. Press release Release date unknown.

See more new gear for 2013See Part 1: Car Seats | Part 3: Boosters, Breast Pumps and More 

 

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Best New Baby Gear for 2013 [Part 1: Car Seats]

Welcome to Part 1 of BC’s Best New Baby Gear posts. It’s about car seats. Each year dozens (if not hundreds) of new baby items hit the market. Some are really promising and some are real head-scratchers (like these beauties from last year’s ABC Kids Expo).

Learning about all the new products can be overwhelming, so here’s help.

Below you’ll find a roundup of some of the most interesting new car seats hitting the market. Some came out in late 2012 and some will do so later this year. In addition to the MSRP and availablility date, I’m also including useful snippets from reviews and press releases along with links so that you can read more, see the specs, etc.

And remember, if these prices seem especially high to you, remember than these are MSRP or list prices. Expect to be able to save 15% or more on these items within the first year they’re on the market depending on brand. Here’s an example: the Britax Marathon 70 G3′s MSRP is $289.99 (similar to that of the Chicco NextFit), but it’s pretty easy to get it for $212 or so.

Another thing to remember is newer doesn’t necessarily mean better. There are lots of less expensive but still great seats out there–including highly rated models from Diono, Recaro and Britax–that you can find for 20% to 30% off fairly regularly. And if your budget dictates that you spend under $150, be sure to check out my new roundup of budget convertible seats.

✔ = Budget Buy

Car Seats | Convertible

  • Chicco NextFit 65 convertible car seat. $279 – $299. “For starters, there’s a really cool new LATCH system with integrated pulleys that significantly reduces the effort required to tighten the install. And—get this—the seat has a whopping nine recline positions, meaning it’ll fit into the contour of whatever seat you’re dealing with.” StrollerTraffic.com. JPMA Innovation Award winner. Available this spring.
  • ✔ Graco  Size4Me 70 / MySize 70 convertible car seat. $179.99. “Simply Safe Adjust harness system that allows you to raise and lower the harness height with the squeeze of a lever, without having to uninstall the seat or re-thread harness straps.  Also, the unique InRight LATCH system is easy to install and even easier to uninstall, unlike those on many basic entry-level carseats” CarSeatBlog.com. Available now.
  • ✔ Graco Head Wise convertible car seat. $199.99. Similar to the Size4Me but with side impact protection. Available now.
  • The First Years True Fit iAlert convertible car seat. $399.99. “Features car seat monitoring system designed to alert parents of potentially life-threatening situations.” Press release. JPMA Innovation Award winner. Release date unknown. Available for preorder at Amazon.
  • Diono Radian GTX convertible car seat. $369.99. Sarah says, “The Radian GTX is only sold by authorized independent stores and offers some extras like a free seat protector, 10 year warranty (first and only by Diono), 2 cup holders, and more plush PureFab stain resistant fabric.” Available now.

Car Seats | Infant
  • Uppababy Mesa infant car seat. $280. “The car seat has side-impact protection with a nice visual cue on the adjustable headrest that shows exactly where the head should be positioned relative to the side cushions for optimal protection. The harness adjusts quickly and easily with no rethreading necessary. The lowest harness position is optimized for preemies.” MBeans.com. Available in May.
  • Maxi Cosi Prezi infant car seat. $289.99. “Superior Side Impact Performance: Featuring New G-Cell HX & Air Protect technology; Easy-out harness lifts out of the way; 5-position no re-thread adjustable headrest; 5-point; harness with Center Front Adjust; 5-position adjustable base with built in Rebound Control; 1-click mini LATCH connectors” EverydayFamily.com. JPMA Innovation Award winner.
  • Cybex Aton 2 infant car seat. Price unknown (though the original Aton runs $249.99). “Height-adjustable load leg; increases stability and improves crash protection” Car Seat Blog. Also features Linear Side-impact Protection. Available mid 2013.

Thanks to BC Facebook page admins Nava, Leah and Sarah for their help with this series of posts.

Which of these seats grabs your attention the most?

See more new gear for 2013: Part 2: Strollers and Carriers | Part 3: Boosters, Breast Pumps and More 

Related: “Buy It Now” Pricing on 13 Bestselling Car Seats 

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