I had the pleasure of attending the Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower New York on Thursday, May 30th (www.bigcitymoms.com). I have only been to a handful of events like these so I wasn’t sure what to expect, especially since I was not expecting. As a maternity consultant, (www.wifetomomconsulting.com) I went to check out all of their reputable vendors and learn about the best in baby gear for my clients. I’d heard great things about Big City Moms, but this event was even better than I could have imagined: the mecca of pregnancy and baby. Everywhere you turn there is a recognizable brand with something new and fresh: strollers, bottles, cribs, car seats, you name it. I expected to drop in for an hour and ended up staying three. Not only did I leave with the most incredible swag bag of goods to sample for my clients, but with valuable information about the hottest new items. Here is a list of my three favs from the Big City Moms event:

Nuna Leaf: I hadn’t heard of Nuna until recently and this is by far the brand I am most impressed with across the board. Leaf is Nuna’s version of a bouncer/baby seat, but is so revolutionary in its look and design you really can’t compare it to the others out there. What makes it different? It can hold up to 130 pounds so it can be used from infant to toddler: bouncer to baby seat to chair. It rocks the baby side to side with a push (no batteries or cords) unassisted for two minutes, which is great so the baby doesn’t become reliant on motion for sleep. The design is modern and neutral—not an eye sore in your living room like many of its kind. A bouncer is a lifesaver for moms to get things done and the Leaf can offer that and a whole lot more. It is a bit pricey ($220), but definitely a sound investment: three chairs in one. http://www.nuna.eu/USA/leaf

Aden & Anais Easy Swaddle: Both of my children were born in late spring/early summer. As a strong proponent for swaddling for the first few months, I needed a lightweight product that could keep my baby wrapped as tight as a burrito without overheating him. I quickly fell in love with Aden & Anais’ muslin swaddle blankets. I owned several of them and never left home without one. What I found, though, was that I needed something tighter than a blanket to keep him swaddled. I would use the Velcro cotton swaddles but the baby would get too warm in the summer. At the Aden & Anais booth I was super excited to find their Easy Swaddle, fusing my need for snugness as well as breathability (and not to mention beautiful designs). I’m so excited about these I might just try to swaddle my toddler! ($21.95) http://www.adenandanais.com/shop/easyswaddles.aspx

Quinny Moodd Stroller: Everyone has strong opinions when it comes to strollers. I have had my Bugaboo Cameleon since 2010 and it still looks and rides like it is brand new. If I were to get a new stroller today I would strongly consider the Moodd by Quinny in WHITE. This is one of the most beautiful and functional strollers I have come across. First, let’s talk about what it looks like: the frame is a sleek, modern shiny white and just looks ahead of its time. The seat comes in fun, vibrant colors and pop against the white finish. Aesthetics aside, the Moodd has some great features. My favorite is the easy fold: similar strollers force you to remove the seat from the frame, which makes folding harder. I cringe taking my stroller in a cab for this reason. The Moodd closes effortlessly and also has an automatic unfold propelled by its gas spring. Other noteworthy specs? The canopy has UV protection, the fabric is stain resistant, and it retails for $699, which is a good deal less than most strollers in its class. Definitely check out the Quinny Moodd if you are shopping for a great city stroller. http://www.quinny.com/us-en/strollers-buggy/mood/

Thanks again to Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower for equipping me with great new baby recommendations to share!

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About LaurenD

Lauren Deneroff is the founder of mama{love}, a maternity consulting and baby planning firm in Manhattan. She lives in the city with her husband, Joe, and two children, Brody & Harper. www.mamalovenyc.com
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