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I recently attended the 2018 New York Baby Show – the largest show for new and expecting parents. With over 200 brands showcasing their products or services, it was quite a challenge to find the best brands but there were three that stood out as incredibly smart and unique. Cool Products: My Top Three Picks from The New York Baby Show
Here are my picks:
Subscription boxes are very popular now and I’ve covered several on this blog. Monti Kids is a subscription box that sends you Montessori-style toys. With this subscription, every three months you receive a box of age-appropriate toys for your child age 0-3. This is especially great for people who don’t have a Montessori school near them, or who don’t send their kids to a Montessori school for various reasons. Kids can get all the benefits of the Montessori-style toys in the comfort of their home. Montessori schools are typically not available for infants, so it’s a great opportunity to get an early start on this method. In addition, for people who already have a child in a Montessori school, having the toys at home reinforces their learning. Aside from the toys, there’s also access to articles and videos that provide guidance in using the toys at home. I absolutely loved seeing the toys Monti Kids had on display.
I loved this toy – you place the ball on top and watch it roll down, perfect for teaching very young kids about cause and effect:
Having your kids wear sunglasses in the summer months is important, especially if they spend a lot of time outdoors. My kids have gone through a bunch of them as they tend to break easily. Real Shades creates sunglasses for kids ages two and up as well as adults that are virtually unbreakable. You can twist and turn them as much as you like – they will absolutely not break.
The sunglasses offer 100% UVA/UVB protection. The frames also change colors when exposed to UV.
Real Shades also makes a cool strap that can be also used to clean sunglasses and doubles as a cover – brilliant!
People Toy Company
The one toy that stood out to me at The New York Baby Show was People Blocks by People Toy Company. This award-winning, stem-based toy is essentially colorful blocks that attach magnetically. It’s a great introductory toy for building and encourages creativity, open-ended play and critical thinking. Perfect for kids ages 18 months and up, each set has a different theme – vehicles, city dwellers, zoo animals and an extra-large set with classic blocks. Very young kids can experiment in building things they see in their everyday life, as well as creating their own unique designs.
People Toy Company makes other award-winning toys worth checking out, such as Magic Reflection Ball and toys which are made of 51% rice.
The New York Baby Show was a fun event – you can easily spend a few hours visiting with the different brands.
There are also workshops and keynote speakers, such as Dr. Harvey Karp. I love his book The Happiest Toddler on the Block and have used some of his strategies, so I was excited to listen in to his talk.
Aside from learning about new brands, I also had fun seeing old brands. I was especially happy to see Mabel’s Labels, an old favorite of mine. Mabel’s Labels is a trusted brand that has been around since 2003. The award-winning company offers labels that are laundry, dishwasher, and microwave-safe.
I have been using their labels for a few years now and they are very durable. I also love their cute designs. Their newest design is glitter labels, pictured below. If you zoom in on the photo below you can see the glitter sparkle on the pink ones!
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is a freelance writer and has written for several blogs, such as The Huffington Post. She has been living in the New York City area for seventeen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 11, 9 and 5) and loves finding great products for her family.