I remember the day I found out I was pregnant with my first. It was an exciting time but as I got closer to my due date I started getting nervous. Shopping was definitely fun but I had no idea what I was going to need or where to begin with my registry. What do I NEED that will keep my baby safe, healthy, and will help her meet developmental milestones? I was the first of my friends to get pregnant and I was new to New York so I was clueless about where to shop and what to shop for.
I recently attended The Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower for the first time. I wish I had known about this event when I was pregnant with my girls. On November 13, new and expecting parents gathered at the Metropolitan Pavilion to learn about the latest baby gear, clothing, feeding and services available for a smooth transition to parenthood. Various brands and representatives were available to educate parents on safety and choosing what’s right for you. New and expecting parents had the best for baby (and parents) all in one room. I have to say a lot has changed since my first pregnancy (5 1/2 years ago) and even my second (4 years ago). I can’t believe how much is out there. Below you can find a little of what parents experienced and saw at the Biggest Baby Shower:
Choosing a stroller is challenging. There are so many things to think about. Had I known that I was going to have my second so soon, I would have opted for a stroller that could transform to a double and have a wheel board. I also wish I had pushed a few around before. Attendees were able to talk to various stroller brand experts to learn the latest features and give strollers a test drive to decide what best suites their new family. Representatives from Orbit, Joovy, UppaBaby, Mama’s and Papas, Quinny, Britax, and Baby Jogger were in attendance. So what’s new? Early next year you will be able to design your own stroller on Orbit.com. A black frame and more fabric color choices will be available. The Joovy TooQool is a new double stroller with a bumprider board that can be attached (love this stroller). Also, new to Joovy is the Caboose VaryLight, in stores soon.
Time to Eat:
Mixie is an awesome bottle, making feeding on the go easier. Two compartments separate the formula and water. When ready to feed your baby, push a button to dispense formula, then mix.
A Fashionable Mom and Baby:
Lucky Brand was a favorite when I had my first. At one point they stopped their baby and kid line. I was happy to learn at the Biggest Baby Shower that baby and kid clothes are available online and in stores again. You’ll also want to shop Ruum for your new baby. The clothes are adorable!
TWELVElittle offers fashionable and functional diaper bags to help moms look great while carrying everything they need for their new baby.
Keep it Separate:
I’ve never like packing dirty clothes with clean clothes. Especially, when my girls were infants and going through multiple outfits a day. I would go through so many ziplock bags to keep the clothes separate. Free Like Birdie offers green products to keep your clothes organized and separate without being wasteful. Great for traveling or diaper bags.
In addition to shopping and testing out new products, new parents attended seminars (click for topics discussed and a list of speakers).
At the end of the night, parents left with an amazing gift bag stuffed with the products below. Some also walked away with fabulous prizes!
Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation for this post. I received a press/media ticket to attend the event.