New year, new gear. I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t be more excited. From strollers to breast pumps and everything in between, 2017 looks as though it will be bringing us some of the best products we’ve ever seen in the baby gear market. While there are some secrets to be had when it comes to upcoming products, I was able to get my little hands on information regarding some exciting new releases to be hitting store shelves in the upcoming year. Get ready to bookmark this page, take notes and start your wish lists because you’re going to love this!
What’s new in high chairs
Two big players in the baby world are stepping out this year with their very first high chairs and both will be a welcome addition to the market. First off, we have the Tuo Convertible High Chair by Skip Hop, a gorgeous convertible high chair that will grow with your child from 6 months all the way up to 60 pounds. (Currently available)
Cybex Baby, whom we already know for their stunning luxury strollers and car seats, is throwing their hat into the high chair ring with their whimsical collaboration with Dutch designer Marcel Wanders. This fun collaboration will include a modern style high chair in addition to a baby rocker. Be on the lookout for these to come sometime in the spring.
Baby bottles to add to your registry in 2017
Baby Brezza, who brought you the awesome products like the Formula Pro and my personal favorite, the Bottle Washer, is launching their first line of baby bottles. These bottles will stand out from their crowd because of their unique two-piece design and wide mouth which means less to clean and easier to hold and fill. (Available February 2017)
LUX is a newer company looking to turn the bottle business on its head with an all now concept in baby bottles: silicone. These soft bottles have a special dual anti-colic venting system and a wide nipple base along with the soft body, all to mimic mom’s beast which makes this ideal for those who want to prevent nipple confusion for babies who transition back and forth between nursing and bottles.
Hey, stroller mamas
It’s no secret that strollers are my absolute favorite, which is why I was so excited to see all the new models about to hit the road near you. Rumors are swirling about Diono — a name familiar for their outstanding car seats — releasing a stroller and infant car seat combo soon and from what I’ve seen you will not be disappointed. And seems as though GB Child heard your concerns and will be putting out an all new version of their hit Pockit stroller called the Pockit+, which will have a much-needed recline and the ability to snap on car seat adapters transforming it into the world’s smallest travel system. OXO, a brand known for smart, modern feeding accessories, is dipping their toes into the stroller game with the brand new Cubby stroller.
A new year, a new diaper bag
If diaper bags are more your cup of tea, well then hang on to your tea cup ladies because two major companies will be releasing their very first diaper bags. Itzy Ritzy is releasing their first line of diaper bags in late spring bold patterns and smart designs, which is what you would expect from a company we already rely on for great accessories. Next, we have Ergo – yes, the same company who makes your favorite baby carrier. They debuted their line of diaper bags in 2017, which includes a backpack, shoulder bag and a tote. All adorable and all available now.
Petunia Pickle Bottom is upping the diaper bag game, once again, with the introduction of Intermix, which allows you to create your perfect diaper bag in terms of the bag, print, and now, packing pods. The Intermix bag is backpack style and comes in two patterns, one of which is machine washable and the other is easy to clean and wipeable. Inside you will find the 3-in-1 Grid Caddy that can be removed and clipped on to your stroller and can even be used as nursery storage. From there you have a choice of three different pods (one insulated) for whatever the day calls for. In addition, Petunia Pickle Bottom will be adding a few gorgeous new patterns to their signature bag line including a blue quilted pattern that you will need now.
Bassinets are in for 2017
From the doctor behind the Happiest Baby on the Block series comes the Snoo, the most advanced baby bassinet ever. The Snoo will gently rock your baby to sleep, has a white noise machine and even an integrated swaddle to keep your baby safe and cozy. The Snoo will even assist with transiting to the crib with its own gradual weaning feature. While it’s definitely on the pricier side, when you see the full list of features you will surely know why. In the Snoo, newborns are safer and most see better sleeping habits in 1-2 days! (Available now)
2017 breastpumps go high tech
Medela has added a new pump to their already impressive line of breast pumps with the new Medela Sonata. The Sonata is Medela’s app-enabled (Android and iOS) smart breast pump that will help track pumping and feeding to keep you on target with your breastfeeding goals. Bonus, it’s also the quietest personal-use breast pump ever!
And the award for “Why didn’t anyone do this sooner” goes to the Willow, the world’s first cordless, tubeless breast pump! The Willow is a completely wearable breast pump that fits in your bra and efficiently collects breast milk while you go about your day. Now you can pump quietly and conveniently wherever you are with the Willow.
A little something for babies and kids
Chewbeads has been a staple in the teething arena and now they are taking silicon to the max. This year Chewbeads will be coming out with a line of silicon MLB licensed bibs for the sports fan, Chewbead necklaces in colors to match your favorite college, a stroller toy, silicon diaper and pacifier pouches and even a line of silicon plates, bowls, and flatware.
Dock-a-Tot hit the market running last year with the genius little bed that can go anywhere. Well, this year they have improved the design with an adorable play bar to keep baby entertained anywhere. We got to see it in person at the 2016 ABC Kids Expo and can’t wait for it to arrive in stores later this year.
Love your Amazon Echo? Then you’re going to love the Mattel Aristotle by Nabi, the Echo for kids. Starting when you kids are babies, the Aristotle will act as a monitor (comes with the camera), a nightlight and a white noise or music machine. As you child grows it will play games, teach language, colors, and numbers and even help with homework. And because it’s on the Echo network it will have all the same virtual assistant capabilities as the Echo. (Available Summer 2017)
Five minutes after my kids get home from school I look around and there are shoes, jackets, and backpacks strewn everywhere. If only there was somewhere I can store all of this stuff! Well, now there is. Little Partners has come out with the My First Cubby, a kid-size cubby system made of the same beautiful wood as their popular Learning Tower. Ample hooks for jackets and backpack, two large cubbies down below for shoes and two smaller cubbies up top for miscellaneous items and a sturdy bench to sit on, all in a compact, high-end functional and stylish design that matches my decor. (Available now)
We didn’t forget about moms
This March, Belabumbum expands its ready to wear offerings with a capsule collection featuring everyday basics for snuggling up or strolling around town. Offering five coordinating pieces in black, black stripe and cayenne, the New Mama Essentials collection includes the nursing-friendly Layered Cami, the Nursing V-Neck Top with snap down nursing access, a Relaxed Pant in cotton/modal/spandex, a Nursing V-Neck Dress and a versatile Nursing Poncho.
The activity tracker to end all other activity trackers just hit stores this month and we can’t wait to try it. From the lovely people at Project Nursery comes the Parent and Baby SmartBand, the last activity tracker you will ever need. This thing will not only track your sleep and movement like a typical fit band, but it will also track fetal movement, breast and bottle feeding, pumping, naps, weight, diaper changes, medication and more. What more could you need? (Available now)