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Holiday Gift Guide: Baby Gear

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’Tis the season and holiday shopping is in full swing. If you’re expecting, or just shopping for that special little one (or the perfect registry gift), take a look at these fun, standout high-end baby products to get the gift ideas flowing.

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Most Stylish Stroller:

The Zen Stroller by Bloom Baby
The Zen Stroller system is the most stylish baby stroller I’ve ever come across. Produced by BabyZen, a company founded by French doctors who were sick of bulky, ugly strollers, the Zen is unlike any other stroller in that it brings high style to the baby market, a rare treat for fashion-conscious parents. The design is reason enough to buy this stroller, but it’s also great for small spaces and city living since it’s engineered to be highly collapsible to incredibly small sizes. The solar-powered lights are a nice touch, and the robust all-terrain stroller wheels ride smoothly and turn sharply. The Zen comes in two elegant color combinations. The CMYK version will appeal to color lovers everywhere, featuring a fun 4-color system of cyan, magenta, yellow, and key (aka black)—an homage to the four-color printing process which is sure to make any designer swoon. This color palette is bold and eye-catching, with yellow being the dominant hue. The Monochrome version spotlights beautiful reflective silver fabric throughout. Looking sophisticated and a bit space-agey, this version really stands out for its eye-popping silver accents that will have you imagining your baby as a little astronaut in a designer spacecraft. Honestly, either color combination is guaranteed to turn heads wherever you go. | $800

Most Eye-Catching Bassinet:

The Yoga Newborn Nest by Bloom Baby
Tote your baby around in style. The Yoga Newborn Nest serves as a highly-convertible 3-in-1 newborn cradle, mobile travel bed, and bouncer. While it’s made to be paired with the Zen stroller as a newborn attachment, the Nest is great on its own too. First off, the Yoga attaches to the Zen stroller to convert into a parent-facing newborn cradle with a memory foam mattress and 5-point safety harness, complete with a UV treated canopy and cradle apron for sun protection. The Yoga features two stroller recline positions and also folds flat to under 6 inches for transport. When removed from the stroller, the Yoga becomes either a Moses bed, a bouncer, or a rocker, making it highly versatile and sparing parents from buying each of these components separately. The exterior of the Monochrome version is outfitted completely in shiny silver, making quite an impact visually, while the CMYK version pops in bright yellow with magenta and cyan floods of color on the inside. | $250

Baby Product You’ll Wish You Could Use Yourself:

The mamaRoo Infant Seat by 4Moms
If you’re looking for the ultimate baby swing, check out the mamaRoo by 4moms. This infant seat looks incredibly futuristic sitting beside all those other lanky contraptions in the baby isle, plus it’s got a robotic flare to it. Outfitted in sleek white like something out of a sci-fi flick, the mamaRoo is designed to sway your babe to sleep using five unique motions: car ride, kangaroo, tree swing, rock-a-bye, and ocean—all with five adjustable speeds. Gone are the days of actually driving a baby around to use a car’s motion to lull them to sleep, or finding tricks like placing them on the dryer to bounce them off to slumberland—this motorized infant seat does it all for you. The mamaRoo also plays built-in nature sounds (ocean, wind, rain, trickling water, and crickets) or you can play your own music on it too. The mamaRoo comes in 6 seat fabrics featuring soft material that is both removable and machine-washable. To top it all off there is also an overhead 3-piece plush mobile with removable toy balls that showcase colorful monsters on one side and black and white monsters on the other side to stimulate newborn babies. Positively dreamy.
4moms | $199.99

Designed for On-The-Go Parents:

The Baby Carrier One by BabyBjörn
Perhaps the single most important baby travel accessory is a baby carrier. For going around all day on your feet, hopping on and off public transport, and going where strollers can’t always wheel, a baby carrier is an essential part of the traveling parent’s repertoire. The only way to pull off carrying a baby for extended periods of time is to choose an ergonomic baby carrier that focuses on evenly supporting a baby’s weight. Ample back, shoulder, and hip support is absolutely critical. The Baby Carrier One is designed to do just that and to carry a baby for a full 3 years in 4 different carrying positions. There is a special newborn position high up on the chest and from 5 months on, baby can be carried a little lower in the front, facing either inwards or outwards. Finally from 12 months on, baby can be carried on the back, making this carrier extremely versatile since you can use the product as your child ages. Everything on the One is fully-adjustable and the fabric is comfortable and padded, making it ideal for long hours of use. Plus, you don’t need another person’s help to shift the carrier from the front to the back position with a baby in tow—you can do it in one easy turn.
BabyBjörn | $200

Perfect for Expanding Families:

The City Select Stroller by Baby Jogger
This stroller is the ultimate baby carrying system. Everything on the City Select is fully adjustable. If you are even considering expanding your family, or if you already have more than one kid, you’ll want to check out the City Select. Truly one-of-a-kind, this stroller can convert into almost any seating configuration you’ll ever need. Within each configuration, there are multiple seat recline positions, multiple sun canopy positions with adjustable heights, adjustable 5-point safety harnesses, and multi-position foot rests. All the pieces are easy to assemble and to switch out as well. The City Select also folds up in one step and latches together for easy transport. Plus it’s got lots of storage with a HUGE basket beneath the seat that is accessible from all sides. The Select is agile and easy to maneuver with front-wheel suspension and all-terrain wheels that turn sharply and quickly, providing a smooth ride. It has extra large 12” forever-air rear wheels and 8” lightweight swivel front wheels that can lock into place. With a couple key add-ons, the City Select can reach its full potential of 16 different configurations all rolled into one mega-stroller. In order to utilize this great feature, you’ll want to get a second seat and/or a bassinet or two.
Baby Jogger | $499.99.

Top Nursery Gift:

The EcoClassica III Dual Firmness Crib Mattress by Colgate
Despite not being the most glamorous baby purchase, a crib mattress is easily one of the most important baby purchases you’ll make. After all, an infant spends up to 70% of their time on the crib mattress, and a toddler up to 50%. Colgate’s EcoClassica III Dual Firmness Crib Mattress is firm, convertible, and made with safe, organic eco-friendly materials, three of the most important factors you should look for in a crib mattress. This is a dense foam mattress that is extremely stiff, which is exactly what you want as research indicates that firm mattresses reduce the risk of SIDS. The mattress has a good deal of support and you can flip it over to use the toddler side for older kids who don’t need the extra firmness, thus extending the life of the mattress. When you press down hard on this mattress, it pops back up immediately, the foam bouncing back quickly. The EcoClassica III is also made with US-certified ecologically friendly foam made using plant oils and features a certified organic cotton cover with a waterproof backing.
Colgate | $219.99

Easiest Product to Use:

The Breeze Playard by 4moms
The 4moms Breeze playard may just be the coolest playard on the baby market. Its no-fuss design opens or closes in just one easy pull, it converts to a bassinet, and the whole thing collapses down and fits into a travel pouch, making it portable, convenient, and versatile. The Breeze is aptly named: with one hand, and in just one step, you can either press it open or pull it closed in an effortless manner that’s nothing short of revolutionary. This means that unlike other playards, you won’t need to leave this one permanently open and taking up valuable floor space because you’re too tired to fight to close it. The Breeze is also wider and taller than most playards, both creating a roomy space for baby to dwell in, and extending the life of the product at the same time. The mesh is tough and seems fairly tear and toddler teeth resistant. The materials are light-weight making for easy travel, but strong enough to resist toppling or body-builder babies. Plus its combination of black mesh and blue accents gives it a refined and stylish look that blends well with modern aesthetics.
4moms | $299.99

Best Travel Bouncer:

Coco Go Baby Lounger by Bloom Baby
Bloom Baby’s new Coco Go baby lounger is a beacon of modern design in the baby world. This modern bouncer shuns cheap plastic, and it’s not crafted from cheap metal components either. Instead, babies can look stylish even while you’re praying they will fall asleep soon. The Coco Go is a piece of furniture you won’t mind leaving out full time. Its design is trendy and contemporary and looks like something out of a modern Mad Man set instead of a Babies R Us catalog. You’ll actually want to show off this cute little piece of furniture. The Coco Go is built with parents in mind, featuring sleek birch wood elements and removable, machine-washable seat pads in neutral colors like cappuccino brown, natural beige, and beach house white. The Coco-go can be adjusted to multiple angles targeting different ages. It relies mostly on redirecting baby’s squirming and movements, but there is also a built in battery powered vibrator with multiple strength settings to fall back on if necessary. Best of all, weighing only 7.5 lbs, the Coco Go folds down flat to a a slim 4.5 inches and fits into its own custom travel bag for on-the-go parents. | $193.



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