Skip Hop Debuts Central Park Outdoor Blanket + Cooler Bag

Just in time for prime picnicking weather, Skip Hop, a brand associated with smart, modern and fun designs, has introduced the Central Park Outdoor Blanket + Cooler Bag.  With their new blanket + cooler bag, the NYC-based company covered their bases by meeting parents’ need for portability, functionality and style.

As city dwellers, I find that we’re outside eating all the time, whether it’s for Movie Under the Stars, family concert night in the park or for a regular picnic while we play at the playground. Schlepping a big blanket stuffed in a big bag, in addition to a bag of food or toys can get cumbersome, so I appreciate that this blanket + cooler bag can be carried as a messenger bag or a backpack.

Unfolded, it’s 5×5, but folded up as a bag, it’s 11.5in x 11.5in x 3in, which is compact.  It’s big enough for a small family to sit together, or even just mom or dad and a babe.  It’s seems like it’s easy to wipe clean, but in case there are minor spills, it can be thrown into the washing machine.  The cooler part, isn’t huge.  It looks like it can hold several smaller containers, sandwiches and a few drinks, but not much else.  Less is always more.

The Central Park Outdoor Blanket + Cooler Bag retails for about $45 and is available in the chocolate/uptown stripe or the black/wave dot.  The kid and I plan on spending as much time as possible outdoors this spring and summer, so this would be a perfect addition to our picnicking aresenal.

Skip Hop products can be found at retailers such as BRU, Buy Buy Baby, giggle, Whole Foods and more.












The ‘Boom Boom Room’ Makes its Way to NYC

The Boom Boom Room, the luxe gifting suite for celebrity moms in Hollywood, made its way to NYC yesterday to showcase some of the most innovative baby and toddler gear.  The Baby Issue highlighted over 45 baby & toddler products for media, bloggers and celebrities to take it all in.












The Baby Issue event was hosted by Jayneoni Moore, who made the lavish Baby & Toddler Boom Boom Room Gifting Suites the go-to spot for celebrity moms to check out the latest and greatest in gear.  I was excited to attend the Baby Issue Event to learn and network with some of the brands that I already feature on The Next Kid Thing.  There were several brands that I can’t wait to introduce to you as well. Here’s just a few of the brands that were at The Baby Issue Event Yesterday:

Stokke, Teutonia strollers, Umi Shoes, Shutterfly, Skip Hop, Fisher Price, Plum Organics, Scholastic, Mustela, Happy Heinys, Nourish,  nursing clothing line Larrivo, Organic Kidz, Loved Baby, Goodnight Light, Aprica, Origany,  Dapple, Organic Kidz, Mabel’s Labels, Zoli Baby

And in case you missed it, I posted a few more sneak peek pictures over on the NKT fanpage.


The Baby Issue event got me thinking, too… With all the events that I’ve been attending (which is good!), but have been falling WAY behind on updating posts (not so good), I almost overlooked The Next Kid Thing’s 1st birthday! Those that know me well, probably know that I’m not big on over the top parties for first birthdays, but I wanted to do something special to mark our big 1-year celebration next week.  I have a few things lined up and will make an announcement to share with you tomorrow!

Join Me for the R Baby Foundation Event

Not sure if you’ve noticed the badge I’ve posted over there –>

In case you’re wondering, tomorrow, I will be taking a break from the baby and kid product blogging (I’ll catch up one day…) and will be attending a luncheon to hear more about Phyllis Rabinowitz’s work and the R Baby Foundation, for which the badge is posted.  With R Baby Foundation’s mission in mind, tomorrow’s event is geared to help  grow the foundation’s support base to improve the quality of pediatric emergency care.

As parents, it’s up to us to be the littlest people’s advocates, and with foundations like R Baby, more funding and awareness of pediatric emergency care are brought to the forefront.

In addition to hearing about R Baby Foundations, there will be a candid round table conversation with inspiring Momprenuers, including a few ladies whom I’ve had the chance to work with in the past.

Because this event is all about spreading awareness about R Baby Foundation’s efforts, I’d love for you to join us too!  Don’t think you can’t participate in this inspiring event just because it takes place in NYC.  Thanks to technology and the innovation of webcasting, all of YOU can join us.

The webcast goes live tomorrow, March 5, at 12:30.  All you have to do is log on and register.

Registrants will have the chance to win goodies from brands that support R Baby as well.

aden + anais Cozy Sleeping Bag Review and Giveaway

With this as one of the coldest winters on record, naturally, parents have been doing what they can to keep babes big and small warm all winter long.

But did you know that infants who are overdressed or covered in heavy blankets or many blankets are at higher risk for SIDS? Contrary to our instincts to layer heavy blankets on ourselves, it is advised that babies to be dressed lightly to avoid overheating. The CJ Foundation, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the special needs of the SIDS community through funding SIDS research, support services and public awareness programs, recommends the use of wearable blankets and sleep-sacks in place of blankets to keep infants warm while sleeping.

One of my favorite baby brands aden + anais, who is a sponsor of the CJ Foundation, makes Cozy Sleeping Bag, which keeps these safe sleeping recommendations in mind.

Stay Warm with 7 A.M. Enfant

We’re in the midst of a crippling snowstorm here on the east coast, and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a snow day than checking out cold weather kid accessories.  The stroller blankets and buntings from 7 A.M Enfant have been a noticeable newcomer to the cold weather accessory scene, especially here in the NYC area.



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text4baby Launches

To further prove just how digital our world has become, the White House announced the launch of a new mobile health service for pregnant women and new moms that distributes helpful tips timed to their pregnancy or age of baby a text.  

Text4baby is an educational program that was spearheaded by the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, which is a resource in maternal and child health.

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Spread the Love (Birds) with Glug Collection

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, love is surely in the air.  Sure,  some people consider Valentine’s Day a Hallmark holiday, but it’s still a great excuse to spread a little extra love for the littlest sweethearts.

While perusing the web for some Valentine’s Day gift ideas, I actually came across a really sweet line of modern children’s clothing by Glug Collection.  The name, itself, is catchy and so are their designs.

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Toys ‘R’ Us Kicks Off Another Great Trade-In Event

With our kids’ and babies’ safety in mind, Toys ‘R’ Us is re-launching its Great Trade-In Event today.  Just like the popular campaign that took place in September 2009, TRU is, once again, urging consumers to bring in old and used baby gear that may pose as safety hazards for the wee ones.

The Great Trade In Event kicks off today and lasts until Saturday, February 20.  For the fine print, the company said:

Toys ‘R’ Us and Babies ‘R’ Us stores will accept returns of any used cribs, car seats, bassinets, strollers, travel systems, play yards, high chairs and toddler beds in exchange for a 25% savings on the purchase of any new baby item, in any of these product categories, from select manufacturers.

With several recent stroller and drop-side crib recalls that have made news in the past few weeks, it seems like it’s a good time as ever to do a trade-in.  That 25% off is certainly a great initiative to shop and to keep the kiddies safe in the process.

Baby Bites: Plum Organics and YoBaby Tout New Offerings

Organic baby food brand, Plum Organics, has announced its latest addition to its growing product line.  The company added the Just line, which includes six single-fruit purees of USDA organic baby food made with 100 percent fruits. (Hence, the just part)  The Just fruit options include apples, peaches, pears, bananas, pears and mangoes are exempt of any added sugar, juice, colors of artificial flavors.

The Just line joins Plum Organic’s Fruit and Veggie Blends and Mish Mash, which are also packaged in their portable pouch.  Plum Organics is available at Babies R Us/Toys R Us at $1.19 – $1.29 for a 3.17oz. single pouch and $7.19 – $7.29 for a single variety 6-count box.  Plum Organics will soon be available at Buy Buy Baby, HEB, Food Lion, and online at,, and


One of our family’s staples, Stonyfield Farms, announced that they’re heeding moms’ advice.  By popular request, Stonyfield Farms  has introduced YoBaby 3-in-1 Meals in 4-ounce multipacks.   The smaller servings, that are perfect for traveling and snacktime, come in pear & green bean, peach & squash, apple & sweet potato.

YoBaby Meals multipacks, priced around $2.99, can be found in natural food stores and select grocery stores.

BabySmart Cooshee Changer is Comfy and Convenient

With the NY Toy Fair less than three weeks away, I’ve been starting to get my game plan in order.  While I research new companies and new products, I will be posting some picks that I find along the way.  This product is one that I found while reviewing the exhibitor list.

As a parent, there’s nothing less desirable than changing diapers—well, besides cleaning up barf.  But nevertheless, smart products make these tasks much easier to bear.  A line from yet another mompreneur, Cooshee products from BabySmart are constructed from micro-cell foam, which gives them their soft, yet sturdy frame.

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