As a blogger and mom of 3, I love attending baby expos. Checking out the latest and greatest products out there, seeing the excited (and overwhelmed) faces on all the expecting parents (who have NO idea how much their lives are about to change LOL), seminars, activities, you name it! It's always a good time, and this year's NJ Mom Baby Expo did not fail to please!! On top of the usual baby expo stuff, they also had a #WhatSheSaid mom blogger lounge and panel, as well as a "Dad Cave", how cool!!
They had a TON of raffle prizes, everything from car seats to diaper pails. I actually won a gift card to WeeBabe and got a text telling me so while I was in the bloggers' panel. Not sure how I was able to stifle the giddy YIPPEEEE yearning to rip from my mouth, I NEVER win anything. Woohooo!!!
It was a beautiful day and families poured in to the expo space at the beautiful W Hoboken. It's a bit of a tight squeeze navigating through the aisles, but well worth it so you don't miss any of the vendors, which included HUGE brands such as Bugaboo and Jet, all the way down to local NJ shops, such as Milk Sugar Love and Squirrel & the Bee.
The #WhatSheSaid panel in the blogger lounge (filled with brunch, coffee, and booze galoore, holla!!) was nothing short of inspiring, with momtrepreneurs Rebekah of BexLife, Jennifer of Neurotic Mommy, and Jen of Local Barre chatting about the highs and lows and tips and tricks to being a successful mom slash mom boss.
And finally, what's a baby expo recap without highlighting a couple of fabulous new products!? Here are two that simply blew me away:
The brand new, as in launched just 6 weeks ago, Austlen Entourage stroller can be extended to 3 different lengths. It can be a single stroller with tremendous storage capability, and also a double stroller using 2 regular seats, car seats, or a regular seat and the built in jump seat or ride on board! All in all there are more than 30 configurations, and this stroller can carry up to 150 pounds in kids and gear - the hanging tote alone can hold 35 pounds, and the basket under the stroller holds a whopping 65 pounds!! That is a whole lotta groceries!!! Unfortunately there's no bar at the back of the stroller, so you could not attach an extra ride on board, meaning there's no way for this stroller to act as a triple (however, with that basket holding 65 pounds, well... I think you can guess what I'm not officially suggesting... HA!)
I'm not a pro with bottles, and none of my 3 children had colic, but this bottle kinda rocked my socks off. It features two revolutionary and potentially life changing things: 1) the nipple must be sucked in order to produce milk, so the baby must work at it, which is much more like breastfeeding and would discourage the baby from preferring the bottle because of ease, and 2) the chamber is air-free and the "air plug" at the bottom moves up with the liquid as it is being drunk - this means baby can drink upright and there is less air ingested, lowering chance of gas and colick! You can find on Amazon for about $15 (affiliate link).
Alrighty, that's a wrap on the 2016 NJ Mom Expo! Don't miss it next year, it's truly fun for the whole family (they even have a play room for the little ones!).
Disclaimer: Although I did receive entry to this event free of charge, all thoughts and opinions are my own and completely unbiased
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