Did you know it is estimated that new parents in the U.S. will spend on average $10,000 in the first year of baby’s life on all baby’s necessities? It really does take a village to raise a baby, especially if you consider how expensive becoming a parent can be! Though we all know that baby showers are a great way to help new parents out, we may not always know what expectant parents will want or need and can use a little help from an expert! Kathleen Tomes, President of Brilliant Baby Products (and mother of twins), shares her top picks for The Hottest Baby Shower Picks for 2015.
Gymotion™ Robo Playland for Infants and Toddlers By Yookidoo
Yookidoo’s Gymotion™ addresses baby’s developmental needs in the first 12 months of life through 3 developmental stages; Lay & Play, Tummy & Play, Sit & Play. Featuring the patented side-to-side track & buggy system that moves back and forth along the track to a specially chosen musical selection. The Gymotion™ Robo Playland retails for $69.95 at www.amazon.com.
HABA Little Frog Water Play Mat
Try something new during tummy time with the new Water play mat Little Frog from HABA! A quality stitched, friendly frog is set overtop a mat filled with water and fun shapes that move and float around in his belly. The water-filled mat is coated with a soft fabric removable, machine washable cover; the fabric ensures babies are comfortable lying down. the water mat retails for $24.99 at www.habausa.com.
Lassig Green Label Neckline Bag in “Denim”
Unlike any other diaper bag on the market! It is unique in many ways. Not only is it attractive and stylish enough to be used on a daily basis by Mom long after the babies have grown, but its lightweight and durable polyester material is made almost entirely from recycled plastic bottles. In addition to making a fashion statement, parents who sport this bag will also be making an environmental statement!
The large main inside compartment includes a water-repellent zipper wet pocket to store any damp or soiled items you would like to keep separated from other things, as well as a large hook and loop pocket and elastic pouch ideal for a water bottle. The bag retails for $169.99 at www.habausa.com.
Nightly bedtime battles and dark-room distress are no more with Melody Mates™. The sweet, slumber-inducing cushion comes with a washable soft pillow and detachable blanket that will entice even the most anxious of sleepers to lie down and snuggle up with their plushy pal. Melodious lullabies comfort and soothe, while LED lights glow ever so gently to evoke the starry skies and send your sweet little ones into dreamland. The pillows come in six different characters including frog, monkey, duck, cow, giraffe, and penguin. Each pillow retails for $29.99 and can be purchased at www.mymelodymates.com.
Finally – the perfect inclined sleeper! DayDreamer Sleeper’s luxuriously soft materials and gentle rise cradle babies in comfort, creating a more natural sleeping position that helps babies fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly, both at naptime and during the night. It’s also the perfect place for feeding and playtime, leaving Mom’s hands free to tend to other things – or just to take a break! Created by an infant product specialist, the DayDreamer Sleeper’s flat base is designed to keep the Sleeper stable when baby is awake and moving, while the high walls prevent toys and bottles from falling out of the Sleeper and onto the floor. The DayDreamer Sleeper surpasses the latest safety regulations and adheres to all proposed federal laws and CPSC standards for baby sleepers. DayDreamer Sleeper retails for $129.99 and can be purchased at www.daydreamersleeper.com.