New York International Gift Fair: 10 Favorite Baby & Child Products

On Saturday I went to the Javits Center to judge the Baby & Child Division of the New York International Gift Fair, one of the year’s most popular trade shows. This is the 3rd time I’ve been chosen to judge and it is such a fun job. Along with the other judges, I select the best new Baby & Child products from among dozens of nominees. The winners aren’t announced till later this week, but here are 10 finalists that caught my fancy:

“Angry Birds” Marquisette Swaddling Blanket – Multi Bird pattern ($20 by Swaddle Designs). With a nod to a pop culture trend, this blanket is kitschy in a classy way.

Infant/toddler boy Fall 2012 outfit with bowtie by Zutano (available Fall 2012). I love the orange-and-brown color combo and the bowtie makes it perfect.

“Election Edition” Topozoo by Geared for Imagination (not yet available online). Eco-friendly wooden constructible toys for either side of the political debate.

Hands-free stroller umbrella by My Blue Bumbershoot. I saw this product launch at last year’s NYIGF and am happy to see them nominated for Best New Product this year. Created by two NYC moms, natch.

“Curious About Cloth” diaper kit ($59.99, available February 2012) by Gro-Via. My 2003 and 2006 babes wore only disposables, but if a kit like this had been available, I might have reconsidered.

Eco-friendly toddler nap mats (available Fall 2012) by Woolly Boo. These gorgeous all-purpose toddler mats are naturally hypoallergenic, breathable, mold & mildew resistant. Plus they’re surprisingly soft and made from gorgeous fabrics.

Toy Xylophone (not yet available online) by P’kolino. I’m a big fan of P’kolino toys and this is an excellent addition to their infant line.

Mustache Onesie (not yet available online) by Wry Baby. I think that Wry Baby makes some of the funniest onesies ever–this one is perfect for urban hipster parents.

Eco-friendly Stoh lunch totes ($27 each, available in February 2012) designed by Matthew Langille for Milk Dot. A great NY story–designer Matthew Langille (who has designed for Swatch and Marc Jacobs, among other) used to live in my apartment building. I think he is a new dad, too.

Wooden car carrier (not yet available online) by French brand Janod. Discovering this French wooden toy company was one of the highlights of NYIGF for me this year. I’ll be posting more of their products soon–and hopefully they will be distributing to US retailers shortly.

There were lots more fabulous Baby & Child products that I will be sharing with you this week. . . stay tuned.