We’ll never buy a piece of baby gear without first running it by Jamie Grayson (a.k.a. The BabyGuy). Here’s what he had to say about the four most innovative products we’ve seen coming down the pipeline for fall: the boba air, 4moms Breeze, Summer Infant Peek Plus, and Baby Jogger City Versa.
boba air, $65
Despite making nice-looking carriers that are very comfortable for both wearer and wear-ee, boba is unknown to much of the parenting universe. Well, that’s about to change with the new boba air. At 0.7 pounds, it’s the lightest soft-structured carrier on the market—and it folds up into itself to create a storage pouch that’s small enough to fit in your bag or under your stroller. So when your toddler gets tired of walking, just unzip, fluff it out, and you’re good to go. It’s not as padded as boba’s other carriers (meaning you won’t want to wear it all day long), but it’s great to have in a pinch, or for travel. The boba air is suitable from 15 to 45 pounds and retails for 65 bucks, which makes it a #BabyWearingBargain.
View Jamie’s demo video of the boba air.
4moms Breeze, $299.99
The 4moms Breeze is easily one of the best products I’ve seen in the last five years. It has completely revolutionized the hell that is assembling a playard (for a price), with a staggeringly simple open-and-close mechanism that requires barely any effort at all: just press down on the 4moms logo and BAM!, it opens. Closing it requires slightly more effort—by lifting the turquoise loop—but it’s easy and requires only one hand. The Breeze is also devoid of all the frilly lace, cute animals, and toile that plague so many playards. At nearly 30 pounds, the Breeze is not considered “lightweight,” but you simply cannot beat it for ease-of-use. The Breeze is currently available at mbeans.com.
Summer Infant Peek Plus, $349.99
I’m a longtime fan of the Summer Infant Baby Touch, and it remains my personal “go-to” monitor for most people. However, if you’re a tech nerd (like me) or travel often without your children, you’re gonna flip over the Peek Plus. It comes with the camera, the monitor, and an internet gateway that allows you to watch your completely secure camera feed from anywhere—an iPhone, Android, Blackberry—via an app! It’s incredibly cool, but not incredibly cheap. The Peek Plus is currently available at Babies R Us.
Baby Jogger City Versa, $449.99
I’ve been waiting on this stroller since 2011, and am thrilled to report that it was worth the wait. The City Versa is the newest addition to the Baby Jogger line of strollers, and features the patented one-handed, Quick-Fold technology that made them famous. Suitable from 6 months to 50 pounds (or from birth if using the car seat adapter), the 26-pound City Versa has 4-wheel-suspension, multiple recline positions, a nice-sized undercarriage bag, an adjustable handle, and a reversible seat for inward- or outward-facing. What is absolutely brilliant about this stroller, though, is the fact that the Versa’s compact, one-handed-fold works with the seat facing either direction—unlike others on the market where the seat must first be removed or positioned facing outward. It’s a game-changer in its category. The City Versa is currently available at mbeans.com. UPDATE: The City Versa was voluntarily recalled on December 12, 2012.
View Jamie’s demo video of the City Versa.