JPMA: The Baby Product Show Every Parent Will Want to Attend
So, what are you doing next week? If you're a parent or parent-to-be, you might want to put the upcoming JPMA Built for Baby show on your calendar. What exactly is the JPMA (which stands for The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) show? Well, I'm glad you asked, because apparently, The JPMA Show: Built for Baby, taking place April 10-13 in Orlando, is actually the largest baby and children's show in the entire country.
The JPMA Show: Built for Baby is a unique event because it's the only combined baby and children's product conference, trade show, and consumer baby show in North America. Over the course of four days, new baby products are highlighted, education is given, and parents can connect with their peers and companies that they can get to know directly with hands-on demonstrations, opportunities for questions, and informational panels.
Is that news to you?
It was news to me as well, despite the fact that I have four kids already and have been somewhat involved in the baby industry as a nurse and writer for oh, say a decade now. (Oops). But now that I know about the baby show and just so happen to be expecting my 5th child (yup, in the words of Jim Gaffigan, “that's a lot of kids”), I'm so excited I heard about the show and I'm even more excited to attend it and check out all of the new baby products on the market.
The truth is, a lot has changed since I had my first baby over 11 years ago and my “last” baby over 5 years ago. Not only is all of my baby stuff pretty much expired, meaning I have to start from scratch with everything from a car seat to a stroller to even baby clothes, but let's be honest: the baby stuff has gotten so much cooler than when I first started.
This year's show features a lot of really cool new baby products, including a self-folding stroller, a bottle that lets you mix formula instantly with one hand, a smart car seat that alerts you in unsafe situations, and a blowout-proof diaper kit that fits in your back pocket. (Hmmm, my son may have been able to put that one to the test …)
Personally, I am most looking forward to checking out some of the brand-new products hitting the market that sound like they will make my life as a mom of 5 easier–and let's face it, I will need all the help I can get! For instance, some of the products at the show include:
- The new Quip stroller by Larktale, a jaw-dropping, self-folding stroller.
- The CYBEX e-PRIAM, which uses electronic power of smart technology to make going up and down hills easier.
- The Strolyy, a universal car seat carrier that folds up like a camping chair and can be opened one-handed. It accepts one infant car seat into the carriage frame without having to remove the child from the infant car seat and of course, was invented by a mom of two.
- The CYBEX Eternis S with SensorSafe™ All-In-One Car Seat is designed for use from birth up to 120 lbs and integrates safety technology into the chest clip of the car seat to alert when unsafe situations arise, like if you leave the baby behind, if your kid unbuckles the seat, or if the temperature is too hot.
- The Buggygear™ CoolShade is the first ever, 2-in-1 shade and fan that offers UPF/UVB protection to shade your little ones from the harmful rays of the sun while keeping them breezy cool.
- The PopYum, a baby bottle that stores water and formula separately in the bottle, then lets you “pop” a button to release the formula and shake it so it's ready for your baby, one-handed. Fancy!
- The Evenflo Gold Pivot Xpandi stroller, which lets you convert from a single to double stroller with no extra parts.
Cool, right? I hope to come away armed with some new knowledge and more than a few baby products to get me set on the path to success to rock this old mom, new tricks–or is it new mom, old tricks?–thing. Oh, well, either way, I'm ready to join the world of babies once again!
If you're local to the Orlando area, or just looking for a fun trip to visit some sunshine, you can register for the show and get more information on the JPMA Show website. And if you plan on attending the show, be sure to say hi–I will be there waddling around with a belly that makes complete strangers wonder if I'm due any second when, in actuality, I still have four months to go. It's always a good time to go out in public with me, so join me!