I’ll never forget the feeling of excitement and shock when I found out that I was going to be a mom in 2007. During my pregnancy, I found myself charting the course of my baby (which at one point was the size of a walnut) as I fervently tried to research and grasp the complexity of this amazing time. I also found myself googling random terms like ‘best strollers’ or ‘best cribs’ only to be further confused by the incredible amount of choose and options for new parents. It really was too much, so I did the best I could – placing items that I thought were the ‘best’ or the ‘coolest’ only to be disappointed when our crib was faulty after a year or when our stroller wheel locked and broke since it couldn’t handle rugged city streets. Over time though, I started to ‘get it’ – as I was learned so much by testing out products to working with various brands to simply asking moms around me what worked and didn’t. One resource I wish I knew about during those early days was Mommybites, an online resource for new parents where they can discover classes, a supportive network and cool events like the Ultimate Night Out.
I had the chance to attend the Ultimate Night Out last week, an incredible event filled with brands and networking for parents of babies, toddlers, & school aged children. Held at The New Yorker Hotel, the event allowed parents to shop, mingle with experts and listen to best-selling author and Oprah, Martha Stewart, & HGTV guest Andrew Mellen who shared his insightful tips on how to un-clutter your life. This also included sampling delicious cupcakes from Magnolia, and in true mom-night-out fashion, enjoying a glass of wine while meeting brands and connecting with parents all across NY.
I had the chance to chat with Britax, and Happy Family- two brands that I use a lot in my personal life. For Britax, I was excited to check out their new car seat with Click Tight Technology. Through this innovative system, parents can rest assured when they install a car seat thanks to their Combination Harness-2-Booster Seats that features a clear belt path that you know is locked and safe thanks to the ability to actually hear a click. In addition, Britax also offers a full line of infant car seats, convertible car seats, combination seats and strollers with some of my favorite being the B-Ready and B-Agile. I used the B-Ready with an insert seat when E was born, and then later used the Agile when we switched to one stroller. With the B-Ready, I loved its ample stroller that allowed me to place everything from groceries to a bulky diaper bulk underneath as well as its sturdy wheels that handed the rough city streets with ease. The Agile was also wonderful with its one-handed and quick fold option as well as multiple recline positions that makes it ideal for napping while-on-the go.
As for Happy Family, my daughter has been eating their green happy puffs and happy baby squeezers for years, and most recently my daughters have been enjoying their new creamies and happy times. While I try to give my kids the freshest and healthiest foods possible, the reality is that we are often on-the-go and sometimes a quick treat is just easier. Luckily, quick snacks don’t have to be unhealthy anymore thanks to Happy Family and their wide range of organic options to help our kids and moms feel and be happy. During the Mommybites event, I had the chance to try their new banana, beet and blueberry munchies and their rice cakes blueberry and beet. I loved the naturally sweet flavor that is packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals as well as no gluten or wheat. For healthy and quick snacking, these options are great for toddlers as they learn to self feed, or even moms who want to quench those mid-afternoon cravings.
The Ultimate Night Out Night was a wonderful way to learn more about what is out there and connect with other parents in a supportive, engaging and fun environment.
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