We are so excited for our 2019 NAPPA Award winners showcased in Bundle: Baby, Toddler & New Mom Gift Guide. We have the best products, all tested and evaluated. Flip the pages to find the perfect holiday gift including toys, accessories, books, strollers and other baby, toddler and new mom must-haves.
We know you’re going to be out and about this holiday season and we have award-winning products for when you’re on-the-go.
b.box Insulated Food Jar
Keep food at the perfect temperature—warm for up to five hours or cold for up to seven hours. $24, www.bboxbaby.com
EVLA’s Baby Food Freezer Trays & Reusable Food Pouches Set
Keep home-made food ready to go with this set—silicone freezer tray and lid with 9 separate storage containers and 6 non-leak reusable food pouches. $35.99, 3+ Months, www.evlas.com
b.box Tritan Drink Bottle
Unique triangle shape bottle designed specifically for little hands. Easy push button pops open the lid for easy drinking and keeps straw tops clean when closed. $15, 2+, www.bboxbaby.com
Mamapod Baby Carrier
Innovative, sleek and ergonomic baby carrier that addresses common issues like back and shoulder support, child’s protection, comfort and breathability. $139 with support pole/$129 without pole, 4-36 Months (12-44lbs), www.mamapod.com
WutsupBaby Original Quinoa Cereal Pouches
Features naturally Occurring Omega 3,6,9 Protein, Iron, Magnesium, B2 in travel packs that make eating on-the-go convenient, fast & versatile. $10.97, 4+ months, www.wutsupbaby.com
Tiny, great sounding music player for newborns – comes pre-loaded with award-winning lullabies that soothe, calm, & relax both baby & you. $49.50, www.lullabuddy.com
Build-A-Straw Reusable Silicone Straws Starter Kit
Contains 4 sections—3 straight and 1 bendy—so you can create any straw height. Easy to clean and take anywhere. $9.99, 3+, www.bigbeelittlebee.com
Welly Bravery Badges Kids
Be ready for any adventure with this first aid kit — premium materials, playful designs and stackable and easy to organize tins. $6.99, www.getwelly.com
L.A. Baby’s Ultimate 9oz Stainless Steel Baby Bottle, Sippy Cup, Insulated Toddler Water Bottle All-in-1 Set
Convert to a baby bottle, sippy cup, toddler water bottle and travel bottle with all the interchangeable accessories included. $64.99, Birth+, www.lababycom.com
Eight-Panel My Play Portable Play Yard
Creating a safe play area in seconds, this lightweight, foldable play yard is ideal for home, park, beach or travel. $79.99, 6-24 Months, www.amazon.com
One hand and one smooth motion is all it takes to fold this stylish stroller, weighing in at under 15 pounds. $399.99, 3 Months-50 lbs, www.uppababy.com
Stuck On You Mini Bento Box and Cooler Bag
Perfect for lunches, road trips and picnics and personalized for an extra touch of fun. $46.95, www.stuckonyou.us
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Pivot Xplore All-Terrain Stroller Wagon
Ultimate ride-sharing, accommodating 1 or 2 kids up to 5 years. Easily transforms from a stroller to a wagon. $349.99, 6 Months-5 years, www.evenflo.com
CUDL by Nuna
Features an integrated infant booster for newborns, which then easily unzips as your child grows. Have baby face out or switch to backpack mode for growing toddlers. $219.9. Birth-Toddler, www.nunababy.com
COVE Aire by Nuna
Evolutionary design starts with a customizable reclined napper that removes to reveal the full-size bassinet. As baby gets older unzip the bassinet for the perfect play space. $449.95, Birth-Toddler, www.nunababy.com
Keababies Breastfeeding Nursing Pads
Organic Bamboo Nursing Breast Pads – 14 Washable Pads + Wash Bag. $13.96, www.amazon.com
Buckle Me Baby Car Seat Friendly Coats
Innovative and adorable — perfect for keeping child safe and cozy in the car seat. $69.99-$129.99, 6 Months-12-years, www.bucklemecoats.com
Kids N’ Such Muslin Carseat Canopy Cover
Features machine-washable muslin cotton and beautifully designed Arrow print. $19.99, www.amazon.com
Baby DeeDee Sleep Nest Travel
A sleeping bag for indoor or outdoor use. Warm and cozy featuring an ultralight duvet fabric with a TOC rating of 3.5 and removable sleeves and flap for stroller buckle. $42.50, Birth-36 Months, www.babydeedee.com
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Don’t forget Mom this holiday season. Check out these unique gifts.
50 Hikes with Kids Series: California & Oregon/Washington
Enjoy nature and make great family memories. Each book offers detailed maps, ratings and other useful information like available restrooms and nearby snack options. $19.99, www.amazon.com
OttLite Wellness Series Glow Lamp
Sleek lamp designed to mimic natural daylight and reduce eye fatigue. $89.99, www.ottlite.com
Stuck on You Clothing Name Stamp Pack
Ultimate on-the-fly labelling solution. Includes 12 blank washing machine and dryer safe iron-on labels and a carrying case. $37.95, www.stuckonyou.us
Pure visual pleasure with 400 color photos and practical, how-to advice that turns aspiration into reality. Features living spaces of Airstreamers, RVers, liveaboards, skoolies and much more. $29.95, www.workman.com
Nixplay Seed 10.1 inch Widescreen
Instantly display photos and videos sent from anywhere in the world directly to your Nixplay frame using the mobile app. $149.99, www.shop.nixplay.com
A gorgeous cookbook from two leading female voices in the ever-evolving melting pot of Israeli food. $35, www.workman.com
Mixcder E10 Headphones
Sleek and easy to pack, these headphones combine new fast-charging technology, active noise canceling and Bluetooth 5.0. $99.99, www.mixcder.com
1,000 Places to See Before You Die (Deluxe Edition)
A mesmerizing showcase of the best the world has to offer. $50, www.workman.com
Cushy and Thick Designer Foam Play Mats | Non-toxic and Waterproof
Combine the best features of foam play mats with area rug designs to keep your home looking beautiful.$149.95, www.comfortdesignmats.com
Helps strengthen your core, encourages good posture and stimulates the mind/body connection. Available in kids and adult sizes and fun colors. $75 (KidsErgo), $100 (adult size), www.ergoergo.com
My Audio Pet Splash
Adorable, waterproof Bluetooth speaker with a powerful driver & long-lasting rechargeable battery.$39.99, www.myaudiopet.com
JJ Cole Outdoor Mat
Stylish, functional and designed for easy transport. $34.95, www.tomy.com
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These NAPPA Award winners are great for new moms!
JuJuBe Core Convertible Bundle
Meet JuJuBe’s latest innovation—the stylish Core Convertible Bundle. This baby bag is a 4-in-1 configuration, quickly transforming from a grab handle carry, backpack, messenger bag and tote. Designed as an all-inclusive bundle that comes with a changing pad, stroller hooks and three matching organizing pouches to ensure you have everything you need to move about your day with style and ease.
Also includes a built-in insulated compartment, perfect for packing snacks for older kids, two insulated bottle pockets for baby, and ten organizing pockets. The coordinating light-colored lining means you’ll quickly retrieve everything you need. And with quick-install stroller clips you’ll have everything handy while being comfortably hands-free. Available in a variety of elegant colors and patterns—the Core Convertible Bundle allows you to blend your individual style with an innovative design that all busy parents need and deserve.
Booby Boons Lactation Cookies
Booby Boons Lactation Cookies by Stork and Dove are designed to help new moms reach their breastfeeding goals. Booby Boons are Wheat-free, Soy-free, Fenugreek-free & Corn Free, non GMO, preservative free & kosher and are available in a variety of flavors including Cocoa Quinoa, Chocolate Chip, Caramel Crunch, Cowgal and Oatmeal Raisin. Booby Boons naturally enhance and support lactation in breastfeeding moms.
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We moms know to-do lists well. Keep going, keep doing. Take care of everyone and every project – that’s the mom life. But recently, I’ve been granting myself permission to embrace a different mindset: Treat yourself; no guilt allowed. Trust me: Your mind, body and especially your family will thank you for it.
For my recent “treat-yourself” solo date, I was seeking relaxation and pampering. For me to truly recharge, I need to be somewhere that feels “away” but is still close to home. The Four Seasons Westlake Village is an oasis of tranquility just off the 101 Freeway. The hotel is surrounded by the Santa Monica Mountains and has beautiful gardens, great restaurants and a staff committed to making sure you’re taken care of.
My day began with a veggie omelet and 33-layer croissant slathered in strawberry-and-thyme jam at the hotel’s recently opened Coin & Candor restaurant. The California brasserie features rustic, seasonal and locally sourced creations by executive chef José Fernandez. Warm, fresh bread is my glass of wine – the ultimate relaxation food. Starting my day with the delightful aroma of fresh croissants and house-milled Red Fife grain sourdough bread created by executive pastry chef Patrick Fahy (formerly at the French Laundry in Napa) was definitely the beginning of something wonderful.
After breakfast, I headed to the Spa at Four Seasons, where I slipped into a cozy plush robe. I tucked my phone – along with my to-do lists, emails, texts, responsibilities and world news – into my bag, zipped it closed and left it in the locker. My only companion was a book.
I poured a cup of chamomile citron herbal tea and headed to a lounge chair by the spa pool. My focus turned to the author’s words as I enjoyed the sun on my face. Before my treatment, I headed to the quiet room, where comfy sofa beds look onto a cascading waterfall filled with orchids. This is the kind of room you wish you could escape to every day.
By the time I walked into the massage room with my therapist, Nancy, my mind had already stopped racing, and thanks to Nancy’s expert hands, I felt every knot in my back and neck untie. I asked Nancy to leave the door to the small patio outside open so that I could enjoy the fresh air and the subtle rustle of leaves.
Post massage, I enjoyed the steam room and a long, hot shower, then headed to the luxe salon, Rhythm & Hair, for a blowout, which began with a wonderful scalp massage and ended with soft waves that I enjoyed for several days. It turned out that hair stylist Ryan (at left in the photo with me) and I had a lot in common. We chatted about our favorite “Friends” and “Gilmore Girls” episodes, growing up in L.A., food and culture.
When I went back to the locker room to get dressed and grab my bag, I felt like I was leaving a week-long beach vacation. I had no makeup on, but my hair felt soft and wonderful, and I looked refreshed and relaxed. I thought about grabbing one of the signature drinks at the lively new bar inside Coin & Candor, but opted instead to take a walk around the property, soaking in the lush mountain views and gardens before heading home.
The happy, relaxed me was ready to dive back into my to-do list.
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Mother’s Day is almost here and we have gathered some of our recent NAPPA Award winners that will make mom or a mom-to-be very happy!
Kids N Such Diaper Backpack
This high capacity diaper bag from Kids N Such is beautifully designed and has space and pockets for everything you need. The designers of this bag really know what moms want and need in a bag! Includes stroller clips and an insulated pacifier pod. $49.95
TWELVElittle On-The-Go Backpack in Stripe Print
Stylish and super practical! Designed with multitaskers in mind, the TWELVElittle On-The-Go Backpack in Stripe Print can be carried for any occasion — family outings, work functions and travels. Includes a separate opening for a fully padded laptop sleeve. $165
Frankie Cameron Braid Bag
We never thought we would use the words “luxurious” to describe a diaper bag, but the Frankie Cameron Braid Bag has made us a believer! Handcrafted from buttery-soft genuine leather with brass hardware accents and a matching detachable tassel. Fully detachable and washable liners transform this bag for baby to toddler stage and then work, travel and beyond. $395
June & January Mama Swing Dress
Designed for all stages of motherhood, the June & January For Mama collection is perfect for growing bellies, nursing mamas, postpartum bodies, “I’m so done having babies” and everything in between. The buttery soft stretchy cotton blend fabric is the ultimate level of comfort, while still being stylish. $31
The Clara Criss Cross Nursing Top
All moms need a versatile piece like the Clara Criss Cross Nursing Shirt from Kindred Bravely. A must-have for postpartum and nursing mamas, this one-piece, super soft infinity cardigan is both stylish and comfortable. $24.99
JJ Cole Outdoor Mat
Summer is coming and that means outdoor concerts in the park, beach and picnic time. These stylish and functional JJ Cole Outdoor Mats are designed for easy transport — perfect for families on-the-go! Features an adjustable carrying strap, quick-fold design and durable water-resistant fabric in a variety of fun designs. $34.95
Because we are made to move! ErgoErgo is the healthy and fun way to sit. Active sitting strengthens your core, encourages good posture and stimulates the mind/body connection to keep you alert and energized. Comes in adult and child sizes.$75 (KidsErgo) and $100 (ErgoErgo)
“Stories for my Grandchild”
“Stories for my Grandchild” is a keepsake journal that gives grandparents an opportunity to connect with their grandchildren and share memories, family history, personal feelings and experiences. $11.72
♥play learn connect
We were so thrilled to be with L.A. Parent chatting about Mother’s Day Gift Ideas. Check out our video segment featuring recent NAPPA Award-winning products perfect for mom!
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We love discovering new products that we absolutely love and want to share with all of you and our recent NAPPA-Award winning Frankie Cameron Braid Bag is just such a find — a gorgeous leather bag with removable liners that’s practical and beautiful. We had the honor to get to know the mom designer behind this great bag and we’re thrilled to introduce her to all of you. Meet Frankie, mom of two, designer and business-owner from Occidental, California.
Tell us a little about how the Frankie Cameron bag was born and where your inspiration came from?
When I had my first son in 2015, I searched everywhere for a baby bag I loved and could not find anything that was both fashionable and functional and that I could use and love after baby. This was how the idea for my zip out, washable liner was born. Now our line features washable liners for all bags, and all our large bags can quickly go from baby bag to regular purse in seconds, so you can love and use your bag before, baby, after baby and beyond. The liners are also water resistant so you can spill in your bag and never worry, something I felt was really missing for moms and all gals on the go!
Tell us a little about your daily life as a working mom.
My days are a bit crazy for sure but always entertaining to say the least. I start my day and get my kids going and ready for their adventures, then I try to get in a work out before going to training with my horse. (I currently ride for Team USA so my riding is very regimented.), once that is done I try to be in the office daily by 10:30 where I spend the rest of my day working on my company Athletux and Frankie Cameron. After that, its full time mom mode with the boys after they finish preschool, playing, dinner, baths, then reading/hanging out before they go to bed. After that I am usually back to work for Frankie Cameron packing orders and squeezing in any other work that needs to get done before I go to bed. On the weekends we try to spend time as a family since my husband also works full time. We love going down to the local bakery on weekend mornings and getting cinnamon rolls and treats in our little tiny town. I feel like we have a birthday party to attend every weekend, and we love spending time outside playing on our property. Then Sunday evenings I usually spend an hour or two once the boys have fallen asleep getting ready for the week work-wise and catching up on emails.
What do you enjoy doing when not working?
I ride horses in a sport called 3 day eventing. It is my therapy and a time when I can clear my mind of everything else going on.
Favorite place to be with your family?
Home. I am always on the move so being at home is pretty magical. We are very fortunate to live in the country and there is nothing better than just playing outside.
Best life advice?
Dream your life, live your dreams. My companies have shown me that if you can dream it, you can do it and that if you never try, then you will never know. You might just surprise yourself.
Best advice for working moms on trying to balance it all?
It is definitely hard to balance it all. In addition to Frankie Cameron, I run a marketing firm full time that I started back in 2011. The best advice I could give someone to juggle it all is be present in what you are doing at that moment, and surround yourself with incredible people who will lift you up when you need it and support you in your journey. Sometimes juggling it all just means shifting things around to make it all work. I work a lot after my boys go to bed and take a lot of emails on the go now, but if you love what you do enough, anything is possible and hopefully your kids will learn to work hard and follow their dreams and passions in the process.
For more information on the Frankie Cameron Bag and to see more styles, visit: frankiecameron.com