Trends in Products for Pregnant Moms from Fall 2014 ABC

Posted by on February 23, 2017

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Top trends of ABC 2014!

After 50 meetings and trips up and down the aisles, Holly Kaye and I made up a list of five things we saw at this year’s ABC.

The hard thing about being an exhibitor at ABC is that it’s hard to get away, walk the aisles, and see what others are  marketing to new moms. Some people go years without realizing there’s a me-too product being sold 4 aisles over. That’s why we put together this list of things and trends we saw at this year’s ABC.

1. Real innovations in many categories

Every year we judge the JPMA Innovation Awards. Some years we see amazing things and others the innovation is only around the edges. Here are some innovations, big and small, we noted at this year’s ABC:

  • The GB Zuzu stroller “slide fold” allows the traditional-looking cross bars on this stroller to slide into themselves making for a more compact fold with an elegant look.
  • The Stokke Flexi Bath – both affordable, but also can double as a storage bin when baby outgrows it as a bath.
  • Hooray to Mike Fusco and the Summer Infant team for their dedication to building high quality, affordable strollers with all the bells and whistles. We loved the 3D lite stroller earlier in the year and they have the Zyre and Flip coming in 2015.
  • Finally HD quality baby monitors from Motorola and Summer Infant coming in 2015.
  • Toy bars on nursing pillows including one from Fisher-Price.
  • A double stroller from Baby Jogger that allow babies to look forward or back together or separately and a new “most” compact side by side double stroller from Mountain Buggy.
  • The Pop’n Play playard from Summer Infant uses camp tent technology for a super lightweight yet large play yard.
  • Qdos Evolution acrylic gate from Regal-Lager. We’ve seen them in mesh, wood and chrome, but this is the first in clear as glass acrylic. It’s sure to look great in any modern home.
  • New fabrics and styles in baby carriers including Baby K’tan, but the seat-like “bucket seat” on the Ergobaby Four Position 360 Carrier took the JPMA Innovation Award
  • The First Years potties made in molded plastic now come with Disney themes. These first came out last year, but not since the Regal Lager portable potties, have I seen something this new in the potty category.

Make sure to check out all JPMA Innovation Award winners and runners-up at and their winners list of the 2014 Innovation Awards.


2. Again, new ideas in the car seat category

  • The Aton Cloud Q – we love the Aton Cloud Q because it will help to educate parents not leave babies to sleep in carseats for long periods of time. We’ve all done this, but recent studies have shown that it results in respiration issues for babies, increased possibility of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), and even increase in flat head syndrome. The Aton Cloud Q is a beautiful seat that opens up to a full recline mode when not installed in the car.
  • The Doona – everyone is talking about the Doona, jealous they didn’t create it first. The Doona is an infant carseat that unfolds to double as a stroller. While many moms we talked to said they couldn’t imagine this would be their only stroller, it looked like it would do the job for most practical moms.
  • Britax “Click Tight” installation – Britax has long been a leader in install safety, but Click Tight is the biggest leap forward we’ve seen. Our friend Kate Clark from Britax was very excited to show us how the new system makes every install quick and clearly very secure.

3. Grey is the new black

In addition to a lot of stroller color collections in bright solid primary colors (the Yellow Armadillo for example), many manufacturers have discovered grey. Whether you call it “heather,” “grey tweed,” “marle grey” (Valco Baby) or “Cloud/Thunder” (Clek), the look is an attractive one. While grey is usually considered drab, it also looks refined and elegant.

We also saw a few examples of faux leather accents, notably on the Cybex Priam. We wonder if we’ll see more of that next year.

4. The Owl lives!

Again this year, we saw a lot of owls, from wooden toys from Skip*Hop to the new Woodland Friends swing from Fisher-Price. Owls are one of those creatures that are far cuter in stuffed animal or toy form.

5. “Keep Calm and Carry On” is over-used

Please think twice when you use this as your tagline or promo heading whether you really want to just be one of hundreds or thousands using a variation of this nostalgic expression. We saw the following and they all are meaningless:

  • “Keep calm and carry me”
  • “Keep calm and baby on”
  • “Keep calm and carrier on”
  • “Keep calm and mom on”

If you still think you have an original idea using it, do a Google image search of “keep calm and.” You’ll fine an almost infinite use of this.

Bonus: innovation ideas we didn’t see

Usually, we also have a few ideas of features we’d add if were manufacturers or smart entrepreneurs. This year we had only 2 ideas, one bigger and one very small:

1. Why aren’t there hooks on the back of all the fold able gear including tubs and new collapsible activity centers. PUJ finally got into hooks this year, but I always lift collapsible high chairs and other gear to see if you can hang it behind a door. Isn’t that what people do once they can collapse something? Or is this mostly meant for sticking under a bed or into a car?

2. BIG IDEA – Why has no one developed removable accent panels for strollers and car seats so that you can change out your fashion, or even just have a replacement panel when one is in the wash? This seems like a simple addition with easy to zip out pieces that change a stroller from feminine to masculine for the new baby boy, or just from blue to yellow to reflect the day’s weather. Chicco just added the NextFit Zip to their car seats, but that’s just for ease of cleaning. (NOTE: Britax informs me that they have this option including Affinity Color Packs for $99.99 each and B-Agile Fashion for $39.99.


So, that’s it for another ABC. All we have left to do is scan about 75 business cards, send notes to the folks we met and plan how to include all this great stuff into our February buyers’ guide. For other posts on ABC, check out:


We’re all about marketing to pregnant moms so feel give us a shout if you ever want to discuss what we’re seeing out there and what works best. And don’t forget to add your favorite product innovations in the comments below.

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