Every year we travel to Las Vegas to the ABC Kid's Expo in search of the latest and greatest in the world of kids stuff. The show takes up 2 floors of the Las Vegas Convention Center, with hundreds of booths covering acres of territory. By the end of the 4 days your head is spinning with all the new offerings -- some good, some bad, some downright ugly. Here's a little taste of what you may see rolling into Tadpole in the next few months.
Our favorite local stroller company, UPPAbaby, has been hard at work as usual. The G-Luxe will have 3 new colors -- marine blue, grey and marigold. Coming Spring 2016.
The Cruz will now be available in one of the most popular colors for the Vista -- Indigo. This is the final step in unifying the colors across both the Vista and the Cruz, every color will be offered on both strollers while colors like Lilac will be discontinued from the Cruz. Coming Spring 2016.
But the biggest news of all is the G-Link, Uppa's first side-by-side umbrella stroller. It will have some of the great features of its cousins, the G-luxe, like great UV canopy extension, full recline, and stand-up fold. Where it makes improvements over its competitors is it can be used from birth, and there is no middle wheel, which makes the fold easier and the stroller lighter. Once again Uppa has knocked it out of the park, but we've come to expect nothing less. Coming November 2015.
GB Pockit Stroller
If you haven't seen the video for the GB Pockit Stroller then you probably haven't been on Facebook in a while. Everyone with a store or a blog -- heck, the ABC janitors were gathering around -- was filming the incredible engineering feat, which should arrive in stores in the first part of 2016. It folds to as small as 14" x 12" x 7" and weighs only 9 lbs. It may not fit in your pocket but it comes pretty close. Here, see for yourself.
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Over the past few years Tadpole has been busier than ever. While we’re super grateful to you all, it’s taken a toll on our little space, and we want to make sure the store looks as good as it can.
Since we opened in 2006, we've always wanted to have the best store we can possibly have. First and foremost that means having the best, highest quality, curated collection of baby products in the industry, and service that's second to none. We hope by that measure we've exceeded your expectations.
But we are also modern design fans, and having a store that represents that feeling from the moment you walk in has always been our high goal. Unfortunately, the desire to get more products on the floor can start to clutter things up. We feel that it's time to do something about that. We want a warm inviting place that embraces you as soon as you come in.
So over the next few weeks we’re going to spruce things up – redo the floors, paint, put in some new fixtures, improve traffic flow. In general, we want to improve your overall experience. It’s going to happen in stages and unforunately we can’t do it before and after hours, so we’re going to have to close for a few days, including this Monday and Tuesday, June 22 & 23. We’re also going to close a bit around the July 4 weekend. But, ShopTadpole.com is always open, and during this time we’re going to offer double points on all purchases on our site and free shipping on all orders. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this causes and appreciate your patience.
If you're a parent with a toddler or young child, chances you've been in a big crowd and lost sight of them for a moment. Or you've been at the park browsing your smartphone, only to look up and your child is nowhere to be found. Maybe they're just hiding behind the slide or digging around in the bushes, but that 15 seconds of panic is no picnic. That's why we love My BuddyTag, a silicone wristband with a tracking device that let's you know when they've moved out of sight.
Winner of the 2014 JPMA Innovation Award, My BuddyTag sends a signal to your smartphone when your child has wandered too far away. You can set the radius for close by, or give them a little more latitude in spots where you feel comfortable. It also has a panic button if the child feels unsafe, and it will signal if it falls into water. Additional smart features include only allowing one adult to monitor the child at a time, that way it's clear who is responsible for keeping tabs on Junior. (You can monitor more than one child from one smartphone.) And if your nanny is with the child and the child wanders away from them, an email will be sent to you with a map of the location when they went out of range - nice extra protection.
We're really excited to be carrying this innovative product, and just in time for summer!
On Sunday we'll be heading off to Las Vegas for the annual ABC Kids Expo. While we attend several trade shows throughout the year, this is the biggie -- it's where all the major companies will be, often launching some of the industry's most memorable products. Bloom arrived on the scene there a few years ago, making a big splash. The Bugaboo Donkey was first shown at ABC in 2012. And 4Moms always draws a big crowd at their booth, unveiling truly innovative products. We'll be posting regular updates to Facebook, Twitter & Instagram so stay tuned!
Here is all you need to know about the car seats we sell. Each represents one of the best infant car seats on the market, so no matter which direction you go in you can't go wrong.Maxi Cosi Mico AP: PROS: very light, about 8 lbs.; has pre-deployed air bags (Air Protect) around the head and neck; costs $199.99; recommended by Consumer Reports. CONS: lower weight capacity, 22 lbs., which may mean that you have to transition to a convertible car seat earlier (although an average 1 year old is 22 lbs.); base installation is clunky.Chicco Keyfit 30: PROS: lightweight at around 9 lbs.; small base footprint allows installation even in the smallest vehicles; easy installation technology; costs $189.99 to $199.99; overall highest recommendation by Consumer Reports. CONS: None.UppaBaby Mesa: PROS: SmartSecure base for one of the easiest installs; integrates with the UppaBaby Vista & Cruz strollers without any additional purchase; recommended by Consumer Reports. CONS: one of the heaviest car seats in the market at more than 11 lbs.Nuna Pipa: PROS: rigid latch for fool-proof install; extremely light at under 8 lbs.; load leg; weight capacity 4-32 lbs.; Oeko-Tex fabrics; comfortable positioning cushions; with its Dream Drape it has the canopy with the fullest sun coverage. CONS: None.