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  PBJ Show at Dallas Market Center  
  Dallas Market Center launched a new trade event in March 2013 for baby gifts and gadgets and we are very excited about that. The new show event is called PBJ, which stands for Play, Baby, Juvenile. For years, MetroMoms has been reviewing, testing, recommending and awarding hundreds of products for moms and expectant moms. In working with the companies we have been able to get the inside scoop, give them our suggestions on their products, local retailers that should carry their products, and even recommend shows that we feel offer good exposure to retailers and consumers. We were honored to have been invited by DMC to attend the PBJ show and have to say, DMC puts on a good show: comfortable to navigate, with a fun, professional, yet playful feel! We found many great new finds that we can’t wait to tell you about, saw some familiar faces and met worthy contenders in the market. We’ve put together a guide of products we found at the PBJ show that you need to know about – whether you are looking for solutions for yourself or gifts for expecting moms – these are the products they will remember you for, and the products that may save your sanity!  


Buggy Bench Grocery shopping with one is awesome enough but what do you do when you have two small children? Buggy Bench! Created by a mom of twins, this patent pending design allows you to have a second safe seat in your store cart. Much safer and more stable than using the basket area of the cart, the Buggy Bench can be used with children up to 40 pounds. Safe, comfortable, and machine washable – it just had to be mom-invented!
FatRatFamily The second we saw the adorable Critters from FatRatFamily we wanted to take one of each home – in duplicate! A minky, a friend, a lovey, a keepsake, a unique gift – the Critters will be cherished by all for years. Super soft, cute, and machine washable. You can even personalize them!
Always in View Baby Monitor for Cars  We’ve all been distracted by a fussy baby in the backseat, or just to check on baby. Until now we’ve been limited to backseat mirrors, but now, the Always in View Baby Monitor for Cars allows you to see a clear picture of baby on a real monitor. A soft friend that securely attaches in limitless positions includes a camera in the “nose”. Your wireless color LCD monitor mounts easily and securely to your windshield. High resolution with night vision, you'll have the perfect viewing angle. When you get to your destination, you can take it with you for a portable monitor option! >Buy Now
Baby Shusher The Baby Shusher is a revolutionary new tool for parents using an ancient but doctor-tested technique to help soothe your fussy baby. The Baby Shusher breaks a baby's crying spell by engaging his or her natural calming reflex. The rhythmic shush reminds the baby of being inside the womb, where there is a constant inundation of loud sounds from blood flow and other in utero noises (up to 95 dBs, or the sound of a very loud vacuum cleaner). These sounds, which may initially seem harsh, are actually very calming to a baby. Gift set includes two 100% cotton muslin swaddles and three 100% organic cotton chewies for teething. >Buy Now
CARES Everyone knows that airplane seat belts alone do not keep your young child safe. That’s why the FAA, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Transportation Safety Board, and the airlines encourage you to carry an FAA approved safety restraint for young children when you fly. Until recently that meant hauling a heavy, bulky car seat – never designed to be portable – through crowded airports, security portals and narrow airplane aisles. Then you had to wrestle it into unforgiving airplane seats for which it was never intended. Thank goodness for the CARES (“child aviation restraint system”)! Just carry a CARES in your pocket or purse, install it on the airplane seat in one minute, and turn any airplane seat into a safe airplane seat for your child! CARES is the first and only FAA approved harness type child safety device. This innovative restraint for kids 22-44 lbs takes the hassle out of flying with kids and keeps them as safe as a car seat. >Buy Now
Mixie Introducing the first baby formula bottle that can be fixed now and mixed later. Babies and busy parents love Mixie® because hunger simply has no patience. This very smart, one-of-a-kind baby formula bottle is so expertly designed, it can be filled in advance and mixed at feeding time. Add formula to one compartment and water to another. When ready, a push of a button releases the formula powder into the water. Simply shake to mix and serve! BPA, Phtalate and PVC-free. >Buy Now
guava kids We fell in love with baby mittens from guava kids at the 2013 PBJ show. Designs are quirky, cool, calm, fun, modern, and classic. We just love how they feel: so soft, made from 70% bamboo and 30% organic cotton blend. The stay-put adjustable design, a signature closure system that keeps them on comfortably and adjusts to growing baby is now available in boots! We love that they are made from renewable resources that are also gentle on the earth. The bamboo and organic cotton blend was also chosen for protective breathability and antimicrobial properties. And we love that the designs are just as trendy as our baby’s wardrobes! >Buy Now
The Blueberry Hill  Do we really need to say anything about the adorable The Blueberry Hill knit hats? These sweet hand knits range in size from newborn to little kid. The perfect accessory that will make every moment memorable! >Buy Now
Le bibble If you have ever felt the need to stuff a washcloth under baby’s chin during bottle feedings, you know the need for Le bibble. Made to absorb bottle leaks and easily wipe chin dribbles, and you know how cute it is when baby’s idle hands look for stuff to grab on to during feedings? The chemical-free organic cotton is GOTS certified. We love the stimulating hip fashions and one size fits most bottles. Reversible and machine-washable, yup, this was made by a mom too! >Buy Now
Jaq Jaq Bird When we walked by Jaq Jaq Bird’s booth at the PBJ show we stopped breathing for a bit. So many cute products but we loved most of all the Chalk Table Runner. Perfect for hostess gift, play date, rainy day, buffet table, banner, rainy day fun, birthdays and more. No BPAs or yuckies, but it does come with chalk and Butter Chalk Holder! Measures 18” x 72” >Buy Now
Funkins It’s tough to find cute and functional art smocks and aprons for kids, but we found them at this years PBJ show! Funkins adorable prints and unique designs translate to comfy art smocks that are one-of-a-kind. Designed by teachers and moms to keep clothes clean.
Nizo Wear Nursing Bras Nizo Wear Nursing Bras are some of the most functional we have seen. Removable pads, removable underwire, designed with comfort and style in mind – a secret pocket in each cups allows mom to use heat or cold therapy to ease discomfort of engorgement, blocked ducts and mastitis. >Buy Now
Momma’s Jewels We love to wear jewelry but not when little hands grab and pull and little mouths chew. You don’t have to be afraid to wear something beautiful anymore! Momma’s Jewels are gorgeous and timeless pieces made with sterling silver, perfect for soothing gums, accessorizing today’s trendy mom, and make a great keepsake. Not just a pretty piece, they even have rattles inside to entertain baby. The new silver baby rattle is Momma’s Jewels! >Buy Now
My Drinky My Drinky keeps juice boxes of all sizes safe from being squeezed or dumped. A base and top function together to adjust to the smallest juice box to the largest pouch. Keeps the drink in the holder!
Lucy Darling We’ve seen plenty of photo stickers but when we saw Lucy Darling we had to stop in and take a longer look because we’ve never seen any this unique. From Pregnancy Belly counting down the weeks to Baby’s First EVERYTHING, so well made that you can use them for your photo and then transfer to your scrapbook. >Buy Now
Chewable Jewels Chewable Jewels, the original teething jewelry invented by dentist, Dr. Helen Bloom Smith," are casual pieces that offer style and safety by design - not only for Moms, but for babies and toddlers as well. They are a great alternative for women with allergies to the metals used in many accessories, and the naturally tough nature of the product makes it ideal for active, modern women who don't think casual flair stops at the office. Mom can have fashion with a focus with bracelets and necklaces. Even dad can carry a handy teether with a keychain that clips on to his belt. >Buy Now
little dundi My Early Steps Save your back and help support your new walker with the soft structured little dundi baby walker, My Early Steps. Cradles baby’s entire torso for more stability and comfort. >Buy Now
Cuddlecloth Cuddlecloth, a patented easy release bath towel made for baby's safety and your convenience. Cuddlecloth is worn on parent "before" bathing baby. After bath, mom/dad use both hands to safely lift baby from the water directly on Cuddlecloth. With a natural motion, pull towel from top and side to cover child, Cuddlecloth automatically releases from mom's neck. Cuddlecloth is now around baby, not mom. Makes bath time that much easier! >Buy Now



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