Picking just five of the best new products for babies? That’s hard! And yet, a few weeks ago, I was honored to be one of the terrific judges at the New York Baby Show Expo put on by New York Family Magazine, and was asked to do that very thing.

Narrowing down from about a zillion, all of which are wonderful (and sure to appear here soon), here are the winners by popular vote among us…plus one product that I voted for that I can only assume came in a very close sixth. Because it’s awesome.

Ubbi Diaper Pails (above)
I’m so glad I wasn’t the only judge swooning over these beautiful, functional, odor-preventing steel diaper pails that we just happened to rave about here, this past week. Where were you five years ago when I really needed you!

Best new baby products: Aden and Anais Serenity Star

Aden + Anais Serenity Star
This multi-tasking clock/sound machine/nightlight/feeding system is not on the market yet, but when it is, it will be in nurseries everywhere, guaranteed. I only saw a quick demo, so we’re looking forward to getting to talk about it in more detail soon. Besides – cute!

Best new baby products: Strollaway stroller hanger

Strollaway Stroller Hanger
I fell in love with this mom-made over-the-door stroller hanger a few years ago, and it’s still a fixture on our closet door if just for handbags and bicycle chains. It’s an apartment dwelling family’s dream–or for anyone who wants to keep the muddy wheels off the floor. Add one to your registry, stat.

Best new baby products: Britax B-AGILE twin stroller

Britax Strollers – Britax is sure giving the fancy high end stroller companies a run for their money with great function and much improved design. And the B-AGILE stroller, which we already love, is about to make more moms happy when it’s adapted to become Britax’s very first twin stroller. Keep an eye out for it at shops like Magic Beans.

Best new baby products: Lazoo Squiggles book

We discovered this Japanese company’s clever Squiggles! drawing app recently (it’s free!), which is inspired by their free form, creativity building children’s coloring books, of which my children are proud owners. Great for road trips and rainy days indoors.


Best new baby products: Maxi-Cosi Prezi infant car seat

Maxi-Cosi Prezi Infant Seat
I absolutely adored the smart, comfy design that reinvents the infant car seat with both safety and style in mind. (Plus the pink version looks like Penelope Pitstop’s racer.)  It’s coming out soon; until then, you can preorder at Babies 1st, and here’s a video preview courtesy of the Car Seat Blog. Worth watching, because the photo, while cool, hardly does all the features justice. [UPDATE: They’re now available right from the Maxi-Cosi site]

For more about the winners, the judging, the Baby Show in general, check out the post at the . New York Family Blog