NEW YORK, Jan. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Skip Hop, a global lifestyle brand devoted to designing innovative "Must-Haves Made Better" products for parents, babies and kids, has officially announced the 2016 Hot List, a compilation of items from diaper bags to activity gyms that are essential to every baby registry. Ellen Diamant, chief creative officer and co-founder of Skip Hop, has identified the most anticipated items for the 2016 registry season, gathering insight from her personal experience, and from the feedback of loyal consumers.
"Determining our 2016 Hot List was an exciting challenge for us, as we are honored to be a vital resource and trusted authority to expecting parents," said Ellen Diamant, chief creative officer and co-founder of Skip Hop. "With our core philosophy of 'Must Haves Made Better,' Skip Hop passionately re-thinks, re-energizes and re-engineers everyday essentials to simplify decisions for parents today."
Skip Hop's 2016 Hot List
The items on the 2016 Hot List are must-haves for every registry that both mom and baby will adore!
- Explore & More Amazing Arch Activity Gym
- GEO Playspot
- Diaper Bags
- The Chelsea Backpack
- The Duo Diaper Bag
- The Grand Central
- The Chelsea Satchel
- The Duo
- The Via
- Layette Collection
- Petite Triangles
- Pop Prints
- Starry Chevron
- Moonlight & Melodies Projection Soother
- Moby Waterfall Bath Rinser
- Stroll & Go Three-Season Footmuff
E&M Amazing Arch Activity Gym
"We wanted to design an activity gym that could engage baby from day one all the way through her first year," says Ellen Diamant. "That's why the Amazing Arch element is such an exciting addition to the Explore & More gym. Parents can position the arch depending on where baby is in their development, so they can use the gym to play on their back, tummy, or sitting up. We're also thrilled by how much fun the 'parent pocket' of the gym has become for baby's biggest fans: by placing a smart phone in the pocket, parents can record baby's experiences while they play, creating one-of-a-kind sharable moments."
"The Geo Playspot is the perfect solution for parents who want crawler-friendly flooring that looks cool in any room," says Ellen Diamant. "The oversize foam tiles are simple to snap together for a single play session, but because they're aesthetically appealing, parents often choose to permanently keep them on the nursery or living room floor for anytime play. This year, we've added to the geometric pattern options by including an on-trend peach and rose option to our gray and white tiles."
"More than ever, parents want a diaper bag that combines amazing function with superior style," says Ellen Diamant. "Our focus in 2016 is continuing to evolve the design of the diaper bag. We're adding details found in traditional handbags, while retaining the utility and storage capacity needed by new parents. For many parents, a diaper bag is their day-to-day bag. We wanted a bag that could evolve beyond 'just' a diaper bag and become one parents are excited to wear at all stages of their lives. The Chelsea Backpack is great for urban parents because it can be used as a traditional top handle bag, or worn as a backpack."
"We spoke to parents about what life is like in that first year, parents want a layette that's stylish, cool, and doesn't require any guess work to 'get right,'" says Ellen Diamant. "Every item in our layette goes together, so parents can mix and match pieces for complete customization. Our three inaugural lines—Starry Chevron, Petite Triangles and Pop Prints—are all about combining neutrals with pops of color. We've also designed all our lines in boy, girl, or gender-neutral options, making them a great go-to gift or registry item at any stage of pregnancy or new parenthood. And with great design comes attention to detail: Our quick-snap side buttons enable parents to take pieces on and off fast for the easiest changes possible. Our ABC-123 layette is perfect for the modern parent who has a traditional streak and our new Star Struck line has Instagram appeal new parents will love."
Moonlight & Melodies Projection Soother
"Our Moonlight & Melodies Owl Projection Soother has become a nursery essential for new parents," says Ellen Diamant. "It's a nightlight, it plays eight different melody tracks, and contains an adjustable lens that projects a soothing starscape to any surface. As a New York City company, we know nursery space is often at a premium, and we love how the Moonlight & Melodies Projection Soother provides maximum function packed in a great design that parents and babies love."
Moby Waterfall Bath Rinser
"Our product designers are parents, so they know exactly what's necessary for a tear-free bath," says Ellen Diamant. "The Moby Rinser is the perfect example of a 'must-have, made better;' the brand promise our company was founded on: A soft rubber lip on Moby the whale's mouth fits on your baby's forehead, allowing for an all-over rinse that doesn't get in her eyes or ears."
Stroll & Go Three-Season Footmuff
"Moms will love how customizable the Stroll & Go Three-Season Footmuff is," says Ellen Diamant, chief creative officer and co-founder of Skip Hop. "As a New York-based company, we understand that people dress in layers as the seasons change and days go from cool to very cold. Our Footmuff lets you tailor the exact level of warmth you need by adding or removing a layer, zipping open the hood, or folding down the collar."
All of the items on the Hot List are currently available nationwide at key retailers including Babies R Us, BuyBuyBaby and specialty retail stores in addition to online retailers including Amazon.com, Target.com and SkipHop.com. For more information, please visit www.skiphop.com or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter by using #MustHavesMadeBetter.
About Skip Hop Inc.
At Skip Hop, we know that the world of new parenthood is a fine balance of being overjoyed and overwhelmed. We're here to tip that balance with stylish, well-curated products known as "Must-Haves Made Better." Skip Hop products are embraced by families who crave smartly designed, highly functional solutions that simplify decision-making. Founded in 2003 and based in New York City, Skip Hop is one of the best-selling and most globally recognized brands for parents, babies and kids.
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