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The ultimate baby gear picks for parents in the know

Anyone who has had a baby will tell you that the landscape of baby gear and options changes all the time! By the time you have another baby, there is a whole new crop of strollers and car seats to choose from.

As Bump Club and Beyond prepares for Chicago’s sixth annual Gearapalooza: The Ultimate Baby Gear and Registry Event, here are some of the newest and most anticipated items hitting stores (and registries!) in 2016!

4moms Self-Installing Car Seat

Car seat misuse is at an all-time high, but with this new seat from the makers of the mamaRoo, you never have to worry about that again. The seat installs itself correctly with auto-levels and auto-installs. Before each ride it verifies installation and monitors its use on the 4moms app. How about that for some peace of mind? 4moms.com; $499

Cybex Cloud Q Infant Car Seat

Ask any new mom and she will never want to wake her sleeping baby—especially to take them out of their car seat. This infant seat easily solves this problem. Offering Cybex technology and safety while driving, this seat helps create an amazing travel system outside of the car as the seat fully reclines, offering baby the ability to lay flat. cybex-online.com; $449.99

Skip Hop Uplift

One of the top safety mistakes parents can make is putting a bouncer (or a car seat or other containment device) on a table, chair or raised surface. This incredible bouncer is the first of its kind, offering the ability to raise a traditional floor bouncer to sofa height—or any level in between. Now baby can stay out of the way of our furry friends (and their tongues!). skiphop.com; $149.99

Austlen Entourage Stroller

This stroller has the highest cargo capacity of any on the market. With more than 30 configurations, it adapts to any life stage and more places to carry your “stuff.” austlen.com; $849.99

Crane SmartAir Purifier

This Wi-Fi-connected device captures 99.97% of airborne odors and allergens, making for a pollutant-free airspace surrounding your family. crane-usa.com; $249.99

StorkSak Cabin Carry-on and Packing Blocks

This smart travel system allows you to pack and hang everything up without ever unpacking. With the help of the packing blocks, your belongings (and baby’s!) will stay organized on the go. storksak.us; $230, $39 blocks

UPPABaby G-Link

The VISTA is one of the most popular modular strollers in Chicago, and UPPA had fans rejoicing in 2016 when its long-awaited double umbrella stroller came out. This lightweight double is the perfect travel companion, since it has independent reclining seats for napping on the go and adjustable footrests so different aged babies and kids can remain comfortable. uppababy.com; $499

Smart Nursery 7 baby monitor

This one-of-a-kind system will help keep your baby safe and sound from anywhere in the world. Connected through the Hubble app, you can control the humidifier, sound machine and the wireless monitor from your smartphone. The plus? There are NO WIRES, making it a safe bet for everyone.

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