as you have noticed I haven’t made blogs in English since a while. But I am still here blogging about the latest baby products and developments in the market! Instead of making two blogs (in Dutch and English) you can follow my baby trendwatcher blog now on an other platform: http://www.babytrendwatcher.nl
Next to my blog in Dutch I will make a translation in English for all my readers abroad so please follow my latest news on http://www.babytrendwatcher.nl and hope to meet you there!
With kind regards, Carola Siksma
Tuesday, November fifth was D-Day, an eight -person jury consisting of representatives of consumer magazines, ergonomics, safety, consumers and design bent over all participants for the BabyStuf Baby Innovation Award. All products were judged on criteria such as innovation, usability, design, craftsmanship and safety. Here are the votes of the Dutch jury!
In the category Mobility were nominated: Origami stroller by 4moms that folds and unfolds with the press of a button, IGO stroller Mutsy with ergonomic sitting and lying position and innovative lightweight carrycot, 2Way Pearl by Maxi-Cosi, the first car seat that fully complies with the new i-Size standard with possibility for reverse transport and Cybex’ car seat Aton Q with its 8 position height adjustable headrest and integrated belt guide.
In the category Travel & Safety, the nominees are: Pippi Carrier universal car seat carrier for shopping, Dooky BuggyBar which allows you to one-handedly control the buggy and the ergonomic sling Ergobaby Wrap made with 4D stretching fabric.
In the category Feeding: Nursing bra with gel brace by Carriwell, My brest friend nursing pillow which puts the baby in the proper feeding position and universal bottle heater Bib’s Seconds by BÉABA that does not only check the temperature of the food but also sterilizes and defrosts.
In the category Care were nominated: multifunctional pillow Buddy ISI suitable for use before, during and after the pregnancy period, Mubys babywear with a removable front piece, Neckerchew biting bib by ISI and Shnuggle baby bath made of warm and light material with an ergonomic seat.
At Furniture & Decorations these super products received a nomination: mamaRoo bouncer from 4moms, Grow Up bed of The Wood Factory allows you to create an adult bed out of a cot and a children’s cabinet and accessoires for a baby and childrens room in the form of a letter available in all letters of the alphabet of Minius.
In the category Toys & Gifts were nominated: the Weerol of Weefab which can be used to make a trolley, wheelbarrow and push chair and doll carriage and the interactive and cuddly Nino and Nina from Vtech with the ability to personalize it through USB and internet.
We as organizers look back on a very successful jury day with an expert team of judges! As of November 25, consumers can cast their vote online and by mid- January the Ouders van Nu jury day will be held where mothers will be judging the nominated products. The winners will be announced at the Negenmaandenbeurs. Take a look at http://www.babyinnovationaward.nl for more information!
Every now and then I read another news message talking about an out-of-control stroller. These are strollers that weren’t tied down properly and accidentally rolled off a steep hill into a lake or onto the railway. This is every mother’s nightmare, but it is still happens from time to time. There are moments where you don’t constantly want to think about the brake, whilst keeping your hands free. Meeting someone you know on the street, your phone rings or you want to grab a few things out of your bag. This is why the new Navigator by Phil & Teds with auto-stop feature is a great and inventive idea. Besides the common brakes, a thin braking bar is implemented in the pushing handle, the braking bar is released and the stroller will stop moving. If you want to move again, simply push the braking bar into the pushing handle and the brake is released. It is possible to lock the braking bar in place if you wish not to use it. I think the Navigator is an all-round stroller, its lean frame, small turning circle and 26 driving options makes this a very user friendly stroller.
Carrying your child is a joy for both of you. Whilst keeping your hands free, you can access places where you can hardly get with a stroller. When the weather is nice, carrying your baby shouldn’t be an issue. However, what if it is windy, cold or rainy outside? The German brand Mamalila has found a solution, a unique, waterproof and windproof coat specially designed for pregnant or baby-carrying women. During your pregnancy period you can enlarge the abdomen area by zipping in an extra insert. The coat is long enough, so no worries about a cold back or tummy! If you want to carry your baby, you can zip in a different insert with hoodie. After your pregnancy period and when your child is too big to carry, you can keep wearing this unique coat, just unzip the inserts! This coat seems to be designed specifically for the harsh Dutch climate!
The new Dutch brand Tibbington designs and creates baby clothing and accessories. All knitted, cute and comfortable. There are a couple of different lines. The Fair Trade line is made in the Philippines and focusses on colorful basics. The Granny’s line is knitted by grandmas in Limburg, Netherlands that have time to spend. The Original collection consists of knits in earthly shades made in a knitting factory in Europe. This unique and bestselling baby cocoon with hat is from the Orginal collection. I hope it still feels comfortable, as it is made with a chunky knit, but a beautiful picture anyway.
Tribal Baby launches a new collection of diaperbags for the trendy mommies out there in light-gray, brandy and black with a lot of detail. While looking tough, it still keeps a calm view, the combination that Tribal Baby is known for. Besides, these bags will obviously still be of good use after the baby period. A completely new range in the field of nursing, think of diaper wallets, changing mats and storage bags for the box and bed, is what Tribal Baby is aiming for this year.
Contemporary, Creative and Caring are the three C’s the Babycotpod team follows. Their first design is the Cascara cradle. This cradle is a beauty, handmade out of fiberglass and designed with much detail. The polished surface of the cradle does not have a single scratch or line. The bottom of the cradle is built with ventilation holes and the dented bottom ensures a healthy air-circulation and sleeping climate, even when this cradle is placed on the floor. The cradle is available in shiny white and other colours. A stand, matrass, sheet and bumper on the inside is included. An exclusive product, but very well designed, imagine your baby lying in this one-of-a-kind cradle… Now also available in The Netherlands!
Brestfeeding mothers often ask themselves whether their baby drank enough and how much. MilkSense by SML Success might be the solution! This Israeli company has spent the last few years working on this revolutionary device. It might look complicated, but actually is very simple. MilkSense measures the amount of milk that your baby drinks in milliliters and notes on which breast the measurement took place. As a mother, you immediately know how much milk you have passed on to your child. The ergonomically shaped device is placed on the upper side of the breast, and after breastfeeding your baby, this is done once again. That’s all!
A portable scale to measure your baby is included. Another unique thing I want to point out is the MilkSense PC Suite, software that translates the measurements into a detailed analyses of the nutrition and growth of your baby. In the scene of the upcoming World Brestfeeding Week, this should be a great product for mothers that want more certainty. At the professional fair this product won the Baby Innovation Award at Kind und Jugend, I am looking forward to seeing this product being introduced on Dutch market!
The Nuna family grows, besides baby seat Leaf, buggy Pepp, carseat Pipa, highchair Zaaz and carrycot Sena, they introduce the Nuna stroller named Ivvi! Ivvi can be used with a carseat, carrycot and an adjustable seat. This is a complete and compact system that can be used from birth until the end of the toddler period. Folding the stroller does not require you to remove the seat. Ivvi offers a few more extra’s: the wheels can be removed to limit the compact size of the stroller even further. Once fully folded, the stroller stands up straight. The hood is implemented with a little see-through window of mesh and an extendable sunscreen. When driving on rough terrain, the handle bar allows you to pull the stroller behind you like one would with a trolley. What I personally like about the design is that they have paid attention to the baby on its own: the carrycot and the seat offer enough space for the baby stretch or to sleep on its back !
The Dutch label EasyWalker introduces the EasyWalker MINI stroller. It’s has become a beautiful collaboration between EasyWalker and MINI, the car brand. It should be obvious: this stroller is designed for parents who are looking for a compact and tough looking stroller. As far as the coating of the stroller goes, parents can choose from MINI’s famous stripes chilli red, stripes laser blue, stripes black, union jack or completely black jack. A unique feature is the ability to adjust the stroller to their liking, with a choice of five designs, black or silver frame, black or white wheels and various accessories such as footmuff, blanket, umbrella and nursery. The leather handle bar provides the finishing touch to the baby’s first car. In terms of driveability and ease of use, this stroller is an all-rounder, it steers smoothly when driving on both rough and smooth terrain and it can be used from birth because of the reversible and foldable carrycot. This will save you a lot of time! Also, the stroller fits in the smallest car trunk when fully folded.