Nominees BabyStuf Baby Innovation Award 2014!

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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!

Jeremy Scott designs buggy, stroller and carseat for Cybex

cybex jeremyscott babytrendwatcher (2)It is known that manufacturers like to work with designers. Think of Maclaren Philippe Starck, Bugaboo Bas Koster, Missoni and Viktor & Rolf, Quinny with Henrik Vibskov. This ensures attention in the media and is a positive aspect for the branding of a manufacturer and designer. I have just returned from a trip to London and was able to witness the launch of a completely new cooperation between Cybex and great fashion designer Jeremy Scott. I travelled in the company of fashion editors to Shoreditch; a tiny artistic place in London with a booming nightlife. Scott likes to design outfits for popstars like Lady Gaga and Robbie Williams with courage and a bit of humor. He was the one who designed the Adidas sneaker-line with ‘wings’ on them. Scott loves challenges and the moment CEO Martin Pos from Cybex arrived there was no doubt. ‘I love the idea of doing something completely unexpected, like designing a baby stroller. Plus I have so many friends who are young mothers and knowing how they struggle to find something that they feel is cool. It felt like a natural fit to me to design something that I could give as a gift to my friends.’

For the Cybex Callisto 3-in-1 stroller, buggy with feet pouch and diaper-bag, Onyx buggy, Aton 3 carseat and carrybag Go Baby Carrier, Scott has designed using the theme ‘Food Fight’, since giving food to children often ends up in a fight, he said. And so, these babyhardwares are designed with patterns of cartoony pizza-slices, French fries, popcorn, hotdogs, hamburgers and bottles of lemonade. The presentation took place in the Shoreditch Studios, which for the occasion was cybex jeremy scott babytrendwatchertransformed into the colorful world of Scott. During the informal and animated after-party we were allowed to ask questions and take pictures without any problems. I admit, I have to get used to these types of prints, but the longer I look at it, the more fun it becomes. In my opinion, Scott should have taken his designs to the next level, something like a unique diaper bag or sun-cap. If there is anything else to learn from this presentation is it that we shouldn’t take life too seriously, you should enjoy it and there is nothing wrong with going crazy and letting loose once in a while!

Winners of BabyStuf Baby Innovation Award announced

yoyo-babyzen 15 febThe winners of the BabyStuf Baby Innovation Award have been announced! The votes from the jury, as well as from the mothers at the ‘Ouders van Nu’ jury day and all the online voters have each made up one third of the votes for the final decision. This year, the awards go to: Sirona by Cybex; the car seat that can be used from birth up to 18 kilograms, in which your child is seated with its back towards the front. The IVM 150 Smart Babymonitor by Alecto; the first plug and play video intercom that is operated using an app. The BeSafe Pregnancy IZI FIX; a car safety belt for pregnant women. The Original Ba; a bottle-holder that is easy to use for babies themselves from a young age. The Bednest; a cosleeper that enables you to let your baby sleep close to your bed in a safe way. Milestone Baby Cards; cards that enable you to visually capture the very first milestones your child achieves. And to conclude: the special ‘Ouders van Nu’ Consumer Award was for the YoYo buggy by BabyZen; a very easily foldable buggy that you can take with you as hand luggage in an airplane.

We are now getting ready for the presentation of the awards at the Negenmaandenbeurs (‘Nine Months Fair’), where the BabyStuf team will praise the winners. All nominees get the opportunity to demonstrate their product in the mornings. And perhaps even they will have to go to the makeup room during lunchtime, as AT5, the regional broadcasting company from Amsterdam, will attend the presentation to ask the winners what makes the winning products so special!

Backwards faced car seats are the future

SironaCurrently one is working hard on the new Isize norm for car seats. This new norm (will be implemented in the fall of 2013) will make sure that, children younger than 15 months will be traveling even safer than before. Key words of this new norm are: longer backwards transport and the length of the child is decisive (instead of the weight of the child, as is the case now). Research shows that children are 80% better protected traveling backwards in the case of a frontal crash! The car seat Sirona from Cybex, suitable for new-borns till children the age of four years old, is a great example of traveling backwards longer. It is for a reason this car seat is the winner of the international Baby Innovation Award in the category Traveling Baby. But there is more. Installation is fast and easy with the one-click ISOFIX fastening. In the case of a side crash, the power of the crash is better absorbed thanks to a special system. Also it is not necessary anymore to overstretch your back when you lift your child in and out the car countless times. You can just turn the seat towards the door and back again with the 360 degrees turning system. This is also very useful when your child wants to get in and out the car by itself! This system is also great when you want to switch from backwards transporting (baby period) to forward transporting (toddler period). And whenever your child is falling asleep you can change the seat in one of the five laying positions with just one simple movement. Good to know: with its ten different positions, the headrest can grow along with your child.