The election of the Baby Innovation Award in The Netherlands has always been a good reflection of what is being developed in the babymarket. Also this year! In the morning of the juryday there was time for demo’s of technical products such as strollers and car seats. Then the real thing started, which products are so distinctive, innovative, safe and practical that they deserve a nomination?
Also this year there were some products with eye for sustainability such as the Lemodi children’s furniture of which elements can be reused to make other furniture. The jury was pleased to see the initiative of Babyverh!p, the thought of giving a gift in the form of babyclothes that can be given to another in the same box was highly appreciated. Pure Beauty Brands stands for soothing and cooling products for mum’s. These are made of natural ingredients for ailments where you normally don’t want to talk about during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period with soothing names as Cool it Mama, Down Below and Pure Bliss…
In terms of safety there were some outstanding products such Evoluna i-Size of Kiddy, the only carseat with a reclining position that you can use in the car and beyond. Riding a bike with your child on the backseat will be much safer with Thule Next Yepp Maxi bicycle seat. Fastening is easy and the belt has a unique magnetic closure that cannot be opened by children. Children grow fast, in a blink they go up and down the stairs. Mippaa Stair Trainer are smart bannisters for children.
There were also a lot of technical highlights such as breast pump Chicture of Horigen. It works with vacuum but also with soft compression. The Hesdo bluetooth babyscale works with an app and you can measure both weight and height of your child. How much fun is it to watch the growth of your baby at home? Baby Watcher is the first 2D ultrasound scanner that you can rent at home using laptop and TV with partner or family to watch your baby in your belly.
There were also a number of practical products for mums and mums to be. If you are pregnant, it’s sometimes difficult to sleep with that big belly. Babymoov’s Dream Belt is an ergonomic padded band that provides the correct support points and ensures a better sleeping position. Also useful is the multifunctional pregnancy pillow of doomoo. The shape fits with the growing belly and you can also use this pillow also between the knees or as a little helper when breastfeeding. And there is Tuck Inn bedding of Withlof For Kids, very nice finished and with the elastic at the foot ends it’s easy to make the bed safely.
Handy for on the go
Under the header ‘handy for on the go’ we find EasyWalker Harvey. To use as a single stroller but if there comes a second child you simply transform it with a rear axle into a stroller for two. Nominated was also babycarrier Kiss & Carry of Snoozebaby; a sling and carrier all in one! Also handy is the smart travel cot Aeromoov, folding out and in takes just a few seconds. If you fly regularly with a little one you know how difficult this can be. With Bed Box of Jetkids this is a lot easier, it’s a children’s suitcase and a small childrens bed for the plane all in one.
Learning to eat and drink
And what to think about these practical products: the ergonomically shaped cup Oxo Tot Transition. With interchangeable parts you transform a sippy cup into a cup for ‘grown ups’. Benjamins slide cutlery helps little ones with learning how to eat following the movements little ones make.
Finally, there were special products for ‘fun’, think of Funflex toys with a handy clip to attach on stroller, car seat or crib. Skip Hop Explore & More is developed to learn baby to move with his whole body. Your baby learns to sit, run, play, make steps and discover! For fun and decoration in the nursery: look at this: Boomvriendjes! Instead of the regular wall stickers this is really a new way of wall decoration. The tree and the different leaves and animal figures really make a great 3D effect.
Want to know more? Please view all nominations babyinnovationaward.nl.
You see them more and more in the market: baby nests. For those who do not know what a babynest is; it’s a kind of mattress with raised edges or bumpers where you can put the baby to have a rest and to play, preferably without too much distraction. Babynests can be used in the box, on the ground, in the carrycot, in the cradle or in the bed, and between the parents in the parental bed. There is a lot of breeding going on because you see more and more babynests appear at the market in nice designs and beautiful color schemes: Sleepyhead (image below), Filibabba image middle), Jollein, Hoxton, Done by Deer (image above)… and they are offered by a lot of online shops. If you are creative, you can even make one yourself with a pattern online.
How to use a babynest?
You put your baby with his head in the most round part and your baby’s feet are at the bottom between the two ends which are held together with a string or ribbon.
A babynest can certainly prove his service; but the problem lies in the fact that they are used as a sleeping place and are used in cradles and cribs. And this can be dangerous. The raised edges are filled with synthetic padding and can be a risk for your child because he or she can roll over with his face against the bumpers with the risk of suffocation … The strings can be dangerous for your baby too. VeiligheidNL is not in favor of head protection, sleeping items and big soft toys in baby’s bed and discourages the use of a babynest as place to sleep, also in the parental bed. There are better solutions such as a cosleeper next to your bed. So please, let’s take the advice to heart, because of better standards the number of SIDS cases has increased dramatically in The Netherlands.
Advice how to use a babynest
So if you want to buy one: make sure the fabric and filling of air-permeable material and that strings etc. are well concealed. A small nap for your baby is ok, but don’t use a babynest as a sleeping space for your child in crib and cot. And how protective a babynest may seem, make sure you always keep an eye on your baby!
Image baby in light blue babynest: Little Pumpkin