The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) recently announced the win- ners of the 2018 JPMA Innovation Awards. The Innovation Awards highlight some of the most exciting new products in the juvenile industry. Products are evaluated and judged based on their innovation, marketability, trend-setting potential, appeal, and usefulness.
Eight category winners and one product named Best In Show were chosen by a committee of industry media representatives and retail buyers. One product also received the Parent’s Pick Award. The 2018 Innovation Award winners are:
Feeding/Bathing/Changing Category: Childhome’s new Evolu high chair One.80° features a new swivel function. The swivel seat allows parents to place or feed their child in the seat in three different positions without moving or lifting the entire chair. Chair positions can be changed by easily pulling the latch to click the chair in the next position towards the table, 90° clockwise, or 90° counterclockwise relative to the table. www.childhome.com.
Safety Category: Nanit is the first smart baby monitor that combines research-based sleep science with the most advanced and secure camera. Nanit uses computer vision technology to measure a baby’s sleeping habits as well as the caregiver’s visit patterns and then sends personalized sleep tips based on real observations. The monitor also provides a night light, humidity and temperature sensors, and the an excellent view of baby. www.nanit.com.
Child Restraint Category: It’s not simply the 4-120 lbs. weight range that draws attention to the EveryStage DLX All-in-One—it’s the way it installs and uniquely fits riders of all sizes. With EasyClick™ Installation users simply click the LATCH connectors and crank the handle back and forth for an amazingly easy installation and wiggle-free guarantee. EveryStage provides more rear-facing seating space—without extending into the vehicle, which can cramp other occupants. www.evenflo.com.
Nursery Category: The zenBaby™ Hybrid 2-in-1 is a versatile, dual-firmness, infant-to-toddler transition crib mattress that combines the comfort and practicality of a traditional 2-in-1 with revolutionary temperature-regulating technology to keep baby comfortable, centered, and in a state of “ZEN” right through the night. The Hybrid 2-in-1’s infant side features an extra-firm eco foam made with plant-based oils and coated with a KulKote® layer for optimal temperature regulation and comfort. The toddler side features durable and supportive pocketed microcoils for added pressure relief, breathability, and posture support. www.colgatekids.com.
Play/Entertainment Category: Evenflo’s ExerSaucer features the Gleeful Sea, a delightfully simple and sophisticated activity center that transitions to a cruising playtime table then art table, as the child grows. Babies are treated to a soft, quiet bounce and full 360-degree spin. There is an ocean of playtime in the toy-filled tray featuring 20+ activities and simple turn-to-attach Spin-Loc™ Toys can be removed and used on a multitude of surfaces. As an art and activity table it comes complete with built-in stencils, stamps, and a convenient center caddy for art supplies, toys, or snacks. www.evenflo.com.
Infant/Parent Care Category: Cache Coeur’s Curve is the ultimate washable nursing pad—all made in France. Two years of research were necessary to create this patented innovation, with the help of mothers and medical professionals. Curve nursing pads, the result of two years of research, concentrate the best of technology and French savoir-faire. They utilize ultra-performant fabrics and are super absorbent, leakproof, antibacterial, and anti-odor, all in a natural breast shape. Curve nursing pads are washable and can be used in any type of bra. www.cachecoeurlingerie.us
On The Go Category: 4Moms’ breeze plus playard opens or closes in just one step. It provides parents with both an easy one-push open, one-pull close set up, as well as an all-in-one care station, including a removable bassinet and changing station. The bassinet can be used for children up to 18 lbs., and the playard up to 30 lbs. or 35 inches. A convenient travel bag is included. 4moms continues to innovate in the playard category to address real consumer pain points, giving parents more options to meet their needs. www.4moms.com.
Stroller Category: The Traverze by Diono combines a light stroller with the maneuverability of a suitcase. With a telescopic “pull-along” handle and a neat stow-away cover, Traverze is for people who want to take their families with them. Traverze is suitable from birth, with an integral 5-point harness, full size canopy and weighing in at less than 12 lbs. www.us.diono.com.
The 2018 Best In Show: The CYBEX Sirona M with SensorSafe 2.0 is the only smartphone-synched convertible car seat in the market that integrates important safety technology into the chest clip of the car seat to alert when unsafe conditions arise. The alerts are provided through a vehicle receiver and the caregiver’s smartphone in a range of situations including when the driver has accidentally left the child behind, a child has unbuckled himself while the vehicle is in motion and when the vehicle becomes too hot or cold. www.cybex.com.
And 2018 Parent’s Pick Award: For more information about this winner—the EveryStage DLX All-in-One—see the description in Child Restraint Category. www.evenflo.com. The Innovation Awards competition started in 1989 as the Most Innovative Product Contest and has evolved through the years to a highly recognized competition. It was officially named the “Show Off” Product Competition in 1992, however in 2003 JPMA renamed it as the Innovation Awards to more accurately represent the focus on innovation.
The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) advocates for safety through product certification programs and legislative and regulatory involvement and acts as a comprehensive source for baby product information and education. For information call 856/ 642-4416 or visit www.jpma.org.