The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) recently announced the winners of the 2019 JPMA Innovation Awards during the JPMA Show: Built for Baby. 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. Ten category winners and one product named Best In Show were named by a committee of industry media representatives and retail buyers. One product also received the Parent’s Pick Award, voted on by 23,000 parents nationwide.
The 2019 Innovation Award winners are:
Best Product Under $50: The MAM Learn to Brush Set was developed with pediatric dentists to ensure babies develop effective and long-lasting oral hygiene habits. The Learn to Brush Set is designed to raise parents’ awareness of the importance of early oral care and make brushing fun for babies. It features a two-step learning system with a training brush and a baby’s brush. Mambaby.com.
Fashion/Design: Evenflo Gold SensorSafe™ Pivot™ Xpand Smart Modular Travel System is the ultimate shape shifter. In seconds it converts from a single stroller to a double stroller with no need for extra parts of tools. evenflobaby.com.
Nursery: The Swado Swaddle by Swado (BetterBound, Inc.) is the only soft, silent, and strong swaddle that is easily adjustable. The Swado Swaddle is better than a zipper type swaddle for an individual fit, and it out performs other hook-and-loop swaddle products in quietness and softness. swado.com.
Feeding/Bathing/Changing: The Nomi High Chair by Nomi/Regal Lager is a unique concept setting a new standard for high chairs. It takes a baby from newborn to teenager and beyond, starting with the Nomi Baby for 0-6 months and converts to a high chair for 6 to 24 months and then to a toddler/youth teenage chair. With a weight capacity of 330 lbs., the Nomi is as sturdy as it is comfortable for adults too. Regallager.com.
Infant/Parent Care: Owlet Band by Owlet Baby Care allows expectant mothers to wake to a wellness report of their unborn child and be notified if fetal heartbeat and movement are within acceptable ranges. Specialized sensors in a fabric band that sits around the mother’s abdomen track fetal heart rate and kick count, sending real-time data to a smartphone. Owletcare.com.
On the Go: Hipster™ Smart by MiaMily is a 3D baby carrier featuring a built-in 3D hip seat so that baby’s hips are always in the correct M position (knees supported, legs open and not dangling), no matter which position the baby is carried—facing in, facing out, hip carry or back carry. miamily.com.
Play/Entertainment: Crawligator by Kiddy Crawler LLC is an innovative and unique way to make tummy time fun while promoting natural crawling movement. The Crawligator is designed to move just above a hard floor surface on ball caster wheels. thecrawligator.com.
Safety: The Owlet Bundle by Owlet Baby Care is the safest, most complete baby monitoring system on the market, giving parents the ability to hear, talk to, and see their baby from anywhere, plus track their baby’s heart rate, oxygen levels, and get proactive notifications about the baby’s wellness, all in one app. owletcare.com.
Strollers: Evenflo Pivot Xplore All-Terrain Stroller Wagon is a new, ultimate ride-share stroller. It gives parents and kids extended use by accommodating one or two kids up to 5 years of age. Pivot Xplore™ easily transforms from a stroller to a wagon by flipping the handle. This gives parents the ability to push as a stroller, or pull as a wagon. Evenflobaby.com.
Technology: Raybaby by Raybaby is a revolutionary new non-contact sleep and breathing monitor for babies. It uses radar to track the baby’s breathing and sleep making it highly accurate and completely safe. Compared to a video monitor’s ~27 frames per second, the raybaby tracks a baby’s breathing rate over a thousand times per second. It does not require any wearables or batteries to be placed on or near the baby. Raybaby.us
The 2019 Best In Show: The WAYB Pico Travel Car Seat, an ulltralight and portable forward-facing, five-point harness car seat for children ages 2-5 is made of aerospace-grade aluminum and breathable mesh. At 8 pounds, the Pico has a compact frame and folding seat that fits in a small carry bag. The Pico exceeds FAA and NHTSA standards. www.wayb.com.
And 2019 Parent’s Pick Award: Baby Blendy by Baby Blendy LLC is a rechargeable, battery-operated, anti-colic portable baby bottle blender that mixes baby formula, rice, and oatmeal cereals in seconds. www.babyblendybottles.com.
The Innovation Awards competition began in 1989 as the Most Innovative Product Contest and has become recognized as a highly acclaimed competition. In 2003 JPMA renamed it as the Innovation Awards to more accurately represent the focus on innovation.
ABOUT THE JPMA SHOW: BUILT FOR BABY
The JPMA Show: Built for Baby is the only combined baby and children’s product conference, trade show, and consumer baby show in North America. The four-day event brings the industry together to showcase and launch the newest innovation in baby products, collaborate on product quality, and safety advancements, participate in educational opportunities, connect with peers, and see new products. The JPMA Show is a curated experience, focused on the right buyers, the right consumers, the right programming and the right opportunities to drive your business.
The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) advocates for safety through product certification programs and legislative and regulatory involvement; supports a broad and diverse membership through member-only programming and industry promotion; and acts as a comprehensive source for baby product information and education. JPMA members represent 95 percent of the prenatal to preschool products sold in North America. For more information call 856/ 642-4416 or visit www.jpma.org.