JPMA Announces Most Innovative Juvenile Products of 2013

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The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) has announced the winners of the Innovation Awards contest, highlighting the most innovative juvenile products of 2013.

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“The winners of the 2013 JPMA Innovation Awards have the power to make a new mom's life easier as well as keep her baby safe,” remarked Laura Kalehoff, Editor of Fit Pregnancy, sponsor of the program.

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Innovation Awards Competition. Internationally recognized, the Innovation Awards highlight some of the most exciting new products in the marketplace today. More than 120 cutting edge products were entered, seven winners and one overall Judge’s Pick were selected by a panel of industry judges and one company won the Parent’s Pick Award, voted on by more than 1,800 moms and dads from across the country.

The 2013 Innovation Award Winners are:

Feeding/Bathing/Changing Category: Infant to Toddler TubTub™ Plus by BRICA, Inc. As the name TubTub™ suggests, BRICA’s new bath product is two bathtubs in one (plus more)! The key to this product is the soft, flexible membrane that forms a safe, comfortable incline for a newborn, while then being able to be flipped over and used as a safe, comfortable basin for a toddler.
http://www.brica.com

Safety Category: Reflectoids by ZoLi
Reflectoids are plush reflective keychains that can hang out on backpacks, bikes or strollers. When light flashes on them they provide parents and children with high visibility. There are currently (6) Reflectoid characters; Bunny, Lil' Beast, Splat, Octo, Meep and Zee. Each have their own unique story and personality.
http://www.zolibaby.com

Child Restraint Category: AtonQ Infant Car Seat by CYBEX (Regal Lager, Inc.)
The headrest function automatically adjusts the seat size, recline, and harness position for a proper fit. The seat’s Linear Side-Impact Protection telescopes out when positioned next to a vehicle door or wall to absorb side-impact forces as early as possible, channeling them through the shell away from baby.
http://www.cybex-online.com

Nursery Category: HALO® BassiNest™ Swivel Sleeper by HALO Innovations
The HALO® BassiNest™ Swivel Sleeper’s patented, dual-swivel design allows the BassiNest to rotate 360⁰ from two pivot points. It swivels elliptically, allowing the BassiNest to be pulled into the bed next to mom; it also rotates circularly, making it easy to angle as needed and provide mom with ease in getting in and out of bed.
http://www.halosleep.com

Play/Entertainment Category: HoneyBee Child SwingEase by HoneyBee Child
The SwingEase™ is a new, patent-pending product that enables babies and toddlers to safely and comfortably swing on a traditional playground swing. The SwingEase connects directly to a standard chain swing, converting it to a toddler swing and an adjustable strap ensures a perfect fit for children of various sizes.
http://www.honeybeechild.com

Infant/Parent Care Category: Duux Ultrasonic Air Humidifier Mushroom by Scandinavian Child
Ultrasonic technology creates immediate cold mist and uses 80% less power than other humidifiers. The rotary switch allows you to easily adjust the level of humidity. Additional nightlight option will make your child feel safe in the dark. http://www.scichild.com

On The Go Category: Nano by Mountain Buggy
A truly lightweight, compact folding travel stroller that offers an authentic Mountain Buggy experience, nano provides dual functionality of car seat compatibility to easily transforming into a fuss free urban stroller - a desired product for today's busy, travelling modern families. Nano is the world’s lightest compact travel system. http://www.philandteds.com
The 2013 Judges Pick Winner Is:
Nursery Category: HALO® BassiNest™ Swivel Sleeper by HALO Innovations
The HALO® BassiNest™ Swivel Sleeper’s patented, dual-swivel design allows the BassiNest to rotate 360⁰ from two pivot points. It swivels elliptically, allowing the BassiNest to be pulled into the bed next to mom; it also rotates circularly, making it easy to angle as needed and provide mom with ease in getting in and out of bed. http://www.halosleep.com

The 2013 Parent’s Pick Award Winner is: Mini Micro 3 in 1 by Kickboard USA
The Mini Micro 3in1 helps young children develop balance and coordination. It is a quality ride-on toy that 'grows' with children from age 1 through age 5 - it's 3 different toys for 3 different ages! Polyurethane wheels make for a smooth, quiet ride, and the stable, upright design, low deck, soft edges, and rear spoon brake provide an extra measure of security. http://www.kickboardusa.com

Products are evaluated and judged on their innovation, marketability, trend-setting potential, appeal and usefulness. Special thanks go to the selection committee of trade media representatives and retail buyers:

Paul Banas, Pregnancy Magazine.com            Laura Kalehoff, Fit Pregnancy
Nanci Gregg, Baby & Children's Product News         Eli Gurock, Magic Beans         
Sheri Gurock, Magic Beans                 Jamie Grayson, The Baby Guy NYC
Susan Jones, Kids Today                

“The winners of the 2013 JPMA Innovation Awards have the power to make a new mom's life easier as well as keep her baby safe,” remarked Laura Kalehoff, Editor of Fit Pregnancy, sponsor of the program. “Not only do these products represent fresh, creative thinking, but they're truly useful and smartly designed as well. Congratulations to the winners!”

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 the contest to the Innovation Awards to more accurately represent the focus on innovation.

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association is a national trade organization of more than 250 companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico. These companies manufacture and/or import infant products such as cribs, car seats, strollers, bedding, and a wide range of accessories and decorative items.

For more information about JPMA or the 2013 Innovation Awards contact: 856-642-4416; email jpma(at)jpma(dot)org, visit http://www.jpma.org or connect with us on Twitter/JPMA and Facebook.

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