JPMA Announces Innovation Awards Finalists; Parent's Pick Voting Now Open

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Esteemed Panel of Industry Judges Select This Year’s Top Products for Baby and Children

“JPMA has been hosting the Innovation Awards for more than 25 years and it is one of the most exciting programs we offer the industry,” JPMA Executive Director Kelly Mariotti, JD, CPA, CAE.

From self-installing car seats to high-tech apps and interactive toys to important safety gear, the most innovative products of 2017 will offer parents ground-breaking new ways to safeguard and care for baby, while making their lives easier.

These products and more are among those announced today by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) as finalists for the 2017 Innovation Awards Competition, sponsored by BabyCenter. More than 100 cutting edge products were entered, and a panel of notable members of the juvenile products industry has selected 46 finalists in nine categories.

"Products are always improving. That's just good business. But the Innovation Awards have a higher standard, identifying and celebrating products with the potential to move their category in truly fresh and exciting ways," commented judging panelist, Eric Messinger, Editor for New York Family Magazine/Family Media. "I saw a lot of really good products this year, and it was fun to try to identify the ones that seemed the most innovative in ways that consumers would appreciate."

The 2017 Innovation Awards finalists by category are:

Child Restraints
Nuna RAVA, Alexandria, VA
4moms self-installing car seat, Pittsburgh, PA
Chicco Fit2, 2-Year Rear-Facing Infant & Toddler Car Seat, Lancaster, PA
Carfoldio mifold the Grab-and-Go Booster seat, Ra'anana, Israel
Graco® 4Ever Extend2Fit 4-in-1 Car Seat, Atlanta, GA

Feeding/Bathing/Changing    
nanobebe Breastmilk Bottle, Tel Aviv, Israel
DBP U.S. Kidsmill Up!, New York, NY
BabyDam Bathtub Divider, Castle Rock, CO
Doddle & Co Pop, Montclair, NJ
PRIMO Charli Chair, Irvington, NJ

Infant/Parent Care
Project Nursery Parent + Baby SmartBand with two additional bands, Indianapolis, IN
Lansinoh Smartpump Double Electric Breast Pump, Alexandria, VA
ZippyJamz Sleeper, Oakville, Ontario
IT’S YOU BABE, LLC EMBRACING BELLY BOOSTIER, Lake, MI
Attipas baby shoes, Houston, TX

Nursery
Happiest Baby SNOO, Smart Sleeper Santa Monica, CA
Prince Lionheart, Inc. IllumiPAD® Illuminating Changing Pad, Santa Maria, CA
Arm’s Reach Concepts Co-Sleeper® Versatile Bassinet, Oxnard, CA
Baby Trend Respiro Mattress, Ontario, CA
DEKI BABY BALANZ, Mondragon-Arrasate, GUIPUZKOA

On The Go
Rock On The Go, Chicago, IL
Fisher-Price® On-the-Go Baby Dome, East Aurora, NY
Lascal BuggyBoard Maxi+ with Saddle, Kennesaw, GA
Joovy Room Twin Nursery Center, Dallas, TX
PRIMO LapBaby, Irvington, NJ

Carriers/Slings
CTP COLUMBUS TRADING PARTNERS YEMA, Boston, MA
Syki Baba Sling, New York, NY
SAPLACOR AEGIS, Brentwood, CA
Ergobaby ADAPT Cool Air Mesh, Los Angeles, CA
Baby Tula Free-to-Grow Baby Carrier, San Diego, CA

Play/Entertainment
Oribel PortaPlay Convertible Activity Center, Singapore
Oribel VertiPlay Tree Top Adventure, Dover, DE
Skip Hop Explore & More Baby's View 3-Stage Activity Center, New York, NY
Kolcraft 1-2-3 Ready-to-Grow Activity Center, Chicago, IL
Fisher-Price® Revolve Swing, East Aurora, NY

SAFETY    
Cardinal Gates Socket Guard, 3-Pack Newnan, GA
KidCo, Inc. Retractable Safeway Gate, Libertyville, IL
Baby Delight 5" Video, Movement & Positioning Monitor, Cumberland, RI
Qdos Zero-Screw Furniture Anti-Tip Kit, Kennesaw, GA
Owlet Smart Sock 2 with Connected Care, Lehi, UT
Qdos Crystal Hardware Mounted Gate, Kennesaw, GA

Strollers    
Chicco BravoFor2, Lititz, PA
Combi USA, Inc. F2 AF + Joint, Torrance, CA
Summer Infant 3Dtote® convenience stroller, Woonsocket, RI
Ergobaby 180 Reversible Stroller, Los Angeles, CA
Baby Jogger® City Select® LUX, Atlanta, GA

JPMA graciously acknowledges the selection committee of media representatives and retail buyers who volunteered their time and effort to serve on the judging panel:
Sondos Elnakib, Toys R Us
Jessica Hartshorn, Fit Pregnancy and Baby Magazine
Simon Isaac, Fatherly
Alison Jacobson, The Safety Mom
Selena Joannides, Quidsi, Inc. an Amazon Company
Eric Messenger, New York Family Magazine/Family Media
Joyce Slaton, BabyCenter                    
Nina Takesh, Petit Tresor

“JPMA has been hosting the Innovation Awards for more than 25 years and it is one of the most exciting programs we offer the industry,” said JPMA Executive Director Kelly Mariotti, JD, CPA, CAE. “Companies continue to introduce breakthrough products into the marketplace and we look forward to watching these companies prosper.”

The finalists are now entered into the JPMA Parent’s Pick Awards, where parents nationwide can get a sneak peek at the newest baby gear hitting the market and vote for their favorite “must-have” product. The voting is now open and runs until May 13 via babysafetyzone.org.

The final round of judging takes place on Tuesday, May 9 in Anaheim during the JPMA Baby Show. JPMA will award a top winner in each of the nine categories, along with an award for, “Best In Show,” during a special announcement on Wednesday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center. Media are encouraged to attend.

The Innovation Awards Competition started in 1989 as the Most Innovative Product Contest and has evolved through the years to become a highly recognized competition. It was officially renamed the “Show Off” Product Competition in 1992, however in 2003, JPMA decided the contest should be called the “Innovation Awards” to more accurately represent the focus on innovation.

About JPMA
The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) exists as the voice of the industry on quality and safety for products intended for babies and children. We do this by:
     •    Advocating for safety through product certification programs and legislative and regulatory
        involvement;
     •    Supporting a broad and diverse membership through member-only programming and
        industry promotion;
     •    And by acting 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. To find out more information about JPMA, our certification program and products
     certified, and for a complete listing of JPMA Members, please visit http://www.jpma.org. Follow
     JPMA on Twitter @JPMA and connect with us on Facebook to learn about additional safety
     tips and JPMA initiatives.

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