Recently, The Local Moms Network was planning to hit the road and travel to Dallas, Texas, to scope out some of the latest and greatest new products for families and kids at the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) event in Dallas. Like many scheduled events, it moved quickly to a digital format. “We had to pivot VERY quickly to an all-virtual format, which was brand new to JPMA. The scope of The JPMA Show is enormous — hundreds of brands, media, influencers, retailers and more were all ready to travel in to participate in this showcase of baby and children’s products innovation,” says Kelly Mariotti, Executive Director, Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association. Luckily, the event was able to go forward seamlessly, and we have a summary of some of our favorite products ready for you (see below). “While we were disappointed to not get to see everyone in person, more than 2000 visitors checked out over 100 top brands in our virtual show, which was amazing!” notes Mariotti.
This is a summary of some of the best of the best baby, kid and family gear, gadgets and more to watch for this year!
Best in Show
Fisher Price ClickTM Hands-Free Baby Gate
On the market: March 2021
ClickTM is a completely hands-free, electronic baby gate that has an auto-lock feature. Think: a childproof system that is easy on the eyes and easy to install.
Best Product Under $25
With bökee you can prepare bottles, sippy cups and more with a single hand. You can even use it to transfer breast milk from storage to bottle safely and easily.
Child Restraint Systems
CYBEX Sirona S
On the market: Spring 2020
CYBEX’s new Sirona S convertible car seat has an incredible 360° rotatable seat, making it a cinch to alternate between rear-facing and forward-facing. This is one of the safest, and most attractive car seats on the market.
Everyone is trying to do their best by the environment and keep their kids safe, and the Sprout Ware® plant-plastic composite is a completely plant-based material that’s free of harmful chemicals. This soft straw cup will became an instant favorite.
This new age bedtime routine tool lets kids unlock music and light rewards when they follow their bedtime schedule. The Smart Connect app allows you to customize it for your own family.
Anyone who has been through potty training knows that positioning a kid in the right position is half the battle, and the First Years Super Pooper Plus Potty has a foot lift just for this purpose. It also has the realistic “flush” that kids love.
Humidifiers can be germ-hosts, but this Safety 1st Stay Clean Humidifier kills bacteria and prevents mold buildup through LED technology.
On The Go
This compact hip-seat waistband supports up to 110 lbs in tests (so even the biggest babies will be comfortable).
SafetyYun Yun AI Baby Monitor Corporation Cubo AI Baby Monitor On the market: June 2019
This “smart” baby monitor will alert you if your baby’s face is covered; it also features cry-detection, rollover alert, 18-hour playbook and automatic photo capture.
This versatile entry is a rider stroller that folds, and can be plugged in with any stroller. Older siblings will love coming along for the ride.
Every parent worries about forgetting their child in the car, and this gadget alerts you through an app on your phone if you leave the car while they’re still in it.
This non-toxic fabric protector will help you keep car seats, strollers and more stain free without exposing your child to extra chemicals.
Up & Comer
Use this unique addition to your gear collection functions as a bassinet, a double stroller or even a cart for neighborhood meandering.
Tried and True Awards (5 Winners)
Fisher-Price Deluxe Kick ‘n Play Piano Gym
MAM 6+ Night Pacifier
Mommy’s Helper Juice Box Buddies
BubbleBum Travel Booster Seat
2020 judges for the Innovation Awards included:
April Hussar, Managing Editor Romper
Jenn Falik, Contributor, The Today Show
Jessica Hartshorn, Editor, Parents Magazine
Lexie Sachs, Textiles Director, Good Housekeeping Institute
Rick Rosati, VP, Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services Division Sara Stefanik, Community Director, What to Expect
Torine Creppy, President, SafeKids Worldwide
ABOUT THE INNOVATION AWARDS
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. They are sponsored by What to Expect.
ABOUT JPMA The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is the voice of the industry on quality and safety for baby and children’s products in North America. The Association advocates for safety through product certification programs and legislative and regulatory involvement. It also 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. JPMA members represent 95 percent of the prenatal to preschool products sold in North America. To find out more about JPMA, our certification program and products certified, and for a complete listing of JPMA Members, please visit https://www.jpma.org. Follow JPMA on Twitter @JPMA and connect with us on Facebook to learn about additional safety tips and JPMA initiatives.