Most Innovative Baby Products of 2012

October 14, 2012

JPMA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Innovation Awards Competition. Internationally recognized, the Innovation Awards highlight some of the most exciting new products in the marketplace today. More than 100 cutting edge products were entered, 10 winners were selected by a panel of industry judges and one company won the Parent Choice Award, voted on by moms and dads from across the country. 

The 2012 Innovation Award Winners are:

Clek for the Foonf

Foonf allows for rear-facing to 50 lbs. The anti-rebound bar will stop the seat from rebounding in a collision. Foonf's REACT™ (Rapid Energy-Absorbing Crumple Technology) safety system, significantly reduces forces transmitted to child in the event of an collision. www.clekinc.com 

Chicco for the Nextfit 65

The NextFit™ 65 is a new convertible car seat from Chicco. The NextFit™ 65 is designed to simplify correct installation. Correct installation achieved with ReclineSure™ 9-position Leveling System, SuperCinch™ LATCH tightener, and dual bubble level guides to verify correct positioning in both rear and forward-facing modes. www.chiccousa.com

Chicco for the Liteway Plus

Functions as both an infant car seat carrier and a lightweight compact stroller. Extended use. Carrier: canopy, compact fold, "click" ICS attachment. Stroller: full recline, adjustable leg rest, parent cup holder. www.chiccousa.com

BityBean for the BityBean

Bitybean is the comfortable, convenient, and thoughtfully engineered ultra-compact child carrier for parents with on-the-go lifestyles. At 8 ounces and smaller than a water bottle the Bitybean cleverly compact child carrier will fit into any bag, backpack, or purse. Available in 4 stylish colors. www.bitybean.com

 Safety 1st for the Boostapak

The Boostapak is a portable on the go booster that converts to a backpack to provide on-the-go convenience and safety. Converts from a belt-positioning-booster to backpack for children 40-80lbs and 43"-57" with an easy to wipe clean cover.  www.djgusa.com

Dorel Juvenile Group for the Maxi Cosi Prezi

The Maxi Cosi Prezi offers superior safety protection featuring advanced, patented rebounding foam technology developed in conjunction with Bald Spot Sport, a leader in safety innovation design for Indy Racing. www.djgusa.com

Munchkin for the Lulla Vibe

The Lulla-Vibe™ vibrating mattress pad features innovative patent-pending technology that helps babies fall asleep quickly. Compact and portable for use under crib mattresses or nursing pillows, the Lulla- Vibe™ creates a soothing sensory experience for baby, regardless of the environment. With customizable options like a 30-minute battery-operated timer and two varying vibration speeds, parents are able to personalize their child’s sleep atmosphere at the simple push of a button. www.munchkin.com

Naturepedic for the Lullaby Earth Mattress

Lightest mattress at only 7 pounds with easy to change sheets. Only crib mattress under $200 MSRP. Certified to highest greenguard select standard and recommended by Healthy Child Healthy World. The only foam mattress with edge support that rivals innerspring border rods. www.naturepedic.com

Nested Bean for The Zen Swaddle

The Zen SwaddleTM is the only infant swaddle that encourages sleep by mimicking a caregiver’s touch. Lightly weighted parts apply gentle pressure, along either side and on the center, to provide the security of being in your arms. 2-in-1 design offers longer use; an interior pouch keeps legs snug up to 23" while sack offers ample room to grow up to 26". www.nestedbean.com

Regal Lager for the Aton 2

Side impact protection has been optimized with the Linear Side Impact Protection (LSP) technology. Foldout side protectors reduce space between the Aton and vehicle so a transfer of crash forces happens much earlier; the forces are absorbed and distributed by the shell away from the child, improving safety up to 40%. Aton 2’s base features a height-adjustable load leg, a virtual standard in Europe, which absorbs and distributes energy to the floor of vehicle, reducing forces on the child up to 50% while preventing rebounding of the seat. www.regallager.com

The 2012 Parent Choice Award Winner is:

Keen I LLC for the Monkey Mat

The Monkey Mat™is the only large clean surface easily transported as an accessory in an attached stylish, ultracompact pouch - no more bulky blankets required! Easy buckle strap secures to any bag/stroller. www.monkeymat.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

Jen Carofano, Fit Pregnancy

Nanci Gregg, Baby & Children's Product News

Eli Gurock, Magic Beans

Sheri Gurock, Magic Beans

Jane Kitchen, Kids Today

Tanya Meritte, Kids Today

Shannon Choe, International Baby Planner Association

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.