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

Tuesday, May 2, 2017   (0 Comments)
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 Esteemed Panel of Industry Judges Select This Year’s Top Products for Baby and Children

 

Mount Laurel, N.J. May 2, 2017 – 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 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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