JPMA Announces This Year's Most Innovative Baby Products at The 2019 Innovation Awards Ceremony

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JPMA Announces This Year's Most Innovative Baby Products at The 2019 Innovation Awards Ceremony
Esteemed Judges Panel Selected 2019's Most Innovative Baby and Children's Products, Including Editors from Good Housekeeping, Parents Magazine, BabyCenter, Fatherly, What to Expect and More

ORLANDO, FL April 12, 2019 – The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) proudly announced the 2019 Innovation Awards winners today in Orlando, FL. during The JPMA Show: Built for Baby. Ten category award recipients and one Best in Show winner — the overall highest score across all categories — were selected. More than 23,000 parents nationwide also voted on their must-have product for the JPMA Parent's Pick Award.

The annual JPMA Show is the only combined conference, trade and consumer show that brings the entire baby and children's products industry together, including manufacturers, buyers, distributors, service providers and media, all under one roof, and invites parents in on the experience too. 

“The 2019 Innovation Awards highlight some important emerging trends in the marketplace. This year we saw a significant rise in products that focus on helping mom care for herself, in addition to caring for her baby. This is exciting because it means companies are expanding into new product categories in addition to their core business. JPMA also introduced two new award categories this year: “Best Products Under $50” and “Fashion and Design.” Our panel of judges included some of the industry's most notable experts, making this year's awards an especially high honor,” said JPMA Executive Director Kelly Mariotti. 

The 2019 JPMA Innovation Awards Winners, sponsored by BabyCenter, are:

Best In Show
WAYB Pico Travel Car Seat         
SRP: $320           
On the market: Spring 2019
WAYB is a new company founded by outdoor gear manufacturing experts and the former CEO of Patagonia. The Pico travel car seat is an ultralight and portable forward-facing, five-point harness car seat for kids ages 2-5, and is made of aerospace-grade aluminum and breathable mesh. At eight pounds, the Pico has a compact frame and folding seat that fits in a small carry bag. It is designed to exceed FAA and NHTSA standards. Wayb.com

Parent's Pick (voted on by more than 23,000 parents)
Baby Blendy by Baby Blendy LLC
SRP: $59.95         
On the market: May 2019           
Baby Blendy is a rechargeable, battery-operated, anti-colic portable baby bottle blender that mixes powdered baby formula, rice and oatmeal cereals in seconds. babyblendybottles.com

Best Product Under $50
MAM Learn to Brush Set               
SRP: $7.99     
On the market: January 2019     
The MAM Learn to Brush Set was developed with pediatric dentists to ensure babies develop effective and long-lasting oral hygiene habits from the beginning. The Learn to Brush Set is part of MAM’s new oral care range, which aims to raise awareness for parents of the importance of early oral care and make brushing fun for babies. The Learn to Brush Set features a two-step learning system with a training brush and a baby’s brush. Mambaby.com

Fashion/Design
Evenflo Gold SensorSafe™ Pivot™ Xpand Smart Modular Travel System   
SRP: $499.99     
On the market: August 2018
The Evenflo Pivot Xpand is the ultimate shape shifter. In just seconds, you can convert it from a single stroller to a double stroller with no need for extra parts or tools. evenflobaby.com

Nursery
Swado Swaddle by  Swado (BetterBound, Inc)
SRP: $44.99       
On the market: April 2019         
Swado is the only soft, silent and strong swaddle that is easily adjustable. Swado Swaddle is better than a zipper type swaddle for an individual-fit, and it beats other hook and loop swaddle products in quietness and softness. swado.com

Feeding/Bathing/Changing
Nomi High Chair by Nomi/Regal Lager   
SRP: $379.95   
On the market: Spring 2019
This unique concept sets a new standard for high chairs and takes a baby from newborn to teenager and beyond. It starts with the Nomi Baby for 0-6 months and converts to a high chair for 6 to 24 months and then to a toddler/youth teenage chair. With a weight capacity of 330 lbs., the Nomi is as sturdy as it is comfortable for adults too. Regallager.com

Infant/Parent Care
Owlet Band by Owlet Baby Care
SRP: $299           
On the market: Fall 2019       
Expectant mothers can wake up to a wellness report of their unborn child and be notified if fetal heartbeat and movement are within acceptable ranges with the new Owlet Band, winner of two CES awards in the categories of Wearable Technology and Tech to Change the World. Specialized sensors housed in a fabric band that sits around the mother’s abdomen track fetal heart rate and kick count, sending real-time data to a smartphone. Owletcare.com

On The Go         
Hipster Smart by MiaMily
SRP: $189           
On the market: March 2019         
HIPSTER™ SMART is a 3D baby carrier. It has a built-in 3D hip seat so that no matter which position you carry your baby, facing in, facing out, hip carry or back carry, your baby’s hips are always in the correct M position, knees supported, legs open and not dangling. miamily.com

Play/Entertainment
Crawligator by Kiddy Crawler LLC             
SRP: $49.95       
On the market: Spring, 2019
The Crawligator is an innovative and unique way to make tummy time fun while promoting natural crawling movement. The Crawligator is designed to move just above the hard floor surface on ball caster wheels. thecrawligator.com

Safety
Owlet Bundle by Owlet Baby Care                         
SRP: $399     
On the market: January 2019             
Owlet Baby Care, the brand behind the award-winning Smart Sock baby monitor, announces its newest innovation, the Owlet Bundle. The Owlet Bundle is the safest, most complete baby monitoring system on the market, giving parents the ability to hear, talk to and see their baby from anywhere plus track their baby’s heart rate, oxygen levels and get proactive notifications about their baby’s wellness all in one app. Owletcare.com

Strollers              
Evenflo Pivot Xplore All-Terrain Stroller Wagon 
SRP: $349.99               
On the market: June 2019
The new, ultimate ride-share stroller, Pivot Xplore™ All-Terrain Stroller Wagon gives parents and kids extended use by accommodating one or two kids up to 5 years. Pivot Xplore™ easily transforms from a stroller to a wagon by flipping the handle. This gives parents the ability to push as a stroller, or pull as a wagon. Evenflobaby.com

Technology
raybaby by raybaby       
SRP: $269           
On the market: Summer 2018           
raybaby is a revolutionary new non-contact sleep and breathing monitor for babies. What makes it truly different is that it uses radar to track the baby's breathing and sleep. This innovative approach makes it highly accurate and completely safe. Versus a video monitor's ~27 frames per second, the raybaby tracks a baby's breathing rate over a thousand times per second. It does not require any wearables or batteries to be placed on or near the baby. Raybaby.us

For winner images please click HERE.

JPMA graciously acknowledges the selection committee of media representatives, safety experts and retail buyers who volunteered their time and effort to serve on the judging panel.

2019 judges included:

Joyce Slaton, BabyCenter
Torine Creppy, Safe Kids Worldwide
Jessica Hartshorn, Parents Magazine
Evan Kaufman, Fatherly
Nanci Gregg, Baby and Children's Product News Magazine
Rachael Shagott, Best Practice Quality, LLC
Heidi Murkoff, What to Expect
Lexi Sachs, Good Housekeeping
Erin Democko, Rooms to Go
Karl Fagot, TJ's The Kiddies Store

Parents can see all of the winners during New Parent Days at The JPMA Show, Friday, April 12, 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., at The Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive, Orlando, FL. Tickets are $30 for a family and $20 for an individual and provide access on both Friday and Saturday. To register for the show visit: http://jpmashow.org/parents/

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ABOUT THE JPMA SHOW: BUILT FOR BABY

The JPMA Show: Built for Baby is the only combined baby and children's product conference, trade show and consumer baby show in North America. The four-day event brings the industry together to showcase and launch the newest innovation in baby products, collaborate on product quality and safety advancements, participate in educational opportunities, connect with peers and see new products. The show culminates in the largest consumer baby show in the country, giving participants a unique opportunity to engage new and expectant parents at a level not offered by other shows. The JPMA Show is a curated experience, focused on the right buyers, the right consumers, the right programming and the right opportunities to drive your business.

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. 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 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