We know you only want the best of the best for your little one—and that's why we love following The JPMA Show, the biggest baby show of the year that finds the best in baby gear and products. While the event couldn't happen in person this year due to coronavirus, the awards were announced live on their Facebook page, giving us a sneak peek into the most innovative baby products of 2020.
"The 2020 Innovation Awards highlight several noteworthy emerging trends in the marketplace," said JPMA Executive Director Kelly Mariotti. "This year we saw more products that focus on ease and convenience, as well as some new unexpected advancements in technology and safety. We are really excited to see companies evolving with the changing times and taking things up a notch in addition to their core business."
From car seats with a 360-degree rotation and baby monitors with AI technology to sippy cups made from plant-based materials, these are the latest and greatest products to keep an eye out for this year, mama.
This one isn't available until March 2021, but it's worth the wait. It's the first electronic, auto-unlock baby gate, meaning parents can seamlessly pass through with a touch of an elbow (and your little one will stay safely on the other side).
Best Product Under $25: bökee
bökee is designed to help parents prepare bottles with just one hand—yep, you read that right. The food-grade silicone accessory is dishwasher-safe and keeps bottles upright (and spill-free) while being filled with breast milk or mixing formula. It's available now.
CYBEX's newest car seat hit the mark with its 360-degree rotatable seat, making it easier than ever to swap between rear and forward-facing positions. Even better? No need for re-installations. Their safety features were also a favorite, including the SensorSafe technology that syncs with the driver's device to provide alerts if the child is left unattended, unbuckled by themselves, or too hot or cold. This is set to release in the spring of 2020.
Hitting shelves this April, this drip-free cup made from 100% plant-based materials is a safer take on the traditional sippy cup, ensuring no harmful chemicals reach your child. The spout and straw are designed to help your child transition from bottles to cups without sacrificing healthy oral development.
Struggling to find a bedtime solution that works for your kids? Fisher-Price has you covered with their latest tool. This system encourages independence while guiding toddlers through their unique bedtime routine. Each task will illuminate on the device and, when complete, your little one will get to use a remote that unlocks music and light rewards. Set to launch in November of this year.
Feeding/Bathing/Changing: The First Years Super Pooper Plus potty
Potty training is not easy feat. Enter: The First Years Super Pooper Plus potty. With a "flush" button, adjustable foot lift that sits them in the correct position, and cheering sounds, this toddler potty system will help your child transition from the potty to adult toilet in no time. It's available now.
Coming on the market in September, the Clean Humidifier is the only bacteria-killing and mold-preventing one on the market, according to JPMA thanks to its patented LED technology that kills 99.99% of bacteria.
On the Go: MONIT America Inc. Bebefit light folding hip-seat
A new kind of babywearing, the Bebefit Light is an ergonomic hip-seat waistband that supports up to 110 pounds, giving adults a bit of a break. It's available online now.
Coming out this summer, this baby-to-toddler learning center features endless air-powered play that help children develop fine motor skills. With 8+ activities, kids ages 6 to 36 months can explore air play on their own.
Safety: Yun Yun Ai baby monitor
Baby monitors have come a long way over the years. The Cubo Ai smart baby monitor uses technology that detects and alerts parents if the child's face is covered. It's created to grow with babies (rollover alerts, photo captures for their first moments, and more) and has a 1080pHD camera, 18-hour playback, two-way audio and temperature and humidity detection. It's available now.
Strollers: Dream On Me INC Coast Rider stroller with canopy
This stroller is available now and features a removable seat back, adjustable handles and push bars and the ability to be plugged into any stroller (perfect for those older siblings). Plus, it folds compactly and can easily convert into what is most comfortable for your child. It's available now.
Technology: TotTech ForgetMeNot
A sensor that is compatible with any car seat, the ForgetMeNot offers peace of mind, alerting caregivers if a child is still in the car seat. It connects with the TotTech app, too, so you'll be alerted once you're far enough away to make sure a child isn't left behind. It's available now for pre-order.
Up + Comer: Strollerwagons Pronto One
Coming to the market October 2020, the Pronto One is a bassinet, cart, double stroller and picnic table in one. JPMA loved how it's handled like a stroller, but is versatile to do just about anything. With 26 color combinations, parents can design it exactly how they like. It's available now.
Parent's Pick: DetraPel ® baby gear + fabric protector
You can't avoid spills, but this can repellent can help liquids and stains not seep into fabrics (without affecting the breathability). Parents also loved that it's free of toxic chemicals, making it safe to use on items kiddos will touch. It's available now.