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Innovation Of The Year – The Mother&Baby Awards Shortlist

Section: Shopping Ideas

Can’t decide which forward-thinking parenting products you need to buy? Take a look at the innovations that our mum testers decided deserved a place on the Mother&Baby Awards 2015 shortlist to help make your decision a little easier.

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Elle TENS+, £99.95, Babycare TENS

The new three-in-one Elle TENS+ treats pain during birth, general pain and helps pelvic floor toning. It boasts a built-in contraction timer and pre-set modes for ease of use. Plus, an integrated boost button with Optimax technology gives extra power.
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Neckerchew, From £9.99, Cheeky Chompers

The innovative Neckerchew combines the popular dribble bib concept with an attached chewy teether designed to sooth teething gums. Designed in super-soft quality jersey cotton with a special absorbent middle layer to lock dribble away, this British made premium product is fully reversible, adding a stylish touch to any outfit.
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Next 2 Me, £149.99, Chicco

Next2Me’s removable side provides the perfect solution for babies who sleep next to their mums, without being in the same bed. It’s been designed to securely fasten to any bed, including divans, thanks to its folding feet and six adjustable heights. Complete with a padded mattress, Next2Me transforms into a four-sided unit so it can also be used as a normal crib away from the bed.
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Suckle Feeder, £7.49, Haberman

The Suckle Feeder is the only bottle that allows a baby to actively suckle, mimicking breastfeeding. Designed with a valve system that helps babies feed at their natural pace, it uniquely restricts three routes to air ingestion, from inside the bottle, outside the bottle and inside the feed.
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i-AnchorSafe System, i-AnchorFIX base £115 and i-Anchor child seat £175, Joie

The brand new i-AnchorSafe System with i-Size is suitable for children from birth to approximately four years. It includes the i-AnchorFIX base, which accepts the Joie Gemm infant carrier and the i-Anchor rearward and forward facing child seat. The i-AnchorFIX base, when used along with the i-Anchor child seat meets and exceeds the new i-Size standard allowing rearward travel up to approximately 18kg – or four years.
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Ellergenic Pocket Spring Mattress, £189.99, Kit for Kids Baby

The Ellergenic Pocket Spring Cot Mattress has an inner support layer, a comfort layer and outer technical layers. Using a unique design that includes the latest in anti-microbial and antifungal materies, it protects night and day against the allergens and microbes that might harm your child.
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2way Duo Pack, £375, Maxi-Cosi

The Maxi-Cosi 2wayPearl complies with the new i-Size regulation. It installs in the car easily, with the 2wayFix Base to form the 2way Duo Pack. It provides rear-facing travel until your child reaches 105cm (approximately four years old) but can be used forward facing at the click of a button from 15 months. Other features include enhanced side-protection, stay-open harness, easily adjustable headrest and harness and four-position recline in both directions.
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Vibrating Massage Teether, £6.99, Munchkin

The new Vibrating Massage Teether can be used through all stages of teething to soothe those sore gums. Gentle massaging vibrations are activated when baby bites down on the teether, providing relief exactly when it’s needed. Rattle beads in the centre encourage play and the handle makes the teether easy for baby to grab and hang on to.
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Sensitive Wipes, £2.50, Pampers

New Pampers Sensitive Wipes come with a unique Soft Grip Texture to clean delicate skin more gently with less wiping. Super soft and now 15 per cent thicker, the wipes are also perfume and alcohol free and accredited by the Skin Health Alliance. A new plastic lid locks moisture in to prevent the wipes from drying out and allows for easier dispensing for parents.
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Navigator, £449, phil&teds

The phil&teds navigator is the world’s first Auto Stop inline pram, revolutionising the way parents think about safety and convenience. The hands-free Auto Stop, simply activates and waits, it’s designed to engage and brake automatically yes it’s that easy. With 26 riding options this all-terrain stroller on a super slim frame (59cm) helps you take one or two children anywhere with ease.
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Doona, £299, Simple Parenting by CuddleCo

Doona is the next-generation car seat. It is the world’s first infant car seat with fully integrated wheels meaning that at a touch of a button you can be out of your car and on the go with your little one. As the only product certified as both a car seat and a stroller, Doona meets the highest safety standards and boasts side impact protection, orthopaedic inner cushion and numerous fail-safe mechanisms.
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Steps, £159 for the chair, £149 for bouncer, £70 for baby, Stokke

Stokke Steps is a fully functional bouncer and chair combination that can be used from birth. It has a unique cradling motion and helps to develop the core strength of baby’s upper body. It also features multiple seating positions, a five-point safety harness, ergonomic newborn insert and toy hanger. The bouncer can be attached to the Stokke Steps Chair giving it an elevated position.
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Gro-light, £7.99, The Gro Company

The Gro-light is an ingenious two-in-one nightlight that attaches to your normal light fitting. If you prefer a dark room but need to switch the light on in the night, when you flip your switch the night light comes on – perfect for night time feeds. Flick the switch back again and you have your usual full light.
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Allergy Barrier, £8.99, Boots

This clinically proven nasal powder spray protects against hay fever and other airborne allergens within three minutes. It contains a blend of cellulose and peppermint, which acts as a barrier helps prevent the symptoms, without causing drowsiness. Suitable from 18 months.

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