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Best baby& toddler gear A guide to the best buys and the latest must-haves!

YOUR PERFECT PUSHCHAIR There's one for everyone!

KICKS COUNT Essential advice for mums-to-be

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WHICH CAR SEAT? The questions you need to ask

EXPERT TIPS & IDEAS Babywearing... Sleep... Your nursery

BE INSPIRED From classic favourites to new innovations, THE products to consider


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Welcome to our annual

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If you're reading this, the chances are that you're either a parent or a parent-tobe – or maybe a grandparent, of course! Whatever stage you're at, it's an exciting time, but deciding which products to invest your hard-earned cash in can be tricky. We all know that having a baby isn't cheap! Over the last 12 months, the team at Mumii and families across the UK have been rigorously testing hundreds of products in search of the very best for pregnant mums, babies, toddlers and the smoothest family life. You can now see the results of all 129 categories in our Best Baby & Toddler Gear Awards 2018, starting on page 28. Take a more in-depth look at some of the most innovative, tempting or simply essential products in our jam-packed Inspiration Guide, opening on page 37. If you are looking to buy your first pushchair, car seat, baby carrier or nursery furniture, our articles are written by experts in each sector, and are designed to really help clarify some of the mysteries and factors you should think about before making your decisions. We want to help you get it right! Our articles about the use of a doppler during pregnancy (page 82) and safe sleep once your little one arrives (page 16) could prove invaluable, so make sure you check them out. We hope that you enjoy this year's magazine. Parenting is without doubt one of the most rewarding 'jobs' you will undertake and also perhaps one of the most daunting. As a mum of three – and still learning all the time! – I hope the information in these pages helps. If you ever have any questions, please do get in touch @MumiiUK

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Contents... 4 8 12

Choosing your baby’s first car seat The questions you need to ask

Find the best pushchair for your baby – and you! There are wheels out there for every lifestyle

How babywearing can change your life as a parent The right baby carrier can help keep everyone happy

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Make bedtimes stress-free with ideas from the experts

Creating your perfect nursery Enjoy planning your new baby’s space



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Let’s meet the judges!


The results


The Inspiration Guide

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How our Awards work – and the real parents (and little ones) who test every product

This year's Gold, Silver, Bronze and Consumer Choice Award winners in all 129 categories!

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Take a closer look at some of the most exciting nursery products around Pushchairs Car seats Baby carrying Interiors Feeding Health Changing Innovation

Every kick counts Know what your baby’s movements are telling you

Celebrity picks Which baby products are famous mums and dads using? You might be surprised!

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BUYING A CAR SEAT sponsored by Cybex

CHOOSING YOUR BABY'S FIRST CAR SEAT The questions you need to ask

When it comes to having a child, there are a million and one things to think about. But choosing the right car seat from the beginning will make life much easier before you bring your little one home. Luke Burns, General Manager at Cybex UK and Ireland, explains everything you need to know Why is it important to choose the right car seat from the start? It’s so important for parents to take their time when choosing a car seat, and ensure that they understand all the key safety features, including how to correctly fit the car seat into their car before purchase. According to a recent study carried out by researchers at Oregon Health and Science University, 95 percent of new parents make at least one error when installing their car seat but this one mistake could cause serious injury to your little one if you were in an accident. A car seat must be used from birth to 12 years or 135cm, it’s important to choose the right car seat in line with your baby’s height and weight, not just age, to ensure maximum safety and comfort for your child. Shop around, do your research, ask questions, and ensure the car seat you choose is compatible with your car. Yes, it can be overwhelming but make sure you’re confident in your purchase.

standards, not only surpassing the EU laws set out in R44, and the newer legislation that sits alongside them, R129, but also being independently tested by German consumer organisation ADAC and Stiftung Warentest, and UK organisation, Which? The most recent safety regulation to come into force is i-Size – a new European car safety standard which makes travel safer. The i-Size regulation states that children aged 15 months or younger must travel in a rear-facing car seat as this is

How long should a baby be in a car seat? When a baby is young, being in a semi-upright position for a considerable length of time may place strain on a baby’s developing spine. Studies carried out by the Lullaby Trust revealed that when newborn or premature babies sat in a car seat for 30 minutes, their heart and breathing rate increased, and their blood oxygen levels were lower compared with lying flat in a cot. It is recommended that a

What car seat laws and regulations are in place in the UK? All manufacturers of car seats have to pass several crash tests. At Cybex, our car seats have been tested to the highest safety

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regarded as the safest way to travel. i-Size will not replace the current R44 legislation as it operates in parallel with it. In doing so, i-Size offers more side-impact protection, over and above R44 (which currently does not include side-impact tests). Many premium brands, including Cybex, have been conducting sideimpact tests for years as this is an important aspect of car seat safety. A rear-facing child seat reduces the risk of injury in a head-on collision by more than 80 percent, when compared to a conventional forward-facing seat. Leading consumer organisations recommend that children remain in rear-facing child seats even beyond Group 0+, preferably up to approximately 4 years or 105cm in an i-Size seat.

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A rear-facing child seat reduces the risk of injury in a head-on collision by more than 80 percent

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The Cloud Z i-Size has a reclining backrest with ergonomic lie-flat position outside the car

It is recommended that a baby spends no more than 30 minutes in a car seat, especially in the first four weeks

baby spends no more than 30 minutes in a car seat, especially in the first four weeks. It’s also crucial that they have regular breaks from the car seat, are not left in the car seat for more than two hours, and not left in the car seat if they are asleep. How do you know if you have fitted your car seat correctly? The biggest issue when installing a car seat is misuse. However, nowadays car seats have a number of built-in safety features to ensure maximum protection for children. Most modern cars will be fitted with ISOFIX, which provides additional safety and stability along with the car seat belt. You simply click the ISOFIX connectors on the base of your seat into the ISOFIX anchor points in the car. If a car doesn’t have an ISOFIX system, the car seat can be secured with the car seat

belt. We recommend reading the instruction manual, watching videos, and speaking to staff in stores to ensure you’re confident in how to fit your car seat before you purchase one. Which car seat is right for your car? In the UK, all children need to use a car seat from birth until 12 years old (or until they are 135cm tall). The car seat you buy needs to meet EU standards, and your child needs to be in the correct category seat for their age. You should especially check that your vehicle model has ISOFIX anchorage points, and the length of the vehicle seat belt, as this may vary, even during the same production year of manufacture. Ensure you try the car seat in your car before you buy. Here at CYBEX, our car seats are broken down into age groups and our website allows you to check if your selected car seat is compatible with your car make and model.

The new Sirona Z i-Size extended rear-facing car seat rotates 360° enabling easy entry and exit



Children’s harnesses must be easy to adjust, so that they can be tightened or loosened depending on what the child is wearing. We recommend carrying out the two-finger test so if you can fit more than two fingers underneath the harness at the child’s shoulder bone, the harness needs to be tightened. Avoid carrying out this test whilst your child has a thick coat on, as it will not ensure the correct harness tension to protect your child. The car seat should offer children who tend to sleep in the car maximum side support and a comfortable sleeping position. Our car seats recline and feature an adjustable headrest to offer maximum comfort and safety.


Remember to keep rearward facing for as long as possible. The priority is to ensure that your child’s head is not over the top of the seat. Once positioned correctly, make sure they have enough leg room.


Rear-facing child safety car seats must not be positioned on the front passenger seat of cars with an activated front airbag. In this instance, the infant car seat must be installed on the rear seat. The safest position in a car is the middle securely fitted there, or behind the passenger seat. We do not recommend that people buy or use second-hand car seats, as they may have been involved in an accident, which could make them unsafe to use. Always purchase from a reputable retailer who can support with aftersales service.



Where can we find out more? Visit Find Cybex on Facebook @cybexUK, on Twitter @cybex_global and on Instagram @cybex_global

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BUYING A PUSHCHAIR sponsored by Bugaboo

FIND THE BEST PUSHCHAIR FOR YOUR BABY - AND YOU! There are wheels out there for every lifestyle

Becoming a parent brings a lot of changes but it doesn’t mean you have to give up the things you love, from travelling and outdoor adventures to busy city living. Bugaboo guides you through the practical features you need to look out for, without having to compromise on style How do you choose the best pushchair for your child, but also for you? The first thing to consider is what kind of activities you hope to be doing as a family after baby arrives. In essence, where do you think you will be using the pushchair? It’s important to remember that whilst becoming a parent changes a lot of things, with the right pushchair you can continue to do what you enjoy most. So whether it’s shopping, exploring and meeting friends in town or getting off the beaten track in the countryside, it is important to consider how your pushchair will fit in with the way of life you love.

How do I test for these factors when assessing a pushchair? It’s important to look out for the quality of materials used in the chassis and frame, the strength of the pushchair and its moving parts when you manoeuvre it. Does everything fit together with solid and reassuring clicks? When folded, does the product feel stable (as it will be folded many times during its lifetime)? What level of suspension does it have (not only visibly but within the internal working chassis and wheel parts)? A good way to test this is to put pressure onto the pushchair from above,

What are the most important factors for parents when choosing a pushchair? The simple answer to this is, ‘whatever you need as a family to ensure you can still travel around as you would want to’. However, that isn’t always easy to second-guess when you are stepping into parenthood for the first time. Our research, after speaking to parents and pushchair owners over many years, highlights five key areas: 1. Product quality 2. Comfort for your child 3. Safety 4. Ease of use 5. Comfort and ease of driving

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pushing down on the wheels and chassis and really feeling how it responds to weight in the seat and the basket. How does it handle? Remember, most of the time you will be testing in an unrealistic environment (most likely indoors) – so consider how the pushchair will react to different terrain, bumpy streets and busy, crowded or tight spaces. How comfortable does it look for your baby? A really important question – but one that isn’t just down to luxurious-looking fabrics. A well designed pushchair is first and foremost one that can absorb the impacts of a journey with ease (again, suspension and handling are really important factors here), along with providing an ergonomically designed bassinet and seat that ensures baby will travel comfortably whilst on the move, from the start and over time. The quality of fabrics is important, but really should be considered the icing on the cake of a quality product, rather than the deciding factor. For urban or country living? Or just want to have it all? It is possible to find a product that can provide you with the best of everything to ensure you can live and travel in any environment with your child.

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Lightweight and easy handling along with a compact fold are important, and when combined with larger wheels and suspension will provide the agility to handle various situations

Whether you’re likely to be pounding the city pavements or regularly venturing through country parks and along forest trails, there are always some key functions to check to ensure your pushchair can meet your needs. Where space is paramount and public transport a regular means of travel, it’s a good idea to focus on a lightweight and compact, easy-folding pushchair. Generally, smaller wheels and a neater overall frame size work better in the city, making it easy to hop on and off trains and buses, as well as carrying your pushchair up flights of stairs.

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The Bugaboo Bee5 is specifically designed for parents living life on the go and is suitable from newborn to toddler, whilst always managing to be lightweight, nimble and yet comfortable for your child as they grow. It features a compact and easy one-piece fold, weighs in at only 8.9kg, and at 53cm in width fits into the tightest of city spaces. It is available with choices in chassis, wheel and fabric colours and materials – meaning you really can show your style.

The Bugaboo Cameleon3 is the original iconic pushchair from Bugaboo, ready from newborn to toddler and comfortable in the city, woods or even at the beach. Its versatility makes it easy for you to travel wherever you want to go. The larger 12-inch rear wheels enable easy travel over trickier surfaces, and can even be flipped to the front by way of a clever handlebar trick that allows you to switch the direction of the pushchair.

Of course even those living in cities and towns often need a pushchair that will handle all terrain, whether that is the local park, woods or forests – even trips to the beach. Lightweight and easy handling along with a compact fold are important, and when combined with larger wheels and suspension will provide the agility to handle various situations.

If you plan to travel a lot and still hope to lead a relatively adventurous lifestyle, you will be looking for more of an all-round comfort pushchair. Suitable for varying terrain and situations, these pushchairs will need to combine large wheels and excellent stability on the move with easy, compact folding options to work around any circumstances you find yourself in. Further to that, the product will need to be durable enough to take on the regular challenges it will be put through, yet still remain light and comfortable for you to steer and your baby to sleep or relax in.

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The Bugaboo Fox offers the most stable ride on all surfaces due to its advanced all-wheel suspension and central joint system. Your child can rest easy thanks to the ergonomic design and extra padding comfort. So lightweight and nimble to push, even with one hand it feels effortless. The Bugaboo Fox is made from exceptionally strong yet lightweight materials, and has a variety of fold options to suit your space. A large, easily accessible basket and optimal seat height, perfect for pulling up to a table in a restaurant or café, tick more parentfriendly boxes. The Bugaboo Fox is designed to last. Bugaboo split the structural parts of the pushchair from the parts that experience more wear and tear, making it easier to service or repair – and the brand made conscious choices about the materials it uses. Core fabrics are made from a combination of recycled PET plastic materials, whilst structural parts are built from such things as marine and aviationgrade aluminium. Great for environmentally conscious parents, along with a wonderful array of colour and fabric options!

Be ready for more If twins are on the way, or you plan to have more children quickly after your firstborn, considering a pushchair with the capability to convert into a double is paramount. Whilst the average age gap between first and second child in the UK is now more than three years, some parents look to future-proof that option with their pushchair choice. The best advice would always be to focus on what you need from a pushchair right now, rather than making too many predictions for the future, but of course where two seats are a necessity there are a number of areas to consider. The straightforward choice within double or twin pushchairs is whether to have children ‘inline’ or ‘side by side’. Whilst there are reasons for both options, there are clear benefits from the side-by-side configuration – not least for your children, as they enjoy equal rights with the seating as well as benefiting from the emotional connection they have together whilst travelling around. With the ride stability and balance of a well designed double or twin pushchair the drive is surprisingly effortless, especially when considering the weight of two children plus their extra luggage. If you’re thinking of a second child, but perhaps further down the line, a single pushchair with the addition of a comfort wheel board (a seated board that allows an older toddler to ride with their younger sibling) could be the answer for you. Say ‘Yes’ to being the parent you want to be!

For parents that would like to allow older toddlers to ride along, the Bugaboo Comfort Wheel board can be attached to all Bugaboo pushchairs. It includes a detachable seat, meaning the older child can choose between standing or seated positions whilst along for the ride.

The Bugaboo Donkey2 is well named – it has the greatest storage of any Bugaboo pushchair and is ready for two children, easily transforming from single (mono) mode into double or twin configurations. In mono mode, the Bugaboo Donkey2 benefits from a side-luggage basket holding up to 10kg along with the usual underseat basket (a further 10kg). At a width of 60cm, the Donkey2 mono will fit through almost any doorway and is comparable with most pushchairs. In double (duo) mode, the Bugaboo Donkey2 converts into a perfectly equal side-by-side (74cm wide) pushchair, with easy steering achieved through Bugaboo’s extensive knowledge of ride balance and suspension engineering. Seats can be parent or world facing, or one of each if you would like your children to face each other.

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Where can we find out more? The Bugaboo range of pushchairs is available throughout the UK via authorised independent and national retailers as well as at Follow Bugaboo on Instagram @bugaboostrollers, Facebook @bugaboouk and Twitter @bugaboo

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BABYWEARING sponsored by Ergobaby

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HOW BABYWEARING CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE AS A PARENT Finding the right carrier for you and your baby

Whether you just want to keep your tiny newborn close or need your arms free to share hugs and games with your older children – or even make yourself some lunch – a baby carrier that works for you and your family can help keep everyone happy Washing the dishes? Walking the dog? Running the vacuum around the house? Have you thought about how you would get these everyday things done with a baby in tow? A baby carrier or sling is an amazingly comfortable way to keep your baby close to you while freeing up your hands to get things done. It also helps to support the physiology of newborns and toddlers, which can have a positive effect on spine and hip development. Wearing your baby promotes bonding with you and other caregivers in your baby's life. By holding her close, you can soothe your baby and quickly respond to her cues. In a study published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers found that babywearing for three hours a day reduced infant crying by 43 percent overall and 54 percent during evening hours*. You could say using a baby carrier makes for happier babies. And happier babies make happier parents! If this isn’t your first time, having a baby carrier for your newborn can really help with parenting older children. Having baby close to you, away from the boisterous games of older siblings, gives you peace of mind, as well as your hands to deal with all those everyday tasks. You can still cuddle, play and tend to your older ones, just like you used to!

Great for travelling, a sling is the perfect way to navigate busy airports or walk the plane aisles with baby during that alwaysnervewracking first flight. Each carrier or sling can be folded down to a compact size and packed in hand luggage. Without a pram or stroller to transport abroad, you are free to explore wherever your feet can take you, anywhere in the world, with baby safely nestled close to you. Ask any mum who breastfed their children and they’ll tell you newborns feed A LOT. Around 8-12 times a day for the first month. This means that if mum needs to get things done during the day, a little extra help from a baby carrier can go a long way! It’s possible to breastfeed in all Ergobaby carriers, allowing mum to truly feed ‘on demand’, wherever she goes**. Choosing the right baby carrier Many new parents prefer to use a baby carrier with their newborn, reassured by the certainty of buckles and straps on a soft structured baby carrier. Others prefer the soft fabrics and flexible nature of a baby wrap, perfect for enjoying some skin to skin with baby in their first few weeks of life. Either style will come in various colours and patterns, so there’s something for everyone!

Ergonomic for parents and babies Holding a baby for any period of time can tire your body, so you want to make sure that your baby carrier is comfortable and supports both you and baby for long periods. Carriers such as those in the Ergobaby range support baby ergonomically in all carry positions – including front outward facing in the Ergobaby 360 and Omni 360 models – and are recognised as hip-healthy products by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. This means that baby’s hips are held in an optimal M-shape carry position, which encourages healthy hip development in infants. For parents, ensuring that baby’s weight is evenly distributed across your body is paramount. Look for crossable, cushioned shoulder straps (as featured on the Ergobaby Adapt and Ergobaby Omni 360 baby carriers). These help to customise the carrier’s fit, particularly for petite frames, and wide waist bands or lumbar support will help prevent backache. Price and longevity A good baby carrier can last from your first born to your fourth, so it’s worth investing in quality. Whilst you can spend upwards of £100 on a branded baby carrier, some can be used

* Hunziker UA, Garr RG. (1986) Increased carrying reduces infant crying: A randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics 77:641-648 ** We recommend first mastering both skills separately, seeking extra advice and support, if needed.

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Look for a carrier with an option to quickly turn baby parent facing if he gets overstimulated and needs your reassurance


Keep your baby close and keep your baby safe. When you’re wearing a sling or carrier, don’t forget the T.I.C.K.S. 3 3 3 3 3 from newborn to 4 years old. Baby wraps can be purchased from around £50, with stretchy wraps tending to be used from newborn to 6 months. Versatility Commonly, you will see small babies carried in a front, parent–facing position in a sling or carrier, but this isn’t the only way you can wear your baby. As she grows and develops, you may prefer to carry in a different position that you and/or your baby find more comfortable. Ergobaby carriers support three or four different carry positions depending on the model. These are front inward facing, hip, back and front outward facing. When shopping for a baby carrier, wearing baby in a front outward facing position is a feature that a lot of parents look for. Although some babies do not enjoy being carried facing outward, many love being able to watch the world around them, exploring new sights and sounds with the comfort of you close behind. Look for a carrier with an option to quickly turn baby parent facing if he gets overstimulated and needs your reassurance. For example, the Ergobaby Omni 360 carrier has an easily adjustable bucket seat for parent–facing and outward–facing positions. For breastfeeding mums, look for a carrier with an integrated cover that can be used for privacy whilst feeding as desired. It is also worth considering when and where you will be using your baby carrier. Some carriers are specifically designed to be used in warmer weather, so feature more lightweight, breathable fabrics. For example, the Ergobaby Cool Air Mesh carriers each incorporate mesh panels to improve airflow to help keep you and baby cool. The Ergobaby Aura Baby Wrap also

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uses a lightweight, breathable material perfect for wearing your new baby close to your skin. Thoughtful extras Having worked with parents and caregivers to fine-tune products, you might find that some carriers come with handy extra features. For example, the Ergobaby Omni 360 carrier comes with a detachable storage pouch so you can carry your little essentials (phone, keys, nappy, wet wipes, etc) without the need to carry an extra bag. Babies are all bound to have accidents, so make sure your carrier choice is machine washable! Whatever you choose always follow the TICKS rule for safe babywearing.

Sling libraries There are babywearing consultants and specialists throughout the UK, who can help advise parents on the right carrier or sling to meet their needs, many of whom have a library of slings for hire, so you can try before you buy. Find your local sling library by visiting

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TIGHT – slings and carriers should be tight enough to hug your baby close to you as this will be most comfortable for you both. Any slack/loose fabric will allow your baby to slump down in the carrier which can hinder their breathing and pull on your back. IN VIEW AT ALL TIMES – you should always be able to see your baby’s face by simply glancing down. The fabric of a sling or carrier should not close around them so you have to open it to check on them. In a cradle position your baby should face upwards not be turned in towards your body. CLOSE ENOUGH TO KISS – your baby’s head should be as close to your chin as is comfortable. By tipping your head forward you should be able to kiss your baby on the head or forehead KEEP CHIN OFF THE CHEST – a baby should never be curled so their chin is forced onto their chest as this can restrict their breathing. Ensure there is always a space of at least a finger width under your baby’s chin. SUPPORTED BACK – in an upright carry a baby should be held comfortably close to the wearer so their back is supported in its natural position and their tummy and chest are against you. If a sling is too loose they can slump which can partially close their airway. (This can be tested by placing a hand on your baby’s back and pressing gently – they should not uncurl or move closer to you.) A baby in a cradle carry in a pouch or ring sling should be positioned carefully with their bottom in the deepest part so the sling does not fold them in half, pressing their chin to their chest.

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SLEEP SAFE, LITTLE ONE! Creating the right environment for sleep

You’ve planned the nursery, chosen the colours, the crib, the carpet, the cool room accessories. Cute little socks and bodysuits all ready for the big arrival! But, what then? When you bring baby home? Eat, sleep, clean, will be the routine for those first few weeks and while they can’t help with the eat or the clean, safer sleep experts at The Gro Company have been helping parents get their babies to sleep for almost 20 years and have some great advice to help you get bedtimes sorted

WHAT TO EXPECT When preparing for your baby’s arrival you need to decide where they will sleep. Leading safe sleep charity The Lullaby Trust recommends that you "place your baby to sleep in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first 6 months". So if your baby is sharing your room what do you need to consider? Firstly how warm is your room? Young babies aren’t able to regulate their temperature; keeping them comfortable and in particular not too warm will help your baby sleep better and more safely. A colour-changing room thermometer such at the stylish Groegg2 will help you easily tell what the temperature is so you can dress your baby appropriately. 16-20°C is the recommended room temperature for a baby to sleep in. Try to distinguish between a night time and daytime routine as initially new babies can’t tell the difference. By creating a dark environment using a blackout blind, such as the Gro Anywhere Blind, when evenings and early mornings are light in summer, your baby will associate darkness with time to sleep, which will be helpful as you introduce a bedtime routine when they get older. Rocking, singing, shushing and patting are all tried-and-tested techniques for settling baby. Keep trying different things until you work out what your baby likes. Sometimes they are not enough though; white noise is a proven way of soothing and calming unsettled little ones. Sleep aids that play white noise such as the soft, cuddly

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Grofriends can be a great help settling young children. With intelligent CrySensor, Grofriends including Ollie the Owl and Bennie the Bear play white noise or a gentle lullaby to soothe baby to sleep before going into standby mode. Your Grofriend will play again if baby stirs, helping to relax and soothe baby back to sleep. With soft glowing adjustable light and two other gentle sounds, a responsive sleep aid like the Grofriends can be a best friend, not just to baby but to mums and dads too. A lot of people find that establishing a bedtime routine, even in the early days, can help settle your baby at night. This is something you may want to try, if it feels right for you. A great routine to try is bath, book, bed. Start with a warm bath, read your baby a lovely book and settle them down for a good night’s sleep. The Groswaddledry is a great towel to use for young babies as it helps to recreate the soothing effects of swaddling, creating a calm and cosy environment to settle them just before bed.

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GUIDE TO SWADDLING Why should I swaddle? Swaddling has well recognised benefits. Dr Harvey Karp, an expert on swaddling, states that it helps babies “soothe faster, stay calmer and sleep longer”. It is comforting for newborns and prevents them from startling themselves with the moro reflex. However, there can be risks associated with swaddling if it is not done properly. How to swaddle safely Issues to be aware of include wrapping too tightly, wrapping in too many layers (overheating), keeping loose fabric away from the head and face, and leaving room around the legs and hips to allow a natural ‘frog-legged’ position for healthy hip development. Babies should also always be placed to sleep on their back. The easiest and quickest way to swaddle safely is to use a specially designed product such as the Grosnug or the hip-healthy Groswaddle. Both products have been recognised as hiphealthy by leading body the International Hip Dysplasia Institute. The Grosnug has unique curved seams that encourage a natural leg position, while night time changes are made easy with a handy bottom-opening zip. The Grosnug provides everything you need in a swaddle and a newborn Grobag, with the option of arms in for an easy swaddle and snug feeling, or arms out for greater freedom. The hip-healthy Groswaddle is a simple to use wrap with a pocket to keep little legs warm while allowing lots of room to wiggle.


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Once your baby can roll, they need to have their arms out so you need to stop swaddling at this point

I’m due in winter / summer and I’m not sure what I need to buy? Remember it is more to do with the temperature of the room your baby is sleeping in than the weather outside. If you take the temperature in the room, you can then use the Gro Company guides to work out what weight of Grosnug or Grobag you need. Also consider daytime naps when temperatures might be higher and you might want a lighter weight option. Our top tip is always have a spare for when one is in the wash!

My baby just won’t go to sleep, what can I do? First make your usual checks – are they hungry, do they need a change, are they otherwise comfortable, not too hot or cold? Then some different things to try include swaddling, white noise, rocking, singing a lullaby, a dark calm environment; some people also swear by baby massage or a bath before bed. All babies are different and their preferences change over time, but it is never too early to start a nice relaxing routine before bed. Try to keep calm and get some rest yourself as soon as you can.

BABY SLEEP BAGS The vast majority of parents now use baby or child sleep bags as a safe, reliable and easyto-use alternative to sheets and blankets, with the reassurance babies can’t kick them off, meaning they don’t wake up cold. When should I move to a baby or child sleep bag? Lots of people swaddle for the first two or three months before moving on to a child sleep bag. However it is entirely up to you and you can use a child sleep bag from birth if your baby is big enough (8.13lbs)

Once your baby can roll, they need to have their arms out so you need to stop swaddling at this point and start thinking about moving them into a Grobag. What to look for when buying a child sleep bag SAFETY FEATURES – Is the product EN Safety Standard approved? Does it have zip guards and covers? Is the zip YKK? Does it have underarm poppers on the 0-6mth size? Does it have a ‘what to wear’ guide? QUALITY – Is it well made, with no rough edges inside? Is it 100 percent cotton? Can it be washed and tumble dried? TOG – Grobags come in 0.5, 1, 2.5 and 3.5 tog options to suit the environment. STYLE – Side zip bags are great for young babies, wrapping around them easily and giving quick access for nappy changing. Travel baby sleep bags are brilliant for holidays or generally if you are out and about a lot as you can transition from car seat or pushchair to cot without disturbing baby. Grobag is the most popular baby sleep bag because of its fantastic quality, careful and accurate sizing and huge range at different prices to choose from. With almost 20 years' experience, over 73 awards and a unique recommendation from the Lullaby Trust, it is a brand parents can trust.

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I’m worried my baby won’t like being swaddled, what should I do? We would recommend the Grosnug. You can use it arms in, or arms out, like a Grobag for a newborn but still nice and comfortably snug on the chest to give your baby reassurance.

Where can we find out more? Find a lot more information about baby sleep bags and safe sleep at


It’s time for bath, book, bed Introducing the brand new award winning Grobath range from The Gro Company. We aim to make parenting easier, and create award winning products that do just that!

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CREATING YOUR PERFECT NURSERY Enjoy planning your new baby's space As you start to prepare for your new arrival, you’ll become increasingly aware of the variety of decisions ahead of you. Although they may seem a little daunting at first, some can be fun and extremely rewarding – not least designing your nursery or choosing your baby’s furniture

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Although tiny in size, your new baby will need lots of storage space

When it comes to designing a nursery the first decision you’ll need to make is on the theme. This could simply follow a colour scheme or you may want to choose something more specific such as a ‘nautical’ or ‘Scandinavian’ look. Being more specific will help guide the rest of the nursery design and will narrow down your search when you’re choosing items to enhance the space. Once you’ve settled on your theme, you’ll most likely want to decorate the walls before moving on to the most exciting part – filling your nursery with beautiful pieces for your new arrival! It’s best to start with the items that require the most space as these are generally the most important pieces, such as a cot bed and storage. If you’ve chosen a specific theme it should be relatively easy to decide on the style of your furniture, opting for classic curved and sleigh designs for a more traditional feel or straight-edged, squared and angular options for a modern look. As the cot bed will probably be the centrepiece of the room, it’s best to choose this first and complement with any matching furniture afterwards. With such a wide selection of cots and cot beds available it’s understandable to be a little overwhelmed but it does mean there’s an option out there to suit every style, budget and space. You’ll need to

think about what’s most important to you now as well as considering whether this will change as your child grows – there are many options that will last you through the toddler years, childhood and even into adulthood. With the help of innovative technology and conversion kits, Boori Expandable cot beds can easily be transformed into a single bed and Boori Convertible Plus cot beds can become a double bed and cosy sofa to suit your family’s changing needs. As well as having the ability to grow with your family, there are other aspects that will contribute to the longevity of a cot bed such as what it’s made of and how it’s put together. You may want to see your cot bed before

Perla Cot Bed and Perla 3 Drawer Chest

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Pioneer Expandable Cot Bed in single bed mode

purchase so you’re able to check it’s made from quality materials and, of course, stands up to the wobble test! Boori cot beds are crafted with premium solid wood that’s chosen for its beauty and durability to ensure each cot bed withstands the bumps and knocks of family life. Once you’ve chosen your cot bed you’ll want to choose a mattress and dress it with bedding to suit your theme. The mattress should be firm, breathable and specifically designed for babies. It’s important to buy your cot bed first as you’ll need to have the correct mattress size for your baby’s safety. Ensure you invest in plenty of fitted sheets (you’ll be surprised!) and look for bedding that’s made from soft-touch cotton to protect your baby’s sensitive skin. Next you’ll need to consider the rest of your nursery furniture. If your cot bed is part of a collection it’ll be easy to find furniture that perfectly matches. Although tiny in size, your new baby will need lots of storage space! Nursery dressers and chests with fully extendable drawers can be useful for all sorts of essentials from bedding and blankets to clothes and nappies. A wardrobe may seem a bit extreme for a newborn baby but it’s important to consider those future stages when you’ll need hanging space as well as drawers. When

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your little one begins to play it’s likely that you’ll be faced with a sea of toys on the bedroom floor to tiptoe around – a low chest-style toy box is a good option so that they’re able to tidy them away themselves when they’re old enough. You’ll need to make sure that, like the Boori toy box, it has added safety features such as soft-close hinges and an air-gap for peace of mind while your child plays. Unfortunately, babies create dirty nappies and you’ll probably want a defined changing area to keep things tidy and make the process slightly more pleasant! In terms of furniture you could simply add a changing station to a dresser or opt for a free-standing ‘tiered’ changer. Both have their advantages; the changing station can be removed when it’s no longer required and the changer has open space underneath so your supplies are more readily available. In terms of essentials for ‘operation nappy change’, you’ll need a changing mat, nappies (of course), wipes, lotions, change of clothes (potentially for you as well as baby!) and toys or a mobile to keep baby happy. If it’s important to you to shop sustainably and be as environmentally friendly as possible, without compromising on the convenience needed in busy family life, there are a couple of things you may want to give thought to when buying your nursery furniture. If your furniture is crafted from wood, is it sustainable? All wood used in the production of Boori furniture comes from FSC-certified and sustainable sources to minimise the effects on the world’s tree population. If you’re looking to keep pollutants in your home to a minimum it’s worth researching the paint or finish of the furniture items you’re purchasing. Boori offers the reassurance that its natural finishes not only look beautiful, but are safe in your home. It is the first nursery furniture brand to achieve Greenguard GOLD certification, meaning its products do not emit any nasty chemicals and therefore do not contribute to the air pollution in your nursery.

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3 Drawer Dresser with Squared Changing Station

When you have most of the functional pieces in your nursery, you can begin to explore décor options to complete your chosen theme. A soft rug is ideal for baby as they learn to sit, crawl and walk, and with so many options available you’ll be able to find something perfect for your space. When choosing your blinds or curtains, blackout is essential to ensure the room is totally dark so baby sleeps soundly at bedtime and naptime. Your decorations and accessories should be a selection of items that bring you and your family joy so that the nursery is a space you will all enjoy spending time in. Planning the nursery should be a fun part of this exciting journey, so ensure you take your time with the process and make it personal to you.

Alice Cot Bed and Curved 2 Drawer Chest Changer

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Parents and grandparents made the most of our pushchair testing track and cars parked indoors (out of the high winds on the day!) to see how userfriendly the shortlisted products really were.

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LET'S MEET THE JUDGES! We believe real parents give the best - and most honest - reviews Winning Gold in the Best Baby & Toddler Gear Awards is a coveted prize. Recognised and highly regarded by families across the UK, the now well-known logo can be seen on hundreds of websites, shopping aisles and even TV ads! Our Best Baby & Toddler Gear Awards hold a lot of prestige because of you – parents and parents-to-be who have rigorously tested every shortlisted item. Families from up and down the country put products to the test, from carriers to cots, toys to teethers, and so much more! It’s a fun and fascinating time to get hands-on with a whole category in a real day-to-day family environment and weigh up what truly meets your needs. We had more than 60 parents and children attend our annual testing days for pushchairs, car seats and furniture. Brand representatives

were there to demonstrate their products, while our testers had to assess each item against a strict set of criteria in order to give a final verdict, having plenty of opportunity to try everything – from folds and harnesses to drawers and mattresses – for themselves. As well as Gold, Silver and Bronze honours up for grabs, we also recognise the people’s champion within each category with the Consumer Choice Award. Voting was available to everyone on the Mumii website with a simple click of a button, and thousands of parents and carers took the time to vote for their favourite products. So, if you are on the lookout for a new product at any stage of your parenting journey, whether you’re pregnant for the first time, experimenting with weaning or braving potty training, or seeking the perfect choices for outdoor play

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for older children, take a look at all our 2018 winners. Nobody understands whether a product is truly worth having like real parents – and their children - so you can be confident that every winner in the Best Baby & Toddler Gear Awards deserves the accolade. Jo Studholme, Editor in Chief, says: “Our Best Baby & Toddler Gear Awards are tested for parents, by parents. As a mother of three, I am always keen to know what products other families think are clever, great value, fantastic quality or just essential! These Awards find out exactly that – and share it. Have a look at our full results – you may spot some well loved brands you expect but also some new kids on the block and some surprises along the way. It may just help you make up your mind about what you need (or want!) to buy next.”

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. .testing fun for everyone We think our mini testers enjoyed the experience too!

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The Joie bold is the winner of the Group 1/2/3 car seat category

WHO WON WHAT... Best Baby and Toddler Gear 2018

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Close and cosy...

Baby Carrier under £75 Integra Solar Baby Carrier Caboo Lite Hippychick Hipseat Caboo Lite

Baby Carrier £75-£130 H H H H

Boba X Baby Tula Toddler Carrier Connecta Baby Carrier Baby Tula Toddler Carrier

Baby Carrier over £130 H H H H


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i-Size Infant Carrier H H H H

Kiddy Evoluna i-Size 2 Cybex Aton M i-Size Joie i-Level Joie i-Level

Group 0+/1 H H H

Joie every stage Diono Radian 5 Joie every stage

i-Size Extended Rear Facing H H


Cosatto All in All Joie every stage FX signature Apramo ALL STAGE Joie every stage FX signature

Group 1/2/3

Joie spin 360 signature Cozy N Safe Merlin Joie spin 360 signature

Extended Rear Facing H H H

Group 0/1/2/3

Cybex Sirona S i-Size Britax Römer DUALFIX i-SIZE


Group 2/3 H H H H

Peg Perego Viaggio 2/3 Flex Apramo Ostara Fix Recaro Monza Nova Evo Seatfix Apramo Ostara Fix

Car Seat Accessory H H H H

Baby Tula Free-to-Grow Baby Carrier Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier Ergobaby Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh Baby Carrier Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier

Joie bold Cybex Pallas S-Fix Ickle Bubba Solar Cybex Pallas S-Fix

Brica Swing! Baby In-Sight Car Mirror Apramo Iris Baby Mirror Deluxe Taf Toys North Pole Feet Fun Car Toy Apramo Iris Baby Mirror Deluxe

Toddler Back Carrier H H H

Thule Sapling Elite Kiddy Adventure Pack Kiddy Adventure Pack

Baby Wrap H H H H

Ergobaby Aura Baby Wrap Moby Fit We Made Me Wuti Wrap AmaWrap

Babywearing Accessory H H H

BundleBean Babywearing Raincover Close Caboo Cocoon Weather Protector BundleBean Babywearing Raincover

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The Boba X won Gold in the Baby Carrier £75-£130 category

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The Merlin from Cozy N Safe gained Silver in the Group 0+/1 car seat category



The wheels to know about... Luxury Pushchair H H H H

Bugaboo Fox Mima xari Diono Quantum Classic Bugaboo Fox

Travel System under £500 H H H H

Roma Vita Infababy MOTO 3 in 1 Travel System My Babiie Billie Faiers MB200+ Rose Gold and Navy Travel System My Babiie Billie Faiers MB200+ Rose Gold and Navy Travel System

Travel System £500-£750 H H H H

Cybex Balios S Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 Special Edition All in One Travel System with Isofix Base Infababy ICON 3 in 1 Travel System Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 Special Edition All in One Travel System with Isofix Base

Travel System over £750 H H H H

ABC Design Salsa 4 Bugaboo Fox Venicci Gold/Black Venicci Gold/Black

The ABC Design Salsa 4 clinched Gold in the Travel System over £750 category

Running Pushchair H H H

Bugaboo Runner Out‘n’About Nipper Sport V4 Out‘n’About Nipper Sport V4

Single Stroller under £175 H H H H

Kiddy Urban Star My Babiie MB51 Gold Edition Chevron Stroller Ickle Bubba Discovery Max Stroller Ickle Bubba Discovery Max Stroller

Single Stroller over £175 H H H H

Bugaboo Bee5 Nuna PEPP Next Cosatto Supa 2018 Bugaboo Bee5

Travel Stroller under £200

The UPPAbaby MINU took the First Pushchair under £600 category

First Pushchair under £600 H H H H

UPPAbaby MINU Joie mytrax flex signature Tutti Bambini Koji BABYZEN YOYO+

First Pushchair £600-£900 H H H

Bugaboo Cameleon3 Joolz Hub Bugaboo Cameleon3

First Pushchair over £900 H H H H

Bugaboo Fox Thule Sleek Diono Quantum2 and Carrycot Bugaboo Fox

All-Terrain Pushchair H H H H

Thule Urban Glide 2 Bugaboo Fox Out‘n’About Nipper Single V4 Out‘n’About Nipper Single V4


Mee-go Trio Joie pact flex signature Cosatto Woosh Britax Holiday

Luxury Tandem Pushchair H H H H

Peg Perego Team Joolz Geo2 Thule Sleek Joolz Geo2

Tandem Pushchair H H H H

Nuna DEMI grow Tutti Bambini Arlo Kids Kargo Fitty Jogger DS Combi Nuna DEMI grow

Classic Pram H H H

Mee-go Milano Peg Perego Primonido Elite Mee-go Milano

Pushchair Accessory H H H H

Onco Deluxe buggy organiser bag SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe Prambibs SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe

Travel Stroller over £200 H H H H

Mima zigi Diono Traverze Cybex Eezy S Cybex Eezy S

Double Pushchair H H H

Out‘n’About Nipper Double V4 Bugaboo Donkey2 Bugaboo Donkey2

Double Stroller H H H

Out‘n’About Little Nipper Double Britax Holiday Double Out‘n’About Little Nipper Double

Pushchair for Twins H H H H

ABC Design Zoom Bugaboo Donkey2 Kids Kargo Duellette BS Combi Bugaboo Donkey2 It was Gold for Peg Perego’s Team in the Luxury Tandem category

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Obaby’s Stamford Sleigh furniture secured the Consumer Choice Award in the Nursing Furniture Set category

Fisher-Price was voted Baby Swing winner


Stylish, safe & secure... Bedside Cot/Crib H H H H

Baby Elegance Kangu Crib Chicco Next2Me Dream purflo Keep Me Close Breathable Bedside Crib Chicco Next2Me Dream

Moses Basket H H H

Shnuggle Dreami Clever Baby Sleeper Little Star Dove Moba Moses Basket Package Little Star Dove Moba Moses Basket Package

Nursery Furniture Set H H H H

Gaia Serona Mee-go Epernay Nursery Furniture Obaby Stamford Sleigh 3 Piece Room Set Obaby Stamford Sleigh 3 Piece Room Set

Cotbed H H H H

Boori Alice Cot Bed TeddyOne Chesterton Cot Bed Obaby Stamford Sleigh Cot Bed Obaby Stamford Sleigh Cot Bed

Mattress H H H H

Travel Cot

Merifor Serenity Mattress Silentnight Safe Nights Superior Pocket Cot Bed Mattress Mothercare Airflow Pocket Spring Mattress Merifor Serenity Mattress

Cot Bedding H H H

The Essential One Hand Embroidered Love Makes a Family Nursery Bedding Range Mothercare Little Bird by Jools Oliver Mothercare Little Bird by Jools Oliver


Highchair H H H H

Joie multiply Cybex Lemo Chair Peg Perego Prima Pappa Zero3 Chicco Polly Magic Relax

TeddyOne Celeste Nursing Chair and Ottoman Kub Nursery Haldon Rocking Chair Obaby Deluxe Reclining Glider Chair with Stool Obaby Deluxe Reclining Glider Chair with Stool

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Snuggle Up Original U-shaped Pregnancy Pillow Summer Infant Ultimate Comfort Body Pillow Summer Infant Ultimate Comfort Body Pillow

Blanket H H H H

Silentnight Safe Nights Bubble Blanket Nuby Luxury Baby Blanket Bizzi Growin Unicorn Knitted Blanket Bizzi Growin Unicorn Knitted Blanket

Swaddle H H H H

The Gro Company Grosnug aden + anais Classic Swaddles Zippy Bamboo Swaddle Blanket Set The Gro Company Grosnug

Toddler Bedding H H H

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Frugi won Gold in the Toddler Bedding category for its reversible Sleepy Single Duvet Set



Frugi Sleepy Single Duvet Set Gro Company Gro to Bed Silentnight Safe Nights Cot Bed Duvet Cover Set Frugi Sleepy Single Duvet Set

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Joie took Gold in the Highchair category

Travel Highchair H H H

Summer Infant Pop ‘N Sit Booster Munchkin GoBoost Travel Booster Seat Munchkin GoBoost Travel Booster Seat

Baby Bouncer/Rocker H H H

Chicco Hoopla Joie wish Joie wish

Baby Swing H H H H

Fisher-Price Rainforest Friends Take-Along Swing & Seat Joie sansa 2in1 Graco Swing ‘n’ Bounce Joie sansa 2in1

Baby Seat H H H

Summer Infant 4 in 1 SuperSeat Snuggle Seat Summer Infant 4 in 1 SuperSeat


The Philips Avent 3-in-1 Electric Steam Steriliser won best Steriliser

Munchkin’s Miracle Stainless Steel 360° Sippy Cup took the top spot for best Toddler/Training Cup


Nurturing little one... Manual Breast Pump H H H H

NatureBond Silicone Breast Pump/ Breastmilk Saver Philips Avent Comfort Manual Breast Pump Milkelle Silicone Breastmilk Collection Pump NatureBond Silicone Breast Pump/ Breastmilk Saver

Electronic Breast Pump H H H H

Ardo Calypso Double Plus Nuby Ultimate Digital Breast Pump yoomi 3-in-1 Electric Breast Pump Nuby Ultimate Digital Breast Pump

Breastfeeding Accessory H H H H

Asda Breast Milk Storage Bags Asda Nipple Shields SnuggleUp Original Nursing Pillow SnuggleUp Original Nursing Pillow

Baby Bottle H H H H

Nuby Natural Touch Easy Latch Anti Colic Bottles Philips Avent Natural 9oz Bottle Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Feeding Bottle Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Feeding Bottle

Feeding Bib H H H

Weaning/Toddler Cutlery

aden + anais Classic Burpy Bibs Asda Little Angels Crumb Catcher Bib 6m+ Asda Little Angels Crumb Catcher Bib 6m+

Weaning Product H H H H

TUM TUM Baby Weaning Set bamboo bamboo Fox Suction Plate Bibetta Weaning Pack bamboo bamboo Fox Suction Plate

Food Preparation for Weaning H H H H

Itsy Blitz Vital Baby BabyFood Pro Beaba Babycook Plus Rose Gold Beaba Babycook Plus Rose Gold

Feeding Bowl/Plate H H H H

bamboo bamboo Suction Bowl and Spoon Set Munchkin Stay Put Suction Bowls Taf Toys Mealtime Monkey Hide & Eat bamboo bamboo Suction Bowl and Spoon Set


Vital Baby Soft Tip Weaning Spoons TUM TUM Easy Scoop Children’s Travel Cutlery Munchkin Scooper Spoon Munchkin Scooper Spoon

Toddler/Training Cup H H H H

Munchkin Miracle Stainless Steel 360° Sippy Cup Haberman 360º Toddler Cup Haberman Cow Cup Nuby Thirsty Kids Captain Quench Cup

Baby Food Brand H H H H

Little Freddie Stage 1 Organic Baby Food Kiddylicious Piccolo Little Freddie Stage 1 Organic Baby Food

Toddler Food Brand H H H H

Annabel Karmel frozen kids’ meals Claudi & Fin Greek Style Frozen Yoghurt Lollies Kiddylicious Kiddylicious

Bottle Feeding Accessory H H H H

Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Day & Night Little Tree Dish & Bottle Cleaning Foam Cognikids Grip Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Day & Night

Steriliser H H H

Philips Avent 3-in-1 Electric Steam Steriliser Nuby Natural Touch Electric Steam Steriliser & Dryer Limited Edition Nuby Natural Touch Electric Steam Steriliser & Dryer Limited Edition

Travel Steriliser H H H

Asda Little Angels Microwave Sterilising Bags Philips Avent Steam Steriliser Bags Philips Avent Steam Steriliser Bags

Gold for aden + anais in the Feeding Bib category

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Time to splash around...

Shnuggle’s Squishy took Silver in the Changing Mat category

The best Baby Towel accolade went to The Gro Company’s Groswaddledry


Baby Bath

Kind to baby, easy to use... Disposable Nappy H H H H

Morrisons Nutmeg Ultra Dry Active Nappy Morrisons Nutmeg Ultra Dry Nappy ASDA Little Angels Comfort & Protect ASDA Little Angels Comfort & Protect

Disposable Newborn Nappy H H H H

ASDA Little Angels Newborn Lidl Lupilu Newborn Morrisons Nutmeg Newborn Nappy Range ASDA Little Angels Newborn

Disposable Training Pants H H H H

Lidl Lupilu Active Plus Pants ASDA Little Angels First Pants Tesco Easy Fit Pants ASDA Little Angels First Pants


Swim Nappy H H H

ASDA Little Angels Swim Pants Splash About New Happy Nappy ASDA Little Angels Swim Pants

Nappy Disposal System H H H

Tommee Tippee Sangenic Tec Nappy Disposal System Korbell Mini Nappy Bin Tommee Tippee Sangenic Tec Nappy Disposal System

Baby Wipes H H H H

Fifi & Friends 100% Biodegradable Organic Cotton Cleansing Wipes Aveeno Baby Daily Care Baby Wipes WaterWipes WaterWipes

Eco-friendly Baby Wipes H H H

Nature Ninety Nine Aqua Wipes Bambo Nature Fragrance-Free Baby Wipes Bambo Nature Fragrance-Free Baby Wipes

Changing Bag under £75

Silver for Bambo Nature in Eco-friendly Baby Wipes

Eco-friendly Disposable Nappy H H H

Little Tree Monster Series Nappies Bambo Nature Newborn Nappies Bambo Nature Newborn Nappies

Reusable Nappy H H H H

Close Pop-in New Gen V2 nappy TotsBots Easyfit Star TotsBots Bamboozle Stretch Close Pop-in New Gen V2 nappy

Reusable Swim Nappy H H H

Close Pop-in Swim Nappy Splash About New Happy Nappy Splash About New Happy Nappy

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Pink Lining Wonder Bag Nuby Deluxe Changing Bag Babymel Robyn Convertible Backpack Nuby Deluxe Changing Bag

Changing Bag £75-£150 H H H H


The Shnuggle Bath Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Safety Swan Tub The Shnuggle Bath

Baby Towel H H H H

The Gro Company Groswaddledry Hippychick Hammam Hooded Towel Molly & Moo Hooded Towel The Gro Company Groswaddledry

Bubble Bath H H H H

Childs Farm Organic Tangerine Bubble Bath Mini-U for Kids Bathtime Bonanza Sebamed Baby Sebamed Wash Extra Soft Childs Farm Organic Tangerine Bubble Bath

Bath Support/Seat H H H H

Angelcare Soft Touch Baby Bath Seat Angelcare Soft Touch Mini Baby Bath Support Skip Hop Moby SoftSpot Sink Bather Angelcare Soft Touch Mini Baby Bath Support

Bathtime Toy H H H H

Shnuggle Wishy Marbel Feed Me Frog Munchkin See & Squirt Mirror Shnuggle Wishy

Babymule Original Zellie Adventure Bag Skip Hop Greenwich Simply Chic Backpack Skip Hop Greenwich Simply Chic Backpack

Changing Bag over £150 H H H H

ABC Design Style Changing Bag Motherknot Colby Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack ABC Design Style Changing Bag

Changing Mat H H H

Splash About Anti-bacterial Changing Mat Shnuggle Squishy Changing Mat Splash About Anti-bacterial Changing Mat

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A Gold Award for Shnuggle’s Wishy in the Bathtime Toy category


My 1st Years takes Gold in Gifts and Keepsakes for Baby

Rosa & Bo won Gold for best Baby Toy for age 12 months plus

Gold for Smallprint in Gifts and Keepsakes for Parent



Keeping busy and learning lots...

Presents to treasure... For Baby

Role Play Toy H H H H

Great Little Trading Company Lolly & Scoop Little Tikes 2-in-1 Food Truck TP Muddy Cook Mud Kitchen TP Muddy Cook Mud Kitchen

For Parent

Toddler Toy H H H H

Playmobil Dump Truck Chicco Goal League Roma Prams Darcie Twin Pushchair Playmobil Dump Truck

Gold for Plum in Outdoor Play Equipment

Wooden Toy

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Chicco First Dreams Baby Bear Bizzi Growin Magical Unicorn Play Gym Taf Toys Laptoy Activity Centre Chicco First Dreams Baby Bear

Baby Toy 12m+ H H H H


H My 1st Years Personalised Prince High Top Trainers H Mary Meyer Itsy Glitzy Musical Swan H Babyblooms My First Year Hamper

Brio My First Railway Battery Operated Train Set Orange Tree Toys Crocodile Stacking Pull Along Brio My First Railway Battery Operated Train Set



Incentive ideas... Toddler Reward System H H

Rosa & Bo Nesting Babies Little Tikes Sports Zone Edushape Curiosity Cubes Rosa & Bo Nesting Babies

Smallprint Hand or Foot Print Silver Barrel Bead on Pandora-style Bracelet The White Company Kimbo Keepsake Box The White Company Kimbo Keepsake Box

TotsUp Red Bus Reward Chart and iOS App TotsUp Red Bus Reward Chart and iOS App

Outdoor Play Equipment H H H

Plum Discovery Woodland Treehouse TP Alpine Cottage Wooden Playhouse Plum Discovery Woodland Treehouse

Ride-on Toy H H H H

Strider 12 Sport Balance Bike (2018) ScuttleBug Globber EVO Comfort ScuttleBug

A Gold for the Strider 12 Sport Balance Bike

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Gold in Toddler Reward System for TotsUp

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HEALTH AND SAFETY Happy, healthy and safe... Baby Skincare H H H H

Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser Babyblooms Moisturising Baby Lotion and Baby Care Cream Gift Set Aveeno Baby Daily Care Baby Moisturising Lotion Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser

Organic Skincare H H H H

Harry & Rose Baby Skincare Gift Set Weleda Baby Derma White Mallow Collection Organic Babies Calming Nappy Cream Weleda Baby Derma White Mallow Collection

Toddler Skincare H H H H

Weleda Kids 2in1 Shampoo & Body Wash Collection Little Tree Hypo-Allergenic Skincare Series Childs Farm Organic Sweet Orange Hair & Body Wash Childs Farm Organic Sweet Orange Hair & Body Wash

The Gro Company picked up a Gold for its Grobag in the Baby Sleeping Bag category

Pregnancy Wellbeing H H H H

Sit & Sigh ORIGINAL Bio-Oil Babycare TENS Elle TENS 2 Babycare TENS Elle TENS 2

Postnatal Wellbeing H H H

Multi-Gyn Maternity Compresses Weleda Nipple Balm Weleda Nipple Balm

Infant Wellbeing H H H Aveeno Baby struck Gold in Toddler Wellbeing

Health and Safety H H H H

Nimble Sticky Stopper Milton Laundry Liquid Nimble Laundry Lover Milton Laundry Liquid

Swim Safety H H H

Original Konfidence Swim Jacket Splash About Go Splash Swim Vest Splash About Go Splash Swim Vest


Halia Rose Kata Necklace Mama + Belle Ava Ruby Port Teething Necklace Mama + Belle Ava Ruby Port Teething Necklace

Teething Product H H H H

Slumber Roo Jellystone Rainbow Stacker Rooba Boo the Bunny Teether Ethan the Fox Teething Toy Ethan the Fox Teething Toy

Toddler Wellbeing H H H H

Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Emollient Cream Epaderm Junior Cream Little Tree Fruity Fresh Toothpaste Epaderm Junior Cream

Sleep Aid for Baby H H H H


Sleepyhead Deluxe+ Pabobo Calm Ocean Musical Projector myHummy The Teddy Bear Collection myHummy The Teddy Bear Collection The Gro Company Groclock Lumie Bedbug The Gro Company Groclock

Video Monitor H H H H

Motorola MBP855 Motorola Halo+ Summer Infant Liv Cam Monitor Motorola MBP855


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Motorola MBP70SN Non-Contact Thermometer Munchkin Cosie Nosie Motorola MBP70SN Non-contact Thermometer

Sleep Aid for Toddler

Motorola picked up a Gold Award in the Video Monitor category

Teething Jewellery


Nuby UberDummy with Steri Pod Tommee Tippee Newborn Soother Nuby UberDummy with Steri Pod

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The Jellystone Rainbow Stacker took the number 1 spot for best Teething Product

Teething Relief H H H

Ashton & Parsons Infants’ Powders Nelsons Teetha Anbesol Liquid and Teething Gel

Baby Sleeping Bag H H H H

The Gro Company Grobag aden + anais Classic Sleeping Bag Silentnight Safe Nights Sleep Bag The Gro Company Grobag

Travel Product H H H H

Little Tree Foaming Hand Sanitizer Skip Hop Stroll & Go Portable Baby Soother Slumbersac Travel Wrap Bag Slumbersac Travel Wrap Bag


CLOTHING Looking good...


Great ideas to make things easier...

BOOKS AND APPS Get them reading...

Maternity Clothing H H H

Tiffany Rose SpeedBump Maternity Activewear Range Tiffany Rose

Maternity/Nursery Lingerie H H H H

Carriwell Padded GelWire Support Nursing Bra Mumba Bra Bravado Designs Original Nursing Bra Mumba Bra

Baby Clothing H H H H

Magnet Mouse Babygrow easigro The Essential One 5 Piece Baby Starter Pack Frugi Dune Dungarees

A Gold for Annabel Karmel’s Baby-Led Weaning Recipe Book

Parenting Book Sleepyhead Deluxe+ picked up Gold in the Most Innovative for Baby


For Baby



Sleepyhead Deluxe+ The Gro Company Groswaddledry Taf Toys Musical Newborn Cosy Gym Slumbersac SlumberWings

For Toddler H H H H

The Gro Company Groromper Splash About Splash Jammers Munchkin CleanSqueeze The Gro Company Groromper

For Parent Gold for Magnet Mouse in Baby Clothing Brand

Baby Footwear H H H H

aidie London Baby Moccasins Dotty Fish Soft Leather Baby and Toddler Shoes Little Grippers Baby and Toddler Socks with Stay On Technology Little Grippers Baby and Toddler Socks with Stay On Technology


Chicco Baby Hug 4-in-1 Flexi Holder Universal Baby Monitor Holder Chicco Baby Hug 4-in-1

Household Product H H H

Indesit eXtra dishwasher with dedicated BabyCare Cycle Drayton Wiser smart heating control system Indesit eXtra dishwasher with dedicated BabyCare Cycle

Nursing Clothing Brand H H H H

Bshirt Lift the Flap Frugi Summer Maxi Dress Tiffany Rose April Nursing Dress Bshirt Lift the Flap

BEST OF BRITISH Top homegrown treats...


Parenting App H H H

Start-Rite Shoes First Steps Collection Dotty Fish Soft Leather Baby and Toddler Shoes Start-Rite Shoes First Steps Collection

Annabel Karmel’s Baby & Toddler Recipe App Kicks Count App Kicks Count App

NEW TO MARKET 2018 The latest must-haves... For Baby H H H H

Zippy Moses Basket Cellular Blanket Tommee Tippee Advanced Anti-Colic Feeding Bottle Shnuggle Washy Shnuggle Washy

For Toddler H H H H

Munchkin SnackCatch & Sip Litecup Baby The Gro Company Groromper The Gro Company Groromper

For Parent H H

Toddler Footwear Brand

Annabel Karmel’s Baby-Led Weaning Recipe Book DK The Day-by-Day Pregnancy Book My Little Sous-Chef Annabel Karmel’s Baby-Led Weaning Recipe Book


Mee-go Venice Child Kangaroo Bravado Designs Clip and Pump Hands-Free Nursing Bra Accessory Chicco Baby Hug 4-in-1 Chicco Baby Hug 4-in-1

Car Shades - Gold and Consumer Choice in Best of British

Best of British Product H H Walking to glory! The First Steps Collection from Start-Rite Shoes


Car Shades Silentnight Safe Nights nursery mattress collection Baby Kingdom Complete collection Car Shades

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Munchkin wins a Gold in New to Market for Toddler

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You now know who has scooped Gold, Silver, Bronze and Consumer Choice in all 129 categories in this year’s Best Baby & Toddler Gear Awards, but over the following pages you can find our more about some of those products, their stand-out features and what our testers had to say about them. With everything from eco-friendly nappies and baby wipes to luxury pushchairs, beautiful nursery furniture and gorgeous gifts - and a whole lot in between - our 2018 inspiration guide contains some must-haves and some lust-haves too, so grab a cuppa, have a browse, and start compiling your shopping wishlist! Best Baby and Toddler Gear 2018 by


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Inspiration for


Buying your pushchair is a big – and exciting – decision! Could one of these award-winners be right for you?

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Bugaboo Fox

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Price: £979 Category: First Pushchair over £900 / All Terrain Pushchair / Luxury Pushchair / Travel System over £750 Website:

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First Pushchair over £900



can easily carry it into your house or car, and use

to maintain their lifestyle once they have children.

the compact fold for stress-free storage. When

Travelling, socialising, shopping or simply being

out and about, it folds in one piece into a neat

outdoors, the Bugaboo Fox allows you to keep

freestanding package.

doing the things you love. Advanced all-wheel suspension offers the most

Made to last from durable materials and recycled fabrics, the Bugaboo Fox can be passed

stable ride on all surfaces, while the new central

through your family as your first child grows up

joint means a smooth journey for your child.

and will still be going strong years later. You can

Pushing and steering feels effortless, making

update the look for a new season or new baby –

navigating busy streets and tight spaces a breeze.

mix and match from the many colour choices for

The Bugaboo Fox is sturdy yet lightweight. You

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First Pushchair over £900

This is a pushchair designed for parents who want

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CONSUMER CHOICE Luxury Pushchair


Luxury Pushchair

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SILVER Travel System over £750

fabrics, wheel caps and handlebar grips.

Designed to last with high-quality, durable materials and recycled fabrics

Reviewer’s thoughts Great style and quality. Easy to use from fold to recline to adjustments. Lots of great features from choosing different styles and fabric colours to suspension on front and back wheels

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Reviewer’s thoughts Love the style. Like the white buttons so you know ehere to press to fold/unfold/recline the pushchair

The smoothest ride, strong yet light and compact, with all-new suspension and central joint system

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ABC Design Salsa 4

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Price: £870 Category: Travel System over £750 Website:


Travel System over £750

The Salsa 4 is a well styled, easy-to-use pushchair

that transporting the carrycot can be done with

with luxury fabrics and finishes throughout.

minimal disturbance to your little one and, thanks

The seat has a three-position recline and can be

to the unique air flow design of the ABC Design

changed between parent and forward-facing with

carrycot, it is also suitable for overnight sleeping.

a simple catch on each side. Carefully designed

Purchasing the Salza 4 as a travel system

backrests provide the perfect angle for support

includes the ABC Design Hazel Group 0+ infant

and an adjustable footrest offers extra comfort, as

car seat, which offers an integrated seat cushion

do the richly padded seat unit and harness pads.

to support your baby’s back and spine, additional

The included carrycot has a deep padded

side impact protection and a 3-point, one-pull

mattress that offers support for your baby’s back,

harness. For even more options, the adaptors

ensuring they will be completely comfortable.

included with the pushchair are also compatible

Its sturdy sides, base and carry handle mean

with Maxi-Cosi, Kiddy and Cybex infant carriers.

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Reviewer’s thoughts All of the features are well thought out and intuitive to use. The harness is particularly good as well as the suspension

Reviewer’s thoughts I was very impressed with the quality of the travel system. It is a fashionable design and has thought of everything to suit both parent and baby. It was surprisingly light and easy to push

Included car seat adaptors allow use with a range of leading car seat brands

A wide choice of accessories means the Salsa 4 can be perfectly tailored to any needs

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Cybex Balios S

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Price: £610 Category: Travel System £500-£750 Website:


Travel System £500-£750

The Balios S from always-innovative and fashionforward Cybex is designed to be a perfect

companion on the go, thanks to its 3-in-1 travel system, four-wheel suspension and big all-terrain wheels, which take parents through city streets and across country with ease.

Reviewer’s thoughts

The pushchair can be used with the new Cot S (suitable from birth to 9kg or approximately 6 months), the matching seat unit or one of the renowned Cybex infant car seats, such as the Aton M i-Size. Easy click-on and click-off memory buttons

A convenient 3-in-1 travel system for maximum flexibility and use

Such amazing quality for the money. The fabric is just beautiful and feels like it’s going to wear well. I absolutely loved this pushchair!

allow you to reverse the seat unit in seconds so

your little passenger can be parent-facing or forward-facing to enjoy the view. The Balios S offers a lovely cosy and comfortable space with the three backrest positions and adjustable leg rest providing the optimum sitting or lying position. The smart one-handed recline function offers a fully lie-flat

All-terrain wheels with fourwheel suspension ensure a smooth ride for parent and child

option, making the Balios S pushchair suitable from birth.

Ickle Bubba Stomp V4 Special Edition

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Price: £599 Category: Travel System £500-£750 Website:


Travel System £500-£750

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SILVER Travel System £500-£750

Inspired by nature, the Stomp V4 Special Edition combines quality and style with value and convenience, taking all the stress out of choosing a compatible pram or carrycot, pushchair and car seat for your little one with an attractive, goanywhere travel system that ticks all the boxes. It comes loaded with special features, including a luxury quilted carrycot liner and contrast-lined double-layer hood, as well as the option of a modern bronze or chrome chassis with matching leatherette handle and bumper bar. Complete with ISOFIX base, Group 0+ car seat, separate carrycot, forward or rear-facing threeposition seat unit and chassis, plus a whole host of accessories, you get everything you need from birth to toddler and a little beyond – including car seat adaptors, raincover, stroller footmuff, changing bag and mat, and even car sun visors. With added design features such as front and rear suspension, lockable front wheels and an extralarge easy-access shopping basket, everyday needs and comforts are covered with flair.

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Reviewer’s thoughts The frame is eye-catching and the fold is easy. The chassis is quite lightweight with a handy fold mechanism

Lightweight and easy to push through town and on grass and paths

All-in-one travel system with ISOFIX base included – no need for additional purchases

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Infababy MOTO 3 in 1 Travel System Price: £449.99 Category: Travel System under £500 Website:

The Infababy MOTO is a feature-packed, easyto-use and aesthetically pleasing travel system with plenty of deluxe touches. As standard, the bumper bars, one for the carrycot and one for the pushchair seat, as well as a soft linen stroller liner that is super-cosy for baby. The soft linen fabric colourway runs through various parts of the system, including the hood and fleeced

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Reviewer’s thoughts

MOTO comes with faux-leather handles and

Specially selected soft linen fabrics are extra cosy for baby

footmuff, to give a beautifully coordinated finish. The chrome frame gives the MOTO that extra classy look and the solid PU rubber wheels keeps it firm to the floor over almost all types of ground conditions.

Really good with steering, suspension and the ease of changing from pram to car seat to pushchair

Included with the system is the stroller, pram, car seat, stroller liner, two bumper bars, luxury fleece footmuff, raincover, puncture-proof tyres and changing bag, meaning you and your little one have everything you need to travel in style and comfort at an exceptionally good-value price tag.

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Seat unit can be used up to 4 years old and the carrycot is super-spacious too

Reviewer’s thoughts Recline is so easy! Love the fact it’s a switch next to the handle

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Bugaboo Bee5

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Price: £549 Category: Single Stroller over £175 Website:


Single Stroller over £175

Designed for getting the most from city living with a newborn or toddler, the Bugaboo Bee5 offers a compact chassis and a one-hand, one-piece fold that makes it easy to hop into a Incorporating every comfort for your little

Wow, what a pushchair. Love the fact it is parent and world facing, love the fact it’ lays flat from birth, love the colour scheme

passenger, this pushchair also drives like a dream. The front wheels have been redesigned to provide additional stability and swivel manoeuvrability, and your child can enjoy the ride from the luxurious padded seat that grows with them – reversing, reclining and extending in just a few clicks. With attachment points built into the chassis, you won’t need adaptors to add on accessories like a Bugaboo cupholder or

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Reviewer’s thoughts

taxi or out of a train.

Mix, match and create your own look with fabric, grips and wheel cap colour options

Bugaboo comfort wheeled board. The Bugaboo Bee5 is the ultimate customisable pushchair – choose from a new range of colours for your seat fabric,

Compact and convenient without compromising on comfort

carrycot and extendable sun canopy, while the changeable grips and wheel caps mean there are even more opportunities to show your style.

Tutti Bambini Koji

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Price: £430 Category: First Pushchair under £600 Website:

BRONZE First Pushchair under £600

Compact, lightweight and stylish, the little-yetlarge Koji is designed for making the most of city life. A choice of two chassis colours and five

Reviewer’s thoughts

accessory pack colours allows full customisation of your stroller to get the look you want.

This pushchair is easy to fold down and the weight of it makes it easy to carry. It handles well and the hood extends to a good length to protect the child from the sun

Koji features a lie-flat seat that is suitable from birth, and can be used in world or parent-facing modes. An optional carrycot is also available, which is suitable for overnight sleeping. The pushchair can be folded with one hand and the seat unit still in place, providing a space saving and hassle-free solution when storing. Cantilever suspension on all four wheels makes the Koji easy to manoeuvre and ensures a smooth ride for your little one, while the

Forward and rearfacing lie-flat seat can be used from birth

puncture-proof tyres give grip and durability.

Compatible with a range of infant car seats to give the convenience of a full travel system

The pushchair accessory pack (sold separately) is made from a water and oilrepellent melange fabric and includes a hood with a concealed mesh window and extendable panel and UV-protective sun visor, padded seat liner, shoulder and crotch pads.

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Price: £584 Category: First Pushchair under £600 Website:

SHORTLISTED First Pushchair under £600

The Babyzen YOYO+ is a pocket-rocket

parent-facing space for your little one to ride

pushchair that combines fashion, functionality

in comfort. From 6 months old, simply change

and safety, eliminating the need for multiple

to the included 6+ fabrics on the same frame,

strollers. Designed to go wherever life takes

and your stroller is ready to accompany baby

you, from city living and everyday errands to

through to early childhood.

car, bus, train or plane, the YOYO+ converts

Famous for its instant one-handed fold and

easily from a full travel system for newborn

unfold and compact overhead cabin luggage

babies to an everyday stroller that can be used

dimensions, the YOYO+ also offers four-wheel

up to 18kg.

suspension, an exclusive ‘soft drive’ system and a

From birth, the YOYO+ can be used with its newborn pack, which creates a lie-flat

choice of stylish colours to make travelling with your baby easier and more enjoyable than ever.

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Reviewer’s thoughts This is ideal for city living as the size is so much smaller than others, along with how tiny it folds and ease of carrying on your shoulder

Featherweight at just 6.6kg

One-handed folding, unfolding… and pushing

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Reviewer’s thoughts Very compact and smart pushchair with many accessories. Ideal for small cars or going on holiday

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Venice Child Kangaroo

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Price: From £699 Category: New to Market for Parent Website:


New to Market for Parent

Born in free-spirited Venice Beach in California, the Venice Child Kangaroo has been brought to the UK by Mee-Go and is designed to ensure everyday adventures are comfortable and stress-free. Not to mention stylish! This attractive pushchair comes complete with carrycot fabrics, car seat adaptors, raincover, insect net, cupholder and footmuff. You can choose from four rich colour options - Twilight Grey, Charcoal, Radiant Orchid and Denim Blue - and the fabrics are not just luxurious but antibacterial, anti-fungal and with integrated UV protection. The Kangaroo features a practical two-wheel mode to keep you moving wherever your travels take you. It is converted with an adjustment of the handle and the push of a button onto two wheels for riding over rough terrain or enjoying a day on the beach - and turned back into four-wheel mode easily without having to disturb your child. The Kangaroo can be folded simply with the seat unit attached and weighs just 10kg. Another

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Anti-fungal, antibacterial fabrics with integrated UV protection in a choice of stylish colours

Reviewer’s thoughts This is one of the most beautiful strollers I have seen. It’s extremely light and easy to push.

Two-wheel mode for the beach and rough terrain


push of a button and it is unfolded again and ready for action!

Out'n'About Nipper Sport V4 Price: £354.95 Category: Running Pushchair Website:

Designed for active parents who want to take baby along too, the Nipper Sport offers unique features to make jogging or off-the-beaten track adventures as a family easier and more enjoyable. The fixed front wheel ensures maximum stability over rough terrain, whilst the large 16” wheels guarantee a smooth ride for your little one and an easier push for you on park runs or even the toughest all-terrain walks. A lightweight aluminium frame with a sleek black finish offers practicality as well as style. The Nipper Sport also boasts a height-adjustable handlebar with a mounted brake lever to govern speed, a multi-position reclining seat, and a large storage pouch with handy storage pockets on the hood. It is also travel system compatible, making it

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Reviewer’s thoughts Product quality is excellent, very comfortable for my son. Very lightweight and easy to manoeuvre. Overall a great running pushchair

The lightest sport buggy on the market today!

quick and simple to run those little errands when your baby has fallen asleep in the car. With a streamlined fold and quick-release wheels, and weighing in at only 9.8kg, the Nipper

Suitable for jogging or all-terrain walking with 16” wheels, rear suspension and fixed front wheel

Sport allows you to go places and move in ways that very few buggies can!

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Thule Sleek

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Price: £959.99 Category: Luxury Tandem Pushchair / First Pushchair over £900 Website:

Outdoors expert Thule has introduced the Sleek to

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SILVER First Pushchair over £900

BRONZE Luxury Tandem Pushchair

Generously sized seat unit with lots of height and leg room for larger babies and toddlers

its range of luxury all-terrain pushchairs, designed to take you and your children everywhere you want to go with ease.

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Suitable from birth with the addition of the spacious, well-ventilated Thule Sleek Bassinet, made to keep your new baby comfortable in any weather, or infant car seat adaptors, the Sleek

Reviewer’s thoughts

converts from a single to a tandem as your family grows, providing generous seating for two.

Very stylish. Love how the seat design matches the shape of pushchair. Harness is lovely and easy to adjust. Great longevity

Thule is all about family adventures and the Sleek’s shock-absorbing four-wheel suspension and no-puncture foam-filled 11” rear tyres give a smooth ride – and an easier push – over rougher ground, while its compact size and lightweight construction make a spin around town a breeze too. The world or parent-facing seat offers three recline positions, while the functionality and

Large puncture-proof tyres and all-round suspension for a smooth ride on rough terrain

attention to detail for parents is impressive. From the zip-top cover on the big cargo basket to the dedicated hook for keeping your changing bag stable and to hand, everything is well thought out.

Bugaboo Donkey2

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Price: £1,315 Category: Double Pushchair / Pushchair for Twins Website:


Double Pushchair

Available in mono, duo and twin modes to

Expand the Bugaboo Donkey2 into a double pushchair or back to a single in a few simple clicks

fit your family now and in the future, the Bugaboo Donkey2 offers a wealth of storage space alongside a host of features for optimum performance. The second generation of the famous Bugaboo Donkey pushchair offers updated all-wheel suspension, foam-filled tyres, side luggage basket cover, and a new palette of fabrics and colours. The sure-footed Donkey2 will tackle any terrain – take it to the beach in its clever two-wheeled position, or lock the front wheels to take on gravel or rougher ground with ease. Choose from Bugaboo’s latest colour palette and customise your pushchair to suit your own style.

Easy to push and manoeuvre with one hand thanks to the front swivel wheels

Reviewer’s thoughts

Versatile. Clever. Will fit through the door surprisingly

The chassis can be expanded in moments to accommodate a second seat, and will fit through standard doors even when fully extended in duo mode. Quickly and easily remove the seat and wheels for storage in smaller spaces or car boots. The Donkey2 can also be purchased in mono mode for £1039 and in twin mode for £1430.

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Peg Perego Team

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Price: From £1,130 Category: Luxury Tandem Pushchair Website:

Peg Perego puts Italian passion, craftsmanship


The single-touch braking system, double

and style into every product detail and its latest

remote front swivel wheel control and large

modular system, Team, is no exception. Team

soft-ride wheels with ball bearings, plus rear

is designed to adapt easily from a single to a

wheel suspension, ensure a very smooth ride for

double and back again as your family grows,

baby and easy push for you. The chassis includes

without compromising on style. The Peg Perego

a large storage basket with easy access in any

G-Matic system attaches a second (equal-sized)

configuration, and the eco-leather handle is

seat unit, Navetta Pop Up or Navetta Elite

extendable for taller parents.

Carrycot and Primo Viaggio SL car seat with one

The Peg Perego Team premium fabrics are

click, without impacting on space, visibility or

available in five colourways, from subtle neutrals

comfort for an older sibling riding alongside.

to more stand-out shades to suit you.

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Luxury Tandem Pushchair

Reviewer’s thoughts What really stood out was the quality of the materials and the thought that went into the carrycot - the zip opening provided ease of access to the baby and great versatility

Reviewer’s thoughts Stylish pushchair with lots of really practical and useful features. The fold is simple and neat for a double pushchair

Premium single that becomes a double with equal space and visibility for both children

Large, parentfriendly basket even in tandem mode

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Tutti Bambini Arlo

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Price: £530 Category: Tandem Pushchair / Pushchair for Twins Website:

Tandem Pushchair

is often an issue for parents, but the seat on the Arlo is generous in its dimensions with an open

Pushchair for Twins

Reviewer’s thoughts

shape that is perfect for older and larger babies and toddlers. Start in single mode and simply

Lovely variety of colours and you can mix and match. Amazing hood, lovely basket space and very easy to remove covers to clean.

purchase an additional tandem seat unit, carrycot or car seat and adaptors when the time is right. Or set up the configuration that works for your twins or siblings from the beginning. Even the second seat is spacious!

parent-facing modes. The optional carrycot is also


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pushchair designed to grow with your family. Size

The Arlo’s seat reclines to lie flat, making it



The Arlo is an adaptable, multi-combination

suitable from birth, and it can be used in world or

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Suitable from birth with lie-flat seat or optional carrycot

suitable for overnight sleeping.

High-quality puncture-proof PU tyres provide excellent grip and durability

Unusually, the water and oil-repellent melange fabrics are bought separately from the pushchair frame in an accessory pack containing the padded seat liner, shoulder and crotch pads, and extendable hood. This comes in five colour choices, from contemporary neutrals to something more vibrant, to suit every individual style.

Out'n'About Nipper Double V4


Price: £524.95 Category: Double Pushchair Website:

The Nipper Double is an ideal choice for parents who require a multipurpose pushchair for two. Slimline at only 72cm, it will glide through a standard doorway and allows the children


Double Pushchair

Slimline and lightweight, go-anywhere side-by-side double buggy

to interact side by side, whilst ensuring they both have the same space and clear view. With independently reclining seats, individual sun

Reviewer’s thoughts

hoods and the option to attach either one or two carrycots, the Nipper Double is capable of comfortably seating two children of different

Lovely pushchair, very comfortable and nice to push, good suspension. Impressive flat fold

ages and sizes, needs and preferences. The Nipper Double is light, manoeuvrable and vibrant, and performs well around town as well as on rough terrain. The air-filled tyres and rear wheel suspension give babies and children a very comfortable and enjoyable ride. The front wheels swivel, making steering a breeze and the buggy easy to push with just one hand! Comfortably seats two children of different ages and sizes with the option to attach carrycot(s)

Complete with must-have features such as an adjustable handlebar, easy-lock pedal brake and handy storage pockets, the Nipper Double really packs a punch.

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Nuna DEMI grow

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Price: £800 Category: Tandem Pushchair Website:

Stylish baby brand Nuna, a favourite with


CONSUMER CHOICE Tandem Pushchair

Functionality and comfort are taken care of

celebrity parents, has released its first pushchair

with custom dual suspension, one-hand recline

for two – the single-to-tandem DEMI grow. With

and adjustable calf support, and the clever zip-

24 different riding modes and the option of a

open all-season seat that offers cosy padding

carrycot or car seat in place of one or both seat

for winter and cool mesh for summer – and is

units, there is the right configuration for every

included on both the pushchair and sibling seats.

outing, whether you have one child, twins, or a

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The DEMI grow’s parent-friendly basket

toddler and baby. Not sure what the future holds?

features two compartments and a market basket

You can buy the DEMI grow as a great single

that both folds with the pushchair and is easily

pushchair from £600 and add the tandem seat

removable to carry on the go. Simply release it

later if you need it.

from the pushchair and tote the basket with ease.

GOLD Tandem Pushchair

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Reviewer’s thoughts Great design. Lots of lovely, practical features which are unique. Very simple to use. Comfortable for both children

24 modes make for clever compatibility however your family grows

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Reviewer’s thoughts Absolutely loved this. More space for toddler underneath. Harness nice and easy to use. Lightweight and fantastic over the bumps

Included market basket makes shopping with baby a breeze!

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Peg Perego Primonido Elite

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Price: £1,080 Category: Classic Pram Website:

This traditionally styled pram is packed with upto-date features. Whether you’re using the elegant

SILVER Classic Pram

A clever aeration system and seasonal accessories ensure all-year-round comfort

chrome chassis with the deluxe carrycot, Giro reversible seat unit or the Primo Viaggio SL car seat, each module is fitted in place with one click. The handle can be adjusted in height and, in line with the classic design, the frame includes a brake bar on the rear wheels. Spring shock absorbers provide maximum comfort for even the tiniest babies, while a large open storage basket completes the look. The carrycot fabric hood and apron can be adapted from summer to winter so your little passenger always travels in optimum conditions. There’s an insect net and UPF50+ UV protection for warmer months, and the All Seasons System regulates the internal airflow. There is a rocking base or stable feet option, and a practical leather carrying handle is built into the hood. The Giro seat unit comes with an apron and raincover as standard, an easily adjusted fourposition backrest and three-position footrest.

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Reviewer’s thoughts This pram just oozes style. Traditional meets modern world. The summer carrycot is simply stunning

Each module is fitted to the chassis with one click using Peg Perego’s G-Matic system



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Price: £39.99 Category: Sleep Aid for Baby Website:

SHORTLISTED Sleep Aid for Baby

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Who hasn’t stood pushing the pram to and fro in a stationary queue or their own living room, scared to stop in case it wakes their sleeping

Reviewer’s thoughts

baby? There’s no doubt that movement is the perfect lullaby, but it’s not always practical to

I love the rocket-shaped design. The dial that controls the speed of vibration was easy to access and use. I think it is truly a game changer

be continually on the go. The Rockit attaches to any make of pram or pushchair and its calming rocking motion helps to soothe babies to sleep or keeps them asleep when you stop wheeling the buggy. With your baby content by your side you can enjoy a coffee in peace or manage the supermarket checkout with both hands. You can even avoid those late-night walks around the block to get your little one to drift off! Scientific tests show the vibration level

Quiet motor makes the Rockit perfect for cafes, restaurants and other public places

closely mimics the normal hand rocking of a pushchair and the soothing movement is gentler than a pushchair moving over paving

Showerproof unit can be used outside or indoors

stones. The Rockit is powered by four AA batteries, which will keep it going for up to 60 hours.

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Joie spin 360 signature Price: £299.00 Category: Group 0+/1 Car Seat Website:

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The spin 360 Group 0+/1 car seat has been a favourite with parents since it launched, with its well thought-out design and easy spin in either

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direction making getting your little one in and out a breeze and allowing your growing toddler to

The spin 360 signature is a beautiful car seat. It provides great comfort and recline. The 360o spin is effortless and time saving.

remain extended rear-facing in comfort right up to 18kg or around 4 years old. Combining safety and functionality, the spin 360 has a streamlined and compact base and ISOFIX installation. The seat itself offers five recline positions and a Grow Together headrest and harness system, which moves through multiple heights. There’s a removable infant insert and ventilated sides provide great airflow. The Joie signature range, which encompasses pushchairs and car seats, marries richly woven and blended fabrics, padded in plush block-quilting, with accents in beautifully aged cognac-hued faux leather. The overall effect is deluxe and inviting! Even better, the spin 360 signature comes with an interchangeable mesh-lined summer seat cover for

This seat spins either way to make access easy from both sides

Plush, deluxe cushioning and fabrics

cool comfort in toasty temperatures.

Apramo Ostara Fix

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Price: £119 Category: Group 2/3 Car Seat Website:

Group 2/3 Car Seat

technology and a secure, comfortable ride

the Apramo Ostara Fix incorporates ISOFIX

Group 2/3 Car Seat

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Seven-position, easy-to-adjust ergonomic headrest

connectors, together with superior side-impact

I like this car seat a lot. It has a very handy head height measure. It is very light and easy to get into the car. Certainly value for money

protection for enhanced safety and stability. It’s really easy to install and use, and features a seven-height, quick-to-alter ergonomic headrest to grow with your child for optimum

positioning at every stage (adjust until there is a space of two fingers’ width between the headrest and your child’s shoulder). The fabrics are extra-thick for added comfort and the rapid-fit seat covers are also fast to remove for convenient cleaning when the inevitable spills happen. They are available

ISOFIX connectors and superior side impact protection for safety and stability

in a choice of three smart, unisex colours that will last until your child no longer needs a car seat – Flame Red, Steel Grey and Ink Black.

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your child benefits from advanced safety

Suitable from 15kg (approximately 3 years),



This Group 2/3 highback car seat ensures

right up to the age of 12 (or 36kg in weight).

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Kiddy Evoluna i-Size 2 with base Price: £409 Category: i-Size Infant Carrier Website:

The Kiddy Evoluna i-Size 2, like its award-winning

testing front and rear impacts, rollover

predecessor, offers maximum protection for

situations, and side impacts.

an infant from birth to 83cm (approximately 15 months).

The optimised side impact protection, as well as the one-click attachment to the Kiddy

The Evoluna i-Size 2 offers the worlds first lieflat technology inside and outside the car, which promotes easier breathing for baby. Kiddy patented

ISOFIX Base 2, not only makes this infant car seat secure but also highly user-friendly. With its generous size and flat lying

lie-flat technology also allows for an air pocket

position, as well as the individualised

under the child that helps with air circulation.

adaptation to the size of the baby, it is also

The Evoluna i-Size 2 meets the latest and stricter ECE-R129 (i-Size) standard; intensively

a convenient alternative to the carrycot for buggies.

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Reviewer’s thoughts Like the lie-flat option and ease of fitting into and out of the car. Also love how easy it is to release from pushchair base

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Reviewer’s thoughts The seat had great safety features. I like the strap adjustment - no fiddling with buckles. The choices of colour are good too

Maximum side impact protection with additional side impact devices

Lie-flat technology for inside and outside the car

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Joie every stage Price: £180 Category: Extended Rear Facing Car Seat Website:

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The Joie every stage is a Group 0+/1/2/3 car seat that is actually four seats in one – it holds, hugs, adapts and protects every step of the way,

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beginning as a rear-facing seat from birth to 18kg and converting to a forward-facing seat from

Love this car seat. Easy to use and perfect style. Very comfortable seat and position for little one

9-36kg. This seat is built for the optimum safety of your little one, with Guard Surround Safety panels adding layers of side impact protection, while the steelreinforced frame absorbs energy upon impact. The every stage grows with your child, extending upwards and outwards simultaneously so as the headrest is raised, the AutoAdjust sides expand, giving a comfortable custom fit. The headrest itself is easily adjusted with one hand to 10 height positions, and the Grow Together system means the harness is moved with it - so no fiddly re-threading of straps. Particularly welcome if the seat is sometimes used by another child.

Guard surround safety panel can be individually activated for extra room in vehicle

Car seat grows with child from birth to 12 years

Multiple recline positions and handy side storage pockets make the travelling experience better for passengers at every age.


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Price: £389 Category: Group 0/1/2/3 Car Seat Website:

BRONZE Group 0/1/2/3 Car Seat

Made to transport your child in safety and

comfort from birth up to approximately 12 years or 36kg, the ALL STAGE from Apramo could be the one and only car seat you will ever need! With integrated ISOFIX connectors

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for easy installation, 5-point harness with integrated parental alert buckle, multi-stage recline and 360-degree rotation to change from forward to rear-facing in a matter of

Rear-facing up to 18kg or approximately 4 years old

I love the swivel function making it so easy to put a child in. Well padded, looks nice and great safety features

seconds, the ALL STAGE is suitable to use rear-facing up to 18kg (around 4 years old) and is the only Group 0+/1/2/3 car seat available

in the UK to contain all of these key features in one! A stylish seat in a choice of Midnight Black, Slate Grey, Royal Blue and Chilli Red, it will also accommodate your child’s more grown-up tastes as they get older, while the 16-position height adjustable headrest will ensure the right fit at every age.

360-degree rotation

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Apramo Iris Baby Mirror Deluxe Price: £19.99 Category: Car Seat Accessory Website:

With babies and toddlers increasingly remaining rear-facing in the car for longer, the need for a good baby mirror to allow you to

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check on your little one at a glance from the front seat is greater than ever. Apramo offers a range of such mirrors, all quickly positioned in any car and giving you the ability to see

I loved this product. It has a large mirror area to get a good view of baby with a quick glance. The remote-control light is a winner when driving in the night

immediately via the rear-view mirror if your passenger has fallen asleep, is content, or has dropped their toy or soother. The clever Iris Deluxe Mirror features an illuminating edge,

which can be easily activated manually or via the included remote control, to offer that same peace of mind when travelling after-dark - a particular bonus in the winter months. The remote can be clipped to the sun visor so that parents can safely check on their baby at the click of a button. The mirror attaches to the headrest easily and securely, and can be

Remote-controlled illumination so you can check on your little one in an instant

angled for the best view. For reassurance during day and night-time journeys

Car Shades

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Price: £82 Category: Best of British / Travel Product Website:

SHORTLISTED Travel Product

Car Shades are tailor-made in Britain to the make and model of your car so that they fit the entire window perfectly. No more ill-fitting shades that the sun always seems to find a

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way round, shining directly onto your sleeping baby’s face or into your child’s eyes. And shades that stick to the window with a sucker and fall

I liked that they are clipped to the frame, meaning that my son cannot pull them down and also he can have his window down at the same time

off at the slightest bump in the road are a thing of the past too! What’s more, Car Shades are actually independent of the glass so you can wind the window down and the shade stays up to keep your little ones cool. All sets are supplied with shades for the rear passenger windows, boot window and any parcel shelf windows on your car, which has the added benefit of increasing security and makes them a great alternative to window tints or privacy glass. They’re also easy to fit

Independent of the glass so the window can come down and the shade stays up

Shades supplied for all rear windows of the car including the boot

in approximately 10 minutes or less, using patented Car Shades clips, and delivery is free within the UK.

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Looking for the best way to try babywearing? These ergonomically designed carriers are made for your little one and you

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Boba X Price: £125 Category: Baby carrier £75-£130 Website: www.

Working with sling consultants and babywearing educators, Boba has designed a feature-rich, versatile baby carrier that effortlessly transforms

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into a practical, generous toddler carrier – the NEW Boba X!

It is well made and comfortable to wear. The added bonus is its longevity as it’s suitable from newborn to toddlerhood, integrating an extendable back panel and very easy to adjust between sizes meaning that it’s excellent value for money

The fully adjustable back panel ‘micro-adjusts’ to grow with your baby, supporting their natural hip development in both front and back carry positions, with additional ‘zip-on’ seat extenders to ensure adequate support for taller children. A

generously padded waistband, supportive sleep hood and legs-out padding complete the comfort package for both wearer and rider. Add dual adjustable, crossable shoulder straps, perfect fit adjusters (PFAs) and thoughtful features like the shoulder tab to keep your bag in place and sleek zippered waist pocket for your phone, and you have a perfect carrier for everyday use. From the very littlest to a spirited toddler, you can rely on your Boba X buckle carrier, which has been tested to EU safety standard EN13209:2015 for complete assurance.

Designed to fit almost everyone, from petite to plus-sizes

Ergonomic in all positions, front and back carry

Ergobaby Aura Baby Wrap Price: £49.90 Category: Baby Wrap Website:

Lightweight and thoughtfully designed for anyone lacking experience or confidence using wraps, the Ergobaby Aura is ideal for new parents and newborn babies. Its clever guiding edge makes it easier to tie, while an integrated pocket and storage handle ensures it is superconvenient to take with you anywhere. The Aura is made from breathable, light yet durable fabric to keep baby cooler, even when nestled so close to you in warm weather or indoors. The material is also ultra-soft and gentle on your baby’s delicate skin – and machine washable to make life simpler. Made to support your little one from 8-30lb (3.6-13.6kg), one size fits most parents, from

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Light and breathable fabric to keep baby at a comfortable temperature

It’s a really soft and lightweight wrap with a very handy little pocket. My newborn looked so comfy in it

petite to plus size. Your baby’s weight is evenly distributed on your back and hips, especially important in the early days after giving birth and as your little one grows bigger and heavier, and your baby is held in an ergonomic M-shape leg position for optimum development.

Easy to tie with guiding edge, ideal for wrap beginners

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Whether you’re going all-out interior designer or just looking for the most practical option, choosing furniture for the new nursery is a lovely time

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Chicco Baby Hug 4-in-1

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Price: £199 Categories: Most Innovative for Parent / New to Market for Parent Website:

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Most Innovative for Parent

New to Market for Parent

As your baby grows, the different configurations of the Baby Hug 4-in-1 can be adapted to suit your changing requirements, providing the ideal solution to all parents’ indoor needs Four different functions as baby grows, saving money on additional products

From a crib, the Baby Hug can then be transformed into a chair for when little ones are ready to sit up and see the world, which can also be reclined to aid reflux or congestion. The chair also features an attachable electronic toy bar to provide stimulation and keep your baby entertained. When it comes to mealtimes, the Baby Hug turns into a highchair with adjustable heights so it is always at the optimum position. When your little one want to play, it can be adapted again into a handy first play seat. The Baby Hug 4-in-1 comes with wheels, making it easily manoeuvrable between rooms and meaning parents can keep their baby close by while knowing they are safe at all times.

Reviewer’s thoughts Overall I have enjoyed this product and I would definitely recommend it. I feel it is a very useful, innovative and space saving baby product that is easy on the eye and will make life as a new parent that bit easier, as well as being great value for money.

Wheels make it easy to move the Baby Hug 4-in-1 around your home

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Reviewer’s thoughts Loving the colour as its great for both sexes. Really comfy inside and such a great size space for napping. ?

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Boori Alice Cot Bed Price: £299 Category: Cotbed Website:

Built from premium, sustainable wood, the Alice Cot Bed features a subtle, curved design with simple detailing, making it a stunning addition to any nursery. When the time comes, the cot is easily converted into a toddler bed that will last your little one until around 5 years old. A Designed to last from birth to around 5 years

matching Boori Toddler Guard Panel is available separately to ease the transition if required. The Alice Cot Bed is available in a choice of pure White or Pebble, which is an attractive and stylish cloud-grey – both are timeless colours

“ ” Summer Infant By Your Bed Sleeper designed to suit modern and classic interiors and remain perfectly in keeping as your child grows and the nursery becomes a bedroom. Boori’s

unique paint finish is Greenguard Gold certified,

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giving you the reassurance that it’s free from

nasty chemicals and doesn’t contribute to the air pollution in your home.

A beautiful Boori Curved 2 Drawer Chest

Changer is available in the same choice of

finishes if you’d like coordinated storage to sit

Greenguard Gold-certified safe paint finish in a choice of two classic colours

This cot is perfect for everyone - it looks really nice, it is well built and the price is right. The design isn’t fussy so it will be easy to keep clean

alongside your Alice Cot Bed.


Price: £129.99 Category: Bedside Cot/Crib Website:

Designed to make those first exhausting weeks of early parenthood a little bit easier, the By

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Soothing unit with vibrations, sounds and a soft-glow nightlight

Your Bed Sleeper offers a safe alternative to bed sharing and is the only bedside crib with

Adjustable incline to elevate baby’s head for a more comfortable sleep

adjustable incline to elevate baby’s head for a

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more comfortable night’s sleep. Its height-adjustable frame and legs that simply slide under the bed allow baby to sleep right by your side while still occupying a safe space. The breathable mesh sides of the

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sleeper let parents see their baby easily whilst ensuring optimum air circulation for peace of

We like how the Summer Infant cot has a modern minimalist look to it with a large mesh area to keep an eye on your little one

mind. The By Your Bed Sleeper also features a soothing unit, to help ease little ones to sleep with vibrations, sounds and a soft-glow nightlight. Additionally, the sleeper can be gently rocked manually, without tired parents having to get out of bed. It comes in a soft grey with on-trend subtle teal accents to look stylish in any bedroom too.

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Baby Elegance Kangu Crib Price: £129 Category: Bedside Cot/Crib Website:

Keeping your sleeping baby close to you is

Anyone who has tried to sneak out of a room

easy with the Kangu Crib, meaning you can get

without waking baby knows that they seem to

on with everything you have to do as a busy

sense if you’re there, even in sleep! The Kangu

new parent – and maybe even sit down with

Crib, which is suitable from birth to 6 months,

a coffee! – with the confidence that you will

offers that reassurance to both of you, allowing

know instantly if your little one needs anything.

baby to rest soundly in familiar surroundings

Lightweight with a super-simple one-handed

and you to relax. At night, it is the perfect height

fold and a carry handle, the Kangu Crib can be

to position next to your bed so you’re just

taken from room to room with ease so wherever

an arm’s reach away. The legs can be fixed in

you go, baby can come too.

position or adjusted for a gentle rocking motion.

Reviewer’s thoughts The ability to fold it to move is genius in its simplicity. It’s so light too that I’ve been using it upstairs at night and taking it downstairs during the day

Allows baby to sleep soundly in familiar surroundings

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Reviewer’s thoughts Easy single–handed flat fold with carry handle

We absolutely loved the ease of use and functionality of it! We found the cot offers a very satisfying sleep to our newborn

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Gaia Baby Serena Complete Sleep Price: £599.99 Category: Nursery Furniture Set Website:

The Gaia Serena Complete Sleep system grows

transitions smoothly to Stage 3 First Bed (parts

in perfect symmetry with your baby from birth

included). You can also extend the life of your

up to 5 years old. With its soft contours and

Complete Sleep with the Junior Bed Extension

smooth flowing lines the Gaia Baby Complete

Kit (sold separately) for kids up to 10 years.

Sleep creates a tranquil and calm environment for your baby’s sleep. The first stage Maxi Cot securely and comfortably accommodates a child from newborn. As baby becomes an inquisitive toddler, gently transition to the Stage 2 Toddler Bed (parts included). For the first steps towards independent sleeping, the Toddler Bed

Gaia’s Serena Complete Sleep won Gold in the Nursery Furniture Set category in this year’s awards, paired with the complementary Serena Rocking/Feeding Chair and the Serena Footstool at a total cost of £1199.97.

4-in-1 Complete Sleep system evolves for use from birth to 5 years

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Made from solid birch

Wonderful product, very well made and very modern. Good value for money with longevity

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Reviewer’s thoughts It looks stunning and the contemporary style will still look great as your baby gets older and the bedroom theme changes


Sleepyhead Deluxe+

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Price: £130 Category: Sleep Aid for Baby / Most Innovative for Baby / Travel Product Website:

Designed to help reinvent the womb, the multifunctional Sleepyhead Deluxe+ is like a portable

even be taken into the maternity ward. Lightweight and highly portable, it’s easy to

hug – babies just love them! Perfect for use

use in every room in the house as well as to take

around the house and on the go, the Deluxe+

with you so your baby has their own space away

has been voluntarily tested, and is used in NHS

from home too.

children’s hospitals and on pediatric wards. Suitable from birth (including premature

Sleepyhead’s philosophy is that parents should never have to choose between style and

babies), the Deluxe+ can be used for tummy

function, which is why the Deluxe+ is available

time, co-sleeping and changing. Each part can be

with a beautiful collection of covers to mix

washed at 60°C (40°C for the mattress pad) for

and match to complement your own personal

excellent hygiene. The Sleephead Deluxe+ can

interiors aesthetic.

SHORTLISTED Travel Product

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Reviewer’s thoughts It is a fab alternative to a travel cot. It is lightweight and portable so can be used anywhere in the house. We also co-slept safely with this on our bed

Voluntarily tested for firmness and air-permeability, Sleepyhead greatly surpasses all British Standards

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Patented toy loops make the pod compatible with Sleepyhead Toy Arches and Toy Sets for play time

Reviewer’s thoughts Overall I would say this is something I would recommend for other parents. It’s a lovely safe space for your baby to sleep for daytime naps or on the go, or even if you co-sleep

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TeddyOne Celeste Nursing Chair & Ottoman Price: £799 Category: Nursing Chair Website:

Stylish and comfortable, the Celeste Nursing Chair has been created as a relaxing place to nurture your little one, from morning cuddles to midnight feeds. This luxury chair comes with its own ottoman, which shares the same beautifully upholstered, soft chenille fabric and attention to detail on the piping and finishes. The Celeste chair has both rocker rails and legs, made from sturdy hardwood and easily fixed securely to the frame, giving you two chairs in one to provide optimum comfort for you and your baby. TeddyOne chairs are designed and engineered to the highest safety standards, meeting or exceeding those set by the British

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Soft, deeply padded fabrics for optimum comfort

Reviewer’s thoughts Very comfortable with a sofa quality. Good height for a nursing chair, making it very easy to feed and comfort baby at the same time

Standards Institution, having undergone rigorous testing by independent laboratories for compliance, so you can use them with complete confidence. The Celeste Nursing Chair is likely to become such a favourite cosy space that it Converts easily in minutes from rocker to armchair

will be a permanent fixture in your home, after feeding and well beyond!

Obaby Stamford Classic 3-Piece Room Set has been created to offer families the perfect combination of style, quality and practicality. At the heart of the collection is the beautiful Stamford


CONSUMER CHOICE Nursery Furniture Set

Choose from White, Taupe Grey and the independent retailer exclusive Warm Grey to complement any room design

BRONZE Nursery Furniture Set

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Classic Sleigh Cot Bed, with its elegant scroll design offering traditional styling with a contemporary finish. The included changing unit and wardrobe are an ideal choice for parents looking for

Also available in Space Saver, Mini and Luxe sizes – perfect for any size of nursery

attractive design without compromising on features and functionality, and offering all the storage options you could possible need. As your child grows, so does the Stamford Classic Sleigh Cot Bed. Once your little one is old enough to progress to a bed, the sides can be removed and the ends split down to make a perfectly sized junior bed, giving a comfortable night’s sleep for years to come. The Classic Sleigh Cot Bed also features a matching drawer that slides neatly under the classic cot bed and provides parents with that much-needed extra storage without taking up valuable space elsewhere.

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Price: £1,099.99 Category: Nursery Furniture Set Website:

The Stamford furniture range from Obaby

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The Stamford is a very lovely 3-piece set with a good finish and very good value for money

Handcrafted nursery furniture that becomes part of the family

To mark the launch of TeddyOne, 200 sets of limited edition pieces come with a 10 per cent discount, complete with free White Glove delivery service. Five of these come with a unique golden TeddyOne Bear – find one in your cot bed and you’ll receive your money back. WWW.TEDDYONE.UK


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Highchairs, breast pumps, bottles and preparation products... Everything in this section is made to help with feeding from baby to toddler and beyond

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Summer Infant 4 in 1 SuperSeat

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Price: £44.99 Category: Baby Seat Website:




Baby Seat

The clever 4 in 1 SuperSeat offers 360° of floortime feeding and activity fun plus a booster in one. This versatile floor seat includes four unique Multi-sensory toys to stimulate hand-eye coordination

stages to accommodate younger children while they grow, as an infant seat positioner, activity centre, feeding seat and booster. The soft foam support seat provides a secure

and comfortable area for infants learning to sit unaided, while the 360° activity centre offers multi-sensory toys to stimulate hand-eye coordination, including a track toy with glider beads, spinner ball, shaped teethers and a built-

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in shape sorter. The feeding seat is ideal for weaning and transitions to a booster seat as your baby gets older for added longevity. The 3-point safety harness and chair straps ensure little ones can sit at the family dining table securely and comfortably to feel involved at meal times, and the removable, dishwasher-safe tray allows parents to clean up the inevitable mess quickly and easily!

Unique, multi-functional design that grows with your little one

Cybex Lemo Chair

This seat was brilliant! Not only is it a play system but also a food serving chair, that can also grow to be a booster seat. It is super-easy to clean and to get the child in and out of

Price: £260 Category: Highchair Website:

Always-stylish Cybex has expanded its home collection with the introduction of the ultraadaptable LEMO chair. Inspired by classic pieces

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of furniture, it follows Cybex’s key principles of design, safety and functionality, offering a modern

The design is really stylish! Set up as a chair or as a highchair it is really modern looking and just looks like a piece of furniture. It really will fit forever as a piece of furniture in your home

and convenient solution that can be used from 6 months right through to 99 years of age! This highchair grows with your child to meet the evolving requirements of your family and your home. The LEMO can be used with the Bouncer attachment from birth and as a highchair from approximately 6 months or 9kg using the baby set accessory, then parents can simply remove the attachments when a child is older to create a chair designed to fit your lifestyle at every stage. Short of a chair when guests come round? The intuitive one-hand adjustment system means you

Smooth one-hand adjustment allows easy height and depth change in seconds for different users

can easily switch the height and depth of your LEMO chair from baby to adult in seconds. Cybex

Easy to assemble, taking only four screws to fit, without compromising on safety

offers the chair in wood and aluminium or plastic and aluminium, so you can customise your choice and there are six colour options.

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Peg Perego Prima Pappa Zero3


Price: £130 Category: Highchair Website:

While the Prima Pappa Zero3 is the smallest highchair in Peg Perego’s range, it punches above its weight in terms of features and comfort, not least with its multi-function use as a first recliner for baby as well as a highchair. It boasts seven height positions so the highchair can be adjusted as your little one grows, and the detachable tray allows an older child to eat at any table with the rest of the family. The Comfort Recline System can be used from birth because the backrest can be tilted by over 150° as the seat moves forwards simultaneously. The chair is compact and lightweight, making it easy to move around, and when folded it takes up little room. Thoughtful touches such as the double removable tray with a cup/bottle holder, which is dishwasher

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BRONZE Highchair

Reviewer’s thoughts The design of the highchair is really lovely. The leatherette seat is stylish and easy to wipe. The straps come off easily for washing and the entire highchair is wipeable

The Comfort Recline System tilts the backrest by over 150° as the seat moves forwards

safe, wipe-clean upholstery and a handy tray

Seven height positions and a removable tray mean your child can eat at any table

storage area on the rear legs of the highchair, demonstrate how well Peg Perego understands family life today.

Apramo Flippa Dining Booster

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Price: £44.99 Category: Highchair Website:


Available in a fantastic range of colours to brighten up your home, the Flippa Dining Booster seat from Apramo is fun, stylish and a practical answer to every family’s meal or snack time needs. Easy and safe to secure to a standard dining chair, and use with or without the included wipe-clean tray, the Flippa allows baby to be close and part of the family sitting around the table together, helping to create the ideal eating environment. With its aluminium legs, this booster seat is super-lightweight and its four adjustable rubber feet provide stability and support during meals. It can be fitted to most standard dining chairs with a backrest (H50 x W29cm). Easily portable, so perfect for eating out, visits to relatives and even camping trips, the Flippa simply folds in three easy steps into a neat package that can just be popped into the car boot or even your luggage, giving your little one a safe place to play as well as eat once you’re there.

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Reviewer’s thoughts A fantastic multifunctional booster chair. It has adjustable feet on the legs to make it sturdy and straps that attach it onto the chair. We found it very simple to do and perfect when dining out

Legs are lightweight aluminium with adjustable rubber feet for stability

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Lightweight, foldable design, easy to adjust and carry


Tommee Tippee Advanced Anti-Colic Feeding Bottle Price: From £7.79 Category: New to Market for Baby Website:

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These specialist bottles from Tommee Tippee are designed to relieve the distress caused by colic, reducing the symptoms for less wind,

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less spit-up, less discomfort – and happier babies and parents. The unique three-piece

The anti-colic seemed to work for my baby boy as he has suffered with colic in the past but with these bottles he has been fine!

anti-colic technology draws air away from the milk and the star valve keeps milk from travelling up the tube, meaning an 80 percent reduction in wind and reflux (and no leaks either). Plus, a built-in heat sensing straw turns pink when baby’s feed is too hot, giving you extra reassurance that your milk is just the right temperature so both you and baby can feed comfortably. The Advanced Anti-Colic bottle comes with Tommee Tippee’s breast-like teat for an easy,

Star valve prevents milk travelling back up the tube, so no leaks

natural latch and guaranteed acceptance. The

Unique three-piece anti-colic straw draws air away from milk, meaning 80 percent less wind and reflux

bottle is ergonomically shaped to be easy to hold and can be used with a slow-flow teat for newborn babies.

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Feeding Bottle Price: From £6.49 Category: Feeding Bottle Website:

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BRONZE Feeding Bottle

Tommee Tippee’s Closer to Nature bottles are inspired by what babies love most: mum. With the most breast-like teat ever made, this bottle

Optimum venting valve with slow flow teat for less air intake and less discomfort for your baby

flexes like mum and feels like mum because babies prefer it that way. In fact, the Closer to Nature bottle has guaranteed acceptance, with more than 92 percent of surveyed parents reporting that even babies who had never previously taken a bottle accepted in within three attempts. The breast-like shape encourages a natural, easy latch, while the smooth silicone teat feels closer to skin. There is an anti-colic valve incorporated into the teat to reduce air ingestion. Closer to Nature bottles are compatible

Easy latch-on teat for smooth transition between breast and bottle

with a range of Closer to Nature teats for the slow, medium, fast or vari-flow speed to suit your little one as they grow. The bottles come in a choice of sizes, pack sizes, colours and decorations for the best possible match for your family, budget and preferences.

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Reviewer’s thoughts As a busy parent who looks for ease of use, the first thing that came to mind was how easy this bottle would be to wash, and I was not disappointed! . The shape also makes this product a pleasure to use during feeding

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Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Day & Night Price: £130 Category: Bottle Feeding Accessory Website:

In addition to all the welcome features of the

Quietly prepares bottles while the household sleeps with volume control

original Perfect Prep, the new Perfect Prep Day & Night machine has a volume control to prepare bottles quietly without waking the household – if baby hasn’t already! Sleepy mums and dads will appreciate the gently

glowing nightlight, which allows you to prepare bottles without turning on the main light, while the digital display is simple to follow, making feeding time quick and easy.

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As all parents know, when your baby is hungry they don’t want to wait! With the Perfect

This product is amazing and makes feeding time so much quicker and easier. You don’t have the stress of having to wait for a bottle to cool or the kettle to boil and then cool as it can be a long and stressful process

Prep from Tommee Tippee you can be sure of an accurately prepared bottle at the ideal body temperature every time – delivered in just two minutes. No more desperate soothing while the kettle takes an age to boil or you try to cool the bottle faster. With the speed and efficiency of the Perfect Prep Day & Night, combined with its gentle night-feed-friendly additions, there’s more chance of your satisfied little one – and

A fresh feed for baby at optimum temperature in two minutes

you – drifting quickly back to sleep.

Bshirt Lift the Flap

Price: £19.99 Category: Nursing Clothing Brand Website:

The Bshirt is a multi-award winning

Visit the website for inspiration and to see the Bshirt paired with clothes from the latest high-street collections

breastfeeding vest top designed to improve women’s confidence breastfeeding in public. The Lift the Flap looks just like a normal vest top so can be worn on its own or underneath a mother’s favorite clothes. Made in a range of

colours from wardrobe staples like black and white to something brighter, it’s designed to be worn with regular clothes to enable new mums to keep their sense of personal style and feel

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like themselves again. When baby wants to feed, it really is as simple as lifting the flap to allow you to unclip your nursing bra and your little one to latch on easily. The Bshirt is ethically made with super-soft organic cotton and is available in sizes 8 to 18. The brand is a social business founded by two mumpreneurs with many years of

Feed your baby in public without exposing more than you’re happy with or dealing with draped muslins or scarves

breastfeeding experience between them, who have made it their mission to help to normalise breastfeeding in the UK.

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It is lovely and soft and so perfect to wear every day. I loved the simple flap on the top to enable me to breastfeed my newborn, nice and easy and no faffing around whilst juggling a small baby in one hand


NatureBond Silicone Breast Pump/ Breastmilk Saver Price: £12.99 Category: Manual Breast Pump Website: This all-in-one set offers excellent value for

Breastfeeding mums know that every drop

money – especially welcome if you don’t

is precious and the NatureBond pump and

know how much or how long you’re going to

pump stopper make it easier to save it all for

express milk. It contains a high quality

your baby.

silicone breast pump, silicone breast pump

Simple to use, lightweight and portable, as

stopper, dust cover lid, luxury pouch and

well as completely quiet, this pump is perfect

full-colour instructions.

for popping into your handbag or changing

The pump is extremely soft, comfortable

bag and taking with you. It will relieve

and safe, using suction force and creating

engorgement without causing discomfort,

a natural pressure to collect breast milk,

making expressing more of a natural process

‘let-down’ and leaks, so none is wasted.

than a chore.

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Reviewer’s thoughts This product is really well thought out and makes catching excess milk simple and easy. I think this is a fantastic product and great price and something I will be recommending to all my friend

NatureBond’s new patented silicone breast pump comes with an innovative silicone stopper to prevent spillage

The design is beautiful and so easy to use. The added feature of a stopper means that you don’t have to worry if you need to leave the milk on the side while you are stuck under a sleeping baby!

Light, soft, comfortable, safe and good value for money

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Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules Price: £5.85 Category: Teething Relief Website:

The red cheeks, the dribbling, the constant chewing on anything they can reach… the (even more) sleepless nights! All parents and parentsto-be are warned about teething and while in

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reality, some babies will get through this stage with barely a sign, others have a tough time

My twins responded well to the granules and seemed more comfortable after having a dose. I also like that fact that each individual sachet has dosage and ingredient information, making them easy to pop into the changing bag to have on the go

with every new tooth. A Nelsons Teetha survey revealed that a third of parents (39%) find it the most distressing ailment for baby. Luckily, there are tried-and-tested products to help your little ones that come endorsed

by childcare professionals and parents alike. Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules is a natural, homeopathic medicinal product used within the homeopathic tradition for the symptomatic relief of teething pain and the symptoms associated with teething, including those sore and tender gums and flushed cheeks.

Convenient, easy-to-use sachets

Natural, homeopathic solution to teething pain and symptoms

Each sachet contains a 6c homeopathic potency of natural Chamomilla and is suitable to use for babies from 3 months old.

Multi-Gyn Compresses

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Price: £11.99 Category: Postnatal Health and Wellbeing Website:

Multi-Gyn Compresses are a unique solution to a specific problem — 85% of women will sustain


Postnatal Health and Wellbeing

Relief from perineum problems after childbirth

trauma to the perineum after childbirth. That could be anything from sore or stretched skin to torn tissue, or an episiotomy with stitches. Place a immediate soothing relief of pain or discomfort. It may not be something you want to think about as you pack your hospital bag or imagine those first

These compresses were AMAZING! They eased the soreness within minutes. I used them for the first five days post-delivery and they really made a huge difference

few, hazy days with your newborn, but taking care of yourself after the birth is crucial. The soothing 2QR-complex gel in Multi-Gyn Compresses is extracted from aloe vera and has been proven to attach to harmful bacteria to prevent them attaching to skin or wounds, thus helping to prevent inflammation or infection. The light plastic back creates a moist wound environment, which is known to speed up the healing process. These compresses are part of the Multi-Gyn natural, effective vaginal health and hygiene range and contain no preservatives, perfumes, harsh chemicals or ingredients of animal origin.

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Multi-Gyn Compress on the affected area for

Unique product with effective triple action - immediate soothing action, speeds up healing, protects against infection

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Bottoms up! Look after your baby’s delicate skin and make changing time easy

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Bambo Nature Newborn Nappies

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Price: £6.35 Category: Eco-Friendly Disposable Nappy Website:


Eco-Friendly Disposable Nappy

With Bambo Nature, parents have the reassurance of knowing they are choosing a product that is good for baby and for the environment too.

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Bambo Nature nappies have a super-soft top-dry layer that quickly absorbs wetness, locking it into the core whilst keeping your baby’s skin as dry as possible. Dermatologically tested

They are very soft material and they have plenty of give and movement in the elastication. Couldn’t ask for anything more. Would buy these again and recommend them to anyone

and latex-free, they are made with a breathable textile-like back sheet, also designed to aid healthy skin. The nappies boast Bambo Nature’s thinnest ever core, which doesn’t compromise performance or comfort but allows your little one to move around freely, unencumbered by extra bulk and weight. Flexible side panels make achieving the perfect fit even easier! Bambo Nature has been independently accredited with Nordic Swan Ecolabel, a strict environmental accreditation. The fluff used in the nappies is also environmentally friendly and comes from sustainable forestry. And you can feel good in the knowledge that 95% of all production

Independently accredited as environmentally friendly, using sustainable sources and recycling production waste

Thin but ultra-effective core gives baby freedom to move

waste at the factory in Denmark is recycled.

Aqua Wipes Price: £2.89 for 64-wipe pack Category: Eco-Friendly Baby Wipes Website:

Aqua Wipes are new fully biodegradable baby wipes, created to be kind to the environment and your baby’s skin. These revolutionary wipes contain more than 99 percent purified water and organic aloe vera extract. The wipes are eco-friendly and contain no plastic at all – especially pertinent as the news is full of headlines about the negative impact of plastics on wildlife, the planet and even our vital sewage systems. Used by the UK’s National Health Service and registered with the Vegan Society, Aqua Wipes have been created with sensitive skin types in mind to care for even the most delicate newborn skin. Aqua Wipes are available in five different pack sizes including a 12-wipe travel pack, 64-wipe pack, 256-wipe value bag, 144-wipe value travel box and 768-wipe value box,

Formulated with more than 99 percent purified water and organic aloe vera extract

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Reviewer’s thoughts The wipes proved to be very strong and could take a lot of scrubbing and usage. They were gentle on the baby’s skin and left very little moisture having been used. They are a good size too

so wherever you are you can have all the convenience and cleanliness of disposable wipes without that parent guilt!

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Used by the NHS and registered with the Vegan Society

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Tommee Tippee Sangenic Tec Nappy Disposal System Price: £27.99 Category: Nappy Disposal System Website:

The innovative Sangenic Tec nappy disposal system from Tommee Tippee offers antibacterial protection from germs and odours, individually sealing each nappy away in seconds. The system is easy to set up, and quick and simple to use and empty, meaning you can spend less time changing and clearing up, and more fun time with baby. Sangenic Tec is the only system to lock in odour by twisting and wrapping each nappy in a fresh portion of multi-layer antibacterial film. Just place the nappy inside and rotate the handle for mess-free disposal. The bin will contain up to around 28 size 1 nappies so you’re not continually emptying, and each film cassette will last an average of 3-4 weeks. Replacement

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Nappy Disposal System

Antibacterial film kills 99% of germs on contact

Reviewer’s thoughts This is a good nappy disposal system. It holds a lot of nappies and the odours are really well contained. It is very easy to open and empty

cassettes are widely available and the cartridges

Holds up to around 28 nappies and seals away odours, so no need to empty until it’s full

you’ve finished with can just be popped in the recycling. As everything is sealed away inside, the unit stays clean and hygienic so you can keep it wherever in the house is most convenient.

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Magnet Mouse Babygrow Price: £19.95 Category: Baby Clothing Brand Website:

Magnetic fastenings replace conventional fiddly (and breakable) poppers or buttons

Loved by paediatricians, maternity nurses, midwives and parents, Magnet Mouse removes the hassle of dressing, meaning more time for fun and cuddles. There are no fiddly poppers or buttons to struggle with, just a lovely little snap sound as the clothes practically close themselves! You can fasten and unfasten a

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babygrow with one hand, in the dark or on the move. The fastenings are hidden away inside luxuriously soft 100% cotton, leaving nothing but simple elegance to wrap around your baby. All Magnet Mouse clothes are proudly made in the UK and the collection of designs features beautiful, timeless motifs such as dandelions and dragonflies in a soft and stylish colour palette. The magnetic fastenings are secured into each garment with a double layer of stitching, and

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Fasten and unfasten a babygrow in seconds, with one hand and without having to put your baby down

The design of this product is amazing. I love how easy the magnets go together and don’t really need to adjust them

have been independently tested and certified as safe for babies and children. They won’t break or lose their strength over time, and the clothes can be popped in the washing machine and tumble drier for the convenience all parents need.

Drayton Wiser Price: £139.99 Category: Most Innovative Household Product Website:

Wiser is an innovative and affordable smart heating-control system, offering flexible ‘heating zones’ across the home. Using the simple Wiser app, you can remotely control heating in a number of rooms - especially useful for new parents who wish to keep a controlled temperature in the nursery and set each room individually as needed, maximising comfort and energy savings. The system works alongside existing heating systems, meaning it can be easily installed in any home. You can also expand the number of heating zones over time by adding additional Wiser Radiator Thermostats – perfect as your family grows. Even better, the system is DIY friendly, so no costly labour bills when you have more exciting things to spend your money on!

Reviewer’s thoughts It’s simple to use once installed and will help reduce energy bills by only heating rooms you use. It has the added benefit of helping to create a safe sleeping environment for young children

It’s favourably priced too. Wiser is made up of four key parts - Room Thermostat, Radiator Thermostats, Heat Hub and the app - and is compatible with voicecontrol systems including Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

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Users can set each room to a desired temperature, maximising control, comfort and energy savings

Voice-control integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Home makes life even easier!


myHummy The Teddy Bear Collection

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Price: £44.99 - £84.99 Category: Sleep Aid for Baby Website:


Sleep Aid for Baby

MyHummy’s range of toys emits five types of

bears are machine washable once the sound

white and pink noise, which studies have shown

unit is removed from the toy’s pocket.

help send babies off to sleep. Just switch easily

Change the settings at the touch of a button

between the sounds to find the one that works

– no need to remove the Humming Heart

best for your little one. What makes myHummy’s

from the zip pocket. What’s more, the latest

collection unique is the Sleep Sensor technology

myHummy products feature Bluetooth Low

– it reacts to a stirring baby and automatically

Energy connectivity and can be used along

initiates the chosen sound to help soothe them

with the user-friendly myHummy mobile app.

back to sleep. Alternatively, the toys can be set

Through the app, users can change all the

to a continuous mode, which plays white or pink

sound settings such as the volume, type of

noise for 12 hours. As a bonus, myHummy teddy

sound and play-time.

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Reviewer’s thoughts If you have a baby that is difficult to settle, I think it’s really worth splashing out on this teddy, and you’ll be thankful you did!

The convenient Humming Heart travel pouch allows that oh-so-familiar sound to accompany you everywhere

Reviewer’s thoughts We have tried so many white noise apps and sleep aids over the years but we love the features myHummy offers in this soft teddy and the Bluetooth and app functionality make it stand out above the rest

In regular mode, the sound fades out after an hour without waking baby

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EVERY KICK COUNTS Know what your baby’s movements are telling you

Feeling your unborn baby’s first kicks is such an exciting time, but keeping track of those movements as your pregnancy develops can be vitally important, as UK charity Kicks Count explains... Kick, flutter, swish or roll. However you describe it, your baby’s movements have a key role to play in your pregnancy. In 2017 the stillbirth rate for the UK reached its lowest point since records began. But pregnancy charity Kicks Count is still pushing to reduce that figure even further. With the help of celebrities such as Holly Willoughby and Mark Rhodes, Kicks Count aims to raise awareness of the importance of baby’s movements in pregnancy. A baby’s movements indicate its wellbeing so it is important mums report any change in their baby’s movements as it can be a sign the baby is in distress. While the role of baby’s movements is receiving more prominence, some women are still confused. Here Kicks Count makes clear the correct advice around baby’s movements so you can be confident you know everything you need to...

maternity unit immediately (it is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Do not put off calling until the next day to see what happens. Do not worry about phoning, it is important for your doctors and midwives to know if your baby’s movements have slowed down or stopped. Do not use any hand-held monitors, dopplers or phone apps to check your baby’s heartbeat. Even if you detect a heartbeat, this does not mean your baby is well.

Never hesitate to contact your midwife or the maternity unit for advice, no matter how many times this happens.

What if I’m checked over but then my baby’s movements are reduced again? If, after your check up, you are still not happy with your baby’s movements, you must contact either your midwife or maternity unit straight away, even if everything was normal last time.

Is there anything I can use to help me keep track of my baby’s movements? The most important thing is that you are aware of them, but if you would like help to keep track, Kicks Count do wristbands and a mobile app. Award-winning wristband The Kicks Count wristband has won Gold and Consumer Choice in the Best Baby & Toddler Gear Awards in the Health and Wellbeing – Pregnancy category. The wristband has a plastic slider that can be moved along each time the mum feels a session of movement to help her get to know what is normal for her baby.

When should I start to feel movement? Most women usually begin to feel their baby move between 16 and 24 weeks of pregnancy. A baby’s movements can be described as anything from a kick or flutter to a swish or roll. How often should my baby move? There is no set number of normal movements. Your baby will have their own pattern of movements that you should get to know. From 16 to 24 weeks you should feel the baby move more and more up until 32 weeks, then stay roughly the same until you give birth. Your baby should continue to move up to, and during, labour. What shall I do if I notice reduced movement? If you think your baby’s movements have slowed down or stopped, contact your midwife or

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Why are my baby’s movements important? A reduction in a baby’s movements can sometimes be an important warning sign that a baby is unwell. Around half of women who had a stillbirth noticed their baby’s movements had slowed down or stopped.

Kicks Count CEO Elizabeth Hutton showing Holly Willoughby the babies saved as a result of her support

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Kicks Count app The free, NHS-approved, Kicks Count app allows users to keep track of their baby’s movements on their smartphone. It is currently the only fetal movement monitoring app that doesn’t stop at 10 kicks, and instead allows users to identify their baby’s individual pattern. It also allows users to contact their midwife direct from the app if they have any concerns about their baby’s wellbeing. To download the app for free, search KICKSCOUNT in the App Store or Play Store.

If you think your baby’s movements have slowed down or stopped, contact your midwife or maternity unit immediately

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Use the NHS-approved app to build up an understanding of your baby’s movements

Kicks Count ambassador Emma Crosby, CEO Elizabeth Hutton and campaigner Vicki McNally, who sadly lost her baby at 40 weeks, present their petition to have the sale of dopplers regulated to Prime Minister Theresa May

Some mums may be tempted to purchase devices that claim to listen to their baby’s heartbeat. Professional bodies have long been against their use but last year Kicks Count embarked on a campaign to have the sale of them restricted to professional use only. The campaign has had huge success and has resulted in Mothercare and Tesco, along with other independent retailers, withdrawing them from sale. A bill presented to the Houses of Parliament has led to the Department of Health instructing a review into their use. So what is so bad about home dopplers? Elizabeth Hutton, CEO of Kicks Count, explains:

The safety of the doppler ultrasound devices is stressed in product descriptions, in that they do no harm to the baby, but the risks of delaying seeking medical attention and the limitations of the doppler devices tend to be overlooked By using a doppler for reassurance, the mum may delay seeking medical attention which could be fatal for the baby.

Why shouldn’t I use a home doppler? A doppler is a device that sends out highfrequency sound waves that pass through the skin and tissue and into the abdomen. When the waves encounter movement, such as a baby’s heart beating, they bounce back to the device. The device then translates the movement into sound. The problem is that anything that moves inside the abdomen (whether it’s the baby kicking, air moving in your intestines, the placenta, or blood flowing in the mum’s arteries) is also translated into sound. It takes lots of training and practice to distinguish a baby’s heartbeat from the other sounds. And even if a heartbeat is correctly identified that does not mean the baby is well. But surely they wouldn’t be sold if they weren’t safe? These devices are not intended to be used by pregnant women. They are prescription devices and require training to operate correctly. Even the instructions on these products (although marketed towards mums) state: “It is intended to be used by care professionals, including practical nurses, midwives, relative technicians and physician assistants.” I can understand many retailers cannot read all the instructions for the products they stock and therefore these are being sold to people for whom they are not intended.

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Dopplers are not intended to be used by pregnant women. They are prescription devices and require training to operate correctly

I’ve had a previous pregnancy loss and listening to the heartbeat gives me peace of mind. Is that so bad? The most significant risk of home dopplers is that even if identifying a fetal heart correctly, the baby could still be in distress. This could lead to lifethreatening delays in seeking medical assistance. The best indicator of fetal wellbeing is always baby’s movements. If you saw a person collapsed in the street would you check their pulse and walk away? No, you’d probably call an ambulance because this person is clearly unwell, even though they have a heartbeat. It is the same with a baby. If a baby’s movements change, it can be a sign that they are unwell. Just because they have a heartbeat does not mean anything. Everyone has a heartbeat up until the second before they pass away. All a heartbeat tells you is the baby is currently alive, which is the only time something can be done to help a baby in distress. If you wait until you can’t find a heartbeat it’s too late.

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Kicks Count would like to empower more mums-to-be to trust their instincts and get to know their baby’s regular pattern of movement. But I don’t want to use it for reassurance, I just want my husband to be able to hear the heartbeat An important message that we try to get across to pregnant women is that home dopplers are not microphones. They are not amplifying the sound of the baby’s heartbeat. They are sending ultrasound waves into your body that reflect off moving blood vessels and simulate a sound. There are a lot of blood vessels in a pregnant woman’s abdomen, the baby’s heart beating being just one. The placenta also pulses at the same rate as the heart and the mother’s main artery runs across the abdomen and that can also be picked up on a doppler. Midwives and doctors train for many years to interpret what they hear, and an untrained pregnant women does not have the necessary skills. The placenta, and the mother’s heartbeat can both easily be mistaken for a fetal heartbeat. In untrained hands it is more likely that blood flow through the placenta or the maternal aorta or iliac vessels will be heard. NICE guidelines even highlight the risks to professionals: “Do not rely solely on the CTG trace for fetal wellbeing. Be aware of limitations and artefacts, ie. doubling of maternal pulse being recorded as fetal heart.” If mums want their partners or children to listen to the heartbeat we suggest asking a midwife to listen in and record it on a smartphone. If it is not being used for reassurance it will not matter that this is not a ‘live’ version of the heartbeat at it is still the heartbeat (and more likely to actually be the baby’s than if listening at home)

Where can we find out more? If you have any questions about baby’s movements head over to or find Kicks Count on social media.



Is your chosen pushchair a big-name favourite or your first car seat fit for a prince? Take a peek at the baby products the stars are using! Even in the world of the rich and famous, babies teethe and toddlers have tantrums – and there are lots of celebrities happy to share their normal parenting ups and downs. Whether it’s tennis ace Serena Williams joking about “figuring out a stroller” being the hardest thing she’s ever done, or actress Helen Flanagan pushing her daughter through the streets of London in the dark desperately trying to get her to sleep – or even the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge taking the newborn Prince Louis home from the hospital in the same Britax Römer BABY-SAFE infant carrier model they used for George and Charlotte – it all feels very familiar! Check out some well-known parents getting to grips with their new roles…

JLS band member Aston Merrygold has been every inch the doting dad since the arrival of baby Gray son. Here he is taking his son for a walk in the suitably showbiz egg Shadow Black!

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