CATEGORIES

You can enter your product(s) in any of the following categories from our Awards list below.  ALL products will be tested by parents who have volunteered to be testers through the Mother & Baby website.

TRAVEL

  • Best Baby Carrier / Sling or Back Carrier

This award celebrates the very best in the field of baby carriers. This can be a front carrier, sling or back carrier. Testers will be looking for ease of use, clever design and comfort for baby and them.

 

Testers will be checked to make sure that they do not have a bias towards either sling or back carrier before being selected. Please note you will need to provide three samples that will be shared around groups of mums. Please ensure you include detailed instructions on how to use the carrier as well as highlighting any points of difference between you and your competitors

 

  • Best Car Seat 0+

This category examines the best baby car seats on the market. Testers will be looking for innovation that keeps baby safe and comfortable, plus ease of use in getting baby in and out of the seat, and the seat in and out of the car.

 

Please note you will need to provide three samples, which will be shared around a group of testers. Make sure you include detailed instructions on how to fit the seat, and highlight any points that you believe make your car seat stand out from the rest.

 

  • Best Car Seat Group 1+

This award looks for the best car seat that grows with your child and features an integral harness system. Testers will be looking for a seat that provides longevity as well as safety and comfort. Equally important is ease of fitting and flexibility for use in other cars.

Please note this product will be shared around a group of mums. Ensure you provide step by step instructions. This category is open to Isofix and non-Isofix based products.

 

  • Best Multiple, Twin or Tandem Pushchair

This category includes all pushchairs that enable mum to transport more than one child at once. Testers will be looking for ease of use including, how to put it up and down, weight of the device, steering, size, comfort and design.

Please note this product will be shared around a group of mums. Ensure you include easy-to-understand instructions, especially on how to collapse and erect the pushchair.

 

  • Best Lightweight Buggy/Stroller

This award will go to the best compact folding pushchairs which are ideal for travel. They must have a maximum weight of 9kg. Testers will be looking at compactness, finger-friendly foldability, lightness of design and sturdiness to survive long journeys.

Please note you will be expected to provide 10 products for testers. Please ensure you include detailed instructions especially on how to collapse and erect the pushchair.

 

  • Best Pushchair

This category looks at the best 3 and 4-wheelers, including all-terrain pushchairs. Testers will be examining the value for money, design, ease of use, comfort and sturdiness for these pushchairs, as well as how they feel they will grow with the child.

Please note this product will be shared around a group of mums. Ensure you include easy-to-understand instructions, especially on how to collapse and erect the pushchair.

 

  • Best Travel Product Under £25

This category will reward items under £25 which are designed to be very portable and are ideal for use on days out and nights away. Testers will be looking for great innovation, and products that make their lives easier when away from home.

Please note you will be expected to send 10 products. Ensure you provide instructions if relevant, and make sure you include information on why your product is special and how it helps mums.

 

  • Best Travel Product Over £25

This category will reward items over £25 designed to be very portable, which are ideal for use on days out and nights away. Testers will be looking for great innovation, and products that make their lives easier when away from home.

Please note you will be expected to send 10 products. Ensure you provide instructions, if relevant, and make sure you include information on why your product is special and how it helps mums.

 

  • Best Travel System

This award will assess the best possible pushchair combination with a Group 0 or 0+ car seat. This can include carrycots and other accessories. Testers will be looking for ease of use when changing between the different parts, number of reclining options for baby, weight and ease of collapsibility, as well as overall design, comfort and value for money.

Please note this product will be shared around a group of mums. Ensure you include easy-to-understand instructions, especially on how to collapse and erect the pushchair and how to change between the constituent parts.

 

  • Best Changing Bag

This category will reward the most versatile and useful changing bag, which allows space for all mum’s and babies essentials. Testers will be rewarding innovative design and practicality, as well as value for money and quality.

Please note you will be expected to send 10 products. Ensure you provide instructions if relevant, and make sure you include information on why your product is different from your competitors.

 

PLAYTIME

 

  • Best Baby Toy - under 24 months

This will reward toys that stimulate and entertain babies, including cot mobiles, baby walkers and other toys that are designed to assist development and curiosity. Testers will be looking for genuine response to the toy from their babies, longevity and usefulness, plus quality design and innovation.

Please note you will be expected to send 10 products. Ensure you provide instructions if relevant, plus information on why your product is innovative and how to use it to interact with a baby.

 

  • Best Toddler Toy – 24 months +

This category will reward a toy that has been designed with education and activity in mind, including books and bikes. It will need to be innovative, engaging and help develop the child through play. Other things they will look out for will be design and how easy it is for the child to learn.

Please note you will be expected to send 10 products. Ensure you provide instructions if relevant, plus information on why your product is innovative and how to use it to interact with a toddler.

 

FEEDING

  • Best Baby Food Range/Product

This award will celebrate any type of baby food, drinks or snacks in a range (stages, 1, 2, 3 & 4). You may enter a maximum of 5 products in a range. Testers will be looking for ease of use in the packaging, variety of flavours, healthiness, transportability and, of course, great taste for baby!

Please note you will be expected to send 10 products. Ensure you provide details on the source of the food if applicable, and information on why your product is different.

 

  • Best Highchair

This category looks for the best product for feeding an older baby or toddler. Testers will be looking for comfort, ease of use, longevity, storage, design and hygiene.

Please note you will be expected to send 10 products. Ensure you provide instructions on how to assemble the highchair if relevant and make sure you include information on why your product is innovative.

 

  • Best Feeding Product for Weaning

This award focuses on all the products a mum needs as baby moves on to solid food. This can include bottles, cups, spoons, plates, blenders and more, which are designed to assist in the weaning and transition stages. Testers will be looking for innovative design, ease of use, hygiene, transportability and how useful the product will be in the medium to long term, as well as how easy it is for baby to use.

Please note you will be expected to send 10 products. Ensure you provide instructions if relevant, and make sure you include information on why your product is innovative, and how best to use it to encourage the baby to eat.

 

  • Best Product for Bottle Feeding

This category looks to reward the best innovation in bottles and bottle-feeding accessories. Testers will be looking for innovative design, how the bottle feeding mimics breast feeding, how baby enjoys its feed and how practical they are for busy mums.

Please note you will be expected to send 10 products. Ensure you provide instructions on cleaning if relevant and make sure you include information on why your product is innovative.

 

  • Best Product for Breastfeeding (Excluding Breast Pumps)

This will reward any products that assist with the breastfeeding process. This can include nipple pads and creams, support pillows, bras and breastfeeding tops etc. Testers will be looking for ease of use and that they efficiently solve a need, plus design, innovation, value for money and why the differ from other products on the market.

Please note you will be expected to send 10 products. Ensure you provide instructions if relevant and make sure you include information on why your product is different to other products on the market.

 

  • Best Breast Pump

 

This award will highlight the best breast pump in the field. This can be an electric or manual pump and may have a single or double pump mechanism. Testers will be looking at ease and efficiency, size, that it mimics baby's natural sucking rhythm and is easy to clean.

Please note you will be expected to send 10 products. Ensure you provide detailed instructions and troubleshooting, plus information on why your product is innovative and how it helps mum and baby.

 

NURSERY & ACCESSORIES

  • Best Baby Monitor

This category looks for the best video or audio monitors on the market. Testers will be looking for ease of set up and use, features, reliability and transportability.

Please note you will be expected to send 10 products. Ensure you provide instructions and trouble shooting guides, plus include information on why your product is innovative and what is special about its features.

 

  • Best Bathtime Product

This award examines the best products that are used during bathtime. This may include towels, bath toys, bathmats, baby baths etc. Testers will be looking for an innovative product that baby enjoys using. This will include value for money, design, ease of use for mum, and how the product can make bath time more enjoyable.

Please note you will be expected to send 10 products. Ensure you provide instructions if relevant and make sure you include information on why your product is innovative and how to use the product to interact with baby and make a more enjoyable bathtime.

 

  • Best Bouncy Chair/Rocker or Seat

This category examines the best products that are designed to keep baby safe and entertained before they are able to sit unaided. Testers will be looking for a product that is comfortable, that baby enjoys and is well protected in. They will also focus on ease of use, number of features, design and size.

Please note you will be expected to send 10 products. Ensure you provide instructions and any troubleshooting guides. Make sure you include information on why your product is special and the best ways to get baby to interact with the chair.

 

  • Best Cots, Cribs or Moses Baskets

This category looks for the most baby and mum-friendly bed. Testers will be looking for a product that looks good, is easy to get baby in and out of, is flexible, easy to assemble and, most importantly, baby sleeps well in. Value for money and longevity of product will also be considered.

Please note you will be expected to send 10 products. Ensure you provide detailed assembly instructions if relevant, and make sure you include information on why your product helps baby sleep.

  • Best Sleep Product

This award looks at products that help baby sleep. This includes mattresses, black-out blinds and sleepsuits, for example. Testers will be looking for innovation, quality design, transportability, and, most importantly, something that helps baby sleep longer and better.

Please note you will be expected to send 10 products. Ensure you provide instructions if relevant and make sure you include information on why your product is innovative and how it helps baby sleep better.

 

  • Best Product for a Newborn – 0-3 months

This category is for products specifically designed for newborns, and can include unique newborn nappies, swaddling wraps, infant-carrying car seats etc. Testers will be looking for products that have gone that extra mile to help mums with a newborn. They will focus on why the product works for a newborn, its innovation, design, user friendliness and above all that baby is comfortable and happy using the product.

Please note you will be expected to send 10 products. Ensure you provide instructions if relevant and make sure you include information on why your product is innovative and why it is a great product for newborns.

 

  • Best Potty-Training Product

This award will celebrate products that assist with potty training, including potties, pull-ups and training pants. Testers will be looking for something that helps them encourage children to potty train, is different to other products on the market, is easy to use, is well designed, and most importantly, that the child enjoys using.

Please note you will be expected to send 10 products. Ensure you provide instructions if relevant and make sure you include information on why your product is innovative and how to use the product to interact with their toddler.

 

  • Best Safety Product

This category addresses products that can be used both inside or outside the home that protects baby from harm. This includes stairgates, bed guards, thermometers etc. Testers will be looking for ease of use, innovation, design and, most importantly, how the product makes babies safer.

Please note you will be expected to send 10 products. Ensure you provide instructions if relevant and make sure you include information on why your product is super safe and innovative.

 

TOILETRIES

  • Best Baby Wipe

This award will reward the very best baby wipe. This includes all types of wipe including reusable wipes. Testers will be looking for value for money, design, ease of packet access, how well they clean and ultimately how they treat baby skin.

Please note you will be expected to send 10 products. Ensure you include information on why your product is the best for baby.

 

  • Best Disposable Nappy or Nappy Brand

This category will reward the best disposable nappy or nappy range from newborn to toddler nappies. Testers will be looking for ease of use, value for money, any feature that helps mums tell if baby is wet, and ultimately how dry they keep baby.

Please note you will be expected to send 10 sets of nappies. Ensure you include information on why your product is innovative and what makes it special.

 

  • Best Reusable Nappy

This category will focus on the best washable nappies. Testers will be looking for ease of use, longevity of product, beautiful designs and ultimately how dry they keep baby.

Please note you will be expected to send 10 products. Ensure you provide instructions if relevant and make sure you include information on why your product is innovative.

 

  • Best Baby Skincare Range/Product

This award will recognise the best skincare range or a single skincare product that is designed specifically for babies. If you enter this category, please be aware that every product entered as part of a range will need to be sent out to testers- we cannot test incomplete ranges. Only products that have been tested and reviewed can be awarded. Testers will focus on value for money, smell, feel of product on their skin and babies, and ultimately how baby reacts to it.

Please note you will be expected to send 10 products/ 10 of each product in a range. Ensure you include information on why your product is innovative and what makes it great for baby.

  • Best Natural Product

This category is open to any product that has an organic element, from wipes, to mattresses to clothes. This award will go to a product mums believe is both cost effective and good for the environment. Testers will be looking for ecological soundness, quality of product, design and innovation.

Please note you will be expected to send 10 products. Ensure you provide instructions if relevant and make sure you include information on why your product is innovative and ecologically friendly.

 

FOR MUM

  • Best Pregnancy/Maternity Product

This category focuses on products that help mum during pregnancy and beyond. It will include pregnancy pillows, nursing bras, birthing aids, etc. Testers will be looking for a product that has a clever design, looks good and really does make day-to-day life or the birth easier.

Please note you will be expected to send 10 products. Ensure you provide instructions if relevant and make sure you include information on why your product is innovative and how it helps mum.

 

  • Best New Mum/ Maternity Skincare Products

This award looks at the very best skincare products designed for new mums or mums to be. The testers will be looking for a product that smells good, helps their problem areas and provides good value for money.

Please note you will be expected to send 10 products. Ensure you provide instructions if relevant and make sure you include information on why your product is innovative and what makes it great for a mum.

 

SPECIAL AWARDS

  • Innovation of the Year

This category looks at any unique and clever product designed to make mums lives a bit easier with a little one. This must be a new product launched in 2015/16 and in stores before May 17 2016. This category will be judged by the Mother&Baby editorial team and five testers, only six products will need to be sent in. This will be judged on how innovative the product is, that it meets a need for mum and/or baby and is something the team have truly not seen before.