We had a wonderful trip to Cologne to look at new, innovative and stylish baby and children's products exhibited from around the world. It was our third trip and every year we are surprised and excited by the inventions and products that come to the market and only wish we had these when our kids were little.
So here are our top 7 baby products:
The nursery furniture by Pinolino were definitely generating nursery envy for us. Spacious 3 unit wardrobes with clean, modern lines would make any room fit for a prince or princess. What drew our attention was the extra large changing table. There was an extra panel extending the back of the chest of drawers and the changing mat was wide so you can change the baby front on instead of sideways. Great for those wriggly babies.
6. Microscooter cabin case and seat in 1
This cabin sized suitcase will take away the stress out of airports. When you've checked in your buggy and you have a toddler who wants to be carried yet you have your own suitcase, changing bag and extras to carry, this suitcase converts to a wheely chair, almost like a ride along bike, for your little one. They say it supports up to 30kg but I had a sneaky ride on it - check me out! Just like their scooters it is well designed, sturdy construction and great manoeuverability.
This is an amazing company using sugarcane waste to build safe, eco-friendly and sustainable building blocks. They have a good range of vibrant coloured educational sets as well as building playsets. These are a great plastic free alternatives and compatible with Duplo.
4.Je Porte Mon Bebe physio carrier
A baby carrier that meets all your requirements from birth up to 20kg! This carrier is suitable for front and back (from 6 months) carrying and for all season. We were instantly drawn to this carrier as it has a flap that reveals a mesh lining for warmer weather which is a thumbs up as we know how hot and sweaty carriers can get for both baby and parent.
3. WeeKee - changing mat for cars
Imagine you're driving in the middle of nowhere, your car boot is full and your baby needs a number 2 nappy change with no changing facilities in sight. We remember very well. Take a look at the superb innovative solution: WeeKee car changing mat comes in a small pack that self-inflates in seconds and counters the incline of the car seat. It's so easy to roll back up and repack.
2. Maxi cosi infant carseat with air bag (Axissfix Air)
This car seat, although an expensive initial outlay, is suitable from approximately 4 months, for toddlers and going up to 4 years old. It's the world’s first car seat with built-in airbags. In the case of an accident within 0.05 second the airbags inflate with cold air which give crucial protection to your child’s head, neck and shoulders. It has a 360° swivelling seat to make putting your little one in and out of the car seat a little bit easier. It also has a forward facing seat option from 15 months.
Our favourite product wowed us - the Elvie breastpump. This is a revolutionary breastpump worth the £299 for one pump. It's handsized pump fits into a nursing bra without leads so that you can remain mobile and get on with what you need to do. The world’s first silent wearable breast pump has a 2 hour battery life with a BPA free bottle for 150mL pump capacity and all parts can be sterilised where required. A novel feature of the Elvie breastpump is that you can turn it on using a mobile app that also tracks how much you've pumped with a pump history. We think that if you can carry on with your daily life this could simulate breastfeeding and promote milk production during expressing. Amazing product!