2016 is set to be an exciting year in the car seat and
pushchair arena with innovation paving the way for exciting, safer and
different creations. We recently went to Kind & Jugend, where manufacturers
from across the world showcase their new products to retailers and press. Here,
we give you a rundown on some of the launches to look out for next year…
1. There's no going back (well, there is
actually) car seats are changing for good
Take note, out of the hundreds, no thousands, of new products at the show, the RECARO Zero.1 Elite car seat trumped them all and won the innovation award. Chosen by experts from across the globe, it beat off stiff competition in the travelling baby category. What's so special about it? Well, it's i-Size ready, a term you may be familiar with, a legislation change set to come in to force in 2018 whereby it will be mandatory for children to rearward face for longer. That in itself is not special as nearly every car seat brand we met had a seat ready for the law change, the RECARO Zero.1 Elite was awarded best in class thanks to its 360° rotatable child seat with a removable infant carrier. The child seat can be used from birth up to 4.5 years and offers maximum comfort, design and safety.
2. This should get your heart racing!
On the Bumprider stand they showed the Marathon that won this year's innovation award for pushchairs. This new jogging pushchair has a monitor that can keep tabs of your heart rate, pulse, speed, distance ran and much more. We loved the look of this pushchair. Expect to see it in store in 2016.
3. A record breaking pushchair!
Take a look at this…the world's smallest folding pushchair and it's super quick too! It now holds the Guinness World Record for a fold that comes up just below the knee, this is setting the standard for other pushchair brands to try and emulate but for now, it will take some beating. This pushchair comes from the innovative new baby brand, Good Baby. Already available in other parts of the world, you will start to see and hear more about Good Baby when it launches in to the UK next year. We cannot wait, their stand was full of fantastic and cool products, including a levitating pushchair (yes, really).
4. Staying small
Sticking on the theme of small, the Babyzen Yoyo really is compact but without compromising on style. Measuring 52 x 44 x 18 cm, this is a neat little pushchair for those who use public transport a lot, live in a flat and have lots of stairs to climb or don't want to lift big, bulky prams. The 2016 Yoyo is set to be better (not bigger) than the existing model, with a new foot plate, water resistant materials, a roomier basket, a shoulder strap and compatible with most major car seat brands.
5. Now one for mini mes
iCandy is launching a dolls pram of their Peach pushchair. Now it can be enjoyed on a smaller scale, it has a carry cot, seat unit and can be folded – but mum has the key to make this happen. With the parental key that stops the recline and chassis from folding, little fingers shouldn't get trapped. Available in royal (blue) and bubblegum (pink) and with keepsake boxes, final touches have remained as good on these as the big ones you buy for baby.
6. New effects, it may give you
We can't say too much about this one as we have been sworn to secrecy but if you like the Cybex Priam then chances are you are going to love their new hide and seek design for 2016. All we can say is that the material and effects they have created on the carry cot and seat unit are genius. Simple, clever and for those that like to get people in a flutter (big clue here), this new butterfly print, with a super cool twist is one you must look out for.
7. Going for gold, rose gold!
Fans of Silver Cross will know that this brand does not do things by halves. This year was no exception, at the front of their stand was a ‘look but don't touch' Balmoral made from, yes you guessed it…rose gold. Unlike other pushchairs that have a rose gold effect on their chassis, Silver Cross has actually used this on trend metal to make the chassis. It comes with a cool price tag of £40,000 and is created on request.
8. Yes, you are seeing double!
The clever folks at UPPAbaby have done it again and families with twins or young children are set to be impressed with their new G-Link double buggy. Available in the UK from April 2016, the G-Link is an impressive stroller. Unlike many side-by-side strollers, there is no fifth wheel, meaning it is lighter than most (11.1kg) and folds in two simple steps.
9. Another first!
An interesting one from Diono. They are launching the Radian 5, the first (we believe) belted car seat that rearward faces for longer and lasts through all the car seat stages and up to 25kg or five years. A single purchase to cover all these stages is a new concept and could potentially work out much cheaper for parents than buying several over the years. It has metal reinforced sides, it can fold down and Diono offers a life-time guarantee on this product, signalling they have clear confidence in the quality of their car seat.
10. Newly hatched!
This year egg has launched its stroller to much applause. Next year, the brand is set to grow with its plush range of car seats. If you have felt the fabrics on the stroller, you will know how gorgeous they are to touch and they've kept their winning formula with their group 1,2 and 3 car seats.
11. Be ready for every stage
has made quite an impact in to the UK since its launch a few years
ago. Passionate about extended rearward facing, their new every
stage car seat was their stand out item at the show. It is
suitable from birth to 12 years and adapts, adjusts and protects
with its AutoAdjust technology, this is where the head rest and side wings grow up and out simultaneously
- very clever! It rearward faces up to four years, once
again supporting their ERF message. Its Guard Surround Safety™ side impact protection panels add
extra layers of
security and the fabrics are very soft.
12. Celebrating milestones
American heavyweights Graco were very excited to show us their new Milestone car seat. Suitable from birth to 11/12 years or 13kg, this seat changes from rearward to forward facing and offers recline positions in both directions. A bit like an UGG boot, the Milestone regulates the temperature a child is exposed to with its rubber technology that stops baby getting too hot or cold. And all for £179.99, it's cheaper than many group 0 car seats. This is definitely one to watch.
13. A stella performance!
The big news from Maxi-Cosi is the launch of its new pushchair, the Stella. Set for release at the end of this year, the Stella had been developed from the Maxi-Cosi Mura and features off road tyres at the front and rear and a new lightweight chassis. It's pretty narrow too, only 53cm.
14. Move in style
Quinny showed two exclusive colours for the mood and a new supercool running pushchair developed in the USA. Keep your eyes peeled for more information.
15. Recline in comfort
BeSafe introduced their new iZi modular i-Size system. This new system allows you to progress from the new BeSafe iZi GO modular infant carrier to their new rear/forward facing seat that can be used up to 4 years of age using the original ISOFIX base. The highlight was the excellent recline the iZi modular seat displayed.
16. Step to it!
Over on Baby Jogger we saw the new Vue Lite. This clever stroller can parent and world face by simply flipping the seat from one position to another. It only weighs 6.4kg! Expect a price of £170 when it hits the stores. The new Baby Jogger zip is for lovers of small folds and light weight. The clever 3D fold allows it to fold down to a really small size. Expect a price of £249.
17. A recipe for success
ABC Design was showing off their new Salsa 3/4 wheeled pushchair. With a contemporary style and some nice design touches, this looks set to be on many mums' shopping lists.