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The Junior Design Awards 2014: Behind the scenes [VIDEO]

The Junior Design Awards 2014, as introduced by members of our expert judging panel

Posted: 26 September 2014
by Catherine Hudson

For the fourth consecutive year, we are hosting the Junior Design Awards to find the most beautifully designed and finest quality parenting products and brands.

We invited our panel of parenting product and design experts to judge our shortlisted entrants, in the Junior Design Awards 2014.

Here is a short video to introduce the awards and to give you, our readers, a sneak peek behind the scenes at the judging...

Our judging panel

This year our Fashion panel includes returning Junior Design Awards judge, singer, WaterAid ambassador and mother of two, Rachel Stevens, Junior Design Award winning Hucklebones' founders and designers, Zoe Goldsmith and Dan Stockley, and Junior's own assistant web editor, Catherine Hudson.

On the Lifestyle judging panel, we welcome Junior columnist, TV presenter and meteorologist Kirsty McCabe, freelance consumer editor and parenting product guru, Alison Alexander, journalist and author Sarah Edworthy, and Kodomo.com founder and travel journalist, Cass Chapman.

Don't forget to join the discussion on Twitter, using the hashtag #JDA2014judging

This year, our inaugural digital Junior Design Awards will celebrate and showcase the 'best of the best', in an easily readable and shareable way: online.

***UPDATE 07/11/2014 THE RESULTS ARE IN***


The categories

Together, the team sought the finest entrants in the following categories...


Best boys’ designer fashion brand

Best girls’ designer fashion brand

Best baby designer fashion brand

Best boys’ fashion (high street) brand

Best girls’ fashion (high street) brand

Best baby fashion (high street) brand

Designer brand of the year

Best emerging fashion brand

Best international fashion brand

Best UK fashion brand

Best footwear brand

Best eco fashion brand

Best accessories brand

Best independent boutique

Best children’s department (within a store)

Best online fashion retailer

Best maternity fashion brand

Best maternity lingerie brand

Lifestyle & Interiors

Best buggy design [product]

Best highchair design [product]

Best cot design [product]

Most innovative parenting product  [product]

Best interiors collection [brand]

Best furniture collection [brand]

Best pampering product for mothers [product]

Best eco nappy [product]

Best children’s toiletries [brand]

Best changing bag [product]

Best independent lifestyle/interiors boutique


Best UK family hotel [product]

Best family hotel (Europe) [product]

Best family hotel (rest of the world) [product]

Best family tour operator [brand]

Best family day out [brand]

Best car seat [product]

Best infant carrier [product]

Best travel product for parents [product]

Best travel product for children [product]

Food & Dining

Best family restaurant/café

Best children’s food brand [brand]

Best feeding product [product]


Best toy design 0-2 years [product]

Best toy design 3-5 years [product]

Best toy design 6+ years [product]

Best toy retailer [brand]

Best independent toy boutique [brand]


Best classic book [product]

Best book of the year (with words) [product]

Best picture book of the year [product]

Best children’s app [product]

Check out our previous years' award winners

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