Revealing the WINNERS of this year's Junior Design Awards...
Junior Design Awards 2017 for Best Baby Carrier/Sling Design
Hands-free baby carrying is by far the easiest way to transport babies. There's no negotiating busy shops and awkward doorways with the pram and there's nothing like a sling for calming baby!
A carrier can also be a godsend when toddlers get tired and you don't want to lug a buggy around. We've found the best slings in terms of style and comfort for you and your mini passenger...
THE GOLD AWARD FOR BEST BABY SLING DESIGN... MOUNTAIN BUGGY JUNO
Mountain Buggy's mantra 'Life Without Limit' is realised to the full in this super snug sling that is designed with maximum comfort, safety and closeness in mind. Suitable from birth to toddler, the sling can be worn on your front with baby facing in or out or on your hip or your back.
We loved the pouch on the Mountain Buggy Juno that enables you to slip your hands through in a natural embracing position providing an extra sense of connection between parent and child. The sling is super sturdy with wide comfortable straps, lots of head support and weigh is evenly distributed on the hips and shoulders making sure your back isn't under strain. An excellent piece of kit!
Or, as Judge Matt Farquharson (at Papa Pukka) stated "Small, tucks away - looks like a winner to me!"
By Kay developed the 4Way Deluxe carrier to complement their existing range of fabric slings and as an alternative for those who find long stretches of material and ties too tricky.
This soft but structured carrier still gives the intimacy and cocooning feel of a fabric sling but with straight forward clips and a well designed head support it means you can just 'carry and go'.
Our judges loved the clever, friendly looking design and many noted the stirrup detail for older children which provides comfort and security for kids and stops dangling legs from kicking against parents.
Babybjorn's #dadstories collection is a feast for the eyes featuring their One carrier in limited edition powder pink, cocoa and anthracite as well as three cotton options decked out with a variety of palm leaf prints.
Designed with the men's catwalk collections in mind and to appeal to dads on the move we have to say the designs were definitely a winner for the mums too!
Eye-catching colours and prints aside, the Babybjorn One Carrier was applauded for its excellent support, four carrying positions and super comfy shoulder straps.
Caboo's 10th anniversary collection adds a real sense of fun to their soft baby carrier. We love the bold graphic prints that appeal to parents and babies and will definitely mean you can spot your sling in a crowd or hanging on a cluttered bannister.
The fact that you can breastfeed easily and discreetly in this sling is a huge bonus but the best thing about it has to be the zipped pocket at the front! Somewhere to put money and keys so that you really are totally hands free and unencumbered by a handbag on a quick scoot to the shops. Brilliant!