An overview of the latest products from the hardware sector
The most important new products from the baby and toddler equipment sector were presented in Cologne this September at the Kind + Jugend trade fair, as they are every year. Most exhibitors focused on the Mobility segment, showing how parents can flexibly master everyday life with toddlers thanks to pushchairs, child car seats, carriers, and more. Here are five new products, which are or will be conquering the market this year.
Ergonomics is everything
Thanks to the high suspension of the cot and the sports seat, parents can put their baby in the Kniv-Baby life + pushchair without hurting their backs. The grown-ups will also be happy about the height-adjustable sliders. The comfort of the little passenger has also been considered. The cot has a height-adjustable headboard and a mattress with memory foam, so that it is comfortable to lie on. The sports seat is 92 cm in size and thus offers comfortable transport to larger children too. When it’s time for a nap while out and about, the backrest of the sports seat can be brought into a flat lying position. The convertible top contains retractable weather protection, as well as openings for visibility and ventilation.
A big update
A fold-out and water-repellent sundeck with SPF 50+ is just one of the new features of Recaro’s “Easylife Elite”. This successor to the popular “Easylife” model has also been fitted with a mesh insert in the backrest for improved temperature balance. There is a new visibility window in the convertible top with magnetic closures, promising additional ventilation. The improved seat upholstery and the new belt pads offer the child even more comfort. Thanks to eight large wheels with full suspension, the pushchair will easily roll over various surfaces.
One for all
From the newborn to the toddler: parents can carry their child in four positions in the “Omni 360” carrier from Ergobaby, which grows with the child. To ensure that the child is comfortable in all positions, the product was developed in cooperation with independent carrier consultants and physiotherapists. The carrier allows the child to sit in the natural frog-legs posture. The width of the bridge is infinitely adjustable with a Velcro closure system, so that the Omni 360 always adapts to the size of the child. There’s no need for an extra infant insert. Another new feature of the carrier is the detachable belt bag, in which parents can store keys, money, and a mobile phone.
i-Size plus X
Britax Römer expands its Dualfix i-Size range with a new child car seat, which can be used from birth until the age of about four years. The seat has been developed and manufactured entirely in Germany. It can be installed to face forwards or backwards. Six resting positions in both directions offer the child a comfortable ride. Of course, safety is also provided. The seat has passed all the tests for the latest EU regulation R129 i.e. i-Size. It also meets Britax Römer’s own higher safety standards. These include the “SICT inside” technology, which reduces the force in the event of a side impact. The ISOFIX installation has been extended to include Britax Römer’s patented anti-tilting system. This system minimises the risk of head and neck injuries by directing much of the force during a frontal impact down into the car seat. This reduces the forward movement of the child when sitting in the direction of travel.
Look & Feel
Lässig’s new “Tyve” changing rucksack isn’t just an eye-catcher. It will also entice the viewer to touch it. That’s because it has a matte surface that looks like paper. This is achieved by Tyvek ®, a particularly light, tear-resistant, and durable material. In line with Lässig’s emphasis on sustainability, Tyvek ® is environmentally friendly because it is made of polyethylene and can be recycled without any problem. The backpack has a water-repellent surface thanks to an additional external PU coating. Its inner features are also convincing. The backpack has everything that parents need to take care of their children when out and about: a water-resistant changing mat, an insulated bottle holder, and a pushchair attachment. It is thus the perfect companion for fashionable parents.