The best baby products for 2019 as BabyCentre announces results of annual Parents’ Picks awards

best infant car seat 2019

The best car seat 2019: The top baby products for 2019 have been revealed and they include a mix of products from Aldi and Lidl to high-end brands loved by the Royal family.

Thousands of parents voted in the 2019 BabyCentre Parents’ Picks awards to find out the must-have products for new and expecting parents.

More than 2,000 BabyCentre community members voted for their favourite baby products in five different categories from baby food to prams.

Silver Cross and Maxi-Cosi dominated the pram and car seat categories, while budget supermarkets Aldi and Lidl increased their share of nappies and baby food. But it was all change for baby bottles and breast pumps compared to last year’s results.

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Sarah Redshaw, managing editor at BabyCentre, said: “There is an overwhelming choice of products for new and expecting parents, whether you’re just nipping out for nappies or you’ve saved up for a car seat that you’ll be using for years.

“Without researching hundreds of brands among different review sites it’s difficult to know if you’re making the right choice.

“But that’s where Parent’s Picks comes in. It’s the biggest and most comprehensive round-up of real parent recommendations so our new mums and dads can be safe in the knowledge that they’ll find tried, tested and loved items for their little ones in the survey results.”

Prams – Winner: Silver Cross Wayfarer, £795a close up of a bicycle© Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited

BabyCentre parents love their Silver Cross wheels.

The classic British brand took the top two places in the prams category, racing up from numbers four and five last year.

Silver Cross’ Wayfarer and its Pioneer model came in at numbers one and two.

Andy Murray’s favourite, the iCandy Peach, and Kate Middleton’s choice, the Bugaboo Cameleon, remained in the top five.

The high-end models were balanced out by this year’s new own-brand entry, the Mothercare Journey.

Why is Silver Cross Wayfarer a winner?

This lightweight pram is designed to handle the city streets with ease. Travel and storage are made easy with the simple, compact fold.

What BabyCentre parents say:

“It’s easy to fold, comfortable for baby and a good size, not too big or too small.”

“It is lightweight, easy to assemble and collapse for storage. It is very comfortable for baby and it looks great.”

Baby Bottles – Winner: Tommee Tippee© Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited

In baby bottles, design was key, as naturally-shaped teats and anti-colic models swept the category.

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature took the number one spot and its Advanced Anti Colic bottle came in at number four.

Elsewhere MAM, Philips and Dr Browns held onto top five places.

Why is Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature  a winner?

The bottle is easy to hold with a slow-flowing teat for comfortable, relaxed feeding. The teat has been designed to mimic the natural movement of your breast.

What BabyCentre parents say:

“I really like these bottles. They don’t leak and my baby finds it easy to drink from them.”

“I love these bottles as they’re so easy to use. They’re perfect from birth and it’s simple to put different teats on to them.”

Baby Food – Winner: Ella’s Kitchen

Ella’s Kitchen remained the nation’s favourite baby food.

But Aldi Mamia, which also boasts organic credentials, was at number four, improving on its number five spot last year, as the low-cost supermarket closes the gap for money-conscious parents.

Cow & Gate, Hipp Organic and Heinz continued to be firm favourites.

a close up of a diaper: Baby girl pushing herself up© Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Baby girl pushing herself up

Why is Ella’s Kitchen a winner?

Ella’s Kitchen offers a good range of flavours, using only organic ingredients.

The brand encourages parents to start weaning with vegetables first, although a variety of fruit pouches, yoghurts and baby rice are also available.

There’s a wide choice of meals for babies and toddlers, including dishes such as chicken paella, beef stew and bolognese bake.

There’s also finger foods and products that are suitable for children with special dietary requirements.

What BabyCentre parents say:

“The texture of the food is lovely and smooth and there’s a big range to choose from. I feel confident about what is in the pack.”

“I liked the array of flavours available and that they have pouches with single ingredients so it’s easier for weaning babies with potential allergies.”

Car Seats – Winner: Maxi Cosi Cabriofix© Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited

Maxi-Cosi dominated the car seats category for a second year running, as parents sought the reassurance of a well-established name.

They voted Maxi-Cosi models into three out of the five top spots with the Cabriofix at number one.

Traditional Silver Cross and innovative Joie took positions four and five in the top-rated car seats of 2019.

Why is Maxi Cosi Cabriofix a winner?

This lightweight car seat is suitable from birth to about 12 months.

The CabrioFix comes with a one-pull harness adjustment, which helps to make sure your baby is safe and secure.

It also has an easy to remove, washable cover.

What BabyCentre parents say:

“I love how easy it is to put in and out of the car.”

“It’s really easy to use and clicks in and out of the base with no problems. My baby looks comfortable and safe.”

Breast Pumps – Winner: Medela Swinga close up of a mans face© Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited

When it came to breast pumps, Medela Swing proved it’s still number one for breastfeeding mums.

Tommee Tippee electric and manual models were voted second and third with Philips Avent completing the set.

Why is Medela Swing a winner?

This pump is ideal for everyday use. It can be battery or mains powered, so you can use it at home or when you’re out and about. The two-phase suction technology aims to mimic a baby’s natural nursing rhythm, which helps to pump more milk in less time.

What BabyCentre parents say:

“I like that it’s simple to use, I chose it as it has different intensity settings. It’s easy to take apart and clean.”

“Fantastic pump that is quiet to use and comfortable. The flexibility of having battery and mains options were ideal.”

Nappies – Winner: Pampers© Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited

One of the most recognisable names, Pampers beat rival Aldi to take the top spot.

Aldi did in fact take second place, followed by Asda in third place and Tesco in Fourth and Lidl in fifth proving that when it comes to shopping essentials, parents also love own-brand bargains.

Why is Pampers the winner?

Pampers have a wide variety of nappies in their range, from newborn to toddler pull-ups.

The nappies have three absorbing channels to distribute wetness evenly for a drier feel.

They also include wetness indicators, and an extra layer that pulls wee and poo away from your baby’s skin.

What BabyCentre parents say:

“I love Pampers, from newborn they are soft and delicate. No matter the size or type of nappy we bought they always feel soft and of good quality.”

“I loved the fit and the convenience of nappy pants for my wriggly toddler! The tab to seal up when they’ve been used and removed was so handy too.”

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