The trendiest parenting products of the year revealed

The trendy products that ARE worth investing in: Parenting website reveals award-winning offerings from £2.99 biodegradable wipes to a £49.99 cuddly sleep aid

  • Parenting site MadeForMums revealed winning products of their annual awards
  • Over 1,100 products rigorously judged by expert panel and 1,000 family testers
  • Winners were picked based on ease of use, effectiveness and value for money

The UK’s number one parenting site for product reviews has announced its annual list of must-have items for parents for 2022.  

MadeForMums has put over 1,100 products across 102 categories through a rigorous judging process using a panel of expert judges and at-home trialling by more than 1,000 family testers. 

The winning products were chosen based on a range of criteria including ease of use, effectiveness and value for money. 

This year’s winners reflect the desire for more sustainable products and the importance of multi-function items that problem-solve, take up less space, and have a longer life, thus reducing waste and saving money.  

Winning products include £2.99 compressed biodegradable wipes, reusable bacteria-destroying £17 swim nappies, a clothing rental service, and a £49.99 cuddly toy elephant that records a parent’s voice.   

Here, FEMAIL reveals MadeForMums top 12 award-winning products for 2022 

Chicco Goody Plus Stroller 

Price: £189 

The Chicco Goody Plus, £189, is a space-saving stroller using an auto-fold function. It’s lightweight frame mean it’s great for public transport or trips away

What is it? The Chicco Goody Plus is a space-saving stroller using an auto-fold function, meaning parents simply press the button on the handle and the stroller will fold itself. 

Parents are able to add a carrycot, so it’s suitable from birth, and use with a compatible car seat.  

It’s lightweight frame mean it’s great for public transport or trips away. It even folds small enough to take on some airlines as hand luggage.

MadeForMums tester says: ‘I love the convenience of this buggy. It’s very light and easy to pick up and carry when folded and made getting ready to head out to the shops or for a walk a lot quicker. A great stroller for my developing toddler.’ 

Available from: John Lewis, Amazon and Baby Planet 

GenieWipes Compressed Towel Wipes

Price: £2.99

GenieWipes Compressed Towel Wipes, £2.99, come in tiny portable pellets the size of mints and expand when you put them under the tap 

What is it?  These compressed towel wipes come in tiny portable pellets the size of mints, which when you pop them under the tap transform into large, biodegradable wipes. 

The 100 per cent natural cotton wipes will expand to 20 x 22 cm after placing the pellets into cold water or warm water for a few seconds and they won’t dry out like packets of wet wipes can. 

MadeForMums tester says: ‘Sturdy but soft, biodegradable and, what is very important, very easy to transport. I found them to be a great eco-friendly alternative to baby wipes.’ 

Available from: Amazon 

Jaspar The Dreamy Elephant Sleep Aid

Price: £49.99 

The Dreamy Elephant, £49.99, allows parents to record up to 20 minutes of lullabies, songs or messages

What is it? The Dreamy Elephant allows parents to record up to 20 minutes of lullabies, songs or messages to help maintain a bond when you can’t be there in person. 

The super-cute toy has a host of other useful features, such as the Smart Cry Sensor and single-touch buttons for each sound. 

MadeForMums tester says: ‘My baby loves it when I sing her a lullaby as it always calms her down, so being able to record this was amazing. It’s a great product with value for money.’ 

Available from: Not on the High Street, Robert Dyas and Amazon  

Tutti Bambini CoZee XL Bedside Crib & Cot

Price: £299

Tutti Bambini has developed a longer-lasting multi-stage sleeping system, £299, that transforms to match different sleep stages for your child

What is it? Tutti Bambini has developed a longer-lasting multi-stage sleeping system that transforms to match different sleep stages for your child. 

Once your baby has outgrown the drop-side bedside crib, the CoZee XL easily turns into a cot without requiring screws or DIY kit. 

Parents can also buy an additional accessory pack to turn their crib into a rocking bassinet and an expansion pack to create a toddler bed and a sofa.

MadeForMums tester says: ‘Although my daughter is still only tiny, I love the idea of a product that will grow with her. The crib was simple to set up (we didn’t even need to use the instruction manual) and it’s really simple to use too. The crib seemed very comfortable for my daughter, who settled straight into it.’ 

Available from: Tutti Bambini, Baby Planet and Oliver’s Babycare 

Pura Eco Nappies 

Price: 13p per nappy

Pura Eco Nappies, 13p per nappy, are disposable nappies are made using 100 per cent green electricity and with no production waste going to landfill

What is it? Pura Eco Nappies are disposable nappies are made using 100 per cent green electricity and with no production waste going to landfill. 

The Pura nappies are cheaper than lower environmental impact alternatives, selling for a similar price to other name-brand disposables. 

Pura is also currently the only disposable nappy brand working with NappiCycle, a service aiming to keep nappies out of landfill and recycle them into good, such as road surfaces.

MadeForMums tester says:’Comfortable nappies that absorb really well so bottoms don’t get sore, plus we had no leaks for wees or poos in the day or at night.’ 

Available from: Amazon and Ocado 

Baby Tula Pre-School Carrier

Price: £129.90

The Baby Tula Pre-School Carrier, £129.90, is an ergonomic pre-school carriers are suitable for older kids and toddlers

What is it? These ergonomic pre-school carriers are suitable for older kids and toddlers, but not as big or bulky as a hiking carrier. 

Multi-purpose and easy to use, the product features reinforced construction for extra support meaning it’s comfy for parent and passenger.

MadeForMums tester says: ‘My 4 year old always wants to be carried when we go out and this product definitely made it possible to carry her with ease. Both myself and my husband tried it and it helped avoid many toddler tantrums.’ 

Available from: Amazon and Tula  

MAM 6in1 Electric Steriliser & Express Bottle Warmer

Price: £90

The MAM 6in1 Electric Steriliser & Express Bottle Warmer, £90, is an all in one sterilising and heating solution

What is it? The MAM 6in1 Electric Steriliser & Express Bottle Warmer is an all in one sterilising and heating solution. 

It can warm food and milk and defrost breastmilk as well as using electric, microwave and cold-water steriliser functions for your feeding equipment including breast pump parts.

MadeForMums tester says: ‘It really does it all! I love that the bottle warmer is handily tucked away inside the main steriliser making it easy to store and keeping it relatively compact.’ 

Available from: Boots, Amazon and John Lewis 

Koo-di Happy Home Foldaway Playpen

Price: £120

The Koo-di Happy Home foldaway playpen, £120, creates an instant babyproof space, which you can use inside and outdoors thanks to its waterproof base

What is it?  The Koo-di Happy Home foldaway playpen creates an instant babyproof space, which you can use inside and outdoors thanks to its waterproof base. 

The roomy size is big enough for more than one child yet folds down compactly into an over-shoulder bag. 

The zip-up door keep babies and toddlers safely confined to one part of your home while offering a few extra years’ use as a den for older kids. 

MadeForMums tester says: ‘A great sized playpen that makes life easier especially at dinner time when my toddler is usually around my feet. It also helps keep my son away from our dog when he’s in a bit of a ‘grab the dogs ears’ mood!’  

Buy from: Jojo Maman Bebe and Kidly 

Happy Nappy DUO Swim Nappy

Price: £17

The Happy Nappy DUO Swim Nappy, £17, is the first proven to keep harmful bacteria and viruses out of pool water

What is it? Families introducing their baby or toddler to the local pool or a dip on holiday can save cash and packing space with the Happy Nappy DUO. 

The reusable swim nappy is the first proven to keep harmful bacteria and viruses out of pool water, thanks to its active silver inner layer. 

The double nappy system also means parents don’t have to double up with a disposable swim nappy underneath each time. 

MadeForMums tester says: ‘Comfortable, durable, total poo catcher and easy to put on. The silver lining that kills any bacteria before it enters the pool is an amazing development and as a microbiologist I think that makes me more excited than anyone else.’ 

Available from: Splash About and Amazon 

Baby Jogger Summit X3 Pushchair

Price: £474

The Baby Jogger Summit X3 Pushchair, £474, is a great-value multi-tasking pushchair is designed for off-road adventures

What is it? This great-value multi-tasking pushchair is designed for off-road adventures but with features flexible enough for everyday use, including one-handed fold, multi-position recline and large storage basket. 

For babies from six months, it can handle all-terrain woodland walks with ease, thanks to its air-filled tyres and all-wheel suspension. 

Then at nine months, parents can lock the front wheel in place and use it as a performance jogging buggy.

MadeForMums tester says: ‘A smooth, quiet and comfortable ride plus there’s plenty of growing room for my daughter so it will last us a long time. Also my husband ran his fastest buggy-running 5k using this, so if PBs are important to you then this piece of kit might help you achieve them!’ 

Available from: Amazon and Baby Jogger 

The Little Loop Clothing Rental Service

Price: £18-£36 

Little Loop’s founder set up her business to combat waste in the world of children’s clothing. Clothing costs £18-£36

What is it? Recently seen winning four offers of investment on Dragons Den, Little Loop’s founder set up her business to combat waste in the world of children’s clothing. 

Little Loop provides a ‘shared wardrobe for kids’, enabling you to keep your child in stylish, and seasonal clothing, without being left with piles of clothes when your child grows out of them. 

Membership opens the door to a wardrobe of ethical, organic clothing brands such as Frugi – simply choose, use and return when you’re ready.

MadeForMums tester says: ‘A great idea for those who can’t easily access second-hand clothes or don’t have the time or money to source premium sustainable brands.’ 

Available from: The Little Loop 

Bugaboo Stardust Travel Cot 

The Bugaboo Stardust, £199, is a stylish travel cot that proves incredibly easy to set up with a flat-fold and lightweight design

Price: £199

What is it? The Bugaboo Stardust is a stylish travel cot that proves incredibly easy to set up with a flat-fold and lightweight design

The cot combines unique aerospace technology and smart design to offer parents an all-in-one, ultra-comfortable travel cot that you can use at home or on the go. 

MadeForMums tester says: ‘Lightweight, easy to unfold/fold, and the built-in mattress is comfortable and makes setting the cot up even easier. We travel a lot with our baby to visit family and the Stardust has certainly made squeezing everything into the boot a lot easier.’ 

Available from: Bugaboo, Boots and John Lewis

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