1. Rockit, £39.99, MadeForMums Gold Award Winner
This innovative gadget is a godsend for parents whose little ones prefer to nap in the pushchair but wake up the minute you stop rocking (in a bid to pop into the kitchen to make a cheeky cuppa, for example!). Our testers loved it for its simple – but crucial – role in helping their child sleep, awarding it this year’s gold award.
To use, just clip the device onto frame, push the button and it will gently rock the stroller or pram to soothe your baby and maintain their sleep.
The cycle lasts for a blissful 30 minutes, and you can adjust the speed to find the perfect motion to make the most of naptime. Scientific tests show the vibration level closely mimics the normal hand rocking of a pushchair and the calming movement is gentler than a pushchair moving over paving stones.
Suitable from birth, Rockit fits all makes and models of pushchairs, prams and strollers, and is totally portable and showerproof. The battery lasts for up to 60 hours (two months of average use).
What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about Rockit:
“Really good idea. Initially I thought it was a bit frivolous but I was wrong! I have two babies with an age gap of 14 months, and this has been really helpful in soothing my newborn whilst I deal with my eldest. Great idea!” Mum of 2. Kimberley
“Fantastic innovative product! Does exactly what it is supposed to do. It enabled me to be hands-free whilst rocking my baby to sleep in no time. What more could I possibly ask for!” Mum of 1, Julie
“I love the Rockit rocker, wish it had been available a few years ago! Found it very easy to install on a pushchair, though can be harder to tighten the strap on a very compact, slim chassis buggy. What an ingenious product, the level of rocking was great and I could see this being a game changer for parents!” MFM Reviews Editor Magda Ibrahim
You can buy Rockit from: Amazon
2. Lullaby Shade – Plug and Play, £26.99, MadeForMums Joint Silver Award Winner
Designed by a frustrated and tired mum whilst on holiday, our joint silver winner, the Lullaby Shade, is designed as a travel shade to fit onto all buggies and pushchairs and is the first shade on the market to provide integrated music, which will soothe your little one to sleep.
Created from fabric which provides 94% UVA and UVB sun protection, the music-filled, darkened sleep pod will protect your little one from sun, rain, wind and bugs. Not only that, but it will give you plenty of peace as your child sleeps contentedly inside the Lullaby Shade.
What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about the Lullaby Shade – Plug and Play:
“This is a great idea. I liked the fact that the material allows me to see my baby, but also provides adequate shade. Also, it’s light and easily packed away when it’s not needed.” Mum of 2, Isidora
“Really good shade system, great quality, easy to use and has some good additions such as an all-round zip, light reflectors and of course, speakers.” MFM Reviews Editor Hazelann Williams
You can buy the Lullaby Shade – Plug and Play from: Amazon and Lullaby Shades.
3. SnoozeShade Original, £19.99, MadeForMums Joint Silver Award Winner
Invented by a British mum who was fed up of draping blankets over her baby’s pram, the original Snoozeshade has become a UK bestseller and is this year’s joint silver winner. It acts to protect your wee napper from the elements – blocking 99% of UV – while encouraging them to sleep on the move.
You can use it for sleep, as an overhead shade, to extend your pushchair’s sun canopy and to cover little legs from UV rays. It comes with a ‘sneak a peek’ zip, so mum and dad can check in on their little one without letting in lots of light. Rest assured, there are no small parts which could become choking hazards, and the fabric is air-permeable (air flows through it).
What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about SnoozeShade Original:
“I found the mesh pouch very handy as it the shade could be easily packed away when not in use in compact pouch.” Mum of 2, Pat
“A fabulous innovation in baby sleeping products.” MFM Reviews Editor Hazelann Williams
You can buy SnoozeShade Original from: Amazon, Mothercare and Mamas & Papas.
4. Lascal BuggyBoard Maxi, £69.99, MadeForMums Bronze Award Winner
A trip into town, a longer walk, a compact alternative to a double buggy – the original larger sized BuggyBoard wins our bronze award this year for its brilliant solution for tired toddlers on the move.
Whenever they start to feel tired-stroppy, or simply want a fun ride, let them hop on the well-designed board for a break. The ride-on platform attaches to 99% of all prams and buggies (although do check before ordering), safely positioning your child between your arms and the buggy, so you can move at your own pace.
It’s uber-easy to connect and disconnect, and you can even fold the buggy as usual. When it’s not in use, you can hook it up with its wheels off the ground.
What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about Lascal BuggyBoard Maxi:
“Easy to assemble, folds up when not in use and it’s easy to wipe any dirt off. My 3, 4, and 6- year-olds all love hopping on when we are out. It’s been a godsend for the school runs.” Mum of 4, Jessica
“My kids really enjoyed the product and it was good to have as a tool when the kids got tired. I felt the kids were safe on the board. It does take up considerably less space than a double buggy.” Mum of 3, Louise
You can buy Lascal BuggyBoard Maxi from: Cheeky Rascals, Amazon and John Lewis.
5. Scoot Ultimate Buggy Hook, £7.99
Now if you’re a mum to a baby and an older child – we just LOVE this.
Say your older one scoots to school and you have a baby in a buggy – once you’ve dropped the first one off to school and need to take the scooter back home – simply click it onto your pram – et voila. Genius.
You can buy Scoot Ultimate Buggy Hook from: Amazon, JoJo Maman Bebe and Scoot.
6. Buggyguard Anti-Theft Retractable Stroller Lock, £19.99
This anti-theft gadget fits all strollers and keeps the lock tucked out of the way until you’re ready to use it. The design doesn’t interfere with collapsing the stroller and features a 4-digit resettable combination dial.
Use the extended cable length to loop through one or two wheels or lock your buggy to any stationary object when you’re out and about.
You can buy the Buggyguard Anti-Theft Retractable Stroller Lock from: Amazon and Happy Mummy.
7. Diono Buggy Buddy, £9
This handy structured bag attaches neatly to the handles of your buggy, keeping all your essentials within easy reach. There’s a zippered pocket for valuables, insulated drinks holders and an easy-access large storage area that’s perfect for items you might need in a hurry such as a muslin or toddler snack.
You can buy the Buggy Buddy from Diono, Amazon and Kiddicare.
8. Lights and Sounds Musical Buggy Bar, £30
Keep babies from six months upwards entertained with this fun light up keyboard, which has adjustable (and removable) clips to fit most strollers. Turn a walk to the shops into playtime – tots will love bashing out tunes on the keyboard, which lights up as they play, and banging the drum to their hearts content.
You can buy Lights and Sounds Musical Buggy Bar from: Mothercare and Early Learning Centre.
9. Mothercare Cupholder, £8
Sometimes that stroll round the block to your little one to sleep will be your first break that day. This great value cupholder attaches easily to most strollers with the clamp supplied, so you can pop in a drink to enjoy as you walk.
Buy the Mothercare Cupholder from: Mothercare
10. My Buggy Buddy Clip, £5.99
For an impromptu trip to the shop, or days when you just don’t have enough hands. This award-winning clip fits into the handle of most prams or strollers and comes in a range of funky colours. The foam cover keeps it in place, and while the spring-loaded clip keeps any shopping bags you hang off it firmly in place (just don’t hang too many).
You can buy the My Buggy Buddy Clip from: My Buggy Buddy and Mamas & Papas.
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