How to become a MadeForMums product tester

At MadeForMums, we test and review 1000s of parenting products and children's toys every year. And we couldn't do it without the help of our amazing parent and parent-to-be product testers. Here's how you could become one of them...

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MadeForMums is known for its expert, thorough and comprehensive product reviews and ’10 of the best’ product recommendations. A huge part of what makes our reviews and recommendations so highly-rated is the rigorous, detailed testing process we put products through – with the help of our ‘home army’ of parent and parent-to-be testers.

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There are 3 key ways we do our testing – and therefore 3 key ways you can become involved as a product tester….

Here are 3 ways you can become a MadeForMums product tester:

1. Review a product and get selected as a MadeForMums Home Tester

Every month, we invite a selection of people to join our MadeForMums Home Tester team. We choose those people from everyone who has left, in the past month, at least 1 short (100 to 150 words) review on any of our existing single-product review articles (see How do I get selected as a Home Tester?, below). 

What happens if I’m chosen as a Home Tester?

  • You will be contacted and asked for some details (such as your home address and the age of your child or your due date, for example).
  • Then you will be sent a product to test (and keep) and you will asked to provide your feedback on it – in an email back to us – by a specified date. 
  • We may also ask you to send us a picture of the product in use.

How do I get selected as a Home Tester?

  • You need to be signed up to MadeForMums (if you’re not already, you can register here.)
  • You need to leave at least 1 short (100 to 150 words) review on any of our existing single-product review articles. To find these articles, check out our Reviews main page or use the search tool to find specific products.
  • We strongly suggest you read our full guide to leaving a Review before you start.
  • It’s worth knowing that the more useful reviews you post, the more likely you are to be selected as one of our Home Testers.
  • The best reviewers each month will be contacted by MadeForMums via email and invited to join the Home Testers team.

2. Apply to be a tester judge for our MadeForMums Awards and/or our MadeForMums Toy Awards

Every year, we run both the MadeForMums Awards for all parenting products (except toys) and the MadeForMums Toy Awards (just for toys).

For the MadeForMums Awards, we recruit parents and parents-to-be as tester judges for the entered products; for the MadeForMums Toy Awards, we recruit babies and children up to age of 13+ – and their parents – as tester judges for the entered products.

We recruit for the MadeForMums Awards parents judges around October/November and for the MadeForMums Toy Awards child judges, we recruit around June/July time.

What happens if I’m chosen as an Awards tester judge?

  • You will be matched with product that’s suitable for your pregnancy stage, or your baby/child’s age and then contacted about what product(s) you’ll be testing.
  • Then you will be sent the product(s) to test (and keep) and you will asked to provide your feedback on it – on an online feedback form – by a specified date.
  • We will also ask you to send us a picture of the product in use.

How do I get selected as an Awards tester judge?

  • You need to be signed up to MadeForMums (if you’re not already, you can register here.)
  • Look out for our announcements that we are recruiting Awards tester judges. These are likely to be in October (for the MadeForMums Awards) and in June (for the MadeForMums Toy Awards). The easiest way to be sure of seeing the announcement is to sign up to our weekly newsletter, if you haven’t already done so.
  • Follow the link in the announcements to fill in a recruitment survey that will ask for details, such as your baby/child’s age and your postal address/
  • Wait to hear if you have been selected from the pool of people who have filled in the survey.

3. Put your hand up to take part in a Product Test on the MadeForMums Chat Forum

We regularly run product tests on our MadeForMums Chat forum – on anything from buggies and car seats, to toys, skincare, baby food and pet food. You can find them in our dedicated Product Tests section of our forum

What happens if I’m chosen as a Forum Product Tester?

  • You will be contacted and asked to confirm some details (such as your home address and the age of your child or your due date, for example).
  • Then you will be sent a product to test (and keep) and you will asked to provide your feedback on it – on a specific forum thread – by a specified date.
  • We may also ask you to post to the forum thread a picture of the product in use.

How do I get selected for a Forum Product Test?

  1. You need to be signed up to MadeForMums (if you’re not already, you can register here.)
  2. Look out for new Forum Product Test recruitment threads: these will always be posted in the Product Tests section of the forum. You’ll also be alerted to new Forum Product Tests if you sign up to our weekly newsletter.
  3. If you spot a Forum Product Test you’d like to take part in, follow the instructions in the recruitment thread for letting us know about your interest. These usually simply ask you to post on the thread but may also require you to fill in a survey.

We hope this helps, but if you have any questions, please do post them below and we’ll always answer them.

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