Top five baby trends for 2016Running buggies, smart baby tech and travel cots
01 May 2016
From the pushchair colourways chic parents will be showing off, to the latest smart baby tech and travel cots; we've rounded up the baby gear this year's savvy parents will be stocking up on.
1. Running buggies
The running buggy went from niche to mainstream when popular pushchair brands Bugaboo and Britax launched running buggies. Find out how the Bugaboo Runner and the Britax Bob Revolution Pro fared in our reviews.
New for parents who like to pound the pavements and the park this year is the Thule Glide, which also has a carrycot and car seat, and the Bumbleride Speed. Both have large wheels designed for all terrain and promise to give your baby a smooth ride while you’re bouncing around.
2. Pushchairs in classic colours
As modern pushchair prices mean they're more of an investment, so we're seeing parents gravitating towards a classic colour palette that is likely to stay on trend for longer.
Denim, grey and beige are all popular colours for pushchairs in 2016, as seen below on the Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip, Britax B-Agile 3.
Purple the choice for those who want something a little stronger.
It's not all about muted tones though. We're still seeing stronger colours on strollers – most likely because they tend to cost less than pushchairs, so are replaced more often.
3. Smart baby products
The smart tech revolution continues into the lives of new parents, in particular with the rise in smart baby monitors. New to the market are the Babymoov 0% Emission baby camera, and the Panasonic smart home baby monitor.
The Babymoov camera uses an adaptor which sends the signal through the electricity cable instead of via wifi or bluetooth, so there aren’t any radio wave emissions in your baby’s room. It clips onto the side of your baby’s cot and transfers information through an electrical circuit connected to the camera.
The Panasonic smart home baby monitor is a repackaging of Panasonic's existing smart home camera, so new it hasn't yet launched in the UK.
See which models top our reviews in our top five baby monitors.
4. Bedside cots
Having your baby sleeping closely alleviates new parent anxiety, but as there are still safety concerns around co-sleeping correctly, a bedside bassinet is an alternative solution.
The Halo Bassinest is one of a number of new-style bedside cots. It's a small bassinet on a swivel stand with nifty features, such as a night light, music, vibration and a nursing timer. The mesh sides can be pushed down and will automatically spring back up so you can attend to your baby safely during the night.
If you’re having trouble getting your baby to sleep, have a look at our guide to baby sleep training.
5. Travel cots
Whether it's down to more parents taking their own baby bed on holiday, or needing an extra place to sleep for stayovers at Grandma's house, travel cots are having a boom this year.
The new SpaceCot, which claims to fold down to a compact, easy-to-carry package in one movement, within three seconds, is available for pre-order now.
See which travel cots have impressed us the most, head to our travel cots top picks.