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Best baby products 2016 – Travel

Every year our National Parenting Product Awards test over 140 products across 37 categories.

After being put through their paces by Irish mums and experts and following two months of fieldwork and analysis by our research partners Millward Brown – we can now announce the shortlist!

These are the best of the best in our Out and About \ Travel categories, in no particular order.

The ultimate winners will be announced at an intimate Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 26th October.

Best baby products 2016

Best baby products 2016

Best Travel/Holiday Product

Caldesun for Kids Sun Protection Spray SPF 50
Dioclear
Huggies Little Swimmers

Best Car Seat

Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix and EasyFix Base
BeSafe iZi Modular Infant Carrier Base and Group 1 car seat
Maxi-Cosi AxissFix
Maxi-Cosi 2 way
Uberchild Group 123 Isofix

Best Baby Bag

toTs by smarTrike Infinity Changing Bag East West Bag
Lässig Mix n’ Match Changing Bag
Emilia Black Leather Changing Bag

best baby products 2016

Best Pushchair

Maxi-Cosi Stella
The iCandy Peach
Out n About Nipper Single V4

Best Lightweight Stroller

Mothercare Nanu Stroller
Out n About Little Nipper
UPPAbaby G-LUXE

Best Twin/Tandem Pushchair

Out n About Double Nipper V4
Mothercare Genie
Out n About Double Little Nipper

Best Travel System

UPPAbaby VISTA
The iCandy Strawberry
Mothercare Orb Pram and Pushchair

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We’ll be sharing the results of best supplements, snacks, weaning products, highchairs and much more very soon – so stay tuned.

The full National Parenting Product Guide 2016 will be distributed free of charge in The Irish Mail on Sunday on Sunday 20th November.

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ASK JESSICA

Q. I’m would like to start an exercise programme that will benefit my emotional health as much as my physical health, but I don’t know which type of class would be best. Should I consider choosing from yoga, pilates, tai chi, or could you recommend a class, please?

A It’s great that you have decided to get into exercise. The benefits to you are going to be great. You’ll sleep better, have more energy, better skin, reduced stressed, not to mention all the amazing physical benefits of your clothes fitting better, and looking healthy, trim and toned! My advice to you would be to try them all. Even if some don’t offer pay-as-you-go sessions, if you get in touch directly with the instructor, they will almost always let you try it out first to see if it’s for you. All of the above things that you mentioned are great for mental health, so it really will be a personal preference as to which you go for. On top of the classes you mention, all forms of exercise will give you great mental rewards so consider the not so obvious interval training sessions, bootcamp, and circuits too, as you will also feel on top of the world after a class like that.

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Q When should I have my first pregnancy scan? And how many scans should I get throughout my pregnancy?

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Your first scan is known as your dating scan and is routine in all hospitals. Most mums will have this scan at their booking visit, which can be anywhere between 12-18 weeks. The earlier the scan the more accurate it will be. If you have experienced recurrent miscarriages some hospitals will scan you earlier. Contact your antenatal clinic for more information. In Ireland, most women will have two scans in a healthy pregnancy – a dating scan and an anomaly scan at around 20 weeks. However, some units provide a dating scan only. Private scans are also available in most cities and many parents use these services for additional reassurance and to find out the sex of their baby.