On the move: Mumsnet Best Awards winners 2011

Backpacks, car seats, bikes and scooters - from the trip home from the maternity ward to the first faltering, stabiliser-free bicycle ride, here are your top picks.
 

kari me slingBaby slings

Winner: Kari Me
This "relatively cheap" sling proved popular for being "incredibly comfortable for adult and baby". "A definite must-have", the Kari Me was also "easy to carry around when not in use". 
Read more reviews of the Kari Me sling

bushbaby premierBackpacks

Winner: Bushbaby Premier
A comfortable backpack which is "a great choice if you enjoy walking", with "really effective" adjustable back system meaning the weight is distributed evenly. Users also liked the little extras: "The sleep buffer, stirrups and padding on the frame really make a difference."
Read more reviews of the Bushbaby Premier

be safe car seatCar seats from birth

Winner: BeSafe Izi Combi-Isofix
This rear-facing seat was praised for being "safe and sturdy" not to mention "really comfortable". The X3's magnets for keeping straps out of the way when not in use was a "brilliant idea" and the solid headrest "extends round the sides giving side protection".  
Read more reviews of the BeSafe Izi Combi-Isofix

kiddy comfort proCar seats from nine months

Winner: Kiddy Comfort Pro
"Outstanding safety ratings" proved a pull for this car seat, it was "idiot-proof to fit" as well as "light enough to move between two cars". The bar rather than harness takes some getting used to, but once done you "don't look back".
Read more reviews of the Kiddy Comfort Pro

graco junior maxiCar seats from four years

Winner: Graco Junior Maxi
The Graco was judged to be "good value for money". Other plus points are that it's "lightweight" with "comfortable arm rests" and a "padded seat base". It's "very handy as booster seat can be separated from back rest for older child". Mums also "love the cup holders".
Read more reviews of the Graco Junior Maxi

little arc travel cotTravel cots

Winner: Littlelife Arc 2 Travel Cot
This lightweight travel cot managed to be "small when folded but large when assembled". "It's the best transportable cot we've used," said one reviewer. Crucially, children love it, often using it "like a playhouse" and "sleeping soundly" whether at nap or bedtime.
Read more reviews of the Littlelife Arc 2 Travel Cot

smart trikeTrikes and ride-ons

Winner: Smart Trike Plus
A "brilliant all-round bike" the best bit about the Smart Trike was the "clutch on the wheel that allows you to steer it". The handybag is useful "for a few essentials" and there's a seatbelt "to hold your child securely. "Thumbs-up all round." 
Read more reviews of the Smart Trike Plus

bobike miniChildren's bike seats

Winner: Bobike Mini
This clever Dutch invention places your child at the front of the bike so you can "chat as we go along" and "don't have to keep turning round to check on them". Reviewers found it easy to install and appreciated the fact that it "looked nice on the bike".
Read more reviews of the Bobike Mini

likeabike jumperFirst bikes

Winner: LIKEaBIKE Jumper
LIKEaBIKE's aluminium frame was singled out for being "so light and hardwearing" and "although expensive was a real investment buy". Children were able to "balance really well" while the "comfortable seat" and "stylish" look meant that "people ask us all the time where to get them".
Read more reviews of the LIKEaBIKE Jumper

mini micro t-bar scooterScooters

Winner: Mini Micro T-Bar
The three-wheeled construction of this scooter made it easier for young children "to balance as they scoot along". Parents appreciated the "really responsive steering" and the fact that it "made the school run a much quicker experience".
Read more reviews of the Mini Micro T-Bar

 

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Last updated: 02-Feb-2011 at 2:21 PM