The Splasha (£19.95 available from www.morrck.com) is a hooded towelling robe for children aged one to seven that is great for days on the beach, camping holidays, festivals, the swimming pool, after bathtime or just chilling out. It’s a piece of kit kids will use daily, saving on packing lots of extras towels and clothes. And anything that saves time as well as being useful is a bif bonus!
The judges said of the Splasha: “This is a product that didn’t really fit neatly into any one of our award categories. But it’s something we’d be upset to forget to take with us on holiday! We were so impressed with the quality, feel and design of the Morrck Splasha that we felt it deserved a special award for being a product that we all loved!”
The judges, who included Wendy and Rob Shand (founders of Tots to Travel), Kathryn Blundell (editor of Mother & Baby magazine), Amanda Morison (travel editor of Angels & Urchins), Nicola Grant (founder of Holiday Nanny) and Gavin McOwan (family travel writer for the Guardian), collectively have 12 children between them and are experts on what makes travelling with tots easier.
“We were looking for items that solved real travel problems that most parents face. The products need to be small, light or easy to pack; be great quality; versatile so that they’re not exclusively used for just two weeks a year; represent good value for money and are thoroughly practical,” said Wendy Shand, family travel expert and founder of Tots to Travel.
Other winners were:
Fun & Games – Fuzzoodles – a pipe cleaner craft toy (£9.99)
For the journey - Bubblebum Inflatable Car Booster – an inflatable car booster seat (£29.99)
Sleeping – Snoozeshade – UV protection snooze shade for prams (£19.99)
Safety – Milton Sterilising Tablets (£2.29)
Feeding – Totseat – a fabric high chair alternative (£24.50)
To see reviews of each of these winning products, go to http://totstotravelblog.typepad.com. You can see a video clip on the winning products here. For ideas on where to have your next family holiday, go to www.totstotravel.co.uk
(EDITOR: These look like some great, innovative products that parents and kids will just love!)