The Cribsie New Arrivals represent the best new brands and products of the year, with recommendations from the Cribsie Academy, a prestigious panel of industry leaders, experts, and celebrities. Brands pay a $300 fee to submit their products for review. All products approved by the Cribsie Award editors are featured here. Additionally, all accepted New Arrivals are judged by the Cribsie Academy: those rated at least a 3.5 out of 5 across four criteria (innovation, style/design, marketability, and utility) are granted an Academy Star. All 2014 New Arrivals will be judged by the Academy in early 2015. Stars will be announced on March 2, 2015.
New Arrival Award submissions will be judged by the prestigious Cribsie Academy, which comprises the most influential experts, retail honchos and celebrities in the baby and kids industry.
Stacie Billis is the food writer behind One Hungry Mama, where she serves up original family-friendly recipes and tips for managing life as the family cook (wine is involved). She's also the Food Editor at Cool Mom Picks. Stacie’s common sense approach stems from her Masters in child development. She’s also brutally honest: just because she’s a killer cook and an all-natural advocate doesn’t mean that you won’t find her professing her love of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and developing more recipes using Nutella than is reasonable.
Rachel Blumenthal created Cricket’s Circle as a trusted, short-answer solution for the what-to-buy conundrum she encountered during her first pregnancy. Rachel began her career in the publicity department of Yves Saint Laurent, before founding and designing the fashion jewelry brand Rachel Leigh. Rachel then lent her hand to Warby Parker, which was cofounded by her husband Neil. When the eyewear retailer—and their son, Griffin—were up and running, she got to work on Cricket’s Circle. Originally from Cape Cod, Rachel now resides in Manhattan with her family.
As a contributor to the Baby Guy Gear Guide (and director of campaigns) Jennifer Buske knows her baby brands. She keeps busy in Bentonville Arkansas wrangling her four nuggets and the Baby Guy. Any spare moments are spent dreaming of quiet time, traveling, and flowerless chocolate cake.
Chloé Jo Davis is the founder of GirlieGirlArmy.com: The Glamazon Guide to Conscious Living, an eco-vegan fashion site with a ferociously progressive, urban-minded approach to cruelty-free living. Chloé is often in the media in the eco style, vegan, and sustainable parenting space, most recently collaborating with About.com as the host of their green living series. She's a mother of two beautiful boys (and due with a third in March!) and multiple rescued pets.
Allyson Downey is CEO and co-founder of weeSpring, a start-up that helps new and expecting parents collect advice from their friends about what they need for their babies. She lives in New York City with her husband two children.
Phil Fairey has been part of the baby industry since 1998, when he left a graduate program (in Microbiology and Immunology, of all things) to lend a hand to Baby Furniture Plus Kids in Columbia, SC. The retail chain has since expanded and as the primary designer and buyer for the stores, Phil is always on the lookout for the next big trend in nursery design, and the latest and greatest products for kids. Phil also sits on the board of BRIXY, an association of more than 300 independent baby stores throughout the US and Canada.
Interior design enthusiasts Melisa Fluhr and Pam Ginocchio are the co-founders of Project Nursery, the definitive authority inspirational resource for baby's first room and beyond. Fluhr and Ginocchio are regular contributors to People.com, HGTV.com, and of course StrollerTraffic.
As the Editor-in-Chief of Earnshaw's, the 98-year-old authority in children's apparel, Audrey Goodson Kingo works with the fashion industry's best kids' brands, retailers, reps, stylists and photographers. Since becoming EIC in 2013, she has directed an award-winning redesign of the magazine and hosted panels on everything from smart social media to retailing tips.
Jamie Grayson is the resident Gear Guy for StrollerTraffic and was named "Best Baby Gear Guru" in New York magazine. He has been featured on the Martha Stewart show, in TimeOut Kids, the LA Times, and is the host of "Jamie Grayson's Baby Gear Guide" on ulive.com. Grayson is also a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, and is the new Baby Gear Expert for Fit Pregnancy. BabyGuyGearGuide.com
Rebecca Gruber is the Editorial Director of POPSUGAR Moms, connecting parents with new products and ideas. Rebecca has interviewed celebrities including Jessica Alba, Julie Andrews, Martha Stewart, Juliana Margulies, and Jennifer Garner, as well as parenting experts such as Dr. Harvey Karp and Christopher Gavigan. She has also served as a Parent Ambassador for Healthy Child Healthy World, helping inform parents about the importance of creating a safe and healthy home for kids. Rebecca can often be found at her NYC neighborhood playground with her husband and two sons.
Newly pregnant in 2010, Ariane was frustrated by the lack of stylish maternity clothes on the market. She founded HATCH as a collection of chic and effortless clothing solutions for the pregnancy months and beyond. HATCH has been featured in the pages of Vogue, Lucky, Martha Stewart Living, Glamour, and Style.com.
Cool Mom Picks Publisher/Editor-in-Chief and Mom-101 author Liz Gumbinner is a regular on programs such as the TODAY Show, the Martha Stewart Show, and the CBS Early Show, where she's a top expert on parenting trends and gear.
Along with his wife Sheri, Eli Gurock is the founder of Boston-based Magic Beans, the most thoughtfully stocked toy and gear store in the parenting universe. Gurock is also a JPMA Innovation Awards judge.
Xza Louise Higgins is the CEO and Founder of MommyCon, a natural parenting conference hitting eight cities in 2015. She is a mother to a son in Chicago and is currently expecting baby number two in summer 2015. She is incredibly passionate about birth options, human rights, and promoting gentle parenting practices.
A veteran of the kids' industry for more than 12 years, Melissa Keswin currently serves as Gilt.com's Senior Director of Merchandising for Baby & Kids, where she oversees strategic vision and execution. In other words, she knows her baby fashion.
Jill Krause is the voice behind popular blog Baby Rabies. She started it in 2007, when her baby fever progressed to full-blown baby rabies. She now has 3 children (6, 4, and 1), and is known for blogging openly and honestly about parenting. Jill's writing has been recognized by Vogue, Time Magazine, Babble.com, and the Iris Awards. She's written for the Huffington Post, and has been a guest on HLN News Now and Raising America. She's also a regular contributor to The Broadcast on KTXD in Dallas.
Bunmi Latidan is an author and creator of The Honest Toddler. She's been featured by Good Morning America, TIME, CBS Sunday Mornings and contributes regularly to the Huffington Post. Bunmi is a sought-after speaker and social media consultant to Fortune 500 companies.
A former New York magazine editor, Tara Mandy is the founder and publisher of StrollerTraffic.com and SCOOTERtraffic.com, the leading email newsletters for urban moms. She is also the founder and co-host of the Cribsie Awards.
Catherine McCord launched Weelicious.com in 2007 as a platform to show parents around the world how easy and beneficial it is to expose children to wholesome, delicious homemade food. Weelicious now houses 1,200+ original recipes and more than 250 videos. In 2012, Catherine published her first book, Weelicious: One Family, One Meal followed by Weelicios Lunches: Think Outside the Lunchbox, published in September 2013.
Lindsay Pinchuk is the CEO and founder of Bump Club and Beyond, and a mother of two amazing girls ages 4 and 1. Bump Club and Beyond connects moms and moms-to-be with info, resources, experts, products, and most important, with each other—through social media and dozens of premier events around the country every month. bumpclubandbeyond.com.
Suzanne Price is the owner of Sprout San Francisco, a natural and organic children's boutique with stores in New York, Brooklyn, Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area. Previously a Senior Equity Research Analyst focusing on the Green Living Consumer Sector at ThinkEquity, Suzanne truly understands the impact of toxic chemicals on our bodies.
Speaking to the cosmopolitan pregnancy, Well Rounded NY founders Kaity Velez and Jessica Pallay have created an online community that helps expecting moms not only “deal” with their pregnancies, but also navigate them, revel in them and most importantly, celebrate them.
The Cribsie New Arrivals represent the best new brands and products of the year, with recommendations from the Cribsie Academy, a prestigious panel of industry leaders, experts, and celebrities. Only products introduced to market in the US in 2014 are eligible for 2014 New Arrival status. Brands pay a $300 fee to submit their products for review. All products approved by the Cribsie Award editors are featured here. Additionally, all accepted New Arrivals are judged by the Cribsie Academy: those rated at least a 3.5 out of 5 across four criteria (innovation, style/design, marketability, and utility) are granted an Academy Star. All 2014 New Arrivals will be judged by the Academy in early 2015. Stars will be announced on March 2, 2015.
The mission of the New Arrival Academy Stars is to bestow a definitive honor upon the leading innovators within the baby and kids market in order to recognize and encourage innovation, good design, and utility.
The Cribsie Academy was founded in 2011 to honor innovation and achievement in the baby and kids industry. Comprising top luminaries and experts in the parenting sphere, the Cribsie Academy includes industry influencers ranging from brand CEOs to top retail buyers to TV morning show producers to celebrity tastemakers.
A product must have been brought to market in the United States in 2014 to qualify for entry. Generally, new products, new labels, new lines, new collections, new line extensions, new websites, new blogs, and new apps qualify. New seasonal collections, styles, or color variations do not qualify.
Questions about qualification or eligibility should be directed to email@example.com.
Each submission will be evaluated on the following criteria: innovation, style/design, marketability and utility.
• INNOVATION: Is the product unique and does it offer something original in terms of design or use?
• STYLE/DESIGN: Is the product designed with an aesthetic consideration?
• MARKETABILITY: Will the product sell? Could it influence future trends?
• UTILITY: Does the product fulfill a vital function for parents?
New Arrivals are immediately and permanently displayed on the Cribsie Award website, as the best new products of the year in which they were introduced. Submitting a product or brand for the Cribsie New Arrival program offers exposure to top media, buyers, and decision makers in the baby and kids industry. Your product will be reviewed by the who’s who of the industry. New Arrivals who are granted Star status by the Academy will be marketed as the best new products of 2014—enjoying extensive promotion and support from the Cribsie Award co-hosts, StrollerTraffic and The Baby Guy, who will promote the winners to influential members of the media and the tremendously engaged communities of StrollerTraffic and Baby Guy parents, via email and social media. All New Arrivals have complimentary use of the Cribsie Awards New Arrival badges.
Nominations for the general Cribsie Awards are free and open to the public. Approximately 350 finalists (across six categories and 60 awards) are selected by the Cribsie Editors. Winners are then elected by a public voting process that limits votes to one unique vote per award per email address.
Entries for the New Arrivals incur a $300 submission fee. Entrants are reviewed by a selection committee, and Stars are granted by the esteemed Cribsie Academy.
Each entry will be reviewed by a selection committee, upon submission. Accepted submissions will be billed a $300 submission fee. Once paid, accepted submissions will be posted on the Cribsie Awards New Arrival page. All accepted New Arrival submissions will then be judged by the Cribsie Academy in early 2015; Stars will be announced on March 2, 2014. To qualify as an Academy Star, entrants must be rated at least a 3.5 out of 5 across four judging categories (innovation, style/design, marketability, utility), and must not receive a score lower than 2 in any one category.
To enter the 2014 Cribsie New Arrival program, complete the official entry form on this page. All entries must be submitted by December 19, 2014. You must complete a separate entry form for each product you wish to submit. Once you complete your form(s), the Cribsie Editors will review your submission within 3 business days. Accepted submissions will then be billed $300. Upon receipt of payment, your New Arrival will be posted on the site.
The Cribsie Academy exerts the right to request up to four samples of your product in order to complete the judging process. Failure to comply will disqualify the brand from participation. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.