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Benbini among award winners for NYIGF's Baby & Child division

Five exhibitors showing in the Baby & Child section at last week's New York International Gift Fair received awards for Best New Products as voted by a panel of editors.
 Benbini’s double bezel watch won Blogger’s Best for the Baby & Child division at the NYIGF last week.Benbini’s double bezel watch won Blogger’s Best for the Baby & Child division at the NYIGF last week.


Winners and two finalists were named in four categories: toy, décor, gear and apparel. A winner was also recognized in a fifth category, Blogger's Best. Nearly 70 products were judged on innovation, design and style.

The winners are:

Blogger's Best: Benbini for its line of silicone watches. The watches have a patented double bezel design to help time naps, feeding schedules, time-outs and more.

Toy: Home Grown Books for its Set 3: Sara Woster collection of eight books for early readers featuring oil paintings by Woster and simple words and sentences per page. The runners-ups were Geared for Imagination for Plus-Plus Midi and innovativeKids for the Green Start "play, draw, create: ocean" kit.

Décor: 3 Sprouts for its laundry hamper with silk-screened animals on the front. Finalists were The Ellie Rose for the reversible Phoebe blanket and Sozo for baby cuddle mats.

Gear: MadPax for Blok Fullpack, a backpack with 3D construction. The runners-up were Magicforest for its corduroy satchel and Petites Frites for the chin bib set of three.

Apparel: Zipit for Happy playsuit, a one-piece outfit with a full-front opening that includes an ankle-to-neck reversible zipper for diaper changes. The finalists were The Ellie Rose for the Phoebe dress and JoJo Maman Bebe for the JoJo 4-in-1 waterproof jacket with recycled polar fleece lining.

"Juvenile product design has evolved to be sophisticated and style-savvy, and Baby & Child exhibitors are at the forefront," said Patricia Rivas, Baby & Child sales manager. "These products set an even higher standard, in terms of innovation and creativity."

The Best New Product Award judges were: Jennifer Cattaui, Earnshaw's; Jamie Cohen,; Joanna Dreifus,; Liz Gumbinner,; Lynda M. Johnson,; Leesa Valentino,; and Barbara Wujick, Giftware News and Baby & Kids.

The next gift show, newly renamed NY Now, will take place Aug. 17-21.

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