When I first coordinated the product testing for the Mother & Baby Awards I really wanted to be a tester too. My youngest child, at three, was surely just young enough to test some of the products? However, he was well beyond nappies, pushchairs, feeding products and baby toys. So how could I join in the fun and the experience? I was suffering a case of ‘baby product envy’ and let’s face it I was also hoping for a freebie.
It is always a touchy subject. Is it right that testers should expect to get something free for all the trouble they go to? Especially when it might mean transporting bulky highchairs, cots and travel systems from one mummy friend’s house to another while they share these products between them for testing? The other niggle is with courier companies. Waiting at home all day for things to arrive is inconvenient enough but when it comes to giving them back at the end…. especially when you’ve loved a particular product and you really don’t want to let it go!
Hopefully, the fun had from trying out lots of new baby products is enough to ease the inconvenience. I sometimes suspect that some of the mums who have tested for me over the past seven years keep on having babies just to be able to go on testing!
I love to know:
What were the products you’ve bought because they had won a Mother & Baby Award?
What were the products you got to keep and how have stood up to the rigours of daily use since testing was over?
Which items were so good that you went out to buy again or recommended to your friends?
What has been loved and possibly passed on to somebody else now that your own baby has outgrown it?
What product did you test or award winner that you bought that most surprised you?
And lastly, what was that fabulous one that got away?