Best Baby Gear of 2018: Top 50

Below we list all of our #1 winners from each baby gear category. Below each product there is a link to see our full buying guide and reviews. Or, use the search box to find your baby essentials!


#1 Best Convertible Car Seat

Graco Extend2Fit.best convertible car seat 2018 graco extend2fit

Our hands-on tests revealed that this Graco car seat is the most versatile, comfortable, safe, and easy to use convertible car seat on the market. It uses a 5" front extension panel to prolong its role as a rear-facing infant car seat from 4 pounds all the way up to 50 pounds to maximize safety. Then it converts to a front-facing toddler seat all the way up to 65 pounds. It has fantastic crash test ratings and safety features, including a steel-reinforced frame, energy-absorbing foam, and side impact protection.  READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Baby Bottle

Comotomo Natural Feel.best baby bottles 2018 comotomo

This baby bottle mimics breastfeeding like no other bottle on the market. A little more expensive than other bottles, but you're getting a truly fantastic baby bottle with excellent anti-colic venting, a flexible and squeezable body, and a nice wide 3" nipple base that gives it an amazingly natural shape and feel. They've surpassed the Dr Browns bottles by a very good margin this year.   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Baby Carrier

LILLEBaby All Season Baby Carrier.best baby carrier 2018 lillebaby

This is a truly excellent baby carrier, and one of the most essential pieces of baby gear you will buy. Moms love the new organic cotton versions, and swear by the Lillebaby Complete carrier. Our hands-on testing proved why: it is super versatile (7 to 45 pounds!), comfortable for baby and parents, high quality, breathable, plenty of pockets, and can compete with any of the best baby carriers on the market, including the Ergo, Tula, Baby Bjorn, or Baby Ktan. It comes in several versions, including the Complete, Carry-on, and Essential series, and we think...   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Baby Monitor

Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor.best baby monitor 2018 infant optics

The Infant Optics DXR8 is the absolute best baby video monitor and camera system on the market. It is like the Lexus of baby monitors, with its feature-rich design, and its superb reliability and durability. In our testing, we found it to have very high quality digital video for both daytime and nighttime conditions, and the digital audio was great, including the...   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Infant Car Seat

Britax B-Safe 35 Elite Infant Car Seat.britaxbsafecarseat

Britax USA makes some of the highest quality and safest infant car seats on the market, and the B-Safe series is their flagship infant car seat. Year after year, this seat passes our tests with flying colors with its superior quality, styling, safety features, durability, and versatility (4-35 pounds). It has everything you've come to expect in a high-end infant car seat, including no-rethread harness, energy-absorbing foam, steel...   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Bassinet

HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper Bassinet.best baby bassinet 2018 halo

The HALO Bassinest is an all-around excellent bassinet with some great style, sturdiness, adjustments, breathability, comfort, and features. We found that it can adjust to most bed heights to serve as a bedside bassinet, it has some cute sleep sounds, soothing vibrations, a feeding timer, and it can rotate and swivel to make the perfect position between baby and mom. We loved the mesh ventilated sides and soft fabrics.   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Organic Baby Formula

Baby's Only Organic LactoRelief Formula.best baby formula 2018 babys only organic

Organic formulas are difficult to find in general, and organic infant formulas are even harder to find, especially for babies who get gas, bloating or reflux challenges when digesting dairy. The Baby's Only Organic formula is the solution to those problems, offering a lactose-free formula with nutrients that are well-matched to what you find in mom's breastmilk. Put this into a Baby Brezza formula maker and you have real life-saver.   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Convertible Crib

Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible Crib.best baby crib 2018 babyletto hudson

Convertible cribs have come a long way since we were children, and for good reason. They are safer, more comfortable, more versatile, and more durable for even the monkeys out there. Babyletto has been building excellent high quality cribs that are durable, stylish, safe, and do not break the bank. Baby's crib should be...  READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Crib Mattress

Newton Wovenaire Crib Mattress.best crib mattress 2018 newton wovenaire

This Newton Wovenaire crib mattress is made right here in the USA, and has a ton of accolades: it is Greenguard GOLD certified, won the JPMA innovation award, and is recommended by Dr. Sears. And there's really good reason for all of that, including its lack of latex, sprints, urethane or polyurethane foam, allergens, and glues. Instead, it uses an innovative air-puffed (90% air) food-grade polymer at its core, and has extremely low off-gassing odors and VOCs. Not to mention it's comfortable, safe, reliable, and very well made. It fit snugly into our test cribs, has a washable cover and core, and the entire thing can be recycled (if you can fit it in!)...  READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Baby Swing

Fisher Price Cradle 'n Swing.best baby swing 2018 fisher price cradle

After testing over a dozen baby swings for this year, and after 9 years of testing overall, we have always had a Fisher Price baby swing at the the top of our lists. We aren't biased toward the company, and in fact they are only at the top of 3 of our best baby gear lists, but they do baby swings very well. This is one of the best baby gear purchases you can make. It's not as sleek and fancy as the 4Moms swing, or as trendy as the Cocoon swing, but you just can't beat this baby swing's features and long-term reliability. They've been doing it right for several years, and this swing is no exception.   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Diaper Bag

Maman Nappy Diaper Bag.best diaper bag 2018 maman nappy

This diaper bag can easily be mistaken for a large stylish purse, with its thick quilted fabric, and its leather, red, and silver trim. This bag can hold all of your baby gear with its enormous main compartment, plenty of pockets on the inside and outside, and still have room to spare. While it doesn't convert into a backpack like some of the Skip Hop models, like the their signature diaper bag it has a comfortable shoulder strap and stroller attachments. And it's priced right around $55, which...   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Organic Baby Cereal

Gerber Organic Baby Cereal.best organic baby food 2018 gerber organic cereal

This organic baby cereal uses fantastic manufacturing standards, superb ingredients and quality control, and is great-tasting and nutritious. It is a great starter food for your baby, and comes in several flavors. We started with the oatmeal and brown rice, and then moved on to the oatmeal with peach and apple flavors for more flavor adventures. It's a great consistency for feeding a baby without too much mess or drooling, and when it's mixed with breast milk it's like a dream come true flavor and texture for babies. It has good nutritional characteristics, with each serving providing 45% of daily iron, 2 grams sugar, and usually around 1 gram of fat. So not enough iron to cause major constipation while still providing a great nutritional supplement for healthy development. Overall, this is....   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Baby Food Puree

Plum Organics Baby Food.best organic baby food 2018 plum organics baby food

This Plum Organics baby food is certified organic and uses responsible ingredients that are sustainably sourced and packaged, using high quality manufacturing standards. The Plum Organics company holds themselves to very high standards and it shows in the overall quality of their baby puree foods. These taste fantastic and fresh, come in a ton of flavor varieties, and provide great nutritional value. We especially loved the Banana Pumpkin flavor and the Pear, Purple Carrot, and Blueberry blend, which both tasted fresh and high quality, like they were...   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Sensitive Baby Wipes

Bloom Baby Jumbo Sensitive Wipes.best baby wipes 2018 bloom baby wipes

Baby wipes, especially sensitive baby wipes, can be very hard to evaluate and compare. Even after nearly 10 years of finding the best sensitive baby wipes, we are constantly checking out new additions to the market and trying to be as objective as possible in our evaluations. The Bloom Baby jumbo baby wipes are truly fantastic and are the perfect balance between sensitivity, cleaning effectiveness...  READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Travel Crib

The Lotus Travel Crib & Portable Playard.best pack and play 2018 lotus

Travel cribs have come a long way since the original Graco Pack n Plays of the 80's and 90's, and the Lotus portable crib is a great example of innovation, quality, durability, and safety. We fell in love with its features, light-weight, portability, style, and the fact that it can fit right into an included backpack. It doesn't get any better!   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Baby Gate (not for stairs)

North States Supergate Baby Gate.best baby gate 2018 northstates supergate

We separately review baby gates for placement near stairs (top or bottom) versus anywhere else in the home. This Supergate is perfectly suited for doorways and hallways, away from stairs. No assembly required for this versatile, sturdy, safe, and super simple and easy to use baby gate. Using a tension mount system, it's easy to install, and you can open and close it with one-handed opeartion. Great for keeping dogs and kids safe and sound where you want them, this baby gate excelled in our tests.   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Baby Gate (for stairs)

Kidco Safeway Safety Baby Gate.best baby gate 2018 kidco safeway stairs

This Kidco baby gate is perfect for use at the top or bottom of stairs, given that it has no lower horizontal rail to trip over, and you can change its setting to swing either way (this is important for stair installations). In our testing, we found that the installation was a bit involved in that you need to mount it to adjacent walls or railings, but after that, these baby gates were easy to use, sturdy, and reliable. It doesn't swing shut on its own, which is great for near the stairs - the last thing you want is it to swing shut into baby's back at the top of the stairs. Overall, a great baby gate with only a few drawbacks to add...   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Baby Food Maker

BEABA Babycook Pro Baby Food Maker.best baby food maker 2018 beaba baby cook

Baby food makers are designed to steam cook, puree, chop, dice, and otherwise prepare your baby's favorite fruit and vegetable purees right on your kitchen counter. This is great for parents who want to control which produce they use, control the quantities they make, and possibly save a bit of money in the process. The BEABA Babycook is fantastic at all of these tasks, and in our testing we found it to be fast, effective, quiet, high quality, and more reliable than any other baby food maker on the market. A bit more expensive than most others, but definitely worth it.   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Exersaucer

Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo.best baby activity center 2018 fisher price jumparoo

The exersaucer is a fantastic way to keep your baby entertained and safe while you do work, cook, clean, or take a much-deserved break! The Fisher Price exersaucers are some of the best ones out there, and the rainforest jumperoo is the best we've tested. This best-selling activity center provides hours of jumping fun and exercise, with some awesome (Skip Hop style) toys that can join in on the wild jumping party! There are lights and sounds that you can adjust, and the height is...   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best High Chair

Peg Perego Siesta High Chair.best high chair 2018 peg perego siesta

The Peg Perego Siesta high chair combines safety, ergonomics, style, and features into the ultimate high chair that is well-deserving of the top spot in our buying guide. It's a little more expensive than many others, but is offers superior fabric quality and comfort, a huge range of adjustability for height and recline, a 5-point harness (like a car seat!), a crotch bar to stop slouching, a foot rest for comfort, and wheels for portability. Speaking of which, it folds up and the tray can be removed for washing. A great high chair, or put on some fun Skip Hop toys and use it as an activity center! In our testing, we found that most things can be done with...   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Budget Convertible Car Seat

Graco Contender 65 Convertible Car Seat.best budget convertible car seat 2018 graco contender

While our best convertible car seats buying guide considers car seats that range from about $150 all the way up to $450, the Graco Contender is at the top of our budget convertible car seat list (under $150). It has an impressive array of safety and convenience features for a car seat at this price point, including energy-absorbing foam, side-impact protection and testing, a no-rethread harness height adjustment (at this price!?), recline, and a cup holder. It is a rear-facing infant car seat from 5-40 pounds, and front-facing toddler car seat from 20-65 lbs...   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Nursery Humidifier

TaoTronics Cool Mist Humidifier.best humidifiers 2018 taotronics

A nursery humidifier has unique requirements relative to a regular humidifier, as it needs to be quieter, dark at night, safe, reliable, and germ-free. This TaoTronics cool mist humidifier accomplishes all of those goals. It has three speed settings and the lowest one is super quiet, it has a large 4-liter water tank, and is safe and reliable in our testing, has a night light that can be turned on or off, uses ultrasonic filtering to keep things clean, and it can humidify for up to 15 hours on a single tank of water. It is a bit more pricey than other options on our list, but the features and reliability make it worth the cost. An overall excellent...  READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Baby and Toddler Sunscreen

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen SPF 30.best sunscreen blue lizard

Sensitive sunscreen is a must-have baby essential that needs to be included in any diaper bag full of baby gear! It's super important, especially at a young age, to minimize exposure to the sun's harmful rays, to reduce the risk of painful sunburns, and reduce the odds of developing excessive wrinkles and melanoma at an older age. Blue Lizard makes the perfect baby and kid sunscreen, using only relatively low-risk pigments Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide to provide high SPF protection. In our tests, our children had no adverse rashes or other reactions, it stayed on very well in the pool or ocean, and we got absolutely no complaints about stinging in the eyes or sunburns. A bit harder to rub in than the cheap chemical sunblocks, and quite a bit more expensive, but worth it for...  READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Kids Kick Scooter

Micro Maxi Kick Scooters with T-Bar.best kick scooter 2018 micro maxi

The kick scooter becomes popular around 3 years of age, and the three-wheeled scooters are the best way to train the balance and coordination necessary to start, turn, and stop a riding toy. The Micro Maxi series is absolutely fantastic, reliable, durable, versatile for many ages and weights, and has great stopping power. The weight limit is all the way up at 110 pounds, making it surprisingly strong for such a lightweight and nimble...    READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Diaper Pail

Munchkin Step Diaper Pail.best diaper pail 2018 munchkin

Dirty diapers smell terrible, and every nursery absolutely needs a good quality diaper pail to seal in the oder and keep things fresh without having to bring every single dirty diaper outside immediately! The Munchkin diaper pail passed our tests with flying colors: it was easy to use, stylish, durable and reliable, and did a fantastic job sealing in the odors from dirty diapers. The step-to-open foot pedal is so much better than having to use two hands, or having to touch all the potentially dirty surfaces around the pail's lid. Coming in at just over 2 feet tall, it can fit a decent number of diapers before you need to refill using the ring-style bag system. And it's stylish and sleek, fitting in with a clean contemporary style. Did we mention that it holds in the smell really well? That's really the most important thing, and everything else is bonus...   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Nursery Glider

Dutailier Ultramotion Nursery Glider.best nursery glider 2018 dutailier

This is an expensive, comfortable, durable, and feature-full nursery glider and ottoman that will leave any tired parent feeling relaxed and peaceful. Perfect for breast-feeding, rocking to sleep, reading books, or just relaxing, the Dutailer Ultramotion is the best glider and ottoman we've ever tested, and has several great features like smooth gliding, lock-outs for the chair and ottoman, recline, high quality fabrics, retractable footrest, storage pouches, and excellent craftsmanship.  READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Double Stroller

BOB Revolution Flex Duallie Stroller.best double stroller 2018 bob revolution

Whether you have twins or just two children very close in age, the double stroller is an essential piece of baby gear to keep parents sane and kids from becoming tired and grumpy on longer treks. The BOB Revolution is really the cream-of-the-crop double stroller, with everything you would possibly want, including style, features, reliability, safety, and surprisingly good folding that can allow it to fit into the trunk of a midsize car. This double stroller has a smooth ride, good dimensions for fitting through doors and hallways, and surprisingly reasonable weight given its capabilities.   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Baby Wrap

Boba Wrap Classic Baby Wrap.best baby wrap 2018 boba wrap classic

The Boba, Moby, Baby Ktan, and CuddleBug baby wraps are all top-selling options that have quickly become essential baby gear for new parents. The Boba ended up at the top of our buying guide this year for several reasons. We found it to be super soft with its French terry cloth, comfortable for mom, dad, and baby, flexible and versatile for sevearl body types, and over the course of our testing we didn't experience any issues with sagging or excessive stretching. We were able to achieve some really nice c-shape spine support with the "Love your baby" hold, and we thought the wrap felt really secure and safe in this position. Because it is so versatile and has so many wrap styles, it was a bit difficult to learn for new parents. A great baby registry gift, though it does take a few hours to really learn how...   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Breast Pump

Medela Symphony Hospital Breast Pump.best breast pump 2018 medela symphony

This Medela breast pump is the best hospital grade electric breast pump on the market, consistently out-performing every other option out there. Nothing pumps as strongly, reliably, and comfortably as the Medela, but you will pay for the amazing performance of this baby essential, upwards of $2000! But don't worry, we also found several great...   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Jogging Stroller

BOB Revolution Flex Jogging Stroller.best jogging stroller 2018 bob revolution

The BOB Revolution jogging stroller is at the top of two of our lists - the best double stroller and the best jogging stroller. And it's an outstanding performer in both of those cases. We loved so many things about this jogging stroller, which has become an essential piece of baby gear for parents looking to keep fit and enjoy the outdoors with their baby. It has premium feel fabrics, amazing versatility and adjustability, suspension for a smooth ride, a super comfortable seat, good storage bin, real rubber tires, a large sun canopy, a great hand brake, and a safe stable ride that feels luxurious.   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Power-Wheels Toy

Power Wheels Dune Racer.best ride-on toys power wheels dune rider

The best power wheels can be super fun while maintaining safety, reliability, and maneuverability. In our buying guide, we found several excellent power wheels options that will make great ride-on electric toys for kids ranging in age from about 3 to 10, including two-seater ATV-style dune racers, adorable tractors, and rugged-looking Jeeps. We realized some key features of this Dune Racer option that made it stand out from the crowd: good traction on the tires to decrease slipping, a low center of gravity to decrease tipping, and the ability to support up to 130 pounds, including a driver and passenger. The seats were reasonably comfortable and well-positioned, the steering and pedals were easy to reach, and it went fast enough for a thrill but not so fast that parents were panicking (there are two-speeds and a parent lock-out). We found it in pink, camouflage, green hunting style, Batman, and more.   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Stroller under $200

Britax B-Agile 3 Stroller.best stroller 2018 britax b agile

Britax is an essential part of any baby gear buying guide. Britax USA has a solid reputation for making super safe, comfortable, high quality, and reliable baby products for several decades. The Britax strollers are no exception, and they have the features, ease of use, and comfort to beat out the City Tour for the #1 position. You will find that this stroller is smooth, easy to maneuver through tight spaces, comfortable for parents and baby, highly adjustable, sleek and stylish, and easy to fold and unfold. When we reviewed it, it was around $200-225, making it a pretty reasonable price for a Britax stroller, with some models going over about $500 (a bit much).   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Luxury Stroller

Britax B-Ready Stroller.best luxury stroller britax b ready stroller

Britax USA has outdone themselves again, this time with the Britax B-Ready stroller that is super simple, stylish, and versatile. All of the touch surfaces are luxurious, and it can convert from a single stroller (as pictured) to a double stroller by providing an attachment for an infant car seat in front-facing or rear-facing position. That means you can have you toddler or bigger kid up front, and pop any Britax infant car seat right on top, keeping the baby within reach and easy to keep an eye on. That's some great versatility, and while it's not as luxurious as a BumbleRide or Quinny Buzz (we review those too), when you see a Britax stroller you know it's high quality, reliable, and...   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Bottle Warmer

First Years Night Cravings Bottle Warmer.best bottle warmer 2018 first years

The best bottle warmers provide fast and even heating for breast-milk or formula with high reliability, great features, and ease of cleaning and use. And if it can do all that at a reasonable price point under $30, that's an added bonus! The First Years bottle warmer is the best overall baby bottle warmer of the year, with some great features, high reliability, and it uses a small pot of water that it warms to surround the bottle with warmth and get it to the perfect temperature. In our testing, it worked really well, and we liked that it doesn't use a complicated hard-to-clean reservoir system, and it fits Dr Browns and many other bottle sizes. A great baby registry gift, this bottle...   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Baby Walker

Joovy Spoon Baby Walker.best baby walker 2018 joovy spoon walker

Baby walkers have been popular for several decades, as a fun way to get your baby moving around the house while also contained within a seat that is surrounded by favorite toys and other baby gear. Baby walker safety has come a long way, and they are now safer than ever, with lower rail guards to decrease the risk of rolling over an edge, and a wide radius around your baby to keep them from reaching up onto counters and other dangerous areas. The Joovy Spoon Baby Walker performed really well in this regard, and was also very well-constructed, versatile...   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Baby Play Mat

Wee Giggles Foam Play Mat.best playmat of 2018 wee giggles

This interlocking foam play mat can be used on any hard floor, and is a must-have baby essential. Wee Giggles has raised the bar for baby playmats, making this stylish, non-toxic, super soft and thick, and fun baby mat. It has adorable animal prints that can be taken out like a puzzle, nice gender-neutral color tones (making it a great baby shower gift!), and an innovative border that can be turned upwards to make a little baby corrall. Check out the picture to see what we mean. And no formamide, formaldehyde, BPA, phthalates, or lead are used as ingredients, giving you the...   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Booster Seat

Britax Frontier ClickTight Booster Car Seat.best booster car seat 2018 britax frontier

The toddler booster (belt-positioning highback booster) and youth booster (backless) are used in a front-facing position for children over about 4 years of age and 35" tall. Britax USA makes some excellent booster seats that rule the baby gear market for safety, features, and reliability. They range in price from about $150 for the Britax Parkway, all the way up to nearly $400 for the Britax Pinnacle. We tested two this year, the Frontier and the Parkway, and the Frontier really proved itself as the king of booster seats. This one starts as a booster with harness toddler seat, which is really rare, and transitions to belt-positioning and bottom-only youth booster seats for long...   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Diapers

Pampers Swaddlers, sizes Newborn to 5.best diapers 2018 pampers

If you're not using cloth diapers, then you will want a sensitive, absorbant, comfortable disposable diaper that doesn't suffer break-throughs during the day or night. The Pampers Swaddlers diapers are the ultimate infant diaper, ranging from newborn up to size 5, and trusted by hospitals and NICUs for their excellent fit, sensitivity to rash-prone skin, and superior protection.   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Diaper Rash Cream

Era Organics Diaper Balm.best diapers 2018 era organics

This completely organic diaper balm is not intended to treat moderate or severe cases of diaper rash, instead it is an extremely effective balm for treating and preventing mild diaper rash. We loved that it uses only the best ingredients, is easy to apply, not greasy, smells nice and mild, will not stain cloth diapers, and does an excellent job protecting your baby's skin against diaper rash. We also found that it does a nice job treating mild diaper rash, but if you have moderate diaper rash you'll need some zinc oxide...   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Baby Bath Tub

The First Years Sure Comfort Bath Tub.best baby bath tub 2018 first years

Another important baby essential, a great baby registry gift, and a piece of baby gear that will get tons of use. The right baby tub will keep baby safe and comfortable, and make bathtime easy and fuss-free for parents. And with some bath toys and bubbles, it can be really fun for both of you! The First Years bath tub has been around for decades and has proven itself as a clear winner. It uses an infant hammock for newborns that suspends them up above a larger...   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Sound-only Baby Monitor

Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitor.best audio baby monitor angelcare movement monitor

If you're more traditional or simply looking to save a little bit of money, you might be considering simpler baby gear, including an audio-only baby monitor without all the fancy digital video features. This Angelcare monitor beat out the Philips AVENT DECT for this position, and that was largely due to its excellent feature list, including...   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Baby Bouncer

Baby Bjorn Balance Soft Baby Bouncer.best baby bouncer baby bjorn

Baby Bjorn has been making high quality, comfortable, and reliable baby gear for many years, and has earned a reputation for safety and customer service. The Baby Bjorn baby bouncer seat is no exception. Available in soft cotton (pictured) or a more breathable cool air mesh, this bouncer seat is super high quality, stable, comfortable, and can be adjusted between upright and lying down recline positions to find the perfect fit. And it's simple, without any of the battery-draining lights, sounds, and vibrations that are so common (but also so unnecessary) on the baby bouncer seat market.   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Kids Probiotics

Hyperbiotics PRO-Kids Probiotics.best kids probiotics 2018 hyperbiotics

Prebiotics and probiotics are becoming increasingly popular for babies, children, and adults. And the effect of probiotics on developing brains and bodies is becoming increasingly complex, pointing at bidirectional relationships between gut health and brain health. In other words, keeping a healthy gut is important for the brain, and a stressed brain can influence the guy. These Hyperbiotics probiotics are specially made for kids using small pearls that can be easily swallowed and maintain their structure and function all the way down into the lower areas of the GI tract. That means that they will slowly release the prebiotics and probiotics when the pills have made it to the area of the stomach where they can be most useful. They are vegetarian, lactose-free, non-GMO, all natural, and contain no nuts, sugar, soy, or artificial ingredients.   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Mosquito Repellent

Sawyer Premium Mosquito Repellent.best mosquito repellent sawyer premium

Your diaper bag needs some safe mosquito repellent if you're going to venture into the woods this summer. Fortunately mosquito and insect repellents have come a long way, no longer using DEET, and incorporating innovative and effective ingredients that do a great job repelling mosquitoes and ticks without feeling greasy and possibly having negative health effects. This Sawyer mosquito repellent using Picaridin, a new weapon in the arsenal against mosquitoes and ticks, and lasts for up to 8 hours after first application. In our testing, it worked really well without having too strong of an odor, too greasy of a feel on the hands or body, and we felt confident in its ability to protect against pesky bites and even more dangerous mosquito-borne illnesses like Zika...   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Baby Thermometer

iProven Oral and Rectal Thermometer.best baby thermometer 2018 iproven

Another baby essential, but not one you'll need to keep in your diaper bag. This one goes in the bathroom, linen closet, or kitchen drawer (as long as you clean it well!). We tested oral thermometers, rectal thermometers, and forehead (temporal) thermometers, and still believe that rectal and oral are definitely the most accurate way to go with a baby. In our testing, we found that this iProven baby thermometer was...   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Baby Swaddler

Halo Sleepsack Baby Swaddle Blanket.best swaddler halo swaddler

Another baby essential that makes an excellent baby registry gift and is an important part of any baby gear arsenal, is the swaddling blanket. And Halo has been doing swaddling blankets for along time, and doing it consistently and with high quality. The Halo swaddle blanket pictured here is the micro-fleece version which is ideal for cooler months, and they also make a more breathable cotton version that is deal for mild weather. This is technically a sleep sack that incorporates a swaddler: it uses a zip-up sleep sack and then has velcro-attaching wings that fold over the body and cocoon your baby into a really nice and cozy swaddle. This type of hold will help lull your baby to sleep and mimic some of the natural sensory experiences of the...   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Toddler and Kids Bike

The Strider 12" Classic or Sport Balance Bikes, Ages 18 months to 3 years.best kids bikes strider toddler bike

Once spring comes along, your child will want to get out and explore the world, whether on a scooter, bicycle, or by foot. Before they've learned how to ride a bicycle, and starting as young as around 2 years old, they can start to learn some of the basic bike riding skills by practicing on one of the Strider balance bikes. These are one of the best inventions out there: the concept is that they are easy to ride and learn, allowing kids to keep their feet on or close to the ground at all times for balance and braking, and get the hang of balancing a two-wheeled bike. Then, when they're old enough to graduate to a bike with pedals and brakes, they will be able to transition to a big-kid bike with relative ease. That makes learning to ride a bike so much easier for both kids and parents.   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Toddler Trampoline

The Original Toy Company Trampoline.best trampolines original toy trampoline

Toddlers and big kids have seemingly unlimited energy, and parents are constantly looking to find safe and rewarding ways for kids to get out their energy. The kid trampoline is an excellent and fun way to do exactly that. Not only is it great for training balance and coordination, it's long-lasting fun that will wear out even the most energetic child! The Original Toy Company trampoline is the best toddler and big-kid trampoline we've tested, competing with the Bazoongi for this top spot. It's the perfect size, folds up for storage, uses durable metal springs that don't break as often as the bungee springs, and has the perfect amount of springiness for little kids.   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Budget Infant Car Seat (under $100)

The Graco SnugRide infant car seats are one of the most popular lines of rear-facing car seats ever made. They have the Snugride 30 model with a 30-pound weight capacity, and the Snugride 35 model with a 35-pound weight capacity. They are great for small newborn babies as low as 4 pounds, and have some great features at a very low price. The Snugride Click Connect feature allows you to easily click into and out of any stroller or base that also uses the Click Connect system, and does so by use of a one-handed operation and making an audible and confidence-inspiring...   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


#1 Best Lightweight Stroller

ZOE XL1 Deluxe Xtra Light Stroller System.best lightweight stroller ZOE XL1

Whether you travel a lot, need to up or down stairs a lot, need to pull the stroller in and out of the trunk all the time, or simply want a highly maneuverable and lightweight stroller, this is an excellent piece of baby gear that tops our list. Whether you're looking for an umbrella stroller or just a newer style super lightweight stroller, the ZOE XL1 stroller is high quality, lightweight, and has a ton of awesome features including multiple adjustments, huge sun canopy, detachable front belly bar for holding cups and snacks, a large storage bin, and a peek-a-boo window...   READ THE FULL REVIEWS>>>


Notes and Conclusions

Our list of best baby products is perfect for finding great baby gift ideas, filling out your baby registry checklist, or finding perfect baby shower gift for a new baby! All of the products on this list are top rated and passed our hands-on tests with flying colors, made by some of the best baby gear brands like Graco, Summer Infant, HALO, Britax, Fisher Price, Gerber, Baby Jogger, First Years, Medela and Munchkin. You really can't go wrong with any of those brands, and many of the products we've identified are also reasonably priced for online shopping or in-store so you won't need to max out your credit cards! Some great baby shower gift ideas are to buy a baby bath tub or a signature diaper bag and fill it up with smaller baby essentials, like lotions, creams, bath toys, diapers, diaper cream and other personal care products, onesies, or a nursing pillow. That should run you under about $100 and make the gift not only large and nice looking, but also super useful for new parents!

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