Best Baby Gear of 2020: Top 75 Products
Check out 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 Baby Carrier
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. They are all truly excellent in terms of comfort, versatility, and durability. And the price point is actually very good!
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#1 Best Baby Wrap
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 several 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 to use it.
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#1 Best Infant Car Seat
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, and energy-absorbing foam.
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#1 Best Convertible Car Seat
The Graco Extend2Fit never ceases to impress us with its safety features, superior quality, easy installation, versatile adjustments, and comfortable and high quality fabrics. You can't beat the comfortable fabrics, thick side-impact protection, steel-reinforced frame, energy-absorbing foam, and its convenience features. Combine those positives with the fact that this car seat can support babies up to 50 pounds in the rear-facing position and you've got a clear winner!
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#1 Best Booster Seat
For 2020, this Graco Nautilus stole the top position on our best booster seats list away from the Britax Frontier due to crash testing concerns issued by Consumer Reports. And this is an awesome front-runner! Not only did it receive the highest crash testing marks from CR, it is also a Best Bet according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)! So it's super safe. But in our testing we also found it super comfortable, versatile, convenient, and easy to use. A true combination booster seat, it converts from a front-facing seat with 5-point harness, to high-back front-facing belt-positioning booster, to a bottom-only booster, making it support kids as small as 22 and up to 120 pounds! That's a huge range! Check out our full review.
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#1 Narrowest Infant Car Seat
The Chicco KeyFit 30 is one of the best overall infant car seats on the market, and it comes in at a super narrow 16.75" wide at its widest point. That's pretty darn good for a full-featured infant car seat that has great crash test safety ratings, high comfort and reliability ratings, and a reasonable price around $200. The KeyFit supports babies down to only 4 pounds and up to 30 pounds, making it a great option for premature babies with its included infant insert. Easy to use, safe, comfortable, reliable, and narrow enough to fit three car seats in a row: these are the points that make it one of the best-selling car seats in the USA! Check out our full buying guide for more details.
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#1 Narrowest Convertible Car Seat
This is one of the narrowest full-featured convertible car seats on the market, coming in at only 17" wide at its widest point. And it's not just a great narrow convertible car seat, it's also one of the best overall convertible car seats in our 2020 buying guide. It starts as rear-facing from 5 to 45 pounds, then transitions to front-facing from 20-80 pounds, and then converts to a high-back booster seat using the vehicle's seat belt and supporting kids up to 120 pounds. It comes equipped with side impact protection, a reinforced frame, energy-absorbing foam, modern LATCH connectors, and it's extremely sturdy and well-built.
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#1 Narrowest Booster Car Seat
The Chicco MyFit is not only one of the best overall booster seats of the year, it's also one of the narrowest booster seats you can find without compromising comfort or safety. Coming in at only 17.5" wide at its widest point, with a base that's about 16" wide, this narrow booster seat is perfect for fitting 3 in a row, especially when positioned next to a rear-facing infant car seat. This booster seat converts from a combination booster with harness (25-65 pounds), to a belt-positioning booster (40-100 pounds), with a maximum height limit of 57". This booster seat is sturdy, stylish, versatile, easy to use, safe, and high quality. Check out our full buying guide for more details!
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#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 an easy one-handed operation. In the meantime, the SnugLock system ensures a proper installation with the convenient one-step base lever.
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#1 Budget-Friendly Convertible Car Seat
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-friendly 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.
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#1 Best Diaper Bag
Overall, we absolutely love this diaper bag! It is big, well-made, and has a ton of pockets (11 to be exact). It has insulated side pockets big enough to fit even the widest baby bottles and keep stored at a nicely controlled temperature, easily accessible small pockets, and zippered pockets for personal stuff like car keys and a wallet. It has a lot of inside storage that is perfect for diapers, toys, sunscreen, and more. It also looks fantastic and trendy!
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#1 Best Sensitive Baby Wipes
Baby wipes, especially sensitive baby wipes, can be very hard to evaluate and compare. Even after nearly 10 years of research to find 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 sensitive jumbo-size wipes are truly fantastic and are the perfect balance between sensitivity and cleaning effectiveness. They are durable, have basically no odor at all, have a great texture, and are super sensitive.
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#1 Best Baby Wipe Warmer
No infants like the feeling of a cold baby wipe suddenly freezing their little tooshy! The Hiccapop baby wipe warmer is the solution for that problem, and it passed our hands-on testing with flying colors. It had even and reliable heating that wasn't too hot, it didn't brown the wipes or melt the plastic on the wipe packages, it was easy to reload and dispense from, and it felt like it had pretty decent build quality. Not to mention that it's available for only about $35, putting it squarely in the middle of all the other baby wipe warmers we reviewed.
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#1 Best Cloth Diaper
Cloth diapers vary widely in shapes, sizes, functionality, versatility, and style. The bumGenius line of cloth diapers is superior in all of these areas, with a one-size fits all approach, innovative snap closure and fitment system, superior absorbent pads and leg opening gussets, easy wash and dry, durable and high quality, and stylish colors and patterns. The bumGenius Freetime is a top-rated all-in-one cloth diaper that combines the waterproof diaper cover, soft inner liner, and attached absorbent pads into a single cloth diaper system that parents are raving about!
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#1 Best Diaper Pail
Dirty diapers smell terrible, and every nursery absolutely needs a good quality diaper pail to seal in the odor 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 a bonus!
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#1 Best Diapers
If you're not using cloth diapers, then you will want a sensitive, absorbent, 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.
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#1 Best Diaper Rash Cream
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 probably need some zinc oxide.
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#1 Best Baby Bottle
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. Not only do they have a nice modern and stylish look, these Comotomo baby bottles are second-to-none in their overall performance.
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#1 Best Bottle Warmer
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 is an awesome bottle warmer!
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#1 Best Bottle Sterilizer and Dryer
This is a truly awesome all-in-one steam sterilizer and dryer system integrated into one compact appliance that can fit even smaller counter spaces. In our testing, we not only found it super effective and easy to use, but also reliable, stylish, simple, and quiet. All of that for what amounts to a pretty reasonable price for such a versatile unit, and we were thrilled with the results of our testing! It fits all of the baby bottles we tested, including wide-mouth and tall, plus pacifiers and nipples, with room for more. A great baby registry gift, this is an awesome top-rated bottle sterilizer and dryer that deserves its top spot on our list!
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#1 Best Organic Baby Formula
High quality organic baby formulas are difficult to find in general, and organic infant formulas (suitable for 0m+) are even harder to find, especially for babies who get gas, bloating or reflux challenges when digesting dairy. The Holle Bio Stage 1 organic infant formula is the solution to those problems, offering goat milk and cow milk formulas with nutrients that are well-matched to what you find in mom's breastmilk. Holle has over 85 years of experience making non-GMO organic baby products and a spotless track record of sustainable farming, ingredient sourcing, and manufacturing standards. European baby formulas are a little more expensive than US made options, but in our opinion it's worth the added cost. Put this into a Baby Brezza formula maker and you have real life-saver!
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#1 Best Nursing Pillow
This nursing pillow provides the best support for breastfeeding moms or bottle-feeding parents, with its deep, flat support, its highly versatile and adjustable waist band, and its convenient storage pocket. The firmness is perfect to provide support for your tired arms while giving your baby a comfortable place to relax. Ideal for moms of all shapes and sizes, including plus-sized moms, this is an awesome nursing pillow that passed our tests with flying colors! Highly recommended!
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#1 Best Organic Baby 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.
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#1 Best Baby Food Puree
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 fresh-picked!
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#1 Best Baby Food Maker
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.
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#1 Best Sippy Cup
Munchkin makes a wide range of baby bottles and sippy cups, and their LATCH series is truly top-notch. This Latch Transitions sippy cup is no exception: it is the perfect first sippy cup for babies over about 4 months old. It uses an awesome soft and flexible spout design that has a shape and feel that is slightly reminiscent of the bottle nipple, making for an easier transition away from a bottle. It has awesome anti-colic venting, convenient handles that are easy for little hands to grip, and we didn't encounter any issues with leaking or spills. And that's super important when you're dealing with babies as young as 4 months old!
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#1 Best High Chair
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!
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#1 Best Breast Pump
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 less expensive options!
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#1 Best Nursing Bra
This nursing bra provides the best balance of support, comfort, versatility, and ease of use. It uses the pull-aside method to expose the breast for breastfeeding, and has the sporty but supportive racerback style along with a supportive bottom band and stretchy fabric. It makes for the perfect around-the-house and sleeping bra, and can also be worn as a casual nursing bra for daily use. We found it to be super soft and comfortable to wear, and supportive for a wide range of body shapes and cup sizes, making it ideal for most breastfeeding moms. Super comfy to sleep in and for nighttime feedings!
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#1 Best Organic Nipple Cream
This completely organic nipple cream is great for treating chapped, chaffed, tender, and cracked nipples for all breastfeeding moms. All organic ingredients means that you don't need to wipe it off before breastfeeding, and you don't need to worry about what your baby is putting in his or her mouth. This nipple cream works wonders for soothing and healing tender nipples, and is high quality and reasonably priced. Forget lanolin nipple creams, they are generally unsafe for application to mucous membranes (like your nipples). Instead, pick a nipple cream that you can feel safe and comfortable with.
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#1 Best Video Baby Monitor
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.
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#1 Best WiFi Baby Monitor
The Nanit Plus is the front-runner WiFi Smart baby monitor for the year, with an impressive features list and amazing video quality and connectivity. Features abound, including nursery temperature and humidity monitoring, digital zoom, high definition video with very clear night vision, two-way intercom talk, 256-bit encrypted communication, and a host of sleep tracking tools in the easy to use app. Overall, it's a fantastic WiFi baby monitor with an impressive feature list, but it will cost you!
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#1 Best Crib Mattress
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, springs, 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 your recycling bin!). Given that your baby will be sleeping on it several times a day for several years, it's important to find a crib mattress that meets your high standards for chemical emissions and safety.
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#1 Best Convertible Crib
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.
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#1 Best Bassinet
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.
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#1 Best Travel Crib
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!
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#1 Best Baby Gate (not for stairs)
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 operation. Great for keeping dogs and kids safe and sound where you want them, this baby gate excelled in our tests.
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#1 Best Baby Gate (for 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.
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#1 Best Nursery Humidifier
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 is one of the quietest and highest-capacity humidifers we've ever tested, with a huge 6-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 nearly 60 hours on a single tank of water. It is only slightly more expensive than other options on our list, but the features and reliability make it worth the cost.
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#1 Best Nursery Glider
This is a comfortable and durable nursery glider and ottoman that will leave any tired parent feeling relaxed and peaceful. For about $150 you get a solid glider and ottoman that should last you for the couple of years you'll reasonably need to use it, placing it the top of our list for bang-for-the-buck and overall comfort and reliability. We liked the smooth gliding motion, side arm pockets, included ottoman, and reasonably comfortable cushions.
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#1 Best Baby Bath Tub
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 the tub.
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#1 Best Bandage for Babies
Nicks, cuts, and scrapes can be traumatic for babies and parents alike, but this awesome bandage will help keep things safe and sound. These Nexcare bandages were the best we could find for their levels of waterproofing, comfort and flexibility, and their super strong adhesive. They are also latex-free, and do a great job keeping germs out of a cut. We were so impressed with them that we ended up buying ourselves several different sizes for use in babies and adults! Putting them on is a little different from regular Band-Aids, but you'll quickly figure it out.
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#1 Best Baby Lotion
Once you start bathing your baby, you'll realize that he or she will have a little drier skin, sensitive skin, and maybe even some eczema or rashes. You'll need to find a baby lotion that is both sensitive and effective, and has ingredients that won't make you worry about hazards associated with long-term use or a little bit of it getting into your baby's mouth or other mucous membranes. This baby balm is a super thick, super gentle, and super effective baby moisturizer that please even our toughest test parents! We use it on dry skin, baby rashes, eczema, diaper rash, and anything else that needs a little soothing moisture. A little pricier than most other baby lotions, but a little really goes a long way! And we love the Honest Company for its organic products and solid business philosophy; and the fact that it was founded by Jessica Alba doesn't hurt!
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#1 Best Baby Laundry Detergent
We put 15 different sensitive baby laundry detergents through hands-on testing for sensitivity, stain-fighting, fragrance, cost, and ingredient safety. In the end, the Mama Bear Gentle laundry detergent was a clear winner, with its high sensitivity, decent stain-fighting abilities, lack of fragrance, reasonable cost of about $0.22/load, and decent ingredient safety profile that stem from it being 95% biobased. Check out our reviews of 10 front-runners!.
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#1 Best Kids Probiotics
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. So you can feel pretty good about these kids probiotics, not to mention that they also contain a prebiotic to help with absorption.
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#1 Best Baby Thermometer
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 awesome in several regards.
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#1 Best Sound-only Baby 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 Philips Avent DECT model has some of the clearest and most reliable baby monitor reception we've ever seen, and a ton of features to boot - including two-way intercom, nursery temperature monitoring, remotely-controlled nightlight, lullabies, and a rechargeable battery that lasts nearly 18 hours! For about $100 it's a bit steep for an audio-only baby monitor, but we think it's well worth the cost!.
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#1 Best Teething Toy
We reviewed over 20 different teething toys, including necklaces, bracelets, stuffies, icy gel packs, and teething mittens, and this one came out on top! The Winkel toy is not just a teething toy, it's a maze of fun twisty tubes that can be tossed, dropped, and squished - and it never breaks, and never lands upside-down! Our testing babies and toddlers had a blast with this, and it kept their attention for far longer than any other teether we tested.
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#1 Best Baby Toothbrush
This is a fun, effective, safe, and durable first toothbrush that passed our tests with flying colors! We loved the wrap-around silicone bristles, the bright and fun colors and shape, the grips for little hands, and the wide handles to prevent the toothbrush from going too deep into the mouth. It's small, inexpensive, BPA-free, and very effective as both a gum brush for babies who are starting teething, and first toothbrush for babies who are first cutting their gums. Doubling as a teether, this is an awesome and versatile first toothbrush that wont break the bank! Be sure to check out all of our reviews of baby and toddler toothbrushes.
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#1 Best Baby Toothpaste
While the AAP recommends using a baby toothpaste containing fluoride starting at when the teeth start to first break through the gums, many parents and pediatricians are hesitant to use a fluoride toothpaste at such a young age. So we review both toothpaste options, with fluoride and fluoride-free. This particular fluoride-free option was truly awesome, and our test babies loved its mild flavor and texture. With all natural ingredients and the solid reputation of Tom's of Maine, this toothpaste stood out as a great first toothpaste option! Not only was the taste nice and mild, and therefore more acceptable for picky babies, it was also surprisingly effective at cleaning. The price is relatively high, but still towards the lower end per ounce in comparison to other options on our list. Overall, it's an awesome first baby toothpaste! Be sure to check out our fluoride options as well.
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#1 Best Baby Swing
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 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.
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#1 Best Baby Play Mat
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 corral. Check out the picture to see what we mean. And no formamide, formaldehyde, BPA, phthalates, or lead are used in its construction.
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#1 Best Baby Sound Machine
This is an awesome baby sound machine that syncs with an app on your smart phone to play white noise, nature sounds, and lullabies. It has adjustable volume, adjustable brightness night light, and can be set to act as a time-to-wake sleep trainer. That means that at a certain time (like 7am) it can slowly turn on a preset light color to train your toddler when it's late enough to wake up. In our testing, we found it to be cute, reliable, versatile, and easy and intuitive to use. You really can't go wrong with this awesome baby sound machine!
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#1 Best Exersaucer
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 adjustable as well.
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#1 Best Baby Bouncer
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.
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#1 Best Baby 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 womb, making your baby feel safe, secure, comfortable, and warm, just like when they were in mom's tummy!
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#1 Best Baby Book
Parents and kids have very strong opinions about baby books, but there's really nothing to dislike about this top-rated board book! Eric Carle fascinates babies and parents with a simple visual and verbal experience that teaches about fruits and vegetables, delicious desserts, counting, days of the week, and the growth from caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly. It also teaches you to slow down and avoid a belly ache when you're too hungry! With its basic colors and interactive pages, this is the best board book for babies. Check out our full list of over 50 of the best baby books!
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#1 Best Play Kitchen
This awesome play kitchen set comes in several colors and designs, including espresso (pictured), pastel, and natural wood color, to match any playroom decor. It also comes in a large corner shape, to fit into tighter spaces without taking up too much wall real estate. We love the style, size, features, functionality, and reliability of this play kitchen, and our test kids spent hours and hours playing together and pretending to be little chefs! The play kitchen is an essential addition to any play room, and will become the central focus of any play date. Coming in at around $140, it's a little bit more expensive than most play kitchens, but it's also quite a bit bigger, more substantial, sturdier, and frankly just more fun!
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#1 Best Baby 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, and super versatile.
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#1 Best Toddler 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.
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#1 Best Infant Sensory Toy
A good set of sensory toys will stimulate your baby's senses while keeping them occupied and entertained. And Mortimer the Moose is an expert at that! With his soft fluffy body, crinkly feet, teether toy tail and ears, and a convenient hanging ring, this sensory toy will find a special place in your baby's heart! Bright colors, high contrasts, rough and soft textures, and a smile that lights up the room, Mortimer is ready to help soothe your baby!
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#1 Best Toddler Sensory Toy
This is another amazing sensory toy brought to you by TickiT, one of the most popular brands in the sensory product market! When your little one learns how to walk and is seeking a unique whole-body sensory experience, these silicone sensory circle pods will provide hours of fun! Each circle has a unique texture to provide tactile input on the bottoms of your toddler's feet. Use them on the floor, in a high chair seat, on the table and counter, and invite some friends to make for fun social activities like hop-scotch or Twister!
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#1 Best Newborn Pacifier
When over 1000 hospitals hand out this pacifier to parents of newborns every single day, you know either the company has struck a great deal with the hospitals, or it's a truly excellent newborn pacifier. In this case, we believe it's both! This newborn pacifier uses a non-orthodontic shape that is a great match to mom's nipple and is designed to prevent nipple confusion. It uses a one-piece construction made of 100% silicone that is BPA and BPS-free. We love it because babies love it, and it doesn't get interfere with breast-feeding like an orthodontic pacifier can with a newborn.
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#1 Best Orthodontic Pacifier
There are at least two things you need to look for in a pacifier for use in a baby that is over 6 months of age. First, you want it to have the orthodontic shape that helps reduce upward and downward pressure on the developing teeth. Second, you want it to have good airflow through its shield to prevent rash and irritation around the mouth and cheeks. That's in addition to being BPA-free, safely constructed, and of course adorable to look at. The MAM pacifiers do all of that and more, and that's why they're the best on our list!
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#1 Best Stroller
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).
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#1 Best Double Stroller
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 Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 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. Coming in at a close second place is the BOB Revolution Flex 3.0 Double Stroller, but the GT2 has won our hearts and minds for the year!
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#1 Best Jogging Stroller
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.
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#1 Best Lightweight Stroller
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.
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#1 Best Luxury Stroller
Bugaboo makes a wide range of luxury strollers, with the super fancy Bugaboo Donkey coming in at about $1600, and this amazing Bugaboo Fox coming in at about $1300. This high-end stroller exudes luxury and style with its brushed aluminum and wood trim, high quality fabrics, and detachable bassinet. This amazing stroller supports newborn babies in the bassinet, and then supports kids up to 50 pounds in the stroller seat. At only 21 pounds, that's some excellent versatility, not to mention all the great features such as a huge storage basket, super compact fold, and an unparalleled steering system that provides amazing maneuverability. This stroller is the most luxorious and high quality we've tested in many years, and we're happy to feature it at the top of our list!
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#1 Best Travel System
Britax USA makes some of the best overall infant car seats and strollers, and when you combine them you make for one truly fantastic baby travel system. The Britax B-Safe car seat combines perfectly with the Britax B-Free stroller, the newest addition to Britax's high-end stroller selection. When you consider the comfort, features, versatility, and safety of this stroller and car seat combo, you'll realize why Britax is consistently topping our charts as best-in-class for baby gear. Check out our extensive list of the best travel systems!
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#1 Best Baby and Toddler Sunscreen
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. Baby Bum (made by the popular Sun Bum company) makes the perfect baby and kid sunscreen, using only relatively low-risk pigment Zinc Oxide (20%) 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!
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#1 Best Kids Kick Scooter
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 scooter.
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#1 Best Power-Wheels Toy
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.
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#1 Best Mosquito Repellent
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.
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#1 Best Toddler and Kids 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, and pediatricians and physical therapists suggest skipping training wheels altogether, so these bikes are the perfect option before putting your kid onto a pedal bike without training wheels.
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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!
Looking for resources for planning a baby and plotting your baby's development? Check out our ovulation calendar, this excellent due date calendar and pregnancy week by week tool, tips for getting pregnant, and having a fit pregnancy and quick body recovery from having a baby.
Here is our Complete List of Best Baby Products:
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- The 12 Best Baby Monitors of 2020
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- Best Baby Travel Systems 2020
- Best Baby Food Makers 2020
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- Best Scooters for Kids 2020
- Best Baby Play Mats 2020
- Best Breast Pumps 2020
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- Best Booster Car Seats 2020
- Best Travel Cribs 2020 - Playards, Pack n Plays
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- Best Baby Shoes 2020
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- Best Newborn & Toddler Diapers 2020
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- Best Sound-only Baby Monitors 2020
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- Best Mosquito Repellents for Kids & Adults 2020
- Best Baby Bouncer Seat 2020
- Best Baby Registry 2020
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- Best Nursery Gliders 2020
- Best Swaddle Blankets 2020
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- Best Lightweight Strollers 2020
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- Best Baby Bath Tubs 2020
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