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

Britax Advocate ClickTight ARB.britaxadvocateconvertible

The Britax Advocate never ceases to impress us with its unparalleled safety features, superior quality, convenient ClickTight installation process, versatile adjustments, and comfortable and high quality fabrics. You can't beat the triple side-impact protection, steel-reinforced frame, SafeCell energy-absorbing foam, and its awesome anti-rebound bar. Combine those with the fact that Britax makes their car seats here in the USA, and you have a clear winner for 2018.

#1 Best Baby Bottle

Comotomo Natural 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. These Comotomo baby bottles have surpassed the Dr Browns bottles by a very good margin this year.

#1 Best Baby Carrier

LILLEBaby All Season Baby 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.

#1 Best Baby Monitor

Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby 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.

#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, and energy-absorbing foam. 

#1 Best Bassinet

HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper 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.

#1 Best Organic Baby Formula

Baby's Only Organic LactoRelief 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.

#1 Best Convertible Crib

Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 Convertible 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.

#1 Best Crib Mattress

Newton Wovenaire Crib 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, 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!).

#1 Best Baby Swing

Fisher Price Cradle 'n 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.

#1 Best Diaper Bag

Maman Nappy Diaper 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.

#1 Best Organic Baby Cereal

Gerber Organic Baby 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. 

#1 Best Baby Food Puree

Plum Organics Baby 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 fresh-picked! 

#1 Best Sensitive Baby Wipes

Bloom Baby Jumbo Sensitive Baby 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.

#1 Best Travel Crib

The Lotus Travel Crib & Portable 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!

#1 Best Baby Gate (not for stairs)

North States Supergate Baby 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.

#1 Best Baby Gate (for stairs)

Kidco Safeway Safety Baby 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.

#1 Best Baby Food Maker

BEABA Babycook Pro Baby Food 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.

#1 Best Exersaucer

Fisher Price Rainforest 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 adjustable as well.

#1 Best High Chair

Peg Perego Siesta High 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! 

#1 Narrowest Convertible Car Seat

Diono Radian RXT Convertible Car narrow convertible car seat 2018 diono radian rxt

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 one of the best overall convertible car seats in our 2018 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.

#1 Narrowest Infant Car Seat

Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car narrow infant car seat 2018 chicco keyfit 30

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.

#1 Narrowest Booster Car Seat

Clek Oobr Booster Car narrow booster car seat 2018 clek oobr

The Clek Oobr is not only one of the best booster seats of the year, it is also one of the narrowest booster seats available on the market. Coming in at a slim 15.5" wide at its base, 18" wide at its arm rests, and 16" wide at its headrest, this narrow booster seat is great for fitting 3 in a row, especially when positioned next to a rear-facing infant car seat. This booster seat converts from a high-back booster that supports kids from 33-100 pounds, to a bottomless booster that supports kids from 40-100 pounds, with a maximum height limit of 57". This booster seat is sturdy, stylish, easy to use, safe, and high quality. Check out our full buying guide for more details.

#1 Best Budget Convertible Car Seat

Graco Contender 65 Convertible Car 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.

#1 Best Nursery Humidifier

TaoTronics Cool Mist 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.

#1 Best Cloth Diaper

bumGenius Freetime All-in-one Cloth cloth diapers bumgenius

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!

#1 Best Baby and Toddler Sunscreen

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen SPF 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!

#1 Best Kids Kick Scooter

Micro Maxi Kick Scooters with 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 scooter. 

#1 Best Diaper Pail

Munchkin Step Diaper 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 a bonus!

#1 Best Nursery Glider

Dutailier Ultramotion Nursery 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.

#1 Best Double Stroller

BOB Revolution Flex Duallie 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.

#1 Best Baby Wrap

Boba Wrap Classic Baby 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 to use it.

#1 Best Breast Pump

Medela Symphony Hospital Breast 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 less expensive options!

#1 Best Nursing Bra

Kindred Bravely Racerback Nursing nursing bra 2018 kindred bravely

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!

#1 Best Newborn Pacifier

Philips AVENT Soothie newborn pacifier 2018 philips avent soothie

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.

#1 Best Orthodontic Pacifier

MAM Sensitive Skin Orthodontic orthodontic pacifier 2018 MAM sensitive skin

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!

#1 Best Jogging Stroller

BOB Revolution Flex Jogging 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.

#1 Best Power-Wheels Toy

Power Wheels Dune 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.

#1 Best Stroller under $200

Britax B-Lively 3 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).

#1 Best Luxury Stroller

Britax B-Ready G3 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 durable.

#1 Best Travel System

Britax B-Safe and B-Free Travel travel system britax

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!

#1 Best Bottle Warmer

First Years Night Cravings Bottle 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 is an awesome bottle warmer!

#1 Best Baby Walker

Joovy Spoon Baby 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, and super versatile.

#1 Best Baby Play Mat

Wee Giggles Foam Play 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 in its construction.

#1 Best Booster Seat

Britax Frontier ClickTight Booster Car 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.

#1 Best Diapers

Pampers Swaddlers, sizes Newborn to 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.

#1 Best Diaper Rash Cream

Era Organics Diaper 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 probably need some zinc oxide.

#1 Best Organic Nipple Cream

Earth Mama Organic Nipple nipple cream 2018 earth mama nipple butter

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 and go with something that you can feel safe and comfortable with.

#1 Best Baby Bath Tub

The First Years Sure Comfort Bath 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 the tub.

#1 Best Baby Sound Machine

Hatch Baby Sound Machine and Night baby sound machine 2018 hatch baby

This is an awesome baby sound machine that syncs with an app on your smart phone to 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!

#1 Best Sound-only Baby Monitor

Angelcare Movement and Sound 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 the awesome movement detection.

#1 Best Baby Bouncer

Baby Bjorn Balance Soft Baby 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.

#1 Best Kids Probiotics

Hyperbiotics PRO-Kids 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.

#1 Best Mosquito Repellent

Sawyer Premium Mosquito 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.

#1 Best Baby Thermometer

iProven Oral and Rectal 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 awesome in several regards.

#1 Best Baby Swaddler

Halo Sleepsack Baby Swaddle 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 womb.

#1 Best Toddler and Kids Bike

The Strider 12" Classic or Sport Balance Bikes, Ages 18 months to 3 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.

#1 Best Baby Book

The Very Hungry baby book 2018 the very hungry caterpillar

Parents and kids have very strong opinions about the baby books, but there's really nothing to dislike about this top-rated baby board book! Eric Carle fastinates 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 fill list of over 50 of the best baby books!

#1 Best Toddler Trampoline

The Original Toy Company 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.

#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.

#1 Best Lightweight Stroller

ZOE XL1 Deluxe Xtra Light Stroller 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.

#1 Best Bandage for Babies

Nexcare Waterproof Clear baby band-aids and bandages Nexcare

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.

#1 Best Prenatal Vitamin

Mama Bird Prenatal prenatal vitamins multivitamins folic acid mama bird

Our research revealed several vital nutrients recommended for pregnant and nursing women, including folic acid, iron, vitamin D, and Omega-3's like DHA and EPA. This supplement combines all of those ingredients with probiotics and a mild herbal blend. In our testing, we loved that we only needed to take one per day, and thought that they didn't have any of the typical strong vitamin flavor (they have a slight vanilla taste). When combined with our recommended Omega-3 prenatal supplement, these are perfect for pregnancy and breastfeeding!

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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