The Bump Best of Baby Awards

2013 Best Of Baby Award Winners

After a year’s worth of testing and reviewing (and lots of playing — thanks to our baby testers!), we’d like to announce our Best of Baby Award winners. Here’s your definitive list of the 100 very best products on the market for mom, dad and baby. Scan away!

Car Seats

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Most High-Tech: Nuna Pipa Infant Car Seat

Getting baby dressed, prepped, out the door and safely secured in the car is never as easy as it sounds (sorry!), but moms admit that with the help of the Pipa’s five-second installation and green-to-go safety indicators, you can make sure baby’s safely secured without tons of buckling and unbuckling (hey, maybe there’s time to stop for a latte!). $300, RightStart.com

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Best for Safety Nuts: Chicco KeyFit 30

Make no mistake, moms swear by Chicco’s KeyFit. This one’s got a reputation for safety because of its error-proof installation. Moms feel that their babies are “protected” in its KeyFits. There’s nothing more important than that! $190, BabiesRUs.com

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Best Seat That Grows With Baby: Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 Air

Looking for a car seat with longevity? This safety seat goes from infancy to toddlerhood, all the way up to 70 pounds! Plus, we love the modern color options. $250, Giggle.com

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Best Budget-Friendly Buy: Britax B-Safe 30

The Britax B-Safe 30 Infant Car Seat comes with all the bells and whistles you need to keep baby safe (like side-impact protection, a five-point harness, click-and-go adaptability, an extra-large canopy to shield baby from the sun and an ergonomic carry-handle for comfortable carrying) but without the hefty price tag. $180, BabiesRUs.com

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Best for Easy Installation: Maxi-Cosi Mico AP

There are tons of reasons new parents love the Mico AP — but its versatility and easy-to-follow installation instructions make it a must! You just click, connect and secure; what’s not to love? $200, BabiesRUs.com


Strollers

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Best for City Moms: BabyJogger City Mini GT

The beefed-up version of the City Mini is made for streets and tougher terrain, and moms love how compact it folds to tote down subway stairs. The City Mini wins rave reviews for keeping up with any family’s on-the-go lifestyle. From parks to bistros and Sundays at the museum, it goes just about anywhere. $245, Amazon.com

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Best Lightweight Stroller: Mamas & Papas Armadillo

Finally — an infant-to-toddler stroller that only weighs 17 pounds! We tried it out ourselves and are totally sold. Fold and unfold it with only one hand. $280, MamasandPapas.com

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Best for Techie Moms: 4moms Origami

It comes with a hefty price tag, but it’s got uber-smart technology. Yep, this guy folds on its own and even charges your cell phone! There’s a sensor that keep it from folding when baby’s in the seat and lights to make sure you’re never strolling in the dark. $850, buybuyBABY.com 

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Best Travel System: Summer Infant Fuze Travel System

Easy to put together, easy to steer and easy to switch from car to stroller — these are just a few of the reasons parents turn to the Fuze for their travel system. It’s a one-time buy that provides two of your biggest needs. $450, Diapers.com 

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Best for Suburban Moms: Joovy Scooter

Here you go, SUV moms. The Joovy Scooter’s deep stow-away basket, cup holder and extended canopy (for all those lazy afternoons by the pool!) make it an all-around great pick. $300, Joovy.com



Double Strollers

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Best for Siblings of Different Ages: Baby Trend Sit ’N Stand

Like it or not, you’ll probably need to invest in a double stroller at some point (especially if you’re planning a trip to a theme park with lots of walking around), and moms agree that the Sit ‘n Stand came with the most versatility. Toddlers can sit — or stand — to take in the sights. $180, BabiesRUs.com 

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Best for Twins: Joovy ScooterX2 Stroller

Lugging twins is a true adventure! And finding a stroller big enough to comfortably fit two squirmy, excited little bodies? Well that’s tricky! Moms swear by the Joovy ScooterX2 because it’s spacious enough that the kids don’t have to fight over legroom. $230, BabiesRUs.com

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Best Space-Saver: Mima kobi

European moms love Mima’s exclusive, high-end products, and in the US, parents can’t stop talking about how easy the kobi is to stash away when it’s not in use. It folds narrowly into a standing position, so you can store it in hall closets and basements without a struggle. $1,350, BabySola.com 


Baby Carriers

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Most Comfortable: Ergo Original Collection Baby Carrier

Oh your aching back? Not with the Ergo! Moms say loud and clear that the must-have for ache- and pain-free carrying is the Ergo Original. It comes with cushy shoulder straps and extra back support. It’s also designed so baby stays in a comfy seated position. $120, ErgoBaby.com 

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Best Carrier That Grows With Baby: BabyBjorn One

Even though it’s new on the market, the BabyBjorn’s newest carrier is already a hit — especially for moms who want a product that lasts (it’s safe for babies 0 to 36 months!). Plus, it’s the only carrier that goes from front-to-rear without even taking it off. $200, Diapers.com 

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Best Affordable Pick: Boba Wrap

Moms rave about how easy-to-tote this wrap is. There are no buckles, no snaps and no twisted, uncomfortable straps to fuss over (which means more time to enjoy snuggled up with baby!). And at less than $40, Bumpies say it’s a “registry no-brainer!” $38, Boba.com 


Eco-Friendly Gear

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Best Eco-Friendly Bottles: ThinkBaby Bottles

Breastfeeding and bottle-feeding moms agree that ThinkBaby bottles are a must-have for feedings! They’re made with a slow-flow nipple to help reduce colic, gas and spills, all while being BPA-, PVC- and lead-free. $11, Giggle.com 

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Best for the Whole Family: The Honest Company’s Essentials Bundle

As a new mom, there isn’t always time to read the back of every product to make sure it’s safe and chemical-free — or run out to the grocery store every time you’re low on detergent. That’s why moms love the Honest Bundle: The nontoxic product supply comes straight to your door every month. $36 per month, Honest.com 

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Best Investment: NaturalMat EcoFriendly Coco Mat

Everything — even the packaging — on NaturalMat’s Coco Mat mattress is organic and chemical-free. Moms love the natural way the mats are made, using lavender, lemon and eucalyptus — and even though it’s an investment, Bumpies advise that it’s worth every cent. $400, NaturalMatUSA.com 


Diaper Bags

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Best for Dads: Diaper Dude Original Style Diaper Bag in Retro Grey Pinstripe

Diaper bags for dad have been growing in popularity the past few years, and the most popular is probably this retro-inspired Diaper Dude! Dads love it because it’s manly but appropriate. It even comes with a dad-focused checklist (that includes remembering to bring along the baby!). $65, buybuyBABY.com 

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Most Stylish: Kate Spade West Valley Nylon Stevie Baby Bag

Hey fashion-forward mamas, we found the bag for you! This stunner from Kate Spade is undeniably chic — its feminine print makes it feel more like a tote and less like a diaper bag and is way more fun than basic black. $418, KateSpade.com 

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Best Roomy Bag: JJ Cole Caprice Bag

You can stow just about anything in this spacious, fabulous tote without running out of room (score!). Moms love the added storage (there are 10 total pockets!), an extra cell phone pocket, added side and bottle pockets and removable changing pad. Plus, there are three different ways to carry it, since it comes with a stroller strap, adjustable shoulder strap and handbag strap. $70, Target.com 


High Chairs

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Best Chair That Grows With Baby: Svan Baby-to-Booster Bentwood High Chair

One seat that lasts through all of baby’s growth spurts? Yep, it’s here! Bumpies love this chair’s modern design and the easy way it transitions from high chair to toddler seat (just replace the tray and adjust the foot stool levels). It’s a win-win. $180, Svan.com 

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Best Space Saver: Peg Perego Siesta High Chair

Would you ever guess that the Siesta folds completely into itself for easy storage? It does! Moms with small and big spaces alike love the compact folding and the Siesta’s ability to stand on its own when it’s stashed in the closet. $330, BabiesRUs.com 

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Most Stylish: Phil & Ted’s Poppy High Chair

With its vibrant colors and adjustable heights, the Poppy seamlessly blends into any kitchen without looking like an eyesore. $120, PhilAndTeds.com 


Bouncers

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Most Soothing Movements: 4moms mamaRoo

You’ve got a pile of dishes to put away and laundry to be folded — but baby just wants to be bounced and carried around on your hip. The solution? The mamaRoo! It’s got five just-like-mom movements, so baby feels comforted even during those times you don’t have a free hand to spare! $220, Target.com 

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Best Design: Mamas & Papas Astro Magic Bouncer

It’s like one big party — all for baby. This bouncer comes with music, plush toys and a light show (pretty cool, huh?), making it a big hit for dads too. $250, MamasandPapas.com 

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Most Versatile: Nuna Leaf Curv

Moms recommend the Curv because you can bounce or swing baby, depending on his mood. It’s the ultimate multitasker! $229, Giggle.com 


Swings

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Most Versatile: Graco Sweetpeace Soothing Swing

“There’s honestly an option for every mood,” says Bumpie Andrea B. — and she’s right. The Sweetpeace has a slew of buttons and dials with different sound and motion options to help soothe baby when she’s fussy. $170, BabiesRUs.com 

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Best for Techie Moms: 4moms rockaRoo

Not only does it have a chic modern design, the rockaRoo is also innovative. You’ve just got to see the way it moves! Hook up your iPod to play tunes for baby. $180, Target.com 

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Best Space Saver: Bright Starts Playful Pals Portable Swing

The Playful Pals Portable Swing is a favorite among parents who are strapped for space in their homes. They love it because it comes with all the bells and whistles — but it’s compact enough to work in a teeny apartment. $55, Target.com 


Cribs

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Best Travel Crib: Bloom Alma Mini

Fold up this mini-crib for a weekend with grandma or for summer vacation — the Alma travels easily! It even works at home in small nurseries. “We didn’t have room for a full crib,” says Sarah B., “so we used the Alma — and loved it!” $340, Giggle.com 

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Best Budget Buy: Graco by LaJobi Convertible Crib

The Graco by LaJobi Convertible Crib gets rave reviews for its affordability, but it’s not just that. The crib is simple to put together, which your partner will love, and comes with easy peasy technology that transforms it from a crib to a toddler bed (without using a guard rail converter!). $180, Diapers.com 

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Best Modern Crib: Oeuf Elephant Crib

Modern moms love the sleek, simple design of the Oeuf Elephant (and we do too!). The Brooklyn, New York–based company worked with Spanish designers to ensure that the crib was safe enough for baby’s nursery and also stylish enough to fit mom and dad’s needs. $675, OuefNYC.com 

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Best Crib That Grows With Baby: Mayfair 4-in-1 Convertible Crib by Franklin & Ben

Even though tons of cribs on the market go from infant crib to daybed, toddler bed and, finally, a full-size bed, moms really love the Mayfair because it’s traditional and timeless yet still works in a modern nursery (check out that craftsmanship!). $650, AlbeeBaby.com 


Changing Tables

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Best for Storage: Badger Basket Sleigh Changing Table

A drawer for laundry, diapers, creams and soothers, wipes and clean onesies? Check, check, check and check! Beth B. says that the all the storage space has made diaper duty a lot easier for her — and her husband. “Everything’s in reach!” $163, Target.com 

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Best Modern Changing Table: Nurseryworks Two-Wide Changer

Stylish moms can’t stop talking about the Two-Wide Changer from Nurseryworks — and neither can we! The stylish changing table comes with a built-in circle design that adds flair to its functionality. $999, Nurseryworks.com 

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Best Table that Grows With Baby: Stokke Care Changing Table

Baby won’t be a baby forever (we know — so bittersweet!), so investing in a piece that grows with him makes total sense. The Stokke Care actually converts to a desk once baby’s out of diapers — pretty cool, right? — so you can use it long after you’re done with diapers. $500, buybuyBABY.com 

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Best Classic Changing Table: Nursery Basics Changing Table

Kristine W. sums it up by saying that the “simple, classic design” on the Nursery Basics changer makes it a no-fail buy. “We weren’t into all the bells and whistles; we just wanted something that worked and was spacious enough to fit dozens of diapers!” Yep, sounds about right. $130, BabiesRUs.com


Gliders and Rockers

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Most Comfortable Glider: Storkcraft Hoop Glider and Ottoman

Terry B. says that she and her husband decided last minute to buy a glider-ottoman combo for their nursery. “With twins,” she says, “we take turns walking around and bouncing one baby, and sitting and gliding the other.” She adds, “I couldn’t imagine life without it!” We get it, mama. $180, BabiesRUs.com 

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Most Multifunctional: Dorel Glider Rocker Combo

Glider? Rocker? Can’t decide? The good news is you don’t have to. Moms love that the Dorel Glider Rocker combo is the best of both worlds — and baby-friendly. “It’s like a swing for both mama and baby,” says Sherraine W. $100, Target.com 

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Most Stylish Glider: Monte Joya Rocker

Can’t believe this was made for baby’s room? Yep, neither can we! The chic, minimalist design makes it totally modern and midnight-feeding friendly. “It’s my little slice of heaven at two in the morning,” says Adrienne R. $1,195, Giggle.com 


Breast Pumps

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Most Comfortable: Dr. Brown’s Double Electric Breast Pump

New moms are smitten with the pinch-free Dr. Brown’s pump. “I’d buy it again and again,” says Maya T., “because it never tugged, pinched or irritated me.” $250, buybuyBABY.com 

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Most Efficient: Medela Pump In Style Advanced

Want to make the most of pumping? Moms love (and trust!) the Pump In Style because it just works so well. “I tried other pumps,” says Jessica R., “but none gave me as much milk output as Medela did. I used it with my first son and plan on using it with my daughter when she arrives.” $285, BabiesRUs.com 

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Most Portable: Evenflo Advanced Deluxe Double Electric Breast Pump

The Evenflo pump comes with a travel bag, insulated bottle carrier and cooler, ice pack, battery pack and extra bottles for storage. So, um, what’s not to love about bringing this to work? Nothing! Amy P. says, “It was easy to grab ’n go: no big parts to lug along, and everything fit nicely in the bag.” $122, Target.com 


Nursing Covers

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Most Stylish: Bebe au Lait Nest Nursing Cover

This cover is totally feminine, fashionable and chic. “Lots of times, products for moms are boring and basic or totally babyish,” says Kelleigh O., “so I loved that this was made to look good on me, not just the baby.” $30, BabiesRUs.com 

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Most Versatile: Jolly Jumper Pashmama

Moms recommend the Jolly Jumper because it isn’t just for nursing — it triples as a scarf, shawl or nursing cover. “I liked that it wasn’t always obvious I was nursing,” says Coretta H. “I could feed baby without anyone knowing.” $29, Amazon.com 


Breastfeeding Accessories

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Best Travel Accessory: Travel Boppy

No matter where you are, you can have a nursing pillow. “My daughter was born just before the holidays,” says Anna G., “so we were on-the-go a lot visiting family and friends. At first I didn’t have a Travel Boppy, but you better believe we stopped on the way to get one. I couldn’t take the stress of finding a comfortable way to nurse every day.” $40, Target.com 

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Best Nursing Pillow: Boppy Luxe Nursing Pillow

Boppy knows comfort — and that’s why so many moms love their line of nursing pillows! “We used the Luxe for feedings and we loved it because it was just comfortable for me and baby. He was supported and I was comfortable,” Rochelle G. says. “Plus, I could wash it.” $53, Boppy.com 

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Best for Breastfeeding Relief: Lansinoh Thera-Pearl Breast Therapy

Oh, sweet relief! Nursing moms swear by the thera-pearl pads because they give the comfort you need, right when you need it — and they’re reusable too! “I use these as cooling pads,” says Michaela F. “I put them in my bra at work and no one notices, but the relief is amazing.” You can warm them too. $14, Diapers.com 

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Best for Storing Breast Milk: Kiinde Breastmilk Collection

Moms can pump, store, organize, warm and feed baby milk using the same pouch, instead of a bunch of different containers. “This was my go-to while I was breastfeeding,” says Heather V., “because there was no fussing around when transferring the milk from pouches to bottles.” $100, Kiinde.com 


Teething Toys

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Best Toy-and-Teether Combo: Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether

Babies have loved Sophie since she first hit the market, and years later, she’s still the best! Elise R. loves the teether-toy combo because it appeals to each of baby’s senses. “She’s chewing, tasting, touching, smelling and interacting — money well spent in my opinion.” We agree, mama. $20, Amazon.com 

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Best for Baby’s Achy Gums: Bright Starts Polar Gel Teether

Moms love how easy these Polar Gel teethers are to use: Just pop ‘em in the freezer for quick, cool relief on baby’s roughest teething days. Marion B. says that the teethers are “cool to the touch and such a huge help on baby’s sore gums.” $3, BabiesRUs.com 

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Best for Older Babies: Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder

Amanda C. says that she started introducing solids with the fresh food feeder because they don’t pose a choking risk to baby. “She loves frozen, mashed banana and pureed carrots most. They’re great teethers but also a sly way of introducing her to new foods and flavors. I love it!” Yep, sounds about right. $7, Target.com 


Baby and Toddler Toys

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Best for Toddlers 18-24 Months: LEGO DUPLO Creative Sorter

The LEGO sorter is an awesome learning toy for a girl or a boy. “The shapes are cool and you can change the tops to fit different animals,” says Francine W. “And we get a kick out of how creative my daughter gets with her animals.” $15, Lego.com 

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Best for Babies 0-3 Months: Lamaze Baby Bling Take-Along Toy

Babies love all the different textures, crinkles and jiggle sounds, and parents love how it can keep baby busy on long car trips. “We use it on our stroller, car seat and at home on our play gym,” says Julie B. “We never leave home without it!” We see why. $18, Amazon.com 

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Best for Babies 3-6 Months: Bamboo Zoo Monkey Soft Shaker

Safe to shake, pull and taste, the eco-friendly zoo monkey is a must-have registry item. Bumpies love that it’s made from certified bamboo viscose and babies love how durable it is — it can be chomped on for hours! $13, Plushez.com 

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Best for Toddlers 12-16 Months: SkipHop TreeTop Friends Busy Bead Tree

Baby can move the animals around the tree and mimic the sounds they make as they move. “We chirp and hoot our heads off when we’re playing with this together,” says Natalia G. Plus, it’s pretty! $25, SkipHip.com 

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Best for Toddlers 16-18 Months: B. Zany Zoo Wooden Activity Cube

“I’m so glad I bought this,” says Danielle P. “My son just plays and plays and plays. There’s so much to do!” And there really is — they spin stuff, trace routes, open flaps and more. $60, Target.com 

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Best for Babies 9-12 Months: Talking Lotty Rock-N-Ride from Mamas & Papas

Gillian E. says that her daughter loves riding on top of this Lotty Rock-N-Ride. And who wouldn’t?! It’s pretty cool.) “She has no fear; it’s unbelievable. She just gets on and goes — and it’s so fun to watch.” $130, MamasAndPapas.com 

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Best for Babies 6-9 Months: Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn — Learning Puppy

Baby is more observant at this age, and the interactive giggling Learning Puppy will keep him engaged and smiling. You’ll be into the fact that the pup is well made and meant to teach baby a thing or two. $23, ToysRUs.com 


Toys With No Batteries Required

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Best Puzzle: P’kolino Multi-Solution Children’s Shape Puzzle — Monkey

This game for toddlers is more than just a puzzle. After you put it together, you can spend an afternoon monkeying around (make sure you’ve got some bananas on hand!), or just test out your monkey impressions. “My two-year-old son loves this puzzle because you can put it together in different ways,” says Barbara O. “There’s no ‘one way’ to do it.” $20, Pkolino.com 

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Best Stackable Toy: SkipHop Alphabet Zoo ABC House Blocks

Dad Sam D. sums it up: “We build up big castles, knock them down, and sound out all the animal noises we see. It’s a lot of fun — even for me.” Can we join?! $25, SkipHop.com 

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Best Musical Toy: Boikido Wooden Bongo Drum Trio

It’s family dance party time! These cool, colorful instruments are all-around favorites — and you can bring them along on any trip for instant rhythmic fun. Yep, take your band on the road. $40, Diapers.com 


Maternity Clothing Basics

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Best Maternity Cami: Be Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel Seamless Cami

The bestselling cami is loved by moms-to-be for its extra-long length, great fit, added support and gentle fabric. We love it as a layering tee (wear it under sweaters or tops!) or underneath a cardigan. $28, IngridAndIsabel.com 

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Best Maternity Leggings: Liz Lange for Target Maternity Leggings

So many moms-to-be talk about how comfortable these cotton leggings are. “I like the low-cut elastic band. I could wear them early on in my pregnancy and didn’t have to fold down a full panel,” says Meg C. $17, Target.com 

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Best Maternity Bra: Medela Nursing Sleep Bra

This bra gets a huge thumbs-up from moms. Alicia A. says, “I tried different bras — but this one was the best. It holds nursing pads well, doesn’t bother baby when he’s nursing and is so soft.” Another mama, Sheri, added that she sided with the Medela during pregnancy because the cups didn’t ride up while she was sleeping. $19, Amazon.com 


Pregnancy Beauty Products

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Best Body Wash: Belli Skin Care Pure and Pampered Body Wash

Specially designed for expectant mamas, the Pure and Pampered body wash is made with ingredients you’d eat (like green tea, cucumber, lavender and chamomile) — so you can be pretty confident it’s safe to put on your skin. $15, Maternitique.com 

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Best Sunscreen: thinkbaby Sunscreen

Considered safe for your face, body and belly, thinkbaby is the number one go-to for moms-to-be and new moms. You can use it on your belly — and on baby. $16, Diapers.com 

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Best Lotion: Aden + Anais Mum + Bub Lotion

Gentle enough for baby and mama, the naturally-derived nongreasy lotion keeps skin silky smooth even during the winter itchies. “Here’s how I know a product is good: It keeps my husband’s woodworking hands smooth in winter,” says Ashley V. “Yep, we all use the Mum + Bub!” It smells amazing too. $16, buybuyBABY.com 

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Best Stretch Mark Product: Mambino Organics Anti-Stretch & Rebound Skin Duo

Both products are considered safe for belly and baby. They keep skin hydrated to help prevent stretch marks, and may even fade the ones you already have. “My friends and I call it ‘Mommy’s Secret Weapon’!” says Olivia N. $39, MambinoOrganics.com 


Home Pregnancy Tests

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Most Informative: Clearblue Advanced Pregnancy Test with Weeks Estimator

With the Weeks Estimator, you won’t just find out you’re pregnant — you’ll find out just how far along you are! A clear reader tells you if you’re “1-2 weeks, 2-3 weeks, or 3+ weeks” along, which is, well, pretty cool! $15, Amazon.com 

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Best Ovulation Predictor: Clearblue Ovulation Kit

This review from Rebecca H. says it all: “It was an easy-to-read display, and I think the differing faces are really cool. The happy face with the extra lines around it practically scream, ‘OMG, you are so ovulating right now.’ That was fun to use. I also like that it had a permanent wand, so I made less garbage.” $60 for two months, CVS.com 

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Most Accurate: First Response Gold Digital Pregnancy Test

Veteran moms say the Gold is the most sensitive test on the market — so you just might find out you’re pregnant sooner than with other tests. We’ll take two! $20, Drugstore.com 


Fashionable Yet Functional Baby Gear

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Best for On-the-Go: phil&ted’s Nest

Okay, it doesn’t look like it’s made to fit baby’s needs, but you’d be surprised just how baby-friendly the Nest is designed to be. Kate V. says, “We’ve used it on trips to grandma's house and it's been very helpful when the baby gets sleepy. It’s really compact and folds up easily, and the second compartment in the storage case fits a lot. We put in spare clothes, diapers and blankets. We even get compliments on how cute it is!” $100, PhilAndTeds.com 

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Best for the Kitchen: Beaba Bottle Draining Rack

Totally unconventional and really design-conscious, moms love how much drying space the Beaba comes with — not to mention its stylish shape. “It just looks like a cool accessory in the kitchen,” says Kailey B. We agree. $35, Williams-Sonoma.com 

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Best for the Bathroom: Boon 2-Position Naked Collapsible Baby Bath

It’s hard to find a product line that’s more modern and trendy than Boon, which is why we weren’t surprised to hear just how much moms love the two-position naked collapsible crib. “My husband loves to keep things looking really techie,” says Jackie H. “He was the one who picked this out – and I love how sleek it is.” $65, buybuyBABY.com 

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Best for Baby’s Room: Crane Drop Shape Humidifier

Fashion, meet function. Moms love the Drop because it looks like a stylish accessory in any room of the house, and not like a childish baby product. And almost certainly not one you use when baby has a cold! $45, Target.com

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Best for Parents’ Room: BabyBjorn Cradle

Probably the best thing about the BabyBjorn cradle is the fact that it looks like a stylish nook for baby. But there’s more. Julia T. says, “I love all its features — the mesh sides and self-rocking mechanism and the simplistic design.” $100, Diapers.com 


Cutest Products

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Cutest Baby Toy: Mamas & Papas Rocking Animal — Babyplay Hedgehog

Can we talk about how adorable this rocker is? Shari B. says that she plans to use the rocker as décor in her baby’s room. “It’s just the cutest thing ever. I’m so glad I put it on our registry.” We are too! $110, MamasAndPapas.com

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Cutest Piece of Baby Clothing: GuavaMitts

These gloves keep baby from scratching himself — and the mod patterns are just adorable. “I try to match them to his outfits,” says Tonya R. Can you blame her? $22 for a set of two, Nordstrom.com 

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Cutest Nursery Find: 3 Sprouts Storage Box

Would it be acceptable to use this in an adult’s room? We think so! Lisa N. admits, “I just loved the dog so much. I use it as my sock drawer!” $18, Target.com 


Innovative Products

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Most Innovative Toddler Product: Mini Micro 3in1 from Kickboard US

The Mini Micro comes with three options (for babies, toddlers and kids) to sit, stand and scoot from age one to five. Plus, it’s a great (and safe!) way for your tot to work on his balance and coordination. $115, AlbeeBaby.com

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Most Innovative Baby Product: Wubbanub Infant Pacifier

Noticing more and more babies with adorable animals hanging from their pacis? It’s because the Wubbanub is becoming a mama and baby favorite! “They’re so cute and give the baby something to hold on to and comfort him at the same time,” says Joanna P. $13, BabyEarth.com 

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Most Innovative Feeding Accessory: The Sili Squeeze

Here you go, moms who make your own baby food. The reusable, top-rack dishwasher- and freezer-safe Sili Squeeze has the appeal of pouch foods for feedings on the go — but you can put whatever you want inside. “They were so easy for me to fill with homemade purees and for baby to use!” says Tara C. From $14, TheSiliCo.com 

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Most Innovative Parenting Product: iAlert from The First Years

Ready to have your mind blown? Your car seat actually communicates with your smartphone to make sure that it’s installed properly, that baby is never left unattended and more. So cool, right? Erin P. says after buying this, she’ll never buy another kind of car seat. We’re so spoiled by technology, aren’t we? $350, Amazon.com 

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Most Innovative Pregnancy Product: Sweet Pea 2-in-1 Pregnancy Pillow

Moms-to-be will do anything to get a good night’s sleep (especially during the third trimester!). But it just might be as easy as using this pillow. The Sweet Pea actually contours to fit your body as it changes — and can help with back pain (woo hoo!). Use it after baby arrives as a nursing pillow. $40, Diapers.com 


Baby Bath Products

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Best for Cradle Cap: Mustela Foam Shampoo for Newborns

Need a fix for cradle cap (those dry patches on baby’s head)? Moms trust the Foam Shampoo for Newborns because it just works so well. “We used — and still use — the Mustela newborn shampoo on my son,” says Bea C. “He has extremely sensitive skin and developed cradle cap. The shampoo took care of the cradle cap and never irritated him.” $12, Target.com

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Best for Diaper Rash: The Healthy Baby Bottom

Diaper rash is sometimes inevitable (sorry!), but you can clear it up quickly with a good cream. “I've tried lots of diaper creams, and this is my favorite by far,” says Gabrielle M. “It's pricey, but a little goes a long way, and it's amazing how quickly it heals rashes and how nice it smells.” $10, Target.com 

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Best for Eczema: California Baby Eczema Shampoo & Bodywash

California Baby’s eczema wash is a huge hit for moms of kids with super dry skin. “We used it religiously on baby number two,” says Brittany K., “because he had such sensitive skin.” It’s safe for babies with all kinds of allergies — it’s made without soy, oat or dairy. $32, CaliforniaBaby.com 

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Best for Sensitive Skin: Aveeno Baby

Don’t worry about splurging for a specialty product that soothes baby’s sensitive skin. Aveeno’s Baby Wash & Shampoo is already formulated to safely wash, soothe and protect baby’s gentle skin. “A mom in my mommy group recommended the Aveeno wash,” says Marion B. “We haven’t used another brand since. It’s so gentle on my daughter’s skin.” $8, Aveeno.com 

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Best Natural Product: BabyGanics Foamin’ Fun Body Wash and Shampoo

Nontoxic, hypoallergenic and tear-free, this plant-based wash is pediatrician- and dermatologist-tested, and totally safe for baby (and mom!). Kelly T. says that she uses is twice a week and it keeps her little guy’s skin silky. $10, BabiesRUs.com 


Baby Monitors

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Best Long-Range Monitor: Graco Secure Coverage Digital

More than 2,000 feet of coverage means you’ll never miss a beat because of bad reception. “Baby would sleep upstairs while my husband and I would watch movies together in the basement,” says Jennie V., “we never had to worry about losing the connection because of the distance. It was so nice to have the freedom to move around the house at night and still keep an eye on baby.” $45, GracoBaby.com 

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Best Budget Buy: Sony 900MHz Baby Call Nursery Monitor

Moms agree: You don’t need to spend a fortune on a monitor to be sure baby’s safe. “I'm really pleased especially since I initially purchased a sensor pad monitor for a lot of money,” admits Cait W., “and for the life of me I couldn’t figure out how to work the darn thing. So, we returned it and tried this one instead. Love the simplicity of it.” $34, Diapers.com

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Most Bells-and-Whistles: Motorola MBP36 Remote Wireless Color Video Baby Monitor

If you’re looking for something that comes with as many extras as your smartphone, try the Motorola MBP36. “What sold it for us was all the specialty features — long-distance viewing, prerecorded lullabies, sound-activated lighting and up to four extra viewing devices,” says Abby R. $240, Amazon.com 

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Most Techie: Summer Infant BabyTouch 2 Digital Video Monitor

This baby monitor is so high-tech it’s almost like the CIA invented it (seriously!). There’s motion-tracking technology, high-res imaging, two-way communication (like a walkie-talkie with baby!) and multilevel zoom. “You can even get a reading on the room’s temperature with this monitor! We love it,” says Eva L. $240, BabiesRUs.com


Solid Feeding Gear

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Best Baby Food Storage: Dr. Brown’s Storage Pods

Prep baby’s meals and then freeze (with ease!) in these cool containers. They stack easily too. Quickly grab one, allow the food to defrost and warm it in the same container. There’s no stress — and it’s an easy clean up! $20, Diapers.com 

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Best First Utensils: Boon Benders

When it comes to mealtime accessories, moms were vocal about products that bend, move and squirm (just like baby does!). The Benders are a serious crowd-favorite, not only for their bright colors (which we love) but because their pliable structure allows them to move and bend in every direction. $6, BoonInc.com 

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Best Bib: Magnificent Baby Reversible Circus and Stars Bib

Here’s why moms, dads and babies are taken with these colorful revisable bibs: They wrap around baby’s neck using a magnetic pull, so you don't have to pick a fight to make sure they’re snapped on correctly. Shannon R. says, “I love that we can just pop them in the wash once they’re messy. No need for scrubbing or soaking off stains!” $10, buybuyBABY.com 

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Best Baby Food Maker: Beaba Babycook Classic

We asked moms that make their own baby food which kitchen must-have they recommend — and the answer was (almost!) unanimous: the Babycook. It steams, blends, warms and defrosts — all in one compact appliance (oh yeah!). Plus, you can use it to reheat and defrost your food too. A total win-win, right? $120, BabiesRUs.com 


By Kylie McConville