Best of the Bump Award Winners of 2023
For more than 10 years, The Bump has been recognizing the absolute best baby and pregnancy products on the market. Our annual Best of The Bump awards series combines the expertise of The Bump editorial team with rigorous hands-on product testing from parents and parents-to-be (just like you!), all to pinpoint which value-packed products will fully meet your needs.
Ready to discover the best of the best? Find out below how we chose each of our top picks— and then, without further ado, check out the Best of The Bump award winners for 2023.
To ensure that each Best of The Bump winner is truly the very best, The Bump editors did extensive research to find the best-selling, most innovative and all-around top-notch products out there, combing through user reviews, leveraging our familiarity with leading pregnancy and baby brands and relying on our own experiences as new and expectant parents. And then we put those products to the test.
We made sure every product was used and reviewed by real parents, who scored the items on a variety of category-specific criteria ranging from ease of use to quality to value for money and more. (After all, product features might sound amazing, but we want to know how they’ll hold up under the serious wear-and-tear of life as a new or expectant parent!) We then paired this testing protocol with our own research and expertise, the recommendations of medical and safety experts and input from surveyed parents across the country to bestow the Best of The Bump award to the standout option in every category. All this, so that for every award-winning product, you’ll know that you’re getting best-in-class baby and pregnancy gear that’ll meet your needs right from the get-go.
We get it—pregnancy comes with a lot of change, and a lot of new gear you probably haven’t had to think about before. These parent-tested and approved pregnancy products will help ease your mind and body aches and keep you looking and feeling your best.
First up on our list of this year’s Best of The Bump winners is the Momcozy Huggable Maternity Body Pillow. Our product tester, who was 25 weeks pregnant at the time of testing, gave this pick top scores across all categories—from support to effectiveness to overall quality—making it our overall Best of The Bump winner for pregnancy pillows. Standout features include the high-tension memory foam filling, the supportive U-shaped design and the premium cooling cover. Together, these aspects work together to improve blood circulation and relieve body discomfort. The result? Expectant moms report having deeper, more restorative sleep with this top-notch pregnancy pillow. Whether you’re snoozing or lounging, you’ll want it by your side during pregnancy—and the fourth trimester.
Dimensions: 57" (L) x 27.6" (W) x 9” (H) | Fabric: Polyester/nylon | Fill: Memory foam | Cleaning: Cover is machine-washable
- Cooling cover prevents overheating
- High-quality memory foam for added support and comfort
- Machine-washable for straightforward cleaning
- May take up more space than other options on the market
It’s easy to see why Seraphine is our go-to retailer for maternity clothes. Let us explain: The brand is synonymous with stretchy, bump-hugging styles for every occasion, whether that be hitting the gym, lounging at home or attending a special event. Our staff reviewer, a mother of two, praised Seraphine’s clothes for offering unparalleled comfort and discrete nursing access as a standard. The high-quality attire is true to size and designed to fit through all three trimesters, making it well worth the price tag. To top it all off, this brand is loved by A-listers (including Kate Middleton, Jessica Alba and Jennifer Garner, to name a few!).
Size range US 2 to 16 | Price range: $19 to $749 | Return policy: Free returns for US customers
- High-quality fabrics designed to last throughout pregnancy
- Tops and dresses are designed with discrete nursing access
- Offers clothing items for every occasion, from lounging to wedding guest dresses
- While the brand offers good cost-per-wear, some items are expensive
Honest is at the top of our list when it comes to naming the best pregnancy-safe skin care brand. Founded by Jessica Alba, the company offers California-cool aesthetic and high-quality products to back it up; our tester, an expectant mother, gave it top scores across all categories, including feel, quality, effectiveness and value. If you’re expecting, check out the website’s pregnancy-specific section. Here, you can scroll knowing that all ingredients are deemed safe and gentle for moms-to-be. If that’s not all, Honest also offers a wide range of body care products, from bath salts to belly creams and face washes that will be staples of your skin care rotation for nine+ months.
- No animal testing on any products, either in-house or via third-party
- Build your own custom subscription bundle for a personalized skincare regimen
- Wide variety of products available, all in sustainable packaging
- Some survey respondents experienced scent sensitivity
On the hunt for the perfect bra to support your growing breasts during pregnancy? Then the Sculpt Bra from Bravado Designs is sure to check all of the boxes on your list. The clever design seamlessly combines two maternity bra styles: pull-on and hook-and-loop options. As a result, this intimate wear feels like an ultra-comfortable sleep bra while still offering the support of a more traditional design. Expect it to feel super-soft against your skin, while also providing separation and shape, thanks to the built-in molded cups. Our product tester, who was 30 weeks pregnant at the time of testing, said it’s ideal for day or night—plus, they awarded it top scores across all categories, with special praise for the aesthetic, material, comfort and quality.
Sizes: S to XXL, regular and full fits | Underwire: No | Type of closure: Hook and loop | Nursing features: Not designed for nursing
- Has all the features of a traditional bra with maximum comfort for long-term wear
- Molded cups and inserts for definition with discretion
- Only available in four colors
- No nursing features
When it comes to ovulation tests, you’ll want one that’s precise and user-friendly. Luckily, the Clearblue Advanced Digital Ovulation Test checks both boxes—and then some. It detects an additional hormone, estrone-3-glucuronide (as well as the luteinizing hormone that precedes ovulation). As a result, you’ll be able to identify four fertile days in your cycle, while most other options on the market offer just two. What’s more, our product tester loved how straightforward it was to use, thanks to a virtually mess-free design and clear, simple instructions.
Test per pack: 20 | Wait time: 10 minutes
- Clear, simple instructions and a mess-free design
- Four-day fertility window to maximize your chances of getting pregnant
- Watch the test wand closely during the result wait time so you don’t miss the flashing smiley face
- Not recommended for women with PCOS
There are plenty of pregnancy tests on the market, but, ultimately, you’ll want one that’s user-friendly and delivers reliable results. That’s where Clearblue Rapid Detection has you covered. Features you’ll love include the extra-wide wand tip, the urine-absorption indicator (that lets you know it’s working correctly), the additional control window for added reassurance and the clear, easy-to-read display. Better yet, it’s also equipped with a patented floodguard technology, which prevents too much urine from entering the test—the leading cause of user testing error, according to Clearblue. It’s easy to see why our product tester, who was 34 weeks pregnant at the time of testing, gave this pregnancy test top marks!
Number of tests included: 2 | Type of result display: Plus or minus sign | How early it can detect pregnancy: 4 days before expected period
- When dipped in collected urine, this test only requires five seconds, as opposed to other tests that require 20 seconds
- The instructions are printed clearly, accompanied by photos for further clarity
- Very cost-effective and a great value for the price
- Indent lines can give the illusion of a false positive if instructions aren’t followed correctly
You’ve probably heard about Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks at some point or another. The flagship product has become synonymous with stretch mark support for good reason, making it a shoo-in for this year’s Best of The Bump winner for best stretch mark cream. Our product tester, who was 25 weeks pregnant at the time of testing, rated it top scores across the board, with categories ranging from ease of use and effectiveness to overall value. They noted its ideal texture and perfect consistency, which wasn’t too thick or thin. For the best results, our experts recommend early adoption (beginning in the first trimester) and regular use throughout your pregnancy to set your skin up for success.
Stretch mark product type: Lotion | Size: 8.5 fl. oz.
- Free of mineral oil, parabens, phthalates and fragrance allergens
- Pump application is convenient and easy to use
- Affordable price point
- The scent lingers, which our tester enjoyed but other scent-sensitive moms-to-be may not
- The ingredient list is long and somewhat unfamiliar
Let’s be honest: The fourth trimester can be overwhelming, exhausting and messy, to say the least. But remember, your body just accomplished something incredible—now, it needs safe, supportive and soothing products to help encourage recovery. These are the best on the market.
Throughout your breastfeeding journey, your breast pump will be by your side through thick and thin—which is why you’ll want one that’s the full package, just like the Elvie Pump. It won this year’s Best of The Bump award for overall best breast pump. Combining convenience and innovative technology, the wearable, electric device can be depended on for a seamless pumping experience every time. This was confirmed by our product tester (the mother of a two-month-old), who gave the hands-free pump top scores across all categories, like quality, effectiveness, ease of use and comfort. Our favorite part about the Elvie Pump has to be its compact, discreet size, which is small enough to go undetected in most bras. Other highlights include how it’s super quiet, can be customized to meet your one-of-a-kind pumping needs and has fewer parts to clean, thanks to its tube-free design.
Dimensions (single pump): 4.3” (L) x 2.7” (W) x 5” (H) | Weight (single pump): 8 ounces
- Minimal parts to clean, thanks to a tube-free design
- Pumps at 21,000 oscillations per second (which is below human hearing)
- Compatible app keeps record of pump volumes and personal settings
- High price point
Next up on our list is our pick for the best nursing bra. Earning top scores across categories like comfort, fit, style and quality from our product tester (a nursing mom herself), the Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra by Bravado Designs was easy to name as this year’s Best of The Bump winner for best nursing bra. The versatile design offers a wide range of inclusive sizing options to ensure a comfortable fit for all moms-to-be, and is also made from a buttery soft material that’s wire-free. Throughout the postpartum period, you can expect the breathable fabric to stretch to meet your body’s changing needs. And, best of all, the clip-down nursing bra offers unique B-shaped clips that can be lowered with just one hand.
Material: 70% recycled nylon/20% virgin nylon/10% spandex | Sizes: S to XL-FC | Underwire: No | Type of closure: Hook and eye
- Thick straps for added support
- Zones of extra support around the cups
- Available in tons of pretty colors
- No racerback option
- Some reviewers say to order a size up for the best fit
Can’t keep track of all the essentials needed in the early days of the fourth trimester? Leave it to Bodily’s Care for Birth Box to bundle everything you’ll need—and then some. It was the clear choice for this year’s Best of The Bump award for best postpartum kit, thanks to its inclusive selection of products that offer new moms childbirth recovery and breastfeeding support. With it, you’ll receive a peri wash bottle, 14 giant maxi pads, three pairs of mesh boyshorts, stool softener, super-cozy hospital socks and even postpartum guide books for you and your partner. But that’s not all—you’ll also find two nipple creams, soothing hydrogel pads and grippy bamboo nursing pads to make the initial days of nursing more comfortable. It’s easy to see how this postpartum kit earned top scores across the board from our product tester who’s a new mom herself.
Number of items included: 11 | Organic items: Nursing pads and nipple creams
- Our product tester said it had everything they needed for those early postpartum days
- Postpartum guidebook helps both partners alleviate uncertainty
- Includes stool softener
- With just 14 heavy pads, you’ll likely need some extras
- Ice packs and perineal healing products aren’t included
We’d be lying if we said we were surprised that the KeaBabies Revive 3-in-1 Postpartum Recovery Support Belt earned high praises from our product tester. It received top ratings across areas such as support, effectiveness, quality and style from our product tester (a new mom), making it a clear winner for this year’s Best of The Bump award for best postpartum belly wrap. The multipurpose design can be counted on to provide stomach, waist and pelvic support—plus, the three belts included can be adjusted to target differently throughout the postpartum period. However, the standout feature has to be the breathable, stretchy mesh material that contours to your body’s shape and offers your core support and flexibility. Treat yourself (or the mom-to-be in your life) post-delivery, and choose from several colorways and inclusive sizing options.
Sizes: M/L to 2XL | Material: Polyester | Washing instructions: Machine wash and tumble dry
- Adjustable closure system lets you customize the fit to accommodate your changing body
- Doesn’t shrink or roll up after washes
- Doubles as a body shaper for moms looking for extra support
- 3-in-1 crossover functionality can create a bulkier appearance under clothes
- Not designed for c-section moms
When choosing this year’s Best of The Bump winner for best postpartum underwear, we looked for a style that offers a comfy fit, just-right support and high-quality material and that accommodates moms of all shapes, sizes and deliveries. Bodily’s All-In Panty meets all of these requirements, and then some. Seamlessly combining style and functionality, the underwear offers a smooth, lightweight feel paired with a high-waist fit and an elastic waistband. You’ll also love the gusset that’s wider than standard pairs, making it ideal for postpartum maxi pads (read: You won’t have to stress about leaks). This top-tier underwear earned impressive scores from our product tester (a new mom) across a variety of categories, and at just $16 a pair, it’s a fraction of the cost of other options on the market.
Sizes: S to 3X | Fabric: 93% micro modal/7% spandex | Washing instructions: Machine wash warm, tumble dry low
- Smooth, stretchy fabric with light compression
- High waist works for c-section
- Wide gusset to accommodate postpartum maxi pads
- Some users say the "cheeky" cut rides up
If you’re a fan of skincare products with high-quality ingredients that also promote wellness and sustainability, The Honest Company’s Calm Your Nip Balm is for you. Rated 5 out of 5 across categories by our product tester, the mother of a 3-month-old, this Best of The Bump winner for best nipple cream is packed with nourishing ingredients, like shea butter, aloe, coconut oil and jojoba seed oil. Those with sensitivities will appreciate that it’s free from fragrance and lanolin—and you’ll also love how easy it is to dispense, so you can apply it in no time when you need it the most. To top it off, our product tester emphasized how much this nipple cream stood out among the rest, due to its quality, convenience and affordability, making it an obvious winner in our eyes.
Size: 1.75 ounces | Main ingredients: Canola oil, coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter, aloe, jojoba | Organic: Yes
- Dispenses and rubs in easily
- USDA-certified organic
- Free from fragrance and lanolin; great for those with sensitivities
- May be too lightweight for some
- Natural smell isn’t for everyone
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