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Baby Gear

  • Whether you’re expecting a baby or have just given birth to one, you’ll be needing a few new things to start your new life with your child. These are some of the most important items that you’ll definitely want to get to make raising your child much easier.
    April 04, 2021
  • One of the most effective methods for calming your fussy baby is nothing more than a gentle rocking motion. However, for those times when you’re unable to hold your child and rock them to sleep in your loving arms, an infant swing is a great substitute. However, there are dozens of baby swings on the market, so how do you know which one is the best? Fortunately, we’ve chosen five of the best baby swings in 2021 currently available, each offering a choice of multiple swing speeds, they all play a selection of lullaby’s or nature sounds to sooth even the fussiest baby, as well as featuring interactive entertainment options to keep them occupied such as fun mobiles and plush toys.
    May 15, 2019
  • Designed to safely heat both formula and breast milk, bottle warmers are a quick and efficient way to, warm your baby’s next meal and also take the guesswork out of gauging the perfect temperature. With so many bottle warmers on the market, how do you know which one to purchase? The best bottle warmers in 2021 we’ve featured on this list allow you to select the size of the bottle for precise milk/formula heating and they turn off automatically when the bottle reaches the perfect temperature, so you don't have to worry about milk or formula being too hot. These bottle warmers can also be safely used with both plastic and glass bottles.
    April 14, 2016
  • Finding a safe space for your infant to play can sometimes be a challenge, but play yards can keep your little one contained as you take on the tasks of the day. There are tons of play yards on the market, so how do you know which one to choose? The ones we’ve featured on this list of the best play yards in 2021 were chosen because they’re designed to be highly portable so you can easily take them on the go. These play yards also feature removable bassinets so they can double as a comfortable place for your infant to sleep, a changing station, and portable crib. Given their features and versatility, you'll be able to use any one of these picks well into your child’s toddler years.
    February 23, 2016
  • Musical mobiles suspended above your baby offer strong stimulation for their developing senses. As their name implies, these mobiles also play soothing music intended to gently transition your little one into dreamland. There are hundreds of musical mobiles to choose from, but we’ve chosen the five best options to feature on this list. These mobiles each feature a cheerful assortment of hanging adornments that move in order to further aiding in the development of your baby's eyesight, night lights for a comfortable glow at night for both baby and parent, and lastly they have audible variety by playing soothing nature sounds in addition to songs and other ambient melodies.
    February 22, 2016
  • Formula can provide your infant with the essential nutrients necessary for growth and development. But with so many varieties on the grocery store shelves, you may feel overwhelmed when it comes to choosing a formula for your baby. While it's always a good idea to consult with your pediatrician first, our lists of the best baby formulas in 2021 highlight the benefits of some of the top-rated formulas to help you choose the best option for your baby.
    February 03, 2016
  • Choosing the best pacifier for your infant will probably involve some trial and error. Though they may not be able to express their opinions, babies will let you know when a pacifier works well for them (and when it doesn't). Most parents find that pacifiers are invaluable in the first few months of life. In addition to soothing infants, some experts believe that pacifier use can also reduce the risk of SIDS. Whether you need a pacifier for a newborn, a breastfeeding infant, or an older baby, the products on these lists for the best pacifiers are all top-rated by parents and designed for babies at various stages of development. 
    February 03, 2016
  • Sometimes moms need a little bit of help in the breastfeeding department. If you need to increase your milk supply, relieve occasional engorgement, or simply provide breast milk for your baby while you are away, a breast pump will get the job done. Choosing the best breast pumps in 2021 for you will be a personal choice based on a number of factors, including price and portability. But whether you are looking for a small, manual pump for occasional use or an electric pump for everyday expression, the following lists will provide you with some of the best options on the market.
    February 02, 2016
  • Deciding whether to feed your baby breast milk or formula is sometimes a difficult choice, but finding the perfect bottle for your little one doesn’t have to be. Most moms agree that the best bottles are comfortable to hold, easy to clean, and leak-free, and our lists highlight some of the top performers. Whether you are a breastfeeding mom looking to occasionally supplement or the parent of an exclusively formula-fed infant, we’ve compiled the following lists to help you choose the best bottle for you and your baby.
    January 29, 2016
  • Keeping your little one entertained can be a difficult endeavor. While there’s nothing you love more than spending quality time playing with your child, there’s times when you can’t give baby your undivided attention. In these situations, a play saucer is the perfect solution to keep your little one safe and entertained. Play saucers feature toys and plenty of interactive activities within a safe and stationary location; it’s a dream come true for parents and babies alike. There are multiple play saucers on the market, but we’ve chosen the following picks as the best play saucers in 2021 because they all feature spinning seats so your baby can easily move around and access all of the saucers included play activities. Additionally, each pick allows your baby to either jump or walk around while remaining within the saucers stationary location. Lastly, each of these play saucers can be converted into activity centers to provide additional playtime options as your child grows.
    January 28, 2016
  • Toddlers are fiercely independent as they want to do everything on their own and eating is no exception. When little ones decide they are ready to feed themselves, parents should invest in spoons and forks designed specifically for small (and not always perfectly coordinated) hands. We've chosen the best following toddler utensils in 2021 primarily based on their thoughtful, easy-to-grip handles so little hands have an easy time holding onto them. They also feature fun and eye-catching designs that will entice baby to use them, and the fact that they are dishwasher safe so cleanup is a breeze once mealtime is over.
    December 22, 2015
  • Moses baskets are lightweight, portable beds designed for use in an infant’s first few months of life. They offer a more compact space for baby to sleep in which creates a cozier environment that more closely replicates the womb than a crib does, potentially helping your baby sleep more soundly. Since they’re smaller than a pack and play, Moses baskets are more convenient to carry from room to room as well as travel with. The best moses baskets in 2021 featured on this list were selected because they are made with super soft, comfortable fabrics which are also machine washable, they stand alone, meaning they don't need an additional stand to support them when they’re put down, and these baskets are all designed with handles that allow for safe, easy transportation.
    November 18, 2015
  • Even though you would love to hold your little one all the time, sometimes you just have to put baby down to take care of chores or other business. For those times, a bouncer is a safe, comfortable spot for your baby to safely play or take a nap. While there are many different bouncers available on the market, we've narrowed it down to the following best selections in 2021. These particular bouncers made the cut because they all play fun childhood melodies or nature to soothe your child, they're equipped with engaging toys or decorative elements which stimulate young minds and keep them entertained. Additionally, the seats of these bouncers are removable and made with materials which are machine/hand-washable for easy cleanup when baby makes a mess.
    November 11, 2015
  • Though a baby walker won't teach your baby how to walk, they can certainly provide your little one with entertainment and plenty of giggles while they're in the process learning how to get around on their own two feet. While it’s always best to check with your pediatrician before deciding if a walker is a good choice for your baby, we’ve taken the guesswork out of getting a good buy with the following selections. These best baby walkers in 2021 made our list because they're all outfitted with interactive toys to entertain and stimulate little minds, they're designed with  removable padded seats that are either machine washable or can be washed by hand, and the height can be adjusted to accommodate your growing baby.
    November 10, 2015
  • For parents, buying a stroller is similar to buying a car. There are so many different brands, features and accessories, choosing the right one can be a bit overwhelming. While you may be tempted to purchase the high-end luxury model, you may find out that all of those bells and whistles aren’t as necessary as you first thought. Used from infancy right through the toddler years, a stroller is one baby item that you will use the most, which is why you want to be sure that you choose the right one for your specific needs. Fortunately there are strollers ranging from streamlined lightweight strollers for the on-the-go parent to the shock absorbing all-terrain jogging stroller for the active parent. Which stroller is right for you? Have a look at our list of the best strollers in 2021 and the buyer’s guide below to find out which type of stroller is the best for your specific needs.
    June 15, 2015
  • Baby wearing is a centuries-old tradition, and thanks to today’s carriers, it’s a common practice that for some is more comfortable and convenient than pushing a stroller. If you’re ready to give baby wearing a try, but not quite sure which carrier to choose, the following lists can help you narrow your list. Whether you’re looking for a soft carrier, a wrap, or a sling, we’ve reviewed some of the best baby carriers in 2021 on the market to help you choose the best one for you and your baby.
    March 19, 2015
  • Feeding a baby can be messy business, but with a great highchair for your little one to sit in, at least the only thing you’ll have to worry about is cleaning up the mess. There are tons of highchairs on the market, so how do you know which one to pick? The best baby seats in 2021 we've selected for this list feature five-point harnesses to keep baby safely seated during meal time, are lightweight so you can move them easily your house, and are made of wipe-down materials which are easy keep clean. With any of these highchairs, feeding your little one will be an enjoyable experience for parents and for baby.
    June 17, 2014
  • Most babies are ready to begin solids between 4 and 6 months of age but it’s always wise to check with your pediatrician before offering your little one her first spoonful. Once you get the go-ahead, cereal is an ideal starter food for you little one and the reason for this is two-fold. First, infant cereals have an easy-to-swallow texture and secondly, they also contain essential nutrients and vitamins like iron for growing infantsThe following best baby cereals in 2021 made to our list because they’re organic and formulated without any artificial ingredients or harmful additives, are supplemented with added nutrients for babies growing body, and consistently receive strong reviews on Amazon and manufacturer websites from satisfied parents.
    June 12, 2014