All the Best Baby Gear of 2023
Whether you've got a new bundle of joy on the way or you're shopping for someone who's about to be a new parent, finding the best baby products can be so fun — but it can also get a tad overwhelming. The sheer number of options available is daunting, and once you start to look into the reviews, things get even more confusing. One customer will gush about a product, another will pan it, and a third will suggest a different product altogether, sending you down another rabbit hole. So, we're here to help you sift through all the baby products the internet has to offer. We rounded up the absolute best baby gear that's practical and actually worth it, including some picks that have been tested (and loved) by our own editors.
This list includes big-ticket items like a crib and a stroller and little things like baby bottles and swaddles. Looking for on-the-go baby necessities to make family outings an easier feat? We found some of the best diaper bags, convertible strollers, and even a baby carrier for all your travel needs. Set up your baby's environment with humidifiers, sound machines, and night-lights that will help lull your little one to sleep. We even found breastfeeding gear that will make new parents' lives a little easier.
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— Additional reporting by Rebecca Brown and Mirel Zaman
The Best Baby Bottles
Comotomo Baby Bottle Bundle ($48, originally $60)
This bundle is a must for new parents. You never know how your baby will respond to the bottle or when they'll require a faster flow, and this bundle has it all: five- and eight-ounce bottles, plus three sets of nipples varying in flow.
The Best Diaper-Rash Cream
Diminish irritating diaper rashes with Mustela's bestselling diaper-rash cream. Made from 98 percent natural ingredients, it's infused with zinc oxide, avocado perseose, and avocado oil to help provide relief and nourish the baby's delicate skin. With just a few uses, you'll notice a decrease in redness and irritated-looking skin.
The Best High Chair
Oribel Cocoon Z High Chair & Lounger ($199, originally $249)
This high chair grows with your child, offering three reclining positions and six different height settings. It comes with a dedicated food and cup holder for distraction-free feeding as well as a larger tray for self-feeding. The best part? It's easy to clean and has a minimalist design that isn't an eye-sore. It's also an editor favorite; read the review of the Oribel Cocoon High Chair here.
Editor Quote: "One thing about the Oribel Cocoon that truly sets it apart from other high chairs (most of which I went through as my baby grew from a newborn who slept and ate in my arms to a baby who wanted some independence) is its recline options. It offers three different recline positions that make adjusting it as you go so much easier." — Chrissy Bobic, contributor
The Best Diapers
Amazon Brand Mama Bear Plush Protection Diapers ($11, originally $13)
You can never have too many diapers, and these plush protection ones from Amazon's in-home brand offer a soft, velvety core lining so baby feels comfortable. Plus, they are hypoallergenic, have a wetness indicator so you know when to change them, and come in a variety of sizes so you can get the perfect fit.
The Best Baby Bathtub
The Fisher-Price tub is one of the bestselling baby bathtubs on Amazon. You can use the convertible design up until toddlerhood, and it has a soft mesh sling for newborns, an insert to help cushion infants, and a propped seat to help babies who are just starting to sit up. It also has a plug for easy draining and comes with a water pourer.
Editor Quote: "Bathtime can be scary with a newborn, so I loved that Fisher-Price's 4-in-1 Sling 'n Seat Tub grew with my baby as he went from needing neck support to sitting up on his own." — Rebecca Gruber, vice president, branded content
The Best Breathable Swaddle Blankets
It seems like every parent loves these swaddle blankets. These are made from 100 percent cotton muslin for a soft and breathable feel. The set of four comes in plenty of different prints and styles as well.
Editor Quote: "I'm not the only one who loves Aden + Anais's muslin blankets; just visit any newborn playgroup and you'll see them everywhere. The Aden + Anais Muslin Swaddle Blankets are large enough to swaddle a tot, use as a playmat, cover a stroller when baby's sleeping, and do about 100 other things. They are so soft that I even wanted one as a scarf for myself!" — RG
The Best Wearable Baby Blanket
This is the number-one bestselling wearable baby blanket on Amazon. It's made with 100 percent cotton and is perfect for transitioning from swaddling to clothes. It has a zip closure that opens from the bottom, making it easy for diaper changes, and comes in a variety of sizes and cute designs.
The Best Functional Changing Pad
Keekaroo Peanut Changer ($150)
The Peanut changer is so popular that the company limits customers to two per order. Here's why parents love it: it's made out of completely impenetrable materials, so you can simply wipe away any messes and rest assured that bacteria won't grow. It also has high "walls" around the edge for peace of mind — your baby won't easily roll off the pad (though, of course, you should never leave them unattended). It's soft and comfy for the baby, too.
Editor Quote: I feel like all the aunties gave me a lot of funny looks for registering for this guy. And I know the Keekaroo Peanut Changer looks a little funny and seems a little overpriced, but when you have a baby boy who pees all over the place with every diaper change, you're going to want a changing table you can just wipe down. — Amanda Elser Murray, contributor
The Best Baby Bottles For Colic
This is an all-inclusive baby-bottle set designed to reduce colic, gas, burping, and spit-up. It has three four-ounce bottles, three eight-ounce bottles, six level-one nipples, two level-two nipples, two level-three nipples, two storage caps, and a bottle brush. It also comes with a sippy cup and a teether.
The Best Feeding Kit For Solid Foods
Lalo First Bites Full Kit ($64, originally $75)
This kit comes with one suction bowl, one suction sectioned plate, one cup, two spoons, and two bibs. Every piece is made with FDA-approved, nontoxic, and BPA-free silicone, and they're dishwasher and microwave safe. It helps your little one learn how to feed themselves and be more independent.
The Best Pacifier Holder/Lovey
Chicco Pocket Buddies Soft Pacifier Holder-Lovey ($10, originally $12)
If your little one has a habit of throwing or losing pacifiers, this lovey will be their (and your) new best friend. The adorable lovey can attach itself to any pacifier as long as it has a handle on it. Plus, when it's time to ween your child off of a pacifier, this lovey can serve as a comfort object. Check out our in-depth review of the Chicco Pocket Buddies Soft Pacifier Holder-Lovey.
Editor Quote: "Having the pacifier attached to something larger like a small stuffed animal would surely help [my son] find it in the crib without our help and prevent it from falling out of the crib as often as it was now. . . . It worked so well with my son that I ordered one for my daughter before she was even born — and she loves it, too." — Julia Vorobiev, contributor
The Best Activity Walker
Storkcraft 3-in-1 Activity Walker and Rocker ($100, originally $140)
Keep your little one engaged and active with this activity walker. It has a jumping board, rocking feature, and variety of fun knickknacks to keep them entertained and on their toes. The interactive toy comes with a feeding tray as well so they can play and eat.
The Best Developmental Play Mat
The Play Gym by Lovevery ($140)
This purposeful play mat offers an array of activities for each of your baby's learning stages, providing for what they want to see, touch, and explore as they grow. When one of our editors had a chance to review the Lovevery Play Gym, she loved how it encouraged her baby to learn without overstimulating her.
Editor Quote: "It's playtime with purpose, grounded in science . . . With this, you really don't need other "developmental" toys or add-ons to make it grow with your little one. It's a one-stop destination for everything your kid needs...Included with the mat is a gorgeously designed activity guide. Broken down by months, it's filled with stage-based activities created by child development specialists." — RB
The Best Smart Breast Pump
Elvie Breast Pump ($199, originally $300)
The editor-backed Elvie is a portable electric breast pump that's hands-free and discreet. The wearable breast pump fits in your bra and relies on silent pumping technology. You can control the strength of the suction via a button on the pump or the compatible smartphone app, where you can track your pumping sessions and ounces expressed. Plus, all the parts are dishwasher-safe. You can get one pump or two if you prefer pumping both breasts simultaneously. Check out our in-depth review of the Elvie Breast Pump here.
Editor Quote: "I love that this pump is wearable. Because of this convenient factor, I haven't had to designate specific time each day for pumping. This in turn means I'm able to spend more time pumping and procuring more food for my baby. I pump while doing laundry, changing the baby's diaper, walking my dogs, etc. The convenience was the biggest selling point for me and it has certainly lived up to expectation . . . I recommend it as a tool to be added to the arsenals of busy moms who, like myself, have a difficult time sitting still." — Emilee Janitz, contributor
The Best Nursing Bra
Momcozy Adjustable Breast-Pumps Holding and Nursing Bra ($20, originally $40)
This is a bestselling nursing bra equipped to handle breastfeeding pumps like Lansinoh, Philips Avent, Spectra, Evenflo, and more for a hands-free experience; it's designed to hold bottles on its own so moms can multitask. It also has adjustable shoulder straps and comes in sizes XS-XXL.
The Best Electric Breast Pump
If you're in the market for a no-frills breast pump, this Motif option is an editor favorite. It's a lightweight machine that can discreetly fit into bags for pumping on the go. This breast pump was built with convenience in mind: it's rechargeable, and it lasts 2.5 hours between charges.
Editor Quote: "As a family editor and mom of two, I've owned and tested four breast pumps ranging from hefty, hospital-grade models to pricey, high-tech designs that slip into your bra for discreet pumping. Despite having several to choose from, I reached for the Motif Duo Breast Pump every single day. With its lightweight — it weighs less than half a pound! — and compact design, and rechargeable battery, I could easily slip the pump in my robe pocket for a hands-free, mobile pumping experience (this also made it a dream for travel!). Plus, its intuitive operating, quiet pump motor, and strong but comfortable suction help you to get the most out of your milk supply. You can also check to see if your health insurance covers the Motif Duo." — Angela Elias, contributor, commerce
The Best Nipple Shield For Breastfeeding
If you're having a hard time breastfeeding your little one, these might help. The thin silicone nipple shields protects your nipples from getting chapped, and can also help people with flat or inverted nipples have an easier time with latching. They come in 16mm, 20mm, and 24mm sizes.
The Best Affordable Diaper Bag
Halova Diaper Bag ($36)
Looking for a new diaper bag? This one has endless storage compartments, including a front-zip pocket with insulation dedicated to bottles. This diaper bag also comes with stroller straps. It's an affordable, multifunctional backpack perfect for travel, and even has a waterproof coating.
Editor Quote: "I underestimated the value of pockets when I first started searching for the perfect diaper bag. Let's start with what it can hold: a LOT. There is a large main compartment that fits a surprising amount of stuff (just watch the videos of parents piling things inside), separate storage pockets, including insulated pockets, and even a wet-clothes pocket so you can keep washcloths or dirty clothing separate. There's even a clutch side pocket that can be used to dispense napkins." — RB
The Best Diaper Backpack With a Changing Pad
The Dagne Dover Indi bag is a statement-making diaper bag that lets you travel hands-free. It includes a mini changing pad and extra pouches for your essentials, space for your laptop, and a sleeve that fits seamlessly over your luggage handle for travel. It lets you fit everything you need while out and about with your little one with room to spare — so you can feel like one of those super put-together parents on the playground.
Editor Quote: "When you're pregnant, parents love to tell you about their favorite products, and you start to listen for repeats — and the Dagne Dover Indi Diaper Backpack is one of those recs that's come up again and again. Parents gush about how durable, light, and spacious it is — and I love that it could easily double as a work bag." — Mirel Zaman, wellness director
The Best Compact Diaper Bag
Citymouse is the new It diaper-bag brand on the market, that attempts to fulfill a very specific niche: what to carry when you're headed out for a quick errand, and really don't want to tote a giant diaper bag. The sling-shaped bag fits a few diapers and wipes, plus a bottle or cup. And the brand just started rolling out more colors, including the cheekily named "sad beige."
The Best Portable Changing Station
Skip Hop Baby Pronto Portable Changing Station ($27, originally $30)
This changing station is great to keep in the car your diaper bag. It comes with a translucent wipes case and a zip-off changing pad that you can easily wipe clean. It comes in cute patterns and prints, as well.
The Best Car-Seat Mirror
If you're afraid of driving alone with your little one in the backseat, this mirror is here to help. It comes with an extra-large convex pivot mirror that lets you see your baby easily from your rear-view mirror.
Editor Quote: "It didn't take long for me to learn how much I dislike driving alone with my little guy in the backseat. Britax's Baby Car Mirror alleviates much of the stress of the unknown when your new baby is behind you, and your eyes are on the road. Plus, it's added entertainment for when they're a bit older — babies love looking at themselves in the mirror." — LH
The Best Baby Carrier
Infantino Flip 4-in-1 Carrier ($33, originally $38)
The Infantino carrier is an ergonomic and convertible wearable baby carrier that's perfect for keeping your little one close by. Thanks to a supportive waist belt and padded shoulder straps, it can newborns and older babies of eight to 32 pounds. You can carry your newborn in a variety of positions, including frontward, outward, inward toward the chest, and more.
The Best Convertible Car Seat
The Nuna grows with your baby, supporting weight from five pounds to 120 pounds. This is an investment piece that will last you a long time and be put to use throughout various stages of your little one's life. It goes from rear-facing newborn to rear-facing infant to forward-facing to booster. Your baby will have enough space to extend their legs and stretch, thanks to eight reclining positions. Ample head support and two cup holders mean they can sleep comfortably and stay hydrated on long trips at any age.
The Best Sleek Cradle
Baby Bjorn Cradle ($322, originally $350)
The Baby Bjorn cradle is a sleek, minimalist cradle that's perfect for smaller spaces. With its white mesh cloth and natural wood legs, the Baby Bjorn exudes a timeless Scandinavian style. The mesh material on this bassinet helps with air flow and better temperature regulation, offering plenty of breathability to your baby. It's also an editor-favorite find; check out our review of the Baby Bjorn Cradle here.
Editor Quote: "Unlike some of the other popular bassinets on the market that boast a hefty price tag, this bassinet costs less than $400...If you're a new parent looking to buy a bassinet or perhaps an experienced parent looking to upgrade your current cradle, I highly recommend this bassinet from Baby Bjorn. It's stylish, reasonably affordable, and designed to give you utmost peace of mind when you and your little one close your eyes for the night." — EJ
The Best Ergonomic Bouncer
This bouncer is a family favorite for a number of practical reasons, but its sleek and stylish design is one we can't pass on. The bouncer is a durable cotton seat so your baby will feel comfortable in any position, and it's available in several colors as well.
Editor Quote: "The Baby Björn Bouncer Balance Soft is a family favorite for a number of reasons. Its ergonomic design means baby's hips are always in the correct place, and it has three angles so baby can be near-flat against the ground or up at angle to watch and see what their parents are doing. My daughter loved it so much that we still use it to this day, and she's 18 months." — Rebecca Brown, former contributing editor
The Best Breathable Crib Mattress
Safe sleep guidelines call for babies to sleep on their backs only, but that can put pressure on their skulls, leading to flat spots. This mattress is designed to prevent that by taking pressure off their heads. Plus, it's super breathable and flippable — one side is for infant sleep and one is for toddlers.
The Best Adjustable Bedside Bassinet
Whether you're traveling or setting this bassinet next to your bed at night, it's good for both uses. It folds up easily and can be stored in a travel bag when it's not in use. The mesh sides allow you to see in, while the storage basket underneath is great for baby essentials.
The Best Smart Bassinet
Snoo Smart Sleeper ($1,695)
The Snoo, created by Dr. Harvey Karp of "The Happiest Baby on the Block" fame, continues to lead the pack. It's the first bassinet that actually promises a good night's sleep — for everyone. It does this by incorporating Dr. Karp's famed five S's into product form: swaddle, side or stomach, shush, swing, and suck. It's an editor-favorite find; read an in-depth review of the Snoo here.
Editor Quote: "A beautiful sleeper on its own with a modern wood and mesh design, the bassinet features a mattress that produces white noise and 'swings' up to a half inch each direction to help lull babies to sleep. Hidden microphones detect a waking baby and signal the sleeper to respond with increasing sound and motion, essentially providing the same response parents would when a newborn fusses in the middle of the night. When our content director tested the Snoo, she couldn't believe the sleep-quality difference from using a standard bassinet." — KS
The Best Car-Seat Stroller
The Doona is a must for urban parents without their own cars. Why? It transitions — in seconds — from small stroller to rear-facing car seat, allowing city parents to pop their kids into a taxi, then seamlessly stroll them around town, without having to lug two pieces of equipment.
Editor Quote: "Aside from its major selling point, which hasn't yet been seen elsewhere on the market, the first thing I noticed was the space-saving benefits. I no longer had to reserve half of my car's trunk space for a stroller, and my cramped city apartment felt less so with just this one piece of baby gear in the entryway. I also noticed that when in stroller mode, it was ridiculously easy to maneuver. The Doona could be steered one-handed — something I didn't consider a big deal until I tried to take my first sip of coffee while pushing my original stroller. Because of its low-profile design, it can turn tight corners and fit into smaller spaces. As a city dweller, this made tooling around with it on foot, without any need for a car, completely worthwhile." — Kate Schweitzer, former senior family editor
The Best Spacious Stroller
Uppa Baby Vista V2 Stroller ($1,000)
The Vista is an editor favorite for its spacious design and versatility. This stroller comes with a bassinet that's perfect for infants, too. It has a reversible seat, a height-adjustable canopy, and a near-flat recline. With all-wheel suspension and softer tires, you and your baby will have a smoother ride. Plus, there's plenty of room on the bottom to store your diaper bag, toys, and other necessities. Check out our in-depth review of the Uppa Baby Vista V2 Stroller.
Editor Quote: "I can't even name the myriad of reasons why I love my Uppa Baby Vista V2 Stroller. It has seamlessly taken my daughter from a newborn with its car seat attachment to a rear-facing baby to a toddler who loves to look out at the world. And the rumble seat add-on means it will work when we have our next child, too. The extra large basket underneath makes it perfect for shopping trips!" — Kate Stahl, contributor
The Best Cruiser Wagon For Family Outings
Veer All-Terrain Cruiser Hybrid ($699-$799)
While this cruiser is technically a wagon, parents have been using it in place of double strollers. It meets stroller safety standards and has all of the same functionality required of a double stroller but with the option to have fun when you want to use it as a wagon. Choose the XL version if you have more than two kiddos. To make it more stroller-like, just pick up some accessories, like the infant car-seat adaptor or a canopy.
The Best Convertible Stroller For Travel
Beezy 2 Travel Stroller ($303)
The Cybex is great for infants six months old and up. The stroller is lightweight for parents on the go and has an extendable sun canopy to keep your little one protected from harsh light. The stroller also features a convenient netting on its bottom to hold supplies while you're out and about.
The Best Lightweight Baby Stroller
This is the number-one bestselling lightweight baby stroller on Amazon. At just 11 pounds, it's perfect for outings with your little one. It has a full-sized seat, multiposition reclining, and a hassle-free canopy. Plus, it has compact folding, so you can store it easily in a car. And don't worry about storage: it's equipped with a storage basket, a rear storage pocket, and two cupholders.
The Best Wagon For the Outdoors
Joey Stroller Wagon + Canopy ($685)
This wagon is perfect for the active, outdoorsy parents. It has a UPF 50+ canopy for sun protection, a storage basket and key holder for all the necessities, a tray for snacking and other activities, and a large cupholder. Plus, with its adjustable handlebar, you can push and pull this wagon with ease. This wagon is an editor-favorite pick as well; read our review of the Joey Stroller Wagon + Canopy here.
Editor Quote: "As I took The Joey on our walk, I was impressed by how smooth the ride was. It has large wheels and steered easily with one hand which was really nice to be able to drink water while pulling the wagon. My son smiled and giggled throughout the ride too. Since it's been a heat wave in LA, I think he appreciated the airflow of this wagon, which has mesh in the back of the seats. He also enjoyed banging his hands on the snack tray . . . The ability to switch from push to pull made it easy to handle. I also appreciate that this wagon has seat belts, so my son is secure in it. It also has a one-step footbrake and front-locking wheels for extra safety." — Genevieve Farrell, director, fitness and wellness video
The Best Baby Gate
Keep your little one safe while keeping your home chic with this white and clear gate. It has a convenient handle that slides back and lifts up to open the gate in either direction. This is a sleek option for doorways, stairs, or any room you need to block off.
The Best Baby Gadget
Hatch Baby Rest ($70)
The Hatch Rest is a nightlight that lets parents set light programs based on their baby's schedule. It's Wi-Fi enabled, so you can make adjustments on your phone without having to go inside the bedroom. It's also a sound machine with soothing sounds like rain, ocean, wind, crickets, and other white noises. It can help with sleep training as well since you can build out time-to-rise and time-for-bed programs.
Editor Quote: "I am able to set programs based on her schedule. Right now we have a bedtime program, which runs every day from 7:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. with the dim light and ocean sounds. We have a 'Time to Rise' program that turns on a pink light at 7 a.m. to let our daughter know that it's an acceptable time for her to wake up. She's still learning what 'Time to Rise' means, but we'll get there! And we have it turned on for her naps on the weekends. It's small and lightweight, which makes it easy to pack on vacations. We've also been able to adapt it to our daughter's needs. She initially was OK sleeping in a dark room, so we'd have the light turn off after two hours. Now she needs the nightlight, so we simply changed the settings and keep the light on all night. It is one of those rare products that I know would have been good when she was an infant, and is still useful 2.5 years later." — Stacy Herscher, former director, social and partnerships
The Best Baby Monitor
Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor ($166, originally $230)
If you're concerned about digital privacy, consider this reliable monitor that runs without WiFi. It has a strong night vision, temperature setting, and great zoom features, with a 10-hour battery life on power-saving mode and six hours with the screen on. You can move it around your home, so you can watch your little one while they nap in their nursery or the living room.
Editor Quote: "The Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor has amazing night vision, strong zoom camera features, and built-in temperature reading. I love having all of the info I need in one screen." — RB
The Best Diaper Disposal
Ubbi Diaper Pail ($80)
The Ubbi is the unsung hero of the nursery. It can hold up to 55 dirty diapers, has a child-proof lock, and comes in a variety of colors.
Editor Quote: "The Ubbi Diaper Pail is the unsung hero of our nursery. Its sleek look blends right in, and most importantly, the pail's steel body and tightly sealed lid keeps the smell of dirty diapers where it belongs — in the pail. I also love that you can use regular kitchen trash bags with the Ubbi . . . one less thing to worry about!" — Lisa Horten, contributing editor
The Best Smart Baby Monitor
Nanit Pro Smart Baby Monitor & Wall Mount ($249, originally $300)
What parents love most about the Nanit baby monitor is the breathing band, which tracks breaths per minute. The monitor also tracks the baby's sleep quality and room temperature, and plays white noise — all to promote restful sleep (for the baby and the parents).
The Best Humidifier For Baby
Frida Baby Fridababy 3-in-1 Humidifier With Diffuser and Nightlight ($36, originally $45)
Although this humidifier is made for little ones, it's beneficial for everyone, especially during the dry, colder months. It emits a cool mist and runs for up to 12 hours. Bonus? It's also a nightlight.
The Best Sound Machine That's Cute
Bubzi Co White Noise Sound Machine & Sleep Aid Night Light ($45, originally $60)
Sleep will be closer than ever with this white noise machine. It's a cute plush toy that has 20 soothing sounds and mesmerizing rotating galaxy lights. It even has a noise sensor, so it automatically turns on and activates when baby cries.
The Best Bottle Sterilizer
This one is a judgment call. Some parents will say that they ultimately didn't need a bottle sterilizer. But plenty of others will gush about theirs — and the Baby Brezza has a huge added advantage of being a dryer too, which cuts down on countertop clutter (no more waiting for a bunch of bottles to fully drip dry). It's great for both bottles and pump parts and accessories.