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Those with babies on the way get input from just about everyone—including their doctors, their parents and even well-meaning strangers—on just about everything. For new parents, it can be particularly overwhelming to wade through the dizzying amount of baby products out on the market today.
To help moms and dads wade through all the hype related to baby gear must-haves, parenting site What to Expect put together a comprehensive list—the 2017 What to Expect Mom Must-Have Awards—that includes 20 of the best baby products out there, based on more than 6,000 nominations and 133,000 votes from parents who have tried the products themselves and can attest to their quality.
So if you have a baby on the way and are looking for the best products to buy, look no further
1. Best Bottle: Dr. Brown’s Original Bottle
Part of what makes Dr. Brown’s Original Bottle so great is its unique venting system that drives air to the back of the baby’s bottle. Fewer air bubbles means fewer problems that can come with bottle-feeding, including gas and spit-up. Another perk is that the bottles come with a bottle-cleaning wand, so you don’t have to struggle to get into the bottom of the bottle.
2. Best Baby Soother: WubbaNub Pacifier
If there’s one problem that virtually all new parents struggle with is how to soothe their baby when they’re fussy. The WubbaNub has some unique features that make it stand out from the pack.
The pacifier is sewn into a stuffed animal, which serves to make it easier to spot when your baby drops it, gives the baby something to hold onto and makes it more likely that the pacifier will stay in while the baby is sleeping, lessening episodes of middle-of-the-night screaming. When it comes time for your child to stop relying on the pacifier, the stuffed animal can be separated so they still have a security item.
3. Best Maternity Line: Motherhood Maternity
Before baby even arrives, the changes in an expectant mother’s life start, beginning with the need for a new wardrobe. Motherhood Maternity has nationwide stores as well as the option to shop online, and earned top marks from moms for the stylish and comfortable clothes.
4. Best Diaper Bag: Ju-Ju-Bee BFF
If you’re a first-time parent, you’ll soon learn that a diaper bag is going to be your new, constant accessory. It’s important that it be functional, easy to clean and let’s face it—it doesn’t hurt if it’s kind of cute. The Ju-Ju-Bee BFF has tons of pockets for easy organization and storage, is machine washable and comes in a variety of striking colors and patterns.
5. Best Diapers: Pampers Swaddlers
The right diapers are essential for your baby’s comfort, and thus, mood. Parents love Pampers Swaddlers for their superior fit, absorbent channels that ensure your baby stays dry and prevent diaper rash, and their super-soft materials that are gentle on delicate newborn skin.
6. Best Baby Carrier: Ergo Baby All Position 360
For the mom or dad on the move, the Ergo Baby All Position 360 was deemed the best. Parents love its ability to quick adjust to fit babies of all shapes and sizes, extra-comfy, padded waistbelt and shoulder straps and supportive seat for baby.
7. Best Wipes: Pampers Sensitive
Along with diapers, wipes are something you’re going to be using a lot of when you have a baby. Pampers once again reigns supreme in this category with their Sensitive Wipes, which are hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and super-soft. Parents also think they have the perfect amount of moisture to get the job done without being overly wet.
8. Best Breast Pump: Medela Pump in Style Advanced
Speed is king when it comes to breast pumps so you don’t have to spend too much time doing it, and the Medela Pump in Style Advanced delivers thanks to its innovative two-stage pumping process. Moms also appreciate that it comes with a pumping backpack or tote to keep all your pumping gear in one organized place.
9.Best Baby Monitor: Owlet Sleep Sock 2
To keep tabs on your little one while they’re fast asleep, the Owlet Sleep Sock 2 takes it to the next level by monitoring your baby’s blood oxygen levels and alerting you when they’re too low. You can also see your baby’s oxygen levels in heart rate in real time by connecting to a smartphone app.
10. Best Breastfeeding Helper: Boppy Feeding Pillow
A good breastfeeding pillow is essential for keeping mom’s arms from getting too tired and supporting baby’s head while he eats. The Boppy Feeding Pillow is tops thanks to its comfortable and easy-to-clean design.
11. Best of Swings, Seats and Bouncers: Fisher-Price Rock ‘n’ Play
From keeping your baby entertained to soothing them for naptime, the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n’ Play will become your go-to all-in-one baby rocker. Unlike some rockers on the market, the Rock ‘n’ Play doesn’t come with a ton of overwhelming bells and whistles, instead relying on one simple setting for a gentle vibration.
12. Best Pregnancy Test: First Response Early Result
When you’re trying to conceive, a reliable pregnancy test is key. The First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test can detect pregnancy in 76 percent of pregnant women up to six whole days before their missed period, so you won’t have to play the guessing game for long. The extra-wide absorbent tip gives you a bigger target to aim for, in case you’re not an expert at peeing on a stick.
13. Best Baby Sleep Helper: HALO SleepSack Swaddle
Forget complicated swaddling techniques. With the HALO SleepSack Swaddle, all you have to do is zip baby in and Velcro the arm “wings,” and your baby will be snug as a bug in no time.This innovative swaddles also allows the baby to kick and wiggle without coming loose.
14. Best Belly Band: Bellefit Postpartum Corset/Girdle
Don’t think of this “corset” as something to help you look like you’re back to your pre-baby body days after giving birth. Instead, the Bellefit Postpartum Corset/Girdle helps new moms feel supported and comfortable after recovering from delivery. The supportive back panels can help alleviate postpartum back pain, correcting posture even when you’re sitting or lying down.
15. Best Body Pillow: Leacho Snoogle
Sleep can be hard to come by during pregnancy, especially during the third trimester. The Leacho Snoogle helps make rest as comfortable as possible when you have a bump to contend with. Don’t be surprised to catch everyone from kids to dads to pets lounging on the pillow too.
16. Best Nursing Bra: Motherhood Full Busted Seamless Nursing Bra
Breastfeeding moms love the Motherhood Full Busted Seamless Nursing Bra for its soft material, wide straps and nursing clips. They also find the bra to be long-lasting and super-supportive.
17. Best Pregnancy Skin Saver: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks
Pregnancy can wreak havoc on you skin, from stretch marks to incessant itchiness. Moms swear by Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks to alleviate both. The lotion is hypoallergenic, paraben-free, phthalate-free and dermatologist-tested.
18. Best TTC Tech: Clearblue Advanced Digital Ovulation Test
If you’ve spent any time in the online fertility community, you’re familiar with the acronym TTC, which stands for trying to conceive. For women who are are TTC, the Clearblue Advanced Digital Ovulation Test sets itself apart from other such tests on the market because it provides a four-day period during which you’re at high or peak fertility, rather than simply detecting the day you ovulate. It’s also super-easy to use.
19. Best Car Seat: Chicco Keyfit 30
From the first time you bring your baby home from the hospital through their early childhood, a car seat is going to be a big part of your daily life. The Chicco Keyfit 30 earns points from new parents for its ability to safely hold a baby as small as four pounds, and for its ability to be installed and removed easily.
20. Best Stroller: Graco Modes Click Connect
A good stroller is essential for navigating the world with a baby on board. The Graco Modes Click Connect works for infants and older babies alike, and parents love that it folds up with just the click of a button. An automatic kickstand means you never have to put your baby down while you’re setting up the stroller.