BEST OF BABY AWARDS 2018 CATEGORIES

Activity Gyms
Lovevery The Play Gym - Lovevery

Lovevery The Play Gym - Lovevery

This might look like just a minimalist wooden play gym at first glance, but it's so much more. Its features aren't just eye-candy for design lovers, they are excellent aids for baby's development. The gym's five play zones are designed to give baby playtime with a purpose and its activity book helps parents to guide baby through constructive play without overloading baby with lights or sounds. Bonus: it converts into a play fort/play tent for use when baby gets older. [...]

3-in-1 Sit-to-Stand Activity Center - Fisher-Price

3-in-1 Sit-to-Stand Activity Center - Fisher-Price

This Fisher-Price activity center adds on to the 2-in-1 model to make it usable from birth for tummy time to age 3 when it can be used as an activity table. This is truly a grow-with-me play center to entertain baby with 360 degrees of interchangeable, safari-themed play that also aids sensory exploration and development. Converting this center for each stage is done in just a few clicks. Parents, this is the activity center that you know will keep baby busy while you tend to whatever you need to get done, even if it's just a shower. [...]

Tiny Princess Tales Gymini Deluxe - Tiny Love

Tiny Princess Tales Gymini Deluxe - Tiny Love

This baby activity gym might be best suited for princess fans, but its super padded play mat and features won us over. Not all babies are a fan of tummy time, but this mat provides them with a safe and cushioned environment that helps make the experience more engaging and comfortable. Detachable toys and the adjustable Gymini arch further encourage baby's tactile and motor skill development. P.S. If princesses aren't your style, it's also available in a forest theme. [...]

Baby Bath
4-in-1 Warming Comfort Tub - The First Years

4-in-1 Warming Comfort Tub - The First Years

This baby bathtub is a no-frills tub designed to fit most sinks. While the price alone made this tub a contender, its clean design and handy features made it stand out. It functions as an infant bath tub thanks to the insert, while the top reservoir ensures that a constant stream of water will flow to keep baby warm while bathing. With the insert removed, its curved design ensures babies are still well supported, and toddlers have a contained place for play. [...]

My Bath Seat - Summer Infant

My Bath Seat - Summer Infant

Not so much a tub but a baby bath accessory, this is a must-have baby product for containing squirmy babies during bath time. Think of it as a booster seat for bathing. Baby has enough room to splash and play freely, while still keeping him/her supported during bathing, thanks to its high back and sturdy safety bar. Added suction cups help to secure it to the bottom of the tub during tub time. [...]

Baby Carriers
Disney Baby Complete All Seasons Mickey Classic Baby Carrier - LILLEBaby

Disney Baby Complete All Seasons Mickey Classic Baby Carrier - LÍLLÉbaby

LÍLLÉbaby has become a front-runner for wearable baby carriers, thanks to its comfy designs for both parents and baby. This model has everything you want to take baby from birth to the toddler years: six carrying positions in one carrier, no infant insert required! It's our choice for the best baby carrier for newborns. Other standout features include the easy zip-up/zip-down temperature control panel for wear in all seasons, added lumbar support (for you) and head support (for baby), and the ability to breastfeed easily and discreetly without taking off the carrier. If you love Mickey Mouse, this is an added bonus to this model, although it is available in lots of other fashionable styles. [...]

Huggs Contour - Abiie

Huggs Contour - Abiie

There are a few things we are always on the hunt for when it comes to finding the best baby carriers, and this Abiie carrier hits on a big one: ergonomic design. This innovative carrier is the ideal option for all-day comfortable babywear, especially as your child gets older. Its built-in booster seat ensures no matter which carrying position baby is in, he/she is always seated in a hip-healthy position (frog-leg or M-position) while taking pressure off your back as well. It also features thoughtful designs such as built-in teething pads and side panels that allow easy hands-on access to baby for bonding. [...]

ComfyFit Baby Carrier - Boppy

ComfyFit Baby Carrier - Boppy

Do you wear leggings as pants? Then this is the right baby carrier for you. Think of this as a hybrid carrier; this baby carrier has the soft comfort and closeness of wearing a baby wrap or sling (think: yoga pants material) combined with the ease-of-use of a more structured carrier. The buckled waistband doesn't have the bulk of a structured carrier, but still helps to better distribute baby's weight during wear. If you are also looking for a lightweight travel-friendly option, the Boppy's compact design also gets our nod of approval. [...]

Baby Feeding
Newborn Gift Set - nanobebe

Newborn Gift Set - nanobebe

Pumping and prepping your breast milk just got easier. This bottle is the only baby bottle currently on the market designed to help prevent bacterial growth, preserve breast milk nutrients during prep, and cool your breast milk two times faster so it's ready for use. The bottle is also designed to make the transition from breast to bottle easier on parents thanks to its unique geometric design, which has a more breast-like appearance that will be more familiar for baby. [...]

Advanced Anti-Colic Bottle - Tommee Tippee

Advanced Anti-Colic Bottle - Tommee Tippee

Struggling to figure out how to properly warm your baby's bottle? These Tommee Tippee bottles can help. The advanced three-part bottles change color when they've reached the right bottle temperature (no gadgets required), and they are designed to draw air up and away from the milk making for a less gassy and less fussy baby. [...]

BlueSmart mia - BlueSmart Technology Corp.

BlueSmart mia - BlueSmart Technology Corp.

Technology can be tricky in baby products, but when it's done well, it's a real advantage. That's why the BlueSmart mia made our list. With this BlueSmart app-enabled bottle system, parents can easily track milk consumption; feeding times; and get readings on milk temperature, the bottle's angle, and when the milk inside the bottle is about to expire. This is all especially handy if you're a working parent who relies on other family members or caregivers. It keeps you in the loop and it's voice-controlled. This is the baby feeding gear that will give parents peace of mind when it comes to feeding time, and make life a little bit easier. [...]

Baby Monitors
Long-Range Baby Monitor - Panasonic

Long-Range Baby Monitor - Panasonic

This is a video baby monitor that operates on a closed circuit connection but still packs a lot of bells and whistles. Don't worry about getting the out-of-range beep with this monitor; this has a range of up to 1,500 feet (four football fields!). Even at that range, you can still adjust the camera, minimize background noise to talk to baby, and check on smart sensors such as motion and room temperature. We're also big fans of its long-lasting battery and clear viewing for day and night. [...]

Smart Wi-Fi Baby Monitor - Project Nursery

Smart Wi-Fi Baby Monitor - Project Nursery

We found the best baby monitor with WiFi: the Project Nursery monitor. This is a feature-rich video baby monitor for parents that like to be connected at all times, not just to their baby but all their coolest tech gadgets. No need to carry around a clunky monitor to keep track of baby because your smartphone becomes the monitor so you can view baby from anywhere (the WiFi camera only works over an encrypted wireless connection). It also pairs up with Amazon Alexa Echo or Dot to adjust the monitor or snap a pic without disturbing baby. Just ask Alexa to do it. [...]

Bouncers
Kick 'n Play Musical Bouncer - Fisher-Price

Kick 'n Play Musical Bouncer - Fisher-Price

With its bright colorful characters and engaging toy bar with sounds and lights, this Fisher-Price bouncer topped our list for its dual usability, lightweight yet sturdy design, and budget-friendly price. We love how baby's movements activate this bouncer, encouraging baby's development through different stages. At the same time, it easily transitions to a soothing retreat to lull baby down for a nap. [...]

Infant-to-Toddler Rocker - Fisher-Price

Infant-to-Toddler Rocker - Fisher-Price

Part baby bouncer, part baby rocker, this essential baby gear is going to grow with your child. The removable toy bar will entertain baby as he or she snuggles into the deep seat, while the vibrating baby seat will soothe baby to sleep. As your child gets older, convert it to a toddler seat for bedroom storytime. Keep the calming vibrations on in this mode to foster comfort and relaxation. [...]

Car Seats
Endeavours Infant Car Seat - Britax

Endeavours Infant Car Seat - Britax

In terms of rear-facing infant car seats, this Britax infant car seat has made travel even safer. If you are a city-dweller and rely on rental cars, you don't have to rely on a car seat base thanks to its unique European belt guide. It's also a bonus if you have multiple cars and need to move the seat between them. (Other seats offer this feature, too, but with this one there's an extra level of confidence that it's secure.) This infant car seat also features an anti-rebound bar (a must-have feature we talked about on last year's list) and its plush features aren't just for looks; its foam safe-cell shell and steel frame are built to give your baby next-level protection in case of a crash. As part of the Britax Click & Go system, this car seat is designed to work with any Britax base or stroller so there is a certain level of customization to it that parents will appreciate. [...]

Pria 85 Max - Maxi-Cosi

Pria 85 Max - Maxi-Cosi

If it's a convertible car seat you're looking for, the Pria 85 Max topped our list. It's been almost a year since we reviewed this model (and Maxi Cosi just announced its newest edition), but we are still swooning over this one. There's a reason Rachel Zoe continues to give it her stamp of style approval, too. Aside from just looking good, this car seat offers one of the highest weight limits for convertible car seats on the market, coupled with the ability to make micro adjustments to ensure custom protection as your child grows. [...]

MyFit Harness + Booster Carseat - Chicco

MyFit Harness + Booster Carseat - Chicco

This combination Chicco booster seat is made to accommodate your growing little one from the not-so-terrible twos as a harnessed forward-facing car seat through the big kid years (ages 4 and up) as a belt-routing booster. It's the perfect solution to that awkward in-between car seat-to-booster stage, and, in forward-facing mode, it's one of the only models we've seen that offers a very handy recline indicator. There is also an LE model that tacks on Chicco's well-loved SuperCinch system and additional premium features. [...]

mifold Grab & Go Booster - Carfoldio

mifold Grab & Go Booster - Carfoldio

Now let's be clear, this compact foldable booster car seat is in no way meant to replace an actual booster seat for your everyday vehicle (for that, see the Chicco). However, we think for families that rely on carpools, grandparents for pick-ups or take a lot of Ubers, this is an innovative and portable option that makes travel easier. [...]

Diaper Bags
Tiaki Diaper Backpack - Bluekiwi

Tiaki Diaper Backpack - Bluekiwi

This is our pick for best diaper bag for dads. While technically the unisex design will certainly appeal to anyone, it's understated enough that it doesn't scream "diaper bag!". Among the bag's many features is that the fold-out changing pad makes it great for diaper changes on the go. There is also a clothing storage pocket, and easy-access pocket for wipes and diapers. The best part though for us is this bag is totally functional for post-diaper years as a bag for work (It's built to hold all your electronics,), the gym, or travel. [...]

Weekender Diaper Bag - Baby K'tan

Weekender Diaper Bag - Baby K'tan

Pre-parenthood, weekender bags might have stirred up images of romantic weekend getaways or visits with friends. But just as the word "blowout" has a whole new meaning, so does a "weekender." Speaking of blowouts, this Baby K'tan diaper bag thankfully offers parents equal parts style and function. While it might make you look like a chic jetsetter, the bag's nine compartments ensure you are fully equip to handle diaper duty and more on any outing. This includes a built-in wet bag, built-in wipes pockets, and an antibacterial changing pad. Plus it holds your laptop for entertainment. [...]

High Chairs
Micuna Ovo Max Plus One High Chair - Micuna

Micuna Ovo Max Plus One High Chair - Micuna

If you're looking for the best-looking high chair, look no further than this Micuno high chair. Not only is this mod high chair sleek, stylish, and great with any kitchen décor, it's also functional. It has a leatherette harness and plastic seat for easy cleanup and a grow-with-me design to convert into a toddler chair once your child is old enough. You'd think the smaller side tray would make it lose a few points in terms of functionality, and maybe it does, but let's face it, self-feeding is always going to be messy. At least baby will look fashionable in this luxe high chair as avocado flies to the ceiling. [...]

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Happy & Hungry 3-in-1 High Chair - Creative Baby

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Happy & Hungry 3-in-1 High Chair - Creative Baby

Fun meets function in this high chair that features the favorite character, the Very Hungry Caterpillar is about to make your baby very happy. Perfect for your very hungry baby, In addition to making mealtime a bit more whimsical, this high chair is actually fully functional while maintaining a slim profile. As a 3-in-1 high chair, you'll be able to convert it to a booster seat and kids chair. It was the height of this chair in high chair mode, though, that won us over, which, can make tableside dining a breeze. [...]

QuickSeat Portable Hook-On Chair - Chicco

QuickSeat Portable Hook-On Chair - Chicco

If you are in the market for a portable option for mealtime, this Chicco high chair is a snap to use whether you are eating at home or dining out. Its built-in compact carry case makes it travel-friendly while its snap-on tray and cinch strap make installation a snap. This is also a great compact option for those with small living spaces or those looking to limit the mess when eating out. Chicco also offers a 360-degree swivel option of this model. [...]

Play Yards/Portable Cribs
Fast Asleep Portable Playard - Chicco

Fast Asleep Portable Playard - Chicco

This might be the fastest playard to set-up we've encountered, and when you're a busy parent, time is of the essence. Functional as a playard, bassinet (in baby's first few months), and changing table, we also appreciate its 2-in-1 changing table and infant napper. If you've got multiple floors to your home, this feature makes it easy to change diapers without running upstairs. [...]

Romp & Roost - CappyBug Company

Romp & Roost - CappyBug Company

Large playards can be hard to come by, but if you have two young kids or twins, this type of portable crib is necessary. Especially for twin babies, this playard offers a single safe and comfortable space for your little ones to rest together while still separate thanks to the mesh divider. This double playard is also the largest we've come across, and (bonus!) it's mom-designed. [...]

Stroller Trikes
Bentley 6-in-1 Tricycle - Posh Baby and Kids

Bentley 6-in-1 Tricycle - Posh Baby and Kids

Can't afford a Bentley for yourself? Give one to baby. This stroller tricycle incorporates all the luxury details you'd expect from the Bentley brand such as its GT wheels, chrome embellishments, and cross-stitched seat. The best part, however, is its 6-in-1 convertible design. You can get a less expensive stroller trike, but the real benefit of this convertible stroller trike is just how sturdy and safe it cruises at every stage. If it fits your budget, or you want to splurge, you'll get a high performance stroller tricycle that's built to last. [...]

4-In-1 Stroll & Grow Tek Trike - VTech

4-In-1 Stroll & Grow Tek Trike - VTech

Looking for a stroller trike that feels a bit more trike than stroller? This option from VTech isn't just budget-friendly, it is designed to be appropriate for a wider age range to grow even further with your child, from 9 months all the way to age 6. A bonus interactive panel with lights and sounds gives baby added entertainment in the early stages while in the final stage, kids can use it as a drift trike. [...]

Strollers
Qool Stroller - Joovy

Qool Stroller - Joovy

If you've got a growing family, this is the travel system-ready stroller for you. With add-on accessories, you can customize the Joovy in 50(!) configurations to accommodate one, two or even three kids from infancy to toddlerhood. And those accessories are well worth the money you'll save on buying a new stroller later on. The click-in bench seat is especially handy for toddlers who think they are too qool for a stroller but want to be carried the minute they get tired. Other high quality features parents will appreciate include the telescope handlebar, ample storage, stable suspension, and more. Also keep this one in mind if you're looking for a stroller for twins. [...]

B-Free Stroller - Britax

B-Free Stroller - Britax

The name says it all—this stroller was designed to make parents' lives a bit easier when they have to include a stroller in their daily activities. The ingenious design is why it works. The stroller's three-wheel design gives it ultimate maneuverability-whether navigating grocery store aisles or busy city sidewalks—and an easy one-hand fold when juggling kiddos. This stroller creates a naptime oasis for babies on the go thanks to possibly the largest canopy (with SPF) we've seen, a flip-up calf rest, and its infinite recline that opens almost flat. If you've got a big baby or toddler, this one features a higher seat back and weight-limit more commonly found in jogging strollers. [...]

Roll & Go Stroller - Babyroues

Roll & Go Stroller - Babyroues

If you are looking for a lightweight, compact umbrella stroller that's durable without breaking the bank, this is our pick. This 15-pound, Babyroues stroller has a one-hand fold, and its pull bar extends when folded to roll behind you like a piece of luggage. This combined with a backpack storage bag makes it a very travel-friendly option. [...]

Stokke Xplory Stroller - Stokke

Stokke Xplory Stroller - Stokke

If you are looking for a high-end stroller that packs luxury one-of-a-kind features that will earn you style points while bringing you closer to baby, this Stokke stroller gets our vote. Its unique height-adjustable design keeps baby seated high so baby (and you) feel closer and more connected as you cruise. This year, Stokke has added on a bassinet attachment so its newborn-ready. Modern moms and dads with a flare for fashion will also love the on-trend color options and detachable shopping bag. [...]

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