The Best Bottle Sterilizer

A bottle sterilizer isn't a mandatory purchase. In fact, we feel comfortable saying you don't need one! Our research showed even experts disagree—some say bottles should be sterilized before the first use, others say they should be sterilized in the baby's first six months and others say not to bother at all. If your… » 3/05/15 4:15pm 3/05/15 4:15pm

The Best Bottle Warmer

Picking the best bottle warmer for your family will allow you to spend more time with your baby and less time fussing over making a bottle too cold or too hot. If I were selecting a bottle warmer for my child right now, I would purchase the Dr. Brown's Natural Flow Deluxe Bottle Warmer because it has the most options… » 3/05/15 4:08pm 3/05/15 4:08pm

The Best Breast Pump


Having a reliable and effective breast pump makes pumping less miserable and helps maintain a mother's milk supply, if she needs to be separated from her baby or if the baby has difficulty latching or sucking properly. If I were buying one breast pump today, I'd buy—or even better, request my health insurance… » 2/05/15 3:49pm 2/05/15 3:49pm

The Best Diaper Bag

Diaper bags, admittedly, can be a subjective purchase. Some moms may prefer to just use a large purse, and some parents may want something dad and grandparents can also carry. Finally, other parents may be focused on a designer name tag. Still, after looking at around two dozen bags, we'd ultimately buy the Ju Ju Be… » 1/30/15 4:51pm 1/30/15 4:51pm

​The Best Bassinet

A newborn baby will sleep for as much as 16 hours per day during their first few months of life. That's over a thousand hours of sleep time during the first three months alone, not to mention the amount of time spent soothing them back into that slumber. Bassinets are smaller than cribs, and easier to move when… » 12/03/14 12:07pm 12/03/14 12:07pm

Gifts for Toddlers and Newborns (Peace and Quiet Not Included)

Infants like new objects. And once they become familiar with them, they lose all interest. I've found that when it comes to toys for babies younger than 9 months, parents typically buy toys because they feel like they should rather than because children are playing with them. » 11/28/14 10:53am 11/28/14 10:53am

The Best Infant Car Seat

When you're getting ready to shop for baby gear, the car seat should be at the top of your list. If you plan on driving anywhere, think going home from the hospital, it's a necessity. A good one will allow for simple portability from car to stroller, and protect your baby in the event of a crash. In researching and… » 10/27/14 5:44pm 10/27/14 5:44pm

The Best Double Stroller

There is only one baby gear purchase that is more tricky in scope than finding the perfect stroller: finding the perfect double stroller, for same-age or multi-age children. In both cases, you are looking for the same features: a stroller that is easy to navigate, lightweight, and offers important extras for parents… » 10/25/14 10:46am 10/25/14 10:46am

The Best Baby Swing

Having a good swing can be a life saver for parents with a fussy newborn. But not all babies like the swing, so purchasing one can be a bit risky. That said, if I decided to make the plunge today, Graco's DuetSoothe Swing & Rocker is the swing I'd choose. It offers a great variety of motions and settings that in some… » 10/11/14 8:41pm 10/11/14 8:41pm

The Best Baby Wash and Shampoo

    Until they're old enough for Axe and Bath & Body Works, it's up to us parents to keep our kids clean. With seemingly endless baby-wash offerings on the market, choosing one can give any conscientious parent a headache. If I were buying one baby wash for my baby today, I'd buy Earth Mama Angel Baby Non-Scents Shampoo… » 8/05/14 12:03pm 8/05/14 12:03pm

    The Best Full-Size High Chair

    Between bites of pureed peas and finger foods, you'll scrub down your baby's high chair hundreds of times. Rather than tear your hair out, buy a chair that makes cleaning simple, while offering a safe and comfy seat for your little one. I'd pick the OXO Tot Seedling, which at $150 has everything you need and saves you… » 7/16/14 7:19am 7/16/14 7:19am

    The Best Video Baby Monitor

    No new parent can stand laying their baby down in a crib and just walking away. Having a good video monitor can offer an addictive sense of security—a robo eye that can see your baby in the dark—leaving your conscience free to binge on Netflix in the next room. After weeks of testing, we found the Dropcam Pro to be… » 7/08/14 10:50am 7/08/14 10:50am

    The Best Nursing Pillow

    Nursing pillows can make breastfeeding easier for both mom and baby by providing extra support and comfort, particularly during the first few weeks while mom is recovering from giving birth. After considering the 10 nursing pillows on the market, I'm confident that My Brest Friend Deluxe ($38 with slipcover included;… » 7/08/14 8:46am 7/08/14 8:46am

    ​The Best Diaper Pail

    Your baby will burn through an average of 2,500 diapers per year. That's at least six per day. A diaper pail is a specialized trash can that serves as a place to stow those dirty diapers. A good one is easy to use, contains odors, and doesn't cost too much to maintain. After looking at six diaper pails, I'm convinced… » 7/01/14 1:26pm 7/01/14 1:26pm

    The Best Play Yard (or Playard or Play Pen or Baby Jail)

    Of the dozens of play yards on the market today, we think Graco's Pack 'n Play On The Go ($70; Amazon.com) is the best one out there. It's a simple play yard with practical features and a reasonable price from company known for inventing the packable portable crib. Even though it's not adorned with flashy lights or… » 6/18/14 2:17pm 6/18/14 2:17pm

    The Best Baby Nail Trimmers

    Many first-time parents are terrified of cutting their infant's tiny nails. What if I draw blood? Luckily, a good nail cutter can take all the fear away. If I were buying a nail trimmer for my baby today, I'd buy Safety 1st Sleepy Baby Nail Clipper because it cuts tiny nails safely at a reasonable price, and has just… » 6/16/14 1:40pm 6/16/14 1:40pm

    The Best Bottle Drying Rack

    A bottle drying rack may not be on your must-buy list if you have a tight budget for your baby gear. But if the idea of a dedicated spot to dry your baby's bottles, rings, nipples, and, later, sippy cup parts, is appealing, it's worth considering the Boon Lawn. At $25, it's pricier than the rest, but the few-dollar… » 5/05/14 8:53am 5/05/14 8:53am