Best Baby Products of 2016
We asked Babylist families to tell us the three baby products they’d rather not live without. Thousands of parents nominated hundreds of products, and we analyzed the top products they chose to determine the best baby products of the year.
Wins ‘Em Over
Sometimes little ones snub the bottle in favor of the breast. That’s where this bottle come in and saves your wanna-have-45-minutes-out-by-myself day. A true lifesaver when you have to be away from your baby (hello 9-to-5!), the medical-grade silicone body of the bottle is squeezable and soft–just like the real deal.
Dr. Brown’s bottles are known for their patented vent system that eliminates air bubbles to reduce spit-up, colic, and gas. Similar to breastfeeding, they also have a controlled flow which requires babies to work a bit - and build up their muscles and sucking technique - to get a drink.
Versatile Nursing Pillow
Sure, it was the original nursing pillow that gave moms a resting place for their arms and babies a cushy spot to lay on while they nursed. But over time, moms discovered other uses for it too: a bolster for baby during tummy time, to wrap around sitting babies, and a prop for back-lounging little ones.
Nursing Pillow with Back Support
Because of its flat surface, My Brest Friend keeps your baby from rolling into you (unlike the pillows with a curved surface) so everyone stays comfy and in the prime breastfeeding position. The 360-degree wraparound style, which clasps to stay put, makes it easier to nurse in less traditional positions (hello, football hold) and provides back support for you
These double pumps are among the most popular with BabyList users. The Pump in Style is built into a tote bag, where you can stash all the pumping essentials too, and can be plugged into an electrical outlet or run on its battery pack. It features a let-down phase followed by stronger suctioning you can moderate. For even more intense suctioning power, a digital display, and a palm-sized unit you can throw into whatever bag you choose, opt for the Freestyle. (Don’t know what you really need out of a breast pump? Here’s our roundup of the best breast pumps.)
Like your favorite coffee machine, the Formula Pro whips up a perfectly warmed and mixed bottle of formula in 30 seconds or less. Select your bottle size, press start, and - bam! - the bottle is ready. It’s a lifesaver, especially for midnight feedings, because as we all know, babies aren’t the most patient beings. It stores formula and water for up to 20 bottles.
Small bottle and breast pump parts slip through the larger spaces of a regular drying rack. But this rack specializes in holding up, and drying, mini-size things with it’s flexible, grass-like blades. And it’s adorable on your countertop and has so many accessories to add on, too.
Baby’s First Chair
Once your baby has good head control, he might yearn to be upright more often. The Bumbo offers a way for your little one to sit on his own while you play, read, or feed him on the floor. Made of low-density foam, the Bumbo is lightweight, durable, and easy to wipe off. It can be used until about nine months old.
Peace of Mind
The Owlet uses a “smart sock” placed on your little one to measure heart rate and oxygen levels with the same pulse-monitoring technology used in hospitals. If your baby stops breathing, the base unit and/or your smart phone will sound an alarm, so you can sleep peacefully when your baby is.
You’ll want to use this even when your child is a teenager: a handheld video monitor that shows you her every move. The five-inch display lets you zoom in on your sleeping tot and alerts you when batteries are low or you’re getting out of range. If you can’t hear her crying, lights on the display will indicate the noise level coming from her room.
Wearable Baby Monitor
To help prevent SIDS, the Snuza Go monitors your child’s abdominal breathing and alerts you when there’s been no movement or if it’s weak or irregular. How? You clip a small device onto your baby’s diaper - it’s soft and flexible - and place him on his back to sleep. The wireless, handheld monitor is portable so you can take it with you on outings where your wee one will likely fall asleep.
Yes, we know swaddling can be super soothing to newborns. But how the heck do you do it? Nurse demonstrations and so many videos later, some of us have to admit we’re just swaddling flunkies. Good news: Halo Sleepsacks provide the snug embrace of a swaddle, but require zero skills. Just zip up the sack and velcro the “wings” around your baby. Ta-da!
Like the Halo Sleepsack, SwaddleMe is a no-fuss swaddle with a pouch for baby’s feet and “wings” that velcro around for a calming, night-long embrace. And, at this price, you can have several on hand for when a poopsplosion happens (and it will).
After Swaddle Graduation
When your swaddle-loving baby starts busting out of her confines, you can transition to this padded, snowsuit-like number that prevents babies from startling themselves (yes, this really happens, all the time). It provides the warmth of a blanket and the coziness of a swaddle, but doesn’t restrict arm and leg movement. A double zipper makes nighttime diaper changes fast, too.
For babies up to eight months old, this plush pad with bumpers was made to be a cozy, womb-like spot for your little one to relax. Use it on the floor under a playgym or for tummy time (the bumpers help bolster your baby up). Many parents also use it as a diaper-changing station, for co-sleeping, and for travel. (There’s also a Grand version for 9 mos+.)
BabyList parents swear by its magical powers to soothe babies to sleep (especially for babies with colic or reflux), but the Rock ‘N Play also makes an excellent spot for your wee one to chill and watch you as tackle that sinkful of dishes or tap away at the keyboard. Another thing to love? It’s lightweight and folds up so you can move it from room to room or take it with you on outings.