Best Baby Products of 2016

Best Baby Products of 2016

January 1, 2019

Best Baby Products of 2016

Best Baby Products of 2016
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Here are the 50 best baby products of 2016 according to thousands of Babylist parents.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.

Comotomo Baby Bottle

$12.99

Smooth Sip

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.

Dr. Brown's Natural Flow Original Newborn Bottle Gift Set

$23.45

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.

Boppy Bare Naked Nursing Pillow and Positioner

$29.84

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

My Brest Friend My Brest Friend Original Pillow

$36.41

Gold-Star Pumps

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.)

Medela Pump In Style Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump with On-the-go Tote

$199.99

Baby Keurig

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.

Handy Helper

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.

Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack

$11.94

Baby's First Chair

Once your baby has good head control, they might yearn to be upright more often. The Bumbo offers a way for your little one to sit on their own while you play with, read to or feed them. 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.

Clear View

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.

Summer Infant In View Digital Color Video Monitor

$73.76

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.

Snuza Snuza Portable Baby Movement Monitor

$89.99

Simple Swaddle

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 a bust at swaddling. 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!

Softest Swaddle

Even we want to rub these lightweight blankies against our own faces—they’re that soft. Great for summer-month swaddling or using in warmer climates because the all-cotton fabric breathes.

The Budget Swaddle

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.

Baby Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit

$39.95

Relaxation Station

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+.)

DockATot Deluxe+ Dock

$174.99

Cocoon-Like Comfort

Womb With a View

It’s easy to keep an eye on your newborn with this mesh bassinet that swivels. Pull your little one close—even over your mattress—to check on her, and then push it to the side to get out of bed. It’s especially great if you’ve had a c-section since there’s no need to bend over. The weight of your arms leaning in to touch or pick up your child automatically pushes the sides down. (Don’t worry, they pop back up when you move your arms away.)

Halo Bassinest Essentia Swivel Sleeper

$209.99

Nap-o-matic

You will get tired of having to be ninja-stealth around the house every time your baby needs to nap, trust us. Cover up everyday sounds, street traffic, and conversation with this machine’s three different white noise options. Even better? You can take it with you so your wee one can sleep peacefully when traveling or even just for everyday outings - it clips onto a stroller or car seat.

Hushh for Baby, Portable White Noise Sound Machine

$34.95

Eco-Friendly Babywearing

During summer, or in warmer climates, babywearing can make both you and your little one a sweaty mess. But the Solly wrap, a traditional front-carry style, is made from lightweight modal fabric, sustainably sourced from Austrian Beechwood trees, that just gets softer—but stays strong—after each wash. Made for newborns to nine months old (up to 25 lbs.).

Straight-up Gorgeous

Pretty designs (think: nautical, houndstooth, seashells, and more), muted colors, and strong 100% cotton make these wraps heirloom quality. Wear your wrap all the way through toddlerhood on front, back or hip carry positions.

Baby Tula Woven Wraps

$135+

Wear All Day Long

Whichever way you carry your little one—on your back, hip or front facing you or facing out—you’ll feel great toting your baby for hours in this carrier. The extra-wide adjustable waistband gives lumbar support, and padded shoulder straps provide cush for you. A structured bucket seat and a sleeping hood makes your child’s ride nice, too. It fits children 7-33 lbs (you’ll need an infant insert to use with newborns).

No-Hassle Wrap

While fabric wraps look super cozy, some us just can’t master all that, well, wrapping. Enter Baby K’Tan. Get the snuggly feel of a miles-long fabric wrap, without the extra steps. Slip on two connected loops of fabric, configure in two steps, add a sash and you’re ready to go. Be advised: it comes in sizes, so one Baby K’Tan might not fit all caregivers in the house.

Roomiest Seat

Soft, but structured, the Lillebaby carrier has six carrying positions and a seat that’s wider than most. The good news? It can still be used for newborns without having to purchase an infant insert. And, because carriers can trap body heat and make your mini a sweaty mess, this one has a panel that unzips to reveal a breathable, mesh lining.

Sweet Exploration

A leaf crunches, a flower squeaks when pressed, and the owl plushy chimes. Your baby will be fascinated by the hanging toys (five of them), a mirror, and the textures and fun sounds on this gender-neutral play mat. Best of all, it comes with a pillow that makes tummy time more tolerable for babies who aren’t big on being on their bellies. For newborns and up.

Skip Hop Treetop Friends Activity Gym

$74.99

Joyful Noise

Little ones love making music on this small playmat. Whether your child is laying down and kicking the piano keys, or sitting up and hitting them, he’ll be tickled when notes and tunes play. Five toys - that can dangle overhead or be clipped to the mat for tummy time - entertain too.

Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano Gym

Rad Pad

Skip having to wash changing table covers with this wipeable, molded changing pad. It’s a cushy spot, shaped like a peanut, that keeps your wiggly one in place while you do the diaper switcheroo. Use it on the floor or on top of a dresser or changing table. The bonus? A five-year warranty.

Gentle Touch

This baby wipe is the one Mother Nature would use herself - it’s made of just water and the teeniest bit of grapefruit seed extract (to prevent mold). There’s no preservatives or chemicals to irritate a newborn’s sensitive skin.

Water Wipes

$26.39

Greener Disposables

While they may cost more than your standard disposable, Babylist users say Honest Diapers are worth it. The no-chlorine, no-perfume policy makes these gentle on sensitive skin. And the plant-derived materials and sustainably harvested pulp is easier on the environment.

Honest Diapers

$13.95

Perfect for Newborns

Super-soft and flexible, Swaddlers are a prime pick for newborns. Parents rave about their ability to prevent leakage and keep baby dry. And, the wetness indicator helps you know when your little one needs a change.

Pampers Swaddlers

$45.99+

No More Leaks

Babylist parents swear that Huggies Little Snugglers keeps the dirty stuff where it should be and not on baby’s clothes. And the newborn sizes even have a cutout for the umbilical cord.

Huggies Little Snugglers

$39.95

Convenient Cloth Choice

Get the best of both diaper worlds - the convenience of disposables with the environmentally and wallet-friendly factor of cloth - with Charlie Banana diapers. Choose to use either a reusable, cloth insert or a disposable insert (great for travel and/or daycare) in these.

Charlie Banana Charlie Banana One Size Cloth Diaper - Polar Bear White - One Size

$20.28

No-Brainer

If messing around with inserts seems like a pain, then your go-to cloth diaper is this one. Put the all-in-one style on just like a disposable (with snaps in lieu of sticky tabs) and throw in the wash later. It’s one piece and one size that adjusts to fit your growing baby via a snap system.

BumGenius All-in-One Cloth Diaper

$21.95

Diaper Trapper

This sleek trash can puts dirty diapers on lockdown. The slider lid keeps little hands from prying and because it’s made from metal, odors won’t seep into the container itself (something that can happen with plastic). You can also use it with regular kitchen trash bags or a reusable cloth liner.

Ubbi Diaper Pail

$69.99

For Practical Fashionistas

Thoughtful features like memory foam shoulder straps, a light-colored liner (no more black hole!), insulated bottle holders, and Teflon fabric to repel stains will have you saying, “Come to mama” to this bag. Choose from a bazillion colors and patterns. The bonus? You can carry it as a backpack too.

Ju-Ju-Be BFF Convertible Diaper Bag

$120.82

Common Cold Essential

When your baby gets his first cold, it will make you and him miserable. To help your wee one deal with clogged nostrils - aren’t they the worst? - the Nosefrida uses quick suction to pull mucus out and clear his airways. You can actually see it working. Although the contraption looks, um, gross, it’s a world above the traditional nose aspirator.

FridaBaby NoseFrida The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator

$15.99

Binky Plus

Cuddles and a binky? Yes please! Your child will be the envy of the diaper set with this pacifier/stuffed animal. Best of all, it’ll be hard to lose it and easy to spot in the middle of the night so no more frantic patting of the ground to find a fallen pacifier in a dark room.

WubbaNub Elephant Pacifier

$14.95

Stay-Put Soother

With a nipple designed for healthy oral development, this pacifier flattens to fit the cavity inside your baby’s mouth. It also has an anti-slip, soft silicone nipple that makes it easier for your child to grip. But should it fall out, you can sterilize it using the container it came in, water and your microwave.

Iconic Design

Suds in the Sink

Tiny newborn bodies don’t need an entire bathtub to get clean. That’s why for generations parents have used the kitchen sink instead. The Puj Tub is a spongy sink insert that cradles and cushions babies during their first splish-splashes. Afterwards, it hangs flat to dry and takes up hardly any space.

Major Multi-tasker

Need a changing station? A bassinet? A playard? The Pack ‘N Play does all of the above. Although it’s not the best for travel (harder to carry and setup), it’s fabulous for in-home. A popular way to use it is as a second changing station and nap area downstairs (stairs are a no-go for c-section moms) or over at grandma and grandpa’s.

Graco Pack n' Play Reversible Napper and Changer Playard

Futuristic Bouncer

Your little one will love the egg shape of this modern bouncer. With five different motions to choose from, including swaying side-to-side and bouncing up and down, you’re bound to find the movement that makes your wee one happy. It also comes with white noise to boot, so you can bet a snooze will happen, too.

Space Saver

Whenever you need a place for your baby to chill—in the bathroom while you shower, in your home office while you work, in the kitchen while you cook—just unfold this movement-triggered bouncing seat (i.e. it bounces when baby moves or if you touch it) and, voila, your arms get a break. It weighs next to nothing and is great for on the go.

Big-time Storage

We’re not saying you’ll always be able to skip the shopping cart, but this stroller holds 30 pounds in its storage basket. It’s a convertible stroller too, which means you can use it now with the detachable bassinet for your newborn and later, with an additional seat and a standing platform for three kids.

UPPAbaby UPPAbaby Vista Stroller 2015

$1,059.98

Offroading

Some strollers were meant for sidewalks, but not this all-terrain machine. The BOB is a jogging stroller that handles like a dream over sand and uneven trails. Push and steer with one hand while your mini relaxes in the ultra-padded seat.

BOB Revolution FLEX Stroller

$389.99

For Downtown Living

Let’s be clear: this three-wheel stroller isn’t for jogging (confusing name, we know), but for nimbly steering around high rises. It’s lightweight and easy to fold, which makes it a clear winner when using mass transit or piling it in a small trunk.

Baby Jogger City Mini Single Stroller

$259.99

Grows With Your Family

If you’re a planner, you’re going to love the City Select’s ability to go from single stroller to double to triple. That’s right: it can hold up to three kids (with an attachable glider board for a toddler to stand on). Seats can be arranged whichever way you want - facing each other, facing you, facing front - and you can adjust the height of the handle bar too. Tall and short parents rejoice! (FYI, this is not a jogging stroller, despite the name.)

Baby Jogger City Select Stroller

$370.99

Easy to Use

You’ll love how easy this infant car seat is to install—it even features a built-in level that indicates whether the base is in the correct position. Your baby will love getting to stay asleep as you carry the car seat inside, shuffle it into your partner’s car or hoist it onto a KeyFit-compatible stroller.

Ultra Lightweight

Biceps everywhere, rejoice. This car seat weighs in at a mere 7.7 pounds. But its real advantage over other choices is a steel stability leg that stretches from seat-to-floor and a green light that indicates everything is correctly set. Plus, it comes with a canopy that extends almost entirely over your baby to block light, rain, or bugs.

Nuna PIPA Infant Car Seat

$299.95

Perfect Pair

Instead of having to play matchmaker to see which brand of stroller is compatible with your car seat (or buy an adapter that allows your car seat to connect with your stroller), you can purchase a travel system that has both already made to work together. The three-wheel design and skinny silhouette of the B-Agile stroller means it can get around tight spaces, and the car seat is consistently ranked as one of the safest.

Britax B-Agile 3/B-Safe 35 Travel System

$299.99
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