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This is our top 100 baby products in 2018. Most of them are some of the best baby products you can get your hands on. Some parents have found some of them are so important that they can’t live without them.

Unlike what we have in the past, there are thousands of baby gears now that you might think to yourself “where were the best baby products when I was a child?” Well, if you miss out on most of these products, you have the opportunity to get some of them for your baby.

After having your baby, you will soon discover that there is a lot of things you have to learn, especially if you are a new parent. There are many supplies you will have to get for a baby, which span into different categories like feeding, traveling, highchairs, baby food, and so on. While you can do without some of these supplies, most of them are essential and you can’t afford to not have them.

To make it easy browsing this guide, we have arranged these top rated baby products in different categories with some explanation to go with each one.

Having a baby comes with many new choices for parents to make. One of this is what bottles and nipples to buy. Usually, bottles and nipples come in a set such as the Philips Avent Classic Plus. When starting out, you might want to try a couple of different sets because typically, your baby will decide what they like.

One of the first products you will buy for your baby are feeding bottles and it is important that you get the right kind of bottles especially if your baby is colicky. At the moment, the best one is the Dr Brown’s BPA-free original baby bottle. This bottle is popular among moms and is backed by hundreds of positive reviews.

Although breastfeeding is the best for the baby, there will always be times you won’t be able to breastfeed your baby. So having a bottle handy can help here. You can also add a breast pump to supplement the baby bottle. Usually, you can pump some milk into that and store till you will need it.

One of the best breast pumps you can get yourself is the Medela Breast Pump, which is included in the top 100 baby products below. It usually comes with an extra carrying case that you can use for both the pump and your feeding bottles when you are traveling.

Now, let’s look at nipple shape options. Traditional nipples have a bell shape such as Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow. Wide neck nipples have a wider base to simulate mother’s breasts such as Dr Brown’s BPA-free polypropylene Wide Neck Bottle. There are also another type called Vented Nipples and this include Philips Avent BPA free bottle.

Some nipples are designed to allow for easier transition from breast to bottle like the Tomme Tippee Close to Nature Bottle. Once you have decided on the nipple, you can choose your bottle style. Glass bottles are a classic choice, however, they do break and plastic bottles won’t break like glass but plastic is porous and needs to be cleaned more quickly as your baby grows.

The flow of milk will also need to increase so look for products like the Philips Avent BPA-free Natural Fast Flow Nipples and Dr Brown’s Natural Flow Nipples. If your baby is having tummy trouble, you can try bottles like the Dr Brown’s Natural Flow Standard Glass Bottles or the Playtex BPA-free Ventair Bottle.

For convenience, you can always buy replacement nipples and drop in liners to use with them. Finally, if you plan to breastfeed, the Medella Breast Milk collection and storage bottle set are ideal choices.

To warm a baby bottle either from the freezer or fridge in the past, you have to place the bottle in a bowl of boiling water and wait till it felt warm on your hand or else put it in a microwave. Warming a bottle this way often involve some mess and the fuss of trying to submerge the bottle in hot water in the kitchen can take a bit of time to get to the right temperature.

While the microwave is the quickest way, it can be quite dangerous as it causes hot spots which you can’t see or feel but can burn your baby’s mouth as well as damaging the nutritional value of the milk. Using a bottle and food warmer takes all the mess and fuss out of warming your baby bottles.

You can program the device to whether you want to heat milk or food that’s frozen out of the fridge or at room temperature and it will do the rest.

When you have a new baby in the house, bottle sterilizers become the all-important articles around the house. Before purchasing a sterilizer, make sure it has a quicker way to sterilize than boiling, a simple cleaning process, no chemicals should be involved in the cleaning, and can sterilize a load for the next day and leave them in.

Babies often spend a lot of time in their high chair and you will probably have it for up to two years so doing a little bit of research before you can buy one is always a good idea. Before buying a highchair, first consider where you are going to put the highchair.

  • Is it going to go in the kitchen and if so, how much room is in the kitchen?
  • Can you fit in a big highchair or you will need something a little bit more compact?

Another thing to keep in mind when buying a highchair is cleaning. Babies are messy creatures so you want to have some material that’s easy to wipe off and maybe some removable cloths or something you can just throw in the wash to clean. Another thing you want to consider is the tray.

This is where all the mess happens so you want to have a removable lip. This can easily be removed and be thrown in the dishwasher. If you like to have your baby sit at the table with you, buying a high chair that doesn’t have a tray will make it easy to slide up to the table.  As for safety, you need to ensure that your baby is always strapped in the chair.

Some chairs have five-point harness system which helps to keep the baby safe when you strap them in. You also want to make sure that the high chair has a wide base and is really sturdy so that it doesn’t tip over when the baby moves around and they won’t be able to get out of it on their own.

A new study discovered that while home-cooked meals are less expensive and do have more nutrients overall, they often have more salt, more fat, more calories, and less vegetable variety per meal. So, if you prepare all of your baby’s meal at home, that’s great.

But just make sure you watch the salt and fat content. And if you rely on commercially produced baby food, know it’s really a convenient and reasonable alternative. You just might want to add in a little variety to get some more nutrients.

Another product you’ll need are baby strollers, which are often great companions when you are shopping with your baby. You will find great models on our table of best baby products below. If you like to buy toys for your baby, you will find many toys on the list. And if you are always busy, you can get yourself a bouncer or swing because you can lay your baby in those and they can help your baby go to sleep.

They are also great for when you are too tired to rock your baby to sleep. We have found the Luv U Jumperoo to be a great model and other parents have had good experience with Mamaroo baby swing.

There are many monitors around with wide range of features that you can look into depending on you and your baby’s need. Some monitors come with videos and they have extra features such as remote control camera or being able to link up to your phone or computer but they do tend to have a shorter battery life and shorter range than audio monitors.

If you have a large house or thick walls and plan on moving around a lot, says into the garden, then you want to make sure you’ve got a baby monitor with as long range as possible and a warning light to let you know if you go out of range.

If you tend to move around the house a lot with your baby, it’s good to look out for one that is battery powered so you can unplug it from the power source. It’s also worth getting one with rechargeable batteries. This will be cheaper in the long run and make sure you get one with warning lights to let you know when the battery is running low.

The battery life may well be on the box but tests have shown that there’s often a big difference between what’s claimed and the reality. Another useful feature to look at is talkback mode so you can talk to your baby without having to actually go into their room.

You can also get a baby monitor with a motion sensor mat that will alert you if your baby stops moving for more than 20 seconds. Remember, you don’t have to spend a lot to get a good baby monitor.

Before you buy a baby toy, it is wise to visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission Website to ensure the toy you are buying isn’t recalled by the manufacturer. Also, safety should be your #1 concern when buying toys for your baby but there are other considerations to keep in mind.

You will need time to shop and common sense step is to visit toy stores even if you plan to buy online. It’s always a good idea to check out a toy in person. When you see a toy that catches your eyes, first ask yourself two questions – does it look like something my baby will enjoy and is it safe? Also, consider the size and weight your baby will have the most fun with.

A good toy is one that your baby can get a grip on and one that’s not too heavy or large for your baby to manipulate. You can also look for a toy that offers different textures, especially for very young babies. This toy should also be something that your baby can interact with. Basic or old-fashioned toys like blocks or stacking cups can be very educational whether or not they’re labeled as such.

Finally, do a safety check on each toy; avoid buying toys that your baby could choke on or ones that has small pieces that could break off or that has string/cord that’s shorter than six inches. If a toy is small enough to fit inside an empty toilet paper roll, it’s probably small enough to choke a baby.

After that, you should get diapers or swaddles for your baby. The most popular brand is Pampers, which you should be familiar with already. If you have a very young baby, you can go for the Newborn diapers, which are all available on Amazon. Another product you may need is the diaper bag which can be used to keep diapers as well as other supplies during your travels.

If you have a car, you can have one in there with supplies and another one at home. This way, you won’t forget to carry baby supplies with you on the go. As your baby grows older, you may want to introduce her to the dining table or feed her on your kitchen table.

A good product that can help is a highchair. Having one will help you feed your baby in most locations in your home, that you would otherwise not be able to use without the chair.

Now, talking about traveling, one essential product that’s not possible to overlook if you travel a lot is the car seat. There are many decent brands on the market most especially Britax, Fisher-Price and Graco. When you are buying car seats, you have to ensure that it has a very high safety rating and has no complaints from previous users.

And after getting one, make sure you read through manuals and read tutorials on how to install them properly. You may also want to look at the baby backpack and carriers we have in the table. They are good companions for when you are going to visit grandma or on a picnic. Since there are many choices out there, we have selected the best ones to make it easy to make a selection.

Do you need a bouncer, a swing or both? Well, not every baby likes the movement of a swing but all babies universally love a bouncer and not only do babies love it, you will too.

Bouncers are a lightweight, portable option to keep your baby close to you as you move around the house from the kitchen to your bathroom. And yes, when you take a shower, it’s great to have your baby close by to you so you can respond to their cues and not have to worry about what’s going on in another room.

Fortunately, you can get both of them because you may eventually discover that you need a swing for your baby. But first, what’s a swing?

A baby swing suspiciously looks like an infant car seat but it’s not. A baby swing is usually powered by batteries or a power cord and it’s secret power lies in soothing your fussy baby by rocking itself back and forth (or side to side).

The baby swing gives you the opportunity of being able to calm your baby in the comfort of your home and it’s one of the few purchases almost no parent has ever regretted. We have compiled some of the best and most popular swings in the table below so check it out.

Note: You can view all the products in a single category by typing the category name (e.g. baby swings & bouncers) into the search box on the top right hand corner of the table!

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Best Baby Swing for Older Babies of 2017

This is the most popular article on our site now. While reading through moms complaint online about getting desired swings for their baby, we saw that most wanted a swing that could grow with their babies. Unable to find one, most often go to forums asking advice or recommendation on which swing to buy because their baby is heavy or older or larger. Because of this, we decided to research this and found out a lot of interesting information. If you are wondering whether manufacturers now make swings for older babies or how much weight most baby swings can sustain, we have got you covered. And if you are just curious whether you should buy that next swing for your baby, you will find your questions answered here. We cover everything in this guide!

Best Outdoor Baby Swing 2017

When your baby is growing, you need to also upgrade the swings for your baby to accommodate the extra weight and height. And more importantly, you need to have a swing that you can use outdoors. While some might claim that you can use the swings you have inside, it may not be too realistic or even safe. There are some models that are designed specifically to be used outside the room and these are better because they have more capability and allow you to watch over your kid while you enjoy your leisure out. In this guide, we have helped you narrow down to the best outdoor baby swing. Check it out!

Best Baby Swing for Colic 2017

If you have raised a kid before, you know how frustrating it can be for you and your baby when your baby is suffering from acid reflux. From incessant crying to inability to sleep and stressed-up days, colic can bring devastating experience to you especially if you are a new parent. In this guide, we lined up not just any swing, but those that are best suited to colicky babies. Check it out!

Best Baby Jumper 2017

Not all parents want to purchase swings for their babies. The simple reason being that they may not be suitable for older babies. This is where baby jumpers come in. You can get one for your baby and you don’t have to worry about how much pounds they can hold as your baby grows older. One advantage they have is that they stay with your baby longer than a baby swing can, so you should expect to use them for a longer period of time. We compile all the best in this guide!

Best Travel Swings for Babies 2017

In this guide, you will find all the best swings suitable for traveling with your baby. Some parents often find that they can’t take their swings when traveling because it doesn’t meet some requirements. This can be painful especially if you just bought a nice looking swing for your baby. Although they are not a waste of money – because you can use them at home – you just can’t travel with them the way you like. This can leave your baby helpless if he/she is used to the swing. To prevent this from happening, we covered the swings that you can travel with in this guide, so be sure to check it out!

Best Baby Swing with AC Adapter of 2017

There are different kinds of baby swings and each come in its own unique design and features. When buying baby swings, you need to pay attention to the features and the functionality. While some swings are ideal for use indoors, they may not be a fit for outdoor use. Some swings come with the option to plug-in or use batteries while others come with only one of these options. Some parents prefer to use swings on batteries because it helps them save on electricity bills – which is a great solution to their problem. Others want a swing they can plug-in so that they won’t suffer from the agony of rocking their baby in the middle of the night when the battery juice on the swing dries up. If you are in this latter category, you will always prefer a swing with AC Adapter. For this reason, we compile the best in this massive guide so that you can choose one that suits you most. Check it out!

Best Baby Swing for Small Spaces 2017

If you don’t find enough real estate in your household to place a baby swing, you need a model with a small footprint. One that can likely stay anywhere in your house and not obstruct easy passage. Best Baby Swing for Small Spaces is a list of all the swings that fall into this category. They have a small footprint, which means they occupy a diminutive amount of space when placed on the floor. If this is what you are looking for, check this guide!

Best Baby Swings 2017

In this guide, we have taken a painstaking effort to combine best swings in 2017 in one large guide. You will find different swings that fits different categories in here. This include the swings that have small footprint, portable swings, feature-rich swings, and a whole lot more. If you are only after the few of these swings and want to check out different sizes, features, etc., you will find it here!

Best Baby Swing Reviews of 2017

This is one of the most up-to-date, complete reviews we have on baby swings. We have decided it into three sections: best baby swing for boys, best baby swing for girls, and best swings for sleeping. While researching, we uncover some interesting findings. While some parents are searching for swings for their baby boy, others are searching for their girls. And still some are looking for swings that can accommodate their sleeping baby. To cater for these group of people, we combine all of this in this massive guide. Be sure to check it out!

Best Portable Baby Swing 2017

This is the last of our guide on baby swings. Unlike the other swings we have reviewed in the other guides, this are just a few swings that are compact, lightweight, and easy to move from one location to another in your home. They are also easy to travel with because they are not too big and not too small. If this is what you are looking for, check out this guide!

Best Baby Pack and Play 2017

There are hundreds of best baby pack and play for babies available on the market varying in size, shape, color and amenities. Purchasing the right supplies for a baby has a process that must be understood. To make it easy, we have put together a list of popular products based on the best pack and play reviews to help sort through to find the best option for your family. They are listed from the lowest rated on our scale to the highest. Check it out!

Best Baby Backpack Carrier of 2017

Backpacks can pay a big dividend when you are traveling especially on vacation. They give your baby a good way to stay close to you and you an easy way to ensure your baby is under your watch. They come in many sizes, levels, and features. They are mostly suitable for families that likes to go on vacations, hiking, or just running an errand. They are not expensive and safe for you and your baby.

Best Infant Travel Bed 2017

Looking for the best infant travel beds? You can find them here. With this guide, you don’t have to scour all through the internet for your next infant travel bed because the best are here for you to choose from. Unlike doing the research yourself, you won’t be spending thousands of hours – or even days – just because you want to ensure you choose the best option for your baby. If you are ready, check out this guide.

Best Baby Bottles for Breastfeeding of 2017

If you are a new parent, there is a probability that you have been searching for the best baby bottles for breastfeeding to help your baby transition from breast to feeding bottles. If this is so, you will find this guide is a useful as only the top bottles for breastfed babies are gathered. As a result, you don’t have to spend thousands of minutes or sleepless nights researching the right bottles. Nursing a newborn child is a task that requires extra care and caution especially in the first six months of breastfeeding. Some parents, due to unavoidable circumstances, may prefer to feed their children using baby feeding bottles.

Best Pump For Exclusively Pumping 2017

Most mothers want to feed their newborn baby but the busy schedule often gets in the way of that goal. This is where exclusive breastfeeding comes in. By pumping throughout the day, you provide your baby with milk she or he needs while you are away. It’s very important that you get the right quality pump for the job that is why we wrote this guide to help you reach your goals. Below you will find some useful tips, tricks as well as the 3 best pump for exclusively pumping.

Best Breast Pumps for Inducing Lactation 2017

As a new parent, or perhaps a veteran parent, having the joy and pleasure of attending to the needs of a newborn child can sometimes get challenging. For this reason, as many parents know, there are more than enough baby products that claim to be the best at helping make your life as a new parent much easier. Whether that is bath time baby products, baby clothes, or perhaps bedtime baby products, one really can not make a bad choice when choosing such items for your baby. However, if there is one product that should be carefully considered when deciding to buy it, the consideration should be made to find the best breast pump for inducing lactation.

Best Baby Bottles of 2017

The best baby bottles are some of the most important baby gears any serious mother will not overlook. Whether you are a new mother working with your baby or putting the responsibility on the shoulder of a babysitter, you need to baby bottles. In the past, it may have been easy to choose a baby bottle for your baby. But now that there are so many options available, you can’t possibly get one that suits your baby as easily. This means you need to research the available options, hunt down the best of them, and then niche down on one of them that clicks all box.

Best Baby Swing Brands 2017

We all want what is best for our new babies, and while we wish we could hold them all the time, the reality is that at some point we will have to set them down so we can cook dinner or take a hot shower. I would like to show you the best baby swings available so that your little one can take it easy in comfort and style during those times we can’t keep them in our arms.

Best Breast Pump for Working Moms 2017

I stayed home with my first two kids, but with my third, I was headed back to work just six weeks after my son was born. This is what prompted my search to find the best breast pump for working moms. I needed a system that was convenient, comfortable, and easy to use, since I was using it several times throughout my work day. With my first two children, I had the opportunity to nurse exclusively whenever I needed to, but this is definitely not for everyone. Life gets crazy. Maybe you need to pump to increase your production.

Best Breast Pumps for Everyday Use 2017

Breastfeeding is the best way to feed a baby. However, not all mothers may be able to enjoy the privilege of spending most their time with their babies. Because of this reason, we recommend breast pumping as the best solution to continue to provide the baby with breast milk. Breast pumps have played a significant role in ensuring children are adequately fed with breast milk. Donation of breast milk is standard to help the less fortunate babies who have no access to breast milk. This could not have been possible if it wasn’t for development of breast pumps. And with this guide, selecting the best breast pumps for everyday use should be a walk in the park.