Parenting is one of the greatest joys you can experience, but figuring out which products are best at keeping your family happy and healthy is no easy task. Our experts reviewed hundreds of submissions designed for babies, kids and caregivers — including new innovations and ones that have stood the test of time — and then sent the products to at-home testers for real-life feedback. The results: these 73 winners that are sure to keep families harmonious.
Meet The Experts
MS, RDN, CSO, CDN Registered Dietitian, GH Institute
Birnur Aral, PH.D.
Health & Beauty Lab Director
Kitchen Appliances Deputy Lab Director
Textiles Product Analyst
Fun & Functional Gear
Standout Strollers & Car Seats
Sturdy 1-to-2 Stroller
An incredible value for a convertible stroller, Mockingbird’s model grows to fit one or two kids, from newborn to toddler. There are 19 possible configurations to make it functional at any given time.
LAB LOWDOWN It performed on par with pricier competitors, and our engineers like that it stands on its own when folded and has wide wheels for stability. They also noted its spacious yet easy-access storage basket underneath.
Ingenious Rotating Car Seat
Sirona S Car Seat
This revolutionary convertible car seat from Cybex has a 360° rotating design. It also includes a stabilizing leg for extra security and a SensorSafe clip that alerts you if a child is left in the vehicle.
LAB LOWDOWN: Our engineers found that parents can easily swivel the car seat with a single hand, creating a simple transition from rear-facing to front-facing and making it easier to remove a kid from the car.
Upscale Modular Set
Tayla XP Travel System
This lightweight modular set includes a stroller and a car seat for one-stop shopping. The stroller has four recline positions, an adjustable handlebar and a reversible seat cushion, while the car seat comes with a unique strap for flexible carrying.
LAB LOWDOWN: Our testers noted the upscale construction and appreciated the convenience of an all-in-one system, while our Lab analysts loved how the stroller’s privacy shade covers the entire seat.
Trusted Travel Spaces
Easiest Ever Portable Crib
Alfa Lite Lightweight Travel Playard
Heavy playpens can make traveling feel impossible, but this option from Chicco weighs just 13 pounds. It’s compact to carry and a breeze to set up, giving infants and toddlers a full-size sleeping area. A zippered side panel allows you to gently place a snoozing baby inside.
LAB LOWDOWN: Both pros and parents loved the concept and enjoyed its performance, noting its impressively light weight and the fact that it’s easy to store at home.
Convenient Play Area
On-the-Go Baby Dome
This portable safe space from Fisher Price makes it easier for parents to take their newborns on outings. Plus, the included sun-blocking canopy and insect-repelling netting are practical for heading to the beach, poolside or park.
LAB LOWDOWN: It was easy to fold the dome flat in Lab tests, while parents noted that it was just as useful in their homes thanks to the engaging environment during play and the comfy space provided for naps.
Genius Versatile Table Set
The Play Kit
With a minimalist design that looks good in any room, Lalo’s set comes with a table and two chairs in mix-and-match colors. Its crevice-free design makes cleanup quick and easy.
LAB LOWDOWN: Our analysts found it easy to assemble and well constructed and liked that it’s made of sustainably sourced wood. Parents found it useful for a wide range of activities, from playtime to snack time and beyond.
Popular Plush Lounger
This timeless chair from Pottery Barn Kids is just as useful for photo opps as it is for lounging. It comes in a variety of sizes, materials and designs and can be personalized for a perfect baby gift.
LAB LOWDOWN: Beyond being cute, these chairs are cozy and lightweight enough to move between rooms, and they have zip-off covers for easy cleaning. They’re also Greenguard Gold certified, so you won’t have to worry about unsafe levels of VOCs.
Top-Notch Transitional Recliner
Leaf Grow Baby Seat
Nuna‘s seat transitions from a rocker for an infant, with an insert and harness, to a standalone chair for a toddler. It also includes a toy bar to engage younger babies.
LAB LOWDOWN: Our engineers were impressed that a single gentle push could keep the chair in motion for over a minute. One of our testers noted that their 1-year-old, 3-year-old and 4-year-old all enjoyed the chair equally!
Amazing Active Equipment
Space-Saving Foldable Slide
This innovative indoor slide from WowWee, for ages 2 to 5, is made of cardboard and folds flat for storage in two easy steps. Tuck it behind a couch whenever you need the space, and simply pop it open when it’s playtime.
LAB LOWDOWN: Kids, parents and product experts were equally awed during our review: Despite being lightweight and quick to fold, it was surprisingly stable when in use.
Engaging Indoor Gym
Learn ‘N Climb Triangle
This Little Partners climbing structure helps kids develop gross motor skills, balance and coordination in a playful setting. It’s constructed of solid, durable hardwood and comes with a built-in ramp slide to further encourage confidence and extended play.
LAB LOWDOWN: Parents rejoiced at the fact that it arrived fully assembled and created an entertaining developmental opportunity for their kids indoors.
Sturdy Starter Bicycle
Sprocket 16″ Kids Bike
Designed specifically for kids who are learning to ride, this Electra bike allows a child to come to a stop by pedaling in reverse or using the handheld brake lever. The clever design also lets children put their feet on the ground without getting off the saddle.
LAB LOWDOWN: Kids commented on how cute the bike looked and found it comfortable to ride. Parents noted that the training wheels were easy to remove when it was time to level up.
Entertaining Playroom Picks
Mini City 3D Play Rug
IVI takes play mats to the next level with its raised design kids can incorporate into imaginative play. It’s functional on floors thanks to its soft, comfortable feel and substantial thickness. Plus, there’s an assortment of sizes and scenes to choose from to fit a wide range of rooms.
LAB LOWDOWN: Our textile pros liked its durable construction and the fact that it’s a foam-free alternative, unlike most mats on the market. We found it easy to vacuum up crumbs, and kids enjoyed bringing toys to the various interactive areas.
Cuddly Character Combo
This clever 2-in-1 design from Alphapals includes all the letters of the alphabet as plush toys that can be stored inside its bag, converting into a comfy lounge seat for kids. The letters are available in an assortment of bright and neutral color combinations to match any preference.
LAB LOWDOWN: Despite the fact that this contains 26 toys, homes never got messy in our review because cleanup was quick and storage was built-in. Parents also noted that the characters provided ample opportunity for learning letters, colors, sorting and more.
Sporty Sensory Set
Punkinhug Compression Vest Set
This novel PunkinFutz wearable provides deep pressure to help calm children, particularly those with sensory sensitivities. It’s made with a Velcro-like material that helps kids get the perfect fit and allows them to add fun accessories, like the included balls and Sesame Street patches.
LAB LOWDOWN: Kid testers could independently put the vest on and take it off, which parents noticed was empowering to them. Special educators also noted that it helped little ones with proprioception — i.e., body awareness.
Excellent Educational Accessories
This BuddyPhones set has a comfy fit and volume controls to protect little eardrums. Depending on a child’s age and sensitivity, parents can adjust the maximum output to one of three set decibel thresholds.
LAB LOWDOWN: The sound was crisp and clear, the battery life was long and kids loved the design. The headphones are wireless and foldable, making them easy to tote on a trip.
Super Interactive Speaker System
Storypod’s engaging device offers screen-free fun with read-along books, music, trivia and more. The speaker is cushioned, and the experience is powered by the soft characters called “Crafties” that store the stories.
LAB LOWDOWN: It stood out for its craftsmanship, and young kids could easily use buttons on their own. Our tech analysts liked that it can be used offline after setup and that downloads are complete, and parents noted that it was both fun and educational.
Comprehensive Learning Cards
Preschool Flash Cards Bundle
The two-sided cards in Think Tank Scholar‘s set include letters, colors, numbers and more, specifically for kids ages 2 to 6. Each pack has colorful and engaging images that help them understand, recognize and remember core concepts.
LAB LOWDOWN: Experts were impressed by the sturdiness of the cards, the rounded corners for easy cleanup, and the use of real images as opposed to drawings of the words. Tiny testers gained confidence as they engaged with the expansive set.
Dynamic Digital Platforms
Trendy Styling Subscription
Kidpik‘s boxes contain fashionable clothes, shoes and accessories for sizes 2T to 16. Parents fill out an online survey with preferences, and then personalized picks get sent to their homes to try on before choosing which to buy.
LAB LOWDOWN: Kid testers and parents loved the element of surprise and the trendy styles, while our pros appreciated that there was no upfront styling fee, making it low-risk to try out.
Enriching Online Activities
A booking platform that helps parents find both in-person and virtual activities for their kids, Sawyer provides fun learning opportunities for babies through teenagers. Browse by age, category, time and more to find the perfect fit.
LAB LOWDOWN: Our engineers love that Sawyer is not only a great tool for parents and kids to find classes, but also an effective way for activity providers to grow their businesses.
Attentive Tot Toys
This toy subscription box from KiwiCo is specifically designed for ages 0 to 24 months and is filled with hands-on items specific to a child’s developmental stage. Each kit also includes tips for parents on how to help babies explore the activities.
LAB LOWDOWN: The toy construction was top notch and received rave reviews from parent testers. Our experts liked the flexibility of the plans and the fact that the contents are designed by former educators and child-development professionals.
Supreme Sleep Sensations
Organic Crib Mattress
Emily Organic Crib Mattress
More affordable than other natural-bedding brands, this baby mattress from My Green Mattress has layers of certified organic latex, coconut fiber, wool and cotton as well as a coil innerspring for support.
LAB LOWDOWN: Beyond the sustainable materials, our pros liked its snug fit inside a crib. It’s firm enough for an infant, but it can grow with a baby into the toddler years.
Washable Crib Mattress
Newton‘s unique model is easy to clean thanks to its machine-washable cover and polymer fill that can be rinsed. The weblike structure inside helps keep it lightweight and breathable while still being supportive and firm.
LAB LOWDOWN: The cover was easy to zip off in our tests, and it held up well to repeated washing. Testers have used it for years and noted how well it lasted from infancy through toddlerhood.
Reversible Kids Mattress
Organic 2-in-1 Kids Mattress
Perfect for a child’s first bed, Naturepedic‘s mattress is firm for growing bodies and an ideal seven inches tall. The flippable design includes a waterproof layer on one side and a quilted surface on the other.
LAB LOWDOWN: Our analysts appreciated its thoughtful design, from the organic materials to the functionality of its two-sided features.
Organic Toddler Pillow
This certified-organic pillow from Avocado Green Mattress is filled with latex and kapok fibers and has a cotton cover. Its small size makes it ideal as a toddler’s first pillow.
LAB LOWDOWN: Parenting and bedding experts appreciated the high quality and organic materials. Testers ages 2 and 3 all slept soundly on it, and their parents noted proper alignment.
My Crib Portable Infant Bassinet
Regalo‘s transportable bassinet keeps a newborn close by whether you’re at home or on the go. Mesh panels support airflow when it’s open, while its compact size when folded makes it convenient to carry or store.
LAB LOWDOWN: GH engineers noted that it was quick and easy to both fold down and assemble and liked the fact that you don’t need to purchase separate items for home and travel.
Handy Bedtime Helpers
Lovey&Grink’s long-sleeved sleepwear set feels ultrasmooth and lightweight. It uses a signature blend of modal and cotton with spandex for stretch and comes in lots of fun designs for sizes 12 months through children’s 10.
LAB LOWDOWN: The PJ’s became instant favorites among our kid testers, who raved about the comfort and colorful prints. And though blends tend to pill, the fabric held up to repeated washing in our tests, so you can expect it to last through many wearings.
Virtual Sleep Plan
To help build healthy bedtime habits for babies, Owlet’s sleep-training app is an interactive program for parents and caregivers to use with infants 4 to 12 months old. It includes individualized plans based on your preferences and access to email support from sleep experts.
LAB LOWDOWN: Our analysts were impressed by this approachable guide that’s more affordable than sleep coaches yet more personalized than books and courses. Plus, our tech experts found the app clear and easy to use.
Pro Smart Baby Monitor
$298.00 (25% off)
The high-tech baby monitor from Miku helps you keep a watchful eye on your child when you’re not in the room while capturing and recording sleep in its compatible app. For parents who want additional monitoring, the device can also track breathing patterns without any wearables.
LAB LOWDOWN: Our Media and Tech Lab was wowed by the impressive video clarity, both during the day and at night. Parent testers highlighted the breadth of sounds and lullaby options to play for their babies.
World-Class Wellness Wonders
Effective Health Essentials
Secure Face Mask
Pro Face Mask
Happy Masks checks off all the boxes for a good kids’ face covering: adjustable ear straps, a nose bridge for a close fit and a filtration layer to block particles. Not to mention over 20 colors and designs to choose from.
LAB LOWDOWN Our experts liked that it is protective, breathable and washable and has been lab-tested to back up its filtration claims. Kids were happy to wear the fun prints.
QuickCare Smart Thermometer
This Kinsa thermometer has built-in Bluetooth to track temperatures on its phone app, where you can also input symptoms and medications. It’s suitable for the entire family and can be used orally, rectally or under the armpit.
LAB LOWDOWN: Parenting pros were pleased with accurate readings in under 10 seconds and the simple and clear readout on the device. Our analysts also appreciate that it functions both with the app and on its own.
Magnetic Kids’ Frames
Making glasses fun for ages five and up, Pair Eyewear provides a customizable design experience. Start with a prescription, bluelight or sunglasses base frame, then add fun magnetic tops ranging from rainbow colors and holiday prints to popular characters and sports teams.
LAB LOWDOWN: Parent testers raved about how the tops snapped on easily and stayed put. They also appreciated how this innovation helped make wearing glasses more enjoyable for their children.
Brilliant Bathing Basics
Splash & Store Bath Tub
With collapsible legs for convenient storage and a hook to hang it for drying, this Oxo Tot tub is ideal for parents who are tight on space. Its all-in-one design has a narrow side for newborns and a wider side for babies up to 18 months old.
LAB LOWDOWN: Lab pros found it easy to clean and enjoyed the clever concept, which eliminates the need for add-ons. Parent testers also raved about it, saying that it was simple to use and their babies were comfortable and didn’t slip in the seat during bath time.
Relaxing Body Wash
Calming Baby Bath
Designed for nighttime use with newborns, infants and toddlers, this allover wash from Baby Magic helps newborns, infants and toddlers wind down while getting clean. It’s made without parabens, sulfates or dyes so as to be mild on babies’ sensitive skin.
LAB LOWDOWN: Our testers found the lavender-and-chamomile combo to be calming and not overpowering. Parents noted that it was effective for making bubble baths, cleansing skin and washing baby hair.
Weezie Towel‘s tot-size robe is made with comfortable, absorbent cotton and comes in three sizes for ages 1 through 6. It has pockets, an interior tie to keep it closed and an attached outer belt that won’t slide off. Plus, there’s the option to personalize it with embroidery.
LAB LOWDOWN: Our experts noted the quality construction and attention to detail. Kid testers practically lived in it, whether after bathing or while just lounging at home.
These premium diapers from Huggies are the popular brand’s softest style yet. Made with a stretchy waistband and leg cuffs for a secure fit, they come in sizes Newborn through 6 — and there’s a wetness indicator on all sizes.
LAB LOWDOWN They performed well across the board in our absorbency evaluations, easily soaking up fluid and keeping it locked inside the core even under pressure. They also cost less per diaper than other luxury brands. Parent testers rated them soft and said they didn’t experience any blowouts or leaks.
Tiny Bundles Diapers
Aldi’s Little Journey diapers are a fraction of the price of other brands without skimping on features. They have a wetness indicator and elastic cuffs around the legs to prevent leaks, and options range from newborn diapers to training pants for toddlers.
LAB LOWDOWN: The diaper’s core impressed our experts by outperforming pricier styles when we measured how quickly it absorbed fluid and how well it prevented leaks when we placed a weight on top of a soaked diaper. Our pros also liked the lightweight construction that won’t add bulk to busy babies.
EWG Verified Diapers
There are lots of eco diapers on the market, but Healthynest‘s is the first to be EWG Verified after lab tests and ingredient screening. The brand also voluntarily discloses the full list of ingredients to keep parents informed.
LAB LOWDOWN: GH scientists appreciated the brand’s commitment to backing up its sustainability and safety claims, and they were wowed by its absorbency performance in lab evaluations. Its simple, no-frills design stood out to parent testers, who unanimously agreed it felt remarkably soft.
Convenient Personal Care
Kids Toothbrush With Elmo
Teeth cleaning is fun with BriteBrush’s interactive model, which uses songs, games and brushing tips from Elmo. It includes batteries and an extra brush head.
LAB LOWDOWN: Parents said it led to better oral care, while our pros appreciated how its sonic vibrations assisted little hands with brushing.
Baby Moisturizing Lotion
CeraVe‘s formula is made specifically for babies’ sensitive skin and helps lock in moisture to prevent dryness. Ideal for daily use, it’s fragrance-free and nongreasy.
LAB LOWDOWN: Our pros swear by this lotion for their own kids, noting the smoothness of application and the fact that it dries quickly without leaving sticky residue.
This mild yet moisturizing balm from Hello Bello is an all-inclusive solution for irritated knees and elbows, dry lips, cracked cuticles, sore feet and more.
LAB LOWDOWN: Testers said they put it virtually everywhere on their kids (and themselves!) and liked that they could take the compact jar on the go. They also appreciated that it was not too greasy on skin.
Perfect for cleaning up after diaper changes, meals and other messes, Coterie’s oversize wipes are sturdy and sufficiently wet to tackle any job. Plus, they can be used all over babies’ bodies — and on adults too.
LAB LOWDOWN: Our analysts found that one of these wipes did the job of multiple others and were impressed by the sustainable materials with minimal ingredients.
Yipes! Wipes Pouch
A clever alternative to baby wipes for older children, PlaneAire‘s kid-friendly wipes clean hands and faces on the go. They’re individually wrapped, so they’re easy to keep in lunchboxes, backpacks or travel bags.
LAB LOWDOWN: Parents liked being able to carry a single wipe instead of a bulky pack, while our scientists noted how well they cleaned without strong scents.
3 Stage Teether Set
Designed specifically for the front, middle and back of the mouth, these teether toys from Nuby soothe sore gums. The varying textures massage and even assist in the eruption of teeth.
LAB LOWDOWN: Our product experts always kept these on hand for their own kids, especially liking how babies could hold on to the rings themselves and the fact that they were easy to clean between uses.
Sensible Safety Supplies
Convenient First Aid Kit
Welly’s tin contains essentials for any (mis)adventure, including a variety of bandages, disinfectant wipes, ointment, tape and more. It’s perfect to keep at home, in the car or under a stroller.
LAB LOWDOWN: The contents are practical for families, and our health team highlighted the small bandages and cute designs especially for kids.
Protective USB Cover
Watch Your Mouth
Chargers for phones and other devices can pose a serious hazard when left plugged into outlets, but Geddy’s Mom’s case keeps their free ends away from exploring babies.
LAB LOWDOWN: Safety experts liked the simple design that keeps connectors covered yet conveniently clips off for recharging.
Day/Night Light Bright Backpack
This bright bag from Herschel Supply Co. has large reflective fabric panels and an easy-to-use flashing light to keep kids visible, especially when it’s dark. It comes in three colors and three sizes for all ages.
LAB LOWDOWN: Kids loved the neon colors, and our analysts appreciated how seamlessly the safety features were incorporated into the design.
Easy Outdoor Protection
This mineral sunscreen from Thinkbaby provides protection from the sun’s harmful rays without concerns of benzene. It’s made with zinc oxide, one of only two ingredients currently considered safe and effective for sunscreen use by the FDA.
LAB LOWDOWN: Parents of our tiny testers noted that the lotion went on smoothly and liked the high SPF rating for peace of mind. They also noted there were no strong scents, while our chemists felt confident in its lack of questionable ingredients.
Smooth Facial Sunscreen
Mineral Sunscreen Face Stick
Baby Bum‘s sunscreen stick combines an easy application for faces with a mineral solution that’s lightweight and smooth. It uses FDA-recommended zinc oxide as its active ingredient with an SPF 50 rating.
LAB LOWDOWN: Parents liked the way it quickly glided onto little faces and didn’t feel oily on skin. Our head of health products also appreciated its minimal ingredient list.
Bite-Free Bug Spray
Ranger Orange Scent Insect Repellent
This EPA-registered spray from Ranger Ready Repellents is effective at protecting against mosquitos, ticks and other insects. Its active ingredient is Picaridin, which is considered safe for young children and pregnant women, and it can be sprayed directly on skin or into clothes and gear.
LAB LOWDOWN: Our chemists were impressed that the product went on as a fine mist, yet didn’t leave a sticky or oily film behind. Plus, testers noted that the fragrance wasn’t overpowering.
Balanced Baby Nutrition
Each shelf-stable pouch from Cerebelly is loaded with nutrients for babies and toddlers. It comes in lots of flavors, and a veggie is always the first ingredient. The brand also offers a survey to help parents pick the ideal combo of products when they shop.
LAB LOWDOWN: The company’s level of quality control for ingredients wowed our head of nutrition. Beyond that, parents said their kids loved eating them and enjoyed the colorful designs on the packaging.
Early Allergen Introducer
SpoonfulONE‘s powder introduces 16 different foods commonly associated with allergies like dairy, eggs, soy, nuts and more. It can be used with infants as young as 4 months old, and it mixes right into breast milk, formula or baby food.
LAB LOWDOWN: Good Housekeeping’s registered dietitian praised the innovative approach to mixing in allergens so babies are exposed to them at an early age. Parents commented on how it was convenient to regularly introduce a wide range of foods.
Plant-Based Protein Powder
Complete Nutrition Formula for Toddlers
Made with almonds, buckwheat and tapioca, this Else powder can be mixed into water for a nutritious drink. It’s a great option for babies 12 months old and above who avoid milk and formula due to sensitivity to dairy or soy, or for families that prefer a plant-based lifestyle.
LAB LOWDOWN: Our dietitian liked the interesting concept of a vegan protein powder for young kids and noted that it would be particularly useful for vegan households as well as toddlers with dairy intolerances.
Dissolvable Crunchy Bites
Little Munchers Veggie
These Little Journey snacks are easy for older infants and toddlers who are learning to eat on their own to grasp, chew and swallow. Corn-based and baked, they come in a resealable tin that makes them convenient to store or take on the go.
LAB LOWDOWN: Parenting experts liked how easily they broke down in the mouth and how affordable they were compared with similar options. Even better, both kids and adults agreed that they tasted good.
Growing Years Strawberry Yogurt Pouch
Made specifically for school-age kids, Horizon Organic’s yogurt includes nutrients like choline and DHA to support developing brains and prebiotics for a healthy gut. Plus, the pouches are easy to pack for snacks and lunches.
LAB LOWDOWN: The strawberry flavor was a hit with all our reviewers, and our nutrition expert loves that it is healthy and functional for kids and doesn’t contain too much sugar.
Organic Smoothie Melts
Amara’s melts are made with organic fruits, veggies and yogurt or coconut milk. They come in resealable bags and are available in a variety of flavors and colors, making them just as fun to play with as they are to eat.
LAB LOWDOWN: Our registered dietitian loved the wholesome ingredients, parents appreciated the lack of added sugar and toddler testers happily enjoyed them.
Grain Free Puffs
Ideal for those who avoid rice and other grains, Serenity Kids uses cassava flour with olive oil and organic dehydrated vegetables. The puffs are savory and crunchy, yet dissolve easily in little mouths.
LAB LOWDOWN: These excelled in GH’s taste tests, and experts were impressed by the quality of the ingredients and that they were made without common allergens.
Omega 3 Applesauce
Brainiac takes advantage of kids’ love of applesauce with added nutrients that support developing brains. Choose apple, apple-strawberry or apple-cinnamon flavored pouches.
LAB LOWDOWN: Our dietician appreciated this easy way to add omega-3s and choline to children’s diets along with the fact that there’s no added sugar. Kid testers loved eating them and kept asking for more.
Magnificent Meal Tools
Superb Bottle Supplies
Popular Bottle Pack
Options+ Baby Bottles
These Dr. Brown’s bottles can help reduce spit up and gas thanks to their anti-colic system, which prevents babies from swallowing air. They work both with and without the vent insert, so you can remove that piece (and avoid the cleaning) as your baby gets older.
LAB LOWDOWN: Finding the right bottle for your baby may take trial and error, but this one is a staffer favorite and one of the most commonly used on the market. Our pros appreciate its durability and sturdy construction.
Innovative Bottle Set
Duo Hybrid Baby Bottles
For parents who prefer glass bottles but worry about potential damage, this unique bottle from Chicco combines glass and plastic to get the benefits of both. An inner glass layer touches the milk, and there’s an outer coating of plastic to prevent shattering.
LAB LOWDOWN: Our pros admired the innovation and practical design, while parent testers noted that the bottles remained intact through everyday droppings.
One Step Sterilizer Dryer Advanced
Baby Brezza’s device steam-cleans and dries bottles, pump parts and more in one cycle. It’s the brand’s most versatile set yet, with a modular setup that lets you change its size and a control panel on which you choose the cycle.
LAB LOWDOWN: This machine was a favorite among GH Lab experts and at-home testers, who found it incredibly spacious (it can fit eight full-size bottles) and easy to use.
Ideal Table Items
Training Spoon 2-Pack
OlaBaby’s flexible spoons help babies learn to eat on their own. They’re easy to grasp and perfectly sized for small hands. Plus, they’re bendy and effective at scooping up food from different angles.
LAB LOWDOWN: Parents and experts liked how intuitive they were for infants to use and how simple they were to clean. Whether using with purees or table food, testers noticed how easily their babies were able to hold on to these spoons and place them in their mouths.
Half Moon Bowl
Unlike most baby food bowls with an open top, this one from Teal Meal has a curved design to help early eaters learn to scoop and feed themselves. It’s dishwasher- and microwave-safe, and as an added bonus, it comes with a matching spoon of the same silicone material.
LAB LOWDOWN: The suctioned bottom stuck securely onto tables in our tests with kitchen experts, while parenting pros liked the unique concept that encourages self feeding with less mess.
Mindful Mealtime Set
This five-piece Ahimsa set, made of stainless steel, is plastic-free, durable and nonporous to prevent stains and bacteria growth. Created by a pediatrician who is also a mom, it’s perfectly proportioned to hold child-size servings.
LAB LOWDOWN: Kids liked the colorful finish, and parents appreciated the appropriate sizing on all five items and the fact that they were surprisingly lightweight despite being made of metal. They also cleaned up well in the dishwasher without residue or damage.
Packable Place Mats
Whether you’re at home or eating out, these cloth place mats from Funkins fold for easy storage and come in lots of prints. They’re 100% cotton, thick enough to catch messes, and they can even double as large napkins.
LAB LOWDOWN: Kid testers adored the designs; our pros said they held up to machine washing and could help prevent waste. Our kitchen experts found them to be a great alternative to disposable place mats in restaurants.
Adaptable High Chair
Tripp Trapp Chair
One of the most durable and aesthetically pleasing high chairs on the market, this popular pick from Stokke pulls right up to the dining room table and is transformable to grow with your child. It’s also ergonomically designed for proper body alignment.
LAB LOWDOWN: Parenting pros and newbies all loved its sleek design, easy-to-clean construction and versatility for years of use. Though it starts as a baby item, it fit in perfectly with other home furnishings.
Stellar Caregiver Support
Practical Postpartum Care
All-in-One Delivery Aid
Labor & Delivery + Postpartum Recovery Kit
Frida Mom prepares moms-to-be for recovery with its set of essentials, including a gown, underwear, ice packs and more. It also comes in witty packaging that makes it a great gift, and it has clear instructions so first-time moms willknow what to expect.
LAB LOWDOWN: Testers made good use of all eight items and said the quality was better than what hospitals provide. They especially highlighted how the nursing-friendly gown felt well made and how the peri bottle had an easy-to-use-design.
Organic Body Oil
Birth Prep Organic Massage Oil
A pregnant mother’s body goes through many changes, so this Lansinoh oil is made to condition stretching skin before and after giving birth. Use it for perineal massage to support elasticity ahead of delivery as well as on the belly to moisture and nourish during pregnancy and postpartum periods.
LAB LOWDOWN: Our scientists found this versatile formula innovative and liked that it’s made with certified-organic ingredients. It goes on smoothly without feeling sticky.
Ready-Made Smart Snack
A healthier alternative to lactation cookies, Nunona’s preportioned balls are made from plant-based ingredients and come in five tasty options. Ingredients include foods recommended for moms who have recently given birth, including oats, nuts, dates and flaxseed.
LAB LOWDOWN: GH’s registered dietitian appreciated the clean nutrition, and nursing moms raved about the delicious flavors and convenience. Several even described it as being an enjoyable treat.
Anywhere Nursing Pillow
Boppy‘s compact nursing pillow helps make breastfeeding more comfortable when you’re not at home. It’s ergonomically designed for different sizes of heads and can accommodate various feeding positions. Plus, the smooth, stretchy tie gives moms a good fit.
LAB LOWDOWN: Parents liked how they didn’t have to lug around a larger version and said it was easy to create a secure fit at a good height for their babies. They also noted how soft and comfy the materials felt.
Supportive Nursing Bra
Chloé 3 Nursing Sports Bra
Whether you’re exercising or just looking for support, this sports bra from Sweat + Milk offers a compressive fit with easy-access clips for nursing. Designed for cup-sizes A through H, it’s built with buttery-soft fabric and mesh ventilation for breathability.
LAB LOWDOWN: It wicked away moisture quickly in Lab tests, making it ideal for sweat sessions. Our textile pros liked that its racerback design offered a good range of motion, and testers said it fit well, felt comfortable and proved supportive.
BumpEase Denim Shorts with brrr° Triple Chill
To help ease some of the overheating caused by pregnancy, Motherhood Maternity‘s bump-friendly shorts have a cool-to-the-touch feel and sweat-wicking fabrics to keep you dry.
LAB LOWDOWN: Not only did these bottoms provide testers with a comfortable, well-fitting and stylish pair of shorts, but they also were effective at preventing wearers from feeling sweaty — even in hot and humid weather.
Baby Carrier Harmony
Babybjorn‘s carrier takes you from infancy through toddlerhood (up to 33 pounds) with its newest ergonomic design. It features easy-to-fasten buckles, padded shoulder straps and soft, breathable fabric, and parents can choose to have their child facing in or out or carry them on their backs.
LAB LOWDOWN: One tester summed up why we loved this carrier: “The material is amazing – super light and breathable. And I love that it didn’t require a newborn insert and cleverly used zippers instead!”
Organized Diaper Bag
Indi Diaper Backpack
This hands-free diaper bag from Dagne Dover is incredibly spacious and lightweight, thanks to its neoprene fabric. It comes with a diaper-changing mat, plenty of pockets to keep you organized and clips to attach it to a stroller.
LAB LOWDOWN: A favorite among both staffers and parent testers, this style received rave reviews for being comfortable to wear while looking fashionable. Users said it held everything they need for their little ones, making it the perfect everyday bag.
Lexie Sachs earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Fiber Science from Cornell University, and she researches, tests and reports on fabric-based products ranging from sheets, mattresses and towels to bras, fitness apparel and other clothing.
Chief Technologist & Director of Engineering
Rachel is the chief technologist and director of engineering at the Good Housekeeping Institute, where she oversees testing methodology, implementation and reporting for all labs.
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