Babylist families share their favorite, can’t-live-without products and gear for a baby for 2019.
With everything else you had to do to prepare for baby, figuring out what you need as a new parent is challenging. There’s a ton of gear, an overwhelming amount of options and everything looks so incredibly cute. But do you need it?
We asked Babylist families about their must-have items and received more than 9,000 responses. After sifting through the data, we figured out which ones were the favorites.
These are the gems parents swear made life easier.
Doona’s infant car seat is made for superhero parents: able to instantly transform a car seat into a stroller, dash into stores and get errands done at the speed of light. The secret? The Doona car seat has stroller legs tucked underneath and an extending handlebar. Touch a button and it becomes a stroller in seconds, which makes it ideal for getting in and out of taxis (and your own car) in a hurry. It also has orthopedic cushioning for a seriously comfy ride and takes up zero trunk space.
Like your favorite coffee shop, the Formula Pro whips up perfectly warmed and mixed bottles of formula in 30 seconds or less. Just pour in formula and water for up to 20 bottles and the next time your precious become hangry, all you need to do is select your bottle size and press start.
With so many ways to adjust the fit—for both you and your baby—the All Seasons carrier is comfortable to wear from the time your child is a newborn (no infant insert necessary) through toddlerdom. The seat widens and narrows to keep your tot’s hips and legs at a healthy angle, and the shoulder and belt straps adjust as well to evenly distribute your child’s weight. Extra lumbar support means no achy back for you, and a panel that unzips on your baby’s back helps keep things cool when it’s hot outside. The bonus? Six carrying positions let your child soak up different views while staying close to you.
It used to be that if you wanted a hospital-grade pump—the kind that’s best at collecting the most milk in the least amount of time—you had to figure out how to rent one from a hospital. But those days are over. Now you can get your own personal pump without sacrificing superior performance. Unlike most breast pumps, the Spectra features a closed system that keeps the milk separate from pump parts so you don’t have to stress about cleaning out tiny tubes, which can become breeding places for mold and bacteria. Plus, this pump is super quiet, fast and has thoughtful extras like a nightlight and timer.
Swings are one of the key tools parents use to soothe babies. That’s because motion—rocking, swaying and swinging—all remind wee ones of the womb where they felt safest. This cozy swing can help your fussy infant settle down, or entertain your child with a moving mobile and 16 different songs and nature sounds. It also has the option to swing front-to-back or side-to-side, for babies who definitely know what direction they want to go.
Oh yeah, this will be the place to see all the fun stuff and be seen (by mommy, daddy or Grammy, of course!). Watch your baby eyeball all the toys, bounce up and down, and swivel around in this seated activity center for babies at least four months old. Later, it transitions to a fun station for your tot to cruise around and then, to a playtime table for your toddler.
Tired of animal prints and pastels? This streamlined bouncer comes in solid neutrals and trendy colors that actually look good in your home. Your little one will get a kick out of making the bouncer rock—it sways when your baby moves, no batteries required. Later, it becomes a comfy seat for your toddler (up to two years old).
If you love to run, this is the jogging stroller for you. The adjustable handle has nine different positions that accommodate short and tall parents alike, making everyone happy. The stroller is a dream to steer since it never veers to one side as others can, and the full suspension system ensures a smooth ride for your tot, no matter how jarring your stride.
Welcome to parenthood: where you worry about your child’s safety all. the. time. The Nuna PIPA car seat helps ease concerns with an indicator that shines a green light when the seat is correctly installed, and a leg that folds down to the floor to provide extra stability and absorb impact during an accident. It’s also designed to be used wherever you go—it’s lightweight and can be strapped into any vehicle with a seat belt, no base needed.
To an infant, there’s no better place than snuggling in your arms. But when your arms need a break, the Snuggle Me Lounger is a good substitute. A slightly sunken middle surrounded by a bumper pillow mimics the sensation of being held. When your baby is bigger, you can use the lounger for tummy time or help transition to the crib too. The lounger has a removable, machine-washable cover and comes with a travel case.
One and done has never been truer than with this stroller that adapts to your growing child. For infants, you can click a Graco infant car seat directly onto the lightweight stroller frame or use the included seat in the fully reclined, bassinet position. Later, adjust the seat to one of four upright positions. Babies four to 35 pounds can fit in the car seat, while the stroller works for kids up to 50 pounds.
This bassinet comes with major bells and whistles, all designed to increase your baby’s sleep time. If your baby starts to fuss, the bassinet automatically kicks into Mary Poppins mode to quickly lull your baby back to sleep with a rocking motion and white noise. It also comes with three swaddles that attach to the sides of the bassinet so your wee one won’t be able to roll over (since the only safe sleep position for infants is on their back). The SNOO app tracks your baby’s sleep and lets you make your adjustments to the bassinet’s motion, sound, and automatic response level. It’s not cheap, but parents love it.
The City Mini’s slim profile makes it perfect for downtown living. It passes through doorways with ease, isn’t a sidewalk hog and can be quickly maneuvered through crowds. At only 17 pounds and with a one-handed, compact fold, the stroller is a cinch to collapse and stuff into a small trunk or carry upstairs. Using public transportation a lot? Consider the City Tour stroller—a featherweight at only 14 pounds—that can be folded into a backpack. For families with multiple kids (or future plans), Baby Jogger’s City Select stroller may be the better choice. It can adapt to fit up to three children, although it’s bulkier than the other Baby Jogger strollers.
This is no one-trick pony: The Duet Swing can sway side-to-side and front-to-back at six different speeds. Baby isn’t in the mood to swing? No problem. Detach the seat from the swing stand and it becomes a bouncy seat that jiggles when your little one moves. It also has two vibration settings, music and nature sounds, and mobile with soft toys to keep things interesting.
This lightweight travel crib makes it easy to put your baby to sleep while away from home. Take it with you to grandma’s house, over to the sitter or with you on vacation to create a safe play space or sleep zone. It’s made of all-mesh—so you and your little one can see each other—and zips down on one side so you can cuddle together before you child dozes off. The soft, foam mattress is safe for babies to sleep on, and the crib can be set up in seconds and quickly folded into its backpack carrier.
Sometimes the secret to a good night’s sleep with a newborn is keeping them close by. Bassinest is a good way to co-sleep. This 360-degree swiveling bassinet from Halo can be pulled right up to the side of the bed—even over the mattress—making it easy to peek at your baby through the breathable mesh sides (the weight of your arms actually pushes them down when it’s time to scoop up your new roomie for feeding or changing). This sleeper is on the pricier side, but many new moms couldn’t imagine the newborn stage without it.
There are enough things to worry about when you’re traveling with your little one—safety shouldn’t have to be one of them. With three layers of side-impact protection, a clear indicator to ensure proper installation and a weight range from 5-65 lbs, this seat is a favorite when it comes to convertible car seats. It’s also virtually foolproof to install, thanks to Britax’s ClickTight technology that uses either clip-style LATCH anchors or the simple click of your seatbelt. There’s also an indicator that makes a clicking sound when the no-rethread harness is tight enough around your baby, giving you peace of mind that your little one is safe and secure. The Advocate can be used from 5-40 lbs in the rear-facing position and from 20-65 lbs in the forward-facing position.
Here’s the secret to getting things done when you have a baby: a snuggle-ready carrier that you don’t mind wearing for hours. The Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier is popular with parents for its padded shoulder straps and thick, wrap-around waistband with lower-back cushioning. The carrier can be worn four different ways—on the hip, the back, or front-facing in or out—and keeps your little one’s legs at a hip-healthy angle no matter what position you choose. Use this from day one (no infant insert required) all the way into toddlerhood.
As a rule, high chairs aren’t the most attractive. But this streamlined Scandi design is the exception. Built of solid wood, the sturdy seat comes in a variety of wood finishes and modern colors. And, it holds up well over time with seat and footplates that adjust to fit your growing child well into the school years. Pull this chair right up to the table— no tray necessary—and plan to pass this iconic piece down to the next generation.
Chicco’s popular KeyFit Car Seat is easy to safely install, with bubble level indicators on both sides and a leveling foot ensures proper installation for all back seats (even uneven ones). It works with babies 4-30 lbs, and the entire cover is machine washable—great for life’s little (or big) messes. Using the seat in multiple cars? Getting additional base makes things easier.
Tired of fumbling with zippers, snaps and squirmy babies during midnight diaper changes? (Raises hand.) This ingenious brand uses magnetic closures that literally make dressing your little one a breeze. Simply snap the top magnet closed, and the magnets below fall automatically inline; it really is that easy (and also really fun!). And if you need even more to love, the bright, colorful prints and patterns are whimsical and fun for both you and baby.