Every parent has a few baby products they absolutely can’t live without—gear they’d choose to take on a desert island instead of a lifetime supply of chocolate.
We asked Babylist families to fill us in on their three must-have baby products. Thousands of parents nominated hundreds of products, which we analyzed to create this list.
And with no further ado, we present 2018’s best baby products:
The Convenient Co-Sleeper
Many parents credit co-sleeping with making middle-of-the-night feedings a whole lot easier. This fan favorite attaches to your bed (with one of the sides dropped down) creating a seamless sleep surface (note: the bed in the bassinet the baby sleeps on is slightly lower than your mattress). Your baby is literally in arm’s reach anytime you need to peer over and check on her, adjust the swaddle or slide her closer for a feeding. The best part? You don’t even have to sit up.
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.
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.
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).
The Do-it-All Car Seat
A car seat that transforms into a stroller at the press of a button? Yes, please! If you live in a city, the Doona makes hopping in a cab and then heading on your way with your baby a breeze. If you’re in the ‘burbs, you’ll appreciate the ease of going from driving to walking without lugging out the stroller and transferring your baby. While it’s on the pricier side, you’re getting two must-haves in one great piece of gear.
The One and Done
From newborn to big kid, all you need is this one seat to get you through all the car seat stages. It has four modes—infant rear facing, front-facing toddler chair, highback booster seat and backless booster—and is designed for kiddos from 4 pounds up to 120 pounds. You’ll save time and money not having to swap seats over the years.
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.