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The 87 Best Baby Gear of 2022

We've tested gear from Chicco, UPPAbaby, Tommee Tippee, BabyBjorn, and more to find the best baby gear on the planet
The 87 Best Baby Gear of  2022
We've tested more than 185 strollers, including more than 50 full-size strollers, in our ongoing effort to find the very best. We purchase each stroller ourselves to assure complete independence in our comparison and ratings.
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By Wendy Schmitz and the BabyGearLab Review Team
Wednesday May 11, 2022
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While babies might be small, their needs are bigger and grow as they do. In the first few days coming home, you might be able to get by with a handful of items, but as the days progress you'll need the top baby gear to take care of your little one with ease.

That's where BabyGearLab steps in.

We've comprehensively tested more baby products than anyone. Our baby experts have created a list of all the baby gear you need to make it through the first year of babyhood. We've included quality vetted baby gear through our extensive testing process in our in-house lab and in the real world. We regularly update this gear list to include the latest and greatest once they've passed our tests for award-winning status.

Here is our baby gear list including all the favorites we'd recommend to a friend getting ready to launch into the wonderful world of parenthood.

Editor's Note: We updated this list of our favorite picks on May 11, 2022, to incorporate our latest picks for Bassinets.


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The Basic Diaper Goods


There is a lot of baby gear in the world. Some of them are useful must-have basics, while others are nice to have items that could make life easier or more fun. This collection is the bare necessities of infant diapering care from diaper cream to wipes. Because no matter what kind of parent you plan to be or what gear you hope to buy, every baby will need diaper goods.

Disposable Diapers

Seventh Generation Sensitive Protection


Seventh Generation Sensitive Protection diapers impressed us during testing due to their high absorption rate and cozy design. With uber soft fabric and a snug fit, even the most active babies will be comfortable wearing these flexible diapers. They also…

Mama Bear Gentle Touch


Mama Bear Gentle Touch diapers bring a lot to the table with a product that has higher than average performance for absorption and leak protection. This diaper had relatively quick absorption with more moisture on the filter paper than some competition…


Cloth Diapers

Rumparooz Pocket


After thorough lab absorbency testing and hands-on use with our baby tester, the Rumparooz Pocket diaper quickly became a favorite cloth diaper of ours, earning it a top rank in our review along with an Editors' Choice award. It's double gusset, and dual…

Flip with Stay Dry Insert


The Flip diaper cover and Stay Dry Insert are two parts of a stellar cloth diapering duo, sporting above-average absorbency performance and a wallet-friendly price tag. This hybrid diaper is easy to assemble and clean afterward. The single stay dry insert…


Cloth Baby Wipes

GroVia Wipes


Durable and versatile cloth that will find endless purposes in your home


Baby Wipes

Water Wipes


Simple, healthy, and soft baby wipe with few ingredients and sturdy construction that make the smaller size easier to accept


Diaper Cream

Weleda Calendula Diaper Rash Cream


The Weleda Calendula Diaper Rash Cream is an effective cream that helps treat and soothe irritations on a baby's bottom. With natural ingredients, free of petroleum, fragrance, and preservatives, this cream is a product we love. However, the cream's…


Diaper Bags

Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back


The Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back is a diaper bag that (nearly) has it all. It is roomy, but not bulky, polished, but not flashy, and it has one of the best organization systems of all the bags we tested. When packing for a day out with your baby, the Be Right…

Skip Hop Mainframe Wide Open


The Skip Hop Mainframe Wide Open Backpack is an innovative bag with the ability to stay open once the sides are pulled open. We like its easy-to-clean vegan leather material, exterior organization, and multiple carry options. It is a convenient…


Potty Chairs

OXO Tot Potty Chair


Simple, sturdy, and easy to clean, this toddler toilet that has exactly what you need and no more


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Nursing


How and what you feed your baby is a personal choice. No matter which path you end up on (because honestly, sometimes you don't get to choose) you'll need some baby gear to help you get there. From pillows that help achieve a great latch to a superior breast pump to get the milk supply backup in place, we've tested the most popular gear on the market.

Nursing Pillows

Nook Niche Organic


A comfortable and high-quality pillow that supports mom and baby with natural materials


Breast Pumps

Spectra S1 Plus


The Spectra S1 is the breast pump we think moms have been waiting for. It's so comfortable, quiet, and efficient, you might even wonder if it's working until you look down and see breast milk effortlessly being expressed. This pump is easy to use…


Breast Pump Bags

Ju-Ju-Be Be Supplied


The Ju-Ju-Be Be Supplied pleased testers with an impressive overall performance. Moms who use this bag continually praise it for its stylish looks and thoughtful design. It is big enough to hold all of your essentials without being too big to carry…


Nursing Bras

Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra


Comfy full coverage bra that you'll want to wear all-day


Nursing Tops

BLANQI Everyday Pull-Down Support Tank


High-quality tank with built-in support for a postpartum body


Nursing Pads

Curve By Cache Coeur


Extremely comfortable and perfectly contoured nursing pads that you forget you are wearing, but quite expensive


Nipple Cream

Weleda Nipple Balm


The perfectly blended formula is creamy, hydrating, and lightweight, but metal tube may cause some spills


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Bottle Feeding


Whether you go breastmilk or formula, you are likely going to need the tools of the trade for bottle feeding. Bottles are a great way for others to help feed your baby, for daycare, and more. It does require a little more gear and it is easier if you have a bottle warmer and all the cleanup tools like a bottle brush and drying rack.

Baby Bottles

Comotomo


We love the Comotomo baby bottle for many reasons. From the shape of the nipple to the ease of cleaning, it is a bottle that will keep both babies and parents happy. The silicone body keeps toxic chemicals away from the baby's food and out of the…

NUK Simply Natural Glass


The NUK Simply Natural Glass bottle is a traditional bottle made from extra-durable borosilicate glass. We especially like the attention given to the nipple on the NUK with a unique orthodontic shape and broad nipple base that may be the perfect…


Burp Cloths

Burt's Bees Baby Burp Cloth


Buttery soft cloths that are made from super-absorbent organic cotton, but are smaller than average


Bottle Warmers

Tommee Tippee 3-in-1 Advanced


The Tommee Tippee 3-in-1 Advanced won a place in our hearts as one of our favorite bottle warmers, thanks to its abundance of great features. It has a simple-to-use interface, heats bottles safely, and runs almost no risk of overheating. The use of a…


Baby Bottle Brushes

OXO Tot Brush


Durable bristle brush with ease of use features that make bottle cleaning less of a chore


Bottle Drying Racks

OXO Tot Bottle Rack


If you have countertop space to spare, this durable drying rack can hold multiple bottles and parts and is dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning


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Consuming More


If your little one is growing, you are getting ready for upright eating with mushy foods and spoon-filled messes. You'll need everything from high chairs and plates to spoons and bibs.

Baby Food Makers

NutriBullet Blender


Holding the Editors' Choice award, the NutriBullet Blender (model ZNBF30400Z) is a top-performing machine that produces smooth purees and offers the capacity to create large batches of baby food if you prefer to prep and store food in your freezer. It has…

Sage Spoonfuls Puree and Blend


The Sage Spoonfuls Puree and Blend immersion blender with food processor bowl is a quick and easy baby food making solution that can be used in almost any container with very little mess to clean up after. This baby food maker is ideal for quick meal…


Food Storage Containers

OXO Tot Glass Baby Blocks with Silicone Sleeves


Multi-purpose food storage containers that are easy to clean and conveniently sized


Snack Catchers

Munchkin Snack+


Stainless steel cup that is easy for toddlers to use and simple for parents to clean


Baby & Toddler Plates

Kiddobloom Dinnerware Set


A durable stainless steel option that is durable, yet easy to clean for busy parents


Baby Spoons

BEABA First Stage Baby Spoon Set


A 100% silicone spoon set that is comfy for parents, and gentle on the baby's mouth but they do stain and collect lint


Baby Bibs

KiddyStar Toddler Bib


A set of ultra-soft and super absorbent bibs that are more oversized, making them best for older babies and toddlers


Sippy Cups

Pura Kiki Vacuum Insulated Toddler with Sleeve


The Pura Kiki Vacuum Insulated Toddler with Sleeve sippy cup is hands down our favorite. Pura really has thought of everything from the healthy materials to the no-slip grip silicone sleeve. The 100% plastic-free cup solidly shines in most metrics…


High Chairs

Peg Perego Siesta


The Peg Perego Siesta is a beautiful high chair that you can use with your baby right from day one. It's soft padding, and easy-to-clean seat upholstery will keep your baby comfy all through mealtime. With the 5-point restraint and passive crotch bar…

Graco Slim Snacker High Chair


The Graco Slim Snacker High Chair is a basic wallet-friendly chair that gets the basic feeding job done with no real bells or whistles. This chair has a low-price folding feature and a removable tray. The seat includes a removable pad and a 5-point…


Portable High Chairs

Inglesina Fast Table


When it comes to portable high chairs, the Inglesina Fast Table Chair earned its way to our hearts and became our favorite hook-on dining chair. This chair is versatile, particularly if you're looking for something that can fit onto curved tables and…


Table Booster Seats

Prince Lionheart SQUISH


A top-notch option that is wallet-friendly, super easy to clean, and lightweight, making it travel-friendly


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A nice, tight swaddle can help comfort baby and keep them warm through the night.
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Keeping Calm


Even the calmest baby will have moments of fussiness or discontent. Whether your little one has colic or is simply over tired, it can be helpful to have soothing baby gear on hand to supply them with the tools to relax and self-soothe. A snug swaddle or a nipple-shaped pacifier can make all the difference.

Pacifiers

Chicco PhysioForma Soft Pacifier


A clear pacifier featuring a unique orthodontic nipple with an upward flex, plus a larger loop for easy hold


Swaddling and Sleep Sacks

Woolino 4 Season Ultimate


The Woolino 4 Season Ultimate is a sleep sack made from merino wool and organic cotton. The temperature regulating properties of the material make it a perfect choice for parents who want to use the same sleep sack year-round. While the price tag is more…


Bassinets

Arm's Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper


The Arm's Reach Clear-Vue Co-Sleeper is a bedside bassinet that can stand alone or be attached to your bed. This product is the most accessible in the group allowing parents to stay in bed while comforting or feeding baby in the sleeper next to them. The…


Travel Cribs

BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light


The BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light is an easy to use travel crib/play yard that is comfy and eco-healthy. This crib is the third lightest option in the review with a folded size that is easy to carry. The carry bag has comfortable handles and the crib fits…

Baby Joy Travel Crib 2-1 Playpen


The Baby Joy Travel Crib 2-1 Playpen is a budget-friendly travel crib and play yard for little ones. We like that this option folds small enough for carry-on use and that it fits easily into the travel bag without a lot of fuss and frustration we've seen…


Sound Machines

Letsfit White Noise Machine


Our favorite sound machine with thunderstorm sounds so real you'll be smelling rain

MyBaby Soundspa On-The-Go


A wallet-friendly, portable choice that gives you just enough for on the go music and comfort


Night Lights

Hatch Baby Rest Night Light


A versatile and multi-functional night light that you can easily control from your phone

LumiPets Bear


A kid-friendly night light that offers a range of colors and brightness, and remote control


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Keeping your baby clean can be daunting but with practice and patience you and baby will have it down in no time.
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Getting Clean


Your newborn's first bath can be a daunting task, but with the right bath gear, you'll both be enjoying bath time in no time. We've collected our favorite bathtime products from bathtubs to towels to help you both succeed and get off on the right bathtime foot.

Baby Shampoo

Babo Botanicals Sensitive Baby Shampoo & Wash


A shampoo that may be attractive to families who strive to use products with clean ingredients as this product is fragrance-free and EWG verified, meaning it avoids ingredients of concern


Baby Oil

Earth Mama Calendula Baby Oil


A top-notch baby oil that performs well with only a few ingredients, leaving your baby's delicate skin soft and hydrated


Baby Washcloth

Bamboo Organics Viscone Washcloth


Splendidly soft bamboo washcloths that are perfect for use with babies of all ages


Baby Towels

KeaBabies Bamboo Baby Towel


A top-notch hooded baby towel that is ultra-soft for babies' delicate skin and large in size to grow with your child


Baby Bathtubs

Boon Naked


Best for those who want to forgo the huge plastic baby tubs and prefer a space-saving, collapsible product

Angelcare Bath Support


This affordable tub is easy to use and supports babies with its cradle-like mesh that has a gentle recline and non-slip material


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Health and Care


Your new little creation will require certain baby gear to keep them happy and healthy. Baby care goes beyond changing diapers and cleaning bottles. Luckily, we've tested everything from thermometers to sinus-soothing humidifiers to help you create a kit of health and care necessities for happy, healthy living.

Thermometers for Babies and Kids

Braun ThermoScan


High-quality choice that quickly gets the job done with accuracy and potential longevity


Baby Scales

Unicherry Scale


Easy to use, stable and accurate make this an ideal infant scale


Humidifiers

Levoit LV600HH


The Levoit LV600HH is a high-end ultrasonic humidifier with strong initial effectiveness. This unit is programmable for humidity levels, run timers, and auto-shutoff with a digital user interface that is fairly intuitive. The Levoit has a tank with a…


Baby Lotions

Babyganics Daily Lotion


Great overall option free of many irritants that applies smoothly with no residue


Baby Nail Clippers

Safety 1st Light Zoom Nail Clippers


These trimmers include a magnifier and light, so nothing is standing between you and successful pain-free trimming


Baby Toothbrush

Dr. Brown's Giraffe Infant to Toddler Toothbrush


A top-notch toothbrush for babies and toddlers that stands upright, comfortable for little hands to hold, and features nylon bristles to brush away plaque and bacteria


Baby Laundry Detergent

Babyganics Liquid Baby Detergent


With excellent performance on baby stains and good eco-health characteristics, this detergent emerged as our testing team's favorite pick


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Entertainment


Your little one will swiftly increase their desire for stimulation and sensory input as they get older day by day. There are several kinds of products to help keep them entertained and to encourage skill-building. From bouncers for soothing and giving mom a chance to pee hands-free to a tummy time baby gym, there is something for every baby to stay engaged.

Baby Bouncers

Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Bouncer


An adorable and affordable bouncer with all the features you might long for


Baby Swings

Fisher-Price Cradle 'n Swing


The Fisher-Price Cradle 'n Swing earned our Editors' Choice award, beating out all the other options in our Baby Swing review. It outshines the competition regarding soothing ability thanks to its fully customizable features. It has soft, plush fabrics…


Baby Gyms

Lovevery Play Gym


A high-quality baby gym designed with child development in mind, offering stage-appropriate activities and zones for your baby to explore, learn, and play


Jumpers

Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo


Super exciting jumper with lots to see and do, but takes up a considerable amount of space in your home


Baby Walkers

HABA Walker Wagon


A top-quality design allow this pushchair to be passed on to future generations but comes with a high price tag


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Finding the right crib for your nursery, your needs, and your wallet doesn't have to be challenging with the great options evaluated in this review.
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Nursery Picks


Most new parents have a vision of their nursery either in how it looks or how it functions. While decorations are adorable, the necessities of outfitting a functional nursery with the right baby gear should be job one. Finding a great decor can come later. From choosing a useful baby monitor to a stink-free pail, we've tested what you need.

Diaper Pails

Munchkin Step


The Munchkin Step diaper pail has impressive odor control which helped it earn our Editors' Choice award. The hands-free pail is easy to use with a convenient foot pedal, large capacity, and the self-sealing system helps keep the odors trapped inside the…

Creative Baby Tidy


The Creative Baby Tidy's ability to keep in the stink, even when depositing diapers impressed us during testing. Combined with its overall useability and the savings of utilizing regular kitchen trash bags, this pail won us over and earned the Best Value…


Sound Monitors

VTech DM221


The VTech DM221 is a budget-friendly sound monitor with more features than the average product in this price range. The DM221 has excellent sound clarity with some of the best and loudest sounds in the group. This monitor has sound activation and two-way…


Video Monitors

Nanit Pro


The Nanit Pro is the new Nanit offering that upgrades the camera to 1080 and comes with a few new features like more possible cameras and a breathing band. This WiFi video monitor can be used wherever you have WiFi access, making it a good choice for…


Crib Mattresses

Naturepedic Organic Cotton Classic 150 Seamless 2-Stage


Top-of-the-line mattress with quality and healthy materials - our favorite for babies and toddlers


Cribs

Storkcraft Equinox 3-in-1


Impressive all-around option with modern styling and sturdy wood construction


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Keeping Safe


Your baby might seem like just a non-moving blob right now, but before you know it they will be on the move and out for exploration and adventure. With dangers behind every cabinet and beyond every doorway, you'll want some supplies to help keep them safe.

Baby Gates

Evenflo Barn Door Walk-thru Baby Gate


Excellent top quality gate that fits typical doorways and works exceptionally well


Cabinet Locks

Vmaisi Magnetic Locks


Impressive and easy to use magnet locks for cabinets or drawers


Edge Guards

Roving Cove Baby Proofing Edge Corner Protector


A straightforward kit with everything you need for corner and edge protection


Babyproofing Kits

PandaEar Safety Proofing Kit


A well rounded kit with a high part count, magnetic locks, and an affordable price tag


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Getting Around


No matter what your lifestyle is or your plans entail, you'll need some kind of baby gear to get your little one from one place to another. Whether that is from the bedroom to the kitchen in a carrier or running errands hands-free, we've got award winners for you.

Baby Carriers

Nalakai Ring Sling


The Nalakai Ring Sling is a straightforward baby carrier that works as it should without hiccups or complicated wrapping or strap adjustments. This bamboo and linen fabric sling is simple in design and can be put on using only on hand. Most users can put…

Baby K'tan Original


The Baby K'tan Original carrier is a wrap type carrier without the wrap design. This unique carrier is made of two loops of fabric joined by a smaller third loop that provides a wrap style final position, look, and feel. This carrier works for babies from…


Baby Backpacks

Thule Sapling Elite


The Thule Sapling Elite is a high-end baby backpack carrier for little ones from 16-48 lbs. It features a cool mirror for spying on your passenger and lots of pockets for the organization of all your supplies. This backpack includes a sturdy waistbelt and…


Bike Trailers

Burley D'Lite


High-quality and multi-purpose bike trailer that pulls like a champ

Burley Bee


Lightweight and affordable trailer that is somewhat limited in its uses


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Installation of the Aton 2 using the vehicle belt and base uses a lock off on the base and is the second easiest method of installation for the Aton.
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Car Safety


If your little one is ever going to be in a car, they need a great car seat for safety. We've purchased the seats and had them professionally crash-tested to give you all the information to find a great infant seat or convertible option within your budget that meets your goals.

Infant Car Seats

Chicco KeyFit 35


The Chicco Keyfit 35 is a reasonably priced infant car seat with better than average crash test analysis scores and a stupidly easy LATCH installation. This seat is good quality, especially for the price, is easy to attach the carrier to the base, and…

Chicco KeyFit 30


You won't be disappointed with the Chicco KeyFit 30. Thanks to above-average performance in most metrics combined with an affordable price, it is a budget-friendly higher ranking selection suitable for most families. The KeyFit 30 delivered one of the top…


Convertible Car Seats

Graco Extend2Fit


The Graco Extend2Fit is a higher-end Graco with impressive top crash test results. This convertible car seat is relatively lightweight and easy to use, with dual cup holders, side harness retainers, and a cool footrest that provides additional legroom…


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Rolling Along


Moving around town and getting out and about with your little one is significantly easier with a transportation device. If you want something with wheels, we've got what you need. From jogging strollers to great strollers for running errands, we've tested them all and recommend our favorite award winners here

Full-size Strollers

Thule Urban Glide 2


The Thule Urban Glide 2 is a jogging stroller you can easily use as your primary stroller. This stroller is the easiest to maneuver with a large swivel front wheel, adjustable tracking for running, and rear-wheel suspension. It has covered storage with a…

Baby Jogger City Mini 2


The Baby Jogger City Mini 2 is a lightweight full-size stroller for everyday adventures with some improvements on the older version. This stroller has adequate storage, an almost flat recline, and adjustable leg rest. It comes with a large canopy with…


Umbrella Strollers

BabyZen Yoyo2


The BabyZen Yoyo2 is a high-quality lightweight stroller with one of the smallest folds in this review. This easy-to-use, easy-to-fold option includes a handy carry bag for transporting your stroller with less potential for damage, and ranks among our…

Zoe Traveler


The Zoe Traveler is a nicer quality umbrella option with a very reasonable price tag in this lineup of contenders. It features a huge canopy, adjustable leg rest, and a recline that is deeper than much of the true umbrella competition. This stroller has…


Double Strollers

Thule Urban Glide 2 Double


The Thule Urban Glide 2 Double is a side-by-side stroller that can serve as a jogger when little ones get older. The Urban Glide 2 Double managed to edge out the competition by offering a similar design with less bulk, better quality, and a lower price…

Evenflo Pivot Xpand Double


The Evenflo Pivot Xpand Double is an inline stroller that can accommodate up to three passengers with the right accessories. This useful stroller is compatible with two infant car seats of different brands and includes adapters for Evenflo seats attached…


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More Information


Choosing baby gear and stocking up on the best gear for your new little one isn't as simple as creating a registry and crossing your fingers. We've bough stand tested each item in our list against the top competitors in their category. This means you can rest assured that every recommendation performed better than the competition, earning its spot in our list of best baby gear of the year. While this list incorporates what we think you must have or could make life with your baby easier, it might have missed the product types you were hoping to find. No worries! Whether you want a baby rocker, toothpaste for little ones, or something else, we've tested those too!

Wendy Schmitz and the BabyGearLab Review Team

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BabyGearLab was founded by a Pediatrician Mom with a mission to provide a reliable, independent, source of information to new parents. Our experts have tested thousands of baby and kids products to share key performance, health, and safety findings. We spend tens of thousands of dollars crash testing car seats to inform our ratings. And, we combine our review work with gobs of expert parenting advice. To assure complete independence, we buy all the products we test ourselves. No sponsored content. No ads. Just real, honest, side-by-side testing by people who care.

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