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Best Wooden Toys for Babies and Toddlers

wooden toys

There’s something enduringly sweet about wooden toys. While they aren’t as flashy as their plastic counterparts, they are eco-friendly and non-toxic, and they will still spark a child’s creativity.

Wooden toys can also withstand loads of abuse—being banged around, chewed on and thrown across the room—and still look good. Because they’re so durable, wooden toys can last through multiple children and even generations. Keep them clean by wiping them with a damp cloth dipped in a mild soap or a vinegar-and-water solution. Don’t dunk them in water, though—it can cause the wood to swell and split.

Find your look-good, last-forever toys here:

Uncle Goose Classic ABC Blocks

ABC Blocks

Each side is used to its maximum potential with this beautifully designed set of 28 blocks. Besides stacking them and knocking them over (which is endlessly amusing!), your child can also sort these blocks by color, line them up by letter or number order or point out their favorite animal.

Manhattan Toy Skwish Rattle-Classic

Manhattan Toy

Flexible webbing holds together wooden rods and beads to create this molecule-like structure that’s fun for tots to grab, bite, pull and smush. Worried about this rattle being annoying? It’s not: the rattle is subtle and comes from the beads plinking as they slide together. (Note: there’s also a natural-colored version.)

Melissa & Doug Stacking Train Toddler Toy

Stacking Train

Your little one will be totally on board with this solid wood train set. In addition to choo-chooing around the living room, kids can stack the multi-shaped blocks on the pegs or separate the trains to help develop fine motor skills. The set is also durable, which is great because two-year-olds.

Hape  Double Bubble 

Hape Double Bubble

Is your little one ready for their first loop-the-loop? This colorful bead maze encourages fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as little hands guide the beads along the two twisty tracks. Four sturdy suction cups secure the base to smooth surfaces for extra stability.

Montessori Object Permanence Box

Montessori materials

Montessori materials are a great addition to your little one’s wooden toy collection as they’re expertly designed for specific developmental stages (and they fit the aesthetic, too!). This object permanence toy is a favorite among many Montessori learners, and it also helps with hand-eye coordination and grasping.

Melissa & Doug First Shapes Jumbo Knob Wooden Puzzle

Puzzle set

These simple shapes make a great first puzzle for toddlers. The large knobs are easy for little hands to grasp, and the matching pictures under the pieces help guide little ones to the correct spot. Ready to move on from basic shapes? There are also several themed puzzles to choose from, including pets and safari.

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Best Play Gyms and Playmats of 2022

Baby Photo

Whether you call it a playmat, play gym or an activity gym, the idea is the same: a brightly colored and interactive mat for your baby’s play time. They come in lots of different sizes, shapes and themes and provide a safe, comfy spot for your little one to relax, play and work on their developing skills.

Here are the playmats and activity gyms we think you and your baby will love.

SKIP HOP Silver Lining Cloud Activity Gym

activity gym

This activity gym skips the primary color palette and instead uses sublter colors that blend in more easily with most decor. There’s a crisscross bar overhead with five plush toys attached (including one that plays lullabies) and lots of varied textures and colors that encourage development. There’s also a cloud pillow just right for tummy time. Don’t mind something brighter? Skip Hop’s Treetop Friends activity gym is another popular pick we like.

The Play Gym by Lovevery


This eco-friendly playmat was designed by child development experts to focus your baby’s attention on what makes the most sense for each developmental stage. There are toys and teething rings and lots of high-contrast pictures to look at, but you can hide sections so your little one won’t be overstimulated. It even comes with a guide that suggests mat activities based on your baby’s age, and there’s a Sensory Strands accessory (sold separately) to add more fun. And although this play mat is pricey, it converts into a fort for older babies so your little one can use it for several years.

Fisher-Price Deluxe Kick & Play Piano Gym-Green

Piano Gym

What really sets this smaller play gym apart is the piano keyboard that plays notes and music when your baby kicks or pats the keys. It’s perfect for teaching cause and effect and we’ve yet to find a baby who wasn’t completely enthralled by it. (Adults maybe not so much, but what can you do…) Five toys attach overhead for when your little one is on their back, or you can attach them to the mat to make tummy time more entertaining. When your baby starts sitting up, you can detach the keyboard so they can still pound away at the piano keys to hear short songs about animals and learn about colors, shapes and numbers.

Tiny Love Gymini-Magical Tales Black & White 

Black White Gymini

The black-and-white contrast on this play mat—perfect for stimulating babies’ vision—is just one of the many features of this play gym designed to support newborn development. The gym has 18 skill-building activities including a black and white book, a soft mirror, hanging toys perfect for reaching and grabbing, a crinkly peek-a-boo tree and so much more. It’s just the right spot for your little one to stretch out, relax and play.

SKIP HOP Little Traveler Reversible Play Mat

rollable mat

This rollable mat is a good choice if you need a soft spot for your baby and toddler to play but don’t have a ton of storage space in your home. The soft, cushioned play space is reversible and features a playful kid-friendly pattern on one side and a more modern one on the other. It’s easy to wipe down after a mess and just as easy to roll up and tuck under a couch or in a corner.

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We Tested UPPAbaby’s Most Popular Strollers—Here Are Our Faves

If you plan on getting out of the house with your baby, a stroller is a helpful piece of gear to have. Which stroller you get is entirely up to you, but with so many options out there, looking at some tried-and-true models is a great place to start.

With a lineup of strollers that often ends up on “best of” lists, UPPAbaby has a reputation for making some of the most parent-friendly strollers around. They’re known for their sleek design, clever features, and most importantly, their safety. UPPAbaby’s vast lineup also makes it easy to find a stroller that matches your lifestyle.

UPPAbaby VISTA V2 Stroller – Greyson


The VISTA is a top stroller pick for growing families. With the ability to transport up to three—yes, three!—kiddos at once and included accessories (baby Bassinet, rain shield, and more), it’s an impressive premium stroller. Use it from birth with the included Bassinet for strolling or for sleep. Or, make it a complete travel system when paired with the UPPAbaby MESA or other compatible car seat.

When your child gets older, switch out the Bassinet for the included front- or rear-facing Toddler Seat. Adding baby number two? Add on the multi-directional RumbleSeat or the PiggyBack Ride-Along Board for a big kid who wants to stand and ride. The VISTA is packed with high-end features parents love like an incredible suspension system, full seat recline, telescoping leather handlebar, huge underseat storage basket, and an extendable UPF 50+ canopy, combining style, convenience, and performance.

Cruz V2 Stroller – Jake


The CRUZ is one of UPPAbaby’s most popular strollers, and it’s not hard to see why. The standout features of this full-size stroller include a reversible Toddler Seat, allowing your baby to ride facing you or facing forward, a hefty suspension system for great maneuverability, and a huge storage basket that holds everything you might need—and more—for a day out.

The CRUZ is travel system-ready with the addition of an infant car seat and also works with a Bassinet. There are even several high-end features like a leather handlebar and independent shocks to absorb any extra bumps you may encounter on your outdoor adventures.

The CRUZ has a modular seat, an adjustable footrest, a telescoping leather handlebar, all-wheel suspension with a patented two-stage system and independent shocks, an extendable UPF 50+ canopy (that’s also height-adjustable), a one-handed full recline, and more. The storage basket on the CRUZ is generously sized, too. With a 30-pound capacity and deep, wide storage, it’s one of the best stroller baskets around.

MINU V2 Stroller-Jake


Another lightweight yet feature-packed model, the MINU V2 is less than 17 lbs with all-wheel suspension for a smooth ride. One hand and motion is all it takes to fold the MINU—meaning you can hold baby in your other arm while folding the stroller. The built-in carry handle and shoulder strap make it easy to carry along, too. Or, go hands-free with the MINU Travel Bag.

Ready for nap time on the go? The multi-position recline lets your little one relax while out or sit upright to see the world. As for storage, keep your diaper bag and extras in the large, easy-access basket. For your little one, the zip-out sunshade extends to block UV rays, while the canopy’s vented peekaboo window allows you to check in during strolls. Not skimping on the luxe details, the 100% full-grain leather handlebar provides extra grip for you.

You can use MINU on its own around three months, or from day one with attachments. You can attach the MESA Infant Car Seat with adapters (sold separately). You can also add this handy accessory bundle that includes a parent organizer and cup holder.

G-LUXE Stroller – JAKE


One of UPPABaby’s lightest strollers, the G-LUXE weighs just 16 lbs. This lightweight umbrella stroller is a great get-up-and-go companion—you can easily pick it up and carry it over your shoulder with the convenient carry strap. For napping on the go, your kiddo can rest comfortably in the one-handed reclining seat with an adjustable footrest.

Worried about fumbling with a stroller? The hand-level triggers make it easy to fold the G-LUXE with just your fingers, no foot action required. Once folded, it stands on its own–great for storing out of the way. It also has a one-step brake. Some other nice features worth mentioning: a pop-out UPF 50+ sunshade, a removable cup holder that attaches to the stroller frame, and a large, accessible basket that holds up to 10 lbs.

G-Link 2 Stroller – Jake


Party of two? Whether you’ve got two babies, two toddlers, or one of each, the UPPAbaby G-LINK 2 makes getting around fuss-free. It’s easier to push and steer thanks to the lightweight and narrow design combined with four sets of wheels (versus the traditional six), so the stroller moves with you.

Independent reclining seats mean you can find the right comfy position for each kiddo and even let them nap on different schedules. To keep you organized, there’s a double storage pocket on the back of the canopies and an easy-access oversized basket. When you’re done, the stroller has a quick fold and a carry handle for easy transport. UPPAbaby is known for its thoughtful, innovative design, and this stroller delivers. There are two extendable pop out UPF 50+ sunshades, a removable cup holder, and a large basket that holds up to 10 pounds.

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Best baby socks

Socks — and the socks you choose — become even more important as baby begins to toddle around the house. You’ll want to be certain to outfit baby with a pair of no-slip socks to encourage those early steps and prevent any toppling over. Read on for the best baby socks to meet every need.

Best Baby Socks Overall

LA Active Athletic Crew Grip Socks

LA Active


These affordable crew socks have garnered thousands of rave reviews from parents. Why? First and foremost, the thick cotton/poly/Spandex blend socks really and truly do stay put on little feet. The soles are covered from heel to toe with non-slip grippers that help prevent slipping and sliding in new walkers and tots who are always on the go. While they’re labeled as “do not tumble dry,” in practice, parents report they haven’t had any issues after months of tossing them in the dryer on low heat. One potential downside is that the thick socks may not work with sneakers that are tight-fitting, though they tend to work better with boots.

Best Baby Knee High Socks

Hudson Baby 8-Pack Forest Knee-High Socks in Grey

Knee High Socks

Taller socks like these that hit just below the knee naturally stay on better since they aren’t easy for baby to kick off. Plus, they help to keep baby’s ankles and calves warm should your little one’s pants ride up or if you’re dressing baby in shorts for the too cute vintage look. The woodsy animals are pretty adorable and come in a pink version, too. The soft and stretchable socks are machine-washable.

Best Baby Socks That Stay On

Sock Ons Classic Socks in White

Socks That Stay On

Just as the name promises, these sock covers really do help socks stay on. Layer the Socks On over a regular pair of socks, and the open toe and heel design helps them work with just about any style of socks. The combo helps to keep your little one’s toes nice and toasty warm, while limiting the ability to kick the socks off (meaning you won’t be putting them back on 100 times a day). Talk about a win-win! The cotton socks are machine-washable.

Best Baby Socks With Grips

Touched by Nature 12-Pack Non-Skid Socks

Socks With Grips

The soles of these tiny socks are covered with grippers to help your baby — well — get a grip when walking on hardwood, marble, or tile floors and prevent any toppling over, which could result in boo boos. The comfy socks are made primarily of organic cotton with polyester and Spandex thrown in for a touch of stretch. While they can be worn with shoes, you’ll get more life out of them if you reserve them for the at-home, shoe-free days. In addition to pink, they also come in a selection of blues, grays, and blacks.

Best Baby Ruffle Socks

Epeius Baby-Girls Eyelet Turn Cuff Ruffle Lace Socks Triple Lace Dressy Socks

Ruffle Socks

These sweet little eyelet socks are so cute they give even your baby’s toes a run for their money. (Okay, maybe they’re not that cute, but close!) The cuff is ribbed to help the socks stay in place and the triple layer lace trim really gives them that frilly effect. They’re practically made to wear with classic patent Mary Janes.

Best Baby Wool Socks

Woolino Wool Baby Socks

Wool Socks

Forget about the itchy scratchy wool socks of your youth — these wool socks are made of merino wool which has fine, itch-free fibers (we promise!). The other benefits are that it’s temperature regulating and able to absorb up to 30 percent of its weight in water, so baby’s tiny tootsies will be warm, without getting too hot, and won’t get damp. The OEKO-TEX 100 certified socks are made in Denmark and Latvian of Australian sheep and can go in the washer.

Best Baby Fuzzy Socks

Cozyway Baby Fluffy Socks

Fuzzy Socks

These ultra soft and breathable microfiber cotton socks are so comfy, they have some parents wishing they came in adult sizes. The ankle is lined with a flexible elastic to prevent the socks from falling down or slipping off. They’re perfect for bedtime, but with non-slip dots on the sole, they can be worn during the daytime, too. However, keep in mind that the thick fleece socks aren’t the best choice for wearing with shoes.

Best Baby Walking Socks

Yenzat Baby Anti-Slip Non-Skid Socks Grip

Walking Socks

If your babe is resistant to wearing shoes, try these walking socks as a transitional step to help her get used to having her feet covered. The socks have a stay-put strap and a non-skid, anti-slip bottom that make them ideal for beginning walkers. They help to keep baby’s feet warm, though they may not be the best choice for colder days. The combed cotton, nylon, and Spandex socks are machine-washable.

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Best toys for newborns

best newborn toys

Newborn babies can’t see well, can’t sit unsupported, and can’t grab objects. But they still like being entertained and appreciate toys pitched at their developmental level. The key is to buy toys that can be used by babies at their current age and stage while encouraging further exploration and skill sharpening. 

Best newborn toy overall

Fisher-Price Deluxe Kick & Play Piano Gym

Fisher Price

Promotes: Gross motor skills and sensory development

Fisher-Price’s Kick & Play consistently wins best-toy competitions because it’s fun for babies at many ages and stages. Newborns can lie either on their back or their tummy while they try to grab the hanging toys and kick at the piano. Once your baby grows enough to use her hands purposefully, she can explore the toys attached to the mat’s loops on her tummy. When she gets bigger still, the Kick & Play’s piano detaches and can be used for musical games that teach colors, shapes, and numbers and even allow her to compose her own tunes.

Best book for newborns

Indestructibles – Baby Faces

Baby Faces

Promotes: Social development

Babies will stare in awe at the illustrated baby faces in this small, sweet little book that introduces the concept of emotions and the faces that accompany them. Even better, Indestructibles are made for babies to grab, pull, tear, chew, and drool on – they refuse to come apart, and if they get dirty, these waterproof books can be tossed in the washing machine.


Best rattle toy for newborns

Oball Bright Starts Easy-Grasp Shaker


Promotes: Fine motor skills and sensory development

Rattles and shakers are classic baby toys because babies love to grab things with their newly operational hands, and are delighted with the noise they can make all by themselves. The perforations in the flexible Oballs make this shaker particularly easy to hold, and the rattling beads inside make a perfectly enchanting jangle.

Best teething toy for newborns

Skip Hop Bandana Buddies Activity and Teething Toy


Promotes: Fine motor skills and tactile development

All the critters in this popular collection of multifunction toys have a super-sweet expression that babies love, and they’re super-easy for them to hold onto, too. At first, babies may just stare at their new friend and smile; as the weeks go on, they’ll start exploring the toy’s various features: squishy arms and legs and tails, textured whiskers and crinkly ears to tug on, a rattle on one paw, and a choice of two teethers.

Best mirror toy for newborns

Baby Einstein Flip for Art High-Contrast Floor-Activity Mirror

mirror toy

Promotes: Gross motor skills and visual development

Getting babies to lift their heads during tummy time is a cinch with this sturdy mirror designed to sit solidly on its wide base and offer your baby a clear, undistorted view of his own wonderful face. Even if he bats at the baby-safe mirror or bonks it with his head, it resists falling over, and its fabric parts are full of high-contrast colorful patterns for your baby to admire. It also comes with a set of flip-through flashcards, complete with stroller link, to encourage cognitive development with bold patterns and images of objects, animals, and more.

Best sensory toy for newborns

Melissa & Doug Flip Fish Toy

sensory toy

Promotes: Fine motor skills and tactile development

Any toy that offers different textures and parts that move, like flipping back and forth, are toys that 2-month-olds will appreciate. Melissa & Doug’s cheerful, beautiful fish toy is far from the ocean – cute and cuddly, every one of its scales offers a different experience in color, sound, and surface. If it gets dirty, just throw it in the washing machine.

Best lovey for newborns

Hudson Baby Animal Face Security Blanket


Promotes: Tactile development

A soft stuffy friend can be especially helpful anytime your baby needs a cuddle or gets upset, for example at bedtime, after they get startled, or when you’re out at a new and overwhelming place. Hudson Baby’s ultra-cushy security blanket comes with the sweet face of an animal friend attached: an elephant, as shown here, or 18 others, including a fox, a unicorn, and a narwhal. This particular set also comes with a cozy blanket that can be used for tummy time. Remember to remove all soft bedding and loveys from your baby’s crib or bassinet before sleep. 

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Best Baby Thermometers of 2022

Your baby has been out of sorts all day. When they’re awake, they’re fussing, and when they’re napping, it’s not for long. Are they teething? Having an off day? Or coming down with something? A thermometer can help you gauge what’s up by telling you if your little one has a fever and if a call to your pediatrician might be in order.

Do You Need a Baby Thermometer?

Keep a thermometer handy to take baby’s temperature, and you’ll be able to truly determine if your child needs a dose of medication, to see the pediatrician or just watchful waiting.

When to Call the Doctor if Your Baby Has a Fever

It’s always good to keep in mind when you need to call the doctor for your child’s fever and when it’s okay to let it run its course. Per the experts, you should reach out to your pediatrician if:

  • Your child is younger than 3 months and has a rectal temperature of 100.4 F (38 C) or higher.
  • Your child is between the ages of 3 and 6 months and has a rectal temperature up to 102 F (38.9 C) and seems unusually irritable or lethargic, or has a temperature higher than 102 F (38.9 C).
  • Your child is between the ages of 6 and 24 months and has a rectal temperature higher than 102 F (38.9 C) that lasts longer than one day but shows no other symptoms. If your child is exhibiting other signs and symptoms like a cough, cold, or diarrhea, you may want to call your child’s doctor sooner based on severity. And when in doubt, call.

Below are some thermometers you may want to consider adding to your medicine cabinet.

1.Safety 1st Rapid Read 3-In-1 Thermometer

Why We Love It

This 3-in-1 thermometer lets you take your baby’s temperature orally, under the arm or rectally—which is recommended for children under 3 to get the most accurate reading—so you have options. It takes temperatures in eight seconds, and beeps when it’s finished.

Keep in Mind

As with all probe thermometers, be sure to clean the probe tip before and after each use with an alcohol swab.

2.FridaBaby Quick Read Rectal Thermometer

Why We Love It

“I love taking rectal temperatures,” said no one, ever. But it is the best way to get an exact temperature reading on your little one, and this model is shaped so you can’t over-insert it (the number one fear!) and only takes 10 seconds to give a temperature reading. The backlight helps with nighttime temp taking, and the large digital screen makets it easy to read.

Keep in Mind

We’ll admit it: those 10 seconds can seem like an eternity when you’re trying to hold a squirming baby or deal with a bout of crying. But we promise after a few tries, the whole experience won’t be nearly as daunting as you might think.

3.ThermoScan7 Ear Thermometer

Why We Love It

What’s considered a fever can be different depending on the person’s age (a 3 month old vs. toddler, for instance). You can enter your child’s age range on this thermometer, and save the last nine temperature readings. And unlike other ear thermometers where the cold tip can cool the area leading to inaccurate results, the Braun Thermoscan has a pre-warmed tip so it’s a non-issue.

Keep in Mind

If your wee one is suffering from a painful ear infection, trying to get anywhere near their ears could be a problem.

4.Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer Model# TAT-2000C

Why We Love It

Often used in pediatrician offices and hospitals, this just requires a simple swipe across the forehead to give a quick reading with minimal disturbance to your little one. Because of that, we especially like it for taking temps on a sleeping child. And it’s the next best thing to getting a rectal temp.

Keep in Mind

It takes some practice to get the forehead swipe exactly right, but after a few tries, you’ll get it down. Also, if your child has a sweaty forehead, it could throw off the reading—in that case, you’ll need to take the temperature by holding the thermometer behind their ear.

Why We Love It

Unsure whether you’ll prefer an ear or a forehead thermometer for trying to take your little one’s temp? This one has both. There’s even a backlit screen for easy middle-of-the-night reads.

Keep in Mind

If you’re using the ear mode, be sure to pull your little one’s ear back and up and aim gently at the eardrum area—it’ll make for a much more accurate reading.

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5 Essential Things You Need to Bring Home a Newborn

There are a lot of things we buy for our babies before they arrive. Some, like diapers, are super important. Others, maybe not.

If you’re hoping to take a minimalist approach to baby rearing or simply want to start with the basics and see what baby likes—and you too!—before you buy more, this list will help take you from the hospital to home. So you can handle most situations, from car rides to naps to feeding, that’ll come your way in those early days and weeks.

A Car Seat

SnugRide SnugLock 35 Infant Car Seat

For babies, car seats come in convertible or infant. An infant car seat is specifically designed for baby’s first year of life. It’s always rear-facing and is simple to click in and out of the car seat base, so you can transport baby easily.

Convertible car seats have higher weight limits so you can use them longer. Whatever you choose, the hospital or birthing center won’t let you go home with baby in a car without one, so this is pretty essential.

A Safe Sleeping Spot

HALO BassiNest Swivel Sleeper

Nothing will guarantee you a full night’s sleep with a new baby, but a cozy, safe place to put baby down for some snoozing (even if it’s just for 45-minute spurts) is key. Many parents love using a bassinet or co-sleeper in their bedroom with a newborn.

You can also choose to use a full-size crib right from the start.

Tip: Purchase a crib mattress that fits your specific crib (most crib mattresses are double-sided, with a harder side for baby’s first months). And keep the crib or bassinet free of blankets, pillows and stuffed animals.

A Baby Carrier

Omni 360 Cool Air Mesh Baby Carrier

In the first few weeks (and beyond), nothing is sweeter than keeping your babe snuggled up against your chest. It can help your baby feel secure, like they’re still in the womb, and carriers let you have your hands free.

There are tons of baby-wearing options on the market, and you should try on some to find what feels most comfortable for you (though baby have other opinions once they arrive).

A sling or wrap style are great for keeping newborns close.

Structured carrier styles tend to last longer, as you can usually use them until your baby is in the toddler years, but many need an infant insert to be used with newborns (and most inserts need to be purchased separately).

Regardless of which you choose, you’ll have your hands free and your baby close.

A Stroller

BravoTr io Travel System

While you’re car seat shopping, you may want to think about strollers too. Many popular car seat brands also make travel systems, in which your infant car seat connects with the stroller, so you can get moving right away. Once baby is able to sit upright, you can use the full-size stroller on its own. Here are more favorite strollers from Babylist parents, as well.

Baby Clothes

Burt’s Bees Baby Unisex Baby Bodysuits

You already may be eyeing adorable ensembles like frilly dresses and little jackets, but wait until your baby is bigger for those Instagram-ready outfits. New babies can go through lots of outfits in a day, so sticking to the basics is a great place to start: think wrap-front tops for quick changes, snap-crotch cotton bodysuits that come in multi-packs and swaddles for sleeping. A few hats and socks/baby booties can help keep them cozy.

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Babies get fussy — it’s a fact of life. Sometimes, after you’ve cradled, fed, shushed, and changed them, your baby (and you) just need a change — and that’s exactly where baby swings come in.

Baby swings keep your baby in motion, and more times than not, help them settle down, which gives you that couple of minutes to take a breather that you very much need. They’re also a great place to park your tot when you’re cooking, working out, and so on. But there are a few things you should think about when you’re shopping for one of these miracle contraptions — as they all have different features to best suit your baby’s needs.


1.InLighten Baby Swing

Key Specs

  • Size: 38.7 x 34.3 x 41.1 inches
  • Weight: 10.63 pounds
  • Cleaning: Easy to remove, machine-washable cover
  • Weight Limits: Birth to 20 pounds

More than one mom, including my deputy editor, told me that this swing is just the bees’ knees. It swings in three different directions, has a fun light show feature, 16 songs and three nature sounds, two recline positions, a timer, and it’s conveniently powered by a USB cord.

Joana Mascioli, new mom and our deputy editor, says that “My little one absolutely loved this swing as a newborn,” and that “It has great features like soothing lights, a mobile, and multiple sound options (you can even play your own music with its built-in aux cord!) It folds up easily for storage when it’s not in use and as different inserts to grow with your baby, too.”

2.Simple Sway Swing

Key Specs

  • Size: 30 x 31 x 38 inches
  • Weight: 13.55 pounds
  • Cleaning: Machine-washable cover
  • Weight Limits: Birth to 30 pounds

If you’re looking for an affordable, easy to love swing, look no further, you have found the holy grail of affordable baby swings.
Yes, it’s a bit basic, but that doesn’t mean that babies don’t absolutely love it. Babies love Tupperware, OK? Sometimes we just play the hits.

It has two vibration settings, six swing speeds, and the cover is machine washable (but a pain to remove and reinstall).

If you’re not sure about a swing, or even if you want to buy a second swing for Grandma’s place or your back porch, you can’t go wrong with this one. One drawback is that it is battery operated, which many parents don’t love.

3.Bluetooth Enabled Lightweight Baby Swing

Key Specs

  • Size: 23.6 x 23.6 x 15 inches
  • Weight: 8.6 pounds
  • Cleaning: Machine-washable and reversible cover
  • Weight Limits: Birth to 20 pounds

Part swing, part bounce seat, part gift from the heavens, this slightly more affordable sway chair from Munchkin has quickly become a user favorite.

It’s light, portable, and collapses for easy storage. It also mimics the gentle sway of a mother’s arms and has Bluetooth connectivity. Everyone I have spoken with who has this says that it’s a game-changer. They also love that it’s powered with an A/C cord, so you never need to worry about charging it. Very few high-tech baby swings are this versatile. Munchkin is leading the pack with this model.

4.City Sway Rocker

Key Specs

  • Size: 32 x 18 x 24 inches
  • Weight: 9 pounds
  • Cleaning: Machine-washable, easy-to-remove cover
  • Weight Limits: Birth to 20 pounds

This is another fold-away bouncer and rocker combination, but lower tech. It manually rocks and bounces and has a vibrating pad that’s battery-operated. The cover is easy to remove and machine washable — plus, the sweet mobile is removable.

It’s light and compact, making it super portable. The three-position recline makes the whole thing that much better because the lowest position is almost prone.

Parents love not only the portability of it but also how breathable the fabric is. There’s no sweaty swamp baby with this rocker.

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You can’t put a price on sleep. If you’re on the hunt for the best baby bassinet to bring home, you’re in the right place. From deciding if you even need a bassinet to understanding the different types, we have you covered. There are lightweight options for travel, versions to keep your baby close, and stylish bassinets that fit the design of your home.

On top of that, some bassinets feature pretty cool technology, which can soothe your baby and encourage healthy sleeping patterns without you lifting a finger — or lifting yourself out of bed.

Why You Need a Baby Bassinet

A bassinet will provide your newborn with a safe, small space to rest within the first few months of their life. Bassinets are easy to move from room to room, which makes things a lot easier on parents. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), bassinets placed in the bedroom with the parents are the safest option for babies. However, bassinets with solid sides should not be used once babies can roll around, as they then pose a suffocation hazard. The AAP wrote that the bedding should be firm enough that babies should not leave an indent on the surface and be free of all extra bedding like pillows or bumpers. A simple swaddle for newborns, or warm pajamas for babies, will suffice.

There are also stylish, sturdy options for alternatives to crib sleeping. Moms love having a bassinet at home that can be easily moved from room to room during the day. This way, moms can keep an eye on their little one while they go about their business in the rest of the house.

The Best Baby Bassinets


Baby Bjorn Cradle Bassinet

This gender-neutral bassinet is simple in style, but it’s complex in its advanced technology: It allows you to calm baby down as you take care of things around the home or kick back with some Netflix.

How does it work? It lulls your little one back to sleep with gentle rocking motions. It’s not the hard sway of the cradles of the past. Instead, it’s more like what they would get if they were, say, in their magical car seat. It’s the barest back and forth, and babies love it.

The bassinet is super light, so you can bring it with you from room to room. Plus, it responds to your baby’s motions, so it’ll start rocking your baby when they start fussing. We love the soft, meshy sides that are smooth, and won’t get baby’s tiny toes or fingers trapped.


Fisher-Price Soothing Motions Bassinet

This modern bassinet by Fisher-Price will entertain your little one until they fall asleep, thanks to tons of built-in features. It’s like the hottest nightclub for babies.

It has soothing vibrations, very chill music, a projectable light show, and soft mood lighting in the form of a gentle nightlight. In this bassinet, your baby is cooler than you are, and they’re also sleeping, which is also something you are likely not doing much of if you have a baby in a bassinet.


HALO HALO Baby Bassinet Bedside Sleeper Bedside Crib

Maybe it’s your first child, maybe you just had a C-section, or maybe you just really want to sleep close to your baby because that’s the best decision for you. Whatever your situation, consider this swivel see-through sleeper that’ll make you feel like nothing comes between you and your little one. It has an adjustable stand, so you can match the height of your baby’s little bed with your mattress.


4moms MamaRoo Bluetooth Bassinet

This 4Moms mamaRoo bassinet is one of the highest tech bassinets on the market. It has five separate motions, five speeds, and four sounds. Plus, it can operate on a timer. It’s powered by Bluetooth, enabling parents to choose the best combination that works for their baby. The smooth mesh sides and firm surface make it safe for the littlest ones.

Imagine your baby starts to fuss, but it’s hours before they should wake. All you do is open an app on your phone, turn on some sound and a little sway, and boom — your baby is back in dreamland. At least, that’s the goal. It’s a lofty one, but darn it, aim high, Momma.


Baby Clothes Newborn Baby Products

Baby clothes for the first six weeks

Planning your newborn’s wardrobe can be tricky, but it’s a lot of fun. There are so many little things to remember, from socks and hats to pajamas and bodysuits. To help you sort through the many options available, here’s a handy rundown of everything you’ll need for the first six weeks and beyond. Depending on how big your baby is and how fast he or she grows, this wardrobe may be everything you’ll need from birth until your baby is 6 weeks old.

Newborn clothing basics

What you need and why

Your baby will spend almost all of the first three months sleeping and eating, so you’ll want plenty of comfy sleepers, gowns, and pajamas, as well as a few simple outfits and accessories. Fancy going-home outfits and special-occasion clothes are nice to have for pictures, but for everyday life you’ll need durable clothes and accessories that can handle any messy situation.

Keep in mind that your little one will likely outgrow newborn clothes in a few months or sooner – in fact, some babies skip straight to 3-month-old sizes. So try not to spend a lot, and buy basics in a range of sizes. Once your baby is born and tests out his or her wardrobe, you’ll quickly learn which clothes work best and you can buy multiples of items that you love. New babies need to be changed frequently, of course, so the more baby clothes you have, the less often you’ll need to do laundry!

Here’s what you’ll need for your newborn .

For comfy nights and easy days

Your newborn will wear these one-piece footed sleepers around the clock, so buy a bunch! You’ll want to have six or more on hand. They’re 100 percent cotton, and since the zipper goes all the way down the front, it’s easy to get your baby’s legs in and out for diaper changes.

Super-soft and warm as toast

Pair these ultra cushy stretchy pants in GOTS-certified organic cotton with infant bodysuits to create an instant outfit. You’ll want four to six pairs to keep your baby’s legs nice and warm.

Great for layering

It’s nice to have lots of bodysuits for your newborn – three to six each of long-sleeved for colder months and short-sleeved for the rest of the year. These are classics, with cute patterns and snaps at the crotch to make diaper changes easier. The expandable necklines make it easy to get them over your baby’s head. Pro tip: In case of a massive diaper blowout, you can pull these down over your baby’s shoulders and body (rather than over the head) to keep the mess away from your baby’s face.

Easy-open bottom for simple diaper changes

Some parents swear by classic baby sleeper gowns for easy diaper changes. You just push the gown up with no need to unzip or unsnap anything. (This makes a difference when you’re changing 10 to 14 diapers a day!) These Yoga Sprouts gowns are as cute as they come, and can be pulled off over your baby’s head or down your baby’s body. Start with a set and see if you prefer them to footed sleepers.

Added warmth and cuteness

Cover your baby’s cute little noggin in these knit beanies. They’re made of silky-soft organic cotton and help keep your baby comfortable and warm. The top knot adds a sweet flair and makes the hat stay on more firmly, too. Three should be enough, unless you’re planning to be out and about a lot in chilly weather. Note: In warmer months, you’ll want a wide-brimmed sun hat for your baby, too.

Keep your baby’s feet toasty

When your newborn isn’t wearing a footed sleeper, it’s nice to have baby socks or one or two pairs of booties to keep those tiny feet warm. These adorable booties come with hook and loop fasteners so they won’t fall off.

Buying guide

What to look for in newborn clothing

Between spitting up and diaper overflow, newborns are constantly needing their clothes changed. Make it easier for yourself by choosing clothes that go on and off without a struggle. Look for shirts with snaps that open in the front or on the side, or that have wide neck openings. Choose sleepers that zip (or, if you prefer, snap) and pants with a loose, stretchy elastic waistband.

No matter how adorable they look, pass on infant clothes that will make it hard to change a diaper (we’re looking at you, baby “skinny jeans”). Thankfully, most baby bodysuits and one-piece outfits have snaps at the crotch.

Look for clothes that are soft and gentle on your newborn’s sensitive skin. Some experts recommend all cotton, although soft cotton blends also work for many babies. Avoid itchy or irritating embroidery, ruffles, lace, and decorations.

(Note: If clothes have decorations like bows, ruffles, patches, and buttons, make sure they’re firmly attached so they can’t come off and become a choking risk. Remove any drawstrings on necks or waistbands – they’re a strangulation hazard. Major baby-clothing brands avoid these risky embellishments, but homemade items, hand-me-downs, and pieces from small companies may have them.)

Another caution: “tagless” clothing, where size and washing information are printed on the back of the neck, sometimes causes skin irritation. If you notice your baby has redness in the area, switch to clothing with tags – you can always cut them out.

Finally, new clothing is often treated with chemicals, so make sure to wash all items before your baby wears them.

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