What are the Ovia Family Awards?
Every year we ask Ovia parents to nominate the products and brands that supported their parenting journey and to tell us how/why they made such an impact on their lives.
We analyze thousands of votes, pieces of feedback, and thoughtful recommendations to find the best of the best to give an Ovia Family Award. When you see our seal, you know that what you’re buying was chosen by parents who have used it, trust it, and really do recommend it to families just like yours.
In this category, we’re giving awards for:
- Best travel system
- Best car seat
- Best baby carrier
- Best baby wrap
For all our other winners, visit our Ovia Family Awards Hub.
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Best Travel System: Graco Click Connect
This was my 2nd pick after the jogger style and I am not disappointed. I love it so much. One hand close? Who can beat that.”
If you’re looking for a full rundown of our stroller winners, you can read about them here. For these awards, we’re looking at everything else that’ll help you get baby from A all the way to B.
A travel system is usually a series of products, typically at least a stroller and car seat, that work together as one cohesive solution. Our winner this year is the Graco Click Connect. There are a variety of strollers and car seats you can choose from in the Graco Click Connect line that all snap together easily to quickly go from the sidewalk to the highway and back again.
“Convenience is a factor with this set. Seat goes from car to stroller with ease. Once your child outgrows the infant seat, the stroller is still of use. Folds small and easy to travel with.”
“All Graco bases are compatible so even if you have an older base for an older seat style you can click a new seat into it.”
This system lives up to its name. With just one click the car seat locks into the stroller. With another click, it detaches. We’d also like to mention that in this line is a play yard and changing pad that click together. While not compatible with the stroller (obviously), it’s neat to see this simple technology also working in the nursery.
“I found the Graco Click Connect to be a great affordable option and it has lots of accolades for safety, comfort, and style.”
To learn more about Graco Click Connect and see it in action, go here.
Other Ovia Family Award finalists you might spot in your travels include:
Best Car Seat: Graco
Super easy install and has every option your lifestyle requires!”
If you’re looking for a car seat to go along with your travel system…well…Graco is still the brand Ovia parents recommend!
What makes the Graco car seat so convenient is that it can grow along with your baby, keeping your little one safe as you transition between sizes.
“My son was so much happier when we switched to the Graco milestone 3-in-1 convertible seat! It’s amazing and very safe!”
“This car seat is perfect for my kid, and is highly rated for safety, comfort and out of all the other car seats, this one transforms into a booster so you’ll get your money’s worth.”
A Graco travel system will support your family for years.
Okay, are you sitting down? Because our list of other car seat finalists is awesome:
Best Baby Carrier: Ergobaby
Obsessed! Haven’t used anything else! Distributes babies weight evenly throughout my body so it doesn’t cause me any pain.”
A baby carrier lets you explore the world with baby held close against your chest. This is especially valuable for newborns who need to face in, skin-to-skin with you, and be able to see your reassuring smile.
Ovia Parents recommend that families try Ergobaby.
“Both of my Ergobaby carriers have been used about every day for the last two years, for my two year old and now for my baby, both are comfortable to wear and all four carrying positions work great! They also wash up well if baby happens to have an accident!”
The name Ergobaby comes from the word “ergonomic” which is a style of design meant to optimize around safety and comfort. It turns out that some carriers don’t properly position a baby’s hips, or properly distribute their weight across a caregiver’s chest and back. Over time, this can lead to injuries.
Ergobaby’s unique designs make it easy to properly position your baby so everyone is comfortable and well supported.
“The best thing about this carrier is that you don’t have to worry about their hips. It is designed with hip dysplasia in mind. Plus all the options for different holds is awesome. Win, win.”
“My baby boy is very picky about slings and carriers. He would cry and scream if I put him in any until I tried the Ergobaby. He loves it so much; he’ll just sleep away while he’s in there.”
To learn more about Ergobaby and their innovative product line, go here.
If you’d like to explore the world in a different brand, we’d love to recommend our other finalists:
Best Wrap: Baby K’Tan
Love love love my Baby K’tan!! It is so much easier to use than any other wrap and I don’t feel like my baby will fall right out. It’s especially perfect for brand new babes.”
For a simple, affordable way to carry your baby you might consider a wrap. Hundreds of Ovia parents nominated and recommend the Baby K’Tan wrap.
It has a double-loop design that allows you to slip on the wrap as easily as a t-shirt and carry your baby in multiple comfortable positions.
“I loved it. Perfect for when baby was small and snuggly! I liked not having to fuss with tying and wrapping.”
Baby K’Tan wraps are made of 100% natural cotton that’s light and breathable. You’ll also appreciate that the International Hip Dysplasia Institute acknowledges the Baby K’tan as a “hip-healthy” product.
“LOVE my Baby K’Tan!!!!! I recommend it to all of my mommy friends. It’s so much easier to use than any other baby carriers I’ve tried. Definitely my go-to baby must have!!”
“I bought the K’tan for my second baby because I hated the Moby with my first, I could never get her in securely enough. This time the K’tan is SO easy to use, I pop him in and out and he loves being snuggled up in it, glad I found it for this baby but disappointed I didn’t have it with my first!”
Find out if a Baby’Ktan wrap is right for you.