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 furniture brand
- Best crib
- Best changing table
- Best changing pad
- Best rocking chair
For all our other winners, visit our Ovia Family Awards Hub.
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Best Furniture Brand: Graco
I own two Graco cribs and a Graco pack n’ play. They are reasonably priced, look great and hold up very well!”
Perhaps the hardest thing about decorating a nursery is knowing that you’re furnishing an entire room with pieces you’ll only use for so long. That’s why Ovia moms love Graco!
When you’re buying new nursery furniture, you either want items you can use in your entire house (like a really versatile rocking chair), items that grow with your child (like a convertible crib), or items with price tags low enough that you won’t feel bad getting rid of it after a couple of years. Graco has you covered no matter what you need.
“Affordable and sturdy. The classic brand.”
Just because it’s affordable, doesn’t mean it isn’t high quality. You want to know that your choosing a brand you can rely on. And as one user noted, when it comes to Graco:
“The safety features are top rated!”
You can also explore our other top nominated nursery furniture brands here:
Best Crib: Delta
Absolutely love Delta. Our daughter’s crib was inexpensive yet still beautiful, converts into a toddler bed, and has multiple levels.”
A crib is a nursery essential. It’s the safest place for a baby to sleep and, if you’re designing your nursery around a particular look, it’s the first piece you should get.
If this is your first crib, you should consider whether you’ll need to use it again! If so, you’ll want something that looks timeless, is sturdy, and that will continue to meet safety standards (even if they increase over the next few years). In that case, our Ovia Family Award winner Delta might be the brand for you.
“I love that the base is solid under the mattress, there are no sagging springs even after 10 years of continuous use.”
What sets Delta apart is their commitment to safety. All of their crib mattresses are Greenguard Gold certified and their cribs are built to exceed federal and state requirements. They even have some quick safety tips and answers to frequently asked crib safety questions on their website.
“Our crib is a convertible crib that can be used as our child grows. It goes all the way to a full size bed. Not only is it functional, it is attractive.”
If you’re looking for more options, check out cribs from our other finalists:
Best Changing Table: Graco
Sturdy, does not tip over easy which is key when it comes to toddlers getting into EVERYTHING :)”
A changing table might just be the messiest place in your whole home. You need one that is safe, sturdy, and keeps everything you need for a quick change right at your fingertips. Graco changing tables have a timeless design and come in simple color palettes that fit easily into any space.
“Very durable and doesn’t take up too much space.”
You can get one for about $100, which is a great price for a piece of furniture you’ll use every single day for the foreseeable future. As with everything Graco, their changing tables come with great safety certifications. You also can’t beat a major benefit this mom mentioned:
“It’s just so easy to put together.”
Explore Graco changing tables here.
If you’ve tried a Graco, or just want a change (get it?), our other finalists included:
Best Changing Pad: Keekaroo
So wonderful, lightweight, and easy to clean. You can move it from room to room as needed. It is large enough to prevent messes from spreading and can be simply wiped down to clean.”
Okay, we have a confession to make. We didn’t actually have a “changing pad” category in this years awards. And yet, here we are.
The Keekaroo had so many write-ins from parents that have used it, love it, and that they’d absolutely recommend it to their friends and family, that we had to give Keekaroo an award.
“This is the product I recommend to my mom friends above all other products. Keekaroo is my favorite.”
It’s all about practical convenience. The Keekaroo is quick to clean, easy to transport, and does the noble job of keeping the mess under control. It’s everything you could want in a changing solution as moms who have used it will happily tell you.
“This thing is amazing. My son has had several accidents on this thing (including going #2 on several occasions) and you can just clean it up in a few seconds without having to do extra laundry.”
“The material that it is made out of is great!! Really soft AND really easy to clean. The raised edge gives your child a boundary which is especially useful when he/she gets old enough to start rolling away during diaper changes!! :)”
One thing to be aware of is that it’s not a traditional size.
“Not having to change a cover every time he peed everywhere in those first months is essential. They just don’t fit on traditional changing table toppers so be aware of that”
Best Rocking Chair: DaVinci
I live in our rocker, it saves my back during middle of the night feedings and rocks my little one right back to sleep. I love how quiet it is and how easy it is to get up smoothly without waking him.”
These days if you’re buying a “rocker,” what you’re probably actually buying is a “glider.” Rather than creaking up and down on curved legs, a glider allows you are your and baby to gently sway in a smooth, typically noiseless forward and back motion.
Gliders also have the benefit of looking like regular chairs. They’re more likely to match your other furniture, and you don’t need as much clearance behind them to get some baby-soothing motion going.
“It was perfect, especially with the ottoman as storage. We plan to use it well after the baby needs it.”
That’s right, ottoman storage. DaVinci gliders come with a lot of fun extra features like a side pocket for baby’s favorite book, GreenGuard Certification, and stain-resistant fabric. You can even order swatches of your favorite color to make sure it’ll match your stuff!
We’re also excited to give DaVinci this award as they were the only brand that tall parents wrote in about. This brings up a great point. If you can, try to give the rocker/glider that you’re buying a test sit. Make sure that when you lean back your head and neck are supported, and that you’re sure you could comfortably sit in it for long stretches of time.
“Long back for tall parents, easy-to-clean fabric, and very comfortable for nursing or rocking baby to sleep”
“High back! Means even tall people can lean back and catch a quick snooze. I didn’t realize how important that was until I lived it.”
If you don’t think you’ll be rocking a DaVinci in your nursery, consider our other finalist brands: