What are the Ovia Family Awards?
Each year, we ask Ovia parents to nominate their best-loved products and brands and tell us why these picks made such an impact on their journey into parenthood. We analyze thousands of votes, pieces of feedback, and thoughtful recommendations to determine which best-of-the-best, tried-and-true products are worthy of an Ovia Family Award. When you see our seal, you know what you’re buying was chosen by parents who’ve used it, trust it, and can genuinely recommend it to other growing families. In this category, we’re giving awards for:
- Best travel system
- Best car seat
- Best baby carrier
For all our other winners, visit our Ovia Family Awards Hub.
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Best Travel System: Graco
“Loved our Click Connect! It was so easy to get the car seat out of the car and just click it into the stroller!”
With a Click Connect travel system from Graco, you’ll get a rear-facing car seat that effortlessly clicks into a pre-installed base in your car and onto the included stroller. New parents need things to be simple, and it doesn’t get much simpler than this.
“This saved me my baby’s first year! Being able to take a sleeping baby from the car to the stroller without him waking up was the best!!”
Parents are all about Graco travel systems because they’re essentially car seats plus strollers in one. You can convert a Modes travel system into a bassinet to hold a newborn, click the car seat in for a standard infant stroller, and then convert it into a front-facing toddler stroller.
“Simple, durable, and way more affordable than most. Best of all, it’s a machine in the winter. Highly recommend.”
You want a travel system you can rely on not just for the infant stage but through the toddler years too. Graco makes durable products that don’t cost a fortune, and you can count on them to keep your kiddo safe, dry, and protected, year-round, year after year.
“I used Graco car seats with all of my 4 kids and I love them. They click to the Graco stroller, they’re light, easy to carry, very cute.”
If you want to check out other options, take a peek at our other travel system finalists:
Best Car Seat: Graco
“Affordable price for quality, comfort, and safety. We have two, one for each car.”
Graco also takes the cake for best car seat. Parents appreciate the high-quality options that keep babies and toddlers safe and comfortable while on the go. And with affordable price tags, many opt to have one for each car, which can make life with littles a lot easier.
“Love my one-handed button to adjust the handle! That was a big defining characteristic of my Graco car seat.”
The carrying handles on Graco infant car seats are easy to adjust. Just click the red button, and raise or lower the handle as needed.
“We have the Graco 4Ever car seat and it is designed great! My son seems comfortable, and it will last him for 10 years. From rear-facing all the way to backless booster.”
The 4Ever car seats have modular designs that grow with your child. You’ll get a rear-facing infant seat that accommodates babies between 4 and 50 pounds, a harness car seat for toddlers between 22 and 65 pounds, a high-back belt positioning booster for children up to 100 pounds, and a backless belt-positioning booster for kids up to 120 pounds — all in one product.
“We have loved our Graco Extend2Fit. After a lot of research, we found out this seat will accommodate our child riding rear-facing for the longest and that gives me peace of mind. He also started loving his car seat shortly after we got this one. Car rides weren’t nearly as miserable.”
Some of the 4Ever car seats have an Extend2Fit feature, which provides an additional 5 inches of legroom, allowing taller babies and toddlers to stay in the rear-facing position for longer.
To research additional options, check out our other car seat finalists:
- Maxi Cosi
Best Baby Carrier or Wrap: Ergobaby
“I could not imagine having a baby and not having an Ergobaby. This gave me my hands back so I was free to do things around the house. We could do skin-to-skin, breastfeed, go for walks, shopping, etc.”
To say an infant keeps your hands full would be a major understatement. But when you tote them around in an Ergobaby carrier, you can have your hands back — literally — and tend to all the things on your to-do list.
Easy-to-tie Ergobaby wraps are also ideal for the newborn stage. You can get the skin-to-skin bond, breastfeed on the go, let your baby sleep as you get some work done, or just cuddle with your hands free.
“Simple to get on even one-handed, this has come in so handy with our newborn, and she doesn’t mind being in it so we can get things done while she dozes!”
As you may know, not all baby carriers are created equal. Some can be a hassle to put on and take off, but not the Ergobaby. Parents appreciate being able to slip it on with just one hand.
“We have two! The 360 is good, and the one that faces in and can double as a backpack. Our oldest loved facing out in the 360, and when he was big enough, loved and still loves riding on my back. Was also great for travel. He’s been through many airports riding in an Ergo on my back. Comfortable for mom too!”
“The Ergobaby 360 is adjustable for the parents and for the baby with a secure and supportive hold.”
Parent-facing carriers are ideal for infants, while front-facing options are best for bigger babies — especially those who like to see what’s going on in the world. With the Ergobaby 360, you can have it both ways.
Want to check out other options? Take a look at our other baby carrier finalists:
- Baby K’tan