the best baby gear

The best in baby gear

The best in baby gear according to Ovia parents.

What are the Ovia Family Awards?

Each year, we ask Ovia parents to vote for their favorite family products, including the best baby gear: from wraps and carriers to chairs and swings. 

This year, we collected 40,000 votes and thousands of thoughtful recommendations from parents to find the best-of-the-best, tried-and-true products worthy of an Ovia Family Award. When you see the Ovia Family Award seal, you know the product you’re buying was selected by parents who’ve used it, trust it, and can genuinely recommend it to other families. To find the full list of Ovia Family Award Winners, tap here

In this category, we’re giving awards for:

  • Best baby wrap
  • Best structured baby carrier
  • Best baby bouncer
  • Best baby swing
  • Best high chair
  • Best portable high chair
  • Best bassinet
  • Best portable crib/pack n’ play
  • Best play mats/activity gym

All products featured are independently selected. When you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Best baby wrap: Baby K’Tan Original Baby Wrap Carrier

Baby wraps can be comforting for fussy babies and provide essential bonding time for birthing parents and non-birthing parents alike. Snuggle your little one into a Baby K’Tan Original Baby Wrap Carrier for easy comfort that you’ll both enjoy. 

Want to hear from Ovia parents? Here are their reviews

“I love this!! Recommend getting two and making sure that one fits dad and one fits mom. My husband said this was a huge help in his bonding and skin to skin with baby…and I love that it’s easy to put in quick and great for day trips to the zoo or even grocery…or vacuuming the house!”

“Easy and comfy, and a lot quicker than other wraps – really easy to get a fussy baby in the wrap quickly to calm them.”

Ready for Baby K’Tan to wrap your carrier up? Shop here!

Best structured baby carrier: Ergobaby Omni 360 Baby Carrier

The Ergobaby carrier is an Ovia Family Award winner two years in a row! 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.

Here’s why Ovia parents love the Ergobaby Carrier

“Can be used from newborn right up to toddler…extremely comfortable and baby loves all directions!”

“Love the various positions you can carry baby in it. And I love that my husband and I can share it. Some products can’t be adjusted for a custom fit but this can.”

“Love this for hiking. Very durable and sturdy.”

Ready to shop Ergobaby?

Best baby bouncer: 4Moms MamaRoo4

When you find a great baby bouncer, it feels like you’re getting a little time back in your day. Ovia parents love the way the MamaRoo4 mimics the way they bounce their little ones, soothing and comforting them. Plus, the MamaRoo4 has a wide range of settings with various speeds and motions so you’re bound to find the perfect one for your baby. 

Here’s what Ovia parents are saying

“We cannot live without our MamaRoo; baby naps and lays in it most days in various settings.”

“Loved the MamaRoo. I felt nervous with the other ones that seemed more flimsy or that had TOO much cushion because kiddos can overheat…”

“My baby loves hanging out in her MamaRoo. I like that I can adjust it to sit her up during play time or back down when she is getting sleepy.”

Looking for a baby bouncer and think this could be the one? Shop here! 

Best baby swing, high chair, and portable crib: Graco

Graco was certainly a crowd pleaser, winning best baby swing, high chair, and portable crib/pack n’ play (they also won in car seats and strollers)! We’ll get right to it, here’s what Ovia parents are saying about Graco products. 

Best baby swing: Graco Simple Sway Swing

“Magic for soothing infants.”

“Simple and effective.”

Best high chair: Graco Table2Table high chair

“Love that it gets you through multiple stages of baby’s life!”

“Easy to use and fold!”

Best portable crib/pack n’ play: Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard with Reversible Seat & Changer LX

“Almost everyone can benefit from having a pack n play. Graco gets the job done with affordable options, or deluxe models too…”

“Love that you can use the infant insert, the raised mattress, or the entire pack and play.”

Ready to buy some Graco products? Shop the swing, high chair, and pack n’ play

Best portable high chair: Bumbo Multi Seat

This multipurpose high chair is so much more than a chair. Ovia parents love that you can buy the Bumbo Multi Seat as soon as your little one can sit up — and it lasts for years to come. Plus it’s portable and lightweight. What’s not to love?  

The reviews are in! Here’s what Ovia parents have to say

“This is one of my favorites. So versatile. Can be used on a chair on the table. I even used mine to help my son sit in the shower while I was in there.”

“Great for growing toddlers to sit on a chair and join you for dinner. Comfortable transitions with baby.”

Looking for a portable high chair? Shop Bumbo!

Best bassinet: Halo Bassinet Swivel Sleeper Essential Series

If you’re looking for a bassinet that’s comfortable and safe for baby and easy to access for you, Ovia parents recommend the Halo Bassinet Swivel Sleeper Essential Series. With a 360 swivel, adjustable height, and storage pockets, the Halo Bassinet is a great option to keep your baby close. 

Here’s what Ovia parents are saying

“Used this bassinet with all babies. Really great for nursing babies at night. Especially after a C-section. Baby is safely sleeping but close by. The side presses down so you can even soothe baby easily while laying next to the bassinet.”

“Best bassinets for a tall bed. Loved having baby right by my side.”

“Well worth the price. It was simple to swivel towards and away from the bed. The height was adjustable. This was a life saver after a C-section.”

Preparing for baby? Shop Halo

Best play mats/activity gyms: Fisher-Price Deluxe Kick & Play Piano Gym

When it comes to keeping baby engaged and entertained, Ovia parents report that the Fisher-Price Deluxe Kick & Play Piano Gym is their favorite. It comes with a light-up piano keys, plus lots of features your baby can grow into. 

Here’s what Ovia parents are saying

Best toy! We used this for months at a time and it’s convertible for when they start to sit up which makes it last longer!”

“Amazing play gym. Good for rolling and turning around baby lifting their head. The little piano is great for little ones…”

Ready to play? Shop Fisher-Price!

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