Expert Moms’ Top Baby Gear Picks & Lists by All the Brands we Have Used
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Motherhood HQ is a site by experienced moms supported by a growing community of moms that provide each other with real, first-hand user data on baby gear and other parenting topics.
To produce the most objective and honest baby gear reviews and guides, we rely on our own experiences using the products we review. When we test, we also conduct rigorous research on product specs. Our own mom’s network also helps us aggregate dozens of real-user feedback.
Aside from baby gear reviews, Motherhood HQ also has expert mom writers focussing on specific parenting topics such as pregnancy, baby safety, baby sleep, feeding, and much more.
In 2022, top baby gear brands are a mixed bag of emerging/small and established trusted companies. Based on the most recent 2022 market segmentation, some baby gear categories are dominated by a few established and top-rated brands while others have a good number of new companies bringing new innovations to the industry.
We are among the first reputable blogs by simple/regular (but experienced) moms that have written about smart home integration with baby nurseries. There are some great benefits to the advancement of baby gear technology and we are embracing it!
While I and the team here remain open to new innovations, including smart diaper brands, we remain extra cautious not to introduce any hazard to baby nursuries. We only recommend products that have received wide acceptable and have some certification that they are safe.
So, which baby gear brands should you get?
Go for established top baby brands over smaller brands.
My advice on why I recommend bigger and more established baby gear brands has been quoted around the net but my reasons aren’t that unique.
I have always chosen old baby gear brands with 30+ years of manufacturing experience with the particular product I am looking to get for my baby. The extended period in the market enables the company and the baby product to get the necessary improvement making it safer than the proceeding models.
In addition, bigger brands have the reputation to keep and are less likely to have supply chain disruptions. You, therefore, don’t run the risk of missing replacement part(s) for your product because the brand accessories are not available.
I also prefer larger brands because they are more likely to have established US-based customer support that you can even call. My experience with baby monitors gives me strong conviction to keep relying on US companies with US-based support that are reachable and provide generous warranty support. Talking of warranty, please avoid any company that provides 3 months warranty or that requires you to provide original receipt or packaging in order to claim warranty.
I have shared more details on that on specific advisories/lists.
But, as an expectant mom myself, I am now faced with the reality of having to choose from a condensed list of trusted popular brands that parents have an established safety reputation. As I do when selecting products for my baby, I read reviews and only pick products that have at least 80% reviews giving the product a 5-star rating. Don’t settle for a 3.5 or 4 as when fake reviews are factored in, the 3.5/5 review rating would be as low as 2/5 which is on an unacceptable bar.
Problem with small baby gear brand names:
Most newborn and infant brands are constantly facing supply shortages, which means their products may not be available for purchase when you want them. For this reason, you’ll want to choose a brand that has a good reputation for reliability and customer service.
Their support may also be outsourced to 3rd parties, so getting help may be more difficult. Some of them do not have US-based support. I would not want to risk it, considering how often I will need to use customer support when dealing with a baby.
The other thing to consider with small brands is their overall sustainability. Can they withstand a big recession or global pandemic? Do they have the financial backing to stay afloat during tough times? Many small businesses don’t, which is why it’s important to choose a brand that is backed by a larger company or has been around for many years.
You Should Get Top Popular Baby Gear Brands
Large, global companies have the advantage of financial stability and staying power. They are also more likely to have better customer service since they can afford to staff a larger team. However, they may not be as innovative as the smaller brands and may not offer as many unique products.
What’s important to me is finding a brand that I can trust to be there for me when I need them. Whether that’s because their product is high quality and lasts a long time, or because their customer service is responsive and helpful, I want to know that I can count on them.
Choosing Between Different Baby Gear Brands:
In real user experiences, you’ll find a genuine picture of the product’s advantage and how it lives up to its advertising. I would say reading testing results and product operational specifications from a reliable third-party organization is more important than the brand name. If, after all that, you’re still stuck between two brands, go with the one that has been around longer or that offers better customer service.
Pay attention to your baby's needs
At the end of the day, you want to pick a product that will work for your baby’s specific needs.
- Baby’s Allergies/special situations: If your child has sensitive skin, you’ll want to choose a hypoallergenic brand. If they have reflux, you’ll want to look for a brand that makes products specifically for infants with reflux.
- Where you’ll use the product: The same goes for products like strollers and car seats. If you live in a city, you’ll want to choose a stroller that is easy to maneuver on sidewalks and public transportation. If you live in the suburbs, you might want a stroller with all-terrain wheels for walking on trails.
- Baby’s age: If you have a preemie, you’ll want to look for brands that specialize in products for premature babies. And if you have a baby with special needs, there are a number of brands that specialize in products for children with disabilities.
Even with my background as a product testing specialist, I have often relied on videos from real moms on social media networks – mostly mommy Facebook groups, Pinterest, and Instagram. I have also relied on those boring unboxing videos with a crying baby in the background to give me a good understanding of product set up and what it comes with. Good basis to form an idea of what to expect in a product.
Top Baby Monitors and Baby Gates Brands, Reviews, Advice, and Lists (Baby Safety Category)
We looked at baby safety at home holistically providing extensive guides and reviews on safe, hackproof video cams to monitor infants. Baby and toddler safety also requires safety proofing of your home.
In this category, we have different guides, reviews, and lists of the best video, audio, app-based, non-wifi as well as smart-home monitoring systems. Read our different lists of baby gates ideal for installation in various parts of your home and nursery.
Baby and Toddler Safety
- Best Non-wifi baby monitors
- Wifi Baby Monitors
- Best Baby Monitor 2022
- Split-screen baby monitors
- Baby Monitors with screen and app
- Long-range baby monitors
- Audio baby monitors
- Baby breathing baby monitors
- Google Home baby monitors
- Alexa Home baby monitors
- Homekit baby monitors
- VOX baby monitors
- Baby monitors for deaf parents
- Battery-operated baby monitors
- Car mirrors for monitoring baby
- Baby monitors with recording feature
- Infant Optics
- Safety 1st
- First Years
Other guides to help you get the most ideal gate
Best Baby Activity Centers, Fun Gear, Gifts, Toys, Swings, and Trampolines Brands
This category has guides and reviews on baby activities, gear for play, baby gifts, toys, swings, jumpers, and learning devices.
Baby & Toddler Growth - Fun Activities, Learning, Gifts, Motor Gear, and more
Swings, Activity Centers, Jumpers, and Bouncers
Gifts and Toys
Top Baby Sleep & Furniture Gear Brands – Bassinets, Cribs Gliders, Rockers, Loungers, Soothers, Night Light, and more Nursery Gear.
This category has all the sleep gear guides and reviews of all the furniture you’ll need in your baby’s nursery. We have product-specific guides and reviews of bassinets, cribs, and other nursery furniture such as rockers and gliders. We also have other nursery gear guides and reviews. We also have a section on baby sleep guides to assist you to learn the basics of sleep training, what to expect, and reviews of various sleep training programs you can get your baby started on.
Gliders and Rockers
Other Nursery Gear
Top Baby Car Seats, Strollers, and Carriers Brands and Lists (Baby Travel)
Read our extensive guides and reviews of top baby travel brands of safety car seats for infants, booster car seats for toddlers, and strollers for general kid monility. We also have guides, reviews and lists of top baby carriers.
All our guides on baby travel, specifically on car seats, strollers and carriers
- Britax – Most popular
- Safety 1st
- Doona – best for stroller conversion
- Folding Car Seats for Travel
- Best Infant Car Seats
- Best Convertible Car Seat
- FAA-approved Car Seat
- Car seat for twins
- Car Seats for Small Cars
- Best Travel Car Seat for a 2-Year-Old
- Best Portable Car Seat for Travel
Top ’22 Brands Picks for Strollers:
- Baby Jogger
- Peg Perego
- Travel system strollers
- Strollers for big kids, 50lbs and up
- Umbrella strollers
- 3-wheel strollers
- Jogging Strollers
- Double Jogging Strollers
- Most expensive strollers
- Car seat for twins
- Full-size Strollers
- Quad Strollers
- Reversible Strollers
- Lightweight strollers for newborns
- Strollers with Hand Brakes
- Strollers with Air-filled Tires
Guides to help you decide:
- Baby Tula
Lists of Top Picks:
- Hip seat carriers
- Forward-facing carriers
- Carriers with good back support
- Carriers for preemies
- Carriers for short moms
- Carriers for hot weather
- Carriers for girls
- Best BabyBjörn Baby Carrier
- Cool carriers for Dads
- Most Lightweight Baby Carriers
Top Baby and Toddler Feeding, Diapering, and General Baby Care Brands, Guides and Reviews:
We’ve pumped milk ourselves and know a ton about baby nutrition. In this category, we have reviews of top-rated brands manufacturing breast pumps, food processors, baby formula, bottles, wipes, baby shampoo, diapers, and clothes that we have tested and rated here at Motherhood HQ.
Baby Feeding and Care
We have combined the baby care and feeding category to include all guides and reviews touching on baby’s care – from feeding them to changing their diapers.
- Earth’s Best
- Formula to Lactose-intolerant Babies
- Formula that tastest like Breast Milk
- Formula for Constipation and Gas
- Best Formula for Colic and Reflux
- Similac Formula Comparison
- Organic formula
Other Feeding Gear(High Chair, Bottles, Food processors)
Other Feeding Gear
Other Baby Care Guides
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Who reviews baby gear at Motherhood HQ?
Our founders including various moms in our network contribute to the reviews of various baby gear here at Motherhood HQ. Our reviews by moms are super helpful to other moms who want to learn the finer details of how products work and when deciding whether a particular product is ideal for them. Read more about our team here.
What are some upcoming resources?
As part of our effort to provide more comprehensive baby gear guides, specifically on how to assist you to pick the most ideal gear for your baby and family, we have worked on extensive buying guides.
The guides cover baby gear ranging from
- Baby safety buying guides: These guides have detailed advice on how to choose the best baby monitor, baby gate, home security systems, among others;
- Baby travel buying guides: These guides have detailed advice on how to choose the best car seat, stroller, pram and carriers, among others.
- Baby growth and fun activities buying guides: Guide to help you choose the best kids’ trampoline, swing, bouncer, jumper, electric car, baby gift and baby toys, among others.
- Nursery furniture and baby sleep guides buying guides to help you pick the best bassinet, crib, glider, rocker, crib soother, crib liner, rug, baby bedding, among others.
- Baby Feeding buying guides covering essential gear such as baby bottle, breast pump, formula, baby food processor, among others.
We have posted some but not all the guides. We will be posting them here over the next 2-3 weeks and encourage you to check back soon.
For easy access, we’ll include links of these guides on the footer navigation.