Motherhood HQ is the online resource for honest baby gear reviews and advice from experienced moms. We provide our community of mothers with first-hand information on different baby products before they make a purchase saving them time and money.
We stand out for being a baby gear review site dedicated to moms and exclusively developed and run by moms with over 50 years of combined experience taking care of little ones.
Our team’s management is composed of four experienced moms and 2 expert consultants with insights and experience in testing and reviewing baby gear—we’re your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about what to get your baby and have other guides about motherhood.
Our team has widespread experience testing and reviewing baby gear of different categories ranging from baby monitors, car seats, strollers, trampolines, bassinets, cribs, formula, diapers, and travel systems, among others.
How Motherhood HQ Came to Be:
The idea to create Motherhood HQ was sparked at a baby sleep consultant conference where Ashley met Sarah, Sandra, and several other moms who are now part of the larger Motherhood HQ community.
Ashley, who is our editor here and a baby sleep consultant, recognized the potential to connect with mothers who might find value in reading honest, trustworthy first-hand baby gear reviews from other moms. And not just real-mom reviews!
Our reviews are live in that you can follow up with our review committee or even the specific user in our network of any particular product to get any specific information about a baby product before buying.
We began publishing guides and reviews about a few baby monitors as we saw more questions on baby safety – especially in light of baby monitor hacking because of poor security features in some models.
Our aim is to produce very practical user and buying guides along with a weighted rating that incorporates several user feedback. We found this to be an excellent way to be helpful to our community. They no longer have to practically text each other as they can rely on our guides.
Since we founded Motherhood HQ, our mission has remained the same and we seek to help moms find the best baby gear, through quality product reviews and comparison charts so they don’t have to spend hours researching products. We are now one of the leading baby gear review sites by experienced moms on the internet with over 60,000 unique monthly visitors looking for advice about babies each month!
Our goal is simple: provide actionable information on what the best products are by looking at real user reviews and feedback from parents just like you. There’s no reason why you have to have a bad or mediocre experience, and we’re here to help!
Why trust our reviews: 5 Reasons
- We are moms ourselves: we know that being a mom is hard, and we want to make it just a little bit easier for you. We also know that there are a lot of choices out there when it comes to baby products, and it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what’s best for your family. That’s why we exist – to help you wade through the overwhelming sea of choices and find the perfect product for your family.
- We recommend products we have used ourselves or has been used by moms in our network: we would never recommend a product that we wouldn’t use ourselves or that we don’t believe in.
- We take our reviews seriously: our team of experienced moms put each product through a rigorous testing process to make sure it meets our high standards. We also rely on feedback from the larger Motherhood HQ community to get a well-rounded idea of how a product performs in the real world.
- All our reviews are unbiased: we do not accept free products or compensation in exchange for positive reviews. We believe that this would compromise the integrity of our reviews
- We are passionate about helping moms feel confident in their purchase decisions and supporting one another: We are a team of mothers who are passionate about helping other mothers feel confident in their purchase decisions. We also believe in the power of community and supporting one another, and we hope that our reviews can be a helpful resource for you as you navigate the often-overwhelming world of baby products.
Over the years, we have reviewed or directly used over 500 baby product brands. Since 2019, thousands of parents have relied on us to provide well-researched information on pregnancy, parenting, baby gear, and more. Whenever we publish any information relating to the health of the baby, we consult expert pediatricians, midwives, therapists, and OB/GYNs.
Our Mission and Vision:
To provide mothers with helpful, unbiased reviews of baby products so they can make confident purchase decisions.
To build a community of mothers who support and help one another.
To be a resource for mothers navigating the often-overwhelming world of baby products.
To be the go-to source for mothers seeking honest, helpful reviews of baby products while creating a supportive community of mothers who feel confident in their purchase decisions and empowered to help one another.
Categories on our websites:
Baby Safety Category
-Includes product reviews and guides aimed at improving the security in your home and of your baby inside and outside. We have guides on home security, baby monitors, safety gates, babyproofing, outlet covers, etc.
We have guides including but not limited to the following under this category;
- Bathroom Safety – bathroom shower, tub, shower cap
- Bed Rails & Rail Guards – bed rails,
- Cabinet Locks & Straps-
- Crib Netting – crib net, slumber pod
- Edge & Corner Guards –
- Electrical Safety –
- Gates & Gate Extensions
- Harnesses & Leashes
- Hearing Protection Earmuffs
- Kitchen Safety
- Baby Gates
- Baby Monitors
- Home security systems and surveillance cameras
Baby Travel Category:
This category includes reviews and guides on products that make traveling with your baby easier. We have car seat guides, reviews of the travel systems, car seats, strollers, camping gear, tips for flying with a baby, etc.
Baby sleep Category:
This category includes guides and reviews aimed at helping your baby (and you!) get a good night’s sleep. We have product reviews on cribs, mattresses, bedding, sleep aids, etc. as well as helpful guides on sleep training, bedtime routines, etc.
We have further subdivided this category into;
- Changing & Dressing
- Infant & Toddler Beds – Bassinets and cribs
- Furniture Collections
- Gliders, Ottomans & Rocking Chairs
- Rails & Rail Guards
- Storage & Organization
- Baskets & Liners
- Door Hangers
- Drawer Handles
- Lamps & Shades
- Memory Boards
- Night Lights
- Picture Frames
- Sleep Soothers
- Sleep Sound Machines
- Switch Plates
- Wall Décor
- Waste Bins
- Window Treatments
Growth, Education, Development, Fun, Gifts and Toys:
This category includes reviews of products aimed at helping your baby grow, develop and have fun! We have guides on developmental milestones, learning toys, motor skills development, gifts for the baby’s first year, etc. It also includes the following;
- Baby Gyms & Playmats
- Bouncers, Jumpers & Swings
- Floor Seats & Loungers
- Playard Bedding
- Baby and Toddler Toys
- Activity Centers
- Bath Toys
- Car Seat & Stroller Toys
- Early Development & Activity Toys
- Indoor Climbers & Play Structures
- Musical Toys
- Rattles & Plush Rings
- Rocking Horses & Animals
- Spinning Tops
- Stick Horses
This category includes guides and reviews on products related to feeding your baby. We have guides on breastfeeding, formula feeding, high chairs, bibs, bottles, etc.
Motherhood HQ Community
We have a growing community of moms and we provide each other with insider tips and tricks. New parents need every bit of help they can get, especially when it comes to the details. When should I replace that diaper cream container? Which brand of pacifier is best? How do you clean that newborn clothes? We are able to share all these helpful answers and tips on our Motherhood HQ’s Community Dashboard.
Mothers voluntarily enroll on our network (Community Dashboard) with each enrolling mom indicating the product they have first-hand experience with. Other moms looking to purchase an item that a parent in the network has used can communicate directly and get specific answers to questions on various features.
As moms, when we are in the midst of raising a child, it’s hard to stay abreast with all the newest products available in the market but there are moms that already have experience with any particular baby gear. Where there are hundreds of brands out there vying for our attention and wallets we strive to develop a comprehensive review platform for baby products by relying on other moms to review and give us first-hand information to inform our annual lists of top baby gear in different categories.
Fast-evolving Baby Gear Space Inspires Us to Continue Publishing Quality Guides and Reviews
In 2016, Consumer Reports indicated that it would stop testing and ranking some essential baby gear items including baby monitors, cribs and bassinets. The reason? They didn’t provide a reason.
What this meant was that parents now had to rely on online reviews that are often biased, and they had to hope that their friends or family had purchased the product they were looking at and could give them an honest review. Most online reviews from many untrustworthy sources are also fake.
According to BrightLocal research, 82% of consumers have read a fake review in the last year (2018-19). With these statistics, you can understand the difficulty parents have to face when trying to buy a baby product with 6,000 options to choose from with most of the available reviews being fake or from fake users.
Our Review and Evaluation Process:
We strive to present factual information by quoting original, peer-reviewed publications. We also get guidance from reputable organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for general baby-related publications and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for safety ratings of different baby travel gear—car seats, strollers, and travel systems.
We also rely on independent testing organizations and certification institutions such as Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) and Consumer Reports. With disappointment, Consumer Reports is no longer testing baby monitors, one of the products we review here. For products that are required to have the manufacturers test and certify that they meet the safety standards set by the US Consumer Products Safety Agency (CPSA), we work to obtain the Children Product Certificate issued by the agency. For baby monitors, we rely on the information put out by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) indicating the EMF emission levels and whether the particular baby monitor meets the minimum standards.
We also reach out to manufacturers directly to get info about products and provide first-hand information on products by testing them ourselves or by relying on the parents in our network that have used any of the products we review
We also keep a rigorous list of product recalls and keep our readers updated on what to avoid.
About the Content We Publish
Our editor and the team here decide on the content to publish including which products to review and recommend. From time to time, manufacturers may request to be featured and may send us products to review (for free) which we do like any other product that we’ve bought from retailers. In our reviews and recommendations, we remain unbiased and are independent of the external influence of partners, advertisers and sponsors.
We do not accept monetary compensation for us to include a product in our recommendation lists. We do earn a commission for every qualifying purchase resulting from clicks originating from our website and this is disclosed in every review post we have on the site. We also earn from display ads appearing on different pages on the website.
We strive to be objective in our review recommendations and we base our rating on our research of the product and specs, product performance, the feedback customers have shared, and the comparison of the products to its peers. We also include personal experience using the product and when we test we do indicate other subjective opinions on products’ ease of use.
Our team made of experienced moms
Ashley Davis is our editor and coordinates all the writing and all activities at the Motherhood HQ’s community dashboard with oversight and support from Sarah Davis, our founder. Sarah is a certified teacher (in Al. & Fl.) and has taught at an International School abroad. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. program in Special Needs Education at the University of Northern Colorado. Aside from providing support to Ashley and the team, she is still responsible for all external partnerships.
Ashley is a mom of three kids and is a certified baby sleep expert. For the last three years, Ashley has been consulting as a baby sleep expert and when not working with infants, she loves learning about new baby products and is always happy to test and review.
The expert review board is led by Ashley Davis with support from four other moms and one dad who have several years of combined experience. They also rely on first-hand data provided by mothers in our Community Dashboard.
Jane Lanbert leads our specialized guides in different topics here at Motherhood HQ. She is a mother of two and she works as an elementary school teacher.
She joined Motherhood HQ to provide expertise on product testing after a short stint operating a baby product testing business. Jane loves reading and getting immersed in new research on various topics from parenting psychology to pet psychology.
When not reading or writing, Jane enjoys hiking and hanging out with their two dog pets. Jane is from Salt Lake City, Utah.
Other key members of the team include Mary Stephens who writes about baby gear focussed on baby activities including trampolines, activity centers, baby jumpers, baby walkers, and more. Some other members including Sandra Bullock write for us occasionally especially when we need specialized baby feeding or health-related guides.
Motherhood HQ Contact Details
You can reach us using the email address below;
- Email: email@example.com
- Our Physical Locations: Hillside, New Jersey and Jacksonville Florida, USA.
- You can also find us on Pinterest here or on Twitter here or on Linkedin here.
Some Legal Info
Motherhood HQ is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. You can read further about our Affiliate Disclosure.
We are always looking for and gathering information and advice from our community so we can provide you with the best, most informative content possible. Let us know what you want to read about in the comments below!
Your support is instrumental in pushing forward our project and helping other mothers like you—we sincerely thank you
(Updated August 2022)