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Best Baby Carriers for Hiking – [Take a Hike with Baby!]

Before you hit the trails with your tot, you’re going to need one of the best baby carriers for hiking of some sort. As much as you think you can carry your child on your shoulders for the entirety of the hike, save yourself the pain suffering, and get yourself a hiking carrier that fits your needs.

If you think your love for hiking and exploring the outdoors is a distant memory now that you have a little one, that’s not the case at all! In fact, fostering a love and appreciation for the outdoors is a great way to raise your children! There are few things that make me happier than hiking with my little ones. Fun au naturál rather than manufactured fun encourages creativity and imagination (you’d be amazed how many things a stick can be) and with no technological distractions (phones, tablets, tv), you can create stronger bonds with your little ones all while getting exercise and fresh air.

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Picking the right hiking carrier is important but might be hard to navigate. They vary in price, weight, support, storage, and of course, the bells and whistles they offer—so let us help you. Below are six of the best hiking carriers on the market right now for varying needs.

When Do You Need a Hiking Carrier

It’s never too early to start hiking with your little one. In fact, fresh air is great for baby and especially a postpartum mama. You can get away with a sling or wrap for the first few months of your baby’s life since they’re so small and you don’t need the kind of back support that hiking carriers provide. Your baby will need the head and neck support that they don’t though.

Once your baby gains some pounds and some head control, you are going to want something more supportive and comfortable. There are soft carriers and structured carriers.  A soft carrier (I recommend the absolute best one below), gives your baby’s head and neck support, so you can start using those around 4 months, but to use a structured carrier, you will have to wait until your child is at least 6 months old or can easily hold his or her head up.

I should also mention that some of these carriers are pricey, but the good thing is that they last until your child hits about 40 pounds (about three or four). They are all incredibly durable so you can use them for a few years for multiple children, which makes for a long life for these packs. If you use them enough, you will definitely get your money’s worth.

Features To Look For in the Best Hiking Carrier

Hiking carriers come with a variety of features to pick and choose from. so decide what are important to you. Features that hiking carriers can have are:

  • Integrated sunshade – one of the more important features I would say. Keep your baby out of the sun and in the sunburn free zone
  • Storage– definitely important to consider if you plan on hiking alone. You’ll need plenty of room for water, snacks, diapers, and extra layers.
  • Weight – every pound counts when you’re hiking up and down hills while carrying a child and gear on your back.
  • Child headrest – If your little one can sleep on the go, the headrests on some of these packs are key.
  • Ventilation – Keeping cool, especially in warm summer months makes hiking more enjoyable

Best Baby Carriers for Hiking

Deuter Kid Comfort Baby Hiking Carrier

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The Deuter Kid Comfort is supportive and comfortable for both parent and child.

Deuter has won awards for their stellar hiking carriers, and for good reason. I’ve tried other Kid Comfort versions, but they really got it right with this one. The comfort level is on point, it’s extremely supportive, and the ventilation is unparalleled; making it perfect for hot summer hikes. Deuter also knows that the most important part about hiking with a child is keeping them happy, which is why I assume they made a well-padded soft headrest for when it’s nap time on the go.

If I could tweak it: I would make the pockets around the waistband slightly bigger so I could more easily fit my phone and kid snacks. I also wish there was an easy way to stow away the sunshade as it is not integrated into the pack.

Weight of pack: 7.1 pounds

Weight/age range for the child: Max weight the carrier can hold is 48lbs with the child and gear. Deuter makes no specifications on the age or weight of the child.

Storage space: 3.7 gallons

Sunshade: Included but not integrated

Headrest: Yes

Ventilation: 5/5 stars

Price: 200-$290, purchase here!

Kelty Journey PerfectFIT Elite

The Kelty Journey Perfectfit Elite is a robust pack for the most seasoned carrier.

Ooh she’s pretty. This hiking carrier not only looks the part, but it plays the part. It’s well padded for optimal comfort, easily adjustable to fit the shortest to the tallest parent, and my personal favorite: the storage. It has huge pockets on the hip belt to keep your phone, keys, a selfie stick, heck, even a snack. On the back, it has a backpack with two pockets with mesh inserts to organize everything you need on your hike. Beyond that, there is a large pocket underneath the child seat that’s made of a material that wipes clean because, hey, messes happen. Its sunshade is also beautifully integrated into the pack.

If I could tweak it: This one was so close to checking all the boxes, but I wish it had dual access where a child could get in from the top or the side. With this pack, your child can only get in from the top. For small infants and toddlers, this is fine, but once they get bigger and heavier, it’s a little more difficult to get them in and out.

Weight of pack: 7lbs 4oz

Weight/age range for child: 16-40lbs (approximately 6 to 36 months)

Storage space: 6.9 gallons

Sunshade: Integrated

Headrest: Yes

Ventilation: 4/5 stars

Price: $300, current pricing here!

Chicco Smart Support Hiking Carrier

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I love the price tag on this carrier!

Chicco exchanges all the bells and whistles that a hiking carrier can feature for a low-cost option for parents. Being half the price of other hiking carriers on the market (and in this post), it’s a good option for parents who want a structured carrier without the hefty price tag. The comfort and support does not match that of the more expensive hiking carriers, so this is better for parents who take short hikes here and there. And bonus! It does come with a small sun shade which does end up coming in handy.

If I could tweak it: I really wish there was some sort of storage. There’s not even a pocket on this to hold a phone or a water bottle.

Weight of pack: 6.5 lbs

Weight/age range for child: 17-40lbs (approximately 6 to 36 months)

Storage space: 0

Sunshade: integrated but small

Headrest: No

Ventilation: 3/5 stars

Price: ~$130, purchase yours here!

Thule Sapling Elite Child Carrier

The Thule Sapling Elite carrier is comfortable, has an incredible amount of storage, and looks sleek.

Comfort on fleek (translation: wow this pack is comfortable). This carrier does three things exceptionally well: support, storage, and adjustments for any sized adult. The support is equal to that of the Deuter and Kelty packs. They’re all incredible on that front. For storage, the Thule has about the same amount of storage as the Kelty pack, but a cool feature is that you can zip off the pack on the back so your hiking buddy can bear the weight burden. Lastly, in terms of adjustments, it does so like a breeze so you can easily switch from a short person to the tallest.

Thule really nailed it with this pack and made the hefty price tag well worth it.

If I could tweak it: This pack is nearly perfect except the support stand that pops out to load and unload your child isn’t very sturdy.

Weight of pack: 7.9 lbs

Weight/age range for the child: 16 lbs weight minimum and able to sit upright without assistance. The maximum carrying capacity for the pack is 48lbs with child and gear.

Storage space: `~7lbs including detachable backpack

Sunshade: integrated

Headrest: Yes

Ventilation: 5/5 stars

Price: ~$350, check it out here!

MiaMily HIPSTER

Best Hiking Carrier

The MiaMily HIPSTER is the best option for soft hiking carriers. This should be your go to if you’re planning on                             hiking while traveling as it’s small enough to pack. It also has storage for a solo hiker.

My biggest complaint about this baby carrier for hiking is that it did not exist a few years ago when my son was an infant. We lived in New York City, and when I would go on walks with him using a different carrier, I would say, “I wish there was a pocket on this to fit a small wallet, my phone, a diaper or 2, and a water bottle”. Now, thanks to an innovative mama duo, what I always dreamed of now exists.

And they made it better than I could imagine.

This soft carrier wouldn’t just be used for hiking, but everyday use as well. What’s great about using it for hiking is that it does offer a good amount of support, it doesn’t weigh much at all, and for a short hike or one you’re going on with a pal that can carry a pack, you have all the storage space you need. If you’re looking for a soft carrier instead of a structured carrier, or one that you can travel with that doesn’t take up much room at all, this one’s yours.

Additionally, you will definitely get your money’s worth as it’s an everyday carrier for the smallest infant to a 44lb kid!

If I could tweak it: I wouldn’t. They nailed it.

Weight of pack: 1.9 lbs

Weight/age range for the child: 3 months old to 3 years old

Storage space: Not specified, but about a gallon, I would say. There is this youtube video that shows how much it can fit.

Sunshade: none

Headrest: No, but your child can sleep comfortably resting against your body

Ventilation: 3.5/5 stars

Price: ~$130, buy yours here!

Piggyback Rider

The Piggyback Rider is a good option for parents with older children. It’s small, it’s lightweight, and it’s fun.

This is not your average hiking carrier. I wanted to include this as an option because it has many benefits and it’s great for older toddlers and kids. In terms of weight, it only weighs 2 pounds and is extremely compact, so bringing it along on an adventure or stroll for a “just in case” moment isn’t difficult. Additionally, kids really enjoy riding it because it’s fun, and their vantage point is not what they usually experience as they’re higher up than in any other carrier. This is great for older children who no longer fit in any other hiking carrier, but don’t quite have the stamina to hike a trail start to finish.

This is a barebone, incredibly lightweight carrier that barely takes up any space. It is really great for traveling and can be used off the trails when you’re exploring a new city or taking a stroll in the park.

If I could tweak it: With the harness, your child is secure on your back, so you don’t have to worry about them falling off completely. However, I wish it had foot straps that kept your child’s feet secure.

Weight of pack: 2 lbs

Weight/age range for the child: 2-4 years old (up to 50lbs)

Storage space: None

Sunshade: No

Headrest: No – the child would not be able to sleep with this carrier

Ventilation: 5/5 stars

Price: ~$75, purchase here!

New Addition! Baebi Carrier

One of our other Rookie Moms loves this carrier so much, that we just had to add it on to the list! They are a nature-loving crew that loves hiking, camping, and exploring. Unfortunately, the great outdoors can be a hard place to manage when you have 4 under 8 trying to run off of every mountain they see. Making sure their 7 month-old is securely tucked into a carrier allows the extra hands to help their other children explore safely. The BAEBI Carrier was the most secure, comfortable, and structured carrier this mama had ever used. Both her and her little guy love the thick padding. They also really appreciated the easy but secure snap system, which allows you to get your baby in and out easily. It has become their go-to carrier for all things outdoors!

Weight of pack: 2.2 lbs

Weight/age range for the child: Newborn to 6+ Months

Storage space: Tons of convenient pockets & they are zippered. 

Ventilation: 5/5 stars

Price: $160, buy yours here!

 

About the Author

Nia Chauvin

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Best Teethers [The Key to Soothing Your Teething Baby]

When babies reach the teething stage, anything they can get their hands on becomes a teether. While babies are inquisitive and watching them learn can be cute, it’s important to have some teethers around that are designed to help with this stage of their life. There are so many teethers on the market, it can be confusing navigating which is best and for which situations. Here are the best teethers, separated into categories that showcase their main features, design, and how they can be useful while being enjoyed by your baby.

Best Teether Checklist

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Not all teethers are created equal and while most have the same function, there are a few things that set some apart from the rest. These are the must-have qualities to look for when shopping:

  • Durable: you definitely want something that’s going to withstand being chewed, as well as being dropped, carried around, and washed.
  • Functional: you want your teether to be easy to use, both for the baby and the parent. It should have clear teether benefits, but also be easy for your baby to hold onto, to fit into their mouths, and interesting enough to keep your baby from grabbing another toy.
  • Easy to clean: this toy is going in the baby’s mouth, so you’ll want to make sure it can be washed or sanitized, depending on your preference. Some toys are hand-wash only while others may be dishwasher safe.
  • Safe: the baby is going to be using this teether frequently, so you’ll want to make sure the components of the toys are safe for baby. Many use kitchen grade silicone so it’s safe for the baby’s mouth and others use sterile water, cotton, and baby-friendly components.

 

The Best Cooling Teethers

A cooling toy is probably what first comes to mind when picking out a way to soothe your teething baby. These are traditionally rings or toys that you place in the freezer. This provides a cooling and numbing effect when the baby uses them. These are a great option because they are designed to withstand the chewing, gumming, and biting of a growing baby.

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Green Sprouts has a line of great cooling teethers, all with the same basic design. Each teether has a ring shape and texture to soothe teething. Inside is sterile water and the exterior is made of thick plastic, ensuring that it is safe and soothing. The most popular option is the classic teether ring. This teether has a large ring shape with bead-like bumps to create the ring. Each bump has a different texture and pattern for a massaging effect.

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Dr. Brown’s Coolees is another great cooling teether. This teether has the shape of a watermelon wedge and is a solid teether. The entire piece is cooling and doesn’t have any liquid inside. This is appealing to parents who may worry about the teether getting a puncture or leaking. The size of this teether is most appropriate for children who are beginning teething and are cutting their first few teeth. As your baby grows older and bigger this toy may be a little small or soft for chewing with teeth.

 

Teething Rings

Another traditional teether is the ring teether. Usually made of some kind of plastic with texture, these simple yet effective teether toys are great for on the go. Ring teethers are easy for a baby to hold on to and most come in bright colors making them easy to locate in a diaper bag.

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This Teether Ring Four Pack by Bonbino comes in a range of colors, from brights to blue neutrals. They have a solid design with four different textures around the ring. The solid structure, as opposed to liquid filled, make them easy to wash and durable through the teething stage.

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This fish-shaped teether by Nuby is multifunctioning. It can also be used as a pacifier because there’s a ring to hold on to and chew but there’s a main V-shaped piece that is textured and has bristles to help cool and massage sore gums. This is a unique teether because the bristles also work like a toothbrush, cleaning gums while the baby chews.

 

The Best Teether Mitts

A more modern take on the teether is the teething mitt or mitten. This is a cloth mitten with a textured, silicone edge that baby wears and chews. These are a great way to help younger babies who are just starting to chew as the mitten is more difficult to drop or lose. Each mitten has a different design, from the fabric pattern to the mitten layout. Many have a paw shape or a classic mitten shape as well as fun patterns that fit any style or personality.

The BabyBliss Teething Mittens come in a two-pack in two different colors, each with the same basic shape. The edge of the mitten has three bumps, much like a paw, and a base with a patterned fabric. The mitten has a velcro tab at the bottom to keep it secure on your baby’s hand. These mittens come in two sizes, small and large, for babies 2 to 8 months and 8 to 12 months.

Munch Mitt has some of the cutest and modern designs to help your baby’s teether mitt work as an accessory. This one has a cactus pattern with a bright green silicone end. The standard mitten design provides two bumps for teething and some texture for massaging sensitive gums.

 

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Sterilizing Baby Bottles [Top 5 Best Bottle Sterilizers!]

A bottle sterilizer may seem like a frivolous gift to add to a baby shower registry, but newborns can definitely benefit from using a bottle sterilizer. They make it easier to sanitize bottles, bottle nipples, toys, and anything the baby may put into their mouth. Household germs and those from people around the baby can be harmful to little ones with weaker immune systems. This is especially true for premature babies, babies less than 3 months old, or babies who have been recently sick.

The best bottle sterilizers use steam to treat baby items. Some families choose to use the dishwasher, microwave, or hot soapy water to clean items. However, using a sterilizer will kill bacteria and keep everything safe for newborns. 

Bottle Sterilizer Basics

There’s a difference between a clean bottle and a sterilized bottle. It is important to understand this so that you can make the right choice for you and your family! 

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Why Choose a Sterilizer Over Other Methods?

Using hot soapy water can clean bottles, but it isn’t a guaranteed way to kill germs and bacteria.

The dishwasher is another alternative as it uses hotter water for a longer time to clean bottles. Keep in mind, it also isn’t guaranteed to kill all germs that the baby can find tough to fight off. Without a bottle sterilizer, you can still sterilize bottles by placing them in boiling water for five minutes. Another method is to use the dishwasher if it has a sanitize cycle.

I actually think it’s more convenient to use a bottle sterilizer than running the dishwasher or using a pot of water. A bottle sterilizer is a countertop device that you place bottles, bottle parts, pacifiers, and other small items inside. You can even put your breast pump parts in the sterilizer! Then you just run the cycle which treats the items with steam killing all germs and bacteria.

Types of Bottle Sterilizers

Most bottle sterilizers use electric steam to sanitize but there are also microwave steam sterilizers that you can use in the microwave. The last type of bottle sterilizer uses UV light which uses light to kill germs, just like they use in hospitals and dentist offices. This method is great because it reduces the mess steam sterilizers can create.

There are a variety of bottle sterilizers on the market, which can make it difficult to choose. When selecting your sterilizer consider how many bottles you’ll want to clean at once, how much counter space you have, and if it would be easier to have an all-in-one device that dries and stores, or a simple unit that fits in the microwave when you need things cleaned.

 

Best 5 Bottle Sterilizers

Electric Sterilizers

1: Papablic Baby Bottle Electric Steam Sterilizer and Dryer

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This is a great all-in-one bottle sterilizer because it sterilizes with high heated steam, dries your items, and is a great rectangular size to keep clean bottles stored in right on the counter. It’s also a great item for families with a newborn because it can sterilize breast pump items, bottle pieces, and pacifiers, almost like a tiny dishwasher for your baby items. In addition to these great features, it also has one dial with simple settings. There is no real need for instructions, simply place your items in, set it, and go about your day.

 

2: Gourmia Jr. Baby Bottle Sanitizer and Bottle Warmer

Electric sterilizers are also a good choice because they often have more than one function. As in the previous electric sterilizer that dried the items as well as cleaning, this sterilizer also has a bottle warmer. The sterilizer compartment can hold 6 bottles at once, or four bottles with the accessory tray for toys and pacifiers. The bottle warmer has several functions to warm slowly or quickly, and with everything in one unit it saves counter space. This is a great all around bottle sterilizer because of its design, function, and quality.

 

Microwave Sterilizers

3: Philips AVENT Microwave Steam Sterilizer

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Microwave sterilizers are a good option for something simple and easy to use, without needing a separate appliance. They all have a similar design, a clear dome top with a tray for holding the bottles and the water. This one by Philips holds four bottles at once, either standard neck or wide neck. Items can be sterilized in as little as two minutes and are considered sterile for up to 24 hours if you don’t open the lid after sterilizing. Families often use this as a quick travel option for sterilizing on the go.

 

4: Dr. Brown’s Steam Sterilizer

Another great microwave sterilizer is this one by Dr. Brown. It has a simple design and fits four Dr. Brown bottles, but is compatible with other brands. The tray steams the bottles and is also useful for small objects like pacifiers. This specific sterilizer comes with a set of plastic tongs and is a solid, simple, microwave option. Microwave sterilizers are also a good beginner sterilizer, as their price point and design make it easy to navigate bottle sterilization for first-time parents.

 

UV Sterilizers

5: Wabi Baby Touch Panel Function UV Sterilizer and Dryer

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UV bottle sterilizers are a bit more expensive, as they’re more high-tech than the steam sterilizers on this list. The most recommended UV sterilizer is this one by Wabi Baby. The unit sterilizes, dries, and stores bottles which is great for counter space and keeping track of which bottles have been washed and are ready for use. The simple square design and touchscreen buttons give this a futuristic look. Choosing a UV sterilizer could be a good option for the family overall, as this unit can be used to sterilize pretty much anything, which makes it useful beyond bottles to clean cups, toys, and even devices like cell phones.

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How to Choose the Best Twin Carrier [4 of Our Faves!]

A baby carrier is a necessity for many parents as it’s an awesome way to bond with your baby that lets you skip the stroller and tend to your child with your hands-free. If you are expecting twins, you might be wondering what about me? While baby carriers, from slings to traditional Ergos are readily available for single babies, it can be a bit more tricky to find something suitable for twins. Luckily, there are several twin baby carriers on the market right now. They offer all the convenience and appeal of a single baby carrier but cater to both babies at once. They also make it a little easier for one parent to carry, tend to, and bond with twins at the same time.

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What is a Twin Baby Carrier?

Twin baby carriers use the same principle and technology as single carriers. The only difference is that they allow one person to carry both children at once. The most common setups are with one carrier in the front and one in the back. Think; adult sandwich. Some carriers allow both children to be carried on your sides. This position kind of mimics holding and carrying both children at once in your arms, but with the added support of the carrier. Other carriers on the market allow the carrier to be used in tandem, and separately so parents can carry one child at a time. This is a great feature to keep your eye out for!

 

Must-haves:

  • Carry both babies at once: this seems obvious but many carriers are marketed as a “two pack” and not for carrying both babies at one time on one person. If you ever want to do anything hands-free with two babies, this is a must.
  • Easy to use and wear: managing a baby carrier with one baby is tricky as it is. So, a twin baby carrier must be easy to wear, get on and off, and configure with one arm.
  • Comfortable: baby carriers are getting better at distributing weight, but this is especially important when carrying both babies at once. You’ll want a carrier that can handle two babies, without hurting your back, shoulders, or arms.
  • Flexible: many twin baby carriers can carry both at once or be used as individual carriers. This is a must-have so parents can carry one baby at a time, or handle both at once if needed.
  • Safe for both babies: you’ll want a carrier that supports each child appropriately and takes their hips, spine, and weight into consideration. If it isn’t comfortable and safe for baby, it won’t be the right carrier for anyone.

 

The Best Twin Carriers on the Market Right Now

1: TwinGo Carrier Air

This is the ideal twin baby carrier, designed by a mother of twins! She wanted to be able to soothe both children at once, over having to choose which baby to carry. You will wear this twin carrier with one child on the front and one child on the back. This positioning makes it easier to have hands-free time while also connecting with both babies at once. Each carrier takes the baby’s safety and support into consideration with an ergonomic design and breathable fabric.

In addition to wearing both babies at once, each carrier can be worn solo. This allows both parents to carry a child for one on one bonding time. The sleep hood accessory supports the baby’s head gently to make it easier for sleeping. It also doubles as a sun shield. There are three models of the TwinGo Carrier. The original which has a larger pocket for carrying items, a Lite model which has the pocket removed, and the Air model which has a zipper to reveal a mesh panel for air flow.

2: Malishastik Twin Baby Carrier

If you’ve tried to carry both twins at once you know it’s a handful. This twin baby carrier situates one child on each hip so you can tend to them and carry them with added support. Most baby carriers you wear like a backpack, but this carrier is more like a harness that allows you to hold both babies on your sides. This carrier is also different from other twin carriers in that it is all one piece and doesn’t separate to allow for single baby carrying. It doesn’t have any different configurations, only one baby on each hip. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you enjoy the hip configuration, though! The Malishastik twin baby carrier comes in a wide range of colors from standard neutrals to those with a bit more color.

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3: Twingaroo Twin Carrier

Another great baby carrier for twins is this Twingaroo. You can use this twin carrier harness with one or two babies, either as a front wearing carrier with a backpack rear or with both babies, one in the front and one in the back. The backpack style straps are well-padded for comfort. Also, the rear carrier has a backpack style look which makes it easy to carry gear, snacks, and other necessities. There’s also a front pouch for little things like keys and phones. This is great for twin parents as it carries both children and works as a diaper bag, with everything on hand and still hands-free.

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4: Baby Tula Ring Sling (You’ll Need 2 of them!)

If you like the idea of a sling carrier, there is a little trick to make this work with twins. You can simply get two ring slings and put them on opposite sides. You will use the ring sling just as you would with a single baby (x2!). Many moms love the sling because of the closeness it provides with their baby being snuggled right up against them. Check out this video to guide you on how to put the slings on and get the babies in. I would try to explain it to you, but it makes a whole lot more sense when you just see it!

Pictured is a single carrier

 

 

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Best Co-sleepers to (Safely) Sleep Next to your Little One!

Co-sleeping is a popular concept in which the baby sleeps in the same bed as the parents, especially as a newborn and infant. Other popular options are using a bassinet or basket that allows the baby to sleep in the same room with the parents but in their own bed. Whatever route you choose, they all have their pros and cons. Here are the best co-sleeper options that will help you keep your baby close and easy to tend to through the night, though! 

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A co-sleeper merges the concepts of co-sleeping and the bassinet. Co-sleepers vary in style and layout, but they all help keep baby close while staying safe and secure through the night.

Co-sleepers provide the bonding and closeness components of co-sleeping. However, they add the mobility and security a bassinet provides. This hybrid sleeping arrangement can make it easier to bond through the night, tend to and quiet the baby at all hours, and can remove some of the concerns and worries may have about full co-sleeping with a newborn or small infant.

What is a co-sleeper?

A co-sleeper is a portable bassinet style bed that your infant sleeps in. The co-sleeper does differ from the traditional bassinet in design. They either sit directly against the side of the bed so the baby is within an arm’s reach or sit in the middle of the bed so the baby is close by. No matter the design, a co-sleeper is a smaller, protective bed that allows the baby to get solid rest while also making it easy for parents to tend to and bond with the baby through the night.

Must-haves:

  • Easy access: most models have raised rails to keep baby safe, but it must be easy to reach for and tend to the baby while in the co-sleeper
  • Portable: you can move most co-sleepers from room to room and adjust them to the correct height for your bed
  • Comfortable: an ideal co-sleeper is one where your child will sleep through most of the night.
  • Easy to transition: babies typically only sleep in the co-sleeper from ages 0 to 3 months. Once your baby can roll over or push themselves up it’s important to consider transitioning to a crib or full co-sleeping.

Different types

Bedside sleeper: this co-sleeper type looks like a raised bassinet with legs that support the sleeper and keep the baby elevated to match the height of your bed

Nest co-sleeper: this type is very similar to the “Moses Basket” and looks like a sleeper basket. This type is placed in the middle of the bed to keep the baby safe while right next to you. These can also be considered travel sleepers, as they can be moved around the house and can collapse to make travel easier.

The Top 10 Best Co-sleepers

Bedside Co-Sleepers

1: Baby Delight Beside Me Bedside Sleeper

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A great option for co-sleeping is this bedside sleeper. There are straps to attach the co-sleeper to the bed for added security. This bedside sleeper can also convert to a stand-alone bassinet and has high mesh walls to allow airflow while keeping baby safe. There’s a side panel that unzips, allowing bedside access through the night. The legs of this co-sleeper are adjustable in 6 positions, giving you the opportunity to customize the height to your bed. It also comes with a waterproof mattress cover and fitted sheet to protect the fiber filled mattress.

2: Mika Mickey Bedside Sleeper

This co-sleeper also converts to a standing bassinet, which makes it easy to sleep with baby close by at night and provides a safe space for naps throughout the day. There are straps to secure the co-sleeper to the side of the bed and one large side panel opens to give parents access through the night. There are 7 height positions available to provide the perfect height for co-sleeping. The two long sides are mesh paneled, the short sides are closed and this co-sleeper is portable giving you space for baby to nap during the day.

3: Arm’s Reach Concepts Mini Ezee Bedside Bassinet

A great co-sleeper that’s portable and offers under the bed storage is this bedside bassinet. The neutral color makes it perfect for any bedroom and the 4-inch sleep nest height makes it compatible with most bed frames. The rails are all mesh-lined and there are two end pockets along with under the bed storage. This is a solid option for families that want to co-sleep but also wanted the added security and safety of a bedside bassinet. The attachment strap and resistant plate offer a secure place for your baby to rest.

4: Simmons Kids by the Bed City Sleeper

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For a simple, open, and adjustable co-sleep consider this one by Simmons. The design is very simple and elegant with a grey neutral fabric and grey support legs. The L-shaped wheel legs are designed to fit under the bed, sofa, or chair so you can keep your baby close and safe while sleeping. The low profile sleeping nest provides access from the top, so there’s no need to open or close the side in order to reach your baby throughout the night. You can adjust the height of the nest with a button and there are two side pockets for storing anything you might need at hand.

5: Millard Side Sleeper Bedside Bassinet

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Another great side sleeper bassinet is this one, which can operate as a co-sleeper as well as a stand-alone bassinet. There’s a unique design that provides top access handles to move the bassinet around the house and a wide side panel for access through the night. There are three height options and simple legs that allow you to place the bassinet closer to the bed as well as slide them under the couch. The high walls are solid paneling for added security.

Nest Co-sleepers

1: Baby Delight Snuggle Nest

For those that are looking for an option to have baby sleep in their bed but with some added protection, this snuggle nest could be a perfect choice. The two rigid and vented walls help keep baby cool and keep baby separated from the rest of the bedding. The shape and style of this nest offers easy access to the baby all night, and the low light nightlight gives parents a hand when it comes to tending to the baby in the dark. The sleeper also folds in half for easy transport through the house or while traveling.

2: Baby Lounger and Baby Nest Sharing Co-sleeper

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Another good option is this baby nest for co-sleeping. The removable bumpers and mattress make it easy to clean and the adjustable end gives the baby a bit more legroom as they get older. The low profile sides provide a comfortable and soothing environment for baby while also providing easy access while in bed. This nest is fully machine washable and completely portable. It’s perfect for using throughout the house as well as in bed and makes traveling easier as your baby will always be sleeping in their own bed.

3: CubbyCove Classic Breathable Portable Nest

Co Sleeper Options

For a super simple, classic co-sleeper nest check out the CubbyCove Classic. This nest is a flat, simple, padded sleeper with an adjustable canopy for added shade. It’s a great option for new parents or those looking for something to operate as a co-sleeper nest, a lounger, and something to use for tummy time while keeping baby safe. It’s sturdy, one-piece design makes it easy to move around the house without losing pieces or having to re-assemble. You can move this next with one hand, making it easy for parents throughout the day and night. Check it out here!

4: SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper

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This option is designed very simply with one full mesh panels surrounding the sleeping nest. This is a great option for day and night use, as it’s easy to see the baby through the mesh and offers a large sleep space as well as wide top access. The metal frame folds flat which makes it easy to carry through the house as well as use for travel. It includes a mattress pad and a fitted sheet. This is a great co-sleeper and bassinet for travel with it’s simple yet sturdy design and overall functionality.

5: Abreeze Baby Bassinet and Lounger

This 100% cotton portable crib gives all the feel of co-sleeping with the added protection of using a co-sleeper or convertible bassinet. The lounger is made of soft cotton to cushion and comfort your sleeping baby. The bumpers are high enough to provide added protection while also offering each access to check on the baby or tend to them throughout the night. The construction and materials make this lounger perfect for co-sleeping, tummy time, and use around the house.

 

The best co-sleeper is one that you’ll use every night! You don’t want to have to worry about navigating the pieces, adjusting the height, or managing a flap. The bedside co-sleepers offer easy access without having the baby directly in bed. On the other hand, the nests go directly into the bed and give baby their own safe space throughout the night. Many of these co-sleepers are very portable. This will save you from having to buy more than one bassinet or space for baby to sleep beyond the bedroom. 

 

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How to Clean Baby Toys + Safe Cleaning Products!

Babies put toys up by their faces, in their mouth, and up their noses, so it is super important to keep them clean! I would recommend having a routine to clean them because otherwise, it is super easy to forget. I would recommend cleaning the toys every couple of weeks, but also anytime your little one has had a playdate where the other baby might have been sticking toys in their mouth. You will also want to disinfect anytime that any family or friends that you spend time with regularly are sick. 

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How to Clean Baby Toys

The Little Stuff

Dishwasher

Take the easy route if you can! For little toys that have no batteries, I would recommend just putting them in the dishwasher. You can just add a couple of drops of dish soap and run a quick cycle with hot water. 

By Hand

Rinse your baby’s toys with soapy water in your sink until the water runs clear to clean them. Fill a 1-gallon bucket with water (you can find these at hardware stores super cheap and they will come in handy for cleaning many things with this same method!) and 2 tablespoons of bleach. Let the toys sit in the bleach solution for a couple of minutes and then set them out to air dry. This second step will do the disinfecting!

Cleaning Bigger Toys 

Your baby is probably not putting bigger toys, like a walker or a play piano, in their mouth quite as often. However, it is still super important to clean toys like this off. You can rinse use the bucket method above for toys without batteries, but you will need a different method for everything else. My recommendation for toys with batteries is to use one of the disinfecting wipes we have listed below to simply wipe the toys down.  

Plush and Fabric Toys

You will definitely need to know how to clean plush and fabric toys, especially if your baby becomes attached to Mr. Bunny or Teddy and cannot sleep without him.  Luckily, you can just throw these toys in the wash with a little soap and hot water. They come out looking as good as new (at least for the first year or so)! If the toy is getting worn down or seems fragile, I would stick to hang drying. As for newer toys, they can be tossed right into the dryer. It also helps to throw some tennis balls in along with the plush toys to keep the inner stuffing fluffed up all around. 

Safe Cleaners to Use on Your Toys

Obviously, you want everything in your home to be clean and disinfected, but when there’s a baby around you also want to use safe nontoxic products. Here are some of our favorite soaps, wipes, and detergents to aid you in cleaning your baby’s toys. 

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Honest Dish Soap:

This plant-derived clean is tough on food and grease, as well as any grime that might end up on toys. It comes in 3 different scents, all naturally derived, or a scent-free option. 

Babyganics Foaming Dish & Bottle Soap:

Another popular brand that makes safe products for babies is Babyganics. This foaming dish soap can be used to clean your bottles as well as dishes and toys. It is plant-based, free of toxins, and has been tested by both pediatricians and dermatologists. 

Elysium Premium Natural Baby Bottle Liquid Dish Soap:

Elysium is another soap that can be used to clean your baby’s toys. It is antibacterial and organic, as well as being completely free of parabens, alcohol, phthalates, and sulfates just like the other soaps on this list. This soap is also vegan if we have any mamas out there who are looking for that! 

Clorox Free and Clear Hard Surface Daily Wipes:

You need all kinds of wipes with little ones in the house! These Clorox Free and Clear are perfect for wiping down both big and small toys. You can also use them on your counters, high chair, car seats, and more. They do not have any bleach and are fragrance-free. 

Dreft Multi-Surface All-Purpose Gentle Cleaning Wipes:

Dreft also makes great cleaning wipes that are safe to use around little ones. These are very similar to the Clorox Free and Clear above, but they are not fragrance-free. They have a gentle, light scent. 

Babyganics 3X Baby Laundry Detergent:

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As for the baby toys you will be tossing in the laundry, Babyganics 3X Baby Laundry Detergent works great to clean them! It is fragrance-free and formulated from plant-derived ingredients. It is totally safe for your baby, nonallergenic, and has been tested by dermatologists. However, it still has good stain-fighting power!

Honest Baby Laundry Fragrance-Free:   

The Honest Company also makes a great fragrance-free laundry detergent that you can use to clean toys in your washing machine. Just like Babyganics, it is hypoallergenic and made of plant-derived ingredients while still providing stain-fighting power. 

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14 Must-Have Products from Best of Baby Month at Walmart!

* This post is in partnership with Walmart. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The most important thing to bring into motherhood is humor (and maybe a little humility, too), but that doesn’t mean you should leave behind the products that make life a little easier. This September is Best of Baby Month at Walmart. Meaning you have the perfect excuse to stock up on all your favorite baby products and the dream items you have been eyeing. Shop all our favorite products below, and check out exactly why we love them so much!

Baby Tech That Will Change Your Life

Owlet Smart Sock 2

When that mama intuition kicks in, it is like nothing else. Thank you mother nature. However, it can also cause so much anxiety and worry. The Owlet Smart Sock 2 will help to alleviate some of your worries and hopefully allow you to get a little more sleep. You will get a whopping $50 gift card with purchase during the sale, too! 

Dreambaby Adhesive Mag Lock

Sometimes it is the little things that make all the difference. Take it from me and baby proof your house BEFORE you need to. This will keep your toddler from getting in the habit of getting into your stuff. I get it if you don’t love the look of locks on all your cabinets and drawers, but it is for your little one’s safety and the Dreambaby Adhesive Mag Locks aren’t an eyesore! Plus, they are 50% during the Best of Baby sale at Walmart!

Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine

Babies don’t actually need complete silence, in fact, when they were in your belly that got used to constant noise. This is why having a noise machine in your baby’s room can be a really big comfort to them. It is definitely worth trying out, especially since it is $10 off! 

MobiCam HDX Smart HD WiFi Baby Monitoring Camera 

I don’t know how moms got any sleep before the invention of Baby Monitors, but I feel pretty fortunate for the high tech options offered right from Walmart today. With ModiCam, not only can you hear your baby but you can clearly see them. This is a great gift to purchase for new parents or to add to your baby registry. 

 

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Baby On-the-Go 

Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System

To be honest, I did not get a whole lot of jogging done in early motherhood. However, I would still 100% recommend to every mom to get a jogger stroller. They come in handy for walks, running errands, going to the park, and just enjoying life outdoors. All these things are such an important part of enjoying motherhood and not getting stuck in a rut being indoors 24/7. The best part about this stroller is you can pop the car seat right inside! During the Best of Baby Sale at Walmart, you can purchase this stroller for just $120.60 at Walmart. 

 

Babywearing for the win! Purchasing a great carrier will be a huge blessing because you can keep your baby close to you and have two hands available to get stuff done. Our little one fit snug and comfy in this carrier and I was able to get a whole load of dishes done and play cars with her brother without hearing one single complaint!  

 

Plum Organic Food Pouches

Food pouches are a lifesaver, even the pickiest of little ones in our family loves them. They don’t leave a mess so they can easily be eaten in the car or the stroller. Best of all, though, this is a yummy snack that is packed full of nutrients your child needs. 

 

Leachco Duo Nursing Infinity Scarf

You don’t ever need to cover up when nursing, you’re nourishing your baby and there is nothing to hide! However, when you do feel like covering up the Leacho Duo Nursing Infinity Scarf is a great option. It is super light and breathable and provides easy access to see your baby. 

 

Keeping Baby Healthy & Happy

Fisher-Price Step n Play Piano

If you are looking for a toy that your baby will never get sick of, you have to check out this Step n Play Piano. It will help your baby develop gross motor skills and coordination while having fun with music and a little piano of their own. 

Avanchy Bamboo Stay Put Bowls and Spoons

Say “no more!” to your little one pushing their bowl off their highchair to splatter its contents all over the floor. These cute bowls will tightly suction cup onto any surface and are super durable. They are made of non-toxic materials and 100% environmentally friendly. When you buy the gift set at Walmart through September 30th, you will receive a $20 gift card, or buy a single bowl + spoon and get a $5 gift card!

Babymoov Duo Meal Station

There is nothing wrong with buying baby food, but having the capability to easily make your own feels so good. The Babymoov Duo Meal Station makes it easy to cook up nutritious food for your baby, and allows you to multitask by making a couple of different things at once. 

Huggies Natural Care Unscented Baby Wipes

Baby wipes become a staple in your household from the time you bring your baby home to, well, when they leave the nest. Dirty diapers are inevitable and so are messes. Huggies Natural Care Unscented Baby Wipes are a wonderful choice and sensitive enough for everyone in the family. 

KeaBabies All-in-1 Stretchy Baby Wrap

Babies are happiest when they are snuggled right up against you, and this baby wrap allows you to do just that. I love that it is breathable enough to wear without getting too hot! Plus, you can carry your baby in this up until they are 35 lbs. 

Graco Pack ‘n Play Nearby Napper Playard with Rocker

Portable cribs are one thing that I see parents going back and forth on whether they need or not frequently. Here’s the thing, at the beginning of your baby’s life they are hardly going to sleep in their crib. It will be the swing, the Boppy, your arms, or the portable crib. It is so nice to have a safe place for your baby to snooze that you can move around the house. This is a great option because it comes with a bassinet and rocker, opens and closes with a push-button, and is easy to bring along when traveling. 

 

 

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Traveling? Here are the 10 Best Portable Baby Beds!

Traveling with a baby can be overwhelming. Between packing a diaper bag for the length of your stay to packing clothing, toys, bottles, a stroller, and all the other necessities, it can be easy to overlook the sleeping arrangement. Many family members, friends, and hotels will have sleeping options for your baby. However, having a go-to portable baby bed or crib will make traveling much easier.

By owning your own portable baby bed you’ll know how to set it up and have a better time getting your baby to sleep while you’re away from home. These top 10 portable baby beds offer all sorts of at-home comfort while on the road. Plus, they come at affordable prices and store easily in any car or as extra luggage.

Everything to Know About Portable Baby Beds

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What is a portable baby bed?

A portable baby bed is anything you use as a sleeping space for your baby. A portable baby bed typically folds or stores nicely, which makes it ideal for travel. With an infant, this may be a bassinet or co-sleeper nest bed. With a baby this may be a portable crib, playard, or co-sleeper. Toddlers may graduate to a toddler bed, air mattress, or sleeping in the bed with parents or siblings.

Why a portable baby bed is useful

Many families like to travel with a portable baby bed because it provides a familiar sleeping space for the baby. It can be difficult to get a newborn, infant, or baby to adjust to a new environment and sleep schedule while traveling, and having a sleeping space the baby is familiar with can make it easier to sleep.

Relying on a portable crib or bed at your destination can be questionable, as you won’t know exactly where your baby will sleep until you arrive. By bringing your own bed you’ll know how it assembles, what it needs, and how your baby sleeps in the space before your trip begins.

Must-haves list

  • Age-appropriate: is ideal for your child’s age at the time of travel
  • Travel-friendly: is easy to carry, easy to assemble, and fits in your luggage or vehicle
  • Comfortable: provides all the comforts of home while on the road
  • Suits your sleeping arrangement: ideally you want your portable baby bed to copy how your baby sleeps at home, whether that’s in a crib or co-sleeping

Types of portable baby beds

The type of portable baby bed you’ll need depends on your child’s age and the type of sleeping you practice at home. This top 10 list includes the following types of portable baby beds, which accommodate most age ranges and sleeping styles:

  • Travel Co-sleepers
    • Nest Beds
    • Bedside co-sleepers
  • Playards
  • Travel cribs

Top 10 Best Portable Baby Beds

1: Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Adventure Portable Infant Sleeper

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This is a great portable nest bed which is ideal for co-sleeping as well as travel. This nest folds in half and zips into its own backpack. This will keep you from losing the pieces and it stores well. The sturdy walls, breathable materials, and smart design allow you to use this bed almost anywhere. It is perfect for everything from co-sleeping in bed to lounging outside, while you travel, or wherever you’re staying. There’s a bug net and sun canopy which makes this a great option for indoor and outdoor use.

2: Baby Lounger and Baby Nest Co-sleeper

For a portable option that’s no-frills and all function, check out this line of nest sleepers. These nests don’t fold but the design keeps all the pieces together. It functions like a big pillow for your baby to sleep on. This is an easy nest for travel because of its design. You can squish it into the trunk space or backseat, and use it on a road trip between stops and during your stay. There’s a carrying handle that makes it easy to take around the house and on the road. Plus, this nest is perfect for co-sleeping at home too!

3: Arm’s Reach Co-sleeper Bedside Bassinet

This co-sleeper could work for a lot of families! It offers co-sleeping along with a bassinet and a playard look. It completely collapses and folds into a carrying case with 3-in-1 functionality. The age range for this product is 0 to 5 months. This gives parents a safe place for their newborn to sleep and a portable baby bed option once they’ve grown old enough to travel. This will also give your baby a comfortable and familiar place to sleep both on the road and at home. It’s designed to be used wherever your family is staying.

4: ComfyBumpy Bedside Crib Travel Bassinet

This travel bassinet also works as a co-sleeper, as one side folds down and the legs are adjustable to reach the height needed for bedside sleeping. This is a great travel option as a portable baby bed because the side comes down for co-sleeping but also can be folded up for a full portable crib. The neutral color makes this the perfect bed for use at home to match any decor and was designed to be the bassinet and crib you use at home as well as while you’re traveling. It’s a great one-time purchase to ensure your baby gets a great night’s sleep both at home and while away.

5: Baby Trend Deluxe II Nursery Center

If you’re looking for a portable baby bed that can last through most of your child’s early years, a nursery center is a good option. This takes the practicality of a playard and merges it with a changing table to create a nursery center. This has an insert to raise the floor, creating a safe environment for infants and young babies to sleep, as well as serves as a changing space. The insert can be removed to create a playard for older babies, and the removable canopy offers shade for outdoor use.

6: Lotus Travel Crib

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This is marketed as a travel crib but it’s really a multi-purpose playard. This travel crib will provide a place for your child to play, sleep, and grow! It’s a very simple design that folds to easily collapse and store. The lightweight pieces make it ideal for travel. This is also a great grow-with-me option as older children can still use it. You can use it by laying it on the floor as the main space for the mattress for sleeping. One side zips down for access as well as top access like a traditional playard.

7: Hibinate Travel Bassinet and Bouncer

Traveling with a 6-month-old can be tricky, as they’re on the move but also need some comforts of home. This travel bassinet converts to a bouncer! This is great for 2-in-1 functionality as well as tending to your child while on the go. The lightweight design and collapsibility makes it easy to travel with this item as well as use it in your house. It’s great for traveling to a friend or family member’s house. However, you can use it in your living room, kitchen, or family room too. The bassinet serves as a sleeping space at night and the bouncer keeps baby happy during the day.

8: MiClassic 2-in-1 Travel Bassinet

Traveling with a newborn or infant can be tricky, especially when you’re trying to set up a bassinet after a long day of travel. This 2-in-1 travel bassinet is one of the fastest to assemble and travel with, as it has a simple pull up handle in the middle. This bassinet has two modes: stationary and rocker. The rocker helps soothe the baby while you’re away from home. The simple design has mesh sides for airflow and visibility and a neutral color scheme to suit any theme, room, or preference. This is a great travel bassinet for first-time parents or to have as a spare at the grandparents’ or friends’ house.

9: Graco Pack n’ Play On the Go Playard and Bassinet

One of the go-to options when it comes to portable baby beds is the Graco Pack n’ Play. This portable crib also works as a playard and has an insert to function as a bassinet. It’s available in a range of colors and designs, and each version collapses for easy storage The Pack n’ Play is a very accessible and easy to use item, but it does not have floor access like some other playards on the current market. This is a very reliable option that many families have used for generations.

10: Flisko 2-in-1 Travel Crib or Bassinet, and Playard

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Another great portable baby bed option is something that can convert from a bassinet for younger infants to a crib and playard when the baby is a bit older. This one by Flisko has an insert to elevate the sleeping space for a bassinet style bed and becomes a travel crib and playard for older children. There’s access from the top for a bassinet and crib, and a zippered entry flap on the bottom for floor sleeping and playing. The smaller size and lightweight design makes it easy to transport and store in a truck, car, or as a carry on item with its backpack style carrying case.

There are many portable baby bed options currently available depending on your child’s age and your family’s needs. When choosing a portable baby bed, consider how you are traveling, how you’d like to transport and store the bed, and what use the portable bed can have in your home. Choosing something you’re likely to use at home and while traveling will give you the best product for the price. 

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10 Best Changing Pads to Keep Your Wiggly Baby in Place

I remember the first time I went to do my baby registry and the salesperson asked what kind of changing pad I was looking for. I thought, is there a difference. The changing pad is basically a pad, right? Well, it turns out there are all sorts of different pads and features to the best changing pads #mindblown. The best ones are large enough to use throughout your baby’s diaper-wearing days and suit your needs in terms of safety, portability, and utility.

There are two main types, contoured and travel, which are both must-haves for any family. The following highlights the top 10 best changing pads in both categories, top 5 contoured and top 5 travel. Any of these will make diaper duty a bit easier, both by keeping baby comfortable and lending a hand to the one changing the diaper.

Top 10 Best Changing Pads

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What is a changing pad?

A changing pad is a piece of fabric, vinyl, or foam you place under the baby while changing a diaper. They help keep baby safe and in place while you’re hands are busy changing a diaper and cleaning up. Some have sloped sides to cradle baby, while others are flat, foldable, and portable for on the go use. 

Why Having One is a Good Idea

Some parents change their baby wherever it is convenient. This might be on the floor with a simple blanket or on top of a changing table with all the supplies. Using a changing pad is a good idea because it keeps your changing surface clean from any drips or spills. Babies are messy, and this includes diaper changes. 

They are also a good idea because they can help keep your baby safe. This is especially true if you’re using an elevated surface like a changing table or bed. Thicker foam changing pads have raised edges to keep baby in one place. This reduces their ability to roll over and fall from the table. Changing pads also make diaper changes a bit more comfortable for your baby. Diaper changes often require the parent to hold onto baby with one hand while reaching for supplies with the other, so the use of a larger changing pad makes it easier to keep baby in one place and safe through the process.

Changing pad must-haves:

  • Safe
  • Comfortable
  • Affordable
  • Easy to clean
  • Easy to use
  • Potentially portable

Changing Pad Types

Contoured pads: these have raised edges to keep baby in place. They are typically larger, thicker, and less portable, mostly used in the home. These are mainly waterproof but you can also use a cover to protect them.

 

Travel pads: these fold and fit into a diaper bag. They are thinner, smaller, and usually have a plastic component that makes them easy to wipe clean with a sanitizing wipe.

 

Disposable pads: these are designed to be used once and tossed in the trash. They generally fold well and are great for travel because they’re a one-time use. These are great to have in case of an emergency, but you’ll have to remember to replace them every time you use them.

 

The Top 10 Best Changing Pads

Contoured Pads

1: LA Baby Waterproof Contoured Changing Pad

This changing pad is 30 inches long and has two raised sides along with a center lap belt. There’s a non-skid bottom to help keep it in place while changing the baby. The top is a quilted vinyl cover which is both waterproof and stain-resistant. You can clean the cover with mild soap and water. Safety features include the easy to use a safety belt with a quick-release buckle and a security strap to secure the changing pad to the changing table or the top of a dresser.

 

2: Summer Infant Contoured Changing Pad

This is another 2 sided changing pad that focuses on safety and security. The contoured walls help keep baby in place and the safety belt has a quick-release buckle for easy use. The security strap on the bottom keeps the changing pad attached to the furniture and the non-slip bottom helps keep it in place. The top is a quilted vinyl over a soft foam for a comfortable experience for the baby. The double-layer vinyl keeps things dry and it can be washed with a damp cloth to keep it germ-free.

 

3: PooPoose Wriggle Free Diaper Changing Pad

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The PooPoose makes diaper changing easier, cleaner, and safer. There’s an adjustable swaddle style safety strap to help keep baby in place and helps the baby stay calm. This safety strap adjusts to accommodate newborns through to the toddler stage. This safety strap is a hook and loop design, versus the quick release buckle of other models. The PooPoose Wriggle Free is made of safe foam with a waterproof and non-toxic top layer. Alternate straps and covers are available for this changing pad.

 

4: Munchkin Secure Grip Waterproof Diaper Changing Pad

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Another great option for wiggly babies is this secure grip and waterproof changing pad. The bottom has “Xtra Grip” rubber strips to keep the pad in place and a central safety belt with an adjustable quick release buckle. You can also secure it to a tabletop either with the security belt or with added screws for increased safety and security. The soft and contoured pad top makes it comfortable for the baby while staying safe from beginning to end. This changing pad offers a great amount of safety for a very budget-friendly price.

 

5: Colgate 2-Sided Contour Changing Pad

The last contoured changing pad has two raised sides with a lower gradient to keep baby in place but also offering a comfortable place to change the baby into toddlerhood. You can use this pad on any flat surface! The bottom has a rigid support board to help keep its shape and a safety belt, along with screws to secure the pad to a tabletop. It’s easy to clean and is a very simple, straightforward changing pad to help you get things done safely and comfortably.

 

Travel Pads

1: Lil Fox Portable Changing Pad

The Lil Fox portable changing pad is 100% waterproof and folds into a travel bag complete with a carrying handle. There’s a pocket for a full-size wipes case and the pocket can hold up to 5 standard size diapers so you’re never without your supplies. You can open it with one hand and it even has room for your keys. The envelope style fold makes it easy to clip it onto your stroller and there’s even a memory foam pillow for added comfort.

 

2: Comfy Cubs Portable Changing Pad

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For a clean and simple portable changing pad, take a look at this one by Comfy Cubs. The pad folds in half and has a simple strap to secure it, making it easy to open and set up with one hand. The printed pad is in a neutral color, perfect for any baby, is easy to clean, and keeps baby comfortable while still being lightweight with a padded pillow. This is the perfect pad for a family on the go, as it stores in any backpack, stroller, or diaper bag, is easy to use, and even easier to keep clean.

 

3: Obecome Portable Waterproof Changing Pad

Best Changing Pad

This is the perfect changing pad for those parents that want one pad to last from newborn to toddler. The simple folding design makes it easy to open and close with one hand and the neutral pattern gives it a trendy look while being gender-neutral.

The material is waterproof and easy to clean, which means it will be durable to last through all the diaper-wearing years. There’s a large storage compartment to keep extra diapers, a travel pack of wipes, or whatever you’ll need on hand.

 

4: PEKITAS Waterproof Foldable Changing Pads

Sometimes simple is best and this foldable set from PEKITAS is a great simple, easy to use, and completely customizable option. These changing pads come in packs of two and are a three-layered blanket style. The top is cotton, the middle is a soft padding layer and the bottom is waterproof. It doesn’t require any fancy folding, snaps, or closures and instead folds just like a receiving blanket or cloth. They’re also easy to add to your laundry cycle as they are completely machine washable.

 

5: Summer Infant Quickchange Portable Changing Pad

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This tri-fold changing pad is another simple and easy option that gets the job done with no frills. The simple, sleek black outer makes it easy to match any diaper bag or toss into any backpack. The middle padding keeps the baby comfortable and clean no matter where you are. The interior is easy to wipe clean and is waterproof. This is ideal for quick diaper changes on the go without worrying about damaging the car seat or floor. This one is also great to keep in the car, as it fits in the glove compartment and will always be there when you need it.

 

Whether you’re looking for something to add to the nursery or something to have on hand to change a diaper in the living room or while out and about, these are the top 10 best changing pads currently available. Many parents like to have one contoured at home and at least one in the diaper bag, car, or even at home for a quick diaper change whenever there’s a need.

 

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Best Double Strollers; 21 Options to Make Life More Simple

Double the trouble means double the products. Whether you are expecting multiples or simply adding to your little crew, you will likely find yourself looking for the best double stroller to fit your family’s needs. The good news is there are tons of wonderful options out there with all kinds of different configurations, sweet accessories, and styles to match your life. We have broken strollers down into three categories; day to day double strollers, double umbrella strollers, and double joggers. We are pretty confident that somewhere in this list you will find your perfect match. Make sure to keep in mind a lighter stroller will be easiest to push and pay close attention to how the strollers fold if you have a compact car or will need to store the stroller in a small place. Besides that, we say simply follow your heart!

 

The 21 Best Double Strollers

 

Day to Day Double Strollers

Uppababy 2017 Vista Stroller

best double strollers

You seriously get the best of both worlds with this stroller; it is lightweight, has all the accessories you could ever want, and is so easy to convert into whatever you need it to be. The stroller comes with a bassinet seat, which is even equipped with proper ventilation and depth for overnight sleep making this stroller perfect for travel. If you have multiples you will be able to attach 2 bassinet seats or 2 infant car seats. However, if you have a toddler and a newborn the stroller can be adapted to that as well. Just you wait, there is even more. The 2016 Vista Stroller can even hold a 3rd child with the Piggyback Ride-Along Board attachment, which allows a walker to hop on for a ride. This stroller has an answer for every scenario on top of being slick and modern in looks.

Stroller Weight: 28 lbs as a single stroller, but varies depending on attachments

Age Range: Newborn up to 50 lbs, dependent on attachments

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Baby Jogger 2014 City Mini GT Double Stroller

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If you’re looking for a double jogging stroller that fits all your needs, from grocery shopping to off the beaten path hikes, this is the one for you. The wheels are built to last and the hand brake is super user-friendly. A huge bonus is that the seat backs are longer meaning they can accommodate taller kids, so this stroller will last you as long as your kids will even want to sit in it. Did we mention it’s specially built to increase airflow? If you’re in hotter weather this is definitely something to take into account.

Stroller Weight: 46 lbs

Age Range: maximum capacity 100 lbs total

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Joovy Caboose Ultralight

Joovy took their original stroller kept all the sturdiness and versatility, but lost 4 lbs to create the Joovy Caboose Ultralight. You can have two seats or convert them back to a bench or standing platform. In fact, this is the lightest sit and stand stroller on the market according to their website. On top of that it folds up easily and small enough to fit in most car trunks. This stroller reclines all the way back for nap time because Joovy understands that missing a nap can turn ugly real quick.

Stroller Weight: 23.5 lbs (WOW!)

Age Range: 90 lbs

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Chicco Cortina Together Double

The Chicco Cortina Together is the perfect option for anyone who needs a double stroller on a budget. It’s reasonably priced and grows with your family, from infant car seats to some of the tallest seats that exist in a double stroller making it comfortable for older children. We love that the storage bag is very large and can be zippered shut. It folds up fairly well but isn’t the best in the game. The shades are also a bit disappointing, but these are small sacrifices to make when you consider the lower cost. The stroller is still made of high-quality materials and will surely get the job done.

Stroller Weight: 34 lbs

Age Range: Up to 40 lbs in each seat

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Baby Trend Sit n Stand Double Stroller

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Baby Trend kept mama in mind when they finally made a double stroller with a snack tray and cup holder not only for each child but for you as well! The huge basket is perfect for storing pretty much anything else. This stroller can have two seats or the back can be switched out to a standing platform. It is a great option for parents who think their child will be growing out of a seat soon but may want to add it back on for particularly long trips. You can easily fold this stroller with one hand because with two kiddos you need all the free hands you can get.

Stroller Weight: 32.5 lbs

Age Range: Newborn (with the car seat attachment) to 2.5 years old or 40 lbs

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Bugaboo Donkey

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We know that the name of this stroller has probably already caught your attention, and we are here to assure you it will actually be a much smoother ride than one from a donkey. This is the perfect day to day double stroller if you need something narrow but sturdy and capable of converting into different configurations. It is one of the few double strollers that won’t leave you worrying about fitting through doorways or aisles. Say hello to all those errands you’ve been missing! You can attach two bassinets, two seats, or one of each. The seats can also face forwards or backward, just in case someone needs a little extra attention. It is not the easiest stroller to fold up, but if it’s something you use every day you might not even need to get into that.

Stroller Weight: 33 lbs

Age Range: Newborn to 37 lbs in each chair

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Best Double Umbrella Strollers

Chicco Echo Twin

This is probably my favorite of the double umbrella strollers. It’s pretty sturdy meaning it will last you through some great adventures and/or errands, but still has the compact feel that you want. This stroller is little heavier but ergonomically easy to tote around with a handle, and at least you can count carrying it as your bonus workout. It’s made to fit just about perfectly through any door frame. It has literally everything on the checklist from maneuverability to the 5 point harness, and that’s why a recommend it so highly.

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Zoe XL2 Best v2

best double strollers

For the price, this stroller is really high quality and will last you a while. The Zoe is one of the lightest weight and smallest folded double umbrella strollers. Despite its super lightweight, it can still comfortably hold even your 4-year-olds. The canopies are awesome and will provide ultimate shade for your babes and the recline really well for nap time. As for accessories a snack tray, drink holder, and great storage, all come along with this umbrella stroller.

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Joovy Twin Groove Ultralight

best double strollers

While not many double umbrella strollers are a great option for newborns, Joovy got it right. They recline, individually, and turn into an almost bassinet like a seat. It grows super well along with your kiddo and can end up holding up to 50 lbs in each seat. This stroller has pretty much everything on the checklist, including a great canopy and amazing underneath storage. It has safety reflectors, so you can feel more comfortable enjoying late night strolls with your little ones!

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UPPAbaby G-Link

There is both a 2016 model and a 2018 model out right now, depending on your budget both make a great choice. Biggest perk, it’s only 24 lbs so you should be able to carry it anywhere. The canopies are top notch and the stroller can stand on its own when you fold it up. This stroller is a great option if you’re kids are a little older as it can hold up to 50 lbs in each seat!

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Delta Children LX Double Umbrella

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Bang for your buck is what this double umbrella stroller will get you. At just around $55, this super lightweight stroller is a favorite of many parents. The seats recline just enough to get comfy and there is a little bit of a canopy to shade your kiddo from the sun. It’s pretty easy to maneuver and compact. Hello, grocery store aisle! Hello, theme parks!

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Kinderwagon Hop

best double strollers

Some of you are probably big fans of the tandem stroller. Well, this double umbrella stroller is actually a tandem which is pretty rare. It has a lot of checklist items like reclining seats, super compact and easy folding mechanism, and a 5 point harness. Although the seats are a little small and the leg room squishy, so it’s best for smaller or younger kiddos. Bonus, you can fit one car seat in it if need be!  

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Kolcraft Cloud Double

best double strollers

This is another really well-priced stroller making it worth checking out. It’s especially great if you are making this purchase in addition to your other stroller. There are two big cons here; there is no 5 point harness only 3 and there’s no storage basket. Besides those things, it has pretty much everything else going for it. The seats recline a bit, it’s easy to maneuver and transport and the canopies are pretty large.

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Maxi Cosi Dana for 2

best double strollers

I love the sleek all-black look of the Maxi Cosi, but more than just looks it’s really easy to push with a middle handle for extra control and has super roomy seats for your babies. It can hold two newborn car seats, which is a pretty unique and useful feature. Its main downfall is that it’s not the lightest of umbrella strollers.

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Best Double Jogging Stroller

BOB 2016 Revolution Flex Duallie

 

It’s pricey, but with that price comes the ease of jogging and maneuvering a pretty awesome stroller. It has plenty of storage, is supposed to be comfortable for you to push and for your kids to ride in, and passed all the safety tests with flying colors. Added little bonus; it’s also meant for all terrains making this a great double jogging stroller for moms who enjoy being outside.

Stroller Weight: 33 lbs

Age Range: 8 weeks to 50 lbs per seat

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Joovy ScooterX2 Double Stroller

best double strollers

This double jogging stroller is pretty much top of the line and stylish which is a huge plus. It has a ton of storage and zippered in pockets so you won’t lose anything. It also has to mesh pocket cup holders inside for your little ones which is rare for joggers (it’s the little things right?). This double joggers only downfall is that it isn’t great for off-roading so maybe not the choice for hikers.

Stroller Weight: 32 lbs

Age Range: 3 months to 45 lbs per seat

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Baby Jogger Summit X3 Double Stroller

best double strollers

This stroller truly does everything well. While a lot of crossover options make you sacrifice in some way, this double jogging stroller does jogging, all-terrain, or mall strolling with no problem. The seats have a bar down the middle giving your kids lots of support. They also recline all the way back to flat with an easy mechanism for big nappers.

Stroller Weight: 35 lbs

Age Range: maximum capacity of 100 lbs total

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Thule Urban Glide Double  

best double strollers

This stroller can hold one infant car seat, so it’s a great option for mamas of 2 who just want to purchase one stroller. It’s obviously not meant for you to jog with the infant car seat, but once your baby is old enough for the regular seat it’s perfect for a jog or just running errands. Moms also love that the handlebar includes a drum brake.     

Stroller Weight: 31 lbs

Age Range: maximum capacity of 100 lbs total  

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Bumble Indie Twin Jogging Stroller

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This double jogging stroller is well worth the price tag. It’s compact when folded, so you can fit it anywhere it needs to go including small trunk spaces. It’s also super comfy for your kiddos and offers tons of storage space. As for safety, the five-point harness will make you feel comfortable that your babies aren’t going anywhere. Make sure the tires are full and this bad boy is a piece of cake to push around.

Stroller Weight: 36 lbs

Age Range: no age/weight minimum on the lowest recline setting to 90 lbs total

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Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger Stroller

  

This double jogging stroller is a super affordable option coming in right around $200. While the materials are a little lower quality and there are reviews of a little wiggle in the wheels, it’s super lightweight and easy to maneuver. Plus, you can always have someone handy take a look at a wobbly wheel to tighten it or put more air in.

Stroller Weight: 25 lbs

Age Range: maximum of 90 lbs total

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Mountain Buggy +One Stroller

This stroller is actually one of the rare tandem double jogging strollers making it perfect for narrow spaces. It goes from single to double pretty easily, so it’s great for families planning on growing. The back can lay down as a mattress while you’ve still got a newborn and then be converted into the second seat.

Details like weight and age depending on how you configure the stroller

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