These Car Seat Toys Prevent Fussy Babies From Driving *You* Crazy

The best car seat toys will soothe and entertain even the smallest of babies all car ride long. Parents from all walks of life can agree on one thing: There are few things more gut-wrenching and stress-inducing than being stuck in a car while your baby loses their shit (except, maybe, being stuck on a plane while this happens). Especially when you can’t do a damn thing about it. But you have the power to prevent these headache-inducing car rides with a baby car seat toy. Even better, some double as baby stroller toys that can hook onto both strollers and car seats for easy portability and unlimited on-the-go entertainment.

Some of our favorite car seat/stroller toys incorporate brightly colored friends that make just enough sound to keep Baby’s attention. (Yes, it may be counterintuitive, but the most effective recipe for a peaceful car ride is getting a baby car seat toy that makes a little noise.) Got a fresh-out-of-the-oven newborn? An infant car seat toy is still a must-have. Let’s get real, nobody wants to stare at the back of a seat, no matter how many days they’ve been alive.

Call it a stroller toy or a car seat toy, we as seasoned parents prefer to call them lifesavers. And who can’t justify the necessity of owning a few sanity-saving toys that will get you through the early years of parenthood?

Best Baby Car Seat Toys

Lamaze Freddie The Firefly Car Seat Toy

With over 12,000 reviews and a perfect 5-star rating, Freddie the Firefly from Lamaze is easily one of the most popular multi-sensory car seat toys among parents. “I purchased this for my 4-month-old for tummy time and car rides,” reviews one mom on Amazon. “When I opened the package, my husband joked, ‘man, they really stuck every distracting thing they could fit onto that toy,’ and it’s true! The whole toy crinkles, there is a squeaker, a mirror, rings, a teether, bright colors on one side, and black and white colors on the back.” This oversized stroller toy is just as engaging cruising around town as it is hanging at home. And for those fun-loving petite princesses, check out Fifi the Firefly, which has lots of bells and whistles like Freddie.

$14.99 AT AMAZON

Baby Einstein Tunes With Neptune Musical Toy Bar

The Baby Einstein musical toy bar is perfect for the babe on the go who needs a great distraction. Engaging lights and over 45 songs in 3 different languages will keep your little traveler movin’ to the music with the push of the button (which happens to be perfectly placed on the turtle’s belly, we’d like to add). “My baby loves these toys. He’s always hated his car seat and this helps a lot. The music is not annoying (yay me!) and the light that flashes during the music isn’t too bright for nighttime drives.” reviews one Amazon customer. Installation is as simple as velcro-ing the toy bar onto your infant car seat, and you’re set to groove. When Baby is ready for a dance break, they will love shaking the red crab rattle and grabbing at the toy rings Mr. Octopus is holding. The Tunes with Neptune musical toy will make each car ride an undersea adventure that Baby will love – and so will Mom, since Baby won’t be screaming.


Lil' Jammerz Musical Plush Toys

Get your little one rockin’ with a personalized playlist with the Lil’ Jammerz. The musical trio consists of a microphone with a volume-regulated Bluetooth speaker, a rattling plush orange guitar, and a squeaky round drum.  “Cool, smart, and fun!” reviews one Amazon customer. “I’m especially impressed by the sound quality and volume limit of the speaker, which is my priority as it will be very very near to babies when music is played. My 8-month-daughter LOVES these musical pals very much. We’re asked about them everywhere we go. It’s a perfect baby gift because these three little guys are so unique and fun!” Each lovable band member easily attaches to a stroller or car seat with heavy-duty velcro, so you can feel free to bring the jams anywhere you go. 

$39.99 AT AMAZON

Best Infant Car Seat Toys

Infantino Spiral Car Seat Activity Toy

Coil this soft spiral car seat toy onto any infant car seat handle or stroller bumper bar for instant fun. Heck, you could even wrap it on a crib if you really needed to (only while you’re supervising, of course). The adorable baby toy features 4 unique hanging toys with a mirror, rattle, crinkly toy, and teething ring to keep your precious cargo traveling happy. “Love this stroller toy for the car!” raves one parent on Amazon. “I was looking for one where it’s safe to use in the car and this one was perfect. The colors and shapes really attract my baby’s attention: shiny soft plastic mirror, hard plastic rings, the cow rattles (but not so much that it’s annoying), and the bee is easy to grab. It’s kept her entertained during dinners and it’s soft!” But don’t limit yourself to the car seat and stroller; this spiral activity toy is a great all-around,e on-the-go toy for busy babies. 

$10.88 AT AMAZON

Blppldyci Wind Chime Car Seat Toys

Give Baby not 1, but 4 adorable animal friends to keep them company while out on the town. The brightly colored 4-pack includes a lovable lion, elephant, cat, and of course, a mischievous monkey. Although adorable just to look at, these soft stroller toys feature built-in chimes that make soft soothing sounds each time they move. And if your LO gets a hold of one of these furry friends, they can soothe sore chompers on the nontoxic teether attached to each toy. “Of all the purchases I’ve made lately, these little rattles are some of my favorites!” raves one mama on Amazon. “The quality is superb. Colors are bright and cheerful. Lots to look at, talk about, and play with for a babe. I love the hooks on top as they can easily be hung on a car seat, playmat, bouncer, etc.” And having 4 separate car seat toys means you are always prepared with an extra friend in your diaper bag for meltdowns and emergencies.  

$19.99 AT AMAZON

Taf Toys North Pole Feet Fun Infant Car Toy

Turn the backseat into an arctic wonderland complete with penguins and ice cream with this entertaining infant car toy from Taf Toys. Specially designed for rear-facing car seats, the car toy attaches to the headrest and hangs over the back of the seat to entertain Baby while on the road.  One parent reviews on Amazon, “I think we have the only baby on the planet that does not like riding in the car. She always fusses the whole time we have to ride somewhere. Once we put this in place on the back of the passenger seat where she could look at it, she quieted right down. No more fussing! Worth its weight in gold!”  The attached hanging toys will not only entertain but can’t be thrown immediately upon entering the baby’s hands – which means no more breaking your back searching for missing toys in the backseat. And Baby will love moving the rollers with their little tootsies, too!

$24.95 AT AMAZON

Best Baby Stroller Toys

Tiny Love Stroller Arch

Keep busy babies happily occupied in their strollers with the multisensory stroller arch from Tiny Love. But, why stop at strollers when the Arch can go everywhere? “My son is 6 weeks now and literally just stares at this. It gives me about 15-20 minutes of free time which I think will increase as he gets older. I attach this to ANYTHING: The play yard, car seat, Halo bassinet, and his swing,” reviews one satisfied Amazon customer. The Arch includes 8 different developmental activities to engage Baby for a peaceful walk, ride, or twenty minutes of mommy alone time. Better yet, the stroller arch comes in 4 vivid colorways with diverse woodland characters and activities, so you can get the perfect arch for your little one.

$24.99 AT AMAZON

Skip Hop Silver Lining Cloud Jitter Stroller Toy

The sky’s the limit for entertainment with the Silver Lining Cloud Jitter Toy from Skip Hop. Your little one will be mesmerized with the vibrating cloud each time they give a tug to the easy-gras[e handle. Plus, this cute cloud is double the fun with two unique sides: A sunny daytime cloud on one side and a grey nighttime cloud with moon and all, on the other. “This toy has been a hit with both of my twins,” reviews on mom on Amazon. “I’ve got it hanging from a Chicco Keyfit 30. Both of my twins can reach this and love it. I have to peel their fingers off the cloud handle to get them buckled in because they grab it as soon as I put them in the seat. They love the crinkly star and pulling on the handle to make the toy vibrate.” The squeaky star and crinkly raindrop will not only add to the activity, but the noise they make will be a comfort since you’ll know Baby is safe and content in the backseat.


Now that you’ve got a happy traveller, what other baby issues do you need to tackle?  We’ve got all the toys and baby gear recommendations from moms who know what’s up!

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Babywearing Shirts For Endless Snuggles And Skin-To-Skin Time

Babywearing shirts are exactly what newborn babies need to help them adjust to the big, weird world they were born into. Your newborn was safe and warm inside your womb for nine months, then all of a sudden they were literally pushed into an existence they weren’t expecting. It makes sense that they want to be near you at all times. (And vice versa.) Designed to keep your baby safe, cozy, and conveniently close for breastfeeding, babywearing shirts have a kangaroo-like pouch that holds the baby (similar to a ring sling, a type of baby carrier, but it’s also a shirt! We love a multi-purpose product) allowing for all the snuggles and skin-to-skin time, which can stimulate oxytocin and boost milk supply.

What is a babywearing shirt?

Like we said, a babywearing shirt is literally a shirt that holds babies. It’s great for initial skin-to-skin contact for moms and dads (especially dads who don’t want to take their shirt off in the hospital), but can be worn on a daily basis as well. Not to be confused with a hands-free baby carrier that straps on or is wrapped over your clothes, babywearing shirts are actual shirts that come in different sizes. So, if you and your partner wear different sizes, there won’t be any babywearingsharing going on. Yup, that’s a word we just created, and you are welcome to use it any time you want.

Below you’ll find our favorite babywearing shirts for moms (and one for dads, too!) that are comfortable, stylish (as far as babywearing shirts go, we can only work with so much here), and will help you and your new little person bond. Please note that most babywearing shirts do not meet carrier standards for hands-free carrying.

Best Babywearing Shirts

NuRoo Pocket Babywearing Shirt

This shirt is ideal for preterm and small babies. It’s soft, breathable, moisture wicking, offers full coverage, and is tight enough to securely hold your baby. In fact, it’s the only babywearing shirt that meets sling/carrier standards for hands-free portability. But once the baby reaches around 8 pounds, you’ll need a hand for support. The shirt comes in X-small/small, large/X-large, and 2X-large. One reviewer wrote, “As the ‘other mother’ for our child my wife carried, wearing our baby is an important part of bonding but it’s not as cool to have me in the hospital room shirtless like my wife! This shirt was perfect for that immediate post-birth skin to skin without exposing my whole chest to hospital staff.”

$57.99 AT AMAZON

Nesting Days Women's Carrier

We love this shirt because it can be worn by itself as a tank top, or you can wear a T-shirt or long-sleeve under it. It feels like you’re wearing a baby wrap, but it’s much easier to put on and is better at staying in place. The shirt can be worn feet in for younger babies or feet out as your baby gets bigger. It’s available in several colors in sizes X-small to XX-large.


Moby Wrap Bump & Beyond T-Shirt Wrap

You can wear this wrap after the baby is born and while you’re pregnant, which is ideal, considering the newborn stage lasts for what feels like five minutes. (It doesn’t feel so quick when you’re in it — we feel you, new mamas.) The shirt is available in sizes X-small to large. One reviewer wrote, “This wrap helps to support your belly and your back while you are pregnant. Once your little one arrives, it allows you to have that skin to skin contact! I love that I can nurse my little one while wearing this wrap. It is super convenient and saves so much time and hassle!”


Smallshow Fleece Baby Carrier Hoodie

This cozy fleece hoodie is perfect for cold temperatures. It’s super warm and cozy, but it’s important to note that it doesn’t offer any skin-on-skin contact. It does, however, offer a convenient little pouch for your baby as you both stay bundled up. The pouch, which has to be purchased separately for $12.99, is big enough to continue using as your newborn grows. Plus, it can be removed, so you can wear the jacket with or without baby. One reviewer wrote, “I live in a very cold area and have to walk my dogs with baby in the carrier so I wanted something that could go over him as well. The little hood part is perfect for him and is big enough that there is room for him to grow into it.”

$54.99 AT AMAZON

Seraphine Grey Marl Cotton Skin-to-Skin Top

The soft stretch of this babywearing shirt is gentle on baby’s skin and is perfect for postpartum recovery. It allows for hands-free lounging when you’re sitting or reclining, but when walking around, you’ll need to hold on with one hand to your baby. The shirt is available in sizes X-small to X-large, and it comes in four colors: blue, grey, black, and pink.


Seraphine Skin-to-Skin Long Sleeve Top

A long sleeve version of the Seraphine tank top above. It offers the same soft fabric and comfort for both Mama and Baby. A wrap tie in the front lets you choose how tight or loose you want the shirt to be. It’s available in blue, black, and grey, and it comes in sizes X-small to X-large.


DadWare Bondaroo Skin-to-Skin T-Shirt

This babywearing T-shirt isn’t designed to be a carrier, but rather a way for dads to bond with their newborns on their chest. The shirt is pretty long so it doesn’t ride up when baby’s on board. It’s available in sizes small to XX-large. One dad wrote, “I love this shirt. It’s so comfortable. Feels like an extra soft T-shirt. And I get to have skin to skin time with my son without trying to fit into hospital robes that are too small and awkward.”

$44.99 AT AMAZON


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The Best Bucket Hats To Keep Your Baby Protected From The Sun & Lookin’ Fresh

It’s warm and sunny out, so it makes sense you’re looking for a baby bucket hat for your LO. They’re cute, functional, and very on trend. If you’ve survived a long cold winter either pregnant or with a newborn in tow, it’s safe to say that summer can’t come fast enough. But one of the unforeseen tricky parts of touting a baby around in the summertime is that they are so susceptible to sunburns and they’re too young for sunscreen if they’re under 6 months old. Alas, you’re pretty much stuck with two options—either stay indoors all summer long (yeah, right) or invest in a bucket load of bucket hats for your baby. (Plus water toys and activities, like kiddie pools and water tables — trust).

What are bucket hats? They’re sun hats that are shaped like a bucket in that they have a wide brim that covers everything inside it—namely, your baby’s entire head. They’re been around since the early 1900s, which means your grandparents probably grew up wearing them. They are usually made from heavy-duty cotton fabrics so that they’re durable and don’t allow the sun’s harmful UV rays to penetrate through.

What are bucket hats good for?

Bucket hats are ideal for sun protection. When shopping for a bucket hat, it’s a smart idea to make sure that it not only covers the entirety of your baby’s head and face, but also offers some shoulder coverage as well. Any bucket hat that you buy should also have a strap of some sort that helps secure it to your baby’s head so that it doesn’t fly off into the wind.

Ready to shop baby bucket hats for the summer? Here are some of the best on the market right now, according to moms.

Best Baby Girl Bucket Hats

Simplicity Baby UPF 50+ Adjustable Drawstring Wide Brim Bucket Sun Hat

This hat is as cute as it is practical. It comes in a handful of prints and colors and has plenty of sun protection—UPF 50+ to protect against 98 percent of the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. It comes in three sizes—0-12 months, 12-24 months and 2-4T—and has an adjustable head strap that ensures a proper fit no matter what. 

$15.99 AT AMAZON

SimpliKids UPF 50+ UV Ray Sun Protection Wide Brim Baby Sun Hat

If you love the look of frills on your little girl, you’re going to love this brand of baby bucket hats. Talk about options—they sell more than 20 different colors and prints, ranging from hot pinks to light blues. With UPF 50+ sun protection, you can feel rest assured that you baby’s precious head is tucked away from the sun. 

$17.99 AT AMAZON

DANMY Baby Girl Wide Brim Bucket Hat

Bows, frills, pastel prints, you name it—this might be one of the girliest lines of baby bucket hats out there. The hat sizing runs from 0-6 months all the way to 2-3T and everything is made from the highest-rated UPF 50+ sun protective fabric, which blocks out 95 percent of UVA and UVB rays. To make sure the hats stay on, they each come with a customizable drawstring. 


Sarfel Baby Sun Hat

This baby bucket hat is pretty basic, but that just means that it has everything you’re looking for. It comes in a wide variety of prints and patterns and in all different sizes ranging from 6-12 months all the way up to 4-8 years. It is UPF 50+, foldable for travel, and has a drawstring closure that secures it to your baby’s head. 

$11.99 AT AMAZON

RuffleButts Baby Sun Hat

This brand is best known for their line of swimsuits for kids, so it’s only natural that they would also make great bucket hats for babies. This one is made out of 100 polyester and has built-in sun protection—UPF 50+. It comes in three different colors—blue, pink, white and yellow. It is hand-wash only though—machine wash is not recommended. 

$16.99 AT AMAZON

SwimZip Kid's Sun Hat Wide Brim UPF 50+ Protection Hat for Baby

This drawstring hat has built-in sun protection, blocking out as much as 98 percent of the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays with UPF 50+. It offers a ton of breathability, thanks to a mesh forehead area, which comes in clutch on super hot days. The adjustable head and chin straps break away when pulled hard to prevent choking. It’s also nice that this hat comes in a large variety of colors—9 to be specific—so that you can purchase a few to go with plenty of your child’s outfits. 


Best Baby Boy Bucket Hats

BANZ Sun Protection UPF Adjustable and Reversible Bucket Hat

This baby bucket hat is about as wide-brimmed as they come, which is great because it truly gives a large shield of protection from the sun. The material is made out of 100 percent polyester and has a UPF 50 sun protection rating. It’s also reversible, offering two patterns in one hat. The hook and loop closure is easy to use and allows room for growth. 

$19.00 AT AMAZON

Durio Baby Sun Hat Summer Beach

This might be the only baby bucket hat you’ll ever need. It comes in 14 different patterns and prints and is reversible so your little one can rock it one of two ways. It comes in plenty of sizes, so you can choose the one that’s most ideal for your little one’s noggin and feel rest assured that it provides UPF 50+ sun protection. 


i play. by green sprouts Baby Breathable Swim & Sun Bucket Hat

This is probably one of the best-known brands when it comes to bucket hats, and that’s because this brand simply does things right. Firstly, their fit is always true to size, their hats are machine washable and they’re so breathable that you never have to worry about your child becoming too hot when wearing them. They also come in tons of colors and are quick-drying, so they’re great for swimming!

$17.99 AT AMAZON

American Trends Baby Sun Hat

With more than a dozen color and style options, this may be the only baby bucket hat brand you need. Each hat is made out of high-quality polyester that helps shield the sun’s harmful rays. It comes in four sizes for the perfect fit and has an adjustable cap circumference to further secure that fit. 


JAN & JUL GRO-with-Me Kids’ Cotton Bucket Sun-Hat

When it comes to this bucket hat, all the hype is over this brand’s GRO-WITH-ME® SMART DESIGN, which fully adjusts to your child’s head thanks to a drawstring. This means you can size up and use the same hat for more than one summer. It has UPF 50 protection and is nice and breathable for those uncomfortably hot summer days. 

$19.99 AT AMAZON

Zando Baby Sun Hat Kids Summer Outdoor UPF 50+ Sun Protection

Made out of a high-quality cotton material, this hat will keep your child protected and comfortable all day long. It has 50+ UPF sun protection and is both lightweight and breathable. It comes in a wide range of colorful prints, but also some rockstar solid colors as well, like navy and white. 


Now that you’ve got your baby’s bucket hat(s) squared away, shop more of our kids summer picks here!

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Baby Bunting Bags Perfect For Chilly Weather

Baby bunting bags are what every parent needs during the cold months of the year so you can easily tuck the baby in and stick them in the stroller. Now, you can easily go out to run errands or for some exercise with your little one without worrying whether or not they’re warm enough. Most of these bunting bags are fleece-lined, so they’re big on cozy comfort. Plus, these make great baby shower gifts because every parent can easily use a bunting bag. Even if they aren’t frequently using a stroller (we won’t judge; we don’t know your life), they can easily use a bunting bag to wrap up baby at home. Shop some of our picks ahead.

Best Baby Bunting Bags

Yinuoday Baby Swaddle

The Yinuoday Baby Swaddle is simple and convertible. What looks like a blanket quickly and easily transforms into a bunting bag to take your little one on the go. Available in four different color options, this bunting bag is made from cotton and polyester and should be soft on Baby’s skin. It’s designed to comfortably hold babies up to 12 months old.

$30.18 AT AMAZON

Cuddle Club Fleece Baby Bunting Bodysuit

Though you’ll typically find bunting in the form of bags, some bunting is actually sweet, comfy bodysuits that serve much the same purpose. This Cuddle Club Fleece Baby Bunting Bodysuit turns your baby into a cuddly little animal while keeping their hands and feet tucked in and warm. This will also still keep Baby’s fingernails away from any exposed skin that they could scratch. This bunting comes in a number of colors for babies up to 3 months. (There are more options for toddlers, but it starts to get away from actual bunting.)

$29.99 AT AMAZON

Burley Solstice Bunting Bag

If you have a Burley stroller, this complementary Burley Solstice Bunting Bag is the perfect mate. It’s a machine-washable, fleece-lined bunting bag that’s perfect for newborns up to toddlers 2 years old. Reviewers have noted that it’s incredibly easy to get Baby in and out of the bag, which is always a plus.


SWADDYL Baby Bunting Bag

The SWADDYL Baby Bunting Bag is a step outside the traditional zip-up bunting bag. Instead, this sweet bunting bag is more of a wrap, which will give your carseat (and baby, of course) a different look. It comes in four cute colors and is ridiculously simple to to swaddle your little one. Parents on Amazon rave that it’s super soft for babies and is the perfect cold-weather accessory.

$39.99 AT AMAZON

Best Stroller Sleeping Bags

JJ Cole Canopy Style Bunting Bag

This JJ Cole Canopy Style Bunting Bag is incredibly chic. Available in five different colors and two different sizes, this bunting bag is made from nylon but has a shearling interior for warmth. The hood is detachable and the back panel easily attaches to a carseat. The button detail on the front also just makes this a very attractive accessory for you and baby.

$49.99 AT AMAZON

LEMONDA Winter Outdoor Waterproof Baby Stroller Sleeping Bag

Your baby will basically look like a cute lil Hershey kiss in this LEMONDA Winter Outdoor Waterproof Baby Stroller Sleeping Bag. The sleek silver fabric will stand out while you have Baby out in the stroller. Designed for little ones from ages 6 months to 2 years, this bunting easily attaches to strollers — though not all of them. This bunting bag is also made from a layer of waterproof polyester, a layer of fleece, and cotton fill to keep baby nice and cozy warm while keeping all their limbs tucked in.

$31.99 AT AMAZON

Large Bunting Bag for Baby Strollers

Do you want to make your babies cuter than they already are? Then you need this Large Bunting Bag for Baby Strollers. It comes in three different colors and each one has ears! Your sweet little teddy bear will be cozy and warm inside this fleece-lined bag with a faux fur hood. It has a double zipper to make it easy to get Baby in and out, and it easily hooks into a stroller. The fabric is also water resistant so you don’t have to worry too much about a little bit of rain or snow.

$44.95 AT AMAZON

Orzbow Warm Bunting Bag

In six colors and two sizes, the Orzbow Warm Bunting Bag will give your infants and toddlers a warm place to hang out while you push them around in a stroller. It’s made with OEKO-TEX certified materials, which means that they’re free from harmful substances. The baby bunting is easy to install in strollers, which many parents have noted in the reviews on Amazon.

$38.99 AT AMAZON

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The Best Baby Car Mirrors That Help You Keep An Eye On Your Little One

A baby car mirror is a must-have baby gear item for rear-facing car seats. Not only does securing a mirror on the headrest in front of the car seat prevent you from having to pull over every time you hear a weird noise coming from your baby, or worse, no noise at all (which usually just means they’re sleeping or ignoring you), it also gives your baby a way to always have you in their sight.

Not all car seat mirrors are created equal, though. But from experience, we can tell you that it absolutely isn’t worth your time or money to buy a baby car mirror that won’t stay in place, causing you to have to adjust the straps every time you go somewhere. You deserve a backseat baby mirror that stays put, straps on tightly for safety, and does its job — as in, reflects your baby’s adorable face.

The internet has lots of baby car mirrors to choose from, so we took it upon ourselves to narrow them down to the ones with the highest ratings and parent approval. Take a look at what we found.

Best Baby Car Mirrors

Shynerk Baby Car Mirror

It’s hard not to trust Amazon’s number one best sellers, especially when they have close to 20,000 5-star ratings like this baby car mirror from Shynerk. It’s shatterproof, has a clear reflection, easily attaches to moveable headrests in most cars, and it’s 360 degrees adjustable so you can always have your baby in sight. One reviewer wrote, “You would think all these types of mirrors are the same, and I thought so too, until I received it and mounted it in our vehicle. This mirror uses real brackets to keep the perfect angle on your baby.”

$15.31 AT AMAZON

Shynerk Baby Car Mirror Camera With Night Vision

Unlike traditional baby car seat mirrors, this one can be placed on the center console of the car so you don’t have to look back while driving (it has a double sided sticky pad to adhere to the dash). Another bonus: It has night vision! Strap the camera mirror to the headrest and aim it at your baby to get a clear shot. A cord runs from the camera to the screen, which can be ran under the car seat and car mat and between the front seats. Plug it into the cigarette lighter and you’re good to go.

$41.09 AT AMAZON

Jolly Jumper Driver's Baby Mirror

Amazon named this baby car mirror the best easy fit. In other words, it’s easy to install and fit into your car. We’re all about quick and easy installation! The mirror has a shatter resistant surface, and the adjustable straps fit most headrests. Best of all, you really can’t beat the price. One reviewer wrote, “One of the best purchases I’ve made! You shouldn’t have to pay a high price for a silly car mirror for baby. This one is budget friendly and does the job perfectly. Easy to attach and no assembly required. I would absolutely buy this again.”


Britax Baby Car Mirror

You need a clear view of your child in their car seat, and the Britax back seat car mirror offers it. It’s shatterproof, easy to install, can pivot whichever way you need it to, and has adjustable straps. We especially love the soft grey frame! One reviewer wrote, “The absolute best mirror on the market! It’s the only one I could find that pivots so it’s easy to angle toward baby no matter where the mirror is installed.”

$34.99 AT AMAZON

Munchkin Brica Cruisin' Baby In-Sight Car Mirror

An adorable car seat mirror that gets the job done and gives your baby something cute and entertaining to look at while in the car. A remote lets you control music and volume on the mirror, as well as a cute light show. An auto shutoff feature conserves battery life for all those times you’re definitely going to forget to turn it off. One reviewer wrote, “The mirror is huge and very clear and has a little light show to keep baby busy. I love the remote option which has two buttons one for crying and one for sleeping. You can control it from the front and press whichever button you need! It’s like an SOS button and has already saved me from a few tantrums!!”

$35.95 AT AMAZON

Travel Bug Baby & Toddler Car Back Seat Mirror

This shatter resistant backseat baby mirror gives you peace of mind while driving with your rear-facing baby. The adjustable straps and buckles allow for easy installation, and the wide angle mirror is big enough so you likely won’t need to adjust the angle. And it’s lined in grey fabric liner, which is super chic.

$12.99 AT AMAZON

Lusso Gear Baby Car Mirror

This baby car car mirror is the best multi-angled option on the market, according to Amazon. The mirror is large and offers a crystal clear view of your little one. Plus, it’s sturdy and has adjustable straps that ensure it doesn’t move. It has a matte finish and comes in three color options to coordinate with your car’s interior. (Hallelujah!) Parents swear by this mirror. One reviewer wrote, “The pivoting feature is just too cool! The mirror can be easily adjusted and stays right where I position it. Once I adjust it, there is ABSOLUTELY NO jiggling, bouncing, or shaking, as with similar car baby mirrors.”

$17.58 AT AMAZON

Zacro Baby Car Mirror

Now, this mirror may look like every other baby backseat mirror, but Amazon named it the one with the best adjustable headrest. So, that’s something to consider if you need a mirror that can be angled in all the ways. It’s made of shatterproof acrylic, which is so important for baby’s safety in the event of an accident. One reviewer wrote, “This one does perfectly what I need it to do. It is HUGE and has a wide range of view thanks to the ‘bobblethingy’ that allows it to get and maintain (even through tough turns) the perfect angle for your height and your car. The ‘glass’ is crystal clear and I put it together and installed it in less than five minutes.”

$12.99 AT AMAZON

Safe Baby Tech Baby Car Mirror

When it comes to car compatibility, this baby car mirror is the best, as it fits in most cars, SUVs, vans, and trucks. The mirror is extra large, giving you the best view possible of your kiddo. One reviewer wrote, “This mirror has been wonderful. My only regret is not purchasing it sooner. It is so nice being able to see what my little one is up to while facing backwards, and knowing when she falls asleep is helpful. This mirror is larger than I anticipated, about the size of the entire captain seat head rest.”

$10.99 AT AMAZON

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These Mini Crib Mattresses May Be Small In Size, But They’re Big On Comfort

Mini crib mattresses are a necessary add-on if you’ve decided to buy a mini crib, which is simply a smaller version of a standard crib. They’re growing in popularity, and they’re such big space-savers, we don’t think you’ll regret it. Most mini cribs come with a 1-inch mattress pad, which is so thin, it’s kind of like sleeping on a wooden blanket. Hard pass. (Literally, it’s hard.) So to help make your baby’s crib a cozy place that’s actually conducive to falling asleep and staying asleep, you’re going to need a mini crib mattress to safely add some cushion. (Pssst, we also have an awesome list of standard crib mattresses if you’re going that route instead.)

What Size Mini Crib Mattress Should You Get?

All mini cribs are smaller than the standard crib, which is 28-inches wide and 52-inches long. The size of standard cribs is regulated by law, the size of mini cribs is not. Generally, the inside of a mini crib measures around 24-inches wide and 38-inches long, but this can vary. So to make sure you buy the correct size mini crib mattress, take a look at the specs of both the mini crib and the mini crib mattress before you make your purchase.

To make the decision a little easier, we rounded up the best mini crib mattresses based on their ratings and popularity. (We called out their dimensions, too — you’re welcome.) You’ll also find some super cute mini crib fitted sheets because you’ll definitely need to add those to your baby gear haul, too.

Best Mini Crib Mattresses

Serta SleepTrue 4-Inch Mini Crib Mattress

You’ve probably slept on a Serta mattress at some point in your life. It’s a dependable company that also makes mattresses for mini cribs. Who knew? This mattress in particular is 4 inches thick and features a durable, waterproof vinyl cover that can be wiped clean. Although, you’ll still want to buy a mattress cover just in case. You know, babies.

Dimensions: 38″L x 24″W x 4″H

$57.55 AT AMAZON

Moonlight Slumber Bluebird Mini 5-Inch Dual Firmness Mini Crib Mattress

We’re not saying your baby should sleep on a better mattress than you, but this one from Moonlight Slumber is made of cool gel memory foam, so that might just be the way it is. As if cool gel wasn’t enough, it also comes with a removable cotton mattress pad that can be cleaned by throwing it in a quick wash. The mattress features dual firmness with one side firmer for infants and the other a bit softer for toddlers, so it’ll last you awhile.

Dimensions: 38″L x 24″W x 5″H

$164.99 AT AMAZON

Dream on Me Holly 3-Inch Mini Crib Mattress

For the price, you really can’t beat the Dream On Me Holly mini crib mattress. At 3 inches thick, it’s a little thinner than more expensive options but provides plenty of support. This mattress is hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial, and waterproof. It also works well in a portable crib. “We pretty much all know that the pad that goes in the pack and play is hard as a rock,” says one reviewer. “If you’re using a pack and play for extended sleeping for your little one, you definitely need a mattress like this!” Pro tip: Double check the dimensions of your portable crib first to make sure this mattress will fit snugly and safely inside.

Dimensions: 37″L x 23″W x 3″H

$30.77 AT AMAZON

DaVinci Complete Slumber Mini Crib Mattress

The 4.5-inch DaVinci Complete Slumber is on the softer side, which makes it a great option for an older baby or toddler that’s already grown out of the newborn stage. It’s a lightweight mattress, which means you won’t break a sweat while changing the sheet. Plus, it’s waterproof and 100 percent non-toxic.

Dimensions: 37″L x 24″W x 4.5″H


Organic Mini Crib Mattresses

Wonder Dream 5-Inch Organic Dual Firmness Mini Crib Mattress

If you’re planning on using your mini crib mattress until your toddler grows out of it, the Wonder Dream is a great option. It offers dual firmness for your infant, while the other side is softer as your infant reaches toddlerhood. This one is made of organic cotton and it’s 100 percent breathable, water repellent, and hypoallergenic.

Dimensions: 38″L x 24″W x 5″H

$139.99 AT AMAZON

LA Baby 3-Inch Organic Mini Crib Mattress

Okay, this 3-inch mini crib mattress has a lot going for it. It’s made of CertiPUR-US Certified soy foam, which means it’s made without harsh chemicals and ingredients. The foam also provides extra support for Baby’s developing spine. Plus, it has a waterproof cover that’s topped with a fabric layer of 100 percent organic cotton for extra softness and comfort.

Dimensions: 38″L x 24″W x 3″H

$59.99 AT AMAZON

Bundle of Dreams Flagship 5-Inch Organic Dual Firmness Stage Mini Crib Mattress

Introducing a dual firmness mattress that’s organic, breathable, hypoallergenic, and also recyclable. It’s thick and firm, but still soft enough for comfort. One reviewer wrote, “I wanted a super thick mattress that would be comfy for Baby while giving more height in the crib, since we are only using this and not a bassinet. I was able to easily slip the mattress in, and now I can tell I won’t need to fully bend over leaning to lift the baby in and out which, is what I was hoping for.”

Dimensions: 38″L x 24″W x 5″H


Mini Crib Mattress Sheets

American Baby Company 100% Natural Cotton Jersey Knit 3-Pack Mini Crib Sheet

What’s better than one super cozy mini crib sheet? A pack of three super cozy mini crib sheets that also happen to be gender-neutral and ridiculously cute. These sheets are soft, breathable, and made of 100 percent natural cotton, plus there are several designs and colors to choose from. While the sheets are meant to fit mini crib mattresses up to 5 inches, many reviewers recommend these for 3-inch mattresses.

$16.79 AT AMAZON

TL Care 100% Natural Cotton Jersey Knit Mini Crib Sheet

An adorable crib sheet can really pull a nursery together. This cotton jersey knit fitted sheet comes in 19 colors and designs. One reviewer wrote, “This mini crib sheet fits perfectly around the mattress corners. I have the thinner style for a mini crib mattress. The sheet is very soft and cozy. I have washed and dried this sheet three times now and the sheet has not shrunk at all.”


Sweet Jojo Designs Watercolor Floral Mini Crib Sheet

Did we find the sweetest floral sheet ever? Quite possibly. This pink, grey, and white microfiber sheet fits most mini crib mattresses and portable cribs. It’s made with smooth microfiber and has a fully elastic bottom for a secure fit that won’t slip.

$19.99 AT AMAZON

NoJo Super Soft Fitted Mini Crib Sheet

While this extra soft fitted sheet is perfect for an adventure-themed nursery, there are also several other adorable designs to choose from. Pro tip: The company (and reviewers) recommend washing this sheet separately in cold water so it doesn’t bleed.

$14.99 AT AMAZON

Kids N' Such Fitted Jersey Cotton Mini Crib Sheets 2-Pack

There’s a lot to love about this 2-pack of mini crib sheets. First, they’re made of 100 percent jersey cotton, which makes them extra soft. Second, the designs are both so pretty, and while they’re different from each other, they’re similar enough to work in one nursery. Third, you can buy matching bassinet sheets, changing pad covers, and standard crib sheets. *Squeal*

$19.95 AT AMAZON

BROLEX Stretchy Mini Crib Sheets 2-Pack

This fun 2-pack of jersey knit mini crib sheets are soft and high quality. They come in six designs, from owls, to jungle animals, to sea animals, to space —there’s something for every nursery. If you’re looking for sheets that are really popular among parents, these have over 17,000 5-star ratings on Amazon. One reviewer wrote, “I was hesitant about the reviews since they were all too good but these sheets are amazing! They are incredibly soft and super stretchy. They looked small initially and I thought they’d be too small but they fit my Graco Pack ‘n Play Snuggle Suite like a glove.”

$12.99 AT AMAZON

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The Best Toddler Snack Cups That Prevent Spills & Hangry Tantrums

Toddler snack cups: The underrated baby gear essential that might hold the key to a busy mama’s sanity. After all, does anyone enjoy snacks as much as a toddler does? (*Slowly starts to raise hand*…) Probably not. Growing tots may push their veggies off their silicone plates, but they’re always down for a treat. That’s exactly why it’s important to have a stash of healthy snacks and accompanying containers on hand–and, trust us, more than one or two is kind of a necessity. Whether you’re working from home headed out the door, you’ll need to keep portable toddler snack cups in your diaper bag, your car, and your house at all times. That way, when your tot starts to get hangry and you can sense a tantrum starting to brew, you can whip out their trusty snack cup and fix it all, just like the super mommy you are.

The ideal toddler snack cup is special: It’s made for their little hands and fingers so that they can hold onto it without your help. A great lid is a necessity, as you want it to snap on tight (the last thing you want is for them to pry it open so their precious munchies go flying). Claw tops are a mom favorite since they allow tiny fingers to reach in and grab only a few pieces of food, which prevents them from shoving a huge portion into their mouth. Further, these clever lids keep food from spilling out.

So if you’re looking for just the right toddler snack cup for your little one, we’ve got you covered. Check out some highly-rated picks below!

Best Toddler Snack Cups

Munchkin Snack Catcher

The Munchkin Snack Catcher is inexpensive (less than $5 for two of them!), and even better, it works. The spill-proof lid doesn’t come off easily, and the soft flaps make it easy for your toddler to reach their hands in and pull out their snack. The convenient handles on the side give them a good grip, and it fits in most cupholders, so it’s great for parents, too. It’s top-rack dishwasher safe for easy cleaning, and also holds a decent portion size of food. Plus, there’s room to write your LO’s name on the top so you never get confused as to which snack cup is theirs.


Skip Hop Snack Cup

The Skip Hop snack cup is adorable and fun (very kid-friendly!), and it also works great. There’s a catcher lid so your tot can easily grab food out through the soft flaps, but there’s also a snap top lid that keeps everything in place, and nice and fresh if it’s in there for a bit. That lid also makes this very portable; you definitely don’t need to worry about anything falling out.


Nuby 3-D Monster Snack Keeper

It always helps when a snack cup is a fun design. This Nuby pick is unique and cute because it’s shaped like a monster, so it looks like kids are reaching into the monster’s mouth to grab a snack, which makes it extra exciting. The silicone flaps are soft on Baby’s skin, and the arms of the monster allow them to get an easy grip.


Munchkin Stainless Steel Snack Catcher

For something a bit more sturdy, there’s this stainless steel Munchkin cup. It’s lightweight and durable, and dual handles make it easy for your toddler to hold. It has a silicone lid with pliable flaps to keep snacks in, even when on the go. The whole lid comes off and it’s top-rack dishwasher safe for easy cleaning,


OXO Tot Flippy

The OXO Flippy keeps snacks securely inside in two ways: The lid screws on securely so it won’t pop off if your little one drops it, and the flaps let hands in but won’t let snacks fall out. It has a convenient carry handle and it holds just the right amount of food. It also comes with a snap-on lid so you can throw it in your diaper bag without worrying.


Liewood Iggy Bowls

If you’re giving a toddler a snack at home, or even a small side with their meal, you might feel like you don’t need a snack cup with a lid. In that case, these little bowls are an adorable option because they’re just right for small portions. Made of 100 percent silicone, they’re safe, easy to clean, and they come in a pack of four so you’ll always have one on hand. Did we mention how cute they are?


Beaba Formula Snack Container

This Beaba stacking snack container is excellent if you have multiple toddlers or just want to pack a few different munchies. It has three separate sections, which are perfect for little treats or pre-portioned formula, and it stacks for easy storage in your kitchen or diaper bag. The soft silicone handle can latch onto your bag, and it has a pour spout as well. What’ll they think of next?!


Zip Top Reusable Snack Cup

This cute pig-shaped snack cup is more like a small, reusable baggie than an actual cup—and that’s what’s so great about it. It’s made of 100% silicone, so it’s easy to clean and soft and gentle on baby’s hands. The top opens wide enough for baby’s hand (and yours), and there’s a good amount of depth to this. The downside is that it doesn’t have flaps to catch snacks, so it can easily be flipped upside down. The upside, though, is that it’s small, easy to store, and has a convenient zipper close top.


Liewood Kelly Snack Cup

These silicone snack cups are so modern-looking. The flaps are very pliable and make it easy for your tot to grab food out, yet the snacks still won’t easily fall out. They’re a pretty large size, and they’re great for using in the house or on the go. It doesn’t hurt that the muted colors are very nice to look at.


S'well Stainless Steel Food Container

For snacks that need to be kept hot or cold, this S’well snack cup is the best pick. It features double-layered vacuum insulation to keep food just the right temperature, and it’s a pretty generous size, so it’s ideal for bigger kids or lunchboxes. The lid is easy to open but will stay securely on if it’s dropped, and there’s a wide opening that makes it easy to get food in or out and to clean. It also comes in a bunch of different colors and designs, although this Frozen one is definitely a favorite.

$19.99 ON AMAZON

Ubbi Tweat Snack Container

Versatile and very toddler-friendly, this Ubbi snack container gives you the option to use it with the spill-proof snack catcher lid or without. It has a snap-on lid as well to keep all of the food in place, and easy-carry handles for small hands. It also has a weighted base that helps prevent spills, and it’s so cute to look at.


First Essentials by NUK 2-in-1 Healthy Snacker

What makes this NUK snack cup stand out is the removable strainer. This is super useful when it comes to storing foods like fruit because it filters the water out so that the food doesn’t get mushy. And, if they’re eating dry snacks, you can remove the strainer. It also features a carry handle and pliable flaps to get food in and out.


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These Multitasking Mini Cribs Are Perfect For Small Spaces

Mini cribs are a baby gear must-have for any small nursery. They’re also ideal if your baby bunks with you and squeezing past a regular-sized crib on your middle-of-the-night bathroom run isn’t really your thing. Even better, many models are super multitaskers because they’re portable and store-able — some even have wheels and/or can be folded up and stashed in a compact space. You can even find convertible mini cribs that grow with your child through their toddler years. And did we mention that these small cribs are also big on style? In fact, there are so many cute options, you’re guaranteed to find one that matches your LO’s nursery decor.

What is the difference between a mini crib and a regular crib?

Specifically, a standard crib comes in at around 28 inches by 52 inches and the average mini crib is 24 inches by 38 inches (Math isn’t our strong suit, but like, that’s a decent space saver.) Just FYI, when it comes to buying a crib mattress and crib sheets, you’ll want to make sure you get mini-sized ones that’ll fit.

Are mini cribs worth it?

Mini cribs are a great way to get lots of bang for your buck, especially if you lack square footage. Many can double as a bassinet, which makes for an easier transition when it’s time to move the baby from your room to the nursery. Some have wheels and can double as a compact playpen or portable crib, and some can be folded for easy storage at places like daycare or a grandparents’ house. Lots of mini cribs can even be converted into a toddler bed when the time comes, or a headboard and footboard for a twin bed. Pro tip: If you do plan on buying a convertible mini crib, you might want to consider purchasing the conversion kit at the same time just in case the crib model is discontinued (it’s been known to happen).

Babies and toddlers can be wild sleepers — sometimes they sleep sideways, sometimes they’re upside down, and sometimes their butt is in the air and their legs are practically in another room. So, another mini crib perk is preparing your baby for a toddler bed by learning to sleep in one direction — mainly because they just don’t have enough room to get all willy nilly in there.


Needless to say, there are plenty of reasons a mini crib might suit your lifestyle, so take a look at our list of the most stylish, practical, and highly-reviewed mini cribs available online.

Best Mini Cribs With Wheels

DaVinci Dylan 3-in-1 Mini Crib

With its solid set of wheels and folding capabilities, this mini crib is a great space-saving option. It comes in grey and white and it has four adjustable mattress positions, so as Baby grows and starts to attempt a jailbreak, you can lower the mattress. The crib can also convert to a twin bed when the time comes — you’ll just need to purchase the conversion kit separately. This crib is also non-toxic and meets rigorous safety standards; it’s free of over 10,000 chemical emissions and VOCs.

$129.00 AT AMAZON

Babyletto Origami Mini Portable Crib

If you’re looking for a mini crib that’s so cute it’s practically artwork for the nursery, this is the one. The Babyletto Origami portable mini crib sits on locking wheels, folds for easy storage, and has two adjustable mattress positions. It comes with a one-inch thick mattress pad so you don’t have to worry about purchasing one separately. The color options are beyond perfect, including mint green, natural, light pink, grey, navy, and black.

$269.00 AT AMAZON

Delta Children Folding Portable Mini Crib

This Delta Children mini crib has wheels and is a great choice for families who need something portable and foldable (it folds flat to just six inches). It offers two mattress positions and comes with a one-inch mattress pad. The mini crib is non-toxic and it’s truly is built to last. Something to keep in mind, though: The wheels don’t lock. One reviewer wrote, “This crib is perfect for small spaces! I would say it’s the length of a Pack and Play but a little skinnier than one. I am so happy we purchased this because we wanted to make the nursery a guest bedroom as well when we have guests so it’s easy to move or fold up!”

$99.82 AT AMAZON

Mack & Milo Ahmetli Folding Mini Portable Crib with Mattress

Made from sturdy steel tubing, this industrial-style mini crib is foldable with an adjustable mattress height. The caster wheels are lockable, making it an easy crib to move and anchor in place when you need to. It comes in the color options brown, pewter, and white. One reviewer wrote, “Love this little crib! Not only is it super cute and stylish it also was super easy to put together. Honestly got this all set up and ready for baby in 5 min. They do have warning stickers that are a bit of an eyesore but nothing a little Goo Be Gone can’t get rid of!”

$139.99 AT WAYFAIR

Stokke Sleepi Crib

We know this oval-shaped wonder is pricey, but a mama can dream, right? And would it help if we told you it can also convert to a bassinet and a toddler bed? (That’s like three beds in one!) The Stokke Sleepi has a unique curved design that’s not just gorgeous, it may fit better in certain oddly-shaped spaces. It’s made from solid, sustainable beechwood, features four height positions, and has wheels so you can scoot it around the house. Get it in gorgeous gray, white, and natural finishes. See? Totally worth it.

$699.00 AT AMAZON

Best Convertible Mini Cribs

Dream On Me Violet 4-in-1 Mini Crib

The Dream On Me Violet mini crib is a great co-sleeping option. Made of solid pinewood, it has a minimalistic design and comes in seven color options. The mattress can be adjusted in three positions, and the crib itself can be converted into a mini daybed and a twin-size bed — you’ll just need to buy the bed rails separately. This non-toxic mini crib comes with a one-inch mattress pad, but in case you feel like that isn’t thick enough (it’s probably not), just a heads up, the directions say not to use a  mattress over two inches thick.

$156.40 AT AMAZON

Dream On Me Aden 4-in-1 Convertible Mini Crib

You really can’t beat the price of the Dream On Me Aden mini crib, especially since it has all the bells and whistles. It has four mattress height positions and it can be converted into a toddler daybed (bonus: It doesn’t require a conversion kit), or a twin headboard and footboard (however, you’d need to buy a frame separately). This pick comes in seven classy colors. One reviewer wrote, “It is definitely a multitasking item. It saved me from having to buy a bassinet and all the accessories, such as a waterproof bassinet sheet and a few sets of regular bassinet sheets because I just used this in place of the bassinet and only had to purchase mattress covers and sheets for one item.”

$119.99 AT AMAZON

Harriet Bee Verlin 4-in-1 Mini Convertible Crib

This contemporary and super cute mini crib supports three mattress positions for your growing babe. It can also be converted to a daybed and two twin-size bed options, with the rails sold separately. It has a solid pine wood finish and is non-toxic, to boot. Just imagine this mini crib in your baby’s nursery with a pretty rug, some sweet artwork, and maybe a plant or two. Swoon!

$128.36 AT WAYFAIR

Small Baby Cribs That Multitask

Carter's by DaVinci Colby 4-in-1 Convertible Mini Crib

If you want a mini crib that’ll grow with your child, the Carter’s by DaVinci Colby is a great option. Made of sustainable New Zealand pinewood, this non-toxic mini crib can convert to a mini toddler bed, daybed, and twin-size bed (with the conversion kits sold separately). It has four adjustable mattress positions that can be lowered as your baby begins to sit and stand, and it also has a drawer on the bottom that can be used for storage (high five for more space-saving). It also comes with a one-inch waterproof mattress pad.

$199.00 AT AMAZON

DaVinci Alpha Mini Rocking Crib With Removable Wheels

This Mini Rocking Crib from DaVinci features removable wheels that allow for the crib to be moved from room to room, which is a super convenient feature. It also eliminates the need for a bassinet for newborns since the size and mobility make it easy to transfer from our room to theirs when they’re (okay, when we’re) ready. When the wheels come off (literally and figuratively), the crib turns into a rocker to help lull BB to sleep.  Our favorite feature aside from the three adjustable mattress positions and six chic colors is that it’s GREENGUARD Gold Certified. Get it in six different finishes. 

$129.00 AT AMAZON

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The Best Baby Play Gyms To Get Your Little One Pumpin’ Iron … Or Practicing Tummy Time

A baby play gym? Add it to the must-have list (aka, your Amazon baby shower registry) — it’s another baby gear item you’ll want to have on hand for your beloved newborn. In case you’re wondering, a baby play gym is not a place for your sweetheart to pump iron, although they will end up working those core muscles (and more). Its purpose is to give Baby a safe, comfy, and fun place to begin playing and learning with easy-to-reach toys that they can grasp while lying on their stomach or back. This also helps them stay entertained during tummy time, which gives them an actual workout as they build muscles, learn to hold up their heads, and eventually prop themselves up.

Do babies need a play gym?

Is it an absolute essential? Not necessarily … you can make a DIY baby play gym by laying a blanket on the floor and offering some infant-safe toys. (Do NOT try to put a makeshift bar over their heads.) That said, will having an actual baby play gym make your life easier? YES! It’s an all-in-one mat, overhead bar, and toy combo where babies can begin to learn and explore the world around them. It also gives you a place to put them down so you can be *hands-free* to fold the laundry.

How long should you leave your baby on a playmat?

Like with any workout routine, your baby will build strength over time. Start your LO off on their tummy for 30 seconds, then a minute or two, and gradually increase the time as they grow — you’ll also want to practice a few times a day. Ask your pediatrician for specifics for your babe’s development and age. And this probably goes without saying, but never leave your baby unattended.

What should I look for in a play gym?

It’s helpful to get a play gym that comes with a machine-washable mat and plenty of interactive toys to keep Baby entertained. Consider whether portability is important or whether you plan on keeping it in the same spot in your home. Also, decide whether you’re looking for an option that does the job plain and simple, or will grow with your baby over the years, because many can be modified for different stages in development. Are you willing to spend $100+ or do you prefer to keep it under $40 bucks? Last is aesthetics: Are you looking for something sleek and simple to keep in your living room, or do you want all the bells and whistles to keep your sweetie happy, even if the bright colors clash with your decor? It’s all up to you!

What’s the best baby play gym?

Truth be told, there are a lot of great options out there. We gathered a few of the best based on reviews from happy parents … check ’em out below!

Best Baby Play Gyms

Infantino Grow-with-Me Playtime Tent Gym

We know, we know—just what you need: a tent-turned-gym smack dab in the middle of your living room. If it keeps the kiddos quiet and entertained, then maybe it’s not such a bad thing?!? Perfect for the little ones (we’re talking 0-3 years), this grow-with-me playtime tent comes furnished with four plush toys and a mirrored mobile. As your bean sprout grows out of their infant years and into toddlerhood, this tent will adapt to BB’s needs. Though initially a lay and play gym, it can also be used for tummy time, crawling, and eventually pretend play.

$69.99 AT AMAZON

Baby Einstein Caterpillar & Friends Play Gym

Introducing the popular baby play gym that parents search for by name (yes, really!). Leave it to the brand that nurtures growing geniuses to deliver a full-sensory experience for Baby. This set features brightly-colored musical toys that light up and encourage learning. It comes with a machine-washable mat to keep your LO comfy while lying or sitting.

$79.00 AT AMAZON

Infantino 4-in-1 Jumbo Baby Activity Gym & Ball Pit

A dream come true for adventure babies! This adorable sloth-themed baby gym can be used for infant playtime or tummy time. Once your babe can sit up on their own, pop up the sides and fill it with balls — instant ball pit! This 4-in-1 play space will last through their toddler years.

$59.88 AT AMAZON

Best Wooden Baby Play Gyms


This award-winning play gym is perfect for your little one. It’s made with safe and durable materials so you can relax while your baby plays and learns at the same time. It includes teething rings, mirror cards, common object cards, a contrast ball, and more — all easily removable so your baby can explore each one on their own.


Ingenuity Cozy Spot Reversible Duvet Activity Gym & Play Mat

Your BB will be ultra-comfy during tummy time on this Ingenuity play mat. What makes this an activity gym is the removable wooden toy bar attached. It features four hanging toys and a mirror. Not into the grey and green color? They’ve got a pink color combination that’s reversible too!

$69.99 AT AMAZON

B. toys Wooden Baby Play Gym

For minimalist mamas and their babies-in-training, this sleek, simple set is just the ticket. It comes with three removable toys, and of course, you can always add your own. It’s also accompanied by a cushy mat (made of machine-washable organic cotton) so Baby can explore their little world in total comfort. This is also a great portable option, whether you’re moving it from room to room or from your home to Grandma’s.

$35.99 AT AMAZON

Best Baby Play Mat Gym

Infantino 4-in-1 Twist & Fold Activity Gym & Play Mat

The more sights and sounds to occupy your toddler’s attention, the better, amirite?! This 4-in-1 Twist and Fold activity gym and play mat from Infantino is just the thing to take with you to Grandma and Grampa’s house (think: Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings galore). We kid you not: There’s even “monkey play” music to add to the excitement. Additional features include a peek-a-boo mirror, repositionable overhead sensory toys, and a playmat for tummy time.

$42.39 AT AMAZON

Tiny Love Gymini Infant Activity Play Gym

When you get the Tiny Love Gymini Infant Activity Play Gym, you’ll get a lot for your money. It comes with 18 different developmental activities and toys, while the black and white design is aesthetically pleasing and won’t disrupt that home decor vision you have. The arches are adjustable, the toys are musical, and the playmat is extremely comfortable.


Fisher-Price Deluxe Kick & Play Piano Gym & Maracas

You had us at play piano gym and maracas. That and the fact that this deluxe kick and play gym from Fisher-Price has racked up over 21,000 ratings. Basically every mom’s seal of approval. Besides the detachable light-up keyboard, your little one will be able to rattle a pair of maracas and kick up a storm. Tummy time has officially never been more fun for baby… and Mama! The mat itself is machine-washable so you won’t have to lose your sh*t when there’s a colossal diaper explosion or green pea puree projectile to clean up.

$39.88 AT AMAZON

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These Baby Bath Towels Will Keep Your LO Warm, Dry, And Looking Extra Cute

Baby bath towels are one of the cutest, most practical accessories you can get for your LO — believe us. After all, bath time can be an adorable photo op… or a slippery, soapy mess (and oftentimes, a bit of both). So, the best baby bath towels have style and function, because not only will they keep your little one warm and dry, they’re also just really cute. Seriously, few things are sweeter than seeing your tiny tot fresh from their baby bath tub, all wrapped up in a snuggly towel, just their face and toes peeking through the fabric.

While the best baby towels are fun to use, they’re also super absorbent and soft. They should be a good size, too: you want something that will grow at least a little bit with a newborn, but isn’t so big that it feels like way too much material to wrap around them. Hooded towels are preferable since they keep Baby’s head warm, which is so important in the early months, especially. And don’t forget to have a stack of washcloths on hand that’s specifically dedicated to cleaning your LO; the best baby washcloths are soft, durable, and gentle on their sensitive skin. (Not only are these really convenient for washing your baby, but they also make excellent burp cloths in a pinch and can be nice to have in your diaper bag, just in case.) From hooded towels with ears to rival any Disney character to classic patterns and picture-worthy prints, we have ’em all. Here’s a look at the cutest, softest, and most absorbent baby towels out there, so grab the bath toys, Mama — it’s time for a scrub!

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Best Baby Towels

Spasilk Baby 3 Pack Soft Terry Hooded Towel Set

This set comes with three super soft towels in coordinating colors for less than $20. Small and lightweight, these are ideal for newborns who are still really tiny rather than older babies. They’re also fairly thin, so they’re really better for the spring and summer when the weather is warmer. They come in a bunch of different colors and patterns, but the classic yellow duck design is too cute to pass up.

$15.99 AT AMAZON

JJ Cole Hooded Baby Towel Set

This JJ Cole towel is the perfect size for your little one and is made of a soft terry cloth cotton that is highly absorbent. It comes with a matching washcloth to make life just a little bit easier. This one is definitely on the thicker side, which feels really nice for your LO. Plus, the hood isn’t so large that it’s impossible to use for a tiny newborn.

$12.50 AT AMAZON

San Francisco Baby Bamboo Hooded Towel

A lot of baby towels are on the smaller side so that they’re ideal for newborns, but this one is a bit larger. It’s thick and cozy and it’s made of organic bamboo, so it’s perfect for babies with sensitive skin. It’s incredibly soft and absorbent and is a high-quality towel at a great price point. Plus, the hood with the animal ears? Too cute for words.

$19.88 AT AMAZON

Copper Pearl Premium Knit Hooded Bath Towel

This Copper Pearl towel is sooo soft thanks to a combination of premium knit cotton fabric and terry cloth lining on the inside. The outer cotton is soft and only gets better after each wash, while the terry cloth inside absorbs any hint of moisture. It has a nice-sized hood and even tiny hidden pockets to keep Baby’s hands warm. Users rave about how thick these feel, with one review stating, “This is much more plush and absorbent than most all baby towels on the market.” For a long-lasting, thick towel, this is definitely an excellent option.

$39.95 AT AMAZON

Best Baby Hooded Towels

Mori The Very Hungry Caterpillar Hooded Toddler Towel

This adorable caterpillar towel, part of a collaboration with the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is a must-have for Eric Carle fans. Made of 100% organic micro cotton, this is a sustainable material that is also unbelievably soft and only gets better with each wash. One of the best things about this towel is how large it is—wide and long, this is great for newborns and older babies, alike.


LouLou Lollipop Breakfast Hooded Towel Set

Ridiculously soft and absorbent, the LouLou Lollipop hooded towel is made of buttery soft muslin fabric on the outside and lined with highly-absorbent bamboo terry cloth. It comes in a generous size that grows with Baby and has a cozy hood and two little hand pockets. Plus, LouLou Lollipop has the most fun patterns, like this one featuring smiling breakfast foods — perfect for a Sunday morning splash!


Burt's Bees Hooded Towels

These Burt’s Bees towels are lightweight and thin rather than thick and fluffy, but they’re still super soft and comfy. The hood isn’t too large or deep for a tiny head, and they’re nice and wide to wrap all the way around your little one. Made of 100% organic cotton, the material is breathable, absorbent, and durable, and doesn’t pill after washing.

$24.95 AT AMAZON

HipHop Panda Bamboo Hooded Baby Towel

Made of 100% rayon from bamboo, these soft towels have two layers for an extra plush feel that is great for babies with sensitive skin. These are incredibly thick and will keep your little one warm even on the chilliest of nights. Parents rave about the size and feel of these towels, with one reviewer saying, “The hood kept her warm and happy and the way she is placed in the towel actually allows me to ‘swaddle’ her immediately out of the bath.”

$16.99 AT AMAZON

Hudson Baby Cotton Animal Face Hooded Towel

With over 15,000 positive reviews on Amazon, this Hudson Baby towel is a very popular choice. That’s partly thanks to the very cute animal hood (there are so many options, from an elephant to a fox to a unicorn and more), which is picture-perfect. The hood has a bit of weight to it, so it actually helps the entire towel stay put since so many babies try to toss them right off. The towel itself is made of a soft, high-quality terry cloth that feels lovely to Baby and you.


Little Giraffe Luxe Hooded Towel

Give your baby a little taste of luxury with this super plush and highly-absorbent hooded towel. The faux fur trim all around the hood makes it warm and cozy, and also adds a little unique touch that feels fancy. Made of 100% cotton, it’s very soft and thick and looks just as nice as it feels. The one downside? You’re not supposed to put it in the dryer.


Best Baby Washcloths

HipHop Panda Bamboo Baby Washcloths

This 6-pack of 2-layer bamboo washcloths is an essential basic for every family. Made of a double layer of bamboo rayon, these washcloths are absorbent and soft, plus they’re naturally hypoallergenic so they’re great for sensitive skin. They are durable and high-quality, will last forever, and because they’re just basic white, they’re totally versatile.


Burt's Bees Baby Washcloths

These small Burt’s Bees washcloths are an excellent size and come in a convenient 3-pack. They’re made of 100% organic cotton (and sustainable to boot), so they’re incredibly breathable, absorbent, and soft. They’re nice and thin, which makes them really easy to use in or out of the bath, and they dry pretty quickly as well.


Simple Joys by Carter's Baby 10-Pack Washcloth Set

You’ll end up going through baby washcloths like crazy, so it’s always nice to get a large set like this one. This pack comes with 10 baby washcloths in coordinating colors and patterns, and it’s very affordable. Soft and just the right size, these will come in handy more than you think.

$12.40 AT AMAZON

Mukin Baby Muslin Washcloths

These 100% muslin cotton towels are soft and free of any kind of nasty chemical. They have so many different purposes: use them as a feeding towel, a bib, a bath cloth… or even for yourself as a washcloth! They’re organic, hypo-allergenic, and ideal for sensitive skin.


Kyapoo Baby Washcloths

Made of coral fleece, these are just about the softest baby washcloths out there. They’re also breathable, highly absorbent, fluffy, and very durable: they don’t pill and they won’t shrink in the wash. This pack of 12 comes in at just under $10, and they can be used as a burp cloth or even as reusable wipes.


Spasilk Baby Terry Bathcloths

These lightweight washcloths are small and thin, but still soft. Lots of parents love to use them as baby wipes; they’re gentle enough for baby’s bottom, great for sensitive skin, and super absorbent. One reviewer notes that although she was originally displeased by how thin they are, they ended up working out: “Because they are thinner, they work much better to get into hard to reach, wrinkly places, like the folds under the baby’s chin, around her nose and mouth, etc.” With over 13,000 positive reviews, these are definitely worth a buy.


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