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I don’t know about you, but when my first child was a baby I had Amazon showing up at my door at least 5 days a week. Anything that was an Amazon best seller— that promised to make my life easier, help us sleep better, or ease our baby’s crying was in my cart faster than I could say “buy it now!” As the first grandchild on either side, I had absolutely no insight from family or friends about what top baby products were the best gifts for newborns. I went seriously overboard buying baby gear, only to later stress about decluttering. Let me save you the trouble!
This is a curated list of best baby products– the kind of items I buy for friends and some that I still use to this day, over 6 years later. I hope you enjoy these as much as I have and that it gives you a bit of ease, time, or sleep back in your life. You deserve it!
20 Best Baby Products of 2023 from The Formula Mom
1. Organic Baby Formula, Bobbie Baby Formula Starter Bundle
Bobbie’s simple, clean recipe makes it a top recommendation for babies with no known allergies or sensitivities. I love the high levels of DHA (which meets E.U. standards!) and organic, grass-fed dairy from local U.S. farms! Whether you’re fully formula feeding, combination feeding or considering letting your partner do a night-time bottle of formula, I recommend a great quality formula to get everyone started.
2. Best Infant Probiotic, Lovebug USDA Organic Probiotic for Infants Ages 0 – 6 Months
Probiotics are one of the only research-backed means of increasing gut flora and treating colic symptoms. I love this one as it includes multiple strains of good probiotic bacteria plus dietary fiber to add as a prebiotic as well!
3. Best Formula Mixing Pitcher, Dr Brown‘s Baby Formula Mixing Pitcher
A formula pitcher is a game-changer for formula-feeding parents! Did you know that you can prepare a batch of formula all at once and that it stays good in the fridge for up to 24 hours? Combo-feeding or pumping parents can also use this to combine expressed milk throughout the day.
4. Best Baby Bottle Dispenser, Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Baby Bottle Formula Dispensers
Having previously tried the more popular tri-segment circular dispenser and hating it, these changed my life. They are SO small (perfect to fit in a bag or even a pocket) and the narrow spout makes them easy to pour no matter the bottle width.
5. Best Baby Bottle Cooler Bag, Mancro Breast Milk & Baby Bottle Insulated Cooler Bag
This baby bottle cooler bag is a must if you’re going to travel with expressed milk or previously prepared formula. The ice packs surround each bottle while the insulated walls help to maintain an appropriate temperature.
6. Best Compact Electric Kettle, CHACEEF Travel Electric Kettle Water Boiler with Keep Warm Function
Need warm water on the go for mixing a fresh bottle? This kettle is a great option! Simply add water and press to heat. The best part? No need to plug in.
7. Best Portable Baby Bottle Warmer, Baby’s Brew Portable Bottle Warmer
If your baby is accustomed to warm formula or breastmilk, the Baby’s Brew is a must-have for warming on the go. Not only does it warm quickly to three different temperatures, it’s also battery-powered for use in the car or wherever baby needs to eat. Use the code FORMULAMOM15 for 15% off your purchase.
8. Best Bottle Warmer, Baby Brezza Instant Warmer Advanced with LED Nightlight
Need a warm bottle every time? This Instant Warmer dispenses water at the perfect temperature which can be mixed with powder for a quick and easy dissolving process. I may or may not still use this to make tea now that our babies are out of the bottle stage!
9. Best Bottle Drying Rack, Boon Lawn, Twig & Stem Countertop Baby Bottle Drying Rack
This fun drying rack comes with the lawn, a twig and a stem. I had so many of these I started referring to it as a “golf course” instead of “grass.” The twig accessory is great for hanging bottle collars and nipples!
10. Best Baby Bottle Dishwasher Basket, OXO Tot Dishwasher Basket
Here’s a tip– you DO NOT need to wash or sterilize your bottles by hand! Throw ‘em on the top rack of the dishwasher and use a basket like this to keep all the bottle (or pump) parts in one place. Make sure your parts say ‘dishwasher safe’ and you’re good to go.
11. Best Bottle Sterilizer Bags, Medela Quick Clean MicroSteam Sterilizing Bags
Traveling and don’t have access to a dishwasher? These bags are a great option to sterilize used bottles while on the go or in a hotel room. Simply add water and steam in a microwave!
12. Best Baby Sleep / Eat Tracker, Talli Baby Infant Sleep and Eat Tracker
I’m a more-is-more kind of gal, and I would’ve killed for something like Talli when my first was born. Easily track feeding, sleep, and wake times with the push of a button while also providing real-time data to other caregivers via the synced app. Bonus? You can even tell Alexa to track for you! Use the code FORMULAMOM for $10 off of your purchase.
13. Best Baby Wipes, WaterWipes Original Baby Wipes for Sensitive Skin
If you have a baby with sensitive skin or chronic diaper rashes, Water Wipes are a great option! Made with 99.9% water and a drop of fruit extract, these are super effective while also being super gentle on the skin.
14. Best Organic Yogurt Melts, Amara Organic Yogurt Melts for Babies & Toddlers
Amara is changing the game for what convenient, nutrient-dense baby food looks like. These yogurt melts are free from added sugar and preservatives and are organic to boot!
15. Best Baby Sleep Sack, SleepingBaby Cozy Baby Sleep Sack Wrap
These sleep sacks are great to transition from a swaddle or for babies who tend to scratch at night (since their hands are covered). They also go up to size 2T-3T and come in the cutest prints!
16. Best Sleep Canopy, SlumberPod Sleep Canopy
This is my ultimate MVP favorite for parents of littles! SlumberPod is a portable blackout solution that goes over a pack-n-play or toddler cot and creates a separate, dark sleep space. Perfect for room-sharing on vacation or at home. We still use ours for EVERY trip we take. Use code THEFORMULAMOM$20 for $20 off of your purchase.
17. Best Cream for Drying Up Milk Supply, Cabo Creme Breast Cream for Engorgement, Weaning, and Suppression of Breast Milk
Many people don’t realize that milk production is a physiological process that occurs whether or not you initiate nursing or pumping after birth. I recommend CaboCreme as a natural means for easing discomfort and facilitating milk production reduction for those who want to dry up their breast milk supply.
18. Best Baby Bath Products, Tubby Todd Bath and Skincare
Our second child had sensitive skin and was rashy by nature– Tubby Todd All-Over Ointment was the ONLY thing that worked for him. We still use their lotion and bath products for both our toddler and kindergartener! Use this special link for The Formula Mom and get 10% off automatically in cart.
19. Best Toddler Training Cup, ez pz Silicone Mini Cup + Straw Training System for Infants + Toddlers
I love a multi-functional product! This cup can be used with the lid and straw to promote sucking skills or can be used without the lid as an open training cup. Made of silicone, this cup is easy for little hands to hold and won’t clang or break if dropped.
20. Best Lightweight Baby Stroller, Chicco Mini Bravo Plus Lightweight Stroller
I bought and sold 7 strollers in a single year before landing on this one. It’s lightweight, compatible with the Chicco KeyFit and Fit 2 car seats, and has an easy one-hand collapse system. Super great for travel or daily use!
Shop Bobbie Organic Infant Formula
Bobbie Organic Infant Formula is a USDA Organic, EU-style infant formula that meets all FDA requirements. It is a complete nutrition milk-based powder modeled after breast milk and is easy on tummies. It is non-GMO and doesn't have corn syrup, palm oil, or maltodextrin. Learn more about Bobbie.
There you have it! The 20 Best Baby Products of 2023— items that made my life easier and better during those hectic early years. Do you have a favorite that’s not on the list? Drop me a line on IG @theformulamom and I’ll check it out!