Best for Baby - Bath & Health

Best for Bath and Health

It's all about the basics when it comes to caring for baby. These award-winning products chosen by real parents and top experts for Parents' Best for Baby 2023 will give you the confidence you need.

While parenting experiences are all unique in their own way, one thing is universal: baby’s health is everything to a new parent. For this list we focused on simplicity above all else, because when it comes to diapering, treating your little one’s first cold, and grooming baby’s nails for the first few times, it’s all about efficiency.  

Find out why these products, which were tested by real-life parents and expert judges, are winners of our Parents' 2023 Best for Baby Awards. You’ll also find something here for caretakers, too.

Meet Our 2023 Best for Baby Award Winners

The Parents' 2023 Best for Baby Awards features 60 products that appeal to various budgets, a few tried-and-true classics, and the new kids on the block—all chosen and tested by top experts, real parents, and our parenting pro editors. Learn more about how we chose this year's winners and explore our top picks in each category:

Best Overall Diaper

Millie Moon

Millie Moon Luxury Diapers

Courtesy of Millie Moon

Why It’s a Winner: Babies deserve luxury, too! And Millie Moon diapers’ super-soft feel, high absorbency, and double leak guard make them gentle on baby’s skin and ensure sneaky leaks don’t stand a chance. The clear wetness indicator is a plus to let parents know when it’s time for a diaper change. And Millie Moon crafts its diapers from materials free of lotions, latex, and fragrances, keeping concerns about contact allergic reactions at bay.  

What Parents Are Saying: One parent praised Millie Moon for two benefits in particular: affordable price point and overnight protection. “Nothing else had kept our son dry once he started sleeping through the night,” says our tester.

Price: $23.99/72 Diapers

Best Diaper With a Mission

TinkyPoo Diapers

Tinky Poo diapers

Courtesy of Tinky Poo

Why It’s a Winner: Little one’s imaginations will soar with a pair of TinkyPoo Diapers on. The brand’s diaper selection features baby characters dressed in space suits with an astrological backdrop and affirmations like “Be the power,” making representation top of mind. TinkyPoo founder, Nadiyah Spencer, specifically chose images depicting babies of color to increase visibility. It’s not just the images and messaging parents love, though. These diapers come with organic absorbent material in the inner lining, plus a double leakage barrier and extra support against blowouts.

What Our Experts Are Saying: “I love anything eco-friendly and culturally conscious! TinkyPoo diapers and wipes hit both. The adorable diapers, featuring the cutest babies of color, have a wetness indicator, antibacterial inner layer, double leakage barrier, and are made from plant-based materials. Plus they make biodegradable wipes made from 99% purified water and chamomile. Mind and bottom covered!” says Kimberly Seals Allers, founder of Irth app.

Price: $13.99/34 Diapers

Best Baby Bath

Fisher-Price® 4-in-1 Sling 'N Seat Tub

Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Tub

Courtesy of Fisher-Price

Why It’s a Winner: Babies grow out of clothes, cribs, and almost everything else at a rapid rate! So it’s nice to know there’s a baby bath that is made to keep up. The Fisher-Price® 4-in-1 Sling 'n Seat Tub converts to meet four stages of baby’s development. The baby bath’s sling mesh that lines the tub offers newborns comfort and security. The removable seat offers support to babies still working on those sit-up skills. And the full version of the tub is spacious enough for a toddler to fit. The tub comes with a plug for convenient draining and a hook to hang the tub when it's not in use.

Price: $39.99

Tried-and-True Favorite

This winner was determined by our readers! Our data and research team surveyed 500 readers across the Dotdash Meredith brands with children 18 months and younger to find out what their favorite baby products were within the last year to bring you the products that top people’s lists year after year.

Best Eco-Friendly Pacifier

MAM Original Pure Pacifier

MAM Original Pure Pacifier

Courtesy of MAM

Why It’s a Winner: Pacifiers can be the quickest way to soothe a fussy baby, but only if they’ll happily take it. With large air holes in the pacifier shield and a curved design, the MAM Original Pure Pacifier is made to be more breathable and comfortable. Thanks to a ventilation system inside the pacifier, the nipple is designed to flatten when the baby closes down on it, allowing the teat to adapt to the baby’s oral cavity. Plus, the pacifier shield, button, and sterilizer box (to clean the pacifier in the microwave) are made from circular polypropylene plastic, meaning they can be traced back to renewable raw materials. 

What Parents Are Saying: Parents whose babies have rejected other brands have dubbed MAM as “one of the only pacifiers my baby will take." And not only is the design fashionable, but parents say it’s functional as well: “I like that when she does spit it out and it ends up on the floor, the shape of the product allows it to land with the nipple side up, so it doesn't get dirty so quickly.”

Price: $13.99

Best Silicone Pacifier

Itzy Ritzy Silicone Soother

Itzy Ritzy Silicone Soother

Courtesy of Itzy Ritzy

Why It’s a Winner: Once breastfeeding is established and the binky is introduced, babies may prefer an option whose sucking action mimics that movement. Itzy Ritzy’s Silicone Soother boasts soft BPA-free silicone and extra-large ventilation holes so paci time is comfortable and safe. Also, these pacis can be purchased in packs of two, which comes in handy should one become damaged or misplaced (happens all the time)!

What Our Experts Are Saying: Giving your baby a pacifier is a personal decision for each parent. For those concerned about nipple confusion (when your baby has difficulty switching between breast and an artificial nipple), our judge Yamel Belen, R.N.,IBCLC says that as long as pacifiers aren’t used to prolong the time in-between feedings, it shouldn’t be a problem.

With Itzy Ritzy’s silicone option, “the Soother nipple is better than most pacifiers as it encourages the baby to have a nipple further back in their mouth, much like when breastfeeding.”

Price: $8.99/2-Pack

Best Wipes

Coterie: The Wipe

Coterie’s “The Wipe”

Courtesy of Coterie

Why It’s a Winner: Because of babies’ thin, delicate skin barrier, making sure they’re not absorbing harmful chemicals is key. Our experts love The Wipe by Coterie as an option because of its ingredients. “They’re made with primarily water, as it should be for delicate babies, and no added perfumes or other odors,” says Yamel Belen, R.N., IBCLC. This means parents can wipe away their worries when using them. And with a softer-yet-stronger design, these baby wipes are 30% larger than average ones, meaning parents will use less and minimize waste.

What Parents Are Saying: The design of Coterie’s wipe was a hit with parents, who praised the ability to access the wipes through the pop-up top. “When comparing this product to other wipes, it's clear that we only need to use one versus several thin ones from another competitive brand.”

Price: $30/4-Pack

Best Bath Spout Cover

Lalo Spout Cover

Lalo Spout Cover

Courtesy of Lalo

Why It’s a Winner: Accidental bathtub bruises will be a thing of the past with the Lalo Spout Cover. Made from silicone and tested for safety, this product keeps those worries at bay and leaves all the room for bonding and fun during bathtime. The design also allows for easy access to the diverter valve, allowing for a smooth transition when it’s time to shower. 

What Parents Are Saying: Where other spout covers trend toward a more youthful feel, Lalo’s spout cover, available in three colors, is simple and stylish. “This was easy to put on and loved the sleek design,” says one parent.

Price: $15

Best Humidifier

Canopy Humidifier Plus

Canopy Humidifier Plus

Courtesy of Canopy

Why It’s a Winner: When dry, cold air marks the return of winter weather, Canopy’s Humidifier Plus is a great household device to help your baby adapt. Increased moisture content of the air can lead to easier breathing for your baby and hydrated skin to boot. With a tank double the size of the original Canopy Humidifier, this hydration upgrade is made for rooms up to 1,000 square feet. Not only does the machine provide white noise, it also adjusts to release more moisture when your baby is asleep. Added bonus: its unique technology inhibits mold unlike other humidifiers.

What Parents Are Saying: One parent says this humidifier is “head and shoulders above others.” Canopy Humidifier Plus’ mold-resistant technology and disposable filter made the biggest impression. “No more scrubbing away mineral deposits and worrying about a machine that spreads bacteria,” adds this parent.

Price: $215

Best Leakproof Underwear

Knix Underwear

Knix Underwear

Courtesy of Knix

Why It’s a Winner: Leakproof underwear, often called period underwear, have grown in popularity recently, and there are several reasons why. Instead of absorbing your flow with the usual one-time-use tampons and pads, period underwear are reusable, which cuts down on waste. Knix’s leakproof underwear are designed for protection against period leaks, light postpartum and bladder leaks, and sweat. They feature built-in panty liners that can absorb between one and eight tampons worth of liquid, according to the brand. From full-coverage high-rise underwear to lace thongs, there are a plethora of options to keep you covered (literally). 

What Our Experts Are Saying: Having to change pads in gendered public bathrooms can be anxiety-inducing for queer parents, transmasculine birthing people especially. Our expert, postpartum doula Anna Balagtas, says “Knix’s leak-proof underwear is a great way to support them during postpartum bleeds and cycle bleeds.”

Price: $26

Best Nasal Aspirator

Frida Baby NoseFrida the Snotsucker

Frida Baby Nasal Aspirator

Courtesy of Frida Baby

Why It’s a Winner: Messy as it may be, when your little one is suffering from a stuffy nose, it’s parents to the rescue. Babies can’t unblock their nostrils on their own, and we hate to break it to you—there’s really no elegant way to keep a nose clean. Unlike traditional bulb-shaped nasal aspirators that allow you to suction snot through the device, Frida Baby’s NoseFrida comes with a tube so parents can, you guessed it, suck the gunk out. It’s less invasive than you think (we promise!), and each snotsucker comes with four disposable hygiene filters to keep germs from making it from baby’s nose to your mouth.

Price: $11.01

Tried-and-True Favorite

This winner was determined by our readers! Our data and research team surveyed 500 readers across the Dotdash Meredith brands with children 18 months and younger to find out what their favorite baby products were within the last year to bring you the products that top people’s lists year after year.

Best Thermometer

Vicks Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer

Vicks Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer

Courtesy of Vicks

Why It’s a Winner: When it comes to baby’s health, caregivers want their chosen thermometer to be fast and accurate. Rectal temperatures provide the most accurate readings for infants less than 3 months old and children up to 3 years old, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Vicks Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer provides a prompt and accurate reading to help respond to fevers with no delay. The thermometer has a short probe and a flexible tip to minimize safety and comfort concerns. Be sure to follow proper cleaning and storage protocol!

Price: $18.45

Vetted and Tested

We tapped into the insights of our commerce team to choose this winner! This product was expertly reviewed and/or tested by our team of parenting pros. Each product is selected based on a deep analysis of consumer reviews and most are thoroughly tested through real-world hands-on experience by real parents or in our New York City testing lab.

Best Nail Buffer

Frida Baby Electric Nail Buffer

Frida Baby Easy Grip Electric Nail Trimmer

Courtesy of Frida Baby

Why It’s a Winner: Clipper slips and nips can be a painful hazard when it’s time to trim baby’s nails. But nail upkeep must happen to avoid your little one accidentally clawing you or (worse) themselves. Instead of cutting, though, the Frida Baby Electric Nail Buffer shapes your little one’s nails while keeping cuticles and soft nail beds free from damage. The LED light helps illuminate the task at hand, and the four interchangeable buffer pads let you choose between the softest touch to a more firm approach.

What Parents Are Saying: Between fidgety baby fingers and working to maintain a steady hand, caregivers agree trimming a baby’s nails can be tough work. But this option from Frida Baby makes it easy. “This buffer works like a charm!” says one parent. “My daughter allowed me to buff her nails quickly and with ease.”

Price: $34.99

Best Nursing Bra

Kindred Bravely Nursing Bra

Kindred Bravely

Courtesy of Kindred Bravely

Why It’s a Winner: Lactating parents know nursing bras have a lot of functions. Not only should they provide easy access to your breasts/chest for feeding, but having full coverage for everyday wear and support for engorgement is also essential. Kindred Braverly’s wireless nursing bras pride themselves on comfort. They come equipped with convenient nursing clips and multiple hook-and-eye back closures, plus the soft fabric and removable padding ensures you can wear them with a range of outfits. The bras range in size from S to XXXL, and each bra comes with an extender.

Price: $45.99

Tried-and-True Favorite

This winner was determined by our readers! Our data and research team surveyed 500 readers across the Dotdash Meredith brands with children 18 months and younger to find out what their favorite baby products were within the last year to bring you the products that top people’s lists year after year.

Best First-Aid Kit

Welly Health PBC Quick Fix Kit

Welly Health PBC Quick Fix Kit
Welly Health PBC Quick Fix Kit.

Why It's a Winner: Before you know it your baby will go from tummy time to sitting to crawling full speed ahead. And while celebrating those milestones is joyous, a mobile baby also means that you need to be prepared for the bumps and bruises that are inevitably in your future. So a tiny first-aid kit is nothing but a good idea, and this Welly Health PBC Quick Fix Kit is our favorite. It's small, reusable, and carries just the right amount of bandages, ointment, and hand sanitizer. The actual best part though is these colorful bandages stay on.

What Parents Are Saying: These cute bandages worked well to cover a scratch on one parent's baby's head. Another plus? "I liked the case a lot—it fit well in my diaper bag and was stylish," the parent adds.

Price: $8.89

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