We all have baby gear we felt we practically couldn't live without. Mine included the Boppy pillow (I had one upstairs and one downstairs), pacifiers (I will not admit for how long), which were different for each kid (Grace took The First Years and Joe was a MAM baby), and each enjoyed a Fisher-Price swing, which is the only way meal prep ever happened while they were tiny.
Our American Baby Best Awards honors these kinds of workhorse products; the gear we parents are grateful for every day even as we wonder how we ever became so dependent on them. It's not a story of the newest launches or the most technologically splendid marvels, it's just a straight-up list of reliable favorites. The women who are pregnant today need to know! (If you're shopping for baby gear right now, see the 2014 winners.)
In order to make the awards happen, we need thousands of new parents just like you to weigh in. There are a lot of polls—more than twenty of them!—covering everything from strollers to highchairs to car seats and more, but do me a favor and click through to vote on products you would recommend to a friend. You can skip any categories you don't feel strongly about. You can also enter for the chance to win a $300 gift card, to buy whatever gear your growing kid needs next.
Senior Lifestyle Editor Jessica Hartshorn is obsessed with baby gear and in fact her office is surrounded by it. Look for this year's winners to be announced in the end of September at americanbaby.com.