Best of 2011: Baby Gear

By Kate |

It’s that time of year again… time for our annual Best of the Year lists on The Shopping Mama. We’ve reflected on the products we’ve tried, tested and abused and are sharing our very favorites. These are products we recommend without reservation, use often and generally really, really like. Here are The Shopping Mama’s Best of 2011 in Baby Gear – in other words, our favorite gadgets and gear to make raising, wrangling and caring for your babies easier.


Best Lightweight Stroller: Bumbleride Flite {Movement Edition}. If you’re looking for a stroller that will serve multiple functions and replace all the other crappy strollers in your garage, the Flite is your answer. It’s light in weight, but full on function, including the ability to use a Carrycot for infants, a car seat adapter to turn it into a travel system and all the quality and features we expect from Bumbleride.


Best High Chair for Little Ones: BabyBjorn High Chair. This little high chair is unlike any other we’ve used. It’s small, with a thoughtful ergonomic design to promote safety for little ones so they can focus on eating and you can enjoy mealtime worry free. The price tag is a bit steep, but we love and trust the brand and have no doubt the chair will last through several hand-me-downs.


Best Baby Seat / Positioner: Mamas & Papas Baby Snug. The safety of infant positioners has come into question lately, which is why we like the two-piece design and wide base of the Baby Snug. It’s easy to clean, comes with an insert to grow with your child and will accommodate chunky legs, too!


Best Diaper Bag: Skip Hop Via Messenger. If you’re looking for a diaper bag packed with functionality that is super practical, look no further than the Via Messenger. The bag has pockets galore and makes outings with baby infinitely easier.


Best Sanity Saver & Dirt Avoider: Dropper Stopper. Once you start using this brilliant little product, you’ll never go back. The Dropper Stopper can be adjusted to keep track of bottles, pacifiers, teethers and plush toys so you don’t have to send your entire walk/lunch/play date retrieving items from the floor.


Best Stroller Accessory: Protect-a-Bub. This oversized large sunshade provides the highest rating protection possible from ultraviolet sun rays. Don’t settle for a skimpy stroller shade because the Protect-a-Bub will fit on all strollers and joggers with a canopy.


Best Swaddler: BabyBonkie. When Laura tested the BabyBonkie swaddling blanket with her son Charlie she called it a game-changer. And, when it comes to getting babies to sleep we’ll do just about anything to help them settle quickly and easily. BabyBonkies swaddle your baby in luxury so you can get some sleep, too.


Looking for more of our Best of 2011 picks? Check out the Best in Children’s Design & Decor and the Best Children’s Clothing, Shoes & Accessories.



Kate started The Shopping Mama™ in January 2009 when, after graduating law school, she traded in online legal research and writing for locating the best products for children. She shops for three kids ages 8, 6 and 3 from their home in Japan. Her military family is making the most of back-to-back overseas assignments by traveling every chance they get.

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  1. 1.

    Great list! I need a new high chair for my Dad’s we go to dinner there every Monday. I’ll have to check out the Baby Bjorn one!

    You already know how unhappy I was with the BabyBonkie. So disappointed in that company!

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    What a great list of products. These products area all wonderful! I love the dropper stopper and will have to look into that myself. I’m a project manager for Pure-Ecommerce and this item would be perfect. Thank you for sharing.

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    Ehud Nathan

    I know of the recall on these strollers, so I called Bumbleride directly and asked them the best way to ensure that if I bought one that I would get one that was not part of the recall. They recommended that I purchase directly from them via the website, I did this and received a recalled product in violation of federal law. Bumbleride has been less than receptive to me and only made contact with me after I filed a complaint with the CPSC. Furthermore, they proceeded to lie to me and tell me that they had been trying to reach me but that my phone had not been functional, however after my call to the CPSC amazingly the phone began to work… funny how that happens.

    Cristina is less than a model customer service representative, she is rude and self righteous. She does not convey any sense of remorse or acceptance of responsibility for the fact that they shipped out a recalled baby product, it almost appears that this is a way of business for them.

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