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Best Baby Swing Buyer’s Guide 2016 – Top 5 Product Reviews

The basics

As a new parent, you’re probably searching for a baby swing that will calm your baby. But a baby swing is a significant investment in terms of both money and floor space, so effectiveness is the key when deciding on which product to purchase. Choosing the best baby swing can provide your little one with a comfy, safe place that simulates the motion and sounds of the womb to lull them from fussy to relaxed in minutes flat.

If you don’t have one, you are probably pacing the floor with your baby, rocking it in your arms to calm it or get it to sleep. A baby swing can take care of those issues while you take a break. Babies are accustomed to months in the womb, so your little one will like the gentle, rhythmic motion of a swing. Another good thing about swings is that they provide a safe place to put your baby when you need your hands free for something else. An infant swing can also be useful if your baby needs to take short naps in a semi-upright position because of a stuffy nose or other breathing issues.

Enough reasons to consider buying this baby product, right? When you do, you want for sure to have the baby swing for your little one, but there are an awful lot of baby swings on the market. So how to choose the best baby swing? Well, we’re here to provide you with some guidelines for picking the best swing on the market. We’ll also discuss some additional factors that will help you to choose the best baby swing for you personally.

3 types of baby swing to choose from

1. Full-size baby swing

If you’re buying a full-size baby swing you will want to set it up in a permanent location. Full-size baby swings are bulky and not that easy to move around or place into storage. The motor is usually placed at the very top of a full-size baby swing, which makes these swings quite tall. On the other  hand, this allows the seat to go through a full range swinging motion (the distance the seat can swing back and forth), resulting in a longer and smoother swing.

The seat of a full-size baby swing is further off the ground than the seat of a portable baby swing. The difference in height means that it will take your baby longer to outgrow a full-size baby swing. Most full-size baby swings can be used from birth until around 8 months of age. There is also a wide base of support. Their larger frames make full-size baby swings quite sturdy and hard to knock over.

Regarding price, full-size baby swings are the most expensive type of baby swings. If you want to buy a quality full-size baby swing, expect to fork out over $100 for it. But if you have the space and money to spare and want a sturdy, long-lasting, highly functional swing, look no further.

Pros:

  • Most features available
  • Harder to tip over due to wider base of support
  • Larger swing arc
  • Takes longer to outgrow

Cons:

  • Takes up more space
  • Not easily transportable
  • Can be expensive (depending on the features)

If a full-size baby swing seems too bulky or pricey for your needs, then why not try a portable baby swing?

2. Portable baby swing

Portable swings, also called travel swings, are smaller in comparison to the full-size type. Their smaller size makes these baby swings incredibly portable. They’re practical for taking on vacation, and if you have a smaller home you can store them away when not in use. Portable baby swings are also cheap baby swings. You can buy a portable baby swing for roughly half the price of a full-size one. Great for those of you on a budget!

But the small size of a portable baby swing can also cause certain problems. The motor is located on the side of the swing in order to keep the height down. The downside to this design is that the arc of the swing is a lot shorter than with a full-size baby swing. If you have a bigger-than-average baby, this certainly won’t be the best choice. Another disadvantage of portable baby swings is that they are generally just battery powered. While this makes sense (a power cord is not all that portable, now, is it?), it does add extra cost to the baby swing because you’ll need to keep buying batteries.

This type of baby swing is the best option for small spaces, or if you’re planning to travel with your baby swing.

Pros:

  • Takes up less space than full-size baby swings

Cons:

  • Fewer features
  • Smaller swing arc
  • Uses batteries

3. Baby glider

The baby glider is a special category. Technically it has all the same features of a baby swing; the only difference is the swinging motion. Baby gliders are a relatively new product. They’ve been designed to simulate the smooth gliding motion of a nursery glider chair. While the motion of a swing involves a slight jolt at the start and end points, a glide is incredibly smooth. If you have habituated your little one to fall asleep in your arms, then he will definitely love the familiar soothing motion when you rock him backwards and forwards in your baby glider.

Top rated baby swings in 2016

1.     Fisher Price Cradle ‘n Swing

Fisher Price Cradle ’n Swing is available in a bunch of different themes (we show some below), some really cute (like the Little Snugapuppy), and some fun and adventurous (like the Rainforest Friends). There are songs and nature sounds, a rotating and reclining seat, and it senses the baby’s weight to adjust motor torque and compensate for the weight of a growing baby and keep swinging speeds consistent. The seat is very plush and comfortable, and the fabric cover is easy to clean (it’s machine washable, by the way). This infant swing has an adequate weight limit of 25 pounds, and some of the themes are ridiculously cute. One more great option that the older versions didn’t have is the 5-point harness, which really helps keep your baby safe and secure – and prevents him from sitting up, leaning way forward, or otherwise freaking you out. The only little disadvantage is that motor makes a subtle clicking noise, and when not plugged in this swing burns through batteries pretty quickly. But all in all, this is an excellent option.

 

2.     Graco Duetsoothe Swing Plus Rocker

Graco Duetsoothe Swing Plus Rocker is another great option, with some added versatility relative to the Cradle ‘n Swing: the swing seat can be removed and placed on the ground as a rocker. There is a clever handle on the top to help you carry the rocker around. It also has a soothing vibration feature with two speeds, which works whether it’s in swing or rocker mode. The seat can be rotated so the baby can swing side to side or front to back, and it can use five D batteries or plug into the wall. There is also music and a great 5-point harness, along with an extra-high 30-pound weight limit. If you value the versatility that the removable rocker provides, you will be very happy with this baby swing.

3.     Fisher Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker

Fisher Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker isn’t technically a swing; it’s a “rocker”, which means that rather than swinging side-to-side or front-to-back, it rocks front-to-back using your or your baby’s own power. It has a little “kick stand” on the bottom. If you put this down the unit can’t rock, but when it’s up you can gently rock it back and forth. When your baby is having a little kicking and swatting party (swatting at the cute hanging animals), it will probably rock a bit by itself. There are small protrusions on the rocking legs so you don’t need to worry that it will rock too far forward or back. This infant swing also includes a button for soothing vibration, and a 3-point seat belt to keep baby secure. The weight range is from birth to up to 40 pounds, which is awesome because you can adjust the seat recline (there are two positions) to turn it into a comfy little chair for a growing toddler. It is also easy to detach the cover and throw it into the washing machine. This baby swing model is sturdy and stable, with enough space to fit baby and her favorite lovey or blankey. If you are looking for a true battery-operated swing, go with the others, but if you want a cheaper, smaller, and versatile rocker, this is a good bet!

4.      4Moms mamaRoo Classic

4Moms mamaRoo Classic is probably the coolest looking baby swing on our list, and maybe even the most capable, but it’s also the most expensive model. 4Moms was launched with the mamaRoo and simpler rockaRoo a few years ago to provide a swing/glider that mimics mom’s natural soothing motions. Just as you bounce up and down and sway side to side when you’re holding your baby, so does the mamaRoo. There are five different motions: car ride, kangaroo, tree swing, rock-a-bye, and wave. The animation shows the most basic “black” color option, but it is also available in Designer, Grey, Multicolor, and Silver. The seat comes with adjustable recline (and there is an infant insert available as well), and the seat cover is removable and machine washable. This infant swing can be plugged in so you don’t need to worry about wasting a bunch of expensive batteries. It has a much smaller footprint than regular swings, and you are much less likely to trip over the legs that stick out on the sides. There are also some unique features: you can hook up your phone or music device to it and play your own music, you can remotely control the swing through an app on your phone (e.g., if you’re cooking or cleaning, or God forbid taking a nap, you can control it without going over to it). We want to highlight that we couldn’t get it to work with the newer Android lollipop system, but we assume 4Moms will be updating that soon. One disadvantage is its weight limit, only 25 pounds, which is a little on the low side. Unlike some of the other options, it only has a 3-point rather than a 5-point harness. But this is an excellent, sleek, and good-looking swing/glider that your baby is likely to fall in love with. If the price were lower, it would definitely be in a higher position on our list.

 

5.     Arm’s Reach Dreamer Cocoon Swing

Arm’s Reach Dreamer Cocoon Swing is a different, and much simpler, option for moms who want something without all the bells and whistles. There is no motorized swing, no music, sounds, or vibrations, no detachable rocker or bouncer, no over-padded luxury 5-point harness. This is simply a soothing, comfortable, cocoon-like swing that looks great and functions really well. This is definitely the best way to bring a newborn camping or to the beach, as its zip-up netting keeps out the bugs and keeps the baby secure. The gentle natural rocking motion responds to your baby’s input (like a rocker or bouncer seat). If the baby wiggles or bounces, the swing wiggles and bounces. If mom gives it a little nudge it will swing smoothly and then gradually come to a stop. There’s no replacing batteries, worrying about the cord, or finding the perfect settings. This is for parents who want to keep it natural. One more good thing is that assembly is very easy, and the entire swing is very lightweight and easy to move around for travel and cleaning underneath. But it’s not a fancy swing like our #1 and #2 options, so it does have some limitations. Besides not having all the fancy features (swinging, music, sounds, vibrations, recline, rotate, etc.), there are some additional disadvantages with this model. The first is that this infant swing is designed just for newborns up until they are able to roll over (about 5-6 months of age); once your baby can roll over, the manufacturer recommends to stop using it because there is no restraint/buckle system. Secondly, the mattress/seating surface isn’t quite as comfy as the others. If you’re looking for a simple, lightweight, adorable, and nature-inspired option for your baby swing needs, this could be the best one.

 

Most popular questions from other buyers in the US and UK

Can my baby sleep in a baby swing?

It’s OK if your baby takes short naps in a baby swing, but we wouldn’t recommend you swapping out your crib for one. Cribs keep your baby safe through the night. A baby swing was not designed with overnight sleeping in mind and could prove dangerous.

What is the weight limit of baby swings?

The average weight limit on baby swings is 20-30 pounds, but each model of baby swing will have its individual weight limit specified on the packaging or in the user’s manual.

How long can I leave my baby in a swing for?

Many experts recommend that you should limit your baby’s swinging to under an hour a day, but there are no hard and fast rules. However, you shouldn’t take that to mean that you can leave your baby in the swing all day long. Common sense goes a long way here.

Is a baby swing an essential item?

A baby swing isn’t an essential item, although of course it’s nice to have if your baby takes to it. Baby swings are considered a luxury item that should only be purchased if you can afford all the standard baby essentials and still have money you can spare. There are certainly cheaper ways available to soothe and entertain your baby (although they may not be as hands-off).

9 features to consider when buying a baby swing

The following features will keep your child comfortable and safe, so it is very important to consider them when buying a baby swing.

Frame
If you want a full-size swing, you should look for one with strong supports and a base that’s wide enough so that it won’t tip, even if your baby leans one way or another. It should also fold easily for storage.

Five-Point Harness
Full-size swings must have a fixed restraint system. Some models feature an over-the-shoulder five-point harness. This is the best type of harness because it keeps a baby from climbing out of the seat and plunging to the ground, which can happen much quicker than you’d think. Travel swings have no tray with a middle post, just a safety harness. Some have a three-point harness, but a five-point one is better. A three-point harness can be either a waist and crotch belt (which must be used together so the baby can’t slip out) or a passive crotch restraint and a waist belt, such as a tray with a crotch post and a waist belt.

Easy Access
Portable and full-size swings have no top crossbar, which is typically called an “open-top design.” This design type is easier to use because there’s no top crossbar to interfere with getting baby in or out. You have access to your baby from the top instead of having to crouch down to wriggle your baby in.

Seat Cover
We recommend plush padding that’s machine washable, and a head support for infants that can be removed when your baby outgrows it. By plush we mean padding that is covered with a nice soft material, not padding that is so soft a baby could sink into it. Overly squishy padding is a suffocation hazard.

Cradle Motion
Most babies love swings, but some don’t seem to like the motion of any kind of swing, no matter which type you buy. (Some babies might change their mind after a few tries.) Even if your baby seems satisfied, we recommend you limit swing sessions to no more than 30 minutes. Babies can become dizzy if they swing for longer than that. If you become drowsy while your baby is in the swing, put him in his crib before you fall asleep.

You’re aware, of course, that side-to-side motion has been a problem with some cradles (not swings); there have been incidents where a child rolled to one side and was suffocated. This should not happen with a swing as long as you are sure to use the swing’s harness every time.

Seat Settings
A swing with at least three reclining positions lets you find the most soothing position for your baby, which is important if she likes to nap there. The Polly Swing Vega by Chicco features an infant insert and a low recline position for newborns. As your baby grows, the angle can be adjusted to be more upright and the insert can be removed to give her more space. Some swings also feature two seat-height settings, a raised position for newborns and a lower position for older, heavier, more active infants.

Variable Speeds
Some battery-operated and electric swings have up to eight speeds, but more than four is overkill. The faster speeds might annoy rather than relax your baby. In general, start at the slowest setting and see what he prefers. The heavier the baby, the more slowly a battery-powered model will swing, so you may need to switch to faster settings as he grows. Some swings also come with a remote control.

Entertainment
Many swings have included mobiles, toy bars, or trays. These are all options your baby might enjoy, even though she probably won’t be able to (or even want to) reach the toy bar until around 3 months of age. Check that all toys, and the toy bar itself, are securely and safely attached and have no small parts that could cause choking. Nice but not necessary extras are a light display and sound (such as classical music, lullabies, and nature sounds) with volume control.

Convertibility
There are swings on the market that can be converted to a stand-alone bouncer seat. Some swings might have a removable seat for toting your baby around the house, and some convert to a toddler rocker. Since you won’t use a swing for long (six to nine months, tops), getting more mileage out of it makes sense, especially if you don’t have room for lots of baby gear. However, convertibility does increase the price, so if you’re on a budget, consider getting either a bouncy seat/rocker or a swing. Both products have the same function: to soothe and entertain your baby in the first few months.

 

Resources

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/baby-swings/buying-guide.htm

http://mommyhood101.com/best-baby-swings-2016-comfortable-quiet-safe

 

 

Where (How) to Get Best Cheap Diapers 2016 (Even for Free)!

Basics

Diapers become a huge expense when your baby arrives. There is no way around it. It is something you must have every day until your toddler is potty trained; therefore, parents are always on the hunt for cheap diapers. Considering the average baby needs over 2,700 diapers in its first year. Then there is the fact that majority of babies are not potty trained until they are three years old. In other words, you will be spending around $800 per year on diapers and that is before you consider add-ons like baby wipes, barrier creams and other essentials.

5 Ways to Get Cheap Diapers

Following these simple steps, you will surely get more cheap diapers for your dollar. There is no doubt about it, diapers just get to be plain expensive. It is annoying to have to spend so much money on something that just gets thrown away. Yes, we know there are cloth diapers and that they are supposed to be cheaper, but if you are like me and just cannot bring yourself to switch to cloth diapers, take heart. Without too much hassle, you can save money on disposable cheap diapers and wipes and probably keep from going broke in the process.

1. Use Coupons

In this way, you will save significant amounts of money as there are usually coupons available for at least $1.00 off, for Huggies, Pampers and Luvs, too. Combine that with sale prices and you can save a bundle, especially at drugstores. I can usually get a pack of diapers for $5 or less and wipes for $1.00 or less.

2. Be Slow to Switch Sizes

How will this influence your budget? Because the bigger the diaper, the fewer diapers there are per package; therefore the more expensive it gets. Diapers come with a suggested weight per size. We also discovered that babies can wear various size diapers for longer than what is suggested on the package. For example, one baby might weigh more than the size 3 diapers say they are made for, but they still fit her fine. We do not have leaks and so we continue to stick with them. Instead of going with what the cheap diaper package recommends, we change sizes once we start having lots of leaks.

3. Be Mindful of How You Put On the Diaper

Speaking of leaks, we know we get more mileage out of smaller diapers by using this little trick. Your child can stay in smaller diapers longer if you are careful how you put the diaper on. If your child’s tendency is to leak out the top, then pull the diaper up more in the front. Have problems with messes oozing out the back? Then pull the diaper up more in the back. Both are a problem? Well, then it is definitely probably time to switch to the next size!

4. Watch Package Sizes

Instead of thinking price per package, you should think price per wipe/diaper. The reason for this is that not all cheap diaper packages contain the same amount of product. For example, Pampers Soft Care wipes come in 72-count packages while Pampers Sensitive wipes come in 64-count packages. Both products cost the same but by purchasing the larger count, you get 8 more wipes per package, reducing your cost and presto cheap diapers! You will find similar things in diapers. Huggies Snug & Dry size 2 comes in 42-count packages while Huggies Little Snugglers size 2 only has 36 per package. Again, they typically are priced the same but you can save around $0.04 per diaper by choosing the larger package.

5. Stockpile

Whenever you see diapers at a low price, if you have room in your budget, we recommend that you buy them even if you do not immediately need them. The point of doing this is clear. Why should you pay full price for something that you can easily save a couple of bucks on? If you decide to wait to buy cheap diapers and wipes only when you need them, you usually end up spending more.

How to Save Money & Build a Cheap Diaper Stockpile

Stocking up on cheap diapers is a good solution. It saves you money for the short term. Let us explore how to do so. Stockpiling can help you save significantly because it means you never have to pay full price for either diapers or wipes. First, you need to plan and start buying cheap diapers while you are still pregnant. You will be able to wait and purchase diapers/wipes when they are at their lowest prices and add them to your stockpile. As a result, you will have a nice sized stockpile of cheap diapers by the time your baby arrives. Then you will be able to continue to purchase diapers and wipes only when they are at rock bottom prices

How Many Cheap Diapers Do You Need?

One of the hardest things when it comes to diaper stockpiling is figuring out how many of each size to buy. We have taken the liberty to include a listing below that shows you how to track diaper usage during the first 12 months for two babies. It will be helpful to refer to this when purchasing diapers for your stockpile.

Baby No.1 Diaper Usage During First 12 Months (she weighed 8lb. 4 oz. at birth)
Newborn: 6 packs (approx. 216 diapers)
Size 1: 4 packs (approx. 160 diapers)
Size 2: 16 packs (approx. 640 diapers)
Size 3: 19 packs (approx. 684 diapers)

Baby No.2 Diaper Usage During First 12 Months (he weighed 7lb. 12 oz. at birth)
Newborn: 7 packs (approx. 252 diapers)
Size 1: 7 packs (approx. 280 diapers)
Size 2: 14 packs (approx. 560 diapers)
Size 3: 38 packs (approx. 1368 diapers)

6 Tips For Cheap Diapers And Wipes Stockpiling

1.     Watch Diaper Size

If you buy any of the smaller sized cheap diapers, be sure to use them first as your baby will grow out of them quickly.

2.     Watch Package Size

Compare the number of diapers per package between brands. In that way, you are not set on using a specific brand of diapers. Buy the one that gives you several more diapers in the package, but costs the same.

3.     Set a Buy Price

Be clear on how much you are ready to pay for diapers and wipes. This makes it easy to know whether a deal is worth it or not. If you are not sure where to start, it might help to peruse store ads a bit. See what the sale price of cheap diapers/wipes typically is in your area, when you figure out your ‘buy price’ stick to it. Only make a purchase when you can get them at that price or lower.

4.     Know Where to Get the Best Deals

You will definitely get the best deals on cheap diapers and wipes at drugstores and online. Places like CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens have programs that give you money back via store rewards when you buy certain items. This means that when you can combine a sale and one of those reward deals with a coupon you can often get really good prices.

For example, CVS often has cheap diapers on sale for $10 each and when you buy $30 worth, you get $10 Extra Bucks (a coupon that gets you $10 off your next CVS purchase). Therefore, if you purchase 3 packs of diapers you can use a $2 coupon on each of those 3 packages, maximizing your savings. That means you can get each pack for $4.66 or for just under $0.13 per diaper when using Size 3 as your price guide.

Amazon.com is the best place online to get cheap diapers and wipes. They frequently run deals on diapers and wipes. Although the prices are often not quite as good as in store deals, they are still very decent! In addition, you can get the items shipped right to your front door.

5.     Be Willing to Vary Brands

If you are planning to maximize your savings, you are going to have to be willing to use whatever brand of cheap diapers/wipes you can get for the least amount of money. There are some weeks when Pampers diapers are the cheapest, another week Huggies, etc. and sometimes it is a store brand.

Be willing to try cheap diapers brands other than the one you typically use. Often you will find that you like it just as well. And while I am not a huge fan of store brand diapers, sometimes they actually are surprisingly good. Both Costco and Target brand diapers are decent in my opinion and have great reviews online. One more advantage is that, store brand diapers often have a money back guarantee, so if you do not like them you do not have anything to lose!

6.     Buy Cheap Diapers in Bulk

If you do not plan to use coupons, then the next best way to save is to buy in bulk. Online shopping stores like Amazon and Diapers.com are great options to purchase boxes of cheap diapers and wipes at decent prices. Amazon’s Amazon Mom offers you to 20% savings on many of their cheap diapers and wipes plus free 2-day shipping.

5 Places to Get Cheap Diapers

How you can get cheap diapers? First, stop buying diapers from stores like Wal-Mart and Target. You will not find cheap diapers there. Everything baby-related is overpriced at these stores, and that especially refers to diapers. So what is the cheapest place to buy diapers? You can find it on the list we made for you.

1.      Amazon

Amazon did not have the best regular price on brand-name diapers; however, the free shipping is enough to decide for yourself (especially when purchasing the large, bulky boxes). With the introduction of their new programs, you can save even more money.

Amazon currently has two programs that can save you a total of 20% on the regular price of their diapers: the Subscribe & Save program and the Amazon Mom program. Both of these programs can be of excellent value, if you are buying diapers in bulk.

The Subscribe & Save Program

The Subscribe & Save program will save you 5% off the top of your cheap diapers, and it is completely free. This program lets you subscribe to shipments of diapers at intervals of your choosing, with free shipping and automatic shipments. Best of all, it can be cancelled at any time and combined with Amazon’s free 365-day returns, there is absolutely no risk. A 5% off of your diapers, just like that.

The Amazon Family Program

The Amazon Family program has a number of benefits on the entire Amazon site, such as free two-day shipping. However, the biggest benefit for parents is the 15% discount off the top for any diapers purchased. A one-month membership to Amazon Family is absolutely free, giving you the additional 15% discount on your first order of diapers.

With these two free programs, you will save an additional 20% on your diapers, which are already super-cheap. It is not hard to see why so many parents buy their Diapers on Amazon these days; it is an excellent way to save money.

Benefits of Amazon Shopping

Awesome prices

The prices of Amazon diapers when combined with the Amazon Family trick simply cannot be beat. Box stores like Wal-Mart and Target do not even come close.

Their delivery might actually use rocket ships

They ship out very quickly. With Amazon Mom program, you get next-day delivery. That means you order today, and they are at your house tomorrow. I cannot even describe how awesome that is.

Free 365-day returns

If you are not satisfied with your diapers for some reason, you can return them at no cost no matter when you purchased them. It is totally risk-free.

2.      Walgreens

We do not recommend that you buy their diapers at everyday prices; this retailer is only worth shopping at when they have a great sale. However, as part of their Register Rewards program, you can often snag coupons for $2 – $5 off a future purchase or get a good buy one, get one sale. The key is to come prepared with your own manufacturer’s coupons for brands like Huggies or Pampers and combine them with Walgreens sales and the Register Rewards. This you can use to buy cheap diapers and wipes as well.

3.      CVS

CVS functions in the same way as the Walgreens savings plan. You need to check deal bloggers like Deal Seeking Mom for details on their cheap diapers grabbing techniques.

4.      The Manufacturer

The Manufacturer will not hand out packages of diapers; however, the company that makes well-known brands is a great avenue for scoring high-value coupons and samples (which are perfect for tucking into a glove compartment or diaper bag). You can check Wise Bread’s Daily Deals for the free offers as they come available. Use your Sunday coupon inserts and Coupons.com to get $1-2 off packages of Luvs, Huggies and Pampers. If you desire brands like Seventh Generation, you can sign up at their website for savings offers, and you should get a coupon or two in the mail. We must remind you not to forget to check your favorite brands’ Facebook pages. They often have special savings offers just for their fans!

5.      Baby Cheapskate

Baby Cheapskate is a blog and it is more of an aggregate of all the good cheap diapers deals. However, Baby Cheapskate is the right choice, for those moms and dads who do not have time to scour the deal sites or check every location, weekly, for the best price. In addition to listing where the deals are, the blog has some helpful tools for helping parents get every last penny out of their diapering, including the How Many Diapers Per Pack chart and Growth Charts to Predict Diaper Needs.

The Worst Places to Buy Diapers

The worst places to buy cheap diapers are gas stations, drug stores, grocery stores, and yes, even big box stores at times. Pay attention to the price you are paying per diaper to get the best price for your dollar. If you are not brand loyal, are open to buying sizes ahead of time and have a bit of wiggle room in your budget to stock up when the opportunity arises, you will never have to pay full price for diapers again.

Best Discount Diaper Deals At Amazon

1.     Pampers Swaddlers Diapers Size 3 Economy Pack Plus 162 Count (Packaging May Vary)

  • Now available through size 5;
  • Pampers softest diaper ever;
  • Color changing wetness indicator – There is a yellow line that starts in the front of the diaper and goes to the back;
  • The #1 choice of hospitals (based on sales data);
  • Earn Pampers Rewards points with every Pampers purchase.

2.     Pampers Baby Dry Diapers Economy Pack Plus, Size 4, 180 Count (One Month Supply)

  • It is three times drier so your baby can sleep soundly all night (based on size 3 vs. a leading value brand. Average of 0.19 grams less after 3 typical wettings over 15 min.);
  • Pampers Baby Dry diapers have 3 layers of absorbency vs. only 2 in an ordinary diaper;
  • Color-changing wetness indicator on sizes N, 1, and 2;
  • Soft inside and out.
  • Flexes for a snug and comfortable fit;
  • Up to 12 hours of overnight protection;
  • 3 layers of absorbency;
  • Wide UltraAbsorb layer for outstanding leakage protection;
  • Now softer inside and out (vs. product replaced);
  • Flexible for a snug and comfortable fit.

3.     Pampers Cruisers Diapers Economy Plus Pack, Size 4, 152 Count (One Month Supply)

  • Extra Absorb Channels help distribute wetness evenly;
  • Doesn’t sag like ordinary diapers (based on size 4 vs. a leading value brand);
  • Pampers best fit and dryness;
  • Up to 12 hours of protection;
  • Our unique 3-way fit adapts at the waist, legs and bottom so babies have the freedom to play their way.

4.     Huggies Snug and Dry Diapers, Size 4, Economy Plus Pack, 192 Count (One Month Supply)

  • Triple layer protection to help stop leaks;
  • Trusted Leak Lock system eliminates leaks for up to 12 hours;
  • Quick-absorbing layers wick away moisture to keep baby’s skin dry throughout all his daily adventures;
  • Join Huggies Rewards and earn points on every pack of Huggies diaper and wipes you buy;
  • Featuring adorable Mickey Mouse designs, Huggies Snug & Dry diapers size 4, fits babies from 22 to 37 lbs.

5.     Luvs Ultra Leakguards Diapers, One Month Supply, Size 6, 140 Count

  • NightLock: Ultra absorbent with large tabs for easy fastening;
  • Luvs diapers lock away wetness better than Huggies, even overnight (Huggies Snug & Dry Sizes 3-6);
  • Leakguard Core helps keep baby’s skin dry;
  • Leak barrier and leg gathers help keep leaks in the diaper where they belong;
  • Money-Back Guarantee-we will refund your money if you are not satisfied (see luvs.com for further details).

Things to Think About Before Purchasing Any Cheap Diapers

We listed important things you should consider before you purchase any diapers. We can guarantee that it will be of great help for you.

1.      Cloth vs. Cheap Disposable Diapers

Making the choice between cloth and cheap disposable diapers is a difficult decision, and one that many parents have differing opinions over. It is a fact that you will save money by going with cloth diapers and washing them, but it is also obviously not something every parent wants to deal with. The other solution is to buy disposable diapers in bulk, which can also save you a lot of money, but not quite as much as going with cloth diapers.

2.      Think About Your Baby, And How Many Diapers You Need

When your baby is a newborn, he or she will grow very quickly. That means you probably will not be able to use an entire huge box of disposable diapers, before he outgrows them. If you think that your baby is soon going to outgrow their current diapers, it makes no sense to buy a huge, bulk order of that size.

3.      You Need Somewhere to Dispose Of Them 

You cannot just throw diapers in the trashcan because the smell will overwhelm the rooms. A good solution is a diaper pail; a special type of can that is designed to hold diapers and eliminate the smells. We highly recommend this because it is sanitary and more effective.

 

Resources

http://www.parents.com/parenting/money/saving/easy-ways-to-save-money-on-diapers-wipes/

http://www.momtricks.com/diapers/

https://www.amazon.com/Pampers-Swaddlers-Diapers-Economy-Packaging/dp/B00DFFT76U?ie=UTF8&linkCode=sl1&linkId=27705655fe7d060380b3514f653042e5&ref_=as_li_ss_tl&tag=mglow-diapers-20

https://www.amazon.com/Pampers-Diapers-Economy-Count-Supply/dp/B00DDMIWIO?ie=UTF8&linkCode=sl1&linkId=8d418fec7e364828dae2a8dbb86cd5c3&ref_=as_li_ss_tl&tag=mglow-diapers-20

 

 

Best 4 Baby Bouncers (Reviews & Comparisons) 2016-2017

The Basics

The majority of parents love bouncers and swings, so that their babies can play, rest, or nap while they get things done around the house. A bouncer is a lightweight, low-to-the-ground seat designed to sit on the floor and bounce when your baby kicks their legs or moves their arms. Usually heftier than bouncers, a swing is a seat that moves your little one back and forth or from side to side. A toddler bouncer (bouncer seat) is a versatile, mostly inexpensive piece of baby equipment that your baby can use from day one. It can be especially helpful in the early days as a safe place to lay your newborn while you grab a bite to eat or take a shower. All you have to do is bring the lightweight seat into the bathroom. In the beginning, your baby will recline semi-upright, happy to stare up at you or the attached toys. Later, the baby bouncer will respond to your little one’s kicks with a springy up-and-down motion, satisfying your child’s desire for movement. It also provides a calming and relaxing effect, which will lull your baby to sleep. You can choose between a simple model that moves when your baby does or models that vibrate, play music, move your baby around, hold electronics within baby’s view, and/or fold flat for storage or travel. Some models are made from natural materials such as wood and others are made of plastic or metal. Most bouncers can only be used for a baby’s first 6 months, up until they weigh 25 pounds, or they can sit up independently (which usually happens between 4 and 7 months). However, some models can be used for children up to 30 pounds and others have weight limits so high that even small adults can sit in them. There is at least one model that holds up to 130 pounds. Instead of investing in both products, you can choose one or the other. If your baby prefers constant motion, both products will come in handy. These baby bouncer reviews will teach you everything there is to know about baby bouncers.

When you will need a bouncer and swing?

Baby bouncers and swings are mostly designed for the pre-sitting stage. Thus, they are best for newborns and babies up to 6 months old, or until they can sit up on their own (and will probably squawk at being confined

Popular types of baby bouncer at Amazon 2016

In comparison to other baby products, baby bouncers are less complicated. There are two different types of baby bouncers, so let’s take a closer look and explore the advantages and disadvantages of each type:

Basic Baby Bouncer

A basic baby bouncer is the simplest form and has no bells or whistles. It does one thing and it does it well-it allows your baby to bounce. If you are worried about over-stimulating your baby, then you should definitely consider a basic baby bouncer. They tend to be more bouncy than their feature-packed siblings, allowing your baby to bounce with minimal effort. This type of toddler bouncer is very portable. The lack of features allows them to easily be folded up and either placed into storage or taken with you when travelling. The disadvantage of basic baby bouncers is that they generally only come in bland styles with no fun patterns or themes.

Baby Activity Bouncer

Baby activity bouncers include everything from toy rails and mobiles to vibrating seats and musical melodies to keep your baby entertained. Activity bouncers can keep your baby amused for a longer period of time, but with the extra weight from all the features, it can make it slightly less bouncy than a basic baby bouncer. One more disadvantage of activity bouncers is that they are not as portable as basic bouncers. The shear amount of features makes activity bouncers quite bulky. Some not fold down at all!

Top rated baby bouncers reviews & comparisons

 

1.      Baby Bjorn Bouncer Balance Soft Baby Bouncer (cotton, mesh, or organic)

Baby Bjorn Bouncer Balance Soft Baby Bouncer is the best, simplest, and most versatile baby bouncer on the market. This toddler bouncer is available in basic cotton (which is truly soft and durable), a more breathable mesh, and an organic cotton version. We interviewed two moms for the purpose of this article that had the Baby Bjorn, and they absolutely raved about it. One of them had the mesh and the other had the basic cotton version. Both of them loved how soft the fabric was, how it adjusted between sitting upright and lying completely flat, and how it didn’t include all the music, vibrations, and other distractions. They also highlighted  several other positive aspects including sleek and stylish design, ease of bouncing, no assembly out of the box, machine washable cover (but hang dry), and durability and reliability. Neither of them had any issues with stains, rips, or other problems. One also commented that the legs on the unit go directly behind the bouncer, which differentiates it from cheaper bouncers that have legs on all sides, which prove to be an annoying tripping hazard. The Bjorn has a truly trip-free design. The ergonomics of this toddler bouncer are so great. They position the baby with some leg flexion and with nice head padding. Baby Bjorn Bouncer also folds completely flat, which is great for traveling or storage.

Unfortunately, there are also a few disadvantages to consider. Firstly, it is the second most expensive bouncer on our list, which can be a limiting factor for many people. Secondly, instead of buckle clips on the harness, this bouncer uses buttons, which can be a pain when you’re trying to quickly get a baby in or out. Finally, the unit can be used from 8-lbs to up to a 29-lb baby, but this is a bit misleading. When your baby reaches 19-lbs, Baby Bjorn recommends flipping over the seat cover so that it is used as a bouncer seat without the restraint part. But if you have a really large baby that is over 19-lbs but not ready to sit without a restraint, this might not work very well for you. The real problem, as it turns out, is that babies over 19-lbs can’t really fit their legs into the restraint straps. Despite this, however, it is a fantastic bouncer that we believe is the best on the market, if you can afford it.

 

2. Tiny Love Gymini Baby Bouncer (blue/yellow, or tiny princess colors)

Tiny Love Gymini Baby Bouncer is available in a blue/yellow pattern or a rather feminine tiny princess pattern. When you see it for the first time, the Tiny Love bouncer may look like a typical traditional style bouncer, but if you look closer, you’ll find plenty of features that help it stand out against the rest. This baby bouncer has two adjustable bars for hanging toys. You can put them directly over the baby’s reach, or slightly to the side. This feature is great for expanding your baby’s range of motion in the arms and increasing contralateral reaching and looking. It’s also convenient to be able to push them aside when you’re putting the baby in or out. In comparison to the Baby Bjorn bouncer, this baby bouncer has some basic soothing vibrations and the toys have motion sensors that will turn on some music and lights for fun. You have the option to turn them off as well. There are also more, positive sides like the washable cover, good cushioning, ergonomic sitting position with some leg flexion, as well as a recline feature that lets you lie your baby down a bit more for naptime and makes it more portable.

However, it is still more cumbersome than the Baby Bjorn. Don’t forget that it’s less than half the price, though. Disadvantage would be that it’s not as versatile or stylish as the Baby Bjorn with it has only two recline settings. It can make your living room look like a daycare with all the crazy colors, lights, and sounds. This is not for those looking to go back to basics. Of course, there are also batteries that die and need to be replaced from time to time.

 

3. Fisher Price Comfort Curve Baby Bouncer

Fisher Price Comfort Curve Baby Bouncer is original and has been around for over a decade now. This toddler bouncer has a classic frame style with iconic colors and a toy bar over the center. At the basic level, it is quite similar to the Tiny Love. The overall frame has a similar shape, but with a more modern sleek plastic design rather than the flimsy-looking metal. The colors are also similar and it too has the basic soothing vibration option if you pop in a single D size battery. It also has the removable and washable cover, decent seating position, and an easy to use 3-point adjustable buckle restraint. The differences between them are in the toy bars, recline feature, and the toys themselves. This model does not recline, has a push-in/pull-out toy bar that is always in the way, and the toys are relatively simple without sounds/lights or motion sensing. There were six moms in our focus group that had experience with the Fisher Price bouncers.

Disadvantages of this baby bouncer were mostly related to removing and putting the toy bar back on every time they used the bouncer. It is possible to slide the baby in and out from the top, but it requires a bit of a struggle. In conclusion, it’s one of the cheaper options on our list and has very high reliability. All of the moms confirmed the vibration was still working. One of them had a Fisher-Price bouncer for 7 years and it was still going strong. For the case you’re on a budget and looking for a good bouncer that will last you, but does not have any of the advanced features (padding, adjustments, etc), then the Fisher Price would be the best solution for you.

 

 

4. Moms MamaRoo Motion Bouncer (several color options) 

The 4MamaRoo Motion bouncer is a new addition to the bouncer market as of 2012 and it is rated as a really impressive option. It is definitely expensive, but also feature-rich and unique. This baby bouncer is both capable and stylish and adds a whole new realm of motion to bouncers. It has 5 unique motions that simulate a baby’s favorite and most relaxing activities: car ride, tree swing, rock-a-bye, ocean floating, and kangaroo bounce. It has music, including nature sounds and white noise, and you can also play MP3s if you attach your iPod. Also has a highly adjustable seat recline, a machine washable seat, a nicely padded cover with good ergonomic support, and a sleek and unique style. In the case you don’t really need a bouncer, but would rather have something a bit fancier with more features, this would be the best choice.

Along with all of its great features and style, there are of course some disadvantages as well. First, it does not take batteries, so you need to position it in a place close to a wall outlet. Second, because of all the moving parts, some people complain of some odd clicking noises and reliability issues, which is rare but worth mentioning (note that they have a 1-year warranty and if you buy from Amazon you can use their free return policy). As we mentioned above, if you want a fancy and different baby bouncer, this is the right thing for you. We are sure you’ll love it and think it was worth every penny.

 

5 features to consider when buying a bouncer for baby 

Comfort and Ergonomics

If you want a bouncer to give your baby a comfortable and relaxing place to unwind or take a nap, you might find that your baby sits in the bouncer for an hour or two at a time (maybe 15-30 minutes of play, followed by a 45 minute nap). That’s why it’s important that your baby’s posture is well positioned and supported in the right places, including the butt, back, and head. There are a lot of the cheaper bouncers that position your baby like a hammock without any posture support and limit your baby’s arm and leg movements. If your baby’s legs are forced to extend straight, it’s not a good position. Ideally, your baby’s legs should be slightly flexed as shown in the picture to the left. As a side note, this point also applies to baby carriers. Regarding head support, in the same way that you like to use a pillow in bed or on the couch when reclining, your baby’s head should also be slightly supported with a contoured upper seat or small integrated cushion. The pricier options are best when it comes to comfort and ergonomic support, especially the Baby Bjorn and 4Moms bouncers.

Adjustable Positioning & Portability

It is ideal if your baby bouncer serves several purposes. It can be great for playing or napping, but also for spoon feeding or finishing a bottle. Some of the prettier bouncers have multiple seating positions, adjusting from high and upright (used for feeding), to moderately upright (used for play), to lying flat down (used for napping). Even if the adjustable ones tend to be more expensive, they are much more versatile and you will find yourself using the bouncer for different activities, making it worth the money. Toddler bouncers that have the ability to lie flat also tend to be more portable, making it easier to squeeze into your trunk, into a box when moving, or under the couch when cleaning up. There are more traditional models that have been on the market for decades, like the Fisher Price baby bouncer that are good, cheap, basic bouncers, but they are really terrible for portability. The Baby Bjorn Balance Bouncer folds completely flat, as pictured to the left, which is a really great feature.

Soft & Washable Cover

It is a fact that even the cutest and best behaved babies make messes. All babies spit-up, spill, crush little crumbs in every crevice, and occasionally blow out of even the best diapers. In any event, every once in a while you will need to launder the cover, so you’ll want it to remove easily and be machine friendly. You also want it to be made with soft and high quality fabric and very well pre-shrunk so you’ll be able to fit it back onto the bouncer after a good scrub and spin in the dryer. All of the baby bouncers we put on our top baby bouncers list above provide an easily removable cover that is soft and durable and is not only machine washable but will not shrink if you follow the instructions.

Safety

Look for a certification seal from the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association 2016, which means the model conforms to independent safety standards.

Bouncers have been recalled in recent years for having frames that broke, toy bars that detached unexpectedly and caused injuries, and sharp metal objects in the seats. Before buying one or using a secondhand one, check our Product Recall Finder.

When your child’s in the bouncer, place it well away from hazards like heaters, window cords, and monitor cords. And keep it in the same room as you so you can keep an eye on the baby.

Never place your bouncer on a table or other elevated surface with your baby in it. The same goes for soft surfaces, like a couch or bed. A baby’s movement could tip the bouncer or send it over the edge, leading to a fall or – in the case of soft surfaces – suffocation.

While your baby is in the bouncer, don’t carry it by the frame or toy bar. These aren’t intended to be handles and could come loose or snap off.

Follow the manufacturer’s recommended weight and age limits.

Finally, although your little one may love the bouncer – and it may feel like a lifesaver during the newborn months – try not to rely on it too much. Your baby needs plenty of time cuddling with you and doing tummy time to strengthen the muscles needed for crawling and standing. Experts recommend limiting the time your baby spends in car seats, bouncers, and baby swings.

Certified Bouncy Seats

Among all the brands on the market, there are nine being certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) for meeting safety standards set by ASTM International. They are Delta Enterprise, Dorel Juvenile Group/Safety 1st, Fisher-Price, Graco Children’s Products Inc., Kid Brands (Sassy/ Kids Line/ CoCaLo/ Bonavita/ Babi Italia/ Europa Baby/ Nursery 101/ Kathy Ireland Baby by Lajobi/ Graco), Maclaren N.A. Inc., Regent Baby Products Corporation/Baby King, Scandinavian Child, and Summer Infant Inc. The voluntary standards cover stability, structural integrity, the restraint system, and slip resistance. Safety instructions have to be stamped on the product or on a permanent label. Certified bouncers also meet standards for small parts, hazardous sharp points and edges, secure latching, and size of openings. Any wood parts must be smooth and free of splinters. Models must also comply with federal regulations prohibiting lead in paint. If you are buying a second hand bouncer, you should still make sure it is a certified model. It needs to be sturdy and stable, with a secure toy bar, no ripped fabric, sharp edges, or missing parts, and have its instruction manual. (Current manuals might be on the manufacturer’s website.) Also check the Consumer Product Safety Commission, to be sure that any model you’re considering—whether new or gently used—hasn’t been recalled.

 

Resources

Consumer Product Safety Commission

http://www.babycenter.com/0_how-to-buy-a-bouncer-seat_10363220.bc

Top 5 Humidifiers for Baby Reviews (August 2016 Updated)

Basics

When you become a parent, one of your first responsibilities is to take care of your baby’s health. The few most important things include providing an environment that’s safe for your baby’s delicate body, to start with the right nutrition and the commitment to your baby. It is recommended to always choose the most trusted brand when buying baby products, this way you will be sure of the product quality and safety as that is proven safe for babies over decades’ research. Baby humidifiers will provide extra protection and make the air in any room safe for your baby’s lungs and skin. We give an overview of humidifiers in this article that includes benefits, types, features, and top brands in the market to help you grab the best humidifier for your baby.

Benefits of humidifier for baby

The babies’ body functions almost the same way as of an adult, but their immune systems and physiological processes are not well developed. Therefore, the humidifiers provide benefits to infants that adults probably wouldn’t need which are as follows:

  1. Keeps skin moist and supple

In comparison to tough dermal membranes that cover adults, babies’ skin is quite thin and, hence, very easily dehydrated. Such dehydrated skin can become patchy and itchy. As babies cannot scratch themselves in a way adults do, such itchiness tends to interfere with their sleep. Further, such skin can become irritated and develop infections. A humidifier helps the skin remain moist after any creams or lotions you apply are properly absorbed by the pores in the skin.

  1. Prevents lung problems

Cold air encourages the growth of viruses and at the same time dries the membranes of the baby’s respiratory passage – nose, throat and lungs. When they are combined together, they can make respiratory infections and congested passageways. A lot of parents learn this when despite repeated medication their child continues to suffer from the same problem. Kids’ humidifiers produce fine water droplets containing decongestant agents and essential oils. While the improved humidity keeps the respiratory system moist, the oils help delay the growth of viruses and thus act as a preventive against viral infections.

  1. Prevents nose bleeds

There it comes to a part and parcel of the drying out of the respiratory system and nose bleeds when the mucosal membranes present in the baby’s nose rupture due to extreme dryness (just like parched lips do). Nose bleeds and it can be highly painful for the baby and is best avoided by installing a humidifier in the room.

  1. Makes for better sleep

Noises are intensified in the womb and so babies are used to sleep in a noisy environment. That is why gentle hum of the humidifier can help your baby enjoy a comfortable night’s rest, provided, of course, the sound is not too loud.

  1. Makes hot environments tolerable

Just like adults, babies are more comfortable and sleep better in hot rooms if the air is humid. This is needed especially in winter when a heater or furnace may be present in the baby’s room and he/she may be wrapped up in multiple layers of clothing.

  1. Prevents static shocks

While it isn’t so dangerous, the presence of static electricity in your kid’s blanket can create uncomfortable sensations for him/her. A humidifier reduces the quantity of static in the room, thus reducing chances of a static shock.

2 types of humidifier to compare with

We have prepared for you the list of types of humidifiers and their advantages and disadvantages to help you decide which is best for your requirements and the environment.

1.        A cool-mist humidifier for a baby

A cool-mist humidifier must be cleaned every time before refilling with water. If you don’t practice this, it won’t remain clean and disinfect it with a little bleach otherwise, it will grow bacteria that can be breathed into your lungs. This type of humidifier must be carefully and meticulously kept clean.

2.     A warm-mist humidifier for a baby

A warm-mist humidifier boils the water into steam. This makes the water sterilized before it is dispersed into the air. All humidifiers will clog up with minerals from tap water if it is hard, and it usually is. We recommend you to use distilled water at about $1 per gallon at the supermarket.

The most important thing for all humidifiers for babies is cleanliness. Wiping down the humidifier each day with a 10% bleach solution of 9 parts water to 1 part bleach is one of the best ways to keep it clean, (Ratio 9:1).

Humidifiers are of great help for newborns, older babies, toddlers and everyone who is congested due to dry conditions. Dry climates at 2% to 20% outdoor humidity means the inside is the same. During the winter, heat sources are turned on and that makes the indoor air even drier. Humid climates having up to 100% humidity outdoors will not maintain that level of humidity indoors when the heat is turned on. Air conditioners remove humidity as well, making the interior dry, and humidifiers can be operated with the air conditioning running as well.

Differences in humidifier types

We prepared for you the main differences in humidifier types (cool-mist-humidifier and warm-mist-humidifier) as well as pros and cons for both of them. We believe it will make it easier for you to make the right decision for what you need.

  • There are no significant differences in how a cool- or warm-mist humidifier functions; they both work in the same way extremely well to humidify the air.
  • There is no appreciable difference in temperature once a warm-mist humidifier’s mist touches your baby’s skin or gets to the lungs. The temperature will remain same as is the room anyway.
  • Ultrasonic humidifiers are the most silent humidifiers so that your baby can rest.
  • Warm-mist humidifiers heat the water with a built-in heating element. The cost to operate is about the same as a 60-Watt light bulb each month, just pennies.

Humidifiers can be used during the whole year, not just the winter or colder months in some areas. Humidity level can be maintained at about 50% all the times of the year so that your baby or toddler does not have congestion, a dry mouth, a nose so stuffy that nose breathing cannot be accomplished. A humidifier will help keep the baby’s mucous membranes moist in the nasal passages so there will be no bleeding from baby’s nose. Your little one will be happier and sleep better at night.

No matter what type of infant humidifier you buy, when you use hard water from the faucet you will have a white dust on the floor and furniture from the minerals in the water. There will be more mineral build up in the unit that requires more rigorous cleaning. We recommend you to buy distilled water. It might cost you a dollar a gallon, but it’s worth it in terms of clogging and cleaning buildup that must be removed repeatedly. Distilled water will also increase the life and efficiency of your humidifier.

5 features for reviewing humidifier

We have developed a list of features most of the parents want to have for functioning benefits in the humidifier they choose for their baby.

  • Low noise—for your baby to relax and have a restful healing sleep when ill, you want a quiet humidifier.
  • Automatic shutoff—for when the water is about to finish so that you will not be concerned with the unit burning out when your baby is sleeping.
  • Hygrometer/Humidistat—that is adjustable for maintaining your desired humidity level in the baby’s nursery or room.
  • Antibacterial qualities—for keeping bacterial growth in water at bay such as ultraviolet (UV) lights, cartridges, or filters.
  • Cleaning—preferably a unit with a removable water tank for ease at cleaning and refilling.
  • Handles—to make carrying easier with a wide opening for cleaning and refilling with water.

Best selling humidifiers in 2016

1.     Pure Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

Pure Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is one of the best humidifiers on the market. Tests have shown that this humidifier lasted for over 14 hours. This is great because you can turn it on 2-3 hours before bedtime (maybe like 4pm) and it would go all the way to morning (about 8am).  Another great feature is that this humidifier for a baby is very simple to operate: there literally is only one button that controls the power and whether the subtle glowing night light is on or off. These are some additional features: you can swivel the nozzle around 360-degrees to position it exactly how you’d like. It also shuts off automatically when the water level gets low, or if the tank is removed. We also think it is the quietest kids humidifier on the list – like, really super quiet (you’ll be surprised). There are no annoying filters to clean, no complicated features, and all at a really great price.

 

2.     TaoTronics Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier.

With a price of $80, TaoTronics Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is the most expensive option on our list, but if you can afford it, the features are definitely worth the cost and make it the best cool mist humidifier for a baby. This product has 3 speed settings (low, med, high). The low setting is just as quiet as the Pure Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier above, and the medium and high settings are still very quiet overall. It has a much larger tank than the Pure, coming in at just over a gallon of water. It is rated for 15 hours of humidifying, which tells us that this unit does an excellent job getting the moisture into the air. How can we know that? It’s pretty simple. If it has a bigger tank and is running out after 15 hours, then all that water is going somewhere. This infant humidifier also has several advanced features; a nice LED screen and a built-in humidity meter to tell you what the current conditions are in the room. There is also a sleep timer integrated, so you can set at night, a rotating nozzle, and a sleek profile. Refilling is a bit more cumbersome than the Pure because it’s a bigger tank to fit under the faucet (we used our kitchen sink). The cleaning procedure is the same as the other units: clean out the tank and brush off the metal ring. The reliability of this product is great, and the company is very responsive to any questions, queries or concerns. Other than being a bit harder to fill and expensive, there are no other drawbacks to this humidifier. Not for use with aromas or essential oils (see #3 for that).

 

3.     Seneo Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier and Aromatherapy

 

There are several reasons making Saneo Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier and Aromatherapy so great.  First of all, this cool mist humidifier is whisper quiet. It also has a continuous speed adjustment with about 25 settings, and from low to medium is extremely quiet. Refilling is very simple: pull the blue part off, unscrew the cap on the bottom, and fill it up with 2.6 liters (over half a gallon) of water from your sink. This cool mist humidifier has a subtle night light with 7 different colors, and you can choose whether to have the light on or off independently of the humidification. There is also a little tray hiding on the back that you can put a drop or two of essential oils into, which will give the room a nice subtle aroma. The reliability ratings are excellent, and that is surprisingly hard to find with a humidifier. There are no filters to clean or replace. When it comes to cleaning, you will only need to clean two things: first, clean the reservoir as you would with any other humidifier (usually once a week). Second, use the little brush (already included with the product) to clean the silver ring in the bottom of the humidifier (maybe once every few weeks). When we sum all these features, this is an excellent humidifier with some simple options.

 

4.     Remedies Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier with Oil Diffuser

Remedies Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier, like the Seneo humidifier, can disperse aromas and essential oils from a small tray located at the bottom of the unit. If you add some soothing lavender or chamomile essence your baby’s room will smell great! This is not the only feature that makes this brand an excellent humidifier. It has a 2.8 liter (about .75 gallon) water tank, a huge range of speed adjustment, several night light color glow options (or you can turn it off), and it goes for about 8-9 hours according to our tests. In comparison to the above-mentioned models, this infant humidifier uses a stone filter that claims to get rid of water smells (like chlorine odor). We’re not sure how well it works, especially over time, but it’s a nice touch. Regardless of having that filter, you will still need to clean the tank like any other humidifier. This is a highly reliable model and the company is very responsive to any issues. The only disadvantage for this humidifier we found is that it is a bit louder than the Pure or TaoTronics. We didn’t use any sophisticated sound meter or anything, but it just seemed to have a louder hum than the above options.

 

5.    Vornadobaby Huey Evaporative Humidifier

Vornadobaby Huey Evaporative Humidifier is for sure one of the better ones on the market for several reasons. Though the tank is exceedingly small at about .25 gallons of water, it is super easy to refill and clean. This model has a convenient little handle that you use to pull the tank out (about the size of a water bottle) and refill. Vornadobaby humidifier also has humidity adjustment instead of having just low and high settings for fan speed, so you can set the desired humidity level (we used 55%) and it will cycle on and off as needed. This baby humidifier uses a “wick” filter that you’ll need to replace every few months, at the cost of about $7 each. Just like all other described models on this list, you’ll need to clean the tank frequently. The water tank is really small so you’re not getting a ton of moisture into the air overnight. Bad thing is that it is not super quiet like the ultrasonic options on the list. In fact, it was the noisiest one we tested.

8 shopping tips to watch out

It’s not simple to recommend the best type of humidifier in absolute terms, since (as noted above) each variant has its pros and cons. However, as far as babies are concerned, there are certain features that every humidifier should offer as the needs of babies are somewhat different from adults and unlike the latter, they are unable to express preferences. Thus, the final selection of humidifier should be based on the following features:

Automatic Shutdown

Automatic shutdown is a feature that makes the humidifier able to stop working when the water runs out. This also prevents the machine from running without water and thus burning itself out. More importantly for babies, since the noise increases when the water runs out, the automatic shutdown ensures that the baby is not unduly disturbed.

Anti-microbial Features

Addition to the filters, many of the best humidifiers tend to have UV lamps and/or silver ion systems that prevent the growth of mold or bacteria inside the machine. This makes an additional layer of protection against the spread of germs and in doing so, keeps your little one safe and also reduces the need for repeatedly opening the unit and cleaning it out manually.

Replaceable Filters

There are some models having permanent filters while others offer units that filter but need to be replaced after some time. The presence of replaceable filters may be costlier but they ensure that should anything go wrong with the filter, it can be changed. Permanent filters, on the other hand, may not require changing but should anything go wrong, professional help would be required to replace the filter.

Humidistat

As a thermostat measures temperature, the same humidistat keeps track of the level of humidity in the room. Humidistat helps the unit to figure out when the humidity of the room has reached the optimal 50% and thus reduces the chances of the air becoming oversaturated with moisture. This feature is especially important for babies since they are often left unsupervised. If in such a scenario the humidifier exceeds the ideal humidity levels, the baby might come down with cold and breathing problems.

Adaptability to Hard Water

While mist produced from hard water is completely safe for babies, at the same time the ions in hard water can damage the filters. This issue can reduce the efficacy of the bacterial defense systems built into the unit. Thus, it is recommended to ensure that the humidifier is compatible with hard water or at least compatible with filters that can handle hard water.

Noise

We have already mentioned that the humming noise of a humidifier can make the baby feel more comfortable that it normally is. Regardless of that, babies too have a threshold beyond which noise becomes a hindrance to comfort. Large humidifiers are not recommended to be kept in small rooms because that may create noise and disturb baby’s sleep. So, while the type of noise produced by the humidifier is good, the level of noise must be kept within reasonable limits by buying a reasonably quiet unit that is suitable for the baby’s room size.

Price and Warranty

Humidifier for babies that includes all the above-mentioned features must not cost more than $100 if you’re going in for tabletop models. In-duct units are much costlier and you may have to obtain professional opinions regarding the specifics of humidifiers to be used. The warranty also varies greatly, the majority of models have a warranty period of 6 months to a year, though some in-duct units might come with even lifetime warranties depending on the pricing and nature of installation.

Safety

When it comes to safety, the cool-mist humidifiers are safer for toddlers and youngsters to be around since they have no heating element. The warm-mist boils water and can be riskier for the toddlers, young children, and pets around.

You should also be very careful when choosing a place to put the humidifier. That must be a flat surface but not on the floor or a high chest where kids and pets can get hold of it. Don’t forget to unplug the humidifier when not in use, and for cleaning. Never close the room door when it is running because the room will be too humid. You don’t need a sauna for your little one, but good air circulation.

 

Resources

http://www.homedepot.com/b/Heating-Venting-Cooling-Air-Quality-Humidifiers/N-5yc1vZc4lv

https://www.babybunting.com.au/safety/humidifiers-vaporizers.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humidifier

 

20 Top Rated Baby Walkers Reviews 2016-2017

 Basics

All the parents want to see their babies active and playful, and for that they try to entertain them with every possible way, but the enjoyment level changes with the age and growth of a baby. When a baby tries to catch everything and wants to move around but too young to walk independently, it might be a time to buy a baby walker. Baby walkers give your baby plenty of exciting options to play while their safety is ensured through the belts attached. With tens of options available in the market, you may end up making a wrong choice, therefore, this review is developed to help you understand different specs and features you should consider when deciding to buy a baby walker for your child. Besides, it also provides you the list of top rated baby walkers in 2016.

Benefits of baby walker

There are numerous reports on the benefits of using baby jumpers, strollers, etc.  but there are no conclusive studies explaining the benefits of walkers (or jumpers, baby swings, etc.), so we have made our own list of benefits based on the tests we conducted with different baby walkers.

Entertainment Value

Undoubtedly, entertainment value is the first benefit of buying a baby walker. Containing toys, wheels to get around, and tray areas for snacks, baby walkers represent all-in-one play product for your toddler.

Pre-walking Tool

As a pre-walking tool, baby walker provides the assistance to your child to maintain his balance. In that way, this product also provides side effect of leg muscles development for motor skills.

Exploration

New experience to freely manoeuvre around provides a new stimulation for any infant. Just don’t leave a child alone or unsupervised in a walker.

Types – Seated Walker vs. Sit-to-Stand Walker

You can find two different types of baby walkers in the market, both with their own benefits. The difference between these two types of baby walkers is noticeable at the first glance and you will already have an idea of which type you prefer to help your toddler to get mobile. These are some of the main features that distinguish these two types:

  • The seated walker has the option for a baby to play and eat snacks;
  • The standing walker would be a better choice if you want your baby to practice standing on his own;
  • Both of these types are portable baby walkers since they both fold to just over ground level, depending on the model;
  • If you want a cheap baby walker then the standing walker is a solution for you.

Features

Friction Strips

Friction strip has the role to touch the floor when the wheels of a walker fall away on stairs or some bumpy surface, stopping a baby to push it farther. This feature is infallible at most walkers that meet the voluntary safety standard, but our past tests showed that they’re not reliable.

Seats

You can find seat covers with the flexibility to be removed and machine washed. There is also an option to resize or lower the height using a locking mechanism under the front tray or in the base of the walker, or by adjusters on the seat.

Toys
Trays with rims can be found as a part of the most infant walkers. Those walkers often have toys attached, and some of them are equipped with lights and/or electronic sound effects.

Foldability
Some of the models have the ability to fold flat for easy storage at home when the baby walker is not in use.

Lockable Bounce Feature
There are baby walkers in the market with the features or ability to bounce; a mix of jumper and walker. If your baby doesn’t feel like bouncing, the seat can be locked in place. Don’t forget that walkers are dangerous, so if you want a jumping feature consider a stationary activity jumper with springs attached to the seat.

20 top rated baby walkers 2016 

  1. Safety 1st Sounds ‘n Lights Discovery Walker, Dino

The Safety 1st Discovery Walker is rated as the best baby walker. It is not just one of the most affordable baby walkers, but also the one providing many great features that will keep your baby entertained – aside from the fact that your toddler will love to simply move around. It has a removable Dinosaur theme park activity center, tray for snacks, three adjustable heights and folds to ground level.

  1. Joovy Spoon Walker, Greenie

The Joovy Spoon is a very simple infant walker.  It meets high chair with no music and no toys, but it still is a highly popular walker among the customers due to its simplicity. This is a good looking baby walker with a gigantic tray, front and center, where the toddler can play with his own toys and have enough space to get its snack on. Colors available: Green, Blueberry, Charcoal, Jade, and Purple.

  1. Chicco Dance Walker Activity Center, Happy Orange

Chicco is one of the most famous baby brands. Dance Walker Activity Center is one of the most popular, cool baby walkers featuring some of the best options. Not to be outdone by the competition, it comes with an MPthree hookup, a removable musical play tray, three adjustable height settings, bumper guards to protect your walls and it folds for easy storage. If you’re looking for an infant walker with all the upgrades and music, the Chicco can be your first choice. Colors available: Orange, Sea Dreams and Water lilly.

  1. Safety 1st Sounds ‘n Lights Activity Walker, Surfin Safari

Safety 1st Discovery Walker is considered as the activity walker, which is rated as one of the most popular choices for children. It has three adjustable height settings, 12 songs, sounds, lights, and a removable “safari” activity tray to reveal an ample snack area as well. Colors available: Safari and Kenley.

  1. Chicco Lil Piano Splash Walker

The Chicco Lil Piano walker is rated high due to various attractive options offered that will keep your little one involved. The most impressive feature is definitely the removable piano tray that includes rattles, drums, buttons, lights and other sounds. This baby walker also has three height settings, a snack tray and cute pattern designs. Colors available: Splash and Birdland.

  1. Baby Trend Activity Walker

If you are looking for a neutral-pattern design, then the Baby Trend Activity Walker is the right choice for you. This model has a safari theme, three adjustable height settings, ample tray area and a toy bar.

  1. Disney Baby Music and Lights Walker, Branchin’ Out

Disney brand is definitely the most loved one among the children. The same impression goes with the Disney baby walker as it offers a cute Disney-themed activity center to attract some attention. When a baby has explored two toy trays, he reveals a snack tray then. Disney baby walker also has an option to adjust to three different height settings. If you are looking for a real baby girl walker, then you should definitely choose this one in pink color. Beside Pink, this model comes in Branchin’ Out, Pink, Floral Minnie Mouse and My Hunny Stripe design.

  1. Ferrari F1 Baby Walker in Red

Ferrari F1 Baby Walker is one of the most expensive baby walkers, but it’s Ferrari, right? This car walker for a baby has plenty of audible sounds and other auto-related themes to add to the pure enjoyment and fun. There are also attached three adjustment settings, an easy-to-clean seat and a small snack tray.

  1. Baby Einstein Baby Neptune Walker, Ocean Explorer

Baby Einstein always launches cool baby walkers that stand them out from the rest of the baby walker manufacturers. The same thing is with Neptune Walker. What differentiates this baby walker from the rest is a glossy-colored theme and creative design. This infant walker has three adjustable height settings, a steering wheel, a small activity center with music and sounds, and loops to attach your child’s favorite toys.

  1. Dream On Me Melody Musical Walker, Pink

Melody Musical Walker is definitely for those little ones inspired by racing around. This product has standard three-height adjust, removable toy tray with steering wheel and a set of music and sounds sure to entertain your little one. Colors available: Pink, Blue/Yellow, Green, Red/Blue

  1. Dream On Me Shuffle Musical Walker, Red

Shuffle Musical Walker is little more expensive, an alternate version of the Dream on Me Melody Musical Walker. It is a little bigger in size, comes with a larger, removable activity tray and some bright color choices! It also has three height adjustment settings. Colors available: Red, Pink, and Blue

  1. Disney Little Racer 2-In-1 Walker, Cars

Disney Little Racer 2 is something that would attract you if your baby is fan of Cars movie. Besides having a fun theme, this car walker for baby is designed to be used as a sit-to-stand walker. It has a removable, car-themed activity center with steering wheel and multiple other toys, music and other noises, three adjustable height positions and even a rear-view mirror.

  1. Delta Children’s Products Lil’ Drive Baby Activity Walker

Delta Lil Drive Activity Walker comes as a fun choice just like the other car walkers for babies. With its fantastic color selection and car decals, toddler can drive around and enjoy the large activity center with its steering wheel and other related toys. This walker features three height adjustment settings and a nice-sized snack tray under the toy center.

  1. Disney Baby Lightning McQueen Walker

If your little one isn’t a fan of Disney Little, maybe you can find a better option in the Lightning McQueen Walker. This product comes with the Disney-inspired Cars theme, as well. It has a simple, removable activity center with interactive toys, a large snack area and three seat height adjustments.

  1. Combi All-in-One Mobile Entertainer, Pink

Combi All-in-One Mobile Entertainer is a brilliant car walker for babies as it fits the criteria with several car options to choose from. One better thing is that it also locks into a position so your child can use it as a jumper. This infant walker has three adjustable height options, a steering wheel activity center that comes standard with multiple sound options and the hood and rear views; removable for snack time. Colors available: Pink, Black, Red, Blue Police Car

  1. VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker

Sit-to-Stand Walkers are a good way to help your baby get up on their feet and learn to balance themselves. The VTech Learning Walker is rated as the most popular baby walker. This baby walker contains a busy learning activity center to keep any baby occupied, including a piano with animal sounds, shape sorter holes for understanding shapes, a singing phone and several other bright attention-grabbers. And when the kid is done learning and playing, sub-par toy center can prop themselves up and move around the house a bit.

  1. Fisher-Price Bright Beginnings Activity Walker

The Fisher-Price Beginnings Activity Walker can be compared to the VTech Learning Walker, with the exception that less features offered by Fisher-Price. Do not get confused with a sub-par toy center, this walker is a big hit with a lot of parents. This walker has the ability to transform to a fun learning center with plenty of hands-on activities that inspire curiosity. Some of the features include a spinning ball, flipping panels, sliding beads and plenty of attractive colors without being too much.

  1. Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Musical Activity Walker

The Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Walker has a different look and feel in comparison to Bright Beginnings Walker. The baby walker features simplicity in its orchestra-themed toy center, but additionally offers interactive music and sound system. Its most notable feature is the music it plays when your baby pushes it around while learning to walk. For the case, the child has learned how to walk, he can still enjoy and play the piano, the saxophone, a guitar, tambourines and also some maracas in the walker! Lights, colors, music and other sounds make this an excellent sit-t0-stand walker.

  1. Musical Lion Walker

The Musical Lion Walker is another great option for your toddler because it helps them learn how to stand and start moving around. It has really adorable smell. This infant baby walker has several different activities, such as lights and music that play as your little one moves around the house, piano keys, beads and a number of other clicking and clacking noises to get your infant squealing with delight.

  1. Chicco Baby Activity Walker

The Chicco Baby Activity Walker is also fun-filled and interactive learning stuff. We can’t say this baby walker is as popular as others on the list, but it still has many features making this baby walker really exciting toy. A toddler can sing along as the music is activated by the walker’s motion. Beside the music, there are number of shape sorter holes to learn from, music and lights, as well as a place to put balls and watch them come out the other end.

 

 

9 Shopping Tips to Consider 

These are the most important features and specs you should consider and compare when decide to buy a baby walker:

Price
The price of Baby walkers start as cheap as $30 and goes up as high as $130. This is quite a wide range! Generally, you get what you pay for the walkers under $50. These infant walkers are usually more of a toy than a true baby walker. They are made out of cheap plastic and are more of a walk-behind toy walker rather than a sit-inside walker. Our favorite price range is $70-100. This is a range where you’ll get a very high quality baby walker with most of the features available.

Entertainment Console
Entertainment console is the small electronics unit integrated in the front of the walker with which the kid interacts. Next thing  to check is if the entertainment console has lights, sounds, non-electronic clicks/noises, and/or vibration. You should also know if the entertainment console is removable. If that is a case, it can travel with your baby in the stroller, car seat, or can be played with on the floor as a stand-alone toy. This also means, in most cases, that a snack tray is revealed on the walker once the entertainment console is removed!

Seat Fabric & Padding
The seat fabric and padding are also the most important baby walker feature that may be overlooked initially but matter a lot for baby’s comfort as it is an important feature that greatly influences your baby’s comfort.

When researching the walker seat, check actual fabric material and how your child’s skin will react to it. Some walkers have very plush, soft seat fabric whereas others are harder. There are pros and cons to both, but most importantly you need to think about how a child with sensitive skin would react to a hard seat. A plush, soft seat would definitely be better suited to his delicate body!

You also want to check to see how much padding is in the backrest of the seat. Most walkers have very little to no padding, but there are a few that have a bunch of padding which we definitely prefer.

Finally, you will want to make sure you know if the seat is removable and washable. 99% of walker seats are removable and even washable, but not all are machine washable. This is an important detail that you’ll want to know.

Number of Height Adjustable Positions
Most baby walkers have three height-adjustable positions. The height adjustments help you to lower the baby walker closer to the ground when your child is younger and shorter. As time passes and child grows taller, you can adjust the walker to the higher level so the walker still fits them correctly. This feature will extend the usage life of your walker and increase the chance of a proper fit for your child within the height and age range recommendations of the walker. Most walkers have three adjustable positions, but there are also some walkers with no or only two adjustable height levels, which really limit the use of the product. It’s definitely a feature you want to check out!

Fold
Baby walkers are big and logy products. We decided to put them in the same category as exersaucers in regards to how much space they take up in a room. The good thing is that most baby walkers are foldable! If the walker is foldable, it will likely fold flat. But there are also some walkers that do not fold and this is a major thing you should know when buying a walker. If the baby walker doesn’t fold, it is the sign that you’ll always have to spare a significant place to keep or store the walker when not in use. It also means it is almost impossible to travel with walker as it would need too much place in your car. If the walker does fold, which most do, you’ll likely be able to stow it away when not in use and travel very easily with it.

Wheels
Wheels are one of the most important parts of baby walkers. They are made on the basis of the core functionality of your walker. Most walkers have standard-sized wheels. Very few have larger or smaller ones. Size is something you’ll want to compare though just to be sure. When it comes to wheels, there are both fixed or locked versus rotatable wheels. There are baby walkers having four rotating wheels whereas others have fixed back wheels. The difference between these two types of wheel setups is that the one with four rotating wheels can go in any direction (like shopping carts at ikea) whereas the walkers with fixed back wheels can only go front or back at turning angles or straight, not completely sideways.

Anti-Skid Safety Pads
Anti-Skid Safety Pads come as a standard on most if not all baby walkers sold in America. This baby walker has the rubber pads on the bottom of the walker. Some walkers have more or less of them and they can be bigger or smaller on certain walkers, but just make sure that the walker you’re looking to buy has them. They have a number of safety benefits such keeping your baby walker from going over the edge of the top star or over other ledges.

 Size and Weight

All baby walkers are not of same size and weight as they come in different sizes and weight. Consider these features when choosing an infant walker. Having the information about size and weight you are making an image of other deciding factors like which walker has a bigger snack tray, more space required, and other things that you may not have exact measurements to compare, but can use the overall size of each walker to compare these other smaller features to decide.

Safety information

In order to improve product quality and safety standards, ASTM (American Society of Testing and Materials – ASTM, F977) international has delivered product test methods, specifications and practices to facilitate consumer confidence. The Standard Consumer Safety Specifications for Infant Walkers are made in order to minimize children’ accidents within the normal use or misuse of walkers.

10 Best Backpack Diaper Bags (n 7 Shopping Tips) Reviews 2016-2017

Basics

Right backpack diaper bags may spare you lot of headaches when you go out with your baby. Changing diapers when you are not at home are not always easy, so the great bag will help you a lot assuring you took everything you need and keeping it well organized for easy-access. What also makes the choice difficult is the fact there are thousands of diaper bags on the market today with endless possibilities. There are plenty of different colors, limitless carrying options diaper bags for first time moms and diaper bags made for moms of multiples. So which one to choose? Where to begin? Before you start searching, have one thing on your mind: there is no perfect diaper bag, but there is one perfect diaper bag for every individual mom! It is not matter if it came to emergency diaper change or a weekend at Grandma’s. What it really does matter is that diaper bag fits everything you’ll need to take care of your baby. Don’t forget to plan space for your own things, because you’ll need it everywhere you go when you become a mom. What are usual things you carry with you?

Items for baby:

  • diapers
  • wipes
  • rash cream
  • sacks for dirty diapers
  • changing pad
  • burp cloths
  • change of clothes
  • nursing cover
  • bottle(s) or sippy cup(s)
  • binkies and toys
  • sunscreen
  • snacks

Items for mom:

  • water bottle
  • hand sanitizer
  • snacks
  • wallet
  • cell phone
  • keys
  • sunglasses
  • makeup and sunscreen
  • reading material

The way you can save your money is to use a bag you already have. There are parents who find a structured tote like a laptop bag and it can work well, but don’t forget the fact that original diaper bags have more pockets that can be very useful. Some of them have up to 14 pockets. That is not the only advantage of original baby backpack diaper bag. There are also useful standard elements: a washable diaper-change pad, insulated bottle pockets, compartments for baby wipes, and lightly padded shoulder straps. Don’t forget your partner when choosing a bag because one of you might prefer a backpack style to more evenly distribute the bag’s weight, while another might like a messenger style. If you can’t make decision to choose one bag, get a second one and stock them so you are both ready to go out.

4 Types of Diaper Bags: Pros & Cons

Backpack

Backpack is the newest type of diaper bag on the market. This type of diaper bag allows you to lug around baby gear and helping you in the same time to have free hands to carry the baby and do many other important things. When looking at backpack it will see no difference in comparison to a regular one. The things change when you open a backpack. A lot of pockets! Some of them are special made to make you easy access, too. Depending on quantity of stuff you put inside it, diaper bag can quickly get heavy.

Advantages:

  • Free up arms.
  • Weight is more evenly distributed.
  • A better option for those who suffer from back pain
  • Men and Women’s styles available
  • Can be worn while exercising

Disadvantages:

  • Not overly fashionable.
  • Not suitable for twins or more.
  • Cannot be accessed while carried
  • This type is the best backpack diaper bag for parents who are less focused on looks and just want a very functional diaper bag that makes both arms free up.

Messenger

Messenger bags are also called sling or satchel diaper bags. This type of diaper bag is flat, stylish, and hangs off carrier’s shoulder. Its major advantage is that you don’t need to take the bag off in order to retrieve diapers of baby wipes from inside. If you pay attention to fashion then this is the best choice for you. These bags can be found in a huge variety of styles and patterns.

Advantages:

  • Retrieve items from inside without placing the diaper bag down.
  • Slim.
  • Men and Women’s styles available.

Disadvantages:

  • Many designs look a little too manly.
  • Not suitable for twins or more.
  • Messenger diaper bags are the right choice for modern parents who share a diaper bag and want to fit enough gear inside to last all day or just for dads.

Totes

Totes are the bulkiest diaper bags (that’s without even stuffing your baby gear inside), These diaper bags provide organized and roomy solution when it comes to taking baby’s gear with you when you travel. In the same time, this is the most popular type of diaper bags on the market. That is why they are available in many different designs and are very popular among parents.

Advantages:

  • Lots of room inside.
  • Many different designs to choose from.
  • Have large compartments

Disadvantages:

  • Can be bulky, even when empty.
  • Very few (if any) dad friendly designs.
  • Cannot be accessed while carried.

We suggest tots for moms who want an abundance of room to store enough baby essentials to last a full day out.

Stroller Handlebar Bags

Stroller Handler Bags are pretty bad solution. It attaches directly to your baby’s stroller. This type of diaper bags can be very safe when are used correctly. It requires attention to detail. Bag’s safety depends on two things:

  1. The weight of the diaper bag– you can forget carrying 50 pounds of baby gear in a stroller diaper bag
  2. The weight of your stroller– The heavier your stroller, the more weight it will take to tip it.

Stroller diaper bags are not suitable for everyone. In a case you are the person that likes a little more storage and has excellent understanding for the above two conditions, then the stroller is the right solution for you.

7 Features

Before you make a final decision which diaper bag to choose, consider the features you and your baby need.

1. Construction

When it comes to diaper bag’s construction it is important to be wide, situated with adjustable belts that won’t hurt your shoulders. Seams need to be finished and strong in order to avoid fraying during usage and washing. Pay attention to stress points to be reinforced with a rivet or zigzag stitching. Hardware must be good-quality like heavy-duty plastic or metal zippers with sturty closures. What will make opening easy are zippers with large teeth and tabs.  Choose diaper bag with zippers and avoid magnetic closures because zippers will help ensure your stuff won’t fall out if diaper bag tips over. A flap that closes over the bag will give you better protection against drying than open-type tote with just a zipper.

2. Changing Pad

Majority of bags on the market have rectangular changing pad that folds up, fits in the bag and can be easy wiped clean.

Most bags come with a rectangular changing pad that folds up, fits in the bag, and can be wiped clean. The good thing is if you find bag with pads that fit into a designated pocket because isolating the pad can prevent it from contaminating the rest of the bag, and make it easier to find.

3. Handles

Tote-style bag should have handles short enough to avoid dragging the bag on the ground when you carry it like a briefcase, but it would also be long enough to be slung over a shoulder like Sally Spicer diaper bag. There are diaper bags that have variety of handles, a short “grab handle” or “lug handle” and backpack straps, too. Belts that are well-padded and wide are more comfortable. If you want free arms, you should definitely choose messenger, backpack or sling-style type of diaper bag. Make sure that shoulder of backpack should be adjustable for proper fit.

4. Fabric

You can find variety of choices in fabrics starting with modern brocades to coated, glazed canvas. Don’t pay attention just to a nice outside design, but also check if it is durable.
Look for something more practical like a moisture-resistant nylon or microfiber bag. Avoid vinyl bags if you live in place with cold climate because they can be broken when the temperature falls.

5. Color

“Baby colors” and light-colored prints may be very attractive, but don’t forget they will easy show dirt or stains in comparison to dark shades. The good side of bright-colored diaper bags is that you can easily see what’s inside.

6. Storage

It will make your life a lot easier if you find the bag with easy-to access zippered interior and exterior compartments, that can function as a wallet and storage for things you always need, such as baby wipes, pacifiers, and your cell phone. The best place for keeping items like diapers, wipes, sanitizer, etc. are clear vinyl, fabric, or mesh pockets. If you are planning to travel then you should definitely consider the option with an insulated cooler section to keep baby food fresh.

It is good to have bottle pocket, but check if it suits the brand of baby bottle you are using. Pockets are very useful because you can keep dirty diapers separated from baby food and bottles.

7. Weight

It is very important to check the diaper bag’s weight when it is empty. If it weighs 3 pounds before you put items to it, it will become very heavy load when you add them. The best solution is to have two bags: one for long trips and one for quick outing.

Top 10 backpack diaper bags in 2016

We have prepared the diaper bag review, 2016 in order to help you make the best choice.

1.     Vilah Bloom Harbor

Vilah Bloom Harbo is a preppy tote including both fashion and function. You can wear this diaper bag over the shoulder, like a tote, or attach it to stoller with included clips. There is enough place for all items you need bacause it contains 9 pockets and 2 bottle pockets. This diaper bag is easy-accessible, innovative and the best choice for handling a mess fast.

2.     Pacapod Portland Bag

PacaPod Portland - Black
List Price: $240.00
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Pacapod Portland Bag is messenger-style bag that beside nice style also has expandable panel and three-in-one pod system that separates feeding items from changing stuff. This is the reason why this bag is one of the best sold Pacapod brands.

3.     Bumkins Nixi Arcata Diaper Bag

Bumkins Nixi Arcata Diaper Bag is an eco bag made of recycled fabric. This durable diaper bag has 6 exterior pockets and 5 interior pockets making all the items you need well organized. Items will never get too bulky because of the lightweight design.

 

4.     Storksak Ariel Diaper Bag

Storksak Ariel, Hot Pink
List Price: $101.85
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The main feature of Storksak Ariel Diaper Bag is discretion. No one needs to know you have dirty diapers in your bag. It is easy to wipe clean because of the silicone material and stroller clips will help you when you travel with your baby.

5.     JJ Cole Collections Satchel

JJ Cole Collections Satchel has 7 exterior pockets and looks always so elegant giving you extra space in the same time. There are 4 interior pockets so you really have enough space for all the items you need.

6.     Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared Bag

The producer of Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared Bag thought definitely of everything when made the diaper bag from the stain-resistant Teflon material and antimicrobial lining to the “crumb drains”. This product is great thing for overnight trips, plane rides or for moms of multiples. For fashionable moms there is offer of 13 different fun prints.

7.     Babymel Striped Satchel

Babymel Stripe Satchel looks like an ordinary shoulder bat at first glance. None won’t believe that it has two large pockets inside full of diapers and wipes.

8.     Skip Hop Duo Signature Diaper Bag

 

Skip Hop Duo Signature Diaper Bag is a right model for you if you pay attention to fashion. This over-the shoulder tote can be also converted into a stroller bag. Skip Hop is a stylish bag that helps you easy organize all your items thanks to 11 different pockets.

9.   phil&teds Diddie Diaper Bag

Diddie Diaper Bag is a cool, urban-chic, both dad and mom friendly bag. This is messenger type of bag including a changing pad is easy to clean up and has enough space to host even a laptop beside the baby things.

10. Nest Designs Keira Clutch

Keira Diaper Clutch
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Nest Designs Keira Clutch is one more fashion bag that doesn’t look like it is made for diaper changing all the time. This leather diaper bag has detachable diaper pocket and bulkhead for a wet wipes. You also have a pocket just for your things to put your phone, keys and anything you need.

Buyding Guide FAQ

What types of backpack diaper bags can I choose from?

The most popular types of diaper bags on the market are messenger bags and tote bags. Messenger bags have a long belt that goes over the shoulder or across the body. Tote bags look like handbags and they are equipped with a top handle or two.

What features should I look in a diaper bag?

  • Pockets and compartment dividers

The best backpack diaper bag is the one containing multiple pockets and internal compartment dividers that will help you access items you need easily and quickly at any time.

  • Food storage compartments

Food storage compartments are significant part of a diaper bag so it would be good to find some with insulated bottle holders and food storage pockets to keep drinks and baby meals at optimal temperatures.

  • Fabric that’s easy to maintain

You should always choose a diaper bag easy to maintain because they are bound to get dirty. There are many bags on the market made with water- and stain-resistant materials to make the cleanup easy and those with antimicrobial lining as a prevention from bacteria growth, mould and mildew.

  • Diaper bag accessories

There are lots of useful accessories for a diaper bag that can make your go out with a baby easier. There are built-in change pads providing sanitary, simple diaper changing anywhere.

If you need to carry soiled clothing, you can choose a wet and dry bag model, while there is lunch bag solution for having warm baby meals and cool baby bottles.

7 buying tips before spending your money

1.Consider how you will use your diaper bag

Before you make final decision about the diaper bag, think about your family’s style. Will you often keep the bag on your stroller or you are going to take your kid to day care?  Where are you planning to keep your bag when you don’t wear it? Will you  carry a diaper bag  on a stroller , or the bag will spend most of the time on your shoulder?

2. Try a bag on

Parents often use diaper bags for a longer  period, for a year or more even when their babies grow up because these staff are very useful. That is why it does matter what choice you will make. In order to make the best decision try different bags for feel, look and size. It would be also good to try a diaper bag carrying baby’s stuff and some of your items you have in your own bag every day. The diaper bag should be comfort and easy to use in the same time. The bag weight when it is empty is not negligible beause the items you are carrying weigh plenty enough.

3. Bigger diaper bag is not necessarily better

Yes, bigger diaper bag is more comfortable especially if you take into account that your baby grows up and needs bigger diapers and bottles that take up space. On the other hand, too big bag may cause loosing things or bumping into people. For example, a deep hobo-style diaper bag is definitely too big for everyday use if you have one child, but perfect if you have twins.  The bag that weights more than your baby is not good and can ruin your posture.

4. Look for extra compartments

Compartments will provide you efficiency and good organization. It is priceless when you are in hurry and need to clean spit-up from your shoulder and find a clean diaper, all at the same time, being able to easily reach the necessary items in a moment. It is lifesparing when you have the changing pad in the pocket and just grab a wipe and a diaper from there and go. Too many pockets can also slow you down giving you many choice so it is good to keep the bag packed the way it is easiest for you to grab, because you spend half the time you are grabbing it with a kin in your hand.

5. Material

There are materials that stain easily, break easily and are hard to wash off. The best solution is a bag that won’t give you a headache by looking old and dirty too soon. Dark colors are better than light ones and coarse fabrics are more durable. Diaper bag’s material must be easy to maintain.  We strongly recommend you to find a diaper bag that was made of easy-to-maintain material. However, a bag that you can throw in the washing machine is a dream. At the very least, find a bag that you can wipe clean both inside and outside. Some companies offer bags with Agion, an antimicrobial finish, which is a very cool feature. Diaper bags in particular are very susceptible to growth of microbes.

6. Patterns

When choosing the pattern for the diaper bag you should think about who will be carrying baby’s diaper bag most often, and whether others will use the diaper bag occasionally, too. What if sometimes dad uses a diaper bag he may balk at carrying a feminine diaper bag with a bright floral pattern. For the case both of the parents share diaper bag duties we recommend you to choose neutral bag style. Neutral doesn’t have to be boring, though. Many messenger or backpack diaper bags are available in unique colors or subtle prints for visual interest.

7. Keep price in mind

Sure you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a diaper bag when you can afford the one between $20-$30.  Don’t spend your money on the first bag that fits your budget. You should look till you find the bag that fits all your needs and your budget at the same time. There is also a fact that price doesn’t always mean good quality. You can find good diaper bags at discount stores and at specialty shops at widely varying prices.

 

Resources

http://blogs.babycenter.com/products_and_prizes/5-things-to-consider-when-choosing-a-diaper-bag/

http://www.wikihow.com/Choose-a-Diaper-Bag

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/research/faq-frequently-asked-questions-about-diaper-bags/rc9193.aspx