From car seats to strollers, monitors to breast pumps, we've got you covered for the best baby gear around to fit your budget.
Tip to remember: Love something you see but don't have the budget? Take a look at last year's models instead: Often they'll still be on shelves and will be easier on your pocketbook.
A version of this article appeared in our October 2012 issue with the headline “Baby Gear Guide,” pp. 101-108.
This convertible car seat has got a removable headrest for kids who are still rear facing. And it's easy to adjust the harness without having to rethread straps.
It was also awarded a five-star ease-of-use rating for simple installation.
The First Years, $200
This convertible car seat has side impact protection that adjusts to 10 positions and shock-absorbing foam for reducing impact in an accident. It also includes special removable cushion for infants.
Installing this convertible car seat is easy with its rigid-latch system. Crumple-zone technology can reduce the force in a frontal collision by up to 40 percent.
A wooden stand provides a secure base for your bassinet so you can rock your babe to sleep.
Jolly Jumper, Basket, $65, Stand, $40
Soft sounds and vibrations lull little ones to sleep. Comes with a large undercarriage basket.
Wheels make this bassinet portable, while the locking casters keep babies safe.
Canabee Baby, $180
This bassinet boats a modern look with a sleek wooden stand and machine-washable basket.
Monte Design, $395
A fun play yard that is easy to move, this one has a reversible bassinet/changer. The removable mat can be used as a playmat.
The fabric of this pack 'n' play zips off in 30 seconds for easy laundering. Includes a reversible bassinet/changer.
Bright Starts, $220
With its hip design, this cool portable playpen features a one-step open and close, a bassinet, changing pad and a travel pack.
You can't go wrong with this single stroller, which offers three forward-facing positions and two rear-facing positions. Multiple recline settings.
Easy to close, this single stroller stands upright when folded. The backrest reclines in five positions and the leg rest adjusts to two positions.
This compact single stroller has a reversible seat, telescoping handle, a large basket and one-step fold. Optional infant car seat adapter available.
Find out how you can win one of these strollers at the end of this gallery!
Two infant car seats fit back to back on this double stroller that can be reconfigured in 12 ways. Simple one-handed fold.
Remove the rear seat so bigger kids can use the stand to hop on and off.
You can recline each seat to any angle you like. It has ample storage, yet fits through standard doorways. Can hold one infant car seat.
The first convertible mono-duo double stroller gives you the flexibility you need. Use it with two infants or adjust for your baby and toddler.
Weighing in at about 10 pounds, this lightweight umbrella stroller doesn't skimp: recline for a snooze or adjust the footrest to accommodate growing kids.
Guzzie + Guss, $150
An extra-large hood provides maximum sun coverage, and a rain cover is included with purchase. It also features multiple recline positions.
This lightweight, easy-to-manoeuvre umbrella stroller is for infancy and up. A reclining footrest, adjustable backrest and SPF 45 canopy keeps kids comfy.
This stroller is car seat compatible, too — plus the adapter is included!
Remove the tray and pull this high chair up to the table so little ones can join the meal. Kids will like the soft moulded chair and it's a cinch to assemble.
It also converts into a junior chair so kids can use it up to age five.
Mamas and Papas, $150
This full-recline high chair allows you to use it from birth without worry. The rear-mounted rubber storage net can hold books and toys.
The curved backrest provides support. Kids up to age three can use this chair with easy adjustments. Folds to just 26 centimetres wide.
Swing side-to-side or front-to-back at six speeds. Seat pad is machine washable. Plays eight songs.
It's perfect for small spaces. It folds so you can keep it anywhere.
This swing has multiple seating and recline positions, ensuring comfort while listening to 10 songs or five nature sounds. Plug-in to save batteries.
Imitates the movements that babies love (like rocking and swaying), while playing music from your MP3 device. Seat reclines to any position.
Foam provides a soft surface for babies. Flattens for storage or overnight trips. Fits in a standard-sized sink or can be placed in your bathtub.
Safety 1st, $20
Two handles make this sleek tub easy to carry around. It's ideal for kids who can sit up and want to play, and helps parents stay close.
Insulated sides help maintain the water's temperature.
With two stages (for newborn and toddler), this tub not only reclines and expands, you can also collapse it when you're done with bath time.
Even with a 1,000-foot range, you'll have no interference; a light and vibration notification tells you if there is noise in the room.
The compact size provides portability and night vision means you can get some shut-eye.
The First Years, $100
A camera and sensor pad provide sound, picture and motion updates. Two-way communication lets you comfort your baby without leaving your bed.
Built to mimic a baby's suckle; lightweight and easy to transport. Large silicone cup fits all sizes.
Tommee Tippee, $50
Custom control option allows up to 32 speed and suction combinations. Faux leather tote included.
Double electric pump that weighs less than one pound and tracks each session. Imitates the simulation and expression phases of baby's nursing.
If you're a multi-tasker, you'll love this hands-free pump.
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