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Baby in stroller holding mom's finger (Caption: Best Baby Gear to Keep Your Child Safe)Expecting a baby is scary enough. Purchasing the safest baby gear but being budget-conscious can be daunting too. Or perhaps you are attending a baby shower soon and want to see the best baby registry items.

Luckily for you, we’ve done the hard work and researched our picks for the safest baby registry items are listed below. We even have some first-hand experiences to share.

Bathtub: The First Years Sure Comfort Deluxe Tub Review

The First Years TubView on Amazon

Bathing an infant can be tricky, but this bathtub can help reduce frustration. The sling helps hold the baby in place, and the padded headrest keeps them comfy.

The pads are mildew-resistant, and the sling is machine washable. This tub works in most single or double sinks and can be used for babies up to 25 pounds.



Bottles: Dr. Brown’s Glass Bottles Review

Dr Brown's Glass BottlesView on Amazon

We suggest avoiding plastic bottles for many reasons. Glass or stainless steel bottles are our bottles of choice. These Dr. Brown’s glass bottles are known for reducing colic, spit-up, burping, and gas. The vent system reduces air bubble oxidation, and these bottles are more durable than plastic ones.

We suggest purchasing a dishwasher basket like this one so you can avoid as much hand washing as possible. Let’s face it; you won’t have the time or energy for that.

These bottles also have replaceable nipples, so you can allow a heavier flow through the bottle when your child ages.


Bouncer: Evenflo Exersaucer Bounce & Learn Review

Evenflo Exersaucer Bounce & LearnView on Amazon

Bouncers can cost close to $100. But we found this one for much less, and it has excellent reviews. It’s the same bouncer my niece and my son have. We like that the height is adjustable, and it has a nice learn and play environment with the objects.

Your child can rock, spin, and bounce in this exersaucer. The seat pad is machine washable, so if your baby has an oopsie, the clean-up is convenient.



Cabinet Latches: BabyKeeps Child Safety Locks Review

BabyKeeps Child Safety LocksView on Amazon

Once your baby is crawling, they’ll be getting into everything. These cabinet latches can keep your child’s fingers protected and your pots and pans where they’re meant to be.

We like that there is no drilling necessary for these safety locks. Use them on cabinets, drawers, and appliances. The strap length is adjustable and works on flat surfaces or around corners.


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Carrier: Boba Wrap Review

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Babywearing is a great way for a parent to bond with their baby. Made from cotton and spandex, the Boba Wrap fabric is comfortable for both you and your baby. You can use this for babies as small as 5 pounds or as large as 35 pounds.

The wrap is machine washable, and if you’re choosing to breastfeed your baby, you can do so while wearing them. Many parents love the Boba Wrap, and it has excellent reviews.

Read Our Baby Carrier Comparison Article



Car Seat: Chicco Keyfit 30 Review

Chicco Keyfit 30View on Amazon

We love this car seat because it works for babies as small as 4 pounds, and it’s easy to install. It works with a latch or a seatbelt. The 5-point harness is adjustable with one hand, and the cushions are machine washable.

We also recommend purchasing a car seat protector like this one, no matter what car seat you choose for your little one. That way, the car seat in your vehicle doesn’t get beat up by your child’s kicking or snacking.

Read Our Car Seat Comparison Article



Crib: Dream On Me Ashton 5-in-1 Convertible Crib Review

Dream On Me Ashton 5-in-1 Convertible CribView on Amazon

Cribs are another item that can easily cost more than $300, but not this one. This crib can transition with your child through all stages. Use as a crib, toddler bed, daybed, and full-size bed. It measures 54″ x 38″ x 44″ and weighs 49 pounds.

As your child learns to stand, you may notice they like to chew on the crib railing (this is true for any crib). We suggest adding rail covers to keep your child from damaging the crib (if you plan on using it for a future child). If you plan on using it with the toddler guard rail, you’ll have to purchase it separately.

My son uses this crib, and the installation process was pretty straightforward. We like that it feels sturdy and looks nice too.



Gates: Evenflo Review

Evenflo GateView on Amazon

Call us old-fashioned, but these Evenflo wooden gates can block a doorway just as easily as those more expensive plastic gates. We think it’s best to cut costs where you can, and baby gates are one of those areas.

These gates expand from 26″ to 42″. I purchased two of these when we adopted our dog, Sally, and were house training her. They worked great for us. The only downside is there is no door opening, so you have to either remove the gate to go through the doorway or step over it.


Highchair: Evenflo Convertible High Chair Review

Evenflo Convertible High ChairView on Amazon

Highchairs can easily cost $100 to $200, but not this Evenflo model. We like that this highchair is affordable and has three different seating positions. It’s an excellent option to transition your baby into their toddler years.



Humidifier: Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier Review

Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist HumidifierView on Amazon

This humidifier holds 1.5 liters. It has a blue nightlight, and it has three settings for you to choose how much water to dispense into the air.

I purchased this humidifier to use during the winter months because my skin was so dry and itchy. I placed it right next to my bed and found that it helped hydrate my skin a little. This humidifier would work great in a baby’s room since it’s smaller, quiet, and can double as a nightlight.


Laundry Soap: All Mighty Packs Review

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This laundry detergent from All is free and clear of perfumes and dyes, so it’s perfect for sensitive skin. If you weren’t already aware, you’re supposed to use non-scented soap if your baby has an allergy. You’ll want to use this soap for all your baby’s clothing, bedding, cloth diapers, etc.

Dreft is a popular baby detergent choice, but we found that it can be more expensive than All, which is why it’s not our top choice. I also noticed that Dreft had a strong scent while I was pregnant, and it did not sit well with me. I found All to be 100% scent-free.


Mattress: Milliard Crib Mattress Review

Milliard Crib MattressView on Amazon

It’s essential to use a firm mattress to help prevent SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). This Milliard Crib Mattress is firm and has a waterproof cover, so the mattress doesn’t get soaked if your child soaks through their diaper.

This mattress measures 52″ x 27.5″ x 5″ and is free of chemicals and toxins. The mattress ships in a compact box and expands over 24 to 72 hours.


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Monitor: Infant Optics Baby Monitor Review

Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby MonitorView on Amazon

Possibly one of the most important safety devices you’ll want to consider for your baby is a monitor. The last thing you want is a camera connected to your WiFi that gets hacked. We’ve heard way too many scary stories about this.

This baby monitor does not connect to your WiFi. The camera streams to the parent unit securely, so no one is eavesdropping on your child. The parent unit is rechargeable, and no additional batteries are needed.

It has a 700-foot range, two-way voice, and the camera can pan, tilt, and zoom. If you need a way to mount the camera to get the desired angle, check out this VuSee shelf.

Read Our Baby Monitor Comparison Article



Outlet Covers: Outlet Covers Babyproofing Review

Outlet CoversView on Amazon

This 50 pack of outlet covers will help keep your little one’s fingers out of any dangerous situations. We like that you can get 50 covers at a reasonable cost. We found others that came in lower counts for the same amount of money, so we think these are the best deal.



Playard: Graco Pack ‘N Play Review

Graco Pack N PlayView on Amazon

My sister has this Graco model that she used for her daughter, which worked great for her. She was fortunate enough to have her daughter at work with her for about the first year, and this pack ‘n play helped immensely.

The removable bassinet was a huge help when her daughter was an infant because she didn’t have to bend down as far to pick her up. She also used it for diaper changes.

My husband and I are borrowing her’s for our son and use it in conjunction with this Snuggle Me Organic Lounger.

Read Our Pack ‘N Play Comparison Article


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Stroller: Chicco Bravo 3-In-1 Travel System Review

Chicco Bravo LE Travel SystemView on Amazon

If you’re going to purchase our top pick for the best car seat, you’ll want to make sure the stroller you select goes with it as well. We recommend this Chicco Travel System. The car seat can clip into the stroller, and once your child is older, they can sit in the stroller upright.

We like that this stroller has a one-hand fold, and it has a decent-sized storage compartment for sippy cups, snacks, and other baby items. The handle is height-adjustable, so it works well for various heights.

The Chicco Bravo 3-In-1 car seat also has a frame stroller, but it isn’t a good option if you want something that can transition as your child grows.


The price below includes the car seat, car seat base, and stroller.


Swing: Graco Slim Spaces Compact Baby Swing Review

Graco Slim Spaces Compact Baby SwingView on Amazon

There are a lot of swings on the market that you can spend more than $200. As you already know, baby gear is expensive, and it can add up quickly. If you’re looking for a swing, this Graco is a great option.

It is compact and has an adjustable height. It can be folded up and stored to create more space in a room. The swing has adjustable speeds, and there is a 5-point harness to keep your baby secure. This swing is for babies 5.5 to 25 pounds.


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Hopefully, this helps in your parenthood quest. As you start planning for your future, be sure to read up on car seat safety, too, so your precious cargo is as safe as possible.

Kimberly Alt

Kimberly is our home security expert and has been writing about security and safety since 2013, covering everything from security systems and home automation to identity theft protection, home warranties, medical alert systems, and more. She has personally tested hundreds of system components and interfaced with dozens of home security companies to find out what’s happening behind the scenes. Her work has appeared in many notable brands, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Reader's Digest, Forbes, People, Woman's World, and Huffington Post. In 2018, she had her first child, which opened up a whole new avenue of security experience with baby gear. She wanted to purchase the safest items for her family. Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. Her natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing, and personally testing products and services.

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