25 Baby Brands to Know and Love

Although I love highlighting the new baby products soon to hit the market (here, here, and here), there are a ton of overall baby brands out there that every mom should know — but many don’t.

It’s not your fault, of course. The industry is bursting with so many different, and similar, companies that it’s hard to sift through them all in the length of a pregnancy. So to help you out, I compiled 25 of my favorite baby brands to have on your radar.

Some are affordable and some, well, aren’t. But I think it’s always good to know the “best of the best,” just in case you run into them at a garage sale, your best friend’s attic, or on a site like Craigslist. It’s also useful info. for your baby registry.

Knowledge is (buying) power.

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  • Nosefrida 1 of 25
    Nosefrida
    The concept of the Nosefrida "snot sucker" may sound gross (although it's completely sanitary), yet it will change your life.
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  • Aden + Anais 2 of 25
    Aden + Anais
    You'd think I have stock in this company, the amount of times I sing their praises. But that's just because I'm obsessed with everything they make — swaddle blankets, burpy bibs, crib sheets, etc. — as is every other parent who uses them.
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  • Skip Hop 3 of 25
    Skip Hop
    Skip Hop is a fantastic brand that is both accessible (find them at Babies R Us!) and reasonably priced. Whether you're looking for nursery sets, baby toys, diaper bags, or even lunch boxes, they make well designed, stylish, and functional products. Love them.
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  • Stokke 4 of 25
    Stokke
    Oh Stokke, how I love thee. Everything they make — like their Tripp Trapp high chair (shown) and round Sleepi crib — is top notch in both design and style, and they'll grow for years and years of use. But they're also some of the most expensive products, so definitely keep your eyes on Craigslist and other sites like that.
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  • Britax 5 of 25
    Britax
    Whenever anyone asks for my top car seat pick, I have to go with Britax. They're sturdy, safe, well designed — and yes, rather pricey. But when it comes to safety, is it really extravagant? Britax never disappoints me, even with their stroller selection.
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  • giggle 6 of 25
    giggle
    The national baby boutique (and online shopping site) giggle isn't your ordinary baby boutique with shelves stocked to the brim, offering an overwhelming amount of options. They edit their selection down to the best of the best, so you don't have to wonder.

    giggle is also known to have exclusive products as well as their own line of "baby basics" — so be sure to stop by!
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  • Earth Mama Angel Baby Organics 7 of 25
    Earth Mama Angel Baby Organics
    You've probably never heard of this natural skincare line for babies and moms — but you should get to know it.
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  • Beco/Boba/Ergo 8 of 25
    Beco/Boba/Ergo
    You should know about all three of these popular (and similar) baby carriers that I prefer over the better-known Bjorn alternative. If I had to pick just one favorite, I'd have to go with the new Boba — although the Ergo's collaboration with Petunia Pickle Bottom is so pretty, and Beco is a real mom favorite. Check them all out!
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  • Magnificent Baby 9 of 25
    Magnificent Baby
    Magnetic baby clothes! They're genius! And cute!
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  • California Baby 10 of 25
    California Baby
    When you find yourself blankly staring at the floor-to-ceiling selection of baby bath products, just go with California Baby. They're natural, safe, and better than 90% of the baby-superstore selection.
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  • Badger 11 of 25
    Badger
    While California Baby makes some pretty good sunscreen, it's important to know the best — and the best is Badger. I've done the research so you don't have to.
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  • Joovy 12 of 25
    Joovy
    Reasonably priced strollers that never disappoint. I never heard of Joovy before I started doing stroller testing, so I like to spread the word.
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  • Nook Sleep Systems 13 of 25
    Nook Sleep Systems
    Nook baby mattresses are neither accessible nor affordable, but they're revolutionary in design and safety. If you come across one at a price you can afford, snatch it up.
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  • Zoli 14 of 25
    Zoli
    Zoli makes products you never knew you needed, yet suddenly can't live without.
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  • Boon 15 of 25
    Boon
    Another great baby brand that makes thoughtfully designed products that look sleek and stylish. Always a winner, in my book.
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  • Blabla 16 of 25
    Blabla
    I'm usually not one to advocate for buying stuffed animals (they accumulate all on their own), but I make an exception for blabla. A big giant exception.
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  • UPPAbaby 17 of 25
    UPPAbaby
    The UPPAbaby Vista (which just won the Magic Beans Magic Madness 2012 contest) might have the best value of any other stroller. UPPAbaby is one of my very top stroller picks, across the board.
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  • Petunia Pickle Bottom 18 of 25
    Petunia Pickle Bottom
    Here's another example of a brand that makes gorgeous, highly coveted products, but are quite expensive. Add this to your Craigslist/eBay search!
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  • Moby Wrap/Baby K’Tan 19 of 25
    Moby Wrap/Baby K'Tan
    Every new mom should know about the convenience and life-changing properties of wrap carriers — for newborns and small infants, especially.

    The main difference between the Moby and the K'Tan (arguably the two most popular wrap carriers) is that the Moby is one-size-fits-all (meaning you can customize it from person to person), while the Baby K'Tan is sized specifically for your body (so you can't share between mom and dad). Although the K'Tan is easier to use, please, for the safety of your baby, only use the correct size.
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  • The Honest Company 20 of 25
    The Honest Company
    Jessica Alba co-founded The Honest Company (which I wrote about here). If you're looking for natural alternatives to common baby products (like diapers!), definitely look into this new and innovative company.
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  • 4Moms 21 of 25
    4Moms
    4Moms makes some of the most modern, tech-savvy baby products on the market — sure to blow you away. This company is certainly thinking outside the box, which I love.
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  • Plan Toys 22 of 25
    Plan Toys
    Natural wooden toys that every mom should know and love. (Also add to the list: Hape, Haba, and the soon-to-hit-U.S.-shelves Janod)
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  • Maclaren 23 of 25
    Maclaren
    Maclaren?! But you've heard of Maclaren!

    True. But did you know Maclaren also makes furniture (designed by the famed David Netto)? And crib bedding? And baby skincare? And toys?! Their modern cribs should definitely be on your radar when you're searching sites like Recrib.com and Craigslist.
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  • OXO 24 of 25
    OXO
    OXO's baby and toddler line is heavy in the feeding department (like cups, utensils, and their much-loved highchair that grows from infant to big kid). Yet everything they make is top notch, and most is available at the popular baby superstores.
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  • Glamourmom 25 of 25
    Glamourmom
    Glamourmom makes the most raved-about nursing tanks on the market. This is definitely something that every pregnant woman should know.
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I was initially inspired by this Strollertraffic post about their favorite baby brands, which you should check out for even more “brands that rock,” as they put it.

These are, by no means, the only great baby brands out there. I know that as soon as I hit the “publish” button, I’ll remember 5 more brands that I just needed to include. So share your favorites! Tell me what I forgot (while I forehead slap myself at my glaring oversight)! Spill it!

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