The 2016 'Fit Pregnancy and Baby' Best Awards

Parents cast a record-breaking 85,840 votes to elect these 16 essential items as their favorites. Your easy assignment: Add them to your registry, stat!

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Soft Swaddles

Some newborns sleep better wrapped up, since it calms their startle reflex. Aden + Anais chic muslin swaddle blankets get the win from readers because they also work well as burp cloths and nursing covers; $50 

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Nap Nook

A portable napper is perfect for keeping your newborn near you as she snoozes. Parents prefer the Fisher-Price Rock ’n Play Sleeper (shown here in the Jonathan Adler Crafted version) for its deep, inclined seat and automated rocking; $175

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Modern Soother

Baby swings have been majorly upgraded. Today’s automated gliders let you dial in the exact range of motion and speed that blisses out your baby. The top model in 2016? Fisher-Price’s 4-in-1 Rock ’n Glide Soother, with its foot-pedal operation and a seat that swivels 360 degrees to keep Baby in sight; $140

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Clearly Calming

Soothies, Philips Avent’s colorful silicone pacifiers that resemble a smiling face, are this year’s fan favorite. Round, $4.50 for two; bear, $5.50 for two; 

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Hot Wheels

A great stroller is light to lift, easy to fold, and, of course, affordable. Graco checks all those boxes! The version shown here is part of the Verb Click Connect Travel System, sold with its fellow winner, the SnugRide infant car seat; $180

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Safety Seat

Graco’s SnugRide wins for best rear-facing infant car seat for the seventh year running. Parents like that it’s a lightweight 7 pounds, which makes carrying your little one to and from the car easier; $130

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Comfy Carrier

Holding your baby close while still having your hands free is not just a dream. An infant carrier makes it a reality, and the Ergobaby Original, with its wide straps and adjustable fit, got the most votes in its category; $120

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Terrific Tote

The idea that you and your partner each need to have your own diaper bag is outdated. Increasingly, today’s parents keep one bag fully stocked and pass it back and forth to each other. Skip Hop recognized that trend with versatile prints and garnered a win. The Blueprint Stripe on its Duo Special Edition Diaper Bag would look equally sharp with your blouse or his button-down; $70

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Little Lounger

From day one, you’ll want a floor seat where your newborn can safely rest when you need a moment to do pesky personal care—you know, such as shower, get dressed, or eat. Our readers vote for Ingenuity’s SmartBounce Automatic Bouncer, which can vibrate for up to a half hour and plays sounds; $60

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Mini Playground

If your infant could talk, she’d likely ask for this winner! Baby Einstein’s 2-in-1 Lights & Sea Activity Gym & Saucer comes with a newborn activity mat (not shown), plus this toy-packed activity center to use, starting at about 6 months; $120

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Gentle Bath

Gentle care is more than a nice perk; it’s paramount to parents, who often choose products for their baby based on what they don’t contain. Johnson’s, our readers’ favorite baby bath wash by far, has a new, hypoallergenic Head-to-Toe Extra Moisturizing formula that’s free of parabens, phthalate, soap, and dye. And it leaves your baby’s skin super soft; $8

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Odor Eater

Playtex overhauled and upgraded its Diaper Genie Complete, and moms rewarded it with a win! In addition to its new colors (gray, pink, blue, and green), the pail is easier to empty and has stronger clamps to seal in smell; $33

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Shoulder Saver

The Boppy pillow has the sole distinction of being a winner for all 19 years of our contest. As in many previous years, it also got the most votes of any single product. Rest your baby on it while nursing or bottle-feeding, so everyone is relaxed. Feedings are instantly easier! $40

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Solid Seat

Staying power is what earned Graco the win for best high chair. Its Blossom 4-in-1 Seating System transitions from a traditional model to an infant booster that straps onto a chair; then to a toddler booster; and finally it becomes a youth seat. And once you’ve detached the youth seat for your first child, you’ll have the infant booster free for a second baby! $190

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Brilliant Bottle

Dr. Brown’s bottles are another longtime favorite. The Options version has an air vent to use if Baby shows signs of being gassy; remove if a basic bottle suffices; $18 for three

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Efficiency Expert

Your friends who express milk likely own a Medela breast pump, a consistent winner among our moms. The Freestyle Breastpump Deluxe Set includes a lightweight motor that operates with batteries or plugged in; $400

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