Favorite Crib Mattresses, Travel Cribs, and Bouncers at Every Price Point

Favorite crib mattresses, travel cribs and bouncers at every price point that you are sure to love and will stand the test of time.

New baby products seem to be popping up every day. Making it harder and harder to make sense of not only what works best but what you really need. Even with thousands of online reviews, knowing what will work for you, your baby, your space, and your budget can be very difficult. Even more daunting, many of these items are expensive and meant to last you through your childbearing and toddler years, making the choices lasting ones.

The truth that no one wants you to know is that there are many things in the baby product world that you can do without.

So what do you really need (or not need)? And how do you begin weeding through all the online muck to figure out what will make your life easier and your baby’s life happier? 

Because isn’t that what modern baby products are really for anyhow? It’s not about having the best or most expensive, but about having what YOU feel will have a positive impact on your’s and your baby’s lives. 

Not everyone will choose to use a bassinet, need a baby lounger, or perhaps want the jogger stroller.

This is why I suggest starting with the basics when you begin building your registry and then adding to your collection of products as your baby ages, and you start having “needs”. 

That being said, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time you are searching for a baby product. Thousands of differing online reviews oftentimes make things more confusing, which is why we want to help take away a lot of the researching time, shopping pains, and guessing games. 

Simply trying to find a particular product at a specific price point with your desired features can sometimes be like finding a needle in a haystack.

That’s why we are simplifying it for you! By bringing you our very favorite baby products at multiple price points. Hopefully, making your life easier–both in the planning of it and in the living of it. 

Crib Mattress

How are you supposed to know what to look for in a crib mattress!?! It’s not like you can go into a store and try it out for yourself, nor are you looking for the same factors you are in an adult mattress.

There are 5 key elements that are important to look for in today’s modern crib mattresses.

  1. Firmness: Infants require a firm, flat surface for safety and development. Some crib mattresses offer dual-firmness, which we love so that it grows with your baby, providing the extra-firm support that infants need on one side and less firmness that toddlers prefer on the other.
  2. Breathability: Many new mattresses are formulated to enhance airflow through the mattress, helping to regulate the baby’s body temperature.
  3. Flame & Fire Retardant: It is important that mattresses use natural, non-toxic flame barriers as opposed to synthetic fire retardants.
  4. Waterproof: Most, if not all, mattresses are waterproof-backed, but it’s important to make sure.
  5. Eco-friendly: It is important to highly consider purchasing mattresses that are eco-friendly (hypoallergenic & phthalate free, GREENGUARD® Gold and CertiPUR-US® certified, safe for no harmful emissions), not only because our babies spend so much time on them, but also because mattresses made with synthetics and toxins very negatively affect the environment during their production. Being able to produce them consciously while providing a safer environment for your baby is very important. Fortunately, you do not have to necessarily have to pay more to go this route today.

Sleep & Grow Crib Mattress: When designing this crib mattress with the experts at Colgate Mattress, we set out to create the highest quality, safe and effective sleep surface. At 5.5″ thick, this mattress is made with a high-density, plant-based foam that provides just the right support for your baby while being lightweight to make for easier sheet changes. It is also GREENGUARD® Gold and CertiPUR-US® Certified and dual-sided so that your infant has the firmest support and can be flipped to give your toddler a little softer sleep. Additionally, it features waterproofing and a soft cloth cover with a naturally fire-retardant flammability barrier. It is the perfect product for your nursery. $$$

Bundle of Dreams Classic Crib Mattress

This is also an eco-friendly Greenguard Gold Certified mattress made by a company focused on eliminating toxins, gases & synthetics in their products. This foamless mattress is a 6” dual-sided mattress providing breathability & firmness on the infant side & a bit softer (but still firm) support for toddlers. It also has a 2” edge support for a standing toddler so that the mattress doesn’t sink or buckle with their weight. It is light, with organic cotton backing, and waterproof with natural flame barriers. You won’t be disappointed with this mid-budget option. $$ 

Travel Crib

Having a quality travel crib is life-changing. Travel cribs need to be easy to assemble (less than a minute), easy to collapse, have a comfortable but firm mattress, and be able to be easily cleaned. A good carrying case is also a must.

Baby Bjorn

This travel crib is a tried and true winner for durability, ease of assembly, comfortability of mattress, and minimal carrying size. This crib has breathable mesh sides that are both easy to clean and easy to see, baby. It does not have a topper or changing addition, and the carrying case cannot be worn as a backpack or over the shoulder–it’s more of a handle situation. It’s the easiest to assemble, collapse and reinsert into the carrying case. Now it comes in multiple colors and is even lighter in weight than before. The price tag is high, but for us, it has paid for itself and more. $$$ 

Lotus Travel Crib

This crib is the perfect fit for someone looking to have the new “it” item. This travel crib has a side zip opening for easier use as a play yard outdoors or for grandparents who prefer not to reach all the way to the bottom of the crib to lift the baby out. Made of a mesh, breathable fabric, and has an extremely comfortable mattress, almost identical to the Baby Bjorn’s. It is easy to assemble and disassemble but can be quite tricky to put back into its carrying case. It comes with a smaller carrying case that can be used as a backpack, which comes in handy at airports for sure. The Lotus Crib by The Guava Family has all the bells and whistles with a mid-range price tag. You won’t be disappointed with this purchase. $$

Micralite Sleep & Go

The most affordable by far, the crib is simple to assemble and pack up. Other than the price point, the amazing feature of it is the infant bed that can sit on the top, if desired. This can be used for newborn sleep or for diaper changes. Or it can simply be removed and left at home. It also has a zipper side for easy use as a play yard and packs up in a case quite a bit bigger than the Lotus or the Baby Bjorn. The only hiccup to consider is that the mattress is not quite as comfortable as the other two, and it has a crease in the center, which could possibly cause discomfort as your baby grows. But, as the reviews show, it certainly doesn’t seem to sway people’s opinions about this great, inexpensive option. $ 


The concept of a bouncer is a bit of a new one. Swings have been around for quite some time. I imagine your own parents had one for you. But bouncers are different in many ways. Firstly, they are light and can be moved anywhere in your home. Swings, on the other hand, are typically quite heavy and so remain stationary. 

Secondly, bouncers can be used from newborn age and often grow with your child. They provide an upright, supported lounge that allows you to interact with your baby while not having to hold them. They are great for placing outside your shower when you just need to get one, putting in your kitchen when you are making dinner, taking along with you to the park or a friend’s house, etc. They are not made for naps but simply for supervised play and hanging out. It is also a great place to place your baby while your other children interact with them. It provides them all with eye-to-eye, safe contact.

Baby Bjorn Bouncer

This is a “can’t go wrong” product. While a bit expensive, it is lightweight, easily collapsible and transportable, and extremely easy to clean in instances of blowout or spit-up, especially if you buy it in mesh material. The cover not only wipes clean but is removable within seconds and machine washable, coming out brand new each and every time. It supports baby from day one, has three reclined positions, and is very comfortable. It also comes fully assembled and ready to go out of the package and has many color and fabric options. Its only drawback is the price (the toy bar is also extra). $$$

Fisher-Price Comfort Curve Bouncer

This budget-friendly bouncer has an extremely soft, machine-washable seat and toy bar. It has a 1-speed vibrate option and it seems to be more helpful and functional than its bouncing ability. It is sturdy, light, safe, and comfortable for babies. It can only be used up to 25 lbs and requires assembly. $

Every year means newer baby products, but it doesn’t always mean better.

Often the test of time solidifies certain brands and products that simply have it right. That being said, technology changes so fast, and more work is done than ever to make sure new baby lines are safe, reliable, effective, and often eco-friendly. So, perusing the newest certainly can’t hurt! That’s why the process of registering and committing to a whole slew of big (and small) priced items can be incredibly overwhelming and quite time-consuming.

The trick to knowing what is right for you and your family is to take inventory of your lifestyle without your baby and your lifestyle intentions with your baby.

Do you hope to continue traveling often? Do you plan on flying home to see a family with an infant? Is making your own baby food important? Do you plan on pumping at work? Do you want more children in the near future? Where do you plan on having a baby sleep? Answering these questions will help you prioritize your budget and needs.

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Moms on Call’s Top 5 Favorite Outdoor Toys

Moms on Call’s Top 5 Favorite Outdoor Toys

The weather is warming up and before we know it the sun will be out for good! If you have been spending as much time outdoors as we have these past few weeks, you’ve already been searching for top outside play toys! Below you’ll find our top 5 favorites and why we love them! Head over to our Outdoor Play board for even more great options and prepare for lots of outdoor fun with your little ones!   Bubble Mower Need we say more? A bubble machine and mower all in one! The bubble mower works on grass, sidewalks and driveways.It even has mower sounds, adding realistic value to your little one’s pretend play! Outdoor Wood Picnic Table with Working FaucetThis outdoor picnic table isn’t just for picnics! It can also be used as a sand table (built in sandbox) and play kitchen water table (with running water and kitchen accessories)!This can encourage fine motor skills like; put and take, fill and pour and turning the water off and on. Toddler SlideNo playground? No problem! This easy-to-set and store slide is great for hours of fun! Ideal for ages 18 months to 6 years old Tip: You can play with this anywhere! So, on rainy days we use this indoors to manage the chaos! Splash Pad MatWhat better way to cool off than with a sprinkler splash pad mat? This easy to set up splash pad with adjustable strength and height is perfect for cooling down littles of all ages (with adult supervision of course!). Additionally, it encourages the development of gross motor movement through; jumping, running and dodging.The Original Stomp Rocket Run, Jump, Stomp! Stimulate STEM learning with this exciting (kid-friendly) air rocket launcher! Bonus: NO batteries needed, all kid!  For the complete list of our favorite outdoor toys visit the Moms on Call: Products We Love page on Amazon for this list and many more!
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Must Have Baby Products for 4-6 Months

Must Have Baby Products for 4-6 Months

With my first baby, one of the most surprising realizations I had was that the infant stage gets better and better with time. (And that time flies by way too fast!) I know, it’s hard to imagine that anything could be better than a sweet, snuggly newborn! But, when babies hit the 4-6 month phase and start interacting with you, intentionally smiling and giggling…oh, be still my heart! In fact, the 4-6 month phase may be my favorite. Typically around 4-6 months, everyone is sleeping and the household is settling into its groove. I found that my stress level associated with lack of sleep and navigating how to care for another tiny human started to subside. I was able to breathe and really start enjoying this sweet time.  From rolling over to recognizing familiar faces, sitting up and solid food introduction, 4-6 months is a busy phase for baby (and parents)! You will also outgrow some of your newborn necessities as baby’s needs evolve. Having been through this phase 3 times now, my husband, Chris and I, put together our list of baby must haves for 4-6 months. We still use many of our Must Have Baby Items for the First 3 Months, but have found a few new things to be especially helpful for months 4, 5 and 6. Travel Crib The Lotus Travel Crib was a new purchase for baby #3 and I am obsessed. Our previous pack n’ play was sturdy but also bulky and heavy. Setting it up felt like a workout. Our middle child demonstrated brute strength at an early age and most of the “lightweight” travel cribs on the market were not sturdy enough to contain him. Thankfully I found the Lotus travel crib! It is the perfect combination of sturdy, lightweight and compact. It’s carrying case can even be worn as a backpack and setting it up/taking it down is a cinch. And, of course, it works perfectly with our Slumberpod. You will want sheets that are specially designed for the Lotus travel crib. The sheet needs to accommodate the crib’s fasteners that attach its pad to its frame to prevent slippage. I bought this pack of two so that we have a back-up ready in the event of a spit-up or blowout incident. Baby Carrier At 4-6 months, you’re going to want a baby carrier that helps your body support baby’s increasing weight. My favorite is the Ergobaby 360 All-Position Baby Carrier. I love that Poppy can face outwards for people-watching, inwards for snuggling and snoozing or on my back for walking/hiking. It fastens around my hips to help distribute her weight and relieve some tension from my upper back. Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat This thing is awesome! It’s portable, washable and helps baby sit up for both eating and playing. You can attach toys to it for playing and it also comes with a removable dishwasher-safe tray for eating. It’s perfect for babies who can hold their head up, but are still wobbly and need a little extra help sitting up. It is also great to travel with as it can double as a high chair and be brought along to restaurants. Kick n’ Play Piano Mat This is Poppy’s favorite place to play because there are so many options. She can lay on her back and kick the piano keys with her feet, reach for the toys and look at herself in the mirror. She can lay on her tummy, look at the lights and grab the attached toys. She can sit up and press the piano keys with her hands. And we can detach the keyboard and bring it with us for on-the-go play. Chris and I love it because, in addition to it aiding in sensory and fine motor skill development, it’s compact, washable and easy to transport. Feeding Supplies You don’t need much to introduce solids, but there are a few key things that will make this messy, fun time a little bit easier! Silicone suction bowls are great because the silicone is easy to clean and you can safely warm food in it. They suction to the table to prevent spills when baby starts reaching and swatting. I like to use long silicone spoons. The length makes getting food to the baby’s mouth easier. They are made for the small size of baby’s mouth. Plus, the silicone is soft to protect their sensitive gums once they start teething. Did I mention that introducing solids can get messy? I like these waterproof, apron-style bibs. They are better than silicone or cloth because they protect Poppy’s clothes without irritating the skin on her neck. You will likely have to try a few different sippy cups before finding one your baby likes. All 3 of my babies have preferred these sippy cups. You can also check out Moms on Call’s full list of recommended sippy cups for more options. For most meals, Poppy sits in her clip-on high chair at our kitchen island. I love putting her finger foods on this Busy Baby Mat because it’s silicone and suctions. It also comes with tethers that we use to attach her sippy cup and toys to prevent them from dropping onto the floor. For a step-by-step guide to introducing solids, read our Guide to Introducing Solids and download our Baby Food Introduction Calendar. Also, see how I make baby food for the entire week in less than 5 minutes! Crib Mattress We love this dual-firmness crib mattress! It will grow with Poppy as it has the extra-firm support that infants need on one-side and less firmness on the other side to provide the comfort that she will prefer when she’s a toddler. Plus, it has waterproofing for easy clean-ups, is eco-friendly and is made by Colgate Mattress, The Crib Mattress Specialist®, which is a third-generation family-owned, and operated company. Moms on Call’s recommended products for every age and stage can always be found on our Products We Love page. Finally, if you only take one thing from this blog post, let it be this. Regardless of the products you have or what your baby is (or is not) doing developmentally, there is one thing that stays consistent during every stage. And that is that YOU are the most interesting thing to your baby! You are also the best decision maker for them and you’re doing a great job. So, give yourself a pat on the back, take a deep breath and soak up these precious moments!
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