Buying Guides

How to Find the Best Baby and Kids’ Products

When it comes to kids’ products, we have good news and bad news.

The good news: because the children’s market keeps growing, you have more product choices than ever.

The bad news: with such a broad array of products to choose from, how can you possibly identify the best choice for you and your child?

The key is to do your research before you make a purchase, especially for essential gear like car seats and baby strollers. Our buying guides are a great place to start. They’ll give you basic background information that will help you focus in on what you need. For example, don’t know the difference between convertible car seats, combination car seats, and 3-in-1s? Let us sort those things out for you.

We’ll also tell you what features to look for in particular types of products, why they’re important, and how to factor in your lifestyle. You’ll find helpful organization tips and toy storage ideas, too. And once you begin shopping for specific products, be sure to read our customer ratings and reviews. We bring them to you exactly as we get them!

By the way, our merchandising team helped us develop our buying guides, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a savvier, pickier group of buyers. Because it’s always been our mission to bring parents the best children’s products available. We want you to love every One Step Ahead purchase.

How to Buy a Baby High Chair

Not all baby high chairs are created equal. Let us teach you how to spot a winner.

How to Buy a Diaper Bag

Your diaper bag will be your constant companion for years. Find how to pick a true performer.

How to Buy a Stroller

A stroller is one of the most important baby gear purchases you’ll make, but with so many to choose from, how do you know the best stroller for you? Hint: your stroller should roll the way you do!

How to Choose the Best Baby Toys

By choosing the best baby toys at the right age, you can accelerate your baby’s development.

How to Buy the Best Infant Car Seat for Your Baby

Your infant car seat is such an important purchase when it comes to your newborn’s safety. But with so many car seat carriers to choose from, how do you know which one’s best for you? Read our quick parents’ guide!

How to Buy the Best Car Seat for Your Toddler

Once your baby outgrows his infant car seat, the next step is a conventional toddler car seat. Yet with so many models and features out there, how do you know what one’s right for you? Find out!

How to Buy the Best Booster Seat for Your Child

Ready to transition from the car seat to a belt-positioning booster? Before you shop, read our quick parents’ guide. Learn the difference between high-back versus backless boosters and how to make the best choice for you.

Choosing Toys for Kids with Special Needs

Understanding the AblePlay-Rating System can help you choose toys all kids can benefit from and enjoy.

How to Choose the Best Baby Gate (in Four Simple Steps)

Safety gates are a childproofing essential, but with so many choices, how do you choose? We’ll show you how to quickly identify the right baby gate for every space in your home.

Choosing the Right Baby Mobile for Your Crib

A well-designed mobile will soothe, entertain and stimulate sensory development!

How to Choose the Best Breast Pump

If you’re planning to breastfeed, getting the right breast pump is a must! Learn which type of breast pump will best suit your new mom lifestyle, plus milk storage basics and more.

Think Outside the Toy Box: Storage Solutions for Organizing Kid Clutter

Easy, inventive ways to organize your child’s room.

How to Choose a Great Kids’ Halloween Costume

Learn how to pick the perfect Halloween Costume for your child.

Creating the Perfect Closet Organizer

Learn how to build the perfect custom closet for your child and what makes our kids’ closet system unique.