Baby on a Budget

Baby on a Budget

Last Updated: January 25, 2017
You don’t have to spend a ton of money to get ready for your first baby! From your crib to your high chair, here’s a complete registry of baby gear at unbeatable prices.Baby on a Budget

You don’t have to spend a ton of money to get ready for your first baby! From your crib to your high chair, here’s a complete registry of baby gear at unbeatable prices.

Gear


Boba Wrap Classic Baby Carrier - $39.95

Boba Wrap Classic Baby Carrier

The Boba Wrap works for babies from birth (including preemies) and the incredibly soft material includes a 5% spandex content, making the wrap easy to use for beginner and advanced baby wearers alike. It does take some work to master wraps, but once you get the hang of it, you and the baby will love it.

LILLEbaby Complete Original Baby Carrier - $119.99

LILLEbaby Complete Original Baby Carrier

The Lillebaby Carrier can be used with babies as small as seven pounds–without an infant insert–and grows with your baby until they are 35 pounds. With four positions for baby, a storage pocket, and a removable cover, this is a stellar carrier.

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat - $107.99

Graco SnugRide Click Connect 35 Infant Car Seat

If you’d rather have a specific car seat and stroller, the SnugRide Click Connect 35 is a great option. It goes up to 35 lbs so most babies can use it for more than a year, and it is really lightweight. Remember if you are a two-car family, register for an additional base for your second car.

Chicco Cortina CX Travel System - $299.99

Chicco Cortina CX Travel System

This infant car seat and stroller in one is a great deal! The Key Fit 30 is one of the most popular car seats because it’s so easy to install and to carry. And the stroller doesn’t skimp on nice extras like a big basket for toys and bags, an adjustable handbar, and a parent cupholder. The major drawback is that it only comes in one color.

Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller - $79.00

Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller

If you aren’t going to be stroller over rough terrain and want a stroller that easily folds and fits anywhere, the Summer Infant 3DLite is your answer. One drawback is that you won’t be able to connect your infant car seat to the stroller so you will have to wear your infant when walking with him until around six months when he can easily hold up his head. (And that’s where a great carrier comes in handy.)

Safety 1st UltraMax Air 360 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat  - $259.99

Safety 1st UltraMax Air 360 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

You can also skip an infant car seat altogether and going straight to a convertible that can take your baby from 4lbs through grade school. This convertible car seat is safe for backward-facing infants and toddlers and grows with your child into a forward-facing seat and finally into a booster. It doesn’t have the versatility of an infant car seat which many parents appreciate in the first year of life, but it’s a great way to knock off a very expensive baby item.

Cosco Scenera NEXT Convertible Car Seat - $56.00

Cosco Scenera NEXT Convertible Car Seat

Cosco Scenera NEXT Convertible Car Seat can be forward or rear-facing for up to 40 lbs. This super-affordable convertible car seat also boosts a slim width so that you can fit three across a standard back seat. The seat pad is entirely machine washable, too.

Fisher-Price Comfy Time Bouncer - $39.95

Fisher-Price Comfy Time Bouncer

This bouncer can easily be moved from room to room so you can take your baby with you while they nap or play.

Infantino Square Twist and Fold Activity Gym - $39.99

Infantino Square Twist and Fold Activity Gym

Simple and stylish, this activity mat can be used from birth and is easy to take to grandma’s too.

Nursery


Fisher-Price Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleeper - $51.34

Fisher-Price Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleeper

For naptime, bedtime, or anytime, the Rock ‘n Play is a favorite of Babylist parents. You can use it as a bassinet in the early months and as a good place to put your baby while you are doing anything that requires two hands.

Graco Pack 'n Play Playard On The Go - $63.99

Graco Pack 'n Play Playard On The Go

The Play ‘n Play is a travel crib, a playpen, and so much more.

Gulliver Crib - $99.00

Gulliver Crib

Your crib should not be the most expensive thing in the nursery. This is a great crib that gets the job done. And with two heights and removable side, this crib can be adapted into a toddler bed, too.

Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams Mattress - $47.99

Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams Mattress

Parents love this firm foam mattress because it’s a great value for the price.

American Baby Company 100% Cotton Value Jersey Knit Crib Sheet - $9.00

American Baby Company 100% Cotton Value Jersey Knit Crib Sheet

These are good basic crib sheets that come in seven colors. It’s a good idea to three crib sheets for times when one (or more…) are in the wash.

Sealy Waterproof Crib Mattress Pad, 2-Pack - $28.79

Sealy Waterproof Crib Mattress Pad, 2-Pack

This two-pack will protect your mattress from inevitable accidents like throwing up in the night or diaper blowouts. (Yes, parenting is gross.)

Clothing


aden by aden + anais Swaddleplus (4 Pack) - $29.74

aden by aden + anais Swaddleplus (4 Pack)

These popular swaddles are lightweight, durable, extremely soft, and breathable, preventing your baby from overheating. They can be used for a variety of functions, such as nursing covers, stroller canopies, tummy time blankets, and more. (Aden by Aden + Anais is the more affordable line from Aden + Anais.)

Summer Infant SwaddleMe Original Swaddle (3 Pack) - $24.83

Summer Infant SwaddleMe Original Swaddle (3 Pack)

Some babies can get out of even the tightest swaddles, and that’s where the hook and loop closures of the SwaddleMe come in! This swaddle makes is much easier than complicated wrapping to get your baby ready for bed. This three-pack is a step towards a better night’s sleep.

Gerber Unisex-Baby Newborn 4-Pack Flannel Burp Cloths - $8.79

Gerber Unisex-Baby Newborn 4-Pack Flannel Burp Cloths

Babies spitup. It’s a fact of life. Luckily these absorbent burp cloths can help keep you dry. This is four-pack, and we recommend registering for two.

Koala Baby Neutral 2 Pack Ivory Bunny Print Footed Snap Up Footies - $14.99

Koala Baby Neutral 2 Pack Ivory Bunny Print Footed Snap Up Footies

These 100% cotton snap-up footed rompers are perfect for sleeptime or playtime.

Luvable Friends Newborn Baby Neutral Sleep N Play/Basketweave 3-Pack - $14.50

Luvable Friends Newborn Baby Neutral Sleep N Play/Basketweave 3-Pack

Can’t beat the price on this three-pack of adorable pajamas!

Jersey Bodysuit 3-Packs for Baby - $9.94

Jersey Bodysuit 3-Packs for Baby

This three-pack is a great solution to have some bodysuits at the ready when your little one arrives. Register for them in a few different sizes to cover the first year.

2-pack Sleeveless Bodysuits - $6.99

2-pack Sleeveless Bodysuits

Sleeveless bodysuits are a great option for summer babies trying to stay cool.

4-Pack Original Bodysuits - $13.00

4-Pack Original Bodysuits

This four-pack of longsleeve bodysuits will keep your little one warm–and they’re pretty cute, too.

Leggings 2-Pack for Baby - $19.94

Leggings 2-Pack for Baby

Baby leggings are really cute.

Luvable Friends Unisex Baby 5 Pack Cap and 3 Pack Scratch Mitten Set - $12.99

Luvable Friends Unisex Baby 5 Pack Cap and 3 Pack Scratch Mitten Set

Newborns need all the help they can get to stay warm, so a few hats go a long way. We love that this set comes with scratch mittens, too, because those little nails grow so quickly we can hardly believe it.

Micro Fleece Pull-On Booties for Baby - $8.40

Micro Fleece Pull-On Booties for Baby

Baby booties aren’t just cute, they’re practical. These will keep your baby’s toes warm before they are ready for real shoes.

Garanimals Newborn Baby Crew Socks, 10-Pack - $5.50

Garanimals Newborn Baby Crew Socks, 10-Pack

Even though babies do lose socks a lot, this 10-pack should keep those toes warm for the first year or longer.

iPlay Brim Sun Protection Hat - $6.60+

iPlay Brim Sun Protection Hat

This sun hat has a huge brim, and the band around the head has a toggle so that it grows with your baby.

Feeding


Boppy Water Resistant Protective Cover - $10.99

Boppy Water Resistant Protective Cover

The Boppy does not come with a cover, so this water-resistant cover is great for those post-feeding spit ups.

Boppy Bare Naked Pillow - $29.97

Boppy Bare Naked Pillow

The breastfeeding pillow curves around your waist to hold your baby while you are nursing, making it so much easier on your arms and shoulders to hold your baby for a long time.

Philips AVENT BPA Free Soothie Pacifier (2-pack) - $3.99

Philips AVENT BPA Free Soothie Pacifier (2-pack)

This pacifier is a favorite at hospitals, and is the pacifier-base of the popular WubbaNub.

Philips AVENT Classic Plus Newborn Starter Set - $29.99

Philips AVENT Classic Plus Newborn Starter Set

The Philips Avent is a great bottle whether you are feeding your baby formula or expressed breast milk. This bottle starter kit comes with four bottles, a trainer cup, formula dispenser, pacifier and bottle brush.

Evenflo Feeding Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump - $92.96

Evenflo Feeding Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump

Check with your insurance provider before registering for a breast pump. They are required to provide one for you! If you aren’t happy with the one they provide, the Evenflo Feeding Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump is a great pump for every day use.

Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump - $41.99

Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump

If you are only going to be pumping occassionally, a hand pump is a good solution for temporary relief.

Itzy Ritzy Nursing Happens Infinity Breastfeeding Scarf - $24.99

Itzy Ritzy Nursing Happens Infinity Breastfeeding Scarf

This nursing cover is a great option for staying modest while nursing on the go. It looks like a nice scarf, but has tons of room to help cover mama and baby.

green sprouts Stay-dry Infant Bibs, 10 Count - $13.99

green sprouts Stay-dry Infant Bibs, 10 Count

Bibs don’t have to be fancy, and this 9-pack will do the trick.

Antilop High Chair - $24.99

Antilop High Chair

A popular high chair that is easy to clean and easy on the wallet, too.

Diapering


Pampers Swaddlers Diapers - $31.99

Pampers Swaddlers Diapers

Pampers Swaddlers are the preferred brand at most hospitals, and parents love the wetness indicator strip, too. Remember to register for some newborn, size 1, and size 2 diapers since you will need them all in the first six months of life.

Pampers Sensitive Wipes

Pampers Sensitive Wipes

You’ll find the kind of wipes your family prefers, but these wipes are trusted by millions of families.

Boudreaux's Butt Paste 16 oz. Jar - $15.77

Boudreaux's Butt Paste 16 oz. Jar

It has a funny name, but parents swear by its healing powers. This 16oz jar will last a long, long time.

Summer Infant 2-Sided Changing Pad - $14.99

Summer Infant 2-Sided Changing Pad

We recommend skipping a dedicated changing table and putting a changing pad on top of an existing dresser or other surface. This changing pad has contoured sides and a buckle to help your wiggly one stay in place during changes.

Summer Ultra Plush Change Pad Cover - $19.99

Summer Ultra Plush Change Pad Cover

With this, your little one can dirty the changing pad cover instead of the changing pad.

Munchkin 3 Count Waterproof Changing Pad Liners - $7.59

Munchkin 3 Count Waterproof Changing Pad Liners

These versatile waterproof pads can be a lifesaver! Use them on top of your changing pad cover or as an on-the-go changing station or for tummy time or many, many other uses.

Diaper Genie Essentials Diaper Disposal Pail - $21.99

Diaper Genie Essentials Diaper Disposal Pail

Babies poop, and poops smells. This won’t make those problems go away, but it will minimize their impact. Diaper Genies do require specific refills that can add up on cost.

Oh Joy! Tote Diaper Bag - $39.99

Oh Joy! Tote Diaper Bag

Some parents skip a diaper bag altogether and use a backpack or purse that they already have, but if you are toting baby around a lot, a dedicated diaper bag can be a big help.

Bathing


The First Year's Tub with Sling - $17.98

The First Year's Tub with Sling

It fits in your sink, has a sling for newborns, and grows with your baby. What more could you want? And the price is just right. (Also, the tub is also an easy thing to skip.)

Spasilk 10 pack Soft Terry Washcloth - $6.99

Spasilk 10 pack Soft Terry Washcloth

This ultrasoft 10-pack of washcloths is great to have around since your baby will be making messes. (You could also skip this and use your own washclothes on the baby.)

Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo - $7.99

Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo

This body wash-and-shampoo-in-one is a great choice for your baby’s first soap. Since babies don’t get that dirty anyway, an elaborate toiltery set may be overkill.

Luvable Friends Animal Face Hooded Woven Terry Baby Towel - $12.99

Luvable Friends Animal Face Hooded Woven Terry Baby Towel

What’s cuter than a baby? A baby in a duck towel. Babies are often cold after bathtime, and a hooded towel is both cute and practical for keeping them warm.

Health & Safety


Safety 1st Deluxe Healthcare and Grooming Kit - $20.00

Safety 1st Deluxe Healthcare and Grooming Kit

This first aid kit has all of your essentials (thermometer, nose aspirator, nail clippers) and a brush, comb, toothbrush, and more.

Baby Tylenol/Acetaminophen - $7.55

Baby Tylenol/Acetaminophen

You don’t want to be hightaliing it to CVS the first time your baby gets a fever, so have some Infant Tylenol handy before baby arrives. (And remember to keep the dosage chart handy because it’s based on weight not age!)

VTech DM221 Safe & Sound Digital Audio Baby Monitor - $35.98

VTech DM221 Safe & Sound Digital Audio Baby Monitor

This is a great inexpensive audio monitor so you can listen in on baby when she’s sleeping. If you’re interested in a video monitor, the Foscam with night vision is a good option.

Safety 1st Essentials Child Proofing Kit- 46 Piece - $18.15

Safety 1st Essentials Child Proofing Kit- 46 Piece

It might not feel like it right now, but your baby will be crawling around before you know it. Be prepared with these childproofing basics.

Evenflo Position and Lock Classic Gate - $10.00

Evenflo Position and Lock Classic Gate

This inexpensive safety gate can move easily if you have multiple doorways that need protecting. Check out our guide to the best baby gates for a full run-down.

Toys


Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes - $7.49

Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes

A music box, a teether, and more, this toy will make long car rides so much smoother.

Oball Classic - $9.67

Oball Classic

For some reason little babies love to grab this tiny ball.

Guess How Much I Love You - $5.99

Guess How Much I Love You

This is one of our favorites, but we suggest adding a few of your family favorites to your registry too.

Infantino Go GaGa Squeeze and Teethe Toy (Monkey) - $12.99

Infantino Go GaGa Squeeze and Teethe Toy (Monkey)

This adorable teether is a baby favorite which makes it a parent favorite, too.

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