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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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 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.