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Splurge: Oeuf Classic Crib, $920 (left)
Steal: Baby Mod Olivia 3-in-1 Crib, $299.88 (right)
We’re major fans of the Oeuf brand and the married designers behind it, Sophie Demenge and Michael Ryan. This sleek crib comes in birch ($890) and walnut, offers three positions for the mattress, and converts to a toddler bed (with the additional purchase of the conversion kit, $240). Perhaps most importantly, it’s simply beautiful and well-made.
If you love the look of the Oeuf crib but can’t swing the price, this Baby Mod crib is a close (and much cheaper) alternative. It offers four-level mattress positioning and converts into a daybed or toddler bed using the guard rail conversion kit that’s included.
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Splurge: Maria Black Bean Diaper Bag by Mia Bossi, $390 (left)
Steal: JJ Cole Swag Bag, $89.99 (right)
Celeb moms like Tina Fey and Jennifer Hudson have been spotted with Mia Bossi bags—and we get why: these diaper bags look nothing like traditional ones, allowing moms to use them well beyond their babe’s diaper years.
But at a much more doable price, we also love the bold look of this JJ Cole diaper bag from Target. For less than a quarter of the price, you’ll save some serious dough without scrimping on style.
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Splurge: Serena and Lily Ashbury Glider, $1195 (left)
Steal: Enchanted Chambord Glider, $399.98 (right)
Nursery and baby bedding designers Serena Dugan and Lily Kanter include celeb mamas like Jennifer Garner, Mira Sorvino, and Bethenny Frankel among their many fans. We love the rich palate of colors available for this Ashbury compact swivel glider—and the option of purchasing slipcovers separately, making it easy to update the look in years to come. Shipping is an additional $120, and because it’s a custom order, it’ll take 8-10 weeks for delivery.
For a third of the price (and fast, free site-to-store shipping to your local Walmart—or home delivery for a fee), though, we’d be happy to opt for this Enchanted swivel gilder in a rich chocolate brown.
Matching ottomans are available for both chairs.
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Splurge: Stokke Tripp Trapp, $249 (left)
Steal: Keekaroo Height Right Kids High Chair, $149.95 (right)
Not only is the Tripp Trapp chair known for its clean modern design, it’s also widely appreciated for its functionality: the chair grows with a child, as the seat and footrest are both adjustable, and its appropriate for use between 6 months and even adulthood! Additionally, the chair can be pulled right up to the family dinner table, allowing Junior to eat his pureed peas with the rest of the fam.
But, while we love the Tripp Trapp, we don’t love its price tag. Rest assured, this high chair from Keekaroo offers similar functionality and quality. It works for babies 6 months and older, and supports up to 250 pounds in weight. Some parents may even prefer the Keekaroo because you can buy a dishwasher-safe tray for it, while the Tripp Trapp doesn’t allow for one.
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Splurge: DwellStudio Dots Chocolate Crib Set, $330 (left)
Steal: DwellStudio for Target Little Dots Crib Set, $79.99 (right)
Both of these lookalike crib sets are made by DwellStudio, but the cheapo one was designed especially for Target’s Dwell line. Now parents who love Dwell’s bold, mod look don’t have to break the bank to get it.
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Splurge: Bugaboo Cameleon, $979 (left)
Steal: First Years Indigo Stroller, $149.21 (right)
For years, Bugaboo has been the go-to brand for a statement-making stroller. This high-quality multi-terrain stroller is fully customizable, offering parents a rainbow of options for the stroller base ($880) and tailored fabric set ($99). The modular system adapts to infant car seats (with an additional adapter) as well as reversible positioning for the bassinet and stroller seat, the latter of which can be tilted into three positions, and comes with an adjustable handlebar. Appropriate for up to 40 pounds.
If you love the vivid red of this Bugaboo Cameleon but can’t fathom spending close to a grand on a stroller, you may just fall in love with the Indigo Stroller from First Years. Available in red as well as black/green and navy/gray combos, it also offers reversible seating, compatibility with infant car seats, 5-position recline, and an adjustable handle height. It’s rated for use up to a whopping 50 pounds to boot.
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Splurge: Boppy Garden Patch Play Gym, $64.99 (left)
Steal: Ikea Leka Baby Gym, $24.99 (right)
There are a lot of bells and whistles on this Boppy play gym in a soothing aqua and green combo. It includes an oversized pad, seven garden-themed toys, and a mini Boppy pillow.
If you like the look of the Boppy gym but can’t relinquish that much floor space, this sweet and simple baby gym from Ikea is a good match—at about half the size (just under 18 inches in diameter) and less than half the price.
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Splurge: Argington Sahara Changing Table, $795 (also avail in birch) (left)
Steal: Baby Mod–ParkLane 3-Drawer Changer, $249.98 (right)
This 3-drawer Argington dresser brings a modern look to any nursery. Available in ebony or birch with white drawer fronts, it features a white changing tray top that is easily removed for conversion to a big kid (or adult) dresser. Unfortunately, shipping adds on another $225, pushing the final price tag past the $1,000-mark.
Also convertible to a dresser for future use, this 3-drawer amber and white changer from Baby Mod comes with a removable changer top (but no changing pad). And you’ll save some serious dough with this option, especially if you opt for Walmart’s free site-to-store shipping.
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Splurge: Ninna Nanna Bassinet, $395 (left)
Steal: Jolly Jumper Rocking Moses Basket Stand Deluxe, $59.99 (right)
Bassinets don’t have to look like flouncy wedding dresses from the ‘80’s, and this sleek number from Monte Design Group proves it. It comes with a removable basket (covered by a machine-washable suede microfiber) that sits in a solid birch rocker base, as well as a waterproof mattress and two fitted cotton sheets. Available in this stone basket/dark brown base combo, as well as a charcoal basket and glossy white base.
While we love the striking look of the Ninna Nanna Bassinet, it may be hard to justify spending $400 on an item that will receive just a couple months of use. A super-affordable alternative is this Jolly Jumper Rocking Moses Basket Stand that offers similar visual appeal and fits most Moses baskets and stroller carry cots.
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Splurge: Giggle Baby Moses Basket, $230 (left)
Steal: Badger Basket Moses Basket with Liner, Tan Gingham, $29.98 (right)
If you’re looking for a Moses basket to pair with the stand on the previous page, look no further. This luxurious and plush basket from Giggle offers a cuddly spot for sleeping. The woven palm basket is lined with 100% organic cotton fleece and flannel with hypoallergenic fill, and the handles make it easy to carry from room to room or to use as a travel bed in baby’s first three months (or up to 15 pounds).
And although we agree that baby’s sleep (and therefore, mom’s) is priceless, this Badger Basket is about one-tenth the price of its splurgier cousin. It’s lined in removable, machine washable gingham fabric and comes with a soft mattress pad.
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Splurge: UGG Australia Infant’s Erin Bootie, $50 (left)
Steal: Minnetonka Moccasin Infant Genuine Sheepskin Pug Bootie, $27 (right)
There’s little cuter than these pint-sized sheepskin booties from UGG, available in sand, chestnut, and a soft pink. But for just about half the price, we’d be happy to keep little tootsies warm and cozy in these sheepskin Minnetonka Moccasins, available in golden tan and chestnut.
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Splurge: Land of Nod White Andersen Crib, $649 (left)
Steal: Ikea Gulliver crib, $99.99 (right)
The Andersen Crib from The Land of Nod makes for a neutral, unfussy anchor for a nursery. Made of solid American maple, it features three adjustable mattress heights and easily converts to a toddler bed with an optional conversion kit. Available in white and maple finishes.
Like many of Ikea’s products, one of the features we appreciate most in this Gulliver crib is the clean simplicity of its design (its bang for the buck isn’t bad either). The mattress can be adjusted at two different heights, and one side can be removed for when your babe is (gulp!) big enough to climb in and out of bed. A conversion kit is included. A natural wood finish is available for $139.
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Splurge: Eames Molded Plastic Armchair Rocker, $479 (left)
Steal: Vinnie White Cradle Chair, $155.49 (right)
A true modern classic, this Eames plastic rocker is playful, functional, and surprisingly comfy. Originally designed in 1948, it’s available in a rainbow of colors along with neutral whites, gray, and black.
For fans of modern design who love the look but not its jaw-dropping price tag, this Vinnie Cradle Chair offers a virtually identical look at about one-third the price. Also available in light blue.
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Splurge: J Brand Secret Fit Belly 5 Pocket Skinny Leg Maternity Jeans, $195 (left)
Steal: Old Navy Maternity Full-Panel Skinny Jeans, $34.50 (right)
Because we know that a flattering pair of jeans are priceless (especially when preggo), we’re willing to shell out some dough for maternity jeans like these from J Brand that makes us feel comfy and surprisingly slim (even if we’re not).
But sometimes, a dark wash and slim cut is just as flattering at $35 as it is at nearly $200, which is why these maternity skinny jeans from Old Navy are such a smart steal.
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Splurge: Giggle Baby Blocks Walker, $75 (left)
Steal: Mula Blocks with Wagon, $7.99 (right)
This smiley wooden walker from Giggle is packed with 24 wooden blocks made from preservative-free, replenishable rubberwood, and is sure to occupy your kiddo for hours.
At under $8, this wooden pull-along wagon (also filled with 24 building blocks) from Ikea is an incredible steal at one-tenth the price of its pricier lookalike, leaving plenty of bucks to invest in more toys.
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Splurge: nano Urban Highchair by bloom, $179 (left)
Steal: Antilop Highchair with Safety Belt, $19.99 (right)
This lightweight, stylish high chair from bloom offers a five-point adjustable harness and a comfy seat made of wipeable leatherette, making it super simple to keep clean. You can use it with the dishwasher-safe tray or pull it right up to the table. Perhaps best of all, it folds up incredibly flat, making it easy to tuck away. Available in a sweet range of bright colors.
This Antilop high chair from Ikea is also super easy to clean, as well as easy to disassemble and transport for a quick trip to Grandma’s (but at this price, you can probably afford to buy a second one to just keep at Grandma’s). Tray available for an additional $5. Also available in blue.
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Splurge: Speedboat II Bed & Trundle, $1299 – $1499 (left)
KidKraft Boat Toddler Bed, $169.99 (right)
Making the move from crib to big kid bed can be fraught with anxiety—but we think any big bro or sis would be psyched to sleep in this speedboat bed from Pottery Barn Kids. Trundle included, and the two doors open for extra storage. Available in twin and full sizes.
Big moves don’t need to cost big bucks, at least when it comes to transitioning to a bed. This twin includes a storage compartment at its foot, and its nautical look comes with a price tag that won’t sink your budget.
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Splurge: VIPP Diaper Pail, $319 (20” H x 12” D; 4 gallon) (left)
Steal: United Receptacle Economical Step Can, 3.5 gallon, $51.99 (right)
Who says all diaper pails need to be ugly plastic eyesores that threaten the swank aesthetic of your babe’s nursery? This Danish-designed airtight VIPP diaper pail is the top of the line when it comes to fashion and function. Its stainless steel is easy to keep clean and doesn’t absorb smells.
Sadly, no sum of money can prevent diapers, and thus diaper pails, from stinking. But if you want to avoid odor-absorbing plastic, this self-closing steel step-can will do just fine.
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Splurge: Sliver Cross Balmoral Pram – Navy, $2995 (left)
Steal: Inglesina Classica Pram in Marina, $1229 (right)
If you just have to have the iconic Silver Cross pram, you’re not alone; the brand has been trusted by the British royal family for generations (as well as big-name celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Britney Spears).
But if you’re dreaming of a heirloom-y baby carriage but can’t quite spring for the model once used by Queen Elizabeth to squire her baby Prince Charles in 1948, this pram from Inglesina was inspired by 19th century British aristocracy, refined in Italy, and “handcrafted by skilled artisans using only the finest materials.” It’s hardly a steal but it is less than half the price of the Silver Cross.
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Splurge: Tarantino Furniture, table: $199; 2 chairs: $199 (left)
Steal: Ikea Mammut furniture; chair: $14.99; table: $34.99 (right)
Made from soft, sturdy EVA foam (the same stuff inside running shoes), this lightweight but sturdy (supporting up to 300 pounds) Tarantino kids’ furniture can be used both indoors and out. Stools are also available, and the whole collection is modular, so it’s easily stackable for storage or imaginary play. Also available in red/orange.
Super affordable and quirky-cute, this plastic Mammut children’s furniture from Ikea is durable, easy to clean, and a mere fraction of price. Stools are available ($7.99); tables and chairs also sold in green and pink.
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Splurge: Playsam Rocking Horse, $209 (left)
Steal: Ikea Ekorre Rocking Moose, $39.99 (right)
This stunning rocking horse designed by Björn Dahlström for Playsam offers a Scandinavian spin on the traditional equine rocker. Also available in black.
Just as Scandinavian is this rocking moose from Ikea, offering a bright pop of color to any playroom for less than one-fifth the price of the Playsam horse.
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Splurge: Flensted Butterflies Click-a-Mobile, $42 (left)
Steal: Origami Butterfly Mobile, $20 (right)
This sweet and delicate butterfly mobile from iconic Danish mobile designers Flensted will enchant babes with the dreamy movements of its butterflies.
Beautifully crafted from traditional Origami paper, this similar butterfly mobile would be a lovely, handmade addition to a nursery. This Etsy seller also custom-makes mobiles, and buyers can specify color preferences as well as other shapes like cranes, flowers, airplanes, or fish.
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Splurge: Sakura Bloom Luxe Eco-Friendly Silk Ring Sling, $540 (left)
Steal: Maya Wrap, $65 (right)
Lovely and luxe, these eco-friendly baby slings from Sakura Bloom are crafted from rare, hand-loomed, naturally dyed silks. Made from wild tussah silk (which comes from the cocoons of wild silk moths), they’re machine washable and fully reversible. One size fits all.
Made from 100% hand-loomed cotton instead of silk, this lightly padded Maya Wrap baby sling offers a similar look for quite a bit less. Available in S to XL.
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Splurge: Argington Petra Toddler Bed, $299 (left)
Steal: Ikea Kritter Bed, $89 (right)
Created by designer duo (and married couple) Jenny Argie and Andrew Thornton, and inspired by their three kids, the Argington brand offers sustainability paired with attractive aesthetics, and this Petra Toddler Bed is no exception. Its low proximity to the ground (8 inches) makes it safe for kids to climb in and out of on their own.
This sheep bed from Ikea’s Kritter line offers a similar-looking sweet spot for your toddler to snooze. Also available in blue and natural wood ($99), both featuring a scaredy-cat facing an eager puppy on the headboard.