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Mom-Tested Gear That Grows With Your Child

  • In the Seat of the Moment
    Worth the splurge, Stokke's sleek Tripp Trapp is a long-term investment. It serves as a high chair (with an infant insert, not shown), a booster, and, finally, a desk chair. (6 months and up; $249, stokke.com) "It lets Eden sit at the table with the family. My older kids sat comfortably, too." --Lisa Steil, mom of Eden, 1, Jake, 3, and Ava, 6, Parkland, FL

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  • Rock On
    When your child gets too big for this sweet infant seat, flip the Newborn-to-Toddler Portable Rocker over. Now you've got a toddler chair! (Birth to 40 pounds; $52, fisher-price.com) "We've bought a bouncy seat, rocker, and armchair over the past few years. This one versatile chair would have fulfilled all those needs." --Sarah Best Port, mom of Cash, 21 months, Raleigh, NC

  • Seasons Eatings
    It subs nicely as a high chair for the space-challenged, then the Recline & Grow Feeding Seat morphs into a booster seat. As an encore, it becomes a base-only seat you can easily tote to restaurants. (3 months to 4 years; $29.99, safety1st.com) "I love, love, love this product! It fits all ages and sizes. I can't say enough about it." --Leah Higgs, mom of a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old, Florence, MT

  • Baby Got Back
    The Big Kid Booster adjusts to a perfect fit in both height and lap depth. And when the cries of "I don't want to sit in a baby seat anymore!" start, it instantly converts to a backless booster. (30 to 100 pounds; $39.99, evenflo.com) "The best features of this seat are its portability and easy installation. Oh, and the adjustable armrests are genius!" --Janet Swierbut, mom of Andrew, 4, Newtown, CT

  • From the Hip
    In the Triple Comfort Rider, your baby first faces in and later, out. But then, just when other carriers (and your back) would typically poop out, you can switch to hip-wearing. (8 to 36 pounds; $55.99, infantino.com) "It's very comfortable! The memory foam really makes a difference. The material seems to breathe so well, too, unlike other similar products." --Alison Harding, mom of Keeley, 4 months, Cary, NC

  • Higher Power
    The height-adjustable Lights & Melodies Discovery Center allows your tot to reach new toys as he learns to sit and stand. (Birth to 2; $34.99, babyeinstein.com) "She loves the animal-sounds wheel. This toy has kept her happily occupied while I take care of her brother!" --Carolyn Dempsey, mom of Cathleen, 11 months, and Sean Patrick, 3, Washington, DC

  • Get a Grip
    The handle on the Play 'N Ride Car Deluxe puts you in cruise control. When your toddler is ready to ride on his own, remove it. Bonus: The toy panel comes off and attaches to a stroller. (12 months to 3 years; $84.99, chiccousa.com) "My son has a ball scooting around! And it's super durable, even after he fills up the compartments with dirt and rocks and rides it on rough terrain." --Sarah Brown, mom of Avery, 21 months, Mechanicsville, MD

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