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The 8 Cheapest, Best Baby Gear Buys

by Parenting.com Editors


The 8 Cheapest, Best Baby Gear Buys
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Babytalk shows you how to pay the best price for the high-quality baby gear you need — baby furniture, a car seat, baby bedding, strollers, and more!

 

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Hot Seat

Price:$179.99

Infant car seats fit small babies best, but they have a limited shelf life. Opt for a convertible car seat that can be used rear- or forward- facing from birth. The Evenflo Titan convertible car seat ($99; evenflo.com) gets high marks from safety experts and is a breeze to install...

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Hot Seat

Price:$199.99

...Or choose one with a higher weight limit so you can use it longer, like the new Graco SnugRide 32 ($160; gracobaby.com) for babies up to 32 pounds and 32 inches tall.

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Rock On

Price:$24.99

Park that booty here now and later: The Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker ($40; fisher-price
.com
) is a bouncer that grows up along with your baby.

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Clean Sweep

Sweet potatoes are no match for the Graco Meal Time high chair ($80; gracobaby.com). It has a reclining vinyl seat that wipes clean, and the tray features a removable, dishwasher-safe insert.

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Carried Away

Price:$17.99

Infantino's classy Style Rider carrier ($40; Target) offers extra lower-back support and handy pockets for your keys and wallet.

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Sleep Easy

Price:$160.00

Whether it costs $100 or $1,000, every new crib must meet the same government safety standards. Get a basic one with stationary sides, like Ikea's Leksvik crib ($160; ikea.com), recommended for its safety and value.

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Keeping Tabs

Price:$33.00

You probably don't need a monitor (trust us -- you'll hear your baby cry!), but most moms want one anyway. For $33, you get two receivers for the Safety 1st Glow & Go Monitor (babiesrus.com) and a timed nightlight.

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Play Station

Price:$49.99

Skip the fully loaded activity center. The Bright Starts Bounce Bounce Baby ($45; bright starts.com) will provide more than enough entertainment for your tot, plus you can always add more playthings to the tray.

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Easy Rider

Price:$299.99

Offering a smooth ride, an easy, compact fold, and weighing in at just 17 pounds, the versatile Chicco Liteway stroller ($130; Buy Buy Baby) will navigate bumpy sidewalks and narrow store aisles. The seat fully reclines so your infant can snooze, and the removable basket doubles as a backpack.

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Tot Spot

Price:$38.99

Sure, you can spend twice the price on a play yard, but why mess with perfection? The original Graco Pack 'n Play ($70; gracobaby.com) -- which comes with a bassinet and toy bar -- still gets the job done.

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Bag It

Price:$60.00

JJ Cole's Mode Tote Bag ($60; jjcoleusa.com) is well worth splurging for. It can be worn three different ways: as a tote, a messenger bag, or attached to your stroller handles. It comes with a matching changing pad, and the laminated canvas exterior wipes clean.

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Sweet Dreams

Price:$11.00

We like that everything in the chic DwellStudio for Target Baby Bedding Collection ($11 - 35; target.com) is sold separately -- fitted sheets, changing pad cover, bed skirts, and more -- so you only need to buy what you know you'll use. (Skip the pricey comforter and bumper pads because they're SIDS hazards.)

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Extra Hands

Price:$18.00

Bathing a newborn can seem like trying to catch a fish with your bare hands. The First Years Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn to Toddler Tub ($18; babiesrus.com) makes it easier with a mesh sling to safely and securely cradle even the smallest babies.

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Gym Dandy

Price:$51.99

What doesn't Tiny Love's Gymini Musical Kick & Discover activity gym ($70; toysrus.com) do? The playmat itself is loaded with fun toys and textures for your baby to explore, plus a kickpad that lights up and plays music with every swat. You can also use the kickpad as it's own toy or with the pillow for tummy time.