When I first started shopping for baby gear I had absolutely no idea what I needed and what I didn’t need. After doing some research, I found out the essentials and started to shop away. I was blown away with some of the prices on specific baby items.
I knew that if I was going to spend a lot of money on these items that it needed to be an investment and it needed to last for more than one child. After having two kids and living both in the suburbs and the city with a baby, I think I’ve finally figured out what you should really go all out on in baby gear.
Check out the baby items that are worth the splurge after the jump!
- Stroller: For me, my stroller is everything. We don’t have a car living in the city, so our stroller is our car. When we lived in Florida, I didn’t spend much time thinking about a stroller. I just picked one out for our registry and we received it. We used it a handfull of times. We didn’t take it with us to the city because it would have been to big and bulky to lug around. Now that we live in the city, there are so many aspects to a stroller I need to look at before purchasing. What I spend on a stroller might sound crazy to other people, but when you use it as often as we do, it’s an absolute must.
- Car Seat: Although we don’t have a car, there are still many times when I need to take both girls in the car. Safety is of upmost importance to me. I did a lot of research on car seats when Harlan was born and even more when Avery was born because there was a lot more to offer in the market. A car seat is definitely something you don’t want to skimp out on because your child’s safety is always important.
- Breast Pump: I knew that I wanted to breastfeed both of my girls, but I also knew there was going to be times that I was going to have to be away from them and they were going to have to drink from a bottle. I wanted the most efficient breast pump so that I would be able to get as much milk as I could. The more efficient ones are more expensive, but definitely worth the cost.
- Baby Carrier: I use my baby carrier all of the time when I am taking public transportation. Avery has had many stages when she only wants to be held, but I still have to get things done. I put her in the carrier and can still walk around and do what I have to do. I’ve tried so many baby carriers at all costs, but the ones that are durably made and might be a little bit more expensive have definitely held up to the cranky baby test.
- Diaper Bag: I learned the first time around that your diaper bag goes with your everywhere. I wanted it to be stylish and not look anything like a diaper bag. When I found out I was pregnant with Avery, I splurged on a bag that could double as both my purse and a diaper bag. That way if I have to go out without the girls I can still grab the bag and go.
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