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10 Best Baby Products for the Least Amount of Money

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the coolest new baby gear on the market, and many readers wanted to see baby gear at affordable prices.

So here you go.

Here are 10 baby products you’re probably thinking about buying — from a crib to a play mat — and the best options for the least amount of money.

In fact, I’d choose most of these over their pricey competitors:


  • Go-Pod, $55 1 of 10
    Go-Pod, $55
    Most parents will tell you that an activity center (or exersaucer) is a must-have between the ages of 4 and 6 months — giving mom's arms a break while allowing baby to play solo. Yet most of them are so expensive — and so ugly. I like this Go-Pod because 1) it's not an eye sore, 2) you can attach favorite toys, and 3) it's fully collapsable and portable, perfect for using outdoors or on trips.
    Buy from Giggle.
  • Aprica Haven OpenAir Play Yard, $159.99 2 of 10
    Aprica Haven OpenAir Play Yard, $159.99
    Most play yards will cost you between $70 and $270, so this one is somewhere in the middle. But the reason I included it is because it's designed to work so much easier than the traditional pack 'n plays, which are bulky and a pain to move around. This one from Aprica is actually similar to the BabyBjorn play yard, which costs over $230.
    Buy from Babies R Us.
  • Infantino Vintage Twist and Fold Activity Gym, $39.99 3 of 10
    Infantino Vintage Twist and Fold Activity Gym, $39.99
    Many baby gyms will cost upwards to $80, but there's no need with this Infantino gym that costs half as much. It's attractive and collapsable, with all the bells and whistles that your baby will love.
    Buy from Babies R Us.
  • Somnat Crib, $79.99 4 of 10
    Somnat Crib, $79.99
    I'm a big fan of IKEA cribs, because they're stylish, sturdy, and very affordable.
    Buy from IKEA.
  • LATTSAM baby tub, $6.99 5 of 10
    LATTSAM baby tub, $6.99
    If you're just looking for a smaller area to bathe your baby, you could spend upwards of $70 — but IKEA has the most affordable option ever. True, there's no drain plug, but it costs less than $10! And this tub does have anti-slip safety grips so it doesn't slide around.
    Buy from IKEA.
  • LEKA baby gym, $24.99 6 of 10
    LEKA baby gym, $24.99
    A simple, compact wooden design in bright, contrasting colors. What more do you need?
    Buy from IKEA.
  • KLADD baby bib, $3.99 for 5-pack 7 of 10
    KLADD baby bib, $3.99 for 5-pack
    A 5-pack of gender-neutral, style-neutral bibs for less than $4. You really can't beat it.
    Buy from IKEA.
  • Antilop High Chair, $19.99 8 of 10
    Antilop High Chair, $19.99
    If you're looking for a minimal, functional, easy-to-clean high chair, IKEA's Antilop is a classic. (IKEA Antilops sold between 2006 and 2010 were recalled for a flimsy buckle, but the newer Antilop high chairs are perfectly safe.) You can also buy a highchair tray (rather than pulling it up to the table) for a whopping $5.
    Buy from IKEA.
  • Tiny Love Take-Along Mobile, $25 9 of 10
    Tiny Love Take-Along Mobile, $25
    If you're looking around at musical mobiles, this one from Tiny Love is portable — meaning you can attach it anywhere you go, from the crib to the play yard to the baby bouncer. (Important: Attaching anything to your baby's car seat while in motion can pose a safety risk and void your car seat's warranty. I highly recommend you don't do this. But there are plenty of other places to use this take-along mobile.)
    Buy from Giggle.
  • Baby Jogger City Mini 2011, $199.99 10 of 10
    Baby Jogger City Mini 2011, $199.99
    This is one of my very favorite strollers, especially for anyone living in a city. Besides the easy, compact fold and smart design, it can be made into a travel system with car seat adaptors or an additional pram accessory. Right now you'll find City Minis — typically $250 — at its lowest price, due to the new 2012 models about to hit shelves. It will also be the only stroller you need to buy, given its light weight and convenient features.
    Buy from Babies R Us.

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