A very important factor I learned in retrospect about transforming into a parent is that most products designed for babies (and their parents) are just not necessary or worth sinking your money into, like many breastfeeding supplies. Some, however, are worth spending more on, specially the stuff that keeps your baby safe.
That includes cribs, car seats, and strollers. Financial blog MoneyNing points out the way to prioritize:
One of my pet peeves is how baby safety gear is marketed (more expensive doesn’t always mean safer). A $400 Britax car seat isn’t safer than the $60 Target brand seat; it’s simply easier to use. You can rest assured your son or daughter is just as safe in a cheaper car seat if you’re on a limited budget.
However, if you possess the extra money to invest, and you know that you’ll be shuttling Junior or Sis in the car each day, then it makes sense to get the car seat that will be easiest to install, strap the kid into, and clean.
If, on the other hand, you’re a city dweller, it probably makes more sense to pay the big money on an easy-to-use stroller or bike trailer, since it’s what you’ll be utilizing day-to-day.
I’d add that a more comfortable car seat is additionally good for your sanity, unless you like driving while your kid is screaming bloody murder.
MoneyNing delivers a few other baby products to spend more on if you have the dough, such as a quality diaper bag, that you simply may or may not go along with.