If you're trying to keep a lid on baby costs, remember that less is more. Start with the basics and buy what you need when you need it.
It's also a good idea to look for items that can multitask or will work for different stages of your baby's (or babies') development. Baby-gear makers have caught on to this idea in recent years, so 2-in-1, 3-in-1, and even 4- and 5-in-1 products have proliferated. You might not need a piece of gear to do everything it's designed to do, but if the multifunctionality means its usefulness will last longer, it's probably worth it.
With all that in mind, here are five moderately priced items that can do double or triple duty for your baby.
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Itzy Ritzy Mom Boss 4in1 Nursing Cover
I love this cover so much, I've bought it for at least five other mom friends. It's fantastic if you're a nursing mom, because it covers you comfortably, discreetly, and without making you overly hot. When you don't need to use it as a nursing cover, it can double as a car-seat cover; or, when you're using the seat as a carrier, it triples as a stroller shade. The fabric is thin and stretchy, and I love the pattern. I even wear it as a scarf so it's ready to go when I need to nurse.
Available at Target starting at $18.49
Davinci Fairway 3-In-1 Convertible Crib
We bought a DaVinci crib eight years ago for my first child, and it is still going strong today with our fourth child. You really don't have to spend a fortune for a good-quality crib, and the Fairway has sleek, solid lines that complement many different styles of decor.
The Fairway comes with a conversion kit (sold separately) to transform it into a toddler bed – the front panel comes off to be replaced with a safety rail. And when your child is ready, the rail can be removed, turning the Fairway into a daybed.
Available at Target starting at $249.99
Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner
The Boppy is one of the most useful things you will ever buy for your baby. If you nurse, you will likely find it irreplaceable as a breastfeeding pillow for at least a few months. When practicing tummy time, you can use it to prop your baby's chest up. Finally, when your child is old enough to practice sitting up, you can prop it around their body to help their balance.
Available at Target starting at $39.99
Dekor Classic Hands-Free Diaper Pail
Spending a little more on a diaper pail that keeps odors contained is absolutely worth it. The Dekor Classic is a budget-friendly item because you can use regular small trash bags with it instead of buying expensive, branded refill packs. It does a great job at keeping smells from escaping and looks nice, too.
Available at Target starting at $29.99
Fisher-Price Geometric Meadow Bouncer
This adorable bouncer gets the job done. It's colorful and happy and gives you a safe place to put down your baby anywhere in the house. And you can't beat the sub-$30 price. At this price, it's cheap enough to buy one for the upstairs and one for the downstairs, or a spare to keep at Grandma's.
Available at Target starting at $24.99
Sabrina is the writer behind the healthy living blog RhodeyGirl Tests, where she shares her passion for food & family through her healthy recipes, creative menus, and fun with her son Raffi (born September 2011), daughter Alessandra (born April 2013), daughter Valentina (born May 2015), and baby girl Daniela (born January 2018.)
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