How To Save Money When Buying Kids’ Gear

They’re not even out of the womb yet and we’re already thinking about which University they’ll go to, the neighbour they’ll marry and what kind of grand kids they’ll give us, but thinking about the future could be worth more than you think.

These days, many strollers, car seats and other types of kids gear are convertible, so they grow with your child—changing what used to be the job of three separate things to one ultimate do-it-all-er, saving you time and money. Many of these convertible items are on par with traditional versions and some are a pricier, but remember it is replacing the job of two, if not three, things.

Check out these great options when buying convertible baby gear:

Car Seat:  One of our favourites (it even won with our testers!) is the Britax Roundabout ($250). It fits babes from 5–40 lbs, and is rear-to-forward facing. But you will, of course, need to buy them a booster until they weigh 80 lbs. But if you really want to get the bang for your buck, opt for one that transitions into a booster as well, like this one from Safety 1st, which actually is cheaper than the Britax and lasts up to 100 lbs!

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High Chair: The Stokke Tripp Trapp ($290, plus $50 for baby rail) has one of the longest life spans of any high chairs we know. With the baby rail it can be used for babes, toddlers and growing kids alike, in fact there is no maximum age (it even seats parents comfortably!), and it is a great tool to transition kids into regular seats. The Stokke scored high marks with our testers because of its convertibility and sleek design, but there are a few others that are worth a gander, as well.

Crib/bed: Perhaps you remember this crib from our March nursery decor story? At $766, Pottery Barn’s Catalina 3-in-1 crib may seem a little out of the budget, but when you rule out the need to buy another bed for at least 15 years (with the help of a conversion kit, sold separately, it transitions to a toddler and big kid’s full-sized bed), it is actually quite a steal. And the classic look (which is available in white or espresso) means that it won’t become an eyesore years down the line.

And pick up a copy of our summer issue (on newsstands May 13) to find out which stroller travel system won top marks!

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