One thing I learnt in retrospect about becoming 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, especially the stuff that keeps your little one safe.
That includes cots, car seats and strollers. Financial blog MoneyNing points out how to prioritise:
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. If you’re on a limited budget, you can rest assured your child is just as safe in a cheaper car seat.
However, if you have the extra money to spend, and you know that you’ll be shuttling Junior or Sis in the car every 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 spend the big money on an easy-to-use stroller or bike trailer, since it’s what you’ll be using day-to-day.
I would add that a more comfortable car seat is also good for your sanity, unless you like driving while your kid is screaming bloody murder.
MoneyNing suggests a few other baby products to spend more on if you have the dough, such as a quality nappy bag, which you may or may not agree with.