Having a baby can be very expensive. If you’re someone who’s looking to save money wherever you can, you’ll be glad to know that there are quite a few baby items or products that it’s perfectly fine to go cheap on or get used. However, there are also certain products that you definitely don’t want to get at a discounted price due to potentially lower quality.
So to help you ensure that you’re spending your hard-earned money on the right items, here are three baby products you shouldn’t skimp on.
The Car Seat
If a baby product has to do with the health and safety of your child, it’s a pretty safe bet that you’re going to want to ensure you get the best product your money can buy. This includes your child’s car seat.
According to Ashley Wehrli, a contributor to BabyGaga.com, you should never get a car seat used, if you can help it. When you buy a used car seat, you have no way of knowing if that car seat has been involved in a previous car accident, how old the car seat is, or how well it had been taken care of. All of these things can have a big impact on how safe a car seat it, so it’s best to just get a brand new one for your baby so you can rest assured that you’re getting the safest possible product.
The Crib or Bassinet
Hopefully, your baby will spend a big portion of the day sleeping. During this time, you’re going to want to be sleeping, too. Or getting things done around the house or catching up on projects that have gotten away from you. While you’re doing any or all of these things, the last thing you want to be worrying about is if your baby is safe while sleeping.
Because of this, it’s worth spending some real money on a quality crib or bassinet for your little one. According to Marissa Perino and Erin McDowell, contributors to Business Insider, you should always check that the crib or bassinet you’re buying is sturdy and well put together, as a faulty crib could cause major harm to your baby.
The Rocking Chair Or Glider
Both you and your new baby will likely be spending a big chunk of time rocking and swaying as you try to get him or her to sleep or to calm down during the “witching hour.” While you’re both in this constant state of motion, you’re going to want to be sure that you’re as comfortable as can be.
To help with this, Ashlee Neuman, a contributor to The Bump, recommends that you invest in a quality and comfortable rocking chair or glider. The more your chair is able to do, the more chances you have of finding a movement that your baby will rest peacefully in.
To help you know what products you should really be spending your money on, consider using the tips mentioned above to get the best quality products for your new little one.