Let’s face it–outfitting your home with the right baby gear for your family and getting it all organized is no easy or inexpensive feat. Then it can seem you have barely used a piece of gear when your baby has suddenly outgrown it. Manufacturers have definitely started to hear parents’ frustrations and there are now some great products on the market that are meant to grow with your baby through multiple stages. Check out these five products to save you time, space and money (in the long run) when it comes to baby gear.
Mamas & Papas Baby Bud with Activity Tray: The Baby Bud is a three stage booster seat that works for your baby from 6 months to 3 years and because of its adjustable feet and safety harness will work with just about any chair to ensure baby is at the right height at the family table. Stage one offers a removable activity tray to keep baby entertained and an insert can be removed to ensure your child still fits comfortably at stage three. The Baby Bud is easy to clean and easy to carry making it also a great option to take on the go. mamasandpapas.com, $79
Boba Carrier 4G: The Boba Carrier 4G is a soft structured carrier ideal for babies from 7 lbs without an additional insert all the way up to 45 lbs. For parents, this ergonomic carrier will comfortably fit most body types without any extra accessories and includes multiple zippered pockets. For babies, the Boba 4G offers additional head support for infants and foot straps for older children to keep them in a comfortable position. boba.com, $125
UPPABaby Vista: The Vista by UPPABabY (as seen in New York Family’s Guide to the Best Strollers of 2014) is a truly convertible stroller that will grow as your family grows from a single stroller with the included bassinet or toddler seat to a double by adding a rumble seat and even a triple by adding the Piggyback ride along board. UPPABaby even offers a bassinet stand that can be converted into a hamper for baby’s room. The Vista is compatible with most major infant car seats, offers a large storage basket and the full suspension ensures a smooth ride for all. uppababy.com, $729
Diono Radian RXT: The Radian RXT is a convertible car seat that comfortably seats your baby rear-facing from 5-45 lbs, front-facing from 20-80 lbsand converts to a booster for children up to 120 lbs meaning it could be the only seat you ever need. Thanks to its steel frame and the eps foam that lines the entire seat to provide complete side impact protection you can feel safe with your little one in tow. And thanks to its slim design the Diono Radian RXT can also fit three seats across your back seat. diono.com, $339
Stokke Steps: From the makers of the popular Tripp Trapp high chair Stokke may just have mastered gear that grows with baby with the introduction of the Stokke Steps. This truly modular system includes a bouncer and chair that can be used separately or together to bring baby to the table. The bouncer with a detachable toy hanger is suitable from birth to 20 lbs. The chair offers several accessories including the baby set and adjustable footrest making it a suitable highchair from 6 months through childhood. Stokke Steps can be purchased as a bundle from the get-go or as your baby needs each piece. stokke.com, starts at $199
Julie McCaffrey is a proud mommy to three kids, including one set of twins and owns BabyNav Baby Planners where she offers personalized consultation to new and expecting parents. She is a modern baby gear expert, has been featured in Pregnancy and Newborn magazine and loves to help moms and dads navigate everything from baby gear to preparing for multiples to getting back to work and getting the whole family on a routine. Follow her on Facebook (facebook.com/babynavbabyplanners) or check her out at babynavbabyplanners.com.