Investment pieces for baby, what ever does that mean? Well, with three daughters, I’ve learned a thing or two about what items (gear, toys, clothing) were a waste of money and which are still being used the 3rd time around. If I had known some of these things when I had my first, I would have saved a lot of money!
I bought the most basic crib I could find, and as it turned out – I didn’t love it (surprise surprise) and by baby #3, I wanted a new one. Now had I just invested in the crib I really wanted (convertible, perhaps, more modern) the first time, I would not have purchased TWO cribs over three babes! Look for quality, longevity and a style that suits the design of your home. My pick: Bloom Alma Papa Crib or Baby Leto Modo Crib
This too, was something I couldn’t imagine spending a lot of money on when I was pregnant with my first. Little did I know, I would spend so, so many hours in that chair. Buy a chair you love, the best you can find within your budget, if you’re planning on more than one child, in fact, I would spend more on this than on the crib, looking back. A gorgeous choice: The Monte Grazia Swivel Glider.
Bouncy Chair and/or Swing
I say “and/or” since I don’t think you need both unless you have one set aside for a different room, say one in the main living area and one in the nursery or master for when you want to shower or get ready for the day, etc. These two items were priceless for me – my first spent a lot of time in the bouncer, and we had a great modern-looking one from Bjorn, and the swing was crucial with my third – she napped in it daily in our main living area WHILE her two older sisters played around her. Buy pieces you love to look at and are functional at the same time. Don’t break the bank, however know that these are very valuable for sanity saving in the first few months. My pick: The Luna Leaf Swing or the 4Moms MamaRoo.
You won’t be needing this for 4-6 months, but once you start, it’s a daily use for a few years. Plus, if you’re having more than one child, expect for this item to be in use for about 4-6 years. A chair that fits the style of your home is probably most important, followed by the functionality. I love the Stokke Tripp Trapp.
Watch soon for a post on Investment Toys for Tots too!
Photo: Simplla on Flickr
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I would add that a very comfortable and easy for you to use baby carrier is a must. I didn’t even have a swing for my last 4, just a couple of carriers, and they were my life savers. Especially for keeping baby safe and happy with toddler siblings around.
Yes, Kristen, you’re absolutely right. Great suggestion!
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