Best Value Baby Items With Consumer Savings and Money Expert Andrea Woroch

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TIP 1: Choose products that grow with your baby/child.

Parents often feel overwhelmed with all the gear they need to get for their newest family member. And many of these big ticket items can become extremely costly, from car seats to strollers to high chairs. Finding those that grow with your child can help you save more over time. Evenflo SafeMax All-in-One Car SeatWith birth to harness booster mode, the SafeMax will accommodate your growing child from 5 – 120 pounds and it is the first car seat in the U.S. to be dynamically rollover tested so it is the perfect choice for new parents looking for peace of mind and value for years to come. Sold exclusively at Babies“R”Us stores and Babiesrus.com for $299.99, but currently on sale for $60 off through May 21. Graco Blossom LX 4-in-1 Seating SystemOffering four seats in one, this high chair is designed to adjust to your growing child’s seating needs, transforming seamlessly from a high chair to an infant feeding booster, toddler booster and youth chair. “Sands” color pattern sold exclusively at Babies“R”Us stores and Babiesrus.com for $189.99.

TIP 2: Look for “Double Duty” items.

Products that serve a dual purpose ensures you get the most bang for your baby buck. What’ more, online flash sale sites like zulilly.com bring popular brands and items at extra savings. Lolly Gags White Arrow Minky Car Seat Canopy Cover: Soft and stylish, these car seat cover doubles as a baby blanket to use in the stroller or when snuggling, available for $39.99 at zulilly.com Maya & Max Teething Necklace and Bracelet sets by Moby Wrap: Made with soft silicone, wood and sterling silver, this teething jewelry is soft on gums and double as a necklace or bracelet and teether for your little one, available for $17.99 at zulilly.com

TIP 3: Be smart with maternity wear.

For expecting moms, finding clothes that fit, look flattering and don’t cost a lot often feels impossible. But spending hundreds of dollars on designer maternity jeans, dresses and other garments is a waste considering you only need it for a few months. Luckily, stores like Target offer an exclusive line of maternity wear that’s stylish and won’t break your budget, including their own Liz Lange collection as well as designer exclusives from Ingrid and Isabel. Plus, Target often runs specials like the current “Buy 1, Get 1 50% off Women’s Clothing.” Just use the Cartwheel app for extra savings at checkout!

TIP 4: Buy used when possible.

When it comes to clothing and even certain gear essentials, buying used is the smartest choice especially considering that babies and kids grow quickly. Head over to thredup.com to find a huge selection of gently-used baby girl and baby boy clothing options. While you’re at it, look for clothing you can sell to make money toward like-new purchases and sign up for their newsletter to receive a coupon code for 40% off your first purchase to save even more. Otherwise, host a swat with other parents to trade clothing for no cost.

Items at zulilly.com

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$39.99 - Lolly Gags White Arrow Minky Car Seat Canopy Cover

$17.99 - Maya & Max Teething Necklace and Bracelet sets by Moby Wrap