Monday, August 13, 2012

Buying for baby: When to splurge

I posted the other day about ways to save for baby. I think on most things, you are smarter to try to get it for the cheapest price possible, but there are a few things I think are worth "splurging on."

1. Photography- Your baby will only be a newborn for a very short period of time and you can never get that time back. Yes, you could go to a department store or chain photography place and pay only 10-50 bucks for pretty average photos. Or you could splurge and get great photos. In my opinion, it's worth paying the money to get the great photos. I will always regret that we did not get a good photographer for our wedding. Most of the shots from our ceremony are grainy and are just not what I wanted. For example, our first kiss as husband and wife shot. The coloring is off and we can't blow it up at all because it's grainy.

So when I get pregnant with Grace, I knew that I wanted good newborn photography. And I love love love what I ended up with. These photos were taken by Lisa B Photography.


The quality is amazing and I will cherish them forever! I did manage to get a great deal on her session as the photographer was trying to build up her portfolio, but I am paying full price for Connor's and know that I will not regret it. The photographer comes to our house for the session so that we are comfortable and spends 2-3 hours with us to get the best shots possible. Then the photos are professionally edited. Totally worth the money to me!

2. Diaper Bag- This is a lesson I learned recently. As a new mom, you will most likely not carry a purse anymore. Your diaper bag will become your primary bag for at least a year to come and you need something both stylish and practical. I had a cheap bag to start out with. It served its purpose but was small and quickly got worn and unorganized. Luckily, someone was nice enough to offer to buy me a new one for a birthday present and so I began to look at the more expensive bags. I fell in love with Petunia Picklebottom diaper bags. If you have not seen them, go look now. They're gorgeous. Besides that, they're practical! They have tons of pockets and have a detachable changing pad. Mine can be used as both a shoulder bag and a backpack, which comes in very handy when you're trying to walk around with a toddler. Plus it can hold an amazing amount of stuff. It looks just as good now as it did new almost a year ago. I wish I would have gotten one at the very beginning.Trust me, it's worth splurging on a good diaper bag! This is the one that I have, I know there are some other great brands as well!
 3. Baby carrier- Grace hated being in her carsat. She would scream at the top of her lungs. If I tried to take her to the grocery store and simply put her carseat in the cart like most parents do, it was nearly unbearable. So after a ton of resaerch, I dropped a ton of cash on a baby carrier that everyone raved about, the ERGO Baby Carrier. I was hesitant, we had a Moby already, and though we liked it, it wasn't easy enough to use when we were out and about. Well, I am so thankful I took everyone's advice. The Ergo saved my sanity! It is easy to use, comfortable to wear, and worth every single penny. I even splurged more by buying the performance version due to it's lighter fabric, I didn't want to risk Grace getting too hot in our nasty Missouri summers. I have yet to ever see the nicer ones at a consignment sale. They even sell extremely high on Craigslist.  If you plan on wearing baby at all, get a carrier that is comfortable. The Ergo is certainly one of the best reviewed carriers out there. Even Mike is willing to use it! Don't tell him I posted this picture :)

I love this picture. I think she was about 6 months old.
4. Glider- As a new mom, you are going to be spending a lot of time trying to nurse, feed, rock, and soothe baby. You will most likely be spending hours upon hours in a rocking chair trying to get the baby to sleep for a few precious hours. So in my opinion, it's worth spending some money on that chair that you're going to be spending so much time in. I cannot count the number of hours I've spent in the glider in Grace's room. We still use it every night for our bedtime routine and I know I will spend a ton of time in it with Connor too! I tried out lots of different gliders at lower price points and just didn't find them comfortable. I broke my tail bone years ago and have a hard time sitting for long periods of time in general so I knew we needed to splurge a little bit. Luckily, I found an Overstock freight store near us that had Dutailier (one of the high end brands) gliders for hundreds off of the retail price. I'm not saying you need to spend thousands of dollars on one and occasionally you do see them at consignment sales, but I do think for the amount of time you'll use it, it's worth it to splurge a bit!

My glider, and Buddy!
5. Carseat- This is the final and I think most important thing. I would never buy a carseat used. They are so important for the safety of your child and once they are in an accident, they should never be used again. Unless you know the person you are getting it from, you have no idea if it has been in an accident or not. To me, it is worth buying a good, new carseat from a manufcaturer you can trust. We had a Graco SnugRide Infant Seat and now have a Sunshine Kids Radian80 SL Convertible Car Seat. Both were in the more expensive range of carseats, but to me, her safety is worth every penny.

What did you splurge on for baby? Was it worth it?

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  1. That is great advice! I agree that those items are important to splurge on. In my own personal experience, the diaper bag and glider were especially important. I love the photos of your precious baby girl too! You are right about the professional photos being worth the money.

  2. Good post! We're just starting to buy baby gear (I'm due in November) and we DID splurge on the glider and car seat so far. I would never, ever buy a used car seat either. I'd also like to get a nice diaper bag, but I think I'm going to wait until after the baby comes to see how much STUFF I actually will be packing in one. I have a cheapie to get me through the first few months.

    We've been debating newborn photography, and I'm definitely leaning towards splurging for some awesome photos. I have a feeling we would regret it if we didn't.



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