One of the best opportunities for parents to practice conscious consumption occurs before your child is even born. Limit wasteful spending and ensure you get the things you really need by being mindful about what you put on your baby registry. Forget the nice-to-have’s, the novelty products, the adorable but impractical outfits your child will wear once and then outgrow, and focus instead on the big, must-have items like your stroller, car seat and high chair, as well as the essentials you’ll use every day. Here are some tips:
- Stroller – With so many different options out there, the choice of stroller can feel overwhelming. Concentrate on what you know you’ll need: are you a runner who plans to jog with your child? Will you be traveling frequently and need something compact and eas to stow? Considering factors like your lifestyle and your available storage space will help narrow down your options and choose one stroller that fits as many of your needs as possible. Important: a stroller that can take your car seat not only makes travel easier, but it’s also a must-have for those newborn months.
- Car seat – This is one of those few areas where we believe in sacrificing sustainability for convenience. As tempting as it may be to buy a convertible car seat that can grow with your child through toddlerhood, the convenience an infant car seat offers is hard to beat. Being able to easily move your sleeping baby in and out of the car, is – in our opinion – worth the price of a second seat.
- High chair – Again, there are so many options to choose from! We’re of two minds: you can either invest in a high-quality wood option from brands like Stokke or Keekaroo that will grow with your child, can be used for many years, and can ultimately be passed down to another family member, OR focus less on what looks good and more on utility. One of our favorite high chairs is the ANTILOP from Ikea: a super basic white plastic high chair that’s a cinch to clean, ultra-lightweight and stores easily. Bonus: it retails for just $24.99. The ANTILOP is proof that sometimes the inexpensive, no-frills baby gear can be just as good as the fancier stuff.