10 of the best baby buys that grow with your child
Baby products that last… and last
There are plenty of products you’ll buy that your baby will outgrow in the blink of an eye. Keeping up with the changing needs of your child is one reason why having a baby can seem so expensive! Hunting for lower prices is one way to keep the budget in check, but shopping for items that have a longer lifespan is another option. Products that last or evolve as your baby develops mean you aren’t hit by more purchases later on. For some parents, this will also be a way to save space (there’ll be no old baby kit to store) and a touch eco-minded, as just one product, rather than two, three or four, need to be produced, transported and then thrown away.
If the idea of paying once and using for years appeals, check out these top-scoring long-life products, from feeding gear to car seats, a buggy and nursery furniture…
Phil & Teds Hammerhead 4WD buggy, birth to 6 years
Plenty of buggies can only be used until you child’s 3 years old. Sometimes, you might even find one that’s functional to 4 years. But Phil and Teds has pushed the boat out, with the Hammerhead 4WD, £399.95, being suitable until your child’s 6. This is great news for families embarking on longer walks and travels, eager to trek further afield than those little pre-school legs care to go. The Hammerhead 4WD can transform into a travel system, and you don’t need to ditch this ATP even if your family size expands because it can convert into a double buggy.
Read the full review of the Phil & Teds Hammerhead 4WD as a single buggy and also see how the Hammerhead 4WD performs as an Inline Double.
ERGObaby baby carrier, birth to 4 years
The ERGObaby baby carrier, from £99.90, can be used from 4 months of age as is or right from birth if you purchase the infant insert. MFM’s seasoned reviewer gave it full marks for comfort for your baby and comfort for the adult carrying it. It has three carrying positions, and by spanning a huge four-year period, this carrier really does offer amazing value for money.
Read the full ERGObaby baby carrier review.
BeSafe iZi Combi X3 car seat, birth to 4 years
It’s not cheap (£340) and it’s not light (14.2kg), but the Group 0+/1 car seat BeSafe iZi Combi X3 does offer value for money by giving you four years of car safety and innovative design. The thing that sets the BeSafe iZi Combi X3 apart from many other car seats is the fact it can be used as a rear facing car seat right up until your child is 4. However, it also has the flexibility to be used as a forward facing option once your baby’s big enough.
Despite its weight, this car seat is compact and slim line, so there’s room for other passengers.
Read the full BeSafe iZi Combi X3 car seat review.
Kiddy Comfort Pro car seat, 9 months to 12 years
The Kiddy Comfort Pro car seat, £185, is a Group 1/2/3 car seat, spanning from your baby is 9kg up to 36kg, which is roughly 9 months to 12 years. Where a Group 1 car seat would only last 9kg to 18kg (about 4 years), the Kiddy is a top-performing option that sees you make one purchase only, as it can last until your child no longer needs a car seat.
Read the full Kiddy Comfort Pro car seat review.