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12 money-saving products that grow with your baby

These all-in-one baby gear essentials make life simpler.

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Three things you learn when you have a baby: 1. You are totally able to function without sleep. 2. It takes about three diaper changes to be an instant pro. 3. Babies need a lot of stuff.

Fortunately, these 12 products are here to help you cut down on that last one. (You're on your own with the diaper changing 😬.)


Four position carrier

Baby Tula Explore coast carrier

This ergonomically designed baby carrier will take you from your baby's newborn days all the way through 3 years old (or 45 pounds). With four carry positions—front-inward, front-outward, hip and back—this is the only carrier you'll need for all of your babywearing adventures. We especially love the cool mesh breezy cutouts for extra comfort on warm days.

$179

A bouncer turned toddler seat

Baby Bjorn bouncer

Forget brightly colored plastic monstrosities. The no-frills Swedish-designed baby bouncer from BABYBJÖRN is nearly ubiquitous at this point. Since its release in 1961, it's been making life easier for parents all around the world. With a small footprint, the ability to fold flat for storage and its clever transformation that allows for use up to 29 pounds, it's easy to understand why. In fact, Motherly co-founder Liz Tenety calls it "the most-used product in our house for baby's first year."

$200

Super powered stroller

Bumbleride indie stroller

The ultimate in versatility, the Bumbleride Indie makes all our stroller dreams come true. It's a big investment, but we think it's worth every penny—it's it's the only stroller you'll need from birth through toddlerhood, with no need for infant attachments. It includes amazing features like a UPF 45+ canopy, easy one-step fold, large cargo basket with storage for air pump (and the pump is included!), machine-washable seat fabrics + canopies (all removable), just to name a few. When baby number two comes along, older kiddos can hitch a ride on the toddler board attachment (sold separately) And have we mentioned it's also eco-friendly? Sigh.

$569

Multi-use seat

Bumbo multi-use seat

This multi-use seat from Bumbo transforms from a floor seat to a booster seat, making it ideal for newly sitting babies all the way through to the toddler years. It's great for play, feeding and giving your little the extra boost they need at the grown-up table. It's super easy to clean, and the seat's foam pad cushions can even be removed to create more room as your child grows.

$44

Adjustable high chair

Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair

This Scandinavian classic has been around for over 40 years, and for good reason. Its brilliant design grows with your child, providing a safe, comfy seat at any age. (Truly—it can hold a full-grown adult. We know; we've tried.) We also love its iconic minimalist, modern aesthetic, which compliments almost any space.

$269.99

3-in-1 potty

Munchkin Arm and Hammer 3-in-1 potty

Not only is this toilet a sleek addition to your bathroom (seriously—you might not even notice it there in the corner), it's also an award-winning design that will grown with your baby. Start your tiny tot on the potty, and when they're ready to graduate to the real porcelain throne, simply place the toilet trainer seat on your toilet seat to create a smaller hole for the little bottoms. Then flip the base of the toilet to create a step stool for your kiddo. Genius!

$29.99

A high chair that converts

Lalo The Chair

Alternatively, you could scoop up this clever design from Lalo. It starts its life as a modern, minimalist high chair that's easy to clean and comfy for baby and eventually takes up residence around a kid-sized play table through the toddler years. It comes in a variety of pleasing hues and comes with two sets of legs to convert when your little one is ready!

$215

Forever car seat

Graco 4Ever DLX 4 in 1 Car Seat

Ten years, one car seat—it doesn't get more impressive than that! This incredible car seat transforms from a rear-facing infant seat to a forward-facing 5-point harness seat to a high-back belt-positioning booster and finally to a backless belt-positioning booster. So instead of buying four separate seats, you can buy just one—winning! It's comfy, easy to install and adjust, and overall completely just completely awesome.

$299

Convertible swaddle

Woombie grow with me swaddle

A swaddle provides a great way to soothe and comfort your newborn—but once baby starts rolling, you'll need to leave it behind for another type of wearable blanket. Enter this convertible swaddle that expands with baby, eliminating the need for multiple items. This swaddle + wearable blanket in one is suitable for babies from birth up to 18 months old. The fabric is soft + stretchy, and perfect for meeting the changing sleep needs of your growing little one.

$34.99

Multipurpose playard

4 moms breeze playard

This sleek playard is not only multipurpose, but it's truly a breeze to use (sorry, we couldn't help ourselves...). It opens and closes with the simple push of a button and can be used for little ones 5-40 lbs. It also comes with a bassinet feature, eliminating the need for a separate changing table and infant hang-out area. Playard + changing station + travel crib all in one = one happy mama!

$249

Transformable sippy cup

Think Baby sippy cup

These cute sippies are everything you want in a toddler cup: they're sturdy, don't leak, and come in a variety of cute colors—plus, they can convert from bottle to sippy cup to straw cup with just a few lid swaps. The products and packaging are also made with eco-friendly materials, and the company donates to organizations that are engaged in making the world a safer, healthier place. (Everyone wins, right?)

$7.89

Adjustable activity center

Adjustable Kids Activity Table

This minimalist, modern activity table comes with three sets of legs that are easy to attach and remove, allowing you to adjust the height and easily convert it from a toddler play table to a big kids' table and eventually to a desk. (It also works as a train table for all your little locomotive lovers, too!) It also features a paper holder and a roll of paper, perfect for your budding little artist.

$349

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My village lives far away—but my Target baby registry helped them support me from afar

Virtual support was the next best thing to in-person hugs

They say you shouldn't make too many major life transitions at once. But when I was becoming a mama for the first time nearly five years ago, my husband and I also moved to a new town where we didn't know a soul, bought our first house and changed jobs.

To put it mildly, we didn't heed that advice. Luckily, our family and friends still made it feel like such a magical time for us by supporting our every move (literal and otherwise) from afar. They showered us with love through a virtual baby shower (expectant parents nowadays can relate!) featuring the unwrapping of gifts they were able to ship straight to me from my Target registry.

Here's one piece of advice I did take: I registered at Target so I could take advantage of the retailer's benefits for registrants, which include a welcome kit valued over $100, a universal registry function and more. Fast-forward a few years and Target has made the registration perks even better for expectant parents: As of August 2020, they've added a Year of Exclusive Deals, which gives users who also sign up for Target Circle a full year of savings after baby is born on all those new mama essentials, from formula to diapers and beyond.

Honestly, even without the significant perks of a free welcome kit with more than $100 in coupons, additional 15% off coupons to complete the registry and a full year of free returns, registering at Target wasn't a hard sell for me: Even though the experience of shopping for baby items was new, shopping with Target felt like returning home to me… and the comfort of that was such a gift.

And of course, Target's registry plays a vital role right now, as expectant parents everywhere are being forced to cancel in-person baby showers and navigate early parenthood without the help of a hands-on village. A registry like this represents a safe way for communities to come through for new parents. If you're anything like me (or any of the other mamas here at Motherly), you certainly have emotional ties and fond memories associated with Target.

What to register for at Target was also an easy talking point as I began to connect with moms in my new community. I will always remember going on a registry-building spree with my next door neighbor, who had young children of her own. As we walked the aisles of Target back in 2015, she suggested items to add… and we laid the foundation for what has since become one of my most cherished friendships.

Even as I made connections in my new hometown, I was nervous that expecting my first baby wouldn't feel as special as if I were near family and friends. But my loved ones exceeded all expectations by adding the most thoughtful notes to gifts. They hosted a beautiful virtual baby shower and even encouraged me to keep the registry going after my baby made his debut and new needs arose.

In the years since, "community" has taken on a wonderfully complex new meaning for me… and, in these times of social distancing, for the rest of the world. I've come to cherish my newfound friends in our local community alongside those long-time friends who are scattered around the county and my virtual mama friends.

Now, as my friends' families grow, I'm so grateful that I can show them the same love and support I felt during my first pregnancy. I sing the praises of Target's baby registry—especially in light of the pandemic, since I know mamas can do everything from a distance thanks to Target's website and the added benefit of getting trusted reviews and helpful registry checklists.

And now that I'm on the gift-buying side of the equation, I've found new joy in picking thoughtful gifts for my friends. (Because goodness knows Target has something for everyone!)

For my friend who is a fellow runner, I teamed up with a few others to give the jogging stroller she had on her registry.

For my friend who is a bookworm, I helped her start her baby's library with a few books that are also well-loved in our home.

For other friends, I've bundled together complete "sets" with everything they need for bathing or feeding their children.

I know from my own experience that, yes, the registry purchases are so appreciated, but the thoughtfulness and the support they represent means even more. Because although my village may have been distant, the support they showed me was the next best thing to in-person hugs.

Start your own Target Baby Registry here to experience a Year of Benefits including a Year of Exclusive Deals through Target Circle to enjoy for a full year following your baby's arrival, a year of free returns, two 15% off completion coupons and a free welcome kit ($100 value).

This article was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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