My Top Four “Baby Gear Worth The Dough” List

Welcome to 2010, folks! I thought I’d start the year off with a few fabulous products you might consider to make life with your baby/toddler easier for everyone. Why are these products fabulous? Because they have lasted for five years in my household and have not fallen apart yet! That’s why these baby items are worth the dough, in my opinion.

bob-jogger#1 – BOB Sport Utility Stroller – This is one of the best items we ever purchased because it is sitting in my garage right now and works perfectly. We’ve blown a few tires over the years, but that’s about it. The suspension system, handling and even the fabric is un unbelievable condition. My oldest child is five and we bought this BOB jogger when he was six months old. Yes – worth every penny. Retails for $299 at BabyEarth.

TIP: Get a pedometer so you can total up the miles you put on it. I wish we had b/c I trained for 10k races with ours and would love to know that magic number.


#2 – Joovy Caboose Stand-On Stroller – We bought this dream vehicle when my youngest was about six months old (he’s two now) and it still looks wonderful. We have used it so many times for a variety of activities. It has been the perfect stroller solution when we need to get around with both kiddos. It’s not the most luxurious or the most comfy, but in certain instances it has been a lifesaver. Now you can get the Joovy Ultralight which weighs quite a bit less. It retails for $160 at BabyEarth.

tripp-trapp#3 – Stokke Tripp Trapp – I’ve read both pros and cons about this chair and my feeling is it is worth the money. I’m not sure how sensible it is for babies, even with the cushion and infant seat, but it works great for toddlers. It looks cool, it’s easy to clean and easy to climb into for youngsters. I love the way it adjusts to different heights and fits under every kind of table perfectly. I’ve had this for about two years and still love it, as do my kiddos. It retails for $250 at BabyEarth.


#4 – Britax Car Seats – I know it’s hard to fork out this kind of money when you have to buy multiple car seats, but it’s worth the moolah. It’s just hard to beat a Britax car seat for so many reasons. In addition to all of the impressive safety features, these seats are easy to install – and easy to install correctly. There is one for every age and every weight category. Gotta give them high grades. You can find a huge selection of Britax car seats at BabyEarth.

The New Britax Advocate Car Seat

britax-advocateIt’s hard to deny the award-winning safety features that come with a Britax car seat. Now the Marathon, Frontier, Roundabout, Boulevard, Decathlon and Regent have welcomed a new member to the family – the Advocate CS Convertible Car Seat.

This convertible car seat is brimming with all of thye safety features you expect from Britax, plus a few new ones.  This is an especially exciting car seat because it hold a child up to 65 pounds forward-facing. That’s big news for those of us who want our kids in 5-point harness systems for as long as possible.

Features include:

– Click & Safe feature is an audible aide to help determine when the harness is secure by clicking when the harness straps are snug

– True Side Impact Protection with deep side walls and head support to provide advanced protection in side impact collisions

– Side Impact Cushion Technology that reduces side impact crash energy by 50%, by diverting crash forces away from the child

– Easy-turn knob quickly adjusts the headrest and harness height without having to uninstall the seat

– Higher forward-facing weight capacity allows children to remain harnessed up to 65 pounds

– An energy absorbing base is designed to deform in the event of a crash to absorb impact forces

– Tangle-free, five-point harness ensures a snug and secure fit

– Premium push-button LATCH connectors provide a quick, simple and tight installation

– Unique features include the patented Versa-Tether to minimize forward movement in a crash, and rear & forward-facing recline for child comfort and a body pillow for positioning

You can buy the Advocate at select baby shops right now like BabyEarth. Retails for $369.