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The Most Ridiculously Expensive Baby Items

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There are some ridiculously expensive baby items out there. Some spoil the baby, others are just spoiling mommy. Either way, if you are attracted to these items but don’t have the money to spend, we have some alternatives for you.

Of course parents want to spoil their precious bundle of joy, but would you spend hundreds of dollars on a onesie or a diaper bag? Get a glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous (and their spoiled offspring) by checking out the most ridiculously expensive baby items out there. And don’t forget to take a look at their more reasonably priced alternatives.

Baby Dior Knit Tulle-Skirt Dress – $698

Baby Dresses

Pictured left is the Carter’s summer dress alternative to Dior (right).

Dior, a French high-fashion company, not only has a line of apparel and handbags for adults, they also make designer clothes for babies and kids. Only the best fabrics are used in the Baby Dior line; this baby pink dress for example is made of silk, cotton and cashmere. Your little girl will be the most expensively dressed belle at the ball… too bad she’ll only have a couple of months to wear this pretty dress before she grows out of it!

Alternative: Carter’s Rose Collection Summer Dress - $32

For a more affordable clothing line, Carter’s has a great selection for boys and girls. Although they don’t use lavish fabrics like Dior, you’ll get your money’s worth out of the clothes. Plus, you’ll have extra money to buy matching tights, shoes, sweater, hair bow and a lot more!

Kid Kustoms The Roddler – $3,500

Stroller

The BOB Revolution (pictured right) is the affordable alternative to the Roddler (pictured left).

Want the most stylish and expensive stroller available? Check out The Roddler by Kid Kustoms. Each stroller is hand-built and made of quality materials like high grade leatherette upholstery, ultrasuede and chrome. The chassis, seat and fender are also customizable, ensuring that Mrs. Copy-cat down the street won’t be stealing any of your thunder. It also transforms into a trike, so when your kid outgrows a stroller, they’ll have something else to ride around on.

Alternative: BOB Revolution Stroller - $389

The BOB Revolution Stroller to an extent is customizable; you can choose the color and pick different accessories to go with the stroller. It’s also a Viewpoints favorite for jogging strollers because of its three wheel design and state-of-the-art suspension.

Britax Advocate 70 CS – $369.99

Car Seats

The Evenflo Triumph (left) is highly rated and considerably cheaper than the Britax (right).

Britax is well known for its car seats, but it’s also known for their hefty price tags. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that it makes one of the most expensive car seats. The Britax Advocate 70 CS boasts 19 features that make this car seat superior to others including side impact cushion technology, the Harness Ultra Guard System, an easy to remove cover, the Click & Safe snug harness indicator and more.

Alternative: Evenflo Triumph Advance LX - $135

Considered one of the best toddler car seat by Viewpoints parents, the Evenflo Triumph Advance LX car seat is much more affordable. What’s also great about this car seat is that it’s convertible and has all the features you’ll need in a car seat like EPP Energy Absorbing foam liner, a 5-point harness and meeting side impact standards.

Burberry Quilted Check Tote Bag – $1,095

Baby bags

The Vera Bradley baby bag (left) is nearly $900 cheaper than the Burberry one (right).

This iconic London fashion house created a luxurious quilted diaper bag. The Burberry Quilted Check Tote definitely doesn’t look like an ordinary diaper bag. Made of super soft lambskin, this diaper bag has a large interior for diapers and clothing, a small zip pocket for your keys and wallet and two patch pockets for baby bottles.

Alternative: Vera Bradley Baby Bag - $97

Although some might say that the $97 price tag is still high, the Vera Bradley Baby Bag is worth the splurge. This diaper bag comes in a variety of patterns (some that are on sale for $65), has 11 pockets inside and out, a special clip for pacifiers, a lined interior for easy cleaning and also includes a matching terry-covered changing pad.

Bottom line

If you’re lucky enough to bag yourself a Bill Gates, win the lotto, or become Donald Trump’s next Apprentice, you might want to remember these ridiculously expensive baby item. Not so lucky? The reasonably priced baby items work just as well as the expensive ones.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on The Goods and written by Viewpoints reviewer michelemk.

Baby Registry Checklist: Our Picks for Big Ticket Items

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Use this baby registry checklist as a handy guide to make sure you have everything you need for baby.

Are you ready to fill your nest with baby essentials, but aren’t sure where to start? Top baby stores like Buy Buy Baby and Babies R Us can be overwhelming for new parents. The shelves are stocked sky high with competing brands and a wide range of price points. You may have a list of go-to items you know you’ll need, but which brand do you choose for the big ticket items?

Let us help you decide with this baby registry checklist of go-to brands for newborns. We’re here to make preparing for baby a little bit easier.

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Worst Jogging Strollers

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Running with your baby can be great exercise, but you want to make sure you don’t choose any of the strollers that our reviewers say are the worst out there. Image courtesy flickr user: username Ed Yourdon

Having a new baby can make it hard to find the time to workout, which is why many moms and dads turn to the jogging stroller. It’s an easy way to get the baby out of the house, and you on your feet, but you want to avoid what our health conscious jogging parents found to be the worst of jogging stroller. From bent frames to ribbed fabric, reviewers found that it’s important to do your research before purchasing a jogging stroller that will help you stay fit and keep your child safe.

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Tips To Help You Save Money On Kids Clothes: Buy Them Online

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Online shopping is a great way to avoid the hassle of the mall and save money on kids clothes.

When my kids were babies it was fun to bring the stroller to the mall and browse as they napped in their infant carriers. Now that they are bigger, louder and faster, malls have become hazardous. They beg for impractical items and when I say “no,” tantrums ensue. I end up without the plain white undershirts and warm winter sweats that I went to the store for in the first place.

So, I’ve started to avoid the hassle and save money on kids clothes buying everything online.

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Flying With Children: Viewpoints Q & A

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Sarah Tilton, Child Passenger Safety Advocate, Britax

Viewpoints talked to Sarah Tilton, a safety expert at car seat brand Britax, for her advice to families flying on their vacation. She shares the do’s and don’ts for booking your trip, navigating security, boarding the plane and using your child safety seat on board.

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Sit and Stand Stroller: Best For Growing Families

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A sit and stand stroller is a great option for a growing family who needs help with infants and toddlers.

So, you have a stroller you love and it works great for you and your baby. You rave about it to friends and acquaintances. You never leave home without it! But what will you do when your family starts to grow and your beloved single stroller no longer meets your needs? Depending on the age of your children, you may want to consider a sit and stand stroller. Lots of families turn to double strollers that accommodate multiples, but sit and stand stroller tend to be really convenient for older toddlers and preschoolers.

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The Best In Baby Proofing: Products That Really Work

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Baby proofing is an important part of having a toddler crawling around the house. Use the best product to ensure your little one’s safety.

When my son was two he learned how to maneuver around our inferior baby gate, making it more of a hazard than a safety guard.

Score: Baby – 1, Parents – 0.

I soon discovered that the outlet covers we selected were no match for his little probing fingers. When I found one in his mouth, I knew we’d been defeated!

Lesson learned: Baby proofing isn’t easy. Buy what works so you can relax at home.

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VIDEO: Maclaren Quest Stroller Makes It Easy On Parents

VIDEO: Watch this demo of what an easy-folding stroller looks like with the “Maclaren Five Second Fold.”

Let’s talk about what a really good stroller looks like. It’s the kind of stroller that never gives up, is never a burden to use, and lasts longer than your child needs a ride. One of my personal favorites, the Maclaren Quest Stroller, fits just that description—and Viewpoints reviewers agree. The Maclaren Quest Sport Stroller (92/100) does not disappoint. It provides a safe and secure place for your little one without all of the hassle of a large and complicated stroller.

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Worst Strollers: Products and Trends To Avoid

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The worst strollers are flimsy, too small, break easily and don’t provide the needed support for your little one.

For families on a budget, quality and affordability are incredibly important when shopping for baby gear. Strollers tend to have a wide range of prices, ranging from less than $20 to nearly $1,000. The many choices available, coupled with the huge range of prices, make for a confusing shopping experience for lots of moms and dads. Sometimes it’s more important to know what strollers to avoid, rather than what features to look for.

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