When Should You Spend More on Baby Gear?

Is it ever worth it to spend more on baby gear? We take a look at 5 popular baby items and give our verdict on whether or not they're worth the price.Most people will tell you that having a second baby means you spend less money on baby gear because you already have everything. This was not true in my case.

I sold almost all of my baby gear after the first time because I knew I could buy it used again for a small cost.

I also wanted to make my second time around a little bit easier, so I decided to purchase more expensive baby items that many might deem unessential, to see if they were really worth the cost.

4moms mamaRoo

My firstborn loved her swing, and I loved that it gave me a nice break.

Right before I found out I was pregnant with my second daughter, I kept hearing about the mamaRoo. It was overpriced, but so many moms swear by it. When my husband found it for only $164, he snatched it up for me.

While the mamaRoo looks cool and saves space, it’s really just a glorified swing. It doesn’t do anything special, in my opinion. Of course, my second daughter is not very impressed with it, either. I’m just hoping I can make my money back when I sell it.

Baby Brezza Formula Pro

When I explain the Baby Brezza Formula Pro to people, I tell them it is an espresso machine for formula.

I put this device at the top of all my registries. I remembered how frustrating it was to make bottles in the wee hours of the morning, and frankly, I just did not want to deal with it. This machine seemed like the perfect solution.

Every person thought I was a little weird and perhaps lazy to request this machine, so we ended up buying it ourselves through Amazon for $119. The machine is not perfect and sometimes it clogs a bit, but it really has made life easier.

All I do is push a button and within a minute, I have a slightly warmed bottle ready to go. This machine is totally worth the investment.

iBaby Baby Monitor

We already had a baby monitor from our first child, and we don’t have a large home, so I didn’t think a new monitor was necessary. I especially didn’t think a $200 monitor that connected to your iPhone was necessary, either.

However, my husband purchased it behind my back, and I’m thankful he did. The picture on this camera is amazing. I love that you can move the camera, talk into it, and access it from anywhere through your phone.

The picture quality is so good on this camera, I can actually see my eldest daughter breathing through her chest rising up and down.

I wish I had this camera when she was in the baby stages so I could have seen that movement. As a mom, worrying is inevitable, and I think this pricey camera was worth the cost.

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Soothe Shirt

I’m a huge fan of my Moby wrap, so I thought it was a waste of money to buy a $60 Soothe shirt, especially when they can only be worn until the baby reaches 15 pounds.

When I found a new one on eBay for $40, I couldn’t resist. I figured I would be able to use it for two months. Wrong!

I was only able to use it for about three weeks, since I seemed to give birth to the fastest growing baby. Even though the shirt is pricey, and I was not able to use it very long, I loved using it. I wish I had it the first day of my second daughter’s life.

You just tuck the baby in the shirt, and they are happy to snooze while you sit or do things around the house. This was much easier to use than a wrap and so convenient. I would say this pricey shirt wrap was worth the money, just as long as you use it starting the first week.

Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets

All of my favorite mommy bloggers and vloggers swore by the Aden + Anais swaddle blankets. However, they’re so expensive and don’t look like anything special.

I thought they must be something if everyone keeps raving about them, so I caved in and bought them.

I have no idea what the fuss was all about. They’re nothing spectacular at all. I barely use them, and I was gifted a similar blanket from an off-brand that probably cost one-third the price of Aden + Anais, yet they function exactly the same.

My final thoughts on Aden + Anais swaddle blankets are that they are a waste of money and hype.


There you have it. Sometimes paying more for popular baby items really is worth it, and sometimes it’s not. It pays to try to get your items used so if you don’t find they’re worth the price, at least you didn’t pay top-dollar for them.

What is one baby splurge that you regret buying? How about one baby splurge that you would buy over and over again?