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7 Items That’ll Grow With Baby (So You Can Buy Less Stuff)

You’ll use these everyday essentials for years to come—promise.

From car seats and strollers to bottles and toys (so many toys!), you probably already know babies require a lot of gear. So when it comes to deciding what to put on your registry or pay for with your own hard-earned cash, it’s smart to look for products that baby can use from infancy into toddlerhood. We handpicked some items that will pull double (and sometimes triple) duty as your child grows—or if a sibling enters the picture. Count on these products to help keep your home less cluttered and your bank account a little fuller.

1. A Long-Lasting Car Seat

This all-in-one car seat transforms from infant and convertible modes into a high-backed booster seat, which can comfortably hold children up to 120 pounds. It also adjusts to 10 positions with both rear- and forward-facing harnesses, including five reclining options to fit easier in the car and allow toddlers to sit in a rear-facing position longer. In other words, it’s good for about 10 years’ worth of safe car rides.

Evenflo EveryStage DLX All-in-One car seat, from $200, Evenflo.com

2. A Convertible Crib

Style and long-lasting function? It’s possible with this convertible crib that can transition to a daybed, toddler bed and full-size bed with the conversion kit. Made from sustainable, nontoxic wood and with four adjustable mattress height levels (higher for newborns and lower as baby becomes more mobile), it’s easy to create a safe space with room to grow.

Babyletto Sprout 4-in-1 convertible crib with toddler bed conversion kit, $349, Babyletto.com

3. A Complete Bottle Set

This comprehensive bottle set includes pretty much everything you’ll need to help baby seamlessly go from breast to bottle to trainer cup, including venting technology to help reduce colic and slow flow nipples for easy latch-on. Once baby’s ready to hold their own bottle, the trainer cup includes a three-handle design for an easier grip and silicone spout that’s a good precursor to a sippy cup.

Evenflo balance and wide neck infant feeding and soothing set, $20, EvenfloFeeding.com

4. A Transitional Travel System

This versatile all-in-one travel system will last you for years to come. The slide and lock frame easily expands to accommodate up to 22 configurations for babies and toddlers (with no parts or tools needed), so your child can sit at different heights and face you or forward. The infant mode can cradle baby and later convert into a toddler seat, and the whole stroller folds up nicely when not in use. The cherry on top: It transitions from a single to double stroller when you’re ready to welcome baby No. 2 (no pressure!).

Evenflo Pivot Xpand Modular Travel System with SafeMax Infant Car Seat, $400, Evenflo.com

5. A Handy Bathtub

Keeping baby clean at all times is impossible, but bath time can actually serve as a fun bonding moment—especially if you have a tub that meets every age-range requirement. An infant sling will keep baby secure for those first few months, then a padded recline feature supports baby as they become more mobile. Don’t forget to break out the rubber duckie: The tub’s large basin provides plenty of room to play as your little one grows into toddlerhood.

Summer Infant Splish ‘n Splash newborn to toddler tub, $20, SummerInfant.com

6. An Expandable Seat

A multitasking infant seat is perfect for a growing baby, and this one with built-in storage offers three functions: It can serve as a floor seat for infants, and both a booster and feeding seat for toddlers up to 3 years old. The detachable tray and adjustable height lets your little one enjoy mealtime at the table—no high chair necessary.

Bumbo Multi Seat with tray, $45, Target.com

7. A Multistage Activity Center

No room for multiple play centers? No problem. This activity center has a bouncing seat that spins 360 degrees and more than 20 ocean-themed (and easy-to-clean) activities baby will love. It transforms into a stand and play table, then an art and activity table with three height positions to accommodate your growing child, so you know it’ll get years of playtime use.

Evenflo ExerSaucer Gleeful Sea 2-in-1 activity center and art table, $120, Evenflo.com

This post is sponsored by Evenflo. Visit Evenflo.com to learn more about how their innovative products can help create a safe and fun environment for baby.

PHOTO: PHOTO CRED: Ivan Bastien