I'm being minimal with this next baby. Having a second kid you know how quickly things become obsolete. If you can get away with a hack or an emergency fix, it's better than blowing money on a product that will fall into disuse in a few weeks. Likewise, it really is better to solve problems as they come, especially if, like us, you are low on space.
If I was, however, inclined and/or monetarily able to splurge on baby gear, I would totally splurge on these things:
MamarooI thought this was the Most Ridiculous Thing when it came out early in my last pregnancy. I mean, who would spend $200+ on one piece of baby equipment. But, really, it's so pretty, and sleek, and it really is 2 items in one small footprint.
Hanging CradleWe have a cosleeper that is infinitely practical and was free to us. I'm not much of a romantic in what designs I like, but this is so dreamy. I imagine being able to lean over and gently rock the baby back to sleep with just a little nudge, then go back to blissful sleep myself! Probably more fantasy than reality though!Stokke Steps High Chair System I think the thing I am naturally most attracted to in baby gear is efficiency and simplicity. With that in mind, I LOVE the look of the Stokke Steps system. Most people love the Tripp Trapp, but the fact that this goes from bouncer to booster in a simple, easy to clean design is amazing. This would easily be my #1 purchase if we had both the extra money and a proper dining space. I wouldn't even consider it that much of a splurge, just efficient spending with a slight "prettiness" tax!KidCo Pea PodWe have the Go Pod by this company and it is the perfect outdoor seat for infants. I got it as a deal on Craigslist. Full price is a little steep, but I might look and see if these are on Craigslist too. It would be great for camping this summer!Oemi Baby Brownstone Leather Diaper BagWe have a perfectly functional diaper bag, and we have another backpack that will probably be repurposed as a carry all. This one is just so pretty and classic! I love that it looks like a purse, but had the practical crossbody carrying strap. At $300 it is definitely a splurge I will not be indulging. But, oh, if money were not a concern!