Baby accessories for the penny-pinching parent

Having children is quite a pricey endeavor, but that doesn't mean full price is a parents' only option.

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Nine months may seem like a long time, but that baby will be here before you know it. Gearing up to become a parent is an expensive process, so we've taken the liberty of gathering the week's bestbaby item deals to help you out. Get $33 off a Graco car seat, score a Playskool Rocktivity Arch at $45 off, and save $53 on a Baby Cargo stroller.

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  1. Old Navy Kids & Baby Sale
    Store: Old Navy
    Discount: Up to 50% off
    Shipping: From $7 s&h with free shipping on orders over $50
    Expires: February 14

    Is It Worth It?: Even if your newborn is happy swaddled in microfiber and super-soft blankets, she'll soon outgrow her 6-month apparel. Stock up now on cute clothes from Old Navy, priced up to 50% off. While not as strong as the up to 60% off sale we saw in December, this selection of baby and kids' clothes is still one of the retailer's better sales.

  2. Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat
    Store: Target
    Price: $96 via 20% off Cartwheel coupon with in-store pickup
    Lowest By: $33
    Expires: February 8

    Is It Worth It?: Your baby's gonna grow out of her carrier car seat faster than you'd think, so you might as well score a deal on a convertible one now. Target Cartwheel members can use this coupon to take 20% off the Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 car seat in Black, dropping it to the Editors' Choice price of $96 in-store. That's a $16 drop from our December mention, and a $33 current price low. This car seat converts into a booster that can accommodate kids weighing up to 100lbs. or 57" tall. It also features contoured armrests with a cup holder and storage pockets.

  3. Playskool Rocktivity Sit, Crawl and Stand Band Activity Arch
    Store: Toys "R" Us
    Price: $24.49 with in-store pickup
    Lowest By: $45

    Is It Worth It?: Once your little one starts getting a feel for his surroundings, you'll want to introduce him to a great floor play toy, like the Playskool Rocktivity Arch. When they discover all the keyboard, guitar, and drum buttons, your baby will be having a ball and rocking out, from sitting to standing. Better yet, you'll save $45 on this Editors' Choice toy.

  4. Baby Cargo 300 Series Lightweight Umbrella Stroller
    Store: NeweggFlash
    Price: $79.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $53
    Expires: February 11

    Is It Worth It?: Taking your wee one for a walk will be a lot easier on your back if you don't have to lug around a massive stroller. The Baby Cargo 300 Series umbrella stroller in Eclipse features a lightweight aluminum frame that won't weigh you down, while boasting a padded seat, an adjustable leg rest, and a reclining backrest to keep your kid comfy. This Editors' Choice stroller has dropped $69 since our last mention, and is a current low by $53.

  5. Cityscape 100-Piece Train Set & Table or Mountain 100-Piece Wooden Train Set & Table
    Store: Walmart
    Price: $69.97 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $50

    Is It Worth It?: Once your baby becomes a toddler, the train fever will set in, no matter their gender. You can be prepared for your tiny, would-be engineer's descent into train madness by grabbing either the Cityscape train set or Mountain train set for $70. Each 100-piece set comes with a wooden activity table to keep all those pieces off the floor (where they can't stab your feet). At $50 off list price, both sets are a steal.

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