My biggest baby item splurge to date has been a good quality jogging stroller, so I can take E with me when I go running. Her car seat snaps into the stroller and she faces me while we run. We have a good time "talking" and singing to each other while we're out.
I was a little eager for her to try it out when I first assembled it. The car seat adapter arrived a couple days later. As you can see Emily still has quite a way to go before she can ride without the infant seat. Despite the look of apprehension, she really does like it now.