So many first time moms are overwhelmed by the myriad of baby products and choices at the local baby superstore. Do I need this? Will it help? Will my baby like it? Which brand? Which model? How much is enough? How much should it cost? Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!
If at all possible, don’t shop alone (or in the company of your clueless and price-shocked hubby). Bring along another young mom, or your mom, to help you weed out the sanity-savers from the waste-of-spacers. The thing is, you may get a headache even so because baby products change so quickly that your mom’s advice is rather outdated. And even a young, hip super-mom is daunted by the endless options in the realm of carseats and strollers.
What to do? Pick up the valuable shopping guide “Baby Bargains” by Denise Fields. It’s now in it’s 7th edition, just updated this April! This fat little book is organized by product (baby clothes, cribs, carseats, strollers, high chairs, etc) to tell you what’s super and what’s silly, and how to find it at the best price. Each category has info and ratings on brands and models based on field tests and parent feedback, so you can choose the perfect carseat, before going into the store. “Wastes of Money” features are included throughout to steer you in the right direction.
I’m a bit of a planning-fanatic, so I purchased my copy of “Baby Bargains” during early pregancy and budgeted out the whole thing! Since the average parents spend $6000 on baby in the first year alone, I felt it was worth my time to research these purchases. If you’re a little more relaxed with your spending, you’ll still love “Baby Bargains” for reducing your stress during the registration process. Take it along to the store and flip to the product review on your favorite stroller to see how it’s been rated by parents. Can’t decide between one highchair and another? Most categories include comparison charts that note features and even measurement differences between the most popular choices! And if you’re someone who can NEVER decide, “Baby Bargain” gives model-specific recommendations based on your budget.
Go forth and register!