Are you itching to shop for baby gear? You have to be wise about it, knowing the rising costs that come with pregnancy. Before scanning the stores or receiving donations, make sure you know just what you need, as well as how you can maximize their usefulness.
The following are handy tips and tricks to make your baby shopping as smart as possible:
Do a bit of research.
The Internet is your best friend when it comes to researching baby items, prices, options and the rest. Of course, you can also ask family and friends for any helpful comments they can give about different products or stores. And just before you make a purchase, make sure to make comparisons so you know you’re getting what’s best for you.
Check donated items for safety.
Hand-me-downs are a mom’s favorite way to save money, but you have to ensure they’re also safe. Visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website and scan different brands and products to see if they meet safety standards.
Don’t buy a lot of newborn-size clothes.
Babies typically fit into six-month size clothing prior to hitting their half-year birthday. And while you can always roll up too-large clothes, you don’t want your baby to fuss over too-tight outfits either.
Go for outfits that are easy to put on and remove.
When it comes to this category, one-piece outfits that snap or zip up are the indisputable champions. Imagine having to line up those little snaps when you’re sleep-deprived, in a rush, or grumpy yourself.
Have an extra diaper station.
You just need one additional caddy (with supplies) to be placed on a corner in your living room, and an extra changing pad that you can tuck right behind your sofa. You don’t have to keep going back to the nursery every time you need to change baby’s nappies.
Buy one stroller first.
For those first outings with baby, a lightweight universal stroller frame will be your cheapest and most convenient choice, at least until after a few more months. When you have time, you can go to the mall or around the hood to check out other types.
Yes, get a baby carrier.
Even if you’re not one for walking, you’ll find a baby stroller worth the cost. Many moms (and dads) like the front carriers to keep their hands free.
Have an extra bouncy seat.
Finally, if your house has a second floor, you’ll want a second bouncy seat so you don’t have to carry the baby around with that added strain. It’s a way of being kind to your back.