Buying Baby Products

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Shopping for Baby

Congratulations! Whether this is your first or fifth child, having a baby is exciting. A new baby means love, joy and a whole new world of responsibilities. Babies also require some special gear, though what they need and how much you should spend on it is a seemingly endless debate. Luckily, the Web can help you determine what is best for your family and where to get it.

Buying Baby Products

Baby gear comes with a whole vocabulary of its own: forward facing, umbrella stroller, travel system, bumpers, crib wedge, sleep sack, teething rail and drop side are just a few of the terms out there. It can be confusing, especially if it’s your first child. A number of stores and organizations have created buying guides to introduce you to the gear, and help you determine what works best for your little one.

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  • You probably won’t find one stroller that can be used for all stages of your baby’s development. Though umbrella strollers will sound like a cheap and convenient option, they can’t be used with newborns, because the seats don’t provide enough support when the babies can’t hold up their own heads. Be prepared to buy a couple of different strollers as your child gets older, and as more children arrive. Luckily, good strollers don’t have to be that expensive.
  • You may find it helpful to visit a brick-and-mortar store to help narrow down your choices for items like car seats, strollers and cribs. It’s a good idea to visit a store that carries a large selection of products. When you find something you like, go home and get online. Invariably you’ll find better prices and often free shipping on that perfect crib you saw.
  • While shopping for gear, take into consideration how long you’ll use a particular product: for example, you’ll use your infant car seat for about six to 12 months, whereas you may use your toddler car seat for four or five years.

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