Shopping for Baby
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Baby gear is found almost anywhere, from small local boutiques to large national retailers, and many of these stores are online. You could stock your entire nursery without leaving the couch.
- If you come upon a site and aren’t sure whether it’s trustworthy, visit the Better Business Bureau, which allows you to search for a company by its name or Web address. Not every company has a record with the bureau, but many do.
- If after reading the buying guides and product reviews you don’t know which brand or model of stroller to select, visit Peppy Parents. It’s an online baby gear shop started by a couple with two children who were dissatisfied with large stores and small boutiques alike. This site has a Stroller 411 custom help tool that asks 10 questions, such as your child’s age, and how it would be used (public transportation, at the beach, running errands, jogging). Someone from the store e-mails you with recommendations based on your responses. Unlike other stroller custom help tools, Peppy Parents actually sent suggestions.
- If you find a product you like, type the full product name into a Google search engine, and make sure you’re getting it for the lowest price. Many sites will offer free shipping on larger-ticket items.
- And if you’re getting tired of shopping for gear, take a fun side trip to some online toy stores. Our findingDulcinea Toys Web Guide is chock full of information on buying age-appropriate toys, toy safety and more.