Can’t wait to shop for your coming baby? Being wise is a must, considering it’s not cheap to be pregnant nowadays. 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 web is your best friend in terms of knowing your options of baby items, including prices, brands and so on. Of course, your own family and friends might be able to help with this as well. And just before you make a purchase, make sure to make comparisons so you know you’re getting what’s best for you.
Do a safety check on used items.
Hand-me-downs are a mom’s favorite way to save money, but you have to ensure they’re also safe. You can go through several brands and products on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website to know if they meet the latest modern safety standards.
Don’t overstock on newborn-size clothes.
Six-month size clothing will often fit babies before they even reach their half-year birthday. And even if you can always roll up clothes that are too large, too tight outfits will make her grumpy.
Choose easy-on, easy-off outfits.
When it comes to this category, one-piece outfits that snap or zip up are the indisputable champions. You’ll loathe lining up those tiny snaps when you haven’t slept overnight, or when you’re in a hurry or just feeling crabby yourself.
Have two diaper stations.
With just one extra caddy with supplies on one corner of your living space, and another changing pad you can insert at the back of the couch. You don’t have to keep going back to the nursery every time you need to change baby’s nappies.
Have one stroller for starters.
For those first few baby outings, you can use a lightweight basic stroller frame – this will be your easiest, least expensive option for the first number of months. When you have time, you can go to the mall or around the hood to check out other types.
Don’t skip the baby carrier.
Even if you’re not one for walking, you’ll find a baby stroller worth the cost. Front carriers are quite popular as you can move about hands-free.
Get an extra bouncy seat.
Finally, consider using a second bouncy seat, especially if your house has more than one floor (keeps you from lugging the baby around plus the weight of the seat. Your back will be more than happy.