Are you dying to start shopping for baby stuff? Considering how it is to be pregnant these days, you have to do it the wisest way possible. Before buying stuff or receiving gifts from well-meaning friends and loved ones, make a list of the things you’ll actually need and how to maximize their use.
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. Your own family and friends may also be able to offer a few helpful comments, pros and cons on different products, etc. And just before you buy anything, make sure you’ve compared around so you can get the best possible deal.
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. You can search brands and products on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website to know if they’re up to today’s safety standards.
Don’t buy a lot of newborn-size clothes.
Babies usually grow into the 6-month size before actually turning 6 months. And even if you can always roll up clothes that are too large, too tight outfits will make her grumpy.
Pick clothing that’s convenient to put on and remove.
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 a second diaper station.
All you really need is one more diaper caddy full of supplies and tucked into a corner of your living room, plus an extra changing pad that you can keep behind the sofa. 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. Meanwhile, you can go check out other strollers in your free time.
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, 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. Your back will thank you for it.