Are you dying to start shopping for baby stuff? Being wise is a must, considering it’s not cheap to be pregnant nowadays. 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 some research.
The Internet is your best friend when it comes to researching baby items, prices, options and the rest. 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.
Check used 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 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 buy a lot of 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.
Go for outfits that are easy to put on and remove.
One-piece outfits that snap or zip up are the clear winners in this category. 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 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, a baby carrier would be good to have.
You may not be a walking enthusiast, but a baby stroller will be far more useful than you think. Hands-free front carriers are a favorite of most moms (and dads).
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.