Are you dying to start shopping for baby stuff? Being wise is a must, considering it’s not cheap to be pregnant nowadays. Before you purchase stuff or take gifts from loving friends and family, know what you’ll actually need and how you can make the most of them.
Here are tips that can help you make a smart baby shopping list:
Do some research.
The Internet is the niftiest tool you have when it comes to checking out your options of baby items, from prices to brands to designs and the rest. Your own family and friends may also be able to offer a few helpful comments, pros and cons on different products, etc. And don’t forget to make comparisons just before you pay for something.
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 overstock on newborn-size clothes.
Babies typically fit into six-month size clothing prior to hitting their half-year birthday. 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.
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 an extra diaper station.
You just need one additional caddy (with supplies) to be placed on a corner in your living room, and an extra changing pad that you can tuck right behind your sofa. You will save yourself time and stress from going back and forth in the nursery.
Buy one stroller first.
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. Meanwhile, you can go check out other strollers in your free time.
Don’t skip the baby carrier.
Even if you don’t particularly like walking around, a baby stroller will still be worth its price. Hands-free front carriers are a favorite of most moms (and dads).
Buy an additional 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 be more than happy.