Post # 1
Looking for a little help for SIL. My brother & his wife are due on 6/11/14, and she’s getting ready to start her registry. She is the youngest of 4 girls, but is not close with any of her sisters, and none of her friends have had a baby yet. So, she’s asked me for help picking the necessary items for my new niece. My daughter is almost 12, and I’ve quickly learned that things have changed so much since I went through this.
What sites are best for researching the best car seats, strollers, bouncers, etc? I’m always big on reading reviews, but I also want to make sure that safety is top priority.
Post # 3
The book baby bargains was recommended to me by quite a few moms.
Post # 4
@soon2bS: I have not had a baby and/or purchased anything before, but my brother and I are very alike and he did a LOT of research before my nephew was born. He basically spent all of his time before baby arrived researching. The bottom line that he shared with me: all car seats will be safe. They wouldn’t be on the market if they weren’t. Look for reviews on ease-of-use, size and/or weight. You can find lots of user reviews on websites that sell baby products, and also try Consumer Reports. As for strollers, it’s a similar story, but your best bet is to find a store that will let you go in and try them out – push them around, fold them, lift them into a trunk, etc. to mimic how you might use them. This, plus the reviews can be really helpful.
Post # 5
@soon2bS: I second baby bargains, my friend used it to pick out all of her items. I read hundreds of reviews on amazon about items, would narrow it down to 2 or 3 and then go see them in the store, touch, feel & ultimately decide which one i liked best.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park
Baby Bargains Book, Amazon reviews (to help narrow) and mamajamas.com for real mom advice on what to get with a list.
Post # 7
I used Baby Bargins, but I recently signed up for Lucie’s list (it’s free). I had already created my registry at that point, but it seems like it would be very helpful. I also watched a lot of video reviews on Baby Gizmo to help me get a better idea about strollers if that is an area she needs to research.
Post # 8
@soon2bS: baby bargains book is a great start. I also love baby gizmo for reviews. Lucie’s list has been helpful, too.
Post # 9
Baby Bargains is good…but yeah, Amazon is my favorite thing. I pretty much used those 2 for almost everything.
Post # 10
I third, fourth? The Baby Bargains book. It is amazing. I am a FTM and also the first of my friends to have a kid so I had no one to consult, that book hands down is amazing and helped me navigate the waters of everything baby.
Post # 11
Honestly, if you have a little bit of time you can save yourself the 15dollars on the baby bargins book. I researched everything we had by Internet and then browsed the book at the bookstore the other day and found it to only put everything into a nice spot. Everything it said/listed i had aleady found on the internet. If you don’t like researching, get it, otherwise just search reviews of products that interest you. On bigger things like car seats go to the division of highwy saftey Website.