Real moms reveal the secrets to successful baby gear shopping.
You've waited your whole life to get your hands on that magic baby product scanning gun. And it's brilliant fun. For the first three hours. And then it gets downright overwhelming. You know you need a crib, but what about a bassinet, a cradle, or a play yard? The stroller you love comes with a carry-cot, but can you actually carry the baby in it? Will you be able to get the green beans out of the cracks in that adorable high chair? You're a smart chick?why is this so hard?
It doesn't have to be! The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide is the most comprehensive guide to baby products on the planet. Heather Maclean and Hollie Schultz, the founders of BabyGizmo.com, a product-testing and research coalition of moms, pediatricians, and child development experts, walk you through not only standard purchases like car seats and high chairs, but also new generation choices like luxury stroller systems and designer diaper bags. Amidst Heather and Hollie's real-life mom stories and confessions (yes, they tasted the toys on their babies' activity centers), you'll discover:
What you really need versus what's just nice to haveWhich products to include (and not include) on your baby registryThe best time of the year to buy certain itemsWhich products to store in the perfectly packed diaper bagHow to avoid the "bad baby product buying cycle"Even which products can make you pretty
The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide will help you select the right products for your unique needs and lifestyle, so you can bask in the bliss of a perfect purchase, stroll with confidence, and know your neighbors have diaper bag envy.
For first-time moms without time or inclination to dally in stores comparing various items for their babies, Maclean and Schultz have compiled a handy baby-gadget buying encyclopedia. The authors, founders of BabyGizmo.com, which tests baby products, have buil stroller obstacle courses, weight products, throw food at them, and run through parking lots with them. The authors' most reliable expertise is that they have young kids and know from experience the advantages and disadvantages of, say, side-by-side versus stadium-seating strollers. This guide doesn't review based on brands; it compares the range of a product to narrow the choices and help you decide what kind of stroller is best for your needs, and then within that type, which accessories and gadgets are necessary. Covered are safety considerations and suggestions for a no-nonsense registry list. The bulk of the book is organized alphabetically and offers advice on packing a well-equipped diaper bag, tips on saving money; they conclude with a glossary for every baby product on the planet so readers will know the difference between a Boppy and a Binky and what an Itzabeen is.