Have you been through your first prenatal appointments and seen your little critter on the sonogram? Have you tried just about every edible ginger product on the market to help reduce your nausea? Then, chances are you have just announced your pregnancy to family and friends and you are most likely just about ready to begin thinking about baby gear. For some this is an exciting prospect, and for others a most dreaded one. Regardless of where you land on this spectrum, the world of baby gear is so extensive that anyone’s head will quickly be spinning with all of the products that are out there. Do you need it all? Absolutely not. That is why research and recommendations are so essential. You need not fill your home with an excess of baby gear, most of which you will never use.
Here are some tips for choosing your baby products:
Start with big items that you are likely to use throughout your baby’s first years... and beyond for future babies. This includes stroller, car seat, high chair, nursery furniture, etc.
Remember to think of safety first when choosing your baby products, then utility, then design.
The following are some questions to ask yourself when considering whether or not you need certain baby products:
You will probably be going out in public with many of your chosen baby products, so you want to make sure that you like the color/look of them, especially since you may be using these things for the next couple of years (maybe more). Some questions to think about are:
Lastly, find someone who has done their baby gear research and take them shopping with you. This will not only save you time, but it will save you lots of stress and keep you from making unnecessary purchases.
So, congratulations expectant moms and dads, and happy shopping.
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