Baby Bargains by Denise Fields and Alan Fields
Four short years ago this January, I woke my husband up at 5:45 on a Saturday morning holding my 5th positive pregnancy test and said “I can’t believe it…I think I’m really pregnant!”.
I was the first of my friends to have a baby. I had a very limited pool of people I could consult for the inside track on the best maternity clothes, cribs, diapers, car seats, strollers, high chairs, bottles, play yards, gates, baby proofing items, sippy cups…the list goes on. I walked into Babies R Us, excited and overwhelmed by all the stuff you could buy for a person who weighed less than 10 pounds.
Then a co-worker suggested this book. Thank goodness she did.
Baby Bargains is like the Consumer Reports of the baby world. It gives a letter “grade” and written review for hundreds of baby items, helping new parents find the best values for their money. It’s updated frequently, as is almost all baby gear, so you’ll want to spend the extra money and buy a current version rather than borrow an older edition from a friend, but you’ll be glad you did. We used the recommendations in this book for almost all major purchases- our crib, car seat(s), high chair, diapers, front carrier, and stroller were all products purchased after reading the reviews in Baby Bargains.
Of course, this is certainly not the end-all and be-all of opinions about the best values in baby items. I research nearly everything I buy ad nauseum, and still checked out online reviews of major items to compare with the reviews in this book. However, I found that in most cases, the book was right, or at least, had some valid points for consideration. For example, in the Britax car seats reviews, it recommended buying a Britax Marathon over a Britax Roundabout for the higher weight and height limits. “Phsssh!” I said, “My child will fit just fine in the Roundabout until he’s in a booster seat…they don’t know what they’re talking about!”. Well, Nate is three, and outgrew the Roundabout at just over 2 years old. Still too young for a booster seat, we needed yet another car seat, making me wish I’d listened…sigh.
If you’re pregnant, or if you know someone who is, I highly recommend giving this book a careful look before creating a baby registry or making any of the “big purchases”. Still skeptical? The authors offer a guarantee- if you don’t save at least $250, you can contact them for a full refund for the cost of the book…you can’t lose! 🙂 Check it out!
And…check out the the Baby Bargains website, too!!