Now that you know you will become a mama in a couple of months, it’s time to start planning what your little one will need in the first couple of weeks and make a list of the most essential baby things. But before you spend a fortune on nice-to-have products, make sure that you do your research and first get what you need. My advice? Go online – there you have it all – from advice on what to buy to reliable online stores which offer everything you need.
Keeping your baby safe, warm and well-fed are the top priorities for every parent. However, you should also make sure you can safely and comfortably transport your baby whenever you need to go. In other words, any product that promotes or helps with your baby’s safety and development is will be much used and appreciated. Here are a few simple tips to help you choose the best baby things for your little munchkin.
Do Your Research
When it comes to buying baby products with a lot of bells and whistles and a wide range of price tags (baby monitors, for example), read about the product first to make sure it is right for your baby. In addition to comparison shopping, read reviews to find out what other parents have to say about it and what’s their experience. No info is more valuable than the one from a parent who’s used a product before.
Understand Common Toxins
You can do some research on your own or talk with your doctor about certain common toxins present in the products. On the label or product description, you can find a list of chemicals used in the manufacturing process. This way you can avoid buying baby stuff that contain harmful ingredients and get ones which are suitable for your child.
Value for Money
Before you buy anything, take a moment first to think about whether or not it offers value for your money. It is very easy for new parents to be swept away by adorable baby hats and booties, but stop and think: how long will your baby wear them? It doesn’t really make sense splurging on things that your baby will use just two or three times. That same way, it doesn’t make sense to buy the cheapest version of something that you know your little one is going to use every day for a year or two.
Don’t Buy Everything at Once
When you are creating your shopping list, register for everything you will need during your baby’s first year. But if you don’t get an activity centre, a high chair, or baby-proofing gear as baby-shower gifts, don’t run out and get them just before your due date. You baby won’t really need them for several months, which means you can purchase these items later on.