Recently I have been surrounded by pregnant women. I find this great! As a result, I wanted to discuss a book that I think is a MUST HAVE for pregnant moms. Here is my review for Baby Bargains, 8th Edition: Secrets to Saving 20% to 50% on Baby Furniture, Gear, Clothes, Toys, Maternity Wear and Much, Much More! by Denise Fields, Alan Fields.
Oh baby! With the average newborn racking up $7,000 in expenses for the first year alone, expectant moms and dads need all the creative cost-cutting ideas they can find. Baby Bargains is the answer. Inside, parents find detailed ratings and reviews of baby gear, plus handy charts that compare brands and models. Since its release in 1994, BABY BARGAINS has sold over 800,000 copies.
The baby supply industry is large and confusing. Walking into any local Babies R’ Us leads to one being ambushed by aisles of strollers, car seats, and bottles. To a first time parent, this experience can be frightening. Baby Bargains is a book that will help ease new parent anxiety about what to buy for their little one.
I love doing research before purchasing something new. This book is the perfect research tool for any baby product purchase. It breaks up the multitude of baby products into easy to follow chapters. Each chapter covers a different category of baby product. For example one chapter covers nursery items, while another discusses feeding the new addition. These categories are further broken down into manageable sections. A look into the nursery section shows discussion of cribs, bassinets, mattresses, dressers and changing tables. This layout leads to easy to read sections full of knowledgeable information.
The best part of each chapter is the in-depth reviews of each brand which sells a product in that category. Some sections–such as those discussing car seats and strollers–review most individual products. Information about recalls and safety tips is included, when relevant. The authors discuss the best places for making purchases or creating a registry. Basically this book contains all the information you need to clothe/bath/feed/transport your child for the first few years of your baby’s life.
This book is also very helpful at letting you know which products you don’t need to buy. Items such as bassinets and changing tables are marketed as “Must Haves” for parents. Reading this book I found cheaper–but still safe–alternatives to these costly items. This was one of the many ways that Baby Bargains helped save me money.
I was initially afraid that I would be overwhelmed by this book. To avoid this feeling, I made sure to purchase this book about a month before I planned on starting my registry. This allowed me to go through the book in small sections. I found it helpful to tag products that I was interested in making it easier to find out which products I wanted to further research. This approach helped me take in all the contents of the book without feeling flooded with information. You can see from the image to the right that my copy was well-read!
Review: This book is a great resource for anyone having a baby. As a first time mother, I was afraid that the process of buying all the items I needed for my baby would send me running. Instead I felt prepared and informed. Baby Bargains provides a great starting point for researching what items you need, and what are just a waste of money. It also serves as an invaluable resource in narrowing down which brands are the best in each category. Any person who has read this book will be equipped with enough information to make smart and informed decisions when deciding what to buy for her unborn child.