Being Well Prepared – Things To Buy Before Your Baby Is Born

It can be very confusing to shop for an unborn baby. Perhaps you don’t know the gender, or maybe it just doesn’t seem quite real yet. Especially as a first-time parent it can be difficult to determine what is essential and what is complementary. This article will help you determine what is good to buy before your baby’s arrival.

Baby shopping can be a jungle and it is important to be careful if you don’t want to carry home a lot of unnecessary stuff. The various baby stores market so many products as necessities that you cannot live without, so it will not be a big help to take a walk here. In fact, many parents end up buying many products just to find out later that they actually never had a need for them.

Here is a list that is good to keep in mind before going baby shopping:

  • Diapers, cotton pads, and cloths: Don’t buy too many of the smallest diapers as your baby grows very fast in the beginning and you will change size soon. Cloth diapers are very handy for wiping here and there.
  • Changing table
  • Changing pad
  • Baby bedding
  • Waste bin
  • Underwear: Buy body suits with long or short sleeves depending on the season
  • Clothes: Remember that the baby sleeps most of the time in the early days so buy clothes that are comfortable for sleeping.
  • Hats
  • Socks and shoes
  • Shawl and blankets
  • Stroller
  • Car seat: This is an absolute necessity for transporting your baby safely home from the hospital. Be sure you buy one that meets the safety standards.
  • Nursing pillow, nursing bra and nursing pads: If you are going to breastfeed this will be a necessity.
  • Diaper bag: Buy one that fits everything you need for going out.
  • Bathtub
  • Hooded towels
  • Wash cloths
  • Bathing oil/lotion
  • Bottles and formula: Necessary if you want to bottle feed, but can also be handy to have in the house in case of breastfeeding problems.
  • Bottle brush, warmer and sterilizer: These are only necessary if you are planning on bottle feeding most of the time.

Your One Stop Baby Shop

If Toys ‘R Us is a company that offers various toys for kids, what does Baby R Us offer? No way! It’s not babies! Baby R Us offers baby products.

In 1996, Westbury, New York, Baby R Us opened its first store. It has been immediately followed with opening six more branches on different locations at the end of the year. After tremendous expansion and joining the Baby Superstore chain, Baby R Us store count has reach 218 at the beginning of 2005. What a mammoth feat for a baby store, right?

Babies R Us is considered a pioneer in retailing premier baby products. It is said to be the biggest store chain in the world that provides baby products. They have stores and online stores that assist in giving a unique and fun shopping experience for their consumers. It has a state-of-the-art baby registry service that provides more convenience when shopping for your baby’s needs. Baby R Us also has a Mother’s room that attends to babies’ necessities.

It has an online store that contains various helpful features that include the following:

The Baby Registry service is a product of Babies R Us teaming up with Amazon.com. Parents that are expecting their baby are permitted to create an online baby registry or update a registry that was set up on one of the Babies R Us stores nationwide. What this registry rids the parents is the inconvenience of surmounting geographic barriers and presumption of which products suit your baby. This way, when your friends and relatives plan to buy your baby a gift, it won’t be that much of a hassle anymore. All that they have to do is go online, select, buy and get the gift delivered to you on time. All the land-based Baby R Us stores allow all purchase returns as an added feature.

Baby R Us also constantly maintains a “Top Seller List” that usually include educational baby equipment, baby books, a pregnant mom’s book, diaper accessories, comfy baby bouncer, play gyms, baby call nursery monitors, a changing pad, monitors with dual receivers, an infant car seat base, baby wraps, toddler rockers, baby swings, nursery care kits, feeding bottle set, etc.

Baby R Us online store also allows browsers to check on different brands of baby products that suit their preferences. The following are the categories that Baby R Us provides various brands of products on: gear, activity, toys, nursery, health and safety, specialty stores, feeding, bath and potty, and clothing and layette.

Baby R Us also presents gift ideas to those who want to share some goodies to their little kids, nephews, nieces, granddaughter or grandsons. A gift set is always considered a hit in making parents with their babies smile with appreciation. These are often in baby gift basket forms that contain various items that deal with the parents and baby’s needs. There are also these “Parents Favorite” items and Babies R Us’ basic gift ideas that are never surmounted by novel items. Gift certificates are also available as treats to the parents-to-be. Baby R Us even added “new baby” or “pregnancy” e-card. Along with this e-card, the option of an e-mail or a paper gift certificate is still offered.

Babies R Us online even has this resource center page that includes various buying guides, checklists, articles, advices and other information that will both benefit the parents and the baby.

Taking Your Baby Shopping List to a Baby Clothes Sale

Tiny little dresses, bodysuits, shoes and pants – you’d think things this tiny would be cheaper, but they aren’t. Before you buy a few sets for your baby, you’ll find that you’re pretty much topping your budget out. What is worse even, these clothes may well fit your child for a couple of months before she outgrows them. So, what do you do? You head for a baby clothes sale, of course. The question of course is, where?

The fact that we all have smartphones these days has practically started off a revolution in shopping. We have something called shopping apps now?names like ShopSavvy and RedLaser that get on the Internet, scan the barcode tags on any item you want, and they tell you where on earth there is another identical piece that’s cheaper. If you don’t just want regular low prices, how about scanning the article in question into CouponSherpa? That little app will give you information about where you can find coupons.

Want to save in two ways on the same dress? How about buying used? That’s right, you can go to a second hand baby clothes sale and buy there just like that. You see, there are new millions of other parents out there who have been in the same situation that you are now. They buy clothes for their little ones (plenty of them) and then discover that hey, babies go grow fast. So what you get in these places has been perhaps been worn a couple of times, if that.

To look for these used baby clothes sale alternatives, check on Children’s Orchard, eBay or Craigslist. If you suspect that there should be other homes in your immediate neighborhood where parents should be willing to offload a few things you need, Neighborgoods and Freecycle should be right up your street. While you’re at it, you might as well pick up cheap, used baby furniture and other stuff.

Of course, you couldn’t even think of doing a thing like this when your child grows up to be five or so. She’ll be fashion-conscious by then. Right now though, what you say goes. Your baby just doesn’t know the difference. Be prepared to take advantage of it.

Did you know that just because you buy something new now, doesn’t mean you can’t save on it afterwards if prices drop? Save your receipts. If the store announces a price drop up to a week or so after you buy, you can get a refund. Of course, keep looking online for a new baby clothes sale or two.