Ten Things to Remember When Taking Your Baby Shopping

It is always advised to wait until after the baby shower to do any type of shopping for your baby to see what you get and what is left that you might need. Most moms will go shopping for final things directly after the shower and prior to the baby’s arrival but some do not. Some go into labor early leaving them with needs and some just prefer to do their finalized shopping after the baby is born. You may only get one solid opportunity to pick up the rest of the things you need so make a list and make it count.

1. Health and Safety Items – You will want to make sure you have a thermometer, baby monitor, night light, shampoo and body wash, diaper cream, nail clippers, baby lotion, brush or comb and a few pacifiers (just in case). A nasal aspirator should be on this list unless you “steal” the one from the hospital which most moms do.

2. Diapering – You are going to need a lot of diapers. You should also stock up on baby wipes, burp clothes, wash clothes and diaper pail is handy.

3. Clothing – You don’t need a ton of clothes because they do grow out of them quickly but have enough so that every time your baby spits up you’re not worried about when you are going to squeeze in the time to do a load of laundry. You’ll need newborn sleepers, socks or booties, newborn cap, t-shirts and if it’s winter then a coat or warm apparel of some sort.

4. Bedding – Be sure that you have receiving blankets, crib blanket or quit, swaddling blanket and possibly a hooded bath towel.

5. Equipment – The infant car seat is first on the list but unless your baby came really early or you borrowed one for the initial ride home, you probably already have this. A baby carrier of some sort is essential whether it is a sling, wrap or pack is up to you. You will need a stroller,a bouncer or a swing and a diaper bag.

6. Furniture – Chances are you probably already have something for the baby to sleep in but you may need a bassinet, cradle or a crib. Also on the list is a mattress, waterproof pads, changing table and pads and please do not forget the mobile to hang over the crib!

7. Nursing Accessories – These are important if you are breast feeding. Nursing pillow, nursing pads, breast pump and storage bottles, nipples, feeding bottles and a bottle brush.

8. Mother Stuff – You are going to need nursing bras, a nursing gown or just practical pajamas, extra-long maxi pads, bath herbs and lanolin or some other product to soothe your very tired and very sore nipples.

9. Odds & Ends – If you haven’t already bought birth announcements, now is a good time. An infant hand mold is a great idea to pick up, baby books and a journal and make sure you have a camera.

10. Gift for Fido – your dog or cat also has to undergo a lot of adjusting and having to share in the attention. It’s important to let them they are still loved just the same so they don’t resent your little bundle of joy. Pick them up a toy or a treat to show them they aren’t forgotten.

Ways to Save Money When You Have a Baby

Everyone says that babies are expensive and it seems that every few months a survey is carried out on how much it costs to bring up a baby. The figures always seem astronomical and far in excess of normal people’s wages. Potential parents shouldn’t be put off by the expense of having a baby. It doesn’t have to be as outrageously expensive as you’d imagine.

There are many ways of saving money when you have a baby. One of these is to tell everyone you know you’re expecting and people will start to save things for you. Especially useful are those friends or family who’ve just had a baby as they are bound to want to pass on some items as their baby grows out of them.

One of the good things about baby clothes is that a lot of them get very little wear because of the speed at which babies grow! It is only some things like romper suits and vests that get the wear and often even then they are still in perfect condition and could be handed down to several babies. Stains are tricky though so the weaning stage often has less cast offs than you’d like, but this is just another reason people should be using bibs on their babies!

Join your local Freecycle group and look out for the bigger items like cots or prams being offered for free. If you have no luck waiting then you can submit a request for items – for some groups it’s only one single request per month, but some other groups allow more.

If you still need baby items then look at the local charity shops. You can often pick up bargains on prams and pushchairs at this sort of shop. Check the items over carefully and remember that you can get new raincovers for many types of pram easily either at baby shops or the internet. As long as the item is in good condition it should be a bargain. Many charity shops don’t allow the resale of car seats. This is because it’s impossible to know if they’ve been involved in an accident and this could reduce their function as a life preserving device.

When you’ve exhausted your local charity shops then it’s time to scour the classified ads in the local paper or even online. You can pick up bargains on the supermarket notice board too so it’s well worth taking the time to look.

Keeping a list of items you’re after means that you can tick off things as you get them, and also means you can share the list with friends and family who can then look out for baby items for you, or even treat you to brand new if you don’t manage to find the items in time.

It is possible to save a lot of money by being frugal and looking for as many bargains as possible. If you’re going to use disposable nappies it’s worth keeping an eye out on the offers at the supermarket. This goes for baby skin care ranges too – look out for some great deals at local chemists too on wipes and baby creams.

By being careful and hunting around for bargains your baby can be the best dressed and it won’t have cost you a fortune!

How Do You Know The Online Baby Shop You Buy From Is Doing The Utmost To Keep Your Details Safe?

Being a parent, you always want to ensure that you’re getting the best value for money possible when it comes to buying baby products for your little one.

It doesn’t matter if it’s for a few pounds or several hundreds of pounds, you want to make sure that you aren’t paying over the odds for any products.

However, there is also a second consideration when it comes to buying products that has come about in recent years and that’s ensuring that your details, if you’re buying online, are kept safe and secure.

If you’re a bit of a techy, it’s likely that you’ll know how to check that your details are being stored and processed securely, but if you haven’t had the opportunity or taken the time to familiarise yourself with these principles, the following information should help you determine whether the website you’re using is a safe one or not.

1. Does its URL start with “https…”? – all websites start with the same prefix of http, but websites that have taken steps to securely process your data are likely to have a ‘s’ after this standard prefix. What this means is that the website is utilizing an encrypted ‘tunnel’ for information to pass between the user and the company, known technically as a secure sockets layer.

2. Is there a padlock visible on the browser itself? – the position of the padlock changes depending on the browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc) that you are using, but you can start to be at ease if you can see a padlock icon on the browser itself.

Please note, this isn’t going to be on the website, but on the actual browser – if you can see one on the website, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the website is secure.

3. Does the website look secure? – OK, there are people out there who clone professional looking websites and when people put their credit card details in, thinking they’re going to the company, they actually go to the criminal, but generally speaking, if the website doesn’t look secure, chances are it’s not going to be.

Websites have developed a lot in the last 5 to 7 years and so it’s easy to see if a website looks old, out-dated and generally poorly built, which can lead many people to think twice about buying from them, whether they’re secure or not.

Likewise, it’s becoming easy to make a website secure and so if an organization wants your business and generally wants to succeed online, they need to be taking what are now relatively simple steps to secure their online business.

Buying baby products online should be an enjoyable experience and one that doesn’t involve any risk. Rather than take the chance on a website that you aren’t sure about, understand this information and have a quick check around before you hand over your money, if not just to put your mind at ease.