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Buying Gift for Your Baby – Shopping List Heaven

It hardly seems long after you’ve bought your 1st copy of Pregnancy & Birth Magazine (to chart the growth from strawberry to melon) before it’s suddenly time to shop till you drop! Armed with a list the envy of any shopaholic, it’s off to John Lewis, Mothercare or your local baby shop for the essential purchases. From muslins to bedding, from prams (Mammas & Papas or Mclaren?) to the essential ‘take me home’ car seat (Brittax or Maxi?). It’s an exciting baby-rush purchase day and suddenly you realise your ‘melon’ will soon be a baby at home!

You’ve decorated your nursery, bought the Winnie the Pooh cot bed from Mothercare and baby furniture from Ikea, now you just need the other essentials. The best advice for mums to be is to consult mums with babies already, learning from their experience!

They will be able to tell you what was their best buy and what they bought for their baby, often because it looked good, but they never use! Once you have sought advice then buy a magazine, Pregnancy and Birth and Prima Baby were my favorite.

The most exciting purchase during your pregnancy is often the pram. It’s something you will have for at least 2 years and reflects your personality! Always think about your circumstances before buying your pram; do you live in a home with no hall, do you live in a town house, how big is the boot of your car, and will you get fed up with the trendy candy stripe?

Try to ‘think practical’- not always easy at 6+months pregnant. Once you have chosen your 3 in 1/travel system/front facing pram the rest of the list seems less daunting! Mothercare and John Lewis are just two of the stores that have advisers if you like the personal touch.

You will need everything from muslin squares to nipple cream. Don’t forget to decide how to announce the birth of your baby too! When finished go sit somewhere for a well deserved fruit smoothie, don’t worry not long till it will be champagne!

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.

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.