How To Find The Best Baby Shopping Sites

The excitement of having your baby has passed and now you realise there are just so many items you need for baby just on a daily basis. How does one find the best baby shopping sites. This is a question many mothers ask themselves and can appear daunting. Before you start searching, know exactly what you are looking for as many baby shopping sites specialize in different products. Some are strictly clothing, some specialize in nursery products and others a variety of baby products including baby car seats which is an expensive but necessary item.

Search the Internet

These baby shopping sites earn their reputation by providing good service including the quality of the product, the price and then the speed and the cost of postal delivery. The best baby shopping sites usually appear in the first page of Google after searching “best baby shopping sites”. Go into these sites and see what they have to offer you.

Ask yourself these questions.

1. Are their prices reasonable compared to local stores in your area? You must also take into consideration the cost of postage.

2. Is the quality up to your standard?

3. Will they give you a guarantee that goods can be returned if faulty or incorrect size or colour?

4. Do they have a safe and secure checkout page?

5. Can you use PayPal or your credit card?

6. Do they have coupons available to further reduce prices?

7. Do they have live chat or another form of communication to get quick answers to any questions you may have?

If you can happily answer yes to all or most of them it would appear you have found a baby shopping site suitable for you.

Other questions to help you make your decision

1. Can I join a mailing list to be informed of upcoming sales?

2. Do I get a discount for bulk sales?

Some sites you will see offering up to 50% off certain items (maybe end of season clothing) that you could benefit by purchasing some essentials for the next year. Be careful to check when these promotions start and end as they are often for a limited time only.

Spending that extra 30 minutes researching these sites could quite easily result in you getting the best quality items for less.

Ask Your Friends

Your friends could also be a big asset when deciding on which baby shopping sites to use. They are sure to either recommend or steer you away from the sites they have previously used.

As you can see there are just so many ways to help you find the best baby shopping sites. For more hints and tips on getting the best baby deals visit

Baby Shopping List Revisited

In my previous article I gave a list of clothing items that you will need for the arrival of your newborn. Now I’ll turn your attention to other items that are just as necessary for when your baby comes. Now aside from clothing your baby will need a few pieces of equipment to be transported in, somewhere to sleep and something to bathe in.For those planning to decorate a specific room, nursery we’ll also explore the best options in terms of furniture etc.

As we all are aware the economic downturn has us more or less watching the pennies and as such we should be very wise with the impending spending. Not only are we looking at quality but also value for money and the functionality of the item for years to come. There are certain items that are not a very good investment as you will find that your baby will grow quite quickly. To give an example, its best to by a crib which will later be easily converted into a child’s bed. I’ve read on several forums, baby books etc where they encourage you not to splash out on expensive items and opt for second hand well kept equipment. But as its your first child many of us much prefer buying brand new stuff , then passing it down to siblings to come. This of course is totally up to you. When your baby comes he will need to be transported in a car seat. In the UK and other parts of the world I imagine, it is mandatory or the law that when leaving the hospital your baby is safely strapped in his or her car seat.

Instead of buying a carseat and push chair separately they have got the travel system which has the carseat and baby buggie or pushchair all in one, now thats a good investment. There are many mothers who prefer using a babysling for the convenience it provides. This is especially suited to a mom who is always on the go and wants not to be held back by a bulky travel system or pushchair. They may also be considering the storage factor as well.

Where sleeping is concerned a baby can fit quite comfortably in a bassinette or moses basket in the initial few weeks. If however you’re thinking of buying a cot or crib it is important that the baby’s bedding is light, the right size and comfortable. Sheets should be cotton and the mattress waterproof. The advantage of one having a moses basket or any of the baby beds for that matter is being able to have it by your bedside the initial six months or so as it is encouraged that you share the same room up to this time with your baby. For those among you opting to get a baby crib it isn’t necessary to get the cot bumper. It impedes air circulation and may make your baby too hot. Yes there’re all pretty but more decorative rather than a necessity. But then its your choice. Your baby’s room should be draft free and if he does appear cold you are encouraged to add layers of sheet instead of just one big blanket or fleece as babies overheat quite quickly.

You’ll see baby books, brochures and websites encouraging you to get all these baby furniture which you probably won’t have that much use for and one of them I find has to be a changing table. It has the advantage of you not having to bend over too much and the convenience of the storage space. If this is what you want thats fine. But you can also consider having a sturdy table top designated only for changing and place a plastic changing mat a top it. For bathing your baby will need to have his own bath tub or bathing pail which should be sturdy and plastic. There is nothing else much to this one. You can get your bath toys but need not rush to get this, not until your baby is more aware of his surroundings which happens anytime from six weeks onward…. it may even be earlier as each child develops at a different pace.

For those of you getting a coronary decorating your babies nursery, breathe, it’ll be fine if you cover the necessaries. This designated space for your baby should tick all the boxes in that bathing, sleeping, changing, dressing and feeding can be done. The room doesn’t have to be over the top or contain really expensive furniture. It needs to be clean and adaptable as your child grows older. For the room you need to have a chest of drawers for storing clothing and other items and the crib or cot. The lighting in the room should not be too bright especially for the times when you want to quietly creep in the room without being noticed, you could consider installing a light dimmer, making the room brighter or dim as you please. The floors and walls of the nursery should be warm and easily cleaned. Walls being painted in non toxic, washable emulsion paint and if opting to use wall paper have it wiped clean and ensure it doesn’t stain.

Finally the windows and curtains should provide the room with good ventilation but not to be drafty. Having blinds and curtains block the light from coming in when it is nap time.

Among the other items you could purchase from birth could be a musical cot mobile as it is attached to the crib or cot and hangs down to provide entertainment for your loved one. Purchasing a brightly coloured mobile will stimulate your young baby and the music provides a new noisy environment. When buying toys for your newborn ensure they are all highly coloured, light weight, not easy to swallow or designed so they trap your newborns tiny fingers. Following these simple and doable tips will make for a less stressful time for all involved.

Source: Conception, Pregnancy and Birth by Miriam Stoppard

Baby High Chairs

Nowadays, more and more parents are opting to take wooden high chairs for their new-born. The times have gone when parents used to buy those plastic, bright colored chairs or the chrome plated highs. Actually, the mindset is changing and the parents now know that the wooden chairs go well with their other furniture stuff, the pieces they had chosen after so much of mind work.

Who can deny the point that wooden furniture is stylish and on the other hand, metal ones go incongruous with the other wooden items you have chosen. Yes, metal chairs have one advantage i.e. they are foldable and hence, portable. But, isn’t it that you don’t find them mixing well in the room or the storage places?

When you go for the common furniture, you seem to keep some or the other point in your mind and mind it, wooden items will fit them positively. The normal selections for dining room furniture are Oak, Maple and Cherry. The high chairs come good in these types and their finish job is great, it matches other furniture. No matter you like modern or old fashioned items, wooden ones will always go well.

Now, coming to the babies, their high chairs must be wooden, the specialists say that. Along with this, there are some other points to be kept in mind. The high chair must have single-handed operable front tray release, which will help you get the baby in and out of it easily.

One more point to be kept in mind is that the workmanship needs to be there. A wooden item is durable not only because of the wood used, but also due to the workmanship. Those of high quality will have their joints in natural joints, like dovetail ones. These are much better than the screwed ones. A five strap harness is ideal for keeping the baby annexed to the chair, until, of course, you want him out. A high chair must also be stable.

The wooden chairs have some problems though. One problem is of shifting the wooden chairs over the carpeted areas, which is comparatively very easy with the plastic/metal chairs. Also, the height adjustment feature misses out in the wooden chairs, available again in the plastic and metal ones.

Wooden high chairs come up in varieties with more styles and configurations. Lots of models are available in the market. In order to get a good bargain, do some homework. Prepare lists and then select the chair models.

There is one more thing. If you don’t plan to buy a wooden chair for now, plan for it, you have ample time for that. Anyway, you will need to do that sooner or later. Search good baby shops, baby stores and all. Even go for some online baby shops and baby stores. The last minute hassle won’t help you. Go through many products and models beforehand and then select the best for your loved one.