Baby Bargains, 7th Edition: Secrets to Saving 20% to 50% on baby furinture, gear, clothes, toys, maternity wear and much more!

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Oh baby! With the average newborn racking up $6000 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.

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Overview

Oh baby! With the average newborn racking up $6000 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.

Featuring new product reviews, safety tips, updated catalog listings, mail-order bargains, stroller recommendations, and "e-mail from real parents, " this book will help parents navigate the consumer maze and come out with money to spare.

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Meet the Author

Denise Fields and Alan Fields write a monthly column for Baby Talk magazine. They have written several best-selling books, including Baby Bargains and Bridal Bargains. They live in Boulder, CO.

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Table of Contents


"It's going to change your life"
The Four Truths That No One Tells You     1
What Does a Baby Cost For the First Year?     2
Reality Check: How Much You Can Save     5
What? There's No Advertising in this Book?     6
So, Who Are You Guys?     7
What You Need When     8
First Time Parent 101     10
We Get Questions: Top 5 Q&A     11
What's New in This Edition?     14
Nursery Necessities: Cribs, Dressers & More
The Downside of Waiting Until the Last Minute     15
Cribs     17
The Five Basic Sources     17
The Four Essential Parts to a Nursery     20
More Money Buys You     21
The Old Crib Trap and Nine Other Safety Tips     23
Recalls: Where to Find Information     27
"Baby Buying Frenzy" and 17 More Shopper Tips     28
Convertible Cribs and Five Other Wastes of Money     34
Top Nine Things No One Tells You     35
Eight Money-Saving Secrets     38
Baby Superstores: Good, Bad & Ugly     41
Baby Registries Disappoint     46
Specialty Chains     47
Seven Outlet Stores     48
Hotel Cribs: Hazardous at {dollar}200 a night     49
Reviews & Ratings of 57 Crib Brands     50
Who is Jenny Lind?     52
Baby Tenda     54
Co-sleepers & Hi-Tech Cradles     67
eBay for Cribs: Three Smart Shopper Tips     78
Our picks: Crib Brand Recommendations     95
Chart: Crib Brands Compared     96
Bassinets/Cradles     98
Mattresses     99
"Coil Overkill" and Two More Smart Shopping Tips     100
Top Picks: Brand Recommendations-Coil, Foam, Organic     104
Dressers & Changing Tables     106
What Is French Dove-tail? Corner Blocks     106
Safe & Sound: Five Tips     108
Our picks: Brand Recommendations     110
Six More Items for the Nursery     110
The Bottom Line: Save {dollar}1000 With Our Tips     116
Baby Bedding & Decor
Six Sources for The Best Quality and Prices     119
Cyberspace: Four Great Sites     121
More than Sheets: The Four Basic Bedding Pieces     123
Electric Blanket Warning and Nine More Safety Tips     127
Looking for Mr. Good Bedding: Nine Shopper Tips     132
Diaper Stackers and Six More Wastes of Money     133
Skipping the Quilt and Seven More Money-Saving Secrets     135
Reviews & Ratings of 50 Top Bedding Designers     137
Dangerous Impressions: Marketing of Linens     142
The Bottom Line: Our Budget Saves You {dollar}800 to {dollar}900     159
Chart: Bedding Designers Compared     160
The Reality Layette: Little Clothes for Little Prices
When to Start Stocking Up on Clothes & Diapers     163
Nine Basic Sources     164
Baby Clothes     167
Garage & Yard Sales: Eight Tips for the Best Bargains     168
Cyberspace: Web sources for deals     168
What Is a Layette?     171
What Does More Money Buy You?     178
Flame Retardant Sleepwear and Three Other Safety Tips     178
One Size Does Not Fit All     180
Laundry Conundrum: What's Best for Baby?     181
Beware of Appliques and 8 Other Smart Shopper Tips     183
The Fuzz Factor: Six Wastes of Money     184
Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes     186
Second Hand Bargains and 11 More Money-Saving Tips     188
Carter's and Six Other Clothing Outlets     192
Best Bets: Best, Good and Skip It     194
Seven Great Mail-Order Clothing Catalogs     196
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations      199
Diapers     200
15 CyberSpace Diaper Sources     202
Who's Got the Cheapest Diapers?     205
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations     205
Which Cloth Diapers Work Best?     210
Buy in Bulk and Ten Other Money-Saving Secrets     215
The Bottom Line: Slash Clothing, Diaper Costs by {dollar}300     217
Maternity/Nursing Clothes
Maternity & Nursing Clothes     219
Getting Started: When Do You Need Maternity Stuff?     219
Ten Surprising Sources     220
Cyberspace: 20 sites     222
Your Pregnant Wardrobe: How Much Will You Need?     225
Reader Poll: Best Nursing Clothes Brands     230
Battling Your Wacky Thermostat     232
Fetal Monitors: Are They Safe?     234
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations-Undergarments     235
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations-Nursing Clothes     236
Help! My Feet Have Swollen!     236
Plus Size & 13 Other Money-Saving Tips     238
Three Outlets for Maternity Clothes     242
Reviews of Maternity Chain Stores     243
Watch Out for Return Policies     243
Stay Fit: Pregnancy Workout Videos     246
Bottom Line: Save {dollar}860 With Your Tips     248
Feeding: Breastfeeding, Bottles, High Chairs
Breastfeeding     249
Eight Sources for Help     250
Eight Web Sites For Breast Pumps     253
Chart: Which Pump Works Best?     255
Reviews & Ratings: 11 Breast Pumps Compared     257
Breast Milk Storage Options     256
Breastfeeding in Public: Four Tips and Advice     258
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations     265
Three Money Saving Tips     267
Formula     267
Organic Formula and Other Options     268
Nine Money Saving Tips     271
Bottles/Nipples     275
Bottle Warmers & Sterilizes     276
Baby Food     280
Taste Tests and Five Other Safety Hints     281
Toddler Foods: Waste of Money?     283
Make Your Own and Five More Money-Saving Tips     284
Reviews & Ratings of Six Brands     286
High Chairs     289
Strap Me In and Five Other Safety Tips     289
Smart Shopper Tips: Basic Features and More     291
Reviews & Ratings of 18 Brands     293
Chart: High Chairs Compared     304
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations     306
Hook-On Chairs & Boosters     307
Around the House: Monitors, Diaper Pails, Safety & More
Getting Started: What You Need, When     311
Best Bath Tubs     313
Six More Items for the Baby's Room     314
The Best Diaper Pails: Reviews & Ratings     316
Bouncer Seats     320
Coupon Sites Cut Online Shopping Costs     321
Monitors     322
Bugging Your House and Four Other Shopping Tips     322
Reviews & Ratings of Nine Brands     327
Chart: Monitors Compared     332
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations     334
Swings: Godsend or Neglect-o-matic?     335
Safety     337
Top Ten Baby Products That Should Be Banned     338
Gates: Our Picks     340
Ten Tips for Safe Toys     343
Baby First Aid Kit     349
Top 11 Safety Must-Haves     351
Playpens: The Best Bets     352
Car Seats
Getting Started & Four Sources to Find Car Seats     355
Cyberspace: Six Great Sites For Car Seat Info     357
One Size Does Not Fit All and Nine More Smart Tips     358
Consumer Reports Crash Test Controversy     361
11 Car Seat Safety Tips      376
Four Money Saving Secrets     381
Reviews & Ratings of 13 Top Brands     382
What is the Lightest Infant Car Seat Carrier?     384
Model by Model Reviews: Infant Car Seats     395
Model by Model Reviews: Convertible Car Seats     407
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations-Infant Seats     424
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations-Convertible Seats     425
Chart: Infant Car & Convertible Seats Compared     426
Booster Seats     428
Nine Smart Shopping Tips: Testing, Harnesses & More     430
When Is a Child Ready to Stop Using a Booster?     436
Model by Model Reviews: Booster Car Seats     437
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations-Booster Seats     452
Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and other To Go Gear
Strollers     455
Strollers in Cyberspace     456
Six Types of Strollers     457
Untrustworthy Brakes and More Safety Advice     460
What Features Do You Really Need?     463
Silly Stroller Accessories & Other Wastes of Money     469
Stroller Overkill and Nine Other Money-Saving Secrets     470
Reviews & Ratings: The 42 Best & Worst Brands     473
Shopping Cart Covers: Our Top Picks     480
The Latest From Europe: Trends & Fads     484
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations by Lifestyle     515
Bugaboo Smackdown: The Best Bugaboo Imitators     518
Chart: Stroller Round-up     520
Chart: Sport/Jogging Strollers Compared     522
Three Mistakes to Avoid with Joggers     524
Strollers for Two: Double the Fun     526
Discount Mail Order Source     528
Top Six Tips for Traveling with Baby     529
Bike Trailers & Seats     530
The Well-Stocked Diaper Bag     532
Top Nine Items for a Well Stocked Diaper Bag     534
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations     536
Carriers     538
Four Carrier Types & Our Top Picks     539
Child Care: Options, Costs & More
The Three Basic Options for Child Care     545
Dependent Care Accounts & Three More Money-Savers     547
Ten Question to Ask a Child Care Provider     548
Au Pair Option     549
Does Your Nanny Have a Past?     550
Conclusion: What Does It All Mean?
Average Costs vs. Our Baby Bargains Budget     551
Our Parting Advice     551
Canadian Sources & Bargains     552
Sample Gift Registry      563
Multiples Advice: Twins and more     567
Phone/Web Directory     570
Index     580
Contact Us     598
Our Other Books     599
About the Authors
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2008

    A Must Buy

    We could not have registered without the assistance of this book. It's absolutely the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2008

    Great book, very helpful!

    As a first time mom this book has helped me make a lot of my buying decisions as I was shopping for my new baby. It gives you very helpful advice on items that are useful and those that aren't, talks about safety features in each of the products, plus help syou save tons of time! It is overwhelming the amount of products you need to buy for a new baby and even more overwhelming the amount of choices out there. Plus, there are so many things that are a completely waste of money! This book really helped me make the right choices and speaking to several moms, I confirmed that it actually gives very good/up to date information on every baby product around! I recommend this book to any new moms and in fact am purchasing it as a gift for my friends who are pregnant with their first child!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2008

    A must have!

    Awesome book! I received this as a gift when i first became pregnant from my sister-in-law in 1999 and I have bought four or five of them for friends and relatives who were expecting since then. I believe the information in the book guide new parents on where to spend their money intelligently versus what would be a waste of money. Best buy from the book was my son's Britax Roundabout and Graco Infant car seat. I carried this book in stores while shopping for baby gear, etc. and did not go crazy shopping while inside Babies r us because of the information the book provided. It is like a Consumer Report for anything for the baby.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

    Excellent Resource

    Being a first time mom, I was a little lost on what to buy or what is truly needed for a newborn. This book guided me throughout the entire process and helped me develop a baby registry that included items that were not only safe, economically and necessary. This book came highly recommended from friends and I too, recommend to any first time mom. Invaluable!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2009

    Very helpful!

    This book was recommended to me by a couple of friends, and I am so glad that they did. I'm a first time mommie and I had no idea what to buy for my new baby boy. I was lost as to where I should even start, but this book totally help. I definitely recommend it for any first time mom! The updates are also helpful for moms having their second, third, fourth, etc. baby. (The 8th edition is out...I recommend getting the most updated version.)

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    invaluable

    The book is very helpful and well organized. I was loaned the earlier edition by a friend and after researching a number of items, I felt it was better to just buy the more recent edition myself. Well worth the money. I just had my baby shower this weekend, and I'm confident that the products I registered for came highly recommended.

    My only criticism is not of the book itself but of its website. The book states you can find updated info on their site. I found the site somewhat disorganized.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2009

    WOW!!!THIS BOOK IS A MUST!!

    This book has helped me so much! I had no idea how to shop for anything that my baby on the way will need! I am so thankful for the reviews from other readers! I recommend this book for any Mom!! This makes a wonderful gift!! A++++++++

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2008

    HORRIBLE GUIDANCE

    I did NOT like this book. I bought is because of the 5 star reviews and raves and hype but this is nothing more than a catalog of baby stuff written by middle age empty nesters. Honestly, give me a young mom, a blogger and Consumer Reports and I'm happy. I liked the new Consumer Reports book much better. At least they test product unlike this Baby Bargain garbage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2008

    Very helpful

    We just picked this up tonight and boy was it helpful! Being first time parents with twins on the way, we found it very hard to figure out what we truly needed and what was snake oil. The book was very easy to navigate and provides lots of real world feedback. The only negative comment i have is multiples information is scarce but there. The book also seems to be VERY biased towards Graco products but then again maybe there are just better then the rest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2008

    Invaluable!

    This book helped me sift through the aisles of baby things when it came time for me to register for my baby shower. I was able to make informed decisions based on the book's wonderful recommendations. The format is very user-friendly and covers everything from A to Z. Now it is the first gift I buy for anyone expecting a baby!

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    Posted December 1, 2007

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    This book saved me a ton of cash & helped me wade through all the junk the baby market makes you think you need...finally I could find basics, safe & classy stuff for baby, at the right price!

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