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Few events are more exciting than having your first child, but hand-in-hand with that goes a whole multitude of new decisions.

Consumer Reports Guide to Baby Products is your personal baby shopping consultant. Over the years, this invaluable guide has helped thousands of new parents navigate the sea of complex and sophisticated baby merchandise, pointing them to the best products, and steering them away from the less-than-the-best. Consumer Reports allows buyers to streamline ...

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Overview

Few events are more exciting than having your first child, but hand-in-hand with that goes a whole multitude of new decisions.

Consumer Reports Guide to Baby Products is your personal baby shopping consultant. Over the years, this invaluable guide has helped thousands of new parents navigate the sea of complex and sophisticated baby merchandise, pointing them to the best products, and steering them away from the less-than-the-best. Consumer Reports allows buyers to streamline the selection process, avoid shopping pitfalls, and help keep the baby budget in balance, including practical advice on:
·"Building" the baby's nursery from crib to diaper bag
·At-a-glance details on hundreds of items in the all-new Product Guide
·Ratings of car seats, carriers, play yards, and travel systems
·A comprehensive list of recent safety recalls
·A guide to the most commonly prescribed medications for babies
·Shopping guide to websites, catalogs, and stores
·Checklists and worksheets to help organize the shopping process.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890439869
  • Publisher: Consumer Reports Books
  • Publication date: 4/6/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Gordon is a writer and editor, who has written for Child, Parents, Family Circle, Fit Pregnancy, Woman's Day, and Redbook, among others. She is the author of The Aging Eye and The 30 Secrets of the World's Healthiest Cuisines. She is mom to two little girls, Rebecca, 3 1/2, and Amelia, 2. With almost four million subscribers to its magazine and over one million paid subscribers to its website, Consumr Reports is trusted for its expert and unbiased testing and reporting, and for the fact that it takes no advertising.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Welcome! Here's how to use this book to get the best values and safest products for your new baby 9
A-to-Z Guide
Chapter 1 Autos (Kid-Friendly Vehicles) 19
Chapter 2 Baby Bottles & Nipples 25
Chapter 3 Baby Food 31
Chapter 4 Backpack Carriers 39
Chapter 5 Bathtubs for Baby 47
Chapter 6 Bicycle Trailers 51
Chapter 7 Bouncer Seats 55
Chapter 8 Breast Pumps 63
Chapter 9 Camcorders 73
Chapter 10 Cameras 83
Chapter 11 Car Seats 99
Chapter 12 Changing Tables & Dressers 111
Chapter 13 Clothing 115
Chapter 14 Cribs 121
Chapter 15 Crib Alternatives 133
Chapter 16 Crib Bedding 137
Chapter 17 Crib Mattresses 141
Chapter 18 Diapers 147
Chapter 19 Diaper Bags 155
Chapter 20 Diaper Pails 159
Chapter 21 Doorway Jumpers 161
Chapter 22 Formula 163
Chapter 23 Gates 169
Chapter 24 High Chairs 175
Chapter 25 Monitors 187
Chapter 26 Nursing Bras 193
Chapter 27 Pacifiers 197
Chapter 28 Play Yards 201
Chapter 29 Rocking Chairs & Gliders 209
Chapter 30 Soft Infant Carriers 213
Chapter 31 Stationary Activity Centers 219
Chapter 32 Strollers 225
Chapter 33 Swings 239
Chapter 34 Toys 245
Chapter 35 Walkers 253
Chapter 36 Zebras (& Other Stuffed Animals) 259
Special Reference Section
Money Matters for New Parents 263
Keeping Baby Safe in Your Home 273
Brand Locator 283
Guide to Pediatric Drugs 287
Product Recalls 327
Index 364
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2005

    could be much better

    I am a Consumer Reports nut, so when I was looking to purchase baby gear, I thought this book would be ideal to help make the decisions easier. Once I started reading the info, however, I realized that most of the reviews are out of date and many products weren't reviewed at all. Many of the baby products are only reviewed every few years, so the models that they are talking about no longer exist, and problems have been improved upon. The majority of the categories just talk about what the different choices are and offered no guidance as to what was necessary, convenient or not worth purchasing. I am surprised to say that I think that Consumer Reports fails with this book. You would be better off purchasing a subscription to their magazine and reading the reviews when they come out than purchase this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2005

    Good Reference book for 1st time parents

    We are 1st time parents & found this book to be very helpful. Good solid advice & suggestions not only on a variety of baby products, but money advice too. When doing your baby homework, this is a good book to own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2005

    New Mommy, Virginia

    This is a great book for brand new parents. It can be very overwhelming when attempting to choose from the many different products that are available for babies. This book will give a detailed explanation of what each piece of equipment is for, the different variations of each product, etc.When we registered, I used this book constantly as a reference. The only thing I was dissapointed in was the fact that they did not 'review' all of the products. For some products, they just told you the different amenities it came with and gave a very general description of it without describing how it performed when actually put to use. All in all, I would definitely recommend this book to new parents!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2004

    Definitely beats BABY BARGAINS

    A friend gave this book to me for a shower gift and it was a godsend at the baby superstore. It really helped me figure out what I needed to buy and what I could live without--and to pick out the right stroller, crib and car seat, plus all the information is new, since the book is just out. I'm a long-time subscriber to CONSUMER REPORTS and I trust their unbiased advice over other kinds of baby products books.

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