Parents always want the best for their kids, so why not start implementing that mantra right away.
Like when they are babies.
Whether you're a first-time parent or you're expecting your third or fourth bundle of joy, moms and dads delve deeply into the art of not only preparing mentally for a new baby, but also simply salivate at the idea of piecing together the perfect room, complete with ancillary accessories.
Plenty of baby products are put forth to the point that choosing the best is often muddled by sleek marketing, free shipping offers or sale prices that cloud our better judgment.
So what is to keep the parents from crying louder than the kids?
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The trick is to come prepared and, as a football coach would say, "Act like you've been there before," even if you haven't been. The biggest mistake moms and dads make is trying to buy baby furniture, strollers or car seats without having a plan mapped out beforehand. Instead, they simply turn themselves loose on a number of stores and either buy too quickly or see so much in the way of products that they're about to lose their minds.
Taking baby steps initially is paramount, and shopping for products in this regard should include everything from price matching to reviews. The latter is especially important given that not all cribs, changing tables or bathing tubs are created equal.
American Baby boasts a tremendous amount of credibility in this regard and publishes a "best of list" that takes plenty of factors into consideration. Online retailers such as GracoBaby.com, BabiesRUs.com and Fisher-Price.com lead the way as the major players with multiple products that have a penchant for producing satisfied customers.
The latter two retailers are renowned for not only their web savvy marketing and selection but also achieve high standards in customer satisfaction, despite being larger corporations. BabiesRUs.com wins the war in terms of having the best infant tub, Stages and Ages, along with the best sheets, the Truly Scrumptious line.
Graco takes a different path to baby product greatness with their own line of products; the high chair earns equally lofty praise, in addition to their Pack 'n Play portable crib and a combination stroller and car seat.
Equally high on a parents' to do list is stocking dresser drawers with plenty of clothes for their little one, including socks, shoes, tops, bottoms and the all-important baby body suits. Parents walk a fine line between practical and unique as far as wardrobe goes, given that babies grow out of items rather quickly. That notion usually leads parents to put a limit on spending and opt for a lesser expensive alternative when it comes to clothes; durability, however, shouldn't be overlooked at the expense of spending a little more to have a T-shirt or pants last a little longer.
The most important aspect is having a baby budget and sticking to it. Just because certain items find themselves on a "best of" list isn't always equivalent to being too expensive for the masses to afford. And some of those items not only deal in practicality but also perpetuate positivity.
Take the brand Out of Print.
Out of Print, which specializes in baby body suits, manages to win the hearts of the baby related consumer for not only piecing together perfect products but also underscoring their mission with a charitable vibe. Out of Print body suits pay homage to some of the more remarkable literature for children as the images on the suit mirror the cover art for books like "Goodnight Moon" and "The Little Prince." The body suits alone would be more than enough incentive to buy, but Out of Print tugs even harder at our heart strings by donating a book to a particular area, school or local community every time a product sells.
The thought of tirelessly walking up and down the aisles of baby stores or combing the World Wide Web in search of perfection sounds about as appealing as changing a diaper. A little research goes a long way and could conceivably turns some sleepless shopping nights in a sound, slumber for everyone involved.
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