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Baby Bargains: Secrets to Saving 20% to 50% on baby furniture, gear, clothes, strollers, maternity wear and much, much more! Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-08-13 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 465 user ratings
ISBN:1889392448
LANGUAGE:English

"I really enjoyed how this book made me thing about some things. It focused on practical elements and I loved the focus on when to splurge and when it doesn't really matter. The brand charts were helpful too - especially figuring out what furniture maker makes which lines, since they'll sell to different stores. Ultimately, it wasn't the "Go To Bible" for me to default all my answers, but it raised good points, helped me discover some new products, and I thought it was worth the time to read, and referenced back through for a couple of months while decisions were being made. I think it's exactly what it's promoted as - a reference book, but each person will have to make their own decisions and do their own independent research. I did find that some of the weights on carseats, for example, were different from what I found on manufacturer or blog reviews, so be sure to do your own fact checking if a certain detail is a selling point for you." said.

"Without this shopping guide, I could not have overcome the overwhelming task of researching and preparing for my first baby. In fact, I regret that I hesitated to pick it up when it was first recommended to me. This book is much more than a bargain guide. It is the only comprehensive source of baby gear reviews and practical recommendations that I found, and the authors are not financially incentivized by manufacturers unlike many websites which receive advertising support. I have the 2008 edition in which the information is current and even included previews for items to be released later this year. Furthermore, the authors clearly and thoroughly explain which gear characteristics they consider important to evaluate the manufacturers; this approach enabled me to determine which manufacturers match what I value and need, whether or not a given manufacturer was deemed the authors’ favorite. I highly recommend this book (in most current edition) to first-time parents-to-be." said.

"This is a must have book for any new parent who has no idea how to navigate the baby gear market. The authors don't only present the best ways to get bargains on baby gear (in fact, this wasn't nearly the most prominent or useful part of the book), but they present reviews and information on major brands and models of key equipment for babies so you can make informed decisions as to safety, ease of use, relative cost, comfort, aesthetics, etc. for cribs, strollers, car seats, swings, bouncers, high chairs, maternity clothes, feeding supplies, and more. We went crib shopping this weekend and the book even pointed us to the great store we ended up purchasing the crib at. It also made us completely revamp our choices for strollers, playpens, high chairs and some other items. It was such a help at pointing out things to consider when shopping - I referenced it all weekend long as we were making our decisions. Highly recommend to anyone trying to navigate the baby gear market." said.

"i'd definitely recommend this book to new parents but with a rather large grain of salt. it's great to see reviews of things like car seats and cribs - things i knew nothing about before needing them, HOWEVER, the authors don't put much stock at all into some of the things i really care about, the main one being eco concerns. they state in a few different places in the book that there is no evidence to suggest that off-gassing substances found in certain plastics or fire retardants are harmful, which i find laughable and fairly irresponsible since there are SO MANY reports out there that suggest that in fact, yes, they are bad. there is also an emphasis on big box stores, which to the mass consumer might be good but for me, not so good.
so, i'd suggest getting (or borrowing) this book and taking a good look but just know that if you have any concerns about organic and natural products for your children you'll have to do research elsewhere.
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"I'm a soon-to-be-first-time-mom, and every time I think about the arrival of our daughter, my mind starts racing- I need a crib. I need a stroller, a carseat, diapers, clothing...What do I know about any of these things? Absolutely nothing. How will I know what to buy? What's good? What's necessary? Phew!
Luckily, I heard about the Baby Bargain book.
The Baby Bargain book is a great buy and not necessarily because I'll be saving the 20%-50% advertised on the cover. I love that this book goes into everything you need to know about baby products, gives reviews by brand, rates products by price, and even tells you how much and when to buy. I may not have been totally lost without this book, but I do feel like I would've bought every expensive item on the baby market without the assistance of this guide.
This book is just a better alternative to "live and learn." A great resource for any soon-to-be parents!
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"Here's my short and concise review of this book. REPETITIVE! There is a TON of useful info in here. It's just too bad that it is really buried. So much is repeated over and over and over and over (you get my point). Constant referals to their website and the CPSC.

My friend who recommended the book asked me how I was liking it (because she said it was her FAVORITE baby item, a MUST-HAVE). I replied that I could hardly get through it. Turns out she didn't read it, simply thumbed through to the pages she needed. I considered this. And after having read the entire book there is definitely info you would miss, but here is my recommendation....

...see if you can find a copy at a yardsale, borrow from a friend, or better yet save someone the money and get it from the library. Use it like my friend did, as a reference book. If you are interested in a particular brand see what the authors say about it.

Read the beginning of each chapter and the end (you'll see how the summaries work, but skip all the reviews unless you are really interested in that brand.
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"Upon finding out about the impending arrival of Little Buchs, one of my first thoughts was, "how do I avoid all of the STUFF that seems to quickly accumulate when there's a kid around?" Living in a city home with limited space and storage, this is a huge concern for me! Luckily my doctor has a similar mindset and recommended this great book to me. Baby Bargains outlines what baby gear is necessary and what is a total waste of money while providing thorough and thoughtful reviews to help you navigate the overwhelming amount of choices out there. This book was by my side throughout the entire process of creating a baby registry, and it has eased my mind immensely!

I can't quite comment on whether its advice is dead-on since the kid isn't here yet, but so far this book has been indispensable. Plus, knowing that the only things that you need in a crib are a mattress, mattress protector, and a crib sheet (All those pillows, bumpers, and blankets? Pointless, and largely a safety hazard) makes me feel okay about wanting higher quality, organic versions of these things. If you're looking to save a few bucks on the things you do need to buy, it also has great advice on where to find the best prices (hint: don't shop anywhere with "baby" in the store name!). Baby Bargains also has a companion website with updates, recall information, and general baby advice to boot.
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"Thinking this is more like a 4.5. Definitely recommend this book to first-time parents who feel overwhelmed when they think about all the stuff they have to buy for baby. Even before I got pregnant, just thinking about all the stuff made me dizzy. Thank goodness for resources like this book. I love how user friendly it is...At first the 600 pages looked daunting, but the labeled tabs, index, and detailed table of contents (not to mention the generally organized way the book is overall) made it easy to jump around and read what I wanted about certain products. I so apprecaite all the research that has been done for this book...I felt like once I paired that with my own research I was in good shape and didn't need to be so overwhelmed. This book has helped me figure out what items I really need and how to save money when I buy them. I read A LOT of customer reviews for items, asked around for opinions, consulted lists others have made for what items one must have for a baby, and I read through reports on consumerreports.org...I do recommend doing something like this in addition to reading this book since what they recommend may not be what is neccesarily best for you. At first, I borrowed this book from a friend and just thoguht I would read a few sections...I ended up reading the entire thing. I finally purchased my own copy and am now rereading it--this time from front to back--with a highlighter in hand. I still refer to it and reread sections often. Definitely a life saver!" said.

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