Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Favorite Books Monday- Baby Bargains

I know, I know...it's actually Tuesday, but yesterday was a national holiday so I have a good excuse! We had a good 4th of July with friends and family, but it's back to normal today.

Our book for today is one of my favorite's from pregnancy and I think every new mom should have it. It's called Baby Bargains by Denise and Alan Fields.

When I got pregnant, I excitedly started researching all of the things that we "needed" for Grace. I quickly got overwhelmed. Baby stores will give you lists 10 pages long of all the things that you absolutely "need." Websites will try to sell you expensive bedding, bottles, and all sorts of other things you've probably never heard of. I had no idea what the difference was between an infant carseat and a convertable carseat. I couldn't have told you what kind of breast pumps there are and don't even get me started on baby bedding. Why they sell sets that cost hundreds of dollars when you can't even use the bumper and the quilt is beyond me.

Luckily, I found the book Baby Bargains at the library and I read the whole thing in a matter of days. It was by far the easiest baby gear book to read. The others read more like a Consumer Reports Guide (which are helpful for research purposes, but not for basic understanding.) It explains baby gear, what each item is, how you use it and whether you really need it. I took many of their recommendations for gear, including Grace's bathtub, high chair, and car seat and we love them all. This is a must have book for new moms!!

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