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Prepping for the Baby? 4 Places Every New Parent Should Start

Every child needs food, clothing, a safe place to live, and baby furniture to have a successful start in life. As a new parent, you may wonder if you should buy everything new or choose items with gentle use instead. We talk about the four things you should start looking at purchasing first below.

Safety gear

Toddler gates, crib bumpers, outlet covers, and other equipment to keep your new baby safe are available at online baby gear stores and in retail shops in many cities. To ensure the products you choose are safe, it is important to read the fine print. Make sure any electrical components have UL labels, the seller is rated and recommended, and the brand is reputable. Cloth items and objects like jumpers and swings should get good reviews on top consumer reporting sites. Car seats and baby carriers must meet federal guidelines for safety, and the government publishes this documentation for review after testing.

Baby clothing stores

No one says baby clothes have to cost an arm and a leg. Getting the best deals is easy when you shop off-season. When planning ahead, go with the average age of the child to find items with big discounts. Online stores often offer closeout pricing and slash prices to get rid of overstock. When the new season is here, the clothes must go to make room for new items.

Getting a safe crib

One of the first places every parent should start focusing on is the bed. What type of crib do you want for your child? Every parent wants the safest option along with a fun paint job or design. Again, reading reviews from top reporting agencies is a huge help. Remember, doctors recommend putting your baby to bed on his or her back with no soft blankets, bumpers, teddy bears, or other cloth items present during sleep time.

Feeding tools for baby

Avoid losing money on bottles and sipper cups to buy a variety of items to see what your child likes the most. This is helpful for pacifiers, onesies, and most baby items. Your child might prefer one set of eating utensils over another, and you’ll want to avoid buying lots of the same type that the baby doesn’t like.

Getting ready for a baby does not mean top-of-the-line everything. However, keeping little ones safe is always paramount. Chasing discounts and looking for ways to save on children’s clothing and gear is a great way to save money before the baby comes. You can always use the savings to start a college fund.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
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