Baby Bargains: Secrets to Saving 20 Percent to 50 Percent on Baby Furniture, Equipment, Clothes, Toys, Maternity Wear and Much, Much More

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-03-01
  • Publisher: Ingram Pub Services
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Wow! A baby book that actually answers the big question about having a baby: How am I going to afford all this? With the average cost of a baby topping $6600 for just the first year alone, you need creative solutions and innovative ideas to navigate the consumer maze that confronts all parents-to-be. Baby Bargains is the answer! Inside, you'll discover: The best Web sites that offer the biggest discounts! Name brand reviews of car seats, bedding, strollers, high chairs, diapers and more! Five wastes of money with baby clothes and the best outlet bargains. Seven tips to saving money on cribs, plus in-depth reviews of crib brands. The truth about strollers-and which brands work best in the real world. The seven most ridiculous baby products. Dozens of safety tips to affordably baby proof your home. Detailed charts that compare brands of cribs, strollers, car seats and more! Book jacket.

Author Biography

Authors Denise and Alan Fields are consumer advocates who've been featured on Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America and Dateline NBC. Their books include the best-selling paperbacks Bridal Bargains, The Bridal Gown Guide and Your New House. They live in Boulder, CO with their sons, Ben and Jack.

Table of Contents

"It's going to change your life"
The Four Truths That No One Tells Youp. 1
What Does a Baby Cost For the First Year?p. 2
Reality Check: How Much You Can Savep. 5
What? There's No Advertising in this Book?p. 6
So, Who Are You Guys?p. 7
What You Need Whenp. 8
First Time Parent 101p. 10
We Get Questions: Top 5 Q&Ap. 11
What's New in This Edition?p. 14
Nursery Necessities: Cribs, Dressers & More
The Downside of Waiting Until the Last Minutep. 15
Cribsp. 17
The Five Basic Sourcesp. 17
The Four Essential Parts to a Nurseryp. 20
More Money Buys Youp. 21
The Old Crib Trap and Nine Other Safety Tipsp. 23
Recalls: Where to Find Informationp. 27
"Baby Buying Frenzy" and 17 More Shopper Tipsp. 28
Convertible Cribs and Five Other Wastes of Moneyp. 34
Top Nine Things No One Tells Youp. 35
Eight Money-Saving Secretsp. 38
Baby Superstores: Good, Bad & Uglyp. 41
Baby Registries Disappointp. 46
Specialty Chainsp. 47
Seven Outlet Storesp. 48
Hotel Cribs: Hazardous at $200 a nightp. 49
Reviews & Ratings of 57 Crib Brandsp. 50
Who is Jenny Lind?p. 52
Baby Tendap. 54
Co-sleepers & Hi-Tech Cradlesp. 67
eBay for Cribs: Three Smart Shopper Tipsp. 78
Our picks: Crib Brand Recommendationsp. 95
Chart: Crib Brands Comparedp. 96
Bassinets/Cradlesp. 98
Mattressesp. 99
"Coil Overkill" and Two More Smart Shopping Tipsp. 100
Top Picks: Brand Recommendations-Coil, Foam, Organicp. 104
Dressers & Changing Tablesp. 106
What Is French Dove-tail? Corner Blocksp. 106
Safe & Sound: Five Tipsp. 108
Our picks: Brand Recommendationsp. 110
Six More Items for the Nurseryp. 110
The Bottom Line: Save $1000 With Our Tipsp. 116
Baby Bedding & Decor
Six Sources for The Best Quality and Pricesp. 119
Cyberspace: Four Great Sitesp. 121
More than Sheets: The Four Basic Bedding Piecesp. 123
Electric Blanket Warning and Nine More Safety Tipsp. 127
Looking for Mr. Good Bedding: Nine Shopper Tipsp. 132
Diaper Stackers and Six More Wastes of Moneyp. 133
Skipping the Quilt and Seven More Money-Saving Secretsp. 135
Reviews & Ratings of 50 Top Bedding Designersp. 137
Dangerous Impressions: Marketing of Linensp. 142
The Bottom Line: Our Budget Saves You $800 to $900p. 159
Chart: Bedding Designers Comparedp. 160
The Reality Layette: Little Clothes for Little Prices
When to Start Stocking Up on Clothes & Diapersp. 163
Nine Basic Sourcesp. 164
Baby Clothesp. 167
Garage & Yard Sales: Eight Tips for the Best Bargainsp. 168
Cyberspace: Web sources for dealsp. 168
What Is a Layette?p. 171
What Does More Money Buy You?p. 178
Flame Retardant Sleepwear and Three Other Safety Tipsp. 178
One Size Does Not Fit Allp. 180
Laundry Conundrum: What's Best for Baby?p. 181
Beware of Appliques and 8 Other Smart Shopper Tipsp. 183
The Fuzz Factor: Six Wastes of Moneyp. 184
Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoesp. 186
Second Hand Bargains and 11 More Money-Saving Tipsp. 188
Carter's and Six Other Clothing Outletsp. 192
Best Bets: Best, Good and Skip Itp. 194
Seven Great Mail-Order Clothing Catalogsp. 196
Our Picks: Brand Recommendationsp. 199
Diapersp. 200
15 CyberSpace Diaper Sourcesp. 202
Who's Got the Cheapest Diapers?p. 205
Our Picks: Brand Recommendationsp. 205
Which Cloth Diapers Work Best?p. 210
Buy in Bulk and Ten Other Money-Saving Secretsp. 215
The Bottom Line: Slash Clothing, Diaper Costs by $300p. 217
Maternity/Nursing Clothes
Maternity & Nursing Clothesp. 219
Getting Started: When Do You Need Maternity Stuff?p. 219
Ten Surprising Sourcesp. 220
Cyberspace: 20 sitesp. 222
Your Pregnant Wardrobe: How Much Will You Need?p. 225
Reader Poll: Best Nursing Clothes Brandsp. 230
Battling Your Wacky Thermostatp. 232
Fetal Monitors: Are They Safe?p. 234
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations-Undergarmentsp. 235
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations-Nursing Clothesp. 236
Help! My Feet Have Swollen!p. 236
Plus Size & 13 Other Money-Saving Tipsp. 238
Three Outlets for Maternity Clothesp. 242
Reviews of Maternity Chain Storesp. 243
Watch Out for Return Policiesp. 243
Stay Fit: Pregnancy Workout Videosp. 246
Bottom Line: Save $860 With Your Tipsp. 248
Feeding: Breastfeeding, Bottles, High Chairs
Breastfeedingp. 249
Eight Sources for Helpp. 250
Eight Web Sites For Breast Pumpsp. 253
Chart: Which Pump Works Best?p. 255
Reviews & Ratings: 11 Breast Pumps Comparedp. 257
Breast Milk Storage Optionsp. 256
Breastfeeding in Public: Four Tips and Advicep. 258
Our Picks: Brand Recommendationsp. 265
Three Money Saving Tipsp. 267
Formulap. 267
Organic Formula and Other Optionsp. 268
Nine Money Saving Tipsp. 271
Bottles/Nipplesp. 275
Bottle Warmers & Sterilizesp. 276
Baby Foodp. 280
Taste Tests and Five Other Safety Hintsp. 281
Toddler Foods: Waste of Money?p. 283
Make Your Own and Five More Money-Saving Tipsp. 284
Reviews & Ratings of Six Brandsp. 286
High Chairsp. 289
Strap Me In and Five Other Safety Tipsp. 289
Smart Shopper Tips: Basic Features and Morep. 291
Reviews & Ratings of 18 Brandsp. 293
Chart: High Chairs Comparedp. 304
Our Picks: Brand Recommendationsp. 306
Hook-On Chairs & Boostersp. 307
Around the House: Monitors, Diaper Pails, Safety & More
Getting Started: What You Need, Whenp. 311
Best Bath Tubsp. 313
Six More Items for the Baby's Roomp. 314
The Best Diaper Pails: Reviews & Ratingsp. 316
Bouncer Seatsp. 320
Coupon Sites Cut Online Shopping Costsp. 321
Monitorsp. 322
Bugging Your House and Four Other Shopping Tipsp. 322
Reviews & Ratings of Nine Brandsp. 327
Chart: Monitors Comparedp. 332
Our Picks: Brand Recommendationsp. 334
Swings: Godsend or Neglect-o-matic?p. 335
Safetyp. 337
Top Ten Baby Products That Should Be Bannedp. 338
Gates: Our Picksp. 340
Ten Tips for Safe Toysp. 343
Baby First Aid Kitp. 349
Top 11 Safety Must-Havesp. 351
Playpens: The Best Betsp. 352
Car Seats
Getting Started & Four Sources to Find Car Seatsp. 355
Cyberspace: Six Great Sites For Car Seat Infop. 357
One Size Does Not Fit All and Nine More Smart Tipsp. 358
Consumer Reports Crash Test Controversyp. 361
11 Car Seat Safety Tipsp. 376
Four Money Saving Secretsp. 381
Reviews & Ratings of 13 Top Brandsp. 382
What is the Lightest Infant Car Seat Carrier?p. 384
Model by Model Reviews: Infant Car Seatsp. 395
Model by Model Reviews: Convertible Car Seatsp. 407
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations-Infant Seatsp. 424
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations-Convertible Seatsp. 425
Chart: Infant Car & Convertible Seats Comparedp. 426
Booster Seatsp. 428
Nine Smart Shopping Tips: Testing, Harnesses & Morep. 430
When Is a Child Ready to Stop Using a Booster?p. 436
Model by Model Reviews: Booster Car Seatsp. 437
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations-Booster Seatsp. 452
Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and other To Go Gear
Strollersp. 455
Strollers in Cyberspacep. 456
Six Types of Strollersp. 457
Untrustworthy Brakes and More Safety Advicep. 460
What Features Do You Really Need?p. 463
Silly Stroller Accessories & Other Wastes of Moneyp. 469
Stroller Overkill and Nine Other Money-Saving Secretsp. 470
Reviews & Ratings: The 42 Best & Worst Brandsp. 473
Shopping Cart Covers: Our Top Picksp. 480
The Latest From Europe: Trends & Fadsp. 484
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations by Lifestylep. 515
Bugaboo Smackdown: The Best Bugaboo Imitatorsp. 518
Chart: Stroller Round-upp. 520
Chart: Sport/Jogging Strollers Comparedp. 522
Three Mistakes to Avoid with Joggersp. 524
Strollers for Two: Double the Funp. 526
Discount Mail Order Sourcep. 528
Top Six Tips for Traveling with Babyp. 529
Bike Trailers & Seatsp. 530
The Well-Stocked Diaper Bagp. 532
Top Nine Items for a Well Stocked Diaper Bagp. 534
Our Picks: Brand Recommendationsp. 536
Carriersp. 538
Four Carrier Types & Our Top Picksp. 539
Child Care: Options, Costs & More
The Three Basic Options for Child Carep. 545
Dependent Care Accounts & Three More Money-Saversp. 547
Ten Question to Ask a Child Care Providerp. 548
Au Pair Optionp. 549
Does Your Nanny Have a Past?p. 550
Conclusion: What Does It All Mean?
Average Costs vs. Our Baby Bargains Budgetp. 551
Our Parting Advicep. 551
Canadian Sources & Bargainsp. 552
Sample Gift Registryp. 563
Multiples Advice: Twins and morep. 567
Phone/Web Directoryp. 570
Indexp. 580
Contact Usp. 598
Our Other Booksp. 599
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