9781889392097

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

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    9781889392097

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    188939209X

  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-04-01
  • 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

Introduction
``It's Going to Change Your Life''
The Four Truths That No One Tells You About Buying Stuff for Baby
1(1)
What Does a Baby Cost For the First Year?
2(3)
Reality Check: How Much You Can Save
5(1)
What? There's No Advertising in this Book?
5(2)
So, Who Are You Guys?
7(1)
What you need when
8(1)
We Get Questions: Top 5 Q&A
9(3)
What's new in this edition?
12(2)
Nursery Necessities: Cribs, Dressers & More
The Downside of Waiting Until the Last Minute
14(1)
Cribs
14(55)
The Five Basic Sources
15(2)
Cyberspace: 4 sources for bargains/info
17(1)
The Four Essential Parts to a Nursery
18(1)
More Money Buys You
19(1)
The Old Crib Trap and Nine Other Safety Tips
19(4)
Recalls: Where to Find Information
23(1)
``Baby Buying Frenzy'' and 13 More Shopper Tips
24(3)
Convertible Cribs and Three Other Wastes of Money
27(1)
E-mail: Sears vs. JCPenney
28(1)
Ten Money-Saving Secrets
29(3)
Best Buys: Four Best Sources
32(4)
Email: World Worst Return Policy
36(2)
Five Outlet Stores
38(1)
Baby Registries Disappoint
38(1)
Reviews & Ratings of 41 Crib Brands
39(4)
Hotel Cribs: Hazardous at $200 a night
43(1)
Certifications: Do They Really Matter?
44(3)
Email: IKEA pros and cons
47(4)
Co-sleepers & Hi-Tech Cradles
51(2)
Who is Jenny Lind?
53(3)
Why do all Italian cribs look alike?
56(9)
Our picks: Crib Brand Recommendations
65(1)
Do it by Mail: The Best Catalogs for Baby Furniture
65(1)
Chart: Crib Brands Compared
66(3)
Bassinets/Cradles
69(1)
Mattresses
70(6)
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Soft Bedding
71(1)
``Coil Overkill'' and Two More Smart Shopping Tips
71(2)
SIDS Scare Tactics?
73(1)
Top Picks: Brand Recommendations
74(1)
Email: Colic Remedy Turns Matters into Magic Fingers
75(1)
Dressers & Changing Tables
76(4)
Safe & Sound: Four Tips
78(1)
Our picks: Brand Recommendations
78(2)
Five More Items for the Nursery
80(6)
The Bottom Line: Save $1000 With Our Tips
84(2)
Baby Bedding & Decor
Six Sources for the Best Quality and Prices
86(2)
Cyberspace: Three Sources
88(2)
More than Sheets: The Four Basic Bedding Pieces
90(4)
The Crib Sheet Controversy
94(1)
Electric Blanket Warning and Seven More Safety Tips
94(3)
Looking for Mr. Good Bedding: Nine Shopper Tips
97(2)
Diaper Stackers and Six More Wastes of Money
99(2)
Skipping the Quilt and Seven More Money-Saving Secrets
101(2)
Six Outlets For More Savings
103(1)
CyberOutlet: Overstock.com
103(2)
Reviews & Ratings of 40 Top Bedding Designers
105(4)
License Translator
109(1)
Dangerous Impressions: Marketing of Liners
110(11)
Winnie the Pooth at a Discount
121(1)
14 Mail Order Sources Saves 20% to 50% off
122(2)
Chart: Bedding Compared
124(6)
The Bottom Line: Our Budget Saves You $800 to $900
130(1)
The Reality Layette: Little Clothes for Little Prices
When to Start Stocking Up on Clothes & Diapers
131(1)
Ten Basic Sources
132(3)
Baby Clothes
135(32)
Thrift Shop Warning
135(1)
Cyberspace: Web sources for deals
136(1)
Garage & Yard Sales: Eight Tips for the Best Bargains
136(3)
What Is a Layette?
139(1)
What does more money buy you?
140(1)
The Baby Bargains Layette
141(1)
E-mail: How Much Laundry?
141(3)
Flame Retardant Sleepwear and Three Other Safety Tips
144(2)
Beware of Appliques and 9 Other Smart Shopper Tips
146(1)
The Fuzz Factor: Five Wastes of Money
147(1)
One Size Does Not Fit All
148(4)
Second Hand Bargains and 10 More Money-Saving Tips
152(2)
Email: Second-hand bargains
154(1)
Carter's and 11 Other Clothing Outlets
155
Best Bets: Best, Good and Skip It
135(25)
17 Great Mail-Order Clothing Catalogs
160(6)
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations
166(1)
Diapers
167(14)
The Great Diaper Debate
167(2)
10 CyberSpace Diaper Sources
169(2)
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations
171(1)
Who's got the cheapest diapers?
172(5)
Buy in Bulk and Eight Other Money-Saving Secrets
177(2)
Mail Order Sources for Cloth Diapers and Supplies
179(2)
The Bottom Line: Slash Your Clothing, Diaper Costs by $300
181(2)
Maternity/Nursing Clothes & Feeding Baby
Maternity & Nursing Clothes
183(23)
Getting Started: When Do You Need Maternity Stuff?
183(1)
Ten Surprising Sources
184(1)
Cyberspace: 22 sites
185(3)
Your Pregnant Wardrobe: How Much Will You Need?
188(1)
Plus Size Clothing
189(1)
Maternity Bras for the Real World
190(2)
Battling Your Wacky Thermostat
192(1)
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations-Undergarments
193(1)
``Orange You Going To Wear Hose?''
194(3)
The Large Lady Trick & 10 Other Money-Saving Tips
197(1)
E-Mail: Two Thumbs Up for Eddie Bauer
198(2)
Three Outlets for Maternity Clothes
200(2)
Reviews & Ratings of Maternity Chain Stores
202(1)
Watch out for return policies
203(1)
Do it By Mail: Three Mail Order Catalogs
204(2)
Breastfeeding
206(14)
Breastfeed and save $500
206(1)
E-Mail: Pregnancy Workout Videos
206(2)
The Biggest Misconception about Breastfeeding
208(2)
Seven Sources for Help
210(2)
Six Web Sites that Sell Pumps
212(1)
The Best and Worst Breast Pumps
213(1)
Chart: Which Pump Works Best?
214(4)
Breastfeeding in Public: Four Tips and Advice
218(2)
The Bottom Line: How to Save Over $700
220(2)
Around the House: Baby Monitors, Toys, Bath, Foods, High Chairs, and Swings
Getting Started: What you need, when
222(1)
Bath-time Necessities
223(1)
Six More Items for the Baby's Room
224(2)
I Dream of the Diaper Genie
226(1)
Humidifiers: Tips & Advice
227(2)
Toys: Eight Classics
229(3)
Avoid Walkers and Eight Other Toy Safety Tips
232(2)
Are Teethers a Playpen Peril?
234(2)
Fancy Burp Pads and Four Other Wastes of Money
236(1)
Eight Money Saving Tips
237(1)
Coupon Sites Cut Online Shopping Costs
238(2)
14 Toy Catalogs
240(3)
Monitors
243(13)
Bugging Your House and Three Other Shopping Tips
244(3)
Reviews & Ratings of Seven Brands
247(1)
Shopping Bots
248(2)
Chart: Fisher Price Monitors
250(2)
Our picks: Brand Recommendations
252(4)
Formula
256(4)
Six Money Saving Tips
256(1)
Confusing Cans Confront Soy Users
257(3)
Bottles/Nipples
260(3)
Bottle Warmers & Sterilizes
263(1)
Baby Food
263(8)
Cyberspace: Baby Food Sites
264(1)
Taste Tests and Four Other Safety Hints
264(2)
Heinz and Five More Money-Saving Tips
266(1)
Email: Making your own baby food
267(1)
Reviews & Ratings of Five Brands
268(1)
Toddler Foods: Waste of Money?
269(2)
High Chairs
271(9)
Strap Me In and Five Other Safety Tips
271(1)
Smart Shopper Tips: Basic Features and More
272(2)
Reviews & Ratings of 10 Brands
274(1)
Hook-on Chairs and Booster Seats
275(5)
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations
280(1)
Swings: Godsend or Neglect-o-matic?
280(1)
Baby Tenda: Anatomy of a Hard Sell
281(1)
Playpens: The Best Bets
282(2)
The Bottom Line
284(2)
Car Seats
Getting Started & 4 Sources to Find Car Seats
286(1)
Cyberspace: Seven Great Sites
287(2)
One Size Does NOT Fit All and 15 More Smart Tips
289(8)
Seven Safety Tips
297(1)
How Big Is Normal?
298(2)
How to Find Recall Info
300(1)
Four Money Saving Secrets
300(1)
Reviews & Ratings of Nine Top Brands
301(2)
On a Jet Plane: Seats for Airplanes
303(4)
Chocolate Donuts with Sprinkles?
307(8)
Belt Positioners
315(2)
What is the lightest infant car seat carrier?
317(1)
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations
317(1)
Chart: Infant Car Seats compared
318(2)
Chart: Convertible Car Seats compared
320(2)
Strollers, Diaper Bags, Carriers and other To Go Gear
Strollers
322(48)
Strollers in Cyberspace
323(2)
Six Types of Strollers
325(2)
Untrustworthy Brakes and More Safety Advice
327(1)
What Features Do You Really Need?
328(5)
Silly Stroller Accessories & Other Wastes of Money
333(1)
Stroller Overkill and Eight Other Money-Saving Secrets
334(1)
Reviews & Ratings: The 18 Best & Worst Brands
335(4)
Stroller with Height Adjustable Handles
339(2)
Who's Who: Stroller Alias Translator
341(5)
How Stroller Makers Block Discounters
346(11)
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations
357(1)
Chart: Stroller Round-up
358(2)
Chart: Travel Systems Compared
360(4)
Chart: Jogging Strollers Compared
364(4)
Discount Mail Order Source
368(1)
Bike Trailers & Seats
369(1)
The Well-Stocked Diaper Bag
370(5)
Make Your Own
370(1)
Top Nine Items for a Well Stocked Diaper Bag
371(2)
Our Picks: Brand Recommendations
373(2)
Carriers
375(2)
The Bottom Line: Saving on To Go Gear
377(1)
Affordable Baby Proofing
Murphy's Law of Baby Proofing
378(1)
General: Covering the Outlets and Mini-Blind Cords
379(1)
Chart: The Most Dangerous Baby Products
379(2)
Gate Picks
381(3)
Bathroom: Toilet Locks, Tub Spouts & Medicines
384(1)
Kitchen: Dishwasher as Toyland and Stove Guards
385(1)
Living Rooms: Plants, VCRs & Coffee Table Bumpers
386(1)
Bedrooms: Cleaning the Dresser Table
387(1)
Three Money-Saving Tips
387(1)
Three Mail-Order Catalogs for Baby Proofing Products
388(1)
Three Wastes of Money
389(1)
How Safe is Safety 1st?
390(1)
The Baby First Aid Kit: Fourteen Key Items
391(1)
Top Ten Safety ``Must-Haves''
392(1)
The Bottom Line
393(1)
The Best Gifts for Baby
The Top 12 Best Gifts for Baby
394(2)
Walkers, Baby Flatware and More Gift ``Don'ts''
396(1)
Four Gift Catalogs
397(2)
The Seven Most Ridiculous Baby Products
399(1)
Announcements
400(7)
Cyberspace: Web Sources
400(2)
Seven Money Saving Secrets
402(2)
Reviews & Ratings of Six Top Brands
404(1)
Do it By Mail
405(1)
Adoption Announcements
406(1)
Etcetera: Catalogs, The `Net, Child Care & More
15 Tips for Smart Mail Order Shopping
407(3)
General Baby Products Catalogs
410(1)
Top 5 Things to Do with the Web
411(2)
Parents in Cyberspace: Tips & Tricks
413(3)
Dot-Com Good vs. Evil
416(2)
Child Care
418(4)
The Three Basic Options for Child Care
418(1)
Dependent Care Accounts & Three More Money-Savers
419(1)
10 Questions to Ask a Child Care Provider
420(2)
Conclusion: What Does it All Mean?
Baby's First Year: Average Costs vs. Our Baby Bargains Budget
422(1)
Our Parting Advice
422(1)
Appendix A: Canadian Sources & Bargains 423(13)
Appendix B: Sample Gift Registry 436(4)
Appendix C: Multiples Advice: Twins and more 440(3)
Appendix D: Phone/Web Directory 443(10)
Index 453(16)
Our Other Books 469

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