Preparing for a baby is exciting, but it can be stressful too. You want to make sure you buy the right products that are safe and reliable, but you don’t want to spend too much money or make a purchase you’ll regret. These tips will help guide you as you check your items off your list and prepare for your baby.
Trust Safe And Reliable Treatments And Medications
Not all baby products are created the same. This fact also applies to treatments and medications. While some generic products are comparable to name-brand items, there are other cheaper alternatives that are completely ineffective. Some products can even do more harm than good. You want to be cautious with the products you are putting on your baby.
For example, cradle cap is a common issue among many newborns, and you want to make sure that the treatment you choose won’t make it worse. The best cradle cap shampoo should have an FDA-approved active ingredient and not contain artificial fragrances. Choosing natural treatments that are effective will reduce the chances of irritation while getting to the root of the issue.
Save Money And Buy Gently Used Clothing
Preparing for a new baby is expensive. While you don’t want to sacrifice quality or safety, there are a few ways to save money on baby gear. The average newborn baby weighs around seven pounds. Within a few weeks, they grow out of newborn-sized clothing to larger sizes. Many new parents find that they purchase far too many newborn and smaller-sized outfits.
Some items may never even get used. Consider shopping for clothing at consignment or second-hand stores. You’ll find great deals on all your favorite name brands and save substantially more than you would have at the department store.
Consider Quality Over Quantity
When it comes to all baby gear, you want to opt for quality over quantity. Ensure the bottles and feeding utensils you purchase are safe and made with BPA-free plastic. While the FDA did ban BPA from baby bottles in 2012, you want to be careful if you buy products on the internet that originate in other countries. While they may be cheaper, you do not know what they contain.
When shopping for baby clothing, ensure the material is high quality and sturdy enough to hold up to frequent washings. You don’t want to save money on inexpensive clothing and find out your items didn’t survive the first wash.
Choose Natural Products That Are Environmentally Friendly
It’s important to choose baby products that are both natural and environmentally friendly. Not only should you consider your “carbon footprint” when deciding what products to purchase, but you should examine the ingredients contained in each item. Choose brands that are transparent with what’s in their products, how they are created, and how they help the environment. Companies dedicated to sustainability and environmentally friendly practices usually place great importance on providing high-quality products that are safe for your baby.
Check Safety Of Used Gear
While it’s okay to purchase some secondhand baby items, there are others that you should always buy brand new. Your car seat is one of these items. A used car seat could have experienced a collision. If it is compromised, it may not offer the same amount of protection your child will need. You have no guarantee that a used car seat is collision-free. Therefore, you should always purchase your car seat brand new. A few other items you should always purchase brand new include cribs, playpens, and breast pumps.
Ask For Advice From Your Pediatrician
If you’re overwhelmed and unsure about specific products to buy, your best bet is to consult your pediatrician. They often know which items to recommend and which ones you should try to avoid. Many also have children of their own and can give you personal and professional advice on safe, dependable items.
While shopping for baby products can be stressful, there are plenty of high-quality options you should consider that are safe and effective. Remember to shop around, do your research, and make an informed decision. Doing so will help you choose the best products for your baby.
About The Author
Tracie Johnson is a New Jersey native and an alum of Penn State University. Tracie is passionate about writing, reading, and living a healthy lifestyle. She feels happiest when around a campfire surrounded by friends, family, and her Dachshund named Rufus.