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Baby Bargains, 8th Edition: Secrets to Saving 20% to 50% on Baby Furniture, Gear, Clothes, Toys, Maternity Wear and Much, Much More! (Baby Bargains: ... on Baby Furniture, Equipment, Clothes, Toys,) Paperback – April 25, 2009

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Denise Fields and Alan Fields write a monthly column for Baby Talk magazine. They have written several best-selling books, including Baby Bargains and Bridal Bargains. They live in Boulder, CO.
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  • Series: Baby Bargains: Secrets to Saving 20% to 50% on Baby Furniture, Equipment, Clothes, Toys,
  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Windsor Peak Press; 8th New ed. edition (April 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889392332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889392332
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DENISE AND ALAN FIELDS have sold 2 million books, focused on navigating the consumer maze of life's biggest decisions: getting married, having a baby and raising children. But how do two seemingly normal people end up writing consumer books for a living?

The Fields met while attending the University of Colorado at Boulder. Denise was a history major specializing in Elizabethan England; Alan was in the business school, studying the marketing of products to Albania. We wish there was some fairy-tale story about how the couple met, but it is actually quite boring--they ran into each other in a dormitory during the infamous Bronco Blizzard.

Denise and Alan became writers because they couldn't find any other gainful employment. After college, Denise realized that the unemployment rate for Elizabethan England scholars was 132%. Alan's career as a college newspaper columnist and disc jockey fizzled out as well. Since they had a lot of free time, they authored a small book called Austin Weddings, about their travails planning their own wedding in the capital of Texas (where they had moved after graduating from CU).

Then something clicked. The Fields' consumer advice was a hit with brides and the book became a local best-seller. Realizing they had perhaps found a way to make a living without having to get real jobs, Denise and Alan turned out wedding guides to Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, San Diego and Denver.

By this time, the Fields recognized something most other so-called wedding experts refused to admit. Forget all this fancy etiquette stuff--what brides and grooms really wanted to know was how to get a good deal on the items for their wedding. Following that theme, the Fields wrote their first national book on weddings, Bridal Bargains.

To say the book was unpopular among members of the "wedding industry" was an understatement. The Fields were banned from attending bridal shows; an editor from a major bridal magazine lambasted the Fields in a letter to the Wall Street Journal. Fortunately, the Fields did have one fan in the media--a talk show host by the name of Oprah Winfrey. Oprah told her viewers to buy the book. 400,000 copies later, the book is the Fields best-selling title to date.

After Oprah, the Fields embarked on their next greatest adventure. They built a new home. And like everything they would do in their lives, the experience inspired a book of its own: Your New House, was picked as one of the top 10 real estate books in 1993 by the San Francisco Examiner. "This book is, by far, the best book available on how to buy or build a new home," raved syndicated columnist Robert Bruss, imploring his readers to buy the book. Your New House was revised for a second edition in 1996, and again in 1999 for a third edition.

Baby Bargains, the Fields' third book, was inspired by the birth of their son, Benjamin in 1993. The book (which debuted in 1994) was also featured on Oprah, the Today Show and in Child Magazine. The Fields scoured the country for the best deals on cribs, bedding, maternity clothes and more. Next, they interviewed more than 100 first-time parents across the country, who provided insights into which baby products were best buys-and which were wastes of money. Baby Bargains' editor's panel of juvenile products retailers provided crucial safety and technical background for the book's extensive list of recommended brands and products. The birth of the Fields second son (Jack) in November 1996 inspired the release of the 2nd edition of this book in March 1997. The 3rd edition of Baby Bargains was released in March 1999, with updated material, new bargains and more.

The Fields' latest book is Baby 411, co-authored by Dr. Ari Brown. Baby 411 is the ultimate FAQ for new parents. Written in an easy-to-read question and answer format, Baby 411 explores infant health from a fresh and non-judgemental approach.

If you liked Baby 411, you'll love Toddler 411---the sequel! All your questions on toddlers, answered! And now, Expecting 411 joins the 411 family, with detailed advice on pregnancy and child birth.

The Fields currently live in Boulder, CO with their sons Ben and Jack.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By ReaderGirl on April 24, 2009
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I LOVED the 7th addition of this book. It was well-researched and seemed relatively unbiased. I relied on it for info on ALL of our major baby purchases. When we found out we were having #2, I eagerly ordered the new (8th) edition. I'm not sure what changed, but some of the integrity and lack of bias has gone out the window! I am SO disappointed!
Here are just some examples of what I mean:

While they mentioned several different bottle brands in the 7th ed., they only recommend two in this edition...two of the most expensive ones.

They claim that outlet covers are the #1 waste of money in their safety section (they actually recommend moving your furniture around to block outlets - how practical)...but then these are the second thing they list under safety "must haves".

And the big one: Cloth diapers - in the 3 short weeks since we switched to cloth diapers to save money, even I know enough to spot the bias in their information. They basically try to make the argument that cloth does not save you money over disposables. The amount they claim you'll spend on disposables is way too low - you'll spend easily $800-900 a YEAR buying the economy packs of mid-priced diapers & wipes @ Target for ONE child. This is a MUCH higher number than the roughly $300 we spent ONE time to switch to cloth diapers & wipes that we can continue to use for as long as we have kids. They take it for granted that "most folks don't have the time or energy" to wash their own cloth diapers. What they don't tell you is that, if you have at least one diaper-aged kid, it's no big deal to do an extra load every couple of days. They then conclude that, based on their (wrong) assumption that you'll NEED a diaper service, you'll spend tons of money on cloth diapers "in just the first year".
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tree on March 5, 2010
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I probably regret this purchase more than any other pregnancy-motivated purchase I've made to date. It really represents the greatest of all pregnancy missteps-- the substitution of silly advice for your own common sense.

A book cannot possibly keep pace with new products the way the reviews at a website can. On average, the sample size of user/reviewers at a website like amazon will surpass what this book can offer. There are many great bloggers out their reviewing products and plenty of product rating sites to boot that will be more current and helpful.

Moreover, whatever your income bracket, website reviews will do a better job of linking you to people whose income situation and perspective are similar to yours. Though my husband and I are both professionals, we just weren't the target audience for this book. With a straight face, they recommended an $800.00 budget for maternity clothes (over $150 for your maternity undergarments alone! Did you know Agent Provocateur had a maternity line?) and spending $600.00 as a middle-of-the-road amount for a convertible crib. Nice convertible cribs are now available for much closer to half that amount. In short, when I contemplate a $375 dollar stroller, I don't want to hear the perspective of someone who would spend that money on a pair of shoes without thinking twice. I want to hear from people who thought long and hard about it and who viewed the stroller as a major purchase in the same way that I would--did THAT person feel it was worth the cash?

I also found their rationale for ratings dubious: "This huge crib company had a single model two years ago that had to be recalled after several babies were injured, some fatally, so we give them an F. Avoid." Well, okay.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Lindamood on January 11, 2010
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Overall, this is an invaluable resource for new (or even not-new) parents, and I highly recommend it. I love the fact that this book tells you what features to look for in every type of baby product imaginable; independently reviews hundreds of individual baby products without influence from outside advertisers or the companies themselves; and actually makes specific product recommendations for every kind of baby product. It made baby product shopping so much easier for me!

Only a couple of complaints:

1. The book is absolutely replete with errors and typos. Considering how otherwise valuable the resource has been, I can overlook the typos (we all make them). However, one error actually cost me money, instead of saving it: the book specifically mentioned the Beco Baby Carrier as being one that can be used in the front-facing position. It was not until after I bought it, opened the box, and looked at the owner's manual that I realized that this is not the case - like the Ergo Carrier, it can only be used facing inward (toward mom). Luckily Amazon is letting me return the carrier; otherwise, this would have been a $139 typo. (And yes I know that the error was corrected on the Baby Bargains blog. But let's get real, no one knows to check that before they buy anything recommended in the book. Kind of like the erratum printed on the lower left hand corner of page 52 of the newspaper in tiny print.)

2. The tone of the book is often a little bit - I don't know the word - flippant? Snide? Sarcastic? Anyway, it put me off when I first started reading the book; but the book has otherwise proved its value, so that I can forgive the tone.
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