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Baby Bargains: Secrets to Saving 20% to 50% on Baby Furniture, Equipment, Clothes, Toys, Maternity Wear and Much, Much More! Paperback – March, 2003
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However, post-baby, I found that many of the products even the authors said I "needed" were a big waste of money. I also strongly disagreed with them on a number of products, and ended up giving away or returning several highly-recommended products in exchange for others. Most of the book seems to be their opinion, and doesn't jive well with many seasoned parents that I know.
Furthermore, their tips for saving money are mainly common sense, or impractical. For instance, to save on maternity
clothes, they recommend getting ONE outfit with a skirt, pair of pants, and top, and switching them around... don't think most of us need a book for that.
If I had it to do over, I would buy a car seat, clothes, diapers, some baby wash , bassinet...and wait to see what else I'd really need and want til after baby was born. This book tends to promote unnecessary consumerism to vulnerable first-time parents.
It's kind of like a cross between Consumer Reports and your best friend. I would read and highlight the products that had gotten good reviews and then I have to admit to carrying it around with me when I went out to shop for things. Great advice on everything you will want to buy for your kiddo initially.
They give good recommendations on everything from car seats to bedding to high chairs to babyproofing to diaper bags. They rate items for quality and let you know if more money buys you a better product or not. They also have a healthy perspective on the idea of what is "sufficient"! They give good info on things you might want to pass up or that you really don't need (but that someone will be happy to sell you!)
They go thru maternity stuff too, so buy it well before you have the little one!
I have followed Denise and Alan Fields since they wrote their first Bridal Bargains books. They have proceeded to document and provide excellent advice for all of life's major events (and purchases)!!! They now have a Toddler Bargains book for toddler stuff. AND Denise has co-authored Baby 411 with a pediatrician. It's a fabulous book also for advice on baby care.
I think they're on version 6 of this book, so make sure you have the latest one. Can't recommend all their books enough!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is turning out to be very helpful, but I would wait until the new one is out- at this point it is worthless to get this edition almost because it talks about issues that... Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by T. Bolton
Book was great, although I should've checked to make sure that it was the most recent edition for the most relevant info. Read morePublished on July 31, 2012 by Mary
Friend let me borrow the 8th edition. Amazing! So glad I finally read it at almost 4 months pregnant. So helpful to know what you really need, when you need it and what's the best. Read morePublished on January 2, 2012 by H. Mommaerts
I've found this book to provide invaluable guidance for the harrowing and uncertain process of getting the needed (and best) things we'll need for our first baby. Read morePublished on December 6, 2010 by new parent
As of 8/15/2010, I have not received this book. I was notified that it shipped but it was never delivered and I had no way of contacting Amazon for help - when I plugged into... Read morePublished on August 15, 2010 by sailboat
If you have children or are going to have one soon, the initial costs of purchasing everything is pretty daunting. This book is a fantastic resource for the new parents. Read morePublished on April 27, 2010 by Geekdomo
We used Baby Bargains extensively. We had the 5th edition, technically the 2nd revision (Version 5.2), from 2004, and by the time we were done with it, it had many sections... Read morePublished on September 26, 2009 by Jason Kirkfield
In these times it has become a bit more of a concern to be able to work within budgets and cut some costs when needed. Read morePublished on June 30, 2009 by O. Canez
This book is awesome, if we still relied on books for information. With the internet, you can find everything in this book, by googling or going to baby sites. Read morePublished on January 12, 2009 by Disney Teach