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The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide: From Pacifiers to Potties . . . Why, When, and What to Buy for Pregnancy Through Preschool Paperback – Bargain Price, February 12, 2008


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 12, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1401603548
  • ASIN: B001LNOOK2
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,911,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

For first-time moms without time or inclination to dally in stores comparing various items for their babies, Maclean and Schultz have compiled a handy baby-gadget buying encyclopedia. The authors, founders of BabyGizmo.com, which tests baby products, have buil[t] stroller obstacle courses, weight[ed] products, throw[n] food at them, and run through parking lots with them. The authors' most reliable expertise is that they have young kids and know from experience the advantages and disadvantages of, say, side-by-side versus stadium-seating strollers. This guide doesn't review based on brands; it compares the range of a product to narrow the choices and help you decide what kind of stroller is best for your needs, and then within that type, which accessories and gadgets are necessary. Covered are safety considerations and suggestions for a no-nonsense registry list. The bulk of the book is organized alphabetically and offers advice on packing a well-equipped diaper bag, tips on saving money; they conclude with a glossary for every baby product on the planet so readers will know the difference between a Boppy and a Binky and what an Itzabeen is. (Feb.)
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About the Author

Heather Maclean, mother of three, is the founder of Little Laureate, an award-winning educational children's media company, and cofounder of BabyGizmo.com. Named one of the "16 Best Entrepreneurs in America" by Sir Richard Branson, she accompanied the adventurous business legend on a 50,000-mile trip around the world, alternately helping improve the lives of others (designing sustainable development initiatives in South Africa) and fearing for her own (rappelling out of a Black Hawk helicopter in a Moroccan sandstorm). Heather began her career at Disney, where she had the distinction of being the first person ever to answer Mickey Mouse's e-mail. When not castle hunting in her husband's native Scotland, she happily resides in Chicago. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Author, Princeton grad, former reality TV star (not as bad as former child star, but close...), Mother of 3 gorgeous kids, and wife of 1 hot, Scottish guy.

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I highly recommend this book to anyone who is pregnant, even if you have help finding baby stuff.
Angelfruit
In the main section of this book, it categorizes baby products and explains the uses, safety information, and ages of use.
Katie
The author's humor and real-life examples were a wonderful touch and made this book really enjoyable.
KBeach

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amanda M. Blanchard on February 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
Someone on my expecting club board recommended this book, and I had to buy it because I was clueless on what I would need for our new baby due in May. It's nice to have information on all products in one spot. The humor in it certainly helps the read too!

I liked the list at the end of what you must have on your registry, as well as the "Must Have", "Nice to Have", and "Don't Need" ratings for each product category.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Exitmult on February 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
As a new father, my wife gave me this book. For a man who knows nothing about babies or what to buy for them, this is a great source of information. I have referenced several of the sections, when trying to select from the mountains of different babies products. Guys, if you have any questions, this book will help.

It is a little big, i.e. not small enough to actually fit in your pocket. I don't know about you but I am not about to carry it around the store with me. I read up before I go.

Overall, this is a great product. I would recommend it to anyone who has never dealt with babies before and to any new fathers who are worried about getting the wrong stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angelfruit on May 24, 2009
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My mother gave me this book when I was pregnant because I live far away from family and had nobody to help me figure out what I needed. I loved this book so much that I bought it for a friend when she was pregnant, even though she is surrounded by family, including 2 sisters with kids. She really liked it, too. This book gives you tons of safety info on all kinds of baby gear, even stuff I've never heard of. I learned things I never knew and found safety tips that had never occurred to me. I relied on this book to help me pick out just about all of my baby gear and I've made some fantastic choices that I'm very happy with. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is pregnant, even if you have help finding baby stuff. These moms really tried out everything that's out there and they'll tell you if it's a must have, nice to have, or don't need. Great book!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KBeach on February 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
I just love this book!! It is full of all the information that I need for every aspect of my baby purchases!! And it's a fun read! I didn't feel like I was being talked down to by some expert on a platform, but rather that I was having a great conversation with one of my best gal pals. The author's humor and real-life examples were a wonderful touch and made this book really enjoyable.

I also have to say that besides being fun to read, the book was designed to actually be functional. There's a quick buyers guide and tips for what to look for in each baby "gizmo" that I'd want, not to mention a section for me to write my own best picks while out shopping. I've already used this handy feature to compare items online and actually remember what I thought about each - a huge help when you have 3 little kids pulling you away from your computer every 2 minutes.

Overall I really have to recommend this book to everyone - not just new moms but also experienced ones. Once you have a baby you're in this Mom's club, but no one told you about all the stuff that you'd need to purchase let alone be an expert on!! And no one wants to admit to not knowing the difference between a booster carseat and a convertible carseat. Luckily the Baby Gizmo buying guide arrived to discreetly (and humorously) let us know all the in's and out's of all that baby gear that we inevitably will end up buying. Thank you!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Steenburg on May 31, 2010
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I enjoyed this book, it saved me some money on some items I would have purchased, yet decided not to. I learned how to be a smarter shopper for sure. They have a website though. [...] Basically the website covers most everything that the book covers. I liked this book a little better than consumer reports best baby products, because this reviewed why to buy and not to buy certain categories of products. Consumer reports just went over what was good and bad in those categories.

I would like to say this would be a great shower gift, but by the time someone is having a shower, people are probably buying them some of the more useless items that this book says you don't need. If you are getting this as a gift for someone, I suggest you give it to them well before they register for baby gifts, because truly you don't know what you need and don't need until you actually have a baby. This book does shed some light on what you should think about getting and not getting (although that is hard to grasp until baby is actually here). It is so easy to be excited while you are pregnant and register for all the "cute" things you don't need. This tries to help you not fall into the crazy commercialized baby item buying trap that exists out there in the retail world.

This book taught me to own less things, but spend my money on better valued items. Example, research the type of stroller you will actually use, and then buy a good one, which means spending a fair bit of money. Best advice ever! I did not buy or register for play mats and toys (because baby doesn't play with them anyway - and that has held very true). But I did register for an expensive stroller, and got it.
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