17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Almost worthless. A waste of money.,
This review is from: Consumer Reports Best Baby Products, 8th Edition (Paperback)
I will say that there is a fair amount of information provided if you are the type that likes to do all your own research while following general guidelines. With this book, you will actually have to go to the store, book in hand, and examine every product to see if it has the features you want. Consumer reports doesn't really recommend certain features over others- that is up to you. It just tells you what's out there. Overall, this book is surprisingly scant on actual ratings of products. Some categories only have one or two items rated. Many categories don't have anything at all rated or recommended, just information on what's available in the enormous baby market- which just left me more confused on what to get and why. There are so few things reviewed and some of the reports are pretty old- they actually have things rated that have been discountinued for a couple of years- and they say so! I just think it's pitiful to put out a "updated" book and knowingly give information on discontinued goods that none of us can buy. I have heard that they only review products that have been sent to them from a manufacturer so that it can be reviewed and published; I don't know for sure if this is true but maybe that's why there isn't much in it. I am a first-time mom and found this book no help at all- I learned more from salespeople at stores and shopping around online. Get "Baby Bargains"- the amount of detailed, updated information is remarkable and incredibly helpful (see my review). It tells you flat-out what you need and has brand recommendations and ratings for every item imaginable. Everything that is in the Consumer Reports book (except cars and cameras/camcorders) is well covered in the Baby Bargains book so don't worry about missing anything. The huge number of brands reviewed in Baby Bargains puts Consumer Reports to shame.