If you go on Google right now and type in ‘baby products’ you are guaranteed one thing; you will be bombarded! So where to begin? Choosing the right items for your baby, or another person’s baby, needs to be done carefully. However, one parent’s essential baby product is not always on other parents must-have list.
There are some absolute basics, however. Keeping baby warm, safe and fed are three top priorities for any parents. Being able to transport baby comfortably and safely is another. Ensuring the baby learns and develops is another key necessities. Therefore, any product that promotes or helps with one of these basics will be well used and appreciated.
Before buying anything, think first about whether or not it offers value for money. It is very easy to be swept away by adorable baby booties and hats, but stop and think. How long will the baby get to use or wear this item? How many uses will baby or the parents get out of the item? There is no point spending a small fortune on something that will only be used once. Equally, it doesn’t make much sense to buy the cheapest version of something that will be used every day for a year.
If you’re buying a gift, try and find out in advance what the parents would find especially useful. If you’re buying for your baby, consider making a budget plan ahead of time. Budget more money for the important items, and save on the less important things.
There is a multitude of outlets and stores that will provide you with an enormous range of products for baby and the nursery. These will ensure baby stays snug and warm when out and about, and cool and comfortable when sleeping and relaxing. The choice is vast, however. One way to find this less overwhelming is to try to find a make or brand that you like. This will narrow down your choices and make picking your items easier.
Then, take a moment before you purchase any baby products to think the following. “Am I buying this for the name and design, or am I buying this for the durability and practicality it offers”. Sure, something can be adorned with the most adorable design, but is it well made?
Another consideration should be whether or not items adhere to safety regulations. Ensure you always buy from a recognised retailer or supplier. For those on a budget, the second-hand market can be an excellent option. Online auction sites are full of great bargains. However, safety should always come first. Make sure you check anything you buy, both upon purchasing and before giving it to the baby. Items should also be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected if they are second-hand.
Finally, on to the fun stuff! The joy of seeing your little one grow and develop is beyond words! But remember, the gift wrapped in a box is almost never as much fun as the box itself. We still love to buy toys to help and stimulate our babies but pause before making any hefty investments. Remember that what you have in your cupboard can be just as exciting; a wooden spoon and a saucepan is the best drum in the world! It’s just not the nicest sound in the world for the parents!
Image attributed to Theodore Scott