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Whether you are expecting or shopping for an upcoming baby shower, here is what you have to know:
Shopping is exciting but don’t get carried away! Stay focused on what is the most important and follow these few steps.
Keep it simple. Babies grow fast. Remember that most of the items are there for a very short period of time. It doesn’t mean that you should neglect quality of the products you intend to purchase. Just prioritize the choice of some long-term items.
Consider both age and weather
When we talk about the baby, be careful to buy appropriate items for the season and age. That means if you buy 6-9 month jacket but at this age of the baby you will have summer, it makes no sense.
Stay away from buying stuffed animals
Although it seems like an easy buy, consider something more practical as the baby will be getting numerous teddy bears from friends, relatives and all the people possible anyway. And stuffed animals host dust mites (and just dust), so why not buying something else?
Have a baby shower first
If you are expecting the baby, have your shower before making a list of necessary stuff. Or even better way is to write a wish list for your baby shower participants and then, after the event, buy whatever is left.
Buy unisex things
If you plan to have another baby later, try getting more unisex items, at least those more expensive items, such as crib, stroller, blankets and little pillows. Clothes can also be saved as babies will outgrow them very fast.
Wear cute clothes
That is don’t save some beautiful items for later. When you realize you child didn’t wear something special, it will be too late.
Pay attention to the material
What are the toys and clothes made of? Make sure the fabric and plastic that is used in the baby products are safe. Also, pre-wash the toys, sheets, blanket and clothes.
Create a budget
Remember to set a budget. It is easy to get carried away and spend to much money on all the cute little things. However, don’t forget that your baby is going to use most of the items for merely several months.