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Baby Bargains: Secrets to Saving 20% to 50% on Baby Furniture, Equipment, Clothes, Toys, Maternity Wear, and Much, Much, More!

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  2,028 ratings  ·  348 reviews
The average cost of providing for a new baby can top $5,000 in the first year alone. Baby Bargains shows parents how to save money while selecting the best brands and the safest products. This fourth edition includes extensive charts comparing name-brand cribs, strollers, and more; a new section on bassinets, car seats, and bicycle child carriers; and a completely updated ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 20th 2001 by Windsor Peak Press (first published April 1st 1997)
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new_user
This book was the bane of our existence when I worked in baby retail. Customers strolled in asking for random X and Y brands they'd read in the book and scrolled through the list, "Oh, do you have N then? P?" Furniture's a revolving door industry, and many brands don't last, while newbie brands don't see media -or Baby Bargains- exposure until a year or years into their life.

At the same time, staple brands will probably have a history of a couple or more recalls, etc. simply due to the fact the
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Laura
This book is badly in need of an editor!! While filled with useful information for which I'm grateful, it is rife with grammar errors and omitted words. At one point, the entire first half of a paragraph stops abruptly with no period, and repeats verbatim below. This is not a few subtle mistakes either. It happens every few pages and is very distracting. Sometimes I'm not quite sure what the authors are trying to say and have to make up missing words and guess where they were going with the thou ...more
Sherree
So this book says it will save you hundreds of dollars, and I honestly don't know if it did/will do that because I didn't try doing this without the book. What I do know is that it gave me a lot of peace of mind, since I was able to narrow down the literally thousands of baby products out there to what I actually need and what I actually want. That peace of mind is worth way more than a few hundred bucks! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is expecting, and in fact I have.
Briana
Buying baby gear is overwhelming. This book gives reviews, feedback and purchasing options for all of the baby gear you could ever possible need. I appreciated the reviews and information given about each brand and company and have followed many of their recommendations. I would recommend this book to anyone having a baby who needs help choosing baby gear!
Sara
Very informative with a lot of useful information for someone who, like me, really hasn't the foggiest clue when it comes to baby stuff. On the other hand, I think it's perhaps a little bit of information overload and could use some serious editing. I found some sections a bit frustrating as they recommended brands that might only be found at specialty stores or in specific locations, making them hard to find. I found this to be particularly true in furniture. Also, I found some of their ratings ...more
Melissa
This is a truly *awesome* book for parents-to-be and parents. The newest edition (11th) just came out this year, 2011. In figuring out what baby products my husband and I needed for our very-soon-to-be-born daughter, I read both this book and a Consumer Reports website guide (I subscribed to the site for one month, for about $8). This book is far, far better than the Consumer Reports guide, because it provides grades (A through F) of many, many different products, not just the big-ticket items l ...more
Kirsten
Obviously this book has a fairly limited audience: people who are about to buy a whole bunch of baby stuff. So I'm not really recommending it widely, but for its intended audience, it's excellent. I love rating systems and reading user reviews since I'm a fairly picky shopper (read: cheap). This is a whole book of ratings and reviews, but it's more than that, too. As someone who really didn't know anything about baby gear-- what's necessary, what's extra-- this book was a great introduction to w ...more
Kimberly
If there is one book that every expectant parent needs to have, it's this one. I've used it numerous times throughout my pregnancy, and it has made many of our decisions in terms of purchases MUCH easier. I bought both this book and Consumer Reports Baby, and ended up taking Consumer Reports back--it didn't offer nearly as much information as Baby Bargains.

The book is broken down into chapters according to baby's needs (cribs, dressers, gear, clothing, etc.). Each chapter begins by suggesting wh
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Julie
We've found this book very helpful. But -- even more helpful?
-- thrift stores (don't be afraid!)
-- hand-me-downs (soooo fantastic)
-- cloth diapers (prefolds + covers work great, are EASY, and save thousands)
-- homemade baby food (chop, steam, puree, freeze. It's really that easy.)
-- Craigslist (baby items obsolesce so fast. There's a glut of high-quality used stuff on Craigslist. People generally are forced to sell at less than 50% of what they paid new, even if the item is highly desirable and
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Kari
I just finished the 9th edition (couldn't locate the edition here on goodreads). It was absolutely everything I had hoped it would be an more. As a first time mom-to-be, I've been so worried about which products were safest, easiest to use, which ones were a waste of money, and what was absolutely necessary to have before baby comes. I LOVE that this book eliminated so much time/effort in painstaking research I would otherwise have had to do. I'm thinking this will be a go-to gift for friends/fa ...more
Danielle
Got this book from the library on the recommendation of a friend. It was definitely helpful in giving us an overview of what we need and orienting us toward options, but when it came to the specific products it recommended (or didn't), it was super hit and miss. I combined what I learned here with extensive internet-based research. I would recommend this book to others, but caution them to also look at online reviews before making purchasing decisions.
Krystal
For a first time mom, this book was a great start to understanding all the crazy baby gear out there. It really broke everything down and I liked how price was always featured. You can easily find products within your budget using this book. Some of the websites he suggested were new to me, so I think it was worth the price I paid for this book! :)
Kate
A great resource for wading through the hundreds of options of baby gear. Baby Bargains includes great information on not just the pricing of items, but also where and how they are manufactured, various safety concerns, etc. Easy to read with great recommendations, I found myself highlighting something on almost every page.

Josh
This certainly did its job and told us where to splurge and where not to, and I think we'll be picking up the author's toddler etc. book.

We're going to keep using this book as a reference but I'm sick of it being on my reading shelf so there you go. It's a 4 star book but I docked it one star for horrible puns.
Hannah Notess
Really useful.

Also a bit like being metaphorically bludgeoned to death by a million collapsible strollers. I could only allow myself to read it for so many hours.

Of course the best bargain of all was... borrowing it from the public library (aka the best civic institution of ALL TIME).
Victoria
This book, which a friend insisted I borrow, has been incredibly useful in navigating the overwhelming world of baby "stuff." The book is best used for its introductory sections on different items, which serves as a good primer on what features of different product types are actually useful. Additionally, those sections are good for getting a ballpark estimate on what a decent price on a certain type of product is, although most can be purchased even more cheaply at consignment shops. The review ...more
Shawna
5 stars – Nonfiction/Baby Preparation

This book was a lifeline that helped me to prepare for traversing the perilous waters of baby shopping/registering. A great guide for first-time, overwhelmed, expectant parents!
Mallory
Not too many new things here if you've ever made minimum wage, made just a little more than minimum wage, attended college, or jumped on the Macklemore bandwagon. If we're being honest, you're out of college now with a degree and most likely under employed.

What you should do: shop at thrift stores, garage sales, craigslist, ebay, diperswappers (etc), in stores or online with coupons, breastfeed, make your own baby food, and cloth diaper the little one.

What you shouldn't do: buy used car seats,
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Courtney
Thinking this is more like a 4.5. Definitely recommend this book to first-time parents who feel overwhelmed when they think about all the stuff they have to buy for baby. Even before I got pregnant, just thinking about all the stuff made me dizzy. Thank goodness for resources like this book. I love how user friendly it is...At first the 600 pages looked daunting, but the labeled tabs, index, and detailed table of contents (not to mention the generally organized way the book is overall) made it e ...more
Kim
Here's my short and concise review of this book. REPETITIVE! There is a TON of useful info in here. It's just too bad that it is really buried. So much is repeated over and over and over and over (you get my point). Constant referals to their website and the CPSC.

My friend who recommended the book asked me how I was liking it (because she said it was her FAVORITE baby item, a MUST-HAVE). I replied that I could hardly get through it. Turns out she didn't read it, simply thumbed through to the pag
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Caitlin
As a first time parent-to-be, I was completely lost in terms of what we needed to prepare for the baby. I don't have too many close friends who have kids, so I didn't have that many resources to seek out for advice. I was turned onto this book by a friend, and it has been our baby bible! It is so helpful in terms of detailing not only what you need, but how much you "need" to spend on each thing. For instance, I probably would have bought a $$$ crib thinking it was safer for the baby, not knowin ...more
Karen
Upon finding out about the impending arrival of Little Buchs, one of my first thoughts was, "how do I avoid all of the STUFF that seems to quickly accumulate when there's a kid around?" Living in a city home with limited space and storage, this is a huge concern for me! Luckily my doctor has a similar mindset and recommended this great book to me. Baby Bargains outlines what baby gear is necessary and what is a total waste of money while providing thorough and thoughtful reviews to help you navi ...more
Lori
Once I properly sat down with this book an read through their reviews and then subsequent recommendations, it all made sense. And here's the deal, if you're coming to this thinking you'll automatically eliminate half the bill you expected to spend, stop and readjust. I got the perspective all wrong at first. Babies cost money. Their attendant gear costs money. And with most important purchases in life, you have to consider whether what your buying as a bargain (i.e. quality investment for the mo ...more
Sara Elice
This is a must have book for any new parent who has no idea how to navigate the baby gear market. The authors don't only present the best ways to get bargains on baby gear (in fact, this wasn't nearly the most prominent or useful part of the book), but they present reviews and information on major brands and models of key equipment for babies so you can make informed decisions as to safety, ease of use, relative cost, comfort, aesthetics, etc. for cribs, strollers, car seats, swings, bouncers, h ...more
Ellen
Jun 23, 2008 Ellen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: expectant parents
Shelves: pregnancy
Without this shopping guide, I could not have overcome the overwhelming task of researching and preparing for my first baby. In fact, I regret that I hesitated to pick it up when it was first recommended to me. This book is much more than a bargain guide. It is the only comprehensive source of baby gear reviews and practical recommendations that I found, and the authors are not financially incentivized by manufacturers unlike many websites which receive advertising support. I have the 2008 editi ...more
Jody
i'd definitely recommend this book to new parents but with a rather large grain of salt. it's great to see reviews of things like car seats and cribs - things i knew nothing about before needing them, HOWEVER, the authors don't put much stock at all into some of the things i really care about, the main one being eco concerns. they state in a few different places in the book that there is no evidence to suggest that off-gassing substances found in certain plastics or fire retardants are harmful, ...more
Melva
Most comprehensive guide to baby equipment I have yet to find. My husband and I are expecting our first child, and this guide has been immensely helpful in giving us an idea of what we need to buy to prepare for our child.

The book gives brand reviews, which are a bit subjective but helpful in comparing features I would never have thought to consider. The best part, though, are the tips on what you need to buy - everything from the big stuff (cribs, car seats, etc) to little stuff (safety gates,
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Amy B
I'm a soon-to-be-first-time-mom, and every time I think about the arrival of our daughter, my mind starts racing- I need a crib. I need a stroller, a carseat, diapers, clothing...What do I know about any of these things? Absolutely nothing. How will I know what to buy? What's good? What's necessary? Phew!
Luckily, I heard about the Baby Bargain book.
The Baby Bargain book is a great buy and not necessarily because I'll be saving the 20%-50% advertised on the cover. I love that this book goes int
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Carissa
This book was recommended to me by a friend who had had her baby a year before ours. It was INCREDIBLY helpful when we were expecting and even afterward. It provided information on brand products and suggested getting some items from craigslist because it wasn't worth it to pay full price for a new one. Having the A through F ratings is great when your mom calls saying she has found a stroller at a consignment shop and asks whether or not to buy it before the next person that comes in snags it ( ...more
Chris
Listen: this book is magic. It is not a coupon book, but a well-researched and informative tome.

Yes, there are good tips on saving money, which are handy in the you-do-need-to-spend-on-this and the you-don't-need-the-top-of-the-line-that, but foremost it is excellent for both reviews of products to get (cribs, high chairs, etc) AND informing you of what to look for, how to shop, and even how to take care of infants and babies. I can't recommend it enough.

The only drawback: products and safety re
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