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The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide: What to Buy When You're Expecting

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"The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide" is the first comprehensive baby product reference book designed to go to the store with you.

Instead of "what to buy," Heather Maclean, a mom and founder of the Little Laureate and Baby Gizmo websites, will teach you "how to buy" more than 400 different types of baby products. Featuring definitions, product history, and key features, this is a
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Paperback, 480 pages
Published February 12th 2008 by Thomas Nelson
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Shilo Quetchenbach
Sep 20, 2013 Shilo Quetchenbach rated it liked it
This book is maybe useful. There are some good ideas of what is useful/needed for a baby and what is not. But... too many of the reviews focus primarily on how *pretty* the product is. Yeah, I get that people want their baby stuff to match their decor (really? Ok, maybe I don't) - but the point of things for the baby is that they hold the interest of / stimulate *the baby*. Not the parents who think all the primary colors are ugly and wish things came in greys/golds/pinks. I mean, come on. I get ...more
Kt
Sep 29, 2013 Kt rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, parenting
Out of all the books I picked up for parenting... so far this one and "What to expect when you're expecting" have been my 2 most used books.

Not sure if I'd purchase it, but I highly recommend new mommies checking it out from the library.

I didn't read the whole thing ('cause it goes into crazy details for EVERYTHING- which is GREAT when you need it), but mostly what I LOVED was it has really helpful hints on what products you REALLY need for the baby, and which ones you don't. Which as an expecti
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Stephanie
Oct 06, 2011 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, baby
I thought this was a very helpful guide for purchasing all of the gear that babies must have during that first year and beyond - the author even clues you in on when you really need to have the items and which ones are good to buy secondhand. She shares what to look for when hunting down items in the store as far as bells and whistles, but does not review specific brands. There is also a Baby Gizmo website that I was excited to check out, but didn't find it to be too helpful. I like Amazon bette ...more
Jessica
Mar 10, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommend for first time moms! This book has the run down on what you need as far as baby gear goes. Doesn't offer brand name recommendations but more general info. Was a refreshing change to books on childbirth and breast feeding and parenting because it's something tangible and practical and something you will do before baby!
Helena
Jul 23, 2008 Helena rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, parenting
Doesn't give specific product or brand suggestions, but very helpful for figuring out what the heck some of these products are, what they're for, if you really need them, etc. Read it once and am currently using it to help me sort out what I actually want to put on the baby shower registry.
Sarah
Jun 21, 2009 Sarah rated it it was ok
This book provides descriptions of gadgets and what to look for but does not provide recommendations. For that, you must go to the corresponding website and not all baby gadgets have recommendations. If you are short on time, skip this book and read Baby Bargains only.
Katie Casey
Jun 06, 2010 Katie Casey rated it really liked it
So helpful for this first-time, overwhelmed & confused momma-to-be!
Emily
Aug 07, 2008 Emily rated it it was ok
This book is really only usefull for people who have no clue about baby stuff. Otherwise it's just common sense
Sally
Jan 06, 2009 Sally rated it liked it
Shelves: baby-stuff
Great basic book on what's what in the overwhelming world of baby stuff.
Heather Friedman
Feb 22, 2012 Heather Friedman rated it liked it
Helpful reading for creating registries and entering the world of baby madness :)
Claudia
Jun 10, 2008 Claudia rated it liked it
I know nothing--this at least points me in the right direction!!
Margaret Chind
Aug 07, 2010 Margaret Chind rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: new parents!!
Recommended to Margaret by: found it in the library
Review pending.
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Jan 21, 2014 Kate rated it liked it
Really useful for helping determine what's what in the world of baby gear and if you need it.
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Heather Maclean is a Princeton graduate and The New York Times bestselling author and editor of 15 books.

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 he
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