According to a recent piece in New York Magazine, the baby-product industry is projected to earn $49 billion in sales in 2013 – WOW that is both impressive and extremely terrifying as a new mom. With SO many products available, how in the world are we supposed to navigate our way through? I know, I know as new parents we do the best we can (blah, blah, blah), but seriously – it’s tricky. I think my biggest pitfall is that I’m TOO trusting and tend to think every product has some great qualities; hey, I’m an equal opportunity shopper! But, in order to avoid getting completely overwhelmed, I think it’s crucial to do your homework and expect to have some (hopefully minor) misses along the way. Below are a few tips that have helped me weed through the immense baby-gear industry and find products that really work for me.
What does a baby really need anyways? A lot. To provide one example, because there are millions, TheBump has a super comprehensive ‘Registry 101’ list that I would suggest taking a peak at, especially if you are unfamiliar and a first time parent. Once you determine the basics, then you can delve deeper into the specific brands, prices, etc.
*Just a note, I would suggest pooling advice from several friends/family/co-workers and taking pieces from everyone – no two people have the EXACT same needs, budget and baby.