Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Flashback 4 years ago:  I'm about 3 months pregnant with Chandler.   Food aversions, puking, fatigue, and tremendous mood swings were just a few of the things that I was feeling at the time.  I'm also feeling overwhelmed.  I knew I needed to start preparing for a baby, not just mentally but physically.  What do I need?  Where do I start?  What products are the best to buy?  These were just a few of the questions I was asking myself at the time.  About a month ago, I came across The Giggle Guide to Baby Gear by Ali Wing CEO and founder of giggle.   This book claims to be The Smart Shopping Companion for new parents.  Is it?  Keep reading and you'll find out.

Within the first few pages of the book, I couldn't believe how much I could relate.  One excerpt reads:

"Yes, shopping for a new baby can be a tremendous task.  Anyone who's ever walked into a baby superstore can relate to  the feeling of staring at a wall of 50 different car seats, each one indistinguishable from the next.  With the explosion of baby products on the market, the choices are endless, and it's hard to make an informed decision about every single item you need to purchase."

Wow, could I relate to this.  I remember the first time I walked into Babies R Us.  I wondered what I really needed and what brands were the best.  As I registered for my baby shower, I scanned everything and anything, completely oblivious to what I really needed.

One thing I really love about this book is the checklists.  It has checklists for things such as; the first six months, toddlerhood, nursery, getting out and about, and much more.  It tells you specific items you need at these stages and places and why.  

Another section that I was really impressed with was products for baby on the go.  This section focuses on car seats.  I have done so much online research on car seats, it's almost ridiculous.  This section gives general guidance, tips, features to look for, lifestyle considerations, and accessories.  Nice, huh?  Not to mention there are small pictures of different car seats so you know what they look like.  This is also a feature you see throughout the book - small pictures of baby items they suggest.  

At the end of each section there are notes for you to take.  I can really see how this would be helpful as you decide what gear you need.   The book is even compact enough and spiral bound, meaning it's easy to take along with you to the store and the spiral binding makes it easy to stay open to the page you need as well as more durable.  

In the back of the book, there is an index. Want to find out about co-sleeping?  Look it up in the index.  Questions about monitors?, the index has it.  At 176 pages, this book has mounds of information, but isn't so much that it is overwhelming.  It is well written, easy to understand, and covers everything about baby gear you would need to know.  I definitely think this would be a great gift for an expecting mom, or even a mom who's been there done that.  I don't consider myself an expert, but after 2 kids I'd think that I'm pretty well rounded.  This book gave me some new ideas for gear.  For example - a splash mat.  You put it on the floor to catch spills and food.  Helps save your back and your floors.  I notice giggle has one of these on their website.  I just might be getting it as I have two very messy eaters.

I also wanted to mention that Giggle has an awesome online store filled with great baby gear.  One stop shopping, right? 

Cons:  I don't have any complaints about this book.  I wish I had gotten it when I was pregnant with Chandler, but then again, according to the copyright, it's only been out since 2008.  Hopefully this book will be a big help for those of you looking for information on baby gear, or are looking for a baby gift.

The Bottom Line:  Very informative, well written book about baby gear. 

Price:  $19.95 and FREE shipping!

Where to Buy:  Giggle

Rating:  Excellent

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They have really cute kid furniture! Expensive, but cute!!!

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EllyBean said...

They offer some pretty cute organic onesies!

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liane66 said...

The Uppababy Vista.
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tatertot374 said...

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