Welcome to Babyproductsmom
As a parent, you’ll take on a lot of new roles, such as safety police, chief bottle washer, Dr. Mom/Dad, breastauranteur, pacifier finder, style czar, baby-wearing activist, colic whisperer and chief stroller operator. What do these roles have in common? They all involve products that can make your life as a new parent easier—or not.
Some stuff you’ll truly need (like diapers, a car seat and a stroller). Some products will make life easier but aren’t essential (like a bottle warmer), and some will just pad the bill.
What should you buy? What shortcuts can you take? What should you live without? What’s a waste of money? What’s not so safe?
Babyproductmom.com is dedicated to helping you navigate the overwhelming world of baby gear so you can hone your registry and to-buy list to get just enough of the right stuff to feel equipped for the world’s most important job.
Buy the Best for Your Baby
I’ve been covering the baby products industry since 2001, when Consumer Reports called, asking me to write the 8th edition of Consumer Reports Best Baby Products. They were looking for the mother of young children to update this best seller. That was me. The only trouble was– I wasn’t an all-knowing baby products guru—far from it.
Confession: When I was pregnant with my first child (that’s her, pictures), which is when a lot of the stuff-buying happens (tip #1: reuse your new stuff from baby #1 for baby #2), I also landed my first book deal. That meant I had nine months to grow a baby and a book. Um, I’m a tad deadline oriented. So worried was I, in fact, about going into labor before turning in my 60,000-word book manuscript that I didn’t have time to obsess over baby stuff.
There I was a week before my baby was due, frantically loading up my cart in BuyBuy Baby with a list sent to me from a friend of a friend. In the diaper aisle, however, it dawned on me the list wasn’t complete. What about a diaper pail? I had to ask a fellow customer what to use (conceivably) for dirty disposable diapers. (Duh?!) She pointed to the Diaper Genie.
That’s definitely not the way to gear up. Buying the best baby gear or registering for products the right way takes homework and legwork (tip #2: read this blog and head to the store, if you can, just to see what’s what, even if you ultimately plan to register or buy online).
Since then, baby two came along and I wrote the 8th, 9th and 10th editions of Consumer Reports Best Baby Products. In 2017, I began my journey with BabyQuip, cleaning and renting baby gear to grandparents and traveling parents. Yes, I have a mini baby superstore in my home and I keep buying inventory more to meet my customers’ needs.
I’ve learned a lot about baby products from my own experience as a new mom and continue to do so through my baby gear rental and cleaning business.
I’m on a mission: To help you buy the best for your baby (and your lifestyle) without necessarily spending a bundle (though sometimes it does pays not to skimp).
I’m a certified car seat technician and a writer. I use my journalism skills to research products so you don’t have to.
I’m now the author of 10 books, including two more about baby products: Save Dollars on Diapers and Save a Bundle: 50+ Ways to Save Big on Baby Gear. I also write about saving money, medicine, health and nutrition for books, leading consumer magazines and websites and I appear on TV as a spokesperson for baby brands I believe in. I appear on TV and radio networks as a spokesperson to help consumers make informed shopping decisions. I have been a guest on Today and a baby safety expert on the Discovery Channel’s Make Room for Baby.
Here’s a segment I did in 2021 on Inside Edition on stuffed animals. Who knew plush toys were such germ magnets?
I have also participated in satellite and internet media tours for brands, such as Consumer Reports, Storebrand Infant Formula and Colgate Kids.
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