Shopping for baby and maternity gear while pregnant sounds like fun, but after about an hour at a busy store,...
Shopping for baby and maternity gear while pregnant sounds like fun, but after about an hour at a busy store, you're exausted, and no where near done. What to do. Because many pregnant women go through periods of tiredness, it's hard to get all that baby gear in one swift swoop. Here's how to make the most of your shopping time. Look before you buy: Don't go to the store and stand in front of the wall of car seats for two hours. Look online, read baby magazines, and learn about various model pros and cons, before you hit the stores. You can find almost any baby item online, most have reviews. Make a list of your research and then go shopping. Call ahead: Why go into the store if they're out of three of the four items you need? Call first. Shop online: Not only can you research online, but you can shop online too. Yay! I do all my holiday shopping this way (I'm not a shopper). A benefit of online shopping is you're less likely to impulse buy. If you don't see that cute toy in person, it seems less necessary. You can also create baby shower registers online at most popular stores. Be prepared: If you're shopping for a changing table, measure the baby's room before you go to the store. If you've got 24 newborn outfits, write that down so you don't buy more newborn clothing. You should also know your measurements if you're going to the maternity shop. Start early: This is the number one tip I know for baby shopping. By the final month of pregnancy, I was tired, and no way was I shopping. Seriously, even stock up on basics like diapers early.

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