Surely I'm not the only parent who was frustrated to find that the most up-to-date Consumer Reports safety ratings for car seats, cribs, and other essential baby gear are
scattered across the website—making for a bunch of dog-eared printouts
at the New-Parents-Spend-a-Squidrillion Store. As of today, that
problem's solved. The latest Consumer ReportsBest Baby Products
guide morphs the group's essential safety-testing reports and
bargain-hunting advice into a 368-page book that will fit easily into a
There are other great baby-product buying guides out there: Here are some tips.
Don't buy a drop-side crib. Even
though they're the kind we all grew up in, recent safety recalls
suggest they pose too much of a risk. Go for a fold-down side or
stationary side instead.
Baby gear is often cheaper than the manufacturer's website.
Nutrition is very very important. Make sure you get your children the proper ones.
You can live without almost all the stuff on baby registries and in baby-buying guides. Changing tables, rockers, gliders, bouncy seats, and baby swings are all optional, the price-conscious CU crew notes. When safety is an issue, gear—car seats, cribs, and baby carriers—should be bought new.
"Green" baby clothes may not be chemical free."Organic"
just means that the cotton was grown without synthetic pesticides.
There's no guarantee that clothes marked "organic cotton" haven't been
chemically treated. If this is important to you, you'll have to do some
sleuthing on the manufacturer's website.
Buy baby bottles and sippy cups without BPA by
looking for the numbers 1, 2, 4, or 5 on the bottom of the bottles.
These are BPA free. Studies suggest an infant's exposure to BPA may be
linked to diabetes, cancer, and attention problems later in life.
Don't trust the 5-second rule.Researchers
at Clemson University dropped bologna on a kitchen floor and found that
bacteria from the floor transferred almost instantly. The results would
apply to a sticky, gooey pacifier, too, the CU sleuths say.
So no matter how fast your grab, wash a dropped pacifier with at least
water and dry it with a paper towel before handing it back to kiddo.
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