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Get some tips on: What to shop for your little one

Avoid blowing your budget by identifying the essentialsImage Credit: Supplied

Most expectant moms swear they swoon at the sight of baby things. Overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices, they often end up buying items their baby does not really need. The trick to avoiding this shopping pitfall is to identify the must-haves to avoid blowing the budget.

Clothes. Essentials include onesies, one-piece pajamas, rompers, socks/booties, mittens, bibs and the slowly-gaining-popularity-again cloth diapers. Seasonal items like hats, sweaters and jackets may also be included in the list; however, swimsuits, shoes and other baby pieces can wait for when the baby gets older.

Feeding items. Baby bottles, a bottle sterilizer, a bottle brush and pacifiers cover the basics. Other baby “feeding accessories” can be purchased later when the baby starts eating solid food.

Changing and bath essentials. Stock up on washcloths, baby towels, diaper cream, wipes, soap and disposable diapers. Take note that more moms have now shifted to the more environment-friendly cloth diapers.

Traveling gear. A diaper bag, a stroller and a car seat are a must. However, when buying a stroller and a car seat, think safety first, i.e., ensure the ones you choose and their features are appropriate for your baby’s age.

Baby nursery. Again, safety is important. When choosing a crib, check its stability, slat spacing, corner posts and versatility. Experts also advise picking flame-retardant crib linen and a good quality mattress. It also helps if you add a musical mobile to lull your baby to sleep.

Handy Hints:

* Think safety when buying a crib, stroller, car seat

* More moms opt for the eco-friendly cloth diapers

* Only purchase items that you immediately need

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Source: Ellen Joyce Soriano, Special to Classifieds

The writer is a freelancer