Buying Baby Gear

At first, the amount of stuff available to purchase for your baby is going to seem like an overwhelming avalanche. From stripey baby leg warmers to shoes for infants too young to walk, you’re going to be flooded from every direction with all the things marketing people would like you to believe your baby can’t live without.

The truth is that your baby doesn’t need much at all beyond a place to sleep, clothes to wear, food to eat, diapers to leak in, and travel gear. While that may sound like a lot, it doesn’t have to be.

And if it doesn’t sound like a lot — if you’re asking, “What about the Baby Einstein videos and the brain-building electronic toys and the swings and the bouncers?”  — the answer is that those things are fun to have, but they aren’t necessary. If you’re in a pinch, skip them. Love, care, and attention equal more than ten thousand fancy toys. Your baby will be amazed by every mundane aspect of the world; Baby Einstein videos can’t even compare.

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