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Consumer Watch Talks About Blinging Up Baby

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 4/28/2013

  Maybe it's high-profile mothers-to-be like Duchess Catherine and Kim Kardashian, but a new wave of high-end baby gear is making its way into magazines and stores.
 
  And no matter your budget, when shopping for baby, safety comes first.
 
  Karin Caifa has more in today's Consumer Watch report.

  Dana Evans can always spot a first-time parent in her shop.

  "They have gone on the internet, they have every book, they have asked every girlfriend and someone has given them a spread sheet of the best of the best," says Evans, owner of Daisy Baby.

  For some, that means little luxuries with larger price tags, like this plush car seat with extra safety padding and a cupholder.

  "It is leather, it is supple, it is handmade.  This car seat is gonna come in a little bit higher than the other ones. Coming in at $875," says Evans. 

  Or this smooth ride.

  "So we're looking at about $1,400 or so," Evans says.

  Not everyone has a budget for the upper end, but whether shopping for baby bling or baby on a budget, the same safety advice applies.

  Do research on things like product recalls and industry safety certification.

  See the products assembled in the store, looking at hinges, springs and surfaces where an infant could come into contact.

  And, be careful about purchasing secondhand items that may not meet updaed government safety standards.

  And, for the most value, Evans says, think beyond the baby on board.

  "Things that are timeless, that are going to last past baby number one, baby number two, and that maybe you'll pass on down to your sister," Evans says.

 

 

   
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