Consumer Watch: Tips for buying baby items

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 23 at 5:01 PM

(WHAS11) --  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. Good Morning Kentuckiana's Andy Treinen takes a closer look in today's Consumer Watch.

Styles come and go, and so do designers - but no matter your baby budget, when shopping for those cute little bundles of wonderful - safety comes first.

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,” Dana Evans of Daisy Baby said.

For some, that means little luxuries with larger price tags, like a plush car seat with extra safety padding and a cupholder. “It is leather, it is supple, it is handmade. This car seat is going to come in a little bit higher than the other ones. Coming in at 875," Evans said.

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, look at hinges, springs and surfaces where an infant could come into contact.

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

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 said.

There's even a really good market in Louisville for quality used baby gear  from consignment shops like the bi-annual Little Treasures Sale.

If you have a consumer issue you’d like us to look into send an e-mail to: consumerwatch@whas11.com.
 

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