Babies

Your guide to everything baby

Whether it's your first little one or simply the latest, bringing home a new baby is always going to be overwhelming. They might be adults in the making, but it's almost as if babies have their own little world, and it's up to parents to figure it out and adapt.

From strollers and car seats to rattles and those tiny jars of strained peas, baby products alone are a foreign land. Not to mention the overwhelming amount of choices available and the pressure to give your baby "only the best."

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So, how do you make the right decisions on everything from diapers and potty training techniques to decorating the nursery?

That's easy - you let us help!

Our baby section is devoted to all things baby - we're you're one-stop shop for everything your new little one could need or want. We've got tips on choosing the best products, as well as health and safety information that is so important to every parent. Let us do the research for you, and in no time, you'll be wondering how you ever lived without your new little bundle of joy.

Ensuring baby's health and safety

Every parent wants their new baby to have everything he or she could ever want, but the reality is, few can afford to truly accomplish this. Fortunately, more doesn't always equal better. It is possible to give your baby everything he or she needs without mortgaging your house—or your baby's future.

The best approach to buying baby products is to focus on what's necessary to keep your baby safe and healthy. And that's probably less than you'd think.

You know the cliché about babies: all they do is eat, poop and sleep. Well, it's a cliché because it's true. All you really need to keep your baby healthy is nutritious food (whether that's breast milk or a quality formula), clean diapers (cloth or disposable) and a supportive, comfortable bed (which can be a crib, cradle, playpen or even an adjustable carrier). Everything else is just enrichment.

That isn't to say, of course, that babies shouldn't be enriched, but you don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on the latest innovations in baby toys—the quintessential rattle (and we don't mean a silver one from Tiffany's) can be enough.

So before you spend the equivalent of your child's college education on gizmos and gadgets to occupy their early years, check out our articles for information on what you really need, what's nice to have and what you—and more importantly, your baby—can live without.