Consumer Reports: Best Baby Products

cr-carseatA couple of months ago, Consumer Reports issued a warning against buying and using several baby gear standards — crib bumpers, walkers and bath seats. Causing outrage, however, was their recommendation against wearing babies in slings.

Baby-wearers sent countless comments to the CR blogpost, which, for the first time ever, prompted the writer to respond.

So I was kind of surprised when flipping through a review copy of the 10th edition of their book, Consumer Reports: Best Baby Products, that they made actual recommendations for slings, even encouraging daddies to get in on the over-the-shoulder action.

The recommendations weren’t without warning, however. In a sidebar that started with the purse-lipped, raised eyebrows line, “If you insist …” with a bunch of great tips about sling wearing anyway and a big long list of brands, including Infantino — the sling pictured in their “burn the sling!” blog post.

Walkers got a write-up similar to slings, reluctantly tolerated. But crib bumpers and bath seats get the full frontal: “Don’t Buy a Crib Bumper,” and “Dont’ Buy a Bath Seat” headline with explanations. They’re also way opposed to co-sleeper and bed-sharing.

The book covers all the gear and crap — good and bad — the new parents will have to make decisions about before, during and after their child is born. It’s thorough — goes through all the brands, considers stuff like BPAs when talking about bottles and price/use considerations regarding the purchase of designer onesies.

They help you to decide on the $750 stroller. And the super fancy crib. And whether you really need a Diaper Genie.

In fact, I can imagine many a dog-eared page for newly expecting parents. So it would make a great gift for a couple who just announced the big news.

Big hugs to Consumer Reports (I was particularly incensed by their blog post on sling hate). All is forgiven.

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