Baby Stuff Obsession

I’m not due until March 22. I haven’t even had my first appointment. (That comes tomorrow.)  And what am I doing? Pouring over ConsumerReports.org baby stuff reviews. Whenever another expecting mom asks about a product or a specific brand, the first thing I do is run to ConsumerReports.org and see what they have to say about it.

Baby Stuff Obsession (Cloth Diaper Addicts)It’s not like I’m ignorant about baby stuff. I’ve used it all before when I had my son in 1997. (Yeah, okay, 1997 was a long time ago. That’s beside the point.) I sold baby stuff when I was a sales manager at an upscale department store, so I *had* to know what I was talking about in order to sell it, and sell it properly. After all, I wanted people to have the right stuff, not just any stuff that I could sell.

Even though my husband will not even entertain the notion of buying anything for about two more months, I’m still researching obsessively. It’s not like ConsumerReports is going to go away in the next couple of months. It’s not like I don’t already have a good idea of what I want based on previous experience, both as a parent and a salesman. It’s not like there’s a final exam or like I’m working on a dissertation.

And, seriously, it’s not like the world will end if I get the second top-rated stroller instead of the first. Sheesh. But I still keep a ConsumerReports tab in my browser, just in case.

Did you go nuts over baby stuff during early pregnancy?

Originally written for What to Expect on July 14, 2009.

Update: I figured it all out eventually. Some of the choices I made were brilliant. Others? Not so much.

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