Having a baby is a blessing, but sometimes it costs some big bucks, and I am not just talking about the doctor bill! Juli finds out if some things are worth the cost.
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Audra: Having a baby is a blessing but sometimes they can cause some big bucks. I'm not talking about the doctor bill. Julie finds out of some of the things are really worth the cost. Julie: Hi everybody. Baby products come in all shape, sizes and prices too but is there a difference between a bargain and a splurge? Well Jessica Hartshorne for American Baby Magazine is here to tell us what we can get for our money. It's great to see you here. Jessica: It's great to see you. Julie: And let’s face it, everybody wants a bargain. Jessica: And I'm fascinated about how there can be really inexpensive and then really expensive versions of all baby products. Julie: It's the same thing pretty much. Jessica: Right, but there are reasons for it and that interest me too. It's not always that the bargain is best and it's not always the most expensive is best. It's sort of what you need for your life. So, for instance a baby monitor. You can get one for $40.00 or $80.00 or $190.00. Now the $40.00 one is it listens to your baby’s cries. It doesn’t run on digital technology and it has a sort of limited range. But if you're in the living room and just want to listen to hear if your baby making noise. Julie: That will work for you. Jessica: It's fine and it's $40.00. If you want the digital technology to be sure it's not interfering with the neighbors baby monitor and this one actually has sort of walkie talkie ability. So, if you're in the bedroom and your husband’s in the living room, you guys can talk to each other. It's called the true toys in the first years and it is an $80.00 version. Then the deluxe, Phillips Advent $190.00 monitor monitors the humidity in the baby’s nursery, the temperature in there. You can activate music through it. It's got all kinds of bells and whistles. Julie: No cameras on this? You can't see the baby? Jessica: None of these are—you can do that for over $200.00. If you want to go up over $200.00, you can do the videos and that’s like a hand held unit where you can see the baby and companies like Some are Infant and Safety First have those. So depending on how much monitor you want to do right? And then all the class goods of course have huge prices too starting with maternity jeans. You can pay $32.50 at Old Navy or get a little thicker denim in Better Stitching for $59.50 at the Gap. Or if you just can't give up your labels like Joe’s Jeans and all the designer jeans or at the pea in the pod, they’re like $130.00 to $200.00. Julie: It's—go under the belly. Jessica: Exactly. Lift it under the belly. You still have the label you love back there. Julie: It's all what’s comfortable for you and if you can't give up your designer label. Jessica: Exactly. Julie: But you might end up getting a few different pairs. Jessica: Well that’s why there’s the $32.50 option in case you like it. Julie: I like that option because I went through a couple of pairs. Jessica: Because you grow in an unexpected way. Julie: Yes you do. Jessica: And then the Munchkin Jelly Bean sling is simple cotton, you know round piece of fabric to the baby can ride in. it's got a pocket but otherwise it's a very simple cotton sling. This Serene Sling that you have is a flexible knit that was developed by Doctor William Sears, the attachment parenting guru. He’s very big on baby wear. So, he helped develop it in ways he thinks where you can wear the baby for a long time and be comfortable and the baby will be comfortable but it cost more money. Sort of in the middle is this Serena and Lilly peacock market sling which is gorgeous. Julie: It's beautiful. Jessica: It's also cotton and it's got all these gorgeous embroidery. I would think it will get dirty but they say you can throw out in the wash, it comes clean and yeah, it's just gorgeous. It's a simple cotton. Julie: So bottom line is, you can get anything you need for any price range. Jessica: Right and that goes for strollers and car seats and everything you're going to buy for your baby. So you

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