This may seem like a silly question, but you might find that there are some things that you may prefer not to buy from a baby shop and instead buy from a homeware store, specialist toy shop or book shop.
The one benefit of a baby shop is that they usually have everything under one roof, from maternity clothes to baby clothes, toys, nursery decorations and furniture and even larger items like car seats. The question is though, do you want to buy all of these items from a baby shop, or would it be better to go elsewhere?
Some baby shops have a good selection of maternity clothes. However, most fashion shops on the high street these days also do a maternity range so you might prefer to choose them instead. It depends on your style, but if a shop you normally shop at does a maternity line this might mean you can continue to wear similar clothes to normal.
Baby shops normally have a good range of baby clothes including lots of different colours and designs. The one benefit of buying them from a specialist baby shop means they will have been designed with baby in mind, which hopefully means they are functional and easy to put on and take off.
Baby shops will stock toys designed specifically for small babies that you might not be able to get in a normal toy shop. It is important to make sure the toys you buy are suitable for babies so this option might be preferable. Larger toy shops will be more suitable for when the baby gets older and can enjoy different toys.
Baby shops might just offer a small selection of books, whereas you might find that a bookshop has a better baby selection. Again though it depends what you are looking for because baby shops may offer books in different materials, for example those designed to be used in the bath which tend to be waterproof and which isn’t something you will necessarily get in a book shop.
Nursery decorations and furniture
Personally, I would prefer to buy these from a homeware store that specialises in them. But it also depends on what’s on offer in the baby shop. The key is to shop around to find what you are looking for when it comes to the nursery. It could be in the baby shop or you might find some cute decorations in a vintage shop. Just make sure whatever you get matches your style and exactly what you want. It is also vital to ensure that any furniture is well made and baby friendly.
The important big items that will last you a few years like pram, push chair, car seat and cot. You might get these from a dedicated baby shop, or again you may prefer to diversify and have a look in homeware stores, particularly for the cot and high chair. Prams and car seats will usually be found in larger baby shops, but it is worth doing your research to make sure you get the right ones for you because they can be expensive items.
So in summary, you can normally buy everything you need from a baby shop. But in some cases you may choose to go elsewhere, particularly when it comes to furniture and decorations. I think my main advice would be to do your homework, make sure you know what you need before going out to buy it and then buy what you need, whether it is from a baby shop or elsewhere!
David writes about the changing world of how classic brands continue to offer the same range of successful products decade after decade and survive the ever changing storm in one of the world's most competitive and fad-focussed consumer markets.