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We have decided to support our American manufacturing, with our upcoming baby. Sweet Mother Mary I am suffering from sticker shock. We have narrowed travel systems down to two brands. One is Proudly Made in USA! The other is Proudly made in Maine! Cause Maine is its own country now apparently.

However with the car seat travel systems. The price is only like 20 dollars then the Asian imports. Strollers on the other hand... sheesh freaking things are a few hundred dollars different. European stuff is even more expensive. Especially the German strollers and what have you.

The sales lady told me for the price the 1800 dollars for the German made stroller was a steal. And she could knock 300 off if I wanted it today. I told her steal was the only way I was gonna have said stroller.

Now to intervene before my good meaning, but meddling mother in law buys me some Chinese made garbage. That will most definitely cause World War 3, if she does that. Im not sacrificing my work boots for another month just to get under cut by her. I will build the baby a stroller made from tin cans before I ever push my baby in some Chinese garbage. I dont care if its a 9000 dollar Chinese stroller used by Paris Hilton or whoever the new Hollywood obsession is.

On the positive side of things. I have contacted an AMERICAN seamstress that has agreed to reupholster whatever car seat and stroller we get in Chelsea blue and yellow! Including custom make a newborn Chelsea jersey for our new addition. She is also making me a newborn and youth Tatum Raiders Jersey! Doesn't matter if the baby is boy or girl. My child will be wearing Chelsea and Raiders colors! Not necessarily in y hat order.

This is what happens when my red neck butt starts making money. Willy Robertson was right. Dont give a red neck a fat check. Cause this is what you get.

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Like I've said before, I've worked in the manufacturing field for plenty of years from QC to millwright. I've seen what passes for inspection from the operator to the boss to the QC. I'm not sating all was bad but there was enough that passed through that shouldn't.

What matters is trusted products and unbiased reviews, not a tag on a product that has our flag on it. Keep an open mind when it comes to foreign products.

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Like I've said before, I've worked in the manufacturing field for plenty of years from QC to millwright. I've seen what passes for inspection from the operator to the boss to the QC. I'm not sating all was bad but there was enough that passed through that shouldn't.

What matters is trusted products and unbiased reviews, not a tag on a product that has our flag on it. Keep an open mind when it comes to foreign products.

I do, from every country except one. My boot and knife experiences from said country have left more than much to be desired. Plus most the recalls on baby products are from that country. Price doesn't influence the decision as much. I would rather spend 30 dollars on a quality product then 1000 on same product.

Not every product is gonna be of the same level quality regardless of where it is made. Some batches are good some are bad. My problem comes from paying 200 dollars for a product that cost 15 dollars to manufacture. As opposed to paying 200 dollars for a product that cost 100 dollars to manufacture. The materials are better 9 times out of 10. I know from experience that the materials imported from said country for a pharma plant we built all had to be thrown out or reworked due to the inferior quality. Out of 100 weld o lets. 98 of the Chinese made wouldn't hold pressure or the welders blew holes in them trying weld them on. 4 out of 100 of the american made failed.

I greatly appreciate your input. We will start reading consumer reviews tonight.

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That's going to be an unnecessarily difficult task to keep out all Chinese baby products and it won't always result in you having higher quality products. The vast majority of recalls are not much more than fear-mongering in our hover parent society. I read an article the other day about why our grandparents had less allergies and chronic conditions which boiled down to exposure and Americans are pretty much robbing our kids of the ability to naturally develop a functioning immune system. Information is the key and the earlier comment about unbiased reviews is sound advice. 

 

All that being said, I'm a big fan of used baby stuff. If you see a healthy kid running around, it's safe to buy. Bottles and pacifiers I'm buying American, everything else I'm looking at how it was manufactured to make sure it was molded, not painted if it's coming from China. 

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Strollers - the baby will grow out of each one and not need one when they hit 2-years old so just get a safe one and do not spend a fortune. Check out a consignment shop.

 

Car Seats - check the date as some in Target are old and out dated. This means that the fire department who will install the seats for you correctly will refuse to install an outdated seat. Go for the best car seat you can find so you can take the baby in and out of the its carrier easily and the baby will be safe. Always have your local fire department check out the installation for you.

 

Cribs - be careful and buy American as they are supposed to be safer.

 

Changing table - must match the crib no matter what the cost. Go figure.

 

Have fun!

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That's going to be an unnecessarily difficult task to keep out all Chinese baby products and it won't always result in you having higher quality products. The vast majority of recalls are not much more than fear-mongering in our hover parent society. I read an article the other day about why our grandparents had less allergies and chronic conditions which boiled down to exposure and Americans are pretty much robbing our kids of the ability to naturally develop a functioning immune system. Information is the key and the earlier comment about unbiased reviews is sound advice. 

 

All that being said, I'm a big fan of used baby stuff. If you see a healthy kid running around, it's safe to buy. Bottles and pacifiers I'm buying American, everything else I'm looking at how it was manufactured to make sure it was molded, not painted if it's coming from China.

It has nothing to do with safety. Im just sick of paying enormous prices for stuff that cost pennies on the dollar to manufacture. The quality is generally less impressive too. Not always the case, but that has been my experience. I can't justify spending my money on something someone is turning that big of a profit on.

Our crib is being purchased used(as of now) as are a decent amount of other stuff. With the amount of wealthy people around the area. I can get high end used stuff for a lot less than retail.

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Strollers - the baby will grow out of each one and not need one when they hit 2-years old so just get a safe one and do not spend a fortune. Check out a consignment shop.

 

Car Seats - check the date as some in Target are old and out dated. This means that the fire department who will install the seats for you correctly will refuse to install an outdated seat. Go for the best car seat you can find so you can take the baby in and out of the its carrier easily and the baby will be safe. Always have your local fire department check out the installation for you.

 

Cribs - be careful and buy American as they are supposed to be safer.

 

Changing table - must match the crib no matter what the cost. Go figure.

 

Have fun!

Car seat is gonna be brand new from whatever company makes said stroller. Good point on checking dates though. Stroller is gonna be some kind of aluminum frame multi year deal. Basically one stroller for the entire time child uses stroller.

Crib is her department. We kept the uber cool changing table from when my son was born. It has been on loan to our brother in laws brother. A lot of our old baby stuff is being sent back to us from being loaned out.

We did still have our crib until four months ago. We got into a huge fight while moving. Well someone may have lost their temper and used an axe to move the crib, a computer table, and a credeza. She was even less thrilled when she came home and found me toting those items out in bags. Almost used the axe on me for that stunt I pulled.

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From a dad of three and grandfather of 7, buy the best you can afford. Car seats and cribs are not going to be cheap but the kids are priceless.

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Like I've said before, I've worked in the manufacturing field for plenty of years from QC to millwright. I've seen what passes for inspection from the operator to the boss to the QC. I'm not sating all was bad but there was enough that passed through that shouldn't.

What matters is trusted products and unbiased reviews, not a tag on a product that has our flag on it. Keep an open mind when it comes to foreign products.

Quality control, or lack of, is what kept me in the scrap business for 35 years, thank you.

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