“Qiqi, what baby products should I buy from taobao?!”
I have been shopping Taobao for more than 12 years, my wedding gown and even the hotel hall aisle Sunflower stand is also DIYed by me using materials from Taobao.
As the years go by, shopping in Taobao is getting easier and easier, so long as you understand a little bit of Chinese, you can basically shop your whole house furniture from Taobao.
But, I’m going to stick to this topic (let me know if you are keen to know on taobao wedding), on buying baby products from Taobao. Often, I received a lot of messages on what to buy on Taobao for baby stuff, so I’m going to share what else you can buy, besides baby clothes from Taobao.
Below are some suggestions based on what me and my friends love to buy. Purchase price is exclusive of shipping price, and prices are based on at the point of purchase.
2 in 1 Diaper Bag / High Chair
When your wife has so many bags, what makes you think that she will only have 1 diaper bag? Haha.. no lah not encouraging but because personally, I have 2 diaper bags for different occasion.
My normal Jujube Diaper bag is for everyday use, but if I’m going to a place which I know that there will be no baby seats, I will bring this Mickey Mouse 2 in 1 diaper bag out.
I love it that it is Mickey Mouse (obviously), it is a diaper bag and most importantly it can be a booster chair too. Saves me a lot of headaches for places which don’t provide a high chair. I even use it in cinema and Theater.
Key word: 可坐的 妈咪包
Purchase Price: $40
Milk Bottle Sterilizer
Taobao is overwhelmed with different types of sterilizers with many different functions. There’s no wonder nowadays that lots of parents love to buy from Taobao.
Depending on your preference, there are steam sterilizers with dryer and UV sterilizer.
The popular brands are Snow Bear and Dr Olaf.
There is no problem of using China electronics products in Singapore as we are using the same voltage. But you can change the plug head easily by getting the right tools from electrical shop.
Key words: 宝宝 消毒锅
Purchase price: $60 – $200
Xiaomi Baby Monitor
A baby monitor is a must buy which I always encourage my 1st-time parent friends to buy. You can monitor your baby while you do your work in the kitchen or living room. Or monitor them if you leave your baby at home with other caregivers.
You can actually buy XiaoMi products from local authorized dealers if you are concerned about the warranty. Otherwise it serves us pretty well, especially for the night view.
Purchase Price: S$50
Baby Playpen & Play Area
I bought my playpen from taobao, but that was when I had number 1 and 2. After that, I use it as my dog fence. Last time, the design and package weren’t as fanciful like now. Now, you have a lot of choices and the seller will package them nicely! The keeping method is also a lot easier compared to last time.
Purchase Price: $300 (Pricing is based on the image above. 16 panel + door, playmat, slide, swing, rocker, ball pool, 100 balls and storage.)
There are various types of bathtubs in the market. The foldable, standing and multi-purpose. The commonly bought are those foldable type of bathtub, because they save space.
Some even comes with inbuilt water temperature thermometer and some allows you to expand taller, to turn into a mini pool or with a sitting area inside so they can sit down to bath when they reach toddler.
Purchase price: $13.20 (Price is based on the above picture, foldable bathtub with thermometer and waterproof bed)
Nowadays, due to space constraint, parents prefer to buy a high chair that comes with multiple purpose & foldable. Otherwise, if you just want a simple high chair that is easy to wash and just solely for eating purpose, IKEA high chair is actually good and pretty cheap.
Purchase price: $79.60
Baby Play Gym
I bought this similar (but not this) play gym for xiaomei, it’s pretty interesting and the playmat musical piano can change into sitting position when your child knows how to sit. The one we bought, the quality wasn’t that good, didi destroyed it but the musical top still works great.
Purchase price: $28
Or you can also get something like this
Purchase price: $16 for battery operated.
Baby Stroller / Tricycle
Although I did not buy my strollers from taobao, quite a lot of parents I know get their stroller from there. Besides the price point, one factor contributing it is the design and features are much more advanced compare to our local market. Maybe due to the fact that China is the largest stroller manufacturer, so they are always the first to launch new designs.
keyword: 婴儿推车 (baby stroller) / 婴儿车轻便折叠 (baby lightweight foldable stroller)
Besides strollers, tricycle or trikes are also another common must buy from taobao. I got my twin trike from taobao. We use it mainly for walking around the neighbourhood.
Keyword: 婴儿手推车脚踏车 (single trike) / 婴儿双人手推车脚踏车 (double trike)
Baby clothes / towels / bibs
Baby clothes, towels and bibs are also commonly bought in taobao due to the affordable price and wide variety of designs available.
Besides the above recommendation and commonly bought items, baby utensils, wipes and even diapers are also the common topics among the parents and in taobao FB group.
But one thing I do not really recommend to buy from taobao is the baby car seat. Although China is one of the largest manufacturer of baby car seats (even some good brands car seat are also made in China), but due to different country rules and regulation, the safety requirements are different. So I it’s better to get from our local authorised distributors.
That goes the same for baby cot too.
If you have any questions or wish to add in your experience, feel free to comment below!