Since he’s the one paying and it can use with our maxi cosi (reduce the transferring trouble esp when baby girl sleeping), I said up to him. With his super bargaining skills he manage to reduce to $700!! I’m super impress. Because its almost brand new, just bought few months, sell it away because the child refuse to sit it, wanted to be carried. And warranty is valid for 2 years.. GREAT! And can seat up to 4yrs old, even if don’t wan to seat, we can put our barang barang.. Seriously mommies out there, ur child don’t want to sit, u use it to put barang barang right.. haha.. Coz I experience this before, and we observe other parents to that also.. 😛
Not only that, if u are going to an eating place with no high chair, this can serve as a high chair also.. good hur..
Comes with a free rain cover.
Baby Support Cushion: Puku
I got 2 of this for free during the baby fair road show and in KKH pharmacy, just do a simple questionnaire or sign up for their newsletter and u will get it for FREE! 😀
Sterilizer: Philips Electric Steam Sterilizer (Link) $135
Bought this at the Philips warehouse sale.
Consider quite alright, comes with the following free stuff:
– 2 pacifiers with the box
– 2 BPA milk bottles in 260ml and 200ml
– 1 drinking bottle for 12mths
– 1 cleaning brush
– Bottle Tong
Original price for just the sterilizer alone is $149
Liquid Cleanser and sterilizing tablets: Free
I got it for free when Mr Tan sign up 2 years magazine for me during the baby fair. Quite a lot of bottles, so I didn’ buy any and other reason is I don’t believe in using soap to wash, although is soap free. Because baby only drink milk, how dirty can it get? So just use normal water to wash will do.. (Personal preference)
Diaper: Cloth Diaper from Anuka and nappy liners (Pureen)
Whether to use cloth diaper or disposable one depends on individual. I’m starting off with cloth diaper, to reduce nappy rash, cost effective and more comfortable. We will be using disposable when travelling and/or when she going to start infant care.
As for what brand I choose for disposable I haven’t choose yet, because I got a lot of sample from baby fair (signing up the 2 yrs magazine) and went to each diaper company website and request for sample. 😛 So going to take my time and research which one is cost effective and good…
We bought it during metro sale, which we have 20% off and CC cash rebate. u can do some research in some medical hall or Chinatown, I believe can be cheaper or about the same price.
Thermometer: Braun Thermoscan IRT 4520 (Link) ~$79 (after shipping) (USD$43.35 including refills)
Bought this from amazon because it’s 50% cheaper from local. Didn’t know that the packaging comes with 2 boxes of refill, end up I bought another 2 boxes of refills.. -.-“
I prefer using ear thermoscan, depends on individual some prefer to use the forehead scanner. No matter what type of thermometer u using, make sure u read through or consult ur doctor the correct method of testing. 🙂
For those who don’t mind waiting, can search for motherhood forum, sometimes they have spree (purchase in bulk) about $90 plus, which is cheap also if u are comfortable with online spree 🙂
Original Price: $145.90
Feeding bottles: Puku Glass bottles $6.30 (20% disc)
Bought this puku glass bottles because my sister use it for my nephew, its good because reduce/ doesn’t cause colic, its cute and cheap.
Prefer glass bottles because I still feel safer to boil or sterilize my glass bottles even though nowadays plastic bottles are BPA free.
Teats: Piyo Piyo
Also recommended by my sister.
Was thinking to use this or NUK, but after much research on NUK, not much on piyo except my sister recommendation. I decided to use piyo teats. Because NUK the hole is quite big so will tend to leak, piyo hole is small good for infant, and u can cut the hole bigger when baby grow bigger. 🙂
Its quite cheap also. Not only that the teats have this little bump thing to clean and prevent the milk stains forming at baby’s tongue..
Nappy Rash Cream: Desitin (Link) $10.00
There is 2 version of Desitin. One is the purple packaging and the other is the blue one which I bought.
I bought it from THIS shop.
I have a few left, bought it with friends to get a better price, those interested let me know. 🙂
Local packaging is in 2oz.. What I have is the 4oz, which is mostly from USA.
Original price: $12.00 for 4oz (online research)
Baby wipes (rolls) and cotton balls
I’m using the olden days method.. haha.. So some may not like it but I feel its a safer, nicer and cost effective way.
I ordered a few rolls of cotton wool and balls through the medical supply company which I know, so its even cheaper from outside. If my baby poos, I can clean it off easily! Because some of the wipes are very small pieces, I have to use it a few to get the buttock clean.. So back to basic wipes, confirm no alcohol, artificial fragrance or whatever chemical stuff and its soft.
Breast Pump: Medela Pump-In-Style Breast pump (Features) ~$358.00 (after shipping) (USD239.98)
Bought this in amazon also. More then 60-70% cheaper!
– Comes with the cooler bag
– 4 bottles.
The warranty only covers USA, doesn’t cover local warranty. Its ok for us because we bought through prime amazon directly so in case of defects we can send it back, but so far tested no *touch wood*.. And also we found out that warranty only covers manufacturer defects so forget it..
For this pump there is 2 types, the other one comes with the travelling chargers for the car, which is not necessary for me and cost a bit more expensive. Will be good for those mommies who are driving and/or doing sales.
I can just charged mine at work will do 🙂
Some people prefer manual pump and/or single pump. The reason I choose electric pump because its faster especially if u are going to pump while at work, I don’t think it will be nice if you are going to go missing for more then 30mins right. And also ur hand muscle will not be tired from the pumping.
As for dual pump, a lot of feedback I got from my mommy friends and forum is if you pump only one side at a time, the other one will tend to leak, such a waste right! So must well pump 2 at a goal, save time, save milk, save energy!
Nipple/Breast Cream: Pigeon (Features)
Can’t remember how much I bought, but as usual is bought with extra discount. 🙂
This one got to use it when u are in 24 weeks, don’t use before that.
This breast cream is to prepare your breast for milk and at the same time keeps your nipple supple. Use it after breast feeding also.
If u have dry lips, can use it also.. that’s what my sister do.. haha..
Stretch Mark Cream & Oil: Palmers (Cream & Oil)
All along I have been using palmers so I’m quite alright with this brand. And touch wood so far no stretch mark yet, but I know maybe at the later stage I will get it.. Coz my sister got her stretch mark 2 weeks before my nephew pop.. so.. just wait for the “flower” to form at my tummy
But for people who have sensitive skin, best is to avoid using this, use Clarins better even though more pricey but doesn’t cause any allergy reactions. I read the reviews is good. Told Mr Tan I will use Clarins for my next pregnancy hehe..
Beside using the cream I also use the oil, to relieve itchiness and keep it more moisture and contains collagen also to maintain firmness and elasticity.
I bought a small empty bottle from watsons and pour some over, which makes it more easier to bring it with me. So whenever I feel uncomfortable I will just apply. 🙂
Breast pad: Pigeon 60 + 12 $13.90
Disposable breast pad is more suitable for me compared to the washable cloth one since I will be going back to work after 3 months, and going to continue to breast feed for about 6-7 months.
So far the reviews for breast pad, pigeon got the highest vote for comfort and high absorbency.
For this brand – pigeon their product seems like a control price, everywhere is selling it for $13.90 for sale price. Lucky I got some vouchers earn by doing some survey so just nice 😛
Otherwise if u have any friends going to Thailand, can just buy from there. 🙂 Or google online for pigeon breast pad, got one particular shop selling pigeon breast pad at slightly cheaper price but products from Thailand.
Baby Monitor: Motorola Digital Baby monitor 3.5″ LCD colour screen (Features) $294 including shipping (USD$209)
Bought this from amazon.
This baby monitor is not a must for everyone. Depends on individual. My sister got it also, different brand.
We bought it because once we move house, the baby will not be sleeping with us, got to train her to be independent. And also if I’m in the living room or kitchen doing my work/stuff I can just monitor her in her room through this rather put her to sleep outside.
Not only that our family also love to have chalet function, in order to let us, the adults to enjoy and baby girl get her routine sleep, the monitor also very important.
So this is baby item is really base on personal preference.
I’m not sure whether Singapore is selling this, but comparing the monitor and the functions with other brands, it can easy sell as high as $400 – $500 plus. Otherwise u can buy a simple black/white with smaller screen it works as fine too. Most importantly is the night function and the sound.
Baby Shampoo/Bath/Powder: Johnson & Johnson Head to toe and powder.
Choose this brand because its quite cheap and reputable.
Powder Casing: Puku
Powder casing more for using it at home, for travelling we have a few bottles from kodomo (got it for free also), those in lotion type put when apply becomes powdery form.
I bought this because the puff shape fits just nice and there is a seprator, so that it wouldn’t be messy. Some puff is way too small for the container. Imagine if u r using it, the handle everything will be powdery and messy.
We didn’t buy any because the cloth diaper can act as a blanket also. That’s what our old folks do 😛
But I did buy 2 receiving blanket, more for outdoor or travelling use, because its thicker and also nicer design.
Cloth Detergent: Pureen Anti-bacteria (Features)
So far the reviews for this brand is not bad and also quite cheap, so decided to buy this.
Bought this during carrefour expo sales, super cheap, few dollars cheaper then NTUC and some neighbor stores.
Bath Tub: Ikea (Features) $15
Ikea bath tub is kind of worth it because it’s quite big, so u can use it from infant till they are quite big.
It’s build with the slide protectors and a soft anti-slip at the bottom. So there’s no need for u to buy another anti-slip bath mat.. 😀
Comb & Brush: Pigeon (Features)
the brush is super super soft and most importantly the comb and brush are design with round not sharp edges.
Nail Cutter: Safety First (Features)
Bought this because the price is quite alright, there is even cheaper one, but find the design is not that comfortable and safe. So end up choosing this which the price is of middle range.
The design make it more easier to cut baby little finger nails.
Drying Rack: Munchkin (Features)
Whether this is necessary is up to individual. Mr Tan feel that it will be neater, dry faster, no water accumulation so wouldn’t breed gems and no need to mixed with adult utensils so he bought this.
Baby cabinet: Toyogo $60 plus
Bought this at toyogo warehouse. Very worth it and it comes with a free small drawer which I can put the small items like nail clipper, teats, refills etc..
It has 5 drawers, so enough to fill up all my baby stocks and her clothes. Lucky her clothes is not a lot haha.. only half filled.. 😛
Baby clothes do get from friends or relatives because they grow very fast and for old folks believe by wearing old clothes, they are more willingly to share and grow faster.