When I was pregnant with my first child, Mia, I would always be in a shopping frenzy. I still worked in BGC then, and our office was within walking distance to High Street’s Mothercare and a few minutes drive to SM Aura – so you could just imagine how much stuff I bought even before our little princess was born.
Most first-time moms could relate and would admit that over-shopping is their first parenting mistake. I cannot blame them, it’s hard not to give in when a plethora of baby items will be offered to you once you step into one of those abyss… I mean, shops. So even with my best friend’s and mother’s sound advice, I still walked in to those brightly-lit shops, with the intent to “just look” but eventually come out with a shopping bag (or two, maybe three)
Majority of the items that we bought, we got to use, some more than the others – and looking back at all the purchases I made, I picked the top 5 items that I think were really worth buying. These items might be a bit pricey compared to alternatives, but these purcahses returned back the investment that we made.
- Avent 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer
- Stokke Flexibath Foldable Tub
- Medela Freestyle Double Electric Pump
- Le Sportsac Ryan Baby Bag
We bought this at 20% off in SM Baby company . Initially, I was torn between the newer (and more expensive) automatic kind and this modular one but we eventually chose this because this model is more convenient to transport. You can easily just pack the top part (see the transparent section?) and not the whole body of the sterilizer when you go on trips.
We used to live in a condo unit, which means space is really limited. Because of this, we were looking for a tub that won’t give us storage problems. I got to see this Stokke Flexibath tub in one of my online shopping frenzies at Amazon. It cost us around 50$ plus shipping but it was really worth it.
Mia used this tub from the time she can sit on her own and until now that she’s 3. Her younger sister, Mika, is now using this too – so this was really worth every buck. The plastic snap that closes and packs the tub for storage has long been snapped off but it still is very usable – when we need to bring this along in our trips, we just tie it up with string/straw.
When I had Mia, I was still working full time and had to be away from her for more than 10 hours. My husband and I decided to invest in this double electric pump after hours of researching. We considered Avent, Pigeon and other cheaper alternatives, but this pump had the best reviews. My best friend and sister-in-law recommended it too. This has got to be one of the best investments we made – not only did this help provide milk for Mia – it helped me sustain my supply when I was traveling for work. It’s light-weight, rechargeable, and very efficient. I have used this until Mia weaned at 2.5 years old, and now using it again for building my milk stash for Mika. The pumping action is not as efficient as before, and sometimes the pump stops mid-expression, but it still expresses milk as it should. We got ours at Medela Moms (now Parenting Emporium) because they are the authorized reseller and service center here in the Philippines.
This is how my pump looks like now after 3 years:
Goodbaby High chair
As soon as Mia was able to sit with support, we already tried putting her in the high chair. One of the most “sulit” things we bought for her was this Goodbaby Compact System High Chair from Landmark. We were also considering the more popular Ikea Antilop but the leghole was fixed and it was way smaller compared to this chair. Mia used this chair until she was 2.5 years old (but she can still fit until now) and now it’s Mika’s turn to use it. What I love about it is that it’s foldable, and the harness and tray are both adjustable. The cover is also washable and an extra net under the chair is an extra storage – it also coincidentally catches the morsels of food that falls of the tray.
When I was scouting for baby bag, my number one consideration was the weight of the material. LeSportsac’s Ryan baby bag was one of the lightest, if not the lightest from the others that we considered. It was very roomy with lots of pockets inside and outside that helped us organize the things we bring along. The changing pad that comes with it was also cushioned, making diaper-changing more comfortable for the baby. It is also very easy to clean, you can just use wipes for goos and spills, and washing it was never a problem. Other bags that we saw have leather handles or similar material that make the bag heavier, and harder to wash. We are still using this bag up to now- so even if it was a bit pricey, it was worth buying.
Other good buys were our Combi foldable stroller/pram, Medela Harmony Manual Pump, Avent Natural Bottles and Pigeon Peristaltic Plus bottles
What are your good buys for your little ones?