I am a very enthusiastic mom-to-be. So enthusiastic, that I started preparing for my firstborn’s arrival when I was 3 months pregnant. I’m currently on my sixth month of pregnancy, so you can imagine how many items I’ve already bought and prepped. Here’s a list of some items that I’ve gotten for my nursery, or have my eyes set on. This post is written in collaboration with ShopUOB, so UOB Cardmembers, take note of the accompanying deals below!

During the course of my preparation, I’ve consulted a lot of my mom friends about what I should and should not get. I listen to their advice diligently, because clearly they’ve tried and tested it on their own children, so if they recommend it, I’ll get it!

Handmade Heroes for Baby Bodycare:

The DC Team featured local beauty brand Handmade Heroes in our Local Beauty Edit 2020, and what I love about this brand, is that it is all-natural, vegan and clean. Having met the founders digitally, I know they are very passionate about the ingredients they source for their products and are very careful with their formulation process. They have a dedicated Mother & Baby range, which features products like Nursing and Diaper Balm. The diaper balm is made with calendula extract and zinc oxide to keep your baby’s skin soft after every nappy change!

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Taobao for Maternity Wear:

Fitting into my bottoms became a difficulty from my fourth month of pregnancy. I turned to local online stores like Love, Bonito for maternity shorts but I also missed the feeling of culottes and trousers. Given that my current online shopping philosophy is “If I can’t find it in Singapore, Taobao it”, I Google-translated “Maternity Pants” into Mandarin (孕妇裤), and found so many Taobao shops that are dedicated to selling maternity wear. Talk about heaven sent! I shared how I styled a pair of white maternity jeans I got from Taobao on my Instagram Stories over the weekend, and here’s the link to the Taobao shop for my fellow moms-to-be.

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Taobao for Nursery Decor:

Image from Taobao

I live in a dengue hotspot unfortunately, and my dad gets paranoid when he thinks about mosquitoes and the baby (funnily enough, my dad is the one trying to babyproof the house, not me). He has been pestering me to get a mosquito net to surround the cot, and I couldn’t find one that I liked in Singapore. I searched “Mosquito Net Crib” (蚊帐婴儿床) on Taobao and found a free-standing net that matches the crib I ordered! It’s a design that’s not readily available in Singapore, and I could choose from various colours – all for less than $60, shipping included. The net arrived within 2 weeks upon my order – very speedy!

UOB 11.11 Cardmembers Exclusive: Enjoy S$15 off with min. S$120 spend. [Enter UOB cardnumber at payment page to apply the discount,  limited redemptions]. Valid on 11 Nov 2020 only.

Shopee for Baby Clothes:

My second shopping philosophy: “There’s always a more affordable alternative on Shopee”. While I do enjoy the feeling of the soft premium bamboo cotton onesies and mittens for my baby, purchasing 5 – 10 sets of them for weekly use can be costly. Plus, babies outgrow their clothing so quickly so it’s best to find options that are affordable and of decent quality. I found these solid-coloured cotton newborn mittens and socks from Shopee, and I’m so glad I found them because I’m very particular about the prints and designs on baby clothing. It’s hard to find mittens and socks in a design I like (sorry Ezzie, mom will decide what you wear till you’re 21). You can definitely find more options – design and price-wise – for bath towels, onesies and swaddles on Shopee. There’s also a Shopee Mum’s Club you can sign up for, and the club extends exclusive vouchers every month for members!

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iShopChangi.com for Skincare and Bodycare for Moms:

I’ve also recently announced that I’ll be partnering with Clarins to exclusively represent their maternity bodycare range – I’ve been using their Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil (Firming) and Clarins Body Partner Stretch Mark Expert Cream daily ever since I was 3 months along. So far so good – my skin has been stretching and needs moisture more often now that I’m pregnant – so these two items have been a lifesaver! iShopChangi.com is also a good place to shop for beauty products (Anti-Aging and Hair Care) because they hold regular promotions that you can’t normally find on the brand’s local websites – there is also complimentary delivery within Singapore if you spend $59.

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Lazada for Nursing Essentials and Nursery Furniture:

Heeding my mom-friends’ advice, I’m turning to Hegen for feeding essentials. Hegen comes highly recommended because it has a built-in anti-colic air vent that reduces unwanted air intake. The off-centre teat also promotes upright feeding which reduces the risk of milk back-flow. I got the Hegen Complete Starter Kit because I don’t really want to fuss and think about the different bottles and teats I need to get – if Hegen has assembled an all-you-need starter kit for moms-to-be, I’ll trust them with the kit. Hegen is also running a special Singles Day deal for their PCTO™ Express Store Feed Starter Kit, click here for more details.

Another item that comes recommended is the Baby Bjorn Bouncer – my mom told me that she relied on the bouncer a lot for my youngest brother. My friend and founder of The Closet Lover, Bertilla, also told me she bought two bouncers, and that her baby reacted best to Baby Bjorn. Again, I’m not one to fuss between brands, so I got the Baby Bjorn Bouncer Bliss Mesh – I chose the mesh design because of Singapore’s weather.

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These are just some of the items I’ve prepared so far – I am trying not to get too many of the same things (for example, since I already got a UV steriliser, I probably will not buy a steam one). Once a product comes recommended, I’ll attempt to use it as much as I can unless my baby has issues with it.

I hope this article was helpful in helping you decide what you need to get, plus this is such a great time for moms-to-be to do some shopping with all the year-end deals!

Good luck fellow moms-to-be!

Andrea

 

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