Online shopping has become my new best friend. In fact, anything that promises to save me time has been added to my BFF list, as time has become my ultimate luxury over the past few weeks. As a new mom, you sarcastically wonder what people with no children actually mean when they say “they’re busy.” I must admit, a few months ago, I would berate my mommy friends for always missing calls, being an hour late for dinner or never replying to messages, but now, I’ve become the justifiably “flaky friend”. Yes, times have changed and my notion of time management has taken a quantum leap.
Enter my hero on a white horse – online shopping. How many of you have tried to do grocery shopping with a baby who decides to save the cute coos and adorable gurgles for at home and the screaming tantrums for the local grocer? The kind but sympathetic looks from strangers as my 2.5 month old demonstrated his incredible lung capacity eventually lured me to the home page of many online shopping meccas. Groceries, baby décor, clothing (even mom deserves a new little something to brighten her day on occasion) and baby necessities meant that I no longer had to pack baby in the car, pray for a quiet drive, search for parking, and attempt a trolley push with baby attached as often.
My list is by no means exhaustive, but I thought I’d share where I’m doing most of my shopping:
www.spree.co.za (Clothing for baby and mommy and lots of beauty products to make mom feel human 😉
www.lovebaby.co.za (Cutest baby clothing)
www.littlelabels.co.za (All my favourite things from from aden + anais)
www.kidsliving.co.za (My go to place for prams, car seats and décor!)
www.woolworths.co.za (The groceries and baby clothing and for stocking up on essentials like nappies)
www.mrphome.com (From mattress covers to laundry baskets for baby’s room)
www.mrp.com (Cute and inexpensive baby clothes)
www.babygroup.co.za ( lots of fab baby essentials and items you’ll love)
www.lovesam.co.za (many adorable outfits, including the Converse booties I’m giving away)
www.babarazzi.co.za (clever little gadgets and items for baby)
www.takealot.com (also everything!!)
Also, doing one’s baby gift registry online is a great idea and saves all your guests lots of guesswork and time too. I must be honest, before having a baby, shopping for a baby shower was quite a hit and miss game, but online registries gave me great guidance.
Also, if you want to save some money on the big items, I found that you can actually rent items (like car seats, camp cots, baby monitors, etc.) on www.babyhouse.co.za.
And, to take the guesswork out of buying toys and the educational value thereof, I enjoyed the approach of www.mysmartkid.com – every two months you receive educational toys that are age appropriate for your baby and also a team of experts at hand to guide you through the developmental milestones.