Thanks to online shopping, the days of struggling with shopping bags while trying to pacify a howling baby are long gone! Shopping online has given us access to a wide variety of stores and products, all from the comfort of our sofas. Unfortunately, being spoiled for choice also means that it’s tougher to find the best deal and you’re likely to second guess every choice you make which is why we have put together this guide to online shopping for a newborn baby to make what could be a stressful experience a whole lot of fun.
How to Shop Online for a New Born Baby
The list of new born baby must-haves may seem exhaustive but there’s no need to panic. Before you start shopping online, take a deep breath, calm down and remind yourself that you don’t need to walk down the aisles of a massive department store and that everything you need is just a few mouse clicks away. Here are a few online shopping tips to help you navigate online shopping.
Start with a List
Once you go online, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of baby products and you will end up overshooting your budget or buying things you don’t really need. A shopping list is a simple way to stay on track when shopping for your baby.
When creating your list of new born baby products, categorise each item as a primary or secondary requirement. For instance, nappies, feeding bottles and a cot are new born baby essentials and would be listed as primary purchases, while things like baby monitors and battery-operated swings would be secondary requirements.
Read User Reviews
Most online shoppers simply check the rating of an item and don’t bother to read the reviews. When shopping online for your new born, make it a point to read at least a few of the reviews so that you can decide what will or will not work for you.
For instance, you might find a great travel system for your baby but once you read the reviews, you find that several users said that the system is fine for the boot of a car but too awkward to get on the bus. In this case, even though your item had a 4-star rating, it still wouldn’t be ideal for you if you plan on travelling by bus regularly.
Use Price-match Services
Many retailers offer a price-match service which is an easy way to get the best deal while shopping online. A price-match service simply means that if you find a cheaper price at another online store, you can approach the retailer and they will beat it.
In the UK, John Lewis offers this services and in the US, J.C. Penny and Target offer similar services. In fact, J.C. Penny will shave off an extra 5% on prices for competing physical or online retailer while Target’s price-match guarantee also matches prices that are listed in print ads.
Don’t Shop for New Born-Size Clothes in Advance
Everyone will agree that baby clothes are just adorable but don’t shop for baby clothes until your baby is born. You might feel proud and well-prepared when you look at your stock of new born outfits but your baby may be born larger than average and might not be able to fit into all those cute outfits you’ve bought.
Instead of buying a cute mock-waistcoat onesie, invest in swaddling clothes as you will need these for the first 3-4 months. Additionally, you will probably get a lot of baby clothes from family and friends so it would be wise to shop as and when you need baby clothes.
Don’t Buy Clothes that Go over Your New Born Baby’s Head
Putting clothes on a new born is scary enough without struggling to fit his head through the neck of a cute onesie. This can be a particularly daunting task if you’re a first-time parent. Instead it makes more sense to opt for round necks with snap button closures on the front or jumpsuits that come with zips.
Don’t Stockpile Nappies
Stockpiling enough nappies or pampers to fill an entire room may be great for comedic effect in movies, but it’s not a sensible choice in real life. There are plenty of brands and varieties to choose between and you can’t be sure of what you’re actually going to need. Just pick up enough to get you through a few days or a week at best.
Most importantly, don’t agonize over your shopping list or beat yourself up about what you might have missed. After all, it’s better that you put off a few purchases for later, rather than buy stuff that your baby doesn’t really need.
Anita Fernandes is a journalist and a writer by profession. She has been writing extensively on health and wellness related topics for a little over a decade now. “Health is wealth” is one motto of life which she lives by as well as advocates to every reader, who comes across her blogs.