As a working mum, I have very little time to shop for baby products so much of my shopping is done online. Thought I’ll share my favourite sites here with everyone.
For organic prepared baby food and supplements:
iHerb – They’re now having free international shipping for orders between $60 and $80 and weighing below 4 pounds. Make use of it!
Also, there is a $10 discount for orders of $40 or more if you enter coupon code GEM423.
I mainly get Plum Organics and Happy Bellies pouches of baby food for travel and outings, and Earth’s Best snacks for baby to nibble on. I also get either animal parade or child’s life multivitamin and either nordic naturals baby DHA or Jarrows Formulas Max DHA, both to add into Sophia’s breakfast just as a safetynet in case she does not get enough of these nutrients from food.
For myself I rotate between a few brands of prenatal multivitamins when I was breastfeeding and also DHA supplements. I also get Suncoat nail polish which is water based and hence I feel safer knowing that I am not dipping toxic nails into baby’s food when I grate up fruits for Sophia.
For organic fresh produce:
www.theorganicgrocer.com.sg – I mostly buy the fish and berries from here and throw in other stuff like fresh greens to make up the minimum order. I’m quite clueless as to what the names of the fishes I can find in our markets are in proper english so when I do my research as to what kinds of fish are high in omega 3 and low in mercury, the only name I can recognise is Salmon, which unfortunately Sophia doesn’t particularly fancy. So I resort to online purchasing and The Organic Grocer is one of the few places that carry frozen seafood. I don’t think the seafood is necessarily organic but I don’t really mind because when it comes to seafood, wild caught is better than farmed but I doubt wild caught fish can be certified organic since there’s no evidence as to what the fish ate and what it came into contact with. The other thing is of course berries and the organic grocer seems to have a fairly stable supply of fresh berries whereas when I head to the supermarket its always luck of the draw as to whether I can even find non-organic ones. And we all know berries are part of the dirty dozen so organic is good. I also stock a bag of frozen organic strawberries for when I run out of fresh fruits for Sophia. Its also the cheapest source of “clean” chicken I found so far but they’re only hormone and antibodies free, not “organic”. So I suppose sakura chicken from the supermarket would be similar.
Old Navy – They are having their stock up sale at the moment, lots of useful basics at very cheap prices and they are even having a 10% discount, no exclusions, on top of that. Good deal. But even without the sale I would go crazy at this website because there are just so many good quality, not OTT pieces at reasonable prices.
Smallsmallworld – Parklon and LG floormats in colourful designs. Excellent quality. LG is supposed to be better. I have a Parklon and its functioning well, I can’t tell what the difference is other than in price.
Amazon – Amazon needs no introduction of course. I use it for books and toys mainly.
General baby merchandise:
Baby Online – You can probably find most baby stuff you need between Baby Online and Mums & Babes. If I’m not wrong babyonline now has a brick and motar store at I12 which you can check out if you are the kind that needs to touch and feel
Mums & Babes – Another general merchandise place that stocks up a variety of quality products rather than cheap junk.
This post covers the basic essentials. Perhaps someday I’ll do another feature of the sites I go to when I want to give myself / baby a treat with stylish/quirky products. The above sites stock quality stuff, don’t get me wrong, but they are mostly down to earth, useful, long lasting products rather than oh-my-god-this-is -so-cute-I-need-to-get-it stuff.