Splurge vs steal: Baby products for every budget
Whether it’s your first or your fifth, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything more exciting than preparing for a new baby! While there are a heap of products you need to have on hand for whatever motherhood throws your way, there’s also a variety of options for every budget. So whether you’re likely to splurge on the essentials or looking to snag a steal, we’ve got options at both ends of the scale.
NAPPY RASH CREAM
bh says: This ointment is formulated specially to reduce the occurrence of nappy rash. It is made from 100 per cent natural ingredients including sweet almond oil, zinc oxide, beeswax, vitamins A and E, lavender oil, camomile oil, calendula extract and rosemary leaf extract. It’s good for your baby and for the earth!
You say: “This is our go-to cream for nappy rash, it is a very thick long-lasting cream and clears up my baby's nappy rash within two days.” – Rebecca632
You say: “I used this to express with both my daughters. It is easy to use and quite sturdy. The cushions were very soft and gentle. The three settings are good as you can increase the flow. Mine came with bottles, lids and even bases to hold the bottles.” –nataliadimi
bh says: This manual breast pump is easy to use and clean, as it only has three pieces. It features a flexible silicone cup with special massage ripples to encourage fast and comfortable milk let-down. The pack contains:
- 1 x 150ml Baby Bottle
- 1 x Milk Storage Lid
- 6 x Disposable Breast Pads
- 1 x Microwave Steriliser Box
You say: “I still use this for my 3-year-old. After using other kids shampoos I found that this one was the best. It doesn't sting eyes like other brands that have a lot of fragrance and I also found that it’s good at making my 3yo's unbelievably curly hair stay frizz-free.” – JessLeonard1990
Cetaphil Baby Shampoo, $7.50
bh says: Cetaphil Baby Shampoo is specifically formulated for infants with an extra-mild, soothing formula. It contains chamomile and aloe vera to gently cleanse sensitive scalps and hair.
bh says: This silk pillow and pillowcase set is naturally hypoallergenic, soft and breathable and is made from 19mm silk. It’s made specifically for babies!
bh says: This sheet set is printed with an arrow design and made from a cotton-polyester blend. The set consists of a fitted sheet, flat sheet and a pillowcase. It can also be machine washed, which is super handy for time-poor mums!
by says: This bath oil is formulated to nurture and soothe your baby’s senses before bedtime. It is a lightweight, gentle oil that contains calming lavender and protecting avocado oil. Just one capful is needed per bath.
You say: “This is [a] great baby wash, I have used this a fair few times on my bubbas and love it. It doesn't irritate sensitive skin [and] smells divine. It may look like a little bottle for the price but honestly a little goes a long way. [It] makes my babies’ skin feel great and smelling nice and clean. Hands down [I] would recommend buying this and giving it a go.” –Babbekay<3
What do you consider as essential products for a new mum?