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Baby items – where to start and how to get the best price

Marc Crosby 8th Mar 2024 No Comments

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In just a few weeks’ time, all being well, I’m going to become a father for the first time – a little baby boy is on the way.

Having been working for MoneyMagpie for 10 years now, the financial impact of this decision my partner and I have made has always weighed very heavy on my mind. Every parent knows having children is not cheap, so it’s vital that you get the best quality equipment for the best price possible.

And, indeed, what shocked me was the amount of things I needed to get in advance of having the child – you need a car seat installed, a pram ready to go, bottles ready to feed etc.

So, to help those like myself who are complete novices to the baby-raising game, I put a call out for products I could review to help give our readers a sense of how these things work and how these individual items compare.

I’m going to be adding to this article as I go because some of it only really becomes useful when the baby is born, but I’ve put together some thoughts below and will continue to expand with new items and new thoughts as my journey continues.

 

Didofy stargazer bundle

This Stargazer Bundle is designed for effortless practicality and sustainable style, and is a premium multi-terrain travel system.

This 11-piece bundle offers incredible comfort, safety, ease and practicality for your family, all for the very reasonable price of £799.

We were lucky enough to get a sample to review, and it exceeded our expectations for a travel system in this price-range.

The key features include:

GravityFold – using innovative technology, the Stargazer can be folded and unfolded with one hand. Admittedly it takes a little getting used to before you’re able to do it one-handed (it took both hands and a bit of working out initially!), but once you get used to it, it couldn’t be simpler.

Sustainable – Now this we really love! The Stargazer’s fabrics are made exclusively from traceable, sustainable recycled PET bottles. 92 recycled PET bottles go into each stroller, and 73 per carrycot, whilst still giving the system that high quality, comfortable feel. What’s great is it still feels high-end – I think there can be the association that something recycled means compromising on the look or feel, but not at all. This feels high-end, the recycling element really just is a bonus.

All-Terrain – using the Didofy advanced four wheel suspension and All-Terrain tyres, the Stargazer is suitable for both rural and urban living.

Collapsible Carrycot – the quick and easy ‘two click’ foldable carrycot saves space at home and in the car boot. Suitable for overnight sleep, and featuring a rocking base to soothe and comfort little ones. This is a really nice touch because some travel systems don’t include this, particularly in this price range.

Pros

  • Easy-to-use
  • It looks really nice
  • Being made recycled PET bottles is such a nice touch
  • Wheels are a really decent size and feel very sturdy across a range-of terrains
  • Drink holder is a nice touch
  • Very reasonably priced
  • Comes with everything you need (including a car seat)

Cons

  • For those with tiny car boots (like mine), it can still be a struggle to squeeze into the car without taking off the wheels
  • Car seat doesn’t have I-360 base

Leona² Luxe from Maxi Cosi

The Leona² Luxe is a special edition pushchair and is part of the Luxe collection with premium and stylish finishing and fabrics.

I’ve got to be honest, I’m not a confident parker and so the cars I own tend to be on the smaller side. Most of the time this isn’t an issue, but when it comes to fitting a pram into my boot…well, that can be a problem. A lot of prams take up quite a bit of space!

Thankfully, Maxi Cosi have me covered with this pushchair, which can be folded down and easily fit into a small little boot like mine. The compact size also makes it ideal for travel, and can be stored in a travel bag.

The ultra-compact Leona² Luxe is also designed for comfort with its bigger puncture-proof wheels, super-absorbent suspension, uber-comfy seating and an extended canopy.

Obviously there is a bit of a trade-off – a smaller pram with smaller wheels can’t quite compete with the bigger models when it comes to trickier terrain – but when it comes to generally getting about, it does the trick.

It also is easy-to fold, has a reversible seat with height adjustable backrest and can be used from birth to 4 years old.

For just £399.99 it’s not as expensive as some of its chunkier competitors. If you’re like me and don’t have a huge amount of space for an all-terrain pushchair, the Leona² Luxe is worth looking into.

 

Air purifier

With all the news around air pollution, it’s not surprised that more parents are considering an air purifier for their child’s room.

We were lucky enough to sample The Purification Pal from Solenco UK. One of the first thing we noticed was the low running costs (uses just 30-45w) and filters that last for 4,320 hours, making it a great solution for health conscious parents keen to give their baby the best start in life.

With a 4-stage purification system the Purification Pal captures up to 99.975% of particles/allergens, helping to protect little ones from respiratory illnesses and bugs and making sleep for parents that little bit easier!

We’ve seen loads of parent reviews saying they’ve noticed a real difference with their child’s chest conditions since purchasing a Solenco air purifier, so that’s a really encouraging sign it’s doing the job!

The air purifier has a timer, a soft night light (perfect for night feeding), four speed settings and low noise output (vital at night when you don’t want to wake the little one), so it’s a great companion for a nursery. It also has fun interchangeable and reusable animal face stickers which is a lovely way to personalise it, and lots of fun for perhaps an older sibling, or the baby when it is a little older!

And at £69.99 on Amazon, it’s not a massive outlay either.

 

Breast pump

The V2 wearable breast pump is a great option for achieving your breastfeeding goals. Weighing only 120g each, it is lightweight and portable. With a large suction -288(±5) mmHg, it offers better suction than one-piece breast pumps and better mobility than traditional two-sided pumps. Its close-fitting design provides maximum comfort and doesn’t require hand support, making it ideal for on-the-go mums.

The pump retails at £199.99, so it’s a relatively substantial purchase. If you’re still pregnant, it’s possible you might not need a pump, but for many mothers the help it offers is invaluable.

It’s early days for me yet, so we haven’t had a chance to trial out the pump, but I’ll be feeding back as soon as I have.

 

Sienna Twist

The Amana Sienna Twist boasts unbeatable safety, comfort, and adaptability. In fact, it’s so good, your child can use it from birth all the way to 12 years old (which is a great way to save money in the long-term.)

The soft bamboo newborn insert gives your baby the coziest welcome, ensuring comfort during the early months.

It’s key features include:

  • A 360 swivel base – it makes accessing the seat super-easy, and doesn’t requite you to contort your body
  • Side Protection System – which gives you peace of mind knowing there is extra protection for your child
  • ISOFIX system for easy install – I’m not a natural when it comes to installing things like car seats, but the ISOFIX system makes things so much simpler.
  • Made from sustainable material – which is always a great added bonus.

At £199.99, it’s a high-end product, without a hefty price tag.

 

Disclaimer: MoneyMagpie is not a licensed financial advisor and therefore information found here including opinions, commentary, suggestions or strategies are for informational, entertainment or educational purposes only. This should not be considered as financial advice. Anyone thinking of investing should conduct their own due diligence.

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