When I was about to give birth, my main problem was how to fit everything that I had to get for the baby all in one mind and all at the same time! I’ve read all the checklists- online, or those they give at the stores, and one from a book that I read, but it just seemed ridiculous to remember and even to get them all! More importantly, our friends who have been through their firstborns would tell us different things about what you need and what you don’t. Personally, I think the first is always hit or miss.
As parents we always come in different shapes and sizes. Our backgrounds and lifestyles and values aren’t the same! So naturally, our gears will also largely differ. Drawing from this, a useful advice I can give, especially to first time moms who are preparing everything for their firstborn, is to ask someone whose lifestyle is very similar to yours. Is she a working mom? Stay at home mom? Work at home mom? Traveling mom? Chic mom? Practical mom? And even before you get there you must also asses yourself- what kind of mom will you be? You also get to choose from that list.
To give an example, I would be a work at home mom who is very practical, which means, I have spending power but would rather choose wisely. I don’t like waste, and I want to make purchases that I would be able to tell others about as “value for money.” From time to time, I would be willing to splurge, just to make myself a happy mommy, but that happens only once in a blue moon.
The other useful advice I can give? Buy only as far as 6 months worth and reassess. Like the home, I think you can build your baby arsenal as you move along in weeks. (Consider things like are you having more kids in the future? Because if that is the plan then there are gears that might be worth spending a lot for.)
The other thing about me is that I am a curious shopper. I do not buy unless I think I’ve seen enough- which can be a problem, especially in this day and age when everyone seems to be inventing new things for the baby life left and right! But great thanks to Mommy Mundo, which is the country’s most extensive portal of mom and family-focused resources, for offering to take the guesswork out of everyday shopping by publishing the TOP MOM PICKS GUIDEBOOK.
The Top Mom Picks Guidebook is a comprehensive guide of approved and recommended products for mothers in different stages of motherhood. It is listed by category, indexed for easy reference, and contains relevant shopping information.
The meticulously curated list was borne out of years and years of testing and evaluating hundreds of items in Mommy Mundo shopping expos and events, and further edited down by a mom panel of discerning moms, namely Mommy Mundo founder Janice Villanueva, childbirth expert Rome Kanapi, blogger and mompreneurs Christine Dychiao, Neva Arboleda Santos and Candy Yaw, and seasoned editor and writer Jing Lejano
I browsed through the book already and I can say that it is, indeed, super helpful! It is categorized in stages and also topically so it is easy to find what you are looking for. Added bonus is the list of where one can find these products and their suppliers! How I wish I had this when Philip was just a few months old.
The book is priced at P220 and you can buy them by clicking this link. There, you can also find more information or you can also visit posts under #topmompicksph #topmompicks. Fully Booked, Mamaway, and Babyland branches also have it!
Really, hoping this helps all of us moms of today! Have a great week ahead of you!