When myself and Dave found out we were pregnant for the first time, we had our nursery ready a full five months before our bundle of joy arrived!
This involved a lot of store visits, back and forth comparing products, much moaning from Dave and a few arguments! Eventually, we had everything we wanted, a baby cot, a bassinet, nursery furniture, clothes and toys!
After having three more bundles of joy, I have become much wiser. Kids will do that to you right!
My advice for any soon-to-be mom is to shop ONLINE! Everything you might need for your child can be found in cyberspace.
One of the first things you will need is a cot. This is an important purchase as you want to make sure your newborn has a safe and comfortable place to sleep at night.
Tips for buying a cot
Remember the following when looking to buy your babies cot.
1. Safety is your number one priority.
There are many cots to choose from online. Make sure that the cot you choose adheres to the safety standards of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). I didn’t compromise on this and you shouldn’t either.
2. Well made
The cot should be sturdy and durable. All finishes should be rounded and you should require a tool to construct the cot or to take it apart.
3. Drop sides
It is important the cot has at least one drop side. I found a drop side made it much easier taking baby in and out of the cot. Dave insisted that the drop side have a bottom locking mechanism, so that it cannot accidentally fall down at any point.
4. Movable with brake system
If you are like me, you are going to change the layout of your baby’s nursery pretty often. Make sure the cot has wheels that allow you to do this even when your hubby is not home. If the cot has more than two wheels, it is essential that a brake system is in place to make sure it stays in position even though baby might be wiggling around in it!
5. Consider a bassinet
We found a bassinet very useful for the first three months. It is easy to move around and more importantly, baby can sleep near you in the room. I make sure I put it near Dave’s side so he could wake up first to handle our screaming bundle of joy! Only kidding!
Tips when shopping online
Although Dave shops online regularly for music, I was a little sceptical at first. The prospect of not actually having to go to the shops with my kids in tow convinced me to give it a go, but not before I had researched some safety tips for online shopping.
- Scan your computer for viruses and malware. Also make sure that you have the latest version of your web browser installed.
- Have a unique password for each different store you might shop at.
- Make your passwords long and with multiple characters.
- Make sure the online shop is SSL secure. Look at the web address. It should start with https://. If it is http:// the site is not secure.
- Always save or print copies of your online orders.
- Check your bank statements for any irregular activity.
- Delete spam emails, never click on the links in them.
I hope I have helped you with some practical tips in choosing your baby cot and shopping online. It really is the easiest thing to do!