If being pregnant with your first baby wasn’t daunting enough, trying to work out what things you do and don’t need for your Nursery can be an absolute minefield.
As I’m so over cautious about everything, I decided to subscribe to Choice to do the majority of my research for the main items we would need. For me personally, I felt this also gave me a good starting point to target what things we would want and then once we had a hit list we could go and see in person to finalise our decision.
We ended up with the following:
Pram – Strider Compact in Black – I also managed to get a 2nd hand Bassinet that is compatible with the Compact via Ebay. As the baby will only need this for a few months I really didn’t want to have to fork out $189 for a brand new one.
Cot – Childcare XT Grange/Sanford Cot from Big W, I waited until it was on sale and got it even cheaper. In saying that even the full RRP at $249 is still a bargain for saying it beats other Cots on Choice that are almost triple that price. What I like about this cot is that eventually it can be converted into a toddler bed or sofa, which makes it even better value for money!
Bassinet – The Boori Urbane was rated as only one of two safest Bassinets as tested by Choice. It is a little bit pricey at $199 RRP, we managed to get it slightly cheaper from Baby Bunting when it was on sale. We decided to get a Bassinet as our bedroom isn’t big enough to fit the cot in. The Urbane comes with a mattress, it’s also on wheels so can be moved around the home as required.
These friends will be looking for a new home when she arrives!
Changing Table – I decided to get the Bertini Renaissance Baby Change Table, based on Choice reviews it got rated as one of the safest on the market. I was also to lucky to source a 2nd hand one via Ebay which was in good condition and for half the price! I just purchased a new changing mat to complete.
Rather than purchase expensive baskets for your changing table. I got these great ones from the reject shop! Large one was $5 and smaller one $4.
Car seat – We purchased the Safe-n-Sound Platinum, it’s a convertible car seat and will seat a child up to four years old so we thought money well spent.
- Do your research, I highly recommend subscribing to Choice as it’s saved me hundreds of dollars
- Shop around, there’s so many baby shops out there and there’s always a couple that have a sale on
- Consider what things you may feel comfortable in purchasing second-hand – I highly recommend checking out Ebay and Gumtree. A lot of baby items are only used for a few months as babies grow so quickly so are normally in excellent condition and can save you a fortune.
I will give you my thoughts on the following items over the next few months!