Before Katy was born, my first few trips to baby goods stores literally made me ill. I visited the same store in Marina Square twice before giving birth, and on both occasions I reeled out of the place with a migraine. (I was with Jem the second time, and I think I actually scared her with how pale I looked as I staggered downstairs to revive myself with a Chococro.) It might have been the chaotic riot of colours or maybe the haphazard arrangement of the shelves. Either way, I was sufficiently traumatised such that, even till now, I do most of my shopping for Katy in department stores and online.
And ever since Katy arrived, I realised that a funny thing about baby stuff is that you never really know what you need, until the need presents itself. Case in point: this striped playmat, last seen in my post about my living room.
Being a first-time mum, it genuinely did not occur to me that Katy might appreciate something padded but firm to roll around on, until she started showing signs of wanting to flip from front to back. The day the playmat was delivered, she gleefully twisted about from side to side – before suddenly doing her first ever unassisted flip. I was caught completely off-guard; it was hilarious. My mother-in-law even quipped that Katy had just been holding it in until the playmat arrived…
I bought the playmat from AgapeBabies.com, a website I’ve come to like. I guess they decided that they like me too, because they got in touch to ask if I’d like to write about my experience shopping with them…
So. Having established that shopping in physical baby goods stores sometimes makes me unwell, there’s also the inconvenient fact that a 1.5 cm thick PVC playmat is way too heavy for me to transport by myself. Online shopping with free delivery was definitely the way to go. And of all the online stores I looked at, AgapeBabies had the best selection of playmats in non-kiddy prints. (They also have them in a variety of cartoon-y and non-cartoon-y prints. I briefly considered this one with a sweet horsey print until I realised it was the wrong size for my home.) Honestly, I genuinely dread the day that Katy asks me for clothes and sheets printed with cartoon characters, so in the meantime I’m picking out her stuff with my own aesthetic sensibilities in mind!
The same week I was shopping online for playmats, AgapeBabies happened to be running Instagram daily deals – pretty clever, I thought, given how many mums seem to be active on Instagram. I took advantage of that day’s deal to snag a Sophie the Giraffe gift set for Bryan and Kristin’s upcoming baby, and had both that and the playmat delivered for free since I spent over $80. I’m not usually price-sensitive when buying gifts for people I love, but I can’t say no to a good deal, either. Especially one that comes with free shipping.
I really like that AgapeBabies stocks a great variety of premium brands. This isn’t my inner brand snob speaking – it’s just not always easy to find the nicer organic stuff without venturing into the baby goods stores. And notwithstanding their migraine-inducing qualities, it really bugs me that the staff in those stores tend to have little or no product knowledge. I’d rather shop online and pay less for the same item, and not contribute to the stores’ rental and salaries.
AgapeBabies kindly gave me a gift voucher to do more shopping on their site, but Katy has everything she needs right now (and then some – there’s another blog post waiting to happen about how baby stuff takes up so much room). So I thought I’d take the opportunity to pick out a couple more things for Bryan and Kris – but they’re really more for Kris, though!
So if you like online shopping better than brick-and-mortar stores, or if you’re constantly on the lookout for good quality baby goods, I highly recommend AgapeBabies.com . Do check out their site – they ship regionally and internationally too – and if you check out with the coupon code germaine they’ll give you a 5% discount 🙂 And you should absolutely follow them on Instagram too (@agapebabies) to find out about their deals and promotions.