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What's best for our little one

I have 2 off days and I decided to stay home on both so with lots of time in hand, I decided to look at some baby stuff I can get beforehand. Yes, I am THE overly excited first time mom-to-be who can't wait for my little one to be born.

I didn't look at much clothes as my little one is lucky enough to already receive quite a number of clothes even before he's born and I'm sure he'll receive a lot more when he's born. But, knowing and having said that, my husband and I still intend to shop for at least 1 set of newborn clothes for what he will first wear when we're bringing him out of the hospital teehee.

I explored more on breast pumps, milk bottles, sterilizers, changing/nursing table and baby cot. Mm hmm, this is less than 1/4 of the stuff you need to get when you're going to have a child. My parents are right... It's not cheap raising a kid. Not cheap at all  ಥ‿ಥ

So, listen to your parents, they're always right.

I have always thought Philips Avent has been the no. 1 trusted brand for everything for nursing a baby. From breast pumps to sterilizers, milk bottles to teats, and pacifiers. I have seen a lot of common brands like NUK, Tommee Tippee, Medela used by my patients' parents in my ward too and also Pigeon which is used by my hospital itself. But the most I have seen is Avent. Like a lot of it. Always have to label the many Avent bottles with the patient's name because if we sterilize all together it might get mixed up.

I am quite sure, you reading this, if a female and asked to choose a brand for your own little one in future, Avent will be the first to come up in your head. To be honest, I might be a frog in the well, I have never heard of NUK and Tommee Tippee until I started working in the paediatric ward for some time where I have to help to make milk and sterilize patients' bottles.

Anyway, Avent was the first one I thought of. 

My sister told me a single breast pump, when you're using on one breast, the other side will leak. And especially when you're using a manual one, it's already tiring you have to manually pump the milk on one side, and you still have to hold a storage bottle on the other to catch the leaking milk. It sounds tiring and I think IT IS TIRING. I don't think I can handle it so I'm looking at getting the Philips Avent BPA Free Twin Electric Breast Pump.

Don't have to pump manually, don't have to worry about leaking. But the downside is, it is retailing at Mothercare @ SGD$779 just for the pump. Even at Kulily SG, it's SGD$449Veryyyy expensive, considering you would only use it for... the most, 2 years? Well, that's my ideal period of time to breastfeed, of course, that is if my milk production allows. Some might not even be able to use it for that long.

Conclusion: Philips Avent Twin Electric Breast Pump, OUT! Due to the hole it will burn to any pocket.

Thankfully, I have a resourceful and frugal husband. He found an alternative which provides the same functions or maybe even better from the UK. Never heard of in Singapore but he said it's a well known brand there and is of hospital grade, called Lansinoh.

This is what he got for me (not sure if he got it already but he said he's going to get it).

The Lansinoh Affinity Pro Double Electric Breast Pump.

And my loveable husband went further to convince me that this is a better choice than the Avent by reading and sending me these reviews from mommy loves coffee and Playdate Crashers.

According to the reviews, here are the features of the Affinity Pro:

  • The only breast pump with three unique pumping rhythms to better match the sucking rhythms of a baby.
  • Eight suction levels.
  • The adjustable cycles and eight different suctions allow for ultimate customization, resulting in maximum milk flow and comfort for mom.
  • The “closed system” ensures maximum hygienic milk for baby by keeping milk from backing up in the tubing, preventing bacteria and mold growth in the tubing and monitor.
  • AC Adapter/Battery operated (batteries not included).
  • Compact, light base for easy on-the-go use.
  • LCD time, which allows you to manage your time effectively.
  • ComfortFit flanges included.
  • BPA-Free
  • Includes a carry tote.
  • For long term, daily use at home or away.
  • Compatible with any hands-free bra.
Looks like a really good deal to me, and the best thing is, it is only retailing at £99.00 (~SGD$200) at Kiddicare. Less than half the price of the Avent! Let's just hope it works well *crosses fingers*. Only the best of the breast for my little one haha!

Other than the breast pump, I have also already sort of ordered these for my unborn...

The Hensvik Cot, but in natural brown color.

And the Sniglar Changing Table.

Yep, there are a lot more than these to get. It is NOT cheap raising a child.
Especially if you want only the best for your child.

xxx THE overly excited first time mom-to-be who can't wait for my little one to be born.


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