There’s no doubt about it – babies are expensive!
Luckily there are lots of baby essentials that can be stocked up in advance in order to help make money go further once your baby is here. Particularly as most people have reduced earnings due to maternity leave.
The team at Chemist 4 U offered me the chance to spend some money in their online pharmacy and so I used this as the perfect opportunity to stock up on some baby essentials.
I also restocked some gaps in our family first aid kit, which I’ll go into more detail on in another post.
Aside from the nappies and baby wipes there are lots of toiletries that babies get through quite quickly.
I loved that I could order these essentials online really easily – saves lugging big bottles home from the supermarket, especially as I like to buy them in bulk.
It was much more convenient and easier on my pregnant body (which is getting super heavy now!), to order them online and have them delivered!
So what baby essentials did I pick up?
I love Johnson’s Baby products and used them when Lily was a baby, so decided to choose some.
My favourite has always been the Johnson’s Bedtime bath – I love the lavender smell and it always soothed Lily as a baby. I picked up some of their talcum powder and regular baby bath too
Chemist 4 U had these products on special offer so I got a couple of bottles of each.
I’ve also heard great things about the Metanium nappy rash ointment.
Lily didn’t ever get full on nappy rash but occasionally got a little sore (especially when teething) and this would have come in handy then.
I like having a digital thermometer on hand just incase – this one was really good value and has gone straight into our family first aid kit.
Not only is a thermometer useful to have around for a baby it’s also handy for the rest of the family too. I feel a lot better knowing we have one to hand.
Another baby essential I like to have to hand is Sudocrem – it’s a great barrier cream and has so many uses.
A word of caution though – keep it away from little hands as it’s almost IMPOSSIBLE to wash off when your baby coats themselves in it (I speak from experience!) haha!
There are a few other things I plan to pick up over the next few weeks in preparation and I’ll go through those in another post about stockpiling for the newborn days 🙂
Of course, being an online pharmacy, means that Chemist 4 U are also useful for stocking up on non-baby essentials.
I mentioned before that there were a few gaps in our family first aid kit that I filled using their online site.
I try to keep our first aid kit well stocked for all potential emergencies. You never know what bit of kit you may need, plus my husband is a bit of a prepper too so likes having lots of surplus!
Luckily Chemist 4 U had a great range to choose from and so I picked up plasters, crepe bandage, Germolene, Anthisan sting cream and some paracetamol.
These are all essentials that we have used up in the past few months.
The great thing about being able to order them online was that I could have our first aid kit open next to me and double check what we already had stocked.
I hate wasting money and so this meant that I only picked up things we actually needed.
One of the things I noticed when browsing the Chemist 4 U site was that you could order prescriptions online from there too.
I can imagine that being incredibly helpful – I hate having to spend time queuing at the pharmacy.
I’ve lost count of the number of lunch breaks I’ve wasted trying to pick up prescriptions.
There’s even an online pharmacist service so you can speak to a qualified pharmacist and get medical advice.
I’ve not used that service but I definitely think it’s about time that such a thing was available! You can get pretty much anything online now so it makes perfect sense.
What baby essentials do you think are a good idea to stock up on? Would you benefit from using an online service?
This post was in collaboration with Chemist 4 U. All opinions are my own.