Online shopping: 6 great sites for expectant mothers
From the comfort of your own home, you can still shop 'til you drop!
With aching joints and a full belly making it hard for you to move around, what's a girl to do especially when she's itching to do what she loves most - SHOPPING!
Undoubtedly, browsing the windows of your favorite malls, and sifting through the sale racks at the retail boutiques will tire you almost immediately. But fortunately, thanks to the wonders of technology, you can do your shopping online. From baby clothes to maternity wear, yes, there are sites that can provide for all your needs. Order and pay for your stuff online, and enjoy the perks of having your goods delivered to your doorstep.
Admittedly, it's still a growing industry, but there are a handful of promising sites dedicated to moms.
Here are some of our favorite ones, which offer variety as well as great deals.
MAMAWAY: The millenial mindset
For pregnant women and nursing mothers, finding a comfortable, breastfeeding-friendly top is hard to come by. Deborah, a fellow mommy, felt the same way, which is why she created Mamaway.
Mamaway claims to be the only breastfeeding wear specialty store in the country, with over 2,000 styles available. From baby slings (P1,888) to maternity nursing bras (starting at P2,208) and even chic skinny jeans for pregnant women (P2,000), Mamaway assures that you'll find an outfit that suits your modern style and your baby's needs.
Mamaway also has a boutique at the 4th level of Shangri-La Plaza.
WHAT MOTHERS HAVE TO SAY: Mamaway offers nice, quality products that fit the all-around mom. Style-wise, this site is perfect for those who are looking for something more casual and comfortable, for everyday wear.
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CUDSLY: Maternity win!
Established in 2013 by two working moms, Cudsly makes shopping online such a treat with its easy-to-use site. It's a one-stop destination for all your parenting needs. Search for items online according to style, age of your baby, and price. One of its great features is the Case Deals category, where you can shop for items at discounted prices. For example, Premium Care Active Baby Large Pampers can be bought for only P2,508, helping you save P132. You can also get P250 off when you sign up for an account, and can enjoy more rewards as you shop.
In addition to maternity clothes, children's wear, and breastfeeding paraphernalia, you can also shop for books on child's development and fitness.
"At Cudsly, we want to take away all the non-essential tasks that you find yourself worrying about and focus on one ultimate goal - to spend more time with your children."
WHAT MOMS HAVE TO SAY : From among the sites, Cudsly provides the most comprehensive selection of products for moms and kids. So if you're just cruising and looking, this is the best site to go to first.
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ELIN: Haute Momma
We just love the elegant, feminine vibe of this site, and you will find that its maternity and nursing wear lines reflect that refined touch. Elin elevates the everyday "mom wear" with sophisticated and versatile pieces that are perfect for a day at the office, lunch with the ladies, or even romantic anniversary date with the hubby.
Making use of fabrics such as cotton and stretch jersey, Elin's maternity and nursing lines flatter every body type, and you will feel comfortable wearing these no matter what stage of pregnancy you're in. You can even wear them long after you've given birth, because these pieces are really that versatile!
WHAT MOMS HAVE TO SAY: If you're looking for something simple yet feminine and flattering, and something that will make you feel beautiful, this is where you should shop. Do check out their nursing maxi dresses, which we think are just so super chic!
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ZALORA: The A-B-Zs of maternity fashion
Zalora is every recovering shopaholic's enabler. With its wide selection of local and international brands, you'll be sure to go through pregnancy in style.
Since it was launched a couple of years ago, Zalora has become one of the most trusted, popular online shopping sites. Today, it has expanded its service by catering to the growing population of style savvy mommies. What we love about Zalora is that you can enjoy new products almost every week, and the styles are varied. So whether you're a mom who loves your flirty Sunday dress, or a mom who likes to chill in a tank top and skinny jeans, you can find it here. The quality of the products themselves aren't bad either.
WHAT MOMS HAVE TO SAY: "Zalora has a little bit of everything, and it's incredibly customer friendly. If you've made a mistake with a size or have had a change of heart with your purchase, you can have the item returned and exchanged (within 30 days of delivery)," says Vieves Santos.
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LAZADA: More for less
Another well-known shopping site in the Philippines is Lazada. It's pretty straightforward and easy to use, and the payment and delivery options are very convenient. When it comes to the style needs of the moms, it doesn't offer much, but it does have a comprehensive selection of baby wear and nursing paraphernalia. So if you need stuff for the nursery, baby gear, toys and accessories, Lazada has you covered.
WHAT MOMS HAVE TO SAY: It doesn't offer a wide selection of maternity wear, but it makes up for it with over 5,000 baby-related essentials you may need at home. Most items are discounted, but you may have to compare prices at the mall to know whether you're really getting a good deal.
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AVA.PH: Pamper me, please!
This is not a site dedicated to maternity wear or baby clothes, but AVA deserves a place on our list because its collections are just simply. beautiful. Mommies who would love to gift themselves with something truly unique and luxurious will find a piece perfect for their wardrobe. Remember, just because you're pregnant, doesn't mean you can't indulge in a little luxury.
Not your ordinary shopping site, AVA is a curated marketplace of well-loved premium brands of apparel, shoes, bags, accessories, jewelry, home, art and design objects. And those behind the site are some of the country's best stylists and creative minds. They handpick each of the products, so you're assured of a tightly-edited collection of remarkable and quality pieces.
For mommies who enjoy designer goods, but are looking for something more practical and wallet-friendly, check out the AVA exclusives, which features special capsule collections by Filipino designers.
WHAT MOMS HAVE TO SAY: It's not a maternity site per se, but you can find extraordinary deals and versatile pieces that will fit the bodies of expectant mothers. "For example, the AVA capsule collection by Vania Romoff. I bought the maxi dress, which fit my very pregnant frame so perfectly. It looked good and I felt beautiful. This is the site I go to to indulge," shared Didi Santos.
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