15 years ago, I started my journey with baby essentials. The weekly stock up where I’d pile nappies and wipes into my trolley with startling regularity. Back then I had just one little man but even then it seemed as though I was spending a disproportionate amount of my grocery budget on some really basic stuff – nappies & wipes.
Another 3 babies came along in rapid succession after my first and soon I looked more like I was starting my own baby shop than doing my weekly shop. And the money I was spending was not worth thinking about.
Of course back then, my options were limited to the major brands in major supermarkets – unless I wanted to chase random specials at pharmacies that were nowhere near where I lived!
So I was stuck with paying a premium for pretty basic essentials and scrimping and saving on other areas of our budget just to make ends meet.
15 years down the track it should be quite a different story. There shouldn’t be anywhere near the amount of cost required to keep the nursery cupboard stocked up with baby essentials. Parents have so much choice in where they get hold of all the essentials and how much they ultimately pay.
Of course, my babies are babies no more so I can’t really give you first hand experience that is up to date.
What I did do though was talk to one of the Mouths of Mums members (Lisa) who is currently trialling and reviewing a range of baby essentials products from ALDI’s Mamia® range with us.
Lisa has a 4 month old bub and an 18 month old toddler so nappies and wipes are a big chunk of her shopping trolley each week. We asked her if she felt as though switching from her ‘before review’ brand of nappies and wipes would make a big difference to her budget.
She jumped at the chance to share her experience and the comparisons she had done since the product review.
Surprisingly, Australian parents are still often paying top dollar when it comes to nappies and other baby essentials. And Lisa was no different.
Before trialling Mamia® nappies and wipes, she had been a ‘big brand’ nappy and wipes buyer, saying “I never thought about it too much but made an assumption that the more expensive products must be better quality.”
“Since participating in the Mamia® product review, I’ve discovered that a cheaper price doesn’t mean a cheaper product”.
We asked Lisa to do a price comparison on nappies and wipes. She was blown away at the annual savings she would make by switching brands.
“These types of savings mean that we’ll actually be able to head up the coast to visit family this year instead of staying at home. That’s a huge bonus for us,” Lisa said.
So now I find myself wishing there had been this kind of choice when I had my babies. The savings are huge and based on the reviews that are flying in from MoM Members, Mamia® nappies and wipes are absolutely up there in relation to other brands on the supermarket shelves.
Read reviews for Mamia® from the MoM Review team here.
Check out the full range of baby essentials from Mamia® here.