Whether you’re in a hurry and want to whizz through the mall, or need the time to deliberate over various items, shopping with children in tow can be tricky! This is why recent studies have revealed that moms are increasingly going online to shop, and are, in fact, considered to be one of the main influential drivers behind internet shopping trends today.
Benefits of online shopping
International website development firm Quartsoft says online shopping is great for the following reasons:
- It allows you to source and compare the best deals for similar products, without physically having to go from shop to shop.
- Most online stores offer special deals and lower prices than what you’ll find at a physical store.
- Online shopping is more convenient for those who work irregular hours or who are busy, as most moms are.
- Online stores often stock a bigger variety of items because they’re not paying rent for retail space.
Not sure where to start? From kids clothing to beautiful bedding, décor accessories and toys, these seven online sites have you covered…
Clothes and more
What it’s known for: This little store is known for its handmade gifts and children’s items, including local shoes, linen clothing, dresses, shirts and sheepskin inners for prams and car seats.
Best features: Besides shopping for your little one, the store also has a home section and a space just for you, with beautiful blankets, a few unique hand-knitted products and some jewellery, such as pearl-drop necklaces and bracelets.
What it’s known for: This online clothes store has everything you need for your child’s wardrobe, including birthday outfits, UV swimsuits, jackets, jumpers and leggings. Plus, there’s a gift section for with local, handmade items, such as animal pop-up toys, beading kits and ragdolls.
Best features: The site is simple to navigate and everything is marked clearly. Clothes are also categorised into age groups, genders and seasons, making it easy to find what you’re looking for. We love that all items have a distinctive South African style.
Furniture and décor
Clever Little Monkey
What it’s known for: From stylish furniture to bedding for nurseries or kids’ rooms, plus a wide variety of rugs and wall décor, Clever Little Monkey is your one-stop online shop for everything home-related. You’ll find fabulous children’s cots, bunk beds, tables and chairs, plus storage items, such as toy boxes and shelving units.
Special features: The online store stocks specialty wooden toys too, such as play houses and train sets.Another bonus of this site is its easy navigation – where you can shop by age or brand.
Simply Child Interiors
What it’s known for: A beautiful online shopping space with a mix of unique and timeless looks that will give your child’s room a trendy make-over. Simply Child has gained a reputation for its hanging wall shelves, clocks, and décor for reading corners and creative play areas – such as unique wooden play gyms and blackboard houses.
Special features: The site has an online design section where it offers a virtual interior design service. This means you can see exactly what your child’s nursery or room will look like once it’s been decorated. There’s also a blog section, where the team share décor ideas, trends and advice.
A little bit of everything
What it’s known for: We love this online shopping site because it has everything you can think of for your child and more, including furniture for your child’s room (including tables, chairs and desks), a wide variety of cots and beds, plus speciality products such as beautiful blow-up mattresses for sleepovers. There’s also a “practical” section, where you’ll find baking kits, charts, planners and calendars for school and cool products for meal times – such as sandwich cutters.
Special features: You can browse by brand (such as KubiKub and Stompa), view specific catalogues or check out the latest product of the week. It’s also a great online store for gift vouchers and competitions, plus it offers a room design service, too.
Faithful to Nature
What it’s known for: Although this isn’t a strictly children’s site, Faithful to Nature is one of South Africa’s original online organic stores, where you’ll find a large selection of eco-friendly products for babies and older children, including nappies, teething items, baby carriers, organic food, supplements and dummies.
Special features: The site has a comprehensive gift space, including a budget section, where you can find gifts for under R100, such as organic chocolate and bath salts. There are also some great eco-friendly toys, including non-toxic games, books and puzzles for babies and children.
What it’s known for: Whether you’re heavily pregnant and want to avoid going from store to store, or have a young child and need to avoid shopping at all costs, Hello Mom is your one-stop shop for all the large ticket items you’ll need for your little one, including travel systems, strollers, high chairs, baby monitors, camp cots and more.
Special features: The owner is a mom herself and passionate about helping new moms choose the best products for their needs. The site is packed with high-quality products that are an investment and built to last. Some brands include Maxi Cosi, Quinny, Bebe Confort, Babymoov, Tom and Bella, and many more.
Tammy is a wife, mom and freelance writer with 15 years’ experience in the media industry. She specialises in general lifestyle topics related to health, wellness and parenting. Tammy has a passion for fitness and the great outdoors. If she’s not running around after her daughter, you’ll find her off the beaten track, running, hiking or riding her bike. Learn more about Tammy Jacks .