In case you haven’t heard, the American online shopping giant has launched Amazon Prime Now on our sunny shores, boasting many items sold cheaper than elsewhere and delivered within two hours. How perfect, especially for new mums who’re just too exhausted to leave the house to buy groceries!
Online shopping is second nature to many of us these days, and thankfully, busy families now have one more option to turn to on those impossible days. You know, the days when you really don’t have time to pick up the milk and eggs for tomorrow’s breakfast. Or the diapers you forgot to stock up on. And when Junior’s birthday party begins in three hours and you’ve just realised that you forgot to prepare any goodie bags!
Amazon Prime Now to the Rescue
With Amazon Prime Now offering islandwide (including Sentosa) delivery-on-demand, your worries are over. Spend at least $40 and enjoy free two-hour delivery service! If your order is below $40, the delivery fee is just $5.99. If you’re in a rush, there’s also a one-hour delivery option (selected postal codes) for just $9.99. Delivery hours are from 10am to 10pm, seven days a week.
Yes, we too heard that there were teething problems when it came to fulfilling these promises on the first couple of days since they launched on 26 July. It looks like Singaporeans were indeed extremely excited to jump on the Amazon Prime Now bandwagon! In fact, to ensure that they make all deliveries promptly, Amazon has even engaged the services of Comfort cabbies. Kudos!
So here’s how it works:
- Download the Prime Now app onto your mobile device. It is available from both the Apple App Store and Google Play. (We hope they’ll launch a desktop website soon too!)
- Launch the app and key in your postal code.
- Browse through thousands of products across a wide range of departments and add items to your shopping cart.
- When you’re ready, tap the Cart icon on the top right. If you hadn’t already done so, you’ll be prompted to sign into your existing Amazon account or sign up for a new Amazon account.
- Tap Checkout, pick your delivery window and complete the usual e-shopping process.
- Then sit back and wait for your delivery to arrive!
What’s in Our Shopping Cart
While the range of products isn’t as huge as it is for the US market, it’s hardly slim pickings. You can even find car seats and strollers in the Baby department! Besides, since we currently don’t need to pay for an Amazon Prime membership to try the Prime Now service (yes, it’s on a limited-time basis, until further notice, sadly), why not take full advantage?
We went ‘shopping’ around and put together a list for busy mums. If you’re buying these items, it’d be a good idea to get them from Amazon Prime Now because they’re cheaper than we’ve found elsewhere. Read on to see what we mean…
1. MamyPoko Air Fit, $20.95
Well, nothing could be worse than being stranded with just one diaper. Available in Newborn (90ct), Medium (64ct), Large (54ct) and Large Boys Pants (44ct), all at the same price, MamyPoko’s Air Fit Tape are made in Japan. It’s a curved fit diaper with stretchy gathers and breathable cover sheet. ($26.95 at FairPrice)
2. Cetaphil Baby Moisturising Bath & Wash (230ml), $9.67
Recommended by paediatricians, Cetaphil combines one-third moisturiser with aloe vera and almond oil to form a rich, lathering wash. The gentle skincare product cleanses baby’s delicate skin without drying it out. ($12.90 at FairPrice, Redmart, Guardian and Watsons)
3. Pigeon Breast Pads Honeycomb (36+6pc), $9.90
There’s a great range of Pigeon products for mother and child. We found these breast pads that breastfeeding mums can’t do without. It is designed to draw even the heaviest flow of excess milk quickly. Individually wrapped for convenience on-the-go, you’ll no longer have to worry about unsightly stains after let-down. ($11.90 at Redmart and Guardian)
4. Philips Avent SCH740/21 Smart Ear Thermometer, $79.20
Ear thermometers are a must-have for parents of babies or young children. If you don’t already own one, here’s your chance to get this model from Philips. Running on two AAA batteries, it’s easy to use, accurate and comes with a two-year international warranty. ($109 at Mothercare)
5. MILO Australian Recipe Powder Tin (1.25kg), $16.75
It’s the same goodness of Milo that we grew up with, fortified with Activ-Go to give you the energy to go further. Refills are also available. Still the favourite breakfast energy drink of Singaporeans young and old, the Australian recipe is arguably more chocolatey. ($17.90 at Cold Storage, FairPrice and Giant supermarkets)
6. Kellogg’s Fun Pack Cereal (170g), $3.60
This familiar sight is an evergreen addition to any kids’ party goodie bag. A combination of six fun-sized boxes of Frosties, Coco Pops and Corn Flakes, these are also perfect to pop into your preschooler’s lunch bag. ($3.95 at Cold Storage and $4 at Prime supermarkets)
7. Nestle P’Tit Onctueux Red Fruits Yogurt (4 pack), $8.50
A healthy snack for children as young as six months old, this is a tasty way to increase calcium intake. It is also free of preservatives and artificial colour. While this is listed as yogurt, it’s more accurate to say it’s fromage blanc (white cheese), although the taste and texture are quite similar. There’s no price comparison as we’ve never seen this on local supermarket shelves − do let us know in the comments below if you have!
8. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site & Steam Train, Dream Train Board Books Boxed Set, $17.90
Can’t get your tot to fall asleep? Add this box set of two beautifully illustrated cardboard storybooks to your cart. “The sun has set, the work is done; It’s time for trucks to end their fun.” Such rhyming bedtime tales will surely help your little ones switch their engines off. ($27.50 at Books Kinokuniya)
9. Concept Board Game, $52.70
Played like a game of Charades but instead of miming, players place tokens on all manner of icons depicted on the game board. Points go to the player who guesses the answer correctly based on those visual clues. Perfect for family game nights, the inventive game has also won many awards, including France’s L’As d’Or Jeu de l’Année (Golden Ace Game of the Year) in 2014. ($59.90 and up at local board game specialist shops)
10. Black & Decker Junior Power Tool Workshop, $109.10
This adorable pretend workbench contains over 50 tools and accessories with realistic action, lights and sounds. Your mini-me will be able to fix things, just like the grown-ups do! Recommended for kids aged three to 15 years, this tool set will grow with them till they’re old enough for the real thing. (Exclusive to Amazon)
11. Trunki Luggage, $69.90
Last minute holiday trip? Your little ones will love pulling along their own ride-on suitcases, just like the grown-ups do. With an 18-litre capacity, it holds clothes, toys and everything else kids need when travelling. The Cassie Cat and Rocco Race Car designs are currently available, and come with a five-year local warranty. ($89.90 at Mothercare)
12. AmazonBasics Performance Alkaline AAA Batteries (100ct), $34.80
The kids’ toys are forever running out of batteries and you never remember to stock up. Amazon’s house brand batteries come in all sizes (eg. AAA, AA, C, D) and in packs varying from 8 to 100. They also have rechargeable versions, starting at $12 for a 4-pack of AAA.
This is NOT a paid advertorial and all prices are accurate at the time of publication. Feature and header images courtesy of Amazon