Our shopping goal was to get a better idea of how much things cost in Delhi and what is available. The great answer is there is SO MUCH that is available. Case in point: our friends at work who got pregnant in the Fall and just had their baby a few weeks ago have not been to the US at all this year, and feel totally comfortable with the availability of baby products in Delhi. The only thing we didn't find was a really solid twin stroller. There are a few side-by-side models available, but no tandem strollers, and the side-by-sides that are available feel flimsy. So, we are waiting until we get to the US to purchase a stroller. Then, when we get back in Delhi in late July/early August, we'll get what we need here.
Our list has been edited by 3 ex-pat parents who had kids here in Delhi, and 1 soon-to-be parent also in Delhi, and one parent whose son is graduating high school this week. She's lived all over the world. Then, I sent the list to my mom and sister (both expert parents), and then I am including some Indian prices and store availability (MC is MotherCare, M&M is Mommy and Me and W is Wieners - we went to M&M and MC at Select City Walk and Wieners at GK II's M-block market ).
Diaper Bag - We want more choices, so we'll probably buy in the US
Changing Pad to carry with you (Rs. 1000 at MC)
Pack and play (Rs. 5000 at MC)
Receiving blankets (lots of choices and prices at all stores)
Carseat (Rs. 11000 at MC - maxicosi brand)
Kid's sunblock - US
Natural mosquito repellant - US
Infrared thermometer (Rs. 3400 at M&M)
Baby asperin - US
Sheets for the crib - If we get the crib at MC, will get sheets here too. Size is peculiar.
Breathable pee pad - (Rs. 500 at M&M)
Elastic mosquito net - (Rs. 800 at MC)
Bottles, orthodontic nipples (many choices available, mostly Avent, but NO orthodontic nipples - will buy in the US)
Pacifier - (many choices available, mostly Avent, but NO orthodontic nipples - will buy in the US)
Rice Cereal - (Rs. 425 Gerber brand available at W)
Onesies - (Many available, including premie baby size at MC)
Cloth burping diapers - Will get a pack of these in the US
Mylicon gas drops - US
Baby wash cloths - available at MC
Bottle brush - (Rs. 300 at MC)
Swaddlers with velcro (available at different costs at MC)
Diaper rash cream (4oz desatin Rs. 425 at MC)
Baby nail trimmers (many available at all stores)
booties/socks (many available at all stores)
Mits ( many available at MC)
Soft towel (many available at all stores)
Baby monitor (Rs. 3499 at W)
Natural baby lotion/cream/oil/soap (if natural is desired, get in US, Johnsons is widely available in India)
Electric baby swing (Rs. 3800 at W)
Liked it and used it, but not totally necessary
Baby carrier front and back (Rs. 2500 at MC - Bjorn Organic also available at M&M for Rs. 5500)
Exersaucer (Rs. 3400 at M&M)
Boppy Pillow (Rs. 1000 at M&M)
Bouncy seat (Rs. 3800 at W)
Mobile (Rs. 1000 at MC)
Wait and get it later (well be back in the US when the kids are 6-7 months old)
High chair (Rs. 6000 at W)
Jolly jumper seat (buy in US)
Sippy cups (widely available in India)
Plastic plates (widely available in India)
Swimming diapers (widely available in India)
Swimming shirt (widely available in India)
Plastic bib (widely available in India)
Oral gel (available at the US commissary in India)
Baby toothbrush (widely available in India)
Baby proofing stuff (widely available in India)
Robeexs soft shoes (buy in US)
Bumbo seat (my sister used this instead of a high chair)
So, what do you think of my list? We'll most definitely buy everything from the absolutely necessary list. We will be weighing the higher cost in India of some of these items versus the inconvenience and baggage allowance of flying and decide what to buy here and what to bring from the US. Keep in mind that the current exchange rate from US$ to INR is 1 to 44.5. Not good.
Obviously, big things like cribs and a changing table we will be buying in India. But, like I said, I was disappointed by the twin stroller options here. And on that matter I need any advice you have (tandem? side by side? brand?).
We've got one more week in India and then we're out of here for 2 months.
Cheers and Happy Post-Rapture Sunday!