In my situation, I got to be conscious in choosing brand. The reason for so is due to my husband and my age gap. They kept saying my husband is unable to support us. Worse is I am schooling now. In another words, everyone is monitoring how my family (my husband, maughter and I) are surviving.
Because of that reason, outsiders including my relatives keep comparing my daughter with their kids and etc. Due to that reason, we are under a lot of stress.
But one good thing is my husband sells adults clothes. Thus at times, he got free clothes from Zara, Espirit, Carter, Guess and etc as complimentary. Besides that, because of his job, he gets to know other people who sell branded kids’ clothing. In the end, we are able to get cheaper or free branded clothes from them. So far, the most expensive clothes I ever bought from my daughter was when she was about 6 months old, I got her a Guess romper that costs close to $50.
As to baby safety stuffs like stroller and car seat, my relatives and outsiders keep comparing theirs with ours. In the end, I always go online to look for reputable ones. On top of that, they got to be brand new and yet cheap. Even if we managed to get one good brand at a very cheap price, they will still compare the quality and etc.
Next is diaper. When my daughter was born, we bought pampers (red packaging) for her. Then, we realized the absorbent is not good. Then we changed to Fitti. But 3 months down the road, the quality of Fitti went down and we changed to Huggies (Red packaging) during day time and Mamy Poko during night time. Though is more expensive than Fitti, one good point is it is more absorbent and thus, able to help us to save money in another way.
As to medical wise, all the while my daughter is seeing a pediatrician as she got cardio problem. One funny thing is my relatives said that it is a must to see a pediatrician but why are we wasting money on this area. What they said sounds contradicting but please, which parent does not want to give their child the nest especially in medical wise.
The worse is they never understand that we are unable to get any insurance for my daughter due to her cardio problem and kept nagging about it.
In short, due to the situation I am in, I got to be brand conscious.