A visiting mum-to-be asked me, “Why do I need a baby carrier, if I get a stroller?”
Because while strollers are awesome back saving inventions, in the first year they can sometimes be more troublesome!
10 stroller cons:
-the challenge of getting into a car, the bigger the tougher
-stairs become #1 enemy. That cute boutique’s 5 steps become daunting, and other places are just plain impossible!
-elevators, where are they? Usually some back corner, if indeed they are on use and exist. Our local metro system, you must call an attendant to unlock the elevator for you.
-it’s slow going in highly congested areas- super market, metro, the bus
-nature. Unless it’s a heavy duty one it won’t handle the dirt, rocks and earth too well.
-your hands are occupied, a bit of juggling to hold that coffee cup or donut. Heaven forbid you need both….
Ok, enough with the complaining already! I’ll admit to be pro-baby wearing! I wore my baby as much as my body allowed me too. I nursed in our Becco, and we took him everywhere in the Becco. I remember seeing an older lady hauling her grandson down the steps at an amusement park. 4 flights of stairs. We were not jealous. But later that day it got hot and baby A wanted to nap, we had nowhere to lie him down. So we were wishing for a stroller
So at 7-8 months when we finally started stroller Shopping, we bought a lightweight umbrella stroller and never looked back. It was perfect!
I’m not an expert about this so just use this sort of as a pointing in the right direction sort of thing but I know some shopping services might be able to help you. However, you’d probably want to order whatever you want before you go because anyone will tell you that a week is pretty much the least amount of time it takes for items to be sent to your shopping service so if you order while you’re there or the day before you leave for China, it probably won’t be ready before you leave the country to go home.
But you have options!
You can go on your preferred shopping service’s website and check out their shipping info and see if they have a warehouse to store orders or they offer some kind of domestic shipping service. If they have a warehouse, then they’d probably be glad to store your order for you and then bill you to have your order shipped to your location when you’re in China (I think hotels accept packages? Check with your hotel if you’re staying in one.). When in doubt, basically just ask them and they’d probably negotiate something with you.
You can bypass Taobao and buy your goods from the shops/malls. I believe they cost a bit more but you get the added bonus of seeing the quality of what you’re buying and you can walk out with it right then and there.
Extra: here's a submission we got a while back from someone who went to Hong Kong and found a bunch of cute stuff in shops and malls.
You don’t need a Chinese bank acct. You can buy a zhifu bao from any post office in China, then add it to your Alipay acct. if you don’t time to hassle with it, then go thru an agent- and ship ahead to your hotel. Most legit hotels are used guests sending packages ahead of time- I do it for business trips all the time.
From my living experience in China- yes you can find a lot of items at malls- if you know where to go…. and prices will be often twice the price or more (for small trinkets- it depends). One in the hand is worth two in the brush.