We got a lot of advice about baby items from other Uruguay blogs and websites. Most of it was very helpful, but there are a few things that, in hindsight, I wish we would have known to bring that would help greatly with Zoë in Uruguay.
You can find most baby items here in Uruguay, but many of them are priced much higher than the equivalent item in the US.
For example, we were in Petit Baby and they had the exact same “potty” that Zoë had in the US, the Safety 1st Comfy Cushy 3-in-1 Potty.
She loved sitting on her potty and would use it several times a day. It’s listed for $18.95 on Amazon.com. At Petit Baby, a baby store down the street from us in Montevideo, it was U$S 49.99! So, we ended up buying a less expensive one at Violetas, another baby store down the street. Zoë refuses to sit on it (it’s not so comfy and cushy), so it may have been a waste of money.
You can find most any baby item you could want here in Uruguay (there’s a baby store on almost every block in Montevideo and I’ve seen a few secondhand stores as well). It just depends on how much you want to pay… pretty much everything seems to cost about 50-100% more than it would in the United States.
These are a few of the items we should have picked up before traveling to Uruguay:
High Chair/Booster Seat
This is one baby item that is extremely costly in Uruguay. They’re double to triple the price that they are in the US. We’ve been looking around for a few weeks now and we’ve only seen one of the booster seat types. It was nothing fancy and it was $86! The same one is listed for $27.81 on amazon.com. So, we are having this one shipped down here.
We thought we would use Zoë’s travel crib for her to sleep in when she isn’t sleeping with us, but the apartment we’re renting in Pocitos has a twin size bed that isn’t too high off the ground. So, we decided to buy a bedrail and let her sleep there (she really likes her “big girl bed”). However, we paid about $20 more for it than we would’ve paid in the States (U$S 45). So, you can weigh your options when packing for Uruguay.
Child Safety Locks/ Latches
When we moved into our new apartment, there were several cabinets that needed to be secured from Zoë’s reach. Although we did find what we needed at an Uruguayan baby store, it would’ve made life easier if we brought some cabinet slide locks and cabinet/drawer locks with us.
Unscented Laundry Detergent
They love their heavy fragrances in Uruguay. Unfortunately, Zoë has eczema and very sensitive skin. So, she had a little trouble with the linens at the hotel. We had heard before traveling to Uruguay that you couldn’t find fragrance free laundry detergent, but neglected to bring any with us. For now, our search will continue. In hindsight, we should have brought some with us.
These are items we brought that have been tremendously helpful with Zoë so far:
BabyBjörn Travel Crib Light
Review: Although Zoë is sleeping in a twin bed now, this Travel Crib has come in handy. We used it for naps while we were still staying in the hotel and we plan on taking several weekend trips to visit other parts of Uruguay, so we’ll use it then. It packs down much smaller than the Graco Pack N Play we had. We were able to fit it in a suitcase and fill the other half up with other items (the Pack N Play would’ve had to go on its own and take up a full piece of our luggage allowance). If I had known about this travel crib earlier, I would’ve purchased it instead of the Pack N Play.
BabyBjörn Travel Crib Light Fitted Sheet
Review: We did not invest in the special sheet for the bed, but there is one available. We are using a standard crib mattress pad and sheet. They don’t fit perfectly, but they do the job.
Portable Changing Pad
Review: If you don’t already have one, get one before you come. In the States, you can almost always be sure that there will be a changing table in the ladies restroom (at least in San Diego). I have yet to see one in Montevideo, Uruguay. For being such a baby-friendly country, that has been a surprise. So, I just bring along the changing pad and change her on the bathroom counter or floor… whatever is available.
Summer Infant Video Baby Monitor
Review: Zoë’s room is on the opposite side of the apartment from the living room. This video monitor allows us to check on her without going into her room. Also, living in an apartment building in Montevideo can be quite noisy. It’s nice being able to see on the monitor if the noise was Zoë getting out of bed, or just one of the neighbors in the building.
Angel Baby Products
Review: We only use Angel Baby products on Zoë since she has such sensitive skin. We brought a stash of Angel Baby lotion, shampoo/ body wash, and bottom balm. But, we’re starting to run low. I’ll have to order more from amazon.com because I haven’t seen anything similar in Uruguay.
Eddie Bauer Harness Buddy
Review: This cute little backpack came in handy during our layover in Panama City. When Zoë needed to burn up some energy, we just put her little backpack on her and went for a walk. If she was running around she had no problem wearing it, but did not want to wear it if we were just sitting around. Another great thing about it is that when she’s a little older, we can detach the leash and she can use it as a small backpack to carry her sippy cup or favorite toy.
Review: We’d heard that the diapers in Uruguay weren’t great, so we brought enough diapers to last us about the first month. I’ve seen diapers several places including Huggies, Pampers and Baby Sec brands. I’ve tried the Huggies and they are different from the US version (long and skinny), but seem to work fine. We’ve also tried the Baby Sec diapers because they are a little wider, but don’t seem to be as absorbent. We’ll probably stick with the Huggies.
Review: We brought enough wipes to last the first 3 weeks or so. We picked up some Huggies Unscented wipes… they’re awful. They leave lint behind and they’ve given Zoë a slight rash (luckily the Boudreaux Butt Paste cleared it up). I bought some active fresh scented ones and they seem to be working a little better on her (not so much lint and no rash so far). But they still aren’t as thick as the ones from the US.
Portable DVD Player with iPod Docking Station
Review: This was great for distracting Zoë during our long wait and layover at the airport. We could either pop in her favorite DVD, or dock one of our iPods in it and select a movie from there.
Sony Children’s Headphones
Review: Although Zoë wasn’t very happy about keeping these on her head for very long, they’re great because the sound is kept much lower so it won’t damage her hearing.
Review: This is Zoë’s absolute favorite show. She sings and dances and squeals with joy every time it comes on. We had the BabyFirst TV channel back in the States and this is one of the shows featured on the channel. We knew we wouldn’t get it on Uruguay television… luckily it’s available on DVD!
- The next two clothing sizes up, stored in Space Bags (we packed all of our clothes in space bags)
- The next size or two up in shoes
- Sippy Cups
- Extra Binkies (if you use them)
- Snacks (to last the first couple weeks until you get the lay of the land)
- Cheerios (I haven’t seen them here yet)
A side note:
If you’re planning to buy or rent a car in Uruguay, bring your child’s car seat. But, don’t expect to use it other than that. The only law in Uruguay is that children must be in the back seat, so it’s not unusual to see kids standing up in the back seat.
Also, the taxis here are much smaller than in the States, so if you have a bulky car seat, it may not even fit in the back seat (if you can even access the seat belt). Just another reason to enjoy walking everywhere!
Our stroller and child carrier have both been absolutely essential in Uruguay. I’ll review them in another post because there are so many options that go into the stroller and this post has already run so long.
I’ve been to many of the baby stores in Uruguay, so if you have a question about the cost or availability of anything specific, please post a comment and I’ll be happy to help if I can.