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Shopping 4 Mom and Baby

Shopping 4 Mom and Baby

Shopping for maternity clothes and some (Western-style) baby items in Korea can present something of a challenge. However, they are becoming more and more available on the Korean market, albeit at higher prices than what you may find in your home country.

1) Clothing

- There are maternity shops at the Dongdaemun market, close to all hospitals and even inside some of them.
- There are maternity shops near Chail Hospital in Yeoksam (a popular maternity hospital).
- Doota has a maternity section.
- All large department stores have a small maternity section. These tend to me more expensive, however. Repordely , Lotte Department Store in Myungdong has a large maternity boutique on the 4th Floor, near the lingerie section, next to ELLE.tment Store (MYUNGDONG), on the 4th floor; near the lingerie section, next to ELLE (apparentlly they stock a French brand called PRENATAL - cost for pants, ~W150,000).
- Some on-line shopping malls such as g-market have maternity clothes (and baby items). However, even those that have some English, are primarily in Korean.
- The difficulty lies in finding maternity clothing that fit non-Asian body-types.
- The average cost of maternity pants are reportedly around W150,000.
- Newborn (0-3 months) clothing can be almost impossible to find as most Korean mothers do not take their children outside until the baby is at least 100 days old.

2) Equipment/Furnishings

- Western-style strollers, cribs, etc. are now quite common in Korea, but they remain quite expensive.
- Disposable diapers are now available in almost all supermarkets and the prices are comparable to that in other countries.
- Cloth diapers are a little pricier and harder to find than they were.
- Diapers are also available for online delivery retailers, but the price is significantly higher.
- Car seats are available, but can be very expensive.

3) Following are some alternative options

- Purchase smaller and particularly difficult items such as maternity bathing suits or breast pumps,  from eBay and have packaged as used/undervalued items (still may end up paying duty, however).
- For large items such as cribs, baby swings, strollers, highchairs, etc., networking through other women in Korea by taking to mothers in the various women's clubs, joining a chain of giving or by posting a list of what you need or are offering on the korea4expats.com Forum.  
- Family and friends can send maternity and baby clothing and small items from home.
- If you shop online from overseas stores such as www.motherhood.com or www.jcpennys.com, make sure your order comes to less than $150.00.

Blog for Moms: 
Some expat women have created a blog for moms. To get on the blog contact: expatmomsclub@gmail.com.

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Last Updated on 2015-04-04

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