Thursday, March 30, 2017

Jujube Be Light Vs Super Be

I never understood what the fuss was with Jujube diaper bags, until I owned one myself and now I'm hooked hahahaa.

Here's a comparison between the SuperBe and BeLight sizes. And also a peek into what's in my daily diaper bag.
 


On sale now at the Myla Rae shop online... Tokidoki Key Fobs.... to go with your Jujubes :)
 


You can order yours - here -

Don't forget to take part in the Giveaway on my Facebook page :). Winner will be picked this Saturday 1st April (no April Fool's joke, promise.)

 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

"blink, Bindi" Giveaway :)

Myla Rae received a delightful package from Abbott earlier this week. 
It had beautiful illustrations of animals in the jungle which asked, "Will you blink with Bindi?"
Inside was a box of the new blink Lid-Clean Eye Lid Wipes, a book titled Blink, Bindi, and some personalised stickers with her name on it. So thoughtful!
 
Blink, Bindi is a kids book featuring Bindi, a little slow loris who wakes up with crusty eyes, unable to see clearly. Bindi ventures into the jungle in search of Mummy Loris. Encountering one new jungle friend after another, Bindi learns the dos and don'ts of caring for its eyes. The book is colourful, and engaging.. with interactive execises to enhance children's visual skills including tracking, focusing, memory and perceptual processing. It also incorporates a step by step guide on how to use the wipes to learn how to clean eyes on their own. It's a simple, beneficial routine.
 
Of course, younger toddlers like Myla Rae won't really understand it yet but she still loves the book and it's adorable characters. She loves flipping the pages and making oooh aahhh sounds as she gets excited. Older toddlers and kids will be able to follow the story line and practice the simple eye care routine too. (It is also educational for parents!) And as a bedtime story book, it's great for babies and children of all ages.  

blink Lid-Clean Cleansing Eye Lid Wipes are specially formulated to soothe, moisturize and clean lids effectively. They are hypoallergenic and preservative free, dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested, suitable for babies and children as well as those with sensitive skin. You can use it as an eye make up remover for yourself too.
 
Each box has 20 individually sealed wipes in sterile packs, perfect for popping a few in my diaper bag on the go. And the individual sachets mean I don't have to worry about the wipes drying out. They're always fresh for each use.

This is the first time I tried the blink Lid-Care wipes on her. She loves the feeling, it's very soothing. There's no need to rinse off.
 
What’s the key natural ingredient in blink Lid-Clean Cleansing Eye Lid Wipes that helps to refresh and sooth your eyelids?

Chamomile is a natural ingredient which help cool and refresh your eyelids.

You can buy blink Lid-Clean Cleansing Eye Lid Wipes at supermarkets and pharmacies in Singapore for $16 a box. Look out for introductory offers at Guardian and Watsons.


Myla Rae wants your family to enjoy the delightful Blink, Bindi book and a box of the blink Lid-Clean wipes too. There are 3 sets to giveaway!
Click here to head to my Facebook Giveaway Post. :) Winners will be drawn via randomizer, live on Facebook video on Monday morning. Good luck!

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Explorer Kids Indoor Playground Review

This is our first review of an indoor playground. Decided to try out Explorer Kids (we went to Ang Mo Kio hub but there's one at Down Town East too) because their rates for babies and toddlers is much lower than other play gyms/ indoor playgrounds. Just $5 for under 3 year olds (and 1 parent gets to go in free with the child). Their kids rates are about $12 I think.

I chose to go today (Thursday) cos I read online that they wash the balls in the ball pit every Wednesday night. Lol.... the less germy the better right. I would avoid this place on Mondays because it's Members Day and they get entry for $4, so it will be swamped with older kids since its much cheaper that day. For a tot, not much difference since the normal price is $5 anyway... so might as well go on a less crowded, non promo day.

I read reviews online saying the place is bad and service is poor. But when I got there at 12noon ( their weekday opening time), the girl on duty was friendly and helpful. At 12noon, there was just one other child there, he was about 7 years old.

When I was putting on my socks, he was putting on his socks too (his mom was just sitting at the bench nearby) and he said to me " You so big already, still want to play?"

-_-

Then I said, "I'm not here to play, I'm a parent! I brought my baby here to play." And I pointed to Myla in my Tula carrier.

Then he said "Ohhhh... I thought that your school bag"

-_-  wise ass.  lol

By 1pm, the place got more crowded, about 6 more tots and maybe 3 kids above 5. The majority of the guests were walking toddlers, just a little older than Myla... about a year and a half to about 2 plus years old.

There was ample space, I didn't feel like it got too rowdy. There were 2 ball pits, one in the toddler area and one larger one in the mega play zone. The mega play zone is for older kids, even though it's mostly padded, it is not suitable for toddlers who don't understand danger yet as there are drops and places they can get wedged into, so if you take them in, be extra watchful.

I did take Myla into the mega playzone to explore. And found the flooring a bit dusty ( I could feel it with my hands). Other than that it was ok, not run down or worn out.

She loved the ball pit, the area with soft large blocks, and also liked to climb up the Mega Play zone 'steps'... it was all a good workout for her.

We left after 1 and a half hours ( I was only planning to stay for 1 hour but time passed fast). And she slept the whole way home. So unlike her kpo self, cos she hardly sleeps while we are out. So she must have exhausted herself and yes she did have a lot of fun.

Wish they had some small toddler slides for her to go on. I will be back again, it's not too far from my place. (By the way if u have any places to recommend that's around Novena area please let me know, I'd like to try. Heard there's a nice one called Kid's Amaze Safra Toa Payoh that has a good size area for toddlers to tumble around?).

 

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Avoiding Constipation in Babies

I think every new mother gains a whopping amount of knowledge about baby poop as the months... or even years lol.. pass. But at the start of this motherhood journey, I knew practically nothing about it. So here's what I've learnt and found useful so far with regards to constipation in babies. Hope new mums who are Googling worriedly right now because their baby hasn't pooped in days, will find this post useful :)

Firstly, frequency is not a reliable indicator of constipation. Infrequent stools are not necessarily a cause for concern as long they are soft and the baby does not have pain passing the stool. Especially before starting solids, Myla Rae would go days without pooping. If I remember correctly, the longest she had ever gone without a poop was 5 days. And it's normal for some young babies and newborns who are breastfed to go up to 8 days without poop. So don't worry!

You'll know if your baby is constipated because constipated babies will experience pain and discomfort during bowel movements. They will look like they are having a tough time straining to poop. Some might even cry. The poop itself will look harder and drier than normal, often like small dry pellets or round marbles.

When she was younger and I was less experienced about managing constipation, Myla Rae has had some horrifically hard poops to pass... the kind that scared me. Thankfully, we have never had a bleed or tear! Though... I've heard that is not uncommon as quite a few of my friend's have had their young babies passing such hard, dry stools that you see a little blood or even slight tears (fissures) in the delicate skin near the opening of the baby's anus (OMG so heartpain!). If that happens to your baby, you can apply some aloe vera lotion to the area to help it heal. And keep the area as clean and dry as possible.

If constipation gets too bad and your baby isn't eating, loses weight, or has blood in his stool, please see a doctor. They can recommend a stool softner or an enema.

Here are my tips for avoiding constipation in babies using natural ways, so hopefully you can help your baby avoid the discomfort and pain that comes with constipation.

1. WATER
There are 2 things that a good soft poop needs. Fiber AND water. Lots of people make the mistake of increasing the fiber in a baby's diet thinking it will help them poop. But additional fiber will only make the stools even harder and drier if water intake is inadequate! Offer your baby water regularly, especially on a hot day.

If your baby is under 6months old or hasn't started solids yet, the usual advice is that they cannot have water on its own. (Although, on a few occasions, I did give my baby sips of warm water when she was under 6 months old).

2. Don't dilute milk!!!
A lot of parents think it's okay to dilute the milk formula in order to prevent constipation. It's not ok!!! Especially not for a young baby. Milk formulas have a specific recommended dilution ratio to ensure your child gets the maximum nutrients from it. It is better to feed your child extra water in between feeding times instead. You can read more about the roles and functions of your child's digestive system and also how Friso's LockNutri preserves nutrients in natural form making it easy for your child to absorb. I picked up a lot of good tips on baby's digestive health from that site.

3. P vs. B
Certain types of solid food are more likely to trigger constipation. These are usually B foods like bananas and bread. Other foods can help prevent infant constipation, these are usually P foods like prunes, peaches and pears.

My baby loves bananas and wholemeal bread. She will chomp down really fast. While these are great foods for active toddlers, I don't let her have them everyday. Moderation is key.

4. Exercise

Myla is wondering why I'm bicycling her legs (for this demo shot), I only used to do this (A LOTTTTT) when she was a young infant. lol

Now that's she's an active toddler, we face a lot less constipation. But before she was crawling, I found that low activity levels can lead to constipation. Infants often need assistance if you think they are not getting enough exercise. 

Grasp the baby's lower feet and gently move the baby's legs in a bicycling motion if the infant is not yet crawling. Bringing the infant’s legs up and down can help the intestines work.

5. Massage
A gentle belly massage can help ease constipation. Out of habit, I still do this till today. After her bath, before I put on her diaper. I place 3 fingers across her stomach, and massage in a clockwise direction, with gentle pressure. When she was constipated, I would do this massage while she was lying on her changing mat trying to poop, I swear it helped her to push her poop out. And so does lifting her legs to her chest.

I also use Telon Plus oil for this massage, it is slightly warming and comforting and keeps mosquitos away. I tried Ru Yi oil when she was younger but it burnt her belly skin Eeek!

6. FRUIT!


This has so far been one foolproof method to avoid constipation (apart from bananas and durians... too much of those make her constipated). She eats quite a lot of fruit now, and loves it... and thus is seldom constipated. But when she was younger, whenever she hasn't pooped the whole day, I would increase her fruit intake (and also pray lol)... and to my delight, I am greeted with a very wet poop filled diaper that evening or early the next day. Watery fruits like watermelon, kiwi, dragon fruit... works the best for her.

Hope that these easy tips to add to your baby's daily routine will help ease constipation or avoid it completely! Do share with us (in the comments) if you have any other tips on maintaining a healthy digestive system. Thanks in advance! :)

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Friday, February 17, 2017

EZPZ Review & Giveaway!

Finally got down to using an EZPZ mat for Myla Rae's meals. Before I used to just put her food directly on her feeding tray that's attached to her chair. While it worked fine for us, it does becomes a chore to keep wiping and washing the mess after meals. And also I get paranoid that the tray top is actually not clean enough to eat off, even though I do wipe the surface with a wet wipe before I put any food on it. We can't use regular bowls because she will flip them. 
Here's her new EZPZ Mini Mat from Mumspick. It's Blush from the Nordic Collection.You can get 15% discount on any EZPZ mat in the new Nordic Collection when you shop online at MumsPick.com, just use discount code HOLLYJEAN. This offer is valid for 2 weeks (until 2nd March 2017).
I chose the mini version because fits perfectly onto my high chair tray top. This is the regular IKEA chair she's using. There are larger versions (either the EZPZ Happy Bowl or EZPZ Happy Mat) which you can place directly on your dining table top.
 Our mini mat works great on the table top too!
EZPZ Happy Bowl in Blue


EZPZ Happy Mat in Lime


Here's what we love about the EZPZ Mini Mat so far-
1. CLEAN (this is mainly my issue lol, cos Myla Rae isn't concerned with hygiene and will eat stuff off the floor if I let her lol). I can wash the whole mat with hot water and dish soap in the sink, before and after her meals. Clean up after meals is a lot easier now, just lift the whole mat and wash in the sink!

2. Less Mess. She cant flip this mat because once it's flat on a tabletop or tray top, there's good suction. Most spillovers are contained within the mat, and she can also pick and eat stuff which she dropped on the mat surface as well.
3. Fun looking. She loves the happy face, and that each compartment has a yummy surprise for her.  Today it is pasta with French beans and chicken, quails egg and kiwi with yoghurt.

4. Portable. I can slip it into the front pocket of my bag when we are eating out. I lay it on the highchairs at cafes/restaurants/coffeeshop or lay it directly on the table. When she's done, I use a wet wipe to clean it and wash it when we get home. If it's a real messy wet meal she's having outside, then I just zip into the toilet to give it a quick rinse.



5. Large variety of colour choices. Our mini mat is Blush from the new Nordic range of colours. I find this range so chic and trendy. They also have the regular range of bright and cheery colours.





Giveaway Time!

I want you to enjoy an EZPZ experience every meal time too! Would you like to win an EZPZ Mini Mat in Lime from Mumspick ? It's such a vibrant colour that's suitable for both boys and girls, infants / toddlers 4+ months.

Like all of ezpz's products, the Mini Mat is an all-in- one placemat + plate that suctions to
the table. The mat is made from 100% food-grade silicone that is BPA, BPS, PVC, latex
and phthalate free. The quality materials make this mat very lasting (silicone is bendable and flexible and doesn't fade, corrode or deteriorate). Completely non toxic and safe for baby. This is especially important (please don't get cheap knock offs!) because it's in contact with the food your child will consume.

The dimensions of the EZPZ Mini Mat are  8.5 x 7.7 x 1 inches. Portion sizes (i.e., the eyes and smile) are 2oz, 2oz and 4oz. Mat fits most highchair trays, including space saver models.

This is a great tool to have especially if you're doing Baby Led Weaning because it promotes self-feeding and develops fine motor skills. Even if you're doing traditional weaning (meaning you spoonfeed your baby), you can still use this mat once they are keen to explore food textures and learn to self feed.

It is compact and lightweight, so it is perfect for dinners out and travel. It is also easy to store, as it's packaged in a reusable bag that is ezpz to pop in your diaper bag. The mat is dishwasher, microwave and oven safe (up to 350 degrees).
Oh, if you have more that one kid, serving is easy because the EZPZ mats are stackable!

To Win yourself the EZPZ Mini Mat in Lime.
 
Follow these 2 simple steps:
1. LIKE Mumspick Facebook page
2. Head to my giveaway post on Facebook (Click here), Share that post and leave a comment to secure your spot in the draw. There are 80 slots available. Once all 80 slots are taken, I will conduct a facebook live draw (you can watch it live too) where one winner will be picked via randomizer. Only one slot allowed per person.

(This giveaway is open to those residing in Singapore only.)

That's all, it's EZPZ!
*This Giveaway is sponsored by MUMSPICK PTE.LTD.


P/S
Free Surprise Gift for you :)

Are you headed to the BabyLand Fair at Suntec on 24- 26 feb? MumsPick will be at Booth A09. Just present a screenshot of this page and you will receive a surprise gift from them!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentine's Day? What's THAT?

It just occurred to me that I have not celebrated Valentines' day in YEARS. About half a decade.

Think the last one was 6 years ago with that HK bf I had, I booked a suite with dinner at the Fullerton as a Valentine's treat for him. What a waste of my money and honestly, looking back, the food was good, the room was splendid and the company, well... was wrong. (click here to read how deluded I was bahahahah). Thinking back, I am such an idiot, I could have used that money for a nice holiday for myself instead! Lol..

I used to buy in too much to expectations of romance and the magic of Valentine's day. I remember, if I had no boyfriend for Valentine's Day, I would purposely set up a random date with someone... anyone... just to go out and have a 'romantic' Valentine's day. What a dumb fool I was. If I could go back in time, I would kick my younger na├»ve butt.

It's just one day. If you're single or are not dating anyone that special (or even worthy of your commitment), just get on with life and let the day pass. And also... if you are with someone special, I think you'll come to find, there's so much going on in your lives together that Valentines' Day is quite insignificant.

If you're thinking of just something simple like a home cooked dinner for tomorrow... read my latest article on MyfatPocket on Valentine's Menu to Boost his Sex Drive (yes, there's a science to it!). There are also lots of new articles I wrote this year which may tickle your fancy. Click here to see.
 
Me? Well, tomorrow I'm going to my mum's house so Myla Rae can see her grandparents. Then when we come home in the evening, David, our dog Lola, Myla Rae and I will have a simple dinner at home. Probably mince and tatties.