Fond Memories Of Baby C’s Pack And Play Yard

At our family Whatsapp chat group yesterday, mum posted a picture of all the baby paraphernalia  that she had just dug out from the storeroom, in preparation for my twin baby niece and nephew to use when they are back in Ipoh from Singapore next week.

They are a pack and play yard (playpen), stroller, walker and bouncinet, among other stuff.  Just a little intro on the history of the playpen, stroller and walker.

The hubs and I bought the pack and play yard for Alycia, our first born almost 15 years ago and it is still in almost perfect condition! I still remember that day very vividly when we went to the baby products shop in Ipoh to shop for it.  We were so excited to buy our very first pack and play for our precious first born.  It’s been used by our 3 girls, my Singapore brother’s oldest daughter and now his twins.

The stroller was a gift from my sil 15 years ago for Alycia. It’s been used by our 3 girls and the same sil’s 3 babies.

The bouncinet belongs to my brother, used by his oldest daughter and now his twins.

As for the baby walker, it’s an epic. Mum bought it 47 years ago for my eldest brother. It was then used by me, my younger brother and now the twins! And it’s not even crumbling or rusty yet.

When my brother’s twins outgrow the pack and play yard, I think I am going to ask mum NOT to give it away.  The sight of the pack and play yard brings back a lot of happy memories of my 3 precious babies growing up. They used to sleep and play in it each time we were back in Ipoh for our holidays. Who knows my daughters’ babies will be using it one day, just like the baby walker that my brothers and I used over 4 decades ago.

At our KL home, there used to be two pack and play yards for Baby C (Cass).  One was her playpen in my room and the other for the living room.  She hardly slept in the playpen in my room as she slept under my armpit for 3 years. She was breastfed for 3 years and co-slept with her dad and me. My 2 older girls loved the playpen. They used to cramp inside it and pretended that it was a tent. Sometimes the both of them would take their nap inside the play pen.

Alycia was about 6+ and Sherilyn 4+ in these photos. Drama Queen (Sherilyn) was still a compulsive thumb-sucker then.  Gawd, I am missing my babies terribly now 😥

When Cass outgrew the two pack and play yards, I sold the pink one and gave away the other one. I should have kept the pink one for keepsake and perhaps for my future grand children!  But then again, my daughters probably wouldn’t want a 30-year old pack and play yard when they have their own babies in future.   Pack and play yards are aplenty and the designs and features keep improving over time. You can browse these directions for the best pack and play yards, rated and reviewed by moms.

Looking back at these photos when Cass was under two years old makes me miss her baby days terribly. How I wish that Cass was still a toddler, cute as a button and  still didn’t know how to challenge me mentally and answer me back rudely. Of course her baby days weren’t easy for me due to her health condition.

It would be really nice if there were a baby at home now. I really miss having a baby around.  Hubs would be glad to jump straight into having another baby with me IF I agreed to have baby #4. But no, my child-bearing days are over. I am now looking forward to the next phase of my journey where I can claim some independence.  It takes a village to raise a child and in this day and age, it takes a million bucks to raise one till he/she completes tertiary education and this is the main reason why I am not ready to have another baby 😐

Keeping Fit With A Jogging Stroller

I’ve been a jogging freak all my life. The only time that I stopped jogging was when I was preggers with the girls. As my three babies were delivered via C-section, I did brisk walking two months after the delivery and started to run / jog again after six months.

When Cass was a baby, she was breastfed exclusively. Thus, she was very attached to me.  I could never leave her alone and brought her along with me wherever I went to.  On mornings that I failed to ‘Ninja’ my way out of the house without waking Cass up from her sleep, off she went jogging with me, with her strapped to her Peg Perego stroller.  Cass enjoyed all the jogging sessions with me from the time she was about 6 months old up to 3 years old.  On days when it rained, I worked out at our porch on my trampoline with Cass strapped up in her stroller watching me.  We stopped jogging together when she started pre-school.

Many women whom I know of lost their exercise enthusiasm after child birth due to lethargy and lack of time. Consequently, they balloon up.  If you are one of them, it takes just a little will power to get your exercise regimen jump started. Once you get the momentum, it will be hard to even stop exercising.  One exercise that is light and non-strenuous is brisk walking.  Start off with just once a week on a weekend with baby in toll.  Strap baby up in a jogging stroller and walk around your neighborhood. Soak up the glorious early morning sun to get your dose of Vitamin D and pump in some oxygen into your lungs and brain.  I used to sing nursery rhymes to Cass, teach her 123s and ABCs and point out things in our surroundings to her during our walks together.   I find our walks together extremely educational for Cass.

The Peg Perego stroller that Cass used wasn’t my ideal stroller for jogging.  It was not made for jogging. The hubs had bought the wrong type of stroller.  If I ever have baby no. 4, I will definitely get a jogging stroller.  But this will never happen as I am so done and over with child bearing, though the hubs really misses having a baby around in the house and has even suggested having another baby *good heavens*

My sil who is a jogging enthusiast will definitely love this double jogging stroller for her twin babies.   Her twin babies are getting cuter each day and I’m so excited that I can cuddle the twins in another two days when we are back in Ipoh to celebrate Chinese New Year.

InStep Safari Double Jogging Stroller

 

If you’re still not sure  which jogging stroller to get for your baby so that the both of you can embark on a healthy regimen together, Parenting Pod is a wonderful site that gives you valuable information on the different types of jogging strollers.

 

Go Natural With Baby Mantra

When I had my first baby, me being the first time new mom didn’t know that shampoos meant for babies and young kids may contain harsh chemicals that may be toxic. I bought a very well known brand of baby shampoo and thought that it was the best since my mother bathed me with this brand of shampoo too. In fact, many mothers still use this brand of baby products as it has grown to be a household name for baby bath products.  And like how many mothers used to bathe their babies in the  1970s and 80s by  putting a few drops of baby body shampoo into a tub of water and then washing the baby inside the tub of soap water without rinsing afterwards, I naturally did the same with my  first born.  She developed bad rashes on her skin, especially on her cheeks and scalp.

Two babies later, I was a smarter and more well-informed mother.  I found out later that the brand of baby bath products that I had been using on my girls contains sulfates and paraben.

Studies have shown that some parabens can mimic the activity of the hormone estrogen in the body’s cells, and while estrogenic activity is associated with certain forms of breast cancer, parabens have been found present in breast tumors. Sulfates are concerning because they were found to break down proteins, which can lead to a degenerative effect on the cell membranes. Sulfates were also found to leave residue in the heart, lungs, and brain.

With my third baby, I bought only baby bath products that are free from sulfates and paraben.

Many beauty companies have swapped out sulfates for other chemicals, which can sometimes even be worse. To ensure that sulfate-free products won’t further damage your skin and hair, look for products that use fruit or vegetable-based cleansing ingredients.

One such brand of baby toiletries that uses natural and organic ingredients is Baby Mantra.

Baby Mantra is a natural, organic, gluten-free, vegan, PETA, EWG verified and NPA certified skincare line for moms, babies, kids and sensitive adults!

Every Baby Mantra product is:

  • EWG VERIFIED TM
  • Rated “1” on EWG’s Skin Deep
  • Certified by the Natural Products Association
  • PETA Certified – Cruelty Free
  • NO Sulfates
  • NO Parabens
  • NO Phthalates
  • NO Parabens
  • NO Dyes
  • NO Artificial Fragrances
  • Gluten Free
  • Allergy Tested

Baby Mantra natural baby body wash has such natural ingredients as lavender and coconut oil. The calming lotion has shea butter and soothing lavender and the baby rash ointment has nourishing sunflower seed oil.

Made in the U.S.A from only top quality all-natural and organic ingredients, www.babymantra.com hosts an entire product line of baby lotions, baby oils, Mommy Body butter, shampoo & body wash all tested and approved by the founder and her beautiful baby girls. Do check them out and I am sure you will fall in love with Baby Mantra’s range of soothing and natural toiletries.

Olive Baby Products From New Zealand

I received a box of surprise from the courier delivery guy last week. I was not expecting any stock from my suppliers, so what could be inside the box?! I could not wait to find out! I quickly ripped open the box and surprise awaited me… I saw a couple of exclusive Olive Baby products!

I had seen the Olive Baby range of products at Skin Topic at Pavillion last month and they looked very impressive to me. Olive Baby range of skin care products are all natural and gentle for a baby’s skin. All of the products contain extra virgin olive oil from Simunovich Olive Estate in Auckland, New Zealand.

Olive oil has been used for centuries in the Mediterranean as a beauty treatment and an overall remedy for the skin.

Here are the goodies that I received:

Love this olive oil baby massage oil. I apply it on Cass’ hair and skin after each shower. The remaining oil that’s on my hand, I rub it on my hair and legs too lol! The olive oil lessens the frizzle on my hair.

Olive baby massage oil moisturises your infant’s skin and helps to protect it from dryness. The luxurious blend of almond oil, jojoba oil and extra virgin olive oil has been carefully chosen for its hydrating and, nourishing properties. To a baby, touch is talk. So pamper your precious baby with the best skin care products that contain no harsh chemicals.

Ingredients: Prunus dulcis (Almond) Oil, Olea europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Calendula officinalis Flower Extract

Love the Olive Baby body and hair wash too. Just one or two squeezes of shampoo is enough to cleanse Cass’ hair and body. The scent is mild and pleasing.

The Olive Baby Body & Hair Wash has a mild formula which will cleanse, moisturise and condition your infant’s skin and hair. Containing a nutrient-rich, hydrating blend of natural ingredients, this gentle all-over body and hair wash is suitable for daily use. It is mild, pH balanced and does not contain SLS, the carcinogenic ingredient found in most shampoos and body cleansers.

The Olive Baby range retails from RM65 to RM92 and is available exclusively at:

theSkintopic, Level 5, P5.12.00, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Tel: 03-21429988
theSkintopic, Lower Ground Floor, Lot LGC01, Subang Parade Mall, Tel: 03-56382988

Olive & Tebe counters at Metrojaya Mid Valley, Metrojaya Bukit Bintang,
Metrojaya The Curve & Parkson Sunway Pyramid

Poppies Sibu, No. 13 Island Road, Sibu, Sarawak, Tel: 084-318722

Poppies Kuching, Lot 111, First Floor, The Spring Shopping Mall, Jalan Simpang Tiga, Kuching, Sarawak, Tel: 082-236553

Poppies Bintulu, G/F, No. 6, Lot 7227, Medan Sentral Commercial Centre,
Jalan Tanjong Kidurong, Bintulu Sarawak, Tel: 086-319722

For more information, visit http://www.olivetebe.com.my/

Create A FREE Website For Each Of Your Child Today!

Want to create a website for your child or children? BabyHomePages.net gives YOU and anyone a safe, private, easy and FREE way to create a personalized website for your child.  It works pretty the same way as a blog. 

BabyHomePages.net has families worldwide that use their website to
* Keep friends and family updated;
* Create a digital or hardcopy scrapbook;
* Document pregnancies and the weeks that follow;
* Share all of baby’s “firsts” and beyond.

All you have to do is visit Baby Home Pages. On the right side of the page, there will be links to featured sites. Click on a few of those sites and you should be able to get a good idea of how it works. Feel free to create FREE ACCOUNT to test it out today!  Now, I am tempted to create another website for my girls 😀

New Outfit, Bibs And Sunnies From Mothercare For My Sweetiepie

We got these from Mothercare for my sweetiepie when we went shopping the other day:


My main purpose of going to Mothercare was to get Baby C some bibs. Yup, bibs again. I seem to have a fetish with cute bibs with crumbcatcher and I find bibs so useful as they save me so much time from having to clean up the mess on the floor, table and clothes.

While I was busy looking at the bibs and clothes, daddy couldn’t resist getting his sweetiepie a pair of sunnies coz Baby C seems to love wearing her princess wannabe Sherilyn cheh cheh’s Paris Hilton sunnies haha!

Don’t play play, this pair of Sunnies has the Mothercare logo on the rim…. and it looks like a baby’s branded designer eyewear!


And I couldn’t resist getting my sweetiepie this pack-of-2 cute set of attire. But my heart broke when the size meant for her (aged 9-12 months) was oversized for her. And I had to admit that my pint-size baby is underweight and got her the set for babies aged 6-9 months (for weight up to 9kg) *heartbroken*
My sweetiepie only weighs 7.7kg at 11 months 🙁

What Can Keep Babies Amused

Apart from a couple of teething rings, I have not bought any toys for Baby C for I know she will surely lose interest in her toys in just hours. I’ve learnt my lesson after having 2 older gals. Amazingly, what amuses Baby C and also my 2 older gals when they were babies are things not meant for them, just about anything not meant for them from tissue papers to plastic bags, handphones, remote control, comb, hair brush, containers, etc. I am sure most babies are like that too. I guess this is human nature. The forbidden apple always looks tempting.

Baby C just loves combs. This is a comb that was given free to us when Baby C was hospitalized at Pantai Medical Centre 2 weeks ago. She’s been playing with this comb for more than a week and she still finds this comb amusing and tastes better than her teething rings!  I always have this comb next to me whenever I change her diaper or change her clothes as it is one of the things that can keep her entertained and still.

I don’t have to buy her expensive gel-filled or water-filled teething rings anymore. The ones that I had bought her recently are now all dumped aside. She likes free gifts more!

So who says free things are not good?  Even babies love them more than expensive toys.  Just another frugal living tip from me! 

Another Electronic Toothbrush For Alycia And Sherilyn

After lunch 2 Sundays ago, daddy brought Aly and Sher to Guardian Pharmacy after dropping me and Baby C back home as Baby C was fussing and wanted her nap. I had asked him to get the gals Pureen Colostrum tabs and probiotics for Baby C.  Daddy also took the opportunity to buy Aly and Sher each an Oral B electronic toothbrush, something which he had longed wanted to buy them but I had been stopping him coz it’s freaking expensive at RM99.90 each! Last year he got Aly and Sher each a Colgate electronic toothbrush which cost around RM30 but  they were spoilt after just a couple of months coz  they and also the maid didn’t know how to take care of the toothbrush.  One time, my former maid immersed the electronic toothbrush into a cup of water!   Daddy said the Oral B electronic toothbrush is good as the toothbrush head is replaceable…. and so Oral B electronic toothbrush it was that he bought the gals.  When he came back, my mil and I were nagging him coz those 2 gadgets were freaking expensive and I personally feel that kids don’t need to use such expensive toothbrush.  At RM99.90 each, the same amount of money can be used to buy more than 20 regular toothbrushes… which could last them for years!  Next time I better follow daddy whenever he brings Aly and Sher shopping!

Getting A Jogging Stroller For Baby C

Baby C hates it when she’s put on her highchair (which once belonged to her 2 sisters). She will arch her back, scream and struggle each time she’s put on the highchair 🙁 I think the highchair with a plastic padding seat must have made her feel really hot.  She loves her stroller though and each time she’s placed on the stroller, she’ll doze off by herself without much fuss. I’m thinking of getting a new stroller for Baby C as I intend to put the old stroller inside the house. This way, I can buckle her up in the stroller and put it next to the dining table so that I can have a peaceful meal without having to carry her when I eat. I have always wanted to get a jogging stroller or an all terrain stroller so that I can bring her along with me when I go jogging in the morning.

There are many types and brands of jogging strollers. I’ve seen several jogging strollers at Mothercare and a few other baby shops here but have not found one that meets my budget and needs. Most of the jogging strollers available here are very costly as they are imported. I saw several jogging strollers at shopwiki.com today and they cost way cheaper than the ones sold here. I am really tempted to buy one but I am sure the shipping charges will cost me a bomb. I wonder if there is a place for me to buy a second-hand jogging stroller here as they cost much cheaper than a brand new one.

Infant Drops

Baby C’s appetite seems to have decreased lately.  She used to have a ravenous appetite before her first UTI (urinary tract infection) attack 3 months ago, so ravenous that when she suckles on my boops, she made really loud and embarrasing sounds. She could never get enough of my boops.  But lately, I have to force her to drink my milkie and she has not been gaining much weight over the past 1 month.  At almost 5 months, her weight is only 6.4kg.  Her birth weight was 2.75kg.  I think the antibiotics that she’s taking everyday is the culprit for suppressing her appetite.  Also, a child with Kidney Reflux has poor appetite and poor weight gain 🙁

I was really concerned and asked Dr Indon of SJMC if Baby C is underweight but she told me yesterday that her weight is average and normal.  I then asked her if it’s alright to feed Baby C infant drops to increase her appetite and she said no problem.  I had actually bought the Appeton infant drops with Lysine (Lysine helps to enhance an infant’s appetite) on Sunday but hubby and mil were quite alarmed that I am feeding this to Baby C without first seeking the dr’s go-ahead.  They wanted me to get the green light from Dr Indon.  Now that I’ve gotten the go-ahead, I’ve been feeding Baby C with this infant drop everyday and I think her appetite has increased.  I also fed Sherilyn with this infant drop when she was a few months old until she was 1 year old.

Do you feed your infant with any infant drops or multivitamins?

Baby Sling

Ever since I bought a baby sling from The Baby Loft shop 2 weeks ago, I have not really used it yet. That’s because I don’t really know how to use it! I just seem to have a phobia wearing Baby C like this. I keep having morbid thoughts of her dropping out from the sling and her body and head getting ‘senget’ (crocked) sleeping all curled up in the sling.
BTW, is this the correct way of putting a baby in the sling?  Why is the baby at my belly level when I stand up? Isn’t it supposed to be higher, i.e. near the boops? And why is Baby C’s legs pushed up and her head senget, in a way that she is all curled up (like a baby inside the womb)? I hope I did not put her wrongly in the sling. Need advice from experienced mummies who carry their babies in slings.

Unique Personalized Baby Gifts

Many of the baby gifts that I received after I delivered Alycia and Sherilyn were items that I already had or items that I could not find any use for my babies. They are pre-packaged baby clothes, baby bottles, rattles, bowls and cutlery for toddlers, baby bags and pacifiers. I think the best gifts for the baby and mummy are still cash or gold! Of course, I would also love to receive cute personalized baby gifts with the name of my baby on the gift. I’ve seen some very lovely and unique personalized baby gifts at this baby gifts website called The Nest Baby Shop. If you want to buy baby gifts for your close friend’s baby, do check out this store.

They Love Their Electronic Toothbrush

It’s been more than 2 months since daddy got Alycia and Sherilyn a battery-operated toothbrush and they are still very much fascinated with the gadget.  They do not seem to get bored brushing their teeth with the electronic toothbrush….. and it’s good news to health freak mommy coz she brushes their teeth after every meal or at least 3 times a day.  I’m really obsessed with brushing their teeth and cleaning their tongue…. and  I am even more obsessed with brushing and flossing my own teeth!

Avent Bottles And Teats

Before my brother from Singapore came to visit us 2 weeks ago, I asked him to help me buy Avent baby bottles and teats as Leena and a few of my blogging friends had told me earlier how cheap they are selling in Singapore.  

When I saw the price tag on the bottles and teats, I was really shocked to see how much cheaper they are.  The 9- ounce bottles are only sold at SGD17.20 for a twin pack and the teats are sold at SGD6 for a pack of two.  Incredibly cheap.  I will definitely ask my brother to buy me more bottles and teats when he next comes to Malaysia.  I wonder why Avent products are sold at such jacked up prices in Malaysia.  Imagine RM30++ for a 9-ounce bottle and the price has been increasing every year – freaking expensive!