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Top 4 Best Silicone Breast Pumps

MamaMoo Breastfeeding – MamaMooBreastfeeding

I know it can be quite troublesome to carry your bulky electric breast pumps day in and day out and being at risk of losing small and loose parts of the breast pumps in the process. Well, you can save that trouble now with one of the coolest inventions to womankind – silicone breast pumps! Silicone breast pumps function by using powerful suction to draw the milk out of your breast. It is designed to be used while you are breastfeeding.

In this post, I will list down the Top 4 Best Silicone Breast Pumps that you can purchase on Babydash.

Silicone Manual Breastmilk Collector from Autumnz

This silicone breastmilk collector from Autumnz is handy for moms to bring on the go as you can just chuck it in your handbag without it taking so much space. It is super easy to use with only a light squeeze to initiate suction and your breast milk will be collected, just like that! It is also perfect for an immediate express and a relief when breasts get too swollen! However, the downside of this product is the small size as you are only able to collect your breast milk only up until 90ml but then again, it is great for storage! And the price? Super affordable! It is only RM20 on our site now that it is on sale! Purchase here.

Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump from Dr. Brown’s™

No more wasted breast milk with this silicone breast pump from Dr. Brown’s! It enables you to collect your breast milk to the last drop or up until 120ml with only a gentle suction. And when you are out of home or in the office, this silicone breast pump ensures that you can pump in silence without your colleague or anyone knowing! The easy-pour design is too a plus point, makes it easier for you to transfer your breast milk into another bottle for storage. But some mommies have tried and said the drawback of this breast pump is that the gentle suction may be too soft that it is not enough to get any milk out. But, with only RM75.65, you will also get Dr. Brown’s™ Options+™ bottle and a storage cap – a super deal! Click here to buy.

Kolektor Silicone Breast Pump & Milk Collector from Treenie

Its compact size makes it convenient to be used anywhere. And not only it acts as a milk collector, what mommies love about it, it can also be a mini pump and by squeezing Milk Collector repeatedly, it also can help to enhance milk flow which makes it ideal for busy moms who need that little help when breasts become full. And just like Autumnz, this too can only fit up until 90ml which may not be enough for some. Nonetheless, this is great for moms who want to try one out as it comes with a low price tag of only RM28.29 on our site. Get one here.

Silicone Breast Pump from Haakaa

Bet a lot of you have heard a lot of good reviews on the Silicone Breast Pump from Haakaa! Many mommies love it for the right reasons – convenient and requires no hard work! It also effectively helps to express out milk out of your breast enough for it to collect hindmilk (the thicker milk that comes out after your letdown). Although Haakaa silicone pumps come with a higher price tag compared to the rest, ranging from RM69-RM109 on our site, it is also made of eco-friendly material that is completely safe for both your baby and planet. Other than that, Haakaa silicone pumps have two sizes – 100ml and 150ml with eye-catching accessories for you to choose. Check them out here.

And to be fair, all of these silicone breast pumps listed are all cordless, which means you don’t need electricity to make it work, hence, you can even pump when there’s a power outage! They are also easy to clean as there are no tiny parts that you need to be mindful of. So there’s no need for you to reassemble after cleaning but to just start pumping right away!

Shop breast pumps and its accessories on our site now.

Organic Milk Formula: The Pros & Cons

The dos and don'ts of safe formula feeding

While it is a known fact that breast milk should be the primary choice for your baby’s first six months to achieve optimal growth, development, and health, however, in cases when breastfeeding is inadequate or not possible, infant milk formula would be an alternative and supplementary source of nutrition. With the huge range of infant milk formula available in the market now, it can get overwhelming for parents to decide on the right one for your baby. And that includes deciding to go for the organic or non-organic ones. So, what is organic milk formula?

Just like any other organic produce or dairy products, in order for a milk formula to be labelled organic by The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 95% of the ingredients used to formulate the milk formula must come from farms that practice sustainable agriculture – which means pesticides and fertilisers made with synthetic ingredients are not used. In addition to that, any animals used to produce organic food must have not been fed with growth hormones or antibiotics.

With more and more concerns risen about our food sources and the potential harmful chemicals that our food may be exposed to, going for organic milk formula seems to be convenient for parents who want to minimize their baby’s risk to exposing to traces of pesticides and dangerous chemicals with manufacturing milk formula. It is also the best choice for babies with an impaired immune system or endocrine dysfunction as it can help to reduce further health complication associated with drinking milk formula that possibly have harmful chemicals residues.

As organic milk formula is formulated to mimic to that of breast milk without the use of any synthetic or artificial ingredients, especially artificial sweeteners, it is often more easily ingestible and more gentle than non-organic milk formula. Chances of developing an intolerance to unnatural ingredients that could cause diseases related to the digestive system will be immensely reduced too, making organic milk formula is healthier for your baby.

Organic milk formula is highly packed with vitamins and minerals that are needed for your baby to thrive. They are often loaded with long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids and oligosaccharides that help to create a healthy gut which makes digestion much easier and overall immune system stronger. Another cool thing that makes parent choose organic milk formula is the presence of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. These fatty acids specifically help in brain, eyes, and nerves development which are essential for your baby.

Like any other organic goods, organic milk formula too comes with a higher price tag than non-organic ones. With all the nutrients an organic milk formula has, it may be worth considering to buy it as it also will help reduce the exposure to chemicals and pesticides over time. After all, a healthy baby is a well-fed baby.

Shop milk formulas on Babydash now – from Bellamy’s, Bubs Organic, and more!

Tips to Make Mealtime Fun for Your Toddler

Sample Meal Plan for Feeding Your Toddler (Ages 1 to 3) - Unlock Food

Having a picky eater at home can be quite a challenge as it can turn every meal into a battle. And it shouldn’t be that way because mealtime is supposed to be a fun get-together with the rest of the family! Lightening up the mood and getting artsy with food are great ways to take the stress out of mealtime and bring fun to the table, while getting your tot to eat! Here are few tips that you can try to make mealtimes more enjoyable.

#1 Make it colourful

Did you notice non-nutritious foods are usually lacking in colours (like cookies and crackers)? Unless they contain artificial colouring or dyes, which is a big no-no for your tot! Try creating a colourful plates of fruits and vegetables! The colours will not only stimulate your tot’s brain, but also, their appetite too, hopefully!

#2 Try shapes

Shapes are a great way to make mealtime more exciting! Perhaps your child has learned about different shapes at their kindy, so you can turn their sandwiches, pancakes, or cheese into little stars, circles or triangles. Or if your child is having a down day, you can arrange a smiley face on the plate to brighten up their mood! To make it easier, you can use a cookie cutter to make a shape to save time.

#3 Get your tot involved

Your child will be more likely to eat their food if they were involved in the process. You can get your child to mix the pancake batter, mash the potatoes, or get them to create their own platter of their favourite shapes and colours. This can make them feel more eager to eat later!

#4 Give food a fun name

You can come up with a name for just about any food. Funny names get the best results, such as calling kidney beans “dinosaur eggs” or instead of spaghetti, try “noodle caloodles”! Or you can even add your child’s name to any food or meal to give them a reason to try it and love it. You can also experiment to name the food after their favourite cartoon characters.

#5 Get saucy

Children usually love it when they can pick up the food by hand and dip it in the sauce. Hence, anything that comes with a sauce can be served separately in a bowl. Fruits with plain yogurt, apples with peanut butter or beef cubes in marinara gravy are all yummy and fun to eat!

This may all sounds time consuming, but it will show your tot that you care and that will instantly put a smile on their face! Have a happy meal time! 💛

Shop for fun mealtime essentials on our website. Check out Marcus & Marcus, Munchkin, EZPZ, and more!

Baby-led Weaning: The Pros & Cons

Baby-led Weaning | Health Plus

Introducing solids to your little one can be both exciting and thrilling. It is a fun experience to be exploring new tastes and textures with your baby. But to be frank, it can also be stressful, especially if the process is not going well. Eating solids is a skill that needs to be learned and like everything else, it takes time. While many parents choose to introduce solids the ‘traditional’ way, which is in the form of purees, there is an alternate approach that parents can consider that’s called baby-led weaning.

What is baby-led weaning?

It is an approach that’s popular in the U.K. and gaining traction in the U.S. where 6 months old or older babies jump straight to eating finger foods as soon as solid foods are introduced, skipping purees and mashed up foods. As the name suggests, baby-led weaning encourages your little one to be in charge in feeding themselves right from the start. Hence why this approach only works for a baby who’s at least 6 months old and capable of self-feeding.

Pros of baby-led weaning

  • Gives your baby control over what they eat. This teaches your baby to self-regulate hunger as they will decide themselves to stop when they’re full. With spoon-feeding, parents tend to sneak in a couple more spoonful even if the baby is full which may leads your baby to becoming overweight.
  • Encourages your baby to become familiar with various textures and flavours. Self-feeding teaches them to explore textures on their own which makes them to likely have more varied and healthy food preferences in the long run. Studies have shown that babies who eat a variety of food (including the common allergens: peanut products and fish) may actually be less likely to have food allergies in the future. But always consult with your baby’s doctor the best way to introduce peanuts and fish to your baby.
  • Promotes oral and fine motor skills development. For a baby who might be unsure of the new taste or texture, baby-led weaning may give them full control to manipulate the food in their mouth – to swallow or not. It also encourages the development of manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination skills.

Cons of baby-led weaning

But of course, there is no feeding approach is perfect. Though there are many reasons to consider baby-led weaning, there are also disadvantages, including:

  • Need to pay attention to iron intake. Breastfed babies get enough iron from the breast milk until baby is 4 months old but levels may decrease which is why your doctor will likely to advise to add a liquid iron supplement to the mix until your baby starts to eat iron-rich solids. However, it may be hard for your baby to chew on many iron-rich foods such as beef, thus, giving your baby pureed meat, green veggies, and fortified cereals would help to supply iron.
  • Potential safety concerns resulting to negative eating experience. Giving your baby certain foods before they have developed the needed oral motor skills to eat it could result to gagging, vomiting, and possibly choking. And these reflexes would make your baby feels uncomfortable. Learning to eat solids requires practice (and patience for parents!). Your baby should experience a fun mealtime experience so that they want to keep doing it and exploring new food!

Though baby-led weaning may work and be helpful in most families, it is okay if it doesn’t work in yours. You can try other alternatives or talk to your baby’s doctor about it! The sooner your baby’s mealtime experience is enhanced, the better it is!

Shop mealtime essentials on Babydash today!

How To Wash Your Baby’s Fav Plushies

stuffed animals and washing supplies

Your baby probably has their favourite plushie who is part toy, part best friend, and also part napkin. Even it is a cute sight to see when your baby carries Miss Kitty everywhere, the plushie might be looking super gross. This means they are due for a soak and scrub session so it doesn’t smell like spoiled milk! And washing a plushie is easy. But some plushies are older, hence they are more delicate than others. For these well-loved toys, hand-washing is the right option although machine-washing is fine for most plushies. So here’s what you need to know when handling the delicate.

Machine-washing plushies

Machine-washing is indeed the most practical, also the easiest choice for most parents and most plush toys like teddy bear or bunnies can be machine-washed. However you are at risk of damaging some toys by throwing them in the wash especially the ones that are well-worn. So ensure to check the care label attached for the washing directions when deciding if machine-washing is the way to go. If you opt for machine-washing:

  • Use the delicate cycle and cold water but if your baby has been sick, you might want to sterilize it with hot or warm water (only if the toy can tolerate it, for example it has no glued-in parts).
  • Use a mild detergent if you have it! It’s fine if you don’t have mild detergent as regular detergent is fine too – just follow the instructions on the bottle and don’t use too much detergent as the left-behind soap residue can irritate your baby’s sensitive skin.
  • Place in a mesh laundry bag to protect its parts like eyes and fur. You might want to pad the load with towels too so the toys are protected.

As for drying, some plushies can be dried in the dryer but some may not survive the high heat that could ruin its fur, plastic and glued-in parts. Therefore the best way to dry plushies is to let them air dry. Place them near a fan or dehumidifier to speed up drying time and do ensure the inner stuffing does not retain water! And use a hair dryer on low or medium heat to help revive your baby’s best friend’s fluffiness.

Hand-washing plushies

If you can clean your baby, you can definitely hand-wash your baby’s soft toy! Soft toys are even easier with no shrieking and crying. Hand-washing is the best option for older and well-loved toys or plushies with more delicate fibers. To clean plushies or dolls with hands, you only need three things, which are:

  • A clean area that can hold enough water to fully submerge the toy, like a tub, large bucket or utility sink.
  • A mild detergent.
  • A fresh, dry towel.

Fill up the bucket that you’re using with enough cold or warm water to fully immerse the plushie, then add a teaspoon or tablespoon of the mild detergent per gallon of water. Then proceed to submerge the plushie and perform a CPR on it by using a pumping motion so that it’s saturated with water and detergent. Let the toy soak for at least 15 minutes or up to an hour before rinsing. However, do note that more delicate toys should be soaked for lesser time to prevent damaging their fibers.

When rinsing, you can either hold the plushie under running water or drain the bucket and refill with clean water and repeat the pumping action to get rid of soap residue. It is highly recommended that you do not scrub or wring it out as overhandling may lead to damage. When you are convinced there’s no more soap residue, drain the bucket and gently press down on the plushie several times to flush out as much water as you can, then roll it up in a fresh towel like a burrito, which will pull out more water. Let the toy to air dry and use a hair dryer on the lowest heat setting to fluff up the plushie if needed.

Spot-treating Plushie With Electronic Components

There is no way you could throw a plushie with electronic or musical components in the washing machine, thus, the best way to clean them is through spot-treating. It involves doing a surface-only cleaning of the toy by wiping its exterior using a damp cloth and a gentle detergent like a foaming hand or dish soap.

Feel like giving your baby a new plushie? Browse our range of soft toys here!

Cuddly Soft Toys: The Benefits

Baby Lying on White Cushion Beside Brown Bear Plush Toy

Dear parents, do you still remember your first soft toy? Cause I still do! It was a large pink bunny that I kept in the corner of my bed! It was soft and cuddly, she was my first childhood best friend. Since soft toys have become staple gifts to give to little babies, numerous studies have shown that soft toys indeed have positive impacts on the development of a child. And although in this day and age children have access to all kind of toys of sizes and shapes and some toys are high-tech, still, soft toys are usually most favoured amongst children. Hence what are the benefits soft toys give to children?

Soft toys can provide the perfect mix of developing sensory skills as well as encouraging social and emotional growth. Babies love to touch and feel new textures and with soft toys, babies can feel their bristly whiskers, soft fur, and smooth eyes. At such a young age, infants have already begun to grasp the different colours, sizes, and textures of their surroundings and soft toys are the perfect toy for them to explore those!

Soft toys can too help them develop social skills as they incorporate pretend-play during their playtime. This may include imitating what is familiar to them such as their daily routine of eating, talking, and playing. This acts as a foundation to strengthen their social skills as pretend-play encourages interaction therefore could help bolster their language and communication skills too.

Like any adults, children can too feel distress and anxious. The world can be a scary place or too overwhelming for them, one of the ways to comfort them is by showing them their favourite furry plushie. Giving them their favourite plushie during times of discomfort can give them a sense of reassurance and familiarity. It also could help them to self-soothe. If children are encountered with difficult situations, the warmth of squishy bunny in their embrace can help them to feel better as though they are with a loved one.

Apart from that, soft toys can also help decrease children’s vulnerability when being separated from parents. Experts recommend parents to encourage children to play with their teddy bear at least 10 to 15 minutes, few times per day. Other than improving children’s self-esteem, the touch and feel of these toys help to reduce stress, regulate blood pressure and produce endorphins, the happy hormones!

Soft toys also help children to care for other people and appreciate the presence of relationships. It helps instill empathy and compassion while satisfying their need to nurture other people.

When buying soft toys for children, it is super important to ensure that they are suitable for your child’s age. Remember that youngins especially babies like to explore with their mouths, hence ensure there is no loose threads and no small parts that may present as a choking hazard. Feel free to browse Babydash range of soft toys from Jellycat, Ty Beanie Boos, K’s Kids, and more!

Natural vs. Organic Products: What’s The Difference?

Natural and organic baby products: Wipes, lotions, bath, and more

As parents, we strive to give the best to our children. From the house they live in, the school they go to, the food they eat daily right down to the products they apply on their skin. With such diverse baby products in the market now, you may some time wonder which one is good for your child, what does it mean by organic, and why some products are labelled as natural. Fret no more, let’s dive in the differences of organic and natural products.

A simple meaning of the word organic is “grown or raised without chemicals or pesticides”. And your next question would be, what does that have to do with skincare products that are labelled as organic? It refers to the way the plants used in the ingredients are grown and it is crucial to know that info about the plants that make their way into your baby’s nappy cream or body wash. Hence it is safe to say when a product is organic, it means there are no pesticides and chemical remnants.

But, being “organic”, does not tell you entirely about other ingredients or chemicals that are added to the products. Which means you would not know how much of an organic product is actually organic. And according to the USDA, as long as the product has at least 95% organic ingredients, it can be labelled as an organic product. Therefore there are up to five percent of a product’s ingredients may not be organic although it is labelled as so!

Here are some organic products that you can find on Babydash.

And products that are labelled as natural, on the other hand, imply that they are formulated with chemical-free ingredients. And as long as a product contains some plant-derived ingredients, companies may label them as natural. But that product can also include man-made chemicals. While ingredients that are naturally derived are great, it is also important to note that there are synthetic ingredients that are not harmful and harsh. There are a lot of man-made chemicals are just as safe, if not safer, than some natural ingredients (such as mercury).

Here are some of the natural products you can find on Babydash.

At the end of the day, it all boils down to the ingredients used in a product. Always look out for unsafe ingredients such as paraben, phthalates, formaldehyde, avobenzone to name a few. Manufacturers can get away with including harmful chemicals in their products by categorizing them as “inactive ingredients” or as “fragrance”. Hence, do check their list of ingredients as you do not want these to be in your or your baby’s products!

Formula Feeding: The Dos and Don’ts

A Guide to Baby Feeding Equipment – Kiddies Kingdom Blog

Though it is highly encouraged for mothers to breastfeed their baby, if you have opted for formula or need to supplement with formula, it is super important that you pay extra attention to the safe preparation of your baby’s milk each time because unlike a breastfed baby, a formula-fed baby does not have the immune factors. Hence here are the dos and don’ts to a safe formula feeding.

#1 Do ensure you are giving the right powdered formula for your baby. As powdered formula is not sterile, for babies under two months or those who are born prematurely, should only be given concentrated liquid or ready-to-serve formula. Do consult your pediatrician and stick to the advice!

#2 Do stress on cleanliness. Prior to preparing, wash your hands thoroughly and maintain hygiene of the countertop or table where you will be mixing the formula. Do keep the container of formula clean too! Wash its lid and its outside surface before you open it. Once you open the container, check for foreign particles like piece of glass or insects. Make sure to wash bottles and teats properly. Sterilize and clean them before using.

#3 Do measure and mix thoroughly. Ensure to measure the formula and water ratio carefully before mixing them together. Follow the guidelines on the container or check with your pediatrician to have better understanding on the exact amount of ingredient you need. Also, another crucial practice to note is be wary to not let the water to cool below 70°c to ensure bacteria are killed.

#4 Do store the formula safely. Do place any leftover made-up formula in the back of the fridge where it is the coldest. But do not freeze them! And do discard formula after 24 hours in the fridge. And if you are travelling, ensure to use a cooler bag with ice packs to prevent them from going bad.

#5 Do not warm the bottle in a microwave. It could create hot spots in the milk that could burn your baby’s mouth. The safer way to warm the milk is to run warm or hot water over the bottle. Or you can place the bottle in an electric bottle warmer.

#6 Do not use formula that has been in room temperature for more than two hours. And always discard leftovers if your baby does not finish a bottle.

#7 Do not try to force the entire bottle. If your baby shows signs of being full and wanting to stop, stop the feeding and do not force the entire bottle. This may leads to excess weight gain! Moreover, you should give your baby only the amount that she/he needs.

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Homemade vs. Store-bought Baby Food: The pros & cons

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Starting on solid foods can be very exciting for both baby and parents. But with so many options of baby food in the market, parents may face a dilemma – should you buy the readymade ones or make your own at home? To make things easier for you, in this post I will list down the pros and cons of Homemade vs. Store-bought Baby Food.

Pros of homemade baby food

Food safety – since you are preparing it yourself, you have full control of the ingredients and process of making the homemade baby food. Nothing that goes into the food that you are unaware of. And your baby gets to enjoy freshly made purees!

Cost saving – although you have to fork out some $$$ to buy a food processor to get started, overall, making your own baby food will become cost-effective as you can prepare them in bulk and keep them frozen.

Food variation – creating your own baby food is fun as you get to make up your own food combinations to cater to your baby’s tastes and nutritional needs without having to buy multiple jars.

Cons of homemade baby food

Time consuming – especially for working parents. Cutting up foods, checking for seeds and pits, and constantly refreshing ingredients may take a lot of your time.

Food preservation – homemade baby food has no preservatives, hence it does not keep as well. They can be kept frozen, however should be made and stored in small batches.

Pros of store-bought baby food

Time saving – for working parents, store-bought baby food is ideal for you. The process of making your own purees may be lengthy, hence jarred foods save you a lot of time. Just pop one jar and dinner is served!

Portability – it is easy to store jars of baby food in your nappy bag or handbag if you are out and about. All you need is a spoon and it is mealtime for your baby!

Cons of store-bought baby food

Uneconomical – in the long run, jarred foods will cost you more than homemade baby food. For example, the price of a jar of readymade food is almost the same price as a bag of peas, which can be used to make multiple meals while a jarred food is typically for only one serving.

Food preservatives – A jarred food can contain a variety of listed and unlisted preservatives to ensure the food is stable. Therefore it is essential to always check the listed ingredients and best to opt for organic baby food that contains nothing but the good stuff! Check out Bellamy’s, Rafferty’s Garden, Bubs Organic, and more.

At the end of the day, the food you feed your baby is a personal choice – bought or not. As long as your baby is healthy and gets all the nutrition needed for growth and development, it does not really matter! If you have the time, you can have fun in the kitchen making homemade baby food. But jarred foods are not all bad either.

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