By Mummies For Mummies (and Daddies too)

The #NewNorm – 5 Essential Items!

What the pandemic of COVID-19 has taught us all is that we have to be extra mindful and extra hygienic. Ever since the first phase of Movement Control Order (MCO) was introduced on March 18, 2020, our daily lives had not been the same and since then the term the new normal was widely used. Although the number of cases in our country subsides day by day, we should not take it lightly but to continue following the guidelines provided by our Health Ministry, especially when we have a child in our care. So here I will line up the 5 Essentials Items for The #NewNorm that you should have to take on-the-go with you and your child.

The very #1 item that you must have with you is disposable face masks. At Babydash, we have a 3-ply disposable face masks specially made for children age 4-12 years old from Autumnz. The mask is made from soft and breathable material that is comfortable to wear — so your child would not feel stuffy in it! Get a box or two by clicking here.

Of course water and soap are the best combo for clean hands, but they are not always accessible any time. Hence, the #2 best option is to clean your hands with a hand sanitizer. I know using a lot of anti-bacterial agents can cause dryness to your skin, however the hand sanitizer from Chomel would not as it has Vitamin E to help moisturize your hands! And it is safe to be used by your child too due to its plant-based ingredients. Click here to purchase one on Babydash.

The #3 item that is essential to bring on your day out is an anti-bacterial surface cleaner! Spritz and wipe the germs and bacteria off the surfaces of the baby’s high chair at any restaurants before you place your baby in. This one from Buds is formulated with plant-based ingredients and definitely is safe for your entire family to use. It is handy to take with you due to its compact size. You may purchase one from Babydash by clicking here.

Wipes are great when you want to be quick or in a rush. The #4 essential item is an anti-bacterial wipes. Just like a surface cleaner, wipes work just the same! You can wipe anything off with a single sheet. This pack of wipes from CareMo is alcohol free and has aloe vera and vitamin E to moisturize and soothe the skin. It is very convenient and excellent to use anywhere at any time. Just click here to buy a pack on Babydash.

Lastly, #5 essential item to have is a diaper bag! You need a diaper bag to store all the essentials above, parents! The one from Skip Hop is extremely practical to go about with as it has 10 pockets to store all your baby’s essentials, yours and your worries in it 😆 The bag comes with a cushioned changing pad — a great thing to have at times like this! Check out all the other cool and pretty designs here on Babydash.

There you have it, parents! Remember to always and keep on practicing social distancing, wash or sanitize your hands regularly, and wear face mask when you are out. The #NewNorm is indeed the new cool. Stay safe, everyone! ❤

Top 5 Swimming Must-Haves!

Swimming is a fun activity that the whole family can partake. And it is also the time to style up your baby in a cute outfit! Since Babydash is having an amazing deal on Cheekaaboo products (click here to know more!), let us show you the Top 5 Swimming Must-Haves featuring Cheekaaboo cute products!

#1 Warmiebabes Suit

An important matter to note before taking your child for a fun day out at the pool is that your child’s body cannot retain their body heat. Hence it is important for you to keep them warm in and out of water so they are comfortable whilst enjoying their time in the pool. Lucky for you, Cheekaaboo has the perfect suit for that! The suit is also chlorine-resistant and has UV protection! Get this Warmiebabes Suit on Babydash’s website by clicking here.

#2 Booggles

Protect your child’s eyes from the pool’s chlorine water with a pair of goggles! Cheekaaboo’s Booggles is cleverly designed with a unique head strap that is made of soft and stretchable Neoprene material. Don’t worry about foggy goggles as Booggles have anti-fog coating to enhance your little one’s swimming experience! They are also lightweight and you can say no to tangling hair as that won’t be the case with a pair of Booggles! To get a pair, just click here to purchase on Babydash.

#3 Reversible Sun Hat

A cute outfit is not complete without a bucket hat! Keep your child protected from the UV rays in this reversible sun hat from Cheekaaboo. The sun hat can be styled in two ways — just flip the inside out and voila! It also has SPF 50+ UV protection and made of soft and stretchable material that gives a cooling effect so your child won’t feel uncomfortable in it. The adjustable drawstring and toggle ensure the sun hat will be in tact and does not fly away when the strong ocean breeze blows! Get one from Babydash by clicking here.

#4 Neoprene Bag

Keep your little one’s stuff – toys, towel, a change of clothes all clean and dry in this Neoprene bag. The bag is roomy and made with the perfect size for your child to conveniently carry around! The material of the bag is sturdy, high-quality and lightweight so it will not tear and fail on you easily. Get one from Babydash here.

#5 Swim Ring

Bring a high-quality swim ring to the pool for your little one’s safety. It is one of the easy ways to help your baby learn and gain water confidence (read more here). It is also practical for travelling and storage as it is compact, lightweight, and easy to inflate and deflate. To purchase one, just click here.

Now your child is ready for a fun day out at the swimming pool! Well, don’t forget to lather your child with SPF, parents. You can purchase one here on Babydash. Have a safe and fun time at the pool!

Easy Ways to Build Water Confidence With Your Little One

I know water can be terrifying for us parents to introduce to our little one. As parents, we should play an active role in encouraging our children to explore something foreign and let them be an adventurer. With the right method and close supervision, they will enjoy their time being in the water! Here are some easy ways I have gathered to help you build water confidence with your little babes.

It is not essential to take your little one to the swimming pool right away. It could also make them feel nervous to see so much water! Hence, the first easy step is to start at home by familiarising your baby with water by conducting fun bath-time activities. Get your baby some bath toys to accompany them bathing. Get this Playgro Floating Sea Friends on Babydash by clicking here.

If you decide to take them out to the pool, be sure to choose a warm pool as babies, especially very young ones are not very good at maintaining their body heat! Always ensure you are equipped with a bathrobe or a towel to wrap them up so they are warm and snuggly when they are out of the water. Or you can first introduce them to a small pool at the comfort of your own home. Just click here to purchase this Whale Shade Pool from Intex on Babydash.

When your little one is more confident and comfortable being in the water, you may want to find the right buoyancy aid to encourage them to try more water confidence activities. The buoyancy aid can help your child to learn how to use their arms and legs to move them along in the water. Get a cute pair of arm floaties from Cheekaaboo on Babydash – just click here.

Also parents, one important matter to note is that to take it slow and do not be pushy. I know sometimes we tend to be impatient when our child does not show any signs of progress but it is important to keep in mind that our child does not built the same as others. Some child are brave, some are a bit cautious. Do not rush them but instead follow your child and keep supporting them at their own pace.

Lastly, just enjoy spending the time together in the water! Swimming is one of the activities that the whole family can take part in together. It is a wonderful way to enjoy each other’s company. Swimming together with a child can develop their water confidence better when they see that everyone is having a good time in the pool.

There you go, folks! These are the easy ways to help build water confidence with your child. It takes a little patience, close supervision, and understanding that your child is not the same as others. Celebrate small wins even it is just them dipping their toes for the first time in the pool!

And great news, Moms & Dads! Cheekaaboo is having an amazing deal on Babydash. Spend a minimum amount of RM79 on Cheekaaboo products to get a colour-changing croco bath book for FREE! Click here to check out the deal.

5 Things All Cool Dads Must Have!

In conjunction with Father’s Day happening this weekend, June 21, 2020 I thought I would list the 5 Things All Cool Dads Must Have. I’m not saying if you don’t have these items you’re not cool, but I’m just saying if you have these items, you are automatically in the Cool Dads Club (if there’s one!).

The #1 item you must have to be included in the Cool Dads Club is a cool-looking diaper bag. You might think there is no diaper bag in the market is looking cool enough to be carried by dads. Fret not, daddies! This diaper backpack from Terminus Bag is perfect for you! It has spacious compartments that you can even fit a 15-inch laptop! So not only you can store your baby essential items, you can store yours too! Get the diaper backpack here on Babydash website.

#2 item that elevates you daddies into the Cool Dads Club is when you are babywearing! This Cudl from Nuna will make sure you are looking cool & stylish while carrying your little one around. Its adjustable shoulder straps and waist belt provide all over comfort you need while evenly distributing your baby’s weight. Your baby will enjoy and feel comfortable being in it as it is made from certified Oeko-Tex® fabric. To purchase one, just click here.

While you’re looking all cool and stylish when you’re out, well daddies, put on your Dad-The-Builder cap on at home when you are building blocks with your little one for the #3 item in the list! Building blocks promotes creativity, fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and a lot more other amazing benefits. After all, a father-child bond is important for your child’s growth! Get a set of blocks from Hape Toys from Babydash website by clicking here.

If your child is big enough and all ready for the next milestone – riding a bike, be sure to get this item #4! This tricycle from Smart Trike is a good start for you dads to teach your little ones on how to ride a bike. The trike is built for utility, safety, and convenience. It does not only suitable for toddlers, but also for babies as early as 6 months! It is a great investment as it will grow with your child until they are ready to pedal and steer independently. You may purchase one on Babydash just by clicking here.

The last item, #5 that you must have in order to join the Cool Dads Club is a sleek black stroller! This Kuki Travel Stroller by Baby Monster is the perfect stroller for travelling parents as it compact and light (only weighs 5.2kg!) but at the same time it is comfortable for your baby even a newborn. While you are travelling in style, this stroller will definitely add to the Cool Dad vibes! Just click here to purchase one.

Now that you have known the 5 Things Cool Dads Must Have, you are one step closer to join the club! Now you can purchase the items above at a more discounted price as Babydash is having a Father’s Day Special! Get extra 10% OFF over and above our already sale price when you apply code FATHERSDAY10 at checkout! Just click here to check out the sale. Promo valid only until 21 June 2020.

No matter if you are a Cool Dad, Fierce Dad, Sporty Dad or even a First Time Dad, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Father’s Day! I hope you will have an amazing one with your loved ones cause you deserve it for all the beautiful things you’ve done for your family! ❤

Bedtime Ritual To Help Baby Sleep Better At Night

We know how normally babies don’t sleep through the night and it is sometimes will take a toll on parents! It is not a perfect process and it is all about trying new things and see which is best for your baby. Here I gather
5 bedtime rituals to help you (especially if you are a new parent!) get through the process.

#1 Give your baby a warm bath, then give them a massage

Bathtime is a great way to start your baby’s pre-sleep ritual. Warm bath especially will help your baby to feel more relaxed before bed. Giving them a gentle body rub or massage after a bath will help promote good blood circulation, hence your baby will sleep better. It is also an amazing way to make your baby feels secure and loved! Get one from Badger for your baby on Babydash by clicking here.

#2 Swaddle your baby to keep them warm and snuggly

Babies are used to warm temperature ever since they were in the womb. To provide the warmth for your baby, it is best to swaddle them up for bed so they would feel warm and snuggly so they can have a good night’s sleep. But remember not to swaddle too tight as it might put your baby’s health at risk! Purchase one set from aden+anais on Babydash’s website by clicking here.

#3 Offer your baby a feed to ensure they sleep comfortably with a full tummy

To ensure your baby get an uninterrupted sleep at night (hopefully!), try offering them a feed before bed so their tummy is full and can sleep peacefully and comfortably without having to wake them up in the middle of the night for a feed!

#4 Darken the room and keep the ambience calm and cozy

Get your baby to feel relaxed by dimming the light of the room. This would make them feel sleepy and fall asleep eventually. It is also important to make sure your baby sleeps in a calm and cozy ambience. To get you achieve that, you can place an aromatic diffuser to create a spa-like atmosphere. Get one from Crane here on Babydash.

#5 Place your baby in their cot and turn on a lullaby

Lastly, place your baby in their cot and put on a white noise or a lullaby (or parents can sing the lullaby too!). This will encourage your baby to fall asleep on their own. If you don’t want to sing the lullaby, you can purchase this portable baby soother from Skip Hop on Babydash by clicking here.

There you go, folks! I would like you to note that these tips might or might not be working on your baby as each baby has different needs. But hey, there is no harm in trying!

Top 5 Must-Haves For Starting Solids

Most babies are ready to start solids between 4 and 6 months, however as parents, only you know your baby’s readiness and as you are preparing for this amazing milestone, I thought I would share with you the Top 5 Must-Haves for Starting Solids!

#1 For meal preparing

To help with baby’s growth and development, we have to ensure the food that we give is nutritious and suitable for our baby to consume. In order to prep your own fresh baby food at home, you will need a food processor. This Beaba Babycook Solo has 4-in-1 functions – cooks, blends, defrosts and reheats and it allows the preservation of the essentials vitamins needed for your baby’s growth with its steam-cooking system. It will save you a lot of time as it only takes 15 minutes to cook! You can get one here on Babydash.

#2 For a comfortable mealtime

Your baby starting solids also means it is time to welcome him/her to join the rest of the family at the dinner table. To ensure your little one is comfortable and secure during mealtime, a high chair is needed. Take this one from Evenflo, it is a 3-in-1 convertible high chair for babies from 6-36 months. It is easy to use and clean as the seat pad is washable! Get one from Babydash by clicking here.

#3 For when it gets messy

When your little one is transitioning into solid food, mealtime can get a lot messier. And a waterproof silicone bib will be a better choice at this point of time to help cover your baby’s beautiful tops from food stains. The silicone bib is BPA free, stain resistant as well as dishwasher safe. To purchase one from Babydash, just click here.

#4 For feeding

We know how our little one likes to throw things around, so it is best to give them dishes and utensils that are durable. This plate from Skip Hop is made of durable melamine and dishwasher safe. It is lightweight so it is easy for your little one to hold. You can get one on Babydash, just click here.

To encourage your little one to feed themselves, a safe pair of cutlery is essential in order to make sure a safe mealtime. Cutlery with ergonomic shape makes it easy for infants to grasp them. And parents must ensure the cutlery has rounded edges so it is safe for your baby’s gums. Get this pair from Beaba on Babydash, just by clicking here.

#5 For easy cleaning

If your little one is at the fun stage of tossing things around during mealtime, then you might want to consider getting a placemat to help you containing the mess. Due to its suction on the silicone mat, your little one will not be able to pull the plate/bowl off. When mealtime is over, you can release the suction by peeling off from the corners and the mess made can also easily be cleaned! Purchase one here on Babydash.

There you have it, parents! I wish this will somehow help you to prepare your baby’s journey starting solids. Also parents, come participate in our Mommy’s Yummy Recipe Contest and stand a chance to win Chomel hamper worth RM52. Click here for more information. Good luck!

Top 5 Mother-To-Be Tips

Being a mother is almost every woman’s dream. But to be a mother takes a lot of effort and energy and not every woman goes through the same experience while being pregnant. But worry not! Here are Top 5 Mother-To-Be Tips to make your journey sliding into motherhood a smooth one!

Tip #1: Take prenatal supplements

Your baby’s developments start within the first month of pregnancy, so you need to consume awesome nutrients – like folic acid, calcium and iron that are good for your body and baby. To purchase a yummy one, just click here.

Tip #2: Reduce stretch marks by applying stretch marks cream

I know the appearance of stretch marks can stress you out and being stress is not good for you and baby. You are carrying another life inside of you and it is a beautiful thing! So don’t worry mommies, a good stretch marks creams (or oils) can prevent/lessen stretch marks appearance. You can purchase one just by clicking here.

Tip #3: Get enough sleep

Get plenty of rest and always listen to your body in determining if you need to take short breaks during the day and to determine how many hours of sleep do you need at night. I know it is hard to sleep when your body undergoes changes throughout pregnancy. However a good maternity pillow helps give good support to your body while you rest. Indeed, good rest = healthier body! Get your maternity pillow from Babydash by clicking here.

Tip #4: Wear breathable maternity clothes

Throughout your pregnancy, your body is going through changes as your baby bump grows each day and you may find some of your old clothes can’t fit you anymore. During pregnancy, loose and comfy clothes are the way to go! Get one here on Babydash.

Tip #5: Enjoy pregnancy and take memorable photos!

No one has the same pregnancy journey. Some women may have it easy, some may not. Either way, it is still a wonderful process to look back in the future. Photograph your beautiful moments with belly stickers that you can purchase on Babydash by just clicking here.

There you have it, mommies! Pregnancy is a challenging yet wonderful journey to motherhood. Just remember that you are bringing a new life into the world so be proud! I wish you will have a safe delivery! 🙂

Top 5 Tips for a Safe Playtime

It is vital to encourage our kids to play because playing allows them to use their creativity developing their imagination, ability as well as physical, cognitive and emotional strength. But before they play, there are few preventive measures that we as parents need to tackle in order to keep them safe.

Tip #1: Always disinfect/clean toys before playing

Kids especially infants have an immature immune system, so always ensure to disinfect/clean your children’s toys before playtime as we know babies love to put things in their mouth which can cause them to fall sick if it is dirty! You may purchase your toys disinfectant from Babydash here.

Tip #2: Choose age appropriate toys

I know there are labels on the toy boxes as reference for safety in connection to child’s age. However, we as parents know not every child is the same, hence it is best to use our own judgments when buying toys for our child – only you know when they are ready. There is a variety of toys to choose that may suit your child from Babydash.

To purchase this infant toy, click here.
Get this rocking horse for your toddler here.
Purchase this for your kid by clicking here.

Tip #3: Choose sturdy, quality toys

We know how kids like to throw things around (it’s messy I know – I feel you, parents!) so it is important to select sturdy and quality toys when shopping for one, so it does not break and spoil after it gets tossed and thrown around the house for the hundredth time – you could save some $$$ too! Here is an example of quality toys that you can get from Babydash, click here.

Tip #4: No sharps and no little parts

Of course as parents keeping our child from sharp objects is a no-brainer. However, a thorough way to examine a toy before purchasing one is to consider the “protruding” parts. Always keep a look out on anything that sticks out or does not have rounded edges.

If you ever wondered, how little parts are considered little – use the toilet paper roll test! If a toy or a piece of toy is small enough to fit inside an empty toilet paper roll, it could block your baby’s airway. Remember, choking is one the biggest hazards for children! Purchase one from Babydash here.

Tip #5: Choose a non-toxic play mat

Our children especially babies will spend a lot of time on the floor – tummy time and crawl, therefore it is essential to have a play mat that does not emit harmful substances such as BPA! A good play mat will also prevent your child from play time accidents. Get one from Babydash here.

There we have it, parents! Accidents bound to happen but we must always ensure we have taken all the necessary measurements to prevent mishaps and keep our children safe and sound in our home.

Top 10 Baby Room Essentials

When preparing for the arrival of our little bundle of joy, as parents, we would want to provide only the best so our child would live in a safe and pleasant environment. Here is a Top 10 Baby Room Essentials that I gather to help you pick and choose to make your baby room ready.

1. Babyhood Classic Sleigh 4-IN-1 Convertible Cot

Babyhood is an Australian brand known for producing the best baby cots. Putting child’s safety as top priority, Babyhood’s baby cots are designed to surpass the industry standards. The classic sleigh 4-in-1 convertible cot is great for you and your child as it is sustainable with real clear A grade NZ plantation timber. It is a great value for money due to its base levels that can be adjusted as your child grows from bassinet, cot and toddler bed. Its beautiful and stylish design will definitely add an elegant touch to the baby room. You can purchase from Babydash by clicking here.

2. Candide 3-IN-1 Multirelax Air + Maternity Pillow

Exclusively dedicated to providing comfort for babies and mothers all around the world, Candide is a brand from France that has been offering sophisticated collections with innovative products every year. The Multirelax cushion makes a cosy and safe nest for your little baby from birth up to 6 months old! It is also essential to use during nursing as it gives comfort settling your baby at the perfect height and at the same time relieving pressure on your back. You can purchase one from Babydash here.

3. Nuna Sena Change Table

Finding the perfect balance between practicality and beauty is what inspired Nuna, a globally known brand from Amsterdam to invent gears to ease parenthood. Nuna Sena provides a safe and cosy changing area for your baby. It is made from certified Oeko-Tex® fabric with a wipeable panel for easy cleaning and care. When it is not used, just rotate down for storage. You can get one here.

4. Ubbi Diaper Pail

Ubbi is a Brooklyn based company that was created to launch the first steel diaper pail that offered convenience by operating using any standard trash bag. The diaper pail is an award-winning design that has the easiest disposable system to load, use, empty and clean. The rubber seals make it leak-proof as well as keeping the odour locked in, so your baby room won’t stink! You can get it here on Babydash.

5. Parklon: PVC Pure Soft Mat (Double Sided)

Coming from South Korea, Parklon PlayMat passed extremely stringent safety criteria and quality tests – BPA free and non-toxic. It also has high durability due to its high density waterproof coating. The honeycomb embossing treatment on the surface made to prevent slipping and for easy cleaning. To purchase, you can click here.

6. uPang UV Baby Bottle Sterilizer

uPang is made and designed in South Korea as the world’s first UV waterless sterilizer. The sterilizer has a 99.9% sterilization effect for influenza virus as well as 99.9% internal sterilization effect in baby bottles. Not only made to sterilize baby bottles but also for others such as toys, utensils and more. You can get the sterilizer here at Babydash.

7. Skip Hop Camping Cubs Activity Gym

Skip Hop is a global lifestyle brand from the USA committed to making parenting as easy and fun as possible. The camping cubs activity gym is made of unique and soft supports with a wood grain pattern and rope ties gives your little one an outdoor feel. It has more than 17 developmental activities to help develop a child’s sensory skills. The activity gym includes a plush, sleeping bear tummy time pillow. To purchase, just click here.

8. Bebe Living Storage Bin

Made from cotton canvas with stitching detailing, storage bin from Bebe Living is an excellent space saving solution for toys, diapers and more. With its cute and bright coloured designs, it surely will add a quirky touch to your baby room. You can purchase by clicking the link here.

9. Motorola Digital Audio Baby Monitor MBP161

Motorola needs no introduction when it comes to mobile’s world. The MBP161 timer digital audio baby monitor is the first baby monitor designed to not only monitor your baby, but also to help parents keep track of important details in baby’s day. It is built with an integrated night light on the baby unit which will help calm your baby and its integrated lullabies will soothe your baby to sleep. The monitor comes with a two-way communication feature that allows parents to speak to your baby and with the high sensitivity microphone you will hear every clear sound coming from your baby’s room. This essential can be purchased here on Babydash

10. aden + anais Ideal Baby Muslin Swaddle

With their versatility, quality and modern aesthetics, aden + anais has brought the Australian legacy of cotton muslin to the front line of baby care around the globe. It comes in a pack of three with breathable fabric that allows better airflow to help reduce overheating. The fabric will remain soft even after lots of washings. It is also oversized which makes swaddling easy – a plus tip for new moms! You can get a set here.

These items are a must-have in your baby room. Without one of these, the room will be incomplete – trust me on this! So, have fun decorating, parents!

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