By Mummies For Mummies (and Daddies too)

Monochromatic vs. Colourful Toys: Which One Is The Better Choice For Your Baby?

Have you ever wondered about what your baby can see in the first few weeks of life and why do many baby toys and books feature of high contrast black and white images?

In the first 3 months, babies can only see black and white (or grey) tones and focus on objects that are 8 to 11 inches away from them, which is more or less the distance from their parents’ faces while nursing or feeding. Hence, what can you do to help enhance their development during this time?

By choosing toys and décor in high contrast of black and white! These make it easier for your baby to focus on, which helps them strengthen their eyesight and ability to concentrate.

Benefits of monochromatic toys

  • Bold black and white images stimulates the development of their optic nerves. Focusing on such visual stimuli teaches your baby’s vision, training the eye muscles and brain to coordinate and function properly.
  • Although their vision is immature, babies are able to interpret simple images and engage with them. Engagement with black and white images, textures and patterns boosts their learning and enables them to have a better understanding of their environment.
  • Research has found that simple contrasting patterns could also attract babies’ attention for longer periods of time and, at the same time, help them relax. It also help in improving their memory and developing their nervous system. It is also beneficial in terms of social skills. Being able to describe something allows your child to expand their vocabulary and boost their confidence.
  • Another pro of getting for black and white toys and décor for your baby means you can re-décor by adding pops of color later on that fits with your tot’s interests. Black and white is also gender neutral, timeless and educational!

As your baby continues to grow, so does their vision. Experts say, most babies are able to see colours at about 5 months of age, with a preference for bright primary colours – red, yellow and blue, and secondary colours – green, orange and purple, are more appealing than light shades of pink and beige or neutral shades of grey and brown. Hence, this is the best time to incorporate colours in their playtime and environment!

Benefits of colourful toys

  • Blue – Blue enhances creativity and stimulates a cool and relaxing environment. However, it should not be used excessively as it can also depress or invoke sadness.
  • Red – Red is the colour of passion and strong feelings of threat, love, or excess stimulus. It can be used in combination with other colours as it can help in detail oriented or repetitive tasks.
  • Yellow – This is indeed the colour of happiness and sunshine for children. Yellow encourages intelligence and is ideal to use in kids’ rooms, study rooms and play areas. And it should not be overdone as it can make children feel stressed.
  • Green – The colour of abundance can relax and contribute to better health in kids.
  • Pink – A calming colour that helps lower heart rate.
  • Purple – This colour ideal for kids as it is attention grabbing.
  • Orange – It helps in enhancing critical thinking and memory.

There are no right or wrong with choosing monochromatic or colourful toys as both have benefits of their own. The best toy is always the safest one you can find which should be appropriate to your baby’s age.

Shop our variety of toys collection here.

Babydash: 10 Years, 10,000 Memories

The Babydash team.

We are turning 10! Can you believe it?

In conjunction with our birthday, we thought it would be nice and fitting to take you to a walk down the memory lane. It has been a long, bittersweet journey for us to get to where we are but you should know that you too, played a beautiful part in it!

But first, let’s travel back to where we started in July, 2011! Babydash started as a one-woman operation when our founder, Lavinie, realised there was a lack of practical options for parents to get all their baby daily necessities online, specifically milk and diapers. So she thought, why not make the first move and be a pioneer? With only a simple website and her own home to stock all the baby supplies, she kicked started Babydash with only 6 main categories, namely Diapers, Wipes, Formula & Food, Nursing, Bath & Skincare, and Care & Safety.

Lavinie was working solo for more than a year and then joined by our Operations Head, Candy Lee in December, 2012. With growing numbers of sales and goods, from home, Babydash then moved to a bigger space at one of the shoplot buildings in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail in October 2012, then to Pelangi Sentral (our current space!) in October, 2013 and became a three-person show when another staff, Devi joined that December.

In 2014, Babydash grew from having one founder to having two, when Shan Li Tay joined full-time in September. Our then co-founder handled the marketing side of the company, which also includes public relations and social media. On the same year, we hit a breakout in revenue!

And ever since we started, we had made known to our customers that we sell diapers and infant formula at cheap prices, which seemed unbelievable at first to some, as we did actually receive numerous phone calls from our customers to confirm the prices and to check if our company was real!

Fast-forward to 10 years later, we are now operating with a strong team of 14 people (including two remote workers), two warehouses to house over 8,000 products and 400 brands (both international and local), and two official websites, Malaysia and Singapore! We have come a long way and super proud of our achievements — one of them being voted as the #1 Baby Online Store in Malaysia by Tallypress!

After we raised more than RM1.2 million on the second round of Equity Crowdfunding (ECF) on pitchIN’s platform, we aim to expand our footprint in ASEAN and double our revenues in the next 12 to 18 months with very exciting plans in store!

Truth is, we would not have gotten this far without your trust and support since day one. We are super grateful for you, so thank you so much for riding this journey with us and for recommending us to your family, friends, colleagues, and more! We appreciate your feedback and will always try our best to improve so you can enjoy more benefits. And we are looking forward to serving you again and again ❤

We love you and happy birthday to us! ❤

Bath Time is More FUN with Bath Toys!

7 tips for a better bathtime - Today's Parent

Many children enjoy bath time, but some don’t. To help soothe their child’s tantrum and improve their bath experience, many parents introduce bath toys into their child’s bath routine. Having bath toys give your child the chance to relax, unwind, and have fun! However there are more to it than just having fun, bath play gives your child many benefits as a lot of skills get developed during bath time.

Benefits of bath time with toys

  • Spend quality time – Bath time gives parents and caretakers the opportunity to spend quality time with their child. During bath time, parents can together play with their child, while talking and singing to them. This too gives working parents the chance to bond with their child after a long day of working and make their child feels loved and appreciated.
  • Develop skills – Bath play allows your child to build skills. By squeezing, touching, and splashing their bath toys, they can improve their fine motor skills. They also learn more about colours, shapes, and volume by interacting with the unique bath toys while developing their social skills by talking to their parents. Bath time also could help develop your child’s sensory skills as it gives your child’s senses a lot of attention, from feeling the water on her skin, learning to distinguish different temperatures, and being touched while you wash and dry them.
  • Independence – Bath time with toys can encourage your child to build self-care skills, from helping to wash your child’s body to drying them off. And since bath time can get a bit messy, parents like to clean and tidy up the bath space one the child is finished playing. Once your child gets used to the process of cleaning up the toys and draining out the water after bath time, they can take these organizational skills with them as they grow.

With all the benefits bath toys have, they unfortunately have a downside too which is becoming breeding grounds for molds, fungi, and bacteria – some of which can make your child fall sick. Although mold is harmful when ingested, the amount of mold present in contaminated bathwater from moldy bath toys is usually not enough to make your child sick. However, if your child experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or an upset stomach, those could be the effects of ingesting mold, just like food poisoning from moldy food.

To avoid this from happening, parents can and should clean bath toys regularly to prevent mold from growing on them or inside them by using a toy cleaner or a mixture of vinegar/bleach with water. Soak the toys for a good minute and ensure to squeeze all the liquid out of the bath toy. Then, store them in a dry place until they need to be used at bath time.

Parents also can ensure to buy fully-sealed bath toys. But, if you have bought bath toys with holes, you can seal them with a glue gun before your child starts using them to help prevent mold build-up.

Here are some bath toys that you can on Babydash

Should You Choose Wooden Over Plastic Toys?

12 Best Wooden Toys of 2020

When it comes to your child, parents only want to give the best, this includes toys. With plethora of toys available in the market, there are many things to factor in when shopping for toys for your child. One of them is the different types of material used – wooden vs plastic. To help you make informed decision when shopping for toys next time, in this post I will list down the pros and cons of the two commonly used materials for children’s toys.

Pros of wooden toys

  • Stimulate creativity – When looking for educational toys, wooden toys always come up on top. Why? Because most wooden toys are “open-ended” or versatile in nature. It often requires your child to think and imagine creatively as wooden toys can be played in several ways – stack, combine or even construct complex structures like towers, bridges or castles. It also helps your child to develop problem-solving skills from an early age.
  • Durable – Wooden toys are long-lasting and won’t wear out easily. They are less likely to break even they get thrown away and can easily be restored to its formerly glorious state by repainting the washed out colours. Due to its resistance and durability, wooden toys make a great hand-me-down toys from generation to generation!
  • Safer playtime – Wood is a natural material and most of the times, wooden toys are plain or naturally-coloured that are less likely containing toxic chemicals such as BPA or Phthalates. Wooden toys also make an ideal, safer option for infants and toddlers who like to put toys in their mouths.

Cons of wooden toys

  • Pricier – The benefits of wooden toys often come with a price. However, the longevity of the wooden toys ends up actually being cheaper in the long run. You don’t need to fork out money to replace the batteries and they are pretty much unbreakable which are going to save you some $$$ as you don’t have to keep buying new toys.
  • Appearance – Although wooden toys last long, its appearance, however may vary depending on how they are used and stored. They are more likely to get scratches and their colour may fade over time. And since carving is not easy, most wooden toys designs are plain with less details and seem unattractive to your child.

With many benefits wooden toys have, should you really choose wooden toys over plastic toys? Well, here are some important points to consider when you decide to buy plastic toys for your child.

Pros of plastic toys

  • Attractive designs and choices – Plastic toys come with a great selling point which is attractive designs with vibrant colours! They usually have realistic and detailed designs that will keep your child engrossed for hours. From colourful blocks to the battery-operated ones like laptop, you will have tons of options to choose from when it comes to plastic toys. Your child can learn numbers and alphabets through the musical toys. And they make a great pretend-play toy too!
  • Relatively cheaper – The choices are endless for plastic toys and you can find the right one to suit your budget. Though quality plastic toys also come with a higher price tag, there are many other alternatives for your child.
  • Easy to clean – Another good point to add to plastic toys is they are super easy to maintain. You can easily wash, disinfect or wipe without worrying the toys may get ruined.

Cons of plastic toys

  • Breakable – Children love to throw things off. Plastic toys are less durable and more likely to break when being smashed. If small pieces are broken off, they can easily be swallowed by your child and become a choking hazard.
  • Harmful chemicals – The greatest setback when it comes to plastic toys is the chemical contents like BPA and Phthalates that are harmful to children. To prevent these substances from coming close to your child, ensure to only purchase high-quality plastic toys that are certified and met the highest standards.

At the end of the day, there are no right or wrong in choosing wooden or plastics toys for your child. The best toy is always the safest one you can find and also appropriate for your child’s age does not matter if they are wooden or plastic. Browse our toys collection here.

Baby Teethers: How To Choose The Best Ones

11 Best Baby Teethers in 2020 - Parenting

Another exciting milestone to celebrate other than starting solids is teething, although it can be a difficult and painful one for your baby. While it’s thrilling for parents to see their beautiful set of pearly whites developing, your baby can experience fussiness and pain. Most babies get their first tooth at around 6 months, but the age range can be different by a few months too. And these teething symptoms such as drooling, biting, crying, coughing, refusing to eat, night waking, ear pulling, cheek rubbing and generally feeling irritable can start to occur few months before the first tooth appears. So what you can do to help your baby relief teething pain? Answer: baby teethers!

Other than gently massaging your baby’s sore gums (with clean hands, of course!) and giving your baby something cold to nibble on (like frozen wet washcloth), you may want to consider giving them teethers, also called teething toys. Teethers are a great alternative for them to have something safe to chew on. It is helpful as the gumming action gives counter pressure to baby’s new teeth which can help to soothe and relief the pain.

When purchasing baby teethers for your baby, it is important to keep a few things in mind as teethers come in a range of different styles and materials.

  • Avoid necklaces, bracelets, and jewelry as they can break apart and become choking hazard. They can become a strangulation hazard too when your baby wraps them around their neck.
  • Avoid teethers containing batteries as the batteries, battery cap or their screws can pop off and become choking hazard.
  • Avoid liquid-filled teethers as they can break when your baby bites them and release potentially unsafe liquid.
  • Look into materials and contents. Since it will be in your child’s mouth, you want to be absolutely sure it doesn’t include any toxic materials. Look for a teether that has no BPA, PVC, Phthalates, or toxic paints and check any for allergens or irritants.
  • Don’t let your baby play any toy in bed or unsupervised, this includes in the back of the car.
  • Look out for mold as mold flourishes in damp conditions, so teethers can be a breeding ground for them! Ensure to choose teethers that can be cleaned and disinfected easily.

Here are our best picks for baby teethers:

#1 Best-selling teethers

#2 Silicone teether

Comotomo Silicone Baby Teether - Blue - 17% OFF!!
Comotomo Silicone Baby Teether
*also available in orange

#3 Entertaining Teether

#4 Freezable Teether

#5 Toothbrush Teether

Marcus & Marcus | Baby Teething Toothbrush | Willo (Whale) - 10% OFF!!
Marcus & Marcus | Baby Teething Toothbrush
*also available in other designs

#6 Cloth Teether

Jellycat: Bashful Silver Bunny Soother (34cm)
Jellycat: Bashful Silver Bunny Soother
*also available in other colours and designs

#7 Food Teether

5 Tips To Make Handwashing Fun For Your Kid

Wash Your Hands Song for Kids: Help Kids Practice Proper Handwashing With  This Fun Song | Kids' Health | 30Seconds Health

Ever since we were kids, our parents and teachers had always stressed on the importance of good hands hygiene. And now that you are a parent, it is your duty to pass it down to your children, even more so now that we are in the pandemic. Good hands hygiene is super important to curb the transmission of germs from one place to another which can cause minor illnesses like colds and stomach upset that often spread through poor hand hygiene. It is crucial to remind kids to wash hands at these times: before eating or preparing food, after using the toilet, stroking a pet, sneezing or blowing their nose.

But how do you ensure the habit sticks? Below are five fun ways that you and your children can try to make handwashing more fun and doesn’t feel like a chore!

#1 Sing a song while you wash

Washing hands thoroughly with a soap for 20 seconds is what it takes to properly remove germs. Try singing the alphabet or “Happy Birthday” twice or the classic Old MacDonald! Even better to throw in some dancing too. It may look silly, but it surely will get them giggling!

#2 Say bye-bye germs!

Germs and bacteria are not visible by naked eyes. And your kid might have questions about them. Hence try educating them by colouring their hands with bath crayons to represent “germs” and all it takes for the “germs” to disappear it by washing them off! And while washing, ask your kid to say goodbye to the “germs”.

#3 Reward with stickers

Kids love stickers! And receiving them as a reward will make them so happy and it’s a perfect chance for them to show off their handwashing lessons and excellent hygiene.

#4 Mission possible: Clean the sink!

Before hand washing time, doodle or draw their names on the sink with a washable marker to set them up on a cleaning mission. Then, encourage your kid to scrub off the marks with soap. And mommy is happy too now the sink is clean! 😆

#5 Blow soap bubbles

Who doesn’t love bubbles? Once your kid has lathered up the soap, get them to blow soap bubbles through their fingers gently. Or have fun bursting the bubbles while mommy blows bubbles!

5 Sensory Play Activities for Your Little One

Sensory Play for Babies and Toddlers.

Sensory play is vital in your baby’s growth and development as it stimulates your baby’s sense of touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing. Not only that, it also helps in developing gross and fine motor skills. If you want to know more about sensory play and its benefits, you can read it in our previous post here. Sensory play is great for your little one to explore their senses, but one thing we all know about babies is that they like to put everything in their mouth and some things are unsafe for them. Hence, when you are thinking of doing sensory play for your baby, you want to ensure the activity is safe: taste-safe and not a choking hazard. Here are 5 fun sensory play activities that you can try for your little one.

#1 Edible Baby Sand

📷: Little Learning Club

What you need: Graham crackers and oatmeal

How to:

  1. Break about 25 pieces or so of graham crackers into smaller pieces
  2. Place them in a food processor or blender
  3. Do the same for 2 cups or so of oatmeal
  4. Mix the two together in a large container and ensure there are no large pieces of crackers
  5. Ready to play!

You may also want to hide some toys in the sand for a fun surprise for your little one.

#2 Exploring Temperature

A super simple activity to put together. All you need is two bottles – 1 filled with warm water and 1 filled with water and ice cubes. Then sit with your little one and introduce each bottle one by one and let your little one feel them and tell them what each one is. You may also want to encourage them to feel both at the same time!

#3 Rainbow Spaghetti

📷: The Imagination Tree

What you need: Cooked spaghetti, food colourings, and alphabet blocks

How to:

  1. Cooked spaghetti in a small pot
  2. Drain, toss, and add a couple teaspoons of oil and mix well
  3. Divide the spaghetti into five bowls
  4. Add food colouring to each one and mix well and leave to cool
  5. Once they are cooled, place all the coloured spaghettis in a container
  6. Add alphabet blocks for more fun
  7. Time to play!

For more fun:

  • Change the alphabets with numbers and ask your little one to search for them and name them one by one.
  • Ask them to find letters from their name or to spell out small, 3-letter words.

#4 Sensory Basket

Another easy activity to put together. All you need is a small basket and colourful, interesting objects. Ensure that the objects you put in have no sharp edges and no loose threads. You can also put in shiny and light-up objects such as metal measuring spoon set, a small handheld mirror, a large bouncy ball with lights in it. You can spice it up with anything you can find in the house, really!

Be sure to keep an eye on your little one while you’re playing with them.

#5 Mixed Beans & Peas In A Tub

Sorting and Sifting Sensory Tub

A fun and easy activity that can be enjoyed with the whole family. What you need: A medium size tub, spoons, scoops, cups, funnels, jars, and a mixture of dried beans, peas and lentils.

The best part is that this sensory tub can be re-used several times for future play experiences by storing the bean and peas mixture tub with a lid.

For more fun:

  • Scoop, sift, and pour the bean, pea and lentil mix.
  • Search for different colours and place them into different containers.
  • Layer different coloured beans, peas and lentils in the jars.

You may also want to conduct a little science experiment with your child by placing different beans, peas, and lentils onto a water soaked paper towel on a plate and watch what happens in next few days!

Hypoallergenic Products: What & Why

What Does Hypoallergenic Skin Care Really Mean and How Can It Benefit You?  | Science of Skincare

What Is Hypoallergenic?

If there is one important thing you need to know when buying skincare products for you or your child is to always read the labels on the product. And more often than not, you will likely come across the term hypoallergenic. So what does it mean? When a product is tagged as hypoallergenic, it means that the product is less likely to cause an allergic reaction when being applied on the skin. The term has been widely used in the makeup industry as a lot of common ingredients in makeup were causing irritation to users’ eyes and skin.

A hypoallergenic product simply means it is lacking many of the allergens that are causing bad reactions and flare ups on the skin. In order to determine the products are hypoallergenic, they have to go through several tests. A patch test is conducted on 100-200 subjects and their skin reactions to the products are recorded. And this could take up to few days if not weeks for companies to gather the information.

Since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the US does not set standards for companies to meet, many companies have different views on the true definition of what a hypoallergenic product should be. Hence, testing done may vary from one company to another. To help overcome the inconsistencies in the testing, you should always check out the ingredient list.

The best thing to do is to get help from a dermatologist or doctor regarding your allergy concerns. With all the information given to them, they will draw out a list of ingredients to avoid and ingredients you should be using.

Why Use Hypoallergenic Products?

Even if you are someone who does not have allergies or does not currently have sensitive skin, you can still benefit from hypoallergenic products. The lack of allergens in a product can help your skin to minimize the chance of experiencing inflammation as allergens in products could increase the risk of irritating the pores in your skin.

As you age and your diet changes, your skin will change also in reaction to that. You might not suffer from sensitive skin now, however in the future, you just might. Therefore, finding the right hypoallergenic products that you know and trust from the start can be helpful!

Here are some hypoallergenic products that can be found on Babydash:

Find out more on our site!

5 Mom Cleaning Hacks That Make Life Easier

Easy Cleaning schedule for working moms - Women Fitness Magazine

Trying to juggle being a parent and a home minister at the same time can be tricky. On one hand, you have to attend to your tiny human needs, and on the other hand, you have to keep your lovely abode all spick and span. But fret not parents, we’ve got your back covered with cleaning hacks that are going to make your life easier!

#1 Remove crayon from your walls

Having a little Van Gogh at home with loose crayons at hands can be terrifying! There’s nothing quite like coming home after a long day at work to find your little artist new masterpiece all over your walls. Before you go into panic mode, there is a safe, non-toxic way to remove them from your walls. To create this ‘magic’ solution, you only need to mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with 1/8 teaspoon of lemon essential oil. Not only the crayons are gone, but you will also feel relief and relax as it will leave your home smelling so fresh and so clean! Alternatively, you can also use a surface cleaner to save time.

#2 Organize kid’s artwork

I know sometimes your kid’s colouring pages can end up all over your living room and pretty much anywhere your kid’s inspiration takes place. And of course, it can be annoying, to say the least picking up after these scattered pages. To help you curb the mess, all you need is a drying rack. Yup, your average drying rack! The coated wire cushions are great to place colouring books and loose pages. If you have a diaper caddy that’s just sitting in the room, you may use it to store crayons, colour pencils, and other artsy stuff.

#3 Have a place for everything

If you have watched The Home Edit on Netflix, you would already know this! Invest in storage containers or baskets to organize every room in the house. Not only they look cute, but they are also the best catch-all place for your kids to toss stuff in. Focus on storing like with like. For example, organize the books together, toys together, and etc. Place a name sticker on the basket so your kid knows everything that belongs to them should be in the basket at the end of the day.

#4 Baby wipes – a life saviour

The ultimate hack must-have for moms is baby wipes! You can use them for absolutely everything from wiping off countertops, to removing makeups, to cleaning dirty bums. They can also be used to dust, to wipe off bathroom faucets, or to clean up stains on rugs. The best part of all? They are super handy and cheap!

#5 Clean as you cook

Get in the habit of cleaning the kitchen as you cook. Wash the bowls, knives, and cutting board once you are done using them. Discard food scraps and trash. Wipe down the countertops and stoves after use. You will save a lot of time by doing this and you will never want to see dirty dishes piling up in the sink ever again!

And mommies, keeping a house clean is teamwork and you should get everyone involved. It’s never too early to teach your kids to clean and tidy. Get the little ones to clean after their own toys and books and your husband to wash the dishes and clean the kitchen every night. You may also want to plan a cleaning schedule for everyone in the house. You know what they say, teamwork makes the dream work!

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