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By Mummies For Mummies (and Daddies too)

How to Feed Your Children Healthily

We have compiled quick guides and tips for parents regarding feeding your child healthily.

1. Start right from young

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More info on our previous blog post: Starting Solids for Babies

2. Introduce food based on age group

food-chart-for-babiesSource: http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/solidfoodchartbyfood.htm

Note: This chart should not be used to replace the advice from your baby’s pediatrician. Always consult your baby’s pediatrician before introducing new foods to your baby. Please remember that all foods have the potential to be an allergen.

3. Feed them good fats such as avocados

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The chart above shows how to choose ripe avocados. Find out how to keep an avocado from browning to avoid wastage.

4. Monitor the consumption of sugar

Children should have no more than 19g of sugar a day for children aged 4 to 6 years old (5 sugar cubes), and no more than 24g (6 sugar cubes) for children aged 7 to 10 years old.

Tips for parents:

  • Go for whole fruits rather than juices because whole fruits contain fiber whereas fruit juices are high in fructose
  • Avoid sugary fizzy drinks and sodas; get your children to drink plain water
  • Whenever possible, avoid giving commercial sugary cereals, dried fruit bars, sweet yogurts, biscuits and cakes for breakfast too frequently
  • Choose wholegrain breakfast cereals that are not coated with processed sugar or honey
  • Make your own pasta sauces when you cook pasta because ready-made pasta sauces are high in sugar. If you’re baking, try halving the sugars used in the recipes
  • Keep an eye on food labels. Sugar is sometimes listed on the ingredients list as cane sugar, honey, brown sugar, high fructose corn syrup, fruit juice concentrate, corn syrup, fructose, sucrose, glucose, crystalline sucrose, nectar.

5. Monitor the consumption of salt

The maximum recommended amount of salt for babies and children is:

  • Up to 12 months – less than 1g of salt a day (less than 0.4g sodium)
  • 1 to 3 years – 2g of salt a day (0.8g sodium)
  • 4 to 6 years – 3g of salt a day (1.2g sodium)
  • 7 to 10 years – 5g of salt a day (2g sodium)
  • 11 years and over – 6g of salt a day (2.4g sodium)

Tips for parents:

  • Do not to add salt, soy sauce and seasonings to your baby’s food because their tiny kidneys cannot cope with it
  • Always check nutrition labels
  • Avoid processed meats such as ham, bacon and sausages
  • Introduce pizza, nuggets, fish fingers as occasional treat only
  • Limit store-bought biscuits, crisps, crackers, soups, sauces, gravies, canned foods; if needed, go for low-sodium options
  • Limit ready- or microwavable-meals
  • Always introduce naturally low-salt foods: fruits, vegetables, plain meat, poultry, fresh fish, eggs, lentils, chick peas, milk

6. Introduce whole grains to substitute refined carbohydrates

Reduce the consumption of refined carbohydrates such as white rice, bread, pasta and noodles. Go for whole grains, examples in image below:

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How to include whole grains in your children’s meals?

  • When you’re making a sandwich, use one slice of white bread and another slice of wholemeal bread
  • Mix brown rice or millet or quinoa with white rice
  • Serve whole grain cereals with milk or yogurt and your children’s favorite fruits
  • Bake healthy muffins with rolled oats
  • Add chia seeds into overnight oats

 

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page and Instagram for more healthy eating tips and recipes!

8 Tips for Traveling Happily with Young Kids

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Pulling off a great family vacation with young kids takes some planning and timing. Here are eight tips for traveling happily with your family.

1. Remember to plan ahead

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Always plan ahead and make a list of what you want to do to minimize last minute bookings and sloppy packing that may add unnecessary stress during traveling time. Think about these: Local or overseas? Budget or extravagant? Drive or fly? This brings us to point 2.

2. It’s good to start small

It depends on how many kids you have and how young they are but we suggest you start small, i.e. somewhere near so that if anything goes wrong, you can still drive back home. A stay-cation in a nearby hotel with a family-friendly theme park sounds good. The next step, you can bring them on longer road trips to other local places of interest. When timing is right and your little people are more accustomed to traveling long distances, you can then plan for flying trips for overseas vacation.

3. Always pack light

A few tips:

  • When you pack your suitcase, use Ziploc bags to differentiate the types of clothing. This will minimize the need to rummage through the entire suitcase just to find one T-shirt or your kid’s socks or your bikini, etc.
  • If you need to bring a stroller, bring a compact stroller like the BABYZEN YOYO+. It fits just about anywhere, and will follow you on-board a plane as hand luggage. It can be folded up, unfolded, and steered with one hand.
  • If you are a seasoned babywearing parent, bring along your baby carrier as well. Babies and even toddlers love to be carried. Recommended baby carriers: Boba, Ergo Baby, Daiesu, Jumpsac. We will carry SNUGGbaby carriers very soon!
  • Pack an emergency bag (see point 4).

4. Keep an emergency bag within reach

Things to pack in this emergency bag include medicines, band-aids, snacks for both adults and kids (we highly recommend Organix Goodies), food pouches for babies, spill-proof water bottle, tissue paper, toilet rolls, wet wipes, garbage bags, toiletries, and activity packs for your kids. See point 5 about activity packs. Most importantly, keep them within reach all the time!

5. Prepare surprise activity packs for the kids

Kids are kids so they do get bored easily. Prepare surprise activity packs for the purpose of distraction and to keep them occupied for some peace and quiet time. What can be packed include fun snacks, Lego, toy cars, action figures, dolls, cartoon characters, art & craft, books, puzzles musical toys, electronic toys, stickers, you decide! The trick is, bring a mix of your kids’ favorites and throw in some new ones that they have never seen before or have always wanted. This variety will keep your kids engaged for longer periods of time.

6. Bring a good thermal food jar

If you’re bringing a baby under 18 months with you, it’s good to be able to cook his food because most restaurant food might not be suitable. For this purpose, bring a good thermal food jar that can you can use to cook on the go. You can buy raw food from nearby market if there’s one. We recommend Zojirushi thermal food jar. We have written a blog post about how to use the Zojirushi thermal food jar to cook on the go.

7. Make time for short breaks during long road trips

Stop the car after a few hours’ drive. The kids will be happy to have such short breaks where they can come out and play to release some pent-up energy after spending hours being cooped up in the car. Short breaks are useful – they can be toilet breaks, sightseeing breaks, tea-time breaks, basically any sort of breaks to curb boredom and minimize the chance of the kids becoming cranky and whiny.

8. Talk, laugh, sing together!

You may have done the best vacation planning in your life but what keeps the spirit up is when everyone is talking, laughing and singing together! Prepare a family-friendly song list and blast that radio loud. When the kids are happy, everything is fine.🙂

12 Prenatal & Postnatal Essentials for Mothers

If you are currently pregnant or have just given birth, take a look at our selected twelve prenatal & postnatal essentials for you, mommies!

1. Mustela 9 Months Specific Support Bust

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Mustela 9 Months Specific Support Bust is specially formulated for breast care during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It firms breasts, soothes tightness, tones skin, and improves skin elasticity and suppleness to make your breasts more resistant to changes in volume. This combination of exclusive ingredients of natural origin – Elastoregulator, Lupeol, Calendula, Avocado Peptides – prevents skin slackening and loss of elasticity.

You can start using Specific Support Bust early in your pregnancy when your breasts are swollen and tender. Apply it by gently massaging in a circular movement, from the outside towards the middle of the breast. Recommended for usage for your breasts, upper chest and neck, twice a day, from the beginning of pregnancy until the end of breastfeeding.

Buy online – https://www.babydash.com.my/bath-skincare/bath-brands/mustela/mustela-specific-support-bust-125ml.html

2. Mustela: Stretch Marks Care Oil

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Mustela Stretch Marks Care Oil is effective in preventing and minimizing new and recent stretch marks. This pampering dry oil – with oils from pomegranate seed, musk rose, baobab, avocado, sunflower, and Lupeol – boosts the production of fibers that strengthen the skin and improve the elasticity and softness of your skin during and after pregnancy.

You can use Mustela Stretch Marks Care Oil from the early stages of pregnancy until three months after childbirth. Spray into the palm and apply to belly, breasts, hips, and thighs and massage in gently.

Buy online – https://www.babydash.com.my/bath-skincare/bath-brands/mustela/mustela-stretch-marks-care-oil-105ml.html

3. Mustela Stretch Marks Intensive Action

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Mustela Stretch Mark Intensive Action contains Alpha Hydroxy Acid that minimizes existing stretch marks during pregnancy and after giving birth. It moisturizes skin and maintains skin elasticity and suppleness. Infused with Silicone and Vitamin B5, Stretch Mark Intensive Action intensively corrects stretch-mark-prone skin.

Highly concentrated in regenerating agents, this cream should be applied directly to all existing stretch marks, twice a day for 2 to 3 months. The special precision tip applicator ensures targeted application with no waste. You will see noticeable difference in your skin.

Buy online – https://www.babydash.com.my/bath-skincare/bath-brands/mustela/mustela-stretch-marks-intensive-action-75ml.html

4. Earth Mama Angel Baby New Mama Bottom Spray

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Earth Mama Angel Baby Mama Bottom Spray is a cooling, refreshing perineal mist for speedy recovery after birth. Its all-natural ingredients include witch hazel distillate and antibacterial pure essential oils help reduce swollen tissues and ease postpartum vaginal soreness, episiotomy, and hemorrhoids. You can spray this cooling mist onto your perineum as often as needed, especially after urination and bathing.

Buy online – https://www.babydash.com.my/bath-skincare/bath-brands/earth-mama-angel-baby/earth-mama-angel-baby-new-mama-bottom-spray-120ml-hot-item.html

5. Medela PureLan 100 Nipple Care

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For new mothers who are facing sore and sensitive nipples from breastfeeding your newborn, Medela PureLan 100 Nipple Care is here to help. Medela PureLan is a pure lanolin nipple cream that helps soothe sensitive or dry nipples and helps form an additional protective barrier over sore or irritated nipples during breastfeeding. It’s safe for both mom and baby so you do not need to remove before breastfeeding.

Buy online:

7g – https://www.babydash.com.my/nursing-feeding/nursing-brands/medela/medela-purelan-100-nipple-care-7g.html

37g – https://www.babydash.com.my/nursing-feeding/nursing-brands/medela/medela-purelan-100-nipple-care-37g.html

6. Buds Cherished Organics For Mum – Organic Breast Massage Oil

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Buds Cherished Organics Breast Massage Oil helps breastfeeding mothers stay calm and relaxed and promotes lactation, making breastfeeding easier.

  • Organic Sweet Fennel Oil: promotes lactation
  • Organic Inca Inchi Oil: high in essential fatty acids (EFAs) to rebuild and maintain protective lipid barrier
  • Organic Rosemary Oil: a potent antioxidant, strengthens and protects the tender skin on the breasts
  • Organic Lavender Oil: calms, relaxes and soothes
  • Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Olive Oil & Organic Jojoba Oil: nourish and moisturize

Before feeding, gently massage your breast from the outside towards the nipple to encourage milk letdown. Apply after every feed to protect and moisturize the tender area around your nipples.

Buy online – https://www.babydash.com.my/nursing-feeding/nursing-brands/buds/buds-cherished-organics-for-mum-organic-breast-massage-oil-30ml.html

7. Human Nature Natural Strengthening Shampoo with Cream Foam (Soothing Aloe)

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Save your hair before it’s gone especially if you’re entering the third or fourth month postpartum. Hair loss is real! Human Nature Natural Strengthening Shampoo is infused with hydrolyzed protein to fortify your hair, and Philippine coco nectar, a revolutionary ingredient packed with amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Clinically proven to reduce hair fall by 80% and thicken the hair by 90% after 4 weeks of continuous use. For silky strong hair, follow up with Natural Strengthening Conditioner.

Buy online – https://www.babydash.com.my/bath-skincare/bath-brands/human-nature/human-nature-strengthening-shampoo-with-cream-foam-soothing-aloe-500ml-10-off.html

8. Human Nature Natural Strengthening Conditioner (Soothing Aloe)

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Give yourself a double dose of strength with Human Nature’s Natural Strengthening Conditioner in tandem with their Natural Strengthening Shampoo. Teeming with gugo bark and calamansi, this conditioner helps fortify your hair to reduce both breakage and hair loss. Organic virgin coconut oil caps off this triple goodness combo, leaving your locks stronger, healthier and smelling refreshingly clean without harsh chemicals!

Buy online – https://www.babydash.com.my/bath-skincare/bath-brands/human-nature/human-nature-strengthening-conditioner-aloe-500ml-10-off.html

9. Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump & Lid Combo

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Haakaa’s silicone breast pump is 100% medical grade, eco-friendly and simple to use. It fits perfectly into any handbag or baby bag and requires no hard work. Also the best travel pump you will find! Made from 100% medical grade silicone, this compact pump is perfect for long distance trips, planes, car rides, family BBQ’s or anywhere you would like to discretely express, quickly.

Simply attach the suction cup to your breast and let the pump do the work for you as it draws your milk using suction. 100% eco-friendly and safe for mum, baby and the environment.

Buy online – https://www.babydash.com.my/nursing-feeding/nursing-brands/haakaa/haakaa-combo-silicone-breast-pump-and-lid-100ml.html

10. Double Monkeys Poncho Breastfeeding Cover (Certified 100% Organic Cotton)

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Double Monkeys Poncho Breastfeeding Cover is made from certified 100% organic cotton. You can breastfeed your baby anywhere with ease and without worry because it gives you complete coverage front and back! It has a stiff curved neckline so that you can easily view and check on your baby.

Buy online – https://www.babydash.com.my/nursing-feeding/nursing-brands/double-monkeys.html

11. Topfer Tea for Nursing Mothers

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Topfer Tea for Nursing Mothers is an easily digestible, balanced and soothing tea for nursing mothers to ensure relaxed breastfeeding. The well-balanced mixture of natural herbs (caraway, anise, goat’s rue) stimulates milk production. Nettle helps to improve iron absorption in the blood.

Buy online – https://www.babydash.com.my/nursing-feeding/nursing-brands/topfer-organic/topfer-tea-for-nursing-mothers.html

12. Milky Bites Lactation Cookies & MOM MORE MILK Lactation Cookies and Brownies

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Milky Bites Lactation Cookies are 100% natural soft lactation cookies made from the best ingredients with no refined sugar, no alcohol, and absolutely no preservatives! They come in three different flavors – Oatmeal Ginger, Brownie Date, and Chocolate Peanut Butter.

Buy online – https://www.babydash.com.my/formula-food/food/milky-bites-by-babyjumi.html

MOM MORE MILK Lactation Cookies and Brownies are all baked with wholesome natural lactogenic ingredients such as rolled oats, organic flaxseed meal, wheat germ and pure malt to boost your breast milk production. You can choose your flavor – Cranberry & White Choc Chip, Oats & Hershey’s Choc Chip, Lactation Brownies.

Buy online – https://www.babydash.com.my/formula-food/food/mom-more-milk.html

7 Tips to Master Perfect Baby Flat Lay Photos

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Flat lay photos are the latest ‘in’ thing nowadays when you browse photo-based app such as Instagram. These photos look stunning, chic and classy. Trust us, it’s a great way to show off your favorites and current addiction – and in this case for us mommies and daddies – our adorable little ones! Don’t you agree?

Let’s follow these seven tips to master the perfect baby flat lay photos:

1. Use a white or suitable background (Quick tip: Use a white blanket/bed sheet/paper roll)

White is the most popular basic background. Its minimalist and fuss-free effect sets a very classic tone to your photo’s lay out.

2. Use natural day light (Quick tip: Take your photos near the window or any space with good natural lighting)

The best flat lay photos are taken in soft, natural day light. Try removing colorful or dark-colored objects around that may create unsightly shadows on your backdrop.

3. Dress up your baby (Quick tip: Choose a romper with cute prints and matching mittens and booties)

Your baby is the hero, i.e. focus of the photo so some thoughtful dressing up will score you excellent brownie points. Then, place your baby in the middle or on an angle towards a corner of the background that you’ve chosen.

4. Use baby-related props (Quick tip: Milestone cards, toys, plushies, teethers)

Yes, choose two or three of your baby’s favorite items and place them strategically on the background. But remember, less is more and your baby will stand out with fewer products surrounding him.

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Have you seen these Smilestone ‘Milestone Baby Cards’ (45 Cards) on our website? A must-have for parents, these 45 milestone baby cards come in a solid, beautifully designed box to capture your baby’s growth and developments! You can buy these milestone baby cards here.

5. Neat is the key (Quick tip: Make space and don’t overlap your objects)

Yes, a neatly themed flat lay photo seems to attract more buzz than one that looks chaotic. So, just keep it simple and sweet. Again, less is more.

6. Shoot from above (Quick tip: Stand on a chair)

Just be careful with your balancing (don’t fall down!) and try to adjust your position so that you don’t block the natural light and create unwanted shadows in your photo.

7. Use a good camera phone (Quick tip: A camera phone with 8MP and above would do the trick just right)

Chuck the DSLR, well, you can still use it if you want to. But when it comes to babies, they may fuss if you’re taking too long to take your shots. So, a good camera phone will spare you from the agony.

Announcement!

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Don’t miss the Family Photography Talk event happening this Saturday, 19 November at Stories.my‘s studio in Oval Damansara. The team behind Stories – creative, fun individuals who are passionate about photography and videography – will share with you great tips and pointers about getting perfect shots of your little ones growing up!

More info on our event page – https://www.facebook.com/events/1348462701831916/

See you there!

Teething Hacks All Parents Should Know

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Teething timeline

When it comes to teething, there’s no hard and fast rule as to when and how your baby will start to teeth. However, generally speaking, here’s an estimated timeline (might not be applicable to some babies, so don’t panic):

  • Bottom two central incisors: 6-10 months
  • Top two central incisors: 8-12 months
  • Four top & bottom lateral incisors: 9-16 months
  • Four top & bottom canines: 16-23 months
  • Four first molars: 13-19 months
  • Four second molars: 23-33 months

Total: 20 baby teeth in the span of more or less 33 months (almost 3 years).

Wow… it takes almost three years to grow their gigi susu (milk teeth)!

Teething signs

Your baby might be facing some, if not all, of the following symptoms during teething (a tooth moves towards the gums and cuts through):

  • Chewing and gnawing own fingers and anything they put into their mouth
  • Drooling much more than usual
  • Irritable, cranky, clingy
  • Might wake up crying in the middle of the night
  • Mild fever (below 38°C) (Note: Some pediatricians rule this out)
  • Runnier poop than usual (not diarrhea)
  • Nappy rash
  • Drinking less milk and/or eating less solid food
  • Tender and swollen gums where a tooth is about to cut through

Please note that the symptoms above are just a general guideline and might not be applicable to some babies. If you’re unsure, always check with your pediatrician.

Teething hacks all parents should know

1. Teething toys / teethers

Please make sure they are made from safe materials from trusted sources. Always monitor your baby when you offer a teether to him. We have a few types available on our website:

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2. Chilled / cooling teethers

Please make sure they are made from safe materials from trusted sources. Always monitor your baby when you offer a chilled / cooling teether to him. We have a few types available on our website:

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3. Teething biscuits

Teething biscuits are great for teething babies. These tasty treats will keep your baby occupied, bring your baby’s gums extra relief and help them practice chewing.

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You can also make your own teething biscuits / rusks if you like. Here’s a great article for your reference: Homemade Teething Biscuit Recipes.

4. Frozen teething fruits e.g. frozen bananas, apple rings, watermelon

These are great and easy to prepare and will soothe your baby’s gum in no time!

5. Breastmilk popsicles (momsicles)

Some mothers love doing these momsicles for their babies. Just add breastmilk to an ice tray and put a pacifier in each slot. Freeze these and when ready, you’ll have a handy frozen treat to help soothe your baby’s sore gums. Source: ANW Johnston

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If you have tried one or more of the hacks above; or if you have new ones to share us, feel free to tell us! You can share your pictures on Facebook and Instagram and tag us so that we are aware!🙂

Have fun with teething babies dear mommies and daddies!

Is Babywearing for You?

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Is babywearing for you?

To answer this question, let’s go through this mini checklist:

  1. Do you know about the benefits of babywearing?
  2. If you want to babywear, do you know what are ergonomic baby carriers?
  3. Do you know the different ergonomic baby carrier categories suitable for your baby’s age and size?
  4. Do you know the rules for safe babywearing?

Let’s go through one by one and then you can make your decision to babywear or not to babywear.🙂

Benefits of babywearing

  1. Strengthens the bond between parent and baby
  2. Baby is generally calmer due to the closeness to her parent and her primal/survival needs are met
  3. Decreases risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  4. Eases breastfeeding on the go
  5. Allows parent to be “hands-free” to do other things while taking care of baby
  6. Baby can “explore” the world within the safety and comfort of her parent’s body
  7. Fosters a close bond until toddlerhood

Ergonomic baby carriers

Ergonomic means the baby carrier should:

  • Provide proper support, i.e. natural seating position (M-shape), the recommended position for healthy hip development. Improper support can lead to hip issues, see diagram below:

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  • Does not put strain on your baby’s developing hips and spine

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In summary, non-ergonomic carriers are crotch carriers, narrow-based carriers, and hipseat carriers.

Ergonomic baby carriers categories

The diagram below explains six main recommended categories: woven wrap (WW), stretchy wrap (SW), ring sling (RS), pouch (P), soft-structured carrier (SSC) and Mei Tai (MT).

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What is safe babywearing?

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Malaysian Babywearers International Babywearing Week 2016 event

If you want to explore more about babywearing, come join the Malaysian Babywearers International Babywearing Week 2016 event happening this Saturday, 5 November at West Garden Boulevard, OneCity Mall starting 9:30AM.

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See you there and do come and say “Hi!” to us.🙂

Potty training made easy

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Photo credit: http://childcareisfun.co.uk

Three tips

First of all, don’t make potty training a military regime. It can be fun, rewarding, and hopefully, stress-free to both toddler and parents. Really!

Secondly, understand that toddlers who have shown a general trend toward independence and an understanding of what it means to go to the bathroom like a grown-up are more likely to be go through the transition without too much struggle. This usually happens by 2-1/2 to 3 years old.

Thirdly, there are many potty training practices out there. We suggest that as parents, you should choose an approach that suits your toddler’s personality and your day-to-day routine without putting too much stress on both toddler and parents.

Signs of potty training readiness

Before starting on any approach, it’s recommended to look out for signs that your toddler is ready to take on potty training.

The signs below are from babycenter.com:

Physical signs

  • Is coordinated enough to walk, and even run, steadily
  • Urinates a fair amount at one time
  • Has regular, well-formed bowel movements at relatively predictable times
  • Has “dry” periods of at least two hours or during naps, which shows that his bladder muscles are developed enough to hold urine

Behavioral signs

  • Can sit down quietly in one position for two to five minutes
  • Can pull his pants up and down
  • Dislikes the feeling of wearing a wet or dirty diaper
  • Shows interest in others’ bathroom habits (wants to watch you go to the bathroom or wear underwear)
  • Gives a physical or verbal sign when he’s having a bowel movement such as grunting, squatting, or telling you
  • Demonstrates a desire for independence
  • Takes pride in his accomplishments
  • Isn’t resistant to learning to use the toilet
  • Is in a generally cooperative stage, not a negative or contrary one

Cognitive signs

  • Understands the physical signals that mean he has to go and can tell you before it happens or even hold it until he has time to get to the potty
  • Can follow simple instructions, such as “go get the toy”
  • Understands the value of putting things where they belong
  • Has words for urine and stool

Need help? Find out what we have in store for fuss-free potty training!

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October Favorites: 9 Travel Essentials for Parents

Check out our October Favorites! We have handpicked nine travel essentials for parents.

  1. Babyzen: YOYO+ Stroller
  2. JJ Cole Collections: Reversible Body Support (for Car Seat / Stroller)
  3. 3 Sprouts: Stroller Organizer
  4. Mommy’s Helper: Cushie Traveler™ Folding Padded Potty Seat
  5. The Mommy Hook®: Stroller Assistant
  6. Naforye: Keeper Bag with Strap
  7. Mommy’s Helper: Inflatable Bath Tub
  8. Double Monkeys: Compact Changing Mat
  9. JJ Cole Collections: Diapers & Wipes Caddy

Let’s take a look at them one by one.

1. Babyzen: YOYO+ Stroller

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The coolest compact baby stroller in town is definitely the latest BABYZEN YOYO+ stroller. This stroller converts in a flash, folds up to hand luggage dimensions, can be carried like a bag, is machine-washable, and will fit just about anywhere other strollers don’t! You need to have one.

Check out our collection on our website – https://www.babydash.com.my/gear/brands/babyzen.html

2. JJ Cole Collections: Reversible Body Support (for Car Seat / Stroller)

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One of the most stylish body supports for car seat / stroller in the market, the reversible infant Body Support from JJ Cole Collections provides exceptional comfort and safety. Its shape is designed to protect and fit snugly around infants of all sizes and preemie babies. It features soft velour and breathable embroidered knit fabrics for added comfort and style.

Check out our collection on our website – https://www.babydash.com.my/gear/brands/jj-cole-collections.html

3. 3 Sprouts: Stroller Organizer

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This 3 Sprouts Stroller Organizer keeps all your essentials organized and within reach when you are out for a walk with your tot. It is completely wipeable and has two insulated drink holders, perfect for a sippy cup or bottle. The discreet back pocket with velcro closure offers a safe place for your cell phone or keys. Its collapsible design does not interfere with the stroller fold too!

Check out our collection on our website – https://www.babydash.com.my/gear/brands/3-sprouts.html

4. Mommy’s Helper: Cushie Traveler™ Folding Padded Potty Seat

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This Cushie Traveler™ Folding Padded Potty Seat is a comfortably padded folding potty seat to take with you on short or long trips. It is compact enough to carry in your diaper bag yet still provides the comfort and familiarity of the seat that your toddler uses at home. It is also designed so that it is easy to clean with a wet wipe and features a washable carry bag.

Check out Cushie Traveler™ here – https://www.babydash.com.my/mommy-s-helper-cushie-travelertm-folding-padded-potty-seat.html

5. The Mommy Hook®: Stroller Assistant

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The Mommy Hook® stroller assistant fits virtually any stroller or shopping cart handle, and is made from durable, heavy-duty aluminum. It will not break like cheap plastic hangers. Its rubber foam grip keeps it from slipping or sliding. Just snap it on and you’re ready to roll! The Mommy Hook is even handy for taking bags from your car to your home.

Check out The Mommy Hook® on our website – https://www.babydash.com.my/gear/brands/the-mommy-hook/the-mommy-hook-stroller-assistant-black-silver.html

6. Naforye: Keeper Bag with Strap

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Naforye Keeper Bag with Strap is your toddler’s own bag where he can keep all his essentials, i.e. snacks, toys or juice box. This promotes a sense of responsibility and accountability for his things. The easy safety strap allows for parents to keep their child within arm’s length, especially when in crowds and public places. When you no longer need the strap, just put it back into the bag.

Check out our collection on our website – https://www.babydash.com.my/gear/brands/naforye.html

7. Mommy’s Helper: Inflatable Bath Tub

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The Inflatable Bath Tub from the “Froggie Collection” by Mommy’s Helper keeps your baby / toddler from sliding around in the tub while providing a soft, padded seat with a saddle horn to prevent slipping.

Check out Mommy’s Helper on our website – https://www.babydash.com.my/mommy-s-helper-inflatable-bath-tub.html

8. Double Monkeys: Compact Changing Mat

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Made from water resistant materials, this compact changing mat by Double Monkeys is lightweight and folds out to a full size changing mat.

Check out our collection on our website – https://www.babydash.com.my/gear/brands/double-monkeys.html

9. JJ Cole Collections: Diapers & Wipes Caddy

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This diapers & wipes caddy by JJ Cole Collections provides space to keep all the necessary changing supplies (diapers, wipes, lotion, cotton ball, balms, etc) in one easy-to-access place. It comes with a coordinating changing pad too. Simply grab this caddy and change in any room!

Check out the caddy on our website – https://www.babydash.com.my/gear/brands/jj-cole-collections/jj-cole-collections-diapers-wipes-caddy-blue.html

Starting Solids for Babies

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After attending the Starting Solids for Babies talk organized by Columbia Asia Hospital Petaling Jaya on 9 October, we’d like to share with you important and interesting tips presented by the speakers.

There were three topics by three speakers:

  1. How to Win at Weaning by Dr. Sharifah Aida Alhabshi, Consultant Pediatrician
  2. Feeding Fussy Eaters by Dr. Shalini Shanmugam, Consultant Pediatrician
  3. Fun & Yummy Healthy Meals by Ms. Ng Yee Voon, Registered Dietitian

 

Here are the notes. We do hope they will be helpful for you!

I. How to Win at Weaning

What is weaning?

Weaning is transitioning from exclusive breastfeeding / milk feeds to complementary solid food and finally into family food. This happens after six months old right up to 24 months.

The rules of weaning

  1. Appropriate timing – look out for signs of readiness
    • Baby can sit up
    • Baby shows interest in food
    • Baby opens his mouth when food is offered
    • Baby can turn head away from spoon when he’s full
    • Baby can pick up pieces of food for self-feeding
  2. Provide adequate amount of energy for optimal growth
    • Give energy-rich food from grains (rice) and tubers (potatoes, sweet potatoes)
    • Can add butter / margarine for adequate fat content
  3. Provide adequate nutrition
    • Give a variety of nutrient-rich food from meat, fruits and vegetables
    • Introduce one type of food at a time for 3-4 days and watch out for any symptoms, especially if there’s history of food allergies in your family
    • Provide enough fluid and fiber intake
  4. Increase frequency of solid food by age
    • At 6-8 months: 2-3 main meals + 1-2 snacks (if needed) – start with 1/2 teaspoon, can dilute with breastmilk / milk for familiar taste
    • At 9-11 months: 3-4 main meals + 1-2 snacks (if needed)
    • Above 12 months: 3-4 main meals + 2 snacks
    • Do not replace / reduce breastfeeding / milk feeds with main meals
  5. Increase food consistency by age
    • > 6 months – pureed, smooth
    • 7-8 months – mashed
    • > 8 months – chopped
    • By 12 months – family food

 

II. Feeding Fussy Eaters

Who are fussy eaters?

They are usually older babies or toddlers from one to two years old:

  • Eats very slowly
  • Eats a limited variety of food
  • Only eats small meals
  • Don’t like fruits and vegetables
  • Isn’t interested in food
  • Only eats what he / she likes
  • Won’t try new foods

How to make meal times work for fussy eaters?

  1. Environment
    • Minimize distractions by turning off TV and other devices (zero screen time) during meal times
    • Eat at the dining table
    • Eat together as a family and everyone eats the same meal
    • Let your child make a mess! Be patient, set rules but be flexible (authoritative parenting)
    • Stick to a routine, don’t skip or keep on changing it
  2. Food
    • Color – make colorful meals with shapes and decorations (e.g. food art)
    • Texture – increase food texture gradually to avoid boredom
    • Taste – use natural sweetness from fruits and flavorings from cheese, onion, garlic
    • Let your child eat food that he least likes first, followed by food that he likes
    • Don’t resort to food rewards, i.e. if you eat your rice, I’ll let you eat some cake
    • Make healthy choices for snacks, e.g. give fruits instead of chocolate
    • Go grocery/food shopping with your child and let him choose what he wants to eat
    • Let your child take part in food preparation
  3. Mood
    • Make sure that your child is sufficiently hungry and NO snacks before a main meal
    • As a parent, don’t show negative emotions such as anger and disappointment, be patient, be mindful of the food portion that you’re asking your child to eat, and finally, try and try again!

It is known that it can take up to 15 or more exposures for the baby to accept a new taste.

How to tackle sweet cravings?

  1. Serve a small treat with your child’s meal (e.g. one cookie / small muffin)
    • Rationale: He may eat it first or only that. Over time, he learns that he will get hungry for other food if he only eats sweet things first
  2. Serve a small treat at the end of the meal regardless of how much your child has eaten
    • Rationale: He will learn that sweet stuff, when eaten in moderate servings, have their place. This also takes away the power of dessert being a big, special reward. In fact, when you avoid negotiating (“if you eat this, you get that”), you eliminate a big power struggle
  3. Best is, eliminate sweets altogether. Instead, try offering fresh fruits or cheese to end the meal

How to feed a fussy eater during illness?

  1. They need extra fluid and soft food in small but frequent portions
  2. Add hydration with oral rehydration salts (ORS), water, juices, and coconut water
  3. Continue breastfeeding if you are breastfeeding
  4. Offer cold foods (yogurt, ice cream, fruits) if your child has ulcers in their mouth

About baby-led weaning

This method of weaning allows babies to control  their consumption / portions of solids by “self-feeding”.  The theory behind this method is that baby will choose foods which he/she is lacking in nutrients, guided by taste.

Advantages:

  1. Improves hand-eye coordination, chewing
  2. Independence
  3. Less stressful for parents

Disadvantages:

  1. Takes time
  2. Baby must be able to sit up
  3. At the start, baby is allowed to reject food but it may be offered again at a later date
  4. Not encouraged if baby is less well developed

 

III. Fun & Yummy Healthy Meals

Recommendation: Introduce nutritionally-adequate and safe complementary (solid) foods at six months together with continued breastfeeding up to two years of age or beyond.

weaning-talk-1Registered Dietitian, Ms. Ng Yee Voon, prepared some baby food recipes for tasting.

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Check out our website for organic baby food and snacks, lunch boxes, thermal food jars, feeding spoons, plates, water bottles, etc. Click on the links below to view the brands and items we have in store.

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