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Starting Solids Dos & Don’ts for New Parents

Is Your Baby Ready to Start Solid Food?

When the time has come for your baby to eat solid foods, it may get a little confusing. What do you feed them? How soon is too soon? Can they eat this and that? Fret not, Moms & Dads! Chill out, have fun, and keep these dos and don’ts in mind as you begin introducing solids to your little foodie!

#1 Visit your pediatrician before starting

Nobody knows your baby better than you and your pediatrician. Therefore it’s highly recommended that you get your baby’s doctor approval before you start giving them solids. Usually when your baby is four months or older, can sit up without support, and has good control over their neck, your pediatrician will confirm that your baby is ready to take on their food journey!

#2 Don’t add salt

This is one of the most important things to remember! Do not add salt to the foods you give to your baby because their kidneys can’t cope with it yet. Also avoid giving your baby ready-made foods that are not baby-friendly or not made for babies such as breakfast cereals because they can also high salt content.

#3 Follow the three-day rule

Only feed your baby one kind of food for three days before switching to a new one. This will give their digestive system a chance to adapt to solids. Also watch for an allergic reaction, such as hives.

#4 Don’t cut breast milk or formula off

Breast milk and/or formula should still be the main sources of your little foodie’s nutrients and calories. After a year, you may begin to cut back on breast milk or formula and replace it with 16-20 ounces of whole milk per day.

#5 Don’t reuse leftovers

After putting a hard work in the kitchen, it feels such a waste to throw away the leftover but know that your baby deserves the freshest and the best! Bacteria may have ended up in the leftovers that could cause tummy ache or at the very least, a very stinky diaper πŸ˜†

As you continue to introduce solids to your little tot, remember to enjoy yourself in the kitchen by experimenting with different combo! And have fun with your baby celebrating this new milestone! β™₯

Top 5 Feeding Essentials Loved By Moms

Best Bowls and Plates for Babies of 2020

Starting solids is definitely one of the biggest milestones that your little one can experience. It’s super fun for you too, to witness the face they make when you feed them certain food and it’s the perfect time for you to get creative in the kitchen! And it’s also nice to have your baby right at the dining table with you, eating together. With so many brands and utensils in the market, you may get confused. And that’s why I am here, to help you pick 5 feeding essentials that are well-loved by moms!

#1 ezpz First Foods Set

Other than its pretty colour, this First Foods Set from ezpz is loved by moms as it is a complete set that provides all of the developmental tools you need to set your baby up for mealtime milestones! With a complete set like this, it encourages your baby to eat and drink independently especially when your baby joins the rest of the family at the dining table. Another reason why moms love it is because everything in the set is 100% silicone and made to last as silicone will not wear, fade or corrode – saving you some $$ in the bank! Check out ezpz on Babydash.

#2 Toddler Cutlery Set

The cutlery set is designed in consultation with leading pediatric occupational therapist making it the ideal toolkit for toddlers who are ready to self-feed! Yes, in case you are wondering it’s a fork. The unique designed of the fork is why moms love this cutlery set from as it fits the size and shape of little mouth. Due to its design, it helps your little tot to safely pierce and lift the food. The set comes in a handy travel case to take with you on-the-go! Shop more products on Babydash.

#3 OXO TOT Grow Straw Cup

A cute almond-shaped straw cup with a spill-proof straw that conforms to your little one’s mouth and minimizes mess! It is also an ideal straw cup that will ease your child transitioning from bottle or breast feeding. The removable handles that come with it is why moms love it! It makes it easier for your tot to drink as it provides a comfortable grip and control. More OXO TOT products are available on Babydash website.

#4 Bowl + Straw

Let your kid slurps their cereal milk or soup to the heart’s content with this bowl + straw from! The innovative designed bowl + straw ensure no leftovers and mess-free mealtime especially when eating soup or cereal. The bowl doubles as a snack container as it comes with a snack insert and a lid – great for snacking on-the-go! A plus point for moms πŸ˜† For self-feeders, the easy grip handles and non-slip base are a great help for control and stability. Available in four vibrant colours on Babydash.

#5 Chicco Pocket Snack booster seat

Pocket Snack booster seat from Chicco is what you need to go with the adult dining chair and it’s why moms love it – so their little tot can join the family during mealtime! The seat is travel-friendly as it is compact when folded and has a strap to carry and take along to restaurants, on vacation, or to visit relative! The two straps and rubberized feet ensure the seat is secured and safe to sit on. Check out more Chicco products on Babydash.

Hope this is helpful to any parents whose little ones are starting solids soon! Have fun getting creative in the kitchen!

Fun School Holiday Activities!

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While the school is still on break, let’s make your kids do some fun activities! In this post, I am listing down some activities to help you parents to get your kids away from the gadget screens so their school break is spent meaningfully!

#1 Camping

Or these days, we call it glamping! Take your children out to see the nature and experience serenity with an amazing camping trip away from the city’s hustling and bustling. There are beautiful camping spots in Malaysia that children will enjoy. To prep you for that trip, take this mosquito repellant bracelet from BabyQto with you.

#2 Trip to animal farm

For animal lovers, Farm In The City in Seri Kembangan is a must-visit place. Your children will learn a lot about the animals and get a hands-on experience at the farm. They can get up close by holding, patting, and feeding the animals. Be prepared to see your children amazements and happy faces! Prep your children with this strappy water bottle from Snapkis to quench thirst and keep them hydrated while spending the day with the adorable animals under the sun!

#3 Beach holiday

Malaysia is blessed with beautiful islands and beaches all over the country. It is no doubt a beach holiday is listed! Take your children swimming, build sandcastles, watch the sunset – a beautiful memory to cherish together as a family indeed. Get this swimsuit from Cheekaaboo on Babydash to bring for the trip!

#4 Volunteer work

School holiday is the perfect time to teach your children to contribute to society. You can help by initiating a small donation drive just amongst families and friends so your children can bring the donation to the shelter. This helps your children to develop compassion and empathy for the less fortunates.

#5 Workshops

Send your children to skills workshops that will unleash their inner talent and creativity – public speaking, creative writing, or even music camps! Not only it enhances your children’s talents, it could also enhance their social skills by making new friends with similar interests. Be sure to keep a look out for workshops with fun programs for your children!

Parents, Follow These For A Stress-free Celebration!

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‘Tis the season to be jolly! Yet for many families, the expectations that come with the festivity can be so stressful and cause anxiety – not just for the adults but for the children, too. It is vital to remember that as you running around to create the best holiday home, buy the best gifts for everyone, and create the best holiday meal, that your children are watching!

If you turn the holidays to be stressful, that is how your children view and remember the holidays as well. Because children reflect and model their parents. Which means this serves as a great opportunity to make the best out of the time of the year and teach your children about bonding, togetherness, giving, and making memories! Here are some helpful tips for making the holidays less stressful (which applies to all festive seasons: Hari Raya, Chinese New Year, Diwali, and more!)

#1 Simplify your life – create a To-Do list of the important things so you do not forget and get stressed at the last minute and remember to leave off unnecessary, unimportant things! Focus to get the important ones done and do not procrastinate!

#2 Many of us are people-pleasers and over-scheduling ourselves with invitations to visit our relatives, but that should change this time ’round! Only accept invitations that you honestly are excited to attend. Simply decline the rest, politely. Well, it can be hard to say ‘No’. So here I include some ways you can respectfully and politely decline invitations:

#3 Remember to take a breather and de-stress by doing things that you love like taking a warm bath with candlelight and aromatherapy! A simple time out reward for yourself ❀

#4 This is the season to give! Take your children to volunteer at a shelter together as a family. Before going there, perhaps you would want to gather some old clothes, blankets, food and donate them to the people at the shelter.

#5 Together with your children, makes personalized gifts for friends and relatives with the recipients in mind. For an example, if their aunt loves cats, draw her a picture of a cat in the card!

Hope these tips are helpful! The memories you make with your children are priceless and your relationship with others are the key to those memories. Sometimes the best memories made are from simple planning! Need not to be extravagant but instead focus on what truly matters – family, togetherness, and compassion. Stress-free holidays are not only good for your hearts πŸ˜† but your children’s too – to learn that life is so full of meaning and memories!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and yours! Have a wonderful celebration and be safe always.

– From all of us at Babydash ❀

Cool Things You Can Do With Your Breast Milk!

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This may sounds rather strange because what else is breast milk for if it’s not to feed the baby? Ha, you thought! I mean, we all know breast milk is amazing with all the yummy nutrients it has to nourish your little babe. And due to that great properties, there are a bunch of other cool things that you can do with your leftover breast milk. Keep reading!

#1 Skin lotion

Breast milk contains the necessary fatty acids, antibodies, and nutrients that are especially vital for your baby’s first six months. Because of that, people are now utilizing the amazing stuff it contains by turning it into homemade skin moisturizer.

How? Simply mix the breast milk with beeswax and grapeseed or coconut oil. Breast milk lotion can be the remedy to cure nappy rash, eczema, baby acne, and sore nipples!

#2 Breast milk jewellery

What?! Yes, jewellery! Create a keepsake of the time you were breastfeeding with some gorgeous trinkets make of breast milk that you can cherish forever. Immortalize your breast milk into rings or lockets that you can wear proudly and say, “I made this!” πŸ˜‚

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#3 Makeup remover

Running out of makeup remover? Well, just use your breast milk as a makeup remover! Take a little and rub it into the skin. Breast milk can also help to take off the tough eye make up and serve as a pre-cleanser!

#4 Plants fertilizer

Plants get most of their nutrients from the soil. Milk (breast milk and goat or cow milk) contains beneficial minerals that could help your plans to grow better. So, adding some milk to the soil once in a while would do the trick!

#5 Deodorant

Yes, really! A great substitute to your normal deodorant as this contains no chemicals. Just take some breast milk and pat it under your arms and just leave it to dry. Easy? Yes. But the best part? It’s free – saving you some $$$ monthly!

Is there anything breast milk can’t do? It truly is amazing and mind-boggling! Why not give some of these tricks a go and see if you like it!

Breastfeeding Moms #OOTD Tips

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I know mommies that you can’t wait for your confinement days to be over so you can go out for a bit.. to “wash eye” πŸ‘€ (well, other than the usual hospital visits!). And if you are a breastfeeding mom, here are some OOTD tips that I have gathered for you to make your breastfeeding session a breeze one!

#1 Nursing bras

When you are a breastfeeding mom, you have to switch from wearing your normal bras to nursing bras. A nursing bra is a lot softer from the inside and does not have metal wire inside it which will help your milk to flow normally in your breasts. Nursing bras have special clips or hooks that help a section of fabric fold down without affecting or ruining the support structures of the bra. Also mommies, avoid buying nursing bras before you give birth as the size of your breasts will change after delivery.

#2 Choose button down shirts

Dressing for breastfeeding is always about easy access. Button-down shirts are the easiest and simplest way to quickly get access to your girls when needed. By leaving the lower button done, will help you feel more secure and give you the coverage you need. It is also one of the best options for working moms!

#3 Nursing tops

If you feel the blouses in your closet do not give the access that you need for breastfeeding, fret not, mommies! Here are some nursing tops that you can find in the market. You’re welcome! 😜

Nursing top from Ratuwear

Nursing baju kurung from BondaMilk

Nursing dress from DNA by Dynas

#4 Be careful of accessories

Dainty and long necklaces are indeed nice to wear but be mindful of sharp and pointy accessories that are dangerous for your child’s safety. Go for something simpler and short when you’re breastfeeding!

#5 Kimonos and cardigans

Kimonos and cardigans can be worn to provide extra fabric for extra protection. You can use it as a nursing cover for when you forgot to pack one in your bag! It is also one of the easy ways to layer any top that you wear effortlessly!

Breastfeeding wears have become more stylish and chic! They are comfortable and available to suit the occasion to cater to breastfeeding mommies. Hope you find this post helpful. Till the next one! ☺

Tips to Establish Successful Breastfeeding

Secrets For Breastfeeding Success: 37 Breastfeeding Tips | Parents

Breastfeeding is a skill that both mother and baby learn together. It can be difficult for some mothers, but with the right guidance and tips, breastfeeding is totally doable. From the moment your baby is born, there are a few things that you can do to improve and establish successful breastfeeding.

#1 Hold your baby skin-to-skin

Cuddle your baby on your chest as a lovely welcome to the world! Keeping your baby with you after birth promotes a feeling of closeness and strong hormonal response that will help your body to start making milk and will kickstart your baby’s feeding reflexes. Babies usually are awake and interested in feeding during the first hour after birth. Hence, stay skin-to-skin with your baby until after the first feeding. Skin-to-skin contact also helps to regulate your baby’s blood sugar, reduce your baby’s crying and stress, and keep your baby warm.

#2 Watch the baby, not the clock

We know babies need to be fed often in the first few weeks for at least eight or more times in 24 hours. This will help you to produce more milk and help your baby to gain back any weight loss they might have experienced in the first few days. But, instead of timing feeds by the clock, look for your baby’s signs of wanting to feed.

  • rooting reflex – you will see your baby turn their head and open their mouth in search of food when you touch their mouth or cheek
  • licking of lips
  • putting their hands to their mouth – babies that have their hands free can show you easily that they are hungry

#3 Get your position and attachment right

The first few days after giving birth is the best opportunity for you and your baby to learn to breastfeed. Your breasts are still soft for a few days after the birth and as your breast milk changes from highly concentrated and nutritious first milk (colostrum) to mature milk, your breasts can be quite full and firm! So try to use the first few days to get your position and latch right. Seek help from a lactation consultant if you need to!

#4 Avoid teats and complementary feeds

Since your baby is still learning to breastfeed, avoid giving a teat or a dummy as it can be confusing for them. Also if your baby is drinking other fluids (for instance, formula milk) other than breast milk, they will breastfeed less and less and your breast milk supply will also decrease. Frequent and unrestricted suckling at the breast will satisfy your baby and your body will ensure to produce more milk to continue to meet your baby’s needs!

#5 Be patient

Like anything new and foreign, it takes a little time and patience for you to get the rhythm of things! If you find yourself getting frustrated or angry, take a little pause and try again when you are calm and relax. Relaxation while breastfeeding is important as it encourages more letdown. Also mommies, do not be afraid to ask for help from your spouse or family to hold the baby while you are taking some time for yourself!

I hope these tips help you in some ways. While it is highly encouraged to breastfeed your baby, I know it is not an easy thing to do and that’s okay too. There are other ways for you to feed your baby and do what’s best for you and your baby as long as you and your baby are happy and healthy. Happy mama = happy baby. So happy trying and breastfeeding! ❀

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Galactagogue Foods To Increase Milk Supply

Here's why you need to make nuts a staple on your grocery list!

Being able to produce enough breast milk is what worries a mother. Is it enough? Is my baby getting enough nutrition? And that are some of the reasons why many mothers quit breastfeeding. If you feel like you are not producing enough milk, it is best to consult your doctor or lactation consultant first to check if your supply is enough for your baby or your supply is indeed low. If you are searching for ways to increase your breast milk supply, then you have come to the right post! πŸ˜† The answer is galactagogues!

What is galactagogue? Galactagogue is a food or substance that promotes or increases the flow of mother’s milk. So where can you find it? Here I’ve listed top 6 galactagogues that you can include in your diet!

#1 Oatmeal and barley

These two contain phytoestrogens and a fiber called beta-glucan that can increase prolactin (a vital hormone for milk production) level in the body. Oats are great for weight loss too since they are high in fiber that will make you feel full, being in rich in complex carbs, protein, and antioxidants which are important for new mommies whether or not they are breastfeeding!

#2 Fennel (Jintan manis)

Both fennel plant and its seeds contain phytoestrogens and have been used traditionally to amp up the breast milk supply. The fennel bulb can be eaten raw with salad, stir-fried with other vegetables, or even cooked with your choice of meat! The seeds, on the other hand, can be enjoyed with tea or included in baking such as cookies or bread!

#3 Nuts

Nuts like almonds, cashews, and macadamia are typically used to help nutrify mothers. Almonds especially are rich in calcium and magnesium which help in sustaining the milk supply when mothers are on menses. They are also a great source of iron, protein, and healthy fats. Nuts are best eaten raw but of course you can get creative by baking or roasting them to make a trail mix!

#4 Dates

Since hundreds of years ago, dates have been given to new mothers in Middle Eastern and Chinese cultures. Other than supporting lactation, dates are known to help provide energy and aid in digestion as they are high in fiber. Dried dates can be consumed as snacks with nuts or used in baking or included in cereal! Or you can even find dates flavoured milks in the market!

#5 Fenugreek seeds (Halba)

It is one of the popular galactagogues that have been proven in studies to show a significant increase in breast milk production. Thousands of mothers truly swear by it! However, they need to be taken in moderation as there are minor side effects like smelly sweat and urine and gas/bloating in infants. But worry not, even taken in a small amount, it can double the breast milk production in just a few days! Fenugreek can be incorporated in tea, treats, and even dishes.

#6 Green leafy vegetables

Leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and mustard greens are a great source of minerals such as iron, calcium, and folic acid. These greens have vitamins aplenty that can help boost your breast milk supply! They are also the easiest to get fresh in the market. You should include at least one portion of green veges in your diet on a daily basis.

And now, I know mothers do not have all the time in the world to cook and bake especially when the little baby is around! To help you with that, you can browse on Babydash website to get some readymade milkboosters packed with all the nutrients you need!

We know mothers are constantly worrying about their breast milk production. By educating yourself more and following best practices on breastfeeding, consulting your baby’s doctor or a lactation consultant as well as adding galactagogues in your diet do work well in most situations. But then again, always do what’s best for you and your baby, mommy ❀

Power Pumping: What & How

Feature: The Exclusively Pumping Mom - Lactation Link

Ever heard of power pumping, mommies? Some mothers really do swear by it! Power pumping (aka cluster pumping) is an act of pumping in a series over the course of an hour, one session each day. The idea behind power pumping is to trick your body into producing more milk by quickly emptying the breasts. It replicates what babies do when they are cluster feeding, which is when babies on and off the breast frequently signaling the body to increase supply.

Not to be confused with your normal pumping routine, power pumping is usually used when mothers need an extra push to increase the milk supply within an established pumping routine.

To start power pump, it is best to find an hour in a day that you can pump without an interruption, preferably in the mornings – that’s when many women’s milk supplies are at their highest! Within that hour, use this pumping pattern:

  • Pump for 20 minutes, rest for 10 minutes
  • Pump for 10 minutes, rest for 10 minutes
  • Pump for 10 minutes.

For the rest of the day, you can stick to your normal pumping / nursing routine. While some women do power pumping twice a day, one session a day may be sufficient for many women too. Like I would normally say, do what’s best for you and your mental health because long power pumping sessions may drain you mentally and physically.

Also, do note that every women’s body is build differently. Some will respond quicker to power pumping, while some may take a little more time up to a week to see an increase in supply. So, be patient and don’t give up! But once you see your desired result, you can stop the power pumping sessions until you feel the need for another kick start!

To improve your power pumping experience, do try the followings out!

  • Continue through the entire hour
  • Drink water aplenty
  • Eat extra snacks to fuel your milk production
  • If you are with your baby, you can nurse your baby on one side, while pumping on the other
  • Be relaxed and calmed as much as possible as lower stress levels encourage letdown!

Other ways to help increase your milk supply includes:

  • Eat food contains galactagogues such as lactation cookies
  • Add an extra pumping session or two to your usual routine
  • Eat food rich of proteins and drink enough fluids
  • Try breast massage or breast compression
  • Ensure to pump long enough by continuing for at least two to five minutes after you see drops of milk

On a happy note, mommies, throughout the entire month of November, Babydash is having a special collaboration with Ben & Chinta, a local brand who specialized in making delectable desserts including lactation cookies! Together, we have created THREE exclusive flavours: Honey Walnut, Chocolate Brownies, and Classic Cranberries. To make it more special, these exclusive flavours are eggless – specially dedicated to mommies and anyone who has egg allergies! Only in November, you can bag all three new flavours for only RM95! They are also available in singles but you can save some $$ by purchasing the bundle! πŸ˜‰ Find out more here.

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