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Types of car seats and why it’s important to choose the right one

Original Author: Timothy Wee

Transporting infants and babies in cars is something that cannot be avoided and we as parents are lucky as there are many different types of car seats to choose from. With so many choices at our fingertips we often feel like it’s overwhelming choosing the correct car seat for our child. In this blog I would like to share the different types of car seats available on the market and why choosing the correct one is important.

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1. Infant Car Seat

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The infant car seat is ideal for those ages from 0-2 years old or until the baby reaches the weight limit of the seat. The car seat is also designed to be able to act as a carrier where you can carry your child outside the car. Infant car seats will not be able to carry children who pass the weight and age limit of the car seat so be sure to get a new one when your child gets older. You can buy one here. 

2. Convertible Car Seat

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If you’re someone who wants to get more out of your car seat, a convertible car seat would be ideal for you. A convertible car seat can support children from 0-3 years old for rear facing position but front facing after 3 years old. As parents you do not need to buy a new car seat as the baby grows and can reuse the same one. On the down side, a convertible car seat isn’t as portable as an infant car seat and cannot be used as a baby carrier. A convertible car seat is also more bulky and bigger but some may see it as a good thing as it adds extra protection. You can buy one here.

3. 3-in-1 Car Seat

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A 3-in-1 car seat is similar to a convertible one but it also has a booster seat functionality. Those of you who would opt for a 3-in-1 car seat will be able to use this seat as your child grows and do not need to buy a new one, perfect for those looking to save some money. You can buy one here.

4. Booster Car Seat

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The Booster Car Seat is ideal for children who are old enough to not need the extra bells and whistles of the other 3 car seats. The car seat comes forward facing only and the minimum weight of children for this car seat is around 13-18 kg depending on the model. This kind of car seat should not be bought buy parents with new born babies as it does not come with extra support that infants require. This kind of car seat can help children transition from a car seat to sitting without one. Depending on the model it may come with its own belt but children can also use the car’s safety belt depending on their preference. You can buy one here.

Importance of choosing the type of car seat

Each type of car seat comes with its own set of pros and cons that depend on the stage of growth of your child. As parents we must choose wisely which car seat is ideal for your child as car seats are important when transporting children. Child safety is important and choosing a car seat that provides the optimum safety for your child. Using infant car seats on heavier children may not be ideal as it does not provide the support and protection an older child needs. Moreover, children needs to feel comfortable in their car seat so they don’t feel annoyed and cry for your whole 4 hour journey.

If you’re looking for new car seats Babydash is having a KAW-KAW promotion on car seats of different prices from the 2nd to 31st December 2019. There are some good discounts on a range of car seats, be sure to check it out.

 

Top 5 Car Seats Under RM399

Original Author: Timothy Wee 

With the Malaysian government implementing a new regulation that car seats are compulsory for all parents with toddlers and babies, we as parents need to find safe and comfortable car seat for our precious children. There are many brands out there that sell car seats from low to high prices and choosing the right one may sometimes feel overwhelming. Today I would like to share 5 really affordable options that you can consider when choosing a new car seat. 

KOOPERS: DANZA INFANT CARRIER

The Koopers Danza is a sleek and elegant car seat that is only priced at RM299 only! It protects your child with a 3 point safety harness system and infant body and head support cushion that can provide excellent safety for your child. The Koopers also have European Safety Standard  ECE R44/04 approved certification. It supports 0-13kg (0-1 year olds). This car seat also comes with a cover that can allow your child to sleep comfortably while taking long rides. A must buy for those who want an affordable, stylish and comfortable car seat. You can buy it here

EVENFLO SUTTON™ 3-IN-1

Priced at RM299, the Evenflo Sutton is the ideal car seat for those who want a multifunctional seat for their children. It can be used for a child restraint with harness (9-18kg child) or as a booster seat with backrest (15-36kg child). Furthermore the 3 position height adjustable headrest gives parents the ability to use the car seat for children who are taller. This is perfect for those who want to keep the same car seat for a longer period of time as the Evenflo can serve many purposes. You can buy it here

HALFORD: ELITE CLASSIC

The Halford comes at a price of RM 303.71, an affordable price for a really good car seat. With an ECE 44/03 certification and a 3 point belt system, the Halford comes with top notch quality protection. Both the height of the headrest and harness belts can be adjusted to suit the size of your child as it grows. For even greater protection the Halford also comes with extra side paddings to protect your child. It also comes with a cover for all your babies who love sleeping. You can buy it here.

 

MEINKIND: MONZA SIGNATURE

The Meinkind comes with many features that can suit a child’s personal needs at a price of RM 329. It offers 3 reclining positions, 1 rear facing and 2 forward facing. A suitable age for rearward facing is birth to 9kg and for forward facing is 9kg to 18kg and the Meinkind is suitable for newborns to 4 year olds. Moreover the Meinkind has a sturdy protection system like a dual lock-offs for installing with vehicle 3-point seat belt and a SoftTouch, 5 point harness system with easily adjustable, one pull motion shoulder harness and lower buckle covers. The shoulder pads are removable, washable, and has anti-slip properties. The Meinkind also comes with proper padding from head to toe and on the sides to provide the ultimate comfort and safety for your kids. With a European standard ECE R44/04 certification, the Meinkind Monza Signature is the perfect car seat with many features. You can buy it here.

 

ALDO: SAVILE II

The Aldo Savile, priced at RM375.47, is a car seat that comes with many features that justifies the price. Designed for children aged 0-25kg, perfect for children aged 0-6 years old. For ultimate comfort for the child, the Aldo comes with 4 reclining positions that gives you the option to suit the needs of you child. Safety is no joke with the Aldo Savile, it comes with a 5 point safety harness and headrest with adjustable height and side impact soft padded wings. The Aldo Savile is a good buy for those who want both luxury and comfort for your car seats. You can buy it here.

 

These 5 options are not just excellent in quality but also affordable. The good news is that it gets more affordable! From the 2nd to 31st December https://www.babydash.com.my/ is having a KAW-KAW promotion on car seats. Spend RM399 and below on your carseat and get RM20 off when you use the code KAWKAW20. 

New Parents Essentials Checklist by Babydash

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If you’re expecting your first child, we believe you’ll be browsing the internet for checklists – what to pack in your hospital bag, which baby items should you buy, where to buy, what are the recommended brands, etc. However, there are so many lists online and trust us, you don’t wanna go through them all and fall into the trap of over-buying or under-prepared. So, we at Babydash have compiled a minimalist yet comprehensive list for your reference.

P.S.: Our Community Lead has just given birth to her second baby boy about three months ago, so she has the latest insights for these checklists. 🙂

Hospital bag checklist (when you go to the hospital!)

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  • Disposable maternity pads (in case you need more than what the hospital provides)
  • Disposable panties (highly recommended!)
  • Pyjamas (2-3 sets in case you’re discharged later)
  • Bottom healing spray (we recommend Earth Mama Angel Baby) to aid your bottom’s healing after vaginal birth or cesarean section wound healing salve for C-section mamas
  • Toiletries
  • Going-home clothes (we recommend nursing dress or blouse such as Ratuwear)
  • Nursing bras (2-3 pieces)
  • Nipple cream (we recommend Earth Mama Angel Baby)
  • Newborn sleep-suits, hats, mittens, booties (3-4 sets)
  • Newborn disposable diapers (we recommend 1 pack of Goo.N on standby in case the hospital doesn’t provide sufficient amount of diapers)
  • Swaddles / receiving blankets (1-2 pieces)
  • Birth plan (as approved by ob/gyn)
  • Hospital appointment card
  • Purse (identification card, money, credit card)
  • Mobile phone & charger/power bank

Daddy’s bag

  • T-shirts, pants, underwear, pyjamas, socks
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Mobile phone charger and/or power bank

Note: Please remember to install your newborn’s car seat in your car earlier before you’re due to deliver your baby.

Mommy’s postpartum checklist (for the first 2-3 months)

For your body

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Mommy’s pumping checklist (when back to work)

Pumping

Bottle feeding

Baby’s nursery checklist

Toiletries & Grooming

Diapering

First-aid

Cleaning

Playtime

Diaper bag checklist (with kids under 3 years old)

On-the-go / travel checklist

We hope these checklists will be helpful for you!

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. 🙂

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

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