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5 Nursery Inspos You’ll Love

I know I’m no Interior Designer, but it does not have to take an Interior Designer to know that the space is nice! I mean, we all love to see and appreciate nice things, right? ☺ So in this post, I will show you parents 5 Nursery Inspirations that I think you will love!

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If you are a fan of neutral colours, this is for you! I like how minimal the whole space looks with just the right hints of colours and patterns! They actually make the space looks fun for you and your baby. Neutral colours will also make the space looks spacious and tidy. Get similar items from this inspo on Babydash. See links below!

  • Fun storage bin from Bebe Living to keep the room nice and neat.
  • Keepsake frame from Pearhead to immortalize your baby’s pictures and prints.
  • Adorable soft toy from Little Jellycat for your baby to play and cuddle!
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If you like to mix and match your interior, then this is one of the ways to do it without looking messy! There is a nice pop of colours and prints from the wallpaper and rug. Adding a plant into the space can tie the whole look together and fill in empty spaces. You can get similar items for your nursery room on Babydash. See links below.

  • Sturdy and sleek designed baby crib from Babyhood.
  • Instead of a rug, you can opt for playmat from Parklon — comfortable for your baby’s tummy time too!
  • Changing station from Nuna for easy diaper changing situation.
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Here is for the ones who like a dark room. But this is how you cleverly make a dark room without making it gloomy and stuffy. The usage of cool tones and pop of whites here and there make the room looks cozy and… cool! Steal similar items on Babydash website. Just click the links below.

  • Baby rocker from 4moms to keep your precious one entertained while you are doing house chores.
  • Activity gym from Skip Hop to encourage your baby’s multi-sensory play.
  • Nursing pillow from Doomoo to get your baby comfy during feeding.
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If you would like to keep your nursery room gender-neutral, one of the ways to do it is by playing with neutral colours. As seen above, the room is made of whites and nudes. I love how the nudes came from the woods — adding some nice textures to the room. Steal similar items on Babydash website. Just click the below links!

  • Cozy rocking chair from Babyhood to make you and your baby comfy during nursing.
  • Travel mobile from Skip Hip to play some lullaby while your baby is getting to sleep!
  • Baby rocker from Nuna to rock your baby to snooze 💤
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If you are thinking of adding some elegant touch to your nursery room, perhaps this is how you can style it! Although the wallpaper prints looks really prominent, however it does not drown the whole look of the room but really complements the whites, pinks, and grey together! You can purchase similar items on Babydash by checking out the links below.

  • Stylish and sturdy baby cot from Babyhood.
  • Bedding set to complement the baby cot from Happy Cot.

And that’s it, folks! I hope you find this post somewhat helpful to get you setup a nice and cozy room to nurse your baby. Find other amazing stuff to add to the room on Babydash website. Happy decorating, parents!

Top 5 Tips for a Safe Playtime

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

Tip #1: Always disinfect/clean toys before playing

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

Tip #2: Choose age appropriate toys

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

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

Tip #3: Choose sturdy, quality toys

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

Tip #4: No sharps and no little parts

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

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

Tip #5: Choose a non-toxic play mat

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

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

Top 10 Baby Room Essentials

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

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

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

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

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

3. Nuna Sena Change Table

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

4. Ubbi Diaper Pail

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

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

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

6. uPang UV Baby Bottle Sterilizer

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

7. Skip Hop Camping Cubs Activity Gym

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

8. Bebe Living Storage Bin

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

9. Motorola Digital Audio Baby Monitor MBP161

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

10. aden + anais Ideal Baby Muslin Swaddle

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

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

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!)

Mommy-and-baby bag

  • 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

For breastfeeding

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!

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!

Potty training made easy

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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 Travelerâ„¢ 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 Travelerâ„¢ Folding Padded Potty Seat

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This Cushie Travelerâ„¢ 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 Travelerâ„¢ 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

The Babydash Mummies’ Top 5 Sleep Tips!

Firstly, have a quick look at this sleep chart we’ve included so you know how much sleep your child really should be getting. Don’t worry too much if your child isn’t getting all this sleep though, the reality is not all babies do!

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We’ve read loads of websites and books about how to get your baby to sleep but this is coming from our own experience (we’ve got 4 kids between the two of us!) and feedback we’ve gotten from other parents.

Tip #1: Stick to a routine, whatever that routine may be…we find a soothing warm bath, followed by massage, a bedtime story, and then some quiet time is a good way to help calm a baby down.

Tip #2: Give your baby a good bedtime massage before getting ready for sleep. YouTube has lots of good videos on how to give your baby a massage. Check out baby massage oils by Mustela, Weleda and Buds which are all natural and safe for babies.

Tip #3: Make sure there are some sleep inducing smells and sounds around. Lavendar is a good scent to have that calms babies down. We also sell natural sleep balms which we have been told work well – try out Badger’s Night-Night Balm or Buds Calming Tummy Rub. If you have Lavendar essential oil, sprinkle some around your baby’s room as well.

Tip #4: Ensure your baby takes naps throughout the day…trying to put an overly tired/overly stimulated baby down to sleep is near impossible.

Tip #5: Keep yourself calm and remember they are only babies for a short while….enjoy the moment because before you know it, they will be loud opinionated teenagers with a mind of their own.

Having said all that, here’s a picture of how my little one falls asleep sometimes 🙂

Raeka sleeping!

Good luck mummies and daddies! Call us if you ever need any more tips or help with this!

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