Search

By Mummies For Mummies (and Daddies too)

Category

Nursery

New Parents Essentials Checklist by Babydash

nursery-essentials-01-1

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

flatlay-1
(c) tharasofian

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.

flatlay-2

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!

photography-event

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

potty-training
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!

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FBabydash.com.my%2Fposts%2F1117346581652957&width=500

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

travel-babyzen-stroller

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)

02-travel-jjcole-cushion-support

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

03-travel-3sprouts-strollerorganizer

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

04-travel-mommyshelper-cushietraveler

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

05-travel-themommyhook

 

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

06-travel-naforye-keeperbag

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

07-travel-mommyshelper-inflatabletub

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

08-travel-doublemonkeys-changingmat

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

09-travel-jjcole-caddy

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!

sleep 2

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!

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: