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Product Review: Kidsme - First Step to Self-Feeding

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Ever since Small J has started on solid food, I have been wanting him to self-feed. However, the mess he creates makes me go bonkers and so self-feeding is a no no now. It is fortunate that he loves his food, so feeding him is a breeze. 

A few weeks ago, I was invited to an event by Totsworld to know more about its Kidsme range of products. 

Kidsme Food Feeder
Photo credit: Kidsme
The Kidsme Food Feeder is an award-winning food feeder that allows the little ones to safely and independently explore new tastes and textures as early as 4 months old without the risk of choking. It encourages the child to self-feed and learn how to chew.

  • Chewing allows your body to break down the food into smaller particles which is makes it easier for digestion.
  • Chewing also stimulates saliva production, which contains (digestive) enzymes which helps to break down fats and starches. Helps digestions and better nutrients absorption. 
  • Chewing is important for speech development. The actions of mouth, lips, tongue, cheeks and jaw when they chew, are the same motor skills which works on the same muscles which is needed for speech development.
Small J trying out the food feeder at the event

The food feeder is very easy to use. Simply open it, pop in the food, close it and leave it to your child. The food sac is made of silicone, which means that you can sterilise it and also easy to wash. It also comes with a cap which makes the whole food preparation more hygienic.


Small J prefers to pose and play with the food feeder and so I gave it to Big J to try. Notice that the chunks of food that comes out of the holes when there is proper chewing? This encourages the child to chew properly or else he will have nothing to eat.

Like Kidsme Facebook page for simple recipes that you can let your child try.


Kidsme Multi-Function Food Scissors


The Kidsme Multi-Function Food Scissors makes mealtime so much easier. It is a cut, mash and scoop all-in-one tool. 

Qiqi showing how easy food preparation is using the food scissors
I love this scissors because it is so versatile and is great when we are outdoor. I can bring steamed pieces of potatoes, pumpkin, fish or meat and mesh or cut them up when it is time for Small J's meal. This is a must have in the diaper bag.


Kidsme Icy Moo Moo Soother


The Kidsme Icy Moo Moo Soother is a great teether. This is especially useful when babies are undergoing the teething stage. Its medical-grade, textured silicone is safe, soft and provides relief to soothe baby's sore gums. 


Enjoying his ice-cream

You can also make an ice lolly by pouring your baby's favourite drink or puree into the cap, freeze it and let your baby enjoy. 


I like that it comes with a cap so you can simply put on the cover when the soother is not in use. 


Kidsme PPSU Diamond Wide Neck Milk bottle 


How about giving your little one his/her first diamond? The Kidsme PPSU Diamond Wide Neck Milk Bottle is made of PPSU material which is durable, safe, lightweight and highly heat tolerant, making it perfect for repeated bottle sterilisation. Most importantly, it is BPA free. The handle is removable.


Its unique diamond design adds a dash of style to feeding.


Kidsme products are avaliable online at Totsworld and will be out in retailer stores in July 2014.

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Disclaimer: This a sponsored post by Kidsme Singapore.  All opinions are 100% mine.


Big J and the Beanstalk

Monday, 26 May 2014

Big J loves reading this book - Jack and the Beanstalk. Looking at the state of the book, you will know that we read this so often.


I decided to bring the book to life and grow a beanstalk with him.


Materials need:
Beans (I used green beans)
A small jar
Cotton wool
Spray bottle - for watering the plant


First, I asked him to put the cotton wool into the jar. I told him that this will be the bed for the beans to grow. He put in the cotton wool carefully and create a very comfortable bed for the beans. This is also training his fine motor skills.


Next, we put in the beans. I told him that these are 'magic beans' (the exact words used in the book). He almost wanted to threw the beans out of the windows, as told in the book. We explored the beans for a while, learning that the beans are small, hard and green. We counted the beans together as he put the beans into the jar one by one. Fine motor skills training too as he tried to put the beans into the small jar.


Next, he watered the beans. As he squeezed the spray bottle, he is working on his hands and arms muscles. 


Lastly, we placed the jar near the windows. I told him that the beans need sunlight to grow strong and tall and we need to feed it water on a daily basis or else the beans will get thirsty.

Day 6
We observed the plant daily and see how much it has grown. We learnt about the parts of the plant - leaves, stem and roots. 


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Product Review: Friso Gold - Growing Up Together

Friday, 23 May 2014

You walked into a supermarket and stood at the baby milk powder aisle. Looking at the vast varieties of formula milk on the shelves, you are wondering which one to get for your little one. With so many different brands of formula milk out there, how do you go about choosing the right one for your baby?

For me, the most important factor is that it must be suitable for my baby. First and foremost, he must be willing to drink it. If he doesn't wants to drink it, no matter how good that formula is, it is of no use. Secondly, it must be comfortable to his tummy. I definitely do not want to see him constipated. If you have not seen a constipated baby before, let me tell you how bad it is. The baby will force himself to poo until his face is all red and in extreme cases, the baby might cry in pain. Very heart pain right?

Let me share with you the formula that Small J is drinking now.


Friso Gold 2

Friso Gold 2 is a follow-on formula for babies after 6 months onwards. It contains the important nutrients to support the child's digestion and good gut health, with Prebiotics and Probiotics. In addition, it is well-balanced with nutrients like DHA, AA, SA Selenium, Nucleotides and Taurine. What do all these mean? Let me translate it to layman's terms for you.

  • Probiotics: Helps to suppress and fight against harmful bacteria in the digestive system, thereby helping to maintain a healthy digestive system.
  • Prebiotics (GOS): Promotes the growth of good bifidus bacteria to help maintain a healthy digestive system.
A healthy digestive system means a healthier baby!

  • Nucleotides: Essential to normal cell function and replication, which are important for the overall growth and development of infants.
Helps baby to grow up tall and strong!

  • DHA and AA: Important building blocks for brain and eye development.
A clever baby!


Review

Overall, Small J is pretty satisfied with the Friso Gold 2 formula. He did not struggle with drinking it the first time we introduced the formula to him. He did not suffer any constipation or diarrhoea from drinking this. He poos daily and does not need to 'gek' his poo out.


The milk powder is easily dissolved in water. This means that I can finish making the milk quickly and attend to my crying baby. Yes, a hungry baby is an angry baby.

I also love the lid of the tin. The lid can be opened and closed easily. Unlike Big J's milk, which I need to use a spoon to ply open the lid and then to slam the lid down hard to close it. Do you know that some scrapes of the tin coating might get peeled off in the process due to friction?


Inside the lid, there is a spoon holder where you can put the spoon. This means you do not need to dig for the spoon in the powder and is more hygienic this way.


There is also a leveler which allows you to level off the excess powder for the perfect scoop. No more, no less.


Friso Gold 2 900g retailing at $47 is one of the more affordable formula milk in the market. It is available at all major supermarkets and pharmacies.


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Disclaimer: This a sponsored post by Rise & Shine, in conjunction with Friso.  All opinions are 100% mine.


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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

I am 3. I am ME!



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My ABCs: L is for... Love

Monday, 19 May 2014

My 3 Loves


My 3 loves in my life... the old boy, the small boy and the baby boy.

I do not usually talk about my hubby on the blog. Most of the time it is about the 2 small boys and how much I love them, how much they love us and how much they love each other. Today, I want to write about the love between my hubby and myself.

Very often, we heard people saying that the love between a couple will change after having kids, usually in an unfavourable way. I have to admit that the relationship between hubby and myself did changed over the years, especially after having kids.

In the past, we celebrated our anniversary year after year. We went for late dinners or late movies. We always held each other's hands and hold on to each other's waist. Now, with kids, we don't do this anymore. Instead, we now hold the hands of our boys or carry them in our arms. Anniversaries are celebrated together with the kids, with Big J thinking that it is his birthday... again!

We no longer go for romantic candle light dinner because the boys would be two super big light bulbs. More often than not, they will be so noisy and make us angry that we can't wait to finish the meal quickly and get out of the restaurant as fast as possible. Also, our eyes would be looking on the boys instead of looking at each other with affection.

Before kids, we were able to cook together. Me cooking and him helping. We can take our own sweet time and slowly enjoy our meal and have a nice conversation. Now, I'll be sweating out in the kitchen while he is sweating out in the living room looking after the kids. Then, we need to finish our meals quickly and we usually do not sit down throughout the whole dinner, because either one of us would need to attend to the kids.

We used to have a common hobby - gaming. We fought monsters through the night, we went on quests together and went out for guild gatherings. Now, I have given up this luxury. Hubby still games occasionally and this is often the topic of our quarrels. I would nag at him for wasting time on games and that he should be playing with the boys instead.

We also talk to each other less often. If we do talk, the conversation is usually about the boys. Usually we would be too busy handling the kids to even have the chance to talk to each other.

And...we are not even sleeping together. There was a period when the four of us keep getting sick one after another. The cycle keeps on repeating that we have no choice but to separate the boys. So I sleep with Big J and he sleeps with Small J in another room. I miss sleeping together. We hope to get back our bed soon. But that will be until the boys learn to sleep independently.

Yes, our couple life has changed so much. From the above, it might seems that our relationship is not healthy but that is not true. Our love for each other is now on a deeper level. It is no longer just a simple hug or kiss but more of helping and supporting each other and doing our best for our family. Our love for each other has multiplied and shared with our kids. We are looking forward to the day when the boys are older and more independent so that we can hold each other's hands again.



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Being Mom - World's Toughest Job

Friday, 9 May 2014

This video made its way into my Facebook about a month ago. It shows an advertisement for the position of Director of Operations. The requirements are 'tough', 'insane' and even 'cruel' as some of the interviewees described. The job doesn't even has a salary! When it was revealed who is actually doing this job, the reactions and expressions of the interviewees are priceless. It brought tears to my eyes, even now as I re-watch the video again. This sets me thinking how great a Mother's love can be. 世上只有妈妈好.


The video mentioned many situations that resonate with me.

Standing up most of the time
That's from morning till night. When I do get to sit, I can feel all the muscles in my body relax and I can almost fall asleep. But this is usually interrupted by someone shouting 'Mommy! Mommy!'. Thoughout the day, it is playtime for the boys and wartime for me. I have to break up fights, walking carefully not to step on the nasty toys that are thrown all over the house and to repeat my many instructions to them (especially for Big J) over and over again. Every night, I can sleep almost immediately because I am so exhausted after the whole day. No matter how tired I am, I assure myself that these are time and energy well spent.

Limited breaks
I love toilet breaks. This is the time I can getaway from the boys and have some private moments to myself. If hubby is around, I can go for a longer break. But when he is not around, my breaks are usually disrupted with a shout of 'Mommy! Mommy!' or someone intruding into the toilet. I also love it when the boys are playing peacefully so that I can relax on the sofa and watch them play. The best time of the day is when both boys are down for their naps. Peace for the house!

Lunch / Dinner after the kids are done with theirs
I always feed the boys first before having our lunch and dinner ourselves. If they were to have their meals together with us, they will be too busy asking to eat our food instead of finishing theirs.


Meal times are also messy time. This is on a good day, when the food are usually smeared around his mouth and on the chair. On a bad day, he will have food smeared over his whole face and head. If he decides to goes 'boo boo', the food will be spit all over the places, sometimes even on myself.

Chaotic environment


This photo speaks for itself. I have to walk very carefully to make sure that I do not step on those dangerous things.


It is amazing how much motherhood has changed me. Sacrifices are made. Lifestyle has changed. Instead of going out for late night shopping, movies or supper, I rushes home immediately after work. I no longer wish for late nights because late nights meant those nights when the boys are sick. I don't bear to buy myself something I like without thinking and thinking over it for many nights, thinking if it is worth buying and how the money could be better spent on the boys. I used to lose myself in the world of gaming and drama, now, I spend my online time looking up for recipes to cook, reviews of kiddie products or activities that we can do together. It has also been a long time since Hubby and I went for a holiday. Our last holiday was seven years ago, for our honeymoon. Boo!

Despite the demanding requirements of being a Mom, I do not regret being one. The best and most fulfilling reward is being there for the boys, seeing them grow, hearing their laughters and enjoying their hugs and kisses. For me, even a small eye contact from the boys is enough to make me elated. These are priceless and perhaps that's why it is impossible to derive a salary by being a Mom. You can't put a price to it!

The simplest thing is seeing them enjoying themselves

The biggest change in me is that I have learnt to appreciate my Mom, or rather my parents, for everything they do, in the past and now.

So if you are a Mom, go give yourself a big hug or demand a hug from your hubby and kids. Go say a very big thank you to your own mom and give her a hug. I bought a little gift for myself and you should too.


Happy Mother's Day to all the greatest Moms out there.


PS: I am not a super Mommy. Daddy J helped out in many instances. So here's a very advanced Happy Father's Day to Daddy J.


Old Orange Octopus

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Big J's childcare has a Parental Project every term. The purpose is for the parents to get involve with what the child is learning in school. It is also a great opportunity for bonding and learning together with the child. 

This term, the theme is 'Sea Creature' and 'Animals'. Parents and the child are to work together to create an artwork that suits the theme.

We decided to do an Octopus. I also took the opportunity to teach him the letter 'O' and the number '8'.

First I gathered the materials and punched 8 holes into the paper plate.

Paper plate, Googly eyes, 8 Pipecleaners, Orange paint,
Paint brush
Before we start on the artwork, we sang this Phonic song for the letter 'O', which is Old Orange Octopus. Then I drew an Octopus on the whiteboard, emphasising that the head of the Octopus looks like 'O'. I then drew in the arms of the Octopus and we counted together. 

Going on to the artwork, I first showed him that we are going to paint the paper plate orange, referring back to the Old Orange Octopus. I also showed him that we are going to thread the pipecleaners into the holes so that these will look like the 8 arms of the Octopus. Again, we counted the pipecleaners together. Lastly, we will stick the googly eyes onto the Octopus.

So, let's get started.

Painting the paper plate orange
Threading the pipecleaners
Old Orange Octopus - by Big J
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My ABCs: K is for... Key Chain

Monday, 5 May 2014

This key chain has been with me for close to 6 years. Love it!



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Product Review: Mustela - Small J's Skincare

Friday, 2 May 2014

All moms have their favourite brands of baby products. When it comes to baby skincare, my favourite is Mustela. I swear by its Vitamin barrier cream (diaper cream). Each time when the boys have bad diaper rashes, just a few applications and the rashes and redness are all gone.

The boys have sensitive skin, that's why I am very particular about the skincare products that they are using. I do not want to use any products that contains harsh chemicals on them. Mustela, being the skincare expert for babies, guarantees that its products are hypoallergenic and free of the 3Ps (Paraben, Phenoxyethanol, Phthalates) and alcohol.

When Mustela offered me to try its range of Stelatopia products, I was overjoyed. What could be better than reviewing the products of a brand that I have always love and trust.

Left to right: STELATRIA® Purifying recovery cream, STELATOPIA® Milky bath oil,
STELATOPIA® Emollient cream

Small J was diagnosed with jaundice a few weeks after he was born and had to undergo phototherapy. His skin turned dry and flaky as a result. The skin around the folds of his skin, especially the neck area, became red and chapped. Our PD said that it was eczema. He told us to always keep his skin clean and prescribed a steriod cream for us. We also had to change his body wash to a soap-free wash. However, his skin condition did not improve. There were still many angry flare ups. We tried many other products but were still not able to see much improvements.

Then I came to know about the Mustela STELATRIA® Purifying recovery cream. After using it for a few times, I could see Small J's skin becoming better. The rashes had subsided and the skin also became smoother. Until now, I am still using this whenever I see signs of irritations on his skin.


STELATRIA® Purifying recovery cream is specially formulated to rapidly repair and soothe skin irritations and redness. Skin renewal is stimulated and skin repair is accelerated, thanks to its unique combination of a complex of active trace elements and BioEcolia®. Skin marks are eliminated and the skin gradually regains its suppleness and balance.

Left: When he was 2 months old with angry redness. Right: So much better after using the Recovery Cream.



Due to Small J's sensitive skin, it is important to use a soap-free body wash for him. The STELATOPIA® Milky bath oil is specially formulated for eczema-prone dry skin. It cleanses the skin without damaging or drying it, helps to replenish the lipids in the skin and soothe intense redness and pulling of the skin.


Simply pour 2 to 3 capfuls into the bathwater and mix until the oil is thoroughly dispersed and a milky vale appears. Bath your child in the water and pat him dry gently with a soft towel. There is no need to rinse off the oil at the end of the bath. However, do note that the oil might make the bathtub slippery, so do be extra careful. After Small J's bath, I can feel that his skin is indeed smoother.



After a warm bath, it is important to lock in the moisture in the skin by applying a moisturiser. The STELATOPIA® Emollient cream nourishes the skin intensely and soothes redness. The skin is left feeling supple and soft.


I like that the cream is easy to apply. It has a smooth texture and is easily absorbed into the skin. This is important because Small J is at the stage of super-activeness and can't stay long for me to apply the cream slowly.

Thanks to Mustela for helping my baby to regain his baby soft skin. I am addicted to touching and smelling his soft and smooth skin.

Mustela is available at Kiddy Palace, Watsons, Guardian, Takashimaya, Robinsons, OG, Motherswork, Mums & Bebe. Check this for the full list. 

Psst: Mustela will be hosting a giveaway for their fabulous products. LIKE Mustela and  Spring Maternity Facebook pages to keep yourself updated.


Disclaimer: This a sponsored post by Mustela Singapore.  All opinions are 100% mine.


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