40 Baby Travel Tips!

40 Baby Travel Tips!

Holiday season is coming and you may be planning on a holiday with your baby. You have heard horror stories on what could happen during the travels from your friends (and you don’t want the same to happen during your holiday). Understandable! We have complied 40 tips on how to travel with a baby. Some of the tips may be useful for you! 1. WHITE ONESIES: (applies to 1-6 mo.) Buy cheap onesies! Babies poop and vomit all the time. It’s easier to dispose the onesie then to bother about laundry. But do bring ziplock bags (lots) to lock the filthy onesie before you throw it away. 2. BRING YOUR BUMPERS!!!!: (applies to 5 mo. +) Bring your own crib bumpers because most cribs that the hotel provides may not come with bumpers. 3. CARRY ON: Pack essentials. Anything that you forgot, can be bought at your destination. Please read the packing list that we recommend at the end of this blog. 4. GETTING THROUGH SECURITY: Take your time!! You may want to bring your carseat along (please check with airline) for your baby to sleep in (if the bassinet doesn’t work). Check in early. Most airlines allow parents with kids to check in first but you have to be there early! Wear your baby in a sling coz you don’t want to wake a sleeping baby (in case your baby felt asleep in the carseat/stroller and you have to wake him/her up – that would be a nightmare!) 5. STROLLER LINE: Always ask a airport staff if they have a line designated for strollers, many do! And if not then 90%...
6 (and more) tips on how to survive the first month of birth

6 (and more) tips on how to survive the first month of birth

So, you just gave birth. You have ready books and have listened to advices. You have met your cute cuddly baby! Life feels so complete…. until you leave the hospital and suddenly, you’re faced with the reality of having to handle a screaming, hungry baby! You’re tired, sleep deprived and your body is still aching from birth. How do you survive all that???! Well, here are some tips given by other moms.   Sleep and Bedtime Take advantage of all of the sleeping that newborns do in those first couple weeks. Enjoy, and take a LOT of pictures! It’s easy to do in this digital age. All you need is a phone! I second the “sleep when the baby sleeps” comment. I didn’t do it enough with my first, and now that I have an older child at home, I’m longing for those midday naps! Rest when the baby sleeps. Don’t worry about trying to “sleep when the baby sleeps.” Instead, just lie down, take deep breaths and clear your thoughts. Don’t think about all the chores you could be doing. Don’t think that it’s your only chance to sleep. Just clear your mind and you will be refreshed when the baby wakes up. When you are woken up at night for what seem like the 100th time and just need sleep, try to breathe out and chant to yourself, “It won’t last forever.” Snuggle your baby and try to enjoy it even though you are cross-eyed because of lack of sleep. After baby’s umbilical cord stump falls off, start a night routine ASAP. Bath, lotion, diaper, sing or...
10 Methods to Store Breastmilk

10 Methods to Store Breastmilk

We know that as a busy mom, you may not be able to stay home with your baby all day. Jobs and other commitments make it necessary to express and store breast milk for use while away from your little ones. So as a handy reminder, we’ve compiled a list of 10 tips and tricks for storing breast milk well, to ensure the best quality milk for your baby. 1. Room temperature storage Breast milk can be safely stored in sterilized containers and kept at room temperature which is between 66 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit (or 18 – 25 deg C) for between 4-6 hours. This is an acceptable alternative when you are only going to be gone for a few hours. 2. Insulated cooling bag storage Expressed breast milk may be stored in an insulated cooler bag for up to 24 hours. Store expressed milk in sterilized containers and surrounded by ice packs inside the zipped cooler bag. The temperature should not rise above 39 degrees Fahrenheit (or 3 deg C). 3. Refrigerator method Place your expressed breast milk in sterilized containers. Store it at the back part of the refrigerator which is kept at a maximum of 39 degrees F (3 deg C). While this method of storage is optimal for keeping breastmilk fresh for 72 hours, it is still acceptable to store breast milk in this manner for up to 8 days. 4. Refrigerator freezer at 5 degrees F. You can also store breast milk in the freezer compartment of your refrigerator. The recommended temperature is at around 5 degrees F. The maximum recommended storage time...
10 Tips on how to Raise a Secure Child

10 Tips on how to Raise a Secure Child

Raising a secure child A lot of parents spent a whole lot of time organizing, planning and executing their plan. They make sure that there will be enough savings for university, that their kids get good grades in school, finish their homework, pack their bags, eat their lunch, get to tuition/school in time, behave in public, mind their manners, mix with the correct crowd and the list goes on and on.. At the same time, making sure that the house is tidy and nice, and that their career soars. These same parents (in the later years) may also complain that they just cannot connect with their child (especially teens) anymore. Any questions asked will simply be brushed off with a single word answer by their child. Or any genuine feeling of care will be translated into something negative and intrusive. The only conversation that the parent will most likely to have with the child is when the child needs his/her pockets money. Most small children tend to shy away from their parents and be closer to the caregiver. All these create a lot of disharmony in the family. Sounds familiar? What’s lacking in most parent-child relationship these days is the emotional connection that would nurture a child to feel secure in his /her life. Secure children tend to be genuinely happy, have positive relationships with peers and teachers, tends to do better in school, are seen as more attractive and have close relationship with their parents, as well as their own children. They also have a good conscience to choose between right and wrong doings. It’s very easy to...

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