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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Easy Breezy Diaper Changing

Mummies love spending time bonding with our babies, especially in their first year where every little milestone means a lot to us. Baby’s first smile to you, baby’s first sounds, and baby’s first flip which would lead to a mountain of first movements that would leave us new parents of a young baby amazed (you don’t find them at the same spot you left them!) and flustered (you can never get through a diaper change without resistance!)
Though we do not find it a hassle to change Ava whenever a diaper change is necessary, the constant battle we have as we lay her in a lying down position is both frustrating and hilarious. She would start doing crunches as we try to lay her down to remove her diapers and she would get agitated, turning red as she struggles to flip over and crawl away! Looking at Aiden still in his diapers at home (3 year 6 month old), it seemed a long way before we can transit to toilet training and diaper free days.

You can imagine how elated we were when we discovered that Drypers Drypantz can be worn for babies from 7kg (approximately 6 months old)! Now diaper changing is no longer a battle. Instead, we can spend the time bonding with her, singing to her and applying creams to her baby soft skin. What’s more, Drypers Drypantz remain our choice because of the soft and breathable waistband that reduces chances of skin irritation, ensures better air circulation and ultimate comfort for our baby’s skin.   
Meet Airy, the cheery and colorful windmill, embodying better air circulation and breathability in the new Drypers Drypantz. This breathable waistband helps to reduce red irritable marks and reducing pressure on baby’s tummy. This eased the worry we had about the pants diaper being too tight or uncomfortable for Ava with long hours of wearing, as the waistband cannot be adjusted like the usual diapers.

And here’s Softie, an adorable, fluffy little cloud embodying softness and comfort, just like the unique technology which goes into making Drypers Drypantz’s waistband extra soft and gentle on baby’s skin. 
You’d need to feel the pants diaper to believe it yourself. It is so soft and airy, yet providing great absorbance, comfort and most importantly, convenience for us! While we are out and need a quick diaper change, I can do it discreetly in the car and we need not find a changing table to do so with the pants diaper.  

Now, we can breathe easy with Drypers Drypantz and enjoy family outings and bonding time instead of worrying about battling with diaper changes and irritation to our baby’s skin with long wearing pants diapers. Whee! Try this out today. 
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2)   Specially for the month of August, Drypers will be giving away 4 free pieces of Drypers Drypantz with purchase of any pack of Drypers Drypantz. This applies to banded packs only and applicable for all sizes. 

3)   Join the Breathe Easy Breeze game on Drypers SingaporeFacebook Contest:

Control ‘Airy’ mascot using your mouse to help ‘Softie’ turn plain diapers into Drypers Drypantz diapers. Convert 12 diapers in the shortest time to win fantastic prizes. Every week the top scorers stand a chance to win prizes including $100 cash vouchers, tickets (worth $88 each) to Lunchbox Theatrical Production’s ‘Bubble Magic’ show, in early September 2014.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Baby's First Seat - Prince Lionheart BebePod

While shopping for a first seat for Ava, we had two things in mind - safety and comfort. Many of our friends use the bumbo seat but reading about the bumbo seat recalls prompted us to look for alternatives. It didn't take us long before we set our eyes on the Prince Lionheart BebePod. 

Here's what we love about the Prince Lionheart BebePod

Safety belt 
We were already won over when we saw the safety belts. There is a front safety belt to secure the baby to the seat so that she won't be able to wriggle or push her way out. The two side belts are for securing to a seat when you need a high chair, perfect and so convenient. 

Soft material
When we first saw the BebePod, it looked very tough and we thought it'd be hard. Upon touching it, we were surprised to find that it's made of a softer stretchable material. This is ideal for babies who are beginning to sit up and if doesn't hurt their fragile frame and still feels comfortable after sitting down for a longer stretch. No more attempting to carry baby with one arm and feeding with the other. 

Adjustable tray

This is perfect as it allows us to fit the seat with the adjustable tray during feeding time and we can remove it so it doesn't get in the way during play time. Makes cleaning up more convenient too as we can remove the tray for washing. 

Easy to clean
Babies are prone to messes. If we had to worry about removing the food stains, it would deny us more quality time spent with the kids. We love how easy it is to maintain and clean the BebePod. For cleaning of more stubborn stains, use a food grade detergent and wipe off with a cloth.

Complements lifestyle

On the go, moving between my parents' place and ours and this is so easy to transport. Doubles as a baby high chair when we attach the straps to a regular chair. Juggling two kids, we often have to divide our attention and time for each of them. With the BebePod, it allows us to have the both of them 'play' in the same space. 

Stylish design
We are pretty selective in the furniture, toys and accessories we get for Aiden and Ava. One very important criteria is its design. With a Scandinavian minimalist theme to our home decor, we love how this baby seat goes well in the living room, at the balcony and in her bedroom. It doesn't look too kiddy and looks good in pictures too! 

Cool colors
Available in an array of attractive colors including blue, pink and cool grey, we got the one in grey as it matches our home and it's super versatile in pictures. 

The Prince Lionheart bébéPOD® flex with tray retails at $59.90 (Usual Price: $88.90) and is available at Mums & Babes stores. 

Disclaimer: Mums & Babes provided us with the Prince Lionheart bébéPOD® for review. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are our own.  
Friday, July 18, 2014

Ava at 8 months old

Looking back at how this eight month old little girl has grown since she came into our lives when I was 36 weeks pregnant. An early bird like her brother, both of them can hardly wait to see us and arrived at 35 weeks 5 days (Aiden) and 36 weeks 1 day (Ava).
Me at week 35 with Ava arriving in a week's time
At week 35, I was already wading and feeling like a whale. Being busy at work didn't allow me to slow down my pace and I was rushing everywhere I went with this big round belly. Lucky for me both of my pregnancies did not give me unbearable, unforgettable symptoms. Besides the one time I had food poisoning when I was pregnant with Ava, it all went quite smooth for me (this could be the memory loss post pregnancy kicking in).

4 day old, her first time on her cot bed
Ava arrived on 17 Nov, 2014 at 4.03pm via planned C-section. Her birthing process was short and sweet fortunately and we were calmer than the first time. My water bag burst as though on cue (it was the exact same case with Aiden), and this time she was in our arms fairly quickly.

Sweet dreams baby
New mums would relate well to this. I find myself attracted very much to my new born baby and can spend time just looking over her cot and smile to myself, knowing she is contented and happy.

Stork bite marks on her eye lids
The first few visits to her doctor got us really worried as she has these stork bite marks that look really obvious and red on her eye lids. These seem to occur when the blood vessels stretch during fetal development and they remain visible on the skin after birth. Some of these will fade after a few months while some may take years or even be permanent. I was looking this up quite a bit over the internet and was affected as it was getting more obvious on her skin day by day. Luckily by the time she was 2-3 month old, it faded away on its own. 

Hello! Miss Bright Eyes taking pictures for her full month favour gift boxes

I was contemplating signing up for a newborn photography package for Ava, but with her jaundice which took more than a month to go away, and the redness on her eyelids, I decided to take my own pictures of her instead. I need to remind myself to take more pictures to be fair!

Hello gor gor, my protector
I am really looking forward to the days where Aiden and Ava can play independently together and enjoy the company of each other. We have another 10 months to go at least I guess. Nowadays I try to have them interact while Aiden is playing with his cars and when we bring the both of them out to the playground. Ava chuckles really loudly when she plays with Aiden (or when he wants to play with her), and I really love the small steps taken for the siblings to bond with each other.

Ava at 7 month old

Aiden at 6 month old
Same same but different. I put their pictures when they are both around the same age to compare lately and find that both of them look pretty different.

At the Botanical Gardens
At Red Dot 2014, Hong Lim Park
Let me try to find time for this, as it is interesting to start a book documenting the both of them at the same age - month by month.
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Conversations about life matters, and the little things in life that matter

<While we were brushing teeth together in the morning>

“Daddy, you wear work clothes because you go work today, right?”

“Yes. Today is a work day.”

“You work then will have money, right?”

“That’s right.”

“Why you never wear work clothes yesterday?”

“That’s because I took leave to help Mummy with her business.”

“Okay. Because you love Mummy right?”

“Yes, of course. I love you too, Aiden.”

“I love you too, Daddy.”

It’s amazing how many subtle things a 3 year old can pick up without you emphasising / repeating it.

Amidst the uncertainty, stress and challenge of setting up our retail business and planning the next step in my career, that short conversation with Aiden was exactly what I needed to focus again on the things that matter to our family.

Aiden is a genius psychologist but he doesn’t know it.

The next day, I slipped a $50 note into his money pot, and read him one more Peppa Pig book. I considered it fair payment.
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