Pregnancy superstitions and why we should follow them

pregnancy superstitions

When you first announce your pregnancy, you get the usual – “Congrats! Remember not to do xxxxx”. Like hey, it’s my child, don’t tell me how to raise them.

But then again, these pregnancy superstitions do have some merit. No smoke without a fire, eh?

We have compiled a list of the most common pregnancy superstitions;

Defer your pregnancy announcements till after the first trimester (3 months)

It is believed that announcing your pregnancy too early will increase the chance of a miscarriage, as most miscarriages happen in the first trimester.

No home renovations

The Chinese believe actions like sawing, drilling and hammering, (that are common during home renovations) are harmful to the baby’s spirit and could cause fetal deformities. If its an emergency, being away from the renovations are believed to help. Also calling your baby’s spirit away from the renovation site will prevent any harm from coming to him/her.

No using scissors or needles on the bed

Using scissors or needles on the bed symbolizes cutting of umbilical cord and causes birth defects. While there are many people with experience with this particular pregnancy superstition, it is still unsure whether its coincidence or the superstition has a legitimate claim.

Put a knife under the bed

This is done to ward off evil spirits with evil or malicious intent from harming your baby’s spirit.

No attending funerals

Funerals are largely considered unlucky in Chinese culture and therefore, people often warn expecting mothers to avoid attending any. However, in the case where it is necessary, it is recommended to tie a red scarf around the belly area to ward off the negative energy from the funeral.

No cursing

Cursing is far more common in today’s society, so much so a curse word is always at the tip of your tongue. Try to refrain from cursing or have anyone around you say any curse words as it is believed that cursing around the unborn child equates cursing him/her. In Western culture, this is also avoided as they don’t want the baby’s first words to be a curse word.

No rubbing belly

Its normal to want to caress your pregnant belly, but its told that excessive rubbing of the belly will result in a spoiled child.

Have you heard any of these superstitions passed down from your mum/grandmother? I know I’ll definitely be abiding by these “guidelines”. It’s better to be safe, than sorry.

5 Piglet Toys that will make you squeal

Commonly known as Winnie the Pooh’s best bud in the show, Piglet has a generally scaredy demeanor but tries to conquer his fears. We have compiled a list of our top picks of 5 piglet toys for any piglet fan.

1. Disney Piglet Scented Ufufy Plush Toy (4.5″)

piglet toy scented

Scented with apple blossoms, this round plush sits upright and would be a great addition to any piglet lover’s collection.

2. 9.5″ Piglet Soft Toy

piglet toy

This adorable piglet sitting soft toy would make a great companion for any baby, toddler or child.

3. Winnie the Pooh Piggy Piglet (Disney) by Kato crafts

piglet toy piggy bank

A great way to introduce kids to saving money early on in their childhood. “Paying” your kids to do chores and having them save the money in this piggy bank. Two birds with one stone!

4. 2 Tier Diaper Cake – Monkey Piglet Toy Baby Gift Hamper

piglet toy diaper cake

This diaper cake consists of:

  • 25 “Huggies Total Protection” Disposable Diapers in size M (Fits babies 5-10 kg)
  • 1 Pair of Pre-Walker Shoes (Size 6-12 months)
  • 1 Disney Piglet Soft Toy Cake Topper
  • 1 Monkey Romper / Bodysuit (Size 6-12 months)
  • 1 Flannel Cotton Receiving Blanket (76x76cm)
  • 1 Pair of Socks
  • 1 Bib
  • 1 Premium Diaper Cake Gift Box Packaging (46 x 22 x 22cm)

5. Disney Piglet Toys ”Tsum Tsum” Plush Toy – Mini – 3 1/2”

piglet toy tsumtsum

Following the recent tsumtsum craze, this is a perfect gift for a tsumtsum toy collector. Its unique shape makes it easy to stack and can be used to create a cute feature wall in your room/home.

5 Mickey Mouse Baby Gifts that will make you go “Oh boy!”

Mickey mouse has been a household name since he was created in 1928.

We have compiled 5 Mickey mouse baby gifts that will make you go “Oh boy!”, as Mickey likes to say.

1. Disney Mickey Mouse Mouse Push and Go Racer Car

mickey mouse toy

This push and go car encourages crawling and first steps, all while teaching toddlers motor skills.

2. Red Mickey Mouse Baby Gifts Prewalker Baby Shoes

mickey mouse toymickey mouse baby gift shoes

This pair of prewalker shoes will fit any baby up to 6 months and will pair well with Mickey themed onesie or pants. Comes in two colours; red and dark blue and available on Diaper Cakes SG.

3. Delta Children Disney Mickey Mouse Baby Gifts Upholstered Chair

 mickey mouse toy
Let your toddler have his very own armchair sofa. Perhaps put the chair in a little reading corner to encourage reading instead of being on the phone all day.

4. Mommy’s Little Man Mickey Mouse Toy Diaper Cake

mickey mouse toy

A diaper cake is pretty much a baby gift hamper, in the shape of a cake, adorned with a soft toy of your choosing.

This diaper cake consists of:

  • 25 “Huggies Total Protection” Disposable Diapers M Size (Suitable for babies 5-10 kg)
  • 1 Pair of Pre-Walker Shoes (Size 6-12 months)
  • 1 Red Mickey Mouse Plush Toy Cake Topper *See related image
  • 1 “Mommy’s Little Man” Romper / Bodysuit (Size 6-12 months)
  • 1 Flannel Cotton Receiving Blanket (76 x 76cm)
  • 1 Pair of Socks
  • 1 Bib
  • 1 Premium Diaper Cake Gift Box Packaging (46 x 22 x 22cm)

5. The First Years Disney Baby Mickey Mouse 3-In-1 Potty System

mickey mouse toy

A toddler’s first step to being toilet trained. This can be used as a standalone potty or as an attachable on a regular toilet bowl.

Grandparents Baby Shower

As Singaporeans, the cost of living is so high, it is rare that new parent will be able to comfortably afford to quit their job once pregnant. Therefore, in most cases, the responsibility of taking care of your newborn either falls to your parents or in-laws after the 16 week paid maternity period has passed. (Read also: Maternity leave around the world)

If a soon to be mom gets a baby shower, why shouldn’t grandparents get their baby shower too for their precious grandchild?

So what’s a Grandparents Baby Shower?

It’s a relatively new concept. Grandparents welcome the chance to pamper their grand kids. Plus, they’re already well equipped with the skills necessary to take care of your baby. (They might even have some tricks up their sleeve passed down from their parents!) And with this grandparents baby shower, it will also equip them with any items necessary, like diapers and onesies.

Given the steadily decreasing sizes of BTO flats, its highly impossible to make room for the soon to be grandparents. Assuming they have a place of their own, they will need the duplicates for their own baby room/corner so they are able to take care of your baby to the best of their abilities.

So if you’re a grandparent, go ahead and throw a baby shower for your grandchild.  If you are a gift giver who’s been invited to a grandparent baby shower, the baby shower gifts are similar to what you would give the new parents too.

(Read also: How to get the baby shower gifts you actually want)

And here are clickable links to unique baby shower gifts you didn’t know you needed.

How often should I change my newborn’s diapers?

It’s a repetitive chore, and you will start dreading the same foul smell coming from your baby, as that would mean it’s time to change your newborn’s diaper.

newborn's diaper

But here’s a general guide on how often you should be changing your baby’s diaper as leaving the nasty stuff there increases the risk of a diaper rash or worse still, an infection.

The American Pregnancy Association recommends changing wet diapers every two to three hours, but as soon as you notice poop either visually or through your heightened sense of smell once you become a new mommy.

Diapers are expensive, especially when you’re going through 16-20 pieces a day. You don’t have to change the diaper every time your newborn pees, as they pee about 20 times a day, only when they poop so you lower the chance of irritation or worse, infection.

Luckily for parents, the amount of diapers used will decrease as their diet will tend to contain more solids, but that also means more poops.

Remember to always leave a two finger spacing on the top of the diaper.  This is to prevent it from being too tight or loose!

newborn's diaper

How much Angbao to give this Chinese New Year

Be it that you’re newly married, or you have a newborn, how much angbao to give differs from year to year. Here’s an updated angbao rate list for you to not seem like the “scroogy” aunt/uncle this Chinese New Year.

Remember to NEVER give angbaos in denominations of $4, as it is inauspicious.

(Of course, the amount will vary based on income levels but this will provide a good gauge of how much to give)

how much angbao


> $80, higher, especially if you stayed with your grandparents when you were younger.


$50-$150, you should give your grandchildren more or less the same amount you would give your children.


> $80, to show gratitude for your upbringing.

Children, and their spouses

$20-$100, this amount may vary with different families. I’ve always gotten $20 from my parents, while my peers get between $30-$80. As your child gets older, how much angbao they get may increase.

As for your child’s spouse, it’s safe to give $50 as that is what your in-laws are also likely to give.

Siblings, and their spouses

$10-$50, depending on how close you are. It is also not necessary to give to an older sibling, as it is assumed they are already adults, capable or supporting themselves.


$10-$28, and only to cousins younger than you, as similar to the sibling rule, older cousins are able to support themselves.

Nieces and Nephews

$8-$18, depending on how close you are.

Friends’ children

$8, as a small token to wish them a Happy New Year. A good rule of thumb would be to give them the amount they gave your children.

Children’s friends

$8-$10, just for face sake.

Office help staff

(eg: cleaners or receptionist)

$2-$38, how much angbao would depend on how reliant you are on their services.


And finally, Happy Chinese New Year from the Diaper Cakes SG team!

5 Whimsical Princess gifts

5 Whimsical Princess gifts

Every young girl dreams of being a princess. I mean, we all think its an easy job, you sit around look pretty, and you get to wear a tiara! Absolute dream job. So we have compiled a list of 5 whimsical princess gifts for all little girls out there.

Princess Potty Chair

Give your princess the throne she deserves! And at the same time potty train her so she can be weened off her diapers (they’re really expensive for what they are, if we’re being real here).

This princess potty chair is available from Nature’s Collection.

Baby Gund 5 Piece My Little Princess Gifts set

This princess gift set contains a princess with crinkle, magic mirror, wand with squeaker and a unicorn embedded with a sound chip. This set also includes an embroidered princess castle.

Available from Diaper Cakes SG.

Princess Tiara

I remember my first tiara, I was about 3 when one of my aunts asked me to be the flower girl at her wedding. I remember how pretty I felt wearing that sparkly tiara that day. This would be a perfect princess themed gift, available on amazon here.

Personalized Princess onesie

Have your baby girl’s name printed on her very own personalized onesie, along with a cute print of a princess in a pink dress. This princess onesie design is available on Diaper Cakes SG.

Disney Princess Dress Up Trunk Costumes

I grew up reading Disney classics like Snow White and Cinderella. My mum even said I could recite the whole Snow White story from memory at age 4. If you know a little girl that feels just as passionately about Disney princesses as me, then this princess dress up trunk would be a perfect princess gift for her.

Maternity Leave around the World

Do you know the “market rate” of maternity leave? We have compiled a list of major cities/countries in the world with paid maternity leave, in comparison to our own.


16 weeks

  • 8 paid by employer, 8 paid by government *for the first two children, maternity leave taken for the third child will be paid for by the government

Hong Kong

10 weeks 

  • daily rate of maternity leave pay is a sum equivalent to four-fifths of the average daily wages earned by an employee in the 12-month period preceding the first day of the maternity leave


14 weeks

  • 6 weeks prior to delivery, 8 weeks postpartum. Child care leave is also an option for new parents.


90 days

  • The amount of maternity leave pay is paid based on the worker’s ordinary wage on the first day of the said leave, but it should not exceed 4.05 million won for the 90 days. If the amount of ordinary wage for a worker exceeds 1.35 million won per month, the employer should pay the difference.


98 days

  • Any female older than 24 years of age when having her first child will be considered a case of late childbirth and will be entitled to an additional 30 days of paid leave (varies by province)


12 or 18 months

  • 12 months with 55% pay (at a maximum of $543 a week) or 18 months; 15 weeks at 55% pay rate and 61 weeks at 33%.

United States


  • 42 of 50 states do not offer paid maternity leave, only 12 weeks of job protection. California is the only state offering paid maternity leave to both men and women.


12 weeks

  • Women are entitled to 12 weeks paid leave at 100%, and men, a week.


17 weeks

  • Women receive 17 weeks of leave at 100% pay. Men are to receive less than a week at100% pay.


26 weeks

  • Women receive 26 weeks of leave at100% pay. Men may take three weeks of leave at 100% pay.

United Kingdom

38 weeks

  • 90% pay for the first 6 weeks and a flat rate for the remaining duration


16 weeks

  • Women are entitled to 16 weeks of leave at 100% pay, while men can take 2 or more weeks at 100% pay up to a ceiling.


68 weeks

  • to be split between both parents, with 80% coverage up to 910SEK a day


20 weeks

  • Women may take 20 weeks of leave with 100% pay up to a ceiling. Additional parental leave of 156 weeks, or three years, is available unpaid.


18 weeks

  • Women receive 18 weeks at the minimum wage. Men may take two weeks at the minimum wage. (minumum wage at $17.70)


14 weeks

  • Job protection is provided from the beginning of pregnancy to 4 months postpartum. 6 weeks before birth and 8 weeks after.

Do you know an expecting mum? Check out some perfect baby shower gifts at Diaper Cakes SG.

Top 10 Unconventional Baby Names

I believe we’ve all heard our fair share of unique baby names, be it classmates or working colleagues. But here are some more high profile kids with unconventional baby names, and we’re betting some will make you speechless.

1. Audio Science – Shannyn Sosammon & Dallas Clayton

No, it’s not a college major, its not an exhibition in the museum, it’s this kid’s name. Can you imagine, this kid growing up and enrolling himself into an audio course just for shizz and giggles?

2. Denim – Toni Braxton & Keri Lewis

Oh look, he’s even wearing denim in this picture! It’s an unfortunate name (in my opinion), I mean, who wants to be named after a fabric?

3. Dusty Rose Levine – Adam Levine & Behati Prinsloo

Let’s be honest, Adam Levine is a really fit man (People’s magazine’s 2013 sexiest man of the year). When I heard he was engaged, I threw a hissy fit. When I heard Behati was pregnant, I almost cried. When I heard they had named their baby Dusty Rose, I still think he’s hot.. its just Dusty rose, really Adam? That’s SO 2016.

4. Java – Josh Holloway

Well, Java is pretty open to interpretation. Did he mean Java chips? Java script? She is adorable, and I do like a good green tea cream frappuccino with java chips.

5. Maple – Jason Bateman & Amanda Anka 

Maple, like maple syrup? Like Canada?? I will never be able to look at my pancakes drenched in maple syrup the same way, EVER.

6. Racer – Robert Rodriguez

Would be odd if he didn’t pass his driver’s test on the first try, eh?

Although these names aren’t the most unconventional of the bunch, I just felt it wouldn’t be right to make such a list without including children from the Kardashian-Jenner clan.

7, 8, 9. North, Saint, Chicago West – Kim Kardashian & Kanye West

She just had to, didn’t she? Props to her, she made headlines all three times with her unique baby names.

Fun KKW fact: Her third child, Chicago is actually a surrogate baby, aka someone else got to enjoy all the “perks” of pregnancy while Kim continued strutting around in her slim thick figure.

10. Stormi Webster – Kylie Jenner & Travis Scott

Let’s see a show of hands who didn’t know Travis Scott’s real name was actually Jacques Webster. I’m definitely one of those. I was also counting on her baby’s name to be Butterfly Jenner-Scott as the duo had revealed subtle clues leading to the baby’s name being something butterfly related. Kylie Jenner had also been semi-successful in “hiding” her pregnancy; staying out of the public eye once her baby bump surfaced and not responding to rumours. We all knew it was true, she just didn’t confirm it.

Do you know a baby or are you planning on naming your baby something unique? You wont be able to find their name in any store on ornaments or clothing.

Diaper Cakes SG offers personalized onesies where you’re able to print a baby name and design, like this adorable duckling onesie.

You can shop their onesie collection HERE.

5 Honey-licious Winnie the Pooh toys

5 Honey-licious Winnie the Pooh toys


Fun Pooh fact: Winnie is actually a girl! Named after a black bear in London Zoo, Winnipeg. Well, that still doesn’t take away the burning questions everyone has; Why doesn’t Winnie the Pooh wear pants?AnyPooh (pun intended), we have compiled a list of honeylicious Winnie the Pooh soft toys, suitable for Pooh lovers of all ages.

1. Winnie the Pooh stuffed bean bag

winnie the pooh toys

A great collector’s item with Pooh’s name on the iconic red t-shirt.

You can get it here from Amazon.

2. Winnie Tsum Tsum plush pillow

winnie the pooh toys

Following the recent Tsumtsum craze, here’s a cute Pooh pillow to jazz up your bed of sofa.

3. Mini Diaper Cake – Winnie the Pooh baby gift hamper

winnie the pooh toys

This diaper cake contains:

  • 7 “Huggies Total Protection” Disposable Diapers in Size M (Fits babies 5-10 kg)
  • 1 White Short Sleeved Winnie The Pooh Baby Onesie
  • 1 Disney Winnie The Pooh Soft Toy Cake Topper
  • 1 Pair of Baby Socks

4. Winnie the Pooh lying down soft toy

winnie the pooh toys

Just like how your baby will first learn to lie on their belly, this adorable Winnie the Pooh toy will accompany him/her.

5. 3 Tier Diaper Cake- Winnie the Pooh Toys baby gift hamper

winnie the pooh toys

This diaper cake contains:

  • 30 “Huggies Platinum” Disposable Diapers Size M (For Babies 5-10 kg)
  • 1 Pair of Pre-Walker Shoes (Size 6-12 months)
  • 1 Pooh Soft Toy Cake Topper
  • 2 Pooh Baby Onesies (Size 6-12 months)
  • 1 Flannel Cotton Receiving Blanket (76 x 76cm) *Design will differ slightly
  • 1 Pair of Socks
  • 1 Feeding Bib
  • 1 Premium Diaper Cake Gift Box Packaging (46 x 22 x 22cm)

You can now dress your baby top to toe in Winnie the Pooh gear, how stylish!