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 Gift 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.

Singapore

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

Japan

14 weeks

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

Korea

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.

China

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)

Canada

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

None

  • 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.

Mexico

12 weeks

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

Brazil

17 weeks

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

India

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

France

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.

Sweden

68 weeks

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

Russia

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.

Australia

18 weeks

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

Germany

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.

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

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

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

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

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 Soft Toy baby gift hamper

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!

5 Baby Shower gifts you didn’t know you needed

5 Baby Shower gifts you didn’t know you needed

Aside from the usual baby shower gifts like baby blankets, diaper bags and breast pumps, here are some gifts outside the norm you didn’t know you needed.

1. Bib that catches fallen food

This bib catches the fallen food that escapes your baby’s mouth. No more picking food off your baby’s clothes, as it will all fall into the pocket on the bib. This is a perfect baby shower gift for as soon as the baby is able to eat solid foods.

2. Unicorn home slippers

They’re adorable, comfy, and they keep your feet warm. New moms tend to experience chills postpartum, especially against your stylish glossy tiles at home. This pair of unicorn slippers help your feet stay warm while help soothe your aching feet from the bloating from pregnancy.

Available from Natures Collection.

3. Formula dispenser 

This is great for being on the go, having formula milk already measured to the right amount makes feeding your baby on the go really easy. Instead of having formula stored in ziplock bags or chunky containers, the formula dispenser will fit in your diaper bag snuggly.

4. Memento Box

 

Having a keepsakes box to store all the little bits of childhood will give your child something to look back on. I remember my mum kept the bit of umbilical cord stump after it dried up, as a measure of good luck. As the years went by, she also put in my first gold anklet after I grew too big to fit it, as well as my first teeth.

Available in blue and pink from Diaper Cakes SG.

5. Animal Pacifier

Adorning a pacifier with a stuffed animal will help appease your baby when they’re upset, as well as keep them occupied.

And there you have it, a handful of baby shower gifts you didn’t know you needed but will change your life.

Take a mom break, you deserve it.

Between juggling household chores and changing nappies, its hard to find time to take care of yourself. Here are a few 10 minute activities you can sneak into your schedule, while your baby is asleep. (Trust me, it’ll be worth the few unwashed dishes)

 

Shop online

In the digital age of now, eCommerce is dominating the retail industry. It’s convenient to shop online within the comforts of your own home. As a new mom with a busy schedule, having the option browse online and have your items delivered to you is perfect. Its also super easy to find exactly what you’re looking for on the vast internet especially since you’re able to shop internationally on reputable sites such as ASOS, Zara and Taobao.

Doll yourself up

Look better, feel better. Its extremely common for new moms to neglect themselves in the midst of caring for their newborn. Take 5 extra minutes in the morning to doll up and you’d be surprised to see what a difference some undereye concealer, blush and mascara can do.

Do some yoga

There is a long list of benefits associated with yoga, such as being stress reducing, relaxation and lowering blood pressure. Taking a few minutes each day to do some yoga and you’ll reap the benefits soon enough.

Make yourself some food

Cook a meal for yourself that isn’t last night’s leftovers, frozen food, or baby mush. For some mums, cooking a proper meal is therapeutic just the way I find getting my hair cut relaxing.

Hand over parenting duties to the dad for the night

You know, he played half the role in creating your baby, he should do more than the occasional diaper change. Hand off said duties, have him put his mom on speed dial in case he has a “parenting emergency” and take the night off and have fun with your girlfriends!

5 Wonderful Dog Soft Toy Gifts

Dog Soft Toy Baby Gifts

Are you one of the 74% of the population that lists dogs as their favourite animal? Well, even if you aren’t, every 3 in 4 people do love dogs. Therefore, we have compiled a list of 5 great dog soft toys as gifts for anyone, from a baby shower or a Valentine’s Day present.

 

1. Boo, World’s Cutest Dog

Boo didn’t get famous lying around looking cute. Wait.. He did! That gives the rest of us mere folk much hope.

Can you tell the difference between the boo on the left and the boo on the right? They both look so alike, right? You can shop for Boo soft toys on Natures Collection.

2. Naladoo Siberian Husky Soft Toy

Given Singapore’s hot climate, it’s not the best environment to own a husky due to their thick coats. The next best thing would be a husky soft toy mirroring such adorableness.

3. Doge Pillow

Ever come across one of these popular doge memes? Doge was one of the few original memes that starting the dog meme craze. Well now you can have a Shiba Inu Doge pillow of your own glaring at you.

4. Chinese New Year Dog Plush

2018 is the year of the dog. This plush in the very festive red and gold colours will be perfect to set in the middle of your coffee table amidst all your yummy chinese new year snacks.

5. 2 Tier “Chick Magnet” Dog diaper cake baby gift hamper

This 2 Tier Diaper Cake hamper consists of the following goodies that are practical and simply adorable:

  • 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 GUND Talkiez Dog Soft Toy
  • 1 Dog “Chick Magnet” Long Sleeved Romper / Bodysuit
  • 1 Receiving Blanket
  • 1 Pair of Socks
  • 1 Feeding Bib

Available from Diaper Cakes SG

 

Start off the year of the dog with a new doggy plush toy!

 

How to get baby shower gifts that you ACTUALLY want

All soon to be parents face the same dilemma; either request for practical baby shower gifts, or end up with tons of size 3-6 month onesies, diapers and socks. On the other hand, gifters aren’t to be faulted for gifting what they feel is the most sensible. Multiply that by however many people you have invited to your baby shower, and your baby ends up with a new outfit everyday for the next 3 months, followed by a sudden shortage in the following months.

So as a new mother or parent, how should you reply when asked what you want for your baby shower?

Here’s how to ask for baby shower gifts that you actually want and need.

Create an amazon baby registry.

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A similar concept to the amazon wishlist, everything can be done online and the expecting mum will receive her gift in as soon as 2 days with Amazon prime’s two day shipping. On the registry, you can view and compare prices from different sellers and see whether an item has been purchased, enabling the gifter an easy time. This also helps if you have certain colour or brand preferences.

Include the link in your baby shower invite.

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Adding a link to your baby registry is a subtle way of saying, “hey, we would really appreciate your help with these for my baby”. Chances are, your friends will be more than willing to help, its a weight off their minds,  instead having to shop for a baby shower gift, they just have to find an item on the registry within their budget.

OR have a friend spread the word about the gifts you prefer

If you’re hesitant about “asking for handouts”, have a close friend spread the word about your preferred gifts. This way, your friend can also advise gifters on what’s practical and what you already have been gifted. Said friend could also help broker a joint gift for more pricey items like strollers, cribs and breast pumps. So the next time someone asks you what you want for your baby shower, say something like: “Oh, i have a friend who has some good ideas, let me introduce you to her.”  Let your best friend be the “evil person”.  Problem solved! = )

Let’s reverse the roles and put you in the shoes of a baby shower gift sender.  How do you ensure that what you give is a practical yet memorable baby gift?  Try Diaper cakes!

All in one Diaper Cake

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Diaper cakes are the up and coming thing, they include all the basics a new mum will need; diapers, onesies, shoes and a soft toy. A tip we have would be to buy a size up (6-12months) so the baby can grow into it, or if you have an exceptionally chubby baby (haha), it would fit.

Shop diaper cakes from Diaper Cakes SG.

A baby shower shouldn’t be stressful, its about helping a new mom embrace motherhood and helping her through the transition. Having trusty ol’ Amazon or a friend do the “dirty work” for you takes a load off your mind.

This Folks Ordered Our Diaper Cake. What Did They Say?

Diaper Cakes Customer Reviews

 

We love it when our customers love and rave about our products.  Here’s what they have to say.

 

“Great gift options! Had purchase few times already. Fast and easy. Quick delivery. ” – Li San Sim

 

“A big THANK YOU to Adeline and team! My lecturer and classmates love the gift box! ” – Sarah Leong

 

“First time buying a diaper cake and I’m glad I bought it from Diaper Cakes SG. It was a wonderful and fuss-free experience.
I pm-ed through FB to make a last minute request to amend the spelling of the baby’s name. The reply from Diaper Cakes SG was very prompt and they kindly acceded to the last minute request. Thank you for being so accommodating. Really appreciated that.
Overall, great service and a very lovely product! The new parents loved the diaper cake! Will not hesitate to recommend Diaper Cakes SG to my family and friends.” – Nor Azean Abdullah

 

“It was just as it stated in the picture.. cute and nicely packed. Prompt delivery as well.” – Sharizan Osman

 

“It was the perfect baby shower gift! Thank you diaper cake! ” – Yun Hua Gan

 

“I loveee it! The diaper cake is super cute and more importantly Adeline was super prompt in solving the mini hiccup with the online payment! Prompt delivery and great service, would gladly return for the next purchase! :)” – Samantha Tan

4 Ways To Help You Learn A New Language Quicker

In Singapore, most of us are bilingual. We can speak English and speak our mother tongue fluently thanks to lessons in school.

But as we grow older, we’d want to learn a third, or fourth language.

Comment vous appelez-vous?
わたしのなまえは かおりです。
你几岁了?

When wanting to learn new languages as adults, most of us turn to language schools, podcasts and Youtube tutorials for assistance.

But there are other fun ways to acquire a new language:

1. Watch movies and drama serials.

This may be the first time in your life when watching television is your homework. Take advantage of the opportunity. Different genres of shows give you different learning opportunities.

In romance shows, between lovers and couples, only the simplest of words are necessary to express your emotions and thoughts, which really fall under the scope of questions like “what’s happening in life”, “how’re you feeling”, “what would you like to do”. The result? Simple, easy to understand language.

On top of that, variety talk shows / game shows are also pretty good to start with. Apart from the occasional joke where the humour might be hard to understand, conversations between the hosts and the guests are usually light, entertaining and simple enough to understand.

2. Watch cartoons

Children’s shows are… meant for children, which means they’d revolve around the basic syntax, grammar, vocabulary and sentence structure, as well as simple storylines. They’d also spend episodes on seasonal festivities and holidays, meaning you get to learn about the country’s culture and all about it in a minimum of 30 mins or more.

3. Listen to music!

Find a few songs (or many!) that you love in your target language, and listen to them frequently. It will help you get accustomed to the tongue’s accent and grammatical structure. It also gives you the opportunity to hear vocabulary words over and over again. And once you know the lyrics, you can…

4. Sing

When you belt out songs in the language you are learning, it gives you a chance to let you use your tongue muscles to practice those accents and new sounds. You can sing in the shower, karaoke, or with new friends, and all these opportunities will do wonders for your pronunciation.

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So there you go, try one of these methods and learn a new language today!

 

5 Great Giraffe Toy Baby Gifts

5 Great Giraffe Toy Baby Gifts

Whenever a newborn baby is born, well wishes such as the Chinese saying 快高长大 (grow tall and big quickly) are often exchanged.  Herein lies the beauty of Giraffe toy baby gifts, which carries aptly the meaning of this saying.  Because the giraffe is the tallest living animal on earth!

The giraffe is a genus of African even-toed ungulate mammals, the tallest living terrestrial animals and the largest ruminants. The genus currently consists of one species, Giraffa camelopardalis, the type species.

Giraffe Toy Baby Gifts

Here at Diaper Cakes Singapore, we have compiled a list of 5 great Giraffe toy baby gifts suitable for any baby occasions, from baby showers, full month celebrations to welcoming a newborn at the hospital.

1. Giraffe Diaper Cake Baby Gift

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A Diaper cake is the perfect baby gift for any newborn baby. Why? Because every baby needs diapers! And Diaper Cakes are an awesome way of packaging a boring product – diapers.

The 1 Tier Giraffe Toy Diaper Cake is both sweet and adorable, perfect for a baby shower gift.

Includes the following:

  • 18 “Huggies Total Protection” Disposable Diapers in M Size (For babies 5-10kg)
  • 1 Pair of Pre-Walker Shoes (Size 6-12 months)
  • 1 Receiving Blanket
  • 1 Feeding Bib
  • 1 GUND Tucker Giraffe Soft Toy Cake Topper
  • 1 Premium Diaper Cake Gift Box Packaging (46 x 22 x 22cm)

The diaper cake comes in a beautiful packaging that can be easily carried around. Exclusive from Diaper Cakes Singapore.

 

2. Sophie The Giraffe Teether

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The world famous Sophie The Giraffe toy baby teether is a favourite teething toy that has been in France for more than 50 years. It has a charming retro style and makes a soft squeak when squeezed. Unlike many cheap teethers, Sophie the Giraffe is made of 100% natural rubber and food paint and is completely safe to chew, just like a feeding bottle teat. Get yours here from Pupsik Studio.

3.  WWF Giraffe Toy Plush Keychain

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From the peaks of the Himalayas to the rainforest of the Amazon and from the tundra and glaciers of the Arctic to the tropical coral seas of South East Asia, WWF works hard to preserve the places where the real-life counterparts of the WWF Plush Collection live.

For every plush toy you buy, WWF receives a contribution that helps us safeguard these magnificent creatures and their habitats. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

This 4-inch WWF Giraffe toy keychain from Nature’s Collection makes a great accessory to your bag or backpack.

 

4.  GUND Giraffe Toy Plushes

GUND has a wide range of baby giraffe toy plushes that will make you spoiled for choice.  Introducing Tucker – a cute and cuddly 9″ giraffe toy. Tucker is featured here as a keywind musical plush toy that will take baby on a safari of fun!

– Tucker Giraffe music toy plays Hush Little Baby
– Gender-neutral color and design are perfect for boys and girls

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Check out this video of Tucker The Giraffe Musical Toy!

Don’t fancy a musical giraffe toy? Here’s Tucker in his 8 inch classic form. Available from Diaper Cakes Singapore.

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How about a safari styled giraffe toy rattle? This 5 inch giraffe rattle has a gender-neutral Safari design is a perfect fit for modern, fashion forward nurseries.

 

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Baby Gund’s Lolly and Friends collection also offers this cute yellow giraffe toy plush measuring 10 inches in height.  Baby GUND specialises in baby safe soft toys that does not contain protruding parts that might pose as choking hazards for babies.

How about this Giraffe ceramic bank to start them early on being thrifty? This blue giraffe ceramic bank measures 5.5 inches, and is available online from Nature’s Collection.

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5. Bullyland Giraffe Toy Figurines

Bullyland hand-painted collection models and figurines from Germany is known for it’s exquisite and realistic details.

Bullyland offers a wide range of animal collections like farm, wildlife, woodland, arctic, marine to prehistoric dinosaurs and fantasy characters.  Here’s a few realistic looking Giraffe toy figurines to add to your collection!BL63669_Bullyland_Giraffe_Cub-1 Bullyland-giraffe-toy Bullyland-giraffe-toy-figurine

Still cracking your head on what baby shower gifts to buy?  Check out this post for more great ideas on gifts for the new mother and her home!