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.

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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!

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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)

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Grandparents

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

Grandchildren

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

Parents

> $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.

Cousins

$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!

6 Baby Shower Gifts That Are Sheer Genius

Mummies and Daddies! Have you always wondered how your lives would be made much easier if certain products actually exist?

Well, you might just find your answer here in our compilation of baby shower gifts that are absolute genius! Like why didn’t anyone think of these earlier??!

Put them on your wish list for your upcoming baby shower or baby full month celebration now! Before you get 2 sets of identical clothes and activity mats.. = )

1. An Ultrasound Machine That Connects To Your Smart Phone

Always wondering what your little one is doing inside?  Now you can skip the long queue at the gynae’s and see for yourself with this cool little gadget!

Available from http://www.mobisante.com/

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2. The Why-Cry Baby Analyzer

This baby cry analyzer is  a life-saver! Especially during the endless nights of baby crying, when us first time parents are trying to figure out how in the world we can stop the fussing.  With the analyzer, we can know instantly if the baby is crying because he is hungry, needs a diaper change or is just plain tired. Available on Amazon.

Why cry baby analyzer

3. A Pacifier That Closes When Dropped

How cool is that?? Especially for mummies who are clean freaks like me.  So on top of getting this pacifier, I’ll still get a pacifier holder to prevent the pacifier from dropping in the first place.  This self closing one would be a good back up plan, JUST in case the pacifier still somehow manages to drop on the floor! = P

Available from www.Diapers.com

Close Pacifier

 

4.  Onesie Extenders

Babies grow so fast!  When I had my first baby girl, I bought so many pretty dresses for her, with the intention of dressing her up when we go shopping in the malls. Eventually, I was too tired to do both the dressing up and the shopping mall trolling. Fast forward few months later, she had already outgrown them.. = (

These adorable handmade extenders will increase your baby’s onesies by one size, so Ta-Dah! More time to plan for the dressing up and mall shopping!

Available from www.Etsy.com

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5. Bicycle Stroller

Having a baby does not mean you gotta give up your exercise regime or healthy lifestyle!  Check out this cool foldable bicycle with an adapter fit for a baby stroller.  Now you can work out with baby in tow!

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Bicycle Stroller

 

6. Super Cute AND Reusable Baby Food Pouches

Perfect for feeding your little one during the fun weaning stages, these Squooshi reusable food pouches are easy to fill, easier to clean and comes in adorable designs that are sure to attract your mini-me! Time to whip out some mashed greens for my fussy eaters!

Available from www.squooshi.sg

Squooshi 4 Pouch Assortment

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We think Diaper Cakes are sheer genius too! = )

Diaper Cakes are cute & memorable baby gifts suitable for baby showers and full month celebrations.

 

Double Love 2-Tier Minnie-Rainbow Care Bear Diaper Cake for Lovely Baby Ulfah

By Diaper Cakes Singapore

This very lovely 2-Tier Minnie and Rainbow Care Bear Diaper Cake especially given for Baby Ulfah. Congratulations Hamizah!

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 Baby Ulfah’s 2-tier Diaper Cake consists of the following:

– 50 pieces M-Size Huggies Total Protection Diapers

– 1 Long Sleeved “Practically Perfect” Carters Romper

– 1 Pair Cotton On Kids Socks

– 2 Receiving Blanket

– 1 Pair NEX Prewalker Shoes

– 1 Pair Disney Minnie Mouse Prewalker shoes

– 2 Carters Baby Bib

– 2 Pairs MotherCare Socks

– 1 Disney Minnie Mouse Soft Toy Cake Topper

– 1 Rainbow Care Bear Soft Toy Cake Topper

– 1 Box Brands Chicken Essence with Cordyceps

Personalized with Baby Ulfah’s name and wrapped in our 46cm tall purple & white gift box.

Thank you Keith for your support!

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Do you need a unique and outstanding baby gift for your valued client or customer?

Same day delivery available as well.

Contact 9766 0661 or email us at Contact@DiaperCakes.com.sg

3-Tier Eeyore “Daddy and I agree Mommy’s The Boss” Diaper Cake for Baby Ruby

By Diaper Cakes Singapore

Babies are wonders, babies are fun! Here’s 3-Tier Eeyore “Daddy and I Agree Mommy’s The Boss” Diaper Cake for Baby Ruby! Congratulations for Tim and Holly!

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This 3-tier Diaper Cake Baby Ruby Gift Hamper consists of:

– 30 pcs S Size Drypers Dry Diapers

1 Receiving Blanket

– 1 Long Sleeved Carters Romper

– 1 Short Sleeved Genuine Calvin Klein Romper

– 1 Pair NEX pre-walker shoes

– 1 Pair Mothercare Socks

– 1 Carters Baby Bib

– 1 Eeyore Soft Toy

Decorated with pretty ribbons, and packed in our premium gift box for the perfect package as a wonderful gift for Baby Ruby!

Thank you Joanne for your support!

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Celebrating the special day with Diaper Cakes. Delightful, unique, and creative baby gifts are possible with us.

Same day delivery available as well. Call us at 9766-0661.

Sweet Lovely 3-Tier Minnie Mouse Diaper Cake for Baby Disa

By Diaper Cakes Singapore

Babies are wonders, babies are fun, congratulations Divya on your new little one! Welcome to the world Baby Disa!

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This 3-tier Diaper Cake Baby Girl Gift Hamper consists of:

– 30 pcs M-Size Huggies Total Protection Diapers

– 1 Receiving Blanket

– 1 Short Sleeved Carters Romper

– 1 Short Sleeved Osh Kosh BGosh Romper

– 1 Pair NEX pre-walker shoes

– 1 Pair socks

– 1 Carters Baby Bib

– 1 Minnie Mouse Soft Toy

Decorated with pretty ribbons, and packed in our premium gift box for the perfect package as a wonderful gift for Baby Disa!

Thank you Jamie for your support!

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Celebrating the special day with Diaper Cakes. Delightful, unique, and creative baby gifts are possible with us.

Same day delivery available as well. What are you waiting for? Call us at 9766-0661.

How To Make A First Time Dad Feel Involved

By Adeline Woo

As  a first time mummy, you might at times, have this huge tendency to want to do all the baby’s preparations on your own.

Whether it’s scheduling your ultrasounds, preparing the baby’s room or making arrangements for the baby shower, don’t neglect your hubby!

Here are some ways to make sure your hubby feels appreciated, important and involved during this whole crazy process.

First time daddy

BEFORE THE BABY IS BORN

Announcing The News

Announce the good news of the baby’s arrival together.    Skype together when you break the good news to both your parents, tag him on Facebook when you share it online or schedule a photo shoot of both of you together for a printed “We’re expecting!” announcement card.

Scheduling The Doctor’s Visit

Put all your doctor’s appointments on his calendar, especially the big ones like the first ultrasound, or the one when your baby’s gender will be revealed).  Make sure he is available before scheduling for such appointments, so he can be there to hear the heartbeat and see his baby too!  This will make him feel that it’s important that he be there too.

Preparing The Baby Registry

Work out the list for the Baby Registry together, and try not to be a control-freak!  He might prefer some items that you don’t think is necessary, and vice versa.  The point is to do it together as a team, so don’t shoot him down for his wants.

Throwing His Dadchelor Party

Make sure he gets a “dadchelor” party by throwing so hints to his close guy friends.  You will be getting your baby shower, so let him have his fun too at some man-centric event!

Decorating The Nursery

Let your man be involved with decorating the nursery (not just with the wall painting and heavy lifting stuff), and give him some bragging rights to his friends after that!

 

 AFTER THE BABY IS BORN
Avoid Hovering
You might be cringing every time your first time daddy holds, feeds, burps or bathes baby. But as long as he’s not doing anything that could be dangerous, try to remain silent.  If you don’t give him the chance, he won’t ever figure out how to take care of his baby in his own way. Congratulate and help him along – don’t hover.

Give Him Some Fun Duties
There are certain baby things that most of us loathe doing (like the late night diaper change), but resist the urge to delegate to your hubby every single one of them. Instead, give him some fun activities to do, like singing baby a lullaby or giving her a bath. These aren’t just things he’ll enjoy doing – they’re things that will help him and baby bond.

Take A Class
We know – it’s tough to find time to get away. But if you’re taking a weekly drawing, swimming or fitness class, you’ll have a regular schedule of getting out of the house (and feeling like your old baby-free self for a little bit). And your man can have some quality time with baby to bond!

 

What To Buy For The New Parents

By Adeline Woo

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Pregnant women in their last trimester should treasure the final months of attention from their family and friends, cause once the baby is born, all the attention will shift to the little bundle of joy!

A classic example will be the gifts that most new parents receive at the hospital , baby showers and full month celebrations.  How many of those gifts are meant for the baby? And how many are for the new Mommy and Daddy?  = )

My personal experience is that most of the gifts I received, if not all, were for my little one.  Which isn’t a bad thing, I must say, given that baby stuff are getting more and more expensive these days.  Plus, baby things are so much cuter!

Nonetheless, it’ll be nice if the new mummy gets a little attention even AFTER the baby is born, you know?

So the next time you receive an invitation to a baby shower of full month celebration, don’t forget the mummies and daddies too!

Here are some suggestions on gifts to consider for the new parents:

Towels

Luxurious towels, bed sheets or pajamas
Having to get in and out of your bed are unavoidable when there’s a baby in the house. So look for the softest and most comfortable towels / pajamas you can find for the new parents.

It probably won’t help much for the sleep deprived parents, but I’m sure they will appreciate the extra comfort when doing the milk feeds at night or walking around the house with a bawling baby. Super comfy bed sheets would be much appreciated too, when they can finally lie down to catch a few hours of sleep!

Babysitting voucher

This will cost nothing but your time.  However, it’s valuable time away from a demanding newborn that you will be giving to the new parents. You can help the new parents better plan their schedule by specifying when you will be coming to babysit.

You don’t have to offer a few hours or several days of babysitting.  Sometimes, new parents just need to catch a breather and have some time out together alone.  Also, make sure you have at least some babysitting experience, lest the offer be rejected!

 

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Gadget protection
Babies and expensive gadgets are not a good combination. Not with all the drooling and unsteady hands.  So probably a gadget protector of some sort will help put the new Daddy’s mind at ease!

One night in a hotel
The idea of an uninterrupted night’s sleep is heaven for most new parents.  So be a pal and get them a hotel stay voucher somewhere near their home – to cut down on travel time and the separation anxiety that (some) parents suffer on leaving their children behind.It doesn’t have to be a posh hotel room with a view – the sight of the bed alone with no baby will be cheering enough.  Combine this with the offer above to babysit and you’ll really make their day!

Massage

Spa Voucher

Let the pampering continue after the baby is born! Give the new mummy the gift of relaxation—a massage, facial, or a full day of pampering at a local spa.  A voucher for one of those Jamu postnatal home massage to get rid of the tummy would be both practical and thoughtful.

Cleaning voucher

With a new baby as the priority, all other things in the house (like housework) goes to hell.   You could consider getting hourly paid professional cleaners to help clean up the new parents home at an agreed date and time.  This simple gesture will be much appreciated, especially for the clean freak mummy (like me)!

Tonics or Herbs

Tonics and herbs to help the new mummy recuperate or just to stay awake enough to breastfeed the baby also make a great gift.  The most common being chicken essence or tonic wine like Yomeishu, DOM etc.  To make it more presentable, these tonics and herbs now come in gift baskets wrapped nicely with flower bouquets to brighten up the mummy’s day.

For a great combination of gifts for mummy and baby, get our Diaper Cakes PLUS a gift basket for the new mummy!

Call us for a quote at 9766 0661 or email us at contact@DiaperCakes.com.sg

What To Eat While Breastfeeding

By Adeline Woo

New mummies – are you currently breastfeeding?

Because what you eat will eventually be consumed by your baby through your breast milk, it is very important to watch your diet.

Here’s a useful table for watching your diet while breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding Diet
Remember, certain foods like those in the right column can cause indigestion and gas for baby AND mom.

So watch your diet and enjoy a healthy breastfeeding journey!

Source: healthfulmama.com

What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag

By Adeline Woo

Attention preggies in your last trimester!

One important thing to do when getting ready for your baby: Packing the hospital bag, or some call it the labor bag.

Here’s a summary of what to bring and pack for mummy, daddy (or support person) and baby!

Mom Hospital Bag

Mummies, remember to throw in some nursing bras for ease of breast feeding as well!

 

Dad and Baby Hospital Bag

For the newborn baby, i would recommend bringing your own disposable diapers else you will be stuck with whatever the hospital gives (and charges) you!

Optional Hospital Bag

Some hospitals provide yummy confinement food, but if you’re not bound by the traditional rules of confinement like most Chinese women are, go ahead and indulge in your favorite snacks!  I’ll have to stick to my red date tea and ginger infused dishes…

 

Source: pinkpistachio.com