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 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

10 Great Baby Shower Gift Ideas Every Mother will Appreciate

By Adeline Woo

Having a trouble finding a great baby shower gift without wanting to be cliche and giving the same gift as the person beside you? We know how you feel, so we have compiled 10 great baby shower gift ideas that every mum will definitely appreciate it and you don’t have to worry about getting the same gift!

 

1) Baby Shoes

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Until you’re a parents, you have no idea how tough it is to find affordable yet pretty looking baby/toddler shoes! By giving a new mother really pretty shoes would be a huge relief for her in the months to come, considering how fast baby grows it’s no worries at all if you were to buy a size bigger.

2) Cupcakes

Baby shower cupcakes

Did we mention that even though baby showers are usually a great opportunity for fellow children to go running around, getting their iron top rumpled and pretty dresses smeared with chocolate despite not seeing any chocolate on the food table, cupcakes are a big YES whether is it for the mother or for the food table? Some pretty things are a perfect gift for all occasions.

3) Baby Bibs

Messy food isn’t fun for parents who are trying to feed and put some food in their own stomach. Getting really adorable bibs for the child will put a smile on the parents face and a slightly less messy dinner.

4) Puffy Diaper Wear

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How can anyone resist a baby wearing that!

5) Baby Hat

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Keeping your baby warm and away from the harsh air conditioning or cold weather will help better your baby’s immune system in the long run!

6) Soft Toy

doll

Every child needs this! The last thing you would want Parents to do as last resort is to feed their child with the Ipad or Iphone that will keep their kids eyes glued to it.  And how cute is it to make it look like the little one you’re giving it to.

7) Pretty kids clothings

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Buying more clothes will help save the mum’s money in the long run and she’ll definitely appreciate it!

8) Diaper Cakes! (Why not get our very own one?)

It covers everything a new mom needs. Diapers, Baby shoes, Baby Socks, Short sleeve romper as well as a cute soft toy! What more can a mom ask?

If you are looking for a unique and practical baby gift for baby showers, full month or first month parties, get a Diaper Cake!

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Buying The Best Diapers For Your Baby

By Adeline Woo

 

a sweet baby sleeping on a blanket

1) Get the size right

Before you get to the brands, you need to know which diaper size is best for your child or toddler.  Diapers come in different sizes from 0 to 6, and each brand will offer some features. Here are some key differentiation:

  • Newborn diapers: For babies that still have their umbilical stumps, look for diapers that fold down so the waistband that  the diaper doesn’t irritate the wound.
  • Overnight diapers: These are extra-absorbent diapers that last up to 12 hours at a time, reducing the need for night-time changes.
  • Diapers for sensitive skin: For babies who break out with nappy rash easily, you may need to buy diapers for sensitive skin, such as the Japanese GOO or Mamypoko diapers.
  • Pull-up pants: For older babies, this is the diaper you can use to start potty-training.

 

2) Spot Diaper problems

In assessing the best diaper brand, you should look out for the following problems:

  • If the diaper leave red marks or heat rash along legs or waist, that means your baby is not comfortable in it.
  • Leaks of urine or poo, there is obviously a lack of leak prevention design.
  • If the diaper needs frequent changing, more than what you deem necessary, then the diaper has some absorbency issue.
  • If you child is constantly having nappy rash, that means your child could be sensitive to the pampers or it doesn’t give room for the pores to breath.

If you experience any of the above, you should try changing to a different brand.

 

3) Do NOT buy in bulk

Many parents tend to buy things in bulk to save some cash. However, some things are not worth the economies of scale. Newborn babies grow very fast, so don’t buy too many diapers in small sizes. A single pack for size 0 is enough for many babies before they switch to size 1. Size 2 or M size is when you can start buying in bulk for savings.

 

If you are looking for a unique and practical baby gift for baby showers, full month or first month parties, get a Diaper Cake!

Contact us at contact@diapercakes.com.sg or call us at 65 9766 0661.

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Dealing with your Toddler’s Tantrum

By Adeline Woo

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As a mother, I know how painful it is to deal with a toddler’s tantrum and how many a times I desperately wanted a miracle remote control to appear where I could just shut all the loud whines, screams and cries coming from a tiny body. Unfortunately, no matter how much I wished for it, there isn’t such a thing.

So fellow mothers, rest assure for you’re definitely not alone in this. As much as I wish, I dare not say that I have the perfect solution on how to deal with a toddler’s tantrum. However, I do have some tips and advice to share with you that might prevent your toddler from having a 10 minutes long tantrum or to quickly end their tantrum.

  1. Ignorance is bliss. Ignoring your toddler when they are screaming and shouting might seem like the least motherly thing to do but trust me, it works. Tantrums usually occur when the child is frustrated, upset or unsatisfied with the situation and expresses it through a a tantrum – a negative way of demanding your attention. You could entertain the toddler and give in however in the long run the toddler will know that by getting what he/she wants, all the toddler has to do is cry or throw a tantrum. Of course, that being said, if the toddler is doing a positive thing and would like your attention, you should give the toddler your attention and commend the actions at times even though they probably don’t understand what you’re saying.
  2. Understanding is key. Understand why your toddler is throwing a tantrum may sometimes be the fastest solution to ending the tantrum. Is your toddler hungry? Is your toddler tired? Perhaps it was in an extremely position or the sun was glaring in the toddler’s face while he/she was in the stroller and you weren’t aware. Bottom line is, finding the solution and understanding why the toddler was throwing a tantrum would aid you in better dealing the next tantrum. Yes, there will be a next tantrum.
  3. Keep Calm and Carry On. Just like what the Brit’s say. Being a mum is not an easy feat but it’s a very endearing and heartwarming journey. Everyone makes mistakes and falters in between – no mum is perfect. So don’t beat yourself up and/or question your mothering abilities just because you’re unable to deal with your toddler’s first few tantrums. Just keep calm and carry on because once your toddler passes the tantrum phase, things will be better and when you look back, you can pat yourself on the back for doing a great job enduring that insane time of your life especially.
  4. Golden Rewards. Remember to reward your child when he/she is on a good behavior. It helps reduce the tantrums as your child is aware of what makes mummy and daddy happy and at the same time what makes him/her happy. For example, stickers for his/her sticker book collection.

I hope this helps all the (new) mothers out there and do feel free to share your problems, issues or advice that you face with your new born, toddler or child.

 

Much love,

Adeline Woo