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.

 

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Play Ground Safety For First Timers!

By Adeline Woo

Bringing your child to the play ground for the first time sounds a lot easier than it actually is. For all first time parents out there, here are some tips and advice that are extremely useful, we promise!

playground

1) First things first, learn to let go. Let your child explore the play ground on their own. The first time is always the most terrifying experience for the parents. Worried about your child falling down or hurting themselves but giving kids their own space allows them a chance to learn on their own. Letting them run free gives them the confidence and independence they will carry with them as adults.

2) Don’t take your eyes off your child. Put away the iphone, and watch your kid. Many parents just take their kids to the park, plop themselves on the bench and just glue their eyes to their phone. It’s pretty irresponsible and annoying in my opinion to do that. Don’t get me wrong, checking your phone occasionally is fine but focusing more on your phone rather than your child is pure negligence. If your child puts themselves in a dangerous situation you should be there to prevent it. If your child is behaving aggressively to other kids you should be there to intervene. Your child is your responsibility even from a distance.

3) If another kid needs help, help him. Once a toddler was first in line for the slide. Behind him were a set of brothers. The toddler for some reason didn’t want to go down the slide and was holding up the line. The kids behind him seemed to be getting impatient but didn’t do anything. The father of the brothers behind him then said to his sons “Help the baby go down the slide. He might want to ride with you.” The brothers then grabbed on to the toddler and all three of them happily went down the slide together. Now that is something that one parent to another can appreciate.

4) Don’t be overly defensive. Kids can be aggressive by nature. If your child gets pushed by another kid, first make sure he is okay and try to move their attention to a different area of the playground. And as much as you’d like to reprimand the child who pushed your child, it’s not your place. If your child is at fault, admit it to yourself. Check to see if the other child is okay, have your child apologize to the other child, and calmly apologize to the parent. If it was the other way around wouldn’t you appreciate an apology? Kids make mistakes, move on.

5) Remind your child to wait their turn.  There’s nothing worse than being bullied and pushed around after you’ve patiently been waiting your turn. If your child gets too antsy to wait, move their attention to another area of the park and go back when the line has cleared up.

6) Introduce your kids to other kids. When your child is in the same vicinity of another it’s always good to help them break the ice. Encourage your child to say hi, this breaks the ice for the kids so that they can play together. Kids learn by mimicking (it’s a good thing and a bad thing, I know). By introducing your kid to others, he’ll see how they played and learned how to do it himself.

7) Don’t share snacks. The little monster needs fuel to play so make sure to bring a few snacks and some water. As much as sharing is a good lesson, it wouldn’t be the lesson here. Random kids may come to you when they see the snacks in your hands but bear in mind that you have absolutely no idea what the other kids may be allergic to and the last thing you would want is for them to get a bad reaction to the food and have to explain yourself to the other mums or dads.

Dealing with your Toddler’s Tantrum

By Adeline Woo

tantrum

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

 

 

 

Three thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts for first-time Moms

This Article was first posted on Diaper Cakes Baby Gifts Singapore

By: Adeline Woo

Almost all new moms would yearn for the following basic but highly deprived things: sleep, a hot shower and a decent meal.

For Mother’s Day, gifts like chocolateswine, or flowers would probably make it to the top 3 list of most people.

However, if you have a new mom in the family, you might want to consider gifts that can make the baby safe and comfortable, and the mom sane and happy!

Here’s a list of 3 such sanity-saving gifts that would improve the quality of life for the new mom:

Diaper Cakes Baby Gifts Singapore Baby Rocker

Diaper Cakes Baby Gifts Singapore Baby Rocker

A glider or rocker. The rhythmic motion of a rocker or glider calms some babies and helps them nod off.   Most importantly, it frees up the new mommy’s tired hands!

Tip: Always look for durable, solid materials (such as wood); supportive back cushions and padded arm cushions that hide stains. A mechanism to lock when needed is ideal.  Always test the rocker / glider in the store first and when choosing a fabric, consider the look of the nursery to make sure there’s not too much of a mismatch.

Diaper Cakes Baby Gifts Singapore Soft Baby Carrier

Diaper Cakes Baby Gifts Singapore Soft Baby Carrier

Soft baby carrier. Baby carriers are great for keeping mom’s hands free while keeping body contact with their little ones.  We recommend against sling carriers because babies can end up in positions that interfere with their breathing.  Backpack carriers are also not appropriate for newborns.

When you’re selecting a carrier, check the fasteners to make sure they are easy to adjust.  Do also take note of the minimum and maximum weight limit of the carriers to ensure you baby fits.

Diaper Cakes Baby Gifts Singapore Play Yard

Diaper Cakes Baby Gifts Singapore Play Yard

Play yard. During those first few sleepless months it’s difficult for Mom to catch a break. Play pens serve as a safe place to put a child down for a few moments.

A basic playpen is lightweight and folds compactly.  As such, a playpen can be taken along on a family vacation and used as a portable bed. A word of caution: For overnight use, the playpen should be used with a tight-fitting sheet and not a regular crib sheet

Still looking for more Baby Gift options in Singapore, check out Diaper Cakes Singapore’s Baby Gifts Section for a great selection of adorable baby gifts!

For a wide range of Baby Boys & Girls Headbands & Headwear, head over to Bambino Headbands! (p.s. they even offer free shipping worldwide!)

Think you’ve got a great Baby Gift idea for the new mother on Mother’s Day, lets us know in the comments section below.

Have a great Mother’s Day everyone!

Source: Consumer Reports