One of the most critical milestones in every child’s life is when they learn to poop and pee on their own. They can’t wear diapers forever.
Aside from the unnecessary expense (they could use up at least four nappies in a day unless you’re using cloth diapers), it’s also more convenient if your little one already knows how to use the toilet.
It may not sound like a big deal when you’re not a parent yet, but as a first-time mother to a toddler, it feels as if I somehow won the lottery. Yes, the sense of accomplishment is that incredible.
The thing is, I’m sure other mums have told you, it’s not easy. There’s never such thing as someone just breezing through the process. If there is, it’s one in a million. Any mother I talk to says the same thing: it’s messy and challenging.
You’re dealing with a child who has just discovered his independence and they will uphold and assert it in every way possible. They’ll pretty much do anything that’s the exact opposite of what you tell them just because they feel like it.
So yes, I’m telling you upfront you’re going to need every bit of patience you can muster. Trying to learn how to potty-train your child is both dreadful and exciting. But for the most part, you just want to get it done.Continue reading
I’ve always thought breastfeeding babies as they drift off to sleep is perfectly alright. I mean, that alone is comforting and one of the perks of nursing.
Think about it, you wake up in the middle of the night, and the little one is crying then, of course, you feed them to lull them back to dreamland.
Let’s be honest; it’s convenient. Besides, for the baby, your milk has a sedating effect.
However, there’s a downside to this. The baby could get used to the feeding so they can go back to sleep. Chances are, you will end up exhausted.Continue reading
What I like most about the Wubbanub is how adorable it looks. It's proof that function and aesthetic can go together – two things which are important in baby gears.
Besides, you’ve probably experienced at one point when the pacifier suddenly goes missing.
Ah, yes. There’s the horror of wondering if you can ever find them again. Also, small items have this peculiar habit of disappearing whenever you’re trying to look for them. It’s as if they’re taunting you.
And what better way to avoid such dilemma than to use the Wubbanub – it’s a pacifier with a plush toy. Thus, losing them is next to impossible, and it doubles as a second soothing object for the baby.Continue reading
When you become a mother, you gain so much respect for other mums because you know, it’s one of the hardest ‘jobs’ in the world.
Whether you stay at home or go to work, there are several instances when we have to know certain ‘skills’ that will make everything more convenient for us.
An example is, knowing how to warm breast milk on the go. For infants, the ‘food’ should always be ready because when they’re hungry, you need to feed them ASAP. Anticipating needs is in our nature, so it’s always best to be prepared.Continue reading
I can be a bit of a germaphobe sometimes which is why I always carry around hand sanitizers, pocket-size alcohol and sanitary wipes.
Working at the hospital, it was often unavoidable to come in contact with bacteria, but hey, at least I was doing something to lessen it.
And when I got pregnant and after I gave birth, I became even more paranoid. You know when other people would say, “Expose your kids to germs sometimes”?
Well, that hardly applies when you’re a parent especially when you’re with a newborn whose immune system is not yet fully functional.
There are those who would say that baby bottles are relatively safe if you just clean them properly and so you only have to sterilise once – at the beginning. I don’t agree with this. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.Continue reading