Friday, 1 July 2016

Baby K'tan Diaper bag

I am generally a bag lover. But my collection got lesser and limited after becoming a Mum, and now a stay home Mum, I don't even need work bags. I match my outfits mostly with diaper bags! Yes, that's how a baby changes the fashion sense in me. 

I am happy to get hold of and review the Baby K'tan (pronounced ker-tahn) SmartGear diaper bag. And I think it's making me chic for its well-thought design and functionality


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Here are the many reasons why this is one smart diaper bag: 

1. storage compartments
It has 12 storage compartments. Yes, we are talking about a diaper bag. Compartmentalizing is highly essential. Being well organize on the go helps me feel confident in bringing the baby out. This is one important feature in any diaper bag. It throws out any fanatic rummaging through the bag for items.

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2. Built in wetbag
This compartment is where I hold the items that are likely to wet or stain the bag. And if that happens, we know bacteria is likely to breed in any ordinary bags. The bag comes smartly with a built in antibacterial nylon lining wetbag which helps to stay germs and fungus free. It's water resistant, odour proof and FDA food safe. I would toss any soiled or dirty clothes in there too. It's now safe to say, "I forgot to bring a plastic bag!"

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3. Pockets
The main compartment and built in wetbag is zipped, other than that, the pockets in and out are not zipped. The big pocket out is with a magnetic clip. These make it really convenient to retrieve my stuffs without handling a zip, which often requires both hands free. The two inner pockets are  also of anbacterial, FDA food safe nylon, water resistant, odour and germ resistant lining. My fruits will get their space in there.

4. Safe Material
100% cotton exterior. BPA-Free, PVC-Free, polyurethane  laminate waterproof interior nylon lining. Being 100% cotton as a bag does remind me to be extra careful about staining or wetting it, especially when I've chosen the Dandelion design which is mostly white. Being cotton also means we can work the bag to its maximum stretch. 

5. Machine washable
And, Yay! We can machine wash cold. Great for lazy mamas like me. I will use it on an extra gentle mode and line dry.

6. Shoulder strap
The shoulder strap is soft and lightly padded to make carrying comfortable. It's very well thought for the carrier. It can be a tad slippery though.

7. Adjustable Straps
The adjustable shoulder strap gives me the added choice of slinging over my shoulder or across my body. 

8. Stroller straps
There are stroller bar straps that allows you to hang it on the stroller bar. Though the construction of the bag is light, do be careful of tipping the stroller, especially if the bag heavy. 

9. Lightweight
It's conveniently light and will definitely be a great travel companion. After having it pumped up with diapers, clothing and many other essentials, it didn't feel overly heavy.

10. Lovely designs
It comes in 3 colours. Grey Chervrons, Black and Dandeloin, which is the one I'm carrying. Casual and stylish I've to say.   


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It really has got it all covered as a diaper bag, a perfect germ resistant diaper bag for Mum's daily needs. It's gonna last me a long way with it, when I've more things to bring on the go with Juboy. The day he starts teething, weaning and potty training. And I really need not worry about space. The diaper bag is of a good size for every growing stage. 

A stylish, simple and smart solution to be on the go! 

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Baby K'tan SmartGear diaper bag is available online at Happy coast kids, the sole distributor for K'tan. Priced at $99.80, I think it's good worth for its features and functions. We've got a 15% discount code for this smart diaper bag, exclusively for our readers. Check out with 'KTANBAG15' at Happy coast kids. Discount code valid till 22 July 2016

Physical store to check out the diaper bag:
Parentcraft at Thomson Medical Centre 

Other online stores
agapebabies  
The Birth shop 

Stay tune too, for our upcoming review on the K'tan carrier. 

Disclaimer: We were given this stylish diaper bag for review. All opinions and photos are solely ours. 
 

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Raising a little girl

Parenting is often a journey of decisions and choices. The only one choice that we leave in God's hands, is the gender of our birth.

I'm in the journey of parenting 1 daughter and 2 sons. In any way, I'm blessed. But that has also made me realized the significant fears and worries of raising daughters. Jazz's arrival 7 years ago moulded and mellowed me in various ways. A once quick to speak and act lady, now turned a cautious woman. For I know, my words and acts will be mirrored by little followers, especially daughters who look up to their Mothers as role models.

So when someone cuts my line in a queue or when a driver drives recklessly into my lane, I've to exercise good thoughts and handle circumstances calmly. Motherhood is changing!

Parenting Jazz is a bliss, she is one thoughtful and kind-nature girl who rarely gives me heartache on academics and the various ways that make it easier. She is very teachable. She is sweet and lovely in the different ways from Jare. It wasn't too long ago that I carried her in my arms, witnessed her walk and now, starting out in school. Not too long later, she will have become an adolescence. And even sooner, she will leave with her prince. During the transition of phases, I foresee many worries and challenges ahead of our relationship.

I've come to discover more about our Mother and daughter relationship. It doesn't get easier.

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When she was 5

We grow on our differences, perceptions and ideas. The gap widens, and it's even more evident when I see this between my Mum and I, even till today. Girls deal more with emotions than boys. So frankly, I ain't too worried about how the boys handle their obstacles and failures.

Which brings me to the point about how Jazz handles her emotions. We often find opportunities to praise and reward, to build on that self esteem. If something's well done, we are quick to give credit and when something goes wrong, chiding her swims up a bag of emotions. 

We had a battle yesterday morning, and it spurred my thoughts about raising daughters. Not invading too much into her privacy, I've to say there really is much work to do in me, when handling the daughter. Things will not be the same, and parenting style will have to adapt to her different stages of maturity. My points and concerns will not always make it to her mind. Sad truth.

In midst of these, always comes the emotional challenge which I am either hot headed with or frightful of. Hot headed when I see that it's not a necessary fuss, or frightened because I don't know how will she want to deal with it. Emotions isn't just within our bubble, it affects the people around us. It's not easy to deal with negativities positively. Jare on the other hand is usually quick to get over a bad feel. I wish I could  always be saying these kids forgive and forget easily.

Dealing with a girl is almost like navigating a land mine or decoding a password. It's tough and complicated. Aren't all women in that same boat, anyway? In the coming years, I should know that we will have more differences, we will have fights, she may hate me, she will hoard onto the things I deem as trash and she will think that I don't understand her. But all in the name of Love. I love her and I have never wanted to compromise on what's best for her and her character.


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My bubbly 7 year old

Do you feel the same parenting a girl too? 

However smooth or rough our journey, she will always be my daughter, my friend and my best shopping buddy!

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

[Book Review] Meet The Wakersaur

It's always nice to come across books written by local writers. Not the literature aspect, but children's storybooks. Mostly inspired after a turn into parenting.

Here's one book we came across recently, Meet the Wakersaur authored by Shervin Seah and illustrated by Candice Phang, is about a made-up creature that's specially equipped to wake sleepheaded children up in the morning. When I first heard it, I knew it was one perfect book for Js who often finds getting out of bed an early morning chore. Can't blame them, they take much after their parents who love to sleep. 

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This book was inspired by Shervin's experiences in trying to wake his kid up on a school day, where he had to tickle him, rub his stubble on him and smoulder him with kisses. Much of these familiar scenes went into the creature, Wakesaur. Yes, the Mummies don't get it. Which is why Mummies need to get hold of the book, and summon the Dad in for bedtime story. So each time I'm busily occupied and the kids ask for a story, I'll tell them, "Get Daddy to do the Wakesaur." I love it when Mums don't get it at times.

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This book suitable for children between ages 2 to 6 requires the use of our animated voice. You gotta try be as funny and as entertaining as you can. It can be highly interactive between you and your child. Tickle, make faces and rub your stubble on your kid. See why it's Daddies exclusive. 

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Looks like the kids are enjoying this book with their Daddy. 

It usually catches my attention when coming across children's books written locally. After all, the context might feel closer to our hearts. So then, I've always been curious about the writer and book's journey. Here's what I asked and found out from Shervin:

1. What are some of the challenges you faced as a local book writer?
One constant challenge is time: finding the time to write, to source for illustrators, to oversee production, source for printing quotes, press check etc. while balancing a day job. The other challenge is finding a publisher and distributor, which I guess is something that's not unique to local writers but writers everywhere. But I think in SG, this problem is exacerbated by our small market, which results in fewer options of publishers, distributors and specialty bookstores. For example, a publisher who wanted to explore working with me was based in KL. 

2. What message would you relay to young aspiring writers? 
With the Internet, it's easier to self-publish, promote and sell. Research and explore the web. For example, Amazon has a self-publishing platform called Createspace and with bloggers like yourself who's willing to support local writers, there are some marketing/promotion options available. Be resourceful.

3. Any idea what's ahead, after Wakersaur?
I have another book being produced right now. It's called Twinkle Twinkle Great Big Star and it's about stars and planets. I wrote this because when my child was younger, I wanted to introduce outer space to him but couldn't find something age-appropriate (he was around 4 yrs old then). Everything out there was text-heavy and read more like a textbook. So I decided to create one myself, one that presents this scientific topic in a way that children aged 3 to 6 years old can grasp. It's being illustrated right now and should be available later part of the year.  


Aspiration and passion turned into actions. Just how determined one has to be to see through all challenges to see fruit. I love how this book was birthed and can't wait to catch Twinkle Twinkle Great Big Star!

Meanwhile, Meet the Wakersaur is widely available in Popular and MPH bookstores. Get your copy soon! What more can I say about a book written this creatively for both Dad and child? Further more, let's support local.

Shervin is a Dad to 2 wonderful boys, aged 7 and 2. Heap Thanks to his generosity, he is giving away 3 books of Meet the Wakersaur to 3 lucky readers of Mum's calling. All you had need to do is ensure that you have:

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2. Tagged 3 friends on this Facebook post, whom you think will be keen in this giveaway.

Feel free to share this post so that more people can know about this lovely book. Giveaway ends on 07 July, 2359 hrs. All the best!


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Disclaimer: A copy of Meet The Wakersaur was given for the purpose of this review. No monteary compensation was involved. All opinions and photos are solely ours. 

Friday, 24 June 2016

Lillebaby Complete Airflow carrier

It's been quite frequent now that we bring Juboy out with us. When most places aren't exactly stroller friendly, we like to work with our baby carrier. The last time I used one was 5 years ago with an old generation baby bjorn.

Fast forward to 5 years later, the man started to kangaroo his baby for the first time. Yes, I've been doing the work of kangaroo-ing for our previous two kids. It must be the new carrier we are using that inspired him.

Baby carriers in the market have evolved much from simple to fanciful and functional designs. You name it, you find it. We came across the Lillebaby carrier, complete airflow and are very much contented with the usage of it.

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Here are the solid reasons why we love it:
1. Ergonomic
The shoulder straps are wide, well-padded and of sturdy fabric to distribute the baby's weight evenly. There's also Lumbar support with a wide and sturdy waist belt to give good posture. These in combination help alleviate pressure on our back and shoulders saving them from strain. I testify to this strongly as it really kept us ache free after hours of usage.  

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2. Comfortable
Great cushion, sturdy fabric and ergonomic design made it all easy and comfortable for the wearer. The baby too, it's been more than a couple of times that he fell asleep in it. I will describe it as using a marshmallow carrier. Soft and comfy.

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3. Weather perfect
It's an all summer season here. Being cool, breathable and 3D mesh, it gives both the baby and wearer fresh doses of air. It doesn't feel uncomfortably warm when using it for long.

4. Multi-ways
It's so versatile that you can wear it in 6 positions, fetal, infant, toddler, hip and back. For now, we are only exploring the fetal face in position.

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5. Easy clean
We know how frequent baby products need to be washed and cleaned. And for being machine washable, this saves us from the hassle of hand washing.

6. Adjustable
There is no one size fit all carrier. Since we rotate the use of carrier between the man and myself, we are happy that the carrier is easily adjustable. Though tightening all straps to the tightest did pose a little of challenge for my petite frame, it got better as baby grew bigger.

7. Easy to use
I did have a little trouble initially to self buckle at the back. But practice made it all perfect, I'm better at it now whenever I'm alone. Of course, it did make it a little more convenient when someone is around to take care of that buckle for me.

8. No infant insert
The complete airflow is suitable from newborn of 3.2kg and above. It doesn't require an insert when using for newborn. I started using when Juboy was about 3.5kg. However, I felt it was more tugged and snugged when I inserted a receiving blanket at the bottom of his seat. Now that he is bigger, I didn't have to prop him up anymore.

9. Extended usage
The carrier is good for newborn of 3.2kg up to toddler of 20kg. That's some good mileage to the use of it. A worthy investment for sure.

10. Hood
It comes with sleeping hood that gives baby the privacy while sleeping. It's also a good shield from the sun, drizzle or even during breastfeeding. We use it occasionally while eating, to prevent food scraps from getting on the baby's head. The hood is removable.

11. Pockets
There's a zipped pocket on the front of the carrier, which is good for a small wallet. It is very much handy for us to store and retrieve some cash and essentials when we need them instantly. The hood pocket that's not zipped allows some storage too.

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12. Lightweight
It's lightweight and easily foldable. Definitely a great travel companion.

13. Neat design
We love how neatly the excess straps can be folded and kept within an elastic loop, without leaving to dangle. The buckles on the shoulder straps can also be tucked within, so it doesn't irritate the baby's face.

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14. Neck and head support
At a later stage, when baby is taller and falls asleep in the carrier, you can flip up the neck support flap. It supports baby's head so it won't flop backwards. The adjustable width gently cradles baby's head and elastic straps provide support while allowing head movement. If not in use, you can fold the flap down neatly and snap.

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15. Seat adjustment
We love the little customization here to get wearing more comfortable. Its seat width is adjustable to promote developmentand proper ergonomic leg position in every carrying position to support baby’s hip, pelvis, and spinal development. That is, you adjust the seat to a wide setting for the fetal, toddler, hip and back carrying positions. Narrow setting for the infant face in and forward facing positions.

16. Safe materials
The products contain NO lead, toxic dyes, phthalates, or flame retardants. The majority of fabric used is manufactured internally so it meets rigorous standards. Fabrics  not manufactured within are submitted to independent  and rigorous safety testing before they are used. The padding on the shoulder pads is a non-toxic PE, a material frequently used in baby mattresses. The waist belt is also made of non-toxic PEVA material. Many baby products are now manufactured using PEVA as it is considered “greener” and safer than PVC and other materials. 
 


So yeap, I do feel this is the complete, well thought and all in one carrier. However, it doesn't seem as mass market as other brands, especially in Asia. I attribute this to the slight flaw of it not designing for short and petite Mummies like me. It felt kinda inappropriate when I first used, as it wasn't well snugged and tugged. It however got better as Juboy grew bigger to the usage. The man did not have this problem though.

Other than that, it really is near being perfect. Their prices are affordable and reasonably pegged to the many features and functionality it has. If you think that the designs are boring, then you do need to check out their tokidoki range. They're lovely! Lillebaby carrier can be purchased at major department stores, baby/kids stores and online baby shops. 


Click for other useful information:
Lillebaby Facebook (Singapore)
Instructional Videos of the various wearing positions


Disclaimer: A complete airflow carrier was given for the purpose of this review. All photos and opinions are solely ours. 

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Supermom Baby Fair - Preorder sale

Mega SuperMom Online Preorder is happening next Mon, 27th June for just 3 days! While popular items are usually sold out on first day with limited stock available, preordering seems like a wiser way to shop these days. 


All you had need to do with this concept is:
1.Preorder items online
2. Make payment
3. Print collection details
4. Collect your items between 12 - 14 August 2016 at SuperMom Baby Fair, Suntec Convention Centre
  
For now, do sign up as VIP to gain access to the preorder and shop on 27 June. While those who didn't sign up as VIP shops on 28 and 29 June. VIP sign ups for first 1000 only. 

Here's a sneak peak of deals you can look at, with over 300 baby and Mummy essentials and some brands up to 90% off.

Perks and privilege for waiting and shopping at supermom preorder:

  • $5 cash back that is stackable and can be used for any products at the fair
  • Free gifts for different tier of spending.
  • Choices of free gifts worth up to $569
  • FREE Belly casting that is FIRST in Asia
  • FREE Baby Hand and Feet Casting worth up to $328
  • Mothercare voucher worth up to $50
  • No limit on most of the free gifts. You spend you confirm get your gifts.
  • Instalment available
  • VIP access to Baby Fair 

Disclaimer: Sponsored post.