Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Gentle Giraffe On The Go - Help your baby sleep

There are several ways to soothe a crying baby. Upon ensuring he has been well fed and cleaned, we often have to experiment various ways of comfort. The usual we do is much of picking up the baby, to keep him in motion. As like in the womb of a busy Mum. 

Other checks include the gas and comfort check. Whether he needs to release Burrrpps or if his clothing and surrounding is comfortable.
 
After the basics are checked off the list, he's often easy playing on his own till his next nap or sleep, when he'll cry for comfort again. That's when I would try to introduce sleeping aids, like toys! Not all toys, but one that produces white noise is perfect for babies.

Wonder Toys sent a really cute plush to Juboy. You can call it, GGOTG (Gentle Giraffe On The Go). By cloud b, the baby sleep specialist was established with the philosophy that every baby deserves a sound night's sleep.


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Adorable isn't it?!

Their products are developed in consultation with an advisory board of pediatricians and sleep specialists. So be assured by the level of research and tests behind each toy. It has developed award winning plush pals that not only soothe and relax our little darlings but are also great for snuggling and playtime.

So what exactly is white noise to a baby?

WHITE NOISE
Or some may call it white sound, is a consistent noise that comes out evenly across all hearable frequencies. It is repetitive and unobtrusive. Examples are like the running of the fan, the rain, waves on a beach etc.

White noise is soothing to a baby, as like in the womb, it drowns out other noises. Particularly newborns who have not gotten used to the outside world. It not only helps baby fall asleep easily but stay asleep longer too.

GGOTG comes with 4 soothing sound options - Safari groove, jungle trails, Victoria Falls and Babbling brook, mainly for play, clam, relax and sleep. I've uploaded a video on the sounds towards the end of this post.

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4 sound options

The GGOTG is one you can use as a sleep routine in the home or on the go. It not only soothes baby to sleep with fun jungle sounds, it's also a lovely companion and cuddly toy.

The features are:
  • Two sleep-timer options - 23 and 45 minutes. I would usually turn it off when baby sleeps deep, so it's a good function for me if I forget.
  • Velcro tab for easy attachment to baby's stroller or the cot. Which is also one safety feature to prevent the toy from falling onto baby's face when sleeping. The velcro strap is strong and slightly adjustable in length.
  • The Giraffe comes in 2 versions, "Regular" and "on the go". This is "on the go" version. Regular is bigger in size and has 8 sounds.
  • Requires 2 AA batteries, which are thoughtfully included upon purchase.

It is also cleverly designed such that the sound box comes separate from the cuddly. Just so the giraffe can be cleaned or washed without the electric device in.

There is an insert on the back of the giraffe where the sound box can be inserted for play. And when cushioned in between, the sound does gets softer. That's when one will appreciate the dial to adjust the volume gradually low or high. That worked as the On-Off dial too.

Be assured that the loudest level of volume is barely audible from a distance of about a meter, which means it's extremely gentle and safe near our baby's ears. Some baby toys just come in 1 or 2 fixed level of volume, which even the lowest level might sound uncomfortable or hurt our baby's ears. It's better with one that we can control. Choosing toys wisely is quite an art too

So yeap, this toy had been well thought and carefully designed for our little darlings!

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Relax time with Mr Giraffe

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Soundly asleep

Other than getting the giraffe onto the cot, you may use the toy for car rides by attaching it to the car seat to calm a crying or fussy baby too. Or while changing the clothes or diapers of our baby.

While this toy works wonder for most babies, I'm pretty sure it might help some grown ups cope with better sleeps too. White noise is for any ages.

You may listen to the jungle theme sounds and white noise from the following video.



If you've just welcomed your newborn, do give this a try! You really won't know till you try it. Apart from the sounds, I am loving how cute it looks just like Sophie the giraffe, the teether. Ok, I have a special love for giraffes. Wild, but tame.

Wonder Toys is the sole distributor of cloud b toys. To get hold of cloud b products at a 10% discount, simply use code, 'Mumscalling10' for a 10% discount upon carting out (Code expires on 30 June 2016). Free shipping for orders above $60. This is one great toy for your newborn, as well as a wonderful gift for your friends' baby!


GIVEAWAY
Heap Thanks to the kind people at Wonder Toys, we have one Gentle Giraffe on the go, worth $59.90 for one lucky reader. All you had need to do is:

1. Like Mum's calling on Facebook
2. Like Wonder Toys on Facebook
3. Tag 3 friends on this Facebook post, whom you think will be keen in this giveaway.
4. Follow us on instagram @mumscalling [Optional]

Best of luck!

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  • This giveaway ends on 27 May 16, 2359 hrs
  • Winners will be picked by random.org
  • Winners will be announced on Facebook and this blog post
  • Winners will have 24 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn
  • All incomplete entries will be disqualified. 
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Thursday, 12 May 2016

Is there a best age gap between siblings?

We're into the 3rd week of welcoming our newborn, Juboy. His monicker. It's been quite a breeze this far, except for some nights when he decided to fuss after feeds and rob the peace of the light sleepers. The man and I.

Other than disrupted sleeps, it's looking manageable this far. Breastfeeding was initially tough as we struggled to bring his jaundice down, but flow is now good and supply is sufficient. He's drinking very well and getting chubbier along the days. I guess we will be good transiting onto the second month without help from our confinement lady. I'm an experienced Mum after all. #notshy


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Being our third and having 2 kids (Ages 7 and 5) of a rather big age gap, everything seems to fall pretty well in place. Jazz and Jare are showing much affection to their little brother, and because of this gap, I find that they easily comprehend that the baby needs their Mama when he demands milk. The only case of crying gets you what you want in the house. No jealousy or rivalry. 

Thankful for these understanding little people. 

It was somewhat different years ago, when I was pregnant with Jare. A guilt bugged me and I felt bad towards Jazz for needing to divide attention with another sibling soon. She was 2 and it seemed we've not had most of her toddlers years yet. 

I recalled the initial weeks upon our second arrival were rough, we dealt with jealously and Jazz was throwing random tantrums that required our complicated navigation. At that tender age of 2, nothing seemed to work with reasoning. It was however, rainbow after storm and rain. 

The third came and I felt extremely accomplished to have seen and focused through the toddler years of Jazz and Jare. Though Jazz does require some help and attention with school work now, she is independent most times. In fact, both elders are very much independent. 

There are different benefits and drawbacks for having siblings spaced closely together, just as there are in siblings spaced apart. I did worry they may not be playmates the same way, the things they can or cannot do together, as well as the closeness they hold. But perhaps, I should look at this as having greater love, encouragment and help from the older siblings.  

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We are still in the early days of adapting, and I do hope things stay as wonderful as it is. Of course, the littlest has yet to discover the pros and cons of his siblings. More squabbles or peace ahead? The days will tell.

I reckon, there really isn't a perfect time to have another child, even if it means starting babyhood after a long while. The best time for one, may not be the best time for another. We all have different family dynamic.

While little lives are wonderful gifts from God, we will be given the wisdom to work around our circumstances to bring forth and care for another blessing. For sure, another sibling will be the best gift for one another.

Looking forward to the brighter and exciting days ahead as FIVE!


Monday, 9 May 2016

Aviva Superfundae 2016 is back!

I made a wish that it will make a come back, and it's here! Aviva Superfundae 2016 is back with more than 30 games and activities sprawled across The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay this June! Yay, to an exciting June holiday ahead.

We know something ought to be really awesome when it's back again. This largest playdate in town is one great outdoor 'funival' for families to bond and connect through play. It will showcase 3 play elements - Connective, Active and Creative play.

This is play at its best where participants are interacting with one other, honing their psychomotor skills from the outdoor quests and dashes, or unleashing their creativity with hands-on arts and crafts activities.

Here's what you can expect from the five thematically-designed fun zones - Circus Centre, Speedy zone, Dream Castle, Pirate Island and Jungle World.

CIRCUS CENTRE
  • Dream about candies falling from the sky with Mega Candy Canon. Free gummies will be blasted out of a candy canon every hour. Yes, sugar rush guaranteed!
  • Enjoy a movie under the stars as we wind down in the evening.

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SPEEDY ZONE
  • Challenge your inner hero at the Ninja quest obstacle course, a giant inflatable obstacle course at the Meadow. 
  • Kids zip around the skate scooters, squiggly cars and push bikes.
  • For the Mums and Dads, challenge yourselves with kids in tow. Check out if Dad is strong enough to handle two kids at the Double Daddy Dash, or swoop Mum off her feet and dash through the Daddy Mummy Piggyback. 
  • Quench your thirst with a beer at the beer dash. And kids, the milk of course. 
 
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DREAM CASTLE
  • Let imagination run wild at Kaboodle play, with large foam blocks.
  • Budding artists can have their go with art and craft activities by Mosaic Workshop, JayJayJolly and Da Little Arts School.

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PIRATE ISLAND
  • Get wild and wet with Nerf Super Soakers 'at Craycrayspray Water Play. Mums and Dads are welcome! It's good hint that you should bring extra clothing.
  • Make treasure boat with origami paper and float it down the winding river. Let's see if it survives the rapids!

JUNGLE WORLD
  • Swing like squirrels at Squirrels and Acorns and make your way across balancing beams and swing from vine to vine while transporting goodies back to your nest. Pretty sure the monkey boy in our family can handle this well. 
  • Form a parent-child team at the Numakiki Jungle Obstacle and navigate through a super fun circuit that puts your brains and motor skills to test.


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And of course, for the babies and young toddlers out there, there will be a diaper change area and nursing room, as well as a toddler play room for the really young ones.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: 04 June 2016, Saturday
TIME: 10am to 9pm
VENUE: The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay

Tickets are priced at $19.90 each. The one-price-for-all tickets are on sale through Sistic. Kids below 3 enter for Free. Each purchased ticket comes with:
  • An awesome Superfundae pack for children up to 12 years old. Adults will get a free beer or juice! 
  • Superfundae pack consists of:
    • Exclusive Aviva Superfundae tote bag
    • Aviva umbrella
    • Johnson’s Baby Powder
    • Johnson’s Baby Messy Times wipes
    • Clean & Clear Facial Cleanser
    • Haribo Gummy Candies
    • Marigold packet milk
    • Vitagen bookmark
    • Superfundae event guide
  • Free entry to all games and activities (including materials used, if any)
  • Free ice cream ALL.DAY.LONG (while stocks last)

Quite a deal, isn't it?!! Get your tickets fast! More information on Superfundae here.

We were there last year, and I've to say everyone had tremendous fun! We played from bright to night, leaving only after the movie screening under that starry night. Read our fun experience here.

We are excited to be grabbing our caps again for this upcoming mega outdoor play. Definitely a great opportunity to disconnect from work and gadgets, and connect with our family through games and fun activities. Outdoor play in the gardens sounds more than just perfect!


GIVEAWAY
We have 2 sets of 4 Family tickets up for GIVEAWAY to 2 lucky readers! Each family set is worth $79.60. All you had need to do is:
1. Like Mum's calling on Facebook
2. Like Superfundae on Facebook
3. Leave a comment telling us which fun zone excites you and tag 3 friends whom you think will be keen in this giveaway on this Facebook post. Tag responsibly :)

Best of luck!

This giveaway is closed. We have picked 2 winners. Congrats Xin Y and Joyce! 

Terms and Conditions:
  • This giveaway ends on 23 May 16, 2359 hrs
  • Winners will be picked by random.org
  • Winners will be announced on Facebook and this blog post
  • Winners will have 24 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn
  • Winners will have to collect tickets from sponsor's office
  • All incomplete entries will be disqualified. 
  • All entries will be verified before the winners are announced.   
  • Giveaway is no way sponsored, endorsed, administered or associated with Facebook.  

Disclaimer: We were given tickets for the purpose of this review. Photos were taken from last year's Superfundae. 


Friday, 6 May 2016

Discover the unlimited possibilites with Miclik!

I am a huge fan of toys that has no limit. One which allows creativity and ideas to flow in whatever directions possible, and these are just what our children of today need, and should be capable of.

When Explorer Junior sent us 2 boxes of Miclik, pieces of toys that can be snapped and folded together for unlimited possibilities, the kids were exhilarated! They were ready to put their thoughts into action till they went, "what can I do Mummy?"

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Box of 48 pieces each

Guess the kids are just too scheduled to what to do and what not to do. I then got my hands on it and realized it does take some thinking and strategizing on these modular. WHAT and HOW to create.

Good thing, the box came with a booklet of simple instructions and ideas on what to create. Not extensive but good enough for starting out. That gave the kids direction to work on. After which, Js were able to venture more wildly with their own ideas.

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Happy creators

While Js were exploring, they not only tapped on their creative juices, but also the art of being patient. Which is much needed during the build up.

The toy connectors come in 4 colours - pink, blue, yellow and green. We love how visual stimulation is cleverly considered in this toy. Creativity, imagination and happiness is colourful, isn't it? After all, children are attracted to bright and contrast colours.

It sure makes playing more fun!

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Snap and Fold

Love too, the pieces shaped like that of a hexagon did make thinking out of the box. It allows many possibilities of connecting and involves much thinking on the best method to make their structure firm and steady. With 6 holes on one side and 4 protruding on the other, it sure involves some experiments when building.

They then went on to explore making ship, belts, tiara, sword and shield and the endless creations.

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Looking like a ship and a mini crown

Beyond bricks and blocks, I do think preschools and homes of today should start exploring toys that have newly evolved with with the elements of creativity and imagination. Toys we choose in the early development years are crucial to a child's learning and development.

We do need to choose our toys wisely at times.

Miclik is designed in Barcelona and is recommended for ages 3 and above. Adults included, I say. A feel on these pieces, one can tell they are of maximum quality and safety standards. A well done and good finished toy. Stated on its box, it also assured that the toy meets the European and American safety standards.

Miclik priced at $49.90 consists of 48 pieces in each box and the educational pack priced at $79.90 consists of 96 pieces.

WHERE can you buy them? Discover the infinite possibilities only at Explorer Junior.

Explorer Junior was founded in 2012 in the National University of Singapore (NUS) by 3 graduates who share a common interest in the early childhood education scene in Singapore. Love the passion they sow into bringing fun beyond the usual classroom setting!

GIVEAWAY
Heap Thanks to the kind people at Explorer Junior, we have 2 boxes of Miclik, worth $49.90 each for GIVEAWAY to 2 lucky readers! All you had need to do is:
1. Like Mum's calling on Facebook
2. Like Explorer Junior on Facebook
3. Tag 4 friends responsibly on this Facebook post, whom you think will be keen in this giveaway.

Best of luck!

Hop over to Lil Blue Bottle to try your luck on the similar giveaway too. 

This giveaway is closed. We have picked 2 winners. Congrats Robert S and Agnes C! 

Terms and Conditions:
  • This giveaway ends on 23 May 16, 2359 hrs
  • Winners will be picked by random.org
  • Winners will be announced on Facebook and this blog post
  • Winners will have 24 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn
  • All incomplete entries will be disqualified. 
  • All entries will be verified before the winners are announced.   
  • Giveaway is no way sponsored, endorsed, administered or associated with Facebook. 

Thursday, 5 May 2016

SHREK THE MUSICAL - Get your child to Roar #LikeShrek

Once upon a time, Musicals drew inspirations from books and plays. It has now evolved to be based on animated movies. For the first time ever, SHREK The Musical will be performing in Singapore as part of its first international tour.

Yay! To the opportunity to catch these well loved characters live on stage. The musical will be staging from 08 June onward, for a limited season.

Undoubtedly, Shrek will be a great treat for this upcoming June holiday.


This live adaption brings the hilarious story of everyone's favourite ogre to the stage. In a far away kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an ogre - not a handsome prince shows up to rescue a feisty princess.


Throw in a donkey that does not keep quiet, a villain with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero.



Luckily, there's one on hand and his name is Shrek...



Won't you be so keen to catch SHREK The Musical?!! Join Shrek and his loyal donkey, as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona from the fire breathing, love-sick dragon. It will be one exciting adventure of singing and dancing with the much loved characters live on stage!

Jazz loves the Gingerbread man and Jare loves none other than Ogre. Which is your love?

Based on the Oscar winning Dreamworks Animation film, SHREKTACULAR or not, you shall decide.

#LikeShrek Campaign
Here's one '#LikeShrek' campaign you should not miss to get a Free child ticket.
1. Capture a video OR photo of your child roaring like Shrek
2. Upload it here
3. Upon approving your entry, a booking link will be sent to you with which you can get a child ticket free for every adult ticket purchased on MBS ticketing.

And here's one to show your child on how Shrek roars. Got it? Capture it and upload it. This Campaign ends on 16 May. Get the camera, lights and action ready!



Here's a video of how our little Shrek roars...



OR if not, a photo of his little meek roar with those Shreky ears...

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Gentle roar

Looking at those green ears he donned on, I'm giving him full score for that roaring effort. Get yours up too! 


Shrek The Musical
Date: 08 June (Wed) to 17 June (Sun)
Venue: MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands
Time:
Wed to Fri: 7.30pm
Sat: 2pm and 7.30pm
Sun: 1pm and 6pm
Ticket price: 
VIP Reserve : S$175
A Reserve : S$155
B Reserve : S$125
C Reserve : S$95
D Reserve : S$65
VIP Box (For 4 seats): S$700
Box Seats (For 4 seats): S$380
 

Tickets can be purchased from Marina Bay Sands or Sistic.

Disclaimer: Sponsored post. All musical photos are credited to Base entertainment.