#Wafermoment

February 2017

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(Someone is feeling the love from Kiddylicious!)

Baby Megan is 16 months now and we are still weaning her. Unlike the older two, she is taking to solids very slowly and cautiously. Despite her quirks, one of her favourite snacks is still the wafers from Kiddylicious. Kiddylicious wafers are made with rice flour(with 50% less sugar than reduced sugar rusks, gluten and dairy-free) and have subtle hints of real fruit and vegetables. I like how they are perfect the the little hands and mouths, easy to dissolve in the mouth and are literally mess-free!

I mean what more can we, parents want from a snack? In Megan’s case, Kiddylicious wafers are perfect for her as she has many dietary constraints.

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Kiddylicious wafers come in three yummy flavours. As of now, I don’t think that she has a preferred flavour. These wafers are like a stable in my kitchen cupboards for now. Useful to pack along when we head out or just as a snack in the afternoon. Gillian, my older daughter, is also a fan of these wafers. There are two in a pack- one for Megan and one for Gillian.

If you have a little one starting on her weaning journey, you may want to grab a pack of 10 from any of the major supermarkets. First finger food such as Kiddylicious wafers is essential for:

  • little ones to learn hand to mouth skills to feed themselves using their pincer grip
  • jaw muscle development to aid speech
  • taste-bud development

Kiddylicious is running a social media activity to share your little ones’ #wafermoment. What is your #wafermoment? Is it your chance to relax, feel proud of your little one, put on the washing, check your phone, have a hot drink or even have a wee! Share your photo, video clip or even a real life quote of your #wafermoment on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter and be in the chance to win a giveaway from Kiddylicious! Do check out the website for details and terms and conditions.

Here’s Megan’s #wafermoment

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Num Noms

September 2016

Hello guys! I am back to blogging again. For the past two weeks or so in London, I have been busy getting the kids back into the routine- school, learning, and heading to the park to enjoy the last bits of sunshine before the cold comes. On top of that, I have been dedicating parts of my relaxation time to writing and research for my writing. Like for real! I am hoping that I will keep up with the momentum.

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When Ryan went off to school, I had some time with Gillian and Megan for a week or so before our eldest went off to her 3 hour nursery as well. I was quite happy that a package from Num Noms came for Gillian came in handy to entertain her.

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What are Num Noms?
Basically, they are cute, scented, collectible characters. The Nums are squishy toppers that sit on top of a Nom, which are either motorized, a lip balm pot, a mini-stampers (called Stamp-Its), or erasers. There are now 5000+ mix and match combos that you can make! These adorable characters definitely appealed more to Gillian than Ryan.

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What we have received?
We received the Diner Series 2 deluxe package, which consisted of 6 Nums, 2 motorised Noms and fast food tray and an adorable spatula. We got Hammy Burger, Lemony Cola, PBNJ, Haley Hotdog, Frenchie Fries and Strawberry Cream.

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How can you play with it? How did Gillian play with it?
You can stack the characters on top of each other, play-pretend with it or just stop one of your Nums on the Noms and watch it run around.

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What part of the Num Nom experience did Gillian like the most?
Gillian, bring only 3.5 year old, needed more assistance when we were unboxing the package. I took time to explain to her the item, to get her to smell the scent and guess what it was. Also, I facilitate the pretend-play scenario before she continued on her own.

I think she really liked the lip balm that she got in the blind bag. In fact, it is now placed in her favourite box.

Will I recommend Num Noms to someone?
Yes, especially if they are getting it for a child/someone who loves collectibles. There is a list that you can print from the Num Nom website to check off the characters that you have in your collection. I would imagine that will be very useful for the collector.

Where can Num Noms can be purchased?
Num Noms can be purchased from most to retailers like Smyths, Argos, Toy R Us or Amazon.

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Disclaimer: We were given the Num Noms Diner Series 2. Opinions are of my own and I have given honest feedback and review of our experience with the product.

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Kiddylicious!

September 2016

Kiddylicious sent us a box of tasty snacks for Megan in May 2016. The team behind Kiddylicious are a group of professional specialists, many of whom are parents. They share similar concerns with us, on the importance of  introducing healthy tasty food to the young one Kiddylicious is one of the leading baby and toddler snack providers in the UK. It is also a firm favourite with parents and little ones in the UK and is now available in many countries around the world, including Singapore.

We only got about doing this blog post in September as we were busy trying out all these delicious baby food that are suitable for Megan at various milestones. Here are our throwback pictures of when we first received these yums! A special little one looks real chuffed!

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Kiddylicious Wafers

Fast forward 4 months, here we have 10 months old Megan. One of our snacks from Kiddylicious would be the rice Wafers. It is of a good size for her tiny hands and is a must have in our diaper bag when we head out. As Baby Megan is still teething, having these nibbles help to comfort her sore gums. As tested by myself, I found that the wafer dissolves easily when combined with saliva.

There are three flavours available- carrot, banana and blueberry. Baby Megan do not have a preference for any. She seem to like all!

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Kiddylicous Fruity Puffs

Once Baby Megan turned 7 months, she tried fruity puffs and she took to it quickly. Unlike the wafer which was easier to hold, the fruity puffs were smaller in size and would need a ‘pincer grip’.

Megan’s favourite is the blueberry puffs. Her elder sister, Gillian also is a fan of these puffs. A packet like this will only last one session as Gillian gobbles the rest of the puffs real quickly! Just like the rest of Kiddylicious products, the fruity puffs are gluten-free, they have no added sugar and contains no artificial additives. Absolutely safe for our young ones.

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(The blue bag you see in the picture is where I usually put one packet of snack for Megan along with a few of her toys. That is our ‘busy bag ‘ to occupy for Megan when we head out.)

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Gillian loves the fruity puffs too! Kiddylicious products are suitable for young children and adults as well!

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Once yur baby turn 1 year, there will be a whole lot more of products that your baby can try. So far, as Megan is only 10 months, we have only tried two of the Kiddylicious products that are suitable for 12 months and above.

One of the products that I would like to highlight would be the fruit crisps. They are fruits(apples, bananas and pineapples) which are sliced into bite-sized pieces and then made into these melt-in-your-mouth snacks. Since Megan is still abit too young for this snack, I will just make the pieces smaller before feeding her some. So far, we have only tried the banana crips and they taste just fabulous. In fact, I am thinking of putting some of these in Ryan’s school lunchbox.

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We have also tried the smoothie melts. Just like the fruit crisps, I will make it into smaller pieces before feeding Baby Megan. I think this will not be necessary when she turns 1 in October. The smoothie melts is a hit with Megan, she keeps asking for more. Usually, I will put a few small pieces in her baby bowl to let her self-feed. The bowl is always empty real quickly!

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In fact, there are a few more snacks that I have received in the parcel but have not gone about trying it as they are suitable for babies who are 12 months and above! I will definitely be doing a second post on these Kiddylicious delights in a few months time!

In the meantime, do consider to check out these baby snacks for your little ones.

For those residing in Singapore, you can purchase these Kiddylicious products from Posh Baby. Here’s the link to their Facebook page so you can check out for more updates or upcoming deals.

For UK readers, you can find Kiddylicious products in most major supermarkets- Waitrose, Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Ocado and Sainsbury. You can also shop at their online store!

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So Pure Sophie la girafe Multi-textured Teether

March 2016

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In a few more days time, Baby Megan will be 5 months. Omg….where did the days and the months ago? Just a while ago, she was this little, wrinkly newborn that I carried home from UCLH and bam! She is this gorgeous looking baby, so inquisitive and smiley. She is a joy to be with every morning…but…
At this point of her baby-hood, she is also going through her teething period which makes her cranky at times.

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Thankfully, she received her So Pure Sophie la girafe Multi-textured Teether from 1 Two Kids to tide her through this stage. This teething toy is a colorful teething ring with numerous textures! The Multi-textured Teether is not just for Baby Megan to teeth on but also for her hands to explore the various types of textures. Just like all teething toys from Sophie, the Multi-textured Teether is made of  100% natural rubber, pulled from the Hevea tree latex, and food-grade paints. With numerous soft parts to chew and with various textures (Sophie’s spots, ridges, ears and horns), it offers different massages and relieves  Baby Megan’s sore gums efficiently. When Ryan and Gillian(my two older children) were teething as babies, their favourite teething toys were also from Sophie la girafe. I suppose there is something special about the material that Sophie is made from.

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I like how the Multi-textured Teether is light and ergonomic. This teething toy  is easily manipulated by Baby Megan’s small hands as seen in the picture above.

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As it is the latest addition to the range of teething toys that Sophie la girafe has, it also features  4 geometrical and colorful shapes which catch the attention of babies while they are playing around the main ring. As a mother of two older childen, I do have other teething toys but the Multi-textured Teether is Baby Megan’s favourite. She plays with it everyday, especially when her gums are feeling not that comfortable.

If you have a teething baby and need something to sooth them, So Pure Sophie la girafe Multi-textured Teether might be the answer for you and your baby!

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Disclaimer: So Pure Sophie la girafe Multi-textured Teether is given to me by 1 Two Kids for review purposes.

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Milestone Cards

February 2015

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Baby Megan has been gifted with Milestone cards from 1 Two Kids and this box was cards are one of the sweetest presents that she has received thus far. Milestone cards are a collection of 30 photo cards that we can use to capture special moments of our babies’ first year in weeks, months and memorable moments such as when they first slept through the night(hurrah!) or when they first said,’Mama’…

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The idea of Milestone cards is to fill in the date on the Milestone card, take a photo of your precious little one, along with the cheery-looking card. With that, that special moment or day is encapsulated in the photo. Even if the cards do get lost in the future and memory fails us, we have photos to remember those extraordinary space in time.

It was unfortunate that we did not have these milestone cards earlier. If not, we would be able to have photos of her with those beautifully illustrated photo cards at those little milestones of her life. Looking forward, I hope to use the rest of the cards soon. The one that I am most looking forward to would be the day when she calls me, ‘Mama’. That moment would be just oozing will so much sweetness and joy.

So if you have a friend who is expecting a baby and you are unsure on what do get, Milestone Cards would be a lovely and meaningful present for her. I will definitely be updating more of Baby Megan’s milestones with these cards. So if you have instagram, do check them by using the #babymegansmilestone or  #babymeganyap

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 Disclaimer: Milestone Cards were given to me by 1 Two Kids for review purposes.

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Sleeping with Babysafe

February 2016

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Babysafe has kindly sent our little munchkin, Megan the newborn pillow and the Tencel waterproof mattress protector all the way from Singapore! Woohoo! Baby Megan is feeling the love from home despite being 6,736 miles away.

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(Baby Megan, Week 1)

Babysafe newborn pillow is meant for babies from the age of 0-6 months. Needless to say, Baby Megan used it ever since the day she got home from the hospital. The pillow is specially molded with an optimum cavity to prevent the flat-head syndrome. So far, after 4 months of using the newborn pillow, Baby Megan’s head is nice and rounded. Baby Megan is actually one of the 50 babies who were involved in this project of testing if Babysafe newborn pillow helps in flat-head prevention. I have to send in photo updates of Baby Megan’s heads at certain points in time during the 2 months of trial. Being in this project makes me feel that the good people at Babysafe are passionate about their product and are willing to make the effort to test and review it. If you ask me, I would think that it is a must-buy for young infants.

Oh yes! Another good use of this awesome newborn pillow is that it helps us to take passport photo for our little ones. You know how the wriggly the heads of babies can be. With this newborn pillow, you can just spread a white cloth over the pillow, lie the baby on a white background and take as many suitable passport photos as possible. Voila!

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Tencel waterproof mattress protector is a something that I used to line on top of Baby Megan’s cot sheets. The material is really soft to touch and it is made of breathable material. I can imagine how it would be super comfortable for babies who are living in hot and humid Singapore. Baby Megan, who is a newborn with sensitive skin sleeps very well on it. The tencel mattress protector washes and dries easily and there is no shrinkage after multiple washes.

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Disclaimer: The Babysafe products were given to be for review purposes.

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Avent Combined Steamer-Blender

October 2013

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Baby Gillian turned 6 months on 10 October. 6 months is a hallmark for weaning. The term ‘to wean’ comes from an ancient phrase that means ‘to accustom to’. Weaning refers to the period during which a baby gradually becomes accustomed to food other than milk. Milk alone is nutritionally adequate for up to 6 months. However, thereafter, it is important to start introducing weaning foods to meet the changing nutritional needs of the growing baby. In fact, before the age of 6 months, Baby Gillian has been showing much interest in the food that we are eating. Heehee. So you can imagine she is also happy that the weaning process is starting!

Being a mother second time around resulted in me being familiar with products created to make life with babies more convenient. The Avent Combined Steamer-Blender is one of my favourite product when it is time for weaning, I have used the Avent Combined Steamer-Blender with Ryan albeit not religiously enough. However, like what I mentioned in my previous posts, this year I have decided to be more committed in serving healthy homemade meals for my kids. Once again, I have takn my trusty Avent Combined Steamer-Blender out of the cupboard. After a wash, it looks as good as new and ready to go!

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Here are some of the typical first food that parents try with their babies. Decided to start off with apples, potatoes and carrots as they have the least chance of an allergic reaction.

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Healthy homemade baby food can be easily prepared with the Avent Combined Steamer-Blender. This device allows busy mothers to enjoy the convenience of ‘steam, flip and blend’, all in one appliance. Also, I like the fact that this device helps possibly retain all nutrients from the food. Steaming is probably the best cooking method for baby food as it helps to preserve the most original flavour as well as its nutrients.The Avent Combined Steamer-Blender does a great job of retaining more essential nutrients as the juices that are released from the food during the steaming process are retained and mixed back into the food during the blending process.

1. Chop your ingredients up into small pieces. In my case, I peeled and I chopped up the potato.

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2. Put the chopped up potato into the container.

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Before steaming, make sure you fill up the cup that comes with the blender to a suitable level that is being marked. Pour the water into the device for steaming. The measuring cup shows water measurement in millimeters together with the corresponding steaming time in minutes. Another cool feature of the Avent Combined Steamer-Blender  is that it stops automatically when the water runs dry! Therefore you will not need to worry about over cooking or to watch the fire like you do if you were using the traditional steamer.

2.  Turn to the knob to the left to start steaming.

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3. Once the steaming is completed. Flip the container over and start the blending process. Blend to your desired texture. You can create different textures and consistencies by adjusting steam and blend times. Your homemade puree for the little one will be ready in less than a minute.

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Ta-Dah! Cool the puree and serve!
Mashed potato for Baby Gillian!

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Baby Gillian’s first experience with mashed potato!

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She looks quite surprised by the taste and texture of potato. Heehee.

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After a few mouthful, she gobbles of the rest of her meal quickly. From her expression, you can be sure that potato is one of her favourite food!

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Baby Gillian’s first experience with carrot puree.

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Baby Gillian, looking all excited at lunch time!

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Quite a positive experience as well!

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The washing process is really easier. With this steamer-blender, there is no need to wash too many tools and pots. However, one thing to note would be to wash the device properly. Do remember to take off the green cover of the container to wash the inside of the container.

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Philips Avent Steamer Blender can be purchased from our friendly Spring Maternity stores! The Bumbo floor seat that Baby Gillian uses at meal times are also available at Spring Maternity stores.

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