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Guide to Choosing a High Chair for Your Baby

At around 6 months of age, you may safely introduce solid foods to your baby and a high chair (or sometimes referred to as “baby chair”) comes in useful when your baby can sit up on his own to eat. (Read: A New Parents’ Guide to Starting Solids for Children or Guide to starting baby on solids)

High chairs are a common sights in a new family, thanks to the convenience it offers at meal times.

Highchairs are essentially tall chairs that come with child safety restraints and an attached tray for eating.  The main purpose of a high chair is for your baby to engage in feeding activities at a comfortable height. The child restrain can keep your baby safe while the height of the high chair brings your child up to the same level as other family members who are eating at the dining table.

Baby gets to work on his fine motor skills when he picks up food to self-feed and explores different foods. He also gets to socialise with others while eating hence, a high chair is recommended by many parents.

What should I look out for in a high chair?

There are many different high chairs in the market, how do you know which one to buy?

#1: Safety features

As with any products meant for your baby, safety is of paramount importance. A high chair should have the following features for safety purposes:

  1. Enough weight and stability to prevent toppling incidents when your baby becomes more active when they are sitting in it.
  2. No sharp or rough edges or parts that could accidentally hurt your child.
  3. Adjustable safety straps that can not be easily detached by your child.
  4. Lockable wheels, if you prefer high chairs on wheels.
  5. If your high chair comes with a detachable tray, make sure it is only detachable by adults.

#2: Ease of cleaning

The baby chair may be used for every meal your baby has but babies are notoriously known to be messy eaters (Read: How to Start Baby Led Weaning: Tips from a Mum of 2). In our opinion, the ease of maintaining hygiene ranks right after safety and this is why selecting a high chair that is easy to clean is next on our list.

Some high chairs come with washable covers, which you can remove for thorough cleaning.

Choose high chairs that can be wiped down easily and those with as little seams and cervices as possible, so that there are less places where food particles can be lodged in. Some high chairs have detachable eating trays that you can easily detach to clean after each meal, or a tray-within-a-tray feature where the tray on top can be detached and be washed easily.

#3: Comfort and support

Ensure that the parts of your highchair that come into contact with your baby feels comfortable to you. Padded high chairs can provide more cushion for your baby while non-cushioned higher chairs can be cooler to sit in, particularly in our tropical weather.

#4: Storage

In space-limited Singapore, our homes are smaller and so is our storage space. Hence, the storage requirements of your high chair become quite important. Look for high chairs that can be foldable without being too flimsy. If you have toddlers running around your home, you may also want to see if your desired high chair can be locked when folded, to reduce accident risks.

Extra features to look out for when buying a high chair

Look out for height adjustment features – this offers flexibility where parents or the caregiver would like to feed the child by sitting beside him. Additionally, if you prefer for baby to dine at the dining table with the rest of the family, getting a high chair of a height that aligned with the furniture would be helpful.

High chairs with footrests promote good posture for your baby when they are eating. They allow your baby to sit with their hips properly resting on the seat and ensure that their legs are not dangling in the air when they eat, especially useful for young babies who are just starting to sit up.

Is it worth buying an expensive high chair?

High chairs in Singapore cost anything from $30 to $500, more if you purchase additional accessories. So, are expensive high chairs worth the investment, if you can find cheaper alternatives that checks most of your requirements?

Since worth is subjective, the simple answer is to look at the life span of the high chair, from how it sits your child, whether it is adjustable as your child grows, the comfort level as well as its building material, for the purposes of your family’s usage.

We hope this simple guide provides practical tips in your quest for a suitable high chair. Do share with us in comments if there are any additional functions or features that you look out for when purchasing a high chair. We’d be interested to hear!

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Postnatal Care: Why is it important for mums

Congratulations on your new baby! As a new mother, you may experience many changes, both physically and mentally. It is therefore important for you to practice good postnatal care and receive necessary support to recover from childbirth as you take on parenthood. Good postnatal care can also help to identify medical and physiological conditions that may occur after pregnancy and childbirth.

Particularly in Asian culture, new mothers traditionally undergo confinement for 30 days, or, up to an extended period of 3 months immediately after childbirth. During this period of post-partum recovery, depending on the culture you belong to, there may be many confinement rules to observe (Read: Confinement Myths), but generally, you can expect to gradually fall into a routine and adjust to your new normal. In the meantime, here are tips on getting the postnatal care in check as you get in the groove with the new addition:

Schedule rest

A family that gets enough rest stays together.

Getting sufficient rest is one of the most challenging things to achieve postnatal. The lack of rest can leave one feeling tired, more susceptible to emotional changes and slower recuperating for your childbirth wounds. Hormones are often out of whack during this period too, so it is important to rest. While you will need to make time for daily activities like eating, bathing (if preferred) and toilet breaks, you can aim for maximum rest by taking short naps throughout the day. As the saying goes “Sleep when your baby sleeps”, many mothers find it helpful to plan rest time around the baby’s sleep schedule.

Eat nourishing foods

Load up on greens to nourish your postpartum body.

Foods that are considered nourishing during confinement varies across cultures and traditions. In generally, maintaining a healthy diet of whole grains, proteins, fruits and vegetables as well as good amounts of fluid intake will give your body the necessary resources towards a speedy recovery from childbirth. Eating well is essential during the postnatal period to allow your body to heal and replenish lost blood and energy. If you are breastfeeding, it is necessary to ensure that you take in at least 2 litres of fluids daily, to stay hydrated.

Take a breather and focus on your wellbeing, new mummy!

Even a 5-min break can do wonders for you, new mum!

In the process of adjusting to motherhood, new mothers sometimes neglect caring about your own wellbeing. It is important to ensure that your postnatal period is a comfortable, happy and healthy one. This may be an overwhelming and stressful time; new mothers will benefit from being patient with yourself and to take breaks during the day to do what you enjoy doing. It can be as simple as reading the news, or, watching your favourite show – dedicating time to yourself can do wonders to your mind, body and soul!

Seek help whenever you need

Grandparents are often very willing helpers – consider roping them in as part of your postnatal care plans!

In order to prioritise rest and your well-being for postnatal recovery, do not hesitate to raise your hands to seek help or accept help from family and friends.  (Read: How dads can help with breastfeeding.) Other than direct latching to breastfeed, others will be able to help you with things like preparing meals, run errands, care for other children at home, or even hold the fort for a few hours for you to have some me time or couple time. Remember, receiving help is less about the inability to cope on your own. It is more about prioritising your family’s needs during this recovery period with a vision on adjusting to the family’s new normal in the long run.

Motherhood takes time to adjust to and sharing feelings and the burden of problems with your family helps tackle them together, and brings you closer together as a family unit.

We hope this simple guide can help you transition into motherhood with more ease. Please feel free to share what you worked for you as part of your postnatal care plans.

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Enjoy FREE Entry for Kids at these Indoor Playgrounds in Singapore

Are there indoor playgrounds in Singapore that allow our kids to play for free? Yes, there are, and here’s a list you don’t want to miss! Start planning your day out with your kids now!

Playing lets children be creative, develop dexterity and physical cognitive while growing stronger in the process and develop their imagination. Playing also enables children to build social skills and spend their energy store for better rest and growth.

There are many activities that promote play. It can be a visual game of Match and Sort Color, some right brain activities like these but one of the most engaging play activities is physical play.

 

List of indoor playgrounds in Singapore which offers free entry for kids

It can get expensive to bring the whole family out for a fun outing. Thankfully, free entry at these indoor playgrounds in Singapore can help save some dollars!

 

IKEA Småland

IKEA Småland is a play area for jumping, climbing, running and bouncing where your kids will be watched by IKEA staff while you shop. There are also quiet activities like colouring and drawing provided, or, your kids can choose to watch a kid-friendly movie.

 

Indoor Playground:IKEA Småland (Alexandra and Tampines)

Height Requirement:Between 90cm to 120cm

Duration:1 hour

Opening hours:Store opening hours. Last admission one hour before closing.

Good to know: The guardian(s) indicated on the indemnity form must remain in the IKEA store and be contactable as long as your child is in the playroom.

 

 

PIP’s PLAYbox

PIP’s PLAYbox has a children’s art space that includes a loft, an arts and craft area, a reading corner filled with books by Singapore writers and illustrators, as well as an outdoor play area. In conjunction with Esplanade’s festivals and series, they host a range of free activities for kids in this space, from storytelling sessions to self-guided craft activities.

 

Indoor Playground:PIP’s PLAYbox, Level 4, Esplanade

Age:No limitations

Height:No limitations

Opening hours:Opening hours: 11am – 6pm daily

Good to know:Closed for cleaning: 2pm – 3pm daily*

 

 

The Artground

 

The Artground is a charity organization that has a dedicated indoor play space for children. They organise free activities for kids based on seasonal arts themes to stimulate and provide arts-oriented activities for kids.

 

Indoor Playground:The Artground, Goodman Arts Centre

Age:No limitation

Height:No limitation

Opening hours:Wednesday – Thursday: 9.30am – 5pm

Friday – Sunday & selected Public Holidays*: 9.30am – 6pm

Open on Selected Public Holidays

Good to know:  Entry is free, donations are encouraged

 

 

Train Terrace at Causeway Point in Singapore

 

The Train Terrace is a 1,700 sq ft trained-themed indoor playground located at Causeway Point. If you play tag team with your partner, you can take turns to shop and at the same time give your children some serious, free fun.

 

Indoor Playground:Train Terrace, Causeway Point, Level 2

Age: No limitation

Height:Under 120cm

Opening hours:10:30am to 10:30pm

Good to know:More suitable for older children within the height limitation.

 

Jungle Terrace at Causeway Point

 

Located in the same mall as the Train Terrace, the Jungle Terrace is a larger indoor playground at Causeway Point that spans across a space of 2,400 sq ft. It is a safari-themed indoor playground with many animal features for endless creative playtime.

 

Indoor Playground:Jungle Terrace, Causeway Point, Level 2

Age: No limitation

Height:Under 120cm

Opening hours:10:30am to 10:30pm

Good to know:More suitable for younger children within the height limitation.

 

 

Kidz @ Dry Play, located at Northpoint

 

Kidz @ Dry Play Areas is an animal farm themed indoor playground that has features such as a tree house, a chicken coop, a caterpillar and other farm animals.

 

Indoor Playground:Kidz @ Dry Play Areas, Northpoint, Level 4

Age: For kids below 12 years old

Height:Below 110cm

Opening hours:10:30am to 9pm

Good to know:More suitable for younger children within the height limitation.

 

Free play areas at the Singapore Changi Airport

 

Changi Airport has several free play areas as well located both at the public areas of the airport and within the transit areas of Terminals 1 and 3. These play areas provide entertainment for your children with no minimum spend at the airport.

 

Indoor Playground:    Terminal 1, Public Area, Level 3 (next to Viewing Mall)

Terminal 1, Transit Area, Level 2, Departure Transit Hall East (next to Discovery Garden)

Terminal 3, Basement 2 (next to Etoz)

Terminal 3, Transit, Level 2, Departure Transit Hall Central (next to Louis Vuitton Duplex  Store)

Opening hours:24 hours

 

Photo credits: Estella Goh

 

This play area at Jewel Changi Airport is a turfed area with little wooden structures for little ones to explore. It is a rather small area, that welcomes younger children to play for free when families visit Jewel.

 

Indoor Playground: Jewel, Level 2

Age: –

Height: –

Opening hours:24 hours

Good to know:More suitable for younger children although we have seen older children playing as well.

 

Credits: Estella Goh

 

Kid’s Wonderland at Waterway Point is a fully padded indoor playground that adopts the “Alice in Wonderland” theme and has a mad-hatter, bunny, butterfly and a caterpillar features, in addition to a mini slide. Head to the Family Zone at this mall in Punggol for some free play!

Indoor Playground:Wonderland, Waterway Point, Level 2

Age:Under 12 years old

Height:Below 110cm

Opening hours: 10am to 10pm

Good to know:No shoes in the indoor playground, more suitable for toddlers and younger children.

 

Looking to dine for free with your kids? Check out our list of cafes and restaurants in Singapore that allow you to eat for free!

 

If you’re looking to take your kids for some outdoor fun, these outdoor playgrounds in Singaporeoffer a good time with sand and Mother Nature!

 

Isn’t it nice to know that there are free play options for families in Singapore? Do you know of any other indoor playground that are absolutely free? Share it with us in the comments!

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12 Smart Ways to Reuse Milk Bottles

Most baby milk bottles are made from plastic material that needs to be replaced regularly every few months. Some parents use glass milk bottles, but even then, find that they have too many to deal with when their baby stops drinking milk.

What can we do with all these milk bottles that seem like a waste to simply toss in the trash?

Recycling is not the solution, as there is simply too much plastic to segregate and actual recycling rates are low. Repurposing milk bottles for use around the house is an option you could try out to reduce waste.

Give your baby bottles new life by repurposing them!

  1. Vase
    Simply stick some flowers into an unwanted milk bottle to liven up your house instantly! You can enlist the help of your child to decorate the bottle using paint, washi tape or stickers. 
  2. Night light
    Another fuss-free way of decorating your house is to throw in some solar powered fairy lights into a bottle and it will become a beautiful night light.
  3. Vertical garden
    Bring in some greenery into your homeby creating a vertical garden out of unwanted milk bottles. Cut off the bases of the bottles and overturn it. Fill it with compost, some soil and plant some seedlings in.
  4. Bird feeder
    Cut out a hole at the side and hang up the bottle. Fill with bird seeds and watch the  birds congregate in your garden!
     

Milk bottles can be repurposed into flower vases with a simple touch-up

  1. Salad dressing shaker
    No alteration is needed for this. Simply reuse your milk bottle by adding some strawberry jam and vinegar and shake it all up. You’ll have strawberry vinaigrette for your salad.
  2. Snack holder
    Milk bottles often come with sealing discs for mums who express milk. Replace the milk teats with these sealing discs and reuse the bottles to hold snack puffs, fruits and nuts for your little one!
  3. Candle holder
    If you use glass milk bottles, they can be repurposed into candle holders by placing a tea light at the bottom. If you use plastic milk bottles, you can achieve a similar effect by using a LED tea light that can be purchased from dollar stores.
  4. Donate them to an animal shelter
    They may not be suitable for your baby’s use, but can come in handy at animal shelters where certain animals need to be bottle-fed. Before donating, please ask the shelter managers if they require them.
  5. Measuring cups for liquids
    See those measurement markings on milk bottles? They come in handy to measure out liquids when you are baking or cooking. 
  6. Pretend play
    Children love to play pretend and instead of buying bottles for dolls, why not use existing bottles that your child no longer needs?
  7. Container for washing paint brushes
    Reuse unwanted baby bottles as containers to hold water for washing paint brushes during art jamming sessions.
  8. Kitchen spice storage
    Organise your kitchen pantry by using unwanted baby bottles to hold dry grains and spices.

 

What are some clever ways you have repurposed your child’s milk bottles into? Share your creative ideas with us!

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How to choose the right infant care centre in Singapore

In Singapore, infant care centres offer educare services to newborns from 2 months old till 18 months old. It is an option for working parents who are unable to look after their infants during the day.

Making the decision of sending your baby to an infant care centre is the first big step forward. The second decision that requires some prior research is determining which is the “best”infant care centre in Singapore.

We’ve come up with a few pointers and questions you may want to consider when deciding on the right infant care centre to send your precious little baby.

Infant care centres in Singapore are overseen by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA).

  • Location and Accessibility
    Is the infant care centre located within convenient distance from your home or workplace? Is it located near a bus stop or train station? It may not seem like much, but 5 minutes saved on travelling each day adds up to 100 minutes in a month of 20 work days!
  • Fees and subsidies
    The fees for infant care centres vary depending on centres. You can check out the infant care centres listed under ECDA’s Partner Operator Scheme and Anchor Operator Scheme, as these centres have a fee cap for both full and half day infant care programmes. Also, parents with certain household income may apply for basic or additional subsidies to save on the monthly infant care fees.
  • Educarer:Infant Ratio
    The stipulated educarer:infant ratio by ECDA is 1:5, but some infant care centres offer a lower ratio for more individualised attention. Do take note that centres with lower ratios may charge a higher fee. 
  • Cleanliness and Hygiene
    Infants below six months old are especially vulnerable to illnesses as their immune systems are still developing. Apart from standard temperature checks and hand sanitisation at the door and throughout the day, check that the educarers practise frequent hand washing and use gloves when changing diapers. This can be observed when you visit the infant care centre.

Infant care centres do more than plain routine care for infants.

 

  • Ventilation
    Most, but not all, infant care centres are air-conditioned. If the infant care centre that you are interested in is ventilated naturally, check that they have air purifiers in place for use when the air quality is unsatisfactory.Also, for non-air conditioned infant care centres, look out for safety features such as window grilles and the type of window blinds or curtains used. The latter should ideally not have hanging cords as they are a safety risk for curious infants and toddling tots.
  • Milk feeding arrangements

For babies who are on breastmilk, find out from the educarers if they have the knowledge and equipment to warm up expressed breast milk. For babies who are drinking formula milk, check with them what parents should prepare e.g. number of milk bottles, should you leave a tin of infant formula milk labelled with your baby’s name etc.

  • Curriculum
    Infant educarers do more than just routine care. There might not be a fixed classroom schedule for younger infants as they spend most of their day sleeping. When they are awake, educarers engage infants in activities that stimulate their senses, such as music, art and craft and sensory play.
  • Parent Communication
    As your infant will be spending many hours in the infant care centre, it is important that you are comfortable with the communication tool the school uses. Certain infant care centres use a communication book, where updates are detailed in pen on paper. Other infant care centres provide updates via an application where you can be alerted to updates the moment the details are keyed in. 

While there might not be a perfect infant care centre, do take some time to discuss the top three must-haves when choosing a comfortable centre for your baby.It would help to visit the infant care on a weekday and talk to the educarers and principal to understand about their processes and beliefs too.

 

Read our guide to choose the right childcare centre or preschool when your child turns 18 months old!

What were some of your deciding factors when selecting an infant care centre? Share it with us in the comments!

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Kids Eat for FREE at these Cafes & Restaurants in Singapore

Can kids enjoy free meals in Singapore?

 

With cafes and restaurants promotions that offer free food for kids, it helps families save some dollars when taking their children out to dine at these family-friendly places too. WIN-WIN!

 

At such food establishments in Singapore, parents can request for hot water for your baby’s formula milk,or, for warming up expressed breast milk too, as they are usually more understanding of family needs.

 

Check our handy guide for bottle feeding essentials you may have missed out when packing your diaper bag too!If you have an infant who needs to nurse during the meal, remember to pack a nursing cover in your diaper bag along with other necessary baby items.

 

Caption: Enjoy free meals when you dine with your child at these cafes and restaurants in Singapore!

 

  1. Morganfield’s

Morganfield’s is where you can have your fill of ribs, steaks, burgers. Redeem a kid’s meal for up to two children per table with every paying adult on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. This promotion is only applicable to children below 8 years old or under 120cm.

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  1. Ippudo (Tanjong Pagar Centre)

Craving for authentic ramen? To redeem a Kid’s Delight Meal for your child aged 12 and below, simply order a regular bowl of ramen noodles on weekends! The ramen meal is garnished with corn, spring onions, bamboo shoots and has two side dishes!

 

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  1. Pizza Hut

If your child is under 10 years old, simply order any ala carte main and your child gets to choose a free kids meal! Pickfrom the baked pasta, tasty lasagna, mini pizza or yummy spaghetti meal! Each meal comes with a choice of chilled Milo, Mango Peach or Apple Juice. The promotion runs daily except on Public Holidays, Public Holiday eves and special occasions.

 

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  1. Swensen’s

 An extra reason to wake up early? Claim your free kid’s breakfast when you order an Adult Breakfast on weekends and public holidays between 8am to 11am. Only valid if your child is between 4 and 12 years old.

 

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Caption: Restaurants that provide free food for children are likely to be family-friendly establishments as well!

 

  1. Little Saigon

 If you fancy Vietnamese food, this restaurant bar offers a complimentary kid’s meal for children below 7 years old every Sunday. To redeem, order two adult main courses from the Noodles and Soup and Sandwiches section.

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  1. Shin Minori

 Serving ala carte Japanese buffet, children below 5 years old dine for free with every paying adult! Stuff yourself silly with sashimi, sushi, temakis, agemono and other dishes in their eat-all-you-can buffet.

 

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  1. Putien

This family-friendly Chinese restaurant serves free meals to children upon request when you dine there. There are no stated terms and conditions nor is it stated on the website, but it has been tried and tested.


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  1. Cafe Melba (Goodman Arts Centre)

 Kids eat for free every Monday, all-day, at Cafe Melba with purchase of a main meal. This kid-friendly cafe has a large lawn right outside for your kids to go wild. A bouncy castle goes up from 3pm and between 5pm to 8pm, there’s a little arts and craft corner for them to do art! Valid on all Mondays except on eves of Public Holidays and Public Holidays.

 

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Apart from drinking formula milk or breastmilk, has your child started solids yet? Do share with us your favourite family-friendly dining places in Singapore too!

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Delicious & Healthy Lactation Cookies Recipe

Lactation cookies have won praises from breastfeeding mums for helping to improve and maintain breast milk supply.

 

Breastfeeding has benefits for both mum and baby, and breast milk has been proven to contain all the required nutrients and antibodies of growing babies. It is a versatile ingredient that can be added into your baby’s first solid food or frozen to soothe your baby’s teething gums. Breast milk supply is largely affected by diet and hence, mummies worry when their supply dips, and is unable to meet the demands of their hungry babies.

 

Galactagogues are foods that are reported to boost breast milk supply. Galactagogues are also called breast milk boosters. On the other hand, ingredients that cause a visible dip in supply are known as milk killers. Of course, other factors come into play when breast milk supply dips.

 

Apart from being quick healthy snacks that help breastfeeding mum stave off hunger, lactation cookies well-loved for helping to increase breast milk for some mums.

 

In Singapore, there are many stores selling lactation cookies, but you can easily do your own with your favourite ingredients too! Here’s a quick recipe to make lactation cookies!

Who says healthy lactation cookies recipes can’t be delicious at the same time?

 

Delicious and healthy lactation cookies recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brewers’ yeast
  • 1 tablespoon wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


Method

  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C.
  2. Mix flaxseed with water in a small bowl and let soak for 5 minutes.
  3. Beat butter, white sugar, and brown sugar together in a large mixing bowl until creamy. Add egg yolks and vanilla extract; beat to incorporate. Stir flax seed mixture into the butter mixture.
  4. Mix flour, brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar in a separate bowl; add to butter mixture and stir until just combined. Fold oats and chocolate chips into the dough.
  5. Roll dough into walnut-sized balls and place 2 inches apart onto a baking sheet.
  6. Bake in the pre-heated oven until the edges are golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe Credit: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/232191/lactation-cookies/

 

Recipes for lactation cookies contain known milk boosters and it is not surprising that this recipe contains oats, flaxseed, wheat germ and brewers’ yeast. Oats are high in iron that maternal mothers mostly lack. When the iron levels are replenished, milk supply should increase as well.

 

As for flaxseed, it increases the ALA (Alpha-linolenic acid), which partially converts into omega-3 fatty acids, a must-have for breast milk production. Excessive consumption of flaxseed could lead to an increase in weight and food intake.

Brewer’s yeast and wheat germ contain iron, protein and complex carbohydrates. Brewer’s yeast has a distinct strong smell and can be omitted if you prefer. To increase the fibre content, try replacing the all-purpose flour with wholemeal flour.

 

Lactation cookies may work for most mums, but, do note that overconsumption of these snacks could lead to weight gain, so as with other foods, eat in moderation.

Your kids can participate in cutting out cookie shapes when you’re baking those lactation cookies!

 

If you have an older child, he or she can help you with cutting out shapes for the cookies as there are many known benefits of cooking and baking with children. It’s a great bonding activity too!

 

Do lactation cookies help boost breastmilk for you? Try this easy and delicious lactation cookie recipes and let us know in the comments!

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6 tips for preparing for your newborn’s first photoshoot

Newborn photography aims to capture the innocent image of newborn babies, that’s why most newborn photo shoots are done when the infant is between 5 to 14 days of age. Within the first 14 days, the baby can be easily positioned for various poses, such in a cocoon or with their hands propped underneath their heads.

 

In Singapore, there are many professional photography studios and photographers providing this service. You can either bring your newborn to the studio, or opt for the photographer to come over to your house for the photoshoot session. Before that, here are some tips which may help you when preparing for your baby’s very first photoshoot!

 

  1. Search for interesting concepts

Whether you’re intending to have the photoshoot done by a professional photographer at home or at a studio, if there is a concept or style that you prefer, you can communicate your thoughts to your photographer to see how to achieve that effect.

  1. Prepare photoshoot outfits and props
    Items that are meaningful to you can be used in the photoshoot. For example, a couple who struggled with IVF treatments posed their baby in the middle of all 1,616 needles that were used in the conception journey.

Popular photoshoot items include ultrasound scan photos, pregnancy test sticks, baby’s first outfit and name boards.

 


A professional photography studio will have props and backdrops to create beautiful newborn photographs.

  1. Prioritise safety
    Mimicking an Anne Geddes shot? If you’re doing your photoshoot yourself, its best not to manipulate your baby into fancy contortions seen online. Professional newborn photographers have the know-how on how to pose babies in a safe manner. Some photographers use a box or pillow below the babies for support that is cleverly edited away post-photography.
  2. Hands and feet
    A little hand gripping on tightly onto dad’s or mom’s finger shows how tiny infants are and this pose captures the stark contrast in size, making for a beautiful photo. Closed-up photographs of your newborn’s little toes, feet, pouty lips make beautifully memorable shots too.
  3. Be mindful of baby’s schedule
    Though newborns below two weeks old sleep most of their day away, their stomachs have to feed at an interval of two to three hours. Scheduling your baby’s photoshoot to be right after a feed provides ample time for the photoshoot to proceed with little disruption.

 

Bottle-feeding parents can use this handy checklist to pack their diaper bags, and mums who are breastfeeding may find this list useful.

 

  1. Enjoy!

Ultimately, the purpose of this photoshoot is to document your baby’s first stage of life as a newborn. Don’t fret too much over the small details, and leave it to the professionals if it gets too overwhelming. Relax, smile and capture those beautiful memories!

 


Baby sleeping? No problem! The beauty of newborn photography makes is both memorable and challenging when snapping photos of an infant.

 

Did you have a newborn photo shoot for your little one? What was the most eventful moment? Share it with us in the comments!

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5 overseas destinations to bring your kids to this June Holidays

The long awaited June holidays is finally here.  Thinking hard on where to bring your child? Fret not, as we have come up with a list of family-friendly overseas destinations for you to enjoy precious family time.

1. Genting Highlands, Malaysia

Source: Crazytourist

If you are looking for a short and cheap getaway, yet wanting to experience cold and crisp air, Genting Highlands may be one of your choices. Located just 45 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands is a popular destination amongst families. The outdoor theme park is not to be missed and your kids will definitely enjoy their time there. There are tamer rides for families with younger kids or Space Shot and the Flying Coaster for families with more adventurous kids.

2. Melbourne, Australia

Source: Tripzilla

Australia has always been a popular destination for families wishing to enjoy winter season during the June Holidays. Known for its coffee and sceneries, Melbourne is also suitable for families with kids. Children interested in marine animals can explore the SEA Life Melbourne Aquarium. For kids fascinated by dinosaurs, the Melbourne Museum features a Dinosaur Walk where they can see 17 prehistoric animals. For babies to toddlers of 5 years old, there is also the Children’s Gallery whereby they can explore and discover using hands-on and open-ended play-based learning. This holiday, bring your children to Melbourne for them to dig into fossils and travel through the discovery garden!

3. New Zealand, South Island

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Families with a larger budget can consider visiting this beautiful island of New Zealand.  Known for its scenic mountains and breathtaking views, we’re sure that this New Zealand trip would leave precious memories for your family.  For families who love wild life, be sure to visit Kaikoura where you can embark on a whale watch. Get on a boat and have a close encounter with the world’s largest toothed predator and observe the Giant Sperm Whale in their natural environment. Alternatively, take a road trip down Lake Tekapo and be dazzled by the night skies.

4. Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei 101 Tower

For families who love Taiwanese food – braised pork rice, Taiwanese sausage and fried chicken cutlet, Taiwan is a must go this June Holidays. Visit Taipei 101 building at night to enjoy the city landscape, and eat till your heart’s content at the famous Shilin Night Market. Families who are more interested in culture can consider visiting Dihua Street, an old town turned hipster place,  showcasing artisanal products. For families with more time to spare, we would recommend you to go to their old streets – Jiufen and Shifen. Write your wishes on the paper lantern and release it for your dreams to come true, or visit the A Mei Tea House to enjoy a slow tea drinking session while overlooking the beautiful landscape. Remember to bring an umbrella or raincoat, for it’ll be the rainy season in June.

 

5. Shanghai, China

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With the latest Disneyland opening in Shanghai, parents can consider bringing your kids to Shanghai this upcoming holiday. Take them to the world’s happiest place to see their favorite cartoon characters in person and enjoy the fireworks at night. You can also take the cruise on Huangpu River to enjoy the romantic night scene. For families interested in Chinese culture, take a walk down the Yu Garden that is built in 1559.  Look at the historic Chinese architecture and appreciate the decorative stones, and if you are tired, you can take a short rest in one of the many little pavilions.

 

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Top 5 outdoor playgrounds to explore with your children this June Holiday

With the upcoming June holidays, spend some precious family time together with your children. We have come up with a list of 5 outdoor playgrounds that are unique and your child would definitely enjoy.

1. Clock Playground

Parents who are nostalgic about the past can consider bringing your children to the clock playground located in Bishan. Built in 1980s by HDB, it is one of the rare playgrounds that is still covered with mosaic. Kids could find a cuckoo clock with ladder and sit on the rocking horses atop metal springs. Parents with young children should accompany their child as he plays since the pit is filled with sand and not rubber.

 

 Source: StraitsTimes

Location: 514A Bishan Street 13

2. Vertical Playground

If your child is tired of playing with conventional playgrounds, challenge him to a vertical playground located just a stone throw away from the clock playground. Known as the wallholla playground, it is the first vertical playground to be installed in Asia. Don’t worry if your child is too young for it as we’re confident that he would find one that is suitable for him in the three stories structured playground.  Parents who are young at heart can also explore this playground! We’re sure that your child would have a time of his life exploring this playground whilst building up his courage.

Source: NewAge Parents

Location: 158 Bishan Street 13

 

3. Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden

If you are thinking of picnicking while letting your child enjoy some time playing outdoor, Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden may be the right choice for you. Located within the Botanic Garden, the playground take up four hectares, making it the largest children’s garden. Parents can explore the treehouse, maze and the water play area. Those with older children can consider playing the forest trampoline and even the zipline before enjoying the picnic within the Botanic Garden.

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Location: 481 Bukit Timah Road

4. Kim Keat Avenue Playground

If your child is an avid fan of dinosaur, then Kim Keat Avenue Playground would be the right choice for you!  This playground is not just popular kids, but also with the adults. Both parents and children can choose to take pictures with the mama T-Rex, or pose with the 5 dinosaur eggs. Alternatively, younger children can also climb onto the younger T-Rex.

Source: YoungParents

Location: 27 Kim Keat Avenue

 

5. Yishun River Green Playground

If you are keen on letting your child explore unique forms of architecture, you might be interested to bring him to Yishun River Green Playground. This playground features crooked houses that is made up of top quality weather proof wood. There is also a mini pool art installation nearby that is made up of 16 pads. Kids can step on these pads and watch it change colors. But take note that the lights would only be lit up in the evening, so consider bringing your children after family dinner!

Source: Singaporemotherhood

Location: 329 Yishun Ring Road