[Review + Giveaway] EZPZ Happy Mat

Meal times should be relaxed, fun and with joy as the family comes together to have conversations about the food on the table and of the activities that they have had for that day. Perhaps, for many of you, such is the case. However, that does not happen to us, at least for now. Because we have a toddler who is Mr Tamchiak (one who likes to eat) and insists on feeding himself.

Self-feeding is good, isn’t it? Not until you see the mess that is created!

Daniel decided that he needed to have ownership of the spoon when he turned 15 months old; he snatched the spoon from me when I tried to feed him. From then on, the mother would watch him like a hawk and try to prevent any accidents – tipping of the bowl, flying food items, etc – from occurring.

Meal times are stressful times…for me. And I always have my equipment – newspaper at the bottom of the highchair, tissue paper and wet wipes – ready.

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But meal times can be made a little less stressful with EZPZ Happy Mat. It is an all-in-one placemat with a plate that captures the mess created by the little one. This mat (15″ x 10″ x 1″) suctions directly to the table and it is near impossible for the plate to be tipped over.

Of course, I’m not suggesting that meal times will instantly turn pleasurable with the use of EZPZ Happy Mat because there is still mess but the mess is contained within the mat…

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…in this manner. So you will find me scooping the food back onto the plate instead of wasting it. Obviously eating rice on the plate will require more skill and effort on the part of the toddler and I thought the Happy Bowl (below) will make a better choice if you are having rice or soup (duh).

Images taken from MumsPick

As you can imagine, it’s much easier to clear the mess once the boy is done with his meal. I just need to remove the mat and head straight to the sink . Some of the food still drops to the floor but the amount of wastage has reduced.

I personally thought the EZPZ Happy Mat is a good investment especially if you are starting the kid through Baby-Led Weaning (BLW). Daniel was fed puree because the mom couldn’t stand the mess BLW would create. Moreover, she wasn’t informed of the existence of the EZPZ Happy Mat so…

A few things you might want to know about the product:

:: Made from 100% food-grade silicone that is BPA, BPS, PVC, latex and phthalate free

:: Dishwasher, microwave and oven safe (up to 175C)

:: Promotes self-feeding and develops fine motor skills

:: Easy to store

:: Built to last (silicon is bendable and flexible and doesn’t fade, corrode or deteriorate)

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EZPZ Happy Mat is available at MumsPick who is the exclusive distributor of EZPZ in Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines and Malaysia. Do make sure your Happy Mat has the ezpz brand name on it when you purchase one. Without the brand name, the product is sourced from another manufacturer who may not be compliant with regulatory requirements.

GIVEAWAY!

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I’m excited to share that MumsPick is offering one reader a Limited Edition Happy Mat in Berry worth S$52. Yay!

All you need to do is to

  1. Follow MumsPick on their FB Page to get updated information on their products. They have good stuff for the kids!
  2. Tag a friend, like and comment on RaisingFaith FB post on why you wanted to win this Happy Mat. I’m just curious, you see?
  3. Do follow RaisingFaith as I will announce the winner on that platform.

The giveaway is open to all residing in Singapore and will end on 6 April 2017. I will announce the winner on RaisingFaith FB page on 7 April. All the best!

Please note: Winner will have to pick item up from the Eastern side of Singapore, or top up for mail/courier.

Discount Code

MumsPick is also offering readers a 10% discount on their products. Use the code “RFEZPZ” during checkout! This code expires on 13 April 2017.

Dan @ 9 months old


Dan turns 9 months old today.

:: Can crawl on all fours

:: Is starting to cruise and loves to pull out stuff from the shelves

:: Has five teeth. Loves to nibble on apples and rock melon. Prefers carrots and peas to meat. Still can’t chew and needs puréed food. Can drink from a straw cup.

:: Loves to come into the kitchen when Mama is cooking

:: Will always disturb the sister when Mama is teaching her. Likes playing with her flash cards.

:: Calls ‘mama’ when he is hungry

:: Can’t sleep through the night and will wake up 2 to 3 times for feed. Requires 2 naps per day, one at around 9am, another around 2pm.

 

Dan on solids! 

The boy is 2 weeks shy of turning 6 months old but I think it’s time that I start him on solids.

He has been showing interest in our food when we are at our dining table and could sit up well on the high chair. These are signs that he could be ready.


Yesterday I introduced him to porridge and I guess the experience was not too bad!

With Faith, our journey was a smooth one, thanks to Petit Bowl. I do recommend new parents to pay them a visit and attend their group sampling session and learn a thing or two about preparing solids for your little ones. Personally I was enriched.

This time round, I would make my own batch if time allows. Failing which I could still turn to Petit Bowl or commercial ones (note: I’m highly selective about this) for help! Alternatively, there are a good number of Youtube videos which could help you in this adventure. The most important thing is to have fun in the kitchen! I love this one from Farm to Table Baby Mama. Hope it will be of help to you!

The journey continues…

[Motivational Monday] The gifts

The hubs took leave today to spend my birthday with me.

We didn’t plan anything grand. In fact, it was just another ordinary day for us. But I’m thankful…

…thankful that I can spend a slow breakfast with my family.

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…thankful that I could do grocery in the supermarket because without the hubs, it would be a highly challenging task for me with the two kids around.

…thankful that Dan is growing well.

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Wt: 5.1kg
Ht: 57cm

… thankful that Faith is a caring sister to Dan and has many good qualities in her although there are still a lot of areas she has to work on.

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Wanted to buy this set of baking equipment for her but she didn’t want, explaining that she had already. Self-control in action and I really ought to learn from her.

…thankful that the hubs agreed to attempt BBG with me and today, we did out first set. Yay! More to go?

… thankful that I could prepare meals for my family and that they like the food.

… thankful that I could squeeze in time to bake to appreciate someone who helped us even though he may not know us personally.

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To be able to spend time with the family and do the things I love are gifts for me on this somewhat special day. There is really no need to ask for more because I have everything I need and I’m blessed.

 

[Thankful Tuesday] Being a second time mom – the 1st week

Has it been a week since Dan was born?

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I’m having a thankful spirit as I pen down these thoughts. Being a second time mom is… much pleasurable than the first. One may say it’s because I’m more experienced but I would like to attribute it to ‘letting go’.

As a mom, you want the best for your child and when Faith was born, I told myself that I would never get her to drink formula milk. She could only be breastfed. My mind was made up before she came into the world but oh, that put an immense amount of stress on me during that first week.

My milk supply didn’t come in until a few days later but clearly Faith was dehydrated because she couldn’t latch on well and that means she wasn’t really taking in the colostrum that was given to her. Her jaundice level was high and she underwent photo therapy at home which added to the stress. I nearly got into depression but thankfully, we engaged a lactation consultant who showed me the ropes to get the baby to latch on properly.

This time round for Dan, I have no issue with giving him formula milk. Because there is no ideal anymore, there is also no pressure. The milk supply came in very soon and Dan was able to latch on well. The can of formula milk has been left untouched just after a couple of scoops (anyone wants to take over?).

We have an experienced confinement nanny and I leave most of the tasks to her. Previously, I did what the nanny was supposed to do (except cooking) because it just didn’t make sense to me to leave the job of a mother to someone else. How irresponsible is that? What I didn’t realise then was the need for the mom to rest, especially after she had carried the child for 9.5 months, gone through physiological changes and then a traumatic experience at the hospital with wounds and all.

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It isn’t selfish to take care of yourself first. How else would you be able to take care of the kids if you are not rested?

I’m thankful to have a confinement lady who keeps asking me to rest and a husband who has been so willing to help out in whatever capacity he has been called to. And Faith? She has shown herself to be ready to take on the role of a big sister. She understands that I have to feed the brother most of the time and will stay off the newborn when told to. She must have realised that the little brother isn’t really a lot of fun after all and does her own stuff or pesters us to play with her. I guess it’s not easy for her too that she has to handle such a major change in her life and to have to share her parents with her brother. I am told that she became emotional in school today and burst out crying, “I want my mummy…”

Poor girl.

But she will survive.

So, I’ve learnt. That if I don’t try to be a perfectionist but learn to let go, life will not be so difficult after all. There are indeed many things in life that we cannot control and since that is the case, why do I need to be so dogmatic and insist on one method to doing things? Learn to commit it to the Lord and all will be well.

Hope your Tuesday’s been good!

Preparing Faith for a new baby

I have been talking to Faith about her brother for months because I know it would be a period of great adjustment for her {and us as well}. I do not know what will really happen but I know for sure if I do not prepare her for his arrival, there would be very tough times ahead. I have heard stories from friends that the older sibling could get jealous and behave undesirably which add to the stress of the parents and I hope it would not happen to Faith! Nonetheless, I have prepared myself mentally for that but as much as possible, I wouldn’t want to disrupt her routine, so it would be business as usual for her.

I find reading really helpful in getting her to understand certain concepts of babies. Faith kept asking me if the baby could play with her or if he could stand, sit or read together with her. These are opportunities to tell her more about the differences between a big girl and a baby.

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The following are some of the things that I have done to prepare her for her baby brother’s arrival.

:: Talk about changes

Since knowing that I was pregnant, we have told Faith that I could not carry her and that she has to get onto the car seat or chair herself. Initially, she couldn’t understand why but with repeated explanation, she kind of get the idea. Now, the only person who could carry her is her father and she doesn’t expect me to do that even though at times, she fell asleep during our ride back. She would have to walk back to the apartment herself, holding my hands and with her eyes closed.

As my tummy gets bigger, I become more lethargic and there are many times that I told Faith that I am tired and couldn’t play with her. She could understand and leave me to play by herself. Perhaps, it’s down to the maturity of the child? Overall, I do think that talking about the pregnancy and the impending changes helps a lot.

:: Tell her the real things about a baby

That a baby cannot play with her yet and all he does is cry, drink milk and sleep. It’s always good to manage expectations and it’s rather common to have little ones think that a baby exists to be a companion to them. While that might be true, it is definitely a different story, at least for the first few months or even first year of his life.

:: Show her a real tiny baby

Nothing beats seeing the real thing. Thankfully, I have a friend who has recently given birth and F had her first-hand encounter with the baby. The baby obviously couldn’t play with her

:: Show her pictures of when she was a baby

Talk about how she was like when she was a baby, that she only drank milk and was breastfed and needed to be carried since she couldn’t walk yet!

:: Involve her in baby preparation

The baby will be bunking in her room and part of the room has to be allocated to her brother. We got her to give up part of her drawer space and placed the baby’s clothes in it. She also willingly parted with her pillows so that her brother could have them. When we were out shopping for a cot and mattress, she tagged along and we explained that they are for her brother.

:: Make them feel important

I have often asked Faith to be on standby and to render help to me when the baby arrives. She agreed and is waiting in anticipation for the arrival of her brother. She’s a big sister now! Let’s just see how she will really react when that day comes!

: Read books about being a big sister

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Reading is a very good way to get Faith to understand what is going to happen when the baby brother arrives. Thankfully, our local libraries stock these books.

The following are for my own reference when the baby arrives:

:: Set aside time just for the older child. Carving out even 10 minutes a day when you and your daughter could have quality time together can make all the difference. It also shows her how important she is to you and that you also cherish that special one-to-one time.  Be attentive to her in the presence of the baby so she feels that she is an important member of the family. Reassure her that your love for her hasn’t change.

:: Let her know that it’s natural for a big sister to feel proud and loving and yet at the same time, jealous and angry. Help her express her feelings but communicate clearly that it’s not okay to act on negative feelings. Praise her for good behaviour and be specific about it.

:: Invite the big sister to help and include her in your conversations and activities. In that way, she will be more eager to join in with the new baby and she will feel happy, valued and loved.

:: Try to keep as many of your old routines as possible. While there are many changes with the arrival of the newborn, the big sister needs some consistency in order to feel safe and at home.

Experience mothers out there, do you have other tips to share?

Faith @ 10 months old

20130920-204541.jpgDear Faith
You turn 10 months old today! How exciting! It’s 2 more months before you have your first birthday!

This month, you have been really active. You crawl faster and your reactions towards your surrounding are sharper. You treat your home as your playground, crawling all over, under the tables and chairs, and using them to help you practise your standing up. Mama didn’t really want to restrict you and let you roam around. I figure I cannot set a boundary for you since I value freedom myself and I hope you have fun exploring all the different parts of the home.

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I think you are a fun-loving girl. For two weeks, the teachers at BSF’s infant class have been telling me that you laughed and played a lot, to the extent that you wouldn’t want to take a nap. You are a happy child and love your snacks now. But it seems you have more preference for the biscuits to the puree that Mama made for you. Not good, you know? Mama has started introducing you to threadfish porridge but I think you need time to get used to the taste?

Tasting threadfish porridge for the first time

Tasting threadfish porridge for the first time

You have started to communicate more by participating in conversations with the adults. Although we don’t know what you are babbling about, we are always amused by your input. One evening at CG, you went on and on with your rambling and we got distracted by you! But how adorable you are! You have also started to respond to prayer whenever Mama starts with, “Dear God…”. You literally stop and listen and when I finish with an ‘Amen’, you laugh. You know that is a prayer right?

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One thing you taught Mama is that you don’t really fancy toys that much. You are much entertained by boxes, tissue papers, plastic bags…things that make sound. This certainly is good news. There are really a lot of things to explore outside, say for example, nature and Mama can’t wait to bring you on some trails. Also, I realised you want our company more than anything else. Our presence is what you want, not the toys. Noted.

Oh yes, Mama thinks you love the kitchen. Whenever Mama is in the kitchen, you will come in and play with whatever things that you can lay your hands on. Maybe when you grow up, you help Mama bake some goodies to bless others?

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Oh yes, you have been upgraded from the infant car seat. How awesome is that? Mama actually prefers that you are seated facing the front now as you fuss less which is bliss for me.

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May you continue to be a happy child. Know that you are a beloved child of ours and of God. 😉

Faith @ 9 months old

Dear Faith

You turned 9 months old a couple of days ago and it has been an eventful month, at least for your mama.

Socially, I do think you like to play and be around with friends around your age. The teachers at the infant class in BSF have been telling me that you refuse to take a nap and love to play. One of them commented that you didn’t want to miss out on the fun, is that right? You seem to have integrated well into the class now and the teachers sing praises of you but please do learn to take a break when the occasion calls for it?

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Playing with cousin Lester

The other day when you and little Samuel were placed in the play area, you turned energetic all of a sudden (@ 9pm) and started crawling around and reaching out to him. Were you trying to sayang or hit him? Mama couldn’t really tell. I would have loved to let you play with him and figure out your friendship with him on your own but well, I’m just afraid you will hurt him physically. Oh well…

Physically, you are really active. You are so curious about a lot of things and you just keep exploring! So, Mama has been really busy too, looking out for you. You love danger zones, like the fans, cables and the drying rack. You are also trying to catch my attention by purposely reaching out for them. Many times, I have caught you looking at me before you pull the dangerous stuff. Why would you want to test Mama’s limits?

Danger zone!

Danger zone!

Standing confidently. Oh no!

Standing confidently. Oh no!

In terms of your diet, Mama has introduced you to broccoli, potato and peach for this month. You don’t seem to like broccoli but I hope you know that Mama will not stop giving you that just because you don’t like it. Broccoli is good for you! Well, as expected, you like junk commercial food. I started giving you those ‘Wang Wang’ balls and you love them. You also those Heinz finger biscuits which your Aunty bought for you. Mama is just trying to get you to learn how to bite but well, I think I should get you to chew on meat instead.

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Big appetite for little snacks

In the middle of August, something happened to you and there was one night which you just screamed your head off and couldn’t be put down to sleep at all. You cried rather hysterically and Mama and Papa wondered what had happened to you. Mama had to carry you to sleep. During those weeks, you woke up many times in the middle of the night which was unlike you. We were baffled and thought you might have been affected by something. Mama and Papa were so tired and Papa actually felt sick due to a lack of rest. Thankfully, you returned to your usual sleeping patterns last week and we thanked the Lord for that! Now, it seems that your nap times are at 10am and 3pm for about 1.5 hours each. Hopefully, that will sustain.

Bye bye!

Bye bye!

Linguistically, I think you know the meaning of bye-bye and accompanied that phrase with the relevant action. Good job! It’s such a funny sight seeing you do that! Oh, you have been rather loud these days. Who are you calling out to? You don’t have to scream, you know?

Recently, you develop a running nose and we are waiting it out to see if you can recover on your own. Overall, we are just thankful that you are growing well in all aspects. Great job!

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Stay happy and healthy!

Stay happy and healthy!

Fisher-Price® Early Learning Fund

Dear parents, we have good news!

Fisher-Price®’s much anticipated campaign – The Early Learning Fund – is back!

‘Play’ & ‘Toys’ are two words not conventionally associated with learning for our children. However, child psychologists have long recognized that toys are a catalyst for impactful, interactive learning with our child and can bring about meaningful learning opportunities at every age. In a bid to promote meaningful playtime between parents and children, FisherPrice® unravels their 2013 Early Learning Fund.

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The Early Learning Fund campaign is aimed at helping parents give their children a head-start
in life and Fisher-Price® has kicked it off with a five-month promotion to give parents the chance to win a S$10,000 cash scholarship when they purchase Fisher-Price® toys.

By purchasing any Mattel Fisher-Price® product that is $20 or above (excluding Thomas & Friends) and submitting the accompanying receipt, photo and completed form, contestants stand a chance to win a Grand S$10,000 Cash Prize or be among 20 Weekly Draw Winners to walk away with a Learning Hamper worth $1,000!

Weekly Draw – Learning Hamper

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For the 20 weeks leading up to November 30th, any contestant who submits an entry for the Early Learning Fund stands a chance to walk away with a Learning Hamper worth over S$1,000.

Grand Prize – S$10,000 Cash of Early Learning Fund

On 16th December 2013, a winner will be picked for the Grand S$10,000 Cash Prize, of which WeeklyDraw Winners are also eligible. The Winner for the Grand Prize will be published on The Straits Times on Monday 23rd December 2013.

Do visit the Joy of Learning website for more details on how you can participate!

*Faith receives a Fisher-Price® toy to add to her expanding collection of ‘playmates’.

Faith @ 8th month

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Okay, so I’m late in reporting Faith’s development. It is now already 2 weeks into her eighth month but oh, a lot of stuff has been happening!

IMG_5643I think the greatest milestone for this month is her ability to crawl. Faith has been practising that pose for some time but couldn’t really figure out how to crawl until one fine day, viola!, it makes sense to her. She is still not good at it but at least she is able to make good, small steps towards this particular area of development.

As she grows, she needs more space to explore and we have shifted her play area from her room to the living room which is designated to be our reading corner as well. A bigger mat was bought and Faith is able to play on her own without having anyone around her ALL the time. Well, when she gets bored with the toys, that is another story. in the play area, she is also able to learn her crawling stunts and then as she crawls and explores, she puts whatever stuff that she can find into her mouth! Oh no!

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Besides crawling, Faith loves to stand and gets excited when we pull her up and guides her to walk. A little too soon for her but let’s just see how she progresses as the weeks pass.

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With all these new skills that she is learning, Faith gets all too excited, so much so that she wants to practise them even during sleeping time. She refuses to nap and it takes really LONG and a lot of effort for us to get her to take a LITTLE nap. Then at night, she wakes up 2 to 4 times! When we reach her room, she is already sitting up, waiting for us. Thankfully, after giving her some milk, she goes back to sleep. My dark eye rings are getting worse.

I think Faith really likes company. Thankfully, her cousins are back and she loves hanging out with the boys. I should really send her to some playgroup soon!

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Jam-packed July

I assume the role of a SAHM (full-fledged) this month. You would have thought that I would busy myself with Faith. Yes, that’s for sure but I took the opportunity to continue where I have left off in my love for baking by going for some intensive cake decorating course. 4 mornings a week, I rushed off to my parents’, dropped Faith with them and dashed off for lessons. I treasured those mornings because they gave me time to myself and the chance to mingle with like-minded people.

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Dear Faith,
The world may not be perfect and life is filled with its ups and downs. But it can be a colourful one if you trust in the Creator. May you bloom where you are placed, and may you be a blessing to others. I thank God for you.

While my full time job is to bring up Faith, I am also pursuing my other dream – baking. I am thankful to have the privilege to produce sweet treats for friends (and being paid for it!), with my first assignment being cupcakes and a chocolate cake.

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So, there you have it, my rather jam-packed July. If I have been missing in action on this space, you can be assured that I am testing recipes or baking for some folks. 😉

Focusing on the things that matter

[User experience on Drypers Wee Wee DRY]

Dear Faith
Before you came into this world, many of my closed friends told me that you are fearfully and wonderfully made…

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…and those who are mothers warned me to spend as much time with you as possible because you will grow up in the twinkling of an eye.

How true that is. You are indeed a gift from God and just look at you now – how you have grown!

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You are indeed our little bundle of joy and it only makes sense that Mama and Papa devote time to spend with you so that we could help you build a good memory of your childhood.

As a parent, I worry a lot. I wonder if you have enough for your feed. I fear that you might have sensitive skin. I’m always on the lookout for any allergic symptoms that might develop. The list goes on.

Mama is not a very adventurous person when it comes to changing brands for the things that you are accustomed to.
But I thought I should give Drypers Wee Wee DRY a try.

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And I’m glad I did.

Because you take to the diapers well and they keep you dry and obviously comfortable since you did not ‘complain’.

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No matter how you turn and toss and stretch and stand, there is no leakage (of pees and poos). Even though you have the diaper on for hours over the night and it becomes FULL the following morning, your bottoms are not red and there’s no reaction either. This could be due to the 4-in-1 Botanical extracts (Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Vitamin E and Olive Extract) which helps to moisturize and rejuvenate your skin.

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Mama is obviously satisfied with Drypers Wee Wee DRY and the information on the product above confirms my confidence in it.

So, Mama doesn’t have to spend time worrying about changing diapers and instead can focus on the things that matter – spending quality time with you.

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Mama also wants to witness each milestone that you achieve.

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Dear Faith, know that Papa and Mama love you very much and we will give you the best (within our means, i.e.). Thankfully, Drypers Wee Wee DRY is kind on our wallets and more importantly, it does its work to keep you dry.

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Mama

My dear readers, if you want to have your precious one experience the new and improved features of Drypers Wee Wee DRY, you can request for a sample via their Facebook page. Do visit it for more updates and parenting tips!

Ending this post with a heart-warming video by Drypers.

Disclaimer: Faith is provided with three packs of Drypers Wee Wee DRY (80 diapers for each pack) for the purpose of this user experience post. All opinions are mine.

{review} Capella Smart Travel System, ConyTM (S230T-13)

What do you look for in a stroller? When the hubs and I were shopping for one, we listed the following considerations in this order – (1) price; (2) weight; (3) ease of use; and (4) comfort. We were quite happy with the current one until the Capella ConyTM (S230T-13) came into the picture. After a week of using the new stroller, the former was immediately dethroned. The enhanced version of ConyTM stroller fits well into our lifestyle. Let me show you.

The next day after receiving the ConyTM stroller, I went to the nearby reservoir to have a jog with Faith in it. One of my favourite pastime was jogging and I was contemplating buying a jogger stroller in the past. However, those strollers are heavy weight and often bulky and will not be easy to use on normal days. The ConyTM stroller, on the other hand, is mid-weight (7.3kg) and sturdy but how will it perform during a run?

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I must say, the run was smooth and I was stoked. I mean, if this stroller can perform the function of a jogger stroller, this is really a bonus! What enables this IMG_4676are the bigger and stronger wheels that the stroller is equipped with and they are accompanied by an effective suspension system with its 0.3G shock absorber which absorbs bumps. Another plus point is the pocket at the back of the canopy. You can put your keys, phone or money in it. No more carrying them in your hands or better IMG_4677still, there is no need for bags if you are going for a run or just to nearby stores.

The handle comes with removable (black) covers which is a thoughtful design since it will turn dirty with constant usage. You can remove, wash and put it back again and it will be as good as new.

I wanted to be sure that I am not biased towards this stroller and took it for another test-drive the following day. To the wet market we went. To get to my destination, I had to go over undulating ground, uneven surfaces and bumps in the carpark.

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The test drive that day didn’t disappoint. Up and down the slope the stroller went and Faith was still seated comfortably inside. It was easy to maneuver around the bends too and then came a nice surprise – the wheels are large enough to travel along the drains that are covered with metal railings. That means I would not need to avoid them in future. How convenient!

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Another feature which I like a lot is the full canopy as seen above. This is especially important since we have really sunny days and the canopy could provideIMG_4686 up to 99% ultra-violet protection for the baby. You might be thinking that the baby will be feeling hot inside which can be the case in tropical Singapore. To solve the problem, there is a mesh ventilation window on top of and at the rear window of the canopy which also allows Faith to keep her loved ones in view. One more thing about the canopy which I love is the fact that it is easy to close and open it…without any sound. This is important to us because Faith wakes up to the slightest sound when she’s asleep in the stroller but with the Capella ConyTM, she isn’t affected!

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Faith gets to chat with ‘Eggs uncle’

As you can already tell from the picture, the Capella ConyTM allows a one-hand, quick-fold for easy opening and closing of the stroller and this is a feature that I appreciate. No fumbling at all and it makes me feel so ‘pro’ in handling it.

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The Capella ConyTM is equipped with the reversible handle. This is especially useful when Faith wants to see familiar faces when we are out. It is easy to use this function – just pull up the catch at the sides of the handle and change the direction. While it is comfortable to use the handle both ways, I find it harder to run with the baby facing me ; it needs more control.

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As with most stroller, the Capella ConyTM comes with multi-recline function and it can be easily done with a pull at the top of the seat and the release of a catch at the back if you want to lower it. Once, Faith felt asleep in the stroller and she wasn’t affected when I lowered the seat because it can be done so smoothly and easily. The stroller has a wide space and I find Faith being able to move or stretch within it.

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In the aesthetics department, the Capella ConyTM stroller looks fabulous. I love bringing the stroller out and snapping pics of Faith in it. It suits every occasion, both formal and informal.

Another plus point, the stroller is able to stand on its own. Nice!

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Of course, there is no such thing as a perfect stroller and this one is no exception. There are TWO things that bother me.

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(1) The stroller comes with a 5-point safety harness to keep Faith fully secured but I find them rather loose even though I have already adjusted to the shortest. The straps by the shoulders come off easily and in the end, we find it a hassle to use them. There are pads inserted in the straps which Faith use as a teether but these come off easily too. Could it be that I do not know how to adjust them well?

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(2) There is a big basket at the bottom of the stroller which is useful. But the problem is I find it a tad difficult to remove the ‘lock’ to put things inside. It’s not as easy as I would like it to be.

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Overall, I must say I love this Capella ConyTM stroller despite the few imperfections and enjoys bringing it out! It works as a trusty helper and certainly makes my life easier especially when I have to go out alone with Faith. I’m not sure if I have fully explored this stroller and if I have not, I will update it on this space!

If you are looking for a new stroller, you might like to consider this model. It is available at $399 (UP $539) in 4 different colours. Capella will be available at Isetan, Metro, John Little, Robinsons, BHG, OG, Kiddy Palace, Cheri Kids, NTUC Xtra AMK, ToysR’US, baby specialty stores and selected online baby stores.

You can find more information about Capella via their facebook page.

I will be participating in the upcoming SHAPE run (stroller category) with Faith, along with 9 other mommies and will definitely be reporting on the run via this space and on my facebook page. Check back soon if you are keen on how we fare!

Disclosure: I was gifted with one set of the Capella ConyTM S230T-13 Smart Travel System for the purposes of test and review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are mine.

MTP | Faith’s development @ 6 months

While parents met their child’s teachers last Friday to get an update of their development, I thought I should pen down Faith’s since I am her teacher (Am I not?). Here goes.

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Faith’s two lower teeth have grown by the sixth month and the days leading to the ‘eruption’ saw her crying out in discomfort every night. It’s such a pain to see her in that state but she’s better now.

She takes to semi-solids well too. In fact, she loves the fact that she could sit on the high chair and have a meal together with us. Nope, we don’t encourage switching on the TV or to have any other forms of distraction. Meal time is a time for the family to be together, to enjoy the food and each other’s company. Her appetite is good; she could finish the portion of puree in 10 to 15 minutes. It isn’t too much mess either when feeding her but when she’s tired, she likes to kiss the bib and that’s not very desirable; it’s messy. So far, that’s no rejection of food on her part but let’s just wait and see.

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Faith is also a happy child. My parents have no problem in handling her. In fact, the evening I was away for a dinner, she stayed up to play with her grandmother. My mother gave good report about her! Faith has also grown to be more at ease with my in-laws which is definitely a good thing. Way to go!

In terms of sleeping, Faith still has trouble falling asleep on her own. Currently, she needs to be soothed and wants to be breastfed before she could fall asleep. Ok, I recognise that I have contributed to this problem. This is a bad habit and I have to retrain her to sleep on her own. When she was younger, I was definitely stricter and sleep-trained her. Recently, I let go and well, bad habits are formed. Argh! At times, she wakes up in the middle of the night and I believe that’s because of teething. Other than that, she could sleep from 9pm to 7am. We will have to continue to monitor this area of her development.

Faith loves to play and is very active. She could sit up straight with minimal assistance now but we are hoping she could do so WITHOUT any aid in the very near future. She loves music and responds to the same song(s) when I play them on my iphone. However, her interest for books has not been detected. Oh well…

On the whole, Faith is growing well and she is much loved by God and her family!