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Babywearing simply means wearing your baby in a sling or carrier. According to Dr. William Sears, a paediatrician, there are plenty of benefits associated with babywearing such as establishing a more intimate bond between mother and child through close physical contact, and enhancing baby’s motor skills by exposing him/her to a variety of sights, sounds and motions just to name a few.
There are so many types and brands of carriers in the market that shopping for the perfect one becomes a mind boggling affair. Thanks to Baby Carrier Singapore, I was introduced to the colorful world of Tula carriers. The founders of Tula are a husband and wife team with three young children. They experienced how convenient babywearing was and how much it benefits both parent and child that they started to manufacture their own wraps and carriers. To be honest, I initially had some difficulty wearing the Tula carrier the right way as it was my first time babywearing. But Angela, owner of Baby Carrier Singapore is really helpful and always ready to offer me tips and advice over whatsapp such that soon enough, I was able to strap up my Tula on my own with great ease and confidence. In this photo, I’m wearing a black/gold stripe nursing dress from Eve of Eden.
With the numerous articles circulating around with regards to hip dysplasia, parents and caregivers are encouraged to choose a baby carrier that allows healthy hip positioning, in addition to other safety considerations. Soft-structured carriers like Tula allow babies to sit in the desired “M” position when worn. This position (also known as the “frog position”) means that baby’s knees are higher than his bottom and his legs are spread apart naturally, which is beneficial for hip and spine development.
In case you are wondering, Tula carriers allow front and back carry. So far I have only tried carrying Chanelle on my front because anxious mummy here cannot let her baby go out of her sight and back-carry is recommended only after six months of age. The maximum weight that Tula standard carriers can support is around 20kg. There’s something very amazing about Tula carriers. Do you know that you can use Tula to carry your newborn and toddler, all the way till your child is about 4 year old? Just by attaching the Tula “Free to Grow” extensions to the panel of the carrier, you can comfortably wear your older children. For parents with toddlers, you can also opt for the toddler version which allows you to wear your child from about 18 months old (and/or about 11kg) till 4-5 years old.
Tula carriers fit a wide range of babywearing body types simply because Tulas are super adjustable. Just by extending the shoulder straps, anyone can utilize a Tula. Even my dad enjoys babywearing Chanelle!
It also makes nursing in public easy, even more so when the panels are so huge – 15.5″ tall and 14.5″ wide, providing more coverage and privacy. Just loosen the panel straps in front a little to breastfeed on the go. Really convenient!
I also love the additional padding in shoulder straps and child’s leg area for extra comfort. My shoulders do not ache even after half a day of babywearing Chanelle, who is around 8kg right now.
Chanelle enjoys the Tula carrier as much as I do! She’s like my little koala bear, often peeking out of the carrier to observe her surroundings. She also falls asleep in the Tula very easily! Both misterchewy and I are just so amazed.
Last but not least, I gotta emphasize that Tula carries the widest range of carriers in various prints and designs; you will definitely be spoilt for choice! Here are just a few of the many designs that are available, of which Foxy and Oasis are the latest arrivals. How cute! The quirky Tula carrier designs are a bold fashion statement on its own and brighten up even the dreariest outfits. I was gifted the Retro Bikes Tula carrier which is really cute and perfect for babywearing on a casual weekend when misterchewy and I go around cafe hopping.
Tula carriers retail at $229 onwards which includes free local delivery and can be purchased at http://www.babycarriersingapore.com.
Baby Chanelle turns 6 months old today! As cliche as it sounds, time flies! I was looking at all the photos of Little misschewy taken since birth and I couldn’t help but feel very emotional that my baby girl is growing way too fast :’) A part of me wants to see Chanelle learning new things and achieving developmental milestones, yet another part of me wants her to remain as mummy’s cute little baby. I had charted Chanelle’s developmental milestones when she was 4 months old, and here’s her updated reported card at 6 months old :)
Physical Growth: As of last week, Chanelle was approximately 67cm in length and weighed 7.86kg. She’s in the 70th – 75th percentile for both aspects. I’m happy that she has more than doubled her birth weight and she still has those ‘Michelin’ arms and legs. However, her face looks a little smaller and less round as compared to when she was about 4 months old. I’m not sure if Chanelle is teething as she has not cut her first tooth yet but she’s always munching on three or four fingers at a time.
Feeding: I’m really proud to declare that I have attained my goal of breastfeeding Chanelle for 6 months! Now that I have reached the 6-month mark, I’m aiming to continue breastfeeding for another 6 months. My work is going to get more hectic next month on and I do hope that I can persevere for the sake of my darling girl. On a positive note, Chanelle should be starting on solids anytime now so hopefully, I can drop a pump session or two from my daily pumping routine within the next few months. I know that some mummies give their little ones solids as early as 4 months but I have read that it’s best to wait till they turn 6 months old. So yeah, baby led weaning, here we come! :)
Social: When Chanelle is in the company of people she is familiar with (misterchewy and I, and our family members), she is always flashing her brightest smiles. Smile until cannot see eyes that kind. Haha. She is also easily tickled by funny noises that we make and also chuckles hysterically when misterchewy and I pin her down on our bed and take turns to rain kisses on her. Chanelle is also an attention seeker! When nobody is attending to her, after being left alone for a while, she tries to get our attention by faking a cough, believe it or not. It’s really funny! And sometimes, she will raise both arms outstretched when misterchewy and I get home from work or when we say 抱抱.
Language: Chanelle responds to her name most of the time unless she’s too focused on something else. Currently, she’s exploring her vocals cords by doing this yelling and screaming thing. My bro reckons it sounds like the kind of noise cats make in the middle of the night but misterchewy and I think it’s really cute.
Motor Skills: Apart from being able to roll and flip, Chanelle is able to sit upright for a short while although she’s not very stable and might topple over any moment. She has not begun crawling but is able to inch forward by lifting up her butt and moving like a caterpillar. Chanelle also loves grabbing and bringing her feet to her mouth and that’s when the licking of toes begins. As for her fine motorskills, Chanelle is able to pull out her pacifier from her mouth by using a pincer grip and then examine it by holding it up.
We will be updating this space as we move on and attempt baby led weaning! Experienced mummies, do drop me a line and share some tips!
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It was more than half a year ago when misterchewy and I last went for a staycation in Singapore. Very long ago right! I still remember I popped 18 days later. Hehe. Our recent staycation at Park Hotel Clarke Quay was our very first one as a family of three. Really glad that we brought Little misschewy along because our wedding anniversary and misterchewy’s birthday was a few days later, so we wanted to celebrate the occasion together. I was thrilled about staying at Park Hotel Clarke Quay because I love its classic architecture which is inspired by Singapore’s colonial past. Besides that, I like that the hotel is strategically located in the heart of the city and the nightlife at Clarke Quay is very vibrant. Perfect for party goers and foreigners who want to experience the nightlife in Singapore.
There are 336 well-appointed rooms and suites at Park Hotel Clarke Quay which all showcase modern baroque furnishings, elevated ceilings, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows that offer guests sweeping views of the Singapore River and the city skyline. Our Club room located on the 9th floor wasn’t too big but there was space for our small luggage, baby playpen and stroller, with room to walk around comfortably.
Baby Chanelle was just as excited as Papa! She was in a bright yellow summer dress, courtesy of Aunty Mag :D
Do you know that children under 12 years old stay for FREE at all Park Hotel Group’s establishments? Kids meals are also complimentary!
In-room amenities tailored for little ones are also available at no additional charge. A bottle sterilizer in the room makes things much more convenient for us.
Very impressed with the wide selection of snacks!
As a breastfeeding mother, the first thing I did when I opened the mini fridge was to check if it’s cold enough to store my expressed milk and not what’s inside the fridge. Felt that the fridge wasn’t cold enough and there wasn’t a freezer compartment to freeze the cooling panels of my cooler bag :(
It was Chanelle’s nap time so we let her have the queen-sized bed.
Little girl woke up about an hour later and we simply had to show her the view from our room.
Before dinner, we pushed Little misschewy around in her Maclaren Denim Quest Stroller. For an extra cushy ride, I got her a Skip Hop Memory Foam Stroller Liner from Agape Babies. They are currently having a diaper bag sale and also 15% off playmats!
I really love the stunning pool that overlooks the panaromic city skyline. With state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment and superior standards in service, the hotel is an ideal venue to host wedding solemnizations, events and conferences. In fact, there was a wedding ceremony that took place that day!
We were treated to a delectable weekend seafood buffet at Brizo Restaurant & Bar.
Brizo offers contemporary Asian and Western cuisines with seafood specialities. Helmed by Executive Chef Wilson Shum, guests may embark on a voyage through a menu of well-executed fusion creations.
We enjoyed the wide selection of fresh seafood and hot cooked food.
We had to scrap our initial plan of taking a stroll around Robertson Quay because it started to rain after our dinner. Baby Chanelle was in good hands while I took a quick shower :P
Behind-the-scene action. Hahaha.
Pigeon baby bath amenities and bath tub are provided.
Little misschewy was probably scared when we left her to sleep in the playpen given that the environment was an unfamiliar one.
When she was finally drunk (on milk, not wine!), we transferred her back to the playpen. Hehehe.
Our little bubba is clearly a morning person! :D
Thanks to Chanelle, we never really had to set our alarm on weekends because she would be the one waking us up by 9am. Lol. We were in time for breakfast at Brizo! It was Chanelle’s very first time on the high chair, which was too big for her. Anyway, we didn’t have much appetite so we only grabbed a few bites. The egg station is not to be missed!
Someone was interested in the bacon. Lol.
It was a nice family staycation for us and we are looking forward to our next one!
Do check out the hotel’s website for the various ongoing staycation promotions that suit you best!
Park Hotel Clarke Quay
1 Unity Street
Tel: +65 6593 8888
Happy Chewsday! It’s misterchewy’s birthday today and we will also be celebrating our third year wedding anniversary! With a baby in our lives, priorities have changed. I admit that most of the time, I put Chanelle before my husband. I guess it’s a mothers’ thing? I also don’t approve of couples leaving their kids to their parents or in-laws while they enjoy their own couple time. I mean, once in a while it’s ok I suppose but I still want to do things together as a family. If not, what’s the point of setting up a family and having kids right? Haha. Perhaps it’s only the beginning for us, so it’s easy for me to say, but we shall see! For now, I’m just thankful that it is fate that brought the three of us together :) Lastly, happy birthday hubby! :333
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Seasons Bistro is one of the newer F&B establishments located in Orchard, at Triple One Somerset. As its name suggests, the menu at Seasons Bistro changes with the season, with an eye on the multi-faceted cuisines of the Americas as its inspiration. Eating by the season ensures that only freshest ingredients that are widely available are being used, which are often priced affordably and these costs savings are passed on to consumers!
Mag and I were at Seasons Bistro to try out some of the brunch items and it’s really impressive that most of the must-try dishes are below $20!
Designed to welcome diners at any time of the day, the spacious establishment is bedecked with warm wood furnishings against the expansive glass windows that offer a great view of the bustling streets of Somerset Road. Frames of the New York City backdrop adorn the walls, channelling the vibrancy of the metropolitan city and fostering conviviality within a cosy setting. Diners can also enjoy a pleasant drinking experience in the restaurant’s bar area with seating arrangements along the bar counter or on high tables. An extensive deli counter is also available at the restaurant with a takeaway menu of gourmet sandwiches, cold cuts and cheese platters for convenient meals.
We started off with the Baked Aubergine & Harissa Salad ($17) which was made up of ciabatta, pomegranate, tomatoes, chick peas, confied lemons, field greens, parsley, mint and shaved goat cheese. Very refreshing and hearty!
I really loved the presentation of the Grilled Shrimp ‘Margarita’ ($18)! The combination of avocado, summer tomatoes, red cabbage, jicama, watermelon, tequila-spiked cocktail sauce and lime worked marvelously well together.
As I was uploading photos to my laptop, I told misterchewy that I’m gonna introduce Seasons Bistro’s Popcorn Chicken ($14) to him! It’s really an amazing treat, served with spicy popcorn. The Jamaican jerk sauce was super addictive and I reckon it would work well with burgers too.
Brunch at Seasons Bistro is from 10am to 4pm everyday. The Freedom Toast ($16) is easily one of my favorite. Egg dipped bread, smoked bacon, brie and maple will never go wrong.
If you love sausages, you should go for The Lumberjack ($18). Eggs anyway of your choice and we chose scrambled which was really awesome. The pancake was soft and fluffy, which tasted fantastic with some maple syrup.
The Montreal & Lox ($15) is highly recommended for a dose of omega 3. A hearty combination of toasted bagels, cream cheese, capers, onions, smoked salmon, tomatoes and greens is the best way to start your day right!
We shared some desserts and the Mojito Tart ($12++) was a pretty interesting and unusual one. Toasted coconut tart was crusty and flaky, topped with mint lime curd & rum cream. Simply divine!
I give two thumbs up for Season’s Carrot Cake ($12++) which was moist and packed with a generous amount of chopped walnuts. Really love this as it wasn’t cloyingly sweet.
It felt really sinful to be eating the Black Forest Cake ($14++) which was very rich and luscious. But who cares? I reckon it’s worth every calorie!
Brunch at Seasons Bistro was definitely an enjoyable affair and I can’t wait to pay a revisit together with misterchewy and baby Chanelle! :)
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HAPPY SEPTEMBER! I’m so excited to share something really awesome with all of you today! I had not done anything to my hair ever since I found out that I was pregnant with Little misschewy last year. Before I was pregnant, I had rebonded, bleached and dyed my hair, which was actually very very very damaging to my tresses. Frankly speaking, I hated my hair because it was extremely dry and frizzy after all the ‘abuse’ it had been through. More often than not, I have a hard time trying to disentangle my hair even though I had made an effort to use hair conditioner during my shower. Apart from that, I am facing postpartum hair loss and it’s worrying the hell out of me! Thanks to fellow blogger kaki Mag, she introduced me to Headlines Hairdressing, who very kindly agreed to be my current hair sponsor! :D
Headlines Hairdressing is located at China Square Central. The salon is very cosy and if my memory serves me right, the salon can accommodate about 8 customers at a time. Business was brisk when we went there on a Saturday late afternoon so it’s strongly advisable that you make an appointment prior to making your way down! I was promptly shown to my seat and served a cup of hot tea.
This is Charles Tan, Creative Director of Headlines Hairdressing, scrutinizing my hair after it was being washed and he commented that my hair was TOO DRY. The good news? Charles was very confident that he could save my hair! Yay! Huge sigh of relief! :D
Charles really did save my hair with the help of the Mucota Dyna Argan Oil Treatment. MUCOTA is one of the top prestigious hair care products which have been in Japan since 1983. They have a range of products and Dyna is the latest technology which helps to reduce frizzy hair while making hair straighter at the same time. Unlike the anti-frizz treatment in the current market, it is 100% NO FORMALDEHYDE. Do you know that Formaldehyde is possibly associated with cancer? *GASP* So please choose something safe like Dyna! It is suitable for people who had rebonded their hair before or have unruly and unmanageable hair. As a mother myself, I’m very happy to share that the Dyna treatment is very safe for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers! The key ingredient is Argan oil, which is commonly being referred to as “liquid gold”. When Argan oil penetrates the hair follicle, it gives the hair plenty of volume, while making it smooth and silky at the same time! :)
There are three types of treatment – DYNA CA, DYNA CCA and DYNA CAT. As seen in the photo, Charles picked out DYNA CAT for me. This is best suited for color damaged hair, giving hair a soft and natural finish.
Damaged hair tends to lose Cell Membrane Complex (CMC) easily. CMC binds cells together so that is not easy to peel off, prevent hair damage and dryness while maintaining hair softness. When CMC is lost, hair becomes wavy and dry! If you refer to the second photo of this post, you will realize that my hair was quite wavy.
Since I’m still breastfeeding Chanelle, I really want to emphasize that Dyna treatment is extremely safe! Also, the treatment doesn’t stink at all!
I had to wait for about 20 minutes before I was led away to wash my hair.
Hair washed! Now don’t blink!
After blow drying, my hair was sooo straight! Look like rebonded hair! This is the power of Dyna treatment. It gives you naturally straight hair!
Here’s a side by side photo for easier comparison! Before and After!
The next step was to apply some heat to my hair in order to seal in the goodness of the treatment.
For the final step, DYNA AFTER was coated evenly onto my hair. This moisturizes the hair to an even greater extent because the liquid emulsified cream penetrates the hair. It was another 10 minutes wait and the entire treatment concluded with another hair wash!
I also got Charles to trim my hair since it was ages since I last had it trimmed!
Here’s a photo of me and Charles. Thank you Charles! :D
I really love what Dyna treatment did to my hair. It feels so soft and silky and misterchewy is finally able to run his fingers through my hair. LOL.
Even after two weeks, my hair is still soft, straight and manageable. A number of my colleagues thought that I had rebonded my hair. In case you are wondering, Dyna treatment is expected to last 6 months on average. Prices start from $250 depending on hair length. Remember to quote “Charlene missuschewy” and get 10% off all services at Headlines Hairdressing! Please look for Charles Tan! :D
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China Square Central
Telephone: +65 6221 6866
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10.30am – 8.30pm
10.30am – 7pm
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Since baby Chanelle was born, I find that I have been having lesser and lesser free time to spend on shopping. Furthermore, when I do head out, it can be frustrating to find the shopping malls all packed with people and then having to lug our purchases back home with Chanelle in tow. To avoid all the inconvenience and hassle, I have turned to online shopping for much of my shopping needs.
There are many online shopping websites but some of them are really cluttered and hard to navigate due to the messy formats of the webpage. I have been searching for a more user-friendly website for some time now and I had almost given up and resigned to my fate of shopping at sub-standard online websites until I stumbled upon Lazada Singapore (http://www.lazada.sg/)!
So just who is Lazada Singapore?
As you can see from the image grabs above, Lazada Singapore is basically an online shopping mall that offers an incredible range of products. With 13 different categories and countless other subcategories of products ranging from mobiles, tablets, cameras, and consumer electronics to toys, fashion, health and beauty products, Lazada Singapore basically has everything you need and would expect to find in a physical shopping mall.
The people at Lazada Singapore were definitely not kidding when they say that they are Southeast Asia’s biggest online shopping mall!
And if you are afraid that so many products would result in a cluttered and messy webpage layout, fret not! Unlike its other competitor websites, I found Lazada Singapore’s webpage to be easy to navigate and well organized. I was especially impressed with the ease of access at which I was able to get to the various category and product pages on their catalogue and find exactly what I needed, all available at amazing prices much lower than the market rate.
Final verdict – I don’t know about you but I much prefer shopping from the comfort of my own home and then having my purchase delivered directly to my doorstep! This is possible with the service that Lazada Singapore provides, which is free delivery on all orders above $40! They also give you the option of cash on delivery and a 7 day return policy. So to sum it up, Lazada Singapore is a great online website where you can not only enjoy great savings while shopping, but also the convenience of shopping for quality goods from the comfort of your own chair and at the same time be guaranteed of a fast and secure online shopping experience.
If you are ready to shop at Lazada already after reading what I’ve written, then here’s more good news! Lazada Singapore recently turned 100 days old!
And to celebrate the 100 days since launching in Singapore, they are holding a Lazada 100 SALE featuring their TOP 100 Best Selling Items at prices of up to 90% off! What’s more, 3 lucky shoppers will stand to win $100 shopping vouchers! This is something you definitely do not want to miss. The sale started on 28 August 2014 and ends on 10 September 2014. So be sure not to miss it! Check it out here! http://www.lazada.sg/lazada100/
Also don’t forget to like the Lazada SG Facebook for more promotions! https://www.facebook.com/LazadaSingapore
PS: For those of you that want to shop on the go, Lazada also has specific iOS and Android apps that you can download on to your mobile phones. Just search for “Lazada” on your App Store or Play Store!
As a bonus to missuschewy’s readers, I have 2 sets of $25 Lazada Singapore vouchers to giveaway.
Simply do the following to qualify.
1. Subscribe to LAZADA SG Facebook Page.
2. Share the Lazada 100th Day post. 3. Once completed, inform me of the link. (email email@example.com)
Giveaway content ends on 10 September 2014
Winners will be announced on the 19th September 2014. Terms and Conditions apply.
Terms and Conditions
• The voucher is valid from 20 September 2014 to 31 December 2014.
• Voucher is valid for one-time usage only.
• If the value of the voucher is not fully redeemed, no refund in cash or in other means will be given for the balance.
• The voucher is not exchangeable for cash.
• The above terms and conditions are subject to changes.