Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Getting a baby backpack carrier

There are things to consider when you plan to get a backpack carrier for your baby:

1. Baby’s age – follow the manufacturer’s guide as most of this baby or child backpack carrier has a label that says you should only put your baby inside a backpack carrier when the baby can sit-up without any support, or when your baby turns 6 months.
2. Safety – you should check if the baby carrier has no sharp edges that could hurt your child, or small parts that could be swallowed.
3. Quality standards - Buy a baby or child carrier that has passed quality approval and carry your counties safety standards.

My baby loves backpack carrier as she would just sleep the whole time in it whiles me and my husband goes hiking. However the first backpack carrier we bought for her got recalled by the manufacturer due to safety issues. We got fully refunded but we have actually used it for a while before they recall the item and sad to say we did not have any clue that it is actually a danger to our baby’s health. It was said that the rain cover could actually suffocate the baby, and the little knots are not safe as they could be easily taken off and swallowed by a child. I guess me and my husband was lucky that nothing happens to our baby during those times we used the said backpack carrier. So from then we make sure that we only buy quality approved items for my little one.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Washing stuff toys

To all mommy readers, you don’t need to go to a laundry shop and have your stuff toys dry clean. Cleaning your child’s stuff toys does not need to be costly, all you need to do is put the stuff toy inside a pillow case and pin it or tie it. Wash it in the washing machine with a washing powder and pour in a little amount of fabric conditioner, then set on a gentle wash. It does not need long to wash it, just set it on a quick wash and then spin dry. Once finish, you can hung it, to let it dry properly. After you have done it, you can really see the big difference as it will smell good and look like new. This method is also good in washing trainers’ shoes. However if your shoes it is too dirty, I would recommend that you wash it by hand.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Mom’s summer fashion advice

As a mother, I always make sure that everything is child friendly and that includes choosing the appropriate clothes and right accessories for me. Fashion could sometime be difficult; as I have to make sure I do not wear clothes that have a lot of beads, strings and sharp colourful decor that might harm my child when I am holding her. You see most toddlers and babies would just take and swallow little bits and pieces that they can grab onto. Babies are also known to have sensitive skin, so I also make sure that my clothes does not have any metal decor attached on. Aside from this, most mothers also worry about the postnatal body figure, but hey, everything can be sorted out, not that you have to go onto liposuction but you can get some things that could add up a bit of a curve but getting the right clothes that matches your body figure. Most mothers are usually curvy and they call it as hour glass figure. So if you have this figure, you would definitely look great in that emphasize your waist line. A wrap dress would be ideal or just enhance your dress with a big belt. Long blouse with big belt would also look great with denim skirt. There are so many things you can do to look fabulous this summer, and by mixing and matching you clothing’s, you do not need to get a loads of clothes filing in your closet. Try to get soft fabric clothes as these are ideal for the summer and also good when you are holding your baby. Well, this is my mom’s summer fashion advice, but if you have any other ideas that you think would be great, go for it and prove to everyone that mom’s are great in fashion!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Foods to avoid for Under 6 months

I have here lists of food’s you should avoid for your child if you choose to feed him or her under the age of 6 months old as they could cause allergic reaction or contain harmful bacteria:

• Wheat -based foods which contain gluten = like wheat flour, bread, breakfast cereal and rusks. Also avoid oats and other barley-based foods.

• Nuts and seeds including ground nuts = like peanut butter, and other nut spread.

• Eggs

• Fish and shellfish

• Soft and unpasteurised cheeses.

Foods to avoid for a baby

Here are some lists of foods that you should avoid in giving to your baby especially when your baby is under 1 year old.
• Salt – do not add salt to food for young babies as their kidneys cannot cope with it. Babies will get the right amount of salt they need from the infant formula milk or through breastfeeding if you are breastfeeding your baby.
• Sugar- Do not add sugar to food or drinks you give to your baby, it isn’t necessary. Sugar could encourage a sweet tooth and lead to tooth decay when the first teeth start to come through.
• Honey- should not be given to a baby under 1 year old. According to health professionals, honey can contain a type of bacteria which can produce toxins in the baby’s intestines and can cause serious illness. They said, after the age of 1 the bacteria are not able to grow in the babies intestines.
• Nuts- whole nuts should not be given to children under the age of 5 in case of choking and it could also lead to allergy problems.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Do babies know their reflection?

Many wonder if babies know their reflection on a mirror as they always react on their reflection. Well, according to Charles Darwin on one of his books, a baby does not know their reflection until they turn 2 yrs old. They tend to react on it by smiling or staring because they think it is another baby in front. I saw a television program last year conducting baby studies and they did this test that you can also try if your baby knows his or her reflection. They call it “The lipstick test”; first they put a lipstick mark on the forehead of a 1 year old and put the baby in front of a big mirror. The baby was sitting in front of the mirror smiling and touch the mirror, then crawled to the side of it and then look at the back of the mirror, seems that the baby was thinking it is another baby in front, because at the end of the mirror, the reflection just disappear, so the baby look at the back of the mirror trying to find that one she saw awhile ago. The next test was a 2 yr old, first they secretly put a lipstick mark on the forehead of the 2yr old, then face the toddler in the mirror, the toddler looking at his reflection, he then touch his forehead with the lipstick mark on, so that means he know it is his reflection. I did try the lipstick test when my little girl was about 18 months old, and she was not aware of the lipstick, she just keeps smiling at the mirror and then looks at the back of the mirror. Now that she is 2 yrs old, she definitely knows her reflection!