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If there is anything we learnt from Ashley’s babyhood, it is that we should always start belting the baby into the car seat as soon as they are born. I understand that as parents, we love our little ones very much and it always feels great cuddling them but as we all know, this is not safe for the babies as well as the parents. Therefore, Colin and I made it a point to belt Kingsley into his carseat right from the first time he got into the car. As Ashley has upgraded to a booster carseat then, Kingsley naturally inherited his big sister’s baby car seat. However, our downunder trip ended with the baby car seat being damaged on our flight home and there came the opportunity to source for a brand new baby car seat for Kingsley.
The search for a new baby car seat had to be fast as we needed it on every weekend when we send Ashley for dance classes. I must say there was no effort on my part in this process and Colin took on full responsibility in doing that and I am extremely pleased with his choice. Parents can always rave about how great their choice of car seats is but the baby’s response is by far the best indication of how comfortable the car seat is. In comparison to the previous baby car seat we had, Graco Extend2Fit is much wider and Kingsley would always fall asleep during the car ride. Furthermore, the 5 point safety harness is also simpler to use on the baby as compared to the 3 point safety harness in the previous car seat. What is good about Graco Extend2Fit resides in the versatility in which the 10-position headrest and 6-position recline can be adjusted to fit the height of the baby and Kingsley can sit in comfortably in this car seat for quite a while. Furthermore, there is also the 4-position extension panel which will provide 5″ additional leg room as he grows taller. Therefore, in a way, it was a blessing in disguise that the previous car seat was damaged in the final leg of the trip to make way for a better seat for Kingsley’s car ride around town.
Below are some photos of Kingsley’s new “throne” in the car.
For mummies on the go, I want to recommend the Spectra 9+ double breast pump. Having gone through the experience of lugging the heavy and bulky Medela PISA out during Ashley’s time, the thought of doing it once more dreads me. I first got to know of Spectra 9+ through a colleague who showed me how light the pump was and then on, the thought of purchasing it has been lingering on my mind even before Kingsley was delivered.
Purchasing a second pump for outdoor use might be costly to many but for Spectra 9+, one can opt to purchase the Korea set from Qoo10 which easily cost less than $150. I purchased my Spectra 9+ off Qoo10 at less than $110 with shipping which is a good buy for a double breast pump. A full charge of Spectra 9+ can last for 3 pump sessions of 15 – 20 minutes each. On comparison to my Medela PISA, Spectra 9+ is more efficient in emptying my breasts. For example, it took me 30 min to pump using Medela PISA whereas it took a mere 15-20 min for Spectra 9+ to achieve the same volume of expressed breastmilk. However, one has to take note that during the start of the pump session to adjust the suction power of the breast pump to the lowest power as the higher suction power from the previous pump session might cause pain to your breasts which have yet to acclimatized to the high suction power. In a short note, Spectra 9+ is an efficient portable breast pump that mummies can consider for on-the-go purposes, particularly for mummies who do not want to lug heavy breast pumps out with them to work on a daily basis.
After being served well by Medela PISA double breast pump for providing Ashley with breast milk, I went with the decision to get the same model for my breastfeeding journey with Kingsley. No doubt Medela PISA is as effective in clearing engorged breasts this time round, I would like to highlight another breast pump for the consideration of mummies-to-be.
Prior to conception, I have signed up with the S-PRESTO clinical study jointly organized by KKH, NUS and SICS of ASTAR and NUHS which aims to study how a woman’s health, nutritional status and mental state before pregnancy will influence their subsequent pregnancy outcomes. One of the post-delivery samples they required for the clinical trial was to collect the mother’s breast milk. As they needed to process and freeze down the milk samples upon collection, the clinical trial coordinator brought along their Ameda Breast Pump for the collection of fresh breast milk.
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I believe constipation in a baby is one of the worst nightmare of mummies. What follows can be worse when the baby starts to produce hard stools that cause bleeding. My first bad experience happened when we brought Ashley on a holiday when she was 12 months old. As Ashley started teething at a later stage than most other kids, there were limited types of food that we can feed her at that stage. The real challenge came when fruits and vegetables that can be easily be chewed and swallowed with just gums are not readily accessible when one is overseas. Hence, that was the first time we had Ashley not poo for 2-3 days and when she does, the stools became so hard that she always cries when she tries to get them out of her system.
Therefore, this prompted me to find a solution for this problem even if this may not be a recurrent event. After reading on mummy forums and talking to other mummies, prune juice appeared to be an easy option to solve the constipation issue as it is liquid and can be easily consumed by Ashley.
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We purchased Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Trike for Ashley months back after seeing several kids around the neighbourhood ride on it. As to every other purchases we made, this is definitely not one of impulse buy. We went to retail shops, baby fairs and as usual, found it hard to purchase it there and then given the retail price and the possibility of Ashley’s dislike of the tricycle. After looking around for several months, we decided on Radio Flyer out of the many brands of tricycle upon reviewing and comparing the specifications with other commonly known brands.
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