The ‘I don’t want’ phase

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOh yes, this much-dreaded phase for the Terrible Twos. While the Bub is at a really fun age to be with, but she can morph right into another toddler almost immediately. Her fave phase at the moment is ‘I don’t want…’

  • I don’t want vegetables
  • I don’t want vitamins
  • I don’t want to eat rice
  • I don’t want Mummy carry
  • I don’t want Mummy sing
  • I don’t want the song
  • I don’t want to listen to the uncle talk. Change!
  • I don’t want to sleep

Well, you get it..

But she does have a sweet moments too.. just like the smile that she dished out for the pic. The things that she says make the Man and I go into a huge puddle of mush.

  • Daddy, sit down and have your dinner.
  • Mummy, hug, hug?
  • Mummy, sing this song for Fi?
  • Sparky, this is not for you. Go drink your water.
  • Where is Mummy?
  • Daddy, go where?
  • Mummy is sick. (proceeds to pat me)
  • Mummy is coughing. (proceeds to cough dramatically on her own)
  • Mummy, read this book.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAParenthood sure has its moments but I guess that’s part of the entire package. Buckle up for this is one exciting roller-coaster ride.

Tulipmania 2016

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of the most iconic floral displays – Tulipmania – is back and being Friends of Gardens by the Bay helped because we could choose to visit the floral display in between the changeover of the tulips from the cherry blossoms. I guess best of both worlds as we managed to catch what’s left from the blossoms as well as the tulips of which many have yet to bloom.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMade for a play-date with her god-siblings whom we have yet to see for a bit and guess who decided to have a mini meltdown when we lined them up for a group photo? I think the look on my niece and nephew faces were kinda cute, probably thinking ‘Wassup with her?’.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy current obsession for the Bub is dressing her up with kimono / yukata styled tops/ dresses. Her outfit for the day definitely suit the whole Sakura/ floral theme.

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img_8336Made for a quick and fun play-date but a pity most of the Tulips have yet to bloom fully when we were there. Looks like we got to make another trip down!

I can smell the long weekend coming ahead and I hope you all have made plans for the entire long weekend! Whee!!

 

Little Miss Bossy Boots

It’s funny to see how Bubba is now behaving around Sparky who thankfully is very patient around her. The things she say to him include:

  • No, Sparky! This is not for you! 
  • No, Kor Kor! Drink water!
  • Feed Sparky biscuit?
  • Sparky, go where?

1461595828683Because of Sparky’s sheer size and him being almost 3 times her weight, we have yet to let her hold the leash and walk him yet as we are afraid he may end up dragging her. For now, we are just letting her hold the leash and take that couple of steps supervised under at least 2 pairs of watchful eyes.

 

Zwitsal items – restocked

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My dad returned from his business trip recently and helped lugged back all these Zwitsal goodies. Here’s the price-list again:

Zwitsal Baby Hair Lotion (200 ml): S$6.00

Zwitsal Baby Hair Lotion : Read our review

Take gentle care of your baby’s hair with Zwitsal Hair Lotion. This exceptionally mild hair lotion leaves your baby’s hair smelling fresh and clean all day long. That’s not all, it’s hypoallergenic, pH-skin neutral and dermatologically tested. It’s suitable not only for babies but also children of all ages.

Properties:

  • Tested Hypo-Allergenic: can be used for sensitive skin
  • Aloe Vera, Candlenut and Celery: help in the growth of black and thick hair
  • Aloe Vera: helps protect scalp from dryness
  • Nourishes hair and scalp
  • With fresh long lasting fragrance

Zwistal is a brand under the Unilever Group.

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This item is a must-have in Bubba’s daily shower regime. In fact, she knows after applying her face cream, body lotion, the Zwitsal hair lotion will come next. It helps to keep her hair soft, smooth with a fresh scent for a good part of the day.

Also new in stock is the Zwitsal Minyak Telon which I’ve decided to bring in to try.

Minyak Telon (60ml) : $3.50

Purpose: Helps relieve flatulence and provide a sense of warmth on the baby’s body

Ingredients: Oleum Cajuputi 42 % , Oleum Anisi 8 % , 50 % Oleum Cocos

How to use: Put a few drops of oil into your hands and rub them before massaging baby. Warm hands are more soothing; cold hands may startle her and make her cry. Rub oil on baby’s stomach, chest and back after shower to help keep baby warm. We also love to rub the oil on Bubba’s feet just to keep her feet warm too. So you can do the same if you are interested.

If you are interested to get your hands on some of them. Please email ladyj_musings@rocketmail.com to let me know how many bottles of the Zwitsal Baby Hair Lotion / Zwitsal Minyak Telon you would like to order. Note, prices indicated above are not inclusive of local postage and while supplies last!

I won’t be bringing these items any time soon so if you wish to build a supply of the items, do order more.:)

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Note: Lady J’s Musings did not receive any monetary rewards for this post. All views expressed are purely of my own and written according to my experience in using the products. Results may vary for individuals using the product. I’m in no way affiliated to the brand, but would like to share some of these products to interested parties. 

 

Swim Sundays

L1030576The Man has been wanting to start Bubba on swimming lessons. In fact, the weather has been so hot recently that all we really want to do is to cool off by jumping into the pool. We’ve brought the Bub swimming twice recently and she seemed to enjoy it after she found out how these arm floats are her best friend in the pool.

L1030593It makes for great Daddy and Daughter bonding time too! I was just the camera person behind the lens all the while.

As members to a club, we decided to make full use of the club’s facilities by trying to bring the Bub out for pool-time. Plus on a Sunday morning, it’s kinda quiet for a children’s pool with an amazing water slide that Bubba loves being on. The first time we brought her there and she went down the slide with the Man, she loved it so much that she repeatedly asked for more!

Last Sunday, our little daredevil surprised us by requesting to go on the slide by her ‘SELF!’. She proclaimed. The Man was hesitant and to be honest, so was I. The water slide was pretty steep and we were worried how she was going to take it when her little body hits the water in the pool. But we didn’t want to cramp Bubba’s style and we wanted her to try out everything especially when she was the one making the requests. So the Man waited by the end of the slide to catch her, while I accompanied her up the steps to the top of the slide. She did make her way down but the speed down the slide plus the sudden plunging of her little body into the water did shock her a little. There were no cries but when we asked if she wanted to go up the slide again, her response was ‘No.’ I gotta applaud her bravery for going down on her own and hope she wouldn’t be scared of water slides after this incident.

Swim time of our little Bub is usually capped at 30 minutes. She usually screams when we try to pull her out and dry her up before hitting the shower. Well, she must really love the water. I would have love for her to go swimming more regularly but unfortunately, she has fallen ill twice after swimming over the weekend. I’m just hoping it’s a coincidence.

Till the next swim time then, I’m pumping the Bub up with vitamins to boost her immunity then. Third time’s a charm!

Bellamy’s Organic Formula Milk – What Bubba drinks

[Sponsored review]

Bubba was exclusively breast-fed till about 8.5 months and that was then when we decided that it’s best to introduce Formula Milk into the mix. I was actually quite sad when I had to stow away my breast-pump but I knew that it’s for the best in terms of ensuring that she get the sufficient nutrients as well as for me, it was getting a little too stressful trying to meet up the demands.

We did try various brands of Formula Milk out there but we decided that Bellamy’s Organic was the one that we wanted to stick with and we pretty much remained loyal to the brand. So I practically jumped for joy when Bellamy’s Organic selected us for this review for we are already firm users to the brand and could not wait to share why we choose Bellamy’s Organic for Bubba.

Why Bellamy’s?

Simply because Bellamy’s offers a pure start to life for babies and young children everywhere, and they are passionate about promoting healthy eating practices for children. Their credentials in this endeavour are unmatched.

Bellamy’s Organic is a Tasmanian-based company. They produce only 100% Australian made organic baby milk and baby foods using only the finest ingredients and NASAA, the nation’s leading organic body, certifies all their products. It was also one of the first brands to offer an organic baby formula range to Australian and now Singaporean mothers who are unable to breastfeed due to health reasons.

Why bother choosing Organic?

Choosing Bellamy’s certified organic baby formulas and foods starts your baby off on a path to healthy mindful eating so that they continue to grow into healthy happy children.

Organic baby products, just like organic food in general, are a good choice when you want a natural product that hasn’t been produced with harmful chemicals, but it’s even more important that babies get an organic, pure start to life, without harmful toxins in their diets.

This is because, being small, babies’ organ systems are still developing and maturing, and as a result, are less able to deal with a range of chemicals and environmental pollutants. These toxins, which cannot be processed properly by young bodies, can lead to further health problems as they grow up, including allergies, immune system disorders, and potential impairment of cognitive functions.

This is one of the reasons why we decided that on Bellamy’s Organic as the primary brand of Formula Milk for Bubba. She’s probably going to be exposed to different types of food when she grows up so we want to start her off on the right food and let her body absorb the important nutrients first.

Are organic products more expensive? 

Contrary to popular belief that going organic is always more expensive than choosing mainstream brands, I really beg to differ. In fact, when we selected Bellamy’s Organic as the main brand for the Bub’s Formula Milk, I had friends asking me why choose Bellamy’s Organic for it’s more expensive and not as readily found in many places?

I did research on that and found that the price per can of Bellamy’s Organic milk powder is just about the same price as other household brands out there. In fact, I found the pricing to be rather competitive and not as grossly over-priced as what some may believe. I won’t go into comparing pricing here but you can check online the prices.

As for the part about it being not readily found in many places. Bellamy’s Organic can be found in major supermarkets as well as online shops. We order ours from Agape Babies simply because it’s so much easier ordering 6 cans of milk and having it delivered to our home then lugging it back from the supermarket. Probably because I also like the assurance of having a steady supply of formula milk at home and only replenishing it when we are down to our last 1.5 cans of milk.

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Why we ultimately choose Bellamy’s Organic!

  • It’s made from certified organic cow’s milk.
  • With 26 essential vitamins and minerals for the stage 2 of Bellamy’s Organic Formula Milk, I’m assured that Bubba will have a nutritionally balanced diet that’s 100% Australian made.
  • Interesting to note that the Toddler Formula Milk contains inulin which is a natural prebiotic fibre that helps stimulates good bacteria for a healthy digestive system.
  • Initially I was quite concerned that the formula milk by Bellamy’s Organic does not come with DHA. But after reading their FAQs, I now come to realise that these ‘extra’ fatty acids in formula are often produced using a potential neurotoxin known as hexane, which makes them unsuitable for use in certified organic products. Whilst the additives Omega-3 fatty acid DHA and Omega-6 fatty acid ARA are marketed as promoting brain and eye development it has not been conclusively demonstrated in peer reviewed research that these extra additions to formula actually provide any real benefit in healthy babies. It’s good to know that Bellamy’s will not compromise the organic status of their formulas by including additives that cannot be approved under organic certification standards, and are derived from a harsh industrial extraction process.:) We prefer to just supplement Bubba’s DHA needs by purchasing additional vitamins for her instead.
  • The product contains Certified Organic Palm Oil that are not derived from farming practices that reduce rain forests or harm the habitat of orang utans.
  • Their milk tins are recyclabe with a BPA-free lid => Helps save the environment.
  • It’s readily available and cost-wise competitive for an organic product.

Now that we shared all these reasons why we picked Bellamy’s Organics, we hope that it would convince you to try them out if you are still deciding which brand of Formula Milk to go for.

If you are hoping to find a sample of Bellamy’s Organics, you would have noticed that it’s not available at all. That’s because Bellamy’s Organic voluntarily complies with World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations, and the Marketing in Australia of Infant Formulas (MAIF) agreement, which does not support the sampling of infant formulas by manufacturers directly to parents or carers of babies.  Therefore, you won’t be able to find samples or sachets produced for Bellamy’s Organics formula.

img_6973What stage of Bellamy’s Organic is Bubba drinking?

Bubba is 22 months and technically can go on to Stage 3 of the Bellamy’s Organics Formula Milk. The Toddler Milk Drink is recommended for toddlers who are already taking full solid meals and hence act as a supplement to the broadening diet of busy toddlers.

Despite Bubba taking 3 full solid meals a day, her appetite can vary. Especially during dinner time (that’s the only time when we get to sit down and have a meal together), she doesn’t finish up the food that’s been put in front of her. Instead, she prefers to pick at her food. My mom, MIL and helper have often remarked that she eats really slowly. I wonder if that’s the same in school.

Anyway, this is the primary reason why we still kept her on Stage 2 of Bellamy’s Organic meant for babies 6 – 12 months. Perhaps I get more assurance that she is getting her nutrients from the milk powder. Thanks to this post and the complimentary tin of Toddler Milk we received from Bellamy’s Organic, we substituted one of her milk feeds with the new formula and she didn’t appear to have any adverse reaction to what she had just drank. This means that once we finish the current supply of Stage 2 of formula milk, she’s ready to move her on to Stage 3 Toddler Milk.:)

Next on our collab with Bellamy’s Organics is a review of some of their food products that they have sent us. Stay tuned for that!

Find out more!

For more information on Bellamy’s Organics and their products, head on down to www.bellamysorganic.com.sg  or visit their Facebook page to find out more about their promotions/ giveaways!:)

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Disclaimer : lady J’s musings received a product hamper from Bellamy’s Organic for the purpose of this review. All views expressed are purely of my own and written according to my experience in using this product. Any queries on the product  should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.