Yoomi Feeding System Review (Discount + Giveaway!)

yoomi feeding system

When I was first approached by AT Marketing Consultancy to review a 'baby bottle + warmer set', I thought to myself, "What is there to write about baby bottles?" However, my opinion quickly changed when I received the product info on yoomi Feeding System. I was curious. Are all the hypes and awards this product garnered, justified?

About yoomi

The first self-warming baby bottle, yoomi gently warms baby's feed to the natural temperature of breast milk (32-34 deg C) in just 60 seconds… making parents lives easier at home and on the go. It has won so many industry awards; it takes 3 pages to list them all!

Some of the features include:

*no-fuss latch on: thanks to its natural breast-shaped and super-soft silicone teat which allows for a breast-from-breast experience

*transition sorted: thanks to the consistent breast-milk temperature feed provided by yoomi, babies have a familiarity they need to support weaning from breast to bottle

*reduced likelihood of colic: with its anti-colic vents (most bottles have 1-4) yoomi is one of the best vented bottles on the market

*easy pouring and mixing: yoomi’s unique, wide-necked bottle makes pouring and mixing simple – as well as clean and tidy!

*convenience, always: being suitable for both expressed breast-milk and formula, and ideal for combination or bottle feeding… yoomi supports all baby’s feeding needs

*comfy grip: the ergonomically designed bottle makes yoomi easy to grip and more comfortable to hold during longer feeds

*safe: the yoomi range is 100% BPA free and meets the highest safety standards feeding

*beautifully simple: using patented technology, the yoomi pod enables warmers to be recharged in the microwave in just 2 mins using a ‘heat-shake, heat-shake’ method.

First impression?

The set of Yoomi Feeding System that I received for the purpose of this review comes with a 240ml easi-latch™ BPA-free bottle, a slow flow teat, a warmer and a pod. What stood out to me was the shape and feel of the super soft silicone teat, very breast-like!

The most intriguing thing about yoomi is of course - the no battery/electricity needed, awards winning, evolutionary warmer that makes feeding on-the-go so convenient. It has a simple button to activate and grids on its body for milk to flow through. This allows milk to warm up to the perfect temperate when it hits the teat for baby to suck on.

So how does it work?

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This is the instruction manual. I know right? So many steps? It is actually quite easy once you get hang of it. I've made an instructions video to save  you the confusion. You're welcome! :P

Overall verdict?

Every mother knows when a baby is hungry, he/she lets out this cry that is just heartbreaking. So every minute it takes to warm up EBM (expressed breast milk) feels like eternity. I'm impressed that with yoomi, it only takes 60 seconds. It is also pretty cool that it NEVER overheats the milk, so no nutritional lost there.

I also love that it is a 2-in-1 (warmer + bottle) product which I can easily take with me anywhere. I don't need to ask, sometimes beg, for hot water to warm up EBM when it comes to feeding baby Georgia outside home.

Having said that, the heating and cooling time takes quite long. Once, Georgia was a crying so hard that my helper activated the warmer before the recommended cooling time. The warmer just wouldn't work after that. Luckily it wasn't permanently damaged. The Singapore yoomi team was very patient and helpful. They guided me through the 'reset' process and the warmer is now working perfectly again. Phew!

Overall Value?

At a retail price of $59.90 for a set, it is on par with other bottles plus a regular warmer in the market. Considering the convenience and its unique design, I would say it is a good buy. A must-have for mummies-on-the-go.
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Good news for all readers of The Chill Mom!

Now.. lets move on to the good bits. Yoomi Feeding System will be officially launched at Baby Market Fair held at Singapore Expo on 2nd October 2014. They are offering special discount and a giveaway to you, my dear readers!

*This promotion is ONLY redeemable at Baby Market Fair 2-5 Oct, booth A26 by presenting The Chill Mom blog (printed or screenshot on phone)

Usual Price: $59.90
Launch Promotion: $49.90 + FREE 5oz bottle (worth $18.90)
Blogger Promotion: additional 5% on top of launch promotion.
Price after additional 5% disc is $47.40


3 easy steps:

1) LIKE & SHARE yoomi sg page

2) COMMENT on yoomi sg wall with"I love yoomi/thechillmon".

3) TAG 5 friends in comment box.
Eg: I love yoomi/thechillmom. @friend1 @friend2 @friend3 @friend4 @friend5

Closing date for giveaway is on 10 Oct. Winner will be announced on 11 Oct 2014. So head over to their FB page and take part now. Yoomi Sg will have the final decision of the selected winner. Good luck!

If you are interested in purchasing a set for yourself, yoomi will be available at these retailers:
  • www.yoomi.com.sg 
  • www.foxysales.com 
  • www.kidsfullstop.com 
  • www.bubbletots.biz 
  • www.smartideassg.com 

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Our Short Visit To Kuala Lumpur

We just got back from a short stay in Kuala Lumpur, and I'd love to share a few photos from our trip….

I managed to snap some photos of the girls wearing matching outfits from Fox Fashion, while we waited to board the plane. I really hope they will become best friends forever.

We spent a lot of time eating and shopping at Pavillion, which located conveniently across the street from our hotel.

My niece and nephew kept asking if they can hold baby Georgia. They were besotted with her.

My niece, Mithraa was very sweet. She stayed in the baby pool with Lauren the whole time. They look like they are discussing life plans here.

With the hubby at his cousin's wedding. We chose to stay at the same hotel where the wedding reception was held. Right after this photo was taken, I went up to our suite to breastfeed the kids, put them to sleep and went back to the ballroom to continue my dinner. 

The bride and groom giving their thank you speech.

It was good to have my best friend, Suzanne joined us at the after-party held at Marini's on 57.

The wedding party booked out an open air section of Marini's which has great view of KLCC. But it rained on us, so we moved to the adjacent cigar bar. I was very sleepy by now. This mommy hasn't partied late into the night for a long, long time.

Lauren slept on my shoulder for 1.5 hours! I was telling myself, "Arms definition, arms definition".

Lunch with sis after running some errands. We don't get to see each other very often (living in different countries), so a 'wefie' isn't too much, right?

Nick has to return to Singapore to work while I stayed for another 2 days. So I'm glad my helper, Amor was around to lend a helping hand. How could I possibly travel with 2 kids under 2 by myself?

She believes in locking up the luggages. Or was she trying to break in?

Just us, mucking around while waiting for our returning flight. Lauren's Miss Adorable t-shirt is sponsored by Fox Fashion.

Anyway, I came back with a sore throat, probably from eating non-stop and late night partying. Nevertheless, it was great to see family and friends in Kuala Lumpur. I'm looking forward to our next trip there early next year. Thanks for reading!

PS: 10 tips for flying with young kids. 

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9 Habits of A Fit Mom

When Alicia from Beanie N Us suggested a blog train on mommy's fitness, #sgfitandfab30 back in early July (right before I gave birth), I readily agreed to take part. You see, I wanted to fit into a dress for a wedding 2 months postpartum, so I thought I would be motivated to start exercising once I recover from the delivery. It has been 2 months now and guess what? I've attempted to work out ONCE. Yes, only one time. The thing is I hate exercising. Don't be fooled by my tan complexion and all, I don't fancy the outdoors and neither do I workout intensively at the gym. But how do you stay slim all this time, I hear you ask?

Here are my simple rituals to stay healthy and slim without going to the gym:

Wear fitted clothes at home
It is tempting to lounge around the house in pajamas and loose fitting clothes all day. However, I find that wearing sports wear or fitted clothes at home motivates me to move my body more. A few leg lifts here, a little stretching there. I feel less inclined to veg out when all that unflattering jiggly bits staring right at me.

Keep active
Although I don't care for the gym or running (well, I can't run to save my life anyway), I walk a lot. I walk everywhere. In fact, my sister once said that going on a holiday with me feels like a 'lose weight trip'. I rather walk than taking the cab if the destinations are within 2km radius. I'm also the type of person who can't sit still. That's why I don't go for manicure or pedicure because it requires too much restraint on my part. I'm constantly moving about at home, rearranging things on the table or wiping a tiny spot off the couch. Come to think of it, maybe I have OCD.

Posture, posture, posture
I have to thank my mom on this one. She used to remind me constantly that I should stand straight up, sit up right, no slouching, etc. It turns out that we burn more calories sitting upright compared to sitting in a hunched position. I also watch my posture when I'm moving. An example is when I need to stand up from our low bed, I do a proper squat every single time. They call it functional fitness, but to me it is mindless exercise.

Eat meat
Contrary to belief that meats are fattening, they actually do not contribute to our fat accumulation. Protein builds muscle, and our body uses more calories when we have more muscles, even when we are resting. Protein also takes longer to digest, so we stay full for a longer period of time.

Cut out sugar
Most people think if they don't add sugar into their food, they are limiting sugar. Well, yes in a way, but it is not enough. Sugars are hidden in supposedly 'healthy' food such as breakfast cereals, protein bars, frozen yogurt, bubble teas, soy milk, and even some salad dressing. If possible, eat fresh. Which brings me to the next point.

Eat fresh
If the food you are about to consume doesn't look like its original form (eg. corn flakes look nothing like corn kernels, sausages doesn't look like a piece of meat, etc), it is processed. One trick to avoid them is to shop the perimeter of the supermarket. Avoid going into the aisles where processed food are located. 

I don't buy into all those 'healthy' replacement or diet meals either. They are supposedly making you lose weight by suppressing your appetite, so instead of having a meal, you drink a mixture of supplement powder added into water or juices. Not only they don't come cheap; seriously, at $4-$5 a pop, I could buy and have a whole lot of fresh fruits and vegetable. Why drink a meal when you can actually eat them? 

Chew slowly
Regardless of the amount of food eaten, our brains only register that we are full after 20 minutes. So chew and eat slowly. It is better for our digestive system too.

Limit alcohol
I only drink half a glass of red wine at dinner occasionally. And by occasionally, I really mean at most once a month. Alcoholic drinks are laden with calories. So drink responsibly.

Lots of water
This is an oldie but goldie. Drink a glass of water before every meal. Sometimes our bodies confuse thirst with hunger. I fill up my stomach with water so I don't overeat. Drinking water also keeps me full and hydrated throughout the day, so I feel less inclined to snack. Only plain water though - juices are filled with sugar while tea and coffee are diuretic, so they don't count.

Oh so did I manage to fit into the dress after 2 months? I sure did! Trust me. Starting a healthy and fit lifestyle does not need to be a chore. Make little changes in your daily routine, and before you know it, it becomes a habit and you will hardly notice you are making an effort.

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This is THE dress. Photo taken at the wedding after-party with my best friend, Suzanne.


Next mommy on this #sgfitandfab30 blog train is Shermeen.

Shermeen from www.meeningfully.com is mum to a boisterous 2 year old boy. Since she gave birth, the only exercise she does is to run after her son. Having put on a whopping 14kg during pregnancy, she has only been able to lose 7 even after 2 years.

Read on to find out what she is doing to get her back on the fitness track, not only to lose weight but hopefully to also conceive a second child. 

PS: Natural home remedies for beauty.

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My Wardrobe Essentials

Between chasing Lauren, nursing Georgia, and everything else in between, there’s just about no time at all to spend putting together an outfit.  As much as I would love to look like fashion bloggers in their #OOTD (read: outfit of the day), I stick to basics I can just throw on and go without thinking twice.

Here are the no-fail basics that I usually end up wearing again and again:
1. Button down white shirt - Classic white shirts lend an air of casual sophistication when paired with denim bottom. Or… you could throw it on with pencil skirt, well hello office!

2. Spaghetti straps tops - Perfect for the weather here in Singapore. I have it in so many colours and styles. However, I avoid those that are tight / snugged around the waist because they can be unforgiving to my jelly belly. It can be worn under a cardigan or jacket to balance out your proportions.

3. Cardigans - Great for layering and to keep the chill out while you sit waiting at the pediatrician's clinic. Stick to basic black, white or grey for easy matching.

4. Black blazer - This is for those occasions when you want to look more polished and a cardigan just won't cut it. A shorter jacket that ends around your hip bones gives the illusion of longer legs. I like those with little details like a zipper or leather lapels for an edgier look but if you prefer a classic cut, go for it.

5. Fitted jeans and pants - No wardrobe is complete without flattering fitted jeans and pants. It can be dressed up or down with the white shirt / spaghetti strap top mentioned earlier. Go for dark colours as they make your pins look slimmer.

6. Denim cut off shorts or skirts - Again, because of the hot weather in Singapore, denim shorts and skirts are my go-to casual bottom on a daily basis. They are very long lasting as well. Seriously, I'm still wearing a denim skirt that I bought 8 years ago. I wear them to the market, playgroups and just about anywhere casual. Oh, how short is too short? Err.. let's just say showing butt cheeks is rather unbecoming.

7. Little Black Dress - This is a cliché, almost every single article on wardrobe basics would include LBD on the list. But it is also true. I have black dresses in many styles but the one pictured above (I was 6 months pregnant with Lauren) is the one I wear to death. Once you've found one that works for you, life would never be the same.

8. Accessories - Besides my wedding band, I hardly wear any accessory. When an occasion calls for a little more effort, I usually wear simple studs or loop earrings. I also love my Cartier Tank for its versatility.

9. Shoes - I could show you my actual pairs of nude pumps, white loafers, stripy sandals and brown havaianas, but they are a ghost of what they used to be, it is embarrassing. I know these shoes are fairly uninspiring but trust me, they go well with brightly colored outfits as well as your blacks, whites and blues.

There you have it. My wardrobe essentials since I became a mother. Do you need to stock up on any of these items? If you are a MasterCard holder, ZALORA's MasterCard promotion offers an extra 10% off storewide every Thursday until 31 December 2014. 

PS: How to wear flats.

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How Listening To My Body Makes Me A Better Mom To My Children

Our bodies are amazing, isn't it? It is like a machine that never stops since the moment we were born. Our cells heal and regenerate itself. Approximately 50,000 cells in our body will die and be replaced with new cells during the time it takes us to read this sentence - kind of like X-Men's Wolverine, don't you think? Everything just works automatically. All it is asking for return are food, rest and a bit of love. And by a bit of love, I mean listening to our body.

I used to be guilty of ignoring what my body was trying to tell me. Under eyes dark circles, back pains and fatigue were just some of the signs telling me I was stressed, tense and over-extended. An episode of mastitis and high fever that left me bedridden and unable to nurse my baby for a few days made me realized I should slow down. It was my body's way of telling me it had enough. Since then, I vow to be a better mother by listening to my body.

Recognise stress and slowing down
I'm not sure about you, but I'm moody and quick-tempered when I'm stressed. So how can I be a good mom if I'm not a joy to be around? We can’t take care of our families unless we take time for ourselves.   Go for mommy time-out, schedule a date with husband or find a support group are all great ways to de-stress.

Ward off sickness
Stress hormones dampen immune cells' ability to fight infection. Recognising and attending to minor ailments prevents more serious health complications like depression, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Prevention is better than cure.

Stay energetic
Mothers are notorious for putting ourselves last; kids food to prepare, laundry to do, and homework to supervise. We also want to keep up with our social life. So we sacrifice sleep for Facebook. I used to be exhausted by midday. But life is simpler these days, I finally let go of trying to do everything by myself and got myself a helper. So now I sleep when I'm sleepy. Rest when I'm tired. I find myself having more stamina to keep up with an active toddler and a growing baby. Oh and my milk supply is ample too when I'm well rested.

Be really present
Beside physical exhaustion, mental fatigue may also hinder the quality of time spent with the kids. Having enough rest and nutrition helped me stay alert and be really present when I interact with Lauren and Georgia.

Live longer
I want to live long enough to see my kids grow up and have families of their own. Recognising symptoms of illnesses by listening to my body would help me detect sicknesses and diseases early. I've watch enough episodes of The Dr Oz Show to know signs of a heart attack when it strikes.

And now… for my special readers who would like to start giving your own body a bit of love, I have TWO boxes of 12s Brand's Essence of Chicken + ONE bottle of Brand's Essence of Chicken with Iron +VitB Complex (90tablets)worth $100 up for grabs!
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Winners will be announced on 4 October 2014 right back here at the bottom of this post and on our Facebook page. Good luck!

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My Lowest Moment As a Mom

It is 11pm and I just tried to wake my almost 2 years old daughter, up from her sleep. She stirred almost immediately and returned to sleep. I feel slightly better, just slightly.

This evening started out just like any other typical evening. We had dinner, played for a little while, and read a page from the Early Learning Program book that we purchased a couple weeks ago. Everything went well. Lauren had started paying attention when we read to her. Then as her baby sister Georgia laid on the sofa cooing away, Lauren being the sweet sister she is, decided to lay down next to her. It was a cute and sweet moment, so I decided to snap some photos.

As I reviewed the photos, Lauren stood on the sofa to take a look too. I let her take a look, picked her up and settled her down on the floor. I started to snap a few more photos of Georgia. Then it happened. In a split second, I realized Lauren had gotten back on the sofa, jumped a few times, lost her balance and fell onto the floor with a loud thump. I watched in horror as Nick shouted, "OH.. COME ON!" from his desk and gave me one of the dirtiest look ever. It was angry, sad and accusing, all at once.

By the time I reacted, Lauren let out a loud cry and Amor, my helper had already picked her up. Lauren was crying uncontrollably when Amor passed her to me. I felt increasingly guilty and worried as I tried to sooth her.

There within the next 5 to 10 minutes or so (actually I lost count of time), a thousand things went through my mind. I was questioning myself if I was a bad mother. I should have noticed her jumping and stopped her in time. Or has it happened because it was long time coming? I've stopped her from jumping before but I didn't teach her enough? If she going to be ok? What if she suffers brain damage? Is that smile she gave me during photo taking earlier the last smile I would get from her? Why did I let her cry when she threw a tantrum earlier in the day. I should have comforted her instead. I may not have another chance to do that. And yes, that accusing look on Nick's face, that confirms what he thinks. I am a bad mom. And now my daughter is suffering the consequences.

I'm at the lowest of lows I've ever felt as a mom. All these time I thought I was doing alright. But…

Lauren had stopped crying and dozed off to sleep. I have to wake her up every half hour to make sure she hasn't lost consciousness for the next 6 hours. We have to monitor her symptoms for the next few days. I'm hoping she wakes up better and be herself again tomorrow. That is the only thing I can do now.

Update (13/9/2014): Lauren woke up slightly clingy the next day. But she is doing fine and back to her cheeky playful self again. Thank you very much for the reassuring comments and private messages via Facebook, my dear friends and readers. I'm truly touched by your support and love.

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31 Free Places To Bring Your Kids In Singapore

Not sure where to take the children during this school holiday? Fret not. Initiated by Gingerbreadmum's Adora, 31 mommy bloggers took part in a blog train called Fun For Free in Singapore and came up with a list of free fun places to take your kids. Here is the complete list along with links for detailed reviews and information.

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Minestrone Soup

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After my last post about losing weight by eating, I think it is only fair that I follow up with a recipe post. Minestrone soup is my go-to meal whenever I'm feeling sluggish; especially after a whole weekend of eating a lot of crap. Oh.. come on, we all have those days, don't we? This one is so easy to make, nutritionally packed and overall, a great meal to jump start a new week of clean eating. Oh well, until the next weekend arrives at least.

2 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves chopped garlic
2 celery stalks, cubed
1 medium carrot, cubed
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 medium zucchini, cubed
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon dried basil
1 bay leaf
½ teaspoon crushed black pepper
5 cups vegetable stock or water
1 cup canned kidney beans
1 cup dry macaroni

With olive oil in a pot on medium heat, sauté onion and garlic until onion becomes translucent. Add celery, carrot, canned tomatoes and herbs. Stir fry for 5 minutes. Add stock or water and bring soup to a boil. Once boiling, add zucchini to the pot and let simmer for 15 minutes. Add beans and pasta and continue simmer for another 10 minutes. Soup is done when pasta is cooked.


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How I Lost Weight Without Affecting Breastmilk Supply

First thing first, the stats:

Pre pregnancy weight/height: 55kg/173cm
Weight at 39th week (right before delivery): 63.5kg
Current weight (5 weeks post partum): 56kg

Total weight lost so far: 7.5kg
Baby's weight: 3.2kg

After months of looking and feeling like a whale, I can't wait to get back to my pre pregnancy weight and being able to get back into regular clothes. However as a mom, I would also have to be careful not to go on a calories-restriction diet. I need the right nutrition in order to produce milk for my newborn. I also don't have my ob-gyn's all clear on starting workout yet, so I can only focus on eating. Yes, in order to lose fat and build muscle (because muscles burn more calories even when we are resting), I need to EAT.

Here is a list of super food that I stick to that helps me lose weight without losing my milk supply:

1. Salmon - One of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids that also gets you 20g protein per 100g serving. So easy to cook too. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, drizzle with a little oil and pan fry with skin side down. Alternatively, you could also bake it in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes (depending on the fillet size) at 220°C.

2. Eggs - It is cheap and you can have it many ways. It is a rich source of protein, vitamins A/D/E and good cholesterol. Don’t worry about cholesterol in eggs. Dietary cholesterol isn’t bound to blood cholesterol. If you have bad cholesterol, lower your body fat rather than throwing the yolk away.

3. Omega 3 Fish Oil - I take this pre, post and during pregnancy. It reduces inflammation (joints/skin), lowers body fat, supports the heart, brain and immune system. Great for our skin too.

4. Yogurt - I buy only plain full fat or low fat yogurt. Frozen yogurt or yogurt with fruits at the bottom are laden with sugar, which is a big no-no. Yogurt has bacteria that improve your gastrointestinal health and also a source of protein and calcium, exactly what you need for milk production. I add berries and roll oats into my yogurt to bulk it up.

5. Berries - Strong antioxidants that prevent cancer, heart & eye diseases. Any kind works: cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, etc. Buy fresh, frozen or dried. Great as a snack when hunger strikes.

6. Oats - Oat is great for building and maintaining milk supply. It also reduces cholesterol and provide low-GI carbs for energy, and high in soluble fiber. I eat it with milk/yogurt with a sprinkle of cinnamon almost every morning.

7. Chocolate - Yay for this one. Chocolate contains theobromine, which has been found to increase a mother's breast milk supply. Some mothers find chocolate affects their baby because of its caffeine content. I have had no problem even when I consumed almost half a bar at one go. Do monitor your intake if you have concern.

8. Broccoli - High in cancer-fighting phytochemicals.  Broccoli is also high in soluble fiber and low calorie, helping fat loss. Do monitor your intake of cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower and kale during breastfeeding though. Some mothers claim it makes their baby gassy.

9. Spinach - One of the most alkaline foods. Spinach prevents muscle & bone loss, but also cancer and heart diseases because of its high nutrient profile. Good source of iron for our milk too.

10. Garlic - Garlic has been used by nursing mothers for centuries. You don’t need to go overboard, but adding garlic to your foods not only adds another layer of deliciousness, it also boosts your milk supply.

11. Tomatoes - Lycopene prevents cancer while alpha-lipoic acid helps the body to convert glucose into energy. Tomato & basil soup, homemade marinara sauce with pasta and tomato salsa are our family's favourite.

12. Oranges -  Vitamin A in oranges is necessary for healthy growth and development, thus an essential nutrient in our milk for our babies. However, I only eat whole fresh oranges and I don't drink processed orange juice which often has added sugars.

13. Apples - Pectin in apples helps weight loss by increasing satiety. Apples with skin on are also the strongest antioxidant after cranberries. Unfortunately apples are one of the most pesticide-contaminated fruits. Make sure you wash thoroughly or buy organic.

14. Carrots - Their huge beta-carotene content improves milk supply. Carrots are also rich in fiber, low calorie and helps in shedding the extra baby weight. Peel and slice a bag of carrots at a time and store them in your fridge for easy snacking.

15. Mixed Nuts - Contain mono and polyunsaturated fats, proteins, fiber, vitamin E, zinc, potassium, magnesium, etc. Cashews, almonds, and macadamia nuts are the most popular choices for giving your milk a boost. Opt for low sodium, or salt-free versions when possible. Excellent snack choice.

16. Water - This is a no-brainer. We need to be adequately hydrated in order to lactate. Drinking water prevents water retention, helps postpartum recovery and suppresses hunger. If possible, have a glass of water before or after each feed.

Losing weight and maintaining a svelte figure can become effortless. Watch out for my post on 'Habits of a Fit Mom' by end of this month to find out more. Do follow my Facebook page, so you would not miss out on future posts.

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Disney Baby Debuts In Southeast Asia

*Media Invite*
Creating Magical Moments Right From The Start

Disney Baby launches in Singapore, and Lauren and I had the chance to preview some of the new products!

Disney unveiled the new Disney Baby brand and range last Friday, marking its Southeast Asia debut at the Rise & Shine parenting expo. The entire range of Disney Baby licensed consumer products offering for expectant parents, new-borns and toddlers will now be available for the first time in Singapore. 

“Disney Baby represents a high quality that parents can trust and numerous gifting opportunities for extended family and friends who want to share in the Disney magic,”says Mark Coleman, General Manager – Retail and Licensing, The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia.

With products designed with parents in mind, Disney Baby offers today's parents everything they need to bond with Baby at every stage. The Disney Baby product line includes essentials for: 

o       Dressing Baby Dressing baby is easy with our collection of Disney Baby clothes. From bodysuits to
adorable outfits, we have all the clothing your cuddly baby needs.

o       Mealtime – Baby's favorite time of the day! Mealtime can be messy, but using
the right products can make it a breeze. Disney Baby’s Mealtime range includes feeding bottles, tableware, highchairs and even transitional items like zippy cups and boosters.

o       Playtime Make every moment fun and magical with Disney Baby's Playtime collection. You'll find
everything you can imagine to bring oohs and awwws, including toys, plush, books, music and activity gear to stimulate Baby through every stage.

o       On-the-GoTake your little one on a trip, whether it's to the grocery store or the Disney parks!
From strollers and diaper bags to toys to entertain baby, you’ll have all the essentials for everything on-the-go.

In celebration of the Southeast Asia debut, retailer Toys”R”Us will be launching a month-long Disney Baby promotion in all the Toys”R”Us stores in Singapore starting from 22 August 2014. Toys”R”Us Star Card members have a chance to win a gold Mickey pendant, courtesy of Poh Heng. For details, visit HERE.

For more information, please visit disney.com.sg

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Why Is Your Baby Crying? Look Out For These Signs.

Every baby cries. Yeah, I know it isn't an earth shattering revelation but sometimes, when they seem to cry endlessly, it is hard to think straight. Just remember that it is not personal. They don't cry because they think you are a lousy mother. It is their way of letting us know what they need. Look out for these cues, you will soon be an expert in deciphering your baby's cry.

Hungry: Listen for the 'neh' sound in between cries. Put a finger next to her lip. If baby is hungry, she will try to 'latch' on to the finger.

Thirsty: Similar to being hungry. Baby will nurse for a shorter time.

Windy: Baby might make an ‘eh’ grunty sound. Their tummy might be tight. You could lift baby’s legs so that they are in a squatting position to help them pass wind. I find holding baby upright and burp her against my shoulder works best to ease their discomfort.

Bored: Pick baby up and give her some attention. Switch baby’s toys or view and see if baby is still upset.

Overstimulated: Opposite to being bored, baby turns away from action. She might seems difficult to please. Take baby to another quieter room away from noise / action.

Tired: Baby might look a bit vacant, yawn or rub her eyes. Listen for 'Owh' sound in her cry.

Uncomfortable: Baby might squirm and make a Heh sound. Her nappy might be full or feeling hot or cold.

Wet or Dirty Nappy: similar to uncomfortable (check nappy it will feel full). Change nappy.

Hot: Feel the back of baby’s neck by putting two fingers down back of top. Baby should be warm but not sweaty. If baby is sweaty, take a layer off or move them to a cooler environment.

Cold: Feel the back of baby’s neck inside clothes. If baby is cold you need to put more clothes on her or put her in a warmer environment.

Teething: Baby might be drooling a lot and putting hands in mouth. You could give her something cold to chew on or use teething powder or teething gel.

Over-tired: Baby might seem inconsolable. Calm her by swaddling, let her suck on a pacifier, and rocking her while making a 'shhhh' sound to help her settle.

Do you have other tips/signs to look out for when baby cries? Do share.

PS: How To Start Introducing Solids To Baby? Find out here.

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Mummamia Confinement Package Review

Today, I’m reviewing 30 days Mom Series Confinement Package 妈妈坐月配套provided by Mummamia Confinement. It contains everything a mother would need for a fuss free confinement at home. Since I'm DIY-ing my own confinement, I jumped at the chance when Mummmia asked me if I wanted to do a review for their products.

So why is confinement important after childbirth?

Chinese believes traditional postnatal confinement is vital for the recovery of the mother's long term health. It is supposed to nourish the body as well as preventing after birth backaches. Thus, diet and supplements with a perfect blend of ingredients and vitamin goodness is necessary for the mother in aiding the recovery process.

What do I think of the products in the package?

Gold Brand Zhui Feng Su Ho Pill x 6

Processed from 17 selected herbs (I counted the list of ingredients), Su Ho pill is consumed to help postnatal mothers expel wind internally, reduce nausea & giddiness, improve appetite and reduce bloating.

Each box contains 5 cylinders, and each cylinder contains 2 packets for easy consumptions. Take 1 packet twice a day on empty stomach with warm water or red dates tea.

I have one packet upon waking up and before going to bed each day. I did notice that I tend to expel wind (read: fart) quite a bit after taking the pill. I wonder if it is really the pill or post natal women tend to 'rid of excess wind' quite a lot anyway.

As for appetite, I must say it has definitely increased! I'm constantly hungry. I'm now eating more than when I was pregnant! No worries about putting on weight though, post natal mothers do need to eat more in order for the body to recover and to produce milk for baby.

• Gold Brand Ginseng Plus Pai Fong Pill (Small Pill) x 1

Traditionally used by women to replenish blood after monthly menses. It is said to be particularly great for those with pre-menstrual syndrome or menstrual problems and women after childbirth. Regular consumption of this pill is said to relieve menstrual cramps, prevents the symptoms of menopause and PMS, corrects hormone imbalance and acts as a general tonic for the female reproductive system. Apparently, it is also good to treat dry cough as well as dry skin and consuming it regularly will help maintain better health and youth.

I find consuming Pai Fong pills rather easy and it beats the trouble of making and drinking bitter Ba Zhen or 8 Treasures Decoction Soup (八珍汤) anytime!

• Confinement Herbal Bath (Mom Series) x 7

I remember my first confinement nanny used to boil big pot of herb water for me to bath with. The Confinement Herbal Bath makes it much more convenient for me now. I just need to soak the sachet of herbs in hot water, and add it to my bath. Although the direction says to soak for 5 minutes before use, I find that I need to soak the herbal sachet for at least 15 minutes. I guess it is like tea, the longer you leave it in the water, the stronger it gets.

The ingredients in each sachet includes not only the common DAFENGAI, but also other herbs like lemongrass and BUJINZHI that is supposed to help with blood circulation, expels wind and has calming effects that helps soothe mummies’ discomfort during confinement.

I didn't feel the difference bathing in herbal water versus plain warm water. But if you believe in strict post natal chinese confinement practices, it is either herbal bath or no bath/shower, your choice.

• Zhui Feng Su Ho Oil x 1

I actually haven't use this on myself. But I use it on baby Georgia instead. It is safe on baby as it is non-spicy. Everyday after her bath, we pat some oil on her little tummy, her back and at the sole of her feet. This practice is supposed to prevent gassiness and colic in newborn. It is also keeping her little feet warm. There are days when Georgia seems uncomfortable after a feed, I would rub Su Ho oil on her tummy. She would fart almost immediately! Pretty amazing if you ask me. I would definitely recommend this to mothers whose babies prone to bloating.

As for mothers, you can use Su Ho Oil for after birth massage, to promote blood circulation, and reduce water retention, backache and wind-like symptoms. My helper told me it helped relieved her period cramps when she rub some on her tummy and lower back. Avoid using on open wound though.

Overall verdict?

I must say that I'm a sceptic when it comes to things I don't really understand. I'm quite westernized, can't read chinese and know nothing about chinese practices / traditions prior to this. I do believe post natal mothers must rest adequately and eat healthily to get better after the whole childbirth ordeal. However, I also think the chinese confinement practice for an entire month is a little excessive. Having said that, compared to my last childbirth, I did recover a lot quicker, while looking and feeling less tired too. My wound recovered in half the time and my tummy flattened (still a bit more to go!) despite my constant eating. So perhaps I should credit some of my fast recovery to this Mom Series Confinement Package from Mummamia. All of above products are suitable for vegetarian consumer and it is also halal certified.

Overall Value?

The package retails at S$180 (20 days) , S$238 (30 days) and $288 (40 days). Considering the ease of use and money saved from hiring a confinement nanny, I'd say it is a steal. I spent more just buying herbs alone during my first confinement.

About Mummamia
Mummamia Confinement (妈妈密友) is a company based in Singapore focusing on pregnancy care and post natal recovery. They are a team of dedicated personnel who focuses on making confinement a hassle-free and joyful experience for mothers by introducing beneficial products and services.
All their products and services are under supervision of their own TCM Physicians.

Mummamia products can be purchased online at mummamia.sg, or at these retailers:

Mount Alvernia Hospital Retail Pharmacy
Thomson Medical Centre Parentcraft Shop
Rochor Centre - Blk 2, Rochor Rd, #01-586, S180001

Find Mummamia at the following event:

SuperMom Bazaar
22 - 24 August 2014
Suntec City Hall 401-404
Booth J24

PS: Decode Baby's Cry

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