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As you start to introduce solid foods to your baby, you need to be extra careful that the food s safe for them to eat. Babies under 12 months old are particularly at risk of having a reaction to certain foods. Here a list of foods to avoid.
When you get that nesting feeling and it's time to create your dream nursery, you need lots of choice and the best quality and value. Here is our pick of the best places to buy baby furniture in Singapore.
You will find that many times your baby will fall to sleep with no help from you. Then there are those times when they will need a little coxing. Follow these simple tips on how to get your baby to sleep faster and for longer.
Most Singaporean mothers will go back to work after having a baby but are you aware of all the childcare options available to you? We take a look at what you can do and the benefits of each.
Do you know when and what you baby needs to protect them from diseases? Learn more about baby vaccines - what routine jabs you need to get and where you can get them done.
When parents are close in proximity to the infant, he feels secure and safe enough to explore and interact with his environment.
Certain traits are obvious from birth, but baby personality will really start to bloom and increase in intensity around the third or fourth month. During this time, your child will undoubtedly intrigue you with his unique quirks and traits that might be in direct contrast to yours.
After months of waiting, your newborn has arrived. Between all the excitement and anticipation, you would be curious to see how your baby will look like. If you had this perfect vision of a rosy & robust cherub, you might be in for a disappointment. Your baby will look like anything but picture-perfect.
New parents would wonder about what sleeping arrangements they should make for their baby. Co-sleeping is one practice that more and more parents are adopting. If you are thinking about sharing the bed with your child, here's what you need to know.
There are a few techniques of how to burp a baby correctly. It can seem hard at first but follow these simple rules and you'll get it in no time.
There are hidden toxins in our food which can be harmful to your unborn baby, but considered okay to eat when you are not pregnant. Find out more about which foods to avoid during pregnancy.
How do you go about finding a babysitter in Singapore? There are a few ways to do your search as we explore within the article. Find your perfect babysitter in Singapore now!
After birth, your baby will have an umbilical stump for a short while until it falls off. It causes no harm to your baby and is perfectly normal. We look t how you should care for the stump at home.
Swimming is a natural ability that all babies have. It comes from living inside your womb submerged in amniotic fluid for nine months. Find out when to take your baby swimming and the benefits of baby swimming lessons.
Jaundice in newborn babies is very common, but still requires quick treatment to ensure that there is no long-term effects. Find out how to detect it and what to do about it.
You may wonder if you'll ever have enough stuff to care for your baby. We've compiled this list of 10 baby essentials for mums to start you off. Happy shopping!
Before labour, you should decide if you want to have your umbilical cord blood collected. You can either store this privately or you can donate it for public use.
You will suddenly find leaving baby behind is not as simple as you imagined it to be when you were first expecting, but it need not be daunting or stopping you from taking that trip. We will take a look at the basics and practical considerations before you leave.
Producing plenty of breast milk for your baby is a blessing but when you have more than you need to feed your baby, it can be painful. There is no need to waste it. Here is how you can cope with an oversupply and some tips on what it can be used for.
A baby car seat is mandatory in Singapore when traveling by car. Find out how to choose the right car seat to keep your little one safe on the road.
Before you head off to the hospital to deliver, you'll need to pack some essentials for yourself and your newborn. Here's our bringing baby home checklist! Also, what you need for a premature baby.
Some foods such as fenugreek, oatmeal and Chinese herbs can promote milk supply. In this article, we will explore some non-food ways to increase breast milk.
There are ways to effectively and safely store expressed breast milk. That way, baby can still get all the benefits of your milk without you actually being around.
A baby is very vulnerable when first born. Their head and neck should be supported at all times to avoid any injury. Take a look at how to go about holding baby and the different types of positions to carry baby around.
Our photo guide of the scoop of poop will give you at least a rough frame of reference on what is considered normal, even if your baby is painting his diaper in the colours of the rainbow, and what can be considered a cause of concern
A lot of important milestones take place in a baby's first year. When your baby stands alone it is a wonderful experience. Find out when this might happen and what is likely to come next!
Millions of babies are born prematurely every year across the globe. What could be the contributing factors to this rise. Why are more women going into labour before before 37 weeks. Read more on this international affect.
Teething is a major part of your child's development. It can be uncomfortable and very painful at times. Find out more about when it might start and what you can do to provide some relief to your little one.
A mum (of three!) shares her struggle with the transition from pregnancy to motherhood in a beautiful recount that we’re certain all mums will be able to relate to, in some way or other. Read the encouraging words of Lisa Jo-Baker as she reaffirms what every new mum needs to hear...
Tizzie hall, an international childcare expert with over 18 years of experience tells us the main stumbling blocks parents make that tend to sabotage baby sleep training, and the sleep routine techniques you may be doing wrong.
Babies are fragile and especially vulnerable to head injuries. When you throw your baby in the air you could be putting them at risk of developing Shaken Baby Syndrome? We find out the truth.
Breastfeeding on a plane has sparked world-wide debate. Should you cover up or not? We take a look at the arguments for and against to help you decide what is best for you and your baby.
Studies now suggest that delayed cord clamping is better for the overall health of a newborn. Waiting as little as three minutes can make a world of difference.
The International Baby Whisperer is coming to Singapore for the first time! Who is the Baby Whisperer? She is Tizzie Hall and she will be here to help 'Save Our Sleep'! Tizzie Hall, an international childcare expert and author, is looking forward to showing Singapore parents how to help their babies sleep through the night - every night.
Ever wondered why babies make the same sounds? No matter which country they are from. It could be that babies have their own universal language that adults don't really understand. Decode your baby's language here...
The choice of baby circumcision was adopted by King George I, as well as queen Victoria who promoted it as a new tradition. It was a Jewish mohel who performed the procedure for all baby boys. But circumcision is a religious practice common to Muslim and Jewish communities.
In yet another baby milk formula scandal, New Zealand authorities have issued a worldwide recall of dairy products manufactured by dairy giant Fonterra.
Dumex product recall on formulas
Parents, please read Dumex’s official precautionary product recall statement posted on Facebook due to a “potential quality issue” and some products “may have been contaminated”. Surely, you are aware of the New Zealand Botulism scare by now. Authorities in New Zealand have activated a global recall of up to 1,000 tons of dairy products that have been shipped off to seven countries.
RELATED: No more milk for baby!
What is Botulism?
The recall was triggered…
As a soon-to-be mum with your growing baby bump on proud display, chances are you've gotten countless bits of advice and pregnancy stories of humour, love and even--gasp!--terror.
Baby vomit can be contributed to any number of causes, of which most of them are not serious at all. However, keep an eye out for the warning signs.
A recent study revealed 47 per cent of infants suffer some degree of positional plagiocephaly(flat head syndrome). Fortunately, there are ways to combat it.
Their first visual perception of the world is usually vague and blurred. But their other senses help them to start constructing their first images of the outside world.
You might not have previously considered the how-to’s of baby eye care, but you baby’s eyes will need a regular cleaning routine. By the age of six months, your baby has reached an important visual milestone. At this age, the eyes are fully developed, so you do not want to take any chances when it comes to baby eye care.
Congenital pneumonia or neonatal pneumonia is an inflammatory condition localized in the lungs. It can be caused by a virus or bacteria. This condition is hard to diagnose and is a leading cause of death among newborns.
In this series, we explore common pregnancy myths, where they come from and whether there’s any truth in them. While we offer the scientific answers to all these myths, we’ll also look them from a cultural perspective and offer practical tips.
Pregnancy myth: A pomelo leaf under your baby’s mattress can ward off evil
If you’ve heard from your elder that you should put a pomelo leaf under your baby’s crib mattress, you may wonder why and…
Worrying about the shape of your baby’s head is a concern that may seem funny to some, but if your child has ever been forced to wear a medical helmet to correct flat head syndrome, you’ll know just how serious it is. Could it be that a simple homemade baby pillow stuffed with rice or beans is the simple solution to preventing flat head syndrome?
Head shape problems
Your baby is probably not born with a perfectly…
All babies are born with soft spots on their heads, called fontanelles, as their skulls are made up of four bone plates. These four plates are designed to slide over one another to help baby’s head squeeze through the vagina during birth—just part of the miraculous way that babies are designed!
Where are the soft spots located?
You can find the soft spots on top of your baby’s head in two locations. One is located near the…
Most doctors will advise to use the air-conditioning in the baby's room. A hot unventilated room can be hazardous, especially for newborns.
Generally speaking, a baby sitter is called in on a short term basis to look after your little one while you enjoy a night out on the town. Baby sitters should have all the essential skills that come with meeting your baby’s needs. Nannies on the other hand, while sharing the same basic skill sets as a babysitter, are more specialised, and usually hired on a more on-going basis.
Once you find out that you are expecting twins or triplets, you need to start gathering as much information as you can on breastfeeding multiples. There are some practical implications and nutritional aspects that you need to consider, but nothing worth breaking your head about.
Even if your baby appears as bald as a billiard ball, look carefully; you will notice super fine feather like hair all over his scalp. Because baby hair is so much softer than ours, so you will need to learn more about haircare for infants. Their routine is so much different to adults, so keep reading. Whatever your baby’s current hairstyle, don’t get too attached; it’s a matter of hair today, gone tomorrow.
Most parents dream about having a smart baby. It is natural to want the best in life for your baby, and intelligence plays a big part. Defining intelligence is a whole different story. Some experts say that intelligence is about a child ability to adapt to different changes. Babies absorb all the information at a much higher speed than adults.
Waiting for your little one to learn that falling out of bed actually hurts can take a while, so in the meantime, you will have to install a few safety precautions. Regardless of whether or not your baby is sleeping with you or in his own little bed, you have to baby-proof it to keep him from taking a tumble.
It’s not even that time of the year yet but the haze has descended upon on our island over the last weekend. Singaporeans woke up to a hot and gloomy Monday when the PSI hit the 155 mark. Just when we thought that things were turning around, the PSI climbed to a hazardous 321 at 10pm last night. We know where the haze in Singapore originates from and that our government is working hard to make…
Your baby was born with birthmarks and you’re wondering—what do they mean? How do birthmarks come about? Which ones disappear and which ones remain? Are there any birthmarks that could be dangerous? We answer some of your most common questions.
What are birth marks?
Having birthmarks mean that part of your baby’s skin appears different from the rest of the skin. It could refer to skin that looks different in color, such as purple, bluish or reddish,…
When your little one has an allergic reaction, his immune system over-reacts to a normally harmless substance. The immune system is your build in fighting mechanism against viruses and bacteria, but sometimes it can react to allergens as if it is an invading force. To compensate, your immune system creates protective antibodies in overdrive. This is turn leads to swelling and inflammation of the affected area.
Traveling with baby can prove to be a challenge for parents. Although some babies are very quiet and sleep through the entire journey, other can be restless and demanding.
A baby's skin is much more thinner and less adapted to the sun rays. Thus, it can easily burn if exposed to the sun for too long. Also, babies have a harder time regulating their body temperature than adults. This means that being in the sun could lead to overheating in infants. This is especially concerning for babies under six months, but also for older children.
Constipation in babies is more common than you will first imagine, but what is considered “normal” varies greatly from child to child. If your baby does not have a bowel movement every day, it does not mean that he is necessarily constipated. Instead, constipation in babies rather refers to the consistency as opposed to the frequency.
Water is the element of life and as adults, we are constantly told to drink enough of it. But what about feeding your baby water? According to experts, it is not necessary and could even be dangerous.
As new parents, you want to be keeping an eye on your baby at all times, even when you’re not in the same room. So, should you be considering investing in a wireless baby monitor set so that you can pay attention to your baby’s every noise?
The objective of having a wireless baby monitor is to alert you to any distress or discomfort your baby may be experiencing so that you can attend to him…
It’s a customary sight in Asian culture— a proud grandparent buys a gold chain, anklet or bracelet for the newborn arrival, but is it really safe for your baby to be wearing jewelry? We look at the cultural meaning of baby jewelry, the possible risks and precautions you can take.
Cultural meaning of baby jewelry
Giving a baby a piece of jewelry to wear has been a long established tradition in Asian culture over hundreds, if not…
You would think that your baby would have learned his lesson after getting his leg stuck between crib bars, but no – chances are if it happened once, it will happen again. Crib safety measures needs to be implemented
Clubfoot in babies only becomes debilitating if it goes unnoticed. Your baby will not feel any pain initially but developmental problems may occur later on in life. With the right treatment, there will be no difference in the physical development of your baby from other children.
Tongue-tie refers to a congenital issue that occurs in an estimated five percent of children (give source and age range of children). Infants with tongue-tie might experience problems later in life. In some cases, the condition does not affect the infant. Doctors recommend correcting it, in order to prevent developmental issues.
Most pregnant women are aware of the negative effects of smoking on their unborn baby and quit smoking during pregnancy. Unfortunately, some are not aware that second hand can also be very dangerous for infants. Some doctors argue that it can pose even greater risks as the baby inhales the smoke directly.
Babies gradually learn to crawl any time from six to ten months, and typically become confident crawlers at about 12 months. The first sign that your baby is ready to get moving is when he can sit comfortably. Over the next two months your little one will move from a sitting position to getting down on all fours
Weaning the baby from milk is an important step in an infant's development. It is important for parents to establish proper feeding practices for their babies from the beginning.
Practically everyone has moles, and yes, you can be born with them. Moles on babies start out as small and relatively flat discoloured spots, and will only become raised and darker as time passes.
Asthma manifests through the inflammation of the pulmonary airway. The symptoms in infants are the same as for adults.Over the last decade, the incidence of this condition has more than doubled. This may be due to multiple risk factors that can trigger respiratory conditions in babies and children.
Parents are receiving mixed messages, and even childcare experts are divided on whether soothing a crying baby will reinforce bad behaviour or otherwise. We aim to shed some light on the subject.
Swaddling is an age old art of wrapping your baby up tightly (but not too tight) to make them feel secure and safe. Parents who practice this technique have found that this slight pressure helps to comfort even the fussiest of babies.
A new parent's worst nightmare is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). It happens when an apparently healthy baby suddenly dies, usually during sleep. SIDS is the leading cause of infant deaths all over the world and no exact cause has been found to-date.
Regardless of the type of diaper you decide the use, the methods for changing a diaper is in essence the same, with slight variations if you are opting for cloth. We will take a look at how to change both types of diapers.
Since your baby can’t tell you about his discomfort, you will have to slowly figure out what’s wrong with him. If your baby is running a fever and appears to be out of sorts, chances could be your infant is suffering from a urinary tract infection.
A combination of factors can contribute to your baby's gas problems. Babies do not have the same amounts of enzymes as adults, and their digestive systems are still developing. There are also other causes to your baby's gassiness.
Many mums want to breastfeed, but in some cases, it just isn’t an option. Alternatively, you might simply want to wean your baby from the breast, but whatever your motivation, these tips for bottle feeding will be useful to you.
Perceptual development starts from birth and your little one’s senses develop rapidly in order for them to become fully aware of their surroundings. It is a natural process that has little to do with your input as parents.
Many mums want to breastfeed their newborns but are sometimes unable to. Sometimes this is due to medical problems or lack of breast milk. There are drugs such as domperidone that can help increase the milk production. You should discuss all your options with your doctor in case another alternative is available for you.
What is domperidone?
Domperidone is an antidopaminergic drug that is used to help suppress vomiting and ease nausea. It is usually highly recommended…
With so many diseases that babies can be born with, it is best to know exactly what they can do and how to treat them. Iron deficiency anaemia is the most common type of blood disorder many babies are born with. parents should know all the possibilities for treatment.
Babies hearing is very sensitive. Their hearing needs to be protected while it is developing.
You will get many different types of advice regarding how to feed your newborn baby. Before feeding your newborn baby anything you are unsure of, consult your doctor for advice. Most of them will be okay, but there are some things you should be aware of.
There are times when mummies and daddies can forget that their baby's stomach is a little more sensitive than theirs. But by using your own judgement and following some basic…
The bond between mummy and baby is a strong thing and for many mums it comes naturally. There are a few mums that may need some ideas on how to make this work. The bonding process should start in the hospital. Babies need to know right away who their mum is and be close to them. There are several easy ways mummies can bond with their babies.
This type of bonding is not just for…
When your baby is crying more excessively than normal, you may wonder if you're doing something wrong. Most babies cry because they are hungry, too hot or too cold, in pain, or simply tired. If all their basic needs are met, then there could be other reasons for their meltdowns.
Neonatal hypoglycemia is one of the most common health issues in newborn babies. It is a metabolic disorder characterised by low blood sugar levels. The condition can be potentially dangerous for the infant.
Even if you live in a small HDB flat, a baby monitor still gives you peace of mind by allowing you to know how your baby is doing from one room away. It also frees you up to run chores in another part of the home or enjoy a movie in the living room while your baby sleeps.
Baby monitors on the market range from basic radio receivers to web-compatible video monitors that you can use…
In the excitement of welcoming a baby, you might feel tempted to fill up your home with toys, but just how many toys does a baby need? It’s advisable to actually rein back on the shopping and just go with a few classic developmental toys at first. Not only will you be tripping over fewer toys and games, you’ll find that babies actually need different types of stimulation at different ages.
What to know about baby…
A baby stroller is a baby essential that every parent should have, and it usually forms one of the big ticket items purchased before a baby’s arrival. As strollers are one of the priciest baby purchases you have to make, you should never rush into buying one on impulse as you may regret a hasty decision on a poorly designed stroller.
It’s best to start researching strollers at least three months before you’re due, to give…
Buying a baby cot for your baby is likely to be one of your biggest decisions to make when shopping for your new arrival. A crib is the centrepiece of your nursery and a place where your baby will spend many relaxing hours. That’s why it’s worth taking the time to research the type of cot you want.
Types of baby cots
There are many types and styles of baby cots available from wooden cribs to high-tech…
When you live in an apartment, space is a premium, so you might understandably ask “Do I really need a high chair for my baby?” In Asian culture, babies tend to be spoon-fed all the way into pre-school, so high chairs aren’t needed. But if you want your baby to learn to enjoy food and eating independently, a high chair’s a good idea. We explore the options that you have.
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You love carrying your baby, but there's times you need to put him down somewhere safe. That's where a baby bouncer comes in. Aside from being a handy holder, added features like vibration, music and toy bar keep your baby entertained. Here’s the advantages of having a baby bouncer and what you should look out for in buying one.
Do I need a baby bouncer?
You might be wondering if a bouncer’s really necessary if you’ve already…
You’re shopping for diapers but there are so many brands competing for your attention. How do you choose? Should you go with highly-rated but expensive diapers like Pampers, or go for cheaper no-name supermarket brands? Here’s a guide to choosing the best diapers for you and your baby.
Know your diapers
First of all, before you start buying diapers in bulk, you should find out about the different diaper sizes and how they work. Diapers come in…
When it comes to baby formula, you want to give your child the best — but navigating the different types can be confusing to say the least. Do you choose a cow’s milk baby formula or a soy-based one? Do extra ingredients like DHA and AHA really help with brain development? Consider some of these factors when looking for the best baby formula for your child.
Important info about baby formula
Baby formulas are specially designed to…
As your baby learns to crawl, and eventually to walk, he'll want to start getting into everything. Everything is new and exciting, and wherever your baby can stick his little fingers, hands, toes, etc. (you name it — he can fit it in there...), he will most certainly do it. This means it's time restrict your baby to only safe areas, with safety gate. A child's safety gate is a great way to keep your little…
Making the decision whether to circumcise your baby is one of those tricky decisions that parents have to make in the first few months of your son’s arrival. While circumcision is not widely carried out in Singapore, there have been some arguments made in favour of it. We take a look at the debate.
The basics of circumcision
Circumcision is the act of surgically removing the foreskin that wraps around the glans of the penis. It is…
You know how important it is to have the right OB-GYN when you're pregnant. Now it's time to choose a trusted medical expert for your newborn. A good pediatrician will become a family advisor that will guide you in making important decisions about your child's health for years to come. For this reason especially, it's important to consider your options carefully. Here are 3 important questions to ask when choosing a pediatrician for your baby.
If your baby is crying non-stop and can’t be soothed by anything, he or she may be suffering from colic. Colic is a condition where your baby experiences abdominal pain caused by gas or indigestion, which can be painful. Find out more about this condition and how you can help your baby feel better.
How do I know if my baby has colic?
Colic usually starts a few weeks after your baby is born, and can occur…
Breastfeeding is usually something that is dictated by maternal instinct once a woman gives birth to her child, but sometimes she still has some questions on how best to feed. The Antenatal and Parentcraft Programme, at National University Hospital (NUH) in Singapore provides training and helpful breastfeeding tips to put first-time mothers at ease.
So your pet has been your “baby” for a long time, but now you’re expecting a newborn child in your life. What can you do to make sure that the arrival of your baby will be a smooth transition for you and your pet? The good news is that you can start right now, before the baby is born. It's not a drastic change, but there are definitely rules you should know about for having…
Cloth diapers were the norm when your parents were babies, but for the last 20 years or so, the convenience of disposable diapers has been the order of the day. However, there has been a gradual but steady movement back towards modern cloth diapers, with moms praising these innovative diaper designs for its comfort, low costs and eco-friendliness. So which is better for you? We compare the pros and cons of disposable and cloth diapers.
Breastfeeding can be a little intimidating for a new mum, and there can often be strategies, tips and measures to be aware of that you didn't even anticipate. Reverse cycling is a term used to refer to an infant's nursing pattern, during which the feeding frequency is much greater in the evening than in the daytime. Your baby may be mixing up day and night, which can happen at this age. Here is some information…
What are the key factors to successful breastfeeding? Much depends on managing the demand and supply in the first weeks as well as the role of proper latching techniques and continued support. Find out what you need to do in the early weeks to enjoy a good supply of milk.
Travelling with twins is easier than you think! With careful planning and being sensible about your holiday options, you can still enjoy a relaxing break as a family. We tell you the do's and don'ts of travelling with your little ones.