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Chinese New Year is right around the corner and we all know what that means. ALOT of visiting/hosting, noise, sinful snacking and red packets. This is usually a really fun and exciting period when we dont have a baby or toddler to bring along. And now, I have 2!! Babies are sometimes (most times) not as forgiving when it comes to heat, noise and being uncomfortable. Here are a few basic tips for your survival and hopefully you wont end the new year with more wrinkles on your face.
Dress Light, Bring Extra Set Of Clothing For Baby & Toddler
You and your little ones should dress light and comfortable. I know CNY is all about pretty clothings and new heels but honestly, with a baby and that much moving around, you will want to be as comfortable as you possibly can be. I suggest cotton or any other thin material that doesnt stick or scratch against your skin. If you have long hair, try an updo to minimize covering up the neck area (which tends to feel reallllly uncomfortable when you are hot and sticky) and keeping hair away from your face. Ensure that your little ones are dressed comfortably cool and bring an extra set of equally cooling clothing in case there is a need to change.
Keep Visits Short and Sweet, Maximum Of 3 Places Or Less.
Plan your day well and time them so its during the time of day where your little baby is least difficult (like right after morning nap). End the day before the sky turns dark unless you are visiting someone’s place thats very suitable for babies (someone who also have a baby).
Babies And CNY Goodies Dont Go
Most CNY goodies contain nuts and dairy. Please do not let anyone (pesky relatives) feed your baby snacks and be sure to tell them a firm no if you see them trying. For toddlers, make sure not to let them have too much as most snacks causes heatiness.
Just a side track over here:
I really hate it when people try to convince me that I should let Charles (toddler) have some “goodies”. Telling me how harmless it is and how all of us ate it while growing up and we are fine. I dont care how you brought up your kids, in your generation and how alive they are. I also dont give a crap shit on how you think im over-protecting my little babies. I am their mother, i know what is best.
“GO AWAY, MIND YOUR BUSINESS & KEEP YOUR SENSELESS OPINION TO YOURSELF!”
I dont want my young kids eating that rubbish food. PERIOD.
Be Well Prepared
Wake up earlier to prepare lunch (and dinner if you do plan to stay out past dinner time) for the little one and pack it in a good thermo so it stays warm and nice for the day. Ensure you have enough diapers and all the basic things your baby needs (wipes, cream, oil etc). I suggest bringing along some mozzy patches just in case (you never know when you might be in an area that has mozzies).
Keep Hydrated, Both You And Baby
Bring along a bottle of boiled water for your baby. Drink lots of water throughout the day and stay hydrated.
I always pack in a favourite toy or load a favourite show on my ipad mini when i know im going out for a good portion of the day. This would be your emergency entertainment. In case the baby gets cranky out of boredom, you can whip out the ipad or toy for a good 30min distraction while you gobble up your food.
Dont Push It
If you start feeling very stressed out and your baby seems really uncomfortable and cranky, LEAVE. Dont push yourself or your baby over the edge by staying. Theres always CNY next year and for many years. Im sure relatives and friends will understand.
I hope this helps you guys survive CNY without too much stress. Here is wishing all of you a prosperous and wonderful chinese new year! 😀
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In case you were wondering what you need in your hospital bag when you admit yourself for delivery, here is what I pack into mine. 😀
As you all know (or not), im going to deliver Mikhail this coming tuesday at Gleneagles and I just got around to packing my hospital bag on friday (yes, very last minute because
im lazy i didnt have time). Anyway, i hope this helps you out if you dont know what you need since i do see quite a handful of expecting mothers post this question up on forum pages and fb group pages.
Things To Bring To The Hospital
1) Hospital Admissions Letter
2) Original Marriage Certificate
3) Identification Card or Passport (both father and mother of baby)
Essentials For Mummy:
1) A set of sleepwear (your softest, most comfortable sleep dress)
2) 3 or 4 pairs of breastpads (in case you are an over supplier and start leaking milk)
3) 2 packs of disposable underwear
4) 1 Pack of wet wipes
5) 1 tube of nipple cream (i brought my Medela Purelan 100 7g)
6) 1 pack of maternity pads (get the long ones thats for really heavy flows, avoid the plastic sort of material)
Essentials For Your Newborn:
1) 1 pack of NB diapers
2) 1 set of NB clothing for the day you bring your baby home
3) 1 Pack of wet wipes
4) 1 Receiving Blanket
1) Phone charger
2) Your wallet (optional)
The reason why i encourage you to bring your own personal essentials such as maternity pads, wet wipes, breast pads and baby diapers is because if you look at your hospital bill (especially private hospitals), for every item that you use while warded, you are charged for it. For example, if you ask for 1 piece of maternity pad, you will be charged for the whole pack AND you also dont get a choice on which brand you prefer to use as hospitals usually just carry 1 standard type for such things. Its ultimately up to you of course if you want to ensure that you are using something that you are comfortable with and also saving cost during your stay at the hospital so as not to incur additional charges by packing your own personal essentials.
Please ensure that you have your hospital admissions letter with you in the bag as it is the most important thing that will aid in a smooth check in for your delivery. Pack along all necessary documents such as ICs/Passports and Marriage certificates into a document sized ziplock bag so its easy for you to fish it out of your bag during check in.
Another tip i want to share with you mummies is to leave all your jewellery at home. There is absolutely no need to wear them to the hospital as you will be required to remove all jewellery when you go in for delivery anyway. And you might lose or forget your jewellery during discharge because, trust me, with a newborn, everything else is at the back of your mind.
If you are going in for elective c-section, do remember to fast 8hrs before your scheduled delivery time. No food or drinks (really try) as my doctor has explained to me that it reduces the risk of complications during the surgery. Even though C-section is performed widely and almost seem like theres absolutely no danger, it is actually considered an invasive surgery. Better to be on the safe side and heed our doctor’s instructions to avoid putting ourselves at risk unnecessarily. Although with Charles, during my 16 hour labour, i got soooooooo grumpy and angry because i was so hungry and the nurses kept telling me that im not allowed to eat in case i had to go for an emergency c-section (i opted for natural birth, but Charles did not want that apparently. HAHA).
I hope this helped some of you mummies who are wondering what to pack and may we all have a SMOOOOOTH delivery! 😀
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