Baby Talk May2019


Our Experts

Developmental Education & Learning Consultant

Rosh Vettiveloo

Expert in learning support, concentration, memory, dyslexia, dyspraxia, hyperlexia, general reading

acquisition difficulties, AD/HD, homeschooling learners with learning difficulties in Malaysia and early

intervention procedures in multilingual environments. Trained in mild to moderate learning difficulties

and qualified Specialist in Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (UK) and Educational

Assessor (UK). 20 years practical experience in the field of special education.

Holistic Care & Wellbeing Gaia Chinniah

Gaia is a Malaysian born entrepreneur who has lived in New Zealand for over 30 years. She is the

CEO of Ruby Face Sdn Bhd who exclusively distributes ethical products including World Organics

from New Zealand. She holds a Master in Management Studies and a career of over 10 years in

Marketing of big brands and as a Television presenter. Gaia has a passion for empowering people

and some of her hobbies are pastel art, reiki, yoga and staying healthy. More about Gaia can be read

here: &

Fertility & Conception Dr Agilan Arjunan

Dr Agilan Arjunan, a Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist, graduated from University of Malaya

and obtained his specialist degree from Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, London.

Armed with his passion for laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, he pursues his dream in helping couples

to conceive and build their families through the latest technology of reproductive techniques. He is

also passionate in disseminating knowledge in the field of fertility and hopes readers can differentiate

facts from myths.


Dr Khoo is a consultant paediatrician and neonatologist at Sunway Medical Centre. He completed his

medical degree from National University of Malaysia (MD-UKM) in 1997. He obtained his paediatric

postgraduate membership from royal college of paediatric and child health (MRCPCH) in Glasgow,

UK in 2003. He continued his neonatal subspecialty fellowship training in 2005 at Liverpool Hospital

and the Royal Hospital for Women (RHW), Sydney, NSW, Australia. In 2009, he was accredited as

consultant paediatrician and neonatologist under the National Specialist Register (NSR), Malaysia.

Currently, he also holds a part time lecturer post at Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health

Sciences, Monash University, Sunway Campus. He is a father of 3 energetic boys aged 13, 11 and 7.

Early Childhood Education Daisy Ng

Daisy is a mother of two and Founder of Trinity Kids Malaysia. A dedicated practitioner in early

childhood education, she has been featured on BFM, The Edge, NTV7, The Star and given talks

on related topics. As a certified Dr Sears Health Coach in children/family nutrition and ante-natal

wellness, Daisy actively promotes a wholesome and non-processed diet in Malaysia’s schools. An avid

reader and writer from a young age, she now writes about topics in early childhood education, child

development and nutrition.

Consultant Obstetrician & Gynecologist Dr Herbert Low

Dr Herbert Low graduated from University of West Indies (MBBS) and University Malaya (Master

O&G), and is a Council Member of Obstetrical & Gynecological Society of Malaysia (OGSM). He is

also a member of the National Specialist Registry and specialises in General Gynae and Obstetrics;

Breast Feeding; Women Wellness & Screening Including Pre-invasive Disease Management; Fetal

Maternal and 3-4D Scan as well as Minimal Invasive Surgery at Columbia Asia Hospital-Setapak.

Consultant Pediatrician Dr Margaret Kannimmel

Dr Margaret is a graduate of University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia and MRCP (United

Kingdom). She is a subspecialists in Oncology & hematology. Dr Margaret is a member of the

Malaysia Pediatric Association amd has 26 years of experience as a Medical Doctor and 21 years as a

Pediatrician. She currently serves at Columbia Asia Hospital-Setapak

BabyTalk March/April 2019 1

Hello again!

Editor’s Note

As joyful as motherhood is, the sacrifices are great for every loving, giving mom. Not a single

day, or hour goes by without a mother thinking about her offspring, always wanting the best for

them. Everything a mother does for her child is borne of love, for a mother only knows how to

love her children first before anyone else.

Here at BabyTalk, it’s practically all about moms. From way before she gets pregnant, all through

her nine months, throughout her postpartum period and along the way through her role as

parent - we have been helping Malaysian moms navigate their ways around the bumpy roads of

early parenting since late 2011, and we’re happy to be able to carry on doing this.

If you’re new to BabyTalk, we welcome you to join us in this journey as we present loads of

useful, helpful topics on pregnancy, postnatal care, as well as baby care and early child

development. This month’s issue is loaded with these and more… so enjoy!

We leave you for now, with this beautiful piece by Joanne Bailey Baxter:

For she had fulfilled his prophecy

Spreading love, honor, and hope

She instilled in those she left behind

The ability to understand and cope.

Happy Mother’s Day and much love



02 Cute Snaps:

Cute Snaps: Smile baby, you’re our star!

03 BT Buzz:

Pregnancy and baby health news

06 Ask Our Experts:

This month, check out what needed


Bump to Birth

07 Fertility & conception:

7 ways to improve your fertility health

09 Prenatal Nutrition:

Eat your way out of constipation

11 9 months

Diarrhea & Pregnancy - When things

get serious

13 Postnatal Support:

Natural remedies for after birth


BT Guide

16 Baby @ Home: What you need to

keep your baby safe

Baby & Toddler

20 Health & Medical Diary:

Complementary therapies for babies

contents MAY 2019

23 Nursing moms

Night feeds: The pros and cons of

nursing baby to sleep

25 Love for life:

Sing me a lullaby, mommy!

26 Wonders of Childhood:

No more battles during changing time

Bright Kids

27 Growing up:

How to communicate better with your

little one

Life & Style


Deciding on a family pediatrician

32 Savvy Choices:

Diaper Wars: Cloth or disposable

36 Mother’s Day Special:

Mother’s Day: Get Creative with your


40 Mother’s Day Special:

Connect well with your child: Moms

share their precious thoughts

44 Out & About:

The latest buzz about town

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BT Buzz

Breastfeeding minimises eczema risks?

Children who were breastfed exclusively in their first few months of life

were less likely to develop eczema, a new study finds. For the study,

researchers analyzed data on the health, development and dietary

patterns of 1,520 children in the United States who were followed from

birth as part of the Infant Feeding Practices Study II, led by the U.S.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S> Food and

Drug Administration. By the time they were 6, about 300 of the children

had been diagnosed with eczema at some point in their lives. Nearly

six in 10 of those kids had the inflammatory skin disease at age 6, the

findings showed.

Children in wealthier families and those with a family history of food

allergies were more likely to have been diagnosed with eczema by age 6,

the investigators found. But the researchers said that children who were

exclusively breastfed for at least three months were only 48 percent as

likely to have continued eczema at age 6, compared with those who were never

breastfed or who were breastfed for less than three months.

Intestinal bacteria growth in

pregnant women

Researchers found that progesterone regulates the

microbial composition during pregnancy in a way that

may facilitate appropriate transmission of beneficial

species to the newborn. These bacteria “sense”

pregnancy and “understand” the need to move

to the next generation in order to assist babies in

breaking down the sugar in mother’s milk. Gestation is

accompanied by alterations in the microbiome -- bacteria

that live inside and on our body and weigh over four

pounds of our body weight and

are important in health and in

fighting disease. Previous research

that focused on changes in the

microbiome showed that during

pregnancy it is partially responsible

for weight gain and for essential

inflammatory response. However,

the mechanisms driving these

changes are unknown.

Better way to treat severe

epileptic seizures in children

Emergency medicine doctors now have a better

way to treat severe epileptic seizures in children,

thanks to a New Zealand-Australian study. Prolonged

epileptic seizures are the most common neurological

emergency in children seen by hospitals. The seizures

are potentially fatal: up to five percent of affected

children die, and a third suffer long-term complications

from brain damage. Crucially, the longer the seizure,

the greater the chance of long-term complications.

The study - which will change management of this

condition internationally - was published in the

prestigious medical journal The Lancet in April.

It was led by Professor Stuart Dalziel from the

Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the

University of Auckland and Starship Children’s

Hospital, and the senior author was Professor

Franz Babl at Melbourne’s Murdoch Children’s

Research Institute.

BabyTalk | May 2019 3

From 25 May – 9 June, Sunway Lagoon, together with everyone’s favourite Nickelodeon characters will be celebrating

Raya and the school holidays in an extravagant way with the ‘Nickelodeon Raya’ campaign!

Get ready for lots of Nickelodeon-themed activities for you and your little ones! We suggest you begin with the Explorer’s

Campsite, where we’ll challenge you to a test of knowledge with a collection of fun and educational Dora and Boots

Puzzle Games. After that, revel in the merriment of bubbles with SpongeBob SquarePants at the SpongeBob’s

Bubbleblowing Playtime and see who can catch the biggest bubbles. Next, enjoy a true ninja experience with Teenage

Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) Shuriken Kids Challenge. By the way, Shuriken, also known as throwing stars, are some

of the most important weapons in a ninja’s arsenal.

To add to the excitement, Sunway Lagoon is giving away up to 150 Call for Celebration Fun Passes where 30 lucky

children will be selected daily from 5 to 9 June to participate in the Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon’s Call for Celebration

Parade for a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Check out Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon’s Insta-stops located throughout the park to capture the moment and stand a chance

to win the Sunway Lagoon’s 4-To-Go package! Throughout all the cheer and excitement, be sure also to keep an eye out

for SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Dora the Explorer, Boots and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who will make

appearances to mix and mingle with visitors.

To add on the fun, we will let you in on a little secret. These favourite Nickelodeon characters will also be exploring

hotspots around Kuala Lumpur from 4 – 17 May. Fans will not only be able to meet and greet these characters, but also

have the opportunity to take pictures with them and participate in Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon’s “Spot! Snap! Post!”

contest to win some admission tickets.

Join the fun and extraordinary celebration happening at Sunway Lagoon with the special school holiday packages of

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BT Buzz

No wires,

more cuddles

An interdisciplinary

Northwestern University

team has developed

a pair of soft, flexible

wireless sensors that replace the

tangle of wire-based sensors that currently monitor

babies in hospitals’ neonatal intensive care units

(NICU) and pose a barrier to parent-baby cuddling

and physical bonding. The study, involving materials

scientists, engineers, dermatologists and pediatricians

will be published March 1 in the journal Science. The

study includes initial data from more than 20 babies

who wore the wireless sensors alongside traditional

monitoring systems, so Northwestern researchers

could do a side-by-side, quantitative comparison.

Since then, the team has conducted successful tests

with more than 70 babies in the NICU. “We know

that skin-to-skin contact is so important for newborns

-- especially those who are sick or premature,” said

Paller, a pediatric dermatologist at Lurie Children’s.

“It’s been shown to decrease the risk of pulmonary

complications, liver issues and infections. Yet, when

you have wires everywhere and the baby is tethered to

a bed, it’s really hard to make skin-to-skin contact.”

Early solid food for less risks

of allergies

New parents worry about a lot of things, but the

American Academy of Pediatrics says one thing they

can cross off that list is concern about giving highallergy

foods too early in life. In fact, the pediatric

group says it’s likely better to introduce foods like

peanut butter when kids are around 6 months of age.

“There’s no reason to restrict early introduction to

allergenic foods,” said a co-author of a new clinical

report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP),

Dr. Frank Greer. He’s a professor emeritus of pediatrics

at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Although

experts had advised parents in the past to avoid highly

allergenic foods early in life,

more recent research has

suggested that early exposure

to these foods might be a

better option. In addition to

freeing up parents to let their

youngsters try peanut butter

or ground peanut products at

an early age, the report also

said that moms don’t need to

restrict their diets during pregnancy and breastfeeding

to try to prevent allergies.


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Ask Our Experts

Gaia Chinniah

Holistic Care & Wellbeing


I've heard of serious skin issues in children and

adults, such as eczema or psoriasis being cured by

switching to high quality organic skincare. How does

this work? ~

Skin conditions of any kind can be very distressing,

uncomfortable and embarrassing for the person who has

them and often we will use anything that will keep the

condition under control without considering the long -term

effects. We often wouldn’t consider what the ingredient

make up is of the product just as long as it works and takes

away our discomfort. I have been in this situation myself!

Eczema and psoriasis are both very common skin conditions

and the causes of these conditions can vary from person to

person but there will be a root to the cause.

Eczema for example can start at birth or sometimes flare

up at certain times in a person’s life. When a skin condition

lies dormant for most of your life and suddenly appears,

there is usually a trigger that will cause it. For example there

have been cases of synthetic fragrances in products causing

severe skin conditions and once that has been eliminated

the skin slowly goes back to normal. Acute symptoms,

however, are rarely the case when it comes to conditions

like eczema and psoriasis, with the cause usually linking to

an internal imbalance in the body and external triggers. Skin

conditions such as these are often the cause of a sensitive

skin barrier as well.

There are many topical treatments such as steroids which are

often used to treat symptoms and they can be very effective.

However, the dilemma with conventional treatments can be

the lack of understanding to the long term negative impacts

to the body. Quick fixes often mask symptoms but it’s

finding the root of the cause and what the triggers the skin

to flare up which will be the key to keeping the condition

under control.

Developing a good skin care routine with a high quality

organic skin product can be helpful to a lot of sufferers but

it doesn’t guarantee that your skin condition will be cured.

What a certified organic skin care routine could offer you

is treatment, hydration and nourishment without the harsh

ingredients or synthetic fragrance and pesticides. Developing

a skin care routine like this when you have a skin condition

can be helpful in maintaining the PH balance of your skin

and promoting the renewal of new healthy skin. It could

also provide the nutrition that your skin may be lacking as

well as prevent the absorption of ingredients that the body

can’t process properly. You’d be surprised at how many plant

derived extracts can be healing for skin conditions.

Trying organic skin care as an option would be a good idea

as it is best to eliminate toxic chemical exposure wherever

possible and assist the skin to heal naturally. In many cases

skin conditions can be managed by recognizing the triggers,

keeping a healthy skin care routine and being flexible with

it. That may make a difference in itself. Keep a note of the

conditions that worsen your condition like certain foods,

allergens, irritants, etc. Stress too, can bring on skin symptoms.

Children can often suffer from skin conditions as well and

their skin is a lot more sensitive and delicate than adults’.

Therefore children are more susceptible to the absorption of

the products used on their skin. Some certified organic brands

will have baby balms and treatments that could be gentle and

effective but again the severity of the skin condition must be

considered for effectiveness. Like all health issues it can be

trial and error to find a routine that suits you and your unique

skin however if your skin condition is severe you should seek

professional advice from your healthcare practitioner.

6 BabyTalk | May 2019

Bump to Birth

Fertility & Conception


Ways To

Increase Your

Fertility Health

Why do many couples fail to conceive after long periods of unprotected sex? If a

medical issue is the reason, then addressing it with appropriate treatments should

do the trick. However, in many cases, no medical issues are detected and there

seem to be no reason for the failure to conceive.

If this concerns you, your lifestyle is probably getting in the way of a pregnancy.

This means, a few changes in your everyday life may increase your chances of

conceiving! Take a look at the following changes you can make to improve your

chances of conceiving.

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Fertility & Conception

Don’t rely too heavily on ‘the right time’

1 When you’re trying to conceive, you may fall into

the habit of obsessing about ‘the right time to

do it’. Putting too much emphasize into one’s fertile time

not only takes the fun out of sex, but it also stresses you

out. How about just having sex whenever you want, and

as often as possible?

Women in general are able to get pregnant even

in the preovulatory phase, so just spread the time

for your bedroom actions a little wider. Besides,

if couples are only trying to conceive following the

luteinising hormone surge (LH surge), they many find

it difficult to get pregnant. Having sexual intercourse

several days before and after the LH surge could

significantly improve their chances.

Eat better food

2 Yogurt, eggs, avocados, fresh

salmon and beef, lean

poultry, fresh fruits and vegetables,

as well as seeds and nuts - These

are the kinds of food your body

needs to be baby-ready! So,

throw out the junk and fill up

your fridge with the good stuff.

It is believed that fresh organic

food will help you absorb key

antioxidants and nutrients that are

beneficial when trying to conceive.

Organic foods also lets you reduce

the intake of pesticides, which have a

negative impact of fertility.

Smoking? Stump ‘em out!

4 Smokers generally have more fertility problems

than non-smokers. The heavier

of a smoker you are, the

bigger the risk of having fertility issues.

When you smoke, more than 7,000

chemicals spread through your body and

regardless if you’re trying to conceive or

not! Smoking damage eggs and even

hinders ovulation. Hoping to hear the

pitter patter of little feet in your home?

Stop smoking now!


Maintain an ideal body weight

Being over or underweight can compromise

fertility. A body mass index of 30 or over or

less than 19 can mean taking longer to

conceive. Reducing a high BMI by

10% will have a huge effect on your

chances of becoming pregnant, as

well as improving the effectiveness

of fertility treatments if you were

to need them.

A healthy,

balanced diet

together with

regular exercise

should help you

get to your ideal

weight and in turn

increase your chances

of conceiving!

Abstain, if you can, from alcohol consumption

3 While a glass of wine may help get you in the

mood, do keep in mind that alcohol can have a

negative effect on the reproductive system and damage

one’s fertility. Even small amounts can affect the menstrual

cycle and reduce the chance of conceiving. If you choose

to drink, have no more than 1-2 units

once or twice a week (two units equals

a 175ml glass of wine).

Drinking also lowers testosterone

levels and sperm quality and

quantity in men. Men trying for

children should stay within a

reasonable limit (3-4 units a day – a

pint and a half of beer).

You’ve got to keep well-hydrated

6 Water is the elixir of our life. It is the basis of

our blood, which in turn feeds every part of

our bodies. A dehydrated body will be of no

help if you’re trying to conceive. As well as helping our

reproductive system to work, water helps to increase

cervical mucus, which helps sperm swim freely through

the cervix to the egg.

Manage your stress

7 In times of stress, fertility can temporarily shut

down, according to studies on fertility and why

some women fail to get pregnant. Stress is

capable of ceasing ovulation and disrupting hormone

levels. Try deep breathing, yoga, meditation, massage or

regular walks. Fact: Many people struggle with fertility

suddenly conceived while on vacation. This speaks

something, doesn’t it?

8 BabyTalk | May 2019

Bump to Birth

Prenatal Nutrition

Eat Your

Way out Of


Constipation can be a major issue among

pregnant women and can be quite

uncomfortable to endure too. It can happen

due to a number of reasons including lack of

exercise, improper diet, dehydration, etc.

During pregnancy, one other culprit for constipation could

be an increase in the hormone progesterone, which relaxes

smooth muscles throughout the body, including the digestive

tract. This causes movements in the intestines to become


While there are a few reasons why a pregnant women could

get constipated, there are also a number of different ways to

beat the problem and these include:

• Keeping active and exercising regularly. Safe exercises such

as walking, swimming, and certain yoga moves can all

help ease constipation. Exercising also helps you feel more

energised and rejuvenated!

• Avoid holding back from passing motion when you feel

the urge.

• Some pregnant women experience constipation as the

result of consuming multivitamins with a high content of

iron in them. If you feel this is the case with you, consult

your doctor about switching to a supplement with less iron

in it.

• Drink plenty of water and fruit juices. Some women find

that a glass of warm water or beverage help to get things

moving in the morning.

• Switch to a high-fiber diet. Foods such as whole-grain

cereals and breads, brown rice, beans, and fresh fruits and

vegetables every day.

Eat your way out of constipation!

Foods such as beans, sweet potatoes, kiwi fruit, plums,

apples, nuts and seeds are all known to naturally aid in

relieving constipation.

Here are some recipes to try.

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Prenatal Nutrition

Sweet Potato, Carrot & Ginger



• 2 teaspoons canola oil

• 1/2 cup chopped shallots

• 3 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled sweet potato

• 1 1/2 cups (1/4-inch) sliced peeled carrots

• 1 tablespoon grated ginger

• 2 teaspoons curry powder

• 3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth

• 1/2 teaspoon salt


1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.

2. Add shallots; sauté 3 minutes or until tender.

3. Add potato, carrots, ginger, and curry; cook 2


4. Add broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and

simmer 25 minutes or until vegetables are tender; stir

in salt.

5. Pour half of soup in a food processor; pulse until

smooth. Repeat procedure with remaining soup.

Kiwi Fruit Salsa


• 3-4 ripe kiwifruit, peeled, carefully chopped

• 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

• 1/2 ripe avocado flesh, peeled and chopped

• 1 heaping tablespoon thinly sliced green onion

• 1 tablespoon (adjust to taste) of chopped fresh bell


• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

• 1 teaspoon olive oil

• Salt and pepper to taste


1. Place the kiwifruit, pomegranate seeds, avocado,

green onion and olive oil in a medium sized bowl.

2. Starting with just a teaspoon of chopped bell peppers,

gently fold in and add more to your desired level of


3. Add cilantro, salt and pepper to taste.

4. Serve on the side with roasts, or as a dip.

Baked Apples


• 6 apples, cored

• 2 tbsp muscovado sugar

• A handful of raisins

• A slab of butter (about the size of a match-box)

• 1 tsp cinnamon powder

• 1 tsp demerara sugar

4. Using your fingers, push some of the muscovado

mixture into the apples, using it up among the apples

5. Add a blob of butter

on top of each apple

and sprinkle with

demerara sugar

6. Bake for 20 minutes

7. Let cool and enjoy!


1. Heat the oven to 22 degrees Celsius

2. Combine the cinnamon, muscovado sugar and raisins in

a bowl

3. Stand apples up side by side on a baking dish

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Bump to Birth

9 Months

Diarrhea &


When things get serious

Persistent diarrhea can lead to dehydration and malnutrition. During pregnancy, this can

harm the woman and the fetus. Diarrhea during pregnancy can also result from a bowel

infection or underlying bowel disorder. Read on.

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9 Months

If you experience three or more watery bowel movements in a day, chances are you may be having diarrhea. If you’re

pregnant, it could be due to hormonal changes, which can also cause other digestive issues such as constipation and gas.

It may also be caused by a bowel infection or underlying bowel disorder.

Hormonal changes that may cause diarrhea

During pregnancy, the spike in prostaglandin levels may cause diarrhea. Prostaglandins are hormones that help stimulate

contractions in the uterus but can also increase movement along the digestive tract. It may result in stools passing too

swiftly through the bowels, which in turn causes diarrhea. This rise in prostaglandin levels is also the reason why some

women experience loose stools during their menstrual cycle.

Infectious Diarrhea: Bowel infections

are a common cause of diarrhea. In

addition to loose, watery stools, people

with infectious diarrhea may also

experience the following symptoms:

• Bloody stools

• Nausea and vomiting

• Fever and chills

• Dizziness or lightheadedness

Some organisms that can cause

infectious diarrhea:

• Bacteria, such as Escherichia coli,

Campylobacter, Salmonella, or

Shigella genera

• Viruses, including norovirus and


• Parasites, such as Giardia lamblia and

Cryptosporidium enteritis

A person can become infected with

these harmful organisms by consuming

contaminated food or water. Infectious

diarrhea can be a risk when traveling to

certain countries.

Bowel disorders: Diarrhea can be

a symptom of an underlying bowel

disorder, such as:

• Inflammatory bowel diseases,

including Crohn's disease and

ulcerative colitis

• Irritable bowel syndrome

• Celiac disease

• Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth

Symptoms Of Persistent Diarrhea

diarrhea can be a symptom of an

underlying bowel disorder, such as:

• Abdominal pain and cramping

• Gas and bloating

• Weight loss

• Fatigue

• Nausea and vomiting

• Skin and joint problems

• Anemia

During pregnancy, all of these can have

dire consequences. If symptoms persists,

see a doctor at once.

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Bump to Birth

Postnatal Support

Natural Ways To

Deal With



Most new moms are surprised to find that parts of their body still look the same

as when they were pregnant. Postnatal swellings are completely normal and it

may take some time before they go down completely. There are ways to improve

this and we’re about to share them with you.

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Bump to Birth

Postnatal Support

During pregnancy, your body produces 50% more blood and

body fluids to sustain your baby and you. Quite a bit of this

is retained after birth and the body will take its own sweet

time to eliminate all of the extras from your system. For many

women, all this extra fluids show up as swellings in several

parts of the body such as the face, feet, etc, and it can even

be uncomfortable to endure at times.

Here are some DIY, natural ways to deal with postpartum


Put those feet up

Not only do you deserve the rest ever so often after giving

birth, but elevating your feet can also help to reduce

swelling in the legs and improve circulation. So, spend some

time with the legs elevated above the level of the heart and

encourage water to flow throughout the body. It actually

does help to temporarily reduce the swelling on your feet.

Avoid sitting with your legs crossed for now, for it restricts

blood flow to your feet.

Move about

Light exercises can reduce postpartum swelling and related

symptoms. Moving around helps blood and water to

circulate and prevents it from pooling. Word of caution

though: Listen to your body and avoid movements that

cause pain. Some known safe exercise for postpartum

bodies include walking, yoga if you have been practicing

yoga before this), and swimming.


stockings may help

A study in 2017 found that wearing

compression stockings helped to

reduce swelling in the 24-hour period

after giving birth, although they did

conclude that further research was

necessary. In the meantime, compression

stockings do help to increase blood flow by

reducing the size of blood vessels in the legs

- its part of their purpose anyway. This in turn

encourages the vessels to circulate more blood

in a shorter amount of time. You can get them

in pharmacies.

No tight-fitting clothes

Tight-fitting clothing can cut off circulation to various

parts of the body. This can stop the body from shedding

water weight and encourage the fluid to pool in certain

areas - and there you’ll have it, uncomfortable, unsightly

swellings. So, for now, put on the most comfy, loosefitting

clothings you have till your body has overcome this

phase of postpartum swellings. After which, you can be as

fashionable as you want!

Refrain from adding salt in your


Our bodies need a good

balance of sodium (salt)

and water. Too much of the

former and our bodies will

retain more water, making

things worse in the case

of postpartum swelling.

Other than table salt,

try to keep away from

processed foods (they use

lots of salt to make them

tasty). Always check the

sodium contents on food

packaging - this will help

you keep your sodium intake in check and ultimately, avoid

unnecessary swellings.

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Postnatal Support

Eat bananas

Too much sodium causes water

retention. Bananas and other

potassium-rich foods can help to

lower the amount of sodium in the body,

balancing it out so that it works in sync with the sodium

in your body. Other than in bananas, other foods rich in

potassium include apricots, peanut butter, avocados, yogurt

and spinach.

Cut off the coffee and/

or tea for now

Caffeinated drinks such as

coffee, tea, etc cause our bodies

to lose water. As a survival

mechanism, a postnatal body

may react to this by retaining as

much water as it can to avoid

dehydration. To avoid this, cut off

all caffeinated drinks for now and

replace them with safe herbal teas

such as rooibos, for instance and

plain water. Or if you prefer, try

sparkling mineral water. The aim

is to stay hydrated and keep the

swellings at a minimum.

Get a foam roller

Foam rollers, when used correctly, can help in improving

circulation and reducing the buildup of water in the body. Use

it on your legs to help hasten your blood flow by encouraging

the blood to move through the veins more quickly. You can

get a foam roller from most sports stores and even online

stores. Or, you can ask your doctor to recommend one.

Try a postpartum massage

Massaging can promote circulation, thus it may help with

the swellings too, by helping to eliminate the excess fluids

trapped in the body. Do ensure though that you pick a

trained massage therapist or one who is familiar with treating

postpartum clients. In the Malay culture, most bidans are

trained in these kind of massages.

When to consult with your


• When you notice a sudden swelling

that wasn’t there before

• When you press down on a swollen

area and it leaves an indentation in the


• If there is pain, redness, irritation, or

increased swelling in one leg, for it may

be signs of a blood clot

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Baby @ Home:

Baby What you @ Home: need to

keep your baby safe

What you need

to keep your

baby safe

If you have a baby or toddler at home,

it changes everything, especially in

the safety department. Little ones are

known to be explorers and they are

rarely afraid of anything. This means,

you’ll have to take steps to ensure that

your home (every inch of it!), is safe

for your inquisitive little one to live in.

We hope this special guide will help

you with ideas on home safety and

what you need.

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Baby @ Home:

What you need to

keep your baby safe

Popular child safety

gate variants

Your newborn infant will not remain

immobile for long. In fact, as soon as

your baby begins to crawl, he’ll be

curious to move about as much as

he can. Which is why baby proofing

your home is something you’d want

to think about (and get done) even

before baby arrives.

There are a few important aspects of

baby proofing a space, and the most

important part is what you’ll need for

this. So, here we go.

Child-proof safety


Here’s an item that’s directly related to

baby proofing - one that we cannot

escape from if we’re talking about the

subject. Most homes will need more

than one of these gates, to stop little

ones from entering certain rooms in the

house. Areas that typically need these

child safety gates include the kitchen (if

it does not have a door), at the bottom

and top of staircases, home offices,

etc. A child-proof safety gate can also

be placed at a spot where you’d like to

keep the door open, yet do not want

your baby or toddler wandering into it.

You’ll find these gates in a variety of

styles, height, and mechanism options.

So, before you go looking for one (or

more), be certain of:

• Where you need to set them up

• The kind of closing/opening

mechanism you’d prefer

• The width of the gate

• The best gate height for your needs

Most of these safety gates are made

from durable plastic, but you can also

find some made from wood or even

metal. These days, you can probably

find a gate to fit even the most

awkward nook or even to cordon off a

wider than usual space.

Installation options

Child safety gates are installed either

by pressure or with hardware. Pressure

mounted gates fit between two walls

and hold in place by pressure, or

tension. To be safe, avoid installing

this type of gate at the top of a

staircase, as a child's body weight

could easily dislodge the gate, resulting

in potentially dangerous accidents.

Hardware mounted safety gates are

sturdier, but they may require more

work to install. Always remember, while

baby gates substantially reduce the risk

of injury, accidents can still happen,

especially if it involves staircases. So, it’s

always best to keep a close watch on

your little one at all times.

High safety gates:

The best kind of gate that prevents

little ones from scaling the gate to get

over it.

Retractable safety gates:

Expandable and retractable to close

off big or small space alike.

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Baby @ Home:

What you need to

keep your baby safe

Easy-open swing gate:

This makes it easier for adults to

pass in and out, especially at hightraffic

places in a home.

Cover and guard

Now, let’s take a look at power sockets, for it’s another area of concern when it

comes to safety at home, together with sharp and/or hard edges and corners.

Look around your home, in each room, (on all fours if you can, to have an idea of

what your baby sees), and find all of these power sockets and seal off those not in

use. Cover the rest with outlet covers whenever not in use.

Next up, you’ll have to deal with table ends and other protruding edges and

corners. You can do this by attaching cushioned corner guards to these places to

prevent injuries from knocking or falling on them.

Extra wide safety gates:

Great for homes with an open floor

plan, for it covers a bigger area.

Decorative safety gates:

These gates look good but at the

same time, they serve their purpose

to prevent a child from entering a

restricted area.

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Baby @ Home:

What you need to

keep your baby safe

Drawers and

windows: No opening

these, child!

Babies and toddlers are fascinated

with things that can be opened and

closed, such as cabinets, drawers

and doors. Install safety latches on

all drawers and cabinets, and finger

pinch guards on all door hinges to

protect your baby's tiny hands from

painful injuries. Look bathroom doors

to avoid accidental drowning.

Under-sink cabinets are a typical place

to store cleaning products, but with

a baby in your residence, you need to

move them out of reach. If they must

stay in low cabinets, invest in latches

and locks to always keep the cabinet

doors securely shut.

If you don't have an out-of-reach place

to store medicines and supplements,

invest in a lockable medicine safe.

Window safety

This is a crucial part of baby proofing

a home, especially if you live in a

condominium or apartment. Fix

window locks and window guards

to prevent fatal falls or other nasty

accidents. Do you have blinds with

cords or strings? Replace them with

safer window coverings, such as

cordless options. When it comes to

baby proofing your home, you’ll find

that you’ll never run out of uses for

safety gadgets, so check out all baby

proofing sets and kits for sale by

reputable brands and start making your

home a safe haven for your little one.

Baby monitors

Parents with loads of things to do have

found comfort in using baby monitors.

These nifty devices are akin to having

an extra set of eyes - that can look

and hear what’s happening in another

room of the house! There are many

options though: either audio or audio

and video, and within those types,

you'll find both digital and analog

versions. While an audio-only baby

monitor may be sufficient for some

parents, others feel more confident

with the convenience of an audio

and video monitor that offer both

sound and image display. Other things

to consider when buying a monitor

include the frequency band, battery

life, sound and light options, volume

control, temperature sensors, motion

and sound sensors, night vision, and

2-way talking capabilities. Chose one

that fits your needs.

There are even app-controlled models

and these can be used from anywhere

to monitor temperature, humidity, and

noise, while also providing soothing

lullabies and night lights. It’s probably

best to choose a model that has

multiple units and can be powered by

both battery and an A/C adapter. This

will help ensure that you’ll always be

able to check on your baby. You could

also consider purchasing a monitor

that comes with a waistband clip to

free your hands, as well as audio and

video models that can display split

screens for when you have more than

one monitor running - these will be

ideal for families with a few little ones

to keep an eye on.

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Baby & Toddler

Health & Medical Diary


therapies for


There may be times when your baby’s health issues don’t seem to let up no matter

how many visits you make to the doctor’s office. If or when that happens, you’d

probably want to look into alternative therapies or treatments. How do these differ

from mainstream medical practices? Find out now.

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Baby & Toddler

Health & Medical Diary

How do they differ from the


The main difference with complementary medicine and

conventional medicine lies in its philosophical approach.

Alternative and/or complementary therapies place a high

priority on health promotion and illness prevention. The

various healing practices that fit within the classification of

complementary therapies share common beliefs, such as:

The terms ‘complementary therapy’ and ‘alternative therapy’

are used to refer to any healing practice that does not fall

within the realm of conventional medicine. They may also be

referred to as traditional, natural, holistic or complementary

medicine. Complementary therapies are used with

conventional medicine, whereas alternative therapies are used

in place of conventional medicine.

Why parents seek treatment for

their babies

Be it conventional medical treatment or an alternative one,

parents usually seek help for their babies for the following:

Digestion issues


Unexplained fussiness




Weak immune system

Complementary and/or alternative therapies have the

potential to resolve many physical ailments and may reduce

the risk of future problems developing. However, parent do

need to realise that the benefits they offer are not always

immediately identifiable.

• Disease and disorders are manifestations of an imbalance

in the body’s natural homeostatic processes.

• The human body has an inherent ability to cure itself given

the right conditions.

• Many illnesses and disorders could be prevented if the

body is supported to function at its optimal capacity.

• All body systems are interrelated; therefore, in order to

effectively resolve a problem in one area of the body, it’s

necessary to treat the body as a whole. This is referred to

as a ‘holistic’ approach.

Therapies that may be used to reduce irritability in babies




Cranio-sacral therapy;

Herbal medicine;


Infant massage;


Reflexology; and


Conventional medicine

Conventional medicine, also known as modern or

mainstream, is the dominant medical/health system in

developed nations. Conventional medicine uses a symptombased

approach to diagnose and treat illnesses, diseases and

disorders after symptoms become apparent.

Treatments recommended to relieve infant irritability may


• Medications;

• Dietary change, i.e. hypoallergenic formula, thickened


• Maternal dietary restrictions in the case of breastfed


• Special infant feeding equipment, including feeding tubes.

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Baby & Toddler

Health & Medical Diary

What complementary

therapies are all about

Conservative approach: The goal is to

provide the right conditions so that the body

will heal itself.

What conventional

medicine stands for

Active approach: The goal is to provide relief

from physical discomfort.

The primary objective is to identify and

correct the underlying cause of abnormal


The primary objective is to provide relief

from abnormal symptoms.*

Focus on treating the whole body.

Focus on treating the presenting problem.

Relief from abnormal physical signs and

symptoms occur as the body heals, which may

take days or weeks.

Relief from abnormal physical signs and

symptoms may be seen or felt in hours or days

following treatment.

Proactive: Treatment can be provided to

reduce the risk of future ailments.

Reactive: Treatment is initiated once a physical

ailment has already developed.

Surgical intervention will be needed to correct

life threatening problems or problems that

would provide a lifetime burden.

*Medications may mask the symptoms but they don’t cure the underlying cause. Symptoms tend to return once the medication wears off.

What you should know before


How successful any therapy or treatment is in resolving

a problem depends on the underlying cause. While

complementary therapies provide health benefits they’re

not a cure for ALL problems that trouble developmentally

normal, thriving babies, who happen to cry often or have

trouble sleeping. Healthy, thriving babies commonly display

inconsolable crying, wakefulness and fussy or distressed

behavior due to developmental and behavioral reasons.

Complementary therapies and conventional medicine

will make little or no difference to infant distress due to

developmental or behavioral reasons, because therapy,

medications or dietary changes won’t resolve these types

of problems.

Developmental reasons: In some instances what may be

viewed by parents as problematic infant behavior can be

normal or typical for baby’s stage of development.

Behavioral problems: Physically well babies typically display

troubled behavior in response to the parent or caregiver

in terms of their respective feeding or settling practices.

Behavioral problems that commonly trouble healthy babies

include overfeeding, overtiredness and overstimulation,

among others. These problems cause babies varying degrees

of distress.

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Baby & Toddler

Nursing Moms

Night feeds:

The pros and cons of

nursing baby to sleep

Its natural for babies to fall asleep while breastfeeding, but “natural” doesn’t mean free

from complications. Here, we discuss the advantages and potential disadvantages linked

to breastfeeding a baby to sleep.

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Baby & Toddler

Nursing Moms

Is it a good idea to breastfeed a baby

to sleep? Why not, you may wonder,

for what can be more natural than

breastfeeding an infant, even if it’s

before bedtime. However, not everyone

agrees with this, for there have been

claims that nursing a baby to sleep

may cause feeding problems, sleeping

issues, etc.

The fact is, it works for some babies

and may not work out well for others.

Breastfeeding a baby to sleep has

advantages, but there can also be

disadvantages. It’s up to you to decide

what’s best for baby and you.


• It is a quick and easy way to get

your baby to fall asleep, provided of

course that the little one is already

sleepy and has gotten used to falling

asleep while on the breast.

• Your baby will fall asleep without

crying or fussing.

• It’s comforting and soothing for a

baby to fall asleep with mommy so

close by.

• You do not need to get up or hold

baby to breastfeed him, especially if

you’re already sleeping.

• It’s easy and convenient - Once your

baby has fallen asleep, you’ll know

for he’ll just stop suckling completely

and your nipple will slide out of the

little one’s mouth.

• Promotes bonding between baby

and mom, even if it’s just till baby

falls asleep.

Note: The digestive hormone called

Cholecystokinin is released when food

from the stomach reaches the first

part of the small intestine. It causes

the sensation of drowsiness in young

babies, regardless if they’re breast or

formula-fed. Hence they have a natural

tendency to fall asleep while feeding.

An inevitable


Repeatedly breastfeeding

your baby to sleep will

encourage him to develop

a breastfeeding-sleep

association; regardless

of whether this is your

intention or not. This

means he learns to

psychologically link the

act of falling asleep with

suckling at your breast.


The following are ways in which

nursing your baby to sleep might

affect your baby’s feeding and sleeping

patterns and behavior.

• Frequent demand for feedings -

beyond what you might expect:

Once your baby associates falling

asleep with suckling at your breast,

he will appear hungry and seek to

breastfeed whenever he’s tired and

ready to sleep in addition to times

of hunger.

• Attempts to ‘stretch out’ the time

between feedings are unlikely to

succeed because he will become

increasingly more upset owing to

tiredness if he’s not offered your

breast. A breastfeeding-sleep

association can also make it hard for

you to tell the difference between

your baby’s hunger and tired cues.

• Prolonged feeds: Your baby may

want to remain firmly attached to

your breast until he’s deeply asleep.

Breastfeeds can appear to be

prolonged, possibly up to an hour

or longer, depending on how long it

takes for him to fall deeply asleep.

• Your baby may not even actively

feed the entire time he’s attached

to your breast; rather he will spend

much of this time comfort sucking

as he drifts off to sleep.

• If you try to remove your baby

before he’s deeply asleep, he

may sense this, wake fully and

immediately search for your

breast again. Note that this is not

necessarily because of unsatisfied

hunger, but rather because he’s not

yet deeply asleep.

• If during light sleep your baby senses

that he’s no longer attached to

your breast, he’s at risk of waking

prematurely… still tired.

• If you don't offer your breast when

your baby is ready to sleep, he’s

likely to remain awake despite being

fatigued. The longer you delay

offering him your breast the greater

the risk of him becoming distressed

owing to overtiredness.

• Excessive night feeds: You might

find that once your baby is 4 months

old he starts to wake more often

during the night, possibly every hour

or two, wanting to be breastfed

back to sleep.

The reason behind

some prolonged night


Most healthy, thriving babies no longer

require nighttime feedings from around

the age of 6 months. However, a baby

who relies on breastfeeding as a way

to fall asleep is likely to continue to

demand frequent breastfeeds during

the night long after the time that

he reaches the stage where he no

longer requires night feedings. He may

continue to demand frequent feedings

at night for as long as he associates

falling asleep with suckling at his

mother’s breast.

Article adapted from:

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Baby & Toddler

Love For Life

Sing me

a lullaby,


A lullaby, is a song that is sung to help lull a

baby to sleep. Although it was invented for

this, it’s also believed to have other purposes

as well, such as to pass down cultural

knowledge to the younger generations from

their infancy. Lullabies are mostly simple

in nature and they have soothing melodies

about them, which makes them perfect as

part of a sleeping time routine for babies.

Here are the lyrics to some popular lullabies

Hush, little baby

Hush, little baby, don't say a word,

Papa's gonna buy you a mockingbird.

And if that mockingbird won't sing,

Papa's gonna buy you a diamond ring.

And if that diamond ring turns brass,

Papa's gonna buy you a looking glass.

And if that looking glass gets broke,

Papa's gonna buy you a billy goat.

And if that billy goat won't pull

Papa's gonna buy you a cart and bull.

And if that cart and bull fall down,

You'll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

Sleep, baby, sleep

Sleep, baby, sleep

Your father tends the sheep

Your mother shakes the dreamland tree

And from it fall sweet dreams for thee

Sleep, baby, sleep

Sleep, baby, sleep

Twinkle, twinkle, little


Twinkle, twinkle, little star

How I wonder what you are

Up above the world so high

Like a diamond in the sky

Twinkle, twinkle, little star

How I wonder what you are

All the Pretty Horses

Hush-a-bye, don't you cry,

Go to sleep my little baby.

When you wake you shall have

All the pretty little horses.

Black and bays, dapples, grays,

All the pretty little horses.

Hush-a-bye, don't you cry,

Go to sleep my little baby.

Hush-a-bye, don't you cry,

Go to sleep my little baby.

When you wake you shall have

All the pretty little horses.

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Baby & Toddler

Wonders Of Childhood

No more





Babies are such bundles of joy, aren’t they?

That is, until, they start to develop their own

little opinions - one of which being that lying

still while having their diapers or clothes

changes just isn’t their thing anymore. And

so begins the diaper table wars!

Try this!

If you need to, try letting

baby see what it’s like to

be the changer, as opposed

to the change. Letting him see

his favourite soft toy having

a diaper change may help

him be more accepting of

the diaper changing


When diaper-changing time comes, parents either have an

easy time or they don’t. Many parents have to put up with

a whole lot of fussing and squirming just to put on fresh

diapers for their little one. Things get pretty stressful at times,

not to mention messy. There are however, ways to handle this

without losing your cool, and here are some of them.


Distraction works, but you’ll have to know the art of it

before you can keep using this trick. Try keeping a basket of

interesting, colourful toys in a basket nearby the changing

table (Make sure you can access this basket without leaving

your baby unattended at the table. Ensure too that the toys

in here are exclusive in a sense that your baby only gets to

see and touch them during changing times at the table. Basic

things like wooden spoons and empty boxes work just fine

too, as long as they seem to hold his attention. For some

babies, this trick only works with things that don’t seem like

toys — things they don’t usually get to play with. You can

even let baby choose a toy to play with during changing

times. Also, change or rotate the toys in this basket often

enough for baby not to lose interest.

You can even try keeping a bottle of lotion on the table.

Squeeze a drop onto your baby’s hand and let him rub his

hands together - some babies find it entertaining!


Objects aren’t the only things that can be distracting — you

can be too. “Make funny faces, dance, clap, pretend to drop

something and say “oh-oh!” - anything that'll entertain him

should work.

Here’s one trick babies may find entertaining too: Jokingly

‘threaten’ to put a diaper on your head… and do it! It’ll be

hilarious enough to catch his attention and make him stop


Make a change in scenery

If the changing table is getting boring, take the changing task

somewhere else, such as the floor or on the bed. Not only will

your baby have a change in scenery, but you’ll also have the

added freedom of being able to change baby anywhere else

and not just at one spot in the house.

Get baby involved

As babies get older and the toys trick stop working their

charm, try getting baby involved by giving him some ‘duties’

during diaper changing times. Let him choose the diaper, or

pull out wipes or hand you items like clothing, etc. In addition

to giving baby something to focus on, it may work as a prep

for potty training.

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Bright Kids

Growing Up

How to

communicate better

with your little one

Communicating with little children involves a whole lot of listening,

understanding and talking in ways that encourage your child to listen back to

you too. Like any other parenting skill, the more you practice, the better you

get at it. Read on…

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Bright Kids

Growing Up

Communicating with a


No matter how busy you are, as a

parent, you cannot afford to not

communicate well with your child, and

it doesn’t matter if your little one can

speak back to you or not. When there

is a good, comfortable communicating

line between parent and child, the

latter will be able to express his or her

feelings, needs and wants.

Communicating well with a child

entails that you encourage them to talk

to you so they can tell you what they’re

feeling and thinking. In turn, you must

be able to really listen and respond in a

sensitive way to all kinds of things that

they may have in their little developing

minds – not just nice things or good

news, but also anger, embarrassment,

sadness and fear. As parents, you’ll

also have to tune into your child’s body

language and tone as well as words so

you can really understand what your

little one is trying to bring out. When

communicating with a little one, it also

pays to take into consideration your

child’s age and how much can he or

she really comprehend, not to mention

the short attention span you have to

work with.

Not all children are the same though,

and they communicate in different

ways too. Some children need a lot of

encouragement and positive feedback

to express what they’re feeling inside.

Others will be desperate to talk with

a parent when said parent is busy

with household chores, working on

the computer, talking on the phone,

etc. Once again, it pays to realise that

your child’s communication needs

during this tender developing stage

is important, so do try to stop what

you’re doing and…… listen.

Remember, as they grow older, you’ll

need them to listen to you when you

have important things to tell them,

so start modelling this behavior of

listening while your child is still at an

impressionable age. Be intentional in

your efforts to listen (when your child

or spouse is talking) and junior will

learn to do the same.

Keep the flow of

communication open at

all times

It’s important for kids to know and

realise that their parents value their

thoughts and feelings, and are always

there to help them express themselves

too. One good practice is to set aside

time for talking and listening to each

other. Family meals times can make

this happen by default with

clever prompting. Get your

spouse on board with you on

this and change dinner time

into family communicating

time with jokes, laughter,

praises, etc.

With little children, it’s easy to even

just talk about everyday things as you go

through your day together. Remember,

if you keep this up and your child is used

to having lots of communication with

you, it can make it easier to talk when

sensitive or tricky issues come up in your

child’s life later on.

The many facets of communicating with a child

Building up on their

“Feelings vocabulary”

Be open to talking about all kinds

of feelings, including anger, joy,

frustration, fear and anxiety. This

helps your child develop a ‘feelings

vocabulary’. Talking about feeling

angry is different from getting angry,

though. Learning the difference is an

important step for a child learning to


Watch for changes in

body language

Tune in to what your child’s body

language is telling you, and try to

respond to non-verbal messages too

– for example, if your child seems

fidgety during dinner, try inquiring:

“Something seems to be troubling you.

Would you like to talk about it?”.

Work together to

resolve things

As children grow and develop their

own interesting characters, it might

get exasperating for some parents

to try and deal with it. For example,

a child may take to changing his

clothes several times a day. Instead of

nagging about it, try instead to remark

positively on his new interest in /

hygiene/fashion and ask him to put

away what he’s no longer wearing, in

its proper place.

Emphasise the

importance of honesty

It’s crucial to encourage and support

your child to tell the truth at all times

and when it happens, offer praise first

before commenting on the situation.

It goes without saying too, that it will

never do for your child to catch you

telling a lie… even if it’s a little one.

Always being available

and willing to listen

This may be tricky, especially if you

have a clingy or needy child to begin

with. This also may make it difficult

to predict when your child will start

talking about something important.

The key point here is to be sensitive to

his body language, voice tone and of

course, what’s he up to at all times.

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Deciding on a



Your baby’s developing body needs specific health care - the kind that differs from the

needs of adults. It is usually provided by a pediatrician, a doctor who specializes in the

care of babies, children, and also teenagers. Medical doctors complete four years of medical

school, where else to become specialized in the field of pediatrics, three additional years of

training in the field is needed.

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Apart from providing routine care, medical attention when

injuries and illnesses occur and also providing immunizations,

pediatricians can also help with issues such as growth and

development, feeding, and in some cases, behavioural

problems too.

A pediatrician may practice alone, or some may work

together in a group practice. In a pediatric doctor’s office,

there will also be nurses, where else the rest of the team may

include a laboratory technician and an administrative staff.

Do you have a family pediatrician?

Your baby need not be born into the world yet for you to

‘shop’ around for an ideal pediatrician for his future health care

needs. In fact, finding one beforehand is an important part of

preparing for a new baby! There are many things to consider

when doing this, such as the pediatrician’s training and

experience, as well as the office location, hours, and routines.

If you’re looking a pediatrician, ideally, begin as soon as

possible. You can ask your obstetrician for names, and talk

with other parents about their pediatrician. It is often a good

idea to meet with two or three prospective pediatricians

before your baby is born, to learn more about the doctors

and staff, and also to ask questions. Note: There may or may

not be a charge for this kind of visit.

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Other points to consider:

• What are the office hours?

• Are there weekend and/or evening hours?

• How do you make an appointment?

• How long does it take to get a check-up


• How long does it take to get a sick-child


• What about payments and billing?

• Is this pediatrician listed as a provider on your

insurance plan? In regards to this, which hospital is

the pediatrician affiliated with? Is this compatible

with your insurance plan?

• How long do you have to wait in the office before

you are seen?

• Is there a separate waiting area for sick children?

• Do the office staff seem friendly and interested in


Points to consider when

deciding on the ideal

pediatrician for your baby

Location: You may want to

find a pediatrician near your

home. Some parents may

prefer to find one near to their

place of work.

How long does it take to get

there? You might have to

consider how long will the

journey be during peak hours

as well.

Parking convenience. Although

you’re not anticipating on

visiting often, the ability to

park nearest as possible to the

doctor’s office will surely matter when

you do visit with your baby.

Does the practice have more

than one office/more than one

doctor? This will be important

if you wish to see the same

pediatrician for each visit.

Things you might want

to know about the

prospective pediatrician/


• The pediatrician’s training and

experience. Does he have a specialty

or area of interest?

• What are his views on

immunization, and use of

medications, particularly

antibiotics and over-the-counter


• Will he be willing to prescribe

medications over the phone?

• Will he be the only one to see

your child for all visits?

• Who should you call if

your child gets sick during

the night or on weekends?

As you talk with the pediatrician and the office staff,

you’ll soon know whether they have the same train of

thought as you regarding your child’s health care. Before

you decide on anything, you may also want to consider

consulting with other parents to find out their experiences

and recommendations.

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Diaper wars:

Cloth or


Diapering one’s child has never been such a topic of debate

as it is today, mainly between parents who use cloth

diapers and disposable diapers. While we do believe

that to each his own, there are still a lot to debate

on. From the topic of convenience to hygiene and

responsibility towards the environment, we can’t

possibly deny that the choice of which kind of

diaper to use on one’s baby really does garner

some interesting thoughts and conclusions.


are your

choices based on?

For some parents, their choice

of diapers are based on their

consciousness as well as concern about

the ill-effects of non-biodegradable

material filling up the countless landfills on

earth. For others, it may just be a matter of

which diaper is more convenient to use

and dispose off, while still others may

make their choice based on the brands

they happen to like. How do you

make your choice of diapers

for your little one?

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Modern diapering: What could we possibly mean?

Modern diapering could mean anything from simple cloth

diapering to super-absorbent disposable diapers. The whole

term ‘modern diapering’ itself can be a tad confusing to

explain, because for many, it actually refers to cloth diapering,

which in a way is actually turning back the clock to how

diapering was done many, many decades ago, using reusable

diapers. On the other hand, we have parents who liken the

term ‘modern’ to convenience above all, and nothing beats

the convenience of disposable diapers, no matter where you

go in the world.

So, let’s dissect this issue right now and go into the nitty gritty

of both cloth diapers as well as disposable diapers, before

leaving the choice to you.

Cloth diapers

Are you new to the concept of cloth diapering? Or perhaps

you’re considering using them for your baby? Well here’s

what you can expect in terms of benefits.

Cloth diapering will save you money.

The cost of disposable diapers is approximately RM8,300

from the time your baby is born till he is potty-trained. As

for cloth diapers, you’ll only need about 24 one size fits all

diapers, assuming you’ll be washing them regularly. At the

cost of about RM50 per diaper, you’ll be spending all-in about

RM1,200 for your child’s diapers. Keep in mind too, that you

can reuse these for your next child!

The bonus point here is, you’ll probably buy your cloth

diapers before your baby is born, which means that you could

potentially be eliminating your future diapering expense even

before your baby arrives!

It’s 2019: There are no folding or pins involved!

Contrary to what you may have in mind, modern cloth

diapers are not the same as the ones many of us may have

been diapered in when we were babies. They are, today,

more efficiently designed and more user friendly than they

have ever been. You also do not have to own the skills of an

origami folding artists to use one either, for they’re way past

folding, or pinning in place for that matter.

Prefolds, on the other hand, one of the cheapest options

of cloth diapers, are rectangles of absorbent fabric with

extra bulk in the middle and needs to be fastened with a

pin-less, diaper fastener, such as Snappi, then layered with a

waterproof diaper cover.

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Or, you may prefer pocket diapers, which resemble

disposable diapers with easy

fasteners – buttons or

Velcro. These diapers have

two-layers – a waterproof

outer layer and a stay-dry

inner layer, usually stitched

from absorbent microfleece

or suede cloth materials.

The removable inserts can be

washed and dried to be reused.

Parents have a choice of natural, eco-friendly materials like

organic cotton, hemp and bamboo. The extra special feature

of cloth diapering is that the one-size reusable diapers grow

with your baby from infant to potty-training age.

You’ll have to organise your laundry load well

Or else, you may actually run out of diapers, especially

during times of baby diarrhea, etc. You also can’t afford to

skip laundry too often, for this reason.

Reusable and money-saving in

many ways

Depending on how well you take care of

them, cloth diapers can be used from birth

to potty training, and may even be passed

on from sibling to sibling. If you have friends

who are looking to save money and don’t

mind buying second hand, you can sell them

to recoup some of your initial investment.

The environmentally friendly choice

While no one knows exactly how long it’ll take for a

disposable diaper to completely break down inside our

landfills, one thing’s for sure, every piece of it contributes

to polluting the earth by adding poisons into the ground.

The impact of that number can be truly felt when we

consider that the United States Environmental Protection

Agency (EPA) has reported that 20 billion disposable

diapers, or 3.5 million tons of waste, are placed in their

landfills every year. Note: That’ll be akin to 3.5 million

great white sharks!


So cloth diapers save you money, they’re easy to use, they

have environmental benefits, and the list goes on. Still, even

cloth diapering is not without its own set of challenges.

You’ll need to wash them!

First, you’ll have to dispose of the poop, of course. So, yes,

there’ll be a fair amount of poop-handling going on. Get

used to that, and it’ll be just a matter of organising your

nappy laundry to ensure you have fresh diapers all the time.

No throwing away soiled diapers when you’re out

with baby

Instead, you’ll have to either find a way to dispose of the

poopy content in a toilet or garbage bin, or you’ll have to

bag the whole thing and see to it when you get home.

Disposable diapers

Disposable diapers were first introduced in the late 1950s,

and were extensively used from then on. For moms, it

meant no more slogging away getting soiled nappies

cleaned! Disposable diapers are made from exceptionally

absorbent core material that wicks away moisture from a

baby’s skin, and most modern ones also feature a special

top layer that keeps baby’s skin dry. The outer layer is made

waterproof so that urine and stools stay in the diaper.

Today, dozens of brands of disposable diapers are available

in the market, allowing moms a multitude of choices. They

even come in pull-up pant variants, also known as training

diapers, that are even easier to use.


We can’t talk enough of the convenience of disposable diapers

for it really does count when mothers choose disposable

diapers over cloth ones. The main convenience it offers is that

you can dispose of the whole diaper once it’s been soiled.

This means that parents do not have to think about the added

laundry load later on, as with the case of cloth diapers.

Quicker diaper changes

Less time is spent on changing them, which would become

lesser as you get used to doing it. As a result, changing would

become more practical for moms or dads, especially when

they’re on the go.

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The disadvantages

They ultimately cost more

Diapers are very expensive, especially when you consider that

a baby can use up to 8 diapers in a day on average. Also, the

prices of these products can vary according to their types and

qualities, which can cause concern and confusion among

parents. Ask any middle-income earning parent today and

they might tell you that a pretty good portion of their budget

is spent in buying disposable diapers each month - and for

most of them, they run out of them before month’s end!

They’re likely to cause nappy rash

Nappy rashes tend to occur due to the reaction between

a baby’s skin and certain materials used in the making of

disposable diapers. For most parents, this has amounted to

many visits to the doctor’s office or pharmacies, and also,

changing diaper brands to find a suitable one that does not

cause diaper rash.

They slow down toilet training in toddlers

Potty training takes up time and effort - the use of

disposable diapers offer such convenience to parents that

they often dilly dally when it comes to making an effort to

potty train their child.

Little ones also seem quite comfortable in these diapers, a

fact that does not help to push parents to hurry up and toilet

train their kids.

The bottom line is, (pun intended!) the choice is ultimately

yours to make, so choose well!

Easily available.

Well, you can’t expect to walk into a 24-hour convenience

store and buy a set of modern cloth diaper off the shelf, but

you will indeed find several emergency packs of disposable

baby diapers.

They have hypoallergenic variants

If your child happens to have a chemical or allergic reaction

to the materials in standard diapers, you can choose diapers

that are made to be hypoallergenic. It’s crucial though, as

parents, to keep in mind that the term ‘hypoallergenic’ in

diapers does not always carry a controlled definition, and

that some manufacturers would try to make claims that

simply aren’t true.




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Mother’s Day:

Get Creative with

your Gifts

Every year in the month of May, we pay tribute to mothers on Mother’s day. Each

year too, many of us face the same question of what to gift to that special woman

in our lives. While the traditional flowers, chocolates and special jewelry pieces

will never go out of style, there are many other choices of gifts we can look into to

make mom’s day special. Here, we share some really great ideas and you can get

them in online stores too!

Did you know?

The Mother’s Day we celebrate today was

started by one Anna Jarvis in the early

1900s, when she got the US Congress

to recognize the holiday, founded the

Mother’s Day International Association

and even trademarked the phrase

“Mother’s Day.”

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A special locket

There is something about lockets that make them so special to the wearer,

for often times, they hold the photo of a loved one or loved ones, worn

close to the heart. No matter what your budget is, you’ll surely find one

that’s just right. They can be bought online or at department stores, or

even at flea markets. A locket, especially with a meaningful photo inside,

is the perfect gift with sentimental value attached to it.

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer - Mother’s Day Gift Edition


If your mom is the doll-up type and is proud of her head of hair, you

simply can’t go wrong with this one! It’s a special edition for Mother’s

Day this year. The ultra-modern and stylish hair dryer set comes with

its own complimentary brush set too, making this gift extra special for

mom. Go ahead…let her know how sassy you think she still is!

Nonagon DIY Manual Photo Album

Surprise Gift Box RM73

This scrapbook style gift box is uniquely exquisite,

she might not take her eyes off it! You can

decorate it with precious photos of family

members and watch the twinkle in her eyes as it

‘opens up’ to reveal all those treasured memories

inside. Plus, there is also a gift box in the middle,

for you to place a little extra something for mom.

Strawberry Essential Selection from The

Body Shop

Fresh, aromatic and delicious-smelling! Gift mom

with this set of The Body Shop’s Strawberry

favourites comprising of Strawberry Shower Gel,

Body Scrub, Body Butter and Soap – all enriched

with cold-pressed strawberry seed oil, sourced

from seeds leftover from jam making.

Enriched with Community Trade ingredients from

around the world.

True colors Luxury Gift Set RM448

If tradition is what you’re after, then go ahead and splurge on this gift of flowers in

a lovely vase along with the sweet treat of strawberries in chocolate. There simply

can’t be anything more refreshing than the sight of 18 stalks of fresh tulips on

Mother’s day…while the chocs, which look too good to be eaten, will only sweeten

mom’s day! This gift comes with a complimentary massage card. Deliver is free

within the Klang Valley. You can order it at

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Gift vouchers

Everyone loves to shop, so you can’t go wrong

with shopping vouchers. Even if its a RM300

voucher to shop at her favourite grocery store,

trust us, it will make any mom’s day! You can

even go with vouchers for her favourite spa, hair

salon, manicure and pedicure, garden store, etc.

Not only are these gifts quite out of norm yet

practical and considerate, you can be assured too

that they’ll be used for sure.

Personal gift basket

These are a little

different from

hampers as you’re

practically making

it yourself and

it does not need

to contain only

foodstuff or any

specific items for

that matter - you

can mix them

around to suit the recipient’s liking! You’ll need

an attractive basket for this, of course and

some ribbons if you like for simple decorating

purposes. Fill up your basket with anything you

feel the recipient would fancy, provided they

all fit well into the basket, and you’ll have the

perfect Mother’s Day gift!


Think supersized for this one! Find a special scenery shot of a place your recipient loves, like a special beach

from a trip, a landscape from where they grew up, or any significant scene. Have the photo enlarged and

framed and you’ll have a classy gift that is lovely and evokes fond memories too.

A luxury hotel stay

Book a stay at a luxury hotel complete with room

service and breakfast, and watch your recipient’s

eyes light up with glee! Hint: Hotels that adjoin

to shopping malls, such as One World Hotel

Petaling Jaya which is connected to One Utama

Shopping Mall, are a definite plus, especially

if the recipient has gift vouchers as part of this

exclusive Mother’s day gift!

Strawberries dipped in white chocolate


This gift set is from and is

a luxurious sweet treat any mom would love!

The strawberries used are fresh and extra large

in size, each of them individually dipped in

decadent Belgium white chocolate. Smooth and

refined, they are presented in an elegant box

for that special woman in everyone’s life. Free

Delivery in KL and PJ.

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Healing Solutions Mother’s Day set of essential Oils


Regardless if mom is an essential oil user or not, she’ll surely be

blown away with this lovely, scentful set from Healing Solutions.

You can purchase them online from The set includes

10mL bottles of the following: Calm Blend, Chamomile (Roman),

Frankincense, French Lavender, Harmony Blend, Head Ease

Blend, Love Blend, Joy Blend, Peppermint, Relaxation Blend,

Rose Geranium, Stress Relief Blend, Tea Tree, and Vetiver, all

arranged to perfection in a lovely gift box.

Happy Mother’s Day Vinyl Record Wall

Clock RM78

Is mom an artsy

soul? Does she love

music? Either way,

she’ll definitely

appreciate this

beautifully crafted

homemade vinyl

art piece from


com. There are

actually quite a

few variations to choose from, and you can get

similar ones from other online stores as well.

Nigritella Oriental Orchid Fragrance


Inspired by a dark orchid from the Alps,

Switzerland, this fragrance from The Body Shop

is a luxurious floral fusion of red vanilla orchid

enhanced with an opulent hint of tuberose

and vanilla for fiery sensuality. This oriental

fragrance will instantly transport mom you

to the heights of the Alps where this living

plant blooms. The lovely bottle is crafted

from sustainably recycled glass with a natural

wooden cap.

Home baked goods

The initiative and thought that goes with baking

your own goodies for someone as gifts spell

love! Even if you’re not a good baker, there are

loads of easy-to-follow recipes on the internet

that you can try. These too can be placed into a

gift basket, or, you can arrange them in a fancy

container. Baked goods can be in the form of

muffins, cookies, cakes, buns, scones, etc.

Where to shop:






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Connect well

with your child:

Moms share their

precious tips

Those heart-warming, close connection

with our children - every parent yearns

it. Precious hugs, loving pecks on the

cheeks, impromptu blurts of “I love you

Mommy” are all that make parenting so

much more worth it. Deep in our hearts,

we can’t help but wonder if they’ll last,

for we’ve all witnessed at some time

or another in our lives, relationships

between children and their parents

undergo pressure and challenges as

little ones grow up and try to fit in with

friends, go up against peer pressure, feel

inclined to impress others, etc. After

all, there is a whole new world outside

their home, and other people besides

their family to get to know and, yes, to

connect with.

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Parent-child connection - aim to

make it stronger

We’re constantly reminded by parenting experts that we need

a minimum of five positive interactions to every negative

interaction to keep a healthy and thriving parent-child bond.

Alright, that might seem a bit much for some. To many

parents, it may seem like a difficult feat, since many among

us spend so much time guiding (read: correcting, reminding

and reprimanding them) - So, it’s going to take some effort

to put in five times as much in positive interactions, such

as hugs, praises, kisses, cuddles, playful teasing, joking,

encouragement, etc.

Feeling connected emotionally to our kids, and feeling their

connection towards us are what makes parenting worth

the effort we put in. Children who feel strongly connected

to their parents are often more inclined to cooperate with

them, not because they have to, but because they want

to. We’ll have to keep reminding ourselves though, that

they’re still kids, which means that emotions may still be a

tad overwhelming for them to handle responsibly, especially

during such trying times of parent-child feuds and conflicts.

As long as they trust that we understand them the most, and

are always on their side, they’ll always be more open to let us

lead the way.

….And with such young minds and lives, that’s what we

want. To be able to tenderly lead them towards independence

via the route of kindness, empathy and social skillfulness.

how it must be for a child who knows no other way to

respond to feelings of frustration, anger, sadness, ect, other

than to act out and hope you’ll find some way to help him.

So, summon up all your compassion, don’t let the anger

trigger you, and welcome the tears and fears that always

hide behind the anger. Be grateful too, that you’re there for

him - to help him acknowledge all those feelings and to show

concern for the pain. That creates safety, so he can move

through those emotions and back into the momentarily ‘lost’

connection with you. Afterwards, your growing, developing

child will surely start to feel more relaxed, cooperative, and

closer to you. No one said it was easy, mama!

You’ll need to listen and

empathise, a lot!

Cultivating the habit of seeing things from your child’s

perspective will ensure that you treat your little one with

respect no matter what the situation might be and offer

amiable solutions. It will help you better understand the

reasons behind such a behavior that is driving you nuts.

Keep putting yourself in their shoes and you will soon be

regulating your own emotions - the next time your patience is

challenged, you’ll quickly remember that your child is not an

enemy, but a little human trying to grow up.

Let’s see what some Malaysian moms have to say about

the subject!

Don’t turn away an emotional


Most of us tend to confuse emotional meltdowns as ‘bad’

behaviour. At times like these, it’s good to keep in mind your

own reactions when something upsets you greatly - not such

a fun feeling, isn’t it? And that’s you as an adult, so imagine

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Revathi, 26

Always listen to

what our kids

have to say and

let them express

their emotions.

Children raised

by parents who

are consistently

responsive tend

to have better


development and mental health outcomes.

Kelly Lai Chui

Yen, 38

Being a parent

can sometimes

be like a


ride - it can take

you up to the

heights of joy

and then down

to the depths

of despair, all

within the timeframe of a few minutes. But we

will never stop trying for the rewards are great.


Noryasmin bt

Mohd Arshad, 30

Show them

unconditional love

and respect. Be

positive and kind.

Most of all, live

your life to the

fullest with them

and always try your

best in everything

you do for them.

Rubina Rafik, 36

Our children are our soul.

I believe it’s important to

hug them everyday for it

helps in building a good

relationship between

parent and child.

Raathiga, 30

Spend quality time

with your child no

matter how busy

your daily schedule

is, because

it’s extremely

important for

their healthy


Stay connected,

show love more,

play together

with them, make

and eat healthy meals with them, plan enjoyable

activities and create beautiful memories.

Dr Felicia

Soong, 39

Guide your little

ones to care and

show kindness to

others by walking

the talk.

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Nur Hazwani bt Che

Rahim, 30

Always try to listen

and see with your

heart, for children

always have a reason

to behave the way

they do. Keep doing

this and you’ll

cultivate the patience

to go through this and

you’ll soon learn to

love this journey.

Shireen Moong, 42

Bonding is very

important for every

parent and child.

Spend more time

together; it can be a

nap, a meal or even

giving them a shower.

They will be much

happier and will be

much more positive in

their behaviour.


Zakariah, 30

Show love and

patience. Support

and empower

them. Through your

guidance, they’ll be

motivated to learn

more about the


Sydney Mak, 39

Allow your children to be

independent as early as

possible, for it’s the best way

to prepare them for the real

world out there.

Sharon, 40

To be in your

children’s thoughts

and memories

tomorrow, you

need to be in their

lives today.

Evelyn Ng, 38

Respect your child, show

them positive behaviour

and attitude. Have empathy

towards your child’s

emotion, and your child will

follow suit.

Sheena Dominic 32

Your influence as a mother is

powerful. Don’t waste it, little

eyes are watching you.

Joanne Liew, 38

There is no such thing as

loving your child too much,

Loving them cannot spoil


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Out & About


parents up

to date with

their little

ones’ lives

at daycare

The LittleLives app has

just launched their

two-way communications app in Malaysia,

making it easier for parents and teachers to connect over their

children’s activities at school and daycare. This technology aims

to make a vital difference in children’s lives, by keeping their

parents in the loop with their growth and building a stronger

partnership between parents and teachers. The app, which

first began in Singapore and used now by over 1000 schools

in six countries, promotes the importance of home-and-school

partnership to build a more integrated child development.

This is a key tool as Malaysia sees more households in which

both parents are working to support these families, otherwise

known as dual-career families.

White Lodge established in

Kuala Lumpur

Parents of young children will be glad to know that

White Lodge International Preschool (White Lodge), one

of the leading preschools known to be implementing

personalised learning modules in Singapore, has already

been established in Bangsar South and Mont Kiara. The

preschool, one of the very first in Singapore to recognise

the value of creative education to preschool-aged children,

provides flexible two, three or five-day programmes with

childcare options for parents to suit their needs. Jayne

Nadarajoo, Founding Director of White Lodge Education

Group Services, said that she was inspired to establish

White Lodge after realising that childhood education tends

to focus on academic excellence, with little emphasis

on long-term intellectual and emotional growth. White

Lodge Bangsar South and Mont Kiara offer a range of

learning facilities for children aged 18 months to six-anda-half

years old to explore and learn creatively but at their

own pace. Its uniquely-designed educational programme

aims to foster their growth and development into unique

individuals, empowering them to be independent and

responsible for their own learning. For more information on

White Lodge, please visit

Supporting a Child’s Physical,

Nutritional and Growth Needs

with Dugro

Danone Dumex Malaysia has

introduced two new products

into its Dugro ® range - Dugro ®

Complete and Dugro ® Sure,

to help support Malaysian

children with the right nutrition

for different growth needs.

Elspeth Hindle, the Healthcare

Nutrition Director of Danone Dumex

Malaysia said: “Danone Dumex

is committed to supporting the

health and nutritional needs of

Malaysian children. To that end, we

have introduced two new products,

Dugro ® Complete* and Dugro ®

Sure* – two different milk formulas

to support in various growth needs

of a child, so that each child can

grow to their fullest potential. “The difference between

the two products is that Dugro ® Complete is specially

formulated to help assist children with unsatisfactory

growth and development. Whilst Dugro ® Sure is a milk

formula designed to support optimal physical growth that

allows children to achieve all the appropriate milestones.

Both Dugro ® Complete and Dugro ® Sure are now available

for purchase at leading supermarkets and minimarkets

nationwide. The recommended retail prices of a 600 gram

pack of Dugro ® Complete and Dugro ® Sure are RM40.00

and RM30.66 respectively.

HP reinvents learning for

children with ‘Little Makers’


HP introduced the HP Little Makers challenge, an opportunity

for children to reinvent immersive learning with the HP

DeskJet Ink Advantage 3700 Printer. Children between

5 – 12 are eligible to participate in challenges for prizes,

while schools stand a chance to win a HP Idea Lab worth

RM20,000. In alignment to The Ministry of Education’s focus

on technology-based learning, the HP Little Makers challenge

incites creativity in an advanced learning environment for

children with technology and play-based learning. To kick

off the challenges, HP partnered with 40 schools nationwide

who will receive a HP DeskJet Ink Advantage and are also

in the running to win a HP Idea Lab. The HP Idea Lab will

feature the HP Pavilion x360 and HP DeskJet Ink Advantage

3700 to enhance learning experiences for the future of

Malaysia. The challenge is also open to anyone between the

age of 5-12 years old. Participating kids and their families

stand a chance to win RM500 worth of HP products.

Five winners are chosen every two weeks in-line with the

“Challenge of the Week”. Online challenges will be updated

bi-weekly on for children, parents or

teachers to complete together.

44 BabyTalk | May 2019

Life & Style

Out & About


Ipoh, 18th April 2019 – Putting the United Nations’ (UN) global Sustainable

Development Goals (SDG) into practice, Sunway Lost World of Tambun

(LWOT) has stepped up to achieve Quality Education (Goal #4) and Climate

Action (Goal #13) goals by educating 143 children in Ipoh on the importance

of waste management for a better and healthier environment for the

future generation. To cultivate good daily habits and inculcate conservation

knowledge among children from a young age, LWOT has jointly worked

with Sunway University to conduct educational environmental workshop

sessions at Q-dees centres in Ipoh, Bandar Seri Botani and Meru respectively

to raise awareness on the significance of waste management and conservation. LWOT will be unveiling its new

attraction, Asia’s First two-and-a-half-storey Water-Based Dark Ride estimated to be completed in September 2019.

For more information about Sunway Lost World Of Tambun, log on to



Navigating through a shopping mall has never been this easy – and rewarding! The newly

launched Sunway Pyramid Mobile app is the very first shopping mall app with real-time

in-mall navigation, set to revolutionise the shopping experience. With over 1,000 exciting

specialty stores available in Sunway Pyramid, making one’s way around the 1.8 million sq

ft of space that spans over four main shopping levels can prove to be quite the challenge.

The Sunway Pyramid Mobile app was created in partnership with Google Maps and uses

indoor map technology to provide customers an easier way to navigate the mall. The

real-time indoor navigation feature uses Google Maps’ indoor technology and WiFi signals to accurately position the user in the

building – shoppers can say goodbye to spending more time searching for a physical counter or directory to get to their desired

location. For more information, go to:



Whether it’s downloading, making payments, online gameplay, video calls and other online

engagements, internet users get frustrated when they experience lag or latency issues when

connecting to the internet. Linksys®, a brand that has pioneered wireless connectivity since 1988 with

its leading innovation and engineering strategies, and best-in-class technology, design and customer

service introduces its latest addition to the Linksys family of Velop Whole Home WiFi Mesh Systems

– the new Velop Tri and Dual Band Mesh WiFi System that is now available in Malaysia. The Velop Tri-

Band modular WiFi system can be installed in various mesh configurations providing fast and reliable

WiFi to the edge of a home network, while the new Velop Dual Band Series is a smaller and more affordable WiFi System that is

designed and built as the world’s first mass-market flexible WiFi System. Linksys®, is also the home router pioneer and first to sell

100 million routers globally. The Linksys Velop Tri-Band Mesh WiFi System and the Linksys Velop Dual Band Mesh WiFi System are

(available in 1-pack, 2-pack and 3-pack) and to find out more on Velop Mesh, visit

The Nation’s First 'Promote Healthy Lifestyle,

Fight Diabetes' Roadshow in Klang

The National Diabetes Institute, Malaysia (NADI), supported by Central Sugars Refinery Sdn

Bhd (CSR), kick-started its first ‘Promote Healthy Lifestyle, Fight Diabetes’ Roadshow at

Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil in Taman Sri Andalas, Klang on 13 and 14 April 2019.

The two-day programme, which started from 9:00am to 5:00pm was aimed at promoting

a healthy lifestyle among rural and urban Malaysian communities. With participation

from Pejabat Kesihatan Daerah Klang (PKD Klang), the roadshow featured free health

screenings, consultations and activities to educate families on the importance of consuming sugar responsibly in accordance to our

lifestyles. The roadshow also educated the public on the effects of diabetes and provided tips for optimal control of diabetes and

other associated conditions. The roadshow will be expanded to five other locations nationwide to benefit more people throughout

the year. The next one will be held in Batu Pahat, Johor between 28-29th April.

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