Hunter, Uncategorized OUR BABY AIDS 1 April 2011

We don’t always have a agreeable, easy going baby. Unfortunately 😛 It’s not like Hunter is smiling merrily all day long and taking long naps so we can bum around for hours. He’s just like any other baby – he’s happy sometimes, he fusses sometimes. In general, we are fortunate that he’s pretty easy to look after… but like every other family, it took us awhile to have everything fall into place. I do think he takes after Chris though, as Chris is infinitely patient, fuss free and easy-going! Me? Not so much 😛

Anyway, since a lot of my friends who are either pregnant or have young babies have been asking me, I thought I’d do a post on our baby aids. By this I mean stuff that I’ve found super useful for Hunter, stuff that has made my life helluva lot easier and (I believe) help us be fuss-free. Of course, every baby and family is different, so what works for one person may or may not work for another. But here you go 🙂


Fisher Price Precious Planet Deluxe Musical Activity Gym



OMG how pretty is this?! The animals on it are absolutely freakin’ adorable.. and it’s so functional too. Hunter can amuse himself on it during play time, which is brilliant because he doesn’t always need us there playing with him. He can bat at the hanging animals and coo/talk to them.. not to mention look at himself in the hanging mirror which amuses him to no end. The mat itself is really smooth and fantastic quality, and is detachable so we can bring it to friends’ places etc and make a clean/familiar spot for him to play on.


Absorba play mobile


I made a dedicated post about this already (see link above pic) but we’re still loving the play mobile. Or rather, Hunter is! It’s (still) a source of endless fascination for him and if he starts to fuss, we turn the music on or move the animals and he immediately stops fussing and happily watches the animals. Who ever knew babies could so easily be calmed with just a few toys?! Remember, very young infants prefer black & white objects to colour, so try and get black & white toys if you can – it captures their attention waaay better.


Playtex drop-in bottles


Back when I was expressing into bottles (and for future when Hunter uses bottles), these babies are a God-send! If you use bottles, you’ll know how much of a freakin’ hassle it is to wash everything and sanitize, and even more so if you pump. These are AMAZING. You pump straight into the disposable drop-ins, you stick the drop-ins into the fridge to store, and you pop the drop-ins into the bottle to feed! That means you cut down on a lot (about 2/3) of stuff and parts to wash/sterilize, a big deal when you have your hands full and have little free time to spare. Even better yet, the drop-ins are designed to have minimal air in there (they collapse down as baby drinks, and you can squeeze out the air prior to drinking), so it heavily reduces gas/colic. Fab.


Mommy’s Bliss Gripe Water


I can’t believe this actually works! See, for weeks on end, Hunter was a super gassy baby specifically around 4-7AM every day (and at no other time, strangely). He does these super-loud trucker grunts, as loud as a big adult male. Argh. We suspect it’s gas build-up, and the doctor said it’s normal as their metabolism slows down overnight, plus they’re flat on their backs and not moving. He doesn’t want to give any medicine as he reckons it’s perfectly normal, so it’s necessary to. It drove me insane ‘cos it’s SO loud I can’t sleep, so at one point I was reduced to getting up every hour (!) to peer at him in the cot and pump his legs and rub his belly to try and get him to fart.. The weird thing? The entire time he’s grunting, he’s fast asleep. I guess the gas bothers me more than him?
Anyway, so I heard about this Gripe Water and got a bottle. It’s herbal with ginger/fennel so I like how we’re not actually giving him medicine. I don’t think it’s fool proof, but I do think it really helps expel his gas. He is way way WAY less grunty at night now – hurray!!


Fisher Price Newborn-To-Toddler Rocker


This is where you’ll often find Hunter during the day time. This rocker is fantastic! It has the perfect incline to help him burp/fart his gas out, so he has zero gas issues during the day. It has this vibrating option that lulls him, and we stuff a fleece cocoon in it so that he feels snug in there. When we put him there for his naps, he sleeps well and if he stirs, often self-settles himself back to sleep. This means I’m almost always ‘hands free’ during the day, apart from when I’m nursing him of course. The rocker also grows with him and converts into a rocking chair for toddlers.


Ergo baby carrier


Man, this thing is ~magical~, it’s quite bizzare. Basically, Hunter zonks straight off once he’s popped in the Ergo and we walk around with him in it. Takes maybe 5 mins tops? If we place him down to sleep he can sometimes stir and wake himself up, but in the Ergo, he falls into a solid sleep even if we’re walking around outside where it’s noisy and bumpy! Madness. If I were to recommend ONE thing that made the biggest difference for us, it’ll be this. It’s also a lot better than the Baby Bjorn (so I’m told) as it’s not a ‘crotch dangler’ and better for the parents’ back.


Kiddopotamus SwaddleMe


Maaaan this is such a lifesaver!! When babies sleep, they startle and throw out their arms, and in doing so wake themselves up fussing. We were using cloth blankets to swaddle Hunter, but it only lasted a few weeks because he broke out of them easily, and then he outgrew all the blankets and there weren’t any large enough to swaddle him properly with. This SwaddleMe works a charm because it’s soft and thin, and bounds him in well (though I do use an extra strap around his arms to keep them down ‘cos he’s a mini Houdini). Since we’ve swaddled him with this, he sleeps much better 🙂


Cloud B’s Sleep Sheep


This is cute and useful. It’s a stuffed toy that produces 4 soothing sounds. And it is really amazing in settling Hunter to sleep at night. What I do is, after we bathe him, I nurse him once he’s in his fresh clothes and swaddled. As he’s nursing, I turn on Sleep Sheep so he hears the soothing sounds as he nurses. After he’s done, I pop him drowsy into his cot and he falls right asleep without a peep. I think the Sleep Sheep works because it provides background noise that’s consistent and soothing, so it’s not as frightening as dead silence for a baby, and random noises don’t startle him. I also figure it will be very useful if we travel, as I can bring Sleep Sheep along and at least he has something familiar to listen to as he falls asleep at night in a foreign place.


And the result of all these are….. a happy laughing baby!
Well, 90% of the time anyway, LOL

52 Comments

  • jennkoo posted on April 1, 2011 at 8:30 am

    love the photo of him in the swaddle! adorable!

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    • beverly posted on April 1, 2011 at 9:38 am

      Was lucky to capture him in a VERY smiley moment, lol!

      Reply
  • debbstar posted on April 1, 2011 at 8:42 am

    excuse me, just how could you forget the gorgeous stroller?

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    • beverly posted on April 1, 2011 at 9:44 am

      Haha! I was considering adding the Bugaboo in here, but then omitted it cos it’s not really an “aid” for anything.. it’s just a great item to cart him around outside in 😉 But yeah, we still love it!

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on April 1, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Thanks for sharing!!! Will definitely look into the aids that you talked about. 🙂 Wow wow!!! They look sooo good!

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    • beverly posted on April 1, 2011 at 1:08 pm

      They work for us, but it did take us weeks to figure all this out 😛

      Reply
  • miss_foxy posted on April 1, 2011 at 11:56 am

    so cute, he seems so smart and already wanting to talk! thanks for sharing bev.

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    • beverly posted on April 1, 2011 at 1:09 pm

      He gets real talkative when he gets your undivided attention.. our lil attention seeker 😉

      Reply
  • claypot posted on April 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    If I have a baby in the future I’m just going to come back to this post and buy everything on here. 😛

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    • beverly posted on April 1, 2011 at 1:14 pm

      Well.. every baby’s different, but I hope it’ll work for you too! 🙂

      Reply
  • tiffanyx posted on April 1, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    ♥ the super man pose in the first picture!

    did i tell you i love the display pic?!

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    • beverly posted on April 2, 2011 at 3:05 am

      Haha yeah.. that’s him stretching!

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  • fuchsiacow posted on April 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing.

    I heart the Ergo too. Worked like wonder for my first and even now, when I bring it out, his eyes brighten and he wants a ride in it. =) Just wondering if Hunter is using an infant insert together with it? Can’t wait to use the Ergo for my 2nd (who’s prob around 2 weeks after Hunter) but am in two minds about buying the insert though.

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    • beverly posted on April 2, 2011 at 3:08 am

      It’s fab hey!

      With Hunter, we swaddle him up, then we use the back-side of a fleece cocoon (http://www.joggingstroller.com/JJ-Cole-Bundle-Me-Infant.pro) to pad it up a bit. Hunter’s pretty robust though so he doesn’t flop around much, and he sits very securely and safely in there. I wouldn’t recommend it if your baby flops around too much?

      When the weather is warmer we plan to pop him in as-is. Cos we can do that when a baby is able to spread their legs and sit properly in there 🙂

      Reply
  • jennkoo posted on April 1, 2011 at 8:30 am

    love the photo of him in the swaddle! adorable!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 1, 2011 at 9:38 am

      Was lucky to capture him in a VERY smiley moment, lol!

      Reply
  • debbstar posted on April 1, 2011 at 8:42 am

    excuse me, just how could you forget the gorgeous stroller?

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 1, 2011 at 9:44 am

      Haha! I was considering adding the Bugaboo in here, but then omitted it cos it’s not really an “aid” for anything.. it’s just a great item to cart him around outside in 😉 But yeah, we still love it!

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on April 1, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Thanks for sharing!!! Will definitely look into the aids that you talked about. 🙂 Wow wow!!! They look sooo good!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 1, 2011 at 1:08 pm

      They work for us, but it did take us weeks to figure all this out 😛

      Reply
  • miss_foxy posted on April 1, 2011 at 11:56 am

    so cute, he seems so smart and already wanting to talk! thanks for sharing bev.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 1, 2011 at 1:09 pm

      He gets real talkative when he gets your undivided attention.. our lil attention seeker 😉

      Reply
  • claypot posted on April 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    If I have a baby in the future I’m just going to come back to this post and buy everything on here. 😛

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 1, 2011 at 1:14 pm

      Well.. every baby’s different, but I hope it’ll work for you too! 🙂

      Reply
  • tiffanyx posted on April 1, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    ♥ the super man pose in the first picture!

    did i tell you i love the display pic?!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 2, 2011 at 3:05 am

      Haha yeah.. that’s him stretching!

      Reply
  • fuchsiacow posted on April 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing.

    I heart the Ergo too. Worked like wonder for my first and even now, when I bring it out, his eyes brighten and he wants a ride in it. =) Just wondering if Hunter is using an infant insert together with it? Can’t wait to use the Ergo for my 2nd (who’s prob around 2 weeks after Hunter) but am in two minds about buying the insert though.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 2, 2011 at 3:08 am

      It’s fab hey!

      With Hunter, we swaddle him up, then we use the back-side of a fleece cocoon (http://www.joggingstroller.com/JJ-Cole-Bundle-Me-Infant.pro) to pad it up a bit. Hunter’s pretty robust though so he doesn’t flop around much, and he sits very securely and safely in there. I wouldn’t recommend it if your baby flops around too much?

      When the weather is warmer we plan to pop him in as-is. Cos we can do that when a baby is able to spread their legs and sit properly in there 🙂

      Reply
  • jesuisariel posted on April 2, 2011 at 11:14 am

    He looks so freaking adorable in all the pics that I wanna kidnap him!!! 😛

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    • beverly posted on April 2, 2011 at 11:54 am

      Maybe he’ll inspire you to have another one? hee!

      Reply
  • jesuisariel posted on April 2, 2011 at 11:14 am

    He looks so freaking adorable in all the pics that I wanna kidnap him!!! 😛

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    • beverly posted on April 2, 2011 at 11:54 am

      Maybe he’ll inspire you to have another one? hee!

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on April 3, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I love the first pic with the colours and contrasts! I love the shape of Hunters eyes! They are lovely! What colour are they?! They seem blue..

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  • Anonymous posted on April 3, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I love the first pic with the colours and contrasts! I love the shape of Hunters eyes! They are lovely! What colour are they?! They seem blue..

    Reply
  • consilium posted on April 7, 2011 at 4:55 am

    I suppose this comes rather late but I highly rec having a nursing pillow. It makes nursing more comfortable. I also use it to support my daughter when she’s learning to sit on her own.

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    • beverly posted on April 7, 2011 at 8:34 am

      I actually have a nursing pillow… 2 in fact! But I find it’s too much of a hassle for me to grapple with the pillow and hunter. I find it easier just sitting down and whacking him on me… heh! So currently one of the pillows is being used as a back rest for me on the couch instead ;P

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      • consilium posted on April 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm

        Ahh, u must be a natural when it comes to nursing Hunter. I had shoulder aches then. Must be my bad posture. The nursing pillow was a great help as I just propped my daughter on the pillow. I agree with you! The nursing pillow is good as a backrest for the couch too 🙂

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  • consilium posted on April 7, 2011 at 4:55 am

    I suppose this comes rather late but I highly rec having a nursing pillow. It makes nursing more comfortable. I also use it to support my daughter when she’s learning to sit on her own.

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    • beverly posted on April 7, 2011 at 8:34 am

      I actually have a nursing pillow… 2 in fact! But I find it’s too much of a hassle for me to grapple with the pillow and hunter. I find it easier just sitting down and whacking him on me… heh! So currently one of the pillows is being used as a back rest for me on the couch instead ;P

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      • consilium posted on April 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm

        Ahh, u must be a natural when it comes to nursing Hunter. I had shoulder aches then. Must be my bad posture. The nursing pillow was a great help as I just propped my daughter on the pillow. I agree with you! The nursing pillow is good as a backrest for the couch too 🙂

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  • jzlyn posted on April 16, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Quick question on the playtex: are you using medela pumps? If so how does it attach to the drop-in so that we can pump directly into it? How do u store the drop-in in the fridge? Does it seal shut? Sorry for the multiple questions, planning to get one to see if Clover will take to it. All of a sudden she’s been rejecting the bottles she used since week 1!

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    • beverly posted on April 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm

      Yeah I use Medela freestyle and the bottles have the adaptor. It’s SUPER easy to pump directly into the drop-in, then just screw the lid on top and store in the fridge. THen when I use it, simply pop the drop-in into the bottle and screw on a teat and THAT’S IT. By far the easiest pump->storage->bottle I’ve used!

      Btw the bottles come with 2 teats – slow or fast flow. So you gotta figure out which one suits Clover..

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      • jzlyn posted on April 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm

        The adaptor is only included in the gift set? Or individual bottles as well? Can’t find the newborn starter set, may just get one to try.

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        • Anonymous posted on April 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm

          Hello! The adaptor is only included in the Drop Ins storage set. 😉

          Reply
  • jzlyn posted on April 16, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Quick question on the playtex: are you using medela pumps? If so how does it attach to the drop-in so that we can pump directly into it? How do u store the drop-in in the fridge? Does it seal shut? Sorry for the multiple questions, planning to get one to see if Clover will take to it. All of a sudden she’s been rejecting the bottles she used since week 1!

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    • beverly posted on April 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm

      Yeah I use Medela freestyle and the bottles have the adaptor. It’s SUPER easy to pump directly into the drop-in, then just screw the lid on top and store in the fridge. THen when I use it, simply pop the drop-in into the bottle and screw on a teat and THAT’S IT. By far the easiest pump->storage->bottle I’ve used!

      Btw the bottles come with 2 teats – slow or fast flow. So you gotta figure out which one suits Clover..

      Reply
      • jzlyn posted on April 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm

        The adaptor is only included in the gift set? Or individual bottles as well? Can’t find the newborn starter set, may just get one to try.

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        • Anonymous posted on April 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm

          Hello! The adaptor is only included in the Drop Ins storage set. 😉

          Reply
  • Anonymous posted on June 8, 2011 at 5:54 am

    Pushchair

    Hi. I’m Lethel and I’m from Manila, Philippines. I chanced upon your blog while surfing for baby gears. I was wondering if you mind telling me the brand/model of your pushchair. I noticed that you and your baby are out a lot so I figured your pushchair is really portable and easy to maneuver. I’m 13 weeks pregnant and while it’s still very early to shop for baby stuffy, I reckon it’s not too early to find out what’s out there. 🙂 Would really appreciate your feedback.

    Thanks in advance and more power to your blog!

    Regards,
    Lethel

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    • beverly posted on June 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      Re: Pushchair

      We have the Bugaboo Bee and ADORE it. It’s light enough for me to handle by myself, yet sturdy and fantastic quality. Well worth it 🙂

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on June 8, 2011 at 5:54 am

    Pushchair

    Hi. I’m Lethel and I’m from Manila, Philippines. I chanced upon your blog while surfing for baby gears. I was wondering if you mind telling me the brand/model of your pushchair. I noticed that you and your baby are out a lot so I figured your pushchair is really portable and easy to maneuver. I’m 13 weeks pregnant and while it’s still very early to shop for baby stuffy, I reckon it’s not too early to find out what’s out there. 🙂 Would really appreciate your feedback.

    Thanks in advance and more power to your blog!

    Regards,
    Lethel

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      Re: Pushchair

      We have the Bugaboo Bee and ADORE it. It’s light enough for me to handle by myself, yet sturdy and fantastic quality. Well worth it 🙂

      Reply

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