I’m not sure what is going on today but it seems like everyone is in a rush all the time. It saddens me to witness recently a crash while dropping my son off a school because a father could not wait 5 extra minutes for a mother to pull out before he slammed into her car with children still on board. The loud bang of two cars colliding sickens me and I just can’t understand why people can’t wait that extra few minutes to ensure the safety of our children. But thus this is the world we live in today so unfortunately the one thing as a
parent-to-be we cannot skimp on is a decent baby car seats.
As we all know you can not leave a hospital with your newborn without a baby seat being installed in your car. So after the purchase of the cot this was the next item on our shopping list. Fortunately for me my husband was a strong advocate of buying the best possible safest baby car seat that was available at the time. Mainly because his wife was such a bad driver, he had to make sure his son was going to be as safe as possible given the driving ability of his wife poor thing! He did his research and there was so many out there it was quite daunting. However, luckily as an engineer research was a part of his DNA.
Also, talking to recent mothers I have been able to put together some suggestions which hopefully will help in making your decision when purchasing a car seat easier.
There are two options you need to consider when looking at buying a baby car seats. The first option is a baby car seat that can be detached from the car and attached on to a pram. This option is great for mothers who are constantly on the move. You can simply unlock the baby seat from the car and carry your baby out undisturbed. Great for babies that get upset if their sleep is disturbed. Two brands that do great baby seats that allows you to use as a baby carrier are Maxi Cosi and Chicco.
The Maxi Cosi is probably one of the most popular brand that allows you this option. The main advantage of buying a Maxi Cosi is that you can attached this baby carrier to a number of different prams by simply purchasing an attachment for that pram. This means you do not have to purchase a Maxi Cosi pram if you do not wish to. I find this flexibility a bonus and it is also one of the safer brands of baby car seats currently available. Having a few friends using this brand and not having any issues with it gives me confidence in recommending it.
The other brand that I am recommending is Chicco only because I do love their products. I have their baby walker and I must say compared to my first walker, the Chicco one was a lot more sturdy and the toy Tray was much more high tech than my previous one which my son loved! Overall the quality of the walker was of much higher standard and so I am confident that their baby seat and pram will be along the same lines as all their other products. And afterall I am a sucker for products that not only does the job but looks good too.
Now the second option is simply purchasing a baby seat that is fitted securely into your car. This is the option I chose as I am only about 5 foot and carrying a carrier around would have been a struggle for me given my height and size. After looking at numerous brands I settled on the Safe and Sound mainly because of their high safety ratings. I just love this brand as there is quite a lot of cushioning around baby, particularly around his head area that you do not find on some other brands. Now, Safe and Sound isn’t cheap and their unique AHR (Active Head Restraint) technology is the main reason my hubby preferred this brand over many others. We found this was worth the extra dollars for to give our precious one the best protection. And we have been able to reuse the same seat for our second son without any problems.
Safe n Sound
The other brands that some of my friends have chosen and recommended to me is the Infa brand. The baby seat is very similar to the Safe n Sound with quite a lot if cushioning for baby’s safety and like all Infa products the design is very fashion forward. The other bonus is it is designed in Australia and meets all the strict Australian standards which is very high as child road safety is paramount in Australian government regulations. Hey where else in the world do you get fined $600 for any child that is not properly restrained in a car!
Hope this post helps when you are deciding which baby car seat is best for you and your precious child.
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I found short stretchy dresses worked well on hot summer days when the thought of pulling on jeans or pants would be too exhausting especially as the belly was getting bigger!! Lucky for me Seraphine does wonderful comfy dresses that look good as well. Lets face it who wouldn’t want to look as good as Kate Middleton during her pregnancy, and thanks to Seraphine we can. Their dresses are great and they are totally affordable too!! The bonus is they are designed so that breast feeding is easily accessible, what more can you ask for! I have posted some of my favourite dresses from them. You can also browse other designs on their website www.seraphine.com They deliver internationally as well!!!
I also found long maxi dresses extremely comfortable for summer and they are great at hiding all the lumps and bumps during the later stages of pregnancy. Black maxi dresses are great at slimming one’s figure when you start to feel as big as a house, something I found I was feeling every second day as my due date drew closer. Fortunately with maxi dresses you can go two different ways, you can choose to buy maternity maxi dresses and ASOS does a range of affordable and very pretty maternity maxi dresses. Their website is www.asos.com and they ship to most countries worldwide
On the other hand you can purchase normal maxi dresses that flows over the belly. If this is your preferred option avoid tight fitting maxi dresses and go for a more loose fitting dress. The advantage of going with this option is that you can continue wearing these dresses post pregnancy. I love Modcloth dresses and their website is www.modcloth.com. They ship to Australia which is great. Here are some of my favourite styles from them
Finally, you can’t go past a loose fitting top and leggings for those lazy days when you really just can’t be bothered and trust me these days are a regular occurrence when you are in your home stretch of pregnancy. But who saids you can’t look trendy with leggings. The key is the top and once again I turn to Seraphine for inspiration as they do tops that are fashionable and breast feeding friendly. Here are a few:
Just because your pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t look good. Rather than taking a leaf out of Britney Spears pregnancy fashion nightmare instead draw some inspiration from the Duchess of Cambridge and Olivia Wilde. One rule of thumb when buying maternity clothes try to buy clothes that we can also wear post pregnancy, that way after you have your baby these clothes are not simply discarded. When looking for maternity clothes I tend to go for ones that will allow me to breast feed easily so that I can continue to get some use out of my maternity clothes long after the bump is gone. I was lucky enough to experience two totally different seasons for each of my pregnancy. My first born was during the summer months when I was the most heaviest. Summer is tough for a heavily pregnant woman and even tougher finding comfortable clothes that look good as well. But I managed to come across so wonderful brands that make clothes that will work for the long hot summer months!
This is probably one of the first item we all purchase prior to our first born. I have included a selection of popular brands from the cheapest to the more luxury cots currently available. Bearing in mind for those who want to go for the high end cots may have to think twice if their bubs are anything like my two kids who probably ended up sleeping in their cots about 10% of the time. Thankfully I refrained from going for the high end brands which may have looked good in the nursery but probably wouldn’t have got me much value for money.
IKEA always does good affordable furniture that is practical and looks great. The advantage with this cot is at $249 it allows you to spend a bit more on a good quality mattress for the baby which I believe is more important for the baby’s comfort. Always try to invest in a good quality mattress for your little one as this is essential for their comfortability, considering how much time they will spend sleeping on it.
THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD
Ever the practical mother I ended up choosing the Grotime cot for my bubs. It converts to a bed later on when they get older and at around $700 comes in as the middle of the range cot. I have also included the Boori cot which is similar and I have heard good reviews with the Boori brand as well.
For those lucky enough to afford the more luxury cots these two brands come highly recommended. They look great with the curved european design and will make any nursery look posh and expensive. Personally however if I had to choose between the two although very similar I would lean more towards the Bloom as there is more air ventilation with this cot then the Leander which may help with reducing SIDS.
Hopefully this post with help in your decision in choosing the right cot for your precious one and really at the end of the day comes down to preference as all will do the job. Good luck with the purchase and next up we will look at baby car seats!
You’ve been pregnant for what might seem like an eternity but the due date has almost arrived and it is time you need to start thinking about the essential items bubs will need when they are here. Usually in Asian culture we try not to buy anything for the new baby until you are well over your 6 months stage. Some may call it superstitious, while others may think its just smart planning but from a medical point of view after 6 months the risk of miscarriage drops dramatically and baby is well formed by this stage. My husband was a strict advocate of not buying anything for anyone until they have given birth because he didn’t want to jinx them. Which in a way makes sense coz I know I couldn’t face looking at these items if I had just lost a baby. So when it came to our first child he stuck to this belief and refused to let me buy anything until I was nearly 7 months pregnant. So I was stuck with 7 long months pouring over magazines and websites researching what I could buy. This gave me time to research and talk to other mothers prior to my purchases. So now I am able to share a lists of the Esstential items you will need from birth. I tried to stick to just the essentials and refrained from buying everything until you need it otherwise you will end up with bits and pieces that honestly you may never use..
Hi there everyone!!! Recent tragic events where a baby lost its life in the hands of his dad (he was only 27 days old) has given me the incentive I need to get this blog site up and running. I have been meaning to start a mummy blog that covers everything from being a mum to also embracing the fact that all mums are also strong woman. Why do we need to be tied down to the household simply because we become mums. Just think some of the most successful women today are mums. JK Rowlings probably one of the most successful single mums on this planet is my inspiration. I recently watched her life story and it was simply inspiring it gives me heart that if you really want to achieve anything you can “Just do it”.