Bathing a newborn for the first time can be quite daunting and so I have dedicated this post to providing some tips to make bath time for baby less scary. Once you get the hang of bathing a newborn it can be a really enjoyable and relaxing time for both mother and baby. Bathing your newborn helps you bond and form a loving relationship with your baby so I do encourage fathers to have a few turns bathing bubs as well.
The first rule of thumb for bathing a newborn is to choose a standard no frill, no attachment, simple and very basic stock standard bath tub. Target and Kmart standard baby tubs are perfect and should cost about $30. Don’t bother going for an expensive tub with all these toys and other attachments on, it hinders and makes the task of bathing more difficult! Because your newborn is very fragile and you need to have a good grip on them you do not want anything hanging off the bath tub getting in the way it can get very annoying. The only accessory that I do recommend is a bath stand for those that are like me and have a bad back, having a stand allows you to bathe baby standing up.
Next and very importantly make sure the water temp is warm but not too hot. The ideal temperature for bathing babies is 37 degrees Celsius. If you are a first time mother I strongly recommend a bath thermometer to make sure the water is not too hot. The trick is to fill the tub with cold water first then add the hot water to warm it up. Remember never leave the water running when bathing a baby as the water can get too hot really quickly.
Choosing what soaps or bath lotion to use can be rather stressful and confusing as there are quite a lot of different good quality bath soaps, lotions and oils available. My general guide in this area is to choose a soap free one. The more natural the better for our babies as generally most babies don’t really get that dirty that you would need harsh soaps to clean them. Babies skins are still quite soft and sensitive and so exposing them to soaps can cause rashes and dries their skins. I have included above my recommendations as I have used all three brands with my children without any problems. However, any other soap free brands are just as good. Addressing cradle caps, for both my children the Dermaveen oatmeal shampoo worked in lifting and removing their cradle caps (which is the hard, flaky, scab like formation on a babies head) usually appears a few days after birth. I have heard rubbing olive oil also works on stubborn cradle cap.
Finally, babies usually should only need one bath a day (they don’t usually get dirty except for the occasional bowel accidents)! I find bathing baby twice a day tends to dry their skin out. However, most babies seem to settle and sleep easier after a bath, my second child was like this. After bath time he settle into a good sleep quite easily so I chose to give him his daily bath just before bedtime. As baby gets older bath toys and bubbles can be introduce to make bath time fun as some may find that their child might not like or enjoy having a bath and can make bath time quite dramatic! I find if this is the case try giving them bubble baths instead, kids love anything to do with bubbles! Toys can help distract them from being afraid of being in the water and gives them something to fidget with while you clean them!
Christmas is almost here and truly I don’t know how it is when I still remember ringing the new year for 2014 and now here we are almost seeing out 2014! Time does fly and we all find ourselves in the midst of the festive season. I must admit though I love this time of year whether it’s the joy of seeing the kids count down the days til Santa makes that all important visit or the fact that there are endless parties and festivities to celebrate this time of year. Which is where the inspiration for this short little post comes from, the chance to dress up and celebrate with friends, families and colleagues can be both fun and hectic at the same time with everything else we all have on during the Christmas period. So I thought I would share with you some of my favourite outfits for the festive season whether you are sweating it out in 40 degrees weather in Australia or shivering your way through the festivities in the snowy background of Europe I hope this post will help those who don’t have time to flick through the endless magazines to find this seasons hottest trend. Imagine this post as a quick cheat guide to dressing fashionably yet comfortably through the Christmas and New Years celebrations.
If you are like me and enjoying Christmas in sunny warm weather than Jumpsuits are one of my favourite items this season and also one of 2014 hottest fashion piece. Jumpsuits are great for Christmas bbqs and lunch parties as they are not only comfortable but stylish as well. Plenty of room in these outfits too pig out on the yummy Christmas food without any worries! Jumpsuits are super versatile, you can dress them down with just flats or sandles and a cute fedora hat or up with heels and a fitted jacket, add a clutch and you have instant glam.
Maxi dresses are also a great piece for Summer Christmas festivities and taking inspiration from one of my favourite fashion bloggers Margaret Zhang who can make anything look amazing by simply pairing the right accessories to an outfit. I love what she has done with this fabulous Zimmerman maxi dress that is already great on its own but her special take on wearing this dress is simply superb. Check her blog out on www.shinebythree.com for other unique fashion takes on basic pieces. Just love her style! My love of maxi dresses stems from the fact that they are great at hiding my many body flaws which gives me confidence to take on the world without having to give up my love of food. The fact that they cover flaws and still makes you look stylish is simply win win!! Here are some of my favourite maxis:
For those lucky enough to enjoy a white Christmas a great coat is pretty much your main essential item that will keep you warm and looking stylish through the festive season. Choose a coat that will last many season so stick to a simple classic well tailored coat such as Burberry and you will enjoy many Christmas celebrations with it! Any outfit can be made to look expensive by accessorising a great coat over it. Black and cream are a go to colour for me as it goes with pretty much anything you wear underneath. But this season I am seeing some great colours for coats which I do love as it sets the mood for a fun and joyous season of celebration and joy for Christmas! Here are some of my favourite coats for 2014:
Finally to end I find that in 2014 it is all about prints and crop tops. So for this festive season how about having some fun with the great selections of prints and crops available, here are just a few!
Enjoy your celebrations until next time CHEERS xoxo
I thought I would write a quick post to get behind Women Against Violence. I recently read Wendys Lookbook blog ( for those who love fashion check out her blog she has great taste). However, aside from her array of fashion styles that I just absolutely love she recently shared a terrifying experience which happen to her. If you have a chance please read her blog as this could pretty much happen to any women at any time which is quite frightening as one decision can affect your whole safety and possibly your life. It really hit home as everyone in Australia will know what happen to Jill
Meagher that fateful night where a monster took the life of a beautiful young woman on her way home from a party. A circumstance not that much different from Wendy’s experience. However, unlike Wendy Jill was not lucky enough to escape and ended up losing her life. So I wanted to write this post to warn all my ladies out there, regardless of which situation you find yourself in consider your safety as paramount and if that means having to leave a party late at night tagging along with a couple than do it! Don’t leave yourself open to monsters that are sadly out there and waiting for us to let our guards down just even that one time. Also, as part of the Violence Against Women Campaign I hope women who had ever been subjected to any form of physically violence to speak up and get help, you shouldn’t have to accept any forms of violence and there are people out there that can help you deal with these situations they just need you to let them know!
Finally I urge people to get behind the White Ribbon campaign on November 25th in support of Violence Against Women!
Welcome to the first part of my series of post dedicated to the First Month! In the first post I thought I will look at the Confinement Period and it’s significance in Asian culture. I also thought it was appropriate to start this post sharing some wonderful images taken by a family friend who is also a wonderful mother and just and all round talented and creative woman. Just love her culinary and photography skills.
The Confinement Period is usually the first month of a baby’s life and also the first month being a mother. As all Asian mothers know the first month is called the “Confinement” period because you are basically confined in your home for a whole month. During this period you are allowed as far out as your backyard but no further so if you are like me it was basically a little like a prison sentence but I know some of the reasoning behind it, whether you agree with it all not if you are Asian you basically have no choice!
The Confinement period is usually govern by strict rules and regulations. Some of these rules are based on age old wives tales but others have some merit. So in this post I will attempt to identify some rules that I believe are old wives tales while identifying the rules and procedures I stuck to for the whole month.
The main wives tale that our Mother and Grandmother would like us to follow was that we should not wash our hair for the first month after giving birth. The main reason for this is they believed if we wash our hair during this first month we are more likely to get headaches and migraines later in life. However, if you are like me and can not stand to go a day without washing my hair how was I going to survive a month without doing that? Hence, this was one of the rules I chose not to abide by and it was mainly because I believed that migraines can be caused by a number of different reason and is not directly attributed to one washing their hair after giving birth. Therefore, I have classified this rule as a wives tale.
Another procedure was that you had to heat a brick, wrap it up with a towel and put that on your tummy for an hour. I was mortified when I heard you had to do this and yes you might have guessed from
my reaction that this was a procedure I did not follow. However, I did compromise with my mother and my husband by putting a hot water bottle on my tummy for an hour. They were happy for me to replace the brick with a hot water bottle. The main reason for doing this was to flatten your tummy and get it back into shape! Wasn’t really convinced about that but I did find it relaxing and warm having the water bottle on my tummy especially since I had my son during winter and found it good to fall asleep with. So it is totally up to each individual whether you want to classify this as a wives tale or not.
The next rule is strictly no physical activities, my parents literally wanted me to stay in bed pretty much for the whole month. It is pretty much common belief that your uterus hasn’t returned to it’s normal position so any heavy lifting or heavy exercise can cause problems later on as your body is trying to adjust post baby. Part of this made sense so I couldn’t classify this as totally old wives tale, but staying in bed for a whole month doesn’t make sense either. I did some research and light exercise like Pilates or Yoga is actually very good for you post baby. These form of exercise can help you relax and sleep better. Try to avoid strenuous exercising such as aerobics and body combat for at least 12 months. This gives your body plenty of time to heal and get back to normal. I know that some celebs pretty much bounce back to normal after giving birth but if you look after your body you will reap the benefits in the long term.
Another procedure was a daily ritual of a steam bath. I really thought this was a wives tale but my parents were unwilling to budge on this. So hence, I had to undertake this steam bath in a daily basis for 2 weeks. The steam bath involves boiling a pot full of herbs such as eucalyptus and lemon grass and also a splash of Chinese wine. Once the pot has boiled you are meant to strip down to your undies and cover yourself and the pot with a blanket, bear in mind leave a distant between yourself and the hot pot. The idea is to inhale the herbal steam as it will help to cleanse and heal your body. At first I was abit skeptic of this procedure but even my dad was adamant that I do it. I had no choice but even after the first time I felt really good. My skin felt cleaned and fresh and I was surprisingly very relax after each session. After an hour of the steam bath you wipe yourself dry and then have a quick bath and you feel pretty awesome afterwards! I will try to find out what goes in the pot if people want it but most Asian parents will know what to put in there. It is pretty much standard with only one or two variations on the ingredients.
Next is your diet during the Confinement period which is probably the most important part of this period. During the Confinement period you are pretty much limited to what you can eat. If you are lucky enough like I was all my food during this month was prepared by my mother. This is due to the fact that you have to avoid any fatty and high processed foods during this month. Most of the food must be steamed, grilled or baked rather than fried and your diet must be mainly made up of fruits and vegetables. Fish is usually preferred over meat but you still need to have at least two days of some meats to get your iron intake. All this is important as it is believed what you eat is what baby will eat through you breast milk so the diet becomes very important especially in the first month as baby’s tummy is still in it’s early stages so a good diet it thought to help baby avoid any tummy aches. This I believed to be true so I stuck to the strict diet regime for the full month. After the Confinement period your rules for your diet is relaxed but I chose to try to stick to a relatively healthy diet for the duration of by breast feeding period. There were lapses of the odd fast food but hey you can’t be good all the time right?
Finally, the only other wives tale that I would like to touch on is the going without a bath for at least 2 days after giving birth. It is believed that having a bath straight after giving birth will make you catch a cold and weaken your immune system in your later years. However, modern medicine have dismiss this wives tale. You are encourage to have a warm bath after birth to firstly clean yourself from all the blood and guts from child birth and secondly to relax after the intense pain from child birth. I understand during our parents and grandparents generation warm water wasn’t readily available and having a cold bath straight after delivery may cause a cold if the mother’s immune system is already weak, but that was the past and a nice warm shower is readily accessible now so I chose not to follow this procedure.
Well that concludes the first part of my series of post. I hope you find some parts of this post useful. Bearing in mind I only touched on some of the rules and procedures common during the Confinement period there are some others that people may follow that I didn’t. If there is some other helpful procedures I haven’t touched on, it would be great if you can share it on this post.
It’s been awhile and I have been looking around for some inspiration for my next post and thanks to a very busy few weeks attending numerous kids birthday parties which I must say has been perfectly organized by some of my dearest friends has led me to this latest offering for my blog site. Kids birthday parties have come a long way since I was a kid and I have to admit the last couple of parties I have been lucky enough to attend is nothing short of spectacular. I have found more and more parents are going that extra mile to give their kids a day that they will remember and for many guests as well a truly memorable experience. Although I must admit it does come at quiet a cost and it looks like in today’s society some families are prepared to fork out the dollars to give their children that big birthday experience. So with that in mind in this post I will try give many out there a quick guide to organizing a kid’s birthday party. So buckle down and enjoy my little birthday adventure.
I believe the starting point to all great parties is to decide on a good theme. Once you have decided on the theme organizing the rest of the party is relatively easy. For their parts most kids will be able to help you decide which theme they would like for their birthday. For the girls I have found that more recently the “Frozen” theme has been hugely popular thanks mainly to the success of the movie. Ideas using this theme is endless, in my part of the world I have seen performing arts students dressing up as Anna and Elsie on weekends and hosting these Frozen theme parties which is great. They perform some of the popular songs in the movies and organize Frozen themed games for the kids and seriously who wouldn’t want to be a princess for the day? Following on from the Frozen theme other popular traditional girls themes seems to be Fairies, Barbie, and Princess themes. However, if you want to sway slightly different I have always been a huge fan of Hello Kitty and I think this is great as a birthday theme as their are quite a lot of merchandise available for Hello Kitty to help you create this particular theme. Now on the boys side of things Ben 10 and Spiderman theme birthday parties are usually very popular. But my number one theme for boys is the Pirate theme as you can always organize a great outdoor treasure hunt to entertain the kids for hours. For something different that is also unisex is a Carnival theme where with this theme things like fairy floss and toffee apples will surely bring joy to many kids and I must admit some adults as well.
Once you have decided on the theme the rest is a breeze. Probably my favourite part of any birthday party is the food. With the food let your creativity run wild. Draw inspirations from popular cooking shows such as Masterchef and My Kitchen Rules. Long gone are the days of mini sausage rolls and pies, it seems these days people are tying in the food with their party themes which is great and very imaginative. Also, I am finding more and more party foods are a lot healthier than they were in the past so more in the tummy does not necessarily equate to more on the hips. PERFECT! Thanks to my clever cousin I have included some of her wonderful cooking skills and excellent photography skills as well for you to draw some inspirations on what types of party foods you want to serve up.
Again modern day parties have an endless selection of Entertainment options. For a boy’s Pirate theme Treasure Hunts are both fun and entertaining. As for the Frozen theme parties you find that you can hire Performing Arts students who dress up as Elsie and Anna and perform games and sing songs from the movies which the kids love! Magicians, balloon people and clowns are still popular. However, my son went to a party recently and they had hired Mad Scientists who conducted different science experiments with the kids and from what my son told me they thoroughly enjoyed it. Games such as Pass the Parcel and Pinatas remain the choice of many kids parties.
Last but definitely not least is probably the centre point of all birthday parties the Cake! Every year my choice of birthday cake seems to be whatever is the flavour of the month in my son’s world. At 2 it was Thomas the Tank, at 3 it was Mickey Mouse and at 6 it was Spiderman. What really surprises me is how many talented cake creators there are available. The results of all these cake ideas transformed into reality is truly a work of art and the taste are never compromised either which is simply just amazing. I have included some great birthday cakes creators but they are all local from Perth but I am pretty sure there are some amazing cake creators in all parts of the world.
With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, I know for many the idea of buying the right gift for mum can be quite a difficult task. I mean how can any present convey just how much our mum really means to us. I guess today’s post is mainly for the guys whether you are looking at buying for your mum or the mother of your children I hope this post can make it a lot less confusing choosing the right gift.
The art of choosing the right present is to keep it simple and generic. This means that a good gift will be suitable for any age group. I also tend to stick to presents that people will get good use out of (ever the practical person I am). So if you are in a jam or you have left your present shopping to the last minute which I know guys usually do, instead of the usual flowers and chocolates for mum here are some other ideas you can get her:
I must admit these Diptyque Candles are quite luxurious and expensive but when it’s for your mum the price is justifiable. Seriously once you have purchased a Diptyque candle and lit it up no other candles compare. The aroma you get from these candles are AMAZING!! I just love the Gardenia Candles!!!
(A bouquet of opulent white flowers in a twilit room in the evening). The smell takes me back to an old English garden and with the choice of over 50 different scented candles how can you resist.
I first came across L’occitane products a few years ago in a hotel room in Japan and since then have fallen in love with their products!! All L’occitane products come with a unique smell and I am a sucker for anything that smells good and is good for you. The hand moisturizer is to die for!! Not only will it leave your hands feeling soft but also smelling good too. Since my chance encounter with a bathroom filled with mini L’occitane products, I have since been buying L’occitane gifts for my girlfriends, nieces and even my adopted grandmother!! Their products are so versatile and suitable for any age. I am currently loving their Cherry Blossom range as it brings me back to Japan. If you are looking to get mum a perfume that is slightly different from the pop star and movie star fragrances I suggest you try L’occtaine Cherry Blossom perfume.
Every woman needs a decent lipstick and getting mum a good quality lipstick she can use everyday is a great gift!! When it comes to a great lipstick you can’t go past Chanel with its iconic button popup lipstick and it’s brand indented on the lipstick how can you consider any other brands? Seriously you can’t go wrong with anything that has Chanel attached to it!!! But then a new kid has arrived on the block and taken the world by storm in the name of Tom Ford who ironically rose to fame designing mens wear specifically suits. However, it has now ventured into beauty products for women and I must say their lipstick range is great and looks good too!! For the more adventurous mum loving the corals in both the Chanel and the Tom Ford range. However, when unsure go for the neutral beige or pale pink colours as these you can wear everyday with any outfit and for any occasions.
Jewellery is always fail safe and I can’t see any woman ever being disappointed when receiving Jewellery as a gift! And if you are looking for the perfect Jewellery piece you really can’t go past the edgy jewellery range from Thomas Sabo! He combines elegant pieces with a bit of rock and edge something I absolutely love!!!
Books are great for mums!! The choices available are endless, from cook books to romance and travel or just plain fiction. I am loving my Masterchef and Luke Nguyen Cook books at the moment so many different recipes to try, food has never been so interesting!!!
To conclude if all else fails hey you always have your LOVE to give mum!! Anyways here’s hoping all mums everywhere have a really Great MOTHER’S DAY!!!!
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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”.