My Pampers Journey #2 – Loving Baby for A Lovable Baby

They say that kids are a reflection of their parents, or to put more specifically the reflection of adults they interact most with while growing up.

It shows most evidently with the things they do, or rather the things they follow us do.

p.s. We don’t actually let her ‘use’ the computer, only this one time when she requested to go “UP” and instinctively put her hand on the mouse, like we would.

Aside from copying the way we do / say things, they also pick up on emotional and characteristic behaviour.

If you treat them harshly, chances are they will inevitably pick up habits and who knows, they may display such characteristics as they grow up.

If you ask me, taking care of and nurturing a child is such a huge duty to be entrusted to. There are hardly any off days, certainly no way to quit the job and ultimately however you choose to carry your job out will come back and haunt you (given if you don’t ‘do it well’).

Certainly there are other influencing factors as kids grow but the love, foundation and support they first receive from their parents are key stepping stones to developing their values and also characteristics as they grow.

At least that is what I believe!

There is no right or wrong way to teaching a child… okay yes, there are wrong-wrong ways but no truly right way to do it no matter how many books you have read on this matter and no matter how many workshops you attend.

Though the one thing that I believe in when nurturing a little being is, showering them with love and affection in all your sincerity and no matter how hard times will be, no matter what influences cross their path as their grow, they would turn out alright :)

Babies / toddlers, especially, love to follow in the footsteps of their parents since you are their world and all they know. Every little action and thought that you do to them is actually, and surprisingly, noticed even though you may think that these little beings can’t even tell left from right.

Truth is even though they may not know their ABCs, nor do they know how to count to 100 but they do know how to love with all their little hearts, as much as you love them and perhaps maybe even more.

They will even follow in your footsteps of affection and convey that same affection towards their toys, pets, etc! It’s really quite heartwarming to see them embrace their dolls and dogs so endearingly.

Baby K loves pets! Dogs, cats, anything furry and cuddle regardless if they are tiny chihuahuas or huge golden retrievers!

So anyway, back to this…

There are many ways to express your love and concern with your little one that rightfully you don’t need a list or an article to teach you how. Though there are some tips and tricks online if you’re running out of creative ways of expressing your love.

But as always with my take on things, I will share how we deal with affection the Baby K way… which again, as you would have known isn’t very conventional because she is such a unique little individual.

Cuddling

Most websites recommend it, all moms swear by it but guess what… Baby K doesn’t like it.

The only time cuddling works is when she is extremely tired on the verge of sleep or extremely groggy from just having woken up. Every other time, this little girl is a rocket that refuses to sit still and anything that restrains her from wiggling about (e.g. cuddling) is a no-no in her books.

She sqeauls, she squirms and sometimes she screams / complains (baby babble) after we playfully force-cuddle her.

While hubs still likes to annoy / disturb her a little by deliberately squeezing her (hence she gets worried whenever hubs attempts to hug her), I have learnt the trick to stealing quick cuddles from my little girl.

It’s a 2 second rule – swoop, hug, go. It’s that swift.

Any longer and you get the baby squealing / struggling and ultimately screaming for freedom.

Little Kisses

Granted most of the time we forcefully plant kisses on baby’s chubby little cheeks, even though she adamently says ‘No’ in her cute baby voice when we ask, “Can papa/mommy kiss you?

play the video below!

But apparently that aside, this little girl has picked up on the affectionate action of giving kisses (even though she declines it). But only when she is in the mood for it.

There have been times where we would bug and beg for her smooches and all she’ll do is smile cheekily and turn away.

Other times, when we least expect it, she’ll plant sloopy wet baby kisses on us. Maybe once, maybe twice, maybe more! I’ve woken up to a ‘barrage’ of wet smooches all over my face because for some reason baby felt like it.

Playing With Baby

Needless to say, playing with your baby is very very important. Especially so in this day and age where parents easily hand over an iPad or tablet with videos or games to occupy their kids, having the kiddos bond with an electronic game more than the parents themselves.

We are quite strict about exposing baby to videos, television, hand-held devices and such because we don’t want to make it a habit for her and us both. Especially with the number of kids being easily exposed to all these things at a young age and subsequently damaging their eyes over it, along with the negative connotations (ADHD, short attention span etc) related to over-exposure of screen-time.

Though it is not to say that we don’t allow it entirely, but rather everything in moderation and as little as we possibly have to. After all, it is that much more rewarding to play the good ole way with toys, playgrounds, your imagination and more!

I’ll talk about play time in more detail to come because I have so much more to share with regards to this, given that Baby K is one little dynamite that can’t keep still!

Reading To Baby

Reading may start off to be a pretty tedious or de-moralizing process, because when babies are babies how interested would they be with books, right?

I am fortunate enough to have a mother-in-law who understands the importance about introducing Baby K to books, and is as passionate (if not more) about getting her to love books. Hence, since an early age, my MIL has been reading all sorts of books to her be it those about shapes, animals, color etc!

My MIL would even go the mile and be descriptive and animated with describing each and every aspect / visual in the story, making it an overall enjoyable, fun and also interactive experience for baby.

Due to her early exposure to books, baby actually loves books – both the idea of these colorful hardboard things and also the aspect of Story Time.

In fact, ‘BOOK’ was one of the first few words she started to mutter. Along with egg, no, please, there and more. Ha, her priorities in life!

Well, we haven’t reached the stage where she will sit by you obediently through an entire book but… we’re getting there, eventually!

As mentioned, she loves the idea of books so much that at times she ransacks our bookshelf and walks about the house with a novel, cookbook or jewelry book in hand. It’s so adorably hilarious.

Yes baby dear, I am sure you comprehend the Da Vinci Code as well as your Mother Goose Rhymes.

Giving Baby the Best

Of course, the best isn’t always associated to getting the most expensive item out there in the market. If you can afford it that is awesome but if you can’t, it doesn’t matter either because being sincere about your options and choices for baby in the best of your means it is something you have carefully thought out, weighed the pros and cons of and decided that this would best fit baby given what you are able to give.

It doesn’t mean you have to deck baby out in designer wear when something from a decent enough kidswear shop is more cooling and comfortable to wear.

The most high-end of shoes may not be as comfortable a fit or as easy to walk in as perhaps some decently known brand with good comfort and support.

Ultimately giving the best is something most parents want to do but sometimes they are not informed enough to make a choice so here I am sharing with you why you should choose Pampers Baby Dry and why I choose to give baby the best with all-round comfort and dryness no matter sleep or play.

Love Pampers Baby Dry, Because it Loves Your Baby too

How does Pampers help to love your baby?

Well I’ll be listing down some small yet significant factors on how I think Pampers Baby Dry has helped baby and I along be it through the ease of use or comfort of wear!

Soft, Thin and Comfortable

The first thing I noticed upon setting eyes on Pampers Baby Dry is how soft the material was and how ‘thin’ / slim the pampers are.

Though don’t let this fool you because this soft and comfortable material is mighty heavy duty too and even with Hub’s strength (which has sometimes torn diaper tabs out, oops), these have been surviving just fine without any strength-mishaps.

A Good Fit

I’ve also found that the Pampers Baby Dry’s shape is a little leaner and longer, which I personal prefer for Baby K’s physique. She’s on the smaller built of things but a little taller than her age hence these diapers fit her perfectly, covering her tummy and back well without leaving too much room around the thighs.

Slim, Sleek, And Not ‘Puffy’

Given the slim design, the Pampers Baby Dry wears very svelte-ly on baby. Not that svelte is a term commonly used to describe baby silhouettes but you know how some pampers, once worn, are very puffy, big and look almost uncomfortable on for these little beings?

Well Pampers is nothing like it and doesn’t seem to obstruct or cause any discomfort between baby’s legs as she totters around the house.

Absorbency & Dryness with Wear

As described in my Pampers Journey #1, these have great absorbency through the night (and day) and even with the Pampers being all soaked up, the surface in contact with baby’s skin still feels relatively dry to the touch.

I don’t have the professional means to do a dry test as well as these guys, so here, have a look!

This is most important as babies can’t tell us what is uncomfortable to them, or rather they may not even know that sitting around in a damp diaper is suppose to be uncomfortable!

Instead of letting them sit through that discomfort thinking it is norm, Pampers helps to ensure that no matter how soaked or full a diaper is (given perhaps it slipped your mind to change or check), baby still feels comfortably dry!

Snug (leak-proof) yet Comfy Seams and Sides

Another important factor to a diaper is how leak-proof it is along with how comfortable they device that factor to be.

Often times, if baby does leak out from her diaper it is because the elastic portions around her thighs aren’t leak-proof enough. Either that or they aren’t as snug fitting. There are also brands who try to prevent leakage from happening by making sure their elastic clings tighter which does eventually lead to pressure marks on baby’s thighs.

Though with Pampers Baby Dry and their double layered seams, you can be assured that baby will feel comfortable while you have an ease of mind.

Seamless Adhesion

Something that is commonly overlooked is how well the diaper is joint.

Why is this important?

Because some brands tend to join the diaper portions together in a fairly lumpy bundle and I can only imagine that wouldn’t be very comfortable to have on.

Perhaps it is just me but I have had experiences with certain clothing (shorts or skirts) that have seams joint together in a fairly lumpy manner and I recall that those don’t feel
very comforta
ble on be it sitting, moving about and all. I can only imagine that it would be the same for lumpy joints on diapers, no matter how soft the material.

With Pampers Baby Dry, the joint is not lumpy at all. The technology they used to seal these 2 pieces together also creates a pretty fancy design, how cool.

Stretchable Ears for Ease & Comfort

Whoever suggested to implement this for Pampers Baby Dry is a genious!

All the diapers I have used prior to this do not have this function and I cannot tell you how much easier having stretchable ears makes things.

It makes it quicker to fasten the diaper (properly) on a wiggling baby, and a lot easier to get the right ‘tightness’ as well knowing that these ears can stretch and it wouldn’t be too restrictive for baby.

Wearing Pampers Baby Dry has definitely reduced any pressure marks and lines caused by tightness from the diapers be it around the thighs or at the tummy (because we usually have to properly secure the diaper for baby given she isn’t the tubbiest).

Baby Safe Material & Adorable Design!

As with the concern of most parents, Pampers Baby Dry is made with baby safe materials be it the cloth to create the diapers, the absorbant gels, or the coloring that goes into it. Pampers is also constantly updating and reinventing their diaper design and the current animal themed one is so adorable.

If you would like to have a peace of mind by reading about what exactly goes in a Pampers, you can read all about it here!

Baby is going through an animal-spotting phase now, being curious and intrigued with animals of all sort so she loves how cute the print is too!

After using Pampers Baby Dry for a good amount of time, I have noticed that these seem to last better and last more comfortably on baby, there is definitely a reduced need and rush to change her diapers through the day. Of course the necessary changing and wiping is still done but we don’t fuss so much about it anymore for fear of baby having a rash or developing redness on her bottoms.

Less diaper changes means less diapers used, which definitely is a good thing over time!

Thus, giving the best always works out well, for the best!

Recharging Yourself

Being the best form of yourself for your little kiddos often means taking some time out for yourself too.You aren’t being a bad parent if you are not by your kid’s side 24 hours a day and every single day.

Sometimes taking time out from baby activities to enjoying your personal hobbies, interests or just taking a break to catch a movie, go cycling, is a big deal and a nice way to remember that you are still your own person.

Hubs and I even went as far as to having a short getaway out of the country (to Tokyo, which you can read about here!) to be romantic and reminisce on how our relationship sans kid was! Though we did miss her and skyped the in-laws every single day…

Some parents feel a sense of guilt leaving their kids in others’ care but if someone is willing to babysit for you, I say go for it! At the very most, give that someone something nice for babysitting your little one be it simple things like snacks or treating them to a meal!

Think of it this way, rather than feel bounded to your kid and eventually developing some frustration or *gasp* resentment towards them for leaving you unable to enjoy yourself while forcing yourself out to be a good parent, don’t forget that we are only human.

Enjoy yourself, be happy and only then can you be a happy, understanding, loving and good parent to your little one.

Trust me, when you are happy, your little one is happy too. When you whole heartedly love them, the little hearts love you just as much or maybe even more.

Be your best, and give your best for they will learn from you and be the best they can be.

Thank you again to Pampers SG and OMY.sg for this Pampers Journey and stay tuned because I have more to come!

In the meanwhile, don’t forget to check out Pampers’s Everyday Me for more Pampers information!

Thanks for reading!

My Pampers Journey #1 – Undisturbed Sleep for Baby & Me!

Hello everyone!

I interrupt the usual slew of beauty posts for a brief intermission to share my thoughts, opinions, experiences (and of course baby snaps) about Pampers! Thanks to Pampers Singapore and OMY.sg, I had the opportunity to give the Pampers Baby Dry series a go and I will be talking about that via my Pampers Journey over the next 5 weeks, with beauty posts inbetween of course.

While diapers is quite a detour from my usual beauty talk, given how majority of my readers are female and with most at some point or another having (or have had) kids of their own, learning a little more about this basic and daily necessity is as important as knowing which eyeliner will last through the day and what lipstick can perk up your appearance ;)

Trust me, I was ignorant about it and learnt it the hard way through wet beds, soiled clothes and the list goes on…

When I was younger (college days), I used to think sleep was for the weak.

No kidding, I used to dislike sleeping and even if I did, it would be the bare minimum amount of hours – bed at 3am and wake at 8 plus in the morning – just to quickly recharge myself and get back to doing work or whatever else I had in mind.

Unfortunately while I don’t feel the same about sleep now, I need and crave it as much as I can, baby seems to have taken after my old mentality.

Whoever came up with the saying to ‘sleep like a baby‘ obviously hasn’t seen Baby K.

Okay, granted yes when she is asleep she does appear very peaceful and tranquil but getting her to sleep is a whole different thing…

If only babies could just, like adults, hop into bed and tuck themselves in, right?

But alas, life isn’t all that simple and this is baby playing around by ‘tucking’ herself in. Admittedly it is so adorable to see her acting grown up-ish but in her terms, this is all fun and games because look at those eyes! They don’t seem like they are ready for bed anytime soon…

It’s Way Past Your Bedtime, Baby…

Since her infant days, hubs and I had busied ourselves with finding out how to coax her to sleep, how to make baby sleep on her own, how to have her sleep through the night, so on and so forth.

Truthfully, sleep is one aspect that we really struggled with through the whole of baby’s little life thus far and even till today she doesn’t sleep through the night and has no set bedtime. She certainly doesn’t sleep at 8pm only to wake the next morning at 7am, as compared to what a lot of parents seem to flaunt.

For the longest while we were a little dampened by the lack of ‘improvement’ in her sleep schedule and definitely a lot more tired out as opposed to the pre-baby era where you could sleep and wake at anytime you desire.

Though I guess what I am trying to say is, while yes I agree there are many tips out there to help you prepare baby for bed, don’t feel despaired if your baby is very much like our little monkey here and refuses her bedtime. Everyone shares tips and tricks on how to help their baby sleep and sometimes reading some of these would in turn make you feel more despair when they don’t seem to work for your little one. Something must be wrong, right? Well, not always and every little baby is different. Perhaps rejoice that you have an inquisitive baby or rejoice in your playful little being wanting to stay up for more cuddles, kisses and playtime!

At least that’s what we choose to think because Hubs and I do come home late from work so we attribute baby’s late nights to her wanting to play with us.

See, monkey business in action!

Baby K’s Bedtime Routine

No matter how much a routine doesn’t help actually soothe her to sleep, we still adopt one because it helps us to get everything out of the way before we enter the bedroom and hopefully, in time to come, she will learn to associate that with bedtime.

I know it’s a long and tedious road ahead for our super active Baby K but one step at a time and you never know!

  1. First we wipe baby down with a warm cloth to freshen her up
  2. Next we change her into her PJs
  3. Then we change her diapers (and this lasts her through the night)
  4. Finally we brush her teeth and have her guggle / drink some water.

That’s the little routine we adopt and after all that is done, she does her rounds of waving goodnight and blowing flying kisses to the in-laws before we usher her into our air-conditioned room and hope she sleeps soon.

Uninterrupted Sleep Through the Night

Since baby is a late-sleeper, the last thing we want is for her sleep to be interrupted because truth is truth, babies need as much sleep as they can get for mental development and growth.

Studies have shown that a well-rested baby is usually more focussed through the day, more cheery, alert, and will be able to interact / play better through the course of the day.

Happy babies are usually easier to deal with and more fun to play with too so it certainly helps you if your baby is in a good and happy mood!

After all, who wouldn’t want to wake up to a (chubby chubby) face like this!

If a baby doesn’t get enough rest at night, they tend to be a little moodier, disoriented and also more prone to falling asleep any and everywhere regardless of how comfortable (or not) a position is.

Here’s one of us leaving the house in the morning and baby dozing off while initially being seated on my lap.

While we can’t change baby’s sleeping schedule (which we hope to eventually), what we can do to prolong her rest period is to encourage and enable her to sleep through the night without stirring or waking her.

As mentioned, even at 18 months baby still stirs awake at night to feed (more for comfort I’m sure) and I am still nursing her so according to statistics the next real worry for me would be damp diapers! Grr!

Dry Bottoms, Dry Bed

Thankfully (or not) for me, baby wasn’t the nit-picky sort that minded a wet diaper too much. Unless it truly was soaking damp and heavy then only would she start to point and pat her little bottoms, yes it’s quite adorable.

But the downside of baby not minding a damp diaper is that sometimes the diaper itself is damp to the point that it leaks onto the bed (while she sleeps) if it is already too full.

Another case would be with some diapers that are thicker and not as breathable, once damp these tend to remain

‘moist’ and this causes baby’s already sensitive skin to flare up and have a mild case of nappy rash.

Neither of the situations is desirable because in case of a leaked diaper, waking the household up at night to clean baby up, change the diapers, change the bedsheets and for me to change my pyjamas followed by probably soothing an already woken baby back to sleep versus a sensitive red and painful looking baby bottom caused by nappy rash are both situations you certainly don’t want to be in and Pampers Baby Dry certainly has the solution to these!

If you have noticed, the new Baby Dry series boasts a 12-hour dry-ness to the diapers allowing for baby to have a good night’s sleep. The diaper is thin and breathable yet don underestimate it’s absorbancy as it soaks up the fluids but yet somehow still keeps the surface of it dry to the touch (yes, gross enough but I touched it to be sure my baby’s bottom is not kept moist and damp through the night).

Thanks to the ‘Sleep-Layer’ within, you can ensure that the fluids are well absorbed and does not interfere with the comfort of the diaper.

Case in point, I particularly like how ‘slim’ Pampers Baby Dry still appears to be even after a whole night’s duty. Some other brands I have tried tend to really puff up and get really ‘soaked’ when worn overnight and I can imagine that the moist, damp and ‘inflated diaper’ feeling would be so uncomfortable for baby.

Though here’s how Pampers Baby Dry looks after being worn on for the whole night, it’s still fairly slim and definitely doesn’t look as if it has ballooned to the size of a float.

I didn’t manage to snap a comparison of how puffy any other brand worn overnight would be because I was too impressed with how dry and also how breathable Pampers Baby Dry seemed to perform overnight that that was all I made baby wear from here on.

I know it’s gross snapping a shot of a used diaper but I assure you, Pampers Baby Dry absorbs it all so well the diaper itself looks almost brand new though it has been used overnight!

Another feature I especially like was the ‘frills’ and snug protection that Pampers Baby Dry’s design offered.

Baby is one who loves to sleep on the side so chances of pee leaking out by the side is highly possible especially if baby happens to move too much at night or somehow the diaper isn’t worn well due to her being a wiggle-worm.

Though thus far, given the design of how Pampers Baby Dry is and how snug yet comfortably it fits, we haven’t had any issues and have been enjoying a nice and dry bed! This is the longest streak in awhile and I am keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed!

With that we can feel safe cuddling and snuggling with our little ball of a baby and not fear that she will pee / leak all over us!

And we can wake up to her cheeky and smiley well-rested self knowing that she had slept through the night comfortably with a baby soft dry bottom in the morning even in diapers that have lasted her a whole night!

I’m definitely very pleased with my Pampers Baby Dry experience so far and so thankful I got to experience this new range / revamp!

I’ll be sure to share what’s new about this Baby Dry range as opposed to what Pampers used to offer and how these added features loves your baby as much as you do.

Thank you Pampers Singapore and OMY.sg for this opportunity. Stay tuned for more about my Pampers Journey, this is only Part 1!

Do check out Pampers’s Everyday Me website for more information and parenting tips and tricks!

Thanks for reading and I’ll be back again with more shortly ;)