My Pampers Journey #3 – Quality Playtime, All-day, All the time!

Wow, alright, so… Playtime, where do I even begin!

If anything, hubs and I always joke that baby seems built for playtime because she is so active, crazy fast and agile, cheeky and mischevious and to top it all off, she doesn’t require much ‘charging time’ as well.

What I mean by that is she has mastered the art of fighting off sleep even with drowsy eyes while she continues to run around, throw cheeky glances and when she does nap, it’s over as soon as it begans and what you get is another few hours of a little dynamite about the house.

Okay maybe I kid. She does nap but it certainly isn’t the whole solid block of hours that I know some other babies do. If Baby K naps for an hour straight without disturbances inbetween, that’s considered a pretty good day!

Check out her cheeky little expression while she was down with mild Roseola. Even sickness can’t get to her!

The ‘woes’ of having an active baby is… well, the whole active portion.

Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand how many will be quick to say that having an inquisitive and active baby is nothing to be sad about. It is true, I do love that Baby K is such a curious soul, so active, so cheeky, so mischevious and so playful but of course all that does eventually take a toll on us.

For some reason, these little beings are able to pack so much energy and so much stamina in their tiny bodies, I have no idea how!

Even though their legs are way shorter than ours, they ran that much quicker. Even though their hands are smaller and shorter than ours, they reach for and swipe things so much faster and even though their muscles are miniscule compared to ours, they are so incredibly strong!

Then again, it isn’t as if we weren’t foretold that Baby K would grow up to be so energetic and mischevious with the desire to have Playtime anytime, all the time!

When she was a wee little baby, and babies are suppose to be quite chill with their lack of motor skills and all, she was already kicking and trashing all over the place! Her favorite activity, and frankly the only one because that is all her motor skills allowed at that point, was to kick swiftly with zest!

We call it 無影腳 (direct translation – no shadow leg).

It really is a martial arts move meaning to kick so rapidly and quickly you can’t even see the leg move, much less the shadow. I believe that is…

So anyway, I digress from Playtime but I’m sure with all that you should know by now that with an extremely active baby like Baby K, our household is no stranger to playtime. In fact, we make any and every time a playtime… Or rather, she makes it her own playtime.

At times, it is even playtime as she showers because she will designate which bath buddy she wants to bring along with her and play with them in her tub.

Other times we let her enjoy a bubble bath (using LUSH Bubble Bars, very natural and safe) which she loves. Bubbles are totally her thing.

Playtime isn’t just Fun time

While playtime may feel quite ‘trivial’ with some parents thinking they have so much more important things to do rather than play with their baby, it is important to know that playtime isn’t just about play.

Playtime is an important time where you interact with your little one in an active manner be it through building their motor skills, teaching them about objects, a new game that would require a level of understanding etc.

There is so much more than just playing in Playtime and it is an essential period of learning for the little babies.

It may feel small and trivial to you but learning how to catch a ball, pick up the right object, mimic what you are doing, etc are all key developmental factors to your baby be it mentally or enhancing their motor skills.

Baby K has this peculiar attraction to bags and this strange interest of putting things in bags, particularly so for this playmobil briefcase toy.

The pieces are quite small so we do watch her as she plays but it helps to train her fingers to be more nimble in agile-ly putting these pieces in the briefcase and closing it up without spilling the contents.

She loves this so much she does it almost every single day, no joke.

Be Adventurous, Try New Experiences

While this may prove a little tricky for the younger babies, once your child is able to properly comprehend their surroundings, look around and actually pick out and point at stuff, it is a good cue to bring them to new arenas. Or rather new environment to expose them to different things.

Playing at home is easy and convenient on a rainy day or on days everyone is a little too busy to head out but as much as possible, it is important to bring baby around and show them the world.

If you have a whiny and fidgety baby, you may find that bringing them out is easier than you would have imagined. At least that’s what we discovered with Baby K who is typically quite whiny, fidgety and vocal at home. The minute we bring her out she will gaze curiously at everything around and fall silent.

Ahh, the wonders of the outdoors!

Playgrounds are Gems!

While some parents may be a little reserved about neighborhood playgrounds because, yes it is true that all kids play here so there could be bacteria etc… Well, thing is where else can these little kiddos play?

We had the same apprehensive mentality about playgrounds as well but eventually decided to shrug that off and let baby waddle into the world of playgrounds, which she thoroughly enjoys.

From being overly cautious about every surface she touches to just letting her explore with her hands and feet, on her hands and feet. We just make sure to fully wipe her down and clean her up
o
nce she’s done roaming the grounds and having fun to her hearts content.

The thing about the playground (a bit of a pro and con) is that there are usually other kids around too. I think the early exposure to the existence of other babies (along with her own outgoing nature) has seemed to make Baby K quite a social butterfly. She easily goes up to older kids and smiles at them, waves at them and sometimes, perhaps they are too smittened by her cheeky grin, they lend her their toys!

That’s quite a big thing for kids to do given a lot of them aren’t really into ‘sharing’ at their tender age. So I think while playgrounds are all about climbing and sliding about, there’s some social skills to pick up from there too!

Swim-time!

Some babies love this, some hate this, it really depends.

For our case, Baby K has always been a bit of a water baby. She loves having baths in her tub since she was an infant and would get caught up with kicking / splashing water about. Hence when she was 8 months of age, we decided to bring her to a pool and have her splash in a much bigger tub!

Turns out she had the time of her life there and we have since made swimming a fairly regular activity.

Be a Playful Parent!

Hubs will probably kill me for disclosing this but in some ways, hubs is very much like a big child. Of course I mean this endearingly and only in the aspect of him being a fairly playful person.

As adults, sometimes we grow into adulthood and loose the ‘playfulness’ of a child but thankfully for me, Hubs never lost that.

To be truthful I used to think it was a little childish (endearing yes, but childish because I never played along, hurhur) but now with baby looking for a play-mate the two of them go together so perfectly.

It’s quite hilarious because the two of them seemed to have formed this love/annoyance situation whereby baby likes to annoy hubs and hubs likes to annoy baby yet at the end of the day when they want to have some playful fun they know they can always turn to each other.

Don’t Forget – Stay Hydrated

Thankfully for us (though not really either, depending how you see it), Baby K has this obsession with drinking water. I’m not too sure if it is a norm for toddlers to love loadin’ up on their H2O this much but the minute Baby K sees her water bottle, there’s no way you’re getting that back until it’s empty.

Though sometimes we do try and stop her from sipping too much less she bloats her little belly.

Some water is good, not too much that it takes away space from mealtimes, so we let baby have a sip or two be it if she is out running about or simply running around the house with her toys. It’s good to instill the habit of having a sip every now and then especially so when you are doing ‘strenuous’ activities.

Hopefully she will be able to remember this and continue her water intake as she gets older!

After all, it seems that once kids grow up they tend to drink less and less water (which is so crucial for our bodies) so starting young is never a bad idea!

Pampers Gives You Playtime with an Ease of Mind!

There are so many ways to play but yet so little time to do so, on top of that it wouldn’t be nice if playtime was made uncomfortable with a heavy damp diaper, nappy rash induced from scatchy material or maybe even pressure marks from the diapers because it isn’t flexible enough.

Playtime should be enjoyed and Pampers knows that hence their diapers are all made of soft and flexible material that will not hurt baby no matter how they stretch and kick, bend and somersault.

On top of that, you know that your little one is feeling clean and comfortable the whole time because the Pampers Baby Dry series comes with a wider UltraAbsorb layer along with 3 layers of absorbance as opposed to 2 layers that most diaper brands use.

This way you can have an ease of mind knowing that Pampers wouldn’t and shouldn’t leak midway through your child’s fun and no matter how, your child will feel comfortable through out (with no nappy rash too!).

That’s something to rejoice about, yes? At least Baby K thinks so!

Though if it is time to change, it is time to change!

Most kids don’t like to be pulled out of their games for too long thus you will have to be swift with your nappy changes.

I personally feel that with Pampers Baby Dry I have been able to change out baby’s diapers a lot quicker and this isn’t due to anything too revolutionary. Instead, it is the small details thoughts and consideration that Pampers had factored into the diapers that helps matters.

The ‘fold’ of the diaper is at the perfect spot and I simply have to open it, slide it under baby to the point it folds, hold the front down to her belly and fasten it!

I assure you, it’s so quick.

Speaking of fastening, this is another gem due to the stretchable ears.

Often times baby would struggle about while wearing her diapers which makes it hard for me to properly fasten them on while checking to be sure they aren’t too tight, lop-sided, etc. Something about these ears being stretchable helps quickly secure the diaper regardless of
a squir
ming baby and makes me know it wouldn’t feel too restricted for her either.

Playtime = Sleep time ;)

After all, when a child has quality playtime and is able to exert all of his or her energy running about, being inquisitive and learning in the process, parents often know what this eventually leads to…

Sleep time!

While Baby K has mastered the art of fighting sleep, she can’t help but display signs of fatigue after a few rounds of fun.

It usually starts with an eye rub, puffy looking eyes, constant yawning and taking that as cue, we slowly wind down the playtime as much as we can. Dim the iights (during the day we bring her to a dimmer room with curtrains drawn) and slowly usher her to dream land!

Hence whenever baby is wide awake and running around the house at 10pm, I often tell Hubs, leave her be. The only way to put her to sleep is for her to exhaust her energy and we’ve learnt that through rounds of patting, cooing, consoling which often leads to nothing if she just isn’t tired enough.

The best way to charge a battery is to sometimes let to run flat first, yes?

Whether you have an active baby on hand or not, just know that Pampers Baby Dry has you covered (from leakages) from all angles and allows for a super quick and easy diaper change so there is as little disruption as possible during playtime!

After all, sometimes it is just so adorable to watch baby having fun that the last thing you want to worry about is whether the diaper will leak from all that activity.

Thank you again to Pampers SG and OMY.sg for this Pampers Journey and keep an eye out for the 4th installment where I share some (hopefully handy) diaper tips!

Though in the meantime you can check out Pampers Everyday Me for their tips and more information about Pampers Baby Dry!

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!