Feb
22nd

Which is the best Breast Pump for me?

Every breastfeeding moms will ask the same questions: Which is the best brand to choose for breast pump?

Medela, Avent, Pigeon, Spectra, or Ameda? Most well-known brand for single electric breast pump in Malaysia would be Medela and Avent. At my point of view, Medela Swing would be better choice as Swing breakthrough 2-Phase Expression® technology, proven to reduce pumping time. First researched and developed for hospital breast pumps, 2-Phase Expression is an advanced pumping pattern that mimics a baby’s natural nursing rhythm, and it is proven to reduce pumping time. The price for Medela Swing is RM768.

If you think you wish to have the same features as above but have a budget problem, Safety Plus™ Electric Breast Pump is another choice for you with the price of RM429 only!! RM429 which includes of the Breast Pump, 1 Cooler Bag, and 2 PP Milk Bottles. Safety Plus™ is a new launched brand in Malaysia and soon will be launched in Australia.

SafetyPlusBreastPump

Safety Plus™ Portable Single Electric Breast Pump

Safety Plus™ hospital grade portable pumping system is made of safer materials and is free of Bisphenol A, Phthalates, PVC, Lead and Nitrosamines. Safety Plus™ portable breast pump features compact stylish design, ultra quiet yet powerful to provide moms with gentle and efficient pumping. Safety Plus™ portable pumping system is designed to provide solution for today active breastfeeding moms.

ADVANCED LATEST TECHNOLOGY

Safety Plus™ hospital grade portable pumping system is equipped with latest Dual Stage Expression technology to provide hospital grade milk expression results. With Dual Stage Expression modes, Safety Plus™ portable pump simulates your baby’s nursing rhythm and gently increases your milk flow while pumping. For more information on Dual Stage Expression Technology – Click Here. Mothers can easily switch pumping modes with one touch button during milk expression. With variable cycle speeds and suction levels, Safety Plus™ portable pumping system gives you options to find the most comfortable and efficient setting that works the best for you.

It comes with 12 months warranty for pump unit and AC adapter. All spare parts are available.

Cooler Bag Info
Water Resistance Feature
Practical & Stylish
Compact Size (21 cm x 16 cm x 20 cm)
Cooler Bag Function
Store Up To 4 Milk Storage Bottles
Separate Compartment For Breast Pump

2 Storage Bottle (PP) info
Safer Non Toxic Material
Heat Resistance Up To 110 Degrees Celcius
Longer Usage Compared To Conventional PP Bottles
Comply With BS EN 14350 Safety Standards

Safety Plus Portable Electric Breast Pump includes :-

  • 1 unit Pump
  • 1 unit Full LSR Silicone Cup
  • 1 unit Silicone Connector
  • 1 unit Carry Bag
  • 1 unit AC Adapter
  • 2 units PP Milk Storage Bottles

Safety Plus™ Homepage : Click Here

Where can I get it?

Online Store:

MamaParadise
SusuIbu

Shop:

BabyJaya
Kiddyplace (Cheras)

Which breast pump do you use? Do you like it? Do you have any bad experience?

Feb
21st

Jusco Baby Fair 16th Feb - 1st March 2009

 

I went to Jusco Maluri yesterday to check out their baby fair. I’ve listed down the promotion they are having and would like to share with all of you:

  1. Drypers Wee Wee Dry M84 L72 XL60 - RM36.90
  2. Drypantz Jumbo Pack M44 L36 XL32 - RM30.90
  3. Mamypoko Super Jumbo S72 M66 L56 XL50 XXL40 - J-card member RM50.90, non-member RM51.90
  4. Pigeon 6 in 1 80pcs Wipes - RM37
  5. Anakku Baby Wipes 30’s x 8 packs - RM15.90
  6. Little Bean Steriliser + Warmer - RM149.90

Others items that are on sale include: Best Buy Clothes from Baby Kiko, World of Cartoon, J-baby; Stroller; Playpen; Walker; Bathtub; Toiletries from Johnson and Johnson, Pigeon, Pureen; Combi Accessories; Feeding Bottles from WOC; Playgym & Soft toys from Simple Dimple; WOC Baby shoes; Baby Carrier; Variety of Hampers.

JUSCO organized a Funniest Baby Contest where parents should submit 1 non-returnable 4R size photograph of the contestant. Grand Prize will be up to RM10,000 worth of JUSCO Gift Vouchers + 1 Baby Kiko Hamper worth RM1,600. You can get the contest form in any JUSCO outlet.

Any enquiries about the contest, please call 1300-80-3535

Did you go to the Jusco baby fair? What did you get?

This Jusco Baby Fair will end on March 1st. Don’t miss it! For other baby fairs and warehouse cleanrance in February & March, please visit my previous post: February - March 2009 Baby Fair

Feb
20th

Dengue Fever Symptoms & Protect Your Baby!

With the current dengue outbreak in Kuala Lumpur & Selangor, you better know more about dengue fever, dengue symptoms, and how to protect your baby from mosquito bite.

Dengue is an acute viral infection characterised by fever and is one of the most common mosquito-borne diseases in this country. It is a major health concern today.

What are the Dengue fever symptoms?

Signs and symptoms of dengue fever usually begin four to seven days after you’ve been bitten by a mosquito carrying a dengue virus. These signs and symptoms can vary, depending on the form of the disease.

Dengue fever signs and symptoms typically include:

  • High fever, up to 104° F (40° C)
  • A rash over most of your body, which may subside after a couple of days and then reappear
  • Severe headache, backache or both
  • Pain behind your eyes
  • Severe joint and muscle pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low blood pressure and heart rate
  • rash on arms and legs, severe itching, peeling of skin and hair loss
  • minor bleeding (nose or gums) and heavy menstrual periods

Dengue hemorrhagic fever — a more severe form of the disease — can also cause:

  • Significant damage to your blood and lymph vessels
  • A decrease in the number blood cells that help your blood clot (platelets)
  • Bleeding from the nose, mouth and under the skin, creating the appearance of bruising
  • Death

Dengue shock syndrome — the most severe form of the disease — may also cause:

  • Blood vessel fluid (plasma) leakage
  • Heavy bleeding
  • A sudden drop in blood pressure (shock)
  • Death

What if I get dengue while I’m pregnant?

Dengue fever during pregnancy is not generally associated with increased risks to the mother. Most unborn babies remain unharmed even if the mother catches dengue during pregnancy. However, some of the symptoms and signs may mimic certain pregnancy conditions such as pre-eclampsia. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment are essential. If the infection is virulent, it could lead to complications like pre-term labour and foetal anomalies. Furthermore, dengue virus antibodies in the mother can cross the placenta and be transferred to the baby. This may result in dengue haemorrhagic fever or dengue shock syndrome in the baby.

How to protect my baby from mosquitoes?

  1. Avoid places where mosquitoes thrive, such as lakes, woods, anywhere with stagnant water, flowery gardens or open food areas.
  2. Find an insect repellent that’s safe for your baby. Buds Baby MozzieClear Lotion is a good choice as it is specially formulated natural mosquito repellent which uses unique blend of essential oils to keep the mosquitoes away. You can easily get this at most Baby retail outlet at RM29.90. If you are looking for mosquito repellent bands, then you can look for BUGSLOCK. “BugsLock” is a mosquito controlling product to repel the mosquito with a 100% natural aroma. You can get this at Kiddyplace (Cheras LeisureMall) at RM16.
  3. Lightly spray an appropriate insect repellent on your baby’s clothes, then on your hands to spread on his or her skin.
  4. Dark bright colours seem to attract insects, so it is best to dress your baby in light coloured clothing that does not leave too much exposed skin. Choose long sleeved tops, fitted garments like pants and jumpers instead of shorts and sleeveless tops.
  5. Avoid risky areas during dusk and dawn, the times of day when mosquitoes are most prevalent.
  6. Purchase mosquito netting for strollers, play mats and other places your baby may be outside.

How to treat mosquito bites on a baby?

  1. Wash the area of the mosquito bite with a good anti-bacterial soap (this is especially important if the child has already scratched the area).
  2. Apply over-the-counter anti-itch cream to the bite area. (Lucas Papaw ointment works well.) Consult your child’s pediatrician if you have any questions about the active ingredients in the ointment.
  3. If anti-itch creams are not an option, cold vinegar dabbed on the area can help relieve some of the sting.
  4. Cold compresses can reduce swelling and irritation

Hope the above information is helpful for all parents.

Feb
19th

Breaking News - Worst dengue outbreak

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Check out the following dengue news in Malaysia:

A worker carrying out fogging in mosquito breeding areas in Kuala Lumpur. Officials say the current dengue outbreak is mainly in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, where ‘urbanisation and abandoned projects’ could provide breeding sites for Aedes mosquitoes. — PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

Jan 31, 2009 - PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia is going through its worst dengue outbreak ever, health officials said yesterday, with higher rainfall and public apathy being blamed for encouraging the widespread breeding of the Aedes mosquito.

In the first 28 days of this year alone, 14 people have died and 5,062 dengue cases have been recorded. This compares with five deaths and 2,855 cases in the same period last year.

The biggest increases in the number of dengue cases were seen in Perlis, Sabah, Kelantan, Penang, Pahang, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Sarawak, Terengganu, Johor, Perak and Kedah.

For details, please view source at http://www.straitstimes.com

The Malaysian government has launched a dengue awareness campaign in response to the rising number of dengue cases.

Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said it was not the time to point fingers but to get to the ground and tackle the scourge.

Expressing concern over the situation, Health Ministry Director-General Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said the ministry was discovering more unusual symptoms in the more severe cases category.

Usually in severe dengue cases, patients would suffer from bleeding and low platelet count, he said.

However, there were cases where the brain was affected and people can come down with epileptic attack, jaundice, hepatitis and even kidney or liver failure, he said.

As a precautionary measure, the ministry had directed all doctors to add dengue testing if patients were showing high fever and unusual symptoms, especially if the patients were from areas where the incidence of dengue was high.

With the current dengue outbreak in Kuala Lumpur & Selangor, are you worry for your pregnancy & your baby?

“Housewife Fairus, 25, who was seven months pregnant with the couple’s first child, died at the Penang Hospital at 6am on Saturday due to dengue haemorrhagic fever. The foetus also did not survive. …. September 26, 2005 The Star”

Toh said she took her baby to a clinic when the child became feverish last Thursday. She added that when the fever did not go down the next day, she rushed the baby to a private hospital. “My baby was not admitted that day. Three days later, she suddenly turned blue and had difficulty breathing,” Toh said yesterday. “I took her to the same hospital again but she died a few hours later.” … November 05, 2005 The Star.

We’ll talk about more on next post regarding dengue mosquito, dengue fever symptoms, how to protect your baby from mosquitoes etc.

Feb
18th

Video: How to bath a baby?

The following is a very useful video on bathing a baby girl. Same should apply on bathing a baby boy. It shows you the steps on how to bath a baby, and lots of bathing baby tips.

Video Content:

  • How often do I need to bath my baby? Do I have to bath my baby everyday?
  • How important is the water temperature?
  • How do I test the water temperature?
  • What is the ideal water temperature for baby?
  • What do I need to prepare before bathing a baby?
  • Steps of bathing a baby.
  • How to hold my baby during bathing?

Hope you find the above video helpful. More bathing baby tips in the future on AnythingMaternity.com!

Feb
17th

How To Swaddle A Baby

Do you know how to swaddle a baby? When to stop swaddling your baby?

On this post, I am going to talk about the swaddling techniques or how to swaddle your baby. It’s very simple. I will show you the step by step instructions and also the how to swaddle baby video.

Why swaddle a baby?

Swaddling creates a slight pressure around your baby’s body that gives most newborns a sense of security because it mirrors the pressure they would have felt in uterus. It can also reduce the incidence of the startle reflex, which can upset babies and increase the frequency of waking and crying which help babies sleep longer through the night. Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is a syndrome marked by the symptoms of sudden and unexplained death of an apparently healthy infant aged one month to one year.

New research shows that swaddling can help reduce the risk of SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome by promoting better sleep when infants are on their backs but make sure do not swaddle a baby in warm room because overheating is a SIDS risk factor.

Do you have question about swaddling your baby for how long or when to stop?

Research shows that swaddling is only effective for the first few weeks after birth. After one to two months, swaddling, which inhibits movement, can restrict your baby’s motor development. You can choose to change it to baby sleeping bag so that your baby’s arms and hands are free to move around.

How to swaddle your baby? Just wrap it!

While it can look complicated, once you get the hang of it, swaddling a baby is incredibly simple. You should use a small cotton sheet or special swaddling sheet/ swaddling blanket to swaddle your baby; blankets or synthetic wraps should be avoided as they can cause overheating.

  1. Lay the swaddling sheet down on a flat surface and fold the right corner down approximately 6 inches so that the sheet takes an almost triangular shape.
  2. Place your baby diagonally across the sheet so that their neck rests on the edge of the folded corner.
  3. Gently place your baby’s right arm flat against their body. Take the left side of the blanket and brings it across your baby’s chest. Ensure that your baby’s arm is securely under the wrap. Tuck the edge of the wrap under your baby to firmly fix the wrap.
  4. Take the bottom corner and place it up over your baby’s feet so that it points upwards along the legs.
  5. Take the right corner of the sheet, wrap it across the left hand side of your baby’s body and tuck it round underneath. Your baby should now be swaddled securely with only their head and neck exposed. To ensure that your baby’s swaddling is not too tight, check that you can slip your fingers down the top of the sheet.
  6. While you should not need to use additional sheets and blankets when your baby is wrapped in swaddling, you will need to adjust their clothing according to the temperature of the room in which they will be sleeping.

If you still aren’t very sure on how to swaddling a baby, please take a look at the following “How to swaddle a baby” video.

There are several swaddle blankets in the market with reasonable price:

Kiddopotamus SwaddleMe Wrap – RM 69

The First Year Easy Wrap Swaddler – RM 49.90

Bumble Bee Swaddle Blanket – RM 39.90

Here are few stores that sell the above swaddle blanket:

Online Stores

My BB Store

The Baby Loft

LittleWhiz

Shops

BabyJaya

Kiddyplace (Cheras)

Feb
16th

BirthConfidence™ Workshop by Dr. Selina Chew, PhD.

From my post 2 days ago, you now know what is HypnoBirthing®. Do you want to know more or interested to find out other childbirth hypnosis classes in Malaysia?

Let me introduce you to Dr. Selina Chew, PhD. She is a Certified Hypnotherapist and First Certified HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Educator in Malaysia. She has been featured on numerous magazines and on TV3 regarding the use of hypnosis for childbirth.

A TV interview on HypnoBirthing with Selina Chew, as featured on TV3, Malaysia.

She is going to conduct a BirthConfidence™ Workshop:

Date: 15 March 2009 (Sunday)
Time: 9.30 pm – 5.00 pm
Venue: Bukit Rahman Putra, Sg. Buloh, Selangor

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could have a comfortable, confident childbirth instead of feeling anxious, tense or fearful? With BirthConfidence™ Workshop, you can learn the techniques to achieve this!

BirthConfidence™ Workshop is a practical workshop for expectant mothers to have a better and more positive birth experience using hypnosis, visualizations and affirmations. Expectant mothers will learn techniques to manage labour pains with hypnosis.  Husbands will also learn techniques to get their wives into hypnosis and to assist their wives to remain in a deep state of relaxation throughout labour.

Attend this workshop and be CONFIDENTLY PREPARED for CHILDBIRTH!

Here are 7 phenomenal ways you’ll benefit:

1. Avoid the intense pain of childbirth.
2. Reduce / eliminate painkilling drugs.
3. Remove fears and anxieties around giving birth.
4. Eliminate fatigue and hyperventilation.
5. Less likelihood of medical intervention.
6. Less likelihood of postpartum depression.
7. More rapid postnatal recovery.

Now, you too can learn the secrets to a more calm, confident and comfortable childbirth!

Special rate for expectant moms:
- RM597 per mom (Normal fee: RM980)
- RM537 each (for 2 or more moms signing up together / Baiboo member)
- Husbands attend at RM20 only!

What you will receive:
- Certificate of Attendance
- BirthConfidence Kit with notes and support materials

For more info on this BirthConfidence™ Workshop, please visit:

http://www.life-inspirations.com/birthconfidence-classes.htm

Feb
15th

February - March 2009 Baby Fair

All Moms… have you bought what you need for your baby? Don’t miss any of the following baby fair promotion & warehouse sale!

1. SOGO WAREHOUSE CLEARANCE

Date: 18th - 22nd February 2009
Venue:  KL Sogo Multipurpose Hall,
Foyer, Walkway & Waterfall Void Area, 7th Floor
Kompleks Pernas Sogo
190 Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
50100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel:603 2698 2111
Time: 10am - 9.30pm

Item on sale: Poney - Up to 50%, Tenderly - Up to 50%, Baby Kiko - Value Buy

2. JAYA JUSCO BABY FAIR (Click for more info)

Date: 16th February 2009 - 1st March 2009
Venue: All Nationwide Outlets in Malaysia

3. My DEAR WAREHOUSE SALE (Click for more info)

Date: 26th February 2009 - 8th March 2009
Venue: No 34 Jalan Meranti Jaya 10, Meranti Jaya Industrial Park, 47100 Puchong
Time: 9am-7pm

Items on sale: baby carrier, baby pram, baby stroller, car seat, hammock spring cradle, high chair, safety gate, children slides, tricycle and more.

More info: mydear.com.my

4. MOTHERCARE SALE

Date: 28th Feb - 22nd March 2009
Venue: All Mothercare outlet
Special Promotion: Baby Car Seat
note: Present 26th The Star Parenting Advertisement Page SS7 to enjoy additional
5% savings on your total nett purchases. Only applicable for Feb 28 & Mar 1, 2009

5. METROJAYA TOY FAIR

Date: 11th - 22nd March 2009
Venue: The Curve, Centre Court
Participating brands:
- Fisher Price
- Thomas
- Playskool
- Megabloks
and more…

Call Metrojaya’s Customer Service Centre at 03-2070 1234 for enquiries.

6. KIDDYPLACE BABY FAIR

Date: 13th - 22nd March 2009
Venue: Ground Floor (in front of Baleno), Cheras LeisureMall, Kuala Lumpur
Time: 10am - 9.45pm

Items on sale: baby rompers, baby clothing, toddler clothing, toys, diaper bag, baby socks, breast pump, bottles, teats, pacifier and more.

7. BABYLAND BABY FAIR

Date: 13th - 22nd March 2009
Venue: Babyland SS2
35-39-M, Jln SS2/64
47300 Petaling Jaya
(Above Save-Mart Supermarket)
Tel: 03-78756650, 78760688

8. Toys”R”Us TOYS FAIR

Date: 13th - 22nd March 2009
Venue: Bangsar Village Concourse

9. MOM’S CARE BABY FAIR

Date: 18th - 31st March 2009
Venue: Ampang Point outlet only!