Thursday, 8 December 2016

Homemade Toys

Let's get crafty!

I'm a student on a budget, so I need to save up as much as possible. Homemade toys are the best. Plus, they are fun to make and can make you think outside the box. So far, I have made rattles for Medina and play-doughs. Check them out!

Instead of throwing that transparent bottles away, you can put all sort of things in them so that they make different sounds. You can put sand, seeds, pebbles, paper clips, beans and etc.

Medina is too young to play with play-doughs. So I put them in snap lock bags. I let her squish and squash the play-doughs in the bags. She can also feel the cold of the dough. It's good for her touch senses.

Here is the recipe for the play-dough:

2 cups of flour
1 cup of salt
1 table spoon of cooking oil
1 cup of water

Mixed those three ingredients together and maybe split them into three or four doughs if you want. Then you can put a few drops of food colouring on each dough and mixed them up again. Voila! That's all you need to do.

Have fun!

ps: If your child put the dough in his/her mouth, it's okay because they are food product. 

Sunday, 30 October 2016

What's in your bag, mummies?

When you become a mother, forget those cute, petite small handbags. What you need now is a tote bag or backpack or the unglamorous name (to me) baby/nappy bag!

So what do you pack in there? Lots and lots of stuff. Even when you have lots, you'll still forget some items. Especially when you really need them. *sigh* Keep in mind that your bag is going to be heavy from now on. At least mine is! It's so heavy I think I'll grow muscles! *grins*

Anyway, These are what I have in my baby bag.

  1. Diapers. The most important thing. Don't ever go out without some diapers packed in your bag. Unless there's a supermarket nearby for you to get some if anything happens.
  2. Wet wipes. Equally important. If you have diapers but don't have wipes, you'll be in trouble. Unless you have tissues and water packed, that's okay too I guess. But I find using wipes is the easiest tool when cleaning my baby on the go.
  3. Spare clothes! Put at least two in your bag. You'll never know when you need to change your baby.
  4. Changing mat or something to put your baby on when changing him/her. My tote bag comes with a changing mat so that's handy!
  5. Some tissues and handkerchief, incase your baby has runny nose or something like that.
  6. Plastic bags. Always shove some plastic bags in your tote bag. It's handy to put dirty diapers in it or dirty clothes or rubbish.
  7. Nursing cover. To all you nursing mothers, cover up when you are nursing your babies in public. We don't want to make people around us uncomfortable do we? You can use a blanket too for this. 
  8. Toys. Small ones will do like rattles, teething toys etc to keep your baby entertained. 
  9. Socks and mittens, incase it gets cold and incase your baby lose a sock. My baby is always missing a sock. It's handy to put on tights rather than socks, I think.
  10. A warm hat, in case it gets cold. Weather is unpredictable. In warmer countries like Malaysia, you might go to an indoor place with a high blast air conditioner on, so a warm hat is handy to pack in your tote bag.
  11. A sun hat! We don't want our babies to burn their cute little heads do we? Better put a hat on them on sunny days. You can also throw in a sunglasses if you want but mind you, I've never seen a baby that didn't pull it off.
  12. Food! If your baby has started solid food, always bring his/her food with you. 
  13. Bib so that he/she doesn't make so much mess on his/her clothes.
  14. A plastic bowl and plastic spoon. You know, incase restaurants don't provide that for your baby.
  15. Ear muff (optional). Photo below.... I find it useful to have an ear muff with you. Once we were in an airport and there were some constructions going on. It was so loud that we had to put this ear muff on Medina. 
This is a baby's ear muff.

It's great for traveling so that she can sleep longer without hearing loud noises around her. My baby is a light sleeper you see. She'll wake up if there's too much noise. So this ear muff helps a lot.

There! I have put up a list. I hope it's useful for you mummies out there. By the way, let me know if I am missing anything from the list. Or let me know if you have something else in your bag. Love to hear about that!

Until next time, see ya! *flying kisses*

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Little helper in the kitchen

My 7 months old wants to be in the kitchen when I'm in the kitchen. Well, she wants to be everywhere that I am... even in the bathroom. *sigh*

Whenever I'm in the kitchen, I try my best to make her concentrate on something else other than me so that she won't bother me much when I'm cleaning the dishes or fixing breakfast / lunch / dinner / snacks. 

She seems to like the magnets on the fridge. You know, magnets from my travels. Some are made from stones, some from metal and etc, so they are not ideal to give to a baby. I paid a visit to one of our local bookstore last weekend and found wooden animal magnets! Perfect! Safe for babies. I stuck those on the bottom of the fridge so that she can peel them off and play with them. I also gave her my baking trays because baking trays are good for sticking magnets too. It's a pretty good activity because keeps her mind off me for a few minutes until she gets bored and wants me again.

 Pretty cool magnets huh?

Magnets on a baking tray.

Apart from magnets, I also gave her some clean and safe cooking utensils like measuring cups. Buy colorful ones! She loves them cups and I love it when her attention is on the objects and not me, at least until my work in the kitchen is done! Haha XD

Happy baby with a measuring cup in her hand.

Okay, back to work. Hope these tips will benefit some people out there. Until later! xxx

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Baby Sensory Class

Apart from swimming and occasionally going to story telling time at the library, Medina also goes to Baby Sensory Class. At first I thought I didn't want to enroll her just yet because I needed to use the money for something else, but Allah SWT has other plans for me. You see, I won a lucky draw contest and the prize was FREE three sessions of Baby Sensory Class for Medina. We got lucky, Alhamdulillah. There are six sessions altogether in a term. Each session is for one hour per week. So I had to pay for three sessions only since I won the other three. Weeeeee!

What does she do in the Baby Sensory Class? A lot! That's what. She does activities that can stimulate her five senses. The theme is different each week. So babies are always discovering something new. Last week the theme was reflections. Medina explored mirrors, lights, shadows and the like. This week the theme is going to be weather. I can't wait for that.

It's true that a lot of the activities can be done yourself at home, but she won't have friends at home! Not to mention equipment and ideas! You have to be creative to play with your babies at home. Anyway, back to the topic friends, I am currently studying on peer interactions among children under three. So I know the benefits of having peers around you are endless, especially when you start young. For example, she can learn how to take turns or how to enter a play. Sometimes she might be involved in conflicts with peers but that's okay because she can learn how to solve the conflicts later.

Anyway... I'll talk more about that in my next post, someday. For now, I'm going to sign off with some photos of Medina at the Baby Sensory Class.

Medina playing balls with her peers. Don't they all look the same from above?

Exploring lights. My baby likes to put everything in her mouth. 

Watching the dancing lights.

There's two sessions left to go. I might enroll Medina again next term. She seems to enjoy going to the classes. And I'm thinking, maybe I should open one in Malaysia? What do you think friends?

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Overnight Chia Seeds Pudding

Did you know that chia seeds are high in fibre and have more calcium than milk? They also have more Omega-3 than salmon and more antioxidants than blueberries. Isn't that cool? I made some chia seeds pudding last night and had them for breakfast this morning. 

Photos of my chia seeds pudding...

Here's the recipe...

- 1/2 cup of chia seeds
- 2 cups of almond milk (you can change to strawberry milk, chocolate milk or coconut milk)
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

Mix the three ingredients above in a bowl. Then scoop them in a glass / jar / bowl and cover them. Leave in the fridge overnight.

The next morning, all you have to do is put yogurt and fruits on top! Voila! That's all you need to do! Enjoy!