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Age guide to introducing solids

 

Whether you’re doing BLW Baby Led Weaning or the usual purée route, you will find this age guide for solids introduction amazingly useful.

I have this on my fridge and ticked off every new food I introduced to Lil Pea.

It also helped to keep track of any allergies (we found out he’s allergic to cow’s milk).

Age guide to introducing solids

What’s good about this’s particular chart is that it’s easy to use, laid out nicely, and takes a more prudent approach (later, rather than earlier for some possibly allergenic foods).

Also, it’s cross-referenced to well-known sources (see bottom of chart for sources).

This chart I pinned to my Pinterest board keeps getting re-pinned; no doubt other parents find it useful too!

You can follow my weaning and solid foods Pinterest boards here:

 

Age guide source: www.design-kat.com

 

Nursing wear by Spring: Review

No mumsy pyjamas-floral potato sacks, please. It’s awful enough fighting morning sickness every day, water retention, and a world globe of a bump.

When I was pregnant with Little Pea, my maternity wardrobe was mostly made up of Spring Maternity apparel. Two things that drew me to this local brand that distributes throughout South-East Asia and other parts of the world: Soft, breathable fabrics and chic styles.

 

From my second trimester onwards, I bought this brand’s nursing wear that could take me from pregnancy to the breastfeeding stage. Clothes that I could wear on the weekend and in the office.

Here’s a tip: Instead of maternity clothes, opt for nursing wear even at the beginning of your pregnancy, if you intend to breastfeed. You can still use nursing wear after giving birth.

Little Pea is one year old now, and I’m still wearing these nursing clothes. How’s that for mileage?

I especially liked the cool, smooth fabrics of their bamboo fabric range.

So when Spring sent me their latest nursing apparel designs for review, I was more than happy to try them out.

 

Virgina Tie Up Dress Red

Virginia tie up nursing dress in red

It may be a bit warm in Singapore for long-sleeved wear, but this nursing dress in striking red bamboo cotton is great for the office, or a dinner date. It’s pretty versatile.

Virginia nursing access

And, it hugs in the right places, too.

It also features an accessible, stretchy nursing opening, artfully hidden in the bust-hugging wrap front. You could also choose where you want the tie front to be – to the side, or straight-centre.

A huge plus for breastfeeding mums – there’s no way you could wear a normal dress and breastfeed.

I could nurse Little Pea easily in this dress. No fumbling about. Yay for nursing in public, easy as you please.

 

 

Flo Layer Sleeveless Top Canary

This cheery, stylish asymmetrical drape top in canary yellow is also made of Green by Spring’s range of bamboo fabric.

Flo Layer sleeveless top in canary yellow

Wonderful in humid Singapore weather, and easy to nurse in.

Flo nursing access

But be sure to try it out before buying it. This top runs a bit big in size.

If you go a size too big, it may hang loosely, kind of like a potato sack in a bad telematch. Get the right fit and it will hug your curves nicely. Mine is, er, slightly too big. That’s because I didn’t try it on first!

 

Spring Macy Bamboo Bra Nude

Macy bamboo nursing bra in nude

This comfortable drop-cup bra in bamboo fabric gives good support and a subtle lift. But like any bra, get yours fitted before buying it.

Women have such differently-shaped bodies, what works for me may not suit your body shape. In fact, some of the other bras I bought from Spring tended to be a bit too wide, and the cups would gape slightly.

This bra, however, fit me nicely, with no awkward gaps.

I remember trying almost the entire range of Spring bras at their shop in my first and second trimester. Truckloads, I tell you! Keep trying until you find a cut that fits you.

 

Maureen Front Clip Bra Cinder

Maureen front clip bra in cinder

This another drop-cup bra that fits me well. And the padding is not too thick, which is what I like. I don’t fancy a bulky front, cos hey, I already went up two bra sizes. So, no thank you.

The fabric is comfortable enough. Smooth and soft on the skin. I’ve worn this since my second trimester.

But the racer back design of the shoulder straps tend to peek out under the wide collars of my tops. And somehow the shoulder straps, which pull towards the nape, would yank the drop-down cup clips a bit out of whack, so that the clips would stick out slightly and dig into the shoulders.

It took a few adjustments, with the clips at a slightly unnatural position, to get them to stop digging in.

Otherwise, the cut of the bra fits me well.

 

Mae Strapless Bamboo Bra

Mae strapless bamboo bra in nude

I’ve worn this since my second trimester.

Strapless bras are a cinch to breastfeed with. Really easy to fold down, no clips to fumble with.

They are way more convenient than drop-down cups, but the downside is that they tend to shift in position slightly and therefore offer less secure support.

The shape of these cups keep well, after many washes.

 

Lacy Lucy Nursing Pads

Lacy Lucy nursing pads

Spring sent me these nursing pads to try out. They come in three colours: Black, peach-nude, and white, with adhesive strips.

I used to leak about 60ml in the early months of breastfeeding – much less now. Little Pea nurses 4 times a day now that he is over one year old.

These pads are highly absorbent, comfortable and keep me dry.

The curve of the pads work well to stay unobtrusive and adhered to bra cups. The lacy scalloped top rim is a nice touch.

But that plastic scalloped edge rubs against the skin slightly and causes some irritation. After some adjustments, that didn’t happen very often.

And the inner cottony pad tends to bunch up, especially when releasing the drop-down cup of a bra or pulling down the cup of a bandeau bra.

I usually use Pigeon nursing pads. Those are also highly absorbent and don’t bunch up so much.

 

You can find Spring shops at these locations, or shop online. They offer free shipping above $80.

Do let me know how you find Spring’s maternity and nursing products. They have a nice range of baby apparel too, also in bamboo fabric!

 

S’pore is best place in Asia to be a mum

Who would have thought. Mummies, we are in a good place. Why then is our population still in decline, if being a mum is much easier in Singapore?

Singapore is the best place in Asia to be a mother, according to a report released on Monday by London-based charity Save The Children to mark Mother’s Day. Finland, Norway and Sweden took the top three positions in the overall ranking.

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We take a close look at the report,
and how countries fared:

What is the report about?

London-based charity Save the Children first published the Mothers’ Index in 2000 to document conditions of mothers across the world. In its 15th year, the latest report looks at the well-being of mothers and children in 178 countries – 46 developed nations and 132 in the developing world.

How were countries ranked?

The index relied on information published by authoritative international data agencies. Countries are ranked based on a composite score of the following five indicators:

a. Maternal health: It refers to the conditions under which a mother gives birth as well as her own health and nutritional status.

b. Children’s well-being: It uses the Under-5 mortality rate which is a leading indicator of a child’s well-being.

c. Educational status: It refers to the expected years of formal schooling.

d. Economic status: It uses gross national income per capita to gauge a mother’s access to economic resources and hence her ability to provide for her children.

e. Political status: It refers to women’s participation in national government. When women have a voice in politics, issues that are important to mothers and their children are more likely to surface on the national agenda.

Consistently strong performance across the indicators yields a higher ranking than exceptional performance on a few and somewhat lower performance on the others. This explains why the United States ranks 31st on this year’s index even though it performs well on economic and education status (8th and 14th in the world, respectively) – it lags behind top-ranked countries in the other indicators.

What are the highlights of this year’s report?

– Europe continues to dominate the top 10 list, with Finland, Norway and Sweden taking the top three positions.

– Countries in sub-Saharan Africa – many of which have a recent history of armed conflict – fill the lowest ranks, with Somalia taking the last position.

– The greatest disparity across regions is found in the lifetime risk of maternal death. In West and Central Africa, 1 woman in 32 is likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth. This is nearly five times the risk facing women in South Asia (1 in 150) and almost 150 times the risk faced by those in industralised nations (1 in 4,700).

– Children in West and Central Africa also face greater risk of death. Almost 1 in 8 does not live to see his or her 5th birthday – twice the risk faced by their peers in South Asia, and 20 times the risk faced by those in the more developed countries.

Source:
See more at http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore-stories/story/which-the-best-place-the-world-be-mother-20140506#sthash.21tB5x8c.dpuf