Basic Essentials to Prepare before Baby is Born

By MinimalistMum | October 31, 2019 |

There seems to just be so many things you need to prepare for your new baby’s birth. Every time you step into any store that sells baby items, everything seems essential, yet foreign. How do you know what you really need? To me, clothes are the last thing you should buy before baby is born,…

How Much Sleep Does a Baby Need?

By MinimalistMum | October 15, 2020 |

Sleep is very important for a baby’s development and also for parents to be able to get some time to rest, eat and do other activities! As such, the most common question parents of new babies ask is, how much sleep should my baby be getting, and how many naps should they be having every…

How to Prevent Engorgement or Blocked Ducts

By MinimalistMum | May 16, 2021 |

We had mentioned before the benefits of breastfeeding, but anyone who has breastfed before will tell you – it is not an easy job at all. Today’s post will attempt to simplify the 2 principles you need to understand in order to avoid common painful issues caused by engorgement and/or blocked ducts. They are: Fully…

How to get a deep latch

By MinimalistMum | March 21, 2021 |

The most important skill to learn when breastfeeding a baby is to ensure the baby gets a deep latch. But it’s often easier said than done. My favourite way of teaching this is the hamburger analogy. Huh?? Well, imagine you want to eat a very big and tall hamburger. And want to be able to…

How to Make Padsicles

By MinimalistMum | February 14, 2021 |

Wait, what? What are Padsicles? It is very common when giving birth naturally, that a tear occurs in the perineum. In Singapore, most gynaes also perform episiotomies to help the baby come out more easily and/or to control the “shape” of the tear. This wound naturally hurts quite a lot in the first week after…

Managing a Fever for Infants and Toddlers

By MinimalistMum | December 13, 2020 |

A useful guide you can refer to to ensure you know how to manage fevers for your infants and toddlers

How to Decide whether to do Traditional Weaning or Baby Led Weaning?

By MinimalistMum | November 13, 2020 |

This blogpost covers the definitions and reasons for weaning, what parents need to look out for when weaning baby, and the differences between traditional weaning and baby led weaning.

Differences between Gagging and Choking

By MinimalistMum | November 13, 2020 |

This blogpost explains the differences between gagging and choking so caregivers can properly identify and react to what your baby is experiencing.

The Benefits of Breastfeeding

By MinimalistMum | October 16, 2020 |

I’ve mentioned before that I think breastfeeding is THE most painful part about having a baby. Yet, I encourage all new parents to try, if they can afford the time to, and if necessary even seek help on how to do it effectively. Why? Benefits for Baby Nutrition Breastmilk contains everything baby needs for the…

Do I need to do Confinement?

By MinimalistMum | January 27, 2020 |

In Singapore, regardless of race, unless you have no Asian blood in you, it is almost a given to be expected to do at least 4 weeks of “confinement” post-partum. What is it? It entails many practices meant to keep both baby and mother indoors during the period of confinement to protect them from ill…

Building and Managing a Freezer Stash

By MinimalistMum | January 10, 2020 |

Building a freezer stash is an option for mothers who want to be lactating for a shorter period of time than they want their baby to be drinking breastmilk. It is also good to have a small stash in the event that the mother suddenly falls sick and breastmilk production takes a hit, or need to be away from the baby for a period of time (eg. travelling overseas).
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Managing breastfeeding

By MinimalistMum | January 9, 2020 |

Media seems to depict breastfeeding as being the most natural thing in the world. However, most women had never done such a thing for all their lives until they had their first baby, and so it most certainly is something entirely new to new mothers. Furthermore, every woman and every baby is different and so…