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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…

Why I follow routines from Day 1

By MinimalistMum | January 8, 2020 |

There is no right or wrong way to do motherhood – everyone has different preferences and lifestyles. This post is to share the way I prefer for my personal and family’s lifestyle, which is to follow rather strict routines when we welcome a new baby into our family and continue to maintain loose routines as…

How to choose a pram

By MinimalistMum | December 28, 2019 |

When it comes to prams or strollers, there are SO MANY options out there and there is NO such thing as THE “perfect” pram. This is because every family’s lifestyle is different and so different prams or strollers meet different needs. To simplify your decision-making process, here are the main considerations when choosing one, and…

Sleep training – What it is and what it isn’t

By MinimalistMum | December 20, 2019 |

The term “sleep training” is terribly misunderstood and misused. A baby who is sleep trained is a baby that is able to fall asleep entirely on his/her own from a state of being fully awake in his/her own cot or sleeping area. Such a baby is also able to go back to sleep on his/her…

Buying second hand – How much can I really save?

By MinimalistMum | December 18, 2019 |

Buying second hand is the smartest thing you can do for baby items! This is because (i) you/the usually only need to use the items for a short period of time (and the item was only used for a short period of time) and (ii) you do not know if your child/family might prefer a…

Must I spend hundreds of dollars on a breastpump?

By MinimalistMum | October 31, 2019 |

I happen to have a few issues which hinder my babies from having a good latch. These are: having short/inverted nipples, being more prone to lumps/blockages than most women, having relatively few “holes” from which my milk flows out from and having an oversupply. As such, I pumped more than I latched most of my…

Basic essentials to prepare for from 3-12 months of baby’s life

By MinimalistMum | October 31, 2019 |

After around 8-12 weeks of giving birth, most new mothers and fathers start to feel a little more used to their new life with a newborn. The baby may begin sleeping a little longer during this period as well and so there is a little more opportunity for more rest and possibly some shopping/preparation for…

Cots – How necessary are they?

By MinimalistMum | October 31, 2019 |

It seems quite a no brainer that babies sleep in cots, right? Yet, I believe you may have friends who say their cot is just a white elephant and they never use it. These parents either co-sleep with their kids or place them on mattresses on the floor. Both these options work, so if you…