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 to Establish a Routine Once You Get Home from Hospital with a Newborn

By MinimalistMum | July 28, 2021 |

Since I’ve started Baby Planner SG, I’ve been journeying with many new parents through offering Private Prenatal Classes. The classes have helped these new parents grow with their confidence of getting ready for their newborn to join the family, especially by ensuring they know exactly which areas of their house to do which activities with…

Babywearing 101

By MinimalistMum | October 5, 2021 |

The word “ergonomic” comes up very often in discussions involving baby carriers, wraps and babywearing. However, not many parents actually understand what it means. Very simply, an ergonomic baby carrier designed to provide the best support and comfort to both the wearer and the baby. For the baby, an ergonomic baby carrier must properly and…

When to Change Teat Sizes

By MinimalistMum | August 20, 2021 |

Milk bottle teats usually come in different sizes and are usually labelled with either S, M, L, XL, level 1-4 or 0-3m, 3-6m, 6-9m and >9m. However, there is no fixed or “right” time to change teat sizes. Some babies are content using newborn-sized flow throughout their feeding days, while more aggressive eaters may advance…

Weeks 3-4 after Baby is Home

By MinimalistMum | August 16, 2021 |

I’d written about a possible routine which new parents can follow immediately after they return home from the hospital, so this post is a continuation on what to do right after that. Baby usually regains his/her birth weight between 8-12 days after birth. Once birth weight is regained, baby is ready to get used to…

Making Sense of How Much to Feed Your Newborn

By MinimalistMum | August 10, 2021 |

Your baby is usually born with stores of energy, and hence can survive without feeding for the first few days after birth. However a mother usually produces the ideal nourishment for her newborn immediately after giving birth, called colostrum. Colostrum is a yellow sticky liquid which is full of antibodies, vitamins and minerals, so it…

How to Establish a Routine Once You Get Home from Hospital with a Newborn

By MinimalistMum | July 28, 2021 |

Since I’ve started Baby Planner SG, I’ve been journeying with many new parents through offering Private Prenatal Classes. The classes have helped these new parents grow with their confidence of getting ready for their newborn to join the family, especially by ensuring they know exactly which areas of their house to do which activities with…

The Ways Mothers and Fathers Say “I Love You”

By MinimalistMum | June 20, 2021 |

Fathers and Mothers express themselves differently, but they love their children and their family all the same. Here’s some different ways mothers say “I love you” to their babies:   Puts up with weight gain, dry skin, endless puking or hunger pangs, and more while carrying her baby   Spends 6 hours a day having…

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