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…

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 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…

Babywearing

By MinimalistMum | October 31, 2019 |

Babywearing has become a rather hip buzzword in recent years. The convenience and comfort it can bring certainly means the trend is here to stay. It is hence unsurprising that the number of brands offering different solutions for this have increased exponentially over the past 10 years – wraps, slings, soft structured carriers (“SSC”s), mei…

How to Reduce amount of Money Spent on Diapers

By MinimalistMum | October 31, 2019 |

If you are not planning to do cloth diapering, chances are you will be using quite a lot of disposable diapers. Here are some tips to save some money on diapers: Try to get your child used to not having to change diapers too often. It generally isn’t necessary to change diapers after a single…

How Often to see a Gynae

By MinimalistMum | October 31, 2019 |

So, you’ve tested positive. Congratulations! The next step is to make an appointment with an obstetrician (the most accurate term for pregnancies, though most obstetricians are also trained gynaecologists, or ob-gyns). In Singapore, however, the short term “gynae” is most often used for ob-gyns. [To understand differences between the terms, pls see professional sites]. Please…