Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Lets 'IRON" it out

Ever since becoming a mom, I have put more thought into the things that go into my mouth, and especially my 2 kids' mouths!!!

When the opportunity came for this momma to learn about the new range of Nestlé’s newly improved Cerelac Cereals, I didn't turn it down! Instead I looked forward as I never want to stop learning...to better myself as a mom... one can never stop learning, can we?

Photo credit: Nestlé Cerelac

So what's so special with this new range? Not only does it have a new look, it is also the only brand in Singapore that has a new baby cereal recipe that contains soya in it. But the best part is it's packed with a load full of IRON!!! 

How much more? 30% more than the previous cerelac cereals range... Which meets more than 50% of my baby's daily iron requirement (just in 1 serving!!!)

Photo credit: Nestlé Cerelac
Photo credit: Nestlé Cerelac

Why is it that iron is SO important especially in the first 2 years of a growing baby? 

That's because their brain develops rapidly and iron is needed to ensure that the body has enough red blood cells to transport oxygen to all body parts especially the brain, to facilitate growth...Iron also supports your baby's natural  defences.

Since this momma is still fully breastfeeding my 2 year old son, I have always made sure to try to eat a well balanced meal and to take supplements to make sure my baby is getting more than enough ("kiasu" much??? Lols...) !!!
But now that he's turning 2 years old in a few days time, he's been eating mostly solid food and is getting more choosy n fussy by the day...  he used to eat EVERYTHING...especially his veggies!!! But now that his tastebuds have fully developed, it's not the case anymore... Time for this momma to IRON things out!!!

I gave baby Skye the cerelac cereal "Oats, Wheat, Prunes" to try. To be honest, I was a little apprehensive giving it as baby Skye is at the age of rejecting ALL things MUSH aka baby food!!! To my surprise, he took to the taste immediately and soon after, "jie jie" Sienna joined in the taste test too n the rest is history... both of them cleaned up the whole bowl.... they must think that it's a yummy dessert pudding... this momma is a happy momma... 

IRON = checked!!!
Healthy babies = happy momma = happy family!!!

Who says baby food is dull n boring...
I have since added it to all their favourite food... yogurt, made it into overnight oats, Milo, fresh milk, smoothies, home made ice cream, etc... let ur imagination run wild... my 2 kids ate "Cray Cray" over raisins... so add raisins to it, it'll be gone in no time...

One can never get enough of IRON... the most is a little problem with doing ur big business... constipation perhaps???

So how do we know if our child is getting enough iron??? Thank God for technology... the peeps at Nestle have come up with an IRON calculator!!! It's so simple, user friendly and interactive...

1st: click on the link below
2nd: select each tab from every food category and select their respective servings
3rd: it generates the estimated iron intake for your child.

So here's baby Skye's RESULT!!! 
76% iron intake "you are good"...
He barely passed...Lols...

Nestle CERELAC IRON Calculator is a quick and convenient way for mums, and even dads, to find out exactly how much more iron your child needs or evaluate if they are already meeting the Recommended Nutrient Intake (RNI).

Photo credit: Nestlé Cerelac

Have fun with it!!!

Disclaimer: This is a Media invite. All opinions are solely ours. We were presented with a gift basket for the purpose of this review. 

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Happy 45 mths old to baby Si and happy 23 mths old to baby Skye!!!

***Sorry for the delayed post as mummy, Sienna and baby Skye are ill (still recovering) after coming back from hangzhou China n Malaysia over the holiday season!!! The only healthy one and holding the fort is daddy aka Mr. Hubby*** 


Happy 45 mths old to baby Si and happy 23 mths old to baby Skye!!!
(previous month's post <~ if u missed it!)

Here's our monthly family tradition of taking Polaroid pics.

In case, you might be wondering, those are stickers stucked on them... I guess the kiddos came up with their own theme for this month's Polaroid photoshoot.
This momma was thinking more of a Xmas-sy theme (I guess our small little Xmas tree didn't make an appearance this year and stayed in its box)

Usually I don't take behind the scenes photos, but they went sticker crazy n Sienna started making silly faces...so here are some of the few crazy shots taken!!!
Hopefully baby Si n baby skye pics will cheer up ur day!!!
It did cheer us up when snapping these pics... :)

Milestones reached:


.Missed his first nap n wasn't cranky at all... we were out the whole day to a meet and greet session with Santa Claus for Xmas at Clark quay central n when we came back baby Skye was still up n about being his active self. Usually he will be knocked out when the excitement is over and on our way home.

.Scared of the big statues, big size things (in 
this case it was Santa Claus) yet again! Maybe this was the reason he missed his nap...Lols! Baby Skye was traumatized by the big dude with white hairy beard...

.Able to jump with both feet off the ground... previously he thinks he's jumping by just lifting both his hands up while imitating jie jie Sienna jumping.

.14Dec - pointed to his diaper n indicated he wanted to poo poo (with his poo poo face) n did his 1st big business in the toilet... but so far, its only a one off thing!

.first daddy-son date...at HOME!!! Hehehe.... does that consider as a date? They spent a quiet relaxing time bonding at home...while mummy - daughter had their 1st date (see "Sienna" section below)

.baby Skye attended his 1st play gym class at "The little gym Singapore" and he was instantly hooked on it... he just loved everything about it... monkeying around on the monkey bars, kicking balls, doing flips, etc! 

.1st time stepping foot into the land of China (hangzhou)!!! Will blog about this soon, hopefully...

.1st time experiencing winter... it was freezing cold in hangzhou but this boy refused to wear his boots, gloves, hat, ear muffs!!! His hands were freezing but he was still acting "cool"...Demands to take off his jacket once we were indoors...indeed a HOT BLOODED boy!!!
Unfortunately he wasn't able to experience a SNOWY WHITE winter.
P/s: the one on the left didn't tag along!!! But she had lots of fun (as always) with po po n gong gong in Malaysia...


.1st mummy-daughter date and it couldn't have been a more appropriate one watching Cinderella the MUSICAL... we both loved it so much! And ended the day with a foot massage with my little one intensely learning about the art of massage. It was such an awesome, relaxing date just going out with my 1st born... no tantrums, no changing diapers, no feeding, no breaking up of fights, etc! U get the picture... I even commented after stepping out from the house for 5 mins..."so easy???"

. Sienna has finally gotten over her fears of big hairy people especially those with beards!!! Letting Santa Claus carry her was quite a surprised to this momma... Not kidding... or perhaps Santa Claus is an exception since he comes bearing gifts...

Skye n Si ~
.meeting Santa Claus for the 1st time!!!

.this momma had her first "me" time full day break and daddy babysat both Skye and Si from 10.30am till 6.30pm!... attended "Influence Asia event".
Correction update: 2nd time...1st time was attending the nuffnang blogger conference ...
I'm surprised Baby Skye went that long without (.)(.) and he did well!!! He nap without having to be nursed at home...Usually only when we are out and about, he's able to fall asleep without being nursed...either in his stroller or being carried!!!
Previously, i just made at most a 2-3 hours run to get a facial, hair or massage!

*There isn't any Throwback to baby Si's 23mths coz that was when baby Skye was about to be born and the blog was put on a temporary hold --> click here for my "goodbye" blog post.