Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Pakai anak

Direct translation of babywearing... I know it is a common sight here in KK especially penampang, mostly Donggongon & Poliklinik you see kampung-kampung mommas "sikut" their babies just using a sarung or that mesh pouch (kain lubang-lubang)/ cheap slings...
but if I jalan-jalan KK or shopping complex mostly using strollers...jaaaarang nampak mommas sikut anak di bandar kan.

Today, I want to promote babywearing and its benefits, here I just copy an article from Two Hips mom

Why Babywear?

10 reasons to Wear Your Baby

1. Wearing a baby is convenient
When we carry a baby in a sling, we can walk around freely and not have to worry about negotiating steps, crowds or narrow aisles with a stroller. Plastic "baby buckets" and removable car seats are heavy and awkward for parents, babies often look uncomfortable, and they are kept at knee level. A sling can block out excess stimuli when breastfeeding a distractible baby, and it allows for discreet nursing in public places. A sling can also double as a changing pad, blanket, or cushion when away from home. I've found my sling especially handy when negotiating busy airports with a small child and several bags!

2. Wearing a baby promotes physical development.
When a baby rides in a sling attached to his mother, he is in tune with the rhythm of her breathing, the sound of her heartbeat, and the movements his mother makes - walking, bending, and reaching. This stimulation helps him to regulate his own physical responses, and exercises his vestibular system, which controls balance. The sling is in essence a "transitional womb" for the new baby, who has not yet learned to control his bodily functions and movements. Research has shown that premature babies who are touched and held gain weight faster and are healthier than babies who are not1. Mechanical swings and other holding devices do not provide these same benefits.

3. Babies worn in slings are happier.
Studies have shown that the more babies are held, the less they cry and fuss2. In indigenous cultures where baby-wearing is the norm, babies often cry for only a few minutes a day - in contrast to Western babies, who often cry for hours each day. Crying is exhausting for both the baby and his parents, and may cause long-term damage as the baby's developing brain is continually flooded with stress hormones.3 Babies who do not need to spend their energy on crying are calmly observing and actively learning about their environment. Baby-wearing is especially useful for colicky or "high need" babies, who are far happier being worn, but placid, content babies and children will also benefit greatly from the warmth and security of being held close.

4. Baby-wearing is healthy for you!
It can be challenging for new mothers to find time to exercise, but if you carry your baby around with you most of the day or go for a brisk walk with your baby in her sling, you will enjoy the dual benefits of walking and "weightlifting". A long walk in the sling is also an excellent way to help a tired but over-stimulated child fall asleep.

5. Toddlers appreciate the security of the sling.
Slings are usually associated with infants, but they can be very useful for toddlers as well; most slings accommodate children up to 35 or 40 pounds. The world can be a scary place for toddlers, who feel more confident when they can retreat to the security of the sling when they need to do so. Toddlers often become over-stimulated, and a ride in the sling helps to soothe and comfort them before (or after!) a "meltdown" occurs. It can be very helpful in places like the zoo, aquarium, or museum, where a small child in a stroller would miss many of the exhibits.

6. Baby-wearing helps you and your baby to communicate with each other.
The more confidence we have in our parenting, the more we can relax and enjoy our children. A large part of feeling confident as a parent is the ability to read our baby's cues successfully. When we hold our baby close in a sling, we become finely attuned to his gestures and facial expressions. Many baby-wearing parents report that they have never learned to distinguish their baby's cries because their babies are able to communicate effectively without ciying! Every time a baby is able to let us know that she is hungry, bored or wet without having to cry, her trust in us is increased, her learning is enhanced, and our own confidence is reinforced. This cycle of positive interaction enhances the mutual attachment between parent and child, and makes life more enjoyable for everyone.

7. Slings are a bonding tool for fathers, grandparents, and other caregivers.
Slings are a useful tool for every adult in a baby's life. It makes me smile when I see a new father going for a walk with his baby in a sling. The baby is becoming used to his voice, heartbeat, movements and facial expressions, and the two are forging a strong attachment of their own. Fathers don't have the automatic head-start on bonding that comes with gestation, but that doesn't mean they can't make up for this once their baby is born. The same goes for babysitters, grandparents and all other caregivers. Cuddling up close in the sling is a wonderful way to get to know the baby in your life, and for the baby to get to know you!

8. Slings are a safe place for a child to be.
Instead of running loose in crowded or dangerous places, a child in a sling is held safe and secure right next to your body. Slings also provide emotional safety when needed, so that children can venture into the world and become independent at their own pace.

9. Slings are economical.
Slings cost far less than strollers, front-carriers or backpacks. Many mothers consider the sling to be one of their most useful and economical possessions. Inexpensive used slings can be found in consignment and thrift stores, and new ones can be bought for about $25 -$50 (U.S.) not bad for an item many parents use daily for two years or more!

10. Baby-wearing is fun.
Who doesn't love to cuddle a precious little baby? And when your baby is older, having her in the sling makes conversations easier and allows you to observe her reactions to the wonders of the world around her. It's also fun for baby, because when she is up at eye level, other adults notice and interact with her more. Your child will feel more a part of your life when she is in her sling, and you will find yourself becoming more and more enchanted with this special little person.

OK, let's move on the fun part..fret not modern mommas, babywearing is a cool thing...butul ni!!!

There are different types of baby carriers,

1. Pouch
"The most simple to use, fast in, fast out, sleek style with no extraneous fabric. And, they come in hip, cool, prints! Pouches are our favorite baby sling for quick in and out. They must be sized to the individual, Also, sizing is important, so most sling or pouch style carriers can't be shared amongst adults of different sizes. Some people find them uncomfortable for long wearing since they go over only one shoulder."

My first babywearing experience is using pouch, my first ever baby carrier from Karmababy Bella , I love it for a short trip...pigi bank or supermarkets. I can just pop in my baby and go...
but dulu-dulu from my 1st baby this is one and only carrier I have and know mana-mana pun saya bawa...

pigi wedding di church

pigi wedding reception di dewan yang tiada meja...

holiday trip to Manila back in 2008

birthday party Indy & Maya...I'm using a malaysian made pouch from Moleygarden

Sona's 1year old birthday party..

I can't leave without my pouches...i love em so much and still do.

Until when I got pregnant with my second baby, I was introduce different kind of babycarriers, thanks to Farrah's babywearing entries, saya pun terjangkit...

2. Ring Sling
"The ring sling has all the benefits of the baby pouch or sling style, but it's adjustable – meaning both mom and dad can wear it once they learn how to use it. The tail of the sling can be used as a cover up for nursing.."

I love the ring sling because they're beautiful, i felt so elegant wearing it..chewah!!
Last weekend I wore my Mamapatch shantung silk RS to a wedding reception and perasan diri sya cantik pakai tu ring sling lagitu...muahaha!!

My Comfy Joey Spun Sugar with 1 week old Gemma

Gemma & Thorsten Baptism. Grace using a Mamapatch Designer pocket RS

and a few more ring slings for you all to drool to...

SweetPea Ring slings

Erin... this is Willow

3. Mei tai/Asian carrier
The mei tai is basically a rectangle of fabric with four straps, two for the shoulders and two for around the waist. The straps are criss crossed and tied for security. Your child's weight is supported evenly by both shoulders and your hips. Can be used on front or back. Occasionally used for hip carry.

Very comfy.. This mei tai have a very wide body panel 15", kang kang would impossible for newborn, so I "froggy leg" her...but there are so many different mei tais with contoured body panel, you can custom made it, so it fits you and baby nicely.

4. Soft Structure Carrier (SSC)
Soft-structured baby carriers are essentially mei tai baby carriers with buckles. They use buckles, rather than wrapping or tying the carrier to your body, which can make them quicker to fasten than mei tais. It has the side effect of making them less versatile, since the straps need to be adjusted when transferring the carrier between wearers.

Littlepods SSC is perfect for little babies, it has leg padding and can adjust the bottom panel so little baby can kang-kang in this carrier...not suitable for heavy toddler, because doesn't have a waist padding.

My new Action Baby Carrier, perfect to carry a toddler...

one for kenang-kenangan :)

and last but not least...

5. Wraps

The most comfortable; The most versatile; the best support for baby; Ergonomic support for both baby and the caregiver Studies show that wraps support the spine and hips better than any other carrier – especially for newborns. Many people who have back trouble report that the wrap is the only carrier they can comfortably use for long periods.
Cons:Lots of fabric. Can get hot. Somewhat steep learning curve (most people can learn at least one tying method in 15-20 minutes of practice).

Wraps can be quite expensive....bukan lagi quite, reeeaaallly expensive. but very comfortable. Before you try to buy a real wrap, you can buy a cheap fabrics to practice to and find your most suitable's a few DIY wraps to practice before my real wrap arrive.

Front cross carry
I'm using a 5meter stretch jersey, bought at Kamdar for RM2.80/m

Front wrap cross carry
using a gorgeous fabric bought at Wah Yoon, segama

Learn how to wrap your baby here at Wrapyourbaby or you can search a lot of wrapping tutorial at youtube.

P/s If you want to know more about babywearing. You can go or even better join the Malaysian Babywearers at You can ask anything you want to know about babywearing there, so many babywearer experts that willing to help you there.

p/ss I want to promote babywearing juga, supaya kita pun boleh bikin sabah babywearers gathering ramai-ramai, indak lah bah siok 2-3 orang saja kan...;)

Happy Babywearing mommas and daddies or nannies ;)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

It made it easier...

Compared to my 1st breastfeeding journey, my 2nd was easier...but the 1st week always the hardest part same like my 1st...but this time no stress at all...because I now it will come eventually, same method used makan sup papaya muda & "topis" jamu selapan on my nenen...

When Gemma was born, I'm so glad that she can latch easily on me...but the problem is I don't have gatas (susu) yet. So, when she breastfeed...she melekat like 30mins to 1hr pun boleh, then my nipple starts getting blisters, the pain everytime she latches...OMG!! PUNYA SAKIT!!!

When I went to the poliklinik to check up on Gemma's jaundice, one of the nursers saw my blistered nipple when I'm breastfeeding. So she took pity on me and asked me to pump my milk until my nipple heal, "Nanti tu baby hisap pula kau punya darah...bukan tu susu", I know she was right. For 1 week Gemma didn't hisap on me, we bottled feed her using my EBM(expressed breast milk).

This is where my Ameda electric breastpump come in handy, not only it save my time (took only 10mins for pumping session), it increases my milk production, seriously!!! I feel like producing milk for two babies...

Yes, This is my EBM stock, reaching 100packs I think, malas mau kira. My freezer penuh sudah...all the daging-daging/ayam-ayam/icecreams kena pindah to our 2nd fridge.

In case you've been wondering why a SAHM (stay at home mom) want to keep this much EBM?
Well, I wanted to stock it a bit for when emergency (palis-palis) happens, but this is not done intentionally. This is all engorgements, sakit tau nenen bengkak!!!

Now I am super ready to go for my sister's wedding in Ipoh & INDIA!!! (doi punya lama lagi bulan 10) :(

P/S Remember mammas
positive thinking, stress free & happy thoughts is also an important role for producing milk. Happy breastfeeding!!!


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