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Packing my hospital bags

There are way too many what-to-pack-in-your-hospital-bag lists online so I don't want to go through them and fall into the trap of over-packing or under-packing. I use the straightforward method: my common sense. Haha.

Anyway, just for fun, here's my list:

Mommy-and-baby bag (blue-n-white Cath Kidston bag)

  • Birthing gown (I bring a front button-down cotton nightgown)
  • Maternity pads (just in case)
  • Disposable panties (very important!)
  • Pyjamas (2 sets)
  • Bottom healing spray (Earth Mama Angel Baby)
  • Toiletries (Mustela dermo-cleasing, Hydra Bebe & vitamin barrier cream)
  • Going-home clothes (nursing dresses)
  • Nursing bras
  • Breast pads (just in case)
  • Nipple butter (Earth Mama Angel Baby)
  • Ring sling
  • Newborn sleep-suits, hats, mittens, booties
  • Newborn disposable diapers
  • Newborn cloth diapers
  • Swaddles/blankets

My handbag (red Longchamp bag)

  • Birth plan (approved by my ob-gyn)
  • Hospital appointment card
  • Wallet (identification card, money, credit card)
  • Mobile phone
  • Mobile phone charger

Hubby's bag (black backpack)

  • T-shirts
  • Pants
  • Underwear
  • Towel
  • Socks
  • Toiletries
  • Mobile phone charger
  • Power bank
  • Essential oil dewdrop diffuser
  • Lavender essential oil
  • PanAway essential oil

Food bag (brown eco bag)

  • Plain water
  • Dried dates
  • Honey
  • Cookies
  • Instant oatmeal drinks
  • Oatmeal bars

  • Baby's car seat is ready with newborn body support

And now, we wait.

Own Your Share in Babydash Today!

Who is Babydash?

Babydash (https://www.babydash.com.my) is an online store selling daily baby necessities such as diapers, milk, wet wipes, bath & skincare products, etc... basically everything parents need for their children.

Babydash was founded in 2011 by Lavinie and Shan Li, two mothers who realized the lack of convenient options to get their daily baby necessities. They aim to make this errand as hassle-free and painless as possible by offering an easy and convenient way for parents to get their daily baby necessities without having to suffer long queues at the grocer or lug bulky heavy bags around. So, you don't need to to run from store to store in search of the one brand your baby likes and wasting time and petrol as you do.

The Babydash Team is doing a great job in ensuring that their customers have the best possible experience each time they shop with Babydash.

We provide convenience.
We are a community of mummies.
We have products which aren't easy to find.
We go the extra mile.

How to own your share in Babydash?

Babydash will be issuing new shares through an Equity Crowd-funding platform called pitchIN. All of you will now have an opportunity to own a stake in our company! We want to not only be an online store run by mummies for mummies but also owned by mummies (and daddies too!).

Join us at any one of the three events we have lined up in early December as below. We will be explaining more about Equity Crowd-funding as well as the terms of our Share Offer.

Please indicate on the event pages below whether you will be attending. If you're unable to attend but are still interested in investing in Babydash, simply drop us an email at shanli@babydash.com.my 

To join us on 1 December - http://bit.ly/BabydashECF1
To join us on 3 December - http://bit.ly/BabydashECF2
To join us on 7 December - http://bit.ly/BabydashECF3

To find out more about Equity Crowd-funding: http://pitchin.my/

Babydash's customer testimonials video

Customers and friends of Babydash share why they love shopping with Babydash and whether or not they would invest in us.

Psst... I'm in the video too! :P

ZooMoo's Pinecone Turkey Craft Activity

Thank you ZooMoo Asia for sending over this craft box featuring a turkey for Thanksgiving Day! My three-year-old and I have a great time putting these two turkeys together. ;)

Materials and instructions are from the ZooMoo craft box.


Pine cone
Red, orange, and purple feathers
A pair of googly eyes
Orange felt fabric


Step 1: Apply glue to the back of the googly eyes and stick them on the tip of the pine cone.

Step 2: Cut a small triangle from the orange felt fabric.

Step 3: Glue the orange felt triangle below the googly eyes.

Step 4: Apply some glue on the back ridges of the pine cone.

Step 5: Poke the stem of the purple feather into the ridge of the pine cone. Make sure it is centered.

Step 6: Place the red feathers on both sides of the purple feather, and the orange feathers on both sides of the red feathers.

Step 7: Cut two small turkey feet from the orange felt fabric.

Step 8: Glue the felt turkey feet to the bottom of the pine cone.

Step 9: And there you have it! A Pine Cone Turkey for the holidays!


Providing more play activities for my three-year-old

It's widely acknowledged that play has positive effects on early childhood learning and development. Research shows that play contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children as well as providing ideal opportunities for parents to engage with their children.

This full report offers a very in-depth read: The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds. You can click on the link to read the report.

I'm facing some challenges when it comes to providing sufficient quality play activities for my toddler.

First, I'm heavily pregnant and exhausted most of the time, so it's kinda difficult to prepare different kinds of activities for him.

Second, in this multi-screen era that we are currently living in, to be realistic, giving in to smartphones and TV is a somewhat useful solution. However, finding a balance in digital parenting versus traditional play can be tricky.

Third, we are a household of two working parents without grandparents or stay-in helper or extended family members who can watch over our child. So, after working the whole day, we can be quite tired and sometimes the last thing we want to do is to play with him. Sigh.

However, we still try our very best to give him hands-on play activities besides screen time. You can browse through the album below to see the activities:

The album below is about the Play Subscription (Trial Package) by Ele Boo which I have blogged about.