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March, 2011:

Baby: Buying a Crib for your Newborn

Having a baby is an exciting thrill that comes with shopping privileges. First thing that comes to mind is the major purchase of a crib which could be one of the most expensive baby furniture you’ll get. But wait, hold your bellies because here are some mommy tips to consider:

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Ashton 3 months playing in his crib

1. Take your time to look around – I understand you are excited and can’t wait to see your nursery come to life with the central fixture, the crib. But remember you and your husband have 9 months to prepare and a lifetime to save up for. Don’t jump into the first adorable crib you see. Jot down, with a pen and paper, the stores you’ve visited and the cribs you have your eyes on. Don’t forget the prices and payment terms!

2. Ask friends and relatives – I know how you feel about asking relatives, they can be straight up serious and conservative when it comes to baby spending, tell you to re-use hand me downs, etc. However, you’ll soon find out (as much as you hate it) they are correct. What you do is pick up parts of their advice and think about it before reluctantly dismissing considerations (such as opting for unbranded and cheaper cribs) they’ve told you to take.

3. Consider having one made – if this is your first baby and your town has artisans/ furniture shops like here in the Philippines, it could be much cheaper to have one made. More so if you have contacts to carpenters or one of your friends and relatives’ hobby is carpentry. Be wary of rough surfaces and have the crib painted months in advance before your delivery.

4. But cheap is not always good - now don’t take it wrongly to be too much frugal. Cheap may not always be good. Check out where the products are manufactured, shake the crib if you must as you check for its balance. You will put your child in here and want to make sure the crib can take on the baby’s weight and daily movements.

5. Look for bundles – some stores offer packages such as a crib with crib mattresses, pillows, comforters, etc. This may or may not come out cheaper but take the time to check out each item included, their quality, and unit price should you get them separately. Then you’ll find out if you’ve got yourself a deal :)

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Home and Living: Ashton’s Pandesal

Ashton and I braved the neighborhood with his stroller in tow. It was only the two of us so we got to more places like one of the neighbor’s bakery. The smell of fresh hot pandesal was effective in luring me to buy. Our morning walk today had an accomplishment!

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It’s been ages since I last tasted pandesal. For one, it is growing expensive but I am amazed that our pandesal here only costs P 2.00. We had it for breakfast with some cream cheese, Ashton had the taho vendor waiting for him when we arrived at our gate :)

This morning is wonderful, it does pay to wake up early and catch the sun’s rays to activate those happy hormones. After our brekkie Ashton and I sat down on Mama’s favorite rocking chair by the porch. Little boy fell asleep on my arms.

Thank you God for this day!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

News: Tsunami Alert, Warnings in the Philippines | How to Prepare for an Earthquake

Hi everyone, I just got home and watched news about the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan. Here are the areas in the Philippines that must be prepared:

I was ignorant which areas are alerted until I logged onto Facebook. If you are in the affected areas please evacuate and be safe. It is better to be prepared than sorry and I know most Pinoys love to shrug their shoulders rather than prepare. I was getting prepared and my mom (who is as nervous as I am) was telling me not to panic.

Mommy tip: Put your valuables in one bag, ready your flashlights, charge your communication devices, and alertĀ  all housemates on what to do. Plan an escape route should something happen, keep calm, and be alert.

I am caught off-guard and realized I do not know how and what to prepare for a disaster, except for the few things I mentioned above. Here is a link on how to prepare for an earthquake:

http://www.wikihow.com/Prepare-for-an-Earthquake

Lastly, tell your children to be vigilant without traumatizing them. Explain the science of things and teach them how to take care of themselves in case of emergency.

After this day I will surely read up more on disaster preparation and so should everybody else.

Stay safe! :)

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Home and Living: Morning Walks!

Saturday my mini family decided to wake up early for a morning walk. My sister and I have been planning to run every morning if not for my busted rubber shoes. We’ve noted how we should wise up about our health, again because times are difficult with increasing prices and that includes health costs.

Mommy Tip: Make your morning walks hassle free by bringing your own bottled water, umbrella (in case it rains or become too sunny), and a little pocket money.

Super mom Joni (my older sister) warned me to look after my husband’s weight because she know of many families who suffered financially because someone had weight-related problems such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Que horror!

Though sleep is sweet, I enjoyed our walk as we passed by new houses, new stores in the neighborhood, and weather was cooperative. I wish there are more playgrounds too complete with pull up bars where Ashton can play in the future.

It is tempting to buy breakfast meals from neighborhood eateries but then we passed the temptation and just cooked at home after our walk. It turned out to be a very productive day because everyone (including Ashton) inured the benefit of the sunshine and warmed up :)

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Home and Living: Have you prepared for your child’s education?

Hi! Mommies, do you ever experience being daunted by experienced parents about your child’s education? Whenever my husband and I are out, some of our friends will tease us and tell us to “wait and see ’til Ashton starts to go to school, then you’ve have to tighten your belts even more!”.

I know it is also their way of educating us and telling us that being prepared financially for Ashton’s education is a must. So far, we haven’t bought any educational plan but I’ve been reading about it and asking friends, even about an online university.

What we have though is a separate savings account for the little boy where we “have to” put a certain amount every month. There are however, some friends who tell me not to worry so much and how they’ve sailed through finances by taking it day by day. I say, they are lucky.

Here is the link to the online university if you want to read more about it for your kids, or yourself.

Have you prepared for your child’s education?

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Baby: Co-sleeping with my baby and breastfeeding for 10 months now :)

Ashton and I are proudĀ  co-sleepers, meaning we’ve been sharing the same bed ever since he was born. When Ashton grew more active especially now he is 10 months old, the bed simply became a mattress laid down on the floor. This is to prevent him from falling down and we are more carefree during playtime at night.

Ashton is super happy with mommy! :)

I wonder if babies are also weaned from co-sleeping? The thought of weaning him from my breasts is already daunting. I even read Kourtney Kardashian’s story on how she tried to wean Baby Mason but let nature run its course as her baby weaned himself naturally.

Ashton is growing up fast (repeat 10 times) and each day he is breastfeeding less. I must prepare for the day he simply refuses my milk in exchange of baby cereals. Two days ago I was shopping for baby socks only to realize they no longer fit my little boy’s feet.

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I fancy sock-shoes but now, Ashton must wear real boys sandals especially he uses the walker to go around the house. As usual it is very important to get the perfect fit to avoid accidents and ensure they walk comfortably. Again, watch below how you can fit a buckle up shoe. I know the vid is for girls but when I got Ashton’s first sandals, I followed the same professional tips :)

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Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.