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Little Planet Playland Review & Giveaway

Little Planet Playland is the best place for pretend play activities for kids in Singapore! Yes, I am telling so because I spent time with my kid at this wonderful indoor playground and it is a great place for pretend playing. With soft colours and spacious rooms, the Little Planet Playland is equipped with mainly facilities for 6 pretend play activities. But, you know the behavior of kids. They will create lot of imaginations into the reality when they are surrounded with lot of toys. It was same with us. My kid played happily in these pretend play activities and even he created some of his inventions! This is why pretend playing is important for kids as a brain activity!

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About Little Planet Playland

Located at the Centrepoint shopping mall, Little Planet Playland is a wonderful place for kids to engage in imaginary play and pretend play activities. With themed play stations which includes a farm, a market place, a kitchen & cafe, a fishing area, a castle and a forest maze ,Little Planet playland aims to provide the young kids entertaining and educational environment while promoting the safe and hygienic place to play.

Little Planet Playland review

As my kid is so much into pretend playing these days, our visit to the Little Planet Playland was remarkable. Though there are hygiene practices and health checks at the entrance, he couldn’t wait to enter into the playground as he was much excited just by the view of it! Below is our Little Planet Playland review and experience. Hope you love to visit this amazing playland after reading our experiences because we also love to visit there again!

Fishing area

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Although the farm area is located near the entrance, my kid ran into the fishing area. May be it is because fishing is a new experience for him. He loved to try fishing while sitting on the boat.

The fishing area is one of the pretend play stations in Little Planet Playland which provide facilities for fishing. There are lots of sea creatures around the boat which kids can use to catch them using the magnetic fishing rods.

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It’s really interesting. Not only the kids will play with fishing activities, they also will learn names of the sea animals and also the different colours.

Market Area

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This market at the Little Planet Playland is full of vegetables, breads & buns, fish and other groceries which kids can enjoy their time in shopping. There are trolleys for them to collect all the things they buy from the supermarket. It is really fun and I could see most of the kids in the playground enjoyed this activity.

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Farm & soil ground

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Farm is another interesting play station which provides facilities to pretend like harvesting the crops and planting those again. With the provided wheelbarrows and other farm tools kids can easily pretend like a farmer.

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Busy farmer!

 

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Next to the farm, there is a soil ground. At first I thought this area is for sand playing. But, it is not sand. This soil ground is with some clean seeds which is helpful for kids to use as the soil medium.

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Kitchen & café

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Though my kid is a boy, he loves cooking. Usually he spends time at the pantry area with his own cooking when I prepare our meal. So, the kitchen area is one of the best places for him to play.

The kitchen and café area of the Little Planet Playland is a complete kitchen. It includes pretend play kitchen items such as cookers, oven, sink and also necessary pots, pans and cutlery.

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Busy at the kitchen!

Once cooked, kids can enjoy their meal at the café area. Isn’t this a fun activity for little kids?

Castle

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Let your kids to role play like a prince and princess at the castle area. In this play station, you will not only find a castle but also costumes to pretend as royal members! The photo booth is really great to capture a snap of the kids with their royal dresses. But, I am sure instead of posing for a photo, they will sure run around the castle same as my kid did!

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Costumes for kids!

Forest maze

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The forest maze area is really interesting. It is located near the entrance and just before the fishing area. Kids can walk through the forest maze and pick fruits in to baskets. They can even enjoy time with picnic activities. And don’t forget the hide and seek! We loved our experience there. So, I am sure you will!!

Party Room

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Little Planet Playland also includes a party room which you can book for your kid’s party. The party room is clean and neat with decorations. If you like to host your kid’s birthday party at the Little Planet Playland, you can choose one of the party packages!

Our thoughts about Little Planet Playland

We enjoyed our time there. Not only my kid, I also joined with pretend play activities to encourage my kid. It was so much fun. And it was great as I could spend time with my kid with activities he likes. This is a great playground for parents to spend time with kids. Unlike with active playing, you may need to talk, pretend and play with kids when they are role playing or in pretend play activities. Finally, that will improve the bonding time!

Useful information about Little Planet Playland

Location :

176 Orchard Road, #02-21
The Centrepoint
Singapore 238843

Nearest MRT: Somerset

Opening hours: Sunday to Friday: 10am – 7pm    Saturday & Public Holidays: 10am – 8pm

For more details including the prices and packages, please check the website :  littleplanet.com.sg

 

Little Planet Playland Discount from the entry fee

There is a 20% discount exclusively for the readers of this blog. You will get the 20% off admission fee on weekdays (excluding weekends and PH) for the month of Apri. To get the discount,

-Simply show this facebook post when you make the payment.

-You need to be a fan of Little Planet Playland facebook page

 

Giveaway time (3 lucky winners)

It is time for another giveaway. Management Team @Little Planet Playland is happy to sponsor 3 free entry passes to the readers of Diary of a New Mom. (1 free entry for 1 winner, total 3 winners)

Simply use this facebook post to enter into the giveaway.

Giveaway will end on 25th April 2017, 12midnight.We will contact the winners through a Facebook message.

In case we do not hear from you within 72 hours, we’ll select another winner.

Disclosure:We received free entry for the Little Planet Playland in order to facilitate this review. However all opinions are mine.

Brain Activities for Kids

Brain activities for kids are actually real brain boosters that could be fun and provide learning opportunities for kids. These activities help kids develop their verbal and motor skills really fast. They not only boost up kids’ motor skills, but also nourish the bond between you and your kid.

Brain activities for kids

From the infant life to a talking toddler, the life’s transformations are really amazing. The preschooler is entirely different in behavior. That is why as parents, we need to help kids to boost their knowledge and capability of doing things by providing activities that are helpful for their growth. Brain activities are such helpful ways that parents can create a best learning environment around the kids. By providing an environment which is helpful for the brain development of kids, you can expect successful growth of your kid who is good at emotional, social, cognitive and academic skills.

Here are some of the brain activities for kids that can really help him to grow with necessary skills including best academic skills.

Mazes

Brain activities for kids

These are excellent brain boosting activities that address a range of skills as well. Maze books are available in different sizes and for all age groups. Making your kid solve mazes will improve his/her visual motor skill. It needs your child to scan his/her eyes throughout the page to find out a solution. It also needs that your kid draws a line within the maze without touching the outer lines, which helps control the pencil with his/her fingers.

Another major advantage of Mazes includes problem solving ability. Kids will think the best possible way to solve the problem. He will also learn the mistakes he did after a maze he couldn’t solve fast.

I introduced mazes for my kid when he was 2 years plus. At that time, he was attending playgroup classes. Introducing mazes is not easy for parents who don’t have special early childhood educational training. It was same with me. However, we received the work books from Gakken and it was the right time to introduce him mazes. After completing Gakken series of books for Mazes, my kid is really good at such activities.

Mind metrics

Brain Activities for Kids

This includes riddles for kids, which bring intellectual humor to your kids. You will be able to increase your kids’ vocabulary. Another metrics include jokes for kids, which help relax your kid while increasing his/her thinking ability.

There are books which include riddles and activities that include mind metrics. These are always great ideas to help kids to boost their brain development and thinking abilities.

Pretend Plays and role plays

Kids develop their imaginary skills from their age of 3. You would want to improve their imaginary skills by means of doing some role plays. You can play something like make your kid act as doctor, policeman or teacher and see how it help in developing his/her imaginary skills.

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Role playing as a doctor at the Lol Playland

When my kid reached his 3 years of age, he started role playing. He started those activities before we help him.

Once I understood the benefit of helping him to pretend play or imaginary play, I surrounded him with pretend play opportunities. These include pretend play toys and our visits to playgrounds which help for role play activities.

Board games and puzzles

Games like snakes and ladders; Ludo, Chess, etc teach your kid the concept about rules, skill to find patterns, team work and ability to plan further steps. Although I couldn’t try such board games with my kid, we are really interesting solving jigsaw puzzles.

Brain Activities for Kids

My kid was just 2 years old when I introduced jigsaw puzzles for him. At first, we used simple puzzles and later I introduced him 12-16 pieces puzzles. All these were really helpful for him to develop his thinking and solving skills. At the same time, he improves his attention skills. Do you know that kids are with very short span of concentration? By doing activities such as board games and puzzles, you can easily help your kid to improve his concentration.

Above are some of the brain activities which we use at our home. If you look for brain activities for kids, these can be helpful. It is easy to find toys that are helpful for developing kids’ brain. Also there are books which include mazes. Jigsaw puzzles are always easy to find for really few dollars.

Choose few brain activities for kids and help them develop faster in thinking and solving skills!

 

 

Playkeroo Indoor Playground (#Review+Giveaway)

Playkeroo indoor playground is our newest finding. 🙂 These days I like to visit playgrounds with my kid. We visit both outdoor and indoor playgrounds in Singapore to create the best playing environment for our kid.

It is no secret that playing is really important for growth of kids. There are many benefits of active playing. That is why as parents we have responsibility to create opportunities for our kids to play actively and happily. So, there is another indoor playground in Singapore which you can bring your kids to play. It is Playkeroo indoor playground!

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Playing is really important in early childhood stages.What do you think?

About Playkeroo indoor playground

I think it is good if I share some details about Playkeroo indoor playground before sharing our experiences there. Playkeroo is located at 100AM Mall which is near to the Tanjong Pagar MRT. It has some unique features including facilities for nail pampering. So, mommies, if you want to find some ‘me time’, you can visit Playkeroo! Let your kids play in the playground while you are having a nail session at the salon. Isn’t this sound a good idea to relax yourself? Well, let me share our experiences at the Playkeroo indoor playground!

Kangaroo inspired

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Playkeroo is inspired by the growth of a baby kangaroo. It provides safe and beautiful play space for little kids below 7 years old. There is a special area for each age group to involve in play, be it running, crawling, sliding or just imaginary playing!

Here are some of the highlighted play areas at the Playkeroo indoor playground.

Baby-Roo Forest Land

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Playkeroo Indoor Playground Review: Designated area for babies under 18 months old

This area is for infants and young toddlers to play actively while improving skills such as fine motor skills and other skills including crawling and walking.

In this area we found activities such as slides, ball pit and other play items which help little babies to be active.

On one side of the play area, there are activity boards. These colouful boards are with different activities which babies can experience.

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Playkeroo Indoor Playground Review: Activity boards are really fun and attractive.Don’t forget the educational value!

 Joey Hills

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Playkeroo Indoor Playground Review: Active play area for active kids! 🙂

Joey Hills is the active play area of Playkeroo which is designed for active walkers and toddlers. They can happily run around as the play area is really spacious. A lot of obstacle courses to experience! A trampoline to shed the energy till they feel tired! 🙂

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Ball pit, slides and there are other activities which creates Joey Hill is an attractive play area for toddlers and grown up kids.

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Lot of obstacles to pass! 🙂 But it was so much fun!

Kangaroo City

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We were busy at the Kangaroo City! 🙂

This can be the most attractive area for my kid. As he mostly love on imaginary play these days, my kid spent most of his time in the Kangaroo City.He also loved all the ride on toys at the Kangaroo City area.

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Busy at the Fuel Station! 🙂

In the Kangaroo City, kids can experience the city life. They will experience driving along the city while following the traffic signals. There are many vehicle toys in this area which kids can play. The fuel station and car wash area are really interesting.

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Its time to clean the car!

Kiddy Rides

Kids can also enjoy kiddy rides when you visit Playkeroo. It is completely a play area for kids with different play activities.

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Other attractions and services in Playkeroo

Other than the main play areas, you will see many services and facilities in Playkeroo indoor playground.

Party Room

You cannot forget this spacious party room in Playkeroo. It is really spacious and with beautiful backdrop which you can easily plan your birthday parties or any other kids events. There are different party packages available which you can easily select the best package for your kids party. You can check the details on their website.

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Party room is really spacious!

Nail Services

Attached to the playground, there is a nail salon which moms can pamper themselves or spend time with little cuties. Manicure rates start at $15 and there are different services available.

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Mommy,do you want to pamper here? Or are you looking for some ‘Me time’ ? 🙂

Nursing rooms

Moms, don’t worry visiting the Playkeroo and spending long hours! There is a room with nursing and diaper changing facilities.

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Well, so far what I explained are the details and facilities of the Playkeroo playground. However, I am sure you found that this playground is another interesting play area for kids. You can see how my kid is happy with Playkeroo. As a summery we love our experience there at the Playkeroo.

Things to highlight.

  • Playkeroo is an indoor playground which is suitable for both infants and young kids (including toddler age)
  • There are play facilities for each age group.
  • It is a clean space and you don’t have to worry about hygiene issues.
  • Kangaroo city is our kid’s favourite play area which I want to highlight in Playkeroo review. You will find other active play facilities in other Singapore indoor playgrounds too. But this city life experience is unique for Playkeroo. Young kids will love such experiences for sure. I could see this area with many kids who were playing with ride-on toys. While imaginary playing opportunities are there, kids can also spend time actively on ride-on toy vehicles.
  • Nail Salon is one of the interesting things to highlight for my review.
  • And don’t forget the friendly and helpful staff. They offer a really friendly service for the playground visitors.
  • At the entrance,there is a photo booth which you can capture a beautiful moment.We tried too! 🙂
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Say Cheese! 🙂

 

Useful information about Playkeroo Indoor Playground

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 10am to 8pm

Location:

100AM Mall

100 Tras Street

#04-16A

Singapore 079027

It is few minutes walking distance from Tanjong Pagar MRT

For more details including the admission rates, please check the website: playkeroo.sg

Giveaway time (5 Lucky Winners)

It is time for another giveaway. Management Team @Playkeroo is happy to sponsor 5 free entry passes to the readers of Diary of a New Mom. (1 free entry for 1 winner, total 5 winners)

Simply use the rafflecopter to enter into the giveaway.

Giveaway will end on 13th April 2017, 12am.We will contact the winners through a Facebook message or email.

In case we do not hear from you within 72 hours, we’ll select another winner.

Disclosure:We received free entry for the Playkeroo indoor playground in order to facilitate this review. However all opinions are mine.

 

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Does My Child Need To See A Pediatric Dentist?

When choosing the right dentist for your child, it is best to choose a pediatric dentist, rather than a general practice. Pediatric dentists specialize in dental care for kids and are specifically qualified to treat the unique dental needs of children ranging from infants to teens, including those with special needs. Here are some reasons to consider a pediatric dentist as your child’s dental care provider.

 Does My Child Need To See A Pediatric Dentist?

They have more training than general dentists.

After finishing four years of dental school, pediatric dentists are required to complete two to three years of additional pediatric training that is geared toward caring for a child’s teeth and unique dental issues. Because pediatric dentists are experts in caring for children, they are better equipped to handle the specific problems that kids face, like cavities, decay, wisdom teeth extraction in teens, and even common behavioral challenges, such as fear of the dentist.

 

They focus on preventive care.

Starting with the first visit, pediatric dentists emphasize the importance of early preventive care and help encourage a lifetime of great oral health for kids. Through early and regular oral exams, many dental issues in kids can be detected and treated before they advance to more serious problems, saving parents time and money down the road. As part of their focus on preventive care, pediatric dentists educate parents and kids on the proper ways for children to brush and floss their teeth along with advice on tooth-friendly nutrition and breaking bad habits, like thumb sucking.

 

They create kid-friendly environments to make dentistry fun.

Pediatric dental offices are designed with the comfort of children in mind. While adult dental offices may feel intimidating to a child, pediatric waiting areas and exam rooms often feature colorful decor, child-sized furniture, and fun games or activities to help kids feel at ease the minute they walk through the door. When children are greeted by a friendly staff and an inviting office setting, it sets the tone for a positive, safe and relaxed appointment every time they visit the dentist.

 

They are skilled to ease dental fears in children.

Many adults who are afraid of the dentist can trace their fears all the way back to childhood. For this reason, pediatric dentists strive to create a positive, calm experience for children so that they not only look forward to visiting the dentist, but desire to take care of their teeth throughout their lives. Pediatric dentists and their staff do this by establishing trusted relationships with their young patients at an early age. They are highly skilled at communicating with children of all ages and treat young patients in ways that make them feel comfortable during procedures. For younger children, this may include a lot of hands-on explanations and “show-and-tell” techniques to help kids become comfortable with unfamiliar sights, sounds and smells at the dental office.

Also check : 3 Foods and Habits Known to Cause Tooth Discolouration

Planning your child’s first visit to the dentist.

According to the American Dental Association, a child’s first trip to the dentist should occur approximately six months after his or her first tooth erupts and no later than the child’s first birthday. Children should visit their dentist every six months for preventive cleanings and exams, or more frequently if recommended by the pediatric dentist, to treat developing dental concerns.

 

The main purpose of the first appointment is to get to know the dentist, which sets the stage for future, positive visits for your child. At the initial appointment, parents can discuss questions and concerns about their child’s dental health. In addition to a thorough exam and cleaning, pediatric dentists will look for signs of decay, provide information about developmental milestones, and demonstrate how to prevent cavities through good oral hygiene practices at home.

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Good oral hygiene practices at home is essential to protect kids’ teeth.Read how to Choose the Best Toothpaste for Toddlers and Kids

 

Pediatric dentists offer a specialized focus on children that most general dentists are not equipped to provide. Ultimately, the best dentist for your child will be one who is highly educated and knowledgeable about dental health for kids and who makes your child feel comfortable during treatment. With the right partner for dental health, you can feel confident that your child is on the best path to a lifetime of good oral health.

 

Author bio: Dr. Sheila Harris is Owner of Natomas Crossing Dental Care in Sacramento, California. Dr. Harris graduated from Northwestern University School of Dentistry and has been a licensed dentist since 2000. She is a proud member of several dental organizations and has been one of the top general dentists in Sacramento for the past five years.

An Hour Well Spent : Feet Haven Reflexology -Upper Bukit Timah

Having a foot reflexology treatment can be one of the best therapies for any mom who always run after kids and busy with other daily chaos! So, I had such opportunity recently to experience a relaxing foot massage at the Feet Haven Upper Bukit Timah Branch. Well, Feet Haven is not only for moms who run after their kids. 🙂 It is open for anyone who loves to relax and rejuvenate!

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It was bit dark when I came out after my treatment.

Feet Haven Reflexology -Upper Bukit Timah

Nestled in a beautiful corner of Upper Bukit Timah, the newest branch of the Feet Haven is the perfect place for relax your body from all sort of aches and pains. Having a body massage or feet reflexology treatment there can make you relax and rejuvenate. As I am a satisfied customer, here is my detailed review on Feet Haven Upper Bukit Timah, so you can visit the place soon!

As always, I like to visit such places because this mommy wants some ‘me time’ too. My hubby is always helpful for me by taking care of the kid, so I have my own time at least few times a month. Although it is easy to hire a taxi, I selected to walk after alighting at Beauty World MRT. But, if you chose to walk, it is better to prepare with the directions. From the Beauty World MRT, you need to walk towards the Bukit Timah Plaza. Then walk along the Off Rifle Range Road. It is easy to find the place once you are in Off Rifle Range Road.

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The cozy environment at Feet Haven Reflexology -Upper Bukit Timah

So, finally I was in Feet Haven. As the name says, it is completely a Haven! It will make you to forget the hustle and bustle of the busy city. At the time I entered into the Feet haven, I was relaxed. I was not in a hurry. The people at the Feet Haven welcomed me cordially. They even asked me about having a drink, though I didn’t want at that time.

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Views are relaxing and beautiful!

Having Foot Reflexology Treatment at Feet Haven

After spending few minutes talking with the team at Feet Haven, I was sent to the treatment area. Earlier I was offered a complete full body massage. However, I preferred to experience foot massage. I am always with painful feet at night times, so I asked them for foot reflexology treatment as it may benefit me.

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I also requested a female therapist. All these were arranged as per my choices. My treatment started after soaking my feet in warm water.It was perfect to relax my tired feet.

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Having Foot Reflexology treatment at Feet Haven -Upper Bukit Timah

Finally the therapist started feet massage. She is a nice experienced lady who also shared some tips and advices with me on taking care of myself. She didn’t waste any second during the treatment period. Although she asked me to relax and have a nap, I spent time experiencing every bit of the treatment. Foot reflexology treatment was not uncomfortable. There were times I experienced the sensations of pressure points. It’s an hour well spent. While having the foot massage at Feet Haven, I also experienced the calm music. Don’t forget the aroma inside the treatment rooms. Finally, it is a place to treat your body and mind with five sensations. The flower tea I received after the treatment was perfect to make me warm and relax!

My Review about Feet Haven Reflexology (Upper Bukit Timah)

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Just after the treatment!

Well,all above are the details and my experience at the Feet Haven.After spending an hour indulging in a foot reflexology treatment,I want say that it was an hour well spent!I was totally relaxed.The sensation of pressure points were awesome.That could fade away all my tiredness.After all,I was rejuvenated.

If you want to relax your body ,mind and soul; then experience such a treatment from an well experienced therapist.You will see the difference!

Feet Haven Reflexology (Upper Bukit Timah) –Useful Information

There are different treatments available including Foot Reflexology, Acupressure Point Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Shoulder reflexology and combination of body massage and foot reflexology. You can easily select the treatment according to your condition and choices. Finally, you will never regret about the time you spend at the Feet Haven.

Visit their website www.feethaven.com for more details and for available packages.

Opening Hours : 11am to 11pm (Last appointment is at 10pm)

Do you like foot reflexology treatments? How about your experiences? Please share your thoughts below.

Disclosure: I was invited to experience this service.However,all opinions are mine.

 

Sporkstix and Siliskin Straw Cup from BabyBuys make Mealtime Enjoyable! (Review + Giveaway)

It is time to introduce another great online shop in Singapore which you can buy necessities you need when you are a new mom! As my recent experience with products received from Babybuys.com.sg is really awesome, I want to share this review post together with individual reviews of the products I received with you all.

Parenting is not so easy as there are many milestones to pass. From the day the infant is born, there are lot of responsibilities including feeding, diapering and of course raising them healthy and happy. What about travelling? Even If you don’t want to travel overseas trips, you still need to prepare for hospital visits and other small trips such as grocery shopping. Throughout this journey, we need many products. This is where online shops are really helpful for parents to find the necessities in just few clicks.

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BabyBuys is another online shop which sells items for both moms and babies ranging from feeding, nursing, toys and diapering. There are many other products in their shop which you need to check! Other than buying for your babies, you will also find BabyBuys as a great place for find gifts for newly born babies!

Recently we received these Sporkstix and silicone straw cup which are really helpful during the meal time. So, here is our review and experience with the Sporkstix and silicone straw cup!

Fed-Fun Eating Devices (Sporkstix) Review

As the name suggests, this is a really fun eating device. Do you notice that it is a combination of spoon, fork and chopsticks? This sporkstix is great for kids to eat alone. Instead of handling both fork and spoon or fork with chopsticks, they can start with sporkstix!

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Mommy, you also don’t have to wash so many items after the feeding time. It is common that most of the kids drop the spoon or fork while eating. But this sporkstix is really fun and interesting to use.

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My kid spent time trying to use it as a fork, spoon or as chopstick. It seems meal time is interesting for him with new experiments with food.

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Sporkstix and Siliskin® Straw Cup from BabyBuys make Mealtime Enjoyable! 🙂 

 

Other than the benefits for feeding, below are some of the features of Fed sporkstix!

-It is BPA free

-It limits the contact with germs on the surface

-Increases the fine motor skills of the child

-This item is dishwasher free.

You can buy this Sporkstix from BabyBuys Singapore. Check more details here. (Use the code 8CD5X to enjoy 5% discount from your purchases)

Siliskin Silicone Straw Cup Review

Siliskin Silicone Straw Cup review

Siliskin Silicone Straw Cup review

This Siliskin Silicone Straw cup is really awesome for kids simply because of the unique features it has. How many times you clean the floor when your kid spills water or any drink on the floor? Switching from the feeding bottle to Sippy cup needs lot of patience and care. Sometimes it is a total mess. Then, next transition is introducing the normal cups for drinking. This silicone straw cup is helpful for the transition as it ensure no more spills!

Siliskin Silicone Straw Cup review

It is easy to clean,No more spills and can be boiled to sterilize

This cup is bit heavy (not so light) and it comes with a spill proof lid. The reusable straw is soft and great for kids. Cleaning of this cup is really easy as you can remove the parts separately.

Now our mealtime is more enjoyable and less mess with these new feeding items. My kid really loves the new cup and he enjoys drinking from it.

Now you want to buy one for your kid, right? Check here for more details.(Use the code 8CD5X to enjoy 5% discount from your purchases)

BabyBuys Singapore Coupon Code for discounts

When you shop with BabyBuys Singapore, use the coupon code 8CD5X and enjoy 5% discounts from your purchases. This is exclusively for Diary of a new mom readers and the coupon code will never expires! You can use the same coupon for your 2nd purchase and then next purchases too!

BabyBuys carries many items that are essentials for moms and babies.Check their online shop at babybuys.com.sg for more details of the products.

 

Giveaway Time

Now it is time for another giveaway. Team at BabyBuys kindly sponsor 2 prizes for 2 lucky readers of this blog.You can win either 1 set of Silikids Straw Cup or 1 set of Silikids Sippy Cup by entering into this giveaway. Here is how to do.

-Simply use the rafflecopter to enter into the giveaway.

1 set of Silikids Straw Cup or 1 set of Silikids Sippy Cup for 2 lucky winners (Check the both products by visiting here)

-By entering into the giveaway you agree to provide the mailing address if you win in order to send the prize.

-Giveaway will end on 31st March 2017, 12am.We will contact the winners through a Facebook message or email.

-In case we do not hear from you within 72 hours, we’ll select another winner.

-Winners will be selected randomly using the rafflecopter entries.But we keep the right to disqualify the winners if they do not complete the entry requirements.

Disclosure: We received above products in order to facilitate this review. However all opinions are mine.

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Set Up the Perfect Photo Booth for Your Next Party

All set for your upcoming party? Are you thinking of innovative ways to multiply the fun? Stop thinking too hard; all you need is a simple photo booth rental to double the fun. No party is amusing without a photo booth. They aren’t just a fun addition to your shindig, but are a great way to engage people and capture their valuable memories.

While renting a photo booth, you can customize it based on your personal needs, or can even add your party favor to it. You can simply combine your photo booth with easy DIY backgrounds and some custom party props to make it the life of your party.

Here are a few ways you can customize your photo booth for making your party the best of times:

Get the best camera for your photo booth

A photo booth rental is not something where a person clicks pictures of you standing against a backdrop. Ideally, you would require a real photo booth to spice up the party! A “photo booth” where you could press a button, and get your funny moments captured just the way it is. It must capture two to three still pictures of your weird/awkward/candid moments and print them out for you and your friends. Many modern photo booths can also produce videos and GIFs for added fun.

There are different types of photo booth rentals available today and you can choose the right one depending on your party needs. The infinite photo party station comes with many amazing features, like face morphing, slow motion screening, light painting, and more. You also get to customize the interior colors and lightings in the photo booth. There are also many other photo booths, like the MOJO photo booth, firefly photo booth, the minipod, and more.

Choose your backdrop cleverly

Set Up the Perfect Photo Booth

DIY Backdrop from the 2nd birthday party.

Many photo booth rentals give you customized backdrops for your party favors. You can also create your own party backdrop for your photo booth, and add tons of fun to your photos. One of the best things about designing your own background is that you can come up with endless possibilities and ideas where you could bring out the party favors through your background. You even get to customize your backdrop depending on the theme of the party, like graduation party, birthday’s, wedding parties, and more.

Try using bright papers, weighted down balloons, hand drawn murals, and many such creative ways to design your own backdrop for the photo booth rental. You can even request your rental service to design a customized backdrop for you. The fun with friends, some crazy props, and a cool backdrop is all you need to click away your amazing moments.

Add fun to your photo booth with photo props

Photo props are a great addition to your booths for they give you something to do! You can easily customize them based on your party’s theme. They can be something personal, themed, or even funny. They are very simple to put together; and you can make your own party prop using party straws, wooden dowels, tapes, cardboards, and more. They would in fact double the fun you have clicking photos.

Including a photo prop will simply take your photographs to the next level. While using a photo prop, it’s recommended that you clean up everything else in the photo booth. A clean background, tight frame, and minimal distractions are all you need for making a perfect picture with a photo prop. You can even get customized props from your photo booth rental service. Many services offer emojis, food props, funny props, and more for your photo booths.

Put up a sign to direct the crowd

You can add a cherry on top of your party, just by putting up a sign that there’s a photo booth inside. This would easily redirect the crowd to the photo booth and you wouldn’t miss out any fun. You can simply download some printable signs and stick them around for directing the people. You can also buy customized posters from your rental service providers if you can afford them.

Think about walking into a photo booth and getting all those crazy moments printed on photo strips. That’s the amazing part of a party. Next time you organize your own party, make sure you place a photo booth and give your friends lots of fun and memories to take home!

 

How to Potty Train at Night?Here is our Complete Guide for Nighttime Potty Training

We are successful with our nighttime potty training. It is a great milestone in my parenting journey so I want to share our experience as this post can be helpful for anyone who need tips on how to potty train at night! Below is a complete guide on nighttime potty training which includes how to start nighttime potty training, When to start night time potty training, Essentials  for the night time potty training and How to potty train at night with step by step guidance. These are all the tips and steps we followed at our home and we could successfully potty trained our kid for night time. He is now 3.5 years old and almost he can go out without using disposable pull-ups or diapers.

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How to potty train at night?

It is no doubt that Potty training is one of the milestones in parenting. However complete potty training success doesn’t mean that your child goes to the potty during the day time or at the time when he or she wakes up and active. Keeping your little ones dry during nights is one of the big challenges in the potty training journey. However, don’t get panic. You can’t do all overnight. All these training need patience and the right guidance.

When to start night time potty training?

Before you start nighttime potty training, it is best to train your kid to go to the potty during the daytime. Don’t worry if your kid is still not ready to sleep without the diapers although he is potty trained during the day time. It will take time.

Check how to start potty training if you are planning the whole process of potty training including the day time.

Essentials for the night time potty training

Night time potty training is entirely different from day time potty training. Though we don’t use many accessories during the day time potty training, it is better to use essentials such as bed protector when you start night time potty training. When you are ready with such items, you will be less stress with bedwetting accidents during the night time.

Here are some of the essentials I used for night time potty training of our kid.

Training pants for night time

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If you use training pants for day time you know that they are not much absorbent. However nighttime training pants are more absorbing and avoid wetting the bed. Therefore it is best to have few nighttime training pants for your kid when you start nighttime potty training.

Nighttime training pants are available as disposable pull-ups and as cloth training pants. You can decide the best one for you as reusable training pants need to wash regularly.

However in my case, I started with disposable pull-ups and the transited to cloth training pants.

Protective Cover for mattress

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Check this Mattress Protector and detailed review /product details here

Although you can easily remove and wash your mattress sheets, fitted sheets it is not easy to clean a soiled mattress. That will make you stressful if your kid makes frequent bed-wetting during the transition time from diapers to training pants and the final transition period. To avoid such stressful situations, it is better to think of protective covers for your mattress, so you can easily wash the cover if the child makes any accident.

There are waterproof mattress covers which can fit over the mattress same as your fitted sheet. I use such cover over the mattress so I am with less work during the nighttime bed wetting accidents.

A mattress pad – extra protect

Although there is a protective cover over the mattress, I also use a mattress pad over the bed. These mattress pads ease my washing routine in small bed wetting accidents. As you can easily select mattress pads in small sizes, it is easy to wash and dry than mattress covers.

Few Extra Sheets for the bed

It is wise to stock up few fitted sheets for your bed in order to use when there are accidents. This will save your time during midnight bed wetting accidents as you can easily change the covers of the bed when you have extras.

How to potty train at night? Steps we followed

Here are the simple steps we followed during our night time potty training.

Get organized

First we were organized with new essentials which we didn’t have such as nighttime training pants and pull ups.

Wait till he is ready with day time potty training

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We were not in a hurry to potty train our kid for night time. Instead we started with day time potty training. However, when we started day time potty training, we also switched to disposable pull-ups during night time. For him the feeling is same like he is wearing a diaper. However, with this transition to disposable pull ups during the night time, he got some idea about night time potty training.

Decide when to start or wait for the night time potty training readiness

In our case, our kid started refusing wearing a diaper/disposable pull-up during night time. Instead he wanted go to the bed only with his night pajama. When he starts refusing disposables, we started training him for the night time. So that was easier for us to train.

From disposable diapers/pull ups we switched to cloth training pants which are suitable for night time. I prefer cloth diapers and cloth training pants at night during this period as it can give some feeling of wetness for the kid when the make accidents at night.

During this period, he woke up every time he passed pee in his cloth training pant and asked me to change his pant. That was a good clue for me that he was getting the understanding about bedwetting at night.

No more diapers and training pants

Finally we achieved the stage of no more diapers or training pants. However I always prepared the bed with protectors and also with a mattress pad in case if he wet the bed. But he is able to continue his sleep till morning. If he gets up in the early morning, I ask him to go to the potty because when he sleeps again, there is a possibility for bedwetting.

Nighttime Potty Training tips

If you follow the above mentioned steps for nighttime potty training here are some tips which we used for training our kid for the night time.

It is true that Kids who have just come out of the habit of using diapers in the night should be given the right training. This can help them from not wetting the beds in the night. So, here are some tips that can make the overnight potty training process easy for both child and the parents.

Limited liquid before bed time

Cut out the drinks for your kid’s at least an hour before they go to the bed. This can eventually reduce the tendency of wetting the bed while they sleep.

Use the potty just before the bedtime

It is essential to go to the potty just before the bedtime. Your kid may refuse this as it is a new activity for him. However, try to make him sit on the potty even if there is nothing to pee. With time he will continue this habit same as brushing teeth before the bed.

Make the bed with Layered Sheets

Make a bed with layers of protective sheets for your little one who is not using diapers or training pants. You can use a fitted sheet, water proof mattress cover and a waterproof pad to protect the bed.

Use another sheet where possible to make the bed comfortable for the kid. This way even if one layer is wet then the second layers will remain dry. Wash the layers in the morning and reuse it during night.

There are several ways that you can get potty training for your kids especially during night. Whichever way is used make sure that they are comfortable and can get a good night’s sleep without any pull-ups or diapers.

Midnight Potty trips – is this working?

It is important to take your kid to the washroom or potty before they go to the bed. Some parents take their kid mid night during they sleep just to avoid accidents. However, I didn’t use this method or I didn’t take my kid to the potty during the midnight to avoid accidents. Instead I allowed accidents on first days to teach him the uncomfortable feeling of disturbed sleep. Though he made few accidents in our first weeks of night time potty training, lately he started sleeping for longer hours without wetting the bed.

Above is our complete guide for potty training a kid at night time. We could successfully potty train our kid for night time routine. So, these tips will help you too.

How to buy Essentials for nighttime potty training?

Below are some places that you can buy essentials for night time potty training. Hope these details are helpful.

From Amazon:

Check  nighttime training pants here

From Singapore online shops:

Check training pants designs available in Singapore here here

Check waterproof mattress protector here

Baskets Made With Love

Whether it’s for a holiday, birthday or another special event, gourmet food gift baskets are an idea if you’re looking for something that’s easy to make and that offers a variety of items for the person receiving the gift. A basket that features the flavors of New England is an idea if the person enjoys rich flavors and likes to prepare everything from pancakes to biscuits. This is a basket that would feature more in the way of honey, jams, molasses and other items of the same kind as these are the things that you’ll likely find if you visit the area. Add a few books with pictures of New England and a few sauces. A beautiful picnic basket would be an idea for containing the items.

Baskets Made With Love

Most people enjoy chocolate of some kind. A basket with Godiva chocolate or another specialty brand would be ideal for a holiday or a birthday. Use a simple basket or container with a ribbon around the side to start with. Then, add larger pieces of chocolate and a few smaller pieces that can be enjoyed on a daily basis. You want to offer a few different flavors of chocolate along with pieces that have fillings, such as coconut or strawberry, to give a large selection depending on what the person enjoys.

For the person who likes to relax after a long day, make a basket with teas, a wine bottle or two and a few items that can be enjoyed while taking a bath. You might want to add bubble bath, bath salts or even a few flower petals that are made from soap. Don’t forget the wine glasses or the mugs to enjoy the beverage. When adding the tea or coffee, think about the flavors that the person likes as you can get a variety from specialty stores and even retail stores that have a larger selection of beverages. You might want to add a few muffin mixes or a lemon or two so that the person can make a nice snack or add a little twist to the drink that is made.

LOL Playland – Indoor Playground @JCube, Jurong East (#Review + Giveaway)

Visit to the LOL Playland is our latest adventure! Located at the JCube shopping mall, Singapore; this LOL Playland is a dream for any active kid who loves to engage in both active play and pretend play activities. These days I visit many Singapore indoor playgrounds with my kid because I know the importance of actively engaging in play activities for the kids. So, here is my share with you because I know that parents around this blog are keen on raising active and happy kids!

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I am sure that you want to visit this newly opened Singapore indoor playground with your kids when you read this post about our experiences. Simply because, the experiences which my kid had are unique or not so typical!

Bit of Background Story of LOL Playland

LOL Playland is not just another typical indoor playground in Singapore. It is a dream of another mom who wished to have an indoor playground in Singapore West area which has facilities for both active play and pretend play activities. With proper planning and efforts, finally the LOL Playland is born with both active play and pretend play facilities for kids.

As LOL Playland is with many activities for kids of all ages, I think it is better to write my review post based on activities which kids can involve inside the playground.

Activities for kids in LOL Playland @JCube

Toddler’s House

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Toddler’s house includes both active play and pretend play facilities for young kids.

The name says it all. The Toddler house is designed for toddlers. But my son who is nearly 3.5 years old now spent most of his time inside the toddler house and engaged with many activities.

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After shopping around,he is ready to pay at the cashier! 🙂

Toddler house is in pretty decent size and allow facilities for young kids to play both pretend play and active play. The first floor area is full of toys which are especially suitable for kids to engage in imaginary play activities. Some of the activities include shopping, selling ice-cream and cooking. There are also activity boards which toddlers can spend time on activities such as solving maze.

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Activities at the pantry.(at Toddler’s house of LOL Playland)

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Activity boards are so much fun!

 

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Grocery shopping is so much easier inside the Toddler’s House,LOL Playland…

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Hair Dressers!You have facilities too!

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At the LOL Playland!

Above the toddler house is full of active play ideas which kids can enjoy their time till they feel tired!

Role Play activities (Pretend play)

On the middle of the LOL Playland, you will find 3 rooms which are designated to role play activities for kids. Kids can dress up as a doctor, fire fighter or as a policeman and engage in role playing. The rooms are equipped with necessary toys for role playing these professions giving the kids opportunity to explore their imaginations!

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Role Playing facilities for kids

I love this facility as not all indoor playgrounds in Singapore come with role play activities like this.

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A doctor at the LOL Playland

 

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We found a fire fighter too!

Main Playground for kids

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Active play area for kids….

On your right of the playland, you will find 3 storey main playground which is suitable for grown up kids. However, still this area is suitable for young kids too. Kids can actively play in this 3 storey playground involving activities such as climbing,jumping and sliding 🙂

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Other activities

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Kids can involve in colouring activities too…

Other than main activities of the playground which are active play and pretend play, this LOL Playland provides educational activities for kids making it a complete edutainment center. One side of the playground is equipped with tables for those kids who love colouring. The other side is with a table with sensory play activities. So, kids will never get bored as there are different activities which they can involve during their time in the LOL Playland.

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In this table,young kids can spend time with sensory play activities…

LOL playland has never forgotten the infants. They have dedicated a separate area for infants too.

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Designated area for infants…

Facilities

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Seating facilities for parents….

The playland comes with facilities for parents including seating areas, snacks, lockers and also with changing room facilities. Parents can watch their kids by sitting on seating area. Parents can also buy snacks from the counter during the wait.

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Mini Snack bar

Events & Party Room

LOL Playland comes with a party room which parents can arrange their kids’ birthday parties. Other than the party room facilities, LOL Playland provides enrichment courses and other events which are helpful for both parents and kids.

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Party Room

As a newly opened indoor playground in Singapore, LOL Playland is full of activities for both young kids and grown up kids.

Our Review of LOL Playland, Jurong East

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So far, I’ve visited different indoor playgrounds in Singapore with my kid. Some playgrounds such as Pororo Park are large in Size. Other playgrounds such as My Little Giant are with other entertaining activities for kids.

However, LOL Playland is decent in size, pretty decent in look and neatly arranged with facilities for all kids of different age groups. As there is a separate Toddler house, parents do not have to worry about their toddlers playing with active and grown up kids.(I mean the place is safe for young toddlers too)

Role playing activities are the best admirable activities for me as these days my kid shows more interest on pretend playing activities. All these activities are really worth for the entrance fee we have to pay.

If you consider raising happy and healthy kids,I am sure you love to visit such playgrounds with your kids to allow them to play till they get tired!

Important information on LOL Playland, JCube, Singapore

Location : 2 Jurong East Central 1, #03-04/05, JCube Shopping Centre, Singapore 609731

Opening Hours: Monday -to- Friday: 11 am – 09:00 pm, Saturday -to- Sunday & PH/SH : 10:30 am – 9:30 pm

Contact details:

Check more details, ticket prices and packages by visiting their website  lolplayland.com.sg

 

Giveaway time

It is time for another giveaway. Managing team @LOL Playland happily sponsor 5 free entry passes to the readers of Diary of a New Mom.

Simply use the rafflecopter to enter into the giveaway.

-5 free entries for 5 lucky winners

-By entering into the giveaway you agree to provide the mailing address if you win in order to post the entry pass.

-Play passes will be mailed to winners through the normal mail. We Diary of a New Mom and LOL Playland will not be responsible for any lost mails.

-Play passes are valid till 22nd May,2017.

-Giveaway will end on 15th March 2017, 12am.We will contact the winners through a Facebook message or email.

-In case we do not hear from you within 72 hours, we’ll select another winner.

Disclosure:We received free entry for the LOL Playland in order to facilitate this review.However all opinions are mine.

 

 

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