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Oct 23


(credit and thanks go to Lai Yin and her water babe, LTD)

Swimming tips provided by Lai Yin, a certified lifeguard who said, “It wasn’t an extrordinary thing we did when we took Linus to the pool at 7 weeks. First time round he cried coz the water was very chilly but calmed down after we kept rubbing his body n held him close. After that he loved it and at 7.5 months kicked mummy away and swam on his own with armbands!”

For the benefit of moomies who would like to introduce their babies to the pool, here are some tips:

1) WHEN?
Do it as early as possible, even from 1 month if u can get access to a clean private pool.

Enjoy bathtimes b4 introducing to pool. Spray water from back of head and let water drip over baby’s eyes n face n watch his reaction. Spray on yourself too n pretend to giggle n show that u are comfortable n having fun. Play kicking/splashing games in bath tub. Blow bubbles in water. Bring water toys/bubbles gun to bath. Make bathtime FUNTIME!

1st few visits to pool, esp if baby is under 3 months, stay only 5-10mins. Remember – objective is to let baby be comfortable n associate water with FUN, not learn how to swim.

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Oct 21

Phoebe is lucky to have her hair cut by the baby sitter. And i was surprised that she could handle her alone (oooh, she was a hair dresser when younger!)

But the very last hair cut she had, she was crying hysterically and kept clinging on to the baby sitter coz she was frightened of her own flowing hair on the bath room wet floor

Signed : Geok Hong
Working mom to Steffie (26/09/96); still nursing Phoebe (31/12/02)

Jayden also cries when I have his hair cut at the salon but i just carry him and he will be crying while and the hairdresser tries to work around that. But I end up getting hair all over myself like I am the one having the hair cut But what the hair dresser does is she cuts one side of his head and then let him take a break and move on to the other side. That helped and Jayden still wants me to carry him while he has his hair cut but he doesn’t cry so much anymore.

Anyone can share better ideas on how to make them less freaky when going to for a hair cut?

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Oct 19

Hair cut for the girls so far so good, anyway they just need to cut the fringe, daddy like them to have long hair.
usually cut before bath time, don’t wet the hair, find it more difficult to cut after wet it, they quite good lah, I said:”bu yao dong(don’t move).” they will just freeze long enough for me to make few cuts, have to give them some toys also lah. if they get fussy already, then just continue in the evening bath. DH came home for lunch last time, shock his soul out when he saw their hair so uneven, short on one side long on the other side, like dog bite, asked me how can I cut their hair like that, I said that was a intermission, part 2 coming up in the evening.
I have fun cutting their hair, that’s why so far never though about hair saloon, save money also lah, I have to pay double leh.
Maria (mother of twin girls–Isabelle & Annabelle, born 25th Nov 2002

When I took Abj for his 1st hair cut, he went along with a Malay neighbour (his bestest friend) to the Indian Barber. So he was quite cool abt it. With Abilash it was ok too as he had his bro & daddy . So when we go to the barber the whole family goes unless mummy wants to have some much needed peace & quite for ‘mummy time’ at home.Sorry forgot to add that they look forward to getting the plastic wrapped perfumed wet tissues at the end of the hair cut (as the get to make the loud pop sound from breaking the plastic wrapping).
Sheela SAHM to
Abhijay ( 7 yrs & FF)
Abilash (3 1/2 yrs -BF without Formula for 2 1/2 yrs & no longer a cow

Junior is now three years old. He has cut his hair many times but each time it is still a nightmare! Each trip he will scream and kick . We need two people to hold him! A few of the unisex saloon has told him not to go back there! Yes, those preety lady actually told him to get out and don’t comes back! And I paid RM15 for that! So, for the last few trip, we brought him to the Indian Barber. He scream and scream but the Indian barber just won’t be bother -continue to do his work. By the end of it, Papa, Mummy, Junior and the Indian Barber have hairs all over their body!
Ai! Yo! We have tried every trick on the book but still could not get him to sit still for a few minutes hair cut! And he actually had nightmare the night after every cut!
What to do, ah?

Signed : Jennifer

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