Should you be concerned about your baby’s poop?

Don’t just wrap up that diaper and chuck it down the chute! The colour and consistency of baby’s stools is a tell-tale sign of his health. Find out more about what’s normal and what may warrrant a visit to your paediatrician.

Constipation may manifest in symptoms of pellet-like bowel movements and signs including arched backs, crying and tightening buttocks coupled with difficult bowel movements. Just like for adults, frequency and texture of poop are indicators of possible constipation. Frequency of coo may differ for breastfed babies and those on formula. As a rough guide, babies 0 to 4 months of age poop on average three to four times a day, and after the introduction of solid foods, that reduces to approximately one bowel movement per day. If baby’s poop seems hard or difficult to pass, alarm bells should ring as well as hard stools may cause anal walls to stretch and therefore the presence of bright red streak in blood. A firm belly and signs of discomfort like straining faces and refusal to ingest food is sign that bowel movements are overdue. (Henry, 2013)

An easy way to prevent constipation is to remember the acronym BRAT for Bananas, Rice, Apples and Toast (Ooi, 2014), foods that help to promote bowel movements. If baby is showing signs of constipation, try the following changes to his diet: Offer your baby a small daily serving of water (or pure apple, prune or pear juice if he is above 6 months old) in addition to usual feedings to see if things improve. If baby has already started solids, then replace rice cereal with barley cereal for more dietary fiber or offer pureed prune or peas.

Baby diarrhea may be challenging to tell as infant stools are naturally on the watery side. Pay attention when your baby’s bowel movements change suddenly to become more watery and loose and he poops more than usual. Causes are diarrhea are aplenty, so just take note of the following: If baby has diarrhea during or after a course of antibiotics, it is probably caused by the medication so talk to your doctor for alternatives! Cut back on fruit juice that contains fructose-these are not good for baby in the first place-and ensure that the right amount of water is mixed with his formula too. Food allergies (most commonly milk protein) or food intolerance (such as lactose intolerance) may also cause diarrhea alongside symptoms such as gas, abdominal pain or bloating. Diarrhea may also cause symptoms of lactose intolerance, which is why we are often told to avoid milk post episodes of diarrhea. Bacterial and viral infections that are usually accompanied by symptoms of fever would require a visit to the GP or paediatrician. Do not self-medicate by giving your child diarrhea medicine prescribed for adults. (Unknown, Unknown)

Parenthood is a day-to-day learning journey. Keep optimistic and reward yourself and baby with cute clothing and accessories on today! Cheers to positive parenting.


6 methods to keep baby warm at night – Hit or Miss?

Does your baby have the habit of kicking off his/her blanket, leaving you worried about him/her catching a cold when temperatures fall in the night?
We trawl the web for some ingenious, money-saving tips by netizen parents to keep the blankets on their newborn and rate them for you:

1. Using hub’s shirt to dress your little man:

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An oversized jacket from your hubby is the perfect way to keep toddler warm, without you having to worry about blankets being kicked off at night. A cheaper alternative to wearable blankets available in the market, these sweaters can keep him feeling cosy throughout the night while you  enjoy your well-deserved beauty sleep, without waking up as often to check on little tot.
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Ed: We gotta admit the idea of having baby wear hubby’s shirt is so irresistible, though we’re not as certain that little tot is going to like it as well, since adult fabric like the one pictured here is not going to be so suitable/comfortable.
DIY methods of keeping the blanket on: For the moms who are savvy with sewing and enjoy  occasionally making their own baby clothes, here are some simple ways to keep his blanket on:

2. Wearing a piece of thermal wear inside out
Simple yet effective, make use of winter thermal innerwear conveniently by putting baby’s legs through the sleeves of a thermal top. That way, his tummy region will be shielded ingeniously – you can then secure the bottom of his makeshift ‘blanket’ with an elastic band commonly used for garment-making.

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Ed: We couldn’t find cute pictures of this one, but the idea itself actually sounds worth trying.

3.  Fold the blanket strategically

By folding baby’s blanket strategically, you can ensure that it stays on throughout the night.
Fold the blanket horizontally and allow baby to sleep on one-third of it, covering baby with the other two thirds. Then, tuck in the ends of the blanket into your bed or mattress to ensure baby will be warmly wrapped, you can even join him under the blanket if you use one that’s huge enough!
Otherwise, tucking in both sides of the blanket into the mattress works as well.

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Ed: Genuinely good old-fashioned advice.

4.  Button up!

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If you don’t like the idea of your little prince or princess wearing hubby’s oversized shirt, why not sew a button or two on your baby’s sleeping blanket to prevent him from kicking it off during the night?
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Ed: One of the methods that will not take too much effort on mommy’s part and looks good on baby too.

5. Cover up the tummy regions or add some fleece
Alternatively, just make sure you keep baby’s stomach covered up as that helps to ward off catching a nasty chill. You can also cover baby’s crib mattress with a fleece or flannel sheet, which help to create a layer of insulation which will rebound warmth back into the body.

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With this cheat method, you can sew a blanket with fleece miltered corners. Prepare a piece of fleece that’s 4 inches wider in circumference than your cotton fabric. Pinch and fold the fleece over the cotton fabric, when you come to a corner, skip over and start pinning one or two inches on the other side. Sew top stitches where you’ve pinned, fold raw edges in and sew down. Snip off excess thread for a miltered blanket!
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Ed: Definitely something we would try if we have a sewing machine.

6. Sewing string near the top of baby’s blanket

(I) Sewing a string near the top of your baby’s blanket

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(ii) Make sure that one end of the string extends out from the blanket as this will be used to secure baby to the blanket later

(iii) Baby’s all set to use his foolproof DIY blanket! Secure the sewn string by looping it one round across baby, but not too tightly so it will be uncomfortable for him.

(iv)    Set to use his DIY blanket.
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Ed: This was definitely a miss for us despite the step-by-step clear pictorial instructions, which reminds us of old wives’ tales we’d rather skip – like not bathing entirely for one month post-pregnancy, or feudal practices of cruel feet-binding routines our grandmothers had to endure.

We gotta admit that some of these methods work, while some are probably not worth the effort. For brilliant baby finds, visit My Baby Gift Hong Kong for genuinely endearing personalised gift hampers – we’re not kidding – for your beloved little munchkin! Merry Christmas!

Music and your child

Music plays a huge role in our daily lives, so it comes as no surprise that parents try to introduce it to their children. Research findings such as the Mozart Effect shows music exposure can make the child smarter. We share some tips on how to introduce music to your child!

1.    Even pre-birth, your child can already enjoy and appreciate music as the fetal sense of hearing is fully developed at around seven months. Playing the same music that your child heard post-birth while in mommy’s womb jolts his memories and serves as a way to comfort your child.

2.    Music can also soothe a fussy child by providing a healthy source of distraction. Humming a tune while gently rocking your child will reduce crying as he responds positively to this mix of movement, music and physical contact.

3.    You can experiment to see how baby responds to different kinds of music such as pop, classical and jazz. Since children learn through the juxtaposition of difference, allowing them to hear various genres of music as well songs that has more than a single tonal quality will be beneficial for their growth. The more complex the piece is, the more pathways are built in the brain. Furthermore, by increasing exposure to music at an early age, you can create a music lover for life.

4.    When your child becomes a toddler, get ready to introduce movements to his musical diet! Clapping, singing and dancing or simply moving along to the musical rhythms is a process known as audiation, when you make sense of what you hear and actively create meaning from it – somewhat like thinking in language. Therefore, up your child’s cognitive abilities by developing his musical comprehension.

5.    Singing to your child helps attune him to musical notes, rhythms and melodies. He will learn to recognise melodies of certain songs once he heard them enough times, so do not be bothered so much by your own singing even if you don’t carry a tune well. Furthermore, you may insert your child’s name into the song when singing to him as a creative way to engage him.

Allow your child to be serenaded by the goodness of music so he or she can grow up to be a lover of music! For toys, baby apparel and other gifts, look to My Baby Gift (’s hampers that includes personalised outfits and branded teething toys.

Things That Change After You Become A Parent

Some couples in a loving relationship may feel that having a child equals the end of their personal autonomy, but giving birth to a new life opens our eyes to greater possibilities and having a life in our hands makes us more emotionally mature and want to become better human beings ourselves too! Here are some changes which new parents experience in this new window of their lives:

1.    See the world from a child’s perspective: It may sound cheesy, but remembering how it felt like when you were growing up as a child has got to be one of the best gifts of parenthood. Like the story of the emperor’s new clothes, the raw honesty of children is what makes them so endearing – their words speak the truth that is unencumbered by the rules of social decorum which as adults we learn to master. Your child’s innocent questions might just make you reminisce your own childhood, or inspire a light-hearted smile.

2.    Shift of Priorities: From caring about the latest fashion trends or Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) at work, moms and dads may experience a total shift of priorities with the arrival of their first new-born. While it is still important to put bread on the table, you now find greater joy in the simplest things such as changing diapers for your child and hearing the first ‘dada’ or ‘mama’ spoken from the lips of your little darling. Figures and numbers lose their significance to milestone baby moments!

3.    You no longer need a clock: You will find your daily schedule being set by the times you need to feed, burp or bathe your child. Meal times would also become prolonged battles against little tot’s urge to reject greens and other food that are good for him. With baby to care for, sleep and showers become a luxury. Time schedules become irrelevant as your baby now takes first place!

4.    More empathy: Whereas previously you’d give strangers with crying babies the eye, wondering ‘Why won’t they shut him up?”, now you give them the ‘I know the feeling’ look of empathy.

5.    Caring for your own well-being: You learn to take better care of yourself for your child, even considering lifestyle changes such as giving up unhealthy habits such as smoking for instance; it is not surprising to find new parents suddenly invested in cutting down on junk food or nightlife activities – all these so they can be better parents to their adorable mini-me.

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Coping with the ”terrible twos”

Temper tantrums are often associated with two-year olds, when in fact you can start to notice these signs of rebellion from your tots anywhere between 18 to 30 months! How do we cope with a child who is being difficult on purpose? Here are some situational tips to help you handle the pressure without succumbing to your own demons:

(I) Bath time is over but he refuses to get out of the bathtub: You can try to lift him out by making it seem as if he is ‘flying’, so he will enjoy getting out, and at the same time ask him to make quacking sounds like a duck.

(II) Your child refuses to eat his greens: Play along. You know he hates those peas or broccoli mash, challenging him might actually work in your favour, since it appears as if your tot wants to go against you on all counts. Tell him something like, ”I bet you won’t touch those greens as I turn my head away,” and you might find he eats his vegetables in order to see your expression of surprise.

(III) At this age when he is curious about things, he has the tendency to explore and touch stuff he sees which attracts his attention which might be a tad annoying for you or inappropriate for the occasion. Show your stand firmly by giving a firm ‘No!’ and get him to stop by turning his attention to something else: For example, ask him: “Look! It’s a train moving so quickly; what is the colour of the train?” Since tots have short attention spans, they will quickly forget about their own frustrated feelings with the introduction of something interesting.

(IV) You are expecting a second or third child, and your tot starts acting up: He might perceive himself as being displaced by the impending arrival of a new child, and starts throwing tantrums or displaying attitude in response to his fears of about being pushed out or receiving less affection from you! Examine the way you communicate with this elder sibling and refrain from emphasising how is a ‘big grown-up boy/girl’ and should ‘take care of mei mei or di di’ even before the latter arrives. Instead, affirm how you know he will be a good brother/sister and how his new sibling will love him for that.

With firmness and a little flexibility, coping with your baby’s tantrums need not be a frustrating experience. My Baby Gift Singapore stocks a collection of hampers and gifts with contents that will inspire new parents! Check out gifts for your little prince or princess or choose a baby shower hamper at

About life in utero

Through the nine months of gestation in the womb, foetuses can already feel and experience a great deal of what is happening in and outside of his mother’s body. Here are some insights from science about babies in utero that are share-worthy:
Sense of smell and taste

Contrary to the popular belief that the ability to smell was founded on breathing in air, babies can already start to smell while in the womb. The amniotic fluid which flows through baby’s oral and nasal cavities enhances his sense of smell, as smells are able to cross this medium through odour molecules. Between 11 and 15 weeks is the time when his nose is formed. By 27 weeks, he can even feel the difference in the amniotic waters when the expectant mom eats spicy food although with a time lapse of 2 hours. He might respond by hiccupping, which will appear to be baby spasms for mommy.
Sense of Touch and moving around

Most expectant mothers are excited to feel their babies’ movements during pregnancy. At about nine weeks, the foetus starts making its first involuntary movements but you won’t be able to feel this until a few weeks later. The child might explore the uterine lining and even push off the walls of the womb with its feet. Even at the fetal stage, babies might also react in tandem with their mother’s actions – research done with ultrasounds show that fetuses bounce up and down when their mothers laugh.
Sense of Hearing

Eager fathers and mothers who want to give their child a head start might allow their yet unborn child listen to the works of child-genius Mozart or Bach. Research has found evidence of sounds having a surprising impact upon the fetal heart rate: a five second stimulus can cause changes in heart rate and movement which last up to an hour. (Sleutel, 1988) Closer to everyday experience, the fact that mommies feel a kick or prod in their tummies when daddy is close by is evidence that he or she recognises the voices which are increasingly familiar to him/her.
Sense of Sight

The sense of sight in utero is the most difficult to study and quantify. However, we know that in the womb, eyelids of the foetus remain closed till around 26 weeks of pregnancy. The foetus also responds to light projections on the abdomen by heart rate changes or movements. (Aida Salihagic-Kadic). The fact that fetuses react by shrinking away from needles or using their fists to protect themselves from the needle barrel is also evidence of prenatal use of vision to detect where needles are entering the womb, during medical procedures when fetal reactions are captured on ultrasound.

Even in the womb, babies seem to understand and experience the world more fully than we imagine, and their as yet formed faculties giving them access to this world through the five senses. Understanding these sensory perceptions in utero deepens our appreciation of the miracle of life even more! Log on to to browse and shop for gorgeous hampers for newborns and toddlers of friends and relatives.

How having kids can strengthen your marriage

Research has often shown that people with children are happier than those without. While having kids might seem to reduce the time you have to spend with your partner, how having children would improve the quality of your marital relationship in the long run:

1.    A bonding and growing opportunity: Having kids is a life-changing experience and bringing up a child is an immense responsibility for you and your spouse. Rather than discussing what to have for meals, which countries to visit for the next vacation and other ‘me’ questions, the topic of your shared conversations and planning inevitably shifts to your child, and more varied topics such as planning for his or her academic and future life, as both of you attempt to create the best possible environment for your child to grow up in. Both parents’ interests are now aligned for the purposes of nurturing and caring for the child – a bonding glue that deepens their mutual understanding in the long term.

2.    Better appreciation for each other: Having a child does much to reshape one’s perspective of the world. Your timeline of significant moments and your life trajectory changes – with a child, every moment becomes precious as it will become the first milestone for your child – the first time he utters a word, rolls over on his back by himself or sprouts his first milk teeth. As we become less self-centered, consequently we will learn to appreciate the sacrifices our partners has made for us even more.

3.    A common goal and outlook: Parents are 24/7 teachers, the child’s first role models as young children are ready to emulate what you do or say. Parents may have differing parenting styles, but the message they send to their children must be the same when it comes to teaching about right and wrong. For these lessons and even on seemingly mundane issues such as establishing television watching times for your child, both parties would need to come to a consensus about conveying the same message so as not to send conflicting messages to the child. Through this, you and your partner will reflect and understand each other deeper, leading to a stronger, more emotionally mature and closer relationship.

4.    Finding more to love in your partner: You would realize more dimensions to the person you said ”I do” to, as having a child brings out yours and your partner’s paternal and maternal instincts.

Welcoming bundles of joy into your family unit of two is an occasion to bring your marital relationship to the next level and also offers invaluable life lessons. Celebrate the arrival of a child; visit mybabygift for premium baby shower hampers such as ‘My  Baby Welcome Hamper’ and ‘My Gorgeous Baby Hamper’, which includes customizable bodysuits, blankets and hooded towels for your little prince and princess.

The Importance of Nap Time

Sleep is essential to all human beings. To be well rested, people need a good night’s sleep. We grow in our sleep, we recover in our sleep and we feel rejuvenated after sleep.
Especially for infants and toddlers, sleep is particularly important because they are at a point in their lives where they need to grow. However, while parents know that their children need enough rest, more often than not they are unable to predict when their children need to rest. This is easily understandable because each and every baby has a different and unique sleep hygiene.

While there is no fixed answer to how much your child needs to nap and when he or she should nap. These are some general idea to how much and when your child should nap, according to age.

Infants aged zero to six months old require roughly sixteen to twenty hours of sleep per day. From zero to four months old, your baby will probably spend most of his or her time sleeping throughout the day, waking every two to three hours just to eat. From four months onward, your baby should spend the night sleeping ten to twelve hours, waking once a night to be fed; then your baby should spend three to five hours in a day napping.

Babies between the ages of six to twelve months old generally sleep for eleven hours a night, accompanied by two naps in the day which should total three to four hours. At this point in time, your baby should not require feeding at night, but might still experience sleep disturbances because of separation anxiety.

Toddlers, meaning children aged one to three years old, usually require ten to thirteen hours of sleep. This is inclusive of a one to three-hour long daytime nap. While some toddlers may require two daytime naps in a day, it is advisable not to let your toddler nap close to bedtime as this might make it difficult for him or her to fall asleep during his or her actual bedtime.

However, while we understand the importance of sleep and have some information regarding our children’s sleeping habits, it is crucial to note that we can and should facilitate our children in sleeping better. At MyBabyGift, you can find soft cotton pillows and blankets for your precious baby. MyBabyGift also provides embroidery services so you can expect to have your child’s pillows or blankets personalized! You can tuck your baby into a cosy blanket and feather-light pillows now at!

Trends in Pregnancy & Childbirth

While the media stakes out at the hospital hoping to catch a glimpse of Aimee and Moses Chan’s newborn baby boy, ordinary folk who want a memorable childbirth experience have also jumped onto the bandwagon of hot trends in motherhood and parenting in 2014, which we review below:

1.    Social Media Announcements of Pregnancy: With liberal online regulations on social networking sites, both western sites like Facebook and sites popular in Mainland China such as Weibo and Renren are extremely popular in Hong Kong. Celebrities’ announcements of marriage and pregnancy have led to netizens following suit, disclosing news about their own pregnancy to friends and families online first.

2.    Pregnancy Vlogs: YouTube has become an inexpensive yet convenient tool for women to record the progress of their pregnancy, and also provide an avenue for them to connect and share their personal experiences of motherhood with one another. Videos are a more interactive way to chronicle the journey of pregnancy than blog entries. Question and answer (Q&A) segments where netizens or fans who watch these videos can pose their own questions to the expectant moms are also popular, as well as special vlog episodes about shopping for baby’s clothes, mother’s maternity wear, or birth plans, etc.

3.    Homebirths, Doulas and birthing centers?: The options for mothers in Hong Kong who are looking for alternatives to hospital deliveries are not plenty. In fact, home births are not encouraged, furthermore the Immigration Department also has strict criteria for parents who choose a home birth to prove that the baby was indeed born to a particular mother and in Hong Kong territory as claimed. In this aspect, we have more to catch up with our parents-to-be in United States or the Netherlands, who have more options due to more national resources devoted to home-birthing. However in the recent five years, Doulas, or birth companions who assist women during the birth and in post-partum care, are slowly increasing in numbers and starting to get noticed in the alternative birthing community here.

4.    Push Presents: Push presents are an idea that have been around for long, and refer to gifts of recognition and appreciation that dads give to their wives for the arduous journey of pregnancy and childbirth they have gone through to bring a life into this world. Usually, to be on the practical side, the gifts of choice are something which the baby can use. What better than to pick from any of the hampers available at mybabygift which include accessories and clothes for the baby as well as organic shower items for mommy? We also offer branded hampers with teething toys from Sophie the Giraffe, and Aden and Anais muslin swaddle cloths to help mother bond with their child or give them the rest time they deserve. Pony rattle toys handmade from 100% cotton from Peptide pour Enfants are the best addition to baby’s room and its gentle colors of blue, pink and grey attract their attention for long lasting play.

Fathers who are reading this, show your gratitude with a gift for your beloved wife today!

Top 3 solutions for infant sleep problems

So you’re all snuggled up in bed and your baby is too. But not long after you have your heavy eyelids shut that your baby starts crying and making a fuss. Sounds familiar? Infant sleep problems are not uncommon, so here are the top tips to get your baby to sleep soundly and peacefully.

1.    Have a routine
Regulating sleep timings are important for adults, and they are equally important for your infant. Right from the beginning, you should cultivate a habit to have your baby sleep at a certain time and stick to it. Even if your baby is not too sleepy, as soon as it is bedtime, tuck your little one in, dim the lights, and try to get your baby to sleep.

Establishing a routine from the start would make life easier for you as time goes by. Once your infant gets into the habit to sleep at a certain time, his or her body clock would adjust accordingly, and soon enough, there will be no bedtime issues.

This applies for naptime as well. Set a specific naptime based on your infant’s feeding time and your other schedules, and stick to it as much as possible. Not only is this useful in reducing the fuss, sufficient sleep promotes healthy infant growth as well, so be diligent about your baby’s sleep!

2.    Be patient
This goes without saying, but it has to be mentioned anyway. Don’t forget that it takes time for you to get into a habit. How many times have you tried to develop a healthy habit-like regular exercising- and failed? How long did it take for you to succeed?

Just as it takes time for grown adults to develop certain habits, it takes time for your infant to get into the habit of having a regular sleep time. So be patient, stick to your routine, and wait it out. Your little one will get the hang of it. Don’t blame it on bad parenting or a fussy infant. It simply takes time.

3.    Create a soothing environment
This is one of the simplest tips to follow. Have a soothing environment with minimal distractions for your baby to get to sleep. Remove stimulants like music and toys, so that your baby can calm down and gradually fall asleep.

Personalized Blanket

Personalized Blanket

Comfort is another concern. Have soft blankets and nightwear for your baby. Mybabygift’s products are a safe bet. Their hampers have the softest blankets from the well-known brand Take a Nap, and they are made from 100% combed cotton which ensures that your baby will sleep in maximum comfort all night.

For younger infants, mybabygift has naturally-made swaddle blankets from Aden & Anais, which are made from soft and durable cotton. These are long-lasting and comfortable, the perfect swaddle blankets for your baby.

With these tips, cultivate the best sleep time for your infant, so that your baby can get sufficient sleep, which means that you can get your rest too!

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