Instead of the usual celebration of eating out with Ej and Baby Zeeka (with his family or my family), the three of us spent the whole day together learning more about parenting. We attended the Joy of Learning Workshop, a parenting workshop organized by Fisher Price. Obviously, for most part of the workshop, Baby Z was either nursing, staring at the older kids or she was…

Zeeka at the Joy of Learning Talk

Zeeka at the Joy of Learning Talk

As for mommy and daddy, we were both participating and listening intently to each and every word Carrie Lupoli aka the “Chief Mom” was saying about parenting.

My key net take-aways from the workshop were:

1. Each of us need to set a direction when parenting. Yes, even in parenting, you should be able to practice goal setting. And how do you go about doing this? You start by defining character skills that you want your child to have. Cognitive skills are normally what we set like reading, understanding cause and effect, etc. These are important, but we should not forget that we also need to develop their character skills.

Character Skills versus Cognitive skills

Character Skills versus Cognitive skills

2. Playtime is important since this is the time when a child really gets to learn. The first five years are the most important years in a child’s development since these are the years where children develop the fastest.

3. There are age appropriate toys for babies and toddlers. The toys appropriate for each age are:

Birth to 9 Months:
– Toys that engage senses: Mobiles / Rattles / Chew toys / Board Boards / Cloth Books
– Cause and Effect: Pop up toys / Busy Boxes

9 to 18 Months
– Toys that imitate real life: Plastic toys / Play food / Animal farms
– Problem Solving Toys: Things that fit together / Push and Pull Toys / Balls

18 – 36 Months
– Materials that help them use their hands to create: dough / Crayons and Doodle boards / Finger paints
– Toys to help them use their imagination: Dress up clothes / Action or Animal figures / Dolls / Stuffed Animals

4. Even if you’re a working mom or dad, it is important to spend quality time with your child. Set aside an hour or so just reading, playing and talking with them.
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What goes in the box?: What skills do you want your child to have?

5. Document your baby’s milestones. Carrie Lupoli says “Parents who often do not know about nor document such milestones very much place their children at risk for life long challenges that could have been significantly improved if recognized earlier,”

So those are my key net take-away from this seminar. We were also fortunate enough to have this picture taken with Ms. Carrie Lupoli.

Mommy Ginger, Daddy EJ, Baby Zeeka and Ms. Carrie Lupoli

Mommy Ginger, Daddy EJ, Baby Zeeka and Ms. Carrie Lupoli

Did you get to attend this parenting workshop? Please do share what you’ve learned? If you didn’t get to attend, do you agree with the things that were taught (based on what my learnings are)?

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

 

Hi Readers!

Happy Friday to you! It’s a Friday and I loved this week. I’m actually getting ready for a photoshoot tomorrow. Tita Rej of My Story Photography will be coming over tomorrow to shoot me, my mommy and daddy! I am so excited. I have lined up a few looks that I would like to strut tomorrow. To check out the other shoots of Tita Rej, you can check out her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MyStoryPhotography.ph. I remember that the last time I had a professional photographer shoot me was when I was 2 weeks old with Tita Polly of Oh Happy Day Birth Photography. You can check out Tita Polly’s page here: https://www.facebook.com/ohhappybirths?fref=ts

For today, I’d like to share with you my look! Mommy was inspired by Rosie the Riveter in this poster.

Image from http://scienceblogs.com/startswithabang/2009/06/27/weekend-diversion-the-real-ros/

Image from http://scienceblogs.com/startswithabang/2009/06/27/weekend-diversion-the-real-ros/

My mom dressed me up in this pink polka dot onesie from Debenhams and she had me use this blue and pink ribbon which was a gift.

Zeeka's Rosie the Riveter Look

I hope you like my look!

Love lots,
Baby Fashionista
Zeeka

When having a baby, mommy has to be on the look out for good and quality products available in the market. But aside from the quality, mommy should also be on top of the budget. Having a baby means having to buy a lot (and I mean A LOT!) of things for baby.

One thing that keeps me motivated to go on breastfeeding Baby Zeeka is that fact that I save a lot on milk. If you give formula, this is how much your baby can consume in a month:

Sorry, I forgot where I got this picture! :(

Sorry, I forgot where I got this picture! 🙁

Let’s just say that on the average, a 500g tin can of infant milk is at Php 500. So If you give your baby formula for 6 months, that would be 40 cans X Php 500 = Php 20,000 for 6 months. You get to save that much if you breastfeed.

The other thing that I want to save up on are diapers. Zeeka gets to use 8-10 diapers a day. She used even more during her first month. I spend close to Php 1000 a week for diapers alone. I’m so glad that there are cute cloth diapers that you can use already. They have different designs that you can choose from.

The first brand that I tried were the Cluebebe Diapers. These are made in Indonesia.

Zeeka in Cluebebe Diapers

Zeeka in Cluebebe Diapers

Zeeka has these three diapers: the red one, a pink one and a green one. Both the pink (salem pink) and the green (bumble green) one are cover petites. Price for each is at PHP 350.

What do I like about Cluebebe Diaper:
– You can adjust the buttons for to perfectly fit baby.
– The material used for the diaper itself is very soft. It doesn’t cause irritation on Baby Z’s sensitive skin (she got that from me!)
– The outer fabric is waterproof and also, it doesn’t leak easily.
– The inner lining is made out of breathable microfleece that keeps that top dry even if baby pees on it. ece
– Ooooh, I love the velcro since it keeps that diaper fitted on the waist. It doesn’t fall off.

What needs to be improved on?
When we washed the red diaper, the color gets offs. I recently found out that it’s because of the non-toxic color that they use. That type of coloring gets off easily. I was happy that Cluebebe Philippines was happy to replace it. I didn’t have it replaced though, since it didn’t bother me that much anyway.

I also got hold of this new product from Cluebebebe!
Cluebebe with Tutu

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Isn’t it cute! I will use it one of these days for Baby Z’s Style Corner 🙂 To visit Cluebebe, please click HERE.

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

Having Zeeka in my life made me a better person. I am more in touch with my emotions and I feel like I want to help other people in any way that I can. One of the ways that I think I could help other people is through blogging. In this blog and in Manila Reviews, I have shared various experiences that would help other expecting parents and new mommies and daddies go through these experiences smoothly. I, of course, want them to enjoy every minute of having a baby that is why I share my experiences with them so that I can share what I have learned and what I have found out going through all of these experiences.

Another way that I could think of is through the brand and the work that I have started. Through Manila Workshops, I think I can create mini sessions where expecting parents can learn from experts, like doctors, certified nutritionist, consultants. etc. This is why I created the First Time Parents Workshop Series together with Medela Moms, Inc. and The Learning Basket.

We recently ran the First Time Parents: What to Know Before Giving Birth. You can read my post here:
http://mommyginger.com/2013/06/first-time-parents-workshop-series-what-to-know-before-giving-birth.html

I am personally inviting you to the second part of this four part workshop series. It’s entitled Delivery and New Born Care. In this workshop, I hope that a lot of the expecting parents learn from it. The topics to be discussed will be:
– Baby Milestones
– Newborn Baby Care
– All About Breastfeeding
– Safe Sleep

Delivery and New Born Care Workshop

Delivery and New Born Care Workshop

I would love to know more about Baby Milestones. Now that Zeeka is 3 months old, I would love to know what to expect from her during the first months until she becomes a toddler. I am also excited to learn more about Newborn Baby Care and Safe Sleep. I would love to hear your questions on breastfeeding, too!

Please do sign up and I hope to see you there! 🙂

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

Yey! I’m so excited! I heard that there will be a 3rd run of the Babypalooza bazaar! This bazaar is held at the Walter Hogan Center at Ateneo De Manila University. In the bazaar, equal exposure for both PRE-LOVED (i.e. gently used) and BRAND NEW items for babies, young children and expectant parents is given.

Babypalooza's 3rd Run

Babypalooza’s 3rd Run

What’s good about this bazaar and I think what has made it successful is that it implements the Babypalooza Vendor Protection Program (VPP). This means that the organizers will ensure that no two vendors of brand new items will be selling the exact same thing. This helps ensure that shoppers will not get bored of seeing the same merchandise over and over. Items that will be sold are necessities of every parent and their child: clothing, shoes and accessories, gear, strollers/baby furniture, feeding bottles, nursing wear, breast pumps, skin care and cleaning products. All at negotiable, easy-on-the-pocket prices!

To continue providing a family-friendly bazaar experience, special function areas will still be available for free for all visitors, these are the following: breastfeeding station, play area, 88DB Daddy Waiting Lounge and the Twins Lampein diaper change area. Clean rest rooms are also just a few steps away from the bazaar stalls for added convenience.

Venue is fully air-conditioned, and the parking and entrance is free.

Hope to see you there!

 

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger