Book: Lullaby and Goodnight

Last week, I introduced an off-the-shelf quiet book from Taobao. This week, I have another quiet book “Lullaby and Goodnight” (also from Taobao) to share.

Unlike the previous book, this book has a theme and is a continuous story (and I have checked, the grammer is better for this book, thanks to Adeline for pointing out about it in the previous book). It was definitely a bigger hit among my kids. The children could relate better as it is about the things to do before going to bed.

Step 1: Drink Milk

The milk can actually be "taken" from the fridge and put onto Mummy Bear's hand.
The milk can be “taken” from the fridge and put onto Mummy Bear’s hand.

Step 2: Brush Teeth

The toothbrush is "loose" so the kids can actually brush the Baby Bear's teeth with it.
The toothbrush is “loose” so the kids can actually brush the Baby Bear’s teeth with it.

Step 3: Take off Clothes

Baby Bear's feet is suppose to be out of the jumper, but he is a little too fat and is hard to squeeze in.
Baby Bear’s feet is suppose to be out of the jumper, but he is a little too fat and is hard to squeeze in.

Step 4: Take a Bath

The "soap" can be completely hidden in the bath tub and Baby Bear can "sit" in it too. The towel can't be removed though. As you can see, the proportion of items are not correct, which my elder boy noticed too.
The “soap” can be completely hidden in the bath tub and Baby Bear can “sit” in it too. The towel can’t be removed though. As you can see, the proportion of items are not correct, which my elder boy noticed too. 

Step 5: Put on Pajamas

The pajamas can be fitted onto Baby Bear. But its a real tight fit. The kids couldn't do it by themselves. And need help mostly for this step.
The pajamas can be fitted onto Baby Bear. But its a tight fit. The kids couldn’t do it by themselves. And need help mostly for this step.

Step 6: Read a bedtime story

The book shows the different weather.
The book shows different weather conditions.

Step 7: Say a Prayer

Do people still kneel on a mat to pray these days? I'm not sure since I'm not a christian.
“Open” the window and you can see the stars.

Step 8: Go to Bed

Mummy Bear tucking Baby Bear to bed.
Mummy Bear tucking Baby Bear to bed.

Generally, the Baby Bear was too fat, which makes it difficult for the kids to do certain steps. But for that kind of price, one cannot expect too much right? I think I’m easily satisfied, LOL. However, it is decent enough a quiet book for the pre-schoolers. And I take it as a parent-and-child play when I help them out. So I will still say, if you have no time to make your own quiet book, you can consider getting this.

Our Baby Bear burst at the seams after a week play by the kids. Too much squeezing in trying him to get into the pajamas and all.
Our Baby Bear burst at the seams after a week play by the kids. Too much squeezing from trying to get him into the pajamas and all.

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Book: My Quiet Book

“Quiet Books” are books made of cloth and is meant to keep little children entertained through simple quiet activities. Common activities include shape sorting, dressing up dolls, zipping and buttoning. They are usually handmade and a search on Pinterest will show you many samples.

Since I learn about them, I have made preparation to make one for the littlest. I added pins to my Pinterest and bought materials from Taobao. Alas I was too busy to actually create one. So I was delighted when I chance upon this book on Taobao.

Here is a look at the details for some of the pages.

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Shape and colour sorting. The heart shape certainly need improvement. The littlest (16 months) love this page. He likes pulling them off and attempting to put them back. He couldn’t quite recognise the shapes yet, so he doesn’t put them back correctly.
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Buttoning. Taking out the flower and buttoning it back. TT is unable to do this, but the elder two (6 and 4.5 y.o) would play with this.
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Push button. Fixing the caterpillar head back on the push button. This page is a little difficult I feel as the kids need to aim and press. Certainly not for TT.
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Zip and unzipping. Good training for their fine motor skills grabbing the zip.

There are other pages, but I shall not share here. All the pages are listed on the seller page.

Overall I find this a very basic quiet book. Most activities are too tough for a toddler and more skewed towards a pre-schooler. But nothing to complain since its an off the shelf product that is not expensive. It provides a good start for the littlest while I find time to create one for him myself.

Have you come across any off the shelf quiet book? Share with us.

P.S. This is not a sponsored post, I paid for the book with my own money.

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Shopping: Cloth Diaper Fastener and Pants

Disclaimer: This is NOT a paid or sponsored post.

In the recent years, I have turned into a Taobao shopping queen. I’m not an expert yet as I still don’t deal with the sellers directly but through an agent. But I’m turning to Taobao because I have some good quality buy from there. Especially for the kids stuff. You know how fast kids out grow their clothes or spoil their toys. So when the thing comes from Taobao, the heartache is lesser.

Initially I was also skeptical about their quality and if there are any harmful materials used in their products. But after a few purchase and learning a tip or two from other buyers, I must say most of the things appear safe if you buy from reputable sellers. But I must state that I buy mainly clothing and books. Occasionally toys for the elder kids where I know they don’t put in their mouth. And again exercise caution where necessary.

Of course, not all my purchases turn out good. There were times where the product came looking very different from what was stated. As such, I decide to post and share some good buys that I made. And hopefully you all will find it useful. (Since Taobao shopping is already quite well known in Singapore, I shall not elaborate further on it. You can email me if you want to know how to shop there.)

Today, I’m going to introduce two good product that I have come across. Cloth diaper fastener and pants.

When the kids were newborn, I let them wear traditional cloth diaper aka 尿布 during the day. This is because it is more gentle to their butt and more economical. All my three kids are breastfed. This means they poo a lot when they are young. Sometimes the poo is smaller than a 5 cent coin. But a poo is a poo. You just have to change them whenever it happens. So if we are on disposable diapers, we will go broke pretty soon (ok, maybe not so exaggerating, but you get the idea). So cloth diaper is a good solution.

For the elder two, I fasten the diaper with a string. The solution work except that sometimes they cry so badly that you don’t have time to tie a knot properly. Or in some case the knot get tangled or came loose. This time round for TT, I spotted this item on Taobao.

Cloth Diaper fastener from Taobao.

This is a fastener for the cloth diaper. Basically you wrap it around the diaper and fasten with the button base on the size of your baby. No matter how tiny your baby is, it works. And since it’s an elastic band, its pretty snug as well. I thought this is a very brilliant design. And it’s not new as it can be found in the older kids pants for waistline adjustments.

Keyword: 尿布扣 可调节
Price: SGD0.70 (pack of 4 – weight is negligible. As it was sent with other items I do not have a breakdown)
Link: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=38824273776&spm=2014.12193480.0.0
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As good as this product is, there is always an issue with cloth diaper. The pee or poo seeps through the cloth. I cannot count how many times my own clothes got wet because I was carrying the kid and they decide to do their business. So when TT turned 1 month, I put this on for him.

Diaper pants from Taobao

This is a diaper pants worn over the cloth diaper to prevent seepage. For the elder two, they only wore diaper pants when they were older. Cause the diaper pants in SG goes by sizes and cannot be adjusted except for the waistline. I lost count on the number of time the kids poo leaked from those diaper pants because the size was a little too big. Ok, I’m a little stingy cause I didn’t get the smaller size as they will out grow it pretty fast.

However, this diaper pants from Taobao is different. Notice the buttons on the pants? They do wonders. The first row from the top is for waistline adjustment, as per what we have in Singapore. The clever part is row two to four. They are for adjusting the length aka size of the pants. How you do is you button the 2nd row to either the 3rd or 4th row. Depending on the size of your baby. And it’s pretty snug! See TT in it.

TT in Taobao disaper pants @ 1 month+

Ok, there are still seepage especially when they are not worn properly, but it’s so much better than the ones that I used previously. And initially I was worried the material is a little thick as it is not the “net” kind of lining inside (like those in Singapore). However, it’s not. I have not felt TT sweating in those pants. Besides, this make the pants more durable. Those netting tend to “break” after repeated washing. And is hard to scrub when they got stained. (I just check Taobao, they have the “net” version for summer. So if you buy during this season, you can get the “net” ones. But I prefer this.)

Keyword: 宝宝防漏透气布尿裤
Price: SGD1.96 (Exclude domestic and shipping to SG. Weight about 0.12kg. I bought with other items, so this is just estimate.)
Link: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=39331510985&spm=2014.12193480.0.0
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There are many other cute designs from other sellers. So if you use the keyword to search, you can find more variety. But if you are lazy, you can click on the link. BTW, I’m not affiliated with the sellers. They just happened to provide the best price with reasonable reviews when I was buying these products. However, the 65daigou links are affiliated. It won’t cost you a cent but can help this mummy here earn some rebates.

Hope you will find this post useful. Have you bought anything from Taobao for your kids that is good and you want to recommend? Let us know.