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Carry of the week: Robin's Hip Carry.

If you aren’t already on the Malaysian Babywearers Facebook group then you should be. Especially right now as we’re in the midst of a 30 Weeks, 30 Carries Wrap Challenge.

At the moment, we’ve moved along through 9 weeks and the carry of the week this round is Robin’s Hip Carry (above pic). It’s really much easier learning up the various carries when you know you’ve got a whole lot of other people doing it together with you. I nailed this one down on the first try.

The way it’s done on the group is that you’re supposed to try the carry (video instructional links usually provided) and to then snap a picture of yourself and baby in that carry and to post it as a comment on the original Facebook post. It’s quite fun, trust me.

Here’s the full list of wrap carry styles we’ll be working through. Please do join us ūüôā

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On RJ’s bookshelf : Cloth Book Edition

Despite my overly-enthusiastic love for children’s books (also documented in¬†Part I of this series here), it’s going to be years before RJ can read. For now, before she can properly flip the pages of her books, she enjoys experimenting with her cloth books.

Here’s a look the cloth books in our library for now.

Bilingual “shapes” book¬†

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Grabbed this for RM10 at the Mid Valley Baby Expo, which was my first ever baby fair experience. (I had no idea what to buy!) This is a small book with a teether/ toy ring, it makes crinkly sounds when you touch the pages. The shapes seen on the pages have both English and Chinese words written on them.

I thought it would be good to expose RJ to some mandarin words, even though we haven’t decided on what kind of schools we will send her to. D is not keen on Chinese schools. But that’s a debate for another day…

Animal cloth book

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This was a gift, we’re not sure where it came from. It is very large (bigger than baby’s face) so the animals are huuuuge to baby’s eyes. The colours are very striking and vivid too. Research shows that high contrast¬†is a good way to stimulate babies’ vision from a young age, since sight is the least developed sense at birth.

Plus point for this book is the cute animal print, as we have a thing for animals here. We’ve been telling RJ the names of the animals and trying to get her to recognise them.

Five in the bed (2 in 1 puppet and board book) by Little Scholastic

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Just had to grab this when I saw it¬†at the MPH Warehouse book sales in Bangunan Siti Hasmah, near Kiara Hill. It’s a puppet AND a book, definitely irresistible fascination for under-2s. The finger puppet is well made and features unusual animals from Australia – koala, cockatoo, emu, wombat, kangaroo.

RJ loves to stare at the puppets dancing. The book itself is a cute little ditty which you can easily weave into puppet play. The storyline is similar to “ten little monkeys jumping on the bed”. So as you read the story, the animals “fall down” one by one (by folding your finger down). Great quality and endless enjoyment for RM17.90, what’s not to love?

Funny pup (Giggle Jiggle Fun Books by Hinkler)

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This Australian plush book is super soft and cuddly, it’s almost like a pillow or soft toy. We were blessed to be gifted with this book during RJ’s full moon. Have not seen it for sale in Malaysian bookstores. I think it’s a nice touch that the¬†colours have tones and gradients, unlike other plain colored cloth books. The dog’s paws are filled with beans, so it can stand upright. The tail has crinkly material inside, so it makes a rustling sound when touched.

A worthy offering by Hinkler, this toy book comes with¬†a battery operated sound component. If you pull the little bow tie string that the dog is biting, the book will make some giggling sounds, as well as vibrate. RJ was really fascinated to hear the sound of the dog panting. It is a good way to introduce her to the concept of animal sounds, since we have yet to introduce her to D’s parents’ dog.

Skip Hop Soft Activity Book (Treetop Friends)

IMG_20150917_181930Another gift, one of our favorites. Doubt we would have paid for it on our own since the shipping fees and conversion rate do not work in our favour in Malaysia.

We were given this book since before RJ was born, so I had been letting her play with it for all these months without knowing what brand it was. Just before I sat down to write this post, I checked for the tag and was pleasantly surprised to find that it’s from a brand I’ve seen around before. Although, I did not know they sell cloth books. I had only seen their diaper bags, which are quite lovely.

Skip Hop¬†makes high quality and innovative parenting essentials that are both stylish and practical. The goods do come with a high price tag, since it’s imported.

Here’s the part where I rave about the book and show the close up photos.

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Pull the owl out from his pocket (elastic attached)
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Flip open the window to reveal a mirror. Peek-a-boo!
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Press the mushroom to hear the squeeky sound
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It’s the fun elements and attention to detail that makes the book special

I’m glad to see RJ enjoying her cloth books for now. When she is older, I would like to introduce her to “quiet books”, also known as “busy books”. These are toddler activity books which involve various elements¬†that the child can play and practice motor skills, such as zippers, shoelaces, buckles, pins, velcro, etc.

Here’s some examples of a nice Busy Book (via Mum in the Making)
Some Malaysian vendors for Quiet Book:
Tulip Petals
Lea With Luv 
Montessori Fun Play handmade quiet book
Little Q Craft Page
Mummy Orked (in Johor)
Little Heartwarmers (They have Muslim version too)

Weekly web round-up (Vol. I)

12003271_10153657014549885_8940527504793663718_nRecommendation of this week is a super fun-looking colouring book that is nothing like your kindergardener’s homework.

Great for older kids to build their concentration and creativity. The exquisite details make for a really pretty final result.

If mummy can bear squinting, she can play too!

Anyway, I hope you had a fantastic one and here’s some link love for you to explore.

Fancy watching a movie with junior in tow? TGV has expanded its family-friendly cinema to several other locations!

Hot tip: Try this Clever trick to get your kids hooked on reading.

A sweet read that explains why French kids dine at the family table and sleep through the night a.k.a How the French got it right about parenting. According to Bringing up Bebe, that is.

Be glad that unlike many Japanese women, you’re not being harassed for being a working mom.

Need a pick me up? Girl, you need the Pep Talk Generator (try it for a daily dose of inspiration).

Simple and delish recipes from a Daddy who can cook.

Eye candy: pop culture meets baking genius with these gorgeous and witty sugar cookies that have its baker dubbed the “Andy Warhol of baking”. (via Messy Nessy Chic)