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Product Review – Maternalove

Maternalove Logo

As a nursing mother, I’ve realized that my entire pre-pregnancy wardrobe has been rendered redundant, at least until I stop breastfeeding. I’ve been on the lookout for pretty nursing tops and dresses, and was thrilled to discover Maternalove!

To be honest, the nursing wear I’ve seen in the malls can be a tad ugly boring unimaginative and some are downright ‘auntie’ looking. I’m fully aware that I’m not one of those yummy mummies who look as though they just stepped out of a fashion magazine. The only kind of modeling I’d probably be allowed to do will most likely be for buffet advertisements. It can be rather demoralizing, trying to squeeze into a top or dress that doesn’t seem made for women who have just given birth. All I want is a top or dress that doesn’t accentuate my post-pregnancy flabby belly, allows me to breastfeed easily and discreetly, and doesn’t look like it came from the local wet market or the fifties. Is that really too much to ask for?

I admit that I had my doubts about purchasing clothes for myself online. It’s tough enough to find clothes that fit me well when I try them on in the shops, let alone without being able to try them on or even touch them to feel the material. Thus, it was with much skepticism that I placed my first order with Maternalove. I dutifully took my measurements, compared them to their size chart, ordered two tops and a dress, then crossed my fingers and waited for my purchase to arrive. There were so many interesting designs that I had a hard time deciding what to get!

When the items arrived, I followed the washing instructions closely, as I’ve had bad experiences when I washed other pieces of clothing that I purchased elsewhere. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the colours didn’t run or fade, neither did the items shrink or expand in size after a wash. I must confess that I have since worn these items numerous times and they have been through the washer and even the dryer on multiple occasions, and have come out looking exactly the same. They are even as soft as the day they arrived after so many washes!

This time round, I got the Ariel Nursing Top in Cobalt Blue as well as the Goddess Convertible Dress in Black.

Ariel Nursing Top in Cobalt Blue 

Maternalove Top 1

Ratings Guide
♥ Hmmm…     ♥♥ So-so     ♥♥♥  Not bad     ♥♥♥♥ Like it     ♥♥♥♥♥ Love it!

1. Comfort and Fit: ♥♥♥♥♥

The soft material is a definite plus and I love how comfortable the top is, even on really warm days. When I head out with my baby, he’s usually seated snuggly in his baby carrier, which I wear in front. This means that it can potentially get really warm for both of us, but the top is made of such good material that I am perfectly comfortable in it, even for long hours with the baby strapped to my chest.

Sizing was easy to figure out, as the size chart provided on the website is very accurate. This is a definite plus point as it makes shopping online much easier and I can rest assured that my items will fit me well.

2. Nursing Access: ♥♥♥♥♥

The nursing openings are very discreet and can be accessed simply by pulling aside the drape overlayer. I thought it was a very good idea to have those three buttons running vertically down the middle opening, as they prevent any accidental slips or ‘wardrobe malfunctions’. These buttons were easily opened and closed with one hand, which is important when you are holding a squirming baby with your other hand.

Close-up of nursing access 

Maternalove Top Close-up

3. Quality: ♥♥♥♥♥

The stitching and workmanship are impeccable. There are gathers that fall prettily in front, making up the stylish and elegant overlayer.

Close-up of top

Maternalove Top 2

I was surprised to find that it is made from 95% rayon and 5% spandex as it felt similar to one of my bamboo cotton tops. I also love the top’s bright cheerful shade of cobalt blue, and it adds a lovely splash of colour to my wardrobe. This top is also available in Rose, and I’m extremely tempted to get it too, as good nursing wear isn’t easy to come by.

I had no problems with washing and drying the top at all. Although the washing instructions state that it should be dried flat, I threw caution to the wind after the first wash and popped it into my dryer, without any adverse effects. I do recommend following the washing instructions, since they come from the manufacturer direct, but as we don’t have a drying area in our flat, most of our clothes go into our dryer to save time and space.

Goddess Convertible Dress in Black  

Maternalove Dress

1. Comfort and Fit: ♥♥♥♥♥

The material of this dress is nice and soft, just like the top, and I was perfectly comfortable in it.

This is a convertible dress that can be worn in TEN different ways! I really wish I had this dress when I was pregnant, as it doubles up as a maternity dress too. This is definitely worth the investment, as it can be tied up differently to create a variety of looks, and no one will even know that it’s the same dress.

I tried the Butterfly Sleeve method for the wedding dinner I attended last week, and loved that it covered my shoulders well and kept me warm in the air-conditioned ballroom. The dress was also loose enough to allow me to pig out, even though my post-pregnancy belly still makes me look as though I’m in my second trimester.

The dress is basically a tube dress, with two extremely long pieces of fabric which serve to form the sleeves, although they can be neatly tucked away if you wish to wear it as a strapless dress. Just follow the wearing instructions on the website, which can be downloaded as a PDF file for your convenience.

2. Nursing Access: ♥♥♥

I found the nursing access on the tube underlayer to be a little small, and preferred to pull down the tube on the side from which I wanted to breastfeed. This may just be the way I prefer to nurse my baby, as he is in the stage where he struggles a lot under the nursing cover, and I found it faster to pull the tube down, rather than try to position him properly at the nursing access area.

3. Quality: ♥♥♥♥♥

The material used for the dress is the same soft one as the Ariel nursing top, and the workmanship is also flawless. I really love how cleverly simple and versatile the dress is. Personally, I think that this dress is the ideal Little Black Dress for both the pregnant and nursing mother, perfect for all occasions. If you prefer something bright, the dress also comes in Fuchsia.

As with the Ariel nursing top, I popped this dress into the washing machine, with no adverse effects. However, I chose to line dry it on our tiny drying rack, as the rack happened to have some extra space on it that day. It dried quickly despite the lack of sunlight in my kitchen.

Overall Conclusion 

I love both the Ariel nursing top and the Goddess convertible dress, mainly because of how comfortable they are. Discovering the Maternalove range of nursing wear has really been a godsend as good, affordable nursing wear is hard to come by, in my opinion. My current wardrobe is less than one-tenth of what I used to have, as I am limited to nursing wear, so it makes me very happy to be able to shop online for more clothes now. My friends who have seen me in these outfits actually commented that they didn’t know they were nursing wear, which makes me confident that I can still wear them after I stop nursing.

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Maternalove Year-end Sale Image

Maternalove is currently having its year-end sale, with up to 50% off storewide. For purchases above $300, you can enjoy an additional 10% off by keying in the code LESS10 during checkout. Both promotions are valid till 27 December 2012.

Do take a look at their wide selection and get yourself an item or two (or more). If you need an excuse to shop, you can always think of it as a Christmas gift for yourself! Nursing, be it in public or in the privacy of a nursing room, is difficult enough without having to struggle with poorly made nursing wear, so I don’t believe in settling for ill-fitting ones. In addition, the Maternalove range is pretty enough to be worn even after you stop nursing, so you don’t have to feel guilty about expanding your wardrobe to fit your current needs.

PS. To my male readers: If your wife is currently pregnant or breastfeeding, a nursing top or dress (or both) will be a practical and thoughtful Christmas gift!

PPS. Do ‘like’ the Maternalove Facebook page for updates on new arrivals and sales.

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Disclosure: I received the Ariel nursing top and Goddess convertible dress for review. All opinions are my own.

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Nursing Room Review: Hougang Mall

A friend of mine once warned me about the nursing room at Hougang Mall as she found it very smelly and dirty on her first (and last, according to her) visit. She had used the one on Level 2, near the various eateries, and told me that it was probably the worst nursing room she has ever encountered. Thus, when Noah started fussing for milk after I spent too much time browsing in Popular, I decided to check with the Information Counter staff if there was another nursing room in the mall. Thankfully, I was directed to the one on Level 5, which, although was also situated near the toilets, was odour-free.

Hougang Mall Nursing Room (Level 5)
I located the nursing room quite easily as the mall itself is rather small and the directional sign was clearly visible. It also helped that the nursing room was along the corridor right in front of the escalator.

Facilities: 3.5/5
I was pleasantly surprised that the room was rather spacious, with a very generous space for bags, right next to the changing station, which was also quite large.

Changing Station

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There was a cushioned bench for nursing, and a curtain which could only be drawn to separate the nursing and changing area from the sink. I didn’t think that was very practical, as it doesn’t allow another parent to change his/her child’s diaper if there was a mother nursing her baby there. In addition, the nursing room could be locked, giving the nursing mother privacy, but denying other parents access to the changing station and water dispenser.

The nursing bench
PS. Check out the gross stain on the curtain!

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There were two power points available in the room, but these were rather inconveniently located away from the nursing bench.

Power Points & Bag Area

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The sink had a soap dispenser and was situated diagonally beneath the hot and cold water dispenser. There was also a dustbin underneath the changing station, but no paper towels or toilet paper were provided.

Sink & Water Dispenser

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My main grouse with the nursing room is the extremely low temperature in it. It was very cold and I had to cover my baby’s legs with a cloth while I was nursing him.

Cleanliness: 3/5
The floor was slightly damp and had some stains on it but what really bugged me was the curtain next to the nursing bench. There were numerous unidentifiable stains on it (refer to above picture) and I couldn’t help feeling uncomfortable as I nursed my baby. I don’t even want to think about how the stains came about! *shudder*

Conclusion
Although the nursing room is next to the toilets, it didn’t stink at all, either because the loos on the fifth floor aren’t heavily utilised or the cleaners are doing a good job. I didn’t check out the one on the second floor since my friend had a bad experience there and I think I’ll just stick to using this one whenever I’m there. Hopefully, it won’t be occupied when I need to use it, since nursing rooms are in very short supply here.

The management should really get rid of the grubby curtain and look into raising the temperature there as well, to provide a more conducive environment. Of course, more nursing rooms will definitely be a big plus too!

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Nursing Room Review: Nex Isetan

After my bad experience with one of the nursing rooms in Nex, I decided to check out the nursing room situated within the Isetan there. I found it to be a little better designed and equipped, and I plan to use this nursing room whenever I need to in the future, even though it might be a little out of the way.

Nex Isetan Nursing Room (Level 3, Children’s Department)
Tucked away in the corner of the Children’s Department, I wouldn’t have noticed or even found this nursing room if I didn’t go looking for it. It’s a nice touch though, on the part of Isetan, to include a nursing room within its premises, especially since the mall itself has quite a number of nursing rooms available.

Facilities: 4/5
There were two small rooms available for nursing mothers, but when I was there, both were initially occupied, and I ended up nursing my baby in the open area where the changing tables were located. It was a good thing that no one was actually using the changing tables then! After a while, one of the rooms became free, so I quickly popped in as Noah has recently gotten into the habit of lifting up my nursing bib to look around while he’s drinking. Sigh.

The room itself is a tad small and might not be able to accomodate a stroller, but I can’t be sure of that as I didn’t have my stroller with me to test the space out. There was a chair and a bench in the room, together with a power point and mirror. Very basic, but nicer than the other nursing room I visited the last time. The door can also be locked, ensuring privacy while nursing.

Inside the nursing room 

Nex Isetan Chair & Bench

Mirror

Nex Isetan Nursing Room Mirror

Outside the nursing rooms, there are three changing tables, two high chairs, a sink, two water jugs and a hot water dispenser. What I liked about the changing tables is that they have very thoughtfully placed a roll of plastic bags there, so that parents can use them for soiled clothes or diapers. The tables are also of a good height (ie low enough for me) and come with safety straps. I was a little puzzled by the high chairs in the area though, especially because they were directly below a ‘No Food and Drinks’ sign. I thought that the two water jugs were a nice touch too, as they contained boiled water at room temperature, which can be used for preparing formula milk.

Changing tables 

Nex Isetan Changing Area

Close-up of plastic bags and bin 

Nex Isetan Bags

High Chairs 

Nex Isetan High Chairs

Sink, water jugs and hot water dispenser 

Nex Isetan Sink

Cleanliness: 4/5
There wasn’t any hand soap nor paper towels provided, if I remember correctly. The chairs in the changing area were badly stained and I didn’t dare to take a closer look at them while I was seated there nursing my baby, for fear of what I’d see. Apart from that, I think the area was quite well-maintained and clean in general.

Conclusion 
The nursing rooms here are definitely more comfortable than the ones situated within the general shopping area of the mall. The area is brightly lit and the warm, brown hues are quite welcoming, in my opinion. The little additional touches, such as the plastic bags, are a bonus and show that quite a bit of thought has gone into planning this area.

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Nursing Room Review: Nex

I visit Nex quite often as it’s pretty near our home and the shopaholic in me needs to go window shopping it’s a good place for meals with friends every now and then. My first ever outing alone with Noah was to Nex, and to meet a fellow nursing mummy and her little one, so we had to make sure we knew where the nursing rooms in the mall are. I was pleasantly surprised to see so many nursing rooms listed on their website!

Nursing Rooms are located at every level of the mall.
SkyGarden (Level 4R) – Near Serangoon Public Library
Level 4 – near Food Junction & near Virtualand
Level 3 – near Isetan 
Level 2 – near Isetan & near Watsons
Level 1 – near G2000 & near Crystal Jade Kitchen
Basement 1 – near M1 & near Shokutsu 10
Basement 2 – near Kim Eng Securities & near Jean Yip Hub 

We visited the one on Level 1, near G2000 and Crystal Jade Kitchen, and I visited one on Level 3, which is actually in Isetan itself, at the Children’s Department, on a separate day. (To be reviewed in a later post.)

Nex Nursing Room (Level 1)
Note: I think all the nursing rooms listed above are equipped with the same items as they are all managed by Nex. I didn’t manage to check the other nursing rooms out but the one we visited on Level 2 initially was occupied and looked exactly the same from the outside as the one on Level 1.

Facilities: 2.5/5
What really bugged me was the pathetic nursing stool, yes, STOOL. Excuse me, but the person who decided to put a stool in there instead of a chair, has clearly never tried to nurse a baby comfortably before. I don’t know about other nursing mothers, and maybe everyone else but me has a baby who doesn’t squirm or kick at least once while being breastfed, but a chair with a proper backrest would have been nice.

The sad stool 

Oh and did you notice the location of the nursing stool? Yup, right next to the sink. It has also been chained to the changing table next to it, perhaps because someone has removed/stolen the stools before, although I really can’t understand why people do these things. Where are you going to put that stool? Are you going to steal the stools from all the nursing rooms in Nex to complete your collection? I can just imagine it:

Guest: Oh what interesting stools you have! Where did you get them? 
Thief: Nex. I only have five now, but I’ll go and get another one to complete my dining chairs set soon, once I get a chain cutter. 

Seriously? SERIOUSLY? Why on earth would you want a stool from a public nursing room that resembles a toilet? But I digress.

To be fair, the nursing room is fairly well-equipped with a water dispenser, sink, hand dryer, changing table, bin and a large roll of toilet paper. However, the height of the changing table was a problem for me. I think the architects who design such facilities need to take into consideration that there are short mothers who are of average height. It really is quite difficult to change a squirming baby’s diaper when your arms are stretched awkwardly just to be able to reach the other side of the diaper. My friend who is taller than me wasn’t all that comfortable changing her baby’s diaper and I’m sure she’s not the only one who will appreciate a lower changing table.

Water dispenser 

Changing area

Close-up of changing area 

There also isn’t a lot of space for a diaper bag on the counter, although I guess you can put it on the nursing stool. There is a hook for you to hang your bag, but it’s behind the door, and any mother will tell you that it’s too far from the changing table. Your baby can easily roll off the changing table while you turn your back for just a second to grab something from your bag.

Cleanliness: 3/5
The soap dispenser was out of soap and the sink looked like it was clogged, with bits of unidentifiable material in and on it. The floor was relatively dry and the changing area was dust-free. As it is situated next to the toilets, it wasn’t all that pleasant smelling either.

Conclusion
While I appreciate the fact that there are so many nursing rooms in the mall, it would have been nice if they were larger and didn’t feel so claustrophobic. I would also prefer to nurse in a restaurant or cafe, rather than in one of these rooms, as it just feels too much like a slightly modified toilet cubicle.

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Product Review – Mii Organics

Noah has rather sensitive skin and I’ve been trying for some time to find a skincare product range that will suit him. The poor boy had been sporting a really red neck, which his paediatrician attributed to our hot and humid weather. She gave us two different types of cream to try but they couldn’t get rid of the redness. I also tried calendula cream, which came highly recommended on various forums, but it didn’t help much either.

The Mii Organics Pure Baby range appealed to me because its main ingredient is Baobab oil. After doing some quick research on it, I was impressed by what I found:

Baobab oil is extracted from the seeds of the fruit that bloom on baobab trees. These extremely old trees (some species live up to a thousand years or more) are native to Africa and feature thick trunks and thin branches. Often called “upside down trees” because of their spindly branches that resemble roots, the flowers of baobab trees bloom once a year and interestingly open at night. Once pollinated by hungry bats, bees and wasps, the flowers produce fruit, or pods, which house the seeds used to create the prized baobab oil.

Most organic beauty products use unrefined baobab oil, which is extracted by cold-pressing the seeds, leaving the oil completely raw with no additives. As a fixed oil, it’s safe to use directly on the skin and won’t evaporate like essential oils.

Source: http://www.organicauthority.com/delicious-beauty/baobab-oil-what-is-this-exotic-ingredient-in-your-organic-beauty-products.html 

I also learnt that Baobab oil is highly moisturizing and soothing, and contains vitamins A, D, E and F, as well as Omega 3, 6 and 9. It not only moisturizes the skin, but also helps to improve skin elasticity while encouraging regeneration of skin cells without clogging the pores. Baobab oil is easily and quickly absorbed into the skin, ensuring no oiliness or greasiness, making it ideal for treating dry skin, cradle cap and eczema.

To create the various Mii Organics Pure Baby products, the Baobab oil is carefully hand blended with other organic ingredients of the highest quality. This is done in small batches, ensuring that the quality of the products is not compromised.

I’ve been using the Pure Baby Sensitive Wash, Pure Baby Hydrating Oil and Pure Baby Protective Balm for almost a month now, and so far, I’m quite pleased with the results. Although I’m discussing each product individually, please note that I used all three of them together, and therefore, the improvement I’ve noted is most likely the result of that combination.

Pure Baby Sensitive Wash
Prominent ingredients: Baobab oil and Aloe Vera   

As I mentioned earlier, Noah’s skin is rather sensitive and he had a pretty bad rash on his neck, armpits and back. My first impression of the Pure Baby Sensitive Wash was that it left Noah’s skin squeaky clean after his bath.

Initially, I was worried that it would cause his skin to be even drier but my fears were unfounded when I saw that the rash on his back in particular had cleared up quite a bit.  In fact, when I accidentally used a different body wash on his back one morning, I found more red blotches on it in the evening and hurriedly cleansed his back more thoroughly with the Pure Baby Sensitive Wash.

My only grouse with this product is its packaging. I would have preferred to have a pump dispenser as I still use one hand to hold Noah in the bathtub. I end up having to squeeze the soap onto Noah’s shoulder, before spreading it all over his body. However, this is quite a minor issue that will be resolved once Noah is older and able to sit properly in the tub on his own.

Pure Baby Hydrating Oil
Prominent ingredients: Baobab oil and Calendula  

I apply the Pure Baby Hydrating Oil on Noah’s head as he had cradle cap. After about a week, I thought that since the cradle cap had cleared up, I could stop using it on his head. However, I found that his scalp was too dry without any oil on it, and that on very warm days, bits of skin would start flaking off.

I also use the oil quite liberally on his neck, armpits and back. I find that the oil is absorbed quite quickly and his body doesn’t feel as greasy as it did when I used a different type of baby oil previously. The rash on his neck hasn’t cleared completely, mainly because he is so chubby that his neck can’t even be seen, much less aired. The rash on his armpits cleared up relatively soon after I began using the oil on the area. In addition, Noah wears sleeveless rompers during the day and his sweat isn’t trapped there anymore. His back rash makes occasional appearances on very warm days and when he lies on his back a lot, but his skin is better after I started using the oil and balm on him.

Pure Baby Protective Balm
Prominent ingredients: Baobab oil, Calendula, Chamomile, Castor oil, and Beeswax 

The Pure Baby Protective Balm is actually a very versatile balm and can be used on insect bites, rashes and mild burns. Initially, I used this topically on little bits of rash that appeared sporadically on his face and back. The balm is gentle enough to be used on delicate areas such as the cheeks and Noah’s facial rash would clear up very quickly, usually within a few hours of applying the balm.

Noah recently had a bad bout of diaper rash and his paediatrician prescribed a mild steroid cream to treat it. I used the cream diligently for some time but couldn’t help worrying about the side effects and decided to switch to the Pure Baby Protective Balm, which is zinc free. I just wanted to see if it would have any impact on the diaper rash and planned to go back to the steroid cream and barrier cream combination if the rash became worse. Right now, the diaper rash still hasn’t cleared completely but it looks a lot less red and the blisters look like they are healing well, so I will stick to the balm for a while more at least.

Noah’s neck before I started using the Mii Organics Pure Baby products 

Noah’s neck after about three weeks  

On cool days, Noah’s neck looks much better 

I love that the Mii Organics Pure Baby skincare products are all fragrance free and gentle enough for sensitive skin. I really hope that with prolonged usage of these products, Noah’s neck rash will clear up completely, regardless of the weather!

PS. If you are interested to see what a Baobab tree looks like, check out the smaller version of it at Gardens by the Bay.

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Mii Organics products can be found at:

Bebe Avenue

Moo Moo Kow 

Emokids

Boo-tiful @ Level 2, Millenia Walk

Maternity Exchange @ Marina Square

Gleneagles Hospital Parentcraft Centre (selected range)

Retail Price (L to R):

Pure Baby Sensitive Wash 236ml/8oz – S$42.90

Pure Baby Hydrating Oil 118ml/4oz – S$29.90

Pure Baby Protective Balm 89ml/3oz – S$28.90

SPECIAL PROMOTION FOR READERS OF GROWINGWITHTHETANS! 

Get 20% off ALL Mii Organics products at Bebe Avenue.

To get the discount, simply enter the code MIIORGANIC during checkout.

Promotion valid till 15 December 2012.

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Disclosure: I received a bottle of Pure Baby Sensitive Wash (236ml/8oz), a bottle of Pure Baby Hydrating Oil (118ml/4oz) and a jar of Pure Baby Protective Balm (89ml/3oz) for review.

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Nursing Room Review: Changi Airport Terminal 2

Changi Airport has quite a number of nursing rooms, especially in its Transit areas. I visited the sole nursing room available in the public area of Terminal 2, located between check-in rows 7 and 8, next to Chomel.

Facilities: 4/5
I liked that there is a separate nursing area located within the room, providing more privacy for nursing mothers. This smaller room can be locked and is fitted very simply with a long cushioned bench. There is sufficient space in this separate room for a stroller to be parked inside, or even your luggage, if you need to nurse your baby before or after your flight. A bag hook and power socket are both conveniently located next to the bench as well.

The long cushioned bench

Bag hook and power socket

In the main area of the nursing room, there is a hot water dispenser, a diaper vending machine (stocked only with L-sized Drypers diapers at SGD1 each), hand dryer, sink, paper towel dispenser and changing station. There is also a wooden bench, allowing others to take a seat while waiting. I found the changing station a tad too high for my liking, as I had to stretch to reach my baby’s left diaper tab. The bin was located directly beneath the changing station, which is a plus as I didn’t have to walk away from my baby to throw his soiled diaper away. I also found the bag hook next to the changing station very useful, as I could hang my diaper bag there, instead of placing it on the counter or floor.

Hot water dispenser


Diaper vending machine and hand dryer 

Sink, paper towel dispenser and changing station (Note the entrance to the private nursing area in the reflection)

Wooden bench outside private nursing area

Cleanliness: 3/5 
I was a little appalled to realise that the headboard of the nursing bench was coated in a light layer of dust, as I expected the airport’s standard of cleanliness to be higher. The counter was a little wet, but that was probably caused by the parent who had just used it before me. While I was there, a cleaning lady came in to refill the paper towels but left it open for some reason.

Conclusion 
The nursing room is pretty functional and has everything you’ll need for a diaper change or to nurse your baby. I would appreciate it if it looked a little more welcoming and cozy though! It looks too much like a normal toilet to me and I didn’t feel very comfortable nursing my baby there. Also, there was a constant stream of staff coming in to fill up their bottles at the hot water dispenser, which may make parents who are changing their children’s diapers feel a little uncomfortable too.

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Product Review – Niz Home Breast Pads from Thelittleonesinmylife

One of the items that I find useful but relatively underrated is breast pads. Initially, I wasn’t sure if I really needed breast pads, as like most mothers-to-be, I didn’t even know if I would have enough milk to breastfeed. The idea that I would ‘leak’ and require breast pads was quite foreign to me. However, it was on the list of things to buy, so I asked around, found that the most common brand was P, and bought a few boxes of it just in case.

At that time, I didn’t know what to look out for and to be honest, I didn’t think it was all that important, so I didn’t bother to do much research. Cost was my primary concern, and although I try to be environmentally friendly in some ways, using washable breast pads wasn’t one of them, as I didn’t want to waste time washing them and waiting for them to dry.

I used the P breast pads for the first few weeks but felt that they didn’t cover enough surface area, which means that my bras, and sometimes even my tops, would still get wet. I also became quite conscious about the cost factor, as I had to change my breast pads quite regularly due to my relatively good supply. I began looking around for cheaper and hopefully better alternatives, and discovered the Niz Home Premium Breast Pads which are made in Korea. At that time, Thelittleonesinmylife was giving away free samples and being a typical Singaporean, I quickly requested for some.

In all honesty, when I received the samples, I wasn’t very impressed. They looked too thin to be able to do the trick but I figured there was no harm in trying them out, since I already had them. I’m glad I did as I prefer them a lot more to the P brand ones! Here’s why…

Ratings Guide
♥ Hmmm…     ♥♥ So-so     ♥♥♥  Not bad     ♥♥♥♥ Like it     ♥♥♥♥♥ Love it!

Niz Home Premium Breast Pads

1. Size: ♥♥♥♥♥ The Niz Home Premium Breast Pads are bigger than the P brand ones, fitting well around my breast and in my bra. After using them for about a month, I haven’t had any leakages at all, whereas previously, when I was using the P brand ones, I had a few ‘accidents’, especially at night when Noah sleeps for slightly longer stretches and my boobs become fuller. I actually woke up on a couple of occasions because my pyjama tops were wet from the milk! Perhaps the pads shifted when I moved around or slept on my side, but I don’t think it’s a good excuse, as nobody is able to sleep in one fixed position through the night, much less exhausted breastfeeding mothers!

P brand’s size

Niz Home’s size

2. Quality: ♥♥♥♥ As I mentioned earlier, the Niz Home Premium Breast Pads are thinner than those from P brand, but I feel that they are equally, if not more, absorbent. I don’t even realise that they are full until I change them and when I first used them, I was quite amazed at how heavy they were, because I didn’t feel uncomfortable at all.

I also like that the breast pads from Niz Home are sealed all round, as compared to P brand’s, which for some reason, are unsealed at the top and bottom.

P brand’s thickness

P brand’s shape and edges

Niz Home’s thickness

Niz Home’s shape and edges

3. Ease of use: ♥♥♥♥♥ Each breast pad comes individually packaged for hygiene purposes in clear plastic bags which are easy to open. This may sound like a silly point, but trust me, when you step out of the bathroom and hear your baby crying, you need to do everything quickly and wasting time struggling to open the plastic bags isn’t something you really want to do.

The same goes for sticking the breast pad to your bra. P brand has two adhesive stickers, which I thought would be useful in ensuring that the pad doesn’t move around. Nope! As I mentioned earlier, they still do move around and what’s worse is that the two halves tend to get stuck together when you fold your bra cup down. This can be quite annoying especially when you’re nursing in public and can’t really re-adjust the bra pad properly after nursing. Niz Home only has one adhesive, which saves time when you’re pasting it in your bra, and also prevents the problem of having two halves stuck together.

Niz Home’s packaging

4. Cost ♥♥♥♥ I enjoy buying things online as I can usually get better deals, and this is definitely one such instance. I save even more when I buy in bulk! Here’s the price list:

Retail Price:
30pc – $15.90
90pc – $35.90

Online Price excluding postage fee:
30pc – $10
60pc – $15
90pc – $20
1 x 90pc FREE when you buy 5 x 90pc at $100 with free courier service

Postage Fee (Absorbed for orders above $30):
30pc box – $1
60pc (2 x 30pc) – $1.50
90pc (3 x 30pc) – $2.55

SPECIAL PROMOTION FOR READERS OF GROWINGWITHTHETANS! 

Special Price with FREE postage:
30pc – $9
60pc – $14
90pc – $19
1 x 90pc FREE when you buy 5 x 90pc at $95 with free courier service 

To purchase the Niz Home Premium Breast Pads, follow these simple steps:

1. ‘Like’ Thelittleonesinmylife on Facebook.

2. Send Audrey, the very friendly and efficient owner, a Direct Message to place your order.

3. Include this discount code: GWTT to get your breast pads at the special price* listed in red.

*Valid till the end of October 2012, or while stocks last.

Happy shopping! 🙂

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