Preparing Baby Solids - Pumpkin Puree

~ Posted on Friday, June 15, 2012 at 4:54 PM ~

One of my Facebook follower asked me to blog about how I prepare the solids for my girl when I posted pictures of my kids' meals on my Facebook page. So here it goes the tutorial for Pumpkin Puree:

** Personal Note:

I normally cut the pumpkin to half and steam it on different batches (and each batch lasts about 2-3 days). With my 1st child, I actually use the entire pumpkin and steam it and store everything but it takes a long time to finish up so nowadays with my 2nd child, I prefer to use half instead and steam enough storage for 2-3 days so I could switched to other veggies after that and then switched back to pumpkin.

To prepare this, what I normally do is cut the pumpkin into half, then by slices about 1 inch thick and remove the seeds and skins. Then I will cubed them into 1 inch cubes and wash it with boiled room temperature water and steam them for about 20 minutes or until they are soft (I poked one of the pumpkin cubes using fork or chopstick. If they go through and soft to the touch, it's ready).

With pumpkin, I don't blend it further as I normally steam until they are soft. Serve or store the rest in freezer/fridge (for lesser quantity). If you noticed my picture, I also steamed the pumpkin together with the carrots, peas and corns, to save time! :)

Hope the above tutorial helps! Feel free to ask questions or share your feedback/experiences!

I'm a full-time mummy

Preparing for Bottle Feeding When Maternity Leave Ends...

~ Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 11:57 AM ~

I saw this question posted by one mummy in a breastfeeding group I joined in Facebook "Hi mummies, I will back to work 2nd week in July. By the time my baby will be 2 months old. Any suggestion how much of expressed breastmilk I should store and provide to nanny in a day?"

** Image credit: Google search

My immediate reply was:

"I'm a SAHM now but I did worked for 1 month before I quit my job, so what I did 2 weeks before my maternity leave ended:

1. Start storing by direct latching one side and pumping on the other side

2. Also pump at regular hours which will be the same hours when I go back to work (meaning I pump 8am, 12.30pm and 4.30pm)

3. Get baby used to bottle by giving other people (such as husband, MIL, etc) to feed instead of me feeding baby as he will not want mummy to feed because they can smell our breastmilk and who wants bottle when the real thing is right next to them?

4. To gauge on how much
baby should take, I try out by giving 1 oz, finish, I add 1 oz more, continue until baby stops. By the end of 2nd month, my baby takes about 3-4 oz per feed.

5. Please make sure you have backup to store your expressed breastmilk if you are staying in an area prone of electricity blackout. You really don't want to cry over the breastmilk melting and spoiling.

6. To maintain your
breastmilk production, direct latch baby before you leave work and try to get nanny to hold off giving your expressed breastmilk if she can or if baby can still wait so baby can direct latch when you finish work. (direct latch more frequently will keep up the breastmilk production)"

How about you? Any tips to add on that you can share?

I'm a full-time mummy

Baby Room Review - IPC Mutiara Damansara

~ Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 8:59 AM ~

It has been a while since I blog about my review on baby room. If you are interested in my previous reviews, you can read them at my old blog as well which is at:

I hope you enjoy reading my baby room review as much as I enjoy sneaking in my camera along with my baby and sheepishly taking pictures during the nursing session hehehehe...

Anyway, back to today's post. I have previously reviewed the baby room in IPC (used to be called Ikano Power Center) sometime in 2009, so here is the updated version with new pictures of the baby room!

When: 29th May 2012

Why: Family outing

Location: 2nd floor 


Location: There is proper signage that will lead you to the baby room

Facilities: Dustbin, mirror, sink, handwash liquid, towels, 2 diaper changing station, 2 sofas with 1 of them having a curtain around to cordon it off for breastfeeding mums. I love the new designs too! (They changed the curtain and sofa, yay!)

IPC Baby Room

Comfort Level: The room size is just nice, cosy, not too cold/hot/stuffy, nice setting and comfortable lit.