Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Review & Discount Code: Pittari Wrap (Baby Wrap With Waist Belt)

22 August 2015 - Vern @ 1mo in Pittari Wrap

I chose a wrap to babywear my newborn/infant baby#3, instead of a soft-structured carrier (SSC). My first wrap was the Ergobaby Wrap

Wraps provide a great way to develop the bond and closeness between parents and baby in the early months and beyond. Being carried in a wrap keeps baby feeling safe and secure, reminding them of the womb. 

Although most SSCs claim that they are suitable for infants, I feel better using the wrap or ring sling for infants.
This is because carrying baby in a wrap carrier is very much easy to achieve Safe Babywearing, especially for an infant. 

So what is Safe Babywearing?
A general rule of thumb is to wear your baby close and high enough to be easily kissed on the baby's forehead. Baby's chin/airways should always be uncovered and visible.
Their hips and thighs should be in a squatted straddle/frog-leg 'M' position, which occurs when baby's spine curves into a natural 'c' shape while being worn, just like the diagram below. 
Photo Source: http://www.babydoousa.com/info/safety/

I am so honoured to have the opportunity to try out the innovative Pittari Wrap, thanks to Unison CA

Unison CA is the exclusive distributor of the Lucky Company. The Lucky Company was founded in the year 1934 and it is the oldest and most trusted baby carrier manufacturer in Japan. 
Throughout the years, the advance technology, continuous improvement and the product testing and research of LUCKY products have been recognized worldwide.

The people behind Unison CA are parents themselves. So they encourage parent and child attachment, as how they encourage and promote babywearing. Out of all, safety and comfort of babies are of their utmost care, and so they bring us high quality and reliable products from around the globe.
(Source: unisonca.com


It came in a cardboard box so it was well-cushioned and protected.

Inside the parcel was the Pittari box itself. 
This is how the Pittari packaging looks like; front, back and side views.
It has big images of models wearing their kids from infant to toddler. 
And at one side of the box it has diagram of its features and basic instructions on how to use it. I find this information simple but useful. 

I like that it has a sling on its box, so it is convenient to carry it on-the-go

Upon opening up the Pittari box, the Pittari Wrap was wrapped with another layer of plastic, which made is well protected, especially from wetting it. 

I got the Turquoise Blue Pitari Wrap and I love the colour as it is a fresh and pleasant colour.
This is how it looks like. 

The Pittari wrap brand is sewn onto the waist belt. 

And just like my Ergo SSCs, it has a strong buckle, with a safety elastic buckle strap to ensure maximum buckle security. You just need to thread the belt into the loop before buckling and have a peace of mind for the extra safety measure. 

This is the usual ends of the straps and comes with a rubber tie, which you can roll up the loose ends of the straps when it is too long and then use the rubber to secure it. 

What makes this Pittari Wrap so special is because of this waist belt
Pittari Wrap is an innovative wrap with a waist belt, in which I find it really convenient and easy especially for a first-time-wrap-mum/dad.
This is how the waist belt looks like. The waist belt has something like a pouch and that is where you keep the folded fabric neatly.

This is one sheet of the long fabric. The other sheet is behind it. As you can see, it is not too long, as compared to the Ergobaby Wrap. 
A shorter fabric means it has a lower learning curve as it is easier to handle a shorter fabric. So it is good news for new mothers/fathers. 

All you need to do it fasten the waist belt securely around your waist. Then open the cloth into the correct position to wrap the fabric around your body. 

I watched this short youtube video clip on how to wrap this, and it is pretty easy. 
I watched it a few times and I could wrap little Vern all by myself!

This was my first time wrapping Vern at home using Pittari Wrap when he was barely 1 month old. 

You can further support the infant's head by pulling up part of the stretchable fabric like below
Just make sure that the infant's airflow is not obstructed in any way.

This is a closer look on the infant underneath the fabric. Baby Vern was all cozy and snug in it. 

As it was easy and fast to wrap with less fabric to handle, I felt confident to go out with Vern with Pittari Wrap. And when needed to rewrap, then I can just find a corner and re-wrap Vern with it in just a minute or two! 

A photo of Khye and I with baby Vern asleep snugly inside the Pittari Wrap.

The fabric also can be used as a makeshift blanket in an emergency
I was breastfeeding Vern in the breastfeeding room in Parkson, Gurney Plaza and I found the place to be a little cold. I then realized I forgot to bring his blanket and so I used the wrap fabric as a makeshift blanket to keep him warm. 

After breastfeeding him, I re-wrap him up again in the Pittari Wrap and we both were ready to brave another few hours of shopping in Gurney Plaza hands-free! :) 

With baby Vern sleeping snugly in the Pittari Wrap close to me, we could dine in peace with my both hands free to indulge in some Haagen-Dazs ice-creams!

Guess what? Spot little Vern in below 2 photos. 
I posted these 2 photos in my blog's fb page and some people commented that they need to look twice before they could spot little Vern in my Pittari Wrap! :)

So what is the downside of this wrap? 
Well, I must say that the material is not as thick or luxuriously feel as the Ergobaby Wrap I'd reviewed, but on the other hand because of this, I would say that the Pittari Wrap fabric material is more cooler and breathable, thus more suitable for our hot and humid country

Another thing is that there is NO WAY that I can bring the baby in and out of the wrap without the need to re-tie the wrap, like I could with the Ergobaby Wrap. 
Once I take baby out, the wrap gets loose and thus the need to re-tie is a must!
But since it is so easy to re-tie it, I don't find this an issue at all.
I could re-tie baby in Pittari Wrap in less than a minute all by myself! 

Another thing to note is that the weight limit for Pittari Wrap is 15kg (31 lbs) which I think once too heavy the fabric might sag, so when the baby gets bigger, such as 6 months old, most people would graduate to either a woven wrap, or to using a soft-structured carrier (SSC). So the lifetime of this wrap is pretty short.

But all in all, I love this Pittari Wrap as I still feel that a wrap or a ring sling is most suitable for newborns and infants.
I'd wish I'd found Pittari Wrap earlier with my two elder kids as it would definitely increase my confidence of using a wrap with my newborns!

And Pittari Wrap is so easy to learn and use that I would definitely recommend this to any new mothers/fathers, or anybody that are intimidated by using a wrap.

To read about my other reviews on babycarriers, click on below :-
a) Soft-structured Carriers (SSCs)
Pikkolo by Catbird Baby
LÍLLÉbaby® Complete All Seasons (Part 1Part 2)
- Ergobaby; Ergobaby Performance, and Ergobaby 360.

b) Wraps
Ergobaby Wrap

c) Slings SUPPORi Baby Sling
SUKKIRI Ring Sling


Good news! Thanks to UNISON CA, readers of this blog gets:

15% off ANY products from their website store from now until 31 January 2016, using discount code 'HappyGoLucky' upon checkout. 

Check out the different products by UNISON CA ranging from carriers, feeding products and accessories.

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Disclosure: I received a Pittari Wrap for review purpose, but no monetary incentive was received. All text and opinions are of my own and represents my honest opinion of the product(s).

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Shern Lost 4 Upper Teeth In Less Than A Month!

Shern at almost 6 1/2 yrs old - 23 November 2015

Shern had teeth at a very young age even as a baby. He was spot to be sprouting his two lower middle teeth at just 4mo! 
See his cute baby face then.

Being my firstborn, I documented each of his teeth as they grow here with its dates and even a Tooth Chart! Haha.


Shern is a good boy. He started brushing his teeth at a young age and he went for his 1st visit to the dentist at 3yo. He now still brushes his teeth religiously at least twice a day.

Shern started losing his first tooth - Bottom Left Central Incisor, at the end of last year on 15 Dec 2014.

21 Dec 2014

A month later, he lost his 2nd tooth - Bottom Right Central Incisor a month later on 18 Jan 2015.
18 Jan 2015

After the two bottom teeth lost, no other teeth were shaky, and his two bottom permanent teeth grew a month or so later.
And so he was with a full set of teeth (2 permanent lower teeth and the rest baby teeth) for the whole of this year....until beginning of this month.

On 2 Nov 2015, Shern lost his first shaky upper tooth - Upper Left Central Incisor. A few teeth next to it were shaking too. 
2 Nov 2015

It was 11 days later on 13 Nov 2015 that he lost his next tooth Upper Right Lateral Incisor, and this is him giving me a smile in the morning after. :)
14 Nov 2015

As for his Upper Right Central Incisor tooth, it was shaking quite a lot and was just dangling by just a teeny bit for many days until it dropped off just a few days ago on 23 Nov 2015.
23 Nov 2015

Finally yesterday 24 November 2015, Shern lost his final shaky tooth, the Upper Left Lateral Incisor, just two days ago.
He came back from school and told me he lost it when his friends accidentally knocked his teeth while playing Zombie game in school. Well, boys will be boys. 
24 Nov 2015

It was quite a shock for us too, to have so many shaky teeth (4 at the same time) and for him to be losing them so fast!

And that was how Shern lost 4 upper teeth in less than a month.

As of now, there are no more shaky tooth. Let's hope it stays this way for a while.
And nope, Shern is NOT wishing for his front teeth this Christmas. He doesn't care much bout that. 

He is wishing for something else, though I think you all can guess what is that! haha!

Oh ya, I think I spot just a teeny bit of teeth under his gums, so I guess he will be having new teeth soon!

p/s - He still believes in the Tooth Fairy who puts 50 cents under his pillow for every tooth lost! ;D

Monday, November 16, 2015

Khye the Threenager

Yiu-Khye @ 3 Years 2 Months

Khye being the late bloomer experiences none of the terrible two when he was two years old. But I think I spoke too soon. 
Now that he is three, Khye has been throwing tantrums and crying for no reason for the past few weeks.

So there was no Terrible Two stage....but progressed into the current Threenager stage!

And today was one of the days. He did not nap after school in mum's house. So when I went over at 6pm for dinner, he was already crying because I switched off his Barney show on tv which he had already been watching for hours!
It took me quite a long time to eventually make him stop crying and to feed him his dinner.

And when it was time to go home, he was still kicking a fuss because he wanted to get into the car first. Shen koko being so nice let Khye get into the car first, but it was still not enough for the naughty Khye. He still cried because koko buckled up first! "_"

And so Khye was crying away and he refused to get into his carseat. We tried some cajouling and talking to him nicely but he still would not budge. And we starting scolding and threatening him but it did not work also. 
So in the end hubby carried Khye and buckled him into his seat while he was struggling and shouting 'no seatbelt' (don't want seatbelt) !

And after much crying he vomitted his dinner out. Sigh. Luckily only his carseat was soiled and not the car.
But stil it was another messy affair, with me taking Khye for a shower and hubby taking out the carseat for a wash.
The cover was sent for washing and we had some hard time removing his vomit from some hard-to-reach crevices in the carseat. 

And so this is just one of the episode of Khye being a threenager.
I hope this phase will pass soon. It is not easy dealing with a threenager and a 4-month-old at the same time. 

p/s - By the way, Shern was being such an angel today. He came to me with tears in his eyes asking me not to beat Khye, as he didn't want Khye to be hurt. ;)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Potty Training Khye - Pee & Poo

Potty Training Khye @ 37 mo - 5 Sep 2015

Unlike his brother Shern who was half-potty trained at 33 months ( I said half because he still wore diapers to sleep at night), Khye was not ready at 33 months old. 
In fact, Khye was still not ready last month when I tried. 

How did I know he was not ready then? Well, I tried a few months ago.
I took out his diapers and he cried, wailing for me to wear him his diapers.
A month later, I tried again and when he peed on the floor, he sat on his own pool of pee and played with his pee! "_"

Well, I let him be. I mean, I didn't have the heart nor the energy to push him. I knew he would be ready soon.
I knew because Khye has grown up pretty fast all of a sudden since he turned 3yo. He had his first happy haircut, went to the doctor without being scared, and his vocabulary widened so much since then.

So on 5th Sep 2015, Thursday, we took off his diapers and he did not protest. First step successful.
Then we told him to let us know when he wanted to pee.

Both Khye and I were really happy with his first pee in the toilet bowl!
Below was what I posted on my blog fb page:

First time Khye pee-ed in the toilet today! He was as excited as me as we both watched his pee trickled down the toilet bowl! Haha!
He used to hate those child potty but now ok with the toilet bowl.
Khye is a late-bloomer in potty training but we are both glad he is ready now at age 3 yrs 2 mths! ‪#‎limyiukhye‬ ‪#‎betterlatethannever‬ ‪#‎pottytraining‬

It was really a happy moment and I could see that Khye was also beaming away.
I encouraged him and praised him by clapping for him and let him flush the toilet himself, so he felt like a big boy indeed (well, this trick didn't work earlier on though but somehow it is working now!). 

Day 1 could be considered quite successful already.
There was no accidents at all although there were 'fake calls', meaning he said he wanted to pee but when we brought him there, there was no pee. Many times in fact. 

Day 2 Friday, I took the plunge and took off his diapers when we sent him to playschool. Told the teachers there to look out for him (and his pee! haha)! Teacher told me he had an accident once during outdoor play. Too engrossed with play I supposed. And the teachers said there were a few fake calls as well. 

Day 3 was Saturday which was good because he was at home.
It was good. One accident though because he was crying and throwing tantrum and so he wet himself. "_"
Sorry, Khye is currently in his "threenager phase" at times. lol.

Day 4 Sunday, he was in grandma's house for the morning and mum said he even poo-ed in the potty!
I was soooo happy! And no pee accidents at all!
(It was the same thing for Shern when he achieved pee accident-free day on Day 4 on his potty training)

Day 5 & 6 was Deepavali break. 
No pee accidents as well, except for once which he refused to pee as it was during middle of his crying episode (remember him being a threenager now?)
Khye pooed in Ah-Ma's house and everyone there clapped for him much to his delight!
And Khye even went to the restaurant and mall without diapers! He peed in the public toilet so I am really proud of him.

Day 7 was the real test as it was school day again. And I am proud to announce that the teacher reported no accidents! Yay!

ANd so it has been a week and I must say that Khye is progressing really well. So I can say that pee and poo training can be considered quite successful as of now.

So I just need to soldier on!!!