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Taiwan with Toddler

Vacation with toddler? To Taiwan?? Challenge accepted!

We made it on 14-22 Oct, our first overseas vacation with our 13 month old!

Excited to go on her first trip overseas!

We took a Malindo Air flight which took about 4.5 hours to reach Taoyuan International Airport. Highly not recommended as they messed up our flight booking and we had to sit separately from my parents even though we paid for our seats and checked in super early!

Taiwan is super breastfeeding friendly. There are nursing rooms everywhere (well, most places), even in farms. I’ve used them in the airport, Sun Moon Lake, some private farm which I forgot its name, and museums.

Some pictures of the nursing rooms I’ve used. Most of them are very well equipped, with water dispenser, changing area and all.

Some places in Taiwan, however, are not very toddler friendly. While most places provide high chairs and kid friendly utensils, some places don’t and T had to just sit on a normal adult chair and eat with my chopsticks/spoon.

She had adult food most of the time too. I try not to give her anything too salty, though.

Taiwan also has a good selection of non dairy milk, like oatmilk and rice milk, which I could give T as she’s allergic to cow’s milk.

T loved the animals most in Taiwan. I guess the highlight of the trip for her was meeting all the dogs everywhere (Taiwan is super dog friendly, people bring their dogs everywhere!) and meeting the animals in the farms that we visited, especially the sheep and goats!

Overall, we loved Taiwan but the trip was too short to enjoy everything! Plus it’s super tiring bringing along a hyperactive toddler who was cranky at times. It’s quite difficult not knowing how to read Chinese too as everything in Taiwan is in Chinese! I hope T will enter a Chinese school when she’s older and perhaps further her studies in Taiwan one day. Then maybe I can go visit her every year hahahahha!! Wishful thinking.

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T’s 1st Birthday

T has just turned 1 year old! So happy but sad at the same time. My baby is all grown up 😢 She is now a toddler!

Hello kitty cake for my little darling

At 1 year old, T is able to:

  1. Take a few steps on her own
  2. Stand up by herself
  3. Say a few words, mainly: mama, papa, dog, no no, no more, ya ya, kakak (sister), baby
  4. Hand gestures like wagging her finger (while saying “no no”), waving goodbye, showing her empty palms while saying “no more”, pointing at something or someone.
  5. She takes 1 long nap each day instead of multiple short naps
  6. Started taking 1 bottle of milk powder a day (rice milk, because she is sensitive to cow’s milk)
  7. Has a better appetite and eats more solids now, at least she finishes all her porridge and main meals.

We had an early birthday celebration for her in Kuching a week earlier as I was back in Kuching for the long weekend to visit my parents. It was just a simple Western dinner (steak and lamb chops)… of course T only had bread and baby biscuits 😂 Then we had a Hello Kitty cake to cut at home.

Her birthday itself was just spent at home, I took a day off work to spend time with her.

She was up early in the morning!

Zipped around in her lion walker car

Watched some Sesame Street

We celebrated the next day with just a simple party at her paternal grandparents’ place with traditional Chinese birthday party dishes: fried bee hoon, fried chicken, curry chicken, curry puffs and of course the mandatory red eggs! T only had the red eggs 😂

We also had a black forest cake to cut…. my favourite! 😂😂😂 naughty mommy… well, she can’t eat cake yet anyway. Too sweet for her!

Next year I will need to think of throwing a birthday party at the child care center (as it seems that all the kids there do that, and I don’t want her to be left out). Although I’m not really a fan of throwing birthday parties every year. Maybe we will just have a simple one.

T has also become interested in our 2 dogs and wants to pet them. But I don’t allow her to do it too often as she is quite rough with them and needs more time to learn. She loves to pinch and grab Cookie’s fur and poke her nose.

Cookie, our star! ⭐️

I hope T learns to be more gentle. She is also rough with other kids at the child care center. But she knows how to manipulate the nurses and get her way around without getting scolded, because every time she is about to get a scolding for doing something bad, she will throw a flying kiss or flash her sweetest smile at the person 😒

I have also started supplementing her with milk powder since she turned 1, as my supply has dropped and I’m finding it hard to supply 3 bottles of breastmilk to the child care center lately (also, I have been lazy to pump extra and home!). I have reduced pumping sessions to 1-2 times daily too. So now she gets 2 bottles of breastmilk and 1 bottle of milk powder during the day, and latches whenever she wants at home.

It’s not easy to introduce milk powder to a breastfed baby! She took a few sips at first, then threw the bottle away and went “no no no no!!”

She was fine with it after many bottles.

I’m giving her rice milk powder for babies due to her bad eczema and sensitivity to cow’s milk. Yet to try goat milk. The bad thing about the rice milk powder is that it tends to have a lot of sediments that clogs the bottle teat sometimes.

Feel sad that T has grown up so fast, it seems like just yesterday she was born a small tiny baby! But at the same time, wish she grows up healthy and happy always. I may not be a good parent, I have made many mistakes and will continue to make mistakes along the way. But I hope I have learned from my mistakes and am able to care for T the best way possible, and make her feel happy and loved always.

Mommy will always love you, my little baby darling. Forever mommy’s little baby ❤️

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Slow down just a little, darling

T will be 11 months old in 2 days' time. Mommy is having a lot of mixed emotions. First of all, I feel kinda sad because time flies so fast and she will be 1 year old soon! I miss her baby time so dearly. When she was still a tiny baby, how I wished she would grow bigger and stronger like other babies. But now that she is bigger and stronger, I miss her being small and tiny and babbly 😢

But at the same time, I'm glad that she is on track with her milestones and growing well despite not eating much. She is also very talkative and lively. Sometimes maybe a little too hyperactive.

My baby grows up so fast! In a blink of an eye! It seems like just yesterday I was still pushing her out of my belly. And yeah everyone was right about how I was gonna miss her kicking in my belly. I sure miss that feeling lots. Wish I could keep her in my belly again.

I'm reluctant to have a second child because I'm afraid I will not love him/her as much. T is after all my first born, I have experienced many firsts with her. She will always be my favourite. Maybe I will need time to wean myself off from these feelings 😁

Speaking of weaning, I don't think I'm able to wean T off breastfeeding when she reaches 1 year old. She latches to sleep now, and she loves to latch. But mainly because I think I won't be able to handle it. Yes, I admit I'm selfish for thinking this way. But it's hard to let go. I enjoy every moment bonding with her while nursing her. I guess we will stop when she wants to. Till then, I'm just gonna enjoy every moment of it because it's not gonna last long anyway 😢 She has given me many sweet memories which I will forever cherish in my heart. ❤️


Slow down just a little, my darling. Mommy wants to keep this little you in her heart forever.

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11 months soon!

T is almost 11 months old! She grows up so fast!

At nearing 11 months old, she is able to:

  • Stand up with support
  • Walk with support (holding onto something)
  • Say bye-bye
  • Call the dog….wow wow (probably she meant woof woof 😂)
  • Feed herself finger food
  • Drink from a straw bottle
  • Say mama and papa
  • Clap her hands when you tell her to clap
  • Clap her hands when she hears a familiar song (like "if you're happy and you know it"
  • Offer to feed you food in her hands
  • Sprouting her 3rd and 4th teeth (upper front teeth)
  • Spoon feed herself…although she makes a huge mess!

She has also become a super picky eater and is not very keen on soft, mushy food like porridge. Nowadays she prefers rice, soups, crackers, and cut fruits.


She loves peaches and cherries very much.


Made her tomato rice with pan fried salmon….she is not a big fan of healthy clean eating!


A lazy meal…scrambled eggs with tomato and cheese.

She loves junk food a lot…. the baby kind of junk food. Like baby rice puffs, rice crackers, teething rusks, toddler biscuits…. oh dear!

Lately at day care, T has graduated from the baby room to the 1-2yo toddler class. She graduated a bit early. So far she is able to follow their morning classes/activities (which mainly consists of sensory play, flash cards, etc) and the fixed schedule and nap time. The only problem is she eats very little porridge, so the nurses have suggested serving her the toddler menu instead, since she hates soft mushy baby food.

Talking about day care, T is staying home for the rest of this week due to the HFMD outbreak at the day care center. So far she hasn't shown any symptoms of HFMD yet, fingers crossed she is not infected! She still follows the day care schedule at home… 3 milk feeds during the day, one 3-hour nap, 2 meals and a snack 😊. Well they say babies thrive on a fixed schedule…. i sure hope so.


Spoon feeding herself – baby pasta stars with cheese.

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Baby Room at Aeon Wangsa Maju

I always try to avoid going to the baby room at all Aeon outlets after reading bad reviews about them. My biggest concern is the nursing cubicles using only fabric curtains for privacy instead of lockable doors. Plus I have seen with my own eyes male staff going into the baby room to use the hot water dispenser.

Last weekend I decided to pay a visit and try it out myself. To my surprise, the baby room is quite spacious with a common area equipped with 3 changing stations and a hot/cold water dispenser and benches for families to sit and wait. The nursing rooms are located further in with a sign outside that says men are not allowed.

Waiting area, I guess for moms queuing up to use the nursing rooms


There are 3 cubicles available and each cubicle is furnished with a small sofa, coffee table and a wall plug (for pumping moms). The room is spacious enough to fit a stroller.



Unfortunately curtains are used instead of doors, which makes it feel insecure because anyone can just flick the curtains open while your boob is hanging out! And true enough, while I was nursing T, a very rude kid (about 6-7yo girl) pulled the curtains open to peek (she was doing it to every single room and I was in the last one). I was appalled that her mom was actually following behind her while she was doing all that and did not stop her at all until I shouted at her angrily. All she could do was mumble “sorry” and pulled the curtains shut again.

I did not manage to take photos of the common area as there were a bunch of kids playing there noisily (without adult supervision). It seemed like their parents had gone off shopping and left the kids there to entertain themselves.

If I have a choice, I would try to avoid using the baby room at Aeon. The facilities are quite good, I must say. Unfortunately, there is lack of privacy for nursing mothers, plus the facilities are sometimes being misused. Like male staff going in to get hot water, or staff using the nursing rooms for naps… among some reviews that I’ve read. And of course, rude kids pulling the curtains open.

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Baby Room at Atria Shopping Gallery

Now that T is a bit older, I have more confidence in bringing her out. And nursing her in public, with a scarf to cover up (because I’m such a cheapskate, why buy a nursing cover when I can DIY one myself with an old scarf and cute safety pins 😂). But sometimes, shopping malls are just super convenient because they have baby rooms (well, most of them do).

The baby room at G floor with an armchair in the corner to nurse your baby


Atria seems to have baby rooms at every floor wherever there is a washroom. I have tried the ones at Level C and G. The one at C is much bigger and more comfortable, unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of it.

Some facilities in the baby room


The baby rooms come equipped with an armchair, changing station, wash basin, hot/cold water dispenser and hand sanitizer. Hmm… I did not check what was inside those cabinets under the counter top though.

The one at G floor (in the pictures) was a bit small and cramped though, and there was a mosquito lurking inside. But that aside, it’s comfortable to nurse a hungry baby in complete privacy (the doors can be locked, this is a major plus point compared to those nursing rooms that use curtains only). I really appreciate the mall’s effort in providing and maintaining such facilities. A thumbs up for them!

The mall is also baby friendly with spacious walkways and restaurants being very accommodating with babies. Definitely one of my favourite hang out places with T now.

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Throwback: My First Mother’s Day

Last month was my first mother’s day after being a mom!

The card I got from T’s day care center. Of course, she didn’t make it 😂