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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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Weaning Baby T

My little baby taufu is growing up so fast, I hardly have time nowadays to document her progress. At 6.5 months, she has achieved the following milestones:

  1. Eating solids – started on fruit/vege puree and a little rice porridge. She is officially a greedy foodie!
  2. Able to support herself on all fours but have not started crawling yet although she is trying to.
  3. Started saying “mama” and “papa” 😍😍😍 (though most of the time I think she is just babbling but I love to think that she is calling us…lol)
  4. Emit a high pitch hysterical laugh when she is overexcited…OMG it is so cute but deafening sometimes. With the strength of her vocal chords sometimes I think I will go deaf sooner than I thought.

Lately she loves to chill like this with her leg out


She is also going through a phase of sleep and breastfeeding regression. Sometimes she just refuses to sleep at all, despite having a good sleeping record for the past months. And now she wants to sleep in our bed instead of her cot. Because she wants to nurse in her sleep sometimes – something which she hasn’t done so far. Now she wants to have the convenience of milk and comfort in bed 😑 Talk about breakfast, lunch and supper in bed. Ugh…. Growth spurt maybe? I sure hope T takes up the responsibility of washing my bed sheets next time when she grows up, to make up for all that spit up, vomit, saliva and leaking milk on my bed!! Sometimes, leaking pee too.

She is a good eater and has a healthy appetite so far in the solids department, accepting new food quite well. But she can be quite demanding sometimes. She screams when she sees me eating and wants a share of it. I let her lick my sandwich bread sometimes just to make her shut up 😂 I know it’s bad but a small taste of bread won’t hurt.

Mashing up plums for plum puree 😋

Very happy with my purchase of these food storage cups, they are very useful and convenient to portion and freeze puree!


So far she has tried avocado, banana, carrot, pumpkin, sweet potato, apple, pear and spinach puree, as well as spinach and broccoli rice porridge. I initially started with the 3 day rule, then 2 days, and now sometimes just 1 day! So far she hasn’t shown any allergic reaction except maybe a bit of skin rash after having avocado. And oh my, banana makes her go bonkers. As in really super duper hyperactive that she won’t sleep and bouncing off the walls. It’s probably the high sugar content giving her super charged energy.

Broccoli rice porridge

Spinach rice porridge


Since baby T now has her meals in the kitchen, Cookie the smelly beagle is always camping outside the kitchen in wait of some leftovers. Because I always try to make a little extra for my little four-legged furbaby. Except for foods like avocado which is a big no-no for dogs.


Baby T now has her meals at home on weekends only as she has 2 meals a day at day care. So I try to prepare something better and more delectable for her on weekends, like porridge. But it seems her stomach does not take to it very well yet. Maybe we will try porridge again a bit later when she is a bit bigger.

I have not tried baby led weaning yet although I have heard and read lots about it. I guess I still believe in the traditional method of soft baby first foods as even our moms weaned us that way and we grew up just fine. I’ve also read and heard that babies on traditional weaning methods grow up not knowing how to chew their food or do not like meat, but I personally think that it’s something they will grow and learn to accept as they grow older. I’m an example of a traditionally weaned baby yet now I love red meat so much I can never be a vegetarian! 😂😂 Besides, soon she will learn to eat finger food as well in a few months’ time. I guess in the end it’s a very personal choice which method to follow and no one should be judged for making that choice. Both has its pros and cons. As for me, I enjoy preparing food for my little princess and it makes me happy to see her enjoy eating it.

My darling princess grows up oh so fast! Feels like just yesterday she popped out of me and now she has started taking her first bites of real food! How time flies.

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Disposable diapers

After T was born, we had to forget about cloth diapers and use disposables as she was way too tiny to fit in the one size fits all cloth diapers. Also partly because after living my post delivery life, I was convinced that I just don’t have the time and energy to keep up with washing 10 poo stained diapers a day.

But, it turns out that T has a very sensitive (and expensive) butt… she doesn’t tolerate cheap diapers very well! So we ended up experimenting with a few different brands.

L-R: Drypers wee wee dry, Huggies ultra tape, Mamypoko Extra Dry tape

L-R: Mamypoko standard pants, Huggies Dry pants

L-R: Merries tape, Huggies ultra pants

 

Drypers Wee Wee Dry

Price: RM0.42/piece

T used this for her first couple of weeks. Because she pooped like every 2-3 hours, this was a cheaper option that won’t burn a hole in my pocket. However, the absorption is like crap and on unlucky days, fast flowing poonami shoots right out the diaper like a volcanic eruption. The cheap price is sometimes not worth all the clean up work I had to do – scrubbing poo-stained clothes and washing poo off the floor and furniture and bed sheets!!

Verdict: Noooooo 😦

Huggies Ultra tape

Price: RM0.56/piece (promo price)

This is one of the better brands (hospital recommended) that does not cause diaper rash. Huggies Ultra is a bit on the pricey side but well worth it as it has better absorption and can last way longer (the packaging says 12 hours, but it usually lasts 6-7 hours for T if she didn’t poop in it). I’m pretty happy with it since T doesn’t get any nappy rash and her poonamis don’t explode out and splatter all over.

The downside however, is that the diaper gets very bulky when full and most of the time, the gel pops out on the surface and sticks to T’s bum. The size is a bit smaller too compared to other diaper brands. And it’s quite pricey without sale/promotion.

Aeon sometimes offers a good price for this, RM66.99 for 2 mega packs (M60).

Verdict: Will buy only during promotion. Good to use during travels too as it contains mess very well.

Huggies Dry tape

Price: RM0.44/piece

This is a cheaper Huggies option for me (I’m a big fan of Huggies now). It does not leak any gel on the surface unlike the Ultra type. As its name suggests, it’s very dry! And quite soft too, although not as soft as the Japanese brand diapers. However it does not last that long and I usually need to change it after 3-4 hours.

Verdict: Will continue using this at day care.

Huggies Dry Pants

Price: RM0.48/piece

I love this pants diaper by Huggies too. It’s basically the same as Huggies Dry tape but this is the pants type. It’s easier to put on especially when T is rolling around or kicking, making it difficult to tape a diaper around her waist. The pant diaper also looks more comfy due to the stretchable waistband.

Verdict: Will continue using this for day time use at home 🙂

Huggies Ultra Pants for Girls

Price: RM0.98/piece

This was the most expensive diaper I’ve ever bought. The design is very pretty, comes in pink for girls. The diaper is very thin and soft and is able to last all night (10-12 hours). Superb quality, but pricey!

Verdict: Love it, but will not buy again unless if there is an irresistible  promotion.

Mamypoko Extra Dry tape

Price: RM0.71/piece

This is one of the pricier brands around and also superb quality. This diaper is super thin, soft, and yet able to stay dry all night long (12 hours as advertised!) and absorbs poonamis very well too!

The downside, it does not have an elastic back, so it can’t stretch to provide a better, snug fit. When T kicks and trashes around too hyperactively, the diaper sometimes slides off. I don’t like to fasten it too tight as I worry she might feel uncomfortable.

Verdict: Love it, but not gonna buy it again as I prefer diapers that come with an elastic backing.

Mamypoko Standard Pants

Price: RM0.44/piece

This is the cheaper variant of Mamypoko. It is quite stiff and has a boring design/print.  The back part does not fully cover T’s butt, therefore poonamis sometimes leak out from the waistband! I need to change this diaper every 3-4 hours as it gets pretty heavy by then and feels hot and damp.

Verdict: Not gonna buy this anymore 😦

Merries tape

Price: RM0.77/piece (promo price)

This diaper is by far the one I love most (funny, since I’m not the one wearing it! 😀 ) It’s super thin, super absorbent (no poonami leaks at all!), has elastic backing, feels extremely soft and comfortable.

The downside is that it’s really pricey to purchase this at supermarkets (since it’s fully imported from Japan). I got it really cheap online from 11street (in total about  RM49++ including shipping for M64). Quite a bargain for a super premium brand.

Verdict: Super love this brand. Will definitely buy again if there is any online promotion.

Oh by the way, all the prices above are stated for M size since T is currently wearing that 🙂

To conclude, I am now a big fan of Huggies and also Japanese brand diapers as they are very thin and gentle on T’s skin. And contain poonamis very well!

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Cloth diapers

Before T was born, we bought a number of cloth diapers to try out simply because it’s more environmental friendly than disposables. However, we never managed to try it on T after she was born as she was way too tiny to fit in the cloth diapers which were too big and bulky!

Today, after 5 months… T could finally fit in one.


10 minutes after wearing, T pooped in it! Ugh….it sure ain’t fun to clean up poop from a cloth diaper.

It’s also quite thick and bulky which I think made her quite irritated especially in this hot weather. She is so used to wearing thin disposable diapers.

But the cloth diapers definitely look adorable on her. I will still be using disposable diapers at night and at day care, so I guess the cloth diapers will only be for weekend use…

Cloth diapers from Bamboolite, Adora and a couple of non branded ones. Bamboolite ones are the thickest and most pricey but supposedly most absorbent.