Thursday, 5 June 2014

Baby Bibs

Look at what we found in our mail the other day.

Gorgeous hand made bibs from Juju's Patch

Auntie Juliana from Gisborne had hand sewn them specially for Kate. Juliana has a real knack for sewing and recently started Juju's Patch, which specialises in hand made items from different sorts of gorgeous fabric. The thing about hand made stuff is that everything will be unique and there is no two alike, just like Kate. :)   

She likes it.

Bibs. They are absolute must haves for new parents. Especially when baby reaches about 4 months old and starts to grow teeth. Along with teething comes drooling, lots of drooling.

While we could get away with using facial wipes during the first 3 months, it was more practical and economical to use bibs after that. On a long day out, we would bring along at least 4 bibs to last the day. At home, we have bibs strategically stationed around the house to facilitate a quick change.

To help you, we've compiled a list of items to look out for when shopping for a bib for baby.

1. Soft Material
Because you're wiping baby's face all the time and you want it to be as smooth an experience as possible. The very same rationale why we go for 3 ply tissues over 1 ply sandpaper.

Soft and smooth.

2. Look Good Or Cute
The bibs should really look good or cute because the reality is that they will be covering most of what baby is wearing. When baby looks good, mummy and daddy feel good too.

Lookin good.

3. The One That Holds It Altogether
The connector that most bibs come with are either a strip of velcro, a pair of pinned buttons or a piece of string. Our order of preference would be velcro followed by pinned buttons and then strings. In fact, we would avoid the ones with strings completely because seriously, have you ever tried tying a knot with one hand?

The "couldn't agree more" look.

4. And Finally Try To Set Them Up Nice.
Unless, baby sees the lighter side of things.

She's havin a laugh.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Wellington Open Day

Wellington Open Day is back and entry to participating attractions in Wellington was just a gold coin. That's one or two dollars!

The Open Day is such a great idea because it gives everyone the opportunity to visit the different places of attraction around town, without having to worry too much about cost.

This year, there was quite an extensive list of places that we could choose from. We could have taken the scenic cable car ride or explore one of the many museums in Wellington. We could have gone to the Carter Observatory to gaze at the stars or hike along Zealandia to the sights and sounds of the protected wildlife sanctuary.

We were spoilt for choice but our final decision was easy and unanimous. "We're goin to the zoo, zoo, zoo..."

Wellington Zoo is very different from the Singapore Zoo. Area wise, it felt a lot smaller, although the animal displays were by no means any less impressive. It was just a pity that the weather was far from being the best. Wellington has been hit by strong winds of 140km/h throughout the weekend. That kept some of the animals away from their usual parading grounds.

Kate was very well behaved on her first field trip to the zoo. She must have been wondering where we were because she had that curious look on her face the moment we got there, constantly looking around. I don't think she has ever seen so many people in Wellington at the same place and time.

Trying to spot the Sun Bear

Up close and personal

"The only red thing is me!"

We also dropped by Matchbox Studios along Cuba Street to support Shufen, who was participating in ten minute potrait sessions. To draw a potrait of a stranger in ten minutes certainly requires a lot of talent and skill. She has definitely got both and you can view more of her work here.

We thought about a family potrait but ten minutes of posing(not moving) and an awake Kate didn't really match up. Maybe, next time.

On another note, we reckon Kate may have taken a liking for art too, judging from the smiles that we got from her as we walked through the exhibition. What do you think?