Sunday, August 2, 2015

Halo SleepSack Swaddle

When Jerson Clyde was a nursling, (and as a new mom of a newborn), I fell asleep - and I said it as if it was a crime, and that time, that is what I felt. My boob where he is feeding covered his entire mouth and nose; he is breastfeeding and I fell asleep. I didn't feel his sucking and so I suddenly woke up and jerk Clyde because I felt he wasn't breathing. He is not breathing! He looks pale and so I blow his mouth with air - that was my first CPR. He sucked air back to his lungs and I let him cry his heart out. The rest was history, what I actually meant was, since then I am paranoid. I always jerk at night to see that my babies' faces are not covered, blocked; that they are still breathing, their tummies are moving - it freak the ship out of me, always.
Aside from that incident, I also used to put all the cute things inside Clyde's cradle and playpen. Wrong! Once I put his baby pillow standing on top of his head, I turned around and seconds later hear him muffling. It turns out, the pillow fall on his face. On his face! That also freak the dish out of me! Apparently, my experiences are not remote incidences - those were real horror stories of some parents who lost  their kids to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).  Read more about SIDS here.
I learned about Halo SleepSack on a MommyMundo and Cordlife event's Baby, Bumps and Beyond wherein Ms. Ives Lim-Esteban, the very woman behind Halo Philippines presented the Halo SleepSack, information about SIDS and How to Safe Sleep Baby in easy ABC step!
  • Alone. In other terms, avoid bed-sharing. And if you can't help it for whatever reason, like me because of lack of space, breastfeeding and you just can't let the baby away from you, then just let the baby sleep between one adult, probably the breastfeeder aka mom and a wall. That's 50% less likely that an adult aka dad will squish the baby in bed when sleeping. If you are breastfeeding and a heavy sleeper, make sure you move away from baby after sleeping to make more space between the two of you.
  •  On their Back. Always place your baby to sleep on his back. - Logically, it is the best position for babies, who were still new at breathing, to sleep. Not on their tummies, not on either left or right sides, but on their back. Tummy time is important, but not when sleeping as it contributes to baby's difficulty in breathing.
  • In a bare Crib. With firm mattress and tight-fitting sheet. No toys or whatever. Bare. If you don't let the baby sleep on the crib, read the first bullet again. No toys or whatever also means no loose sheet. That is where Halo SleepSack enters.
The HALO SleepSack is a warm, cuddly blanket that babies can't kick off, ensuring baby sleeps soundly through the night. Therefore, in addition to sleeping safer, it helps babies sleep better too, thus promoting healthy physical, mental, and emotional development
Halo SleepSack wearable blanket is the only product that carries the gold seals from leading SIDS and safety organizations in the U.S. and Canada.
* Fist Candle SIDS Alliance
* Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths
* International Hip Dysplasia Institute
* Innovation Award for Consumer Safety - Home Safety Council Award
* iParenting Media Award
* Named #1 Must Have - Baby Years Magazine Top 10 Must Haves
HALO SleepSack Philippines
HALO SleepSack Philippines
Plus, Halo SleepSack is so fashion forward! ;)
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Saturday, August 1, 2015

MBF: Hello August!

Today is the first day of August and it is a beautiful sunny Saturday or so they tell me...
My train of thoughts as always is not collected - random and very messy; to make things easier I will let this fart out fast and in bullets!
  • MBF - this is my latest blog scheme. <insert evil lolling and eye rolls here> Apparently, my brain farted this morning due to lack of sleep and I decided that I will do a random MBF once in awhile. Like farts, it could go like a deadly breeze without the deadly smell or like a silent killer with toxicity. Whatever. In short, MBF means Mum's Brain Fart. There. Just a thought of bubble that I badly need to burst out in the cyber world.
  • This is an example of my brain farting: Today is Saturday. Actually, ubos na ang kalahati ng Saturday! Yep, you may say that I just opened my eyes. I haven't got off of bed yet. Sabe kasi ni Jerson magtitimpla siya ng kape - I waited. It turns out, nagluto na siya ng lunch! Good morning! 11:55am pa lang naman. smile emoticon #newbornparents #instablog #tmi
  • MBF - like everything else in this wall is a non-formal writing, but this time it's tag-lish. Farts most of the time will be personal, like vlogging without the video. A snippet of our everyday lives.
  • Yup, there will be photos - quotes, stolen shots. But no, this is different from the Photo Blog. My photo blog usually consist of scenes from our travels.
I'm excited for August, for the rain. August is kind of unique, whimsical even.Unlike the ber-months, I felt that in August, odd things usually happens like once in a lifetime love - or maybe it's just me.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Preschool at the Fort Soft Launch

Looking for the right school is a personal thing, for me it's like searching for your soulmate, like the right OB-Gyne and pedia doctor. There must be that sparkle, the feeling of comfort and ease; because after all, the experience is private and personal.
TBH, I'm torn on whether to homeschool Clyde (because we travel a lot) or just let him attend conventional school (because as of now, I don't have enough time). First off, I'm wham-ing (work-at-home mom with no helper) and I ebf my almost two-month nursling (exclusive breastfeeding without pump; I patronize breastfeeding yet I hate the pump, what a convenience! But that's another story).
Preschool technically means before school, so even when I'm so eager to make Clyde learn to read, write and do the math right away, I want to take it easy on him.
Having said that, I rely on Disney Junior's High Five, Baby TV and Youtube's The Mother Goose Club to do some teachings. One guilty mom here! So when Ms. May of FullyHousewifed invites moms with toddler to try Preschool at the Fort, I immediately said yes.
the calm before the storm...
Preschool that focuses on play is enough for kids to prepare themselves for real school. By play, means practicing children's social skills, includes actively moving around which will strengthen their gross and fine motor skills.
Teacher Edgar reminds us to bring a bottle of water, towelette and extra shirt so apparently, Preschool at the Fort offers play-based learning - the best early childhood education practice. It is learning less the stress and more of the fun. They cater kids 3-5 years old to explore their environment, discover things while encouraging their talent. Learn based on their strength, do activities where they are good at, and support their interest be it music, art, numbers, etc.
I liked the idea of play-based learning. It is logical to think that the best way to get the toddler interested on learning is while they are having fun in a relaxed environment. No stress yet, besides they're just toddlers, let them have fun, let them be. I now strongly believe in the idea of stress-free environment especially after reading the recent news about this tragedy.
I learned that what happens on the first years of life is a crucial factor of what they will become as adults. That is the reason why I breastfeed Clyde for the first 6 exclusive months and let him self-wean at age 3. That is also why I like Preschool at the Fort.
Early Years Learning Framework of Preschool at the Fort focuses on
  • Children's Identity - the school addresses gender-biased point of view
  • Overall Well Being - physically and emotionally
  • To be a Contributing Citizen to Their World
  • Effective Communicators - socializing
  • Involved Learners - give and take relationship of teacher and student
Circle Time with Parents
The soft launch started with Kinder Music by Teacher Charis. Turns out, Teacher Charis is a professional singer and a pianist too.
Fast and Slow, Up and Down Dance with Teacher Cecille and Teacher Lei
Storytelling starred my kid - Farmer Clyde. Farmer Clyde who run around while the group sat on a circle - his classmates listening. My sister Beth told me, he is listening too while running around, he even answered correctly at times. I had a hard time making Clyde follow the crowd. Not because he don't know anything about Wheels on the bus and the Finger Family, heck, Incy Wincy is his best bud! But because he is intimidated by other toddlers; he is not used on sharing his adult's attention to others, that is why he is trying to go against the flow. As much as I want to start him schooling, I think he's not ready yet, maybe next year? I had to start on doing something about his social skills first or else he will tire out his teachers and suck everyone's energy. Oh Lloydie! The lesson ended in a song and a prayer too.
The best part about Preschool at the Fort aside from its relaxed environment, is that they are not very particular in taking school work at home aka homework. Schoolwork stays at school. Who wants burned out toddlers anyway? Plus, it may dismay them on entering the world of proper education, turn off their enthusiasm to learn because homework at this stage is just an unnecessary pressure.

Learn more about Preschool @ The Fort here:

For more information contact:
Edgar Cartera
Administrator - Preschool @ The Fort
0917 528 3933
0998 554 2982
(02) 510 8603
Preschool @ The Fort is on the third floor of Treston International College.