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Advise On Baby Cribs

Anyone out there looking for baby cribs? If you are, read right on as I want to share a couple of tips with you. If you are not looking for cribs but will do so in the near future, read on too. If you are not looking for baby crib tips, share your thoughts with us after you finished reading this post. 😉

First tip: Buy one that is made of solid wood. Yes, those heavy hard wooden cribs. Solid wood cribs are more expensive than that of compressed fiber or some cheapo wood. You know why? Because once your baby grow some teeth, you will notice that she will start gnawing away on the crib. If it was made of compressed fibreboard, before long, your child will turn into a beaver.

Second tip: Get a mattress made of coconut husk. You should probably avoid foam made mattresses. Coconut husk mattresses are generally more hardy and firm. Firmness is good for your baby’s back. Since the mattress is made of fiber, it will be more cooling and airy ; your baby will welcome these characteristics especially on hot days. And because of its fibre-ry nature, it is much more porous than foam, which will be a plus point when your baby decides to soil it.

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When to Start Swimming Lessons?

I have always have had this dilemma. When is the right time for me to send my kids to swimming lessons? At what age should they start to learn how to swim? Asian parents generally are very protective of their offspring and like many, my wife would say a 7 year old is still too young to swim. What if they drank the pool water? What if water entered their nose? Worse still, what if the water entered their lungs? I know, paranoia.

Baby Swimming Underwater

My English friend, John, on the other hand, started her daughter’s swimming lessons when she was a few months old! I repeat, few months old! When John came a visiting us, we would hit off to the swimming pool on weekends. John will just throw is baby into the pool and to see the baby squirming underwater made a lump in my throat. A few seconds later, John will pick up the kids and they both laughed at each other. He does this every time we went swimming and does it countless of times. I will never do that to my kids – the fear of uncertainty is too intense for me.

John told me not to worry as babies and swimming are like ducks taking it to the water. I don’t know about ducks and I don’t think I will ever put my kids underwater; after all, I only started learning how to swim when I was 9.


Registering Your Child in Standard One

In Malaysia, when your child reaches age 7, it is compulsory for the child to be schooled.  Registration for children begins when your child is 5 years old.  Every year, schools open for Standard One registration on 1st March (except for weekends and public holidays).  However, this event is rarely announced as there will be swarm of parents clambering to the school office to register their children.

Here’s a tip to all parents – check with the school a week before March 1st.  Sometimes, schools quietly open for registration early in order to reduce the mad rush.  Have the following documents in hand when you go to the school office:

  1. Husband and wife MyKad
  2. Wedding certificate
  3. Child’s birth certificate
  4. Electricity Bill
  5. Local council bill
  6. Water bill
  7. A set of photocopied documents above
  8. Self addressed envelope (4″ x 9″) with 50 sen stamp

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