Newborn and first 6 months clothes – what to buy?


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Most first time parent wonders how much clothes to buy? and What to buy? before the arrival of their newborn. I’m no different. I ask all my experienced friends, relatives and colleagues. Search and read every article I can find online.

So, I thought I’ll share with you all my experience. Before I buy any clothes for baby R, I always keep these 5 points in mind. Even till today, I still do.

  • Newborn / Toddler grow very fast!
  • Easy to wear and remove
  • Easy to wash and dry
  • Soft, Stretchy and Simple
  • Never buy Full price whenever possible


  • Newborn / Toddler grow very fast!

Seriously, they grow very very fast, especially in the first 12 months. One minute they look like they are drowning in the clothes, the next thing you know, it’s too small.

Bear in mind that you will tend to receive quite a fair bit of clothing as gift from friends / family. So, don’t get crazy buying every piece of cute and adorable clothing out there. (I know it’s hard to resist…I fail many times myself.)

The way I try to limit my purchase is to keep a tab on how much clothes baby R has at any one time. All her clothes are separated into category and whenever any clothes don’t fit anymore, I remove them into a separate basket. Once the basket is full, I vacuumed pack them accordingly. That way, all the packs are kept away accordingly to size. This way, I get to see immediately if any of the piles are getting lower, which means it’s time to re-stock.

  • Easy to wear and remove

Newborn are extreme fragile and soft. Most of their body are quite limp. So, if you are a first time parent handling them, it is really a scary experience to cloth them. Picture this scenario, limp baby crying with poo all over them and while halfway trying to clean up, the baby peed. (YES. It happens)

Being easy to wear does not means it is easy to remove (E.g. Rompers which only snap at the bottom)

These are BAD for me. When the baby poo and leak out… Do you really want to remove it over their head?! If you really like rompers button bottom, please make sure it has enveloped neckline. (these are the foldovers you see at the shoulders. If you push them apart, you can then slip the rompers downwards over their body. Or, you get rompers which can easily be open in the middle (mostly are style like a wrapover type)


Example of Enveloped Neckline – From Mothercare

In fact, when baby R was a newborn, she only wear FRONT button down shirt (Yes- FRONT button down is important. It’s really hard to button babies on the back and I seriously think it’s not comfortable for them).

I’ve seen many baby clothes with back zipper and I seriously think it is really uncomfortable for the poor wee thing since they spend most of their time lying down on their back.

I dressed baby R in Long sleeves shirt for night time and short sleeves in the noon. No pants. Diaper only. Why?

Because Asian loves to swaddle the babies up really well. The believe is that the baby will not grow up to be well behave?! RIGHT?! But I like swaddling baby R because she seems to sleep better. Baby R surprisingly still loves to be swaddle even at 5-6 months old. In the afternoon, we just drape the swaddle blanket to cover her half body (bottom half).

It is always a good idea to keep your baby warm even though at times you might think it is very uncomfortable for the baby. Since the baby is already well bundled, it is pointless to put on pants since she’s wearing diaper. On top of that, newborn tends to poo and pee almost every 2-3 hours, which requires the constant need to take off and put on their pants.

After baby R turn 3-4 months, I prefer to buy the semi-jumpsuits (it’s like jumpsuit without the long pants and long sleeves) which opens up right in the middle down for noon time. And night time is 2 piece (long sleeve shirt and long pants). This way, if you REALLY need to change the pants at night, you only need to remove the pants without disturbing the upper torso.


This is typically how Baby R is dressed at night. She’s wearing a WrapOver Longsleeve bodysuit and Long pants from H&M, Beanie and Mitten from Mothercare

I only start putting on the full jumpsuit on her at night after she’s 6 months old. That was when swaddling no longer work and she roll all over the place in her cot. I also start her on wearing her sleeping bag then.

  • Easy to wash and dry

Newborn and babies goes thru clothes like crazy. I recall on certain days, baby R actually had to be changed like 4-5 times. And then, there are the mittens, booties, bibs, handkerchief / napkins, beanie and swaddle.

Hence, it is essential to check that clothes are machine washable / and quick to dry. That way, you can minimise the quantity you need to buy. I once bought a really cute outfit and turns out certain “soft” area takes FOREVER to dry due to the padding.

Some clothes are so fragile, it needs to be hand washed, dry flat and under shade. AVOID ‘em unless you REALLY truly love it.

  • Soft, Stretchy and Simple

Newborn skins are very delicate. So, try to get textile which are soft. I prefer cotton or bamboo. And you will need to hold onto your baby quite often (especially if you are breastfeeding), so you will also benefit hugging onto something soft! ;p

I love anything which has stretch for the babies. It’s so much easier to manoeuvre while trying to put on the baby’s cloth with minimal gymnastic movements on the wee thing. Clothes which stretch also fit better for a longer time (longer means 2-3months in baby world). I kid you not; they can outgrow their clothes in 2 weeks!!! Especially the newborn stage (first 1-2 months).

Keep the clothing simple. No ribbons sticking out here and there or anything detachable. It’s really dangerous. Be really careful especially on the mittens you buy. The baby loves putting their fist into their mouth and chewing it, making it wet and slimy within 2-3 hours. I had to keep changing them to make sure her tiny finger stays fresh.

  • Never buy Full price whenever possible

There’s always surprisingly good deals for baby clothes everywhere all the time. Some of the brands I really love (e.g. Mothercare, Poney, H&M and etc) have at least 2-3 times sales every year. It is essential to plan your purchase and buy periodically.

Whenever I get notice of a good sale, I’ll always raid baby R’s cupboard. Then, I’ll make a list of items and how many pieces I need. That way, I can head out to the sales making informed purchase. (Of course you will have impulse buying… but, at least you will control that knowing what are the thing the baby needs and what are the thing “you” think the baby need. LOL)

Always remember that IF you don’t find any good deal this round, there’s always next round.


For those of you who would like a list, below are just some suggestions of what I think are essential (bear in mind that I stay in a tropical Asian country and the baby laundry is done on DAILY basis)


Newborn (0-2 months)

4 x Long sleeve shirt

6 x short sleeve shirt

4 x swaddle blanket

6 sets of mittens

4 sets booties / baby socks

4 x beanie (very important to keep baby’s head warm)

10~15 pcs of napkin / handkerchief (get those big soft thin layer types – you go thru em like crazy)


Baby (3-6 months) – Additional from the Newborn sets

4 sets of 2 pcs Pyjamas (long sleeve shirt & long sleeve pants)

3 x short sleeve shirt

3 x pants (short / long depend on you)

4 x rompers / semi jumpsuit

4 bibs

** 3-4 sets of really cute outfit since you will be bringing your little one out for show and tell more during this stage (You will also need a good BIG diaper bag now)


Have fun shopping !






Best time to Travel with baby?


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Personally, I wanted to get Baby R on a plane as soon as possible.

But hubby felt it might be better after she had at least a few rounds of vaccinations. I’ve known some friends who are already flying with their little ones at 2 or 3 months old (Respect!!!). But on hindsight, babies do sleep a lot during those ages, so… it is much easier to fly then.

We finally agreed on a 6th month mark. At least she will then be able to sit steadily by herself and also got most of her important injections.

In order to better prepare ourselves, we planned a road trip with her first.

We learn one thing; she could only sit in her car seat for a maximum of 20-25mins before squirming and wailing. At most, we manage to push to 30-35mins if we continue to play peeka-boo with her. With this in mind, we planned our return trip with 30mins stop interval. It really helped her to stay calm and she even took an hour nap (bliss).

We notice that she drops off to nap as long as her 30 mins car seat ride crosses around her nap time. So, it will be like 15-20 mins into the car ride, doze off for 45-50 mins morning nap, wakes up drowsy and sit for another 15-20 mins.  This gives us about 75-90 mins of good solid driving, before we have to make a 30 mins interval stop.

However, when we try to time it with her afternoon nap (around 3:30 pm) it doesn’t work so well. Sometimes she doze off, sometimes she don’t. This come as a big surprise for me since she normally only take about an hour nap in the morning and a deep 90-120 mins nap in the afternoon. We thought she would travel better during the afternoon nap. So, don’t let their normal routine fool you into thinking that it will be the same when travelling.

After the road trips, we decided that she’s ready for the plane. She is about 8 months old when we took her to the immigration to get her passport done. Process was surprisingly efficient and quick. I think we only spend about 2 hours in the immigration. They even offer to give her a free photo update once she passes 2 year old. Awesome!

Even with her passport ready, we decided to do a domestic flight as test run. The first destination was Langkawi. The flight journey was about an hour. We timed it to be around her morning nap, just like how we do our road trip.

Her first flight was with Malaysia Airlines. Good thing was they have a special check-in counter for those travelling with young children. We manage to get our boarding pass and check in our luggage within 25-30 mins. It was really amazing considering that it was school holiday & public holiday that day. So the normal queue was crazy long.


Sorry the picture is blur.

She was asleep as soon as we board the plane. After about 45mins nap, she woke up just as we are landing. I was a bit worried but thankfully she was still in her drowsy mode. Having a pacifier in her mouth helped as well, I guess. So, it was a fuss free first flight.


For our return flight, we try to test time it with her afternoon nap time (hoping that flight might be different from car ride). FAILED!

She refuses to sleep and was on full alert mode. When the plane got ready to take off, she was happily trying to climb mount mummy. It was really a struggle to try and get her to sit still. I gave up and just let her climb me while trying my best to hold on to her with the seat belt strapping me and her together (No – we didn’t fly with a car seat). The Landing was a bit rough and loud. So, imagine our surprise when the little one lifted up both her hand in the air and let out a loud “Wee….” just when the plane touch the ground. It was so funny we burst out laughing which prompt her to copy us and started fake-laughing also.

The subsequent flights, we planned it around her time. So, only morning flights for us for now… I really hate morning flights. sigh… Some of my friends actually find it easier to fly night time with their wee ones.

From the little experience we have travelling with her, I was really happy that we pace our travel bit by bit. It really helped us to understand her travelling behaviour, the best time for her to travel (different babies have difference preference) and also handling her during travel. NOT to mention, what to PACK?! LOL…

Don’t be afraid to travel with your little one.

Try to pace your travel plans and find out their temperament before attempting the long haul journey. But, if things don’t work out as hoped / prayed… just take a deep breath and try to enjoy.




5 Big ticket items which I think is the most important before the arrival of your first baby


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This post was specifically wrote for my cousin PS who is now carrying her first child.🙂 A BIG BIG congratulations and also big hug to you and Mr. E.

So these are the 5 Big ticket items which I think is the most important before the arrival of your first baby.

  • Cot, Mattress & Linens

When selecting a cot, the first thing you have to consider is the space you have. Are you planning to a separate nursery for your little one? Or will the baby be sleeping in the same room as you?

I wanted a cot that our little one could use till she’s at least 3. So, it will need to be big enough to do the job. At the same time since I plan to breastfeed, it’s easier that the little one sleep with us at that time. We finally decided on a cot which is big enough with wheels and still able to fit thru our bedroom door into the nursery.

Mattress should be of sufficient firmness and not too soft. If you think it’s too hard, you can always add a soft topper. Remember to get a mattress protector!


  • Car seat (SUPER important)

Not all country has a law which forbid transporting newborn without a car seat. But, even if your country doesn’t have it, it is advisable to USE it. (Please don’t think you are strong enough, or you slow careful enough, or that your place is very nearby. It’s call an accident for a reason)

I really love using the baby carrier between newborn till about 8 months old (when baby R hit 9kg). Babies tend to sleep a lot during the first few months. So, it was really easy to transfer between the car to restaurant or the stroller. We got her the Concord Air Safe (it was on sale!).

But, if you are looking to invest in one for newborn right up to 3-4 years old, then, you have to really research into it. Most car seat that has wide age coverage usually has several shortfalls.

It’s either they don’t recline enough, or the weight limit is very small (Please take note of weight limit, even if your child can fit into the sit doesn’t means it is still safe).

Some models out there have add-ons to allow the seat to fit newborn providing sufficient support. Remember, your child neck is still very flimsy until at least 3 months when they can lift up their head on their own (plenty tummy time can help that).

Normally, the seat (in rear-facing) is meant for less than 9kg, and when rotate to front facing it can go up to 13kg. That’s where is become an issue for us. Baby R hit 9kg by the time she’s 8 months old. I would prefer to keep her in a rear-facing seat until she’s at least 24 months old (hopefully – one can hope). But, it’s not safe now since she hit the weight limit. Another problem was she’s taller and there was just not enough room for her legs sitting rear-facing. So, she gets very frustrated and cries after 15mins in her seat. This is the Concord Ultimax.

After some debate with myself, I made the wallet-painful decision to get her another car seat which allows her to be in rear-facing for longer period. This time, I spend hours doing research because I don’t want to regret again. We finally got her a new seat which fulfils the new European i-Size standard. The car-seat is suitable for rear-facing until the age of 4 or 105cm height limit or 23kg weight limit. AWESOME ! I love the Concord Reverso.

concord reverso

Picture from the Concord website.

Remember to always choose the Rear-facing car seat for newborns right up to 2 years old. I know many parents find it really hard to force your toddler to sit rear-facing. So, parents will have to make many hard decisions and sometimes convert to front facing earlier than the standard recommendation. Please know that Not all children are the same… so please don’t judge!

Thankfully, baby R is still oblivious to the world of front facing and is still strapped on rear facing till date (18 months ++). There were one period (around the 10months mark where she refuse to sit in her car seat). So, mummy cheated and plays the cartoons on her handphone while baby sits in her car seat.  Luckily, it was just a phase and she outgrew it. After 2 weeks, she revert back to sitting in her car seat with no fuss.


  • Confinement consumables : Chinese Herbs, Ginger/Rice Wine & Sesame Oil

This is mainly applied for Chinese / Asian heritage mums. I am not a big fan of Chinese herbs, myself. There are so many varieties and grade out there, its so mind boggling. There are so many horror stories out there of Medical hall  selling low grade and bad quality stuff.

My Dad knows one of the Chinese Medical hall doctor quite well so I felt slightly better getting my confinement herbs. Aside from the daily herbal soup you have to drink, there’s the red date water which you are only allow to drink during the whole period. Yes – NO WATER at all. I wasn’t a big fan of the red date drink so I got my mum to make it really light and diluted.

And then, there’s the herbs which you need to boil in water to take bath in, for both the mother and the baby. Thankfully, I manage to “convince” my mum to allow me to bath everyday (even though it was herbal bath – I was happy). AND, I really tried my best to not wash hair. BUT, after 8 days I went on strike and was allow the luxury of washing my hair!

All these herbs are NOT cheap!

During confinement, the mother is expected to consume a large amount of ginger, sesame oil and rice wine (supposedly it helps to balance back the heat in the body). Hubby is shock by the amount of alcohol a mother has to drink. He thinks confinement mothers are alcoholic.

Since I was breast feeding, I kept the alcohol to really minimal level and I only take it once every alternate day (normally lunch), after I have feed the baby / pump.


  • Breast Pump & Milk storage bottles / bag

There are many breast pumps out there. Some are cheaper than others. Since I’ve only used ONE breast pump, I can’t really say if it is justifiable to splurge on one.

Being a working mum, I need to think efficient pumping. So, I was really biased towards the Medela freestyle double pump. Overall, it was really easy to use except using double pump made me feel more like a cow. LOL… especially since the pump makes a sort of “moo moo” sound. Some have complained that it makes a really loud noise but I found it quite soothing especially when I’m pumping in the room at 3am!

I also love it because I can pump hands-free. Strapping on 2 pumps was really hard when I started working. So, I resort to pumping one at a time using the hands-free. It was awesome. I could continue working on my computer while pumping my milk.

During the beginning of the breast milk journey, there was just not enough milk to go around for storage. So, keeping it directly in the bottle was easier. Most breastmilk can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days. You do see separation over time but it’s usually just the fat content which you can easily stir and mix well again. As for me, my milk supply was only enough for about 1 day supply (oh well…). I think I only manage to store 3-4 bags of milk in the whole 6 months plus journey of breastfeeding.

The rest of the storage freezer bags I bough were later use to keep her baby food puree.


  • Changing Table

Ok – This is not really a big ticket item depending on your creativity. Personally, I didn’t really spend much. I used my existing Ikea table. The only thing I splurged on was the changing mat / cushion which come with a safety belt.

This was really useful especially when the baby starts to turn (which is usually between 4~5 months). It’s just an extra safety precaution for me even thought I never walk away while changing the baby.

It also helped to distract the baby while being strapped down. For some reason, mine was especially focus on the “tails” of the strap.

So, these 5 items which in my opinion are in the big-ticket items you should get before the baby arrives. Please note that it will be different for everyone as we all have different needs and also different culture.