Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Baby/Nursing Rooms

As a new mom, discovering clean and spacious and practical baby rooms never fail to excite me. I remembered when my girlfriend brought me to Marina Square and showed off the baby rooms there, I was so impressed I remembered thinking to myself that wow I must make a point to only go to Marina Square if I need to do any shopping. Yes that was of course a suaku statement. Thankfully, I did discover more shopping centres with wonderful baby rooms and terrible ones too.

Some of the nice ones I've been to :

The nursing room at the basement next to the escalator. It was spacious and clean and even has a cubicle for toddlers/little kids! It's great cos u can bring in your stroller and will not cause the place to be congested. There's also private rooms for u to breastfeed.
It's also got a nice clean sink and equipped with a hot/cold water dispenser.

I come here occasionally with my girlfriend and we go to the baby room on level 3 (I think) that's inside Isetan. The baby room is spacious too with 2 private nursing rooms. And it's got about 3 areas for u to clean your baby. So u don't have to wait in queue to clean up your little one. And let's say you forgot to bring tour wet wipes, you can grab and buy one right outside the baby room.

I'm not sure if they have a baby room at every level. But try to avoid going to the one that's the same level as the kids' playground. Because whenever I'm there, there's usually a queue and if you're cleaning up ur child, you will be pretty pressured by the queue behind you especially because you can be seen clearly through their see-through doors.
And that's another thing that I don't get, the transparent doors. Because if you're a nursing mom, that's really inconvenient.

With that said, the nursing rooms on the lesser popular floors are easily accessed. There are clear signs to get there. And it's equipped with hot water for those who need to make milk for your babies.

City Square Mall

The baby room in City Square Mall is comfortably sized with 2 small cubicles for breastfeeding moms. It's always pretty clean and u can wash up your little baby there comfortably. Besides, if you forget any baby stuff u can always get them easily from Toys R Us or any of the baby shops there.


I have been to Tan Tock Seng and a couple of other hospitals for visiting. And whenever I asked any of the staff or nurses whether there are any nursing rooms, the answer is no.
Luckily there are some nurses who are kind enough to allow me to nurse in an empty room for a short period of time.

Having said all of the above, the point is, if the management of a shopping centre is keen in pulling bigger family crowds to your shopping centre, please do create sufficient baby rooms which are clean and practical for moms to clean our babies and decent coverage for us who are breastfeeding.

Interestingly, I have also discovered many times some people without babies misusing the baby rooms. I don't mind if there are people occasionally dropping to fill up their water bottles or mugs with hot water but I have seen an uncle using the kids' toilet in the baby's room at 313! And he was so nonchalant about it. Also there have been instances some people hogging the nursing area just for them to catch a nap. That's really inconsiderate if there's a mommy who needs to use it to nurse her baby.

P/S : This post will be updated as and when I discover more baby/nursing rooms.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Back From A Long Hiatus. Hopefully there won't be another.

The first thing I did when I decided to blog again was to check whether my blog is still valid. Just in case blogspot had shut it down because of prolonged inactivity. 
Next, I discovered I could successfully log into my blog! Major success y'all. Hurray.
So i saw that my last blog was dated last March 2014. Not baddddd.. I honestly thought I hadn't blogged far longer than that. Haha as if being on a hiatus for about 16 months wasn't bad enough. 
The last time I blogged, I was in front of the computer with swollen feet, bloated face, tired arms and a baby in my tummy. And now here I am with a super active 13 month old baby boy! So much has happened and changed. No more spontaneous coffee/dessert dates with my girlfriends, everything has to be planned. So that I can grab the baby carrier, bring extra diapers, pack his snacks/food while I'm on a date with my good friends. 
No more fun lounging on the sofa just-cos-i-feel-like-it moments, because I have to make sure he's not crawling into danger zones. Or putting microscopic things in his mouth. And everytime he sleeps, that's my cue to quickly get my rest because once he wakes up I better make sure that I can keep up to his military speed. As I'm typing this, I just realised there's so much I need to update you what has happened to my life in the past year. It has indeed been exhilarating - my baby boy whom I'm obsessed with, hosting a signature sunday breakfast show on TV, my radio show Girlfriends got to be on TV, me losing weight during confinement then putting it all back on (and even more) when I got back to work, releasing my first batch of my own line of clothes, my hair loss during post-partum, me discovering the best and the worst baby rooms in shopping centres, oh so so many things to share! I've got so much to share that I don't know where to start! Hmmm. Well ok, I think my next post shall be on how to maintain your sanity when you need to pack before heading out with a newborn. Haha. Because I remembered how packing to go out became an event in itself. I shall save that for the next post. Well, it's late now and I better get to sleep while my son is in deep sleep. Talk to u later. Hopefully not in a year's time.

Lots of love, kisses and baby wipes,
Fiza O