Team Sassy Mama rounds up all the things we have tried, tested and loved for the month of October, from healthy pet food to comfy pregnancy pillows, snazzy strollers and family-friendly dining experiences
We’re always on the lookout for the coolest new things here at Sassy Mama. Sometimes we get invited to try out new products and experiences, and sometimes we come across something great in our daily lives that we just have to share. So here’s what we are loving this month – family-friendly products and experiences that we have tried for ourselves and think are worth raving about!
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Syazana: Babyzen Yoyo+ Stroller
I know this stroller comes recommended a lot among mamas in Singapore, but it’s for a good reason – the Babyzen Yoyo+ is truly a great stroller for on-the-go! We recently took it with us on our staycation and it was handy for taking bub around in the malls and sightseeing around Marina Bay. It’s so stylish in photos, too! The easy, compact fold makes getting in and out of the car a breeze. I love that it fits in the single-person gantry at the MRT station and navigates the narrow bus aisles easily. It comes in a number of beautiful colours – all of which are so pretty in fact, that I almost couldn’t decide! The Babyzen Yoyo+ is also highly raved about as a travel stroller, so I can’t wait till we can get on a plane again for us to take advantage of its compact fold in overhead storage!
Beate: Nutritious, Fuss-Free Pet Food from Nutrivore
We adopted a dog recently (not the ones pictured above though) – my kids had been begging for one for years and the opportunity just fell into our laps. Our new dog, a little Shih Tzu called Rascal, would pick at his dry kibble and we weren’t sure if he was getting enough nutrition. Nutrivore came to the rescue and soon Rascal was gobbling down his food eagerly. Nutrivore customises nutritionally complete and balanced meals for your pet, neatly packaged in a serving per day and delivered to your door in installments. The food is made with human-grade ingredients like beef, chicken liver, sweet potatoes and veggies. You keep the servings in the freezer, defrost in the fridge overnight and serve up as is. It’s perfect for enticing picky little pups to eat and so easy that my kids could take care of feedings (this was part of the contract I had them sign before we adopted)!
With Rascal’s tummy full, we just needed to work on his behaviour (incessant barking at guests, anxiety and other issues). We used Mark from Happy-Dog Training Hub. Mark came once a week for six sessions and the change in Rascal was remarkable (with lots of hard work our end in carrying out the tips – no quick fix there).
Happy-Dog Training Hub, www.happy-dogtraining.com
Kristin: BellaMoon Full Moon 7-in-1 Pregnancy & Nursing System
I have always been a massive pillow lover and pregnancy has only accentuated that. I thought I could get on with a simple extra pillow but when I made the switch to a pregnancy pillow it was a huge game changer and has only become more essential as my bump has grown. I love it so much I might keep using it post-pregnancy! I was a little overwhelmed by all the options when hunting for a pregnancy pillow, but I was immediately drawn to the BellaMoon Full Moon 7-in-1 Pregnancy & Nursing System because of its versatility and that it could be more than just a pregnancy pillow. It can also be used as an infant feeding pillow, baby lounger, tummy-time pillow, day cocoon/bed for feeding when lying on your side, nursing nest and even a nursing privacy cover – which can also be used as a play mat! It’s made up of five separate components that can easily be zipped together in a variety of ways. There’s no need to buy multiple pillows and baby products that ultimately end up taking up precious space.
Right now, I am really enjoying the pregnancy pillow configuration. It has definitely improved my sleep throughout the night as my bump grows and gives me lots of support. I don’t think I could sleep without it at this point and even brought it with me on our babymoon staycation. The infant feeding pillow configuration fits perfectly around my bump when sitting on the couch and makes for a great pregnancy laptop perch or even back support while watching TV. I also love the colours and patterns that it comes in. I have the pink “Feather Nest” colour and it’s beautiful. I don’t mind leaving it out on the couch during the day, and my dog definitely likes snuggling up in it too. Plus the cover can easily be removed and is machine-washable.
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Marisa: Kid-Friendly Dining Experiences that Impress
I was lucky to snag a spot for this highly sought after pop-up dining experience at Resorts World Sentosa called Aqua Gastronomy. They are currently fully booked, but we hear that they will be announcing an extension soon and may start to allow kids a bit younger than 10 years old. It’s lovely for a romantic evening or night out with friends, but I also think my kids would have loved eating dinner in that massive blue room under a private pod while manta rays and a hammerhead shark swam by! I recommend signing up for the waitlist and following them on social media so you can be the first to know when new slots open up.
I also got to check out the newly rebranded Arbora Hilltop Garden and Bistro at the top of Mount Faber. My kids loved the idea of taking the cable car to lunch making it feel really special. The menu was varied with both Western and local dishes and my kids claim the ‘Flower Pot Surprise’ dessert was the best thing they’ve ever tried! The views up there are stunning and walking over to Faber Point and Henderson Waves (or even all the way over to Hort Park) is a great way to make a whole afternoon of it.
Aqua Gastronomy, Open Ocean Habitat, S.E.A. Aquarium, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269, www.rwsentosa.com/en/restaurants/aqua-gastronomy
Arbora Hilltop Garden & Bistro, 109 Mount Faber Road, Faber Peak, Singapore 099203, www.onefabergroup.com/arbora
Atikah: EzPz First Foods Set
I bought the EzPz First Foods Set for my daughter when she was about nine months. I wish I had bought it earlier! She loves drinking from the little cup, which fits perfectly in her little, chubby hands. It doesn’t topple easily due to the weighted bottom design. I also love that the bowl lays flat and fits her IKEA’s Antilop baby high chair. The bowl really sticks to the surface and is easy to clean up afterwards. I usually let her use the spoon to try and feed herself, especially when she’s having her baby pasta. This set comes in different colours – ours is Blush! I would totally recommend this to mamas with little bubs who have just started their solids journey.
EzPz First Foods Set, available on Lazada and in stores at Motherswork, Mothercare, First Few Years, and Little Baby
Nadia: Long-lasting Nail Stickers by Dashing Diva
I’ve recently been experimenting with nail stickers because I found that painting my nails every week makes them turn yellow, especially if I use dark colours. There seemed to be just one place where I could get nail stickers, but I wasn’t a huge fan of their designs. So I did a little research and I’m now in love with Dashing Diva. It’s an international brand with a presence here in Singapore, which means one thing: super-fast delivery! I ordered a set of nail stickers over the weekend and it arrived on Monday! I’m a mom of two, so I’m always helping tiny humans open or peel stuff with my nails. These stick really well, and last for two weeks without peeling off. I’m also loving the glossiness! It looks like a professionally applied gel manicure and I’ve even got a set for my toenails to try this week. I’m never going back to painting nails!
Dashing Diva, www.dashingdiva.com.sg