Moving to Sydney with a baby

On this post (I’ll keep updating it), I’m hoping to list all the things which I wish I had summarized for me when I relocated to Sydney, just in terms of things for bub here.

– Get a Blue book, you should be able to get this by asking the nurse at the early childhood health services. Bub’s get this given if they were born here (in the UK we get given a red book). It’s a plastic folder which has lots of useful numbers on it, including the health line (1800 number) to call with any questions. I’ve had to use it one night when bub had a very high temp. They were then able to provide after hours mobile GP service to come to our place that evening. (The mobile service was bulked billed).

Early childhood service, look up the service in your local area (local councils should be able to help you find out if you can’t find it via Google). This is where you take bub for their developmental checks, and if/when you have questions.

– There is also a Children’s directory there should be one for each council area – it lists all the children services (including early childhood services, playgroups, childcare, preschools, parks) e.g. for Strathfield it’s here: https://www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au/home/community/children-and-youth-services/

– Check out your local library for activities for bubs (such as nursery rhymes, story time). Some have a toy library for you to borrow toys for bub. Also try libraries near you but aren’t in your local council area. Some libraries accept members who are not  part of their council area. E.g. Concord library takes members from other council areas.

Playgroup NSW – they have a website, take a look to find PG’s near your area. You don’t have to join membership until you find one you want to go regularly to.

Softplay – most shopping centres have a free soft play area for little ones, school holidays are extremely busy … but if you go with a slightly younger bub during school times, it’s not too bad.

Baby Jogger City Mini Single Black/Gray

I’ve been evaluating/comparing/shopping for a light baby stroller, which hopefully will fit my bub in for another 2 years (until she’s 3 or 4ish). I’m working on uploading my comparison soon (wordpress doesn’t make putting tables in easy :P).

Anyway, finally decided on City Mini, so then obviously my task is to find the best possible price.

At time of writing, I purchased one only from Amazon US. Even including shipping back to Australia, it’s still cheaper than purchasing in Aus. They have a range of colours, but not all will ship to Australia, and the cheapest was black.

I will update this post when it arrives.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0072NCQQO/ref=ox_ya_os_product_refresh_T1

Note: it is the 2012 model, but eh, I’ve looked at the 2014 and am happy with not having the new 2014 features. My priority was the weight really, and that hasn’t changed.

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Aldis nappies

I usually by Mamia (Aldi’s own brand) of nappies for my bub … she’s on the koala size (check out Aldi’s website for details on sizing).

The pack contains 50 for $11.47 (23c per nappy).

A couple of weeks ago, Aldi had a box version of 84 for $17.99 (21.41c per nappy). FYI, I visit the Aldi at North Strathfield.

I’m not sure if it’s a special, or they plan to have it regularly, but I bought a box of Koalas and the next size up for bub, just in case.

Happy shopping mummies.

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For more shopping finds, I’ll be posting under “Shopping finds” category under the “Being a mum” menu.

I’m also putting up reviews on every day things under “Reviews” > “Baby products”

 

Toddler sized pastry filled snails or parcels

There are days where feeding bub is just not straight forward. I am constantly trying to make sure she gets her balanced intake of veg, protein and dairy (I don’t really have to worry about fruit with my bub). Add on top of that her strong will and desire to feed herself using forks, spoons and even chopsticks, there are meals where I think only one or two noodles or peas actually make into her belly.

During weeks where I think she really hasn’t had the right mix, I’ll make some pastry items for her. My bub loves them because she likes bread and biscuits in general and these pastries are toddler hands friendly. I insert into these snails or parcels whatever I think she needs a boost of.

Below is an example.

  • 1 sheet puff pastry (defrost)
  • a small wedge of ricotta (around 100-150 g)
  • chopped spinach around 4-5 cups (more if you want to slightly cook it first)
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese melted/softened in microwave for 10 sec (pick ones which are salty if possible)
  • 1 cup ham or chicken breast (cooked)

Preheat oven 200 C.

Mix all ingredients together

To make the parcels, cut puff pastry into small squares and line a mini muffin tray, with the corners hanging out.  Then put a spoonful of the mixture into the centre, and bring the corners into the centre ontop of the mixture.

To make snails, cover the pastry with the mixture, and roll (like sushi). Cut into small sections and lay onto a tray with baking paper.

Put into the oven for 20-35 minutes, depending on how crunchy and golden brown you like them.

[I’ve also used peas, carrots, corn, minced pork – cooked first. You can be as creative as you want]

Toddler friendly banana, oat and honey muffins

  • 1.5 cups of plain flour (you can use self-raising but I don’t keep two types of flour at home)
  • 1 cup oats
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup honey (you can add more or less, I don’t want mine to be too sweet)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of margarine (or similar) – melted (I put it into the microwave for 20sec)
  • 2 to 3 ripe mashed bananas
  • 1 C milk
  • 1 egg (beaten)

Preheat oven 180 C.

Mix the wet ingredients. Mix dry ingredients. Mix together.

Put into muffin trays, and bake until golden and to your liking.

My bub likes it crunchy on the top/outsides (she loves biscuits) so I leave it in the oven for 40-45 min (checking on them).

If you prefer it less crunchy, then 30min should be enough

I also use mini muffin trays for her, so she can hold it in one hand and it’s easier for her to manage.

🙂 Happy baking.

 

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Take it slow

Life is busy … as a parent … time just seems to fly … there’s always more to do than there are hours in a day … as a single mum … every thing is just that “little bit” harder …

There are days/moments where we get so caught up in “completing” what we need to do whether it is getting a meal prepared, getting the bags packed, getting to an appointment … even getting to church … we push/drag/tell our bubs to “hurry up” …

By the end of the day, or not even the end … we’re exhausted … we push our “personal needs” (sleep, personal time, meals) to the bottom of the list … I’ve had days where I didn’t think I could physically stay awake and do anymore …

Amongst all of the busy-ness, the bills, the getting through each day, getting through life … our bubs will remind us of the joy of our family, the joy they bring.

Every day, my bub has a way of showing me just how much she’s worth all of it … how much of a blessing she is to my life …. how thankful I am to God for bringing her into my life … and it makes me slow down, reminds me of what is important, reminds me to take it slow …

In the mornings when she wakes up … and gives me kisses (or slobbers) … then cuddles … even though we’re already 30min behind schedule of getting out of the house …

Driving in the car, and laughing hysterically, giving me her cheesy grin …  every time I turn around to check on her while being stuck in traffic … when we’re already running late …

Clinging to my legs … asking for “pouw pouw” (Cantonese for cuddles) when it is already past dinner time, and I’m still manically trying to get the food into the oven ….

Refusing to let me feed her … insisting to feed herself with a spoon but only managing to scoop up food one in three attempts, then out of those spoonfuls, only half make it into her mouth 🙂 … but when it finally does … the look of pride when she turns to me nodding with approval about her achievement 😛 …

Taking our time during bath time … watching her, giggle, laugh, splash 🙂 …

Watching her sleep … as she takes each breath … her little eyes, her little nose, her little mouth … her little fingers ….

All those moments … make everything else in life, the worries, the exhaustion disappear … where nothing is really that urgent … wishing there was a way to lock those moments into my aging memory … to remember every detail in those moments … to pause, to cherish, to be thankful ❤