One of Z’s godmothers gave him a Bumbo Chair last Christmas. She had it shipped from the US that’s why we just got it on February. The timing of the gift’s arrival was just right since Z was starting to hold his head steadily.
The main concern in using the Bumbo was if his thighs were going to fit! Needless to say, my baby boy’s gifted with BIG THIGHS! And we were so happy that he fits, maybe a bit snug, but he does!
Aside from the orthopedic issues and accident reports, we like the Bumbo Chair for the following reasons:
It gives Z a new view. After months of lying down on his back (and occasional tummy time), he can now see his environment in a different perspective.
It can be Z’s feeding chair! We’re still unsure if we need to buy a high chair given our very limited space so this could suffice for the meantime. There are legs that can be attached to it to make it look like a high chair but it doesn’t look safe to us.
We can interact with him face-to-face. I really like it when I see his face when I’m showing him a book or singing nursery rhymes with him. These moments just melt my heart <3
Of course, with any baby paraphernalia, utmost caution and care is required. We never leave Z alone in the Bumbo. And to be safe, we put pillows around him in case of any incident now that he’s gaining mobility.
While it is a great innovation, I don’t deem the Bumbo to be a necessity. Babies will learn to sit on their own so there will be no need for support anymore.
Z seems to enjoy sitting on it (but only for less than an hour!) and anything given is well-appreciated in our household!
Because we’re already planning our HK trip this summer, Z needs a passport to join us. So, last Tuesday, we trooped to the DFA for his passport appointment. I was surprised at the efficiency of the DFA’s new system. Here’s how our trip went:
I’m not sure when the new breastfeeding lounge was officially opened but it was only last week that I got to use it. The lounge is located between Crossing’s and Planet Sports. There’s a sign leading to it along with a female restroom. This is the second breastfeeding area in the mall (the other one inside Rustan’s, 3rd floor). We can nurse anywhere but I’m happy that Shang Mall is being a breastfeeding-friendly mall since we practically live there!
I love how roomy it is, especially when a lot of strollers would be put in. It is also ventilated really well. There are 2 changing pads you’ll see upon entering. It was soft and cushiony. My only problem with that is the lighting fixture I needed to work around with to ensure Z’s clean bottom. They’ve also got 2 sinks but the soap dispenser is still empty.
Moving on inside the room, you’ll be greeted by 5 yellow orange chairs that doesn’t look comfortable. And it isn’t. I wish they could change it to a sofa-like chair with a wider opening. It was a bit narrow for me and Z and he’s just 4 months, what more a mom who needs to nurse a toddler. I also suggest putting pillows to help moms and babies be more at ease in a marathon feeding session. At the far end of the room sits a new refrigerator which is still not turned on and a sink.
The lounge has house rules such as no entry to male guests and no food and drinks other than water allowed. I can abide to these rules but who shall I tell in case someone’s not as there is no attendant inside.
I’m happy that Shangri La Mall is gearing up to be a breastfeeding-friendly mall. Next step is to put changing pads in all of their restrooms! I’m hoping that breastfeeding lounges doesn’t mean that we can’t nurse anywhere in the mall, recalling the incident in another mall. At the most, I’m pleased that our 2nd home is thinking about nursing moms like me!