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February 27, 2020

Baby Essentials Shopping List

MY OOTD:  Baby Carrier Baby Bjorn | Diaper Bag Prada | Beanie Asos | Boots Asos

I received countless requests to share my baby essentials shopping list on my blog, so here it is! I have highlighted and hyperlinked in pink the brand that I am using / like / popular options for your reference. Just know every mother & baby are different, these are things that have personally worked for me & my baby.

I know this list is super long and can feel overwhelming that there is so much to buy, but you don't have to buy everything in one shot, you can buy gradually. I have * the items that I feel are ESSENTIAL to have, the rest would be optional or nice to have. 

Happy Shopping!

Changing the Baby
  • Diapers* (newborn size to start) - I like Pure Protection Pampers for diapers as they are hypoallergenic & unscented, other popular diaper brands are Huggies / Moltex Biodegradable (eco-disposable nappies)
  • Rubber Changing Pad (optional)Skip Hop - didn't need or use this but its good to have if the baby has its own room
  • Waterproof Changing Pad Liners* - I got this from Amazon and use this at the moment as I don't have space for a diaper changing station, so I roll this out on to my bed and change her on this. It waterpoof, washable & reusable.  You can also put this on top of the rubber changing pad.
  • Diaper Cream* - Sudocream and Vaseline both helpful when baby has a diaper rash
  • Baby Wipes* - Water Wipes for on the go
  • Dry Cotton for Baby Bum* - At home, I wipe the baby's bum with Suzuran baby dry cleaning cotton and hot water
  • Jug/Thermos of hot water* - for cleaning baby bum
  • Diaper Caddy for Nursery and Shower Organizer* - I use this caddy from Amazon. Other really nice ones are Skiphop / Ubbi
  • Wipe Case Storage (optional) - Ubbi                                     
  • Nappy Bin (optional) - Diaper Genie - didn't need this as we would discard the diapers immediately, but if you don't have help this is good
  • Drawers to organize clothes - Ikea
  • Kimono Tie-Vests* - I used this until the umbilical cord fell off. Uniqlo / Wing on / Amazon
  • Baby Bodysuits/ Vests* - Love the bodysuit vests from Uniqlo
  • Sleep & Play suits* - Need quite alot of these, sometimes they poo through their clothes 2-3 times a day. I like the onesies with the hands and feet covered so I don't have to worry about wearing socks and mittens at home. AmazonMarks & Spencer / Mama's & Papa's / Bonds
  • Pants and Tops - Haven't used too many of these as I find the onesies easier
  • Socks - Mama's & Papa's / Amazon
  • Scratch Mittens  
  • Bibs* - I use the terry cloth bibs from Hudson Baby as they are durable and gentle on baby's skin.  
  • Sleeping Bag - Carters / Snuzpod
  • Muslin Swaddles* - Malabar Baby Aden and Anais  / Love to dream (zipper swaddles)
  • Laundry Basket* - any

Baby Bathing & Toiletries

  • Towels with Hoods* - Mothercare / Mama's & Papa's / Carters, Hudson Baby, Burts Bees Baby
  • Face Towels* - Amazon
  • Bodywash & ShampooSebamed / Cetaphil / Mustela - All are good, you need to see which one suits your baby's skin, I am currently using the Mustela & love it. 
  • Bodylotion*Sebamed / Cetaphil / Mustela
  • Sponge / Wash Cloth*Wing on
  • Q-tips / Cotton Buds *- Get small ones and normal size ones. Small one is to clean the belly button and normal size ones to clean outside of ears
  • Alcohol / Alcohol pads* - For cleaning the belly button till the umbilical cord falls off
  • Comb / Brush* - Mothercare
  • Bathtub* - Stokke / Skip Hop / Amazon
  • Insert/Net for Bathtub (newborn) - StokkeSkip Hop
  • Bathtub Stool (optional) - 
  • Bucket to wash water
  • Massage Oil* - Sweet Almond Oil / Coconut Oil / Himalayan Oil - I use the Gaia Baby Massage oil ( sweet almond oil with a mix of organic lavender and organic camomile pure essential oil from Australia. I would suggest try and see what suits the baby.
  • Hair Massage Oil* - Too cold at the moment to use coconut oil, so using Almond & Avocado oil from Mamaearth baby nourishing hair oil as avocado oil is good for baby hair growth.
  • Baby Nail File & Nail Cutter*Pigeon Nail Scissor / Amazon
  • Bath Thermometer (optional) - Amazon
  • Oral Wipes* - I clean inside the mouth using Soft Touch cotton wipe with filtered water
  • Colic / Gas Relief* - Mother's Bliss Gripe Water / Manzilla Oil MinYak Telon Oil
  • Nasal Aspirator* - Nose Frida / Pigeon
  • Saline Spray*Little Remedies (#1 Pediatrician Recommended)
  • Portable Heater (optional) - Its winter at the moment, so I put the heater on before massage and showering so she doesn't feel cold
  • Wipe Warmer (optional) - Amazon

Bedtime & Nap Sessions
  • Crib for your bedroom* - I use the Snuzpod and I absolutely love it! It's a 3-in-1 crib suitable for babies up to 6 months. It acts as a bedside cot, stand alone crib (which is a rocker/bassinet). You can co-sleep with this. Other popular options are the Chicco next 2 me / Snoo Bassinet ( The COOLEST crib I've ever come across, its good if you have no help. Snoo Bassinet is a responsive baby bassinet that boosts a baby's sleep by combining gentle rocking with soothing white noise and snug, safe swaddling.
  • Crib Mattress*Snuzpod
  • Fitted sheets for Crib*Snuzpod Sheets
  • Crib Pocket Accessory (optional) - Snuzpod
  • Blanket for Crib* - Malabar Baby / Aden and Anais / Mama's & Papa's 
  • Baby Lounger* - Sleepyhead Deluxe / Dockatot - Love this!!! Can move it around anywhere and put the baby in it. Can co-sleep in your bed sleeping with this, or I also put it inside the Snuzpod so she feels secure. Can use this from 0 - 8 months.
  • Baby Pillow* - BabymoovBBluv- Ergonomic head shaping pillow
  • Baby Bolsters - Malabar Baby
  • Waterproof matress cover for crib* - Snuzpod
  • Crib Toy Holder (optional)
  • Musical Toy/White noise for sleep (optional) - Skip Hop

Feeding & Baby Munch Sessions
  • Baby Bottles - I use Dr Brown Anti-colic Bottles, but every baby is different. Some might prefer the wider nipple or different flows. You need to try and see. Other good and popular options are Comotomo / Tommie Tippee
  • Bottle WarmerDr Browns / Philips
  • Sterilizer - Philips
  • Bottle Brush - Dr Brown
  • Drying rack - BoonAmazon
  • Hospital Grade Breast pump - I haven't used this as of yet, but I am told it gets the milk out very fast. Medela / Spectra - Rent from a hospital
  • Portable breast pump - I have the Medela freestyle pump which I used my first two weeks, but stopped once I started using the Elvie pump. I am obsessed with the Elvie pump, I use it 4-5 times a day. It's silent, wearable breast pump that fits into your bra. Can pump ANYTIME ANYWHERE.
  • Storage Milk Bags - Medela / Lansinoh
  • Nursing Pillow (optional) - My Brest Friend - I love this pillow as it encourages better posture when breastfeeding and it feels secure. 
  • Formula - I give Enfamil A+ one feed a day in the evening, to make her sleep through the night as formula is heavier then breastmilk also I want her to be used to having formula so in the future when I do stop breastfeeding it wont be an issue. Also she hasn't faced an issues with this formula which is why I've stuck to it. You need to see what suits the baby. Other popular formulas are Aptomil / HiPP 
  • Milk powder containerAmazon / Mothercare /  Wing On
  • Bottle washing detergent for babies - Babyganics 
  • Cotton handkerchief - Wing on - I use this to wipe an extra milk around her mouth and neck
  • Nipple wipes - NUK
  • Burp pads - Amazon

Baby's Day Out
  • Car seat - I haven't bought one yet, but saw some nices ones at MothercareMama's & Papa's 
  • Stroller(6 months +) - I got the Babyzen Yoyo + as its compact, lightweight and travel friendly. Other popular strollers are Bugaboo / StokkeUppababy Cruz
  • Newborn insert for stroller (0-6 months) - depends on what stroller you get. 
  • Baby CarrierBaby Bjorn
  • Baby bag/Diaper bag* - I wanted something a bit more sleek so I got the Prada diaper bag (other designer diaper bags: Fendi /  but also like the options from Skip Hop
  • Inserts for baby bag (optional)  - didn't need
  • Portable changing mat - Skip Hop
  • Plastic bag to throw away diaper 
  • Pacifier - I haven't used a pacifier yet but I got Bibs and Hevea natural rubber orthodontic pacifier
  • Wipes when on the goWater Wipes
  • Toys for Pram (optional) - Sofie the Giraffe Rattle
  • Handbag clip for stroller (optional) - Amazon / Baby Essentials

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January 28, 2020

My Childbirth Story




So excited to introduce my daughter Amyra Kewalram to the world!  She was born on Saturday January 4th, 2020 at 6:01AM at St Teresa's Hospital in Hong Kong.


I never imagined that one day I would be a writing a post about my labor story and the birth of our daughter. The feeling surreal in trying to find the right words to describe the whole experience while Amyra lays in her cot right next to me. 

JANUARY 3RD, 2020

5:00 AM
 - 4 DAYS BEFORE MY DUE DATE

I woke up to use the toilet and noticed that I was slightly bleeding. My heart immediately started racing when it struck me that this might be it, my baby is coming. I quickly looked up online what this could mean and learned that my mucus plug had broken. It's basically a ton of mucus with blood clot. 

I rushed back to tell Raj and text my doctor. My doctor replied immediately saying he thinks my mucus plug broke and asked me to come and see him by noon. I started having cramps as well since I got out of bed so I was finding it difficult to go back to sleep. I had nothing better to do so I gave into my cravings for a delicious chillie cheese toast whilst chilling on my birthing ball.

11:00 AM

I woke up again a few hours later to more discharge and bleeding and it started freaking me out. I thought this could be my water breaking but wasn't sure. I started getting mild contractions, which felt like a peaking period cramp that would subside. It was manageable but uncomfortable at first. I managed a quick showered and got ready and frantically put the last of  my items into my hospital bag, incase my doctor tells me to go to the hospital straight after visiting him.  

My doctor's clinic was about a 7 minute walk from my house, It wasn’t an easy walk for me complete whilst having and dealing with my sporadic contractions.

12:30 PM

My Doctor did an internal examination and said my cervix was softening which indicates that I had entered into labor. and he predicted that that later the same evening or early next morning I would be delivering my baby . In that moment I felt an overwhelming sensation with a rush of emotions feeling the  day was ACTUALLY here. Soon our world was about to change forever. 

1:30 PM

I insisted to my husband that I wanted to go have one last dim sum meal before heading to the hospital. That is pretty much what I have consistently craved and wanted most of my pregnancy. We went to Hyatt Chinese Restaurant (one of my favourite Chinese restaurants) which is like 2 minutes walking distance from my house for lunch. Also I thought a good and yummy meal would distract me from the waves of contractions and pain that was about to commence. 

2:45 PM

Following lunch, I got home and tried to take a nap since I didn't sleep much and knew I had a long night ahead of me. It was hard to fall asleep with the contractions getting stronger and more frequent, my hubby helped by massaging me, and taking a warm shower really helped in managing the pain.

11:30 PM

The pain was unbearable, and my contractions had been 5 minutes apart for the last 30 minutes. That's when we decided to go to the hospital. My elevator wasn't working, so had to walk down 7 floors, so we timed it that as soon as I finished having a contraction at home, we rushed down the stairs to have my next contraction. I definitely felt this was the right time to go as my pain was slowly escalating to an unmanageable level.

Once we got there, checked in, filled out some forms, declaring insurance forms etc. After 20 mins of dealing with that that, the resident nurse brought me to a room alone, where I had to put on a gown, I left my socks on as I heard your feet get cold (which they did). They hooked me to a monitor and it was showing I definitely was having contractions and they were getting stronger, the nurse said I came in at the perfect time. A nurse came in to do an internal examination, and check my cervix for dilation and effacement. I must say it was really painful and freaky feeling her push her entire fist and arm up there to check the cervix status. It turns out I was only 1cm dilated! 

JANUARY 4TH, 2020

12:45 AM

The brought me to the labor and delivery room where my doctor had come in to do another internal examination on me (ahhh so much pain) and advised me to take the epidural now to help manage my pains, and he would also induce me with Oxytocin, as he said after 7-8 hours of having an epidural I could get a fever so he preferred to induce me to speed up my contractions. My husband was still not allowed inside to be with me yet.

They then induced me, and then rolled my on the side and curved my back whilst the anaesthists gave me the epidural. I must say I was a bit worried about this, but it wasn't that painful. I was still feeling the contractions, they said it would take 15 mins to work.

My doctor then went in and did another internal examination and said the induction was working well on me as I was now already 2 and a half cm dilated and my contractions were getting stronger. He also broke my water bag, I couldn't really feel that just water gushing out. My doctor said he thinks by 6am I would be ready to deliver so he'd come back later and have the nurses check on me.

1:30 AM 

My hubby was finally allowed in the room! I was relieved to finally have him there as I was scared, nervous and just overwhelmed with what was happening. By this time the contractions were SO STRONG, I didn’t think the epidural was working on me. I kept asking the nurse to give me more as I heard from so many people once you get the epidural you can sleep, relax chill. But I was crying hysterically to Raj telling him I can't do this.

4:30 AM

The nurse came in to check at every hour, by this time I was 9cm dilated and she said she was going to inform my doctor to come back to the hospital as I would soon be ready for the final push. 

5:00 AM

The Doctor was called in when I was 10cm dilated. Immediately our doctor along with the supporting nurses started coaching me on the correct technique on how to push for the final stage of labor. Honestly this was the most painful part. The forceful push sensation felt like I was trying to unload a massive poo but nothing was coming out,  it didn’t help either when I was feeling nerve spasms all down my legs from having them stretch and spread apart. Asides from the simulated constipate effect the entire positioning was very uncomfortable and testament to my lack of flexibility. Bearing in mind by this stage I was in active labor for the last 5 hours with accelerating pain and intensity the contractions.

I was exhausted even before I started with the climatic push! Half hour into the final stage I kept crying and screaming as I felt like I had been running a marathon pushing forever! The doctor and the nurses said they could feel the head in the birth canal, but I was just too exhausted and frustrated to keep going. The Doctor with his wealth of experience was already prepared and inserted a vacuum cup and placed it against the baby's head to help guide her out. On the next wave of contractions I pushed whilst he also used the vacuum suction. In that moment, she immediately started crowning and her head was half out. That is when I noticed a slimy round and hairy human head emerging from me and I completely freaked out! I was screaming hysterically, shifting my waist and lifting my leg to give one ultimate final shock and awe mother of all pushes! Twisting of my waist in that hysterical state caused me to tear down there! 

6:01 AM

Out she came! It was the craziest feeling ever. They put her in my arms immediately. It was the wildest experience in the world. I was traumatized from the final push and in shock. I didn't understand what had just happened. I felt exhausted and told Raj to take our baby first and let her come in contact with his bare chest skin. In the meantime I was just trying to process the whole thing I just went through whilst they were pulling the placenta out as well and stitching me up from the tearing.

It was a magical watching our daughter Amyra, skin to skin with Raj as she bonded with him. All Raj kept saying was this is on of the most exhilarating experience of his life. But I was still processing what just happened... They then took our baby away to clean her, give her a shot, measure her weight and height etc. to hand the details over the Hong Kong birth registry. The nurses informed us our baby had a mild yet very common issue of slight jaundice so they were going to keep her under the light for few hours and suggested my hubby and I get some rest. 
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December 22, 2019

Maternity Magic

MY OOTD: Maternity Dress Amazon

And just like that, I'm near the end of my pregnancy. Before temporarily moving to Hong Kong for my last trimester, Raj would talk to my belly first thing in the morning, and at night as soon as he got home from work. Things are starting to feel quite real, and I'd be lying if I said we weren't nervous about whats to come. 

I'm realizing in hindsight that the end of second trimester was the honeymoon phase. It's when the first trimester symptoms subside (the nausea, throwing up, acid refluxes and heartburn), your energy is back, and you generally feel pretty cute sporting the growing bump!

Weight Gain

Since many of you have messaged me on Instagram asking, I started at 55kg and have gained 20kg so far. The baby is around 3 pounds, and then there's the placenta and the rest is house fluids and a lot of blood paddling around. I've heard a lot of comments about how much weight I've gained, "Omg, you look so much bigger in pics than in real life", "Omg I thought you were Seema" (my mom), or "are you carrying twins?", I constantly have had to remind myself that every pregnancy is unique, and we all carry weight gain at different paces. 

Exercise 

I have been doing Pilates throughout my first two trimesters, going whenever I can and have energy as I was quite sick the first 6 months so it was hard to be consistent with it. Once I got to Hong Kong, I started prenatal yoga regularly, as I know staying fit can only help, with overall health as well as labor and recovery.

Vitamins

I've heard people lose hair post pregnancy, and I've felt my hair hasn't really become thicker during my pregnancy so I started taking Hairtamin Mom Formula the past few months and I have noticed a lot more baby hairs, which means I do have new hair growing. But will update you guys post pregnancy about this as thats what I'm most concerned about. If you would like to order, you can get 15% off your order using my discount code: ROSHINI

Also I have been drinking 2-3 cups of Red Raspberry Tea for the last two months of my pregnancy as I read its a uterine toner, which helps your body prepare for child delivery. I won't know till post delivery whether this help aid labor, but no harm in trying anything that could help with a speedy labor.

Additionally I have been eating Dates, as it may increase cervical ripening which could reduce the need for medical labor induction. It is also known to have a positive effect on postpartum blood loss - again I will only comment on this post delivery.

Sleep & Baby Movements

I am thankful to have no pregnancy complications, but rolling over feels like running a marathon these days. And I love that despite the loud grunts and groans coming from my side of the bed at night, Raj manages to sleep through all that.

I was so giddy after feeling the first baby flutters. I was completely unaware how strong the movements would get. The baby's tumble and kicks would wake me up a few times each night, and I found my belly poking out at the oddest angles. Although I complain all the time about the lack of sleep, these movements are my most favourite thing about pregnancy.
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July 04, 2019

Bae On The Way


MY OOTD: Dress Asos | Hair Clip Asos

We're having a baby!!!! No dream has ever been greater than this! Raj and I are now going to be a Mum & Dad to this little dumpling! No words will ever be able to describe this feeling, we are so incredible grateful and blessed. We started trying thinking it would take 6 months to a year to get pregnant, but it happened a lot faster than we thought and couldn't be more grateful. #FeelingBlessed

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June 03, 2019

Bollywood Glam

MY OOTD: Outfit Malasa Official 
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May 08, 2019

Mermaid Kisses & Starfish Wishes

 MY OOTD: Outfit PapaDontPreach by Shubhika | Make up & Hair DressYourFace |

With the overwhelming positive responses on my wedding looks, especially the Floral Fantasy Mehendi Look, I thought of doing a creating a new Mehendi inspired Wedding Look as florals are over done now, so I wanted to come up with a theme that was completely unique whilst still being something realistic, something I would consider doing if I was a bride today.

Envisioning that this Mehendi event would is be set by the Beach. Btw is not a traditional Mehendi concept, its mostly just a party where Mehendi application can also be done whilst eating and boozing by the beach. There would also be a stall for the Henna tattoos in gold, silver and white colour.

I imagined a beautiful bridal stage decorated with shells, and starfishes, and maybe some green seaweed looking plants on the side of the Bridal sofa which could be a shell opened.

For this event, I imagined myself looking like a dreamy Mermaid Princess, a look that was a mix of fantasy & fusion. I worked together with my favourite and the best DressYourFace to help execute my idea. She kept the make up ethereal and fantasy and the hair we added soft braids on the side to go with the Mermaid vibe.

For the outfit, I searched for ages to find something that would suit this theme, finally I stumbled upon this PapaDontPreach outfit I knew this the one. The corset top looked like it could be a swimsuit or bustier that a Mermaid could wear, and the drama of the skirt is what really sold it to me.

Accessorizing it with peal and gold necklace and earrings to give it an ethnic touch.
I imagined guests to be in beachy dresses, with pearl or shell necklaces (since they are in fashion at the moment) or starfish earrings and men to be in swim shorts and vests, so very casual vibes.

This event would just turn in a party, with everyone dancing and just having fun. Like I said, its not a traditional Mehendi concept.
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March 11, 2019

Gown Goals

MY OOTD: Gown Zayfashion

Stumbled on this stunning gown in Bahrain, and just had to share it here!

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