Hands-free

Ardan in his play pen

There are nights when I come home from work and I want to work on some things – sell some dog clothes, pay my bills, craft a little, surf a little Internet etc. But most nights I found that I couldn’t do these things, as it would be 9 plus in the evening after I’ve had my dinner and showered after work, and it would be time to put Ardan to bed. We co-sleep, so it means I have to be in bed with him at 9 plus as well. Or I could be done earlier, but neither Han nor Sheila are free to help mind him. 

So recently I’ve started putting Ardan in his playpen in our room again, and to my surprise, he’s experiencing new found enjoyment in it. I was using the playpen heavily when I was on maternity leave, but in recent weeks it just hasn’t been used that often. 

He would cry if we put him on our bed and we went off to do our stuff, but he seems plenty happy rolling about in his playpen alone, and would entertain himself for an hour sometimes. Which equates to an hour I could use to do some mindless Internet surfing, for example. 🙂

We use the Nuna SENA in red, which Han bought from a baby fair last year. 

Clementi Mall Nursing Room

The nursing room at Clementi Mall is available on various floors:

  • Level 3 next to #03-49 Elitrend
  • Level 4 next to #04-43 Nanyang Optical
  • Level 5 next to #05-27 Optical 88

Amenities:

  • Changing table
  • Soap and sink
  • Toilet paper
  • Cubicle with lockable door
    • Single sofa seat
    • Power socket
Soap and Sink, and Toilet Paper
Soap and Sink, and Toilet Paper
Changing Table
Changing Table
Cubicles with Lockable Door
Cubicles with Lockable Door
Single Seat Sofa with Power Socket
Single Seat Sofa with Power Socket

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National Library Nursing Room

The nursing room at the National Library is on Basement 1. To gain access, you’ll have to talk to the people at the security counter near the entrance.

Amenities:

  • Long sofas at the entrance
  • Hot and cold water dispenser
  • Changing table
  • Soap and sink
  • Paper towels
  • 2 cubicles with drawn curtains:
    • Power Socket
    • Single chair
    • Small side table
Two Long Sofas at the Entrance
Two Long Sofas at the Entrance
Hot and Cold Water Dispenser, Changing Table, and Diaper Bin
Hot and Cold Water Dispenser, Changing Table, and Diaper Bin
Soap and Sink, and Paper Towels
Soap and Sink, and Paper Towels
Power Socket, Small Table, and Single Sofa in the Cubicle
Power Socket, Small Table, and Single Sofa in the Cubicle

My comments:
It was overall very clean and well maintained. I liked that access to the room was limited, that’s prolly how the place is kept clean.

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Week 12 Postpartum

Wow, so much has changed in the past month, I haven’t had any time to update.

We are currently arranging for domestic help to care for Ardan, but until help arrives and is trained, Ardan and I are at my parents’ place Monday to Friday. It’s extremely troublesome to keep moving back and forth every weekend, but I am receiving intense infant care training from my parents. Learning so much more here than what I had learnt from our confinement nanny. Now, the next challenge is to transfer all that to our domestic helper.

Here’s a picture of happy baby.

Ardan at 12 Weeks
Ardan at 12 Weeks

2nd Vaccination

We brought Ardan for his first month vaccination on 8 September at Clementi Polyclinic. We had a good pediatrician, Dr Terence Tan from Kinder Clinic at Mount Alvernia Hospital. He told us about the government subsidised vaccination program, and recommended that we have the vaccinations done at the polyclinic instead of a private clinic. Basically most recommended vaccinations will be subsidised by the government at the polyclinics, except for Chicken Pox, Rotavirus, and Pneumococcal. Which is fine, don’t mind paying for some of the vaccinations myself if majority of them are free! 😀

If any parents are concerned about waiting times at the polyclinic, don’t worry, baby vaccination queue is a separate queue from the adult patients. However, do call in to make an appointment before walking in. The doctors will do a wellness check and track the baby’s growth and milestones against the recommendations in the health booklet as well.

Ardan cried when the needle went in, but he was quickly ok after that. He’s a brave boy!

Brave Boy Post Injection
Brave Boy Post Injection

Raffles City Nursing Room

Raffles City has 3 nursing rooms, 2 of them on B1, and 1 of them on L3. The one on L3 is the biggest.

Location 1: One of the nursing rooms on B1 is next to the washrooms beside Bangkok Jam #B1-44C.

Raffles City Basement 1
Raffles City Basement 1

Amenities:

  • Soap and sink
  • Paper towels
  • Diaper changing table
  • Diaper dispenser
  • 2 cubicles with frosted doors and locks:
    • Single sofa chair
Paper Towels, Soap, Sink, Diaper Changing Table and Diapers Dispenser
Paper Towels, Soap, Sink, Diaper Changing Table and Diapers Dispenser
Single Sofa Chair in the Cubicle
Single Sofa Chair in the Cubicle
Cubicle Frosted Glass Door
Cubicle Frosted Glass Door

Location 2: The other nursing room on B1 is next to the washrooms beside Crumpler #B1-23.

Raffles City Basement 1
Raffles City Basement 1

It is a single lockable cubicle with the following amenities:

  • Single sofa chair
  • Baby chair
  • Soap and sink
  • Power socket
Single Sofa Chair, Power Socket, and Baby Chair
Single Sofa Chair, Power Socket, and Baby Chair
Soap and Sink
Soap and Sink

Location 3: The biggest nursing room is on the 3rd floor, beside Skechers #03-06/07.

Raffles City 3rd Floor
Raffles City 3rd Floor

Amenities:

  • Two seater sofa
  • Hot and cold water dispenser
  • Soap and sink
  • Paper towels
  • Diaper changing table
  • Diaper dispenser
  • 2 cubicles with wooden doors and locks:
    • Single sofa chair
    • Baby chair
    • Small table
    • Power socket
Two Seater Sofa at the Entrance
Two Seater Sofa at the Entrance
Diaper Changing Table, Hot and Cold Water Dispenser, Soap and Sink, and Paper Towels
Diaper Changing Table, Hot and Cold Water Dispenser, Soap and Sink, and Paper Towels
Diaper Dispenser
Diaper Dispenser
Power Socket, Small Table and Single Sofa in the Cubicle
Power Socket, Small Table and Single Sofa in the Cubicle
Baby Chair in the Cubicle
Baby Chair in the Cubicle

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One Raffles Place Nursing Room

Didn’t bring my pump today, but decided that I would check out the nursing rooms wherever I went so I would know when to bring batteries and when not to.

Location: The nursing room in One Raffles Place is on the 4th floor, next to the washrooms beside Shou Slimming Centre #04-49/50

It is a single lockable cubicle with the following amenities:

  • Chair
  • Soap and sink
  • Diaper changing table
  • Power socket
Lockable Door
Lockable Door
Diaper Changing Area and Power Socket
Diaper Changing Area and Power Socket
Soap and Sink
Soap and Sink

My comments:
The room was generally kept really clean and dry, and seems relatively unused.

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