Lactation Cookies: Sweet Delights by Charlotte

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Finally it arrived! It was a day late c/o LBC Express. They’ve informed me, it was because of the volume of the deliveries, but nonetheless, here it is! It suddenly felt like Christmas came early! The packaging felt like a gift, complete with red-colored wrappers for the brownies.

I’ve come across Sweet Delights by Charlotte in Facebook while searching for another store to try their lactation goodies. Then I’ve checked them out through instagram. The transaction went very quick and seamless, the seller was very responsive. I’ve requested for 2 orders of dark chocolate cookies priced Php 400 (USD $8) per order which is 15 pcs. and 1 order of their chocolate brownies priced Php 480 (USD $9) which is 12 pcs. Yum!

Just look at that good chunk of chocolate! It was soft and chewy, just the way I like my cookies. Like the Chips Ahoy Chewy variety, except this one is good for lactation. They are still in very good condition, despite it being handed over to LBC last Dec. 11 and it just arrived now. Thankfully, they have good handling and storage to preserve this delicacy.

Oh! Let’s not forget the softness of the brownies! Thank goodness for bakers and good cooks. It’s like magic how they create these delicious stuff! If I didn’t know that these stuff were substituted with lactation ingredients, I wouldn’t have known.

Lastly, were they effective?

From the looks of it, I would say, YES!

Coco Haven: Bugs Away

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Having a tropical climate, bugs and insects are rampant. If I didn’t have a baby, Baygon is my go-to product. It delivers and is effective, however, isn’t really advisable when you have an infant around.

I had to source out multiple insect repellent room sprays, one of which is Coco Haven’s Bugs Away. It comes in 2 sizes: 500ml – Php 650 and 250ml – Php 350.

I liked the fact that it’s natural and safer for babies than the common ones we use, but please, do not spray it inside an enclosed room with the baby, even if it’s natural, it may trigger allergies or asthma. I was advised by the seller in the bazaar where I’ve gotten it from, to leave it on for 15 minutes before occupying the area with le bébé.

Just to be clear, it’s totally different from Baygon which kills the insects. Bugs Away does not kill, it just repels. So if you have insects inside your home it will just avoid the area you’ve sprayed. I’ve tried spraying this on the fruit flies inside the house and after a few minutes, I’ve started wondering why they won’t drop dead and suddenly, I had this Aha! moment, where I’ve realized that it is an insect repellent and not an insecticide.

Yes, I use this to spray our trash cans where fruit flies love to gather and have their daily and nightly meetings and also I spray this on our cat litter, thankfully, our cat doesn’t seem to mind the smell.

In the end, it is effective to ward off the insects. To kill them, no.

Lucas’ Papaw Ointment

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Back when I was still flying, I used to fly to Australia a lot. The first time I went there, I’ve asked what is popular to buy except for the manuka honey, I’ve always gotten this answer: Lucas’ Papaw Ointment. Majority of the number of crew I fly with, always have this tube in their pockets. When I’ve asked why, they always give me the answer that it is good for healing wounds.

Why wounds? We get wounded a lot in the plane. From burns to papercuts, name it, I’ve also experienced all. So, I went and bought a couple. Little did I know that I will use it, not only when flying, but for my baby too.

When I went back here in Philippines, I’ve realized that Lucas’ Papaw has already a cult following however they use this as a lip moisturizer which isn’t one of it’s primary usage but I believe, to each his own. It’s good for cracked skin (if your lips have cracked then, yes) as per the fine print behind.

So, how do I use this? If my Sudocrem isn’t readily available, like, when we’re outside and Lowe gets an insect bite or I get any surface wounds, I slather a tiny bit of this over it. It speeds up the healing and lessens the swelling.

The only downside for me?

I am not actually a fan of the smell and the local price, while in the Australia it only costs around AUD $5 (approx Php 200), if you buy it here in Philippines, it would cost you around Php 400-500 a tube. I’ve seen 3 tubes of 25g pack in S&R being sold for approximately Php 1,500 (AUD $40). My eyes went wide as saucers!

Still, despite the price, it works.

Expensive, yes! But it works.

Air Purifier: Sharp Plasmacluster

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Lowe was born with a regular morning episode of sneezing. I was confused at first, then William informed me that, he too, sneezes a lot due to his allergic rhinitis. It gets triggered by a whole lot of random things, but mostly, dust.

I then realized that it must’ve been passed to Lowe and a house with a cat inside can also contribute to this, my husband suggested to eject my cat, haha!.

Ejecting my house cat is not an option, having a dust-free environment is quite difficult to achieve too, therefore, the next best thing is to have an air purifier. Not just any air purifier, for a house with pets, the one with HEPA (A HEPA filter is a type of mechanical air filter; it works by forcing air through a fine mesh that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and tobacco smoke) for cat danders.

The one we chose to buy is Sharp Plasmacluster with Mosquito Catcher from Anson’s Alabang Town Center. It retails for Php 14,000+ (USD 265+) but if you pay in cash, there’s a discount. We bought it for approximately Php 12,000+ (USD 227+). I liked the fact that it has mosquito catcher and hopefully it caught a lot by now.

Ever since we started using this air purifier, my husband does not sneeze at all and the same goes with Lowe. It was quite an expensive alternative to medication but if it will give Lowe his peace from sneeze, it was worth it.

I’ve used this also to remove certain smells from the house, one time we had our pantry painted, the entire house smelled like paint and it was making me high. Haha! I placed this just outside the pantry and turned on the haze feature and it sucked all the smell!

As for the care and maintenance, the mosquito glue sheet can be replaced when there’s a lot of mosquitoes caught, (ideally every 3 months). The HEPA filter can be changed after 2 years and the pre-filter when be vacuumed and washed.

If ever you have or someone you love, suffering from allergic rhinitis, this might be the answer. Quite an expensive answer but useful, nonetheless.

Fisher Price – Jumperoo

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Tired from all the jumping ❤

I’ve seen this Fisher Price Jumperoo from a close friend while I was still in Qatar. She bought it for her daughter and I’ve seen the joy in her eyes whenever she was on this contraption. I then swore that I will look for the same when Lowe’s at the right age.

The only downside to this Jumperoo was that it was freaking expensive! A brand new one will cost you a whopping Php 5,000+ (approximately USD 100). I was scratching my head whether it is worth it? Nah. For a toy that he will play for a limited time, not a chance! However, deep inside me, a nagging feeling settles and keeps on whispering that Lowe will enjoy this tremendously as he likes to jump when being held.

I was conflicted to say the least.

Then I told myself, I will just wait for a bazaar, I might find it cheaper there. I found one but not exaaactly the one on the photo so I wasn’t convinced and I didn’t want to fork out my Php 3,000 easily for something I wasn’t totally into.

Then came the Facebook Marketplace. A place where you can see everything. From brand new to used. Original to replica.

Everything!

Hindi ako maselan, so I decided to search for a Jumperoo there, even a used one will do. I even searched within our area.

For the first few days, I could see that the cheapest and used one still costs around Php 2,000. I waited and I searched, I turned on my notification for “Jumperoo”.

Miraculously, an ad popped up a few days later and it is within the area and is costing only Php 1,500! A few minutes drive from where I live. I contacted the seller and when I found out that we shared the same Alma Mater, I knew, this is it!

So, to make my story short.

Yes, Jumperoo is sooooo worth it. My little bubba was enjoying the night jumping up and down.

His smile was priceless.

Wisemom’s Portable UV Sterilizer

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Recently, I was able to get my hands on this portable UV Sterilizer by Wisemom. I bought this so that I can sterilize Lowe’s toys which are big and cannot fit my Haenim Sterilizer since it already houses a lot of Lowe’s dining paraphernalia and my pumps’ dismantled parts. Plus, I can sterilize our pillows at night especially now that I’m having a flu.

So far, I’m finding it very good. Albeit, I don’t really know if it kills all the 99.9% of the germs but I will just assume that it does. The only downside of it is that it is not rechargeable. You need to put in 4 AAA batteries for it to be fully portable and not wired. It comes with a USB Cable but it only serves as a powercord, not for recharging. So, that’s the only downside.

You just hover it to the object you want to sterilize for a good 10-15 seconds then you’re good to go! Sounds great to me. I had a sterilizing-spree in the room once I got those 4 pesky batteries. Haha! PS. Make sure you don’t put it over your skin or make any eye-contact with the light.

So far, the only place that distributes this is BabyMama.ph. I decided to drop by in their shop located at Richville in Alabang since it’s the nearest to us, however, you can also order this online. It retails for Php 1,200. Not bad for a sterilizer.

This SleepyMama is sold!

Sudocrem: Antiseptic Healing cream

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I was introduced to my holy grail, Sudocrem, whilst at the hospital. It was one of the items inside the newborn package box they give out to patients who’ve just given birth. They gave me a much smaller size, a sampler, I believe. Since that day on, this has been my staple for everything. Literally everything.

I’ve used it at first as a cream for my little tot’s tushy to keep away the moist from the excretions to avoid nappy rash. Thankfully, to this day, 6 months forward, there hasn’t been any! I swear by this item!

This 125g tub of cream was given by a close friend of mine when I was looking for a full size of the product since there was and still is a blockade in Qatar, so some of the products are being substituted for something else, this cream included. Apparently, my close friend has been using this cream too for her son and it also works like magic to her, no nappy rash ever!

The best part is, look at the photo, I still have half a tub left and it has been 6 months. Less is more, they say. You don’t need to lather a lot, just a bit and then you are good to go.

I’ve also used this to treat small wounds, insect bites, etc. Wounds healed faster as well as the insect bites (not only mosquito bites). So for mommies out there looking for a good cream to use, this is The One.

Where to buy this? I’ve seen a lot from Lazada and Shopee, just make sure it’s authentic. Will check also if Mercury has this one. Hopefully!

Sleepy Mama is sold! 😍

Mommy Treats: Lactation Aids

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All the variations! Plus the choco spoons!

I think by now, it’s established that I like to try different lactation aids, especially cookies and/or brownies. So, during the Momzilla fair this past weekend I’ve come across Mommy Treats. Apparently, they’ve pioneered the lactation goodies here in PH. I did not know that since, by now, there are a lot of lactation treats out there that it’s hard to know where to begin.

I was handed out a flyer by the seller of the booth and I was intrigued by the products since some were quite unique to the brand like the Lactation Choco Spoons. It was the one that caught my eye. You just have to dip it in hot water then stir it using the wooden spoon it was sitting on.

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To all mothers: You are enough.

I was so excited to try it that on our way home, I ate two of the brownies! It was very soft and yummy! The oat cookies were okay, but my favorites are the brownies and choco spoons. I love their box packaging too! The best out there I must say. I love calligraphy, that’s why.

About the effectiveness, well, I woke up the next morning with a drenched top. My breasts hadn’t leaked in months! So, definitely one for the books!

This Sleepy Mama is sold!

 

UV Sterilizer – Haenim

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One of the main players out of all the baby gears that we’ve bought for Lowe, Haenim Sterilizer. Sterilizers are a must! Whether steam or UV, I just opted for UV sterilizer since I could use it for anything and not necessarily only for Lowe’s things. I was torn between Haenim UV Sterilizer or Ecomom. Both are UV sterilizers, both have drying option and timers but only Haenim has bluetooth option which is good when I am feeling lazy to stand up from where I am seated  when I am far from the unit I can just turn it on using my phone via an application.

Basically, I’ve been using this sterilizer for Lowe’s teethers, breastpump parts, bottles, utensils, toys…. I can even put my mobile devices inside. It kills 99.9% of the harmful bacterias and germs. I also love the storage option wherein it automatically sanitizes everything in store in regular intervals and uses energy saving mode.

It comes with different colors, I just chose pink since I am the one using it the most. It retails for Php 14,899. I got mine from a bazaar so I had it for a bit less plus with 2 additional lamps.

So, if you are looking for a sterilizer, I can personally vouch for this one especially now, there’s a bazaar going on. Their last bazaar for the year, Momzilla at Century City Mall in Makati (Nov 9-11, 10am-8pm).

Breastfeeding aid: Mega-Malunggay Capsules

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Before giving birth, I have decided to breastfeed until I can. There was no other option for me, I believed that I can even before Lowe came out. If there’s no complications for the mother, they say: Breastfeeding is 90% determination, 10% milk. I put this phrase as my mantra during the first week of Lowe’s life when my nipples were sore, wounded, bleeding and barely recognizable. It felt like there’s a shark not a baby suckling on my breast.

Breastfeeding was that painful for me in the beginning. It was also difficult for me as I needed to pump for a day as Lowe spent 1 day in NICU for observation for his mild jaundice. Also, aside from the wounds on my nips, I also got blisters because of the pump since my breasts weren’t used to it and I was frustrated as there was very less milk coming out: only 1 oz. After a while, I learned that it was normal to have that amount of milk in the beginning as that yellow and thick liquid was the colostrum and a newborn’s tummy can only accommodate that much amount.

Just to be sure that I will be having ample of breastmilk, I sourced out both Natalac and Mega-Malunggay. The latter being a recommendation by a good friend from work. Between the two of them, Mega-Malunggay came out the winner and I’ve never looked back. What I love with Mega-Malunggay is that out of all the competitors in the market, it contains the most amount (500mg) of Moringa Oleifera (Malunggay) which is a known galactagogue and a non acidic Vitamin C. The competitors contain lesser amount: Natalac has 250mg and Pro-Lacta has 350mg.

I can honestly say that this capsule aided me and still continues to aid me on my journey of breastfeeding Lowe. I just pop 2 capsules every morning with my Mother Nurture Malunggay Coffee and 1 capsule during late afternoon to dusk and I am all set for the day!

Mega-Malunggay is made by V-Pharma and you can buy it online on their website: https://vpharma.ph/products/mega-malunggay-capsules-moringa-oleifera-sodium-ascorbate or you can now buy it from Mercury Drug just make sure to mention that when searching it on their system to include the hyphen ( ) between the Mega and Malunggay.