My Little Miracle

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Cloth Diaper Reviews at 6 Months

It took me awhile to get this up because I wanted to use these diapers for at least a month to really feel a significant difference. It also took awhile for them to be at its best absorbency level, after many washes. I am so glad to have these reviews up now!

This time, I am reviewing Hybrid diapers. These diapers are not fully waterproof but they have some sort of repelling material either fleece, hidden PUL or windpro. Hidden PUL and windpro is very bulletproof and you wont even feel any wetness on the outside. Hybrids are very soft and handmade with natural materials and it is often more premium compared to normal pocket/AIO diapers.

Evangeline was about 3 months old when I tried on Hybrids for her. Some were too bulky, some were ok – especially the sized ones.  One size hybrids were way too bukly even without the additional layers/boosters. I think it would be safe to start using OS/sized (except newborn) hybrids at around 4 months and about 5kg onwards.

In these reviews, EV is between 3-5 months old, weighing about 5.5-6.5kgs and a light-moderate wetter.

1. Twinkie Tush Little Fusion


Fit – Little Fusion worked really well for EV from 3 months onwards, with the fold down rise. It fit great around the legs and the hips, leaving no gaps. The elastics are very soft and comfortable. She is still using this at 6 months now – without fold down rise, and I think it will still fit her for a long time.

Absorbency – I had no blowouts. I have this TT in swim material so the outer rarely feels wet as compared to the one in euro knit. I find that she wets the other one in a serged euro knit more. In my opinion, TT wins for the comfort but not the absorbency. The soakers are thinner than other brands but I guess in order to fit comfortably, the layers cannot be too thick or it will be bulky.

2. Binky D OS Hybrid


Fit – This diaper is still too big for EV. I could fit her into the OS but even with fold down rise, it is too large. I am not a fan of soakers that are not even (one long/one short/3/4 length). It is because I cannot seem to fold them in a way that it will fit nicely without bulging in one area or another – if you know what I mean. There are no gaps on her thighs but turned BinkyDs are too thick and big. Sadly BinkyD does not have a size between newborn and OS. I will probably have to re-review this one in the next few months.6

Absorbency – I had no leaks. Not sure if it was because they were so thick and bulky, the absorbency is more than enough for EV. I do believe BinkyD will work well for moderate to heavy wetters as it has a great absorbency level.

3. Little Oshka OS Hybrid


Fit – I absolutely love Oshka’s diapers. They fit really well and I was very excited to try this on her. I loved their newborn AI2, this is no different. The legs were perfect and I had no gaps. The elastics are soft and the hips fit well with the fold down rise. I did not use the additional soaker and this diaper is not bulky at all. It felt really comfortable for EV and I will definitely recommend Oshka’s diaper for those wanting to try hybrids and also support our local WAHM.

Absorbency – I had no leaks or blowouts on this diaper. Being a hybrid, it held very well and I have the confidence to use this even when we go out for long hours. The soakers did curl and shrink a little after a few washes – could be due to material, but it did not affect function.

p/s: Sasha, if you are reading this. Keep up the good work! I love your diapers. They have improved a whole lot and I can see longevity in them.

4. Little Boppers AI2


Fit – Little Boppers is my favorite brand among all the Hybrids. They fit really well and are super soft. I also personally prefer serged diapers because they have a more generous cut. The serged tabs are really soft and not scratchy. This was a size M that EV is wearing and it is perfect. No gaps and no blowouts. The nature of this AI2 is that it has a petal soaker so it is a little bulky on her.

Absorbency – This is an AI2 with hidden windpro so it is almost bulletproof. I had no leaks and the petal soakers can really absorb a lot. I bought this as a seconds diaper – not sure what the flaw is, but it worked really well for us. I even tried it for nighttime and it worked too. No leaks will morning – but remember, EV is a moderate to light wetter.

5. SoCo Hybrid


Fit – This is a size 1 that EV was wearing, and it does run bigger and slightly bulky. I do like SoCo and its performance, but fit – not so much. Their newborn was a little too tiny and Size 1 is too big. Despite having said that, when adjusted properly, there are no gaps and it is a pretty soft diaper. This is a diaper that will truly last longer than the average because of its generous sizing. I like SoCo but will review it again when she is older.

Absorbency – I use all the layers in this diaper because I personally like the stay dry wicking jersey material touching her bum. Maybe without that additional layer, it may not be as bulk after all. I had no leaks with SoCo and I believe they are made to last for moderate to heavy wetters.

6. Gone Green Mama Hybrid


Fit – This is the Petite that EV is wearing and it is bulky. GGM does run big and even though I had the fold down rise and smallest setting, the bum and waist area is just too big. There are no gaps on the legs, but she does look like shes drowning in the diaper, haha! GGM has really nice prints and bum placement though. This is also another diaper that will truly last longer than the average because of its generous sizing.

Absorbency – Again, no leaks and worked very well. I really like the windpro backing layer as it helps repel the liquid back into the diaper so instead of being a sewn in windro, you have the option of not using that layer.I like the fact that I can customize it the way I want – similar to SoCo. This is also one that I will use for outings and not worry about leaks.


More hybrid reviews coming your way very soon!!!


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Newborn Cloth Diaper Review


Hi there mamas!

Finally, I have done all the reviews as promised! EV turns 40 days old tomorrow and she is growing out of these diapers so quickly! This time, my reviews are very different from what I did with QB back in 2013. Those I liked, I may not like now, and it all depends on the size of baby and also gender. AND experience. This time I am cloth diapering for the second time, so MANY things has changed too. In my opinion, there is no one way or one system. Try everything!  – Zootopia LOL.

If you wish to read my previous reviews on my son, QB, you can find them here:-

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Toddler Cloth Diapering

NOTE: EV was born at 3.01kgs and she is now 4.5kgs at 1 month+. She has pretty long and skinny legs for the first 2-3 weeks. The fit of these diapers are tested when she was below 3 weeks old, with long skinny legs. When I mention absorbency, it is how much the diaper can hold (before it feels wet/leaks – for fitteds and hybrids ONLY), and not how fast it can absorb liquid.


1. Thumbkin Pinky Newborn (WAHM Malaysia)

Thumbkin Pinky

Fit – Runs a little small (also because it is this the WAHM first trial of newborn diapers. It has improved now for the later batches). Fits well around the legs, but a little tight around the waist.

Absorbency – It felt wet after 1-2 hours. Also because it is tiny, it could only hold as much. Using a booster might help.

Comfort – Super soft! The soakers are made from minky dots and it is very soft.

You can purchase Thumbkin diapers here or follow their Instagram Page at @thumbkinmy.

2. Oshka Newborn AI2 – Hidden PUL (WAHM Malaysia)


Top pic – Before adding snap down rise, a little leg gap.
Bottom pic – After adding snap down rise, a better fit.

Fit – Fits perfectly around the legs and waist. There are also rise snaps to adjust for a taller/shorter baby and it will fit for a longer time too.

Absorbency – As a hybrid fitted with hidden PUL, it took a long time before it would feel wet around the legs. It is pretty absorbent and will last through nap time.

Comfort – Very soft from the minky outer and minky soakers.

You can purchase Oshka diapers here.

3. Mutaqqin Newborn Fitted


Fit – One of the best fitting newborn diaper. Fits really well around the legs and belly.

Absorbency – As a true fitted, it felt wet pretty fast so absorbency wise, it could be boosted with an additional booster or maybe wear a cover over it.

Comfort – Soft and gentle to baby’s newborn skin.

4. Southern Comfort Newborn Hybrid Fitted (SoCo)


Fit – Fits well around the hips but tight around the legs especially after she chunks up on the thighs.  A little bulky on the crotch and bum. Runs slightly smaller.

Absorbency – Many layers of absorbency and can last through nap time.

Comfort – Somewhat soft, depending on material used.

5. Twinkie Tush Teenie Fusion

Teenie Fusion

Top pic – At less than a week old, the leg gaps are too big.
Bottom pic – At 1.5 weeks, lesser leg gap due to chunkier thighs.

Fit – Runs bigger and only fit her around 1.5 weeks old onwards. There were gaps around the legs even then. Suitable for a chunky baby and will last longer than newborn days.

Absorbency – Somewhat absorbent, but could be boosted for nap time.

Comfort – Very soft and squishy. The elastics are gentle around the legs too.

6. Bumstoppers Newborn Fitted

Bum Stoppers

Fit – Fits really well around the legs and belly but bulky at the crotch area.

Absorbency – As a true fitted, you can definitely feel the wetness when its full. Using a cover over will help.

Comfort – Overall very soft.

7. Binky D Newborn Hybrid Fitted


Fit – Perfect fit, just the right size.

Absorbency – Could hold a lot and can last through nap time.

Comfort – Very soft and gentle on the elastics.

8. Chloe’s Cloth Newborn Fitted

Chloes Cloth

Fit – Runs a little smaller. Fits well on the hips but tighter on the legs.

Absorbency – Somewhat absorbent, but could be boosted for nap time.

Comfort – Overall quite soft but depending on material used.

9. Gray Star Boutique Newborn

Gray Star

Fit – Perfect fit and runs slightly bigger, but not as big as Twinkie Tush.

Absorbency – Very absorbent and can last through nap time.

Comfort – Very soft inners and gentle elastics.

10. Jenna Bug Baby Boutique Newborn

Jenna Bug

Fit – Runs slightly small, similar to Chloe’s Cloth but very trim.

Absorbency – Very absorbent (suspecting maybe hidden windpro), can last through nap time.

Comfort – Elastics are gentle but not as squishy.

11. Patty Pants AI2 Newborn

Patty Pants

Fit – Runs small but fits very well. It also has fold down rise for even smaller babies.

Absorbency – This diaper is like a shell + soaker style. The soaker is thick and super absorbent. The shell is also repelling (suspecting maybe hidden windpro). Can last through nap time and longer.

Comfort – Overall very soft and  comfortable.

12. Baby Hoo’s Newborn Fitted

Baby Hoos

Fit – Runs really big and quite bulky. But it will last longer than newborn days.

Absorbency – Quite absorbent because there are many layers on the petal soaker.

Comfort – Overall soft but the elastics are tight.


13. Lil Joeys by Rumparooz

Lil Joeys

Fit – Generally a good fit but may run slightly small.

Absorbency – OK absorbency but I had leaks during nap time.

Comfort – Inners are soft but the while diaper in general is a bit stiff.

14. THX Newborn


Fit – Generally a good fit but may run slightly small (similar to Lil Joeys).

Absorbency – OK absorbency but also had leaks during nap time. Absorbency on Lil Joeys are better than THX.

Comfort – Very soft. The minky version is very soft and the outer material is much softer than Lil Joeys. The leg elastics are also soft therefore very gentle to newborn baby’s skin.

There is a Malaysian mama who brings in THX diapers. You can buy them here.

15. Thirsties X-Small

Thirsties XS

Fit – Great fit and easy to adjust because of the velcro closure. The crotch is wide but not bulky.

Absorbency – Absorbency is not much. Need add a booster in the pocket for nap time or just to have it last longer.

Comfort – Overall pretty soft, and the double leg gussets are useful to prevent newborn blowouts.

16. Simplex Newborn


Fit – Fits perfectly and very trim. Will fit a skinny or chunky baby well.

Absorbency – Good amount of absorbency. It lasted through nap time and can easily be boosted as it has pocket openings.

Comfort – Not super soft, but not stiff as well. Very similar to using prefolds and covers as the inners are cotton.

17. Grovia Newborn


Top pic – Older version but stay dry inner, no leg gaps.
Bottom pic – Newer version with stay dry inner, but gaps at the legs.

There are 2 styles of the Grovia Newborn, older version (leg ruffles turns outwards) and newer version (no ruffles). Both are stay dry topped.

Fit – Older version fit better. Newer version had leg gaps. Both had snap down rise so that helps with smaller babies and it makes the diaper last longer past newborn days too.

Absorbency – Absorbency of both is good. Lasted through nap time with no issues.

Comfort – Not very soft, as the inners are made from a cotton/hemp bend.

18. Tots Bots Teeny

Tots Bots Teeny

Fit – Runs big and has no umbilical snap down (to be used after the umbilical cord stump has dropped). EV could only wear them after 2 weeks from birth. Once she could fit, the velcro closure makes the diaper fit really well but can leave some gaps at the legs (because she had skinny legs), but no leaks. Works great for chunky babies.

Absorbency – Great absorbency! It lasted longer hours and nap time with no issues.

Comfort – Overall soft and pretty comfortable.

19. Applecheeks Size 1


I did not use Applecheeks until this week, which makes her 5 weeks old. They are pocket diapers which I stuff them with newborn prefolds or the Applecheeks 2ply bamboo inserts. As you can see, she has put on quite a bit of weight now compared to the first few weeks in the pictures above.

Fit – Fits perfectly, and a lot of room to grow or even make smaller.Can be a little bulky, depending on what you stuff them with.

Absorbency – Great absorbency! It lasted long and could last through nap times.

Comfort – Overall soft and very comfortable.

Cloth Diapering Newborn Edition

So far she can still fit into all of these diapers (except Thumbkin) at almost 1.5 months but may be growing out of SoCo, Chloe’s Cloth, Lil Joeys, and THX is the next few days because her legs are getting chunky.

I foresee she will still be able to fit into Twinkie Tush, Gray Star Boutique, Baby Hoo’s, Simplex, Tots Bots and Grovia in the next coming month.

Do remember that every baby is different. This is based on my experience with EV and what works for us may or may not work for you. Try all brands and types to see which is best for your baby. I hope you find these reviews useful and help you decide what you will use for your baby!

Next, I will be reviewing some One Sized cloth diaper on EV and update on what my toddler, QB is using at 2.5 years old. Stay tuned and happy cloth diapering!



The Unexpected Birth Story

The birth of the Little Miss was unexpected. Unexpected because I didn’t expect to have her so “early” and I guess I wasn’t really ready mentally. Anyway, the overall experience was a great one and I’m here to share her birth story.


February 6, 2016 – Saturday (39 weeks)

We had a Chinese New Year reunion dinner with my dads family that night. The food was delicious and I ate a lot! On that day though, I realize her movements were a little off. She did not move as much and despite me shaking my belly, drinking cold water, lying down sideways, she did not respond. It was a little worrisome for me because I’ve learnt the importance of counting baby movements during this pregnancy and also aware of the issues with stillbirth; or just paranoid because I’ve been doing a lot of reading and recently read that someone lost her baby at 37 weeks! EEEEEK! I did not want to take any chances. When we got home that night, just before bedtime, she moved and responded pretty well. Still, it was almost midnight and I wasn’t sure of that could be counted because it should be 10 movements in 12 hours; at the very least.


February 7, 2016 – Sunday (39 weeks + 1 day)

Tonight was the main event. The reunion dinner with my family; at my uncles place every year, seeing all my cousins and extended family was a yearly event. We also had a reunion lunch planned and I was ready for a full day! I woke up still very conscious of her movements and still felt that she was not moving as much as I’d like. I told Daddy that I think its best we visited the hospital and get checked. After all, if there wasn’t any issues, I can go home, right? WRONG. I didn’t know that the procedure at HKL was that you will be admitted for 1 day for observation.


After breakfast, we went into the Maternity Hospital at HKL and the nurses checked on baby’s heartbeat and movements. Her heart was beating strong – I was super relieved. But fetal activity was slightly on the low side. Though she did kick a few times, they asked why didn’t I come in earlier. They explained the risks of decreased movements at late pregnancy and told me that it could be serious if I didn’t come in earlier. After being monitored with the CTG machine, the doc came in and checked me; I asked for it since I wanted to know if I was in any way dilated or effaced. She said I was a good 2cm dilated and they will have me admitted. After much discussion, she said her instincts tell her that I should be admitted because labor is very near. She gave me a membrane sweep and assured me that staying over is best.


At this moment, I was unprepared. I did not expect to be admitted right away and definitely wanted to at least spend one more day with Leo before the new baby arrives. I had mixed feelings and was slightly sad. But again, I knew that baby is in good hands and that all will be fine. I got up to the ward and laid in bed for awhile. Daddy had gone home to make sure Leo has his nap because the poor guy was so tired and cranky the whole time.

I used the loo and saw that I was already spotting. Then, I knew for sure that labor is near. Maybe in a few days or so. I started to have mild contractions later in the day, but nothing too painful. I tried to take naps here and there, but I was more concerned about going into labor naturally, not being induced.



The doctor on rounds asked me if I wanted to be checked and see my progress, I declined. I said that I wanted to wait till later on and if I did progress then I will stay and if not, I wanted to go home. He said ok and will come again later tonight. True enough I was having more and more contractions, on and off. But again, nothing too painful. I prayed and prayed that my cervix will dilate naturally and that my body will complete this pregnancy and progress further. I was monitored again with the CTG machine for 2o minutes and baby’s heart was beating strong. By this time, I’ve already had more than 1o fetal movements and not concerned anymore. Suddenly the issue was switched from just a fetal check up to early labor!

February 8, 2016 (39 weeks + 2 days)


I couldn’t sleep that night. It was past midnight that I finally felt like laying down and preparing to actually go to sleep before the marathon begins. I was too tired all day and having infrequent contractions. The same doc came and see me and said that it’s time to get checked. I said ok; praying in my heart that there is a good progress and that admitting so early to the hospital was not in vain. 4cm he said! He told he nurses to book the labor room for me immediately. I was shocked and I said that I didn’t want to be in the labor room so early. I know that labor could be long and I didn’t wanna be strapped on the bed, unable to eat AND sleepless. He told me that in the labor room, they will most probably break my water to get labor going and give me Pitocin to help me dilate. Again, I declined and said that I didn’t want them to break my water so early and allow me to labor on my own first. He agreed and said he will come back at 2am to check on me. I texted Daddy and asked him to come around 3am.


I fell asleep for about an hour and realize that it was already 2am. By now, the contractions were getting more painful; but still not frequent enough to be in active labor. I walked around and they would go away. I laid on the bed most of the time and breathed through every contraction. The doctor did not come back – which I was very happy about so I continued sleeping and focus on more rest to regain my energy. I texted Daddy and told him that I’m not in the labor room yet so there’s no need to come at 3am anymore. So I told him to get more sleep and come later on maybe around 4 or 5am.


I woke up and made myself a cup of Horlicks. I was pretty hungry and I knew I had to eat something before labor or I wont have the energy to push. Contractions were still  coming on and off, mildly painful and I used these contractions to practice breathing. In through nose and out through mouth very very slowly. I didn’t know what time the doctor will come again so I just packed my bag (what they told me to do; as needed in the labor room), and walked even more. I couldn’t walk through most contractions by now – I had to stop and stand over the bed and breathe through them. The nurse on duty asked of I was ok and if I wanted to get checked. She also told me not to wait till its unbearable or it’ll be too late to prep the labor room! (In my mind, I doubt I was that far along to be in active labor).


I finally agreed to get checked. I remember praying so hard that there will be progress and that I don’t have to be induced. The doc said that I was a good 5cm! Time to prep the labor room! So at this point, I texted Daddy and asked him to come when he’s ready, after settling Leo. They wheeled me into the room and got the CTG working to check on baby’s heartbeat and contractions.


They doctor broke my water to get labor going. I remember that it felt very warm and almost like I am peeing on myself! There was so much water, it’s amazing how it was all in my womb and I was carrying it with me all along.


After all the preparation, the only thing I could do is just wait. Wait until the contractions come more frequently and into actual active labor. Contractions are getting more painful and each time it comes, I picture the cervix dilating and that baby’s head is descending. By now Daddy was beside me and we were talking about how cute Leo is and thinking about his face and reaction when I get to see him again! Not having to be with him for the past 2 days was hard! I never knew that I missed him so much. We kept talking about what happened at the reunion dinner and the things he did and said. These conversations got me through most of the contractions.


Another doctor came and checked me and I cant forget her words – She said I was only 4cm and not 5. I remember the same disappointment I felt even during Leo’s birth when I did not progress as much as I expected. I was sad but I told myself not to be discouraged. Dilation can happen at anytime and I know of some who went from a 3cm to a full 10cm in just 1 hour! So she checked my contractions on the monitor and said they were not frequent enough. I was only having 2 in 10 minutes and only lasting for about 30-40 seconds each time.

Close to 9.00am

The doctor ordered Pitocin for me and another IV was hooked on my right arm. Great… now I have one of my left AND one on my right. This wasn’t what I wanted, but I just followed the doctor’s advice and allow my body to work. Once the Pitocin came in; in a matter of seconds, my contractions were getting very very strong each time and VERY painful. I kept breathing as how I did but it was hard. Exhaling was hard not to let out some groaning or screaming. Nope, I didn’t scream… yet. By now, I was having 3 contractions in 1o minutes and they last for almost a minute each. I told Daddy to keep talking to me and keep my mind occupied so I don’t think about the pain. I remember clearly at each contraction, I visualized that I was at green pastures, drinking from the calm waters. Every contraction is bringing my baby closer and closer to me. I’ve learned how to control the contraction and not to push, try not to push or force it, and let it “breathe” through me. (I’ve learnt this the hard way from Leo’s birth experience and told myself that I don’t wanna bruise my cervix and I don’t want to force her head through when she’s not ready!)


Contractions were over the top! There are no words to describe how it felt. I was shivering at every contraction and grabbing onto the bed very VERY tightly. If it was a wooden one, it would’ve probably be broken! Luckily, I told Daddy not to let me hold his hand, or he’ll suffer major bruises or maybe a broken arm, LOL. The doc said I was 8cm and in no time, the baby would be here! I was cold sweating, feeling very uncomfortable and that my spine was gonna break into half. Daddy used cold tissues to wipe my forehead and kept talking. I told him to PLEASE keep talking to me so that my mind is occupied. I thought to myself that I will have her in an hour or so. Hang on! Hang on!

Finally, I told the midwife that I can’t hold it anymore! I need to push, I need to push. And yes – just FYI, when you finally can’t hold it any longer, the urge to push is natural. With Leo, I kinda forced myself to push when contractions come but now I’ve learnt that it was the wrong way. When you’re at the final stage, the urge to push is so strong that your body takes over!


THE RING OF FIRE! Oh, ring of fire. It is REAL and it is scary. I remember telling Daddy that OMG I can feel the ring of fire at the first “push”. It feels like I’m about to rip apart or something. By this time, I was a hot mess. I believe that I did scream for a bit. She was crowning and I can feel the doctor holding/touching something down there.


The second push, I could feel her head come out. I could hear the midwife saying “wait wait”, hanging onto her head and asking me to hold my legs. Wait, WHAT? How on earth am I going to hold my legs? I can’t even. There was a short pause for a second. Obviously in my head, there was no breaks, it was painful. So painful that the IV hooked on my right arm was bent all the way from the pressure of me grabbing on so tightly (which the nurse told me after when removing it) causing a bruise on my arm.


Finally the midwife said “Ok, push Eva”. One more contraction and one more push, her body came out. I could feel the warmth of the amniotic fluid/or blood? flow out and I can feel her warm body touching my thighs. Then, I remember feeling her legs/or arms moving and kicking me. Oh the feel or relief. Relief that it’s finally over and she’s out.

They did all the necessary steps and then placed her on my chest. SKIN ON SKIN. I never had this with Leo because he was taken away almost immediately because I was bleeding pretty bad. I loved every moment of it. The moment I saw her face and realized how tiny she was. My little baby girl. Daddy and I were talking about how she looks very similar to Leo.

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I wasn’t really sure of the time here, but probably around so, I delivered the placenta and they cleaned me up. Honestly, the cleaning was more painful than birth. Kind of. I don’t wanna elaborate here because this is her birth story and I want to remember how she came into this world. But the midwife did do a good job and I was up and running the next day; did I just really had a baby?


After all the cleaning, I was able to hold her again and start breastfeeding. I was wheeled back into the recovery ward around 2pm, and had my lunch then.


There are no words to describe this birth experience. Even though it was unexpected, it was beautiful and I am so grateful that everything went well. The only thing that I felt pretty immediately was how much I missed my bump. I didn’t have time to digest that it was the last day being pregnant and I didn’t really embrace that feeling. Things happened so fast, I didn’t have a picture of me being pregnant just before entering the labor room. However, I am so blessed to have my baby girl in my arms and can’t believe she’s finally here. I can’t believe I am a mother of 2. God is so good and I have nothing to complain about. The hospital and staff was awesome and Daddy and I are so, so blessed and grateful.



Evangeline Mikayla Lim came into this world on Feb 8, 2016 at 9.50am weighing at 3.01kgs.

Read Leo’s birth story here.



For those who’ve been waiting to find out her name, we are finally sharing it to the world at 38 weeks!

Here’s a short clip on our name reveal on Quackababy 2 a.k.a QB2 or Little Miss Quack. Click the image below to find out… 


More updates on how we got her name and why in another post😀



When is my due date???

It is every pregnant moms wish to know when is her exact due date; even though it is just an estimate, having the peace to know that everyone is on the same page (and everyone means the doctor, the nurse, yourself, the ultrasound tech, etc) will really put an ease to your mind.

Well, according to BabyCentre AND every single pregnancy due date calculator online, my due date for QB2 is on Feb 10th, 2016. How accurate are online calculators? Well, I used it with Leo and my doctor then revealed the same date too, so I believe they are correct. But this time, my midwife said that it is on Feb 13th, 2016 and not the 1oth, based on her manual calculation which they add 7 days to your LMP (last menstrual period). I’ve always sidetracked her calculation coz I felt it wasn’t accurate and preferred to stick to Feb 10th. I had my final ultrasound with a gynae on Tuesday and I asked him about my due date; again. According to his calculation, he said it was Feb 13th! I was shocked. Not because I didn’t believe him but because every single calculator says 10th according to my LMP, but his and the midwifes’ says 13th. He also said that it is only a difference by 3 days, so it doesn’t really matter. True but NOT TRUE. If you’ve been pregnant, you KNOW that the last month of pregnancy has 365 days! I wouldn’t want to be overdue either, and every single day counts when you’re in the home run.


If you’ve been in the TTC (trying to conceive) moment and you are the kinda mom that knows your cycle very well and know about fertility and conception, you will know that there are other methods to determine your due date.

  1. Using your LMP – which most doctors use and what the online calculator uses too. But I don’t know why the manual calculation and generic calculator differs by 3 days? So according to this calculation, my due date is on the 13th.
  2. Date of conception – We all know what we need to do to conceive. And I know the exact date, because we only tried once. They can argue and say that this method is not the best because sperm can live in the uterus for a couple of days and you never know when you ovulate. But my cycle is very regular and I know when I am in the fertile window. So since we only tried ONCE, I keyed in the date of conception and that had put my due date to the 7th! Now that’s a huge difference between 7th and 13th. That is 1 week ahead of what the LMP says.

In case you’re wondering why am I so anal about my due date; it is an estimate anyway. It is because I was overdue with Leo and had to be induced. That wasn’t fun at all. And at the end of pregnancy, baby is growing bigger and bigger each day. If baby gets too big, there are chances that they may now allow you to birth naturally and/or say that there are risks involved. I had to be induced with Leo because my water broke and I was overdue.


I am only hoping that I will not go overdue this time. I don’t want to be induced and I don’t want baby to get too big, as she measures 2.7kg already. Each week they gain about 300 grams. So the remaining 3 weeks I have left means she could put on 1kg. That would mean she could be born at 3.7kgs! That’s gonna hurt… and no C section for me please! I know these are estimate figures, plus minus 10%, but still, my heart just feels kinda unsettled.


Anyway, I just wanted to get this out of my chest. Ultimately, God’s timing is best. He knows when she will be here and she will be here when she’s ready. The only thing I can do now is to prepare my body for labor and trust that it till complete the whole process. If my body can conceive and sustain the whole pregnancy till full term, my body can birth this baby out naturally and the process will be complete. It will not fail me and it will not go haywire suddenly.


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Gifts Ideas for Baby & Mama

Usually, people give you gifts when you just had a baby here in Malaysia; or some during the “full moon” celebration of baby when they are a month old. Those who come and visit you will bring you something for the baby and often, they are things which you really don’t need. I am not writing this because I am ungrateful or anything. I just wanted to share my experience and give some ideas on things that baby and mama will surely appreciate.

Again, these gifts are what people will bring when they visit you at the hospital or at home. I am not referring to large items (cot, bouncer, pillow, thermometer, etc) that are requested/given during baby showers. These are small things that friends/family want to bless you with when they come see baby for the first time.


The most common gifts people will give are newborn hampers. Consisting of a set of clothes, mittens, booties, and maybe some baby bath/feeding related items. I personally find these really expensive and have not much use for them – except the bath items. Reason is because baby may have already outgrow newborn size clothes and maybe the baby has certain skin sensitivity to certain brands of bath items or feeding bottles. Not to mention, if the mother is breastfeeding, it will be a while before those bottles are put to good use.

When QB was born, I am thankful that I have friends/family and other mama friends that asked what I needed as a gift. I was happy to tell them what we need. Of course, cash gifts are always great. Because there are hospital fees/bills to clear. Baby’s medical follow ups. And whatever the parents need to use it for. If you aren’t sure what they need, ask the Mama what she needs and I can guarantee a 100% she will tell you😉

Here’s my list of items for baby that I personally find very useful and will definitely be put to use.

1. Disposable Diapers


Baby goes through so many diapers a day for the next 2-3 years! Diapers are always a necessity. I am a cloth diapering mama, but having some disposables will always come in handy. I would recommend getting larger sized diapers too as baby outgrows them quickly.

2. Baby Wipes


I remember when a friend asked me what I needed when QB was born and I said wipes – LOTS AND LOTS OF WIPES! She was shocked at my request but proceeded anyway. She got me about 10-20 packs of wipes and boy, did that last me a long time! Wipes are great for diaper changes, cleaning spit ups, wiping the counters, wiping baby’s mouth when they’re on solids, cleaning cutlery – you name it! I even use wipes for myself sometimes.

3. Receiving blankets/swaddles/muslin blankets/burp cloths/hankies/cloth wipes

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Whatever you call it, I am referring to cloth items that will soak baby spit ups, spilled milk, and crazy breastfeeding letdowns. New babies up to about 3 months will spit up a lot and you will be using a few pieces each day. At least for me, I did. The blankets can be used to lay on the bed too, just to protect it from pee/poop explosions. Or what my hubs would say – “SPRAY POOP”. Swaddling blankets are not just used for swaddles but also to keep baby warm as a blanket, nursing cover, laying it on the changing mat, or wherever you need to lay baby down. I find many uses for them and could never have enough!

4. Bath items (good ones)


I know some may be particular on brands or types of bath items used for baby. This also depends on baby’s condition like skin sensitivity or if baby has eczema. Its always good to ask first before purchasing.


For baby, I really think those are the only necessary essentials. Here’s my list of items for Mama that may be helpful. Especially breastfeeding mamas! But these items are not needed in huge amounts like diapers and wipes. Just a couple will be sufficient for Mama.

1. Nipple cream


During the first month or first few months, breastfeeding is a challenge. Especially for first time moms. You will have sore nipples and even bleeding ones if your baby is not latching correctly. Of course with help, it will be fixed. But having a nipple cream is very helpful to ease the soreness not just from a bad latch, but from feeding your baby every 30 mins, around the clock! If there is no need for Mama to use it, these creams can also be applied to baby’s bum to prevent rashes.

2. Breast pads


Again, you will leak milk during the first few months of breastfeeding. Having a good quality breast pad to soak up all the milk is very important. Not only does it prevent itch and rash, it keeps the area clean and dry.

3. Food


Be it a home cooked meal, herbs from the store, or anything to help out in supplying meals for the family will help a ton. I am a mom that cooks for the family at least 4 times a week and do not have a maid/confinement lady. So not having to worry about cooking will take the stress out of me. Or at least preparing/bringing some groceries will ease the burden of restocking the pantry. Again, this is subjective – unless there is a hired confinement lady or maid at home, this may not be essential after all.

Basically, items for mama really depends on her situation. It is always better to ask her what she needs. These are the items that I personally would use and would be grateful for them. Items for baby is pretty much straight forward. Diapers and wipes are awesome.

What are your gift ideas for new baby and mama?


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Toddler Play Win!

Often when it comes to entertaining Quackaboy, we’re out of ideas to keep him busy. I stumbled upon a Facebook article on toddler play ideas and thought to give it a try!

One of it was easy as we had the items in our house already.



A huge one. We gave him markers and colored pencils to draw on it while sitting inside. And Daddy added to make it look like a mini spaceship too.

Well, it was very successful and he was playing in it for over an hour. And the next day, and the next day too…



From a spaceship, he made it into a car, and then into a house.



Happy toddler = Happy parents!
(Dad gets to workout, Mom gets to make dinner, and Grandpa gets to rest)



After the Christmas season, and playing with his Xmas toys, he has forgotten about the box. But we’re okay with that because any toy, over time, will become boring or too common for him. We have been saving an even bigger box for him to play one day when he gets really bored or when he just needs new stimulation.

Maybe by then time QB2 comes, the bigger box will be useful to keep him occupied a few hours!😀

If you haven’t tried this with your toddler, GIVE IT A GO! 

Let me know how it turned out!

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34 weeks + 5 days




I meant to do this bumpdate last Wednesday when I turned 34 weeks, but heck, I was so tired from being unable to sleep between 2-6am (literally!) and then waking up at 9am. And then, the next day was New Year’s eve and I had a horrible day at work. Come Friday, it was New Years and I wanted to spend with with my family through the weekend so I decided to delay this update until today.

I have quite a lot to talk about this week, things have been pretty challenging. Let me break it down for you a little.


Stretch marks: I can feel my belly is getting bigger and tighter by the day. That means that baby is growing and she should weigh about 2.5kgs by now.


Stretch marks are saying hello to me too! Now, I know there are many products outside to “prevent” these marks, but really, there is nothing you can do about it. It’s partly genetics and with the rate of how fast your belly is growing, it is inevitable. My skin is not that elastic and the marks have gone up above my belly button stretching even more from the precious marks I got from Leo. I know of some people whose belly went super huge and no stretch marks; NONE. Well, good for them. I am not super sad about it. In fact, these are my battle scars. A reminder that life was formed and that my body did whatever it needs to do to support it.

Fatigue: I am feeling very tired the past week. So tired that I just want to lay in bed all day and go to bed at 7pm. Of course I didn’t coz I couldn’t fall asleep. Even when I do, it’s not long before I have to wake to pee and then the cycle repeats itself. I decided to hit the gym instead to join a BODYPUMP class which helped me get my mind off things and I really enjoyed it. I forgot how nice it was being a member and not having to teach.

Pains: I have been having some pelvic pain especially on my right side. It’s like as if my legs are gonna detach from my body. My tailbone is hurting too which is weird, because I didn’t have that with Leo. Someone told me that it could be because my pelvis/birth canal is widening hence it affects the tailbone too. Thankfully though, that my feet aren’t swollen and my blood pressure seems good. Oh, and I almost can’t see my foot!


Braxton Hicks: These practice contractions are happening so often especially at night. They don’t really hurt, but they are uncomfortable. When it happens, my belly would get super tight and then I can’t breathe normally. It almost feels like I needed to hold my breath or breathe out very very slowly. There was one day (that day that I didn’t sleep from 2-6am), these contractions were coming so regularly that I downloaded an app to time the contractions, just in case it may be the real thing. But thankfully they went away. I wonder if the regularity of these contractions are caused by the Red Raspberry Leaf Tea that I’ve been drinking daily.


It tones the uterus and supports the organ to prepare for birth. If it is, then it is doing it’s job well. So far I have been loving this tea. I drink 2 cups throughout the day and then another at night before bed.


Emotionally it has been rough. I’ve done so much crying this past week and it’s still on going. I cry at every emotion that runs through my body. Memories of my late grandma made me cry and parenting made me cry too. Sometimes I wished that the people around me would understand and at least try to accommodate my feelings and appreciate the effort I put in to make this house a home. But I’ve reminded myself to never expect anything from anyone because I’m just gonna be disappointed at the end. I will stop expecting anyone to help carry furniture, heavy groceries, laundry baskets and so on. The nurse told me to stop carrying heavy items (because of my weak pelvic floor), but what am I to do? It upsets me when people chose to see without their heart.

Rants aside. I am thankful for my husband who helps me when he can. I couldn’t have done it without him. Thanks Darling.


I also have been having some mild anxiety as to how am I going to birth this baby out. The memories of the pain I went through with Leo plays in my head and I am so scared. I know in time, that it will all be alright and it is going to be ok. It’ll be over before you know it. But still, the anxiousness makes me nervous and I hope that it’ll be easier second time around.


I have been asking God for a quick and easy delivery for this baby. I’ve also learnt to pray specifically for my body, that it’ll do that it needs to when time comes. I am also so thankful to Him for this gift and miracle. So grateful to have a daughter and appreciating life more than ever.

Honestly my spirit has been up and down. Probably my hormones are out of whack and it may stay the same even till after the baby is born. I have no idea what’s going to happen after she’s born; how are we going to manage a newborn AND a toddler? How am I gonna keep the house running and making sure there’s food on the table? How is laundry going to be like for 5 people? Am I ever able to go back to work? Who is going to take care of the baby? All these thoughts circulate my mind daily. I am reminding myself that God is the Almighty and He is in control. If he opens a door, no one can ever close it. I am trying really hard to remember the scriptures and see things in His eyes. Ultimately, He is my provider and everything will fall into place when time comes.


One step at a time. One day at a time. 

I guess these are all the reasons for the tough week last week. Waves of emotions as time gets closer and closer. I hope this week will be a better one. I am also trying to find as much time to spend with Leo because I know, in less than 40 days, he will not be the only child anymore and I may not even have the time to spend with him. He’s such a joy and he makes me so happy. I thank God for a good toddler and I hope he’ll love his little sister too.

Thanks for reading this post. I know it’s kinda “all over the place” but I wanted to let it out and express how I am feeling. Looking forward for a better week and I hope 2016 has been kind to you!



Newborn Cloth Diaper Stash

Cloth Diapering Newborn Edition

It is without a doubt that we will cloth diaper QB2 when she arrives. We will probably start once she’s home and I will be doing reviews again; this time, mostly on newborn/Size 1 diapers which I didn’t really get to cover a lot with Leo last time. We will still use disposables as and when necessary and will bring those to the hospital too. I just don’t wanna stress about cloth while in the hospital or the first few days (from being an emotional wreck maybe).

I’ve collected enough newborn dipes for this bub and maybe even too many! I just hope I have enough time to review each one before she grows out of it.

For the most part, it is the newborn hybrids and fitteds that I will review more on as there are little information/reviews on them. These are often WAHM (Work at Home Moms) diapers from the US and they make superb quality diapers. Made from all natural materials such as bamboo, hemp, and cotton, these diapers are often more expensive then regular market brands. I will also review and re-review some market brands as well, just to see how they fit and if it makes a difference on a boy or a girl.

Here’s a list of what I have and will be reviewing.

Newborn Hybrids and Fitteds. It is hard to get the exact picture of each of these brands as they are not as widely known to all. But I will attach the brands here. And actual photos when baby arrives!


They usually look like this; no matter which WAHM. Typically comes with an umbilical cord snapdown and fits from 5-12 lbs (2.5-5.5 kg). I have 10 brands to review.

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Other market brands worth reviewing. These are typically fully waterproof; with PUL or TPU outer and will not require a cover. Some has the umbilical cord snapdown and some doesn’t. They are also AIOs (All-in-ones), except Applecheeks which is a pocket diaper.

  1. Tots Bots TeenyFit


2. Simplex Newborn AIO


3. Lil Joeys by Kangacare (same company as Rumparooz)


4. Grovia Newborn AIO


5. Thirsties Newborn AIO (old version)


6. Thirsties Newborn Fab Fitted


7. Applecheeks Size 1


That is all for now. These reviews will be for newborn/Size 1 diapers. Will probably do One-Sized diapers later on if there is a need or demand. OS diapers typically will not fit baby until they are probably 7-8kg or 6 months onwards for a better fit.

Speaking of reviews, I would like to review some of our local WAHM diapers too. YES, we have Malaysian mamas here who make diapers as well and I’ve heard good stuff about them! Let’s see if that will happen🙂 We must support local WAHM.

If you want to read about my previous cloth diaper reviews on my son, you can find it below. But please bear in mind that those reviews were done when he was below 12 months old and some of my experiences have changed (especially on absorbency)! Do read all 5 parts for a better understanding.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Toddler Cloth Diapering







32 Weeks Bumpdate + Belly Belt!


32 weeks and 8 more to go! WOW time has really flown by with this pregnancy. Honestly, it feels fast but slow at the same time. I can’t wait to meet this baby girl and have everything almost prepared for her arrival; almost. 8 weeks feels pretty fast if you look at it, but 2 months feels kinda far away still. Well, I certainly don’t want her to come early, so the Christmas season and holidays is keeping me busy and excited and not thinking about how slow February will come.

Recently I have been using the Belly Belt with my jeans.

p/s – I am not affiliated with Belly Belt or sponsored in any way for this review. All opinions remain my own.

I had bought this item when I was pregnancy with QB back in 2013, but never really used it much. I gained a lot more weight with him and my non maternity pants just didn’t fit at my thighs and legs. But this time, my pre pregnancy jeans fits perfectly with this belly belt and I am pretty happy that I don’t have to buy any maternity pants. The only maternity bottoms I bought were 2 pairs of shorts which was on sale for 50% at Ginger Snaps. And… I wear shorts more than anything else because the weather here is crazy!


Just thought I’d share some photos of this Belly Belt an how it looks like on me and how it fits perfectly. It comes with 4 extension elastics/belts and 3 pieces of different colored fabric to match your pants. So far I’ve only used the shorter band and the black fabric.


From the front – maybe it’s my camera angle? But I am happy to see that my thighs are not gigantic and I think I look good here :p


Sideways – Whoaaaa, my butt doesn’t look that huge, really.


My jeans fit below my belly button, almost near the pelvic joint.


And nope, my belly button does not pop out. I’ve a pretty deep belly button! From the front – I just can’t zip and button as pre pregnancy would, but the belly belt helps to hold it together like an extension and your panties are covered with that piece of fabric inside.

Please note that I am never comfortable to show off my bare belly like this and in fact, I’ve never done it before! I don’t have a pretty belly to show off anyway. But I decided that I will share this great product and show you guys whats REAL. Stretch marks, fat deposits and whatnot. I have have courage now.

The only thing about using this product is that your shirts has to be long enough to cover your jeans. Or this part of your lower belly/crotch will be exposed. Thankfully, most maternity and nursing tops have a good length to them. So glad that this product has been put to good use this pregnancy. And I’m hoping that my thighs and butt will not get any bigger or else I can’t fit my jeans altogether!

Did you use any maternity products like this or specifically bought new pants during pregnancy? Do share with me what awesome buys you had!

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