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SINGAPORE’S NO. 1 PARENTING MAGAZINE
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Art direction
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Styling
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15 Adorable bath rugs
and must-haves for
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bedtime moment.
18 BEST OF THE BLUES
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pint-sized denim pieces
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48 0-1 YEAR OLD Why do
most dads seem not to
suffer from parenting
guilt like mums?
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50 1 YEAR OLD If you’re
frustrated with your
toddler’s habit of
throwing things, try these
strategies to stop him.
52 2 YEARS OLD Here’s why
your toddler misbehaves
only with you.
54 3-4 YEARS OLD Are you
a momster? You could
be too tough on your
preschooler.
56 5-6 YEARS OLD Your kid
feels lousy about herself
because she has food
allergies. Learn how
you can help her accept
her situation.
58 7-9 YEARS OLD Is your
child your BFF? Here’s
why you shouldn’t
overstep the boundaries
in your relationship.
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60 “UN-SPOIL” YOUR
BRATTY PRESCHOOLER
Outwit and outlast your
demanding kid with these
expert strategies.
64 #INSTAPERFECT
PARENTS When social
media envy makes you
feel like a #fail.
68 FREE TO PLAY Learn
how you can design your
home to allow creative
play for your child from
these parents.
72 SEE YOU IN LANGKAWI
Check out these gorgeous
resorts for those long
weekend family escapes.
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BABY TALK Must-buys
for you and your little one.
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CRIB VS ROCKING
CRADLE Which one
is safer? The experts
weigh in.
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SAY NO TO TEETHING
NECKLACES Here’s why,
and how you can relieve
Baby’s discomfort when
she cuts her ¿rst tooth.
44
RECIPE FOR BABY Pasta
with mixed vegetables in
tomato sauce.
46
ASK THE DOC How can
you train your child to fall
asleep independently?
36
ONE YEAR ON
When your child
turns 12 months old,
is fresh milk really
better than formula?
EAT FRUIT, NOT
DRINK Here’s why
paediatricians are
recommending that
juice be banned
entirely for babies
under age one.
IT’S ALL ABOUT
MODERATE-EATING
All organic and no
processed food?
That’s not how this
executive chef and
father of three would
feed his little ones.
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WHY PAY MORE? Read
this before buying that
“best” formula milk.
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Where to go with your
family this month.
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Master Class.
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ed’s note
My little niece turns one this
month, and what a bundle of
energy she is. I look forward
to playing with her every
weekend and witnessing each
miraculous milestone. It’s
like being a mother again,
but without the poop and
sleepless nights.
I was surprised when my
sister-in-law chose to wean
her baby on avocado, though.
My children’s first food was
the more traditional brown
rice cereal.
But after reading our
interview with SPRMRKT’s
founder and chef, Joseph Yeo
(page 36), I found out that
avocados are very healthy
first foods, as long as you
choose fresh ones. As a
father of three kids who
have very different eating
habits, he also shares tips on
dealing with picky eaters.
His interview is part of
our Nutrition Issue (from
page 26), which also delves
into two hot topics: The
ongoing formula milk
debate – are less expensive
brands really as good as
premium ones? Is fresh milk
really better for your toddler
than formula? – and the
recent American Academy
of Pediatrics’ advice to avoid
giving fruit juice to babies
below one year old.
Other must-reads in this
issue: How to “un-spoil” a
bratty preschooler (page 60),
deal with social media envy
(page 64) and gorgeous
resorts in Langkawi for
those long weekend family
escapes (page 72). And
download our digital edition
for even more extras!
Stephanie Yeo
Editor
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download our digital edition
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celebration. Happy birthday, Flik Flak!
Celeb mum Diana Ser shared language
learning tips at our The Little Skool-House
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This lava cookie from Creamery oozes
a delicious rich chocolate filling once
ice cream is plonked on it. Yum!
We joined these young Star Wars
fans at Legoland Malaysia for a host of
special activities.
What beautiful work by
@theletteringworkbook,
who conducted workshops at the
inaugural Faber-Castell Art Festival.
Follow us and find out what the Young Parents team is up to.
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news
our experts
EDUCATION
Brian Caswell is the dean
of Research and Program
Development at Mindchamps.
He has 15 grandchildren.
Mhairi-Anne Gonzalez is
managing director of Lorna
Whiston Schools. She has two
children aged 13 and 11.
June Rusdon is the chief
executive officer of Busy Bees
Asia. She has three kids in
their 20s.
Dr Natalie Epton is a specialist
paediatrician and neonatologist
at SBCC Baby & Child Clinic
at Mount Elizabeth Novena
Specialist Centre. She has
three kids aged four to 11.
GYNAECOLOGY
Dr Goh Shen Li is a consultant
obstetrician and gynaecologist
in the S L Goh Women’s Clinic at
Mount Alvernia Medical Centre.
She has three children aged
two to six.
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.&$( $ Fiona Walker is the group
managing director of Julia
Gabriel Education – Julia
Gabriel Centre, Chiltern House
Preschool and Chengzhu.
Her son is aged 13, and her
daughter is 10.
PSYCHIATRY
Dr Cornelia Chee is a
psychiatrist and director
in the Women’s Emotional
Health Service at the National
University Hospital. Her
daughters are aged 12 and 15.
CHILD PSYCHOLOGY
Dr Richard C. Woolfson is
a child psychologist based
in Britain. He has written
15 books on child and family
development, and is Young
Parents’ long-standing Age by
Stage columnist. He’s also a
grandfather of five.
PAEDIATRICS
Dr Chan Poh Chong is the head
and senior consultant with the
Division of General Ambulatory
Paediatrics and Adolescent
Medicine at the Khoo Teck PuatNational University Children’s
Medical Institute, National
University Hospital.
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Kang Phaik Gaik is a senior
nurse manager and parentcraft/
lactation consultant at Mount
Alvernia Hospital’s Parentcraft
Centre. Her two children are in
their 20s.
NUTRITION
Pauline Xie is a senior dietitian
with the Clinical Services Division
at the National Healthcare Group
Polyclinics. Her three daughters
are aged four to 11.
DENTAL
Dr Rashid Tahir is a paediatric
dentist at The Kids Dentist.
He’s also the president of the
Pediatric Dentistry Association
of Asia and an adjunct associate
professor in the Faculty of
Dentistry at National University
of Singapore. His two daughters
are in their teens.
FAMILY
Alfred Tan is the chief executive
officer of Singapore Children’s
Society. His two children are in
their 20s.
Any views expressed by the
Members of the Editorial Advisory
Board in this magazine are their
own and do not necessarily reflect
the views of, or are sanctioned by,
this magazine. Members of the
Editorial Advisory Board do not, by
virtue of their membership, endorse
or support any product or service
advertised or articles featured in
this magazine. The articles in this
magazine are for your information
only. Do not substitute them for the
advice of a qualified health-care
practitioner or professional adviser.
PHOTO 123RF
Leanne Sunarya is the
executive director of Etonhouse
International Education Group.
Her two children are in their 20s.
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feet
We’re floored by these adorable
Mr Men bath rugs. The accidentprone Mr Bump (left), for instance,
is a good reminder for the little
ones to always wipe their wet feet
after a shower – and they won’t
miss Mr Strong’s vibrant hue, either.
TEXT STEPHANIE YEO PHOTOGRAPHY DARREN CHANG ART DIRECTION & STYLING EILANE WANG
Mr Men rugs, $24.80 each, from
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Mini Moon light, $25, from www.threeplustwokids.com 4 Chubby Bunny cotton sleep mask, $32, from www.littleoddforest.com
5 Minitotz Chic Ketty cotton sleep set, $29.90 (includes matching pants, not shown), from www.privi-kids.com 6 Monkey Business cotton sateen
pillowcase, $39, from www.kookiesandmilk.com 7 Mr Robot cotton duvet cover set, $119, from www.piccolo-house.com
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TEXT KIM CHAN COORDINATION EILANE WANG
Bedtime moments become Insta-perfect with these modern
yet playful additions to your child’s room.
The Rink Special
Fun Time On Ice
It’s healthy, fun, and suitable for all ages – ice skating at The Rink, JCube,
checks all the boxes for an ideal family pastime.
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layground-trawling, movies,
museum trips and a huge variety
of enrichment classes – these
all help to keep the young ones
suitably entertained over the weekends.
And now you can add one more
addictive option to the list: ice skating.
It’s fun for everyone – from kids
above the age of three to adults – and
provides a great workout while keeping
even the most sweat-allergic parent
happy. To get started, there’s no better
place to visit than The Rink.
Located at Level 3 of JCube (a mere
five-minute walk from Jurong East MRT
station), The Rink is Singapore’s first and
only Olympic-size ice skating rink.
The expansive venue hosts exciting
events and activities, including
skating lessons for kids and adults,
and international tournaments in
ice hockey, figure skating, speed
skating and more.
CHILL OUT ON ICE
You can get acquainted with the
sport at your own pace, by renting
skating aids that help beginners
balance on ice. Bonus: The littlest
in the clan will get a kick out of
using the penguin skating aid
designed for those below 1.2m
in height. Voila, fun on the ice,
without the fear of falling!
To avoid waiting in line during
peak hours (a real drag for anyone
with restless children), you can purchase
tickets in advance on The Rink’s website.
STEP IT UP
If the kids fancy honing their skills,
there are lessons customised for
everyone from novices to pros.
Children aged three to five are put in
the Kids Learn-to-Skate lessons every
Tuesday at 3pm. At the most basic level,
kids learn safety basics such as how to
fall and get up, stationary dips, penguin
steps and two-footed glides. The
half-hour lesson boasts a comfortable
teacher-student ratio of one to five.
Older kids from six to 12 years old
and even adults can participate in the
Basic Learn-to-Skate lessons scheduled
every Saturday and Sunday at 9.45am.
Consisting of four progressive levels,
you’ll pick up various skills from safety
basics to swizzles and fancy glides.
PARTY ON
The Rink is also where you can throw
the coolest parties! Treat your kids and
their friends to an afternoon of fun
on the ice, with a value-for-money
party package. At $35 per person
for a minimum of 10 guests, you get
admission for two hours, skates rental,
the use of a party room and a host
who’ll help during the event.
For more information and online bookings, visit www.therink.sg.
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Viscose tropical flower
neckerchief (worn as
turban), $19.90, from
www.zara.com/sg
Right Cotton buttondown shirt, $46.90,
from www.fb.com/
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Cotton denim
slim-fit relaxed pants,
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Printed woven fedora
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shorts, $59, from https://
guesskids.guess.eu/EN.
Tropical printed polyester parka
jacket, $49.95, and denim
Sienna slip-ons, $34.95, both
from www.cottonon.com/SG.
Cotton floral Hawaiian turban,
$14.90, from www.zara.com/sg
Right Cotton parka jacket,
$54.95, from www.hm.com/
en_asia2/kids.html. Pineapple
cotton T-shirt, $16.95, and
Molly cotton skirt, $29.95, both
from www.cottonon.com/SG.
Leaves headband, $14.95, from
www.seedheritage.com. Neck
& Neck calf leather booties,
$79, from www.fb.com/
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Left Cotton slogan tee,
$27.90, from www.fb.com/
GingersnapsSG. Marc & Molly’s
cotton denim side flare dress,
$34.30, from www.privi-kids.com.
Sunflower boat hat, $25, from
www.kookiesandmilk.com
Right Cotton denim vest with
hoodie, $79.90, from https://
guesskids.guess.eu/EN. Cotton
drawstring shorts, $37.90, from
www.fb.com/GingersnapsSG.
A Little Lovely Company acrylic
watermelon backpack, $35,
from www.privi-kids.com
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Left Cotton denim jacket,
$39.95, cotton floral printed
tee, $17.95, and cotton
floral printed skirt, $32.95,
all from www.cottonon.com/
SG. Cotton floral Hawaiian
turban, $14.90, and cotton
denim sandals, $45.90, from
www.zara.com/sg
Right Cotton denim shirt,
$69.90, from https://
guesskids.guess.eu/EN.
Cotton T-shirt, $19.95, from
www.seedheritage.com.
Cotton linen shorts,
$37.90, from www.fb.com/
GingersnapsSG. Puma
colour block foam sandals,
$49, from www.fb.com/
KidStyleSG
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Left Cotton denim crop
jacket, $89.90, from
https://guesskids.guess.
eu/EN. Cotton Vivian
dress, $29.95, from
www.cottonon.com/SG.
Butterfly sandals, $59.95,
from www.seedheritage.
com. Watermelon carryall,
stylist’s own
Right Ellie cotton top,
$26.95, from www.
cottonon.com/SG.
Chambray Gaucho cotton
pants, $19.90, from
www.uniqlo.com/sg/
store/. Polyester glitter
sandals, $39.95, from
www.seedheritage.com.
Pom-pom bunny ears
headband, stylist’s own
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Cotton denim dress (worn
as top), $63, from https://
guesskids.guess.eu/
EN. Cotton printed flare
skirt, $46.90, from www.
fb.com/GingersnapsSG.
Mini Dressing Hello hat,
$45, from www.privi-kids.
com. Adidas Originals
Fugiprabali mini backpack,
$59, from www.fb.com/
KidStyleSG
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to Baby’s face.
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If Baby is ready to start solids, you’ll want to make
cooking and feeding a breeze with these handy helpers.
Gino multi food cutter
$17.90, from www.
mothercare.com.sg
Bopomofo silicone
rubber suction plate
$36, from www.
littleplayroom.com
Marcus & Marcus
silicone rubber
feeding food
dispensers $19.90
each, from www.
kiddypalace.com.sg
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dispenser $19.90, from
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Cordlife Special
Banking On Life
Choosing the right family cord blood bank provides peace of mind by
ensuring your loved ones get reliable life-saving help in the future.
C
ord blood banking may be one
of the most crucial ways to
protect your child’s health.
Cord blood is the blood
that remains in the umbilical cord and
placenta after your baby’s birth. It has
a high concentration of hematopoietic
stem cells (HSCs) stem cells, which can
be used during stem cell transplants
to replace and regenerate damaged
bone marrow, and treat blood related
disorders.
You can also increase the range of
possible treatments by storing your
little one’s cord lining. This is rich in
mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and
epithelial stem cells (EpSCs) which
can be used as a form of regenerative
medicine. To date, more than 80 major
diseases can be treated with cord
blood, including conditions such as
leukaemia, lymphoma and thalassemia.
With rigorous clinical trials in operation
today, the list of treatable conditions is
set to grow.
PICKING THE RIGHT
FAMILY CORD BLOOD BANK
Not all family cord blood banks are
created equal. Like your doctor or
medical centre, it’s important to choose
one that you can trust, offers the right
service, and provides the support you
require. Here’s how.
1. Look for a trusted facility
You only get one chance to collect
your baby’s cord blood at birth. As the
family cord blood bank will be storing
these life-saving stem cells for the long
term, it is crucial to find a bank that you
can trust.
A trusted facility like Cordlife – it
is the largest and most established
family cord blood bank in Asia – can
make the process easier for you, and
give you that much needed confidence
and assurance.
2. Check for quality control
Look for a facility that adheres to the
best practices and strict protocols. The
public-listed Cordlife fully owns its lab in
Singapore, and applies stringent controls
on critical services, quality and licensing.
This means that your child’s cord blood
and cord lining units are most carefully
preserved under the bank’s care.
3. Look for certifications
Cordlife is recognised internationally,
being one of six family cord blood banks
worldwide to attain certifications by the
American Association of Blood Banks
(AABB) and the Foundation for the
Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT).
This means that Cordlife’s lab is regularly
audited by these international bodies,
thereby ensuring strict protocols and
processes are adhered to, and giving
you the highest standards of service
and practice.
4. Find out about additional
service options
Besides storing cord blood stem cells,
check if the bank is able to offer more
services. Cordlife, for example, is the only
lab in Singapore, and one of four banks
worldwide that has been licensed to store
umbilical cord lining. This means it can
store two additional types of stem cells
– EpSCs and MSCs – thereby increasing
your options for possible therapeutic and
regenerative applications in the future.
5. Enquire about customer service and
the enrolment process
Cordlife has a 24-hour hotline if you
need to get touch with a consultant.
Upon enrolment, you will receive a
personalised cord blood collection
kit. For assurance during the delicate
period after giving birth, Cordlife will
arrange for a medical courier to pick
up your collection kit from the hospital
and deliver it directly to the Cordlife
laboratory for processing and storage.
For more information on cord blood banking, contact Cordlife Singapore at 6238-0808, or visit www.cordlife.com/sg.
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When it comes to formula milk, the cheaper options are no less nutritious.
We get the lowdown from the experts.
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Parents today pay more than two times
what they did for infant formula 10 years
ago. A 900g tin costs an average of $56,
compared with about $25 in 2007.
It is a hefty rise, considering that over
the same 10-year period, the cost of fresh
milk went up just 6.8 per cent to $2.81 for
a 1-litre pack.
Peiru Ng, 30, who is in public relations,
spends $240 a month on about four tins of
formula for her six-month-old daughter.
She says: “I choose to breastfeed as
I’m aware of the advantages. However,
I have been supplementing with formula
as my supply doesn’t meet her needs fully,
especially since I’ve gone back to work.”
Market research ¿rm Euro-monitor
reported that formula milk sales were
valued at US$47 billion globally in 2015,
fuelled mainly by the growing number
of women going back to work after
giving birth.
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All infant formula sold in Singapore
must comply with the requirements
of the Agri-Food and Veterinary
Authority’s Sale of Food Act.
This includes the minimum and
maximum nutrient composition in
an infant formula, says Natalie Goh,
chief dietitian at Mount Elizabeth
Novena Hospital.
Infants should be given only breast
milk in their ¿rst six months. After that,
complementary foods should be given,
in addition to breast milk (or formula,
if breast milk is not available).
When your baby is a year old,
there is no need for formula milk as
whole cow’s milk can be given.
Fresh cow’s milk, or any alternative
milk sources, should not be fed during a
child’s ¿rst year. The essential nutrients
in infant formula are protein, fat,
carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals such
as iron, calcium, phosphorus and zinc.
What manufacturers do is to formulate
a substitute that most resembles breast
milk, experts say.
“Standard infant formulas are
developed to be as close to breast milk
as possible,” says Associate Professor
Marion Aw, a senior consultant at the
division of paediatric gastroenterology,
hepatology and nutrition at the National
University Hospital.
“The calorie content and nutritional
composition, such as protein, fat and
carbohydrates, are more or less similar
across all brands.”
All standard infant formulas contain
added ingredients that are found in
breast milk, Prof Aw says. These include
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), AA
(arachidonic acid), special nucleotides
and oligosaccharides.
“They are thought to be important for
brain development and immunity, as well
as promoting a healthy gut,” Prof Aw adds.
Natalie says some brands add certain
nutrients to differentiate themselves from
others. For instance, some incorporate
lutein, a type of carotenoid with
antioxidant properties that is thought to
protect eye tissues from damage.
But unless the baby has a medical
condition that warrants the use of
specialised infant formula, choosing a
formula based on its nutrient composition
is unnecessary.
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Many formula milk brands for newborns
cost between $50 and $60 for a 900g tin
in Singapore.
There is no evidence that one
company’s milk is better than another,
so parents need not stick to one brand,
according to the Unicef UK Baby
Friendly Initiative.
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No need for infant formula after
this age as whole cow’s milk can
be given
The minor differences that exist may
affect the baby’s tolerance level. So, if
one brand disagrees with your baby,
try another one.
Prof Aw says there may be cornstarch
added to infant formulas to make them a
little thicker. These are for babies who may
have issues with vomiting and reÀux.
There are also formulas that claim to
help hungry babies and prevent colic,
wind or allergies.
But the scienti¿c evidence for these
claims are weak, according to Senior
Minister of State for Trade and Industry
Koh Poh Koon.
He was speaking in Parliament in
May when he shared that the Agri-Food
and Veterinary Authority will strengthen
restrictions on labelling and advertising of
infant milk powder, including prohibiting
the use of nutrition and health claims and
idealised images for infant formula milk.
“All infant formula sold in Singapore
regardless of their price meets Singapore’s
food regulations and nutritional needs for
infants to grow healthily.
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“Parents should therefore be careful
about relying on the claims made by infant
formula companies or be misled into using
price as a proxy for quality of the product,”
he said, stressing that cheaper options are
no less nutritious.
“As long as your child can get used to
the milk or they are not suffering from any
allergic reaction to that particular brand of
milk, there’s no real reason to pay more for
something that is just as good and much
cheaper,” Dr Koh added.
However, what goes into infant formula
has changed over the decades.
“If you compare the composition of the
formulas today to one from 50 years ago,
the current formulas have less protein,
and a different amount of carbohydrate
and additional nutrients,” says Herbalife
Nutrition Advisory board member
Nathaniel Viuniski, who is a childhood
obesity expert.
Although the protein content has
been reduced, it is still higher than that of
breast milk. The average protein content in
breast milk is 1.1g to 1.3g per 100ml, while
infant formula has 1.2g to 1.7g per 100ml,
Prof Aw says.
When in doubt, choose a brand with
lower protein content, says German
paediatrics expert Berthold Koletzko.
The reason: Studies have found that
babies who consume too much protein in
their ¿rst year tend to be overweight by
the time they start school. Obesity is linked
to increased risks for illnesses such as
diabetes and heart disease.
But, of course, breast milk is still the
best. Kids who were nursed for at least six
months reduced their obesity risk by 20 per
cent, Dr Koletzko adds.
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What breast milk has, which formula
milk doesn’t, are “living” components
and antibodies from the mother. It also
contains traces of antigens from the food
and drink that she takes.
“The taste of breast milk may subtly
vary from day to day, depending on what
mum is eating and drinking,” Prof Aw says.
Breast milk, according to the World
Health Organization, contains antibodies
that help protect infants from illnesses
such as diarrhoea and pneumonia, the two
primary causes of child deaths worldwide.
Another bene¿t of breastfeeding is
that it is dif¿cult to overfeed an infant,
Prof Aw says. “With bottle-feeding, it is
easier and more tempting for caregivers to
have babies ¿nish a ¿xed amount of milk.”
Breastfed babies not only have a lower
risk of infections, but they are also less
likely to be obese.
Human milk has the perfect
nutritional balance in terms of proteins,
carbohydrates, fats and amino acids, and
is more digestible than formula milk. This
protects babies from diabetes associated
with obesity, Dr Viuniski says.
Breastfeeding also improves the baby’s
psychological health due to the bond he
shares with his mother during feeding.
However, Prof Aw says: “If mums
cannot breastfeed their babies, it is
important that we don’t make them feel
guilty. Infant formulas are a suitable
second choice.”
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Go to any supermarket and one will
be spoilt for choice – or be confused
– by the range of infant formula. Here
is a guide on the different types.
O COW’S MILK FORMULAS Most
infant formulas are made from cow’s
milk which has been processed to
make it suitable for infants. According
to the American Academy of
Pediatrics, these products are treated
by heating and other methods
to make the milk protein more
digestible. More milk sugar, known
as lactose, is added to make the
concentration equal to that of
breast milk, it says.
Lactose is the primary
carbohydrate found in human
milk, as well as the main source of
carbohydrate in most infant milks.
The butterfat is removed and
replaced with vegetable oils and
other fats that babies can digest
more easily. Iron is also added.
O GOAT’S MILK FORMULAS If your
baby is allergic to regular formulas
based on cow’s milk, goat’s milk
formula will also be unsuitable.
The protein content is very similar.
O SPECIALISED FORMULAS These
are made for infants with health
disorders or diseases. There are
also formulas made specifically for
premature babies.
O HYPOALLERGENIC FORMULAS
These are for babies who are at risk of
or have a proven intolerance to cow’s
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milk protein. They should be
used under medical or dietetic
supervision, says the Unicef UK
Baby Friendly Initiative.
O SOYA-BASED FORMULAS These
contain high levels of phyto-estrogen,
which may have negative effects on
babies. They should be fed to infants
only under exceptional circumstances
and on a doctor’s advice, says
Unicef UK.
O STAGE 1 (OR FIRST MILK) This
whey-based option is the best type
of infant formula to give your baby
from birth. It is the only breast-milk
substitute needed in the first year of
life, says Unicef UK.
O STAGE 2 (OR FOLLOW-ON MILK)
These are meant for babies who are
older than six months. Dr Yang Linqi,
a paediatrician at Thomson Paediatric
Centre, says formula milk comes in
different stages as companies try
to address the changing nutritional
needs of a growing child.
Stage 1 and follow-on formulas
are relatively similar, she says. “It is
not absolutely necessary to switch to
follow-on formulas. It’s definitely
safe for your baby to continue with
Stage 1 formula.”
O GROWING-UP MILK They contain
more sugar than animal milk. These
products have not been proven to
provide extra nutritional benefits
for young children, who should be
obtaining their nutrients from food.
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When your child turns 12 months old, is fresh milk really better
than formula? Doctors and dietitians weigh in on this hot topic.
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Toddler Kester Lee has never tasted formula
milk. The two-year-old was fully breastfed
until he was about 15 months old. When his
mum Alethia Lee’s breast-milk supply began
dropping, she supplemented his milk intake
with fresh milk.
Alethia, 29, says: “He’s never had
formula. I don’t see why I should be giving
him chemically made nutrients.”
She is among the minority of parents
here who give fresh cow’s milk or UHT
(ultra-heat treatment) milk to their children,
shortly after they are 12 months old.
Most would offer their kids formula
milk until they are closer to three years
old, before making the switch to fresh or
UHT milk.
A key reason for this is the perception
among parents that formula milk is more
nutritious than fresh or UHT milk. Many are
also unaware that they can make the switch
to cow’s milk after their children turn one.
But amid rising public unhappiness over
soaring milk powder prices here – there has
been a 120 per cent increase in formula milk
prices over the past decade – doctors have
assured parents that there is no need to feed
their children pricey formula milk after they
turn one. Fresh milk and a balanced diet are
adequate for a child’s nutritional needs.
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While the average price of formula milk
has more than doubled over the past decade
to $56.06 for a 900g tin, a 1-litre carton
of fresh milk costs between $3 and $3.50,
and six 200ml packets of UHT milk cost
about $4.
Formula milk is cow’s milk that is
forti¿ed with additional nutrients such
as vitamins, minerals and ¿sh oils, but
Dr Ong Eng Keow, a paediatrician at the
International Child and Adolescent Clinic in
Mount Alvernia Hospital, says “these extras
should come from food rather than milk”.
“Milk becomes a supplement after a child
passes his ¿rst birthday. Just as adults don’t
rely on milk as a main source of nutrition, as
a child grows older, he should be consuming
more food rather than milk,” he says.
Alethia, who works at a luxury lifestyle
magazine, already practises Dr Ong’s
advice. “Powdered milk is said to be more
nutritious, but I don’t think fresh milk has
any fewer nutrients,” she says.
Another mum, sales executive Charlene
Lee, 33, fully breastfed her daughter Ariel
until she was about 20 months old before
switching to formula milk. But when Ariel,
now four, did not like the taste of it, she
decided to give her fresh milk instead.
She subsequently switched to UHT milk
after she found out that it was as nutritious
as fresh milk. “With UHT, there is no milk
wastage. UHT milk has a much longer shelf
life than fresh milk,” she says.
Her other child, two-year-old Elijah,
started on UHT milk when he was about
20 months old.
“Some people say UHT or fresh milk
has fewer nutrients than formula milk,
but I believe children can get those nutrients
from their food,” she says.
The Health Promotion Board’s guidelines
recommend children between six months
and two years of age to consume about
750ml of milk daily.
Dr Ong says children whose milk intake
exceeds the suggested amount can end up
having constipation, fussy eating habits and
poor weight gain.
Natalie Goh, chief dietitian at Mount
Elizabeth Novena Hospital, says minerals
and nutrients added to milk formula can
be obtained from food. For example, iron
can come from meat, ¿sh and spinach; and
docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) from food
sources such as ¿sh.
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But medical experts add that there are
certain circumstances under which a toddler
could bene¿t from formula instead of fresh
or UHT milk.
Tan Shiling, a dietitian at Mount
Alvernia Hospital’s nutrition and dietetics
j u l y 2 0 1 7 ŬŬŬūŬŬŬŴŴŬŬŬūŬŬŬy o u n g p a r e n t s
department, says toddlers should consume
formula or special milk feeds if they have
medical issues, including an iron de¿ciency,
inÀammatory bowel disease or liver disease.
As for fresh and UHT milk, medical
experts say the difference between the two is
minimal. Both types of milk are pasteurised
– heat-treated to destroy pathogens and
bacteria. The difference is in the way and
temperature at which this process is done.
Dr Han Wee Meng, head of nutrition
and dietetics at KK Women’s and Children’s
Hospital, says: “Both fresh and UHT milk
are equally recommended for children.
The choice depends on individual taste
preferences and practical considerations.”
She adds that pasteurisation does
not signi¿cantly alter the nutritional
composition of the milk, in terms of energy,
protein, calcium and phosphorous content.
While some vitamins may be lost,
additional nutrients may sometimes
be added back into the milk after
pasteurisation.
Be it fresh or UHT milk, medical
experts stress that parents should give
full-cream milk to children under the age
of two. “Toddlers have very high energy
requirements and should not be taking
low-fat or skimmed milk,” says dietitian
Derrick Ong, founder of Eat Right
Nutrition Consultancy.
Dr Han says the fat from the milk is
also important for a growing child, as it is
essential for neurological development and
brain function. Parents may switch their
children to low-fat milk after they turn two.
However, Dr Han suggests that if there
is a concern with the child’s growth and
development, parents should continue
their kids on full-cream milk, as it provides
additional energy.
Medical experts add that parents also
need not opt for organic milk products over
regular milk.
Dr Han says: “There is no signi¿cant
difference in the nutrient content of organic
milk compared with regular milk.”
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It’s reasonable to think that juice is healthy as it comes from fruit,
but top paediatricians in the US are recommending that juice be
banned entirely for babies under age one.
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Babies under one year old should not drink
fruit juice at all – that’s the latest stance by
the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
This is the AAP’s ¿rst change in
recommendations on fruit juice since
2001. Over past years, it advised against
ŏering fruit juice to babies younger than
six months old.
The concern is that juice ŏers no
nutritional bene¿ts early in life, and can
take the place of what babies really need:
breast or formula milk and their protein,
fat and minerals like calcium.
“Parents may perceive fruit juice as
healthy, but it is not a good substitute for
fresh fruit and just packs in more sugar
and calories,” says Dr Melvin B. Heyman,
paediatric gastroenterologist and co-author
of the AAP statement released in May.
“Small amounts in moderation are
¿ne for older kids, but are absolutely
unnecessary for children under one.”
So how much juice is appropriate
for toddlers and preschoolers?
When consumed as part of a
well-balanced diet, the AAP recommends
restricting it to 110ml daily for oneto three-year-olds, and 170ml a day for
four- to six-year-olds.
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A sugar shot
Dietitians and nutritionists in
Singapore concur that juice ŏers no
nutritional bene¿ts over whole fruit,
and it shouldn’t be considered a
replacement for fruit to meet a person’s
recommended daily fruit intake.
Dr Kalpana Bhaskaran, a nutritionist
at the Singapore Nutrition and Dietetics
Association, puts it this way: “The bene¿ts
of eating a fresh, whole fruit are greater
than the sum of its parts.”
A 110ml cup of apple juice has no
¿bre, and contains 60 calories and 13g of
sugar. By comparison, a half cup of apple
slices has 1.5g of ¿bre, 30 calories and
5.5g of sugar. The ¿bre in fruit also
increases fullness.
The experts also agree that juice should
be given only as a treat because of its high
sugar content.
The Nutrition Clinic’s co-founder, Pooja
Vig, says that because the juicing process
strips fruit of its dietary ¿bre, pulp and
skin, fruit juice is a concentrated source of
natural sugars.
“When you consume fruit juice,
you are ultimately giving yourself a sugar
shot,” she says.
how much
to drink
Make it healthier
While dietitian Derrick Ong, founder of
Eat Right Nutrition Consultancy, agrees that
valuable nutrients do get lost in the process
of juicing, other nutrients such as vitamin C
and folate – which are essential for building
healthy tissues and blood cell development
– are retained.
Dr Kalpana, too, agrees that fruit juice is
not devoid of nutrients. “Juice does contain
antioxidants and carbohydrates,” she says.
Boxed juices are also not necessarily
inferior to freshly pressed or cold-pressed
juices, adds Derrick, as these are likely to be
pasteurised to preserve the nutrients.
But he advises the consumption of
freshly pressed and cold-pressed juices as
soon as possible to avoid further nutrient
losses through exposure to the air.
If your kids don’t take well to fruit,
consider making smoothies instead, the
experts suggest.
The whole fruit is blended in a smoothie,
which means the dietary ¿bre is retained.
When nuts and calcium-rich Àuids
such as milk are added into the mix, the
resulting smoothie packs more of a punch
than fruit juice.
Another option is to dilute the fruit
juice by adding veggies. “When you juice
vegetables along with fruit, you are getting
concentrated nutrients, and you are diluting
the sugar content in the juice,” Pooja says.
When ŏering juice to toddlers, don’t put
it in bottles or easily transportable “sippy
cups” that allow them to consume juice
easily throughout the day, the AAP adds.
Toddlers should not be given juice at
bedtime, as well.
“We know that excessive fruit
juice can lead to excessive weight gain
and tooth decay,” says neonatologist
Steven A. Abrams, who is also the
co-author of the AAP statement.
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OBabies under age one:
None at all
OTots aged one to three:
Up to 110ml daily
OKids aged four to six:
Up to 170ml daily
numbers you
should know
A single glass of sugar cane juice or
commercial 100-per-cent apple juice
without added sugar provides six
teaspoons of sugar, and orange
juice contains five teaspoons of
sugar, which is similar to sugarsweetened beverages.
Home-squeezed orange juice
is slightly better, with 4½ teaspoons
of sugar per glass.
When fruit is juiced, most of the
pulp is lost, resulting in a loss of fibre
and healthy plant compounds such
as flavonoids, while sugar remains in
the juice.
A medium orange contains 3.6g of
fibre, while fresh orange juice has only
0.5g of fibre.
Source: Associate Professor
Rob M. van Dam, National University
Singapore Saw Swee Hock School
of Public Health
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All organic and no processed food? That’s not how he would feed
his little ones. This executive chef and father of three shares his kitchen
secrets with LYNN WEE.
Do chef-dads have it easier when it comes
to expanding their young kids’ palates?
After all, it’s easy to assume that they
always make tasty meals, so why won’t the
little ones eat up?
By his own confession, Joseph Yeo,
executive chef and co-owner of bistro
SPRMRKT, is in the same quandary as
most parents. The 35-year-old has to
manage a fussy-eating child and deal with
the debacle of mealtimes, as well.
Carissa, his three-year-old daughter,
won’t eat ¿sh and pork, so he labels them
as chicken. He also hides veggies in her
favourite carbs such as pasta, KRUIXQ
and fried rice.
Occasionally, he makes fresh orange
juice popsicles with sliced fruits for his
kid, who has an aversion to chocolates and
ice cream.
Thankfully, his elder daughter Angelica,
seven, is more adventurous with food.
She relishes in “gelatine-ish” ingredients,
such as sea cucumber, chicken feet and
beef tripe, and has even tasted Japanese
delicacy VKLUDNR, a cod-¿sh sperm sac –
which is probably on the no-no list of any
adult who has food neophobia.
Avocados come first
Growing up, Joseph had very little interest
in toys – his childhood revolved around
watching his mum and nanny cook, and he
would bother them occasionally by ¿ddling
with rice grains, tossing noodles in a wok,
and even throwing pots and pans around.
It’s safe to say that the kitchen was his
playground, and it still is, to date.
Joseph’s culinary dream of¿cially began
when he was 16 years old, when he worked
as a kitchen assistant at Pasta Fresca
Da Salvatore, and continued to work
part-time while pursuing his studies. After
national service, he decided to hone his
craft full-time, and went on to work with big
names such as Les Amis and Waku Ghin,
before striking out on his own with the
quirkily named bistro SPRMRKT
(say “Supermarket”), which serves
European-styled cuisines.
With a laugh, he tells <RXQJ3DUHQWV
that he hopes he could ¿nd success, too,
in shaping the taste buds of Francis,
his youngest child at 12 months old. His
three kids have all started off on the same
solid food.
“Avocados,” he recalls. “If you Google
them, you’ll see all of their health bene¿ts.
Get fresh avocados, and always puree
them to remove the ¿bre before feeding
your kids.”
Among the other ¿rst foods are broccoli,
carrots, pumpkin and sweet potatoes. He
will also introduce seafood slowly only when
his kids are at least 18 months old.
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Natural is best
Albeit his judicious efforts, Joseph doesn’t
believe in feeding his kids organic food
products, or refraining them from eating
processed food.
“Even if I feed them all things healthy
now, they will still head to McDonald’s
when they grow up,” he explains. “They
will still eat processed food at their friends’
birthday parties.”
“When exposed to such food at an
older age, their body may not react as well
compared to when they were younger. It’s all
about moderate-eating from young, to allow
the body to acclimatise to such products.”
Besides letting the young ones enjoy their
occasional hotdog bun, he also takes them
to Peperoni Pizzeria for their favourite wood¿red pizzas, and East Coast Lagoon food
village and Bedok 85 hawker centre,
for local food.
While the down-to-earth chef has no
qualms about what they eat when they
dine out, he still adheres to the habits of a
professional chef when he cooks for them
at home – there is no intentional adding
of monosodium glutamate (MSG). He
¿nds MSG unnecessary and uses natural
ingredients to enhance a dish’s Àavour.
His tip for parents: “You can add
Parmesan cheese to pasta for a more
savoury taste, and shiitake mushrooms
and kelp to Chinese cuisine to bring out
the XPDPL Àavour.”
Rock-a-buy,
baby
From traditional sarongs and cots to newfangled rockers and nest beds,
which should you get for your newborn? The experts weigh in.
july 2017 /
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young parents
TEXT ANNABETH LEOW/THE STRAITS TIMES PHOTO MASTERFILE
Gone are the days when caregivers relied
on the sarong cradle to soothe a newborn.
Parents now have a dazzling array
of bedtime options for their babies –
from cots that can be placed beside an
adult bed with one side lowered,
to self-rocking electronic cradles.
Still, experts say the safest option is
neither a co-sleeping cot nor a sarong
cradle. It is a traditional crib with a ¿rm
mattress, with no drop sides or wide gaps
between slats.
Associate Professor Song Kee Hong
from the National University of Singapore’s
School of Design and Environment says:
“Most cribs should be safe under normal
conditions. But poorly designed cribs
with drop sides have been known to cause
accidental strangulation deaths.
In 2011, the US banned the sale of dropside cribs amid safety concerns, as babies
could get trapped – sometimes fatally – in
the gaps created if the drop sides came loose.
In the UK, there was public outcry in
2015 after a seven-week-old infant died from
asphyxiation when her neck was caught on
the edge of her crib’s folding side.
Dr Petrina Wong, a paediatric consultant
at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital,
says the American Academy of Paediatrics
has no guidelines on the use of co-sleeping
products as there is a lack of evidence
on their effect on sudden infant death
syndrome or the risk of unintentional injury
and death from suffocation.
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Still, retailers say such newfangled
options are popular with parents
because they are versatile.
The bestsellers at online retailer Pupsik
Studio include bedside cribs for co-sleeping
infants, electronic rockers and nest beds,
says director Su Ling Zagorodnova. Sales of
traditional wooden cots and travel cots are
“more lukewarm”, she adds.
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A nest bed is a portable, basket-like
bassinet that holds Baby inside and lets him
sleep safely beside his parents. “Portability,
convenience and multi-functionality are top
priorities for parents,” she says.
Pang Fu Wei, managing director of baby
product store Mothercare, says: “Products
with longer lifespans, such as cot beds and
co-sleeping solutions, are trendy.”
Still, he said, rockers are meant for
temporary use and should not replace a
baby’s regular bed.
This falls in line with the advice of
child experts.
“Rocking cradles and sarong cradles are
not recommended since they can inculcate a
sleep association and the infant will only be
able to sleep in the same environment later
on,” says Dr Mahesh Babu Ramamurthy,
head and senior consultant of the National
University Hospital’s paediatric pulmonary
and sleep division.
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Dr Janice Wong, a paediatrician with
Thomson Paediatric Centre, says babies
might roll out of the sarong cradle or
self-rocking cradle and hurt themselves.
“Parents should strap their babies securely”
if an electronic rocker is used.
Other dangers include babies choking
to death on their vomit if the product – like
a sarong cradle – doesn’t provide enough
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support for their heads, or getting brain
damage from rocking that is too vigorous.
“Proper sleeping cots are still
recommended and it is best if they are
placed beside the adult’s bed. If the cot
must be in another room, use a baby
monitor,” Dr Wong adds.
When it comes to choosing cots, buy
from reputable retailers and ensure
that products come with clear safety
instructions. The latter is especially
important for those buying second-hand
cots or using hand-me-downs.
A spokesman for Spring Singapore, the
government product-safety watchdog, says
it conducts post-market surveillance on
products, including those for children,
such as cots, strollers and toys. This is
“to ensure the products are safe”.
Last year, Spring recalled three
baby cots as tests showed that the
products did not meet safety standards.
The three cribs also lacked the required
instruction materials.
The spokesman says that parents
should check that the products are ageappropriate and ensure that children are
supervised during use.
Avoid giving your baby stuffed toys,
pillows and other loose items as there is
a risk of suffocation, especially to babies
younger than ¿ve months who cannot yet
roll and push items away.
These objects are also not safe for older
babies as they may use them to clamber out
of the cot.
Firm mattresses are good as they reduce
the danger of suffocation. They should lie
Àush against the edges of the cot so that
your baby does not get trapped in a gap.
The experts also recommend cribs
with slats no bigger than 4.5cm to 6cm to
prevent babies from slipping through.
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PHOTOS MASTERFILE
Your little one’s first tooth may make a nondescript debut or a grand
entrance – complete with drooling, tears and all-day fussiness. EVELINE GAN
finds out what to know about teething and what to do when it causes
your child discomfort.
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Most babies will cut their ¿rst tooth between
six and 10 months, says Dr Natalie Epton,
a specialist paediatrician and neonatologist
at SBCC Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital.
Others may get theirs later – around or after
their ¿rst birthday.
Occasionally, some may even be born
with a tooth, says Dr Chang Fu-Gui, dental
surgeon from The Dental Studio.
Expect the two lower front teeth to come
out ¿rst, followed by the top two upper front
teeth. By two to 2½ years old, your toddler
will have a full set of 20 teeth, he adds.
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Little teeth erupting through the gums may
cause pain and discomfort, so your baby
may appear crankier and cry more than
usual, Dr Epton says.
Watch for sore gums. If she is
breastfeeding, she may refuse to latch on or
nurse properly because of the discomfort,
Dr Chang says. She may also chew on her
¿ngers and toys, as well as drool a lot, which
can cause skin rashes on the chin.
When swallowed, the excessive saliva
can also cause loose stools, which may in
turn lead to a diaper rash, Dr Epton shares.
Three to four episodes of loose stools per
day is considered “mild”, but see a doctor if
your baby is experiencing more frequent and
large amounts of watery stools, she adds.
That said, not all babies experience
teething the same way. “Some may have no
overt signs of teething, and the eruption of
their ¿rst tooth may even come as a shock to
parents,” Dr Epton says.
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Doctors are still divided on whether teething
causes fever – some believe there is a chance
that inÀammation surrounding the gums
may produce a low-grade fever of around
38 to 38.5 deg C in babies, Dr Epton says.
But see a doctor if your little one’s fever
is over 38.5 deg C, as it could indicate
something more serious. “Your baby might
have picked up an infection from chewing
her toys and other objects that she has been
putting in her mouth,” she adds.
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One of the most effective remedies to relieve
discomfort is to let her chew on teething
toys. Chill them in the fridge, but don’t
freeze them as extreme temperatures can
damage the gel in the toys, Dr Epton says.
You can easily make one, as well – just
put a chilled, wet facecloth in a Ziploc bag.
The coldness can help numb the gums and
provide temporary relief, she adds.
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creams to ease sore gums at pharmacies,
Dr Epton doesn’t encourage using them.
“They make it dif¿cult for your baby to
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swallow her saliva, and this may increase the
risk of gagging or choking,” she explains.
You shouldn’t rub alcohol on the gums,
either. This can put babies and toddlers
under the age of two at risk of lower oxygen
levels in blood, warns the United States
Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The FDA also cautions against using herbal
or homeopathic teething gels which may
contain ingredients, such as belladonna,
which can cause breathing dif¿culties,
drowsiness and seizures.
Some advocates claim that amber
teething necklaces can help release painrelieving substances and boost the immune
system, but there are no scienti¿c studies
to back these claims. Most paediatricians as
well as the American Academy of Paediatrics
don’t recommend using them. “These
necklaces may present a strangling risk if
they get caught or tangled,” Dr Epton warns.
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Help Baby get used to cleaning her gums
even before she cuts her ¿rst tooth. Use a
moist soft cloth or clean gauze pad to wipe
her gums daily, Dr Chang advises.
Once her teeth emerge, you can get a
¿nger brush or a baby-sized toothbrush.
Use a rice grain-size amount of Àuoride-free
toothpaste when she is from about nine to
12 months. When she knows how to spit
and rinse her mouth, you may start using
a child-friendly toothpaste with reduced
Àuoride, Dr Chang says.
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Be sure to brush your toddler’s teeth
twice a day and Àoss a few times a week.
To make tooth-brushing sessions easier
and more fun, Dr Chang suggests using
a child-size electric toothbrush.
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Although these little teeth are not
permanent, it is still important to care for
them. When babies get cavities, they can
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spread faster than in adult teeth. Dr Chang
recommends scheduling your baby’s
¿rst dental appointment when her ¿rst
tooth appears.
“Although most kids this age will not
be too cooperative, that ¿rst dental visit
is important to introduce your child to
the dental environment. Make it a family
day where Mummy, Daddy or siblings
make a joint visit for their dental check-up,”
he adds.
Thomson Paediatric Dentistry (Katong) Special
Tooth Be Told
What’s the big deal about baby teeth? Don’t they eventually fall out anyway?
Here are answers to common “teething” questions.
D
id you know that your
child will have baby teeth
until the age of 11? Baby
teeth will start to erupt
when your little one is around six
months old, and by the age of
three, she should have a complete
set of primary teeth.
During this time, baby teeth
serve important functions in her
life. Paediatric dentist Badrun Nafis
of Thomson Specialist Dentistry
answers some of your common
questions, so that you can help
your tot maintain a bright and
healthy smile.
ABOUT THE
DENTIST
Dr Badrun
Nafis is a
paediatric
dentist at Thomson
Paediatric Dentistry
(Katong) and Thomson
Specialist Dentistry. He
has worked at the Royal
Children Hospital and
Royal Dental Hospital in
Melbourne, Australia, and
as an associate consultant
at the National Dental
Centre of Singapore,
among others. He has
extensive experience
in chairside dentistry,
inhalation sedation and
general anaesthesia
management, and has
treated children with
special and medical needs.
WHY SHOULD WE GIVE
CARE AND ATTENTION
TO BABY TEETH?
What if your child is unable to
chew food because of missing,
broken, or even painful teeth?
Baby teeth are important to
your child’s development. They
help her to chew properly, play a crucial
role in speech development, and guide
permanent teeth into their proper
positions. Plus, they add to a favourable
aesthetic appearance, which can help
boost your child’s confidence and
social development.
BABY TEETH WILL EVENTUALLY
FALL OUT ANYWAY – SO WHY
BRUSH THEM?
Baby teeth are prone to tooth decay.
Up to 50 per cent of the local
preschooler population suffer from a
special type of tooth decay called early
childhood caries. If left untreated, tooth
decay will cause pain, infection, swelling
and even fever, resulting in crying,
sleepless nights, and desperate trips to
the dental clinic. The good news is that
this is preventable.
HOW CAN I PREVENT TOOTH
DECAY IN MY CHILD?
Good oral hygiene and healthy dietary
practices are important in preventing
tooth decay. Before the teeth erupt,
clean your baby’s mouth and gums with
a soft cloth or infant toothbrush during
bath time. As soon as the first tooth
erupts, it is recommended that you clean
it with an age-appropriate toothbrush
twice a day. You should brush for your
young one daily, until she is six or seven
years old. Flossing is recommended
when two baby teeth next to each other
are in contact. Fluoridated toothpaste is
to be used during brushing. The type of
toothpaste and method of brushing can
be advised by your paediatric dentist.
A healthy diet includes limiting
liquid intake to only milk or water, and
weaning off the milk bottle by age
12 to 14 months. Healthy snacking
of fruits, dairy products and nuts are
recommended over sweet drinks
and confectionery.
WHEN SHOULD WE BRING HER
TO A DENTIST?
The American Academy of Pediatric
Dentistry and the American Academy of
Pediatrics recommend a dental visit for
children by age one. Visiting a paediatric
dentist by the time the first baby tooth
appears encourages the child and
parents to begin a lifelong, preventive
dental care programme to minimise
tooth decay and cavities. The dentist will
typically do a thorough examination,
provide parents with information on
proper oral and facial development,
determine fluoride needs, and more.
Thomson Paediatric Dentistry (Katong) is at 148 East Coast Road. For appointments, call 6636-3808. For more information, e-mail tpc_katong@thomsonmedical.com.
Thomson Specialist Dentistry is at #06-04 to 07 Novena Specialist Centre. For appointments, call 6255-1771. For more information, visit www.thomsonspecialistdentistry.
com, or e-mail contact@thomsonspecialistdentistry.com
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Pasta sauce
3 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp white onions, chopped
1 tbsp garlic, chopped
2 pieces bay leaves
2 cans (250ml) whole peeled tomatoes,
blended
Salt, to taste
Sugar, to taste
White pepper, to taste
Ingredients
100g green zucchini
100g yellow zucchini
100g carrot
250g pasta (your preferred type)
Water, lightly salted
3 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp white onions, chopped
1 tbsp garlic, chopped
Salt, to taste
White pepper, to taste
Parsley, chopped, for garnish
Parmesan cheese, grated, for garnish
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, to finish
To make pasta sauce, in a lightly
heated medium-sized pot, add oil and
fry onions till softened. Add garlic and
fry till lightly browned.
Add bay leaves and blended
tomatoes, and bring to a boil.
Season the sauce and allow
it to simmer to reduce to a
paste-like consistency.
While the pasta sauce is
cooking, chop or slice zucchinis
and carrot, depending on your child’s
age and preference.
Boil vegetables in lightly salted
water till soft, and set aside.
Boil pasta in lightly salted water
(approximately 2.5 litres) to the
desired timing on the packaging,
with 2 minutes more for kids if they
prefer softer pasta.
While pasta is boiling, heat a
medium-sized pan, add oil and fry
onions till softened. Add garlic and fry
till lightly browned.
Pour in pasta sauce and strained
cooked pasta.
Season with salt and pepper to
taste, and add boiled vegetables last,
stirring gently to avoid mashing them.
Serve pasta and garnish with
parsley, cheese and olive oil.
This recipe is recommended for
babies from nine months old,
and serves four kids.
Joseph Yeo, executive chef and
owner of eatery SPRMRKT,
contributed the recipe.
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young parents
baby care
Ask the doc
Got a question? Our
expert is here to help.
How can I train my
child to fall asleep
independently?
Q
A
When a baby starts to have a
regular sleep-wake cycle and
doesn’t require night feedings, this may
be the right time to start sleep training,
says KKH’s Dr Wong.
Sleep training refers to giving babies
a routine in which they fall asleep
consistently and independently.
Dr Mahesh cautioned that, while
of National University Hospital (NUH)’s
you can keep your drowsy baby
paediatric pulmonary and sleep division.
company, you should let him go to
Dr Petrina Wong, a paediatric
sleep on his own.
Exhausted new parents, sinking
consultant at KK Women’s and Children’s
“It is common for parents or
into bed after a long day, may
Hospital (KKH), says that while the baby
grandparents to fall into the habit
quickly learn to dread their baby’s
is asleep, he may smile, grimace or make
of rocking the baby, feeding him to
midnight wails. But experts say such crying
a sucking action, and his ¿ngers and feet
sleep, and so forth. These habits are
is normal and parents must learn to let
may twitch occasionally.
extremely di̇cult to break,” he says.
A
babies get into a healthy sleep cycle.
Infants have dĭerent sleeping needs
from adults and many manage to sleep
through the night only from around the
nine-month mark.
During their ¿rst year, babies will spend
“An older infant may wake up at night
When Baby wakes up and cries
to pull himself up to stand, or practise
or fusses at night, wait a few minutes
newfound skills,” she adds.
before responding to him, KKH’s
Babies should be able to sleep for 10
Dr Wong says. He may wake up more
to 12 hours at night from when they are
often if you attend to the slightest
three to four months old, says Dr Janice
movement or whimper in the night.
most of the day sleeping and this can range
Wong, a paediatrician with Thomson
from 14 to 20 hours. Much of this is rapid
Paediatric Centre. They may wake up once
child without turning on bright
eye movement (REM) sleep, which experts
or twice and need to be fed or have their
lights, playing with him or exposing
believe is necessary for infant development.
diapers changed.
him to stimuli.
Babies will stir more easily. “It is
Once babies are able to sleep through
You should check on your
A gentle hand on a fussing infant
normal for babies to wake up intermittently
the night, they will still need daytime naps
may be all that is needed to give Baby
in the night and go back to sleep
– each lasting two to three hours – until
the comfort he needs, Dr Mahesh adds.
spontaneously,” says Dr Mahesh Babu
the age of three or so.
Ramamurthy, head and senior consultant
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Feeling guilty is part of the parenting experience. So when
things go wrong, don’t mope; learn to cope instead with these
suggestions by DR RICHARD C. WOOLFSON.
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throw things and this seemed
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child’s habit creating all sorts
of problems?
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he throws food, which ends
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he tosses something heavy
or sharp, which can be
dangerous, or when he keeps
“accidentally” dropping his
spoon time and again so you
can return it to him.
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with your little one during
a plane ride, you’ll have
discovered how far he can
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aren’t prepared to keep running after his toys, DR RICHARD C.
WOOLFSON offers these solutions.
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why only me?
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Grandma’s sweetie turns into a brat when he’s with you?
DR RICHARD C. WOOLFSON singles out the reasons.
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Strange but true: Your toddler
misbehaves only with you.
That’s because others have
several advantages.
For starters, there is the
novelty factor. The relative
unfamiliarity of another
person can have a very
stabilising effect on a
two-year-old’s behaviour.
For example, if your friend
cared for your child every day,
his excitement at being with
her would soon wear off. You
can be sure he’ll misbehave
with her occasionally, as well.
Secondly, time is a factor.
Unlike others, you can’t hand
him back after a few hours.
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whole day with your kid,
dealing with every challenge
he meets and ensuring that
his schedule runs according
to plan.
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to provide a broader range of
activities in an environment
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reason your tot is better
behaved at preschool than
he is at home.
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different with you, and if it
concerns you, consider if you
need to change the way you
manage him. Ask yourself
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messing with his food.
on it, and if your kid thinks
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resort to misbehaviour.
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into a negative relationship,
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and nagging him more
than you expected.
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what he did right. So, learn
to balance both.
plenty of stimulation, so he
enjoys having a busy life. If
his schedule is too hectic,
however, he’ll become irritable
and uncooperative despite
your good intentions.
Doing less during the day
could lead to an improvement
in his behaviour.
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Are you too tough on your preschooler? DR RICHARD C. WOOLFSON
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Outwit and outlast your demanding kid with these
expert strategies. By EVELINE GAN
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PHOTOS MASTERFILE
Your kid can’t walk past the
store without whining for
another new toy. When you
try to take the iPad away, he
throws a ¿t. And, oh dear,
did you just hear him mutter
the “F” word?!
You thought those days
of toddler tantrums were
over, only to ¿nd yourself
dealing with bigger, badder
behaviour. What happened
along the way?
Most behavioural patterns
are shaped in the ¿rst seven
years of a child’s life, explains
Alfred Tan, chief executive
of¿cer of the Singapore
Children’s Society.
“If your child is behaving
badly, it could be due to gaps
or shortcomings during this
period of growing up,” he says.
As much as you loathe to
hear this, the experts say the
spoiling process probably
started with you, the parent.
Isn’t it so much easier to
accede to your little tyrant’s
demands than to play tug of
war after a long day at work?
But constantly giving in
to his “give me’s” has a price.
Research has shown that it sets
a child up for dysfunctional
patterns for life.
In the Overindulge
Research Study Project
involving 10 studies spanning
17 years from 1996 to 2013,
US-based psychologist
David Bredehoft and his
research partners found that
overindulged children later
missed out on emotional and
life skills important for being a
happy and capable adult.
The studies also found that
adults who were overindulged
in childhood were more
likely to ¿nd partners who
overindulge their kids, in turn,
forming a vicious cycle.
Dr Foo Koong Hean,
senior lecturer psychology
from James Cook University,
Singapore, and author of
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that the sooner parents nip
problematic behaviour in the
bud, the fewer issues will be
present as the child grows.
Alfred says parents can
start “intentional coaching” –
cultivating the right values and
setting boundaries – from the
time the child is around two
years old. In fact, you can start
this even earlier. New research
shows that even babies have
an innate ability to understand
what is going on even before
they can talk, shares Dr Foo.
“Most parents think they
should wait until the child goes
to primary school (to cultivate
the right values). What they
don’t realise is that by then,
the kid would be exposed to
unpredictable behaviour of
other children. He may pick up
bad behaviour if he is not clear
about what’s right and wrong,”
says Alfred.
Moreover, it is harder to
turn the tide when children
reach the teenage years,
especially if the parent-child
bond is not there, he adds.
But what if the damage is
already done? Thankfully,
Dr Foo reassures parents
that it is possible to reverse
bad habits with consistence,
patience and some strategies.
“Research has shown that the
brain is malleable. It is never
too late to teach a child to
make changes in his behaviour
and way of thinking,” he says.
So, how can you ¿x your
spoilt kid? Here, the experts
share strategies you can use in
common bratty situations.
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FIX IT NOW When your
kid is having a temper
tantrum, the ¿rst thing to
do is to remain calm yourself.
Do not engage him physically,
such as violently restraining
or dragging him away,
Dr Foo says.
Tell him ¿rmly that he has
to stop his public tirade. If that
doesn’t work, use this next
strategy to try to remove your
kid from the place. “Once you
ascertain his environment is
safe, tell your child that you
will be waiting for him outside
the store. Then proceed to
walk away,” suggests Dr Foo.
Chances are, he’ll quieten
down quickly. Most temper
tantrums do not usually last
long because children are
easily distracted, unless there
are underlying behavioural
disorders such as attention
de¿cit hyperactivity disorder
or autism, explains Dr Foo.
Once he is calmer, reinforce
reason immediately – explain
why it is unacceptable to
behave in this manner.
PREVENT IT In an era of
instant grati¿cation, it is easy
for a young kid to become
self-centred when he gets
everything fast and too easily,
says Alfred. To counter this,
Priscilla Ong started giving
her four-year-old a weekly
allowance of $2 so that she
could save up for new toys.
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“Every time my kid wants
something new, I’ll tell her to
use her own money.
The strategy taught her
delayed grati¿cation and
saved me an earful of
whining,” shares the 31-yearold, stay-at-home mum.
Another tactic is to
establish ground rules before
your shopping trip. For
instance, inform Junior
that you are heading to
the supermarket only to
buy groceries.
Don’t forget to reward him
for good behaviour, though.
“Once in a blue moon, surprise
him with a reward he didn’t
ask for,” suggests Dr Foo.
“This type of Ɠvariable ratio’
reward system may actually
make the child keep up with
his good behaviour for a longer
period of time.”
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FIX IT NOW Politely remind
him of the rules you set earlier
before his screen time, Alfred
says. “If a nice chit-chat
doesn’t work and the child
keeps breaching the rules,
you might have to enforce
some form of discipline,
such as withholding iPad use
for a short period of time.”
Dr Foo suggests giving
your young one advance
notice before taking away
the gadget. “Kids feel played
out or cheated when you
make them stop a fun activity
immediately. Giving a ¿veminute notice often helps ease
the transition.”
Stand your ground even if
these strategies don’t work. A
survey by the Center for a New
recipes
American Dream, a non-pro¿t
organisation that emphasises
non-material values, found
that children usually ask
for something an average of
nine times before parents
cave in. So, you’ll have to
outlast his Royal Whininess
by being ¿rm.
PREVENT IT The hallmark
of successful parenting is to
set up clear and consistent
boundaries right from the
beginning, and sticking
with them. This may involve
limiting screen time and
having your child use the
device in an open area so you
can monitor him, Alfred says.
That said, remember to
unplug from your own devices
while enforcing house rules.
“It might be tempting to throw
your kid an iPad at mealtimes
so you can tune out, too. But
you should set a good example
because children model what
adults do,” Alfred adds.
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FIX IT NOW The main thing
is to not overreact to his potty
mouth. Refrain from saying:
“I’m your mother! How dare
you say that to me!” because
most children, especially
older ones, don’t do well with
top-down instructions,
Alfred explains.
“If the child has used a
vulgar word, calmly tell him
that you wouldn’t use that
word if he knew what it meant.
Take the time to explain it
and, afterwards, ask him if
he would still use the word
now that he understands its
meaning,” he says
A timeout might also work
if both of you cannot come to
a compromise. “It gives the
child some time and space
to digest the information
and his intense emotions.
Tell him you’ll talk about the
issue, perhaps, an hour later,”
suggests Alfred.
PREVENT IT Dr Foo advises
parents to take their children’s
views into consideration using
logic and reason. Having
regular family meetings is a
good way to do this. This is
the time where everyone sits
down to propose rules and
set limits, and come to
a reasonable compromise.
He says: “For instance, you
might say ‘no screen time by
7pm’, but your child’s favourite
programme may end only at
7.30pm. Listen to what he
has to say and allow room for
some negotiation.”
Now is also the time to
review your parenting style.
Have you been using the “F”
word liberally? Perhaps you’ve
said hurtful things to your
spouse, too, during heated
arguments.
“In addition, these words
may not come as a surprise if
j u l y 2 0 1 7 ŬŬŬūŬŬŬŨŻŬŬŬūŬŬŬy o u n g p a r e n t s
your relationship with your
child isn’t good to begin with,”
says Alfred. If you’ve been an
absent parent, his ‘I hate you’s’
may actually mean ‘When I
need you, you are not there.
So who are you to interrupt
my life now?’”, he adds.
The bottomline: Work
on having a close and loving
relationship.
“If your child feels that you
love him, most behavioural
issues can be easily resolved.
But when there is no strong
parent-child bond, even the
most scienti¿c parenting
approach won’t work well,”
says Alfred.
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Your friends’ social media posts may make it seem like they are leading
perfect lives. STELLA THNG shows you how to cope with your envy and
even benefit from it.
j u l y 2 0 1 7 ŬŬŬūŬŬŬŨàŬŬŬūŬŬŬy o u n g p a r e n t s
Once upon a time, it was
much easier to keep up with
the Joneses (or the Tans).
You may have been jealous
when you saw your perfectly
groomed neighbour climbing
into her perfectly polished new
car, with her perfectly behaved
kids trotting after her. But
once they zipped off, they were
gone for the day. Your jealousy
didn’t last beyond that.
Today, however, you’re
forced to continue witnessing,
and living vicariously,
through your friends’
seemingly perfect lives.
Everything is documented
on Instagram/Facebook/
Snapchat, and catalogued
according to #hashtags.
Nobody wants to admit
it, but we’ve all done our
fair share of cyberstalking.
We can’t avoid reading
about our friends when their
status updates pop up on
our newsfeed.
And often, we can’t help
clicking on their accounts or
hashtags, scrolling through
months’ worth of updates,
marvelling at their amazing
expensive restaurant
meals, ooh-ing over their
#homecooked delicacies,
being envious of their
effortless #nomakeup and
#no¿lter photos.
How does a 40-year-old
post a #wokeuplikethis pic
and look so maddeningly
good? Why do their kids look
so happy instead of sulking or
quarrelling, like ours do?
We’ve all been there.
It’s okay, there’s no shame
in admitting that we’re greeneyed monsters growing almost
neon, by the minute, as we
(helplessly) read post after
post. Short of declaring
a total social media ban,
there’s no way you can avoid
being bombarded by such
infuriating perfection.
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We all know that we put only
our best face forward on social
media. After all, we’re also
guilty of snapping several (or
several dozen) sel¿es, then
picking the right one, editing it
with the right ¿lter and so on,
before posting it. And then we
wait for the ‘likes’ to light up.
So yes, our social media
reality is actually pretty fake
– remember that the next
time you read about your
friends’ lives. Like you, they’ve
carefully curated the best
moments, all neatly showcased
on Instagram.
Asian blogger Cheesie
(www.cheeserland.com) has
been on both sides of the
coin. Cheesie, 33, lives in
Singapore with her husband
Daisuke Hamaguchi, who set
up the Singapore branch of
his hairdressing salon chain,
Number76.
A popular blogger who
wrote the book, How To Be
A Popular Blogger, Cheesie
single-handedly cares for her
two kids – Junya, three, and
Sakura, one – while jet-setting
between Singapore, Tokyo and
her hometown, Malaysia, with
her family.
Readers often comment
on how amazed they are at
how she juggles everything so
well – until she blogged about
‘How Instagram Helps Me Lie’,
while testing out Instagram’s
Stories function.
The hilarious post is ¿lled
with self-deprecating humour
detailing a day in her life.
Ironically, it was inspired by
her own observations of other
friends she noticed leading
Insta-perfect lives.
Cheesie documented
her day, adding sarcastic
captions to photos such as
the beautiful veggies that go
into her Japanese curry lunch
(Caption: “I cook great meals
for my kids every day with
great nutritional balance. They
love it. You will never see me
when I secretly feed them
canned tuna”).
A breezy we¿e with her
son was captioned: “I woke up
looking like this. Huh, what
makeup? Why would I put on
makeup when I stay home the
whole day?”
“After documenting my
day using Instagram Stories,
I realised that, hey, these are
not the things I do every day.
I was being a bit pretentious
because Junya’s food usually
looks like canteen food
[instead of what I’d prepared
that day],” shares Cheesie.
“Eh, I’m also doing it!
I’m projecting a very
unreal image!”
j u l y 2 0 1 7 ŬŬŬūŬŬŬŨÚŬŬŬūŬŬŬy o u n g p a r e n t s
So, she decided to blog
about it. “I was just trying to
be a bit sarcastic and at the
same time, gently poke fun at
some of the mothers I know
who show off on social media.”
The post was well-received,
which surprised her. She
received several e-mails
thanking her for being so
honest. “I really didn’t think it
would touch so many people.”
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In real life, Cheesie considers
herself “quite ‘slack’, although
people think I’m very hardworking”. Her job as a blogger
often requires her to dress
up in the latest fashion and
makeup for glamorous events
and photo shoots, but she also
notices that the rise of social
media has made anyone and
everyone extra mindful about
showing off their best side.
She reasons that if people
don’t have anyone, or any
social media accounts, to show
off to, they probably wouldn’t
dress up (or photograph
themselves) as much.
Citing herself as an
example, she reveals: “Right
now as I’m talking to you
in this phone interview, I’m
wearing my PJs with my hair
tied up – that’s the super
unglam me.”
While her readers envy her
for being a supermum who
has it all together, Cheesie
jokingly refers to herself as
recipes
‘PokeMom’. She says between
caring for an active toddler
and a baby, there are more
important things that demand
her attention than curating a
perfect Instagram life.
She admits that she has
her own green-eyed monster
moments. She envies “just
about every single Japanese
mum’s blog that I read”.
“These mums are not
social media inÀuencers. Yet,
they look so good while doing
everything else. Ultimately,
I want to challenge myself to
be like them.”
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So, if someone like Cheesie, who
makes her living “living” on the
Internet, can reveal that what
we see is just the surface, that’s
a lesson right there for us.
Living our lives through a
lens isn’t all bad. It has made
us more attuned to things
such as taking better photos,
writing cleverer captions,
capturing sweet moments that
we can look back on and smile
about when Facebook sends us
a reminder years later.
Being able to take peeks
into my friends’ lives has
helped me keep up with them
in a way we never could 20
years ago. Now, when I run
into long-lost friends, we
quickly catch up in no time.
No doubt, social media
has made us all more social.
But do remember that what
is presented is usually only
the best bits. If you wouldn’t
think of taking a photo of you
and Hubby quarrelling and
posting it on Instagram, then
none of your friends are doing
so either. Their marriages are
not always as wonderful as
that $600-dollar anniversary
dinner they just posted.
Bottom line? Take social
media as what it is – it’s social,
it’s fun, but it is also media.
And everyone knows that with
the media, you really shouldn’t
believe everything you see.
live and
learn
Turn your social media
envy into something
constructive.
Why you’re envious Your
friend always seems to
organise the most amazing
parties for her kids.
What to do instead Pick
up tips on how she does
the decor or where she
holds the parties, for your
kid’s next bash.
Also, don’t assume
she did everything herself.
She may have simply hired
a great party planner.
Ask her for the contact.
There, next party sorted.
Why you’re envious
You’re absolutely jealous
of the gorgeous holiday
photos showing up on
your newsfeed.
What to do instead Take a
15-minute crash course on
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photography by examining
what and how your friends
shot their photos. Then
Google or Youtube “simple
holiday photography” to
pick up the basic concepts.
Often, it only requires
just a couple more minutes
to get that beautiful pic.
Make it a habit not to click
blindly, but to spend some
effort framing your shot.
Before you know it, you’ll
be the one posting the
gorgeous pictures.
Why you’re envious The
homemade bento pics
that your friends made for
their kids’ lunch bags are
making your kids jealous.
What to do instead It’s
really not that difficult
to make kawaii bento,
if you know all the
shortcuts. Ask your friend
to share her recipes or
search for ideas online.
Shop at Daiso for the
cutest (and cheap) bento
knick-knacks. Start slow.
Target to make just one
bento per week, and use
pre-made ingredients to
save time. For example,
buying pastry sheets to
make a sausage pastry,
instead of kneading the
dough yourself, can be
done within 15 minutes.
Just prepare them the
night before and heat
them up in the microwave
in the morning for Junior’s
breakfast, or a recess treat.
recipes
free to play
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Children learn best by playing. Some parents here take this
philosophy to heart, creating child-led spaces in their homes that allow
their little ones to explore and become independent on their own terms.
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Play in all forms is all the
rage among some parents
here, who draw from
educational philosophies
such as Montessori,
Waldorf and RIE (Resources
for Infant Educarers).
The Facebook page,
Respectful/Mindful Parenting
Singapore (www.fb.com/
groups/RIESingapore), which
was inspired by RIE, was set
up in 2015 by two mothers,
Kasia Poleszak-Langner, 33,
and Shumei Winstanley, 29.
It has close to 4,000 members.
Another Facebook group,
Montessori in Singapore
Homes (www.tinyurl.com/
MontessoriSG), set up in April
last year by stay-at-home
mother Karen Abts, 31, has
more than 390 members.
Elsewhere, more than
1,100 people subscribe to
the Facebook group,
Friends of Waldorf
Steiner Education (www.
tinyurl.com/WaldorfSG).
The Waldorf Steiner
Education Association
Singapore (www.
waldorfsingapore.com),
founded in 2010 to promote
Waldorf education and
pedagogy here, started
from a mother-run playgroup.
It now has a nursery and
a kindergarten.
Toh Yeng Yen, 44, who
trained in Rudolf Steiner early
years education, says free
unstructured play, with no
interference from the adults, is
the linchpin of the educational
philosophy and very important
for preschool children.
Under this philosophy,
parents are advised to take
a backseat even when a dispute
occurs among children.
They step in only when
safety is compromised.
“Children learn through
play. They create things, learn
to focus and, when they play
with others, work on their
social and emotional skills.”
This does not mean there
is no boundary to play. Yeng
Yen says: “We need to ensure
that the play environment
is safe. For instance, we
won’t allow glass in the play
environment of children aged
three and below.”
To encourage such creative
play and to ensure that the
philosophies they subscribe to
are practised at home, parents
are putting more thought
into the way they design their
children’s spaces.
Karen, who is inspired
by Montessori – which
encourages independence in
children – has been making
her home space accessible to
her children, aged two and
four. They attend Workplayz
Montessori in Bukit Timah for
four hours on weekdays.
In her home, plates and
cutlery are stored in a low
cupboard so that her children
can retrieve their own crockery
and help set the table. She also
places the water dispenser on
a low shelf for her older son
to use.
She says: “Being able to
do things themselves and help
out with chores gives them a
sense of joy and makes them
more con¿dent.”
Here, three families share
how they have designed their
homes to allow creative play.
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There are no baby cots, baby
gates, playpens or high chairs
to be found in Yang Jingyi’s
four-room HDB Àat.
The 34-year-old stay-athome mother (pictured above)
subscribes to the Montessori
philosophy, which advises
giving children freedom
of movement and
encouraging independence.
Her sons – Evan, 18
months, and Emmanuel, four
– have been sleeping on adultsize single bed mattresses from
when they were as young as
six months old.
They eat from a highchair
that comes with steps and no
barriers, and are allowed to
wander into the kitchen as
they please, as all sharp items
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such as knives have been
placed out of their reach.
Jingyi learnt about the
Montessori approach from
her cousin and read up about
it while she was pregnant
with Emmanuel.
“It resonated with me and
makes it easy for me to decide,
for instance, what I should buy
for my children,” she says.
The former preschool
teacher at an enrichment
centre avoids electronic plastic
toys, as they can overstimulate
a child and are close-ended,
in the sense that they have
a narrow focus to create a
speci¿c shape, for instance.
Instead, she chooses
open-ended toys such as
wooden blocks, which allow
the child to explore and has
no de¿nite end-point.
She also strives to make
the spaces at home accessible
to her children. “When they
can do things by and for
themselves, they feel more
accomplished,” she explains.
In her sons’ bedroom, toys
and books are displayed on
low, open shelves and rotated
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with crayons, colour pencils
and paper. One corner was
turned into a music area
containing drums and other
musical instruments.
A bookcase sits in another
corner with the lower shelves
reserved for Franek’s books.
In making spaces accessible
to her child, Kasia, who hails
from Poland, is inspired by the
Montessori philosophy.
But in her choice of toys,
she is largely inÀuenced by
the RIE (Resources for Infant
Educarers) philosophy. RIE
(pronounced “rye”) encourages
the use of simple open-ended
toys, which can be used in
multiple ways. These include
wooden blocks, loose parts
such as bangles, used bottle
caps, and clothes pegs with the
metal hinges removed.
The centrepieces of her
living room are, in fact,
climbing equipment popular
in RIE that encourage
motor development and
help build con¿dence.
One is a stepclimber, which
turns over to become a rocking
boat –she had it custom-made
in Poland about a year ago
for $200.
She says: “Franek plays
with it every day. He started
from crawling on it to
walking on it to jumping
ŏ it. It has become part
of his environment.”
A few months ago, she got
another climbing structure
called a Pikler Triangle, also
from Poland, for $90.
As RIE encourages outdoor
play, she also created an
outdoor area for Franek
within the home where he can
kick balls, join the helper to
sweep the Àoor, water plants
or work out on gymnastic rings
with her husband, who also
teaches capoeira, a Brazilian
martial art.
Kasia, who also has a
six-month-old daughter,
says: “In arranging our space
this way, Franek is free to
move anywhere he wants.
It has helped him develop
good motor skills and also
made him more con¿dent
and creative.”
what is
montessori, RIE
and waldorfsteiner?
education
is a child-centred approach
developed in the early 1900s
by Italian physician Maria
Montessori. It sees the child as
someone with a natural thirst
for knowledge, and who is
capable of initiating learning
in an appropriately prepared
environment. Play areas
are designed to encourage
independence and freedom
within limits.
or
education, founded by
German philosopher Rudolf
Steiner in the early 1900s,
encourages the teaching of
the whole child – what he calls
the head (thinking), hands
(willing) and heart (feeling). It
emphasises rhythm, repetition
and reverence of caregivers,
through activities such as
handwork and learning
from nature.
(Resources for Infant
Educarers) was founded by
Hungary-born Magda Gerber in
1978. It believes in respecting
the infant as a complete, if
immature, human being with
a self-initiating agenda to
discover the world and believes
in giving the child plenty of
time for uninterrupted play.
Sources: www.amshq.org,
Toh Yeng Yen, www.rie.org
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recipes
see you in Langkawi
Check out the gorgeous resorts at this Malaysian island for those
long weekend family escapes. ELISA CHIA experiences two of them.
THE WESTIN LANGKAWI
RESORT & SPA
There’s something about beach
holidays that help you unwind
and be rejuvenated. Perhaps
it’s the idyllic pace, the fresh
air and vast waters.
At Langkawi, it’s also the
serenity of the beach, as we
discovered during our
recent getaway.
Unlike other beach
destinations in the region
we’ve been to, there were
no screeching jet skis and
parasailing boats. Neither were
there hard-selling touts.
My active kids, aged nine
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water sports at The Westin
Langkawi, where they tried
canoeing (RM20, or S$6.50,
for a double canoe per hour)
and went on a pedal boat
(RM60 per hour).
Like others on the island,
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non-motor sports so travellers
can soak in the tranquility.
Langkawi’s beaches are
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sand on this strip of the island,
but the property makes up
for it by spoiling you with
gorgeous pools.
We couldn’t get enough of
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the ocean and a freeform
rock pool with fountains.
These are at 1.4m and 1.2m
deep, respectively, and hotel
guests can use the pool noodle
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There’s also a 0.6m-deep
kids’ pool and a huge
0.3m-deep waddling pool for
babies and toddlers.
Under the chef’s guidance,
my kids also got to make their
own pizzas for lunch and
decorated cupcakes, which we
enjoyed for tea.
What’s a holiday without
some sightseeing? Instead of
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of the resort in a Mini Cooper.
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from RM222 for two hours.
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Spa, my husband and I
chose the traditional Malay
massage (RM310 each for
an hour) characterised by
gentle kneading and long,
rhythmic strokes.
The children were not
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slipped into blissful slumber at
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Find out more
www.westinlangkawi.com.
Rates for the room start from
RM908 nett per night.
THE ANDAMAN,
A LUXURY
COLLECTION RESORT
I’ve heard plenty about
Langkawi’s rich nature
offerings, but nothing quite
prepared my family for what
was to come at The Andaman.
Everywhere we turned,
from the room’s doorstep
to the beach, there was a
surprise waiting for us. We
spotted exotic birds, monkeys,
squirrels, bats and even the
rare colugos (also known as
Àying lemurs).
My kids were initially
squirmish about being in such
close proximity with wildlife,
but quickly found out that
these creatures were pretty
harmless unless provoked.
They even learnt to share
the pool with a monitor lizard,
which periodically took dips in
the water to cool off.
We also signed up for a free
nature walk, which takes place
at 8am daily, except Mondays.
A seasoned guide led us on
a trail around the hotel and
highlighted the wildlife as
well as medicinal plants found
here and used in traditional
Malay medicine.
Despite being surrounded
by lush vegetation, we didn’t
get bitten by mosquitoes at all.
That’s because the bats and
other wild creatures feast on
them, our guide explained.
We also learnt that this
hotel puts much effort into
maintaining the ecological
balance of the area. After
all, it’s nestled between a
rainforest that – believe it or
not – dates back to 10 million
years and an 8,000-year-old
fringing coral reef.
My kids loved visiting
the coral nursery in the
resort. This is where
in-house naturalists would
plant coral nubbins (small
coral fragments) and grow
them to a suitable size before
transplanting them onto a
reef. Depending on the tide
conditions, they would also
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conduct coral reef walks.
This nature-centric
property also sits on the
“ninth best beach in the
world”, according to the
National Geographic.
Jala, its beachfront
restaurant, capitalises on
that accolade. Here, guests
are encouraged to leave their
shoes at the entrance and feel
the soft, powdery sand beneath
their feet while they feast on
seafood. We must admit:
What an unforgettable
dining experience!
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Find out more
www.theandaman.com.
Room rates start from
RM1,090 nett per night.
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happenings
inspiring creativity
It was the school holidays, but learning never ends for parents as
they turned up for The Little Skool-House Literacy Preschool Seminar:
Young Parents Master Class.
Kids learn best when they’re having fun
– and so do parents. That’s why there
was a variety of hands-on activities
for mums and dads at The Little
Skool-House (LSH) Literacy Preschool
Seminar: Young Parents Master Class
on May 27.
Over three hours at the Suntec
Singapore Convention and Exhibition
Centre, they picked up expert tips on
how to spark their child’s interest in
language learning.
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This is how you make a
“story tube”. Participants
learnt how to create interactive
language games at home using
simple materials.
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Celeb mum Diana Ser, the
event’s guest speaker, shared
how she uses everyday
opportunities and multimedia
to create a Mandarin-friendly
environment for her three kids.
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Senior education development
specialists Ong Seok Yan and
Kou Ye, as well as education
development specialist Charlene
Chia (pictured), shared interesting
insights on how parents can support
their child’s learning.
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During the break, mums
and dads checked out
The Sea Of Language art
installation, which showcased the
masterpieces and stories of
700 LSH pupils.
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From
puppetmaking to
interactive storydramatisation,
the little ones
were kept
entertained
by the LSH
staff while
their parents
attended
the seminar.
family fun
time out
do
Singapore Kite Day at Marina
Barrage is back for its eighth
year. Organised by PUB and the
Singapore Kite Association, the event
on July 29 and July 30 will feature
captivating stunt kite performances by
enthusiasts from around the world.
You and your little one can also make
kites and windmills with eco-friendly
materials at the workshops. And
look out for the Lolli-Drop – mini
parachutes carrying sweets will be
making a surprise fall. Admission is
free. Find out more at www.tinyurl.
com/SGKiteDay2017.
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do
Fuel your kid’s interest in
Mandarin with this musical
production of Red Riding Hood.
Staged by Singapore Repertory
Theatre’s The Little Company, this
adaption of its 2013 English show
is packed with humour and
original songs. It runs from July
20 to Sept 1 at KC Arts Centre.
Tickets, from $25, are available
from www.sistic.com.sg.
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Junior is more
fun when
he does it
together with
Daddy. At Papa Poika, which means “father and son”
in Finnish, the fun doubles when there are Lego Duplo
bricks, cartoon shows and children’s books to keep him
entertained while waiting for his turn.
This old-fashioned, English-inspired barbershop at
Paragon is the latest concept by the Japanese Komars
Group, which also brought in EC House express salon
chains. Here, dads can also request for head and shoulder
massages, as well as face shave and ear cleaning services.
A basic cut costs $30 for a child and $47.10 for an adult,
or $65 for both. Visit www.fb.com/PapaPoika.
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Garden Chinese Restaurant in
the new Mercure Singapore
Bugis hotel, located behind
Bugis+ mall. Everything in
the tasting menu we had
was delicious, from the Instaworthy lobster with pumpkin
puree served in a hot stone
pot (pictured, $28++ per
person) to the signature
roasted chicken on a bed of
beancurd skin ($25++ half
bird, $50 whole bird), which
looks like a Peking duck dish
at first sight.
Besides a la carte dishes,
the restaurant serves
delectable dim sum, too.
End the meal with the showstopping combination of fresh
fruit, light and fluffy coconut
parfait, mango pudding and
plum and osmanthus jelly
($13.80++ per person). Visit
www.mercure.com/A0D7.
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Aug 5. Organised by KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, the
event takes place at United Square Shopping Mall, where finalists
of the annual Healthy Breastfed Baby Contest will be crowned.
You can also take part in stage activities and stand a chance to win
attractive prizes. Follow www.fb.com/KKH.SG for updates.
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has introduced mains for
the little ones ($8.90 each),
such as the Volcano Mac
and Cheese, as well as
Kitty Chicken Fingers.
Each dish comes with a glass of orange juice, too.
Complete the meal with the Growing Up Sundae ($4.90, pictured).
The ice-cream treat comes in a planter, with Oreo crumbs as “soil”
and a sliced strawberry to symbolise life. Head down to one of its
four outlets at Bugis Junction, Tampines 1, Westgate or Waterway
Point. Visit www.miam.sg.
at Conrad Centennial Singapore boasts new
additions to its already extensive spread – an
outdoor charcoal barbecue with succulent lobsters
and beef, a “live” organic egg station (pictured)
that offers poached eggs on English muffins with
luxe toppings like pulled braised brisket and foie
gras parcels, as well as a carving station with three
types of roasts.
Health-conscious mums will like the 4m-long
salad bar, while the kids will gravitate towards the
handmade chocolates and made-to-order waffles.
Adults pay from $98++ (free flow of coffee and tea),
while kids aged six to 12 pay $49++. Visit
www.connoisseur.sg/oscars-sunday-brunch.
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Shoten’s signature Yokohama-style ramen, Shoyu Tonkotsu.
For $14, you’ll get a bowl
of noodles cooked to your
desired doneness, served with
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creamy soya sauce and pork
bone stock.
There’s a selection of items created just for the
Singapore outlet, its first outside of Japan. New items
on its revamped menu include the char siew croquette
and spicy shrimp fried rice, but it’s the seasoned Iberico
spareribs ($14) that steal the limelight here. The meat falls
off the bone easily, and has a sweet yet savoury taste. Visit
www.fb.com/Machida.Shoten.SG/
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Does your kid dream
of becoming a Ùgure
skater or perhaps an
ice hockey champion?
do
The popular Plaza Singapura Babystar contest
returns this August. Sign your cutie up for it and
stand a chance to win attractive prizes worth up to
$20,000. The winner will also be featured on the cover
of Young Parents magazine.
Audition dates are from Aug 11 to 13, and the
semi-finals and finals will take place on Aug 19
and 20, respectively.
Register by July 31 at www.carousel.com.sg/
psbabystar2017. You can also get a registration form
from Plaza Singapura’s customer service counter at
Basement 1 or Level 4.
Encourage him to take the
first step with ice-skating
classes at The Rink in Jcube,
which boasts Singapore’s only
Olympic-size rink.
For children aged three
to five, Mini Blades classes
are conducted every Tuesday.
Those aged six and above –
and adults – can go for the
Learn-to-Skate Core Blades
(Basic) weekend classes. Find
out more at www.therink.sg.
eat
Unlike your usual
Japanese restaurant,
Sens is a cosy eatery located
inside gourmet grocer Taste
at the basement of Raffles
Holland V. It offers a bespoke
meal experience; you can buy
your preferred cut of meat at
the grocer and have the chef
cook it at a fee of $8 for
every 100g.
But there is plenty for you
to choose from its menu.
Must-try dishes are the meltin-your-mouth mekajiki sashimi
(or swordfish belly, part of
the sashimi moriawase mix at
$48.80), and wagyu tataki –
thinly sliced pieces of Miyazaki
beef seared to perfection
($68.80). Visit www.fb.com/
SensSingapore.
Don’t sleep in on Sunday! Paulaner Brauhaus serves
a German brunch buffet worth waking up for. Its spread
includes a wide array of both hot and cold stations, where
you can expect pork knuckle, Bavarian meatloaf and
sausages. End the satisfying meal on a befitting note with
apple strudel, chocolate fountains and ice cream.
Kids will be entertained with activities, such as colouring
and mask-making, while the adults enjoy different styles of
beers that are brewed onsite. The Sunday brunch buffet
is available from 11.30am to 2.30pm, and it costs $16 for
children aged five to 11, and $68 (with beer and soft drinks)
per adult. Visit www.paulaner-brauhaus-singapore.com.
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missed, as well.
Its updated menu features new items such as curry beef brisket ($17.80), which has a deep
earthy flavour, and scrambled egg with tomato ($13.80), a fluffy-cloud egg dish served in
a tangy and sweet ketchup-based sauce.
Even its lotus paste buns ($5.30 for three pieces, pictured) get a new look – how cute are
these little animals? Visit www.crystaljade.com/kitchen.
do
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and craft-making
to storytelling as
the Tanjong Goodman Open House returns. Head down to
the Goodman Arts Centre on July 8, from 11am to 5pm, and
look forward to over 30 family activities. The new children’s
play centre, The Artground, will also be hosting interactive
exhibitions and performances.
While there, don’t miss the Tanjong Goodman weekend
market for the best of artisanal food and crafts, as well.
Admission is free.
age five, The Curious Adventures
of Pinocchio by Act 3 International
will run daily from July 25 to Aug 6
at the Drama Centre.
The performance presents a
great opportunity to teach your
young ones valuable lessons about
honesty. Tickets, at $28 for child
or adult on weekdays, and $38
on weekends, are available from
www.sistic.com.sg. Find out more
at www.act3international.com.sg.
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from the Choc-a-lot
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Matcha or Red Devil, which oozes delicious chocolate,
green tea or cream cheese filling, respectively. Each are
freshly baked upon ordering. Pair it with your choice of ice
cream ($8.90 for a set), including locally inspired flavours.
Visit www.fb.com/CreamerySG.
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table and high chair – talk about a
multitasking baby gear. The new Combi
Joy parenting station can be easily
adjusted and is suitable for newborns
up to four-year-olds. Its wheels also
make it easy for you to move it around
the house, so your little one is always
in sight. It retails for $399 at leading
department stores and baby retailers.
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than just flip-flops; its comfy and trendy range
of sneakers, ballet flats and sandals are perfect
for active mums. And did you know that it has a
men’s collection, as well? Check out the spring/
summer collection at #01-32 Wisma Atria, or find
the footwear brand at leading department stores.
Find out more at www.fb.com/FitFlopSingapore.
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fam
milies who want a
fuel-efficient MPV. Despite
its size,, its floor is as low
as a sedan’s, making it a
breeze for your kids and
the grandparents to get
in and out. You’ll love that
its second-row seats can
be pushed back for more
legroom, while the third
row can be folded flat to
free up space for stroller
and sports gear. Find out
more at www.honda.com.
sg/cars/jade.
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mindchamps
preschool
Mindchamps opens two
preschools this month.
Mindchamps Preschool
@ Concorde Hotel
(Orchard) offers a bilingual
academic and enrichment
programme. Its facilities
include a reading nook,
gourmet room, indoor and
outdoor playground, as
well as a children’s gym
room for its Neuromooves
enrichment classes.
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building and offers a
nurturing and positive
Chinese speaking learning
environment. Its Chinese
culture appreciation
programme features
clay modelling, Chinese
painting and calligraphy,
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cater to children aged
18 months to six years
old. Tel: 8233-4400/
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has a history of more
than 50 years. Today,
it occupies a spacious
four-storey building with a
huge playground beside
Singapore Life Church
(SLC). It operates under
the umbrella of Life Care
Society, a community
outreach arm of SLC.
Besides offering
English and Chinese
speech and drama,
and Zumba enrichment
programmes, the centre
recently added ballet,
Lego robotics, creative
arts and more to nurture
multiple intelligences.
Its outdoor environment
has a new vertical hydroponic
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kids to experience growing
plants and vegetables.
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Singapore 819642
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6588-3883
16 Fort Road, Singapore 439077
125 Frankel Avenue,
Singapore 458235
1 Kim Seng Promenade,
#02-41A/42 Great World City,
Singapore 237994
35 Lotus Avenue (near Sixth
Avenue), Singapore 277618
764 Mountbatten Road,
Singapore 437764
41 Sunset Way, #02-01/02
Clementi Arcade,
Singapore 597071
190 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8,
#02-01 The Grassroots’ Club,
Singapore 568046
11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng, Level 4,
Singapore 308433
Hall D, Hwa Chong Institution
Boarding School,
673 Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 269735
755 Upper Serangoon Road,
Singapore 534625
190 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8,
#03-02, Singapore 568046
Block 548 Woodlands Drive 44,
#02-20 Vista Point,
Singapore 730548
3A International Business Park,
Tower B, #01-07 ICON@IBP,
Singapore 609935
100G Pasir Panjang Road,
#01-08 Interlocal,
Singapore 118523
81 Science Park Drive,
#01-03/04 The Chadwick,
Singapore 118257
E contact@theodyssey.sg
www.theodyssey.sg
6781-8800
99 Bukit Timah Road,
#01-01 Alfa Centre,
Singapore 229835
191 Jalan Loyang Besar,
Singapore 506996
180 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8,
Block F, Level 2, Unit 1,
Singapore 569830
20 Fourth Avenue,
Singapore 268669
25 Still Road South,
Singapore 423934
101 Wilkinson Road,
Singapore 436559
One North, 11 Biopolis Way
Helios, #02-01/03,
Singapore 138667
11 Eunos Road 8, #04-04,
Singapore 408601
101 Cecil Street,
#01-02 Tong Eng Building,
Singapore 069533
Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3,
Block 475 #02-14, Sunshine
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168 Jalan Bukit Merah,
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Singapore 150168
19 Upper Wilkie Road,
Singapore 228126
177 River Valley Road,
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Singapore 179030
61A Mount Sinai Drive,
Singapore 277114
249 Sembawang Road,
Singapore 758352
2C Lim Ah Pin Road,
Singapore 547813
26 Jalan Shaer,
Singapore 769372
26A Jalan Ulu Siglap,
Singapore 457184
110 Alexandra Road,
Singapore 159921
190 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8,
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21 West Coast Road,
Singapore 127309
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1 Fusionopolis Walk,
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North Tower, Solaris,
Singapore 138628
1 Lower Kent Ridge Road,
Singapore 119082
21 Yung Ho Road, #02-01,
Singapore 618593
19 Aroozoo Avenue,
Singapore 539830
30 Prinsep Street,
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Singapore 188647
12 Gentle Road,
Singapore 309198
6 Serangoon North Avenue 5,
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131 Rifle Range Road,
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Singapore 588406
10 Science Park Road,
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Singapore 117684
26 Still Road South,
Singapore 423935
5 Ang Mo Kio Street 62,
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Singapore 569141
211A Punggol Walk, #01-623,
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15A Changi Business Park
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31 Jubilee Road,
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6786-0066
7 Buckley Road,
Singapore 309763
11 Claymore Road,
Singapore 229541
348A Yishun Avenue 11,
#01-557, Singapore 761348
55 Fairways Drive,
Singapore 286846
327B Anchorvale Road, #01-322,
Singapore 542327
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infant care
JOSIAH BABIES
(CHANGI BUSINESS PARK)
Infant Care / Montessori
KINDERLAND @ SENGKANG
CARPE DIEM JUNIORS
PTE LTD
1 Changi Business Park Crescent,
#01-05, Plaza8@ CBP,
Singapore 486025
T 6634-1780
E info@josiah.com.sg
www.josiah.com.sg
363 & 365 Lor Buangkok,
Singapore 547687
T 6881-8818
CARPE DIEM KIDZ
PLAYHOUSE PTE LTD
257/259 Canada Road,
Singapore 759791
T 6257-8422
E sb@carpediem.com.sg
www.carpediem.com.sg
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POLYTECHNIC
17 Woodlands Avenue 9,
#01-01, Singapore 738968
T 6881-8818
20 Kallang Avenue,
Pico Creative Centre, Level 3,
Singapore 339411
T 6296-1866
E kg@carpediem.com.sg
www.carpediem.com.sg
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17 Woodlands Avenue 9, #01-01,
Singapore 738968
T 6881-8818
Infant Care / Montessori
CARPE DIEM KIDZ PTE LTD
No. 3 Russels Road,
Singapore 118282
T 6274-3595
E ax@carpediem.com.sg
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3 Temasek Boulevard
#03-374 to 378,
Suntec City Mall,
Singapore 038983
T 6338-9050
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Singapore 100108
T 6271-6692 HP 9436-4339
No.11 Woodlands Close,
#01-33/34 Woodlands Close,
Singapore 737853
T 6694-4313
E wl@carpediem.com.sg
www.carpediem.com.sg
KINDERLAND @
WOODLANDS
CIVIC CENTRE
900 South Woodlands Drive,
#05-03 Woodlands Civic Centre,
Singapore 730900
T 6881-8818
STAR LEARNERS
CHILD CARE
JOSIAH BABIES
(APERIA)
EDUCA-ZION
GROUP PTE LTD
CARPE DIEM LITTLE
GREEN HOUSE
5 Boon Keng Road, #01-84,
Singapore 330005
12 Kallang Avenue,
#03-37, Aperia,
Singapore 339511
T 6702-2177
E info@josiah.com.sg
www.josiah.com.sg
@ SENGKANG RIVERVALE
CARPE DIEM @ ITE PTE LTD
ITE HQ/ College Central 2
Ang Mo Kio Drive, Block A,
#01-07, Singapore 567720
T 6752-7317
E ITE@carpediem.com.sg
www.carpediem.com.sg
195 Rivervale Drive, #01-743,
Singapore 540195
KINDERLAND @
WOODLANDS CIVIC
CENTRE (KINDERGARTEN)
900 South Woodlands Drive,
#05-10 Woodlands Civic Centre,
Singapore 730900
T 6881-8818
@ TANJONG PAGAR
1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza,
#02-01A, Singapore 082001
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
460 Alexandra Road,
#03-04 PSA Building
(Alexandra Retail Centre),
Singapore 119963
T 6274-0304
E educa_zion@yahoo.com.sg
childcare
KINDERLAND @
MINISTRY OF NATIONAL
DEVELOPMENT
CAMBRIDGE @ MEI HWAN
5/15 Mei Hwan Drive,
Singapore 568346
T 6383-4464
E meihwan@cambridge.school
www.cambridge.school
NORTH
7 Maxwell Road, #06-02
Annex B, MND Complex,
Singapore 069111
T 6881-8818
ELFA PRESCHOOL
CAMBRIDGE @
YIO CHU KANG
587 Upper Serangoon Road,
Singapore 534564
T 6858-9620
F 6282-9953
E elfats@crestar.com.sg
CARPE DIEM @
HILLTOP PTE LTD
701 Yio Chu Kang Road,
Singapore 787087
T 6816-2750
E hilltop@carpediem.com.sg
www.carpediem.com.sg
1 Tamarind Road,
Singapore 806011
T 6481-6252
E cambridgeyck@hotmail.com
www.cambridge.school
KINDERLAND @ HOUGANG
Block 202 Hougang Street 21,
#03-00, Singapore 530202
T 6881-8818
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know?
Childcare centres
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full-time day care,
and accept kids
aged 18 months to
six years old.
Kindergartens
prepare children
aged three to six
years old for
formal schooling.
listings
KINDERLAND @
WOODLANDS MART
Block 768 Woodlands Avenue 6,
#02-01 Woodlands Mart,
Singapore 730768
T 6881-8818
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CAMBRIDGE @ SENGKANG
50 Sengkang East Way,
Singapore 548601
T 6315-3183
E sengkang@cambridge.school
www.cambridge.school
KINDERLAND @ HOUGANG
Block 202 Hougang Street 21,
#03-00, Singapore 530202
T 6881-8818
8 St. Xavier’s Lane,
Singapore 535736
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
587 Sembawang Place,
Singapore 758440
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
CAMBRIDGE @
SERANGOON GARDENS
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At Star Learners, we believe
in inspiring children to have
a lifelong love of learning.
@ ANG MO KIO
Block 320 Ang Mo Kio
Avenue 1, #01-1521,
Singapore 560320
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
STAR LEARNERS
MONTESSORI
@ BISHAN (MONTESSORI)
Block 510 Bishan Street 13,
#03-02, Singapore 570510
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
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children with character!
At Star Learners, we believe
in inspiring children to have
a lifelong love of learning.
51 Lorong Puntong,
Singapore 576441
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
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At Star Learners, we believe
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a lifelong love of learning.
STAR LEARNERS
CHILD CARE
@ SENGKANG
449 Yio Chu Kang Road,
Singapore 805946
T 6881-8818
Block 266 Compassvale Bow,
#01-04 Multi-Storey Carpark,
Singapore 540266
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
CARPE DIEM CHILDCARE
RESORT PTE LTD
STAR LEARNERS
CHILD CARE
STAR LEARNERS
CHILD CARE
18 Punggol 24th Avenue,
Singapore 829489
T 6312-5317
E pg@carpediem.com.sg
www.carpediem.com.sg
Building confident, creative
children with character!
At Star Learners, we believe
in inspiring children to have
a lifelong love of learning
CARPE DIEM MI
SCHOOLHOUSE PTE LTD
Block 954 Hougang Avenue 9,
#01-536, Singapore 530954
T 6385-4011
E hg@carpediem.com.sg
www.carpediem.com.sg
@ BOON KENG
5 Boon Keng Road, #01-84,
Singapore 330005
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
childcare
click
and learn
NORTH-EAST
CARPE DIEM MI
PRESCHOOL PTE LTD
@ BISHAN
Block 114 Bishan Street 12,
#01-96, Singapore 570114
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
363 & 365 Lor Buangkok,
Singapore 547687
T 6881-8818
KINDERLAND
@ YIO CHU KANG
STAR LEARNERS
MONTESSORI
@ THOMSON
STAR LEARNERS
CHILD CARE
KINDERLAND @
SENGKANG
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children with character!
At Star Learners, we believe
in inspiring children to have a
lifelong love of learning.
@ SEMBAWANG
(MONTESSORI)
STAR LEARNERS
CHILD CARE
Building confident, creative
children with character!
At Star Learners, we believe
in inspiring children to have
a lifelong love of learning.
22 Kensington Park Road,
Serangoon Gardens
Country Club,
Singapore 557271
T 6282-8455
E serangoon@cambridge.school
www.cambridge.school
Building confident, creative
children with character!
At Star Learners, we believe
in inspiring children to have
a lifelong love of learning.
355 Sembawang Way,
#02-02, Singapore 750355
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
CAMBRIDGE @ FERNVALE
409A Fernvale Road,
#01-46, Singapore 791409
T 9731-6403
E fernvale@cambridge.school
www.cambridge.school
Building confident, creative
children with character!
At Star Learners, we believe
in inspiring children to have a
lifelong love of learning.
@ HOUGANG
@ SEMBAWANG
STAR LEARNERS
CHILD CARE
STAR LEARNERS
CHILD CARE
Block 946, Hougang Street 92,
#01-167, Singapore 530946
T 6386-8839
E hg2@carpediem.com.sg
www.carpediem.com.sg
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youngparents.
com.sg
for expert advice
on parenting in
Singapore!
Building confident, creative
children with character!
At Star Learners, we believe
in inspiring children to have a
lifelong love of learning.
@ SENGKANG RIVERVALE
195 Rivervale Drive, #01-743,
Singapore 540195
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
STAR LEARNERS
CHILD CARE
Building confident, creative
children with character!
At Star Learners, we believe
in inspiring children to have a
lifelong love of learning.
@ SENGKANG SPORTS
CENTRE
57 Anchorvale Road, #01-04/05
Sengkang Sports Centre,
Singapore 544964
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
listings
childcare
EAST
CHILTERN HOUSE
EAST COAST
Chiltern House students stand
out because they have the
confidence to shape their own
futures.
CARPE DIEM KINDERCARE
PTE LTD
Block 108 Bedok Reservoir
Road, #01-300,
Singapore 470108
T 6741-5743
E br@carpediem.com.sg
www.carpediem.com.sg
902 East Coast Parkway,
Block C, #02-17/18 Playground
@ Big Splash, Singapore 449874
T 6345-9912
F 6345-1871
E enquiries@chilternhouse.com.sg
www.chilternhouse.com.sg
Block 129 Pasir Ris Street 11,
#01-325, Singapore 510129
T 6582-1233
E pr@carpediem.com.sg
www.carpediem.com.sg
STAR LEARNERS
CHILD CARE
51 Broadrick Road,
Singapore 439501
T 6346-6922
E broadrick@etonhouse.edu.sg
www.ehis.edu.sg
Building confident, creative
children with character!
At Star Learners, we believe
in inspiring children to have a
lifelong love of learning.
ETONHOUSE PRE-SCHOOL
@ BEDOK
223 Mountbatten Road, #01-18,
Singapore 398008
T 6440-5100
E m223@etonhouse.edu.sg
www.etonhouse.com.sg/m223
64 New Upper Changi Road,
#01-1158, Singapore 460064
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
STAR LEARNERS
CHILD CARE
Building confident, creative
children with character! At Star
Learners, we believe in inspiring
children to have a lifelong love
of learning.
@ SIMEI
9 Harvey Avenue,
Singapore 489480
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
ETONHOUSE PRE-SCHOOL
717 Mountbatten Road,
Singapore 437737
T 6440-0777
E m717@etonhouse.edu.sg
www.etonhouse.com.sg/m717
ETONHOUSE
INTERNATIONAL
PRE-SCHOOL
CHILTERN HOUSE
MOUNTBATTEN
CARPE DIEM FIRST
YEARS PTE LTD
ETONHOUSE
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL,
BROADRICK (PRE-SCHOOL –
SECONDARY)
718 Mountbatten Road,
Singapore 437738
T 6846-3322
E m718@etonhouse.edu.sg
www.etonhouse.com.sg/m718
Chiltern House students stand
out because they have the
confidence to shape their own
futures.
231 Mountbatten Road,
Block A, #01-00,
Singapore 397999
T 6242-8368
F 6242-9165
E enquiries@chilternhouse.com.sg
www.chilternhouse.com.sg
STAR LEARNERS
CHILD CARE
Building confident, creative
children with character!
At Star Learners, we believe
in inspiring children to have a
lifelong love of learning.
@ CHANGI SIMEI
Opening 1st Jan 2017
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
STAR LEARNERS
CHILD CARE
Building confident, creative
children with character! At Star
Learners, we believe in inspiring
children to have a lifelong love
of learning.
@ TAMPINES
241 Tampines Street 21,
#01-435, Singapore 520241
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
JOSIAH MONTESSORI
(CHANGI BUSINESS PARK)
Infant Care / Childcare / Gym
Classes / Art Classes / Speech &
Drama / Holiday Programmes
CARPE DIEM YOUNG
HEARTS PTE LTD
Block 355 Tampines Street 33,
#01-638, Singapore 520355
T 6784-5742
E tp2@carpediem.com.sg
www.carpediem.com.sg
DISCOVERY KIDZ
PRESCHOOL PTE LTD
Developmentally Appropriate
Activities.
Certifies with Healthy Eating
in Childcare Centre.
A well-balanced curriculum
including Montessori
Learning Activities.
School Bus Service Available.
Visit us @ www.
discoverykidzpreschool.com.sg
13 Bedok Ria Place,
Singapore 489773
T 6448-7687 / 8382-0806
CARPE DIEM YOUNG
MINDS PTE LTD
Block 219 Tampines Street 24,
#01-28, Singapore 520219
T 6786-3954
E tp@carpediem.com.sg
www.carpediem.com.sg
1 Changi Business Park Crescent,
#01-05, Plaza8@ CBP,
Singapore 486025
T 6634-1780
E info@josiah.com.sg
www.josiah.com.sg
STAR LEARNERS
CHILD CARE
Building confident, creative
children with character!
At Star Learners, we believe
in inspiring children to have a
lifelong love of learning.
@ PASIR RIS
76 Pasir Ris Heights,
Singapore 519282
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
KINDERLAND
@ MARINE PARADE
click
and learn
Visit www.
youngparents.
com.sg
for expert advice
on parenting in
Singapore!
87 Marine Parade Central,
#03-203, Singapore 440087
T 6881-8818
STAR LEARNERS
CHILD CARE
Building confident, creative
children with character!
At Star Learners, we believe
in inspiring children to have a
lifelong love of learning.
@ SIGLAP
94 Dido Street,
Singapore 459509
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
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STAR LEARNERS
CHILD CARE
Building confident, creative
children with character! At Star
Learners, we believe in inspiring
children to have a lifelong love
of learning.
@ TELOK KURAU
3 Lorong G Telok Kurau,
Singapore 426165
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
listings
childcare
NORTH-SOUTH
childcare
SOUTH
CAMBRIDGE @ ROBERTSON
11 Unity Street,
#02-01 Robertson Walk,
Singapore 237995
T 6737-9139
E robertson@cambridge.school
www.cambridge.school
ETONHOUSE ISLANDER
PRE-SCHOOL @ SENTOSA
STAR LEARNERS
CHILD CARE
Building confident, creative
children with character!
At Star Learners, we believe
in inspiring children to have a
lifelong love of learning.
@ WOODLANDS CLOSE
11 Woodlands Close, #01-22/23,
Singapore 737853
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
35 Allanbrooke Road, Sentosa
Island, Singapore 099982
T 6274-2211
E islander@etonhouse.com.sg
www.islander.etonhouse.com.sg
ETONHOUSE
SENTOSA ISLAND
33 Allanbrooke Road, Sentosa
Island, Singapore 099981
T 6377-3322
E sentosa@etonhouse.edu.sg
www.etonhouse.com.sg/sentosa
childcare
CENTRAL
STAR LEARNERS
CHILD CARE
Building confident, creative
children with character!
At Star Learners, we believe
in inspiring children to have a
lifelong love of learning.
@ WOODLANDS CIRCLE
CARPE DIEM KIDZ PTE LTD
1B Royal Road
(Off Alexandra Road),
Singapore 118303
T 6275-0995
E ax@carpediem.com.sg
www.carpediem.com.sg
764A Woodlands Circle,
#01-300, Singapore 731764
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
CARPE DIEM KIDS
ACADEMY @ WATTEN
PTE LTD
STAR LEARNERS
CHILD CARE
Building confident, creative
children with character!
At Star Learners, we believe
in inspiring children to have a
36 Watten Park,
Singapore 287421
T 6467-6601
E bt@carpediem.com.sg
www.carpediem.com.sg
lifelong love of learning.
@ YIO CHU KANG
645 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6,
#01-4991, Singapore 560645
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
CARPE DIEM SPRINGS
PTE LTD
Block 108 Spottiswoode Park
Road, #01-126,
Singapore 080108
T 6225-6700
E sw@carpediem.com.sg
www.carpediem.com.sg
CHILTERN HOUSE FORUM
Chiltern House students stand
out because they have the
confidence to shape their own
futures.
583 Orchard Road,
#04-01 Forum The Shopping
Mall, Singapore 238884
T 6737-1966
F 6735-8410
E enquiries@chilternhouse.com.sg
www.chilternhouse.com.sg
CHILTERN HOUSE
THOMSON
Chiltern House students stand
out because they have the
confidence to shape their own
futures.
510 Thomson Road,
#04-01A SLF Building,
Singapore 298135
T 6299-5161
F 6291-6651
E enquiries@chilternhouse.com.sg
www.chilternhouse.com.sg
ETONHOUSE BILINGUAL
PRE-SCHOOL
JOSIAH MONTESSORI
(APERIA)
215 Upper Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 588184
T 6746-3333
E 215BT@etonhouse.edu.sg
www.etonhouse.com.sg/215BT
Infant Care / Childcare / Gym
Classes / Art Classes / Speech &
Drama / Holiday Programmes
ETONHOUSE
KINDERGARTEN
(MANDARIN)
681 Bukit Timah Road
(in Hwa Chong International
School),
#01-03, Singapore 269782
T 6467-3322
E hceh@etonhouse.edu.sg
www.etonhouse.com.sg/681BT
ETONHOUSE
INTERNATIONAL
PRE-SCHOOL
8 Thomson Lane,
Singapore 297743
T 6252-3322
E thomson@etonhouse.edu.sg
www.etonhouse.com.sg/thomson
Childcare centres
cater to working
parents who need
full-time day care,
and accept kids
aged 18 months to
six years old.
Kindergartens
prepare children
aged three to six
years old for
formal schooling.
KINDERLAND @ MINISTRY
OF MANPOWER
18 Havelock Road, #01-18,
Singapore 059764
T 6881-8818
ETONHOUSE
INTERNATIONAL
PRE-SCHOOL
15 Claymore Road,
Singapore 229542
T 6737-3322
E claymore@etonhouse.edu.sg
www.etonhouse.com.sg/
claymore
ETONHOUSE
INTERNATIONAL
PRE-SCHOOL
39 Newton Road,
Singapore 307966
T 6352-3322
E newton@etonhouse.edu.sg
www.etonhouse.com.sg/newton
KINDERLAND @
MINISTRY OF NATIONAL
DEVELOPMENT
7 Maxwell Road, #06-02
Annex B, MND Complex,
Singapore 069111
T 6881-8818
ETONHOUSE PRE-SCHOOL
11 Unity Street,
#02-20 Robertson Walk,
Singapore 237995
T 6221-1050
E robertsonwalk@etonhouse.
edu.sg
www.etonhouse.com.sg/
robertson
ETONHOUSE PRE-SCHOOL
did
you
know?
12 Kallang Avenue,
#03-37 Aperia,
Singapore 339511
T 6702-3902
E info@josiah.com.sg
www.josiah.com.sg
1 Vanda Road, Singapore 287771
T 6468-7880
E vanda@etonhouse.edu.sg
www.etonhouse.com.sg/vanda
JOSIAH MONTESSORI
(SUNTEC)
Infant Care / Childcare / Gym
Classes / Art Classes / Speech &
Drama / Holiday Programmes
SUNTEC CITY
3 Temasek Boulevard
#03-374 to 378,
Suntec City Mall,
Singapore 038983
T 6336-6906
E info@josiah.com.sg
www.josiah.com.sg
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KINDERLAND
@ REVENUE HOUSE
55 Newton Road,
#05-01 Revenue House,
Singapore 307987
T 6881-8818
LIFE CHILDCARE CENTRE
A preschool for active learners
with inquiring minds.
138 Prinsep Street,
Singapore 188659
T 6789-8228
E admin@lcs.org.sg
www.lifechildcare.edu.sg
listings
STAR LEARNERS
CHILD CARE
Building confident, creative
children with character!
At Star Learners, we believe
in inspiring children to have a
lifelong love of learning.
CARPE DIEM ACE
LEARNERS PTE LTD
CARPE DIEM STARLETS 1
PTE LTD
Block 2 Bukit Batok Street 23,
#01-12/13 Bukit Batok
Connection, Singapore 659554
T 6266-7957
E arena@carpediem.com.sg
Block 110 Teck Whye Lane,
#01-586, Singapore 680110
T 6763-6686
E tw@carpediem.com.sg
www.carpediem.com.sg
CARPE DIEM
SCHOOLHOUSE PTE LTD
Block 5 Toh Yi Drive, #01-221,
Singapore 590005
T 6468-2341
E ty@carpediem.com.sg
www.carpediem.com.sg
KINDERLAND @ MINISTRY
OF EDUCATION
1 North Buona Vista Drive,
#04-01, Singapore 138675
T 6881-8818
@ GAMBAS
7 Gambas Crescent,
#01-18/19/20,
Ark @ Gambas,
Singapore 757087
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
CARPE DIEM CHILDCARE
PTE LTD
Block 318 Bukit Batok Street 32,
#01-169, Singapore 650318
T 6564-3913
E bb@carpediem.com.sg
www.carpediem.com.sg
CARPE DIEM STARLETS 2
PTE LTD
Block 120 Teck Whye Lane,
#01-808, Singapore 680120
T 6892-6686
E tw@carpediem.com.sg
www.carpediem.com.sg
STAR LEARNERS
CHILD CARE
Building confident, creative
children with character!
At Star Learners, we believe
in inspiring children to have a
lifelong love of learning.
@ TANJONG PAGAR
1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza,
#02-01A, Singapore 082001
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
CARPE DIEM
SCHOOLHOUSE PTE LTD
146 Jalan Jurong Kechil,
Singapore 598640
T 6468-0368
E jk@carpediem.com.sg
www.carpediem.com.sg
Block 167 Petir Road, #01-138,
Singapore 670167
T 6769-8488
E bp@carpediem.com.sg
www.carpediem.com.sg
CARPE DIEM
KIDSWORLD PTE LTD
Block 739 Jurong West Street
73, #01-66, Singapore 640739
T 6793-0935
E jw@carpediem.com.sg
www.carpediem.com.sg
CARPE DIEM
KINDERACE PTE LTD
CAMBRIDGE @ DAIRY FARM
1 Jalan Suasa,
Singapore 678493
T 6766-8208 / 9232-8908
E cambridgedrf@singnet.com.sg
www.cambridge.school
232 Turf Club Road,
Singapore 287982
T 6468-8566
F 6467-5214
E enquiries@chilternhouse.com.sg
www.chilternhouse.com.sg
Block 626 Bukit Batok Central,
#01-622, Singpore 650626
T 6567-7531
E bb@carpediem.com.sg
www.carpediem.com.sg
CARPE DIEM YOUNG
JOY PTE LTD
Block 445 Fajar Road,
#02-544 Fajar Shopping Centre,
Singapore 670445
T 6892-0688
E yj@carpediem.com.sg
www.carpediem.com.sg
EDUCA-ZION
GROUP PTE LTD
Infant and Childcare Services
Age: 2 months to 6 years
511 Upper Jurong Road,
#02-04 Arena Country Club,
Singapore 638366
T 6266-7957
E arena@carp=ediem.com.sg
www.carpediem.com.sg
3 Pandan Valley, #01-316,
Singapore 597627
T 6881-8818
Building confident, creative
children with character!
At Star Learners, we believe
in inspiring children to have
a love of learning
@ BUKIT BATOK
Block 501 Bukit Batok Street 52,
#01-71, Singapore 650501
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
460 Alexandra Road
#03-04 PSA Building
(Alexandra Retail Centre)
Singapore 119963
T 6274-0304
E educa_zion@yahoo.com.sg
STAR LEARNERS
CHILD CARE
Building confident, creative
children with character!
At Star Learners, we believe
in inspiring children to have a
lifelong love of learning.
KINDERLAND @
CHOA CHU KANG
CARPE DIEM KIDZ
ARENA PTE LTD
KINDERLAND
@ PANDAN VALLEY
STAR LEARNERS
CHILD CARE
Block 108 Depot Road,
#02-02/05 Depot Heights
Shopping Centre,
Singapore 100108
T 6272-9108 HP 9436-4339
WEST
19 Toh Tuck Drive,
Singapore 596883
T 6463-9240
E bt@cambridge.school
www.cambridge.school
Chiltern House students stand
out because they have the
confidence to shape their own
futures.
CARPE DIEM
EDUCARE PTE LTD
childcare
CAMBRIDGE @
BUKIT TIMAH
CHILTERN HOUSE
TURF CLUB
Block 309 Choa Chu Kang
Avenue 4, #02-01,
Singapore 680475
Block 475 Choa Chu Kang
Avenue 3, #02-15,
Singapore 680475
T 6881-8818
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@ CHOA CHU KANG
SPORTS CENTRE
1 Choa Chu Kang Street 53,
#01-01/02/03 Choa Chu Kang
Sports Hall, Singapore 689236
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
listings
enrichment
NORTH-EAST
ELFA PRESCHOOL
STAR LEARNERS
CHILD CARE
Building confident, creative
children with character!
At Star Learners, we believe
in inspiring children to have
a love of learning
Tampines Central
Community Complex,
Block 866A, #04-01,
Tampines Street 83,
Singapore 521866
T 6786-4484
F 6786-4744
E eileenng62@yahoo.com.sg
KINDERLAND
@ YIO CHU KANG
z ACADEMIC
EXCELLENCE /
EARLY LEARNING
449 Yio Chu Kang Road,
Singapore 805946
T 6881-8818
kindergartens
NORTH
ETONHOUSE
INTERNATIONAL
PRE-SCHOOL
718 Mountbatten Road,
Singapore 437738
T 6846-3322
www.etonhouse.com.sg/m718
STAR LEARNERS
CHILD CARE
Building confident, creative
children with character!
At Star Learners, we believe
in inspiring children to have
a love of learning
@ JURONG WEST
862 Jurong West Street 81,
#01-624, Singapore 640862
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
KINDERLAND @
WOODLANDS CIVIC
CENTRE
JOSIAH MONTESSORI
(TAMPINES)
Kindergarten 3 to 6 years
old / Art Classes / Holiday
Programmes
5 Tampines Street 32,
#02-01 Tampines Mart,
Singapore 529285
T 6260-1312
E info@josiah.com.sg
www.josiah.com.sg
STAR LEARNERS
CHILD CARE
Building confident, creative
children with character!
At Star Learners, we believe
in inspiring children to have
a love of learning
@ YUNG HO
21 Yung Ho Road, The Agape,
#01-01/02, Singapore 618593
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
900 South Woodlands Drive,
#05-03 Woodlands Civic Centre,
Singapore 730900
T 6881-8818
kindergartens
WEST
CHENGZHU
KINDERLAND @
MARINE PARADE
87 Marine Parade Central,
#03-203, Singapore 440087
T 6881-8818
kindergartens
NORTH-EAST
kindergartens
EAST
EYE LEVEL SINGAPORE
Eye level is based on an
educational principle where
students learn at their own pace.
When a teacher understands
the learning needs of a student,
the teaching are most effective.
Eye level programs are suitable
for students between 3 to 14
years old
3501 Jalan Bukit Merah,
#01-02, Singapore 159460
T 6397-6117
(Franchise Opportunity)
www.myeyelevel.com
www.facebook.com/eyelevel.
singapore
CENTRES
TELEPHONE
Boon Keng
8828-5235
Bukit Merah
6377-1655
City Square Mall
6509-1317
Jurong West
6686-2328
Kembangan
6748-3090
Khatib
8333-6462
Kovan
6635-8368
Mountbatten
9776-0102
Novena Goldhill
6258-0658
Novena Square 2
6397-2562
Parkway
8321-2828
Pasir Ris
6584-0212
Sembawang
9738-5247
Our Tampines Hub
8389-6488
Tampines West
6784-0655
Upper Thomson
6456-1889
West Coast Plaza
9739-4448
Chengzhu supports children’s
ability to speak, read and write
confidently in Mandarin at
every level, ensuring maximum
enjoyment of learning in the
process. Whether at Chengzhu
Mandarin Centre, where children
experience full immersion
within a dynamic, culture-rich
environment from 6 months
through to upper primary,
or through a comprehensive
Mandarin preschool curriculum
at Chengzhu Mandarin
Kindergarten, we ensure
meaningful experiences that
place language in context for
every child.
35 Rochester Drive,
#03-01 Rochester Mall,
Singapore 138639
T 6737-5348
F 6737-2136
E enquiries@chengzhu.edu.sg
www.chengzhu.edu.sg
ELFA PRESCHOOL
No. 91 Jalan Pari Burong,
Singapore 488730
T 6246-4474
F 6246-3075
E eileenng62@yahoo.com.sg
From age 3 months upwards
THE SHICHIDA METHOD™ 七田
真全脑开发 is the leading wholebrain stimulation programme
for children with a 60-year track
record and almost 20 years in
Singapore.
@ JURONG EAST
8 Boon Lay Way, #01-24/25
Tradehub 21, Singapore 609964
T 6250-0173
E info@starlearners.com.sg
www.starlearners.com.sg
SHICHIDA
Develop the quality of a better
brain with Shichida training such
as superb intuition, photographic
memory, lightning-rapid
calculation, perfect pitch, multilanguage acquisition and other
talents.
Prenatal Classes and Holiday
Programmes are open for
booking.
Thursday Evening Talks and
Open Houses at various
locations. Check out our website
and register early. Limited Seats.
15 Centres under One
Management
THE SHICHIDA
METHOD™ HQ
480 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh,
#12-01 HDB Hub East Wing,
Singapore 310480
T 6254-9555
E shichidajoy@gmail.com
www.shichidamethod.com
z GYM
MY GYM @ ANG MO KIO
click
and learn
Visit www.
youngparents.
com.sg
for expert advice
on parenting in
Singapore!
5 Ang Mo Kio Central 2,
#03-04 DJITSUN Mall,
Singapore 569663
T 6556-2145
E angmokio@mygym.com.sg
www.mygym.com.sg
www.fb.com/ilovemygym
MY GYM @ CITY
SQUARE MALL
180 Kitchener Road,
#B2-47/48 City Square Mall,
Singapore 208539
T 6238-9828
E citysquare@mygym.com.sg
www.mygym.com.sg
www.fb.com/ilovemygym
KINDERLAND
@ SERANGOON
587 Upper Serangoon Road,
Singapore 534564
T 6881-8818
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listings
enrichment
z GYM
special
learning needs
EAST
MY GYM @ JURONG EAST
z GYM
MY GYM @ SUNTEC
Located inside “Bove By
Spring Maternity”
MY GYM @ MARINE
PARADE
Block 86, #01-670B
Marine Parade Central,
Singapore 440086
T 6440-9916
E marineparade@mygym.sg
www.mygym.com.sg
3 Temasek Boulevard,
Suntec City Mall Tower 4,
#02–728/729/730,
Singapore 038986
E suntec@mygym.com.sg
www.mygym.com.sg
www.fb.com/ilovemygym
3 Gateway Drive,
#04-39 Westgate,
Singapore 608532
T 6465-9205
E jurongeast@mygym.com.sg
www.mygym.com.sg
www.fb.com/ilovemygym
MY GYM @ TAMPINES
2 Tampines Central 6,
#06-02 NTUC Income Tampines
Point, Singapore 529483
T 6789-7061
E tampines@mygym.sg
www.mygym.com.sg
www.fb.com/ilovemygym
CENTRAL
z ACADEMIC
EXCELLENCE
/EARLY LEARNING
THE LITTLE GYM OF
SINGAPORE EAST
6 Raffles Boulevard,
#03-163/164 Marina Square,
Singapore 039594
T 6336-9734 / 6336-4307
www.thelittlegym.com.sg
enrichment
WEST
Chengzhu supports children’s
ability to speak, read and write
confidently in Mandarin at
every level, ensuring maximum
enjoyment of learning in the
process. Whether at Chengzhu
Mandarin Centre, where children
experience full immersion
within a dynamic, culture-rich
environment from 6 months
through to upper primary,
or through a comprehensive
Mandarin preschool curriculum
at Chengzhu Mandarin
Kindergarten, we ensure
meaningful experiences that
place language in context for
every child.
35 Rochester Drive,
#03-01 Rochester Mall,
Singapore 138639
T 6737-5348
F 6737-2136
E enquiries@chengzhu.edu.sg
www.chengzhu.edu.sg
Sembawang Zone ‘E’ RC Centre
Block 718, Woodlands Avenue 6
#01-648, Singapore 730718
T 8344-3507 F 6259-8781
E wl.ets@carecorner.org.sg
MY GYM @ BUONA VISTA
35 Rochester Drive,
#03-24/25/26 Rochester Mall,
Singapore 138639
T 6684-9220
E buonavista@mygym.com.sg
www.mygym.com.sg
www.fb.com/ilovemygym
AQUADUCKS™
aquaDucks is a specialist
swim school offering worldclass Babies & Learn 2 Swim
programmes. Our programme
caters to babies from age 6
months and above and all levels.
Come Join The Fun!
Various venues available
T 6463-5554
F 6462-5554
E info@aquaducks.com.sg
www.aquaducks.com.sg
Personalised name, shoe and
clothing labels (washing
machine/dryer-safe). Match
and complete the set with our
personalised gifts, such as
bags, lunchboxes and drink
bottles.
T 6589-8165
www.stuckonyou.com.sg
products &
services
did
you
know?
z SHOPPING MALL
FORUM THE SHOPPING
MALL
583 Orchard Road,
Singapore 238884
T 6732-2469/79
www.forumtheshoppingmall.
com.sg
BABY SENSORY (SUNTEC)
3 Temasek Boulevard
#03-374 to 378,
Suntec City Mall,
Singapore 038983
T 6336-6906
E singapore@babysensory.sg
www.babysensory.com
STUCK ON YOU
Block 149 Toa Payoh Lorong 1,
#01-973, Singapore 310149
T 6259-8683 F 6259-8781
E tp.ets@carecorner.org.sg
www.carecorner.org.sg/ets.html
OTHERS
z SWIMMING
@ SUNTEC
z GIFTS
Learning/Attention/Reading/
Hyperactivity Problems
Programmes & Consultation
For K1 – P6
Block 414 Tampines Street 41,
#01-297, Singapore 520414
T 6694-8568 F 6636-2816
E tm.ets@carecorner.org.sg
enrichment
z GYM
Multi Award Sensory Classes
from the UK for ages
0 months - 3.5 years old
TOYS
Intelligence Insight
playhao
Toykar
Toys’R’Us
CARE CORNER
EDUCATIONAL
THERAPY SERVICE
THE LITTLE GYM OF
SINGAPORE WEST
583 Orchard Road,
#B1-24 Forum The Shopping
Mall, Singapore 238884
T 6238-6331 / 6238-8267
www.thelittlegym.com.sg
L2
B1
L2
L4
L4
L2
L2
B1
HEALTH & LIFESTYLE
Capezio
L2
Olive Tree Baby & Kids Clinic L2
Scissors Paper Stone
L2
Vitakids
B1
z MANDARIN
CHENGZHU
enrichment
z CARE CORNER
ENRICHMENT
All That Jazz Dance Academy
Aureus Academy
Children’s Worklab – A LEGO
Technology Workshop
Chiltern House
Julia Gabriel Centre
Sandy Dandy (opening soon)
The Kidz Station
The Little Gym
Home to an eclectic mix of
specialty children stores catering
to the needs of sophisticated
modern families with young
children, Forum is the place to be
for a day of fun and enjoyment.
KIDS’ FASHION
Bonpoint
Ferrari Junior Collection
Kids21
Mothercare
nicholas & bear
Stride Rite
LEVEL
L2
L2
L2
L2
L2
L3
BOOKS
Books Ahoy!
Nurture Craft
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L2
B1
Childcare centres
cater to working
parents who need
full-time day care,
and accept kids
aged 18 months to
six years old.
Kindergartens
prepare children
aged three to six
years old for
formal schooling.
L2
L2
B1
L3
small talk
what a cutie!
Young Parents readers show off their children’s sweetest moments.
Aarush Shrivastava
Ang Jay Hin
Raqib Qinawi
11 months
7 months
2 years
Zoanne Lee
Shemaia Ang
Sophia Lieana
10 months
4 months
10 months
send us your
child’s best
photo & win!
Each child featured on this page wins a fabulous Young Parents
goodie bag worth $40.
To take part, upload a clear JPEG photo of your child
(at least 300dpi) to www.youngparents.com.sg/cutie and fill in
your details. Terms and conditions apply.
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-PUTPGJUà
A kid’s laughter is powerful
— it opens hearts, ends
disputes and makes him
feel on top of the world.
That’s why we make school
a happy place that inspires
real smiles and laughter.
YOU never know what Happy can make happen
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