Mothercare Review: Affordable & Good Quality Baby High Chairs

Ethan started solids at an early age. We had him sitting on a rocker-turned-stationary-seat for the first few weeks and although it wasn't the best chair for eating, it served its purpose. As he grew older and BIGGER, the rocker was no longer suitable as he was always fidgeting around in a chair.

In addition, as mentioned in my YouTube review video, eating in a reclined position isn't the best nor the safest. Hence we got Ethan a baby high chair which was kindly sponsored by Mothercare. Read on for a review of this baby high chair and what features about it that I like the most!

| Mothercare Bear and Friends Highchair

Mothercare Bear & Friends High Chair: Removable Table Tray

Suitable from six months onwards, the Mothercare Bear and Friends highchair features a deep padded seat that is removable for easy cleaning which can also be reclined in three different positions.

The highchair also features six different height position and an easy to remove tray that is simple to clean and which can be stored on the back of the seat when not needed. When dinnertime is over, the Bear and Friends highchair is easy to fold and will stand freely for easy storage.

Mothercare Bear & Friends High Chair: Foldable Baby Chair With 6 Adjustable Heights

Features & Specifications:
  • Suitable from 6 months or when your baby can sit up unaided up to a maximum weight of 15kg
  • Extra padded comfy seat
  • Easy Clean removable tray
  • 3 position recline
  • 6 height positions
  • 5 point safety harness
  • Removable padded seat for easy cleaning
  • Convenient tray storage on back
  • Easy to fold and will standing freely when folded
  • Unfolded Dimensions: D73 x W56.5 x H112cm
  • High chair weight: 8kg

| My Two Cents

Mothercare Bear & Friends High Chair: Comfy Padded Seat

At half the price of most branded high chairs, Mothercare's house brand baby high chair offers the same functions & features as a branded high chair. And to be honest, the Mothercare Bear & Friends High Chair is actually really good!

I used to have this thought that house brand items = cheap but not so good. However after becoming a mom, I have learnt that the notion does not apply to all baby products. Pardon me for digressing but if you haven't tried Mothercare's Liquid Talc... YOU SHOULD!

Ethan used to get heat rash in between his neck, behind his knee, in between his elbow fold... and it annoys the shit out of me because as a mom who loves her kid a lot & as a beauty blogger who is crazy for perfect skin, I find it absolutely crucial for my kid to have flawless non-irritated skin.

I applied soooo many types of creams/lotions/gels and other brands of liquid talc. But none of them worked better than Mothercare's!

Okay now back to the baby high chair. First up, this baby high chair requires assembling after delivery. The assembly was super easy and even I could do it! That means a lot for someone who is a blur queen like me!

The 6 adjustable height positions mean that I can always find a suitable height to match the dining table or any other tables (that are above the knee level), or according to his feeding needs. About a month back, I lowered the baby high chair by a couple of notches because his Fisher Price Workbench Toy was too high (when placed on the removable table-tray) and we had to stand and feed him to overcome the height problem. After the height adjustment, that problem no longer existed!

As for the 3 reclining positions, find a suitable sitting position for your child every time. When they are younger and their spine + back muscles have yet to be fully developed, they might require more support when sitting upright. Thus you might wanna recline the seat backwards, and then incline it as they grow older.

The 5-point safety harness is a must-have for fidgety babies who are unable to sit still – such as Ethan – and it holds down our precious one safely to the high chair. The convenient tray storage at the back plays a great part in space reduction and organisation!

Now here is the feature about the baby high chair which I love the most! Remember how I mentioned that Ethan began eating solids earlier than most kids? He started at four months old. Thus with the younger age, it also meant a smaller build (doesn't help that he isn't very tall to begin with!)

Mothercare Bear & Friends High Chair has an additional padded comfy seat (the brown bear cushion) to give the chair a small boost in terms of fitting. I used this booster in the beginning and it played a great part in having Ethan seated comfortably in his baby high chair. He is now 7 months old, and a lot taller + bigger in size, thus I have removed the cushion. I absolutely love the flexibility that the Mothercare Bear & Friends High Chair has given me!

You can purchase the Mothercare Bear & Friends High Chair from selected Mothercare outlets. Alternatively, order it online and have it delivered straight to your house! It is retailing online for $179.

My Lunch Hour Neck Lift by Dr Rachel Ho at La Clinic: Neck Threadlift Review

Disclaimer: The following images in this post can be rather graphic. Viewer discretion advised.

Wouldn't it be cool if you had no need for photoshop or meitu xiuxiu to get a defined jawline? That was what La Clinic gave me, a necklift to be rid of my double chin.

For the longest time ever, I've wanted a more defined jawline without having to go under the knife. Any product – be it creams or strange two-prong fork massagers – that proclaims "we can give you jaw definition" has me going gaga over it. The excitement is usually short-lived as I end up riveting in dismay over the lack of results.

when I underwent a neck threadlift for my double chin with Dr Rachel Ho at La Clinic . The idea sounded scary but after having gone through the procedure, my thoughts were "Meh! That's not so bad! ". Read on to find out more about my lunch-hour neck lift at La Clinic.

#1 | About The Neck ThreadLift for Double Chins

La Clinic: Silhouette Soft Threadlift At Neck
Silhouette Soft Neck Threadlift for Double Chin (Necklift)

We call this the "lunch hour" procedure for very obvious reasons – the non-surgical procedure doesn't take longer than your typical lunch hour. It is uncomplicated and has minimal downtime. Almost like dropping by the nearest IPL Express store around your office district to get a quick zap!

Neck threadlift does not require any surgery and it is a minimally invasive rejuventation procedure that lifts saggy skin and folds. Just as the name suggests, fine ABSORBABLE threads are placed under the skin to lift and correct the undesired sagging and droopy facial tissues.

Unlike surgical neck lifts, no incision is made hence there will be no scar nor any downtime at all – you can return back to work immediately after the procedure and no one would be able to tell a thing!

Results are immediate thus you can tell a difference in your facial/neck contour right after the procedure. The best part about having a threadlift is that results will only continue to improve over time. The threads will encourage your own skin's collagen to grow thus there will be progressive voluminisation, natural firming and tightening occurring over 3 to 6 months thereby enhancing the results of the procedure.

#2 | About La Clinic

La Clinic
La Clinic
290 Orchard Road, #08-01/02
Paragon Medical Centre
Singapore 238859

Situated on the 8th floor of Paragon Medical Centre, La Clinic is the office to two doctors, Dr Cecil Wong and Dr Rachel Ho.

Dr Rachel Ho is the doctor in-charge of my aesthetic procedure. Specialising in Otorhinolaryngology and with a background in facial plastic surgery, Dr Rachel has a sharp eye and steady hands for minimally invasive anti-aging and facial aesthetic treatments.

She regularly attends local and international conferences to stay in touch with the latest trends and advancements in anti-aging and aesthetic medicine. She is a prime candidate when selecting a doctor for aesthetic treatments as her years of experience in the field and her firm belief that marrying a healthy lifestyle with medical aesthetic treatments is a course of route to help one age beautifully and gracefully through the years.

#3 | PLLA VS PDO threads in threadlift

A common question for those seeking to do a threadlift: Which thread should I choose? PLLA or PDO?

Before I begin sharing more about the two threads with you, I would like to put forth that the thread I used was PLLA produced by Silhouette Soft.

La Clinic: Ultra-V PDO thread
PDO thread by Ultra-V

A popular PDO brand is Ultra-V. Most articles online recommend using PDO (otherwise known as Polydioxanone) as the effects are more subtle and some would say more natural? If you are a first-timer with doubts on the procedure, you would no doubt lean towards PDO as it would dissolve in approximately 6-9 months.

La Clinic: Dr Rachel showing how the thread will be in my chin
Dr Rachel Ho showing how the Silhouette Soft (PLLA) Thread would be placed in my neck for the threadlift

On the other hand, PLLA (otherwise known as Poly L Lactic Acid) takes 12-18 months and with more noticeable tightness due to the thread's higher tensile strength.

In my honest opinion, my neck threadlift with PLLA does not feel hard nor tight. In fact a week after the procedure, I barely even noticed that the threads were even there. Two weeks after the procedure, it didn't even feel like I had done anything to my neck but hey, obviously I did because my double chin is now gone!

I am pushing for PLLA threadlift because what most people don't know is that PDO is just a fine thread placed under your skin with no significant markers to help hold that thread to your tissues. As a result, within the first week of recovery, there is a higher chance of the PDO thread slipping out from under your skin – I know it sounds scary and disgusting but it is the truth!

The PLLA threads in Silhouette Soft threadlift have tiny cones on the thread to help anchor and stabilise the fine thread to your soft tissues. This would minimise the chance of any post-procedure thread slip outs thus giving one more assurance on the safety and outcome of the procedure.

In addition as PDO threads are shorter and have no stabilisers, when it is used for a face lift or a neck lift, your doctor needs to use more threads ((approximately more than 20, sometimes 40-50) just to have results comparable to one Silhouette soft thread!

PLLA threads are longer and with the presence of the cones, lesser threads are required to be used. In my case, Dr Rachel Ho used only 1 pair of threads to get rid of my hideous double chin!

So here is some food for thought before jumping onto the bandwagon, and insisting upon your doctor that you die-die only want PDO!

#4 | My Experience

I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't nervous when I walked into the clinic.

I had armed myself with a week's worth of research. I thought that I had already knew everything there was to know. I was ready to tell Dr Rachel that I would only take PDO threads — because that was what everyone said online.

La Clinic: Consultation with Dr Rachel
Consultation with Dr Rachel Ho

As like all procedure, a consultation with the doctor is first required and that was when I first met Dr Rachel Ho. She was friendly and warm, which helped to ease my nerves. She shared about the procedure that she would be doing for me and her choice in the thread to be used, PLLA.

What with so many articles online egging people to choose PDO over PLLA, I couldn't help but to ask why. That was when she shared about the problems that were never talked about on the web – the threads coming loose and out of place, the need to place many many many threads just to get a desirable effect.

After hearing that, I was a convert to PLLA for my neck threadlift. I mean, who would want more than 20 threads stuck in their neck when all you could have was just 1 pair? As shared earlier on, PLLA threads are also more stable and safe, and less likely to move out of place after being inserted beneath the skin.

La Clinic: Consultation with Dr Rachel
Dr Rachel Ho explaining how and where the thread would enter and exit

I was ushered into a separate room for my treatment by the nurses. As I had on a full-face of makeup, the first step was to have it removed.

La Clinic: Removing makeup and cleansing face
Removing my makeup and cleansing my face

After the removal and cleansing, Dr Rachel Ho began marking out the spots where the thread would enter and then exit.

La Clinic: Marking the entry point
Marking out entry point of thread

La Clinic: Marking the exit points
Marking out exist point of thread

La Clinic: Injecting the local anaesthestic
Injecting local anaesthetic into my neck

The procedure began with local anaesthetic being injected into my neck. Pain score was ~3/10, with the help of a nurse who kept tapping on my hand to keep me distracted from the needle in my neck — reasons why I love Gate Control Theory of Pain.

Dr Rachel Ho was very generous with the local anaesthetic as she believes in keeping her patients comfortable throughout the procedure. At any point in time when I felt even the slightest bit of discomfort, she would stop whatever that she was doing to give me more anaesthetic. She was incredibly patient, calm and poised.

With all that is said, I would like to reassure you that despite the copious amount of local anaesthesic given, it is within a safety zone. Dr Rachel Ho shared with me that if and when the amount of local anaesthesia provided exits the safety zone and into toxicity level, she would then explain to the patient and make use of other means to reduce the patient’s level of discomfort.

It took about 10-15 minutes for the anaesthetic to kick in, and once it did, the edge of a sharp scissors felt like a mere tickle from a feather! Time to insert the threads and be rid of my annoying double chin!

Creating an entry point for the thread to enter

In order to place the thread beneath my skin, Dr Rachel had to first make an entry using a thick needle.

La Clinic: Inserting the thread
Threads are inserted and slid beneath the neck skin, to lift the skin and soft tissues

Next she guided the thread through my neck tissues with a long sterilised needle that was attached to the thread.

La Clinic: Pulling the cones in place
Cones are given a slight tug to be pulled into place

After the thread had gone in, she gave it a tug to pull the cones through the entry point made earlier and have the cones embedded into the tissues to hold the thread safely in place.

La Clinic: Cutting the excess thread
Trimming off the excess thread

A quick snip of the scissors to the thread and a few neat sutures later, we were done with one side of the face.

Dr Rachel Ho continued with the other side of my face, and one more thread later... WE ARE DONE!

La Clinic: Post-procedure check
Post-procedure check

La Clinic: Before-After Photo of Necklift
Here is a before-after comparison of my chin.

Here is a before-after comparison of my chin.

The results are instantaneous and obvious right after the procedure. You can tell from the photo that the thick wad of fat that was previously at my lower jaw is now gone! Goodbye double chin! *victory punch*

The threads are very safe and stable. Resumption of all daily activities (except alcohol consumption) is permitted – Dr Rachel Ho had a patient who went for a session of sweaty Yoga after her threadlift and everything was good! There is also no need to stay away from makeup as there is no surgical incision, in fact you can apply it back on right after the procedure is done.

I was released from the clinic with a tube of antibiotic cream to prevent the entry and exit wound from becoming infectious, a bottle of Arnica to help with the bruising, and a check-up appointment for a week later.

Common symptoms which you can expect after such a procedure are bruising, light swelling, soreness and tightness around your neck. Both bruising and light swelling are not caused by the thread but rather the injection of the local anaesthetic. All symptoms will disappear within a week (maximum two weeks).

In the first week, you will be terrified of turning or tilting your head however it is perfectly safe to do so! Ethan head-butted my neck with his thick skull and man... it hurt like fuck but everything was good, no threads came out, my double chin was still out of sight!

The only thing which Dr Rachel Ho prohibited me from doing was the ingestion of any liquor within the first week as it would slow down the recovery process and worsen any bruising.

La Clinic: One week after the procedure
How my jaw looked like one week after the procedure

It is now two weeks post procedure... All symptoms have cleared, and I’m loving my new jawline + chin!

#5 | Price and Ratings

Price for threadlift: $3000 onwards (depending on the number of threads used)
Pain: 1/5 (all thanks to the local anaesthetic!)
Satisfaction level: 10/10

To find out more about Face Threadlifts, you can read this article by La Clinic. To learn more about double chins and ways to rid yourself of it, check out this piece of writing by Dr Rachel Ho.

Make your consultation appointment with Dr Rachel Ho at La Clinic through this online enquiry form or you can call (+65)6235 4040.

Thank you La Clinic and My Fat Pocket for the neck threadlift and my new perfect jawline!

Sudio: Wireless Earphones, The Personal Item That Every Mom Must-Have

Never thought that I would be gunning for wireless earphones. For years I was a loyal devotee of wired earphones, refusing to believe that they could be any different other than the physical connectivity to a separate device.

However it took being a mom, my addiction for American/Korean dramas, and a need for sanity to make me a complete convert – I wished that I had found out about its various benefits sooner! Read on to find out why.

| Vasa Blå

Sudio Vasa Bla

The Vasa Blå is a wireless pair of in-ear earphones with over 9 hours of battery life. It delivers sound by a carefully tuned driver and amplifier – the combination of driver and amplifier separates the sound of every instrument in every song, thereby giving the listener a true studio experience.

Paired with a refined rose gold design, this stylish pair of earbuds is a must-have accessory when you step out of the house every time.

| Why I Love It

As mentioned earlier, I never knew the handiness of a wireless earphones until I owned this pair... and now I can't live without it. When I am looking for a pair of earphones, my Sudio Vasa Blå is the first to pop up in my mind. I would go searching high and low for it in the house, even though I have THREE wired pairs right in front of me.

Let's talk about its efficiency in a home environment.

So there I was, sitting at my vanity table catching up on some Korean drama. My baby boy is sleeping in his cot, about a metre away. He turns and begins to stir in his sleep, I rush over to pat him back to sleep.

If I were to be using a wired pair of earphones, here are two scenarios that would occur:
  1. I get trapped by the wired earphones and am pulled back into my seat
  2. The earphones get plucked out from the laptop, my baby gets a shock from the sudden audio emitted from my laptop and wakes up crying in anger

Sudio Wireless Earphones

Now with the Vasa Blå, between running from my laptop to my bed or the baby’s cot, I no longer have to worry about the physical distance of a wired pair of earphones nor the problems that it carries. An additional benefit? I don't get to miss out on any dialogue in the show – which means no playback, no interruptions, hallelujah!

How about its usefulness for when I'm heading out?

Ladies... I'm sure you know how amazing it feels when you discover a clothing with POCKETS. Sadly enough, apparels with pockets are few and rare to come by – and so we've always had to lug a bag around to carry our phone and wallet.

I am bringing up this point because it USED TO BE such a hassle to have to carry my phone in my hand – instead of throwing it in my bag with all of my other belongings – because my wired earphones needed to STAY CLOSE to the phone.

That problem is now long gone with the wind. My phone is tossed in my bag with everything else, and I am still happily connected with my music thanks to my Sudio Vasa Blå.

Not to mention, this pair of Vasa Blå earphones are also really stylish to boot. I can’t help feeling a bit more swag when I’m out and have them plugged into my ears – listening to my fav songs as I go about my errands and work.

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