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Korea Travel Series Part 7: Day 4 – Abalone Porridge, Dragon Hill Spa Jjimjilbang [Nudity Alert!], Hanilkwan (Traditional Korean Food)

Continuation of Mummy Audrey’s trip to Seoul, Korea with 3 kids and Ahjussi from 1st to 15th Sep 2016.

Links to the entire series HERE.

Day 4 – 4th September 2016 
No plans day

Our supplier actually requested for us to allocate 1 day for him and his wife to bring us around. However, they had something on in the end and ended up only meeting us for dinner in the evening. So we were suddenly left ‘planless’.

First Stop: Breakfast!

The boys asked for porridge breakfast and so we headed over to our usual porridge place just across the road!

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Myeongdong Station Exit #9 (it is actually right smack between #9 & #10). You will see Hotel Skypark III. To the right of it is a small entrance as seen above. Head downstairs to the basement.

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Address in English (as per their name card): Toegye-ro 2-ga (Beside Sejong Hotel)

 


And so, Ahjussi was worried that it was difficult to find the place, so he made a video for you all.

So… What’s the fuss about this place that gets us back every visit? The lovely porridge! And more importantly, we love their side dishes! Their raw squid is the best we’ve tried! They do allow tabao of their raw squid at 25,000 won per tub. We have brought it back to SG twice and we are so in love with it. We forgot to pack our Fridge-to-Go this round so no tabao this time.

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Mine is Special Abalone Porridge. Was around 17,000 won? Forgot to take note. Sorry! They have a normal Abalone Porridge version with less abalone and the porridge is white instead of greenish like mine.

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Baby Oppa also had Special Abalone Porridge and he loved it. He finished the entire portion by himself!

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Big Boy ordered Chicken Porridge and slurped up everything too! meimei had 2 small bowls of Special Abalone Porridge (1 from me and 1 from Ahjussi). Surprisingly, she can chew abalone when we cut it into smaller pieces for her. And look at how we cleaned out our side dishes. Super yums!

After breakfast, we walked around the area while thinking of how to spend our day before our dinner appointment and we decided on….

Try Out Something NEW To Us: Jjimjilbang (Korea’s Sauna) @ Dragon Hill Spa (Yongsan)

Saunas are really common and there are plenty all over Korea. However, being our first time, we decided to try out one that has been reviewed to be kids friendly (just in case we get chased out because our kids are rowdy).

We’ve never been to Japan before, much less an onsen, so we have zero idea of how it will be like. Many friends told us that it is similar to Japan’s onsens, but we were totally clueless (swakoo lah).

Anyway, after consulting Google, we decided on Dragon Hill Spa @ Yongsan. Going back on the train the same route as Noryangin, just that you alight at Yongsan Station. Yongsan Station is like a massive interchange and the place can get really confusing. Lookout for signs to “Station Plaza” and head towards there. You will exit the building and see a large flight of stairs downwards. There are escalators at the sides.

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Keep a look out for “Station Plaza” on signages like this one.

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If you turn around, you will see this.

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While facing the stairs, turn LEFT and walk for a while past H&M. Cross the road and you will see a building with a Chinese restaurant and a carpark entrance. Walk carefully to the left of the carpark entrance.

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You will see this beautiful walkway. This is the entrance to Dragon Hill Spa!

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The place is huge with a lot of different facilities. Sorry the photo isn’t clear. Taken by YOU-KNOW-WHO. Seriously, don’t trust men to take photos unless your husband is a professional photographer!

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Is this better? Taken by me in the lift on our 2nd visit. There are quite a few restaurants within the jjimjilbang, so don’t worry about food options if you intend to laze the entire day away!

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Once inside, head to the counter to pay for your entrance. You will receive an electronic tag. This tag is your shoe locker key & also your shower locker key. The tag has a number on it, this number is the locker number too. It is also your ‘credit card’ in the jjimjilbang. All services and purchases will be tagged to your tag. You will settle the bill for any services or purchases later when you check out of the jjimjilbang.

At the counter, they will also hand you clothing to be used within the jjimjilbang and a towel.

Tap your tag on the entrance gate, then remove your shoes. Place them in the locker provided, then head on in!

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The shoe lockers. Photo from our 2nd visit.

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They have clearly labelled the men & women only areas. BE CAREFUL NOT TO GO TO THE WRONG AREAS. Because it will be a full naked parade in there.

For ladies, take the lift up. There’s only 1 other level you can choose. Brace yourself. Once the doors open, you will see naked bodies EVERYWHERE. No one is shy. No one is covered. No one cares. There are big bodies. There are small bodies. There are big boobies. There are small boobies. But seriously, no one cares.

They will be walking around, blowing their hair, cleaning their nostrils and ears, etc. Don’t stare. Don’t feel paiseh. What they have, you also have.

I’ll be very honest. I was VERY AMUSED seeing all the naked ladies of all ages parading around. They strip at their lockers without batting an eyelid.

And really sorry, of course, this area is off bounds to mobile phones and cameras. ~DUH~ So no photos of this area for you to see. Use your imagination lah!

To entertain you a little before the whole post becomes super wordy…

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Here is a rough layout based on my memory.

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This is how the lockers look like. Quite spacious. I took this secretly on our 2nd visit because Ahjussi took Meimei and we came back on a weekday, so it was super quiet and I was the only one around!

 

Step 1: Head to your locker.
Step 2: STRIP NAKED. Totally naked. No panties, no bra. And don’t worry about pubic hair. We all have them too. Nothing special.
Step 3: Keep all your belongings properly. Bring along the towel provided. Don’t bother covering yourself. The more you cover, the more they stare!
Step 4: Head to the shop. See if you would like to purchase anything for your shower. They have many things like scrub sponges, scrub nets, soap bars, packet soap (for one time use), packet shampoo, packet conditioner, face masks, shaver, panties, bra, clothing, etc. Over here, only the basic soap bar is available at every shower station. You are allowed to bring your own. It is common to see the Koreans carry a basket of their personal toiletries. (Those empty handed ones are most likely tourist like myself.)
Step 5: Head to the shower area. There are standing showers and there are sit down showers with stools provided. Shower yourself thoroughly and scrub yourself clean.
Step 6: If you would like a good scrub down by the Ahjumma, go to the scrubbing centre. How to identify it? You will see tables and an old lady sitting there (or busy scrubbing someone else). The old lady is usually in bra & panties. Remember NOT TO DO MASSAGE before you head to the bath else you will contaminate the bath! If you want a massage, get it done AFTER you have enjoyed your soak in the bath.
Step 7: There are various baths and over here, everything is in English & Chinese. So no worries about not knowing what is what and enjoy yourself. The recommended duration is also stated on the signs. There is 1 pool which is suitable for children under 7 years old. I didn’t bring Meimei in to soak though. I simply scrubbed her down and we quickly went to put on clothes.
Basic Rules of the Bath: DO NOT bring your towel into the bath. DO NOT wring your towel in the bath. DO NOT step into the bath without showering yourself clean! DO NOT splash in the bath.
There are also sauna rooms you can go into at the bath area. Be mentally prepared. All I wanted was a quick peek and I almost shocked myself to death. There were many Ahjummas sitting naked inside with their legs wide open, one feet on the chair. Eh… Too descriptive. Sorry! But Meimei saw and she had a good giggle. I guess it was really amusing to her too!
Step 8: Wipe yourself dry, go back to the locker area and blow your hair dry. Feel free to use the brushes & combs. Because they kept them in UV sterilisers to be sterilised! And do put them back in after use. There’re cotton buds for you to clean your ears too! I saw cotton pads too. Ladies who were done with their whole session were also putting on make up there, getting ready to leave.
Step 9: Put on your panties (remember to bring clean ones OK), put on your bra if you want (most of them don’t from what I observed), and put on the clothes they gave you. They didn’t have anything small enough for Meimei, so she wore he own clothes again.

Now, you are ready to head back to the common area. Take the same lift back down.
If you are really really really super super super shy and want to skip being seen naked by anyone… You can simply head to the toilet and change into the set of clothing given to you, then head straight to the common areas. But this will mean you can’t enjoy the bath at all.

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Or if you are really despo for some time away from the kids, dump them to the hubby and stay here for a nap. This is the woman’s nap room. At the far end (small door) is the entrance to the woman’s sauna. On the far left, there’s another one too (rectangle wooden door).

Oh ya! They have this super cool vagina healing thing. I’ve seen it in Batam before. It is a stool with an opening in the centre, you sit on sit with your vagina exposed and they will use herbs and stuff to simmer and the steam apparently is good for cleansing your vagina and keep it healthy (and tight, according to what I understand from the Ahjumma). No harm trying if time & budget allows!

If you are bringing your baby along, do pack a small backpack with diapers, wet wipes, milk, milk bottles and snacks for your baby. They allow it, we asked. 

I didn’t get to do the scrub on this first visit. We went back again another day and I managed to get a massage while Ahjussi took Meimei to the men’s area. Kids under 4 year old can follow their parent of opposite gender.

My thoughts on my first experience strutting around butt naked? I was quite shy and very thankful Meimei was with me as I used her to shield myself. I chose a secluded spot in the showers to avoid awkwardness. It was quite sad to see all the nice perky boobies because mine are almost non-existent after breastfeeding Meimei (they will bounce back, after another year, at least they did for the boys). But at the same time, I got to see the older ladies and thought about how my body will slowly transform into theirs, everything is loose and saggy. I must start warning Ahjussi about it and hope he doesn’t get disappointed with my flabs in future.

I know my mum really wanted to try the jjimjilbang and after this experience, I am pretty sure this is what my mum will like. Mummy, we will definitely bring you to Korea again to try k! Or maybe you can go over and give it a try on your own when you head up NEXT WEEK. LOL! 

And time for funny story about that cheeky Meimei… While I was at the locker putting on my clothes after dressing her, I had to let her roam around a little otherwise I really couldn’t put on my clothes at all. Guess what this cheeky baby did! She ran around the locker area, peering behind opened doors at other ladies who were naked! She smiled, grinned, giggled and thankfully she was cute, so the ladies were friendly and played with her.
Then my worst nightmare happened. SHE WENT TO PULL A LADY’S PUBIC HAIR. SERIOUS!!!! Index finger & thumb, full slow motion, reach over, pull, giggle, shriek, run back to me. I was in shock and kept apologising to the lady. Thankfully the young lady found it amusing and laughed it off and even recounted the whole thing to her friend who just came back from the shower. Serious OMG Meimei! And definitely, this will be a memory I can never forget. I am so going to tell her about this again when she grows her own pubic hair 12 years down the road!

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Back to the common area, there’s a mini arcade with decent and new games for the kids. Games are payable.

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Loads of games!

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There’s a small slide to entertain the kids.

There are noraebang (KTV) cubicles for your to sing and dance. These are payable.

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The entire common area. Really huge with TV, snack counter (payable), massage chairs (payable), sauna rooms, salt rooms, etc.

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Shikhye (fermented sweet rice & barley drink) for me. Chocolate ice cream for the boys!

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There’s a huge variety of drinks! And don’t worry! English translation on the signage so you know what you are buying!

 

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They have 3 types of eggs available.

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The boys posing with the eggs! And yes, the common area is for people to simply sit or lay around. No one bothers you!

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The eggs!

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This is how it looks like on the inside. The yolks are all dry (not to my liking), but I love the whites!


Meimei got bored and started to play with the egg shells.

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Of course, the trick to being able to have some fun is to knock her out first!

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One of the kilns saunas.

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The boys loved the ice room!

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Nice photo area too!

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Inside one of the pyramids rooms. Nice and quiet. Slightly warm.

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My view when I’m resting in the pyramid room.

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Instructions clearly stated, put on socks to avoid contaminating the salt.

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The salt room! It was very nice to sleep in there!

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Taken during our 2nd visit there. Slap on a mask and nap!

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My turn to slap on a mask! Meimei wanted it too! She kept coming to attack me and pinch my face to try to lift the mask off!

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The young master enjoying TV programs while sipping on mango juice!

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How to resist this cutie when she acts cute? Taken during our 2nd visit when it was a lot less crowded and the snack shop Ahjumma had time to help us fold this!

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Baby Oppa’s turn! And yes, that’s a nail salon behind. You can get your nails done here!

At the end of your jjimjilbang stay, remember to return the pillows to the cupboard and tidy up the area you used.

Head back to the lockers and change into your own clothes. If you prefer, you can shower again before you leave. 🙂 We did because the boys ran around and we had to run after them, so taking another shower before we went to meet our supplier for dinner was definitely needed. At the exit, return the tags given to you and you can pay for your purchases and any services you used.

 

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Managed to dig out the exit receipt. This is what we spent (shikhye x 2, eggs x 2 plates, 2 ice cream, a snack, a few games) in the jjimjilbang.

 

Conclusion about our jjimjilbang experience: The children really enjoyed roaming around the big common area. Just take note that they don’t go and disturb other people. Meimei had a wonderful time playing with others (the Koreans are generally very loving towards kids).

There’s an outdoor swimming pool which is open during summer but you must be in proper swimwear. We didn’t expect that there will be a pool and didn’t prep any swimwear so we skipped that.

Oh oh oh! Someone asked me this before… Can we go to the jjimjilbang when we are having our period? Yes, you can. Just skip the shower & bath. I saw soiled pads in the dustbins in the locker area, so there are people who come during their period.

So that’s the end of our first jjimjilbang experience. We loved it so much this was our last during this trip. We went back again to Dragon Inn Spa another day and also tried out another jjimjilbang in Gangnam area.

Just to add: Remember in my earlier post I mentioned have emergency places to stay if you are intending to use AirBnB and the host may cancel on you at the last minute? This is one of our ’emergency places’. There are backpackers who do stay here overnight. They can help you keep your luggage (we saw them helping other tourists with their luggage). 

Dinner with Supplier: 한일관 Hanilkwan 韓一館

We’ve known this supplier, Mr Choi, for years and we’ve been meeting up almost every visit with his wife. They are a lovely couple who adore our children so it was really nice having dinner with them. They ordered food based on our boys’ preference and ensured that all had plenty to eat. Mrs Choi even helped us with Meimei while we talked work with Mr Choi.

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Ahjussi saved himself. He found this photo he took!

Sorry, no photos of the meal as we were really busy trying to get the kid fed and busy looking at new samples and talking work.

 

But the food was too good to forget, thus we remembered to take a name card!

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This is traditional Seoul food with special dishes only royalty could have. Their website is available in English, so do check them out. They have many outlets and you can find an outlet suitable for your itinerary. We went to the one near Gwanghwamun.

 

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Ahjussi managed to take photos of the starters and side dishes! The rest of the elaborate meal was forgotten though.

 

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Very yummy octopus noodles and green bean noodles!

 

 

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Strangely their English website only lists one outlet but this screenshot of their Korean site shows quite a few outlets. There’s Apgujeong, Euljiro, Seoul Station, Yeongdongpo, Gwanghwamun and Hanam. You can ask Google for the address in English. 🙂

It was a pretty relaxing day considering we didn’t have to sweat out in the hot sun running after the kids. All of us managed to catch a nap too. A great place to hang out in the middle of your trip to recharge!

Next up: Day 5 – Fabric Shopping @ Dongdaemun, Jinokhwa Halmae Wonjo Dakhanmari, Ihwa Mural Village, Hakrim Cafe (You Who Came from the Stars), Original Chicago Pizza & Pub

Keep a lookout!

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Mummy Audrey
Mummy to Big Boy, Baby Oppa & Meimei

Note: Mummy Audrey runs her own online store, www.TLO.com.sg, while looking after her 3 kids ages 9yo, 5yo, and 1yo. Her business focuses on Korean baby products, thus she travels to Korea frequently to source for new and unique products to bring into Singapore. 

Mummy Audrey and her children are available for product/service reviews as long as the products/services are not conflicting with her own products. Do contact her directly at audrey@TLO.com.sg if you are interested for her to review your product. 

 

 

 

[Review] Solids Introduction – Online Organic Produce + BebeLock from Korea

 

WHO 
Babies around 4 to 6 months can start on solids.
There are a few schools of thoughts regarding the ‘perfect’ age to start baby on solids.
I’ll be honest, it is really up to individual parents to read up and decide on what they think is best for their baby.
I subscribe to starting before 6 months, AS LONG AS BABY IS READY. My purpose in starting once baby is ready is to expose baby to larger variety of of foods before meal replacement starts.

How do I know if baby is ready?
– Able to hold head steady (no bobbing of head)
– Able to sit with minimum support (may lean slightly, but not flopping all over)
– Shows interest in your food (stares intently or shows excitement when seeing others eat)
– Plays with tongue
– Show chewing/gnawing motion
– May have a sudden disinterest in milk

WHAT
Again, there are a few schools of thought on what should be baby’s first food.
Traditional weaning means giving cereals or rice gruel.
There’s modern puree weaning, avoiding cereals which are empty calories and preferring to dive straight to nutrient rich pureed fruits & vegetables.
Baby Led Weaning (as the name tells: baby leads the weaning process by taking what they are ready) focuses on offering variety in small pieces, allowing baby to self feed. There are perks to this: Fine motor skills are better developed when they have to pick up their food using their bare hands. They also gain from textural stimulation.

I prefer a mixture of all.
Cereals give the convenience when you are busy.
Purees give the nutrients and ensure they get to really eat, plus they get to taste individual food flavours.
Baby Led Weaning trains up their find motor skills.

WHEN
It is highly recommended to feed them in the mornings. Although serious allergies are not common, they can still happen and become life threatening. Or maybe not that serious, but you would still want a PD to take a look.

This means feeding in the morning, and allowing some time for digestion and reaction. Most reactions are immediate or within a few hours when the PD clinic is still open.

Feeding in the the morning for a start also allows baby to be in a better mood. You have to ensure baby is in a good mood to avoid baby disliking solids just because they got off on a wrong start.

WHERE
A comfortable yet sturdy high chair is highly recommended.
A popular choice is Ikea’s plastic high chair as it is cheap and easy to clean. I agree on cheap & easy to clean, but Ahjussi and I can’t get past ‘safety’. It is too flimsy and based on our experience with our monkey boys, they will most likely topple over.
We ended up getting an Ikea wooden high chair and we have been using it for all 3 kids since 2007. Good investment if you are intending to have more. The size is also big so Monster sat in there till recently (4 years old) that he had to give it up for Meimei.

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Popular High Chair from Ikea – $29.90

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Common Ikea High Chair – At Old Town White Coffee KL (Bukit Bintang) in 2012

WHY
What is the purpose of introducing solids? Can I replace meals?
For a start, the purpose is to teach them to SWALLOW. It is NORMAL if they spit or push their tongue out because they are still learning to control their tongue and mouth.
Don’t give up. Just keep trying! Praises and encouragement works too. It is even better if they are fed at the dining table while the family is eating. They do learn by imitation and will watch your actions.

Meal replacement should only start around 7-8 months old. Start replacing 1 milk feed and gradually increase food portions or number of meals. They should be on 3 solid meals a day by 1 year old.

HOW
Preparation:
(1) Buy your materials
(2) Buy your ingredients
(3) Prep
(4) Feed!

Materials
I used Uinlui‘s Twin Bowl. Uinlui is Made in Korea and made from SUGARCANE! Yes! Natural ingredients beat artificial plastics! Best of all, it can tahan steam/hot water sterilising and UV sterilising! Other natural utensils (made from corn) in the market now cannot be subjected to high heat or long moisture exposure.

For spoons, please use SOFT spoons as they may hurt their gums on hard spoons. I’m using Bebelock Silicone Spoon with case (great for keeping the spoon clean when heading out).

For bibs, I’m using Bebelock Soft Bib at home and thelittleonesimylife Disposable Bib when out.

For blending purees, we decided not to get any fancy machine because it is expensive and you will only be giving purees for a while (probably 1-2 months only). Worst of all, my niece who owns a steamer-blender combo machine complained that it was hard to wash and there was yellowish stuff stuck under the blades which she can’t get out.
All we have is a simple electric steamer which we redeemed many years back using our credit card points, and a simple handheld blender from Giant Hypermart. I’ve also use the blender for other purposes in our general daily cooking and I love it. Easy to wash too!

For storage of purees, I use Bebelock Ice Tok Tok from Korea and Bebelock Airtight Container (comes in 4 sizes!). They are awesome to have and check out pictures later on in this post.

Ingredients
Buying ORGANIC is purely a personal choice. You can choose not to purchase organic produce.
I chose organic (till at least 1 year old) as baby’s organs are still immature and it takes longer for them to process any chemicals ingested (pesticides, artificial fertilisers, etc).

I live in Punggol and with Compasspoint now CLOSED for a year, it is pretty hard for us to get organic produce. I used to get nice organic produce from Cold Storage (Compasspoint).
Now, I’ve resorted to ordering from REDMART.
It was my first order, so $30 and there’ll be free delivery! Click HERE and register, you will get $10 credit if you are a new customer! Subsequent orders, spend $49 and get free delivery.

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My Order from Redmart.com

The items all came VERY FRESH. The pumpkin was already cut, thus I had to quickly cook that. The other items could be kept for another 5-7 days without any issues.

If you wish to not buy organic or only go partially organic, check this out article on which ones you should buy organic: The Dirty Dozen – Foods You Should Always Buy Organic
Summary: Apples, Strawberries, Grapes, Celery, Peaches, Spinach, Bell Peppers, Nectarines, Cucumber, Melons, Peas, Blueberries, Tomatoes and Potatoes.

PREP
For experience cooks, prepping baby food will be a breeze. However, for those not familiar in the kitchen, it can be a real challenge.

I started off with avocado as I was too lazy to take the blender out. Just something that I can mash easily and mix with expressed breast milk to create a smooth puree for Meimei will be good.

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Mashing Up Avocado

So all I did was to cut a small portion which I wanted to feed her. Cling wrap the balance (ensure that the clingwrap is touching the avocado flesh to avoid oxidation).

Avocado doesn’t do very well when kept in the fridge once the flesh is exposed. It oxidises and turns brown fairly quickly.

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How to Store Avocado

So I cut up the balance into small pieces so that they can fit into the Bebelock Ice Tok Tok. The beauty of this Ice Tok Tok is that it comes with a lid to keep your baby’s puree AWAY from other raw food items in your freezer. Also, it is specially designed to be able to POP OUT ONE AT A TIME! Yes! No more messy many-cubes-come-out-together situations! The bottom is soft, so just push up that particular cube that you want!

And don’t worry about wastage of these trays after baby is done with purees. Use it to freeze lemon juice for your drinks or store home made seasonings!

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Using Frozen Avocado

We were heading out to church, so I popped out 2 cubes of frozen avocado and placed them in the Bebelock Airtight Container (120ml). Squirt in some breast milk (I have the habit of lifting my shirt up right in the kitchen and hand express directly into the bowl or container). Close it tight (won’t leak!).

By the time we had to feed her (around an hour later), the avocado was defrosted to room temp and I just had to mash it up a little more before feeding her.

So avocado is really easy to conquer even if you do not know how to operate the stove!

Meimei totally enjoyed it!

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Meimei enjoying her first meal

Ok… But baby can’t be eating avocado only… So here’s pumpkin.
Again, I was too lazy to dig the steamer out from the cupboard so I just boiled it. It is better to steam it (retains more nutrients) but cooking time is longer when steaming.

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Preparing Pumpkin

Remove the skin of the pumpkin.
Cut into smaller pieces so it will cook faster.
Boil till soft (took me around 8 min).
Scoop out the pumpkin into a clean bowl.
Mash with fork (lazy to take out blender again).
Add a little of the cooking liquid if you find it hard to mash, but pumpkin is generally quite wet so very minimal additional cooking liquid is required.

Due to the LARGE pumpkin, I was pretty sure I won’t have enough Ice Tok Toks so I decided to put some of them into Bebelock airtight containers (120ml) since we are also using it as a bowl to heat up her food.

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Quick Tip on Filling Up those Ice Tok Tok

It is pretty tiring to scoop the puree into ice trays, so I went to my lazy method again. Get a large plastic bag, fill it up, tie it off, cut a small corner and pipe away!
Easy and mess free!

 

What else can I give?

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List of recommended food items to start on

*** Warning: Sweet potato & banana can cause constipation, do give more liquids when feeding these foods. 

It is pretty hard to plan and keep track, especially if you have other kids to manage (like me).

This is an Excel file I use to keep track. You can simply download it from here, upload a copy into your Google Sheets and update daily! You can even share the file on your Google Sheets with your hubby so he is kept updated too!

How much do I give?
I start off with around 1-2 tsp a day, then gradually increase her portion every week. This is to avoid stuffing her tummy too full and getting indigestion. Remember, they are learning to taste, swallow and digest all these new stuff. So don’t overload their system. Give them some time.

Can we freeze baby’s puree?
I personally did it 8 years ago when I was teaching in school and I couldn’t trust the maid to cook daily. I preferred to be in control and made the purees on weekends, and simply took out whatever is needed for the day for the maid to heat up and feed.
And for my Monster, he was super active and we really couldn’t cope with having to cook fresh daily with him climbing all over the house. Freezing his food saved a lot of time and it was better than having to give commercial puree in pouches or bottles.

It is SAFE and common to freeze baby food, as long as you prepped the food hygienically, kept it in covered containers/trays and reheat it properly.

I do not recommend reheating in microwave. You just need to defrost it by placing in the fridge a few hours before you need it, then steam or use a bottle warmer to heat up.
This is why the Bebelock airtight containers come in very useful. You can place it into an electric bottle warmer or a cup of hot water to heat up the food like you would to expressed breast milk.
Korean mummies prefer to simmer the food and they use Bebelock airtight containers + Bebelock Silicon Suction Pads.

Picture12.jpgRead more about freezing baby food here: http://www.annabelkarmel.com/food-parenting/weaning/freezing-baby-food

 

I hope this has been a useful start for you!
If you wish to know more, you can check out my weaning blog: www.weaningyourlittleones.blogspot.com

My favourite book on weaning: Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron
They now have apps and loads of information online if you do not like books. I still prefer hardcopy books. 🙂

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Mummy Audrey
Mother of 3 & Owner of TLO.com.sg

Note: Mummy Audrey has a Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition. She is a trained Home Economics Teacher, previously teaching in MOE schools.