15 April 2016, by Lim Peifen

The Trip and The Wrap

These days, dinnertime is when the hubby and I would hold our little “family meeting”. I use quotation marks because it’s not really a meeting in the strictest sense of the word. Now that we are parents, this is basically the only time we have to chat with each other, so the “meeting agenda” includes everything and anything – what happened at work, what happened outside work, news headlines, thoughts and views on life, and, of course, Luke.

A recent recurring topic (brought up by me most of the time) is our first trip overseas with Luke.

Hubby: “Are we ready?”

Me: “I think so.”

Hubby: “Is he ready?”

Me: “I think so.”

Hubby: “Where?”

Me: “Not too far…”

Hubby: “How about a staycation?”

Me: “Not so near…”

Hubby: “Hong Kong?”

Me: (images of dim sum, congee, roast meat and milk tea immediately flooded my mind) “OK!”

As you can see, having a baby has trained us to be really succinct and decisive. And since women always multi-task, I’m planning my trip while writing this post.

We will be going in May with a couple of female friends, one is a hands-on working mom of two young children who is finally ready to take a trip on her own and enjoy a well-deserved break, the other has been to Hong Kong countless times so she knows where to go and what to do. An experienced mother and our personal travel guide. I think we have a dream team here.

A common advice online on travelling to Hong Kong with a baby: try not to use a stroller. Hooray! My baby doesn’t like sitting in the stroller anyway! If the stroller even dared stop moving for one moment, Master Luke would most certainly voice his displeasure in his most vocal manner! Let’s wear him instead!

So, part of our preparation for The Trip is to wear baby like a pro. Wearing Luke has always been my preference, because I like having him close to me, and babywearing frees up my hands for shopping, eating, drinking and other tasks. He seems to enjoy it too, once he’s comfortably seated he calms down, and instead of fidgeting or struggling, he would quietly observe his environment.

I started with a basic black SSC (soft structured carrier) because it was simple to use. When Luke got a bit bigger, I bought another SSC, a fancier one with a vintage Kombi print, mainly for reasons of vanity. But now, under the influence of a close friend, I’ve succumbed to the lure of baby wraps. Wrapping looks complicated and it takes practice, but once it’s done properly…oh the comfort for both baby and mother! There’s just no better way. Baby’s weight is well distributed so baby can either comfortably snuggle or safely explore, mother feels less strained and looks good. The looking-good part of baby wrapping is a dangerous side effect, because the best and most beautiful wraps don’t come cheap. It’s a whole new realm of shopping. Branded bags never charmed me as much; branded wraps reach out to my motherly instincts, conjuring up utopian images of basking in gentle morning sunlight with my baby wrapped a soft, hand-woven rainbow coloured wrap. I got pretty close recently when I wrapped Luke to sleep after he refused to take his afternoon nap – you can imagine my joy; I was close to tears. The temptation to buy another wrap is hard to fight. Fortunately (for my wallet), I have only bought one basic, reasonably-priced wrap so far.

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I had a baby wrapping practice session at a friend’s place. She is an expert and guided me well. After a little struggle and sweat, it’s a wrap! (Pardon the lame pun.)

If you are curious about babywearing or wrapping, there are many groups on Facebook and a lot of ready information online.

Back to planning for The Trip. Mums and dads, if you have any other tips or experiences to share, please do comment below. Thanks!

Posted on : April 15, 2016

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8 Comments

Lim Peifen

Peifen

June 9th, 2016 at 8:56 am    


Yeah! And you have so many pretty choices for baby girl!

Lim Peifen

Peifen

June 9th, 2016 at 8:55 am    


Thanks Wendy! We did have a lot of fun. 🙂

Lim Peifen

Peifen

June 9th, 2016 at 8:55 am    


Hi Selina! Luke will be 11 months old soon.
He’s about 10kg now and I can carry him quite comfortably in a SSC or wrap, though like I mentioned in my latest blog entry, I find the wrap better for longer wears.

Wendy

April 22nd, 2016 at 8:30 am    


I just returned from a trip to HK with my little one! Also his first trip overseas. It was soooo daunting at first but we really enjoyed it! Hope you have fun! 🙂

Selina

April 21st, 2016 at 2:53 pm    


Hi! How old is your little one? Won’t it be too heavy when they are more than 10kg to carry him in a wrap? Coz now I’m using a ssc and it can still be quite a strain for my back and he seems a little big for the ssc already…

missuschewy

April 20th, 2016 at 11:08 pm    


Babywearing is always a good idea! We went to HK for my daughter’s first birthday trip and were glad that didn’t bring a stroller along. HK is definitely not stroller-friendly! I’m not a wrap expert though; I prefer to stick to our Tula carriers 🙂

Lim Peifen

Peifen

April 20th, 2016 at 6:58 am    


Yes keep trying! And have a great trip! 🙂

ger

April 19th, 2016 at 11:32 pm    


i’m also planning a trip with my babe this yr. thinking of gg to OZ in sept and i will be bringing my battalion along with us! (my folks &mil lol)

its great that bb luke likes babywearing! he looks so happy in the lovely wrap. envious cos my babe hates to be restricted, only succeeded to tula her once. shall keep trying!

have a safe and good trip~

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