Huggies Dry Pants: Change for Better Convenience (ADV)

My two sons, Daryl and Caleb are both still wearing diapers. We go through packs of diapers every month so we’re always on the look out for the latest when it comes to diapers.

There are so many options out there. Just go to any hypermarket and there’s an entire aisle dedicated to diapers. They come in different types and have different prices from store-brands all the way to premium brands.

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Recently we had the chance to try Huggies Dry Pants for the first time.

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The unique selling points of Huggies Dry Pants are:

  1. Keeps skin drier and healthier
  2. 100% breathable cover to help keep skin dry
  3. Quick lock system to lock fluids to an absorbent core

All these features come together to help prevent diaper rash.

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Before I had kids, I always thought the worst thing about changing diapers is the smell and the yucky factor.

Now that I’ve changed thousands of diapers, I can tell you the worst thing is actually having an active child who keeps squirming around.

A simple diaper change that should take less than 30 seconds can drag on to minutes when you have an active baby. Sometimes I wish I had four arms when changing diapers.

Both Poey Chin and myself love the convenience of Huggies Dry Pants. It’s easier to get the diaper in place even when Caleb is twisting and turning.

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It’s usually even harder to change diapers for Daryl who can’t stay still. But this time we managed to get the diaper changed even with his constant movement.

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What I really appreciate about Huggies Dry Pants is how you can wear them at the front or back.

With other brands of diaper pants, we usually have to waste precious seconds hunting for the “back” label, then try to remember the correct side while baby is twisting around. Imagine trying to find the label in the dim night light or when we don’t have our glasses on.

Thankfully with Huggies Dry Pants we can avoid this hassle. The end result is a relieved parent and a happy child.

Caleb looks pretty comfortable in Huggies Dry Pants. The waist band fits snugly but isn’t too tight, so it doesn’t leave red marks on his skin.

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We can tell that he feels comfortable with the material because we don’t see him scratching or trying to pull off the diaper.

He just went around with his normal activities. Playing iPad.

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Playing and running around with Rachel and Daryl.

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Changing the diaper is pretty easy as well. All you need to do is the tear, change and release (koyak, salin dan lepas).

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It’s pretty easy to tear off the diaper. Just a quick tug is enough.

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Overall, we’re pretty happy with Huggies Dry Pants. It’s one of the easiest diapers to put on and change.

The diaper can easily hold more than 4 hours without any leakage. It’s not too tight and the diaper is comfortable. Caleb is pretty happy wearing Huggies Dry Pants.

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The special value pack is a pretty good deal. The price of one value pack is comparable to the price of a pack of non-pants diapers from other brands.

You can request some free diaper samples at the Huggies website.

Check out the Huggies Facebook page for the latest updates, events and contests.

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This blog post is sponsored by Huggies.

What Angry Birds Taught Me About Parenting

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I’m not sure if I mentioned that I’ve spent too much time on Angry Birds. I play that silly game everywhere. I don’t even notice time passing, which makes it a great game to play when I’m on the exercise bike.

If you’re not familiar with the game, you have to shoot these birds from a giant slingshot. Your objective is to destroy all the enemy pigs before you run out of birds. If you get a great score for the level, you get a three-star rating.

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There are some lessons I can learn and apply to parenting.

Allow me to present my Angry Birds Parenting Philosophy.

1. Each Child Is Different

Each of the five types of angry birds have their own unique appearance in terms of size, shape and colour. They all behave differently.

In the same way, each child has a unique personality. What works on one child may not work on another.

How we relate to them, encourage them, discipline them, and entertain them all depends on their character traits.

Each angry bird will have their own special skills, strengths and weaknesses. For example, blue bird can break glass but is useless against wood and stone. Black bird is strong against stone but can’t be used on glass.

Our children will have different strengths and weaknesses. We should try to build on their strengths instead of trying to force them out of their weaknesses.

Let them grow up to be their own individuals, not a clone of yourself or a way for you to achieve your dreams indirectly.

2. Aim Right

To complete a level on Angry Birds, you have to make sure each bird is used effectively. You have to aim properly because you have to hit the correct spot at the correct angle to do maximum damage.

Raising kids is the same way. We need to guide them in the right direction. We want them to achieve success in life, and to do that we have to help them achieve their dreams and ambitions.

We have to use the right tools and methods to teach them, and it all must depend on the situation and their age group. Don’t have unrealistic expectations.

3. No Second Chances

When you run out of birds, it’s game over.

For our kids, we may not have any second chance. Time cannot go backwards and we can’t have a retry a level like the game.

If we want to be good parents, we have to start now before it’s too late. I heard that the first five years are critical in forming a child’s behaviour for life.

I’m terrified because the time is so short, it could fly by before I do anything.

So don’t procrastinate, delay or hope things will work out. Take action now before it’s too late.

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4. Strive for Excellence

Part of the challenge in Angry Birds is getting three stars for all levels. This takes perseverance, some skill, some luck and lots of time.

You could finish the game getting one star for every level, but then you may struggle in the later levels because you’ve never really taken the time hone your skills in the basic levels.

As parents, we should strive for excellence. I don’t mean expecting our kids to be straight-A students or star athletes.

I mean we need to have their best interest at heart, and we should want the best for them.

Even if it means a lot of effort and hard work on our part.

Our kids may not be co-operative, be appreciate or even be happy with our efforts, which brings us to the next point.

5. Patience

Parenting needs a lot of patience. We need to spend hours and maybe repeat a lesson countless times before our kids can pickup the skills.

Sometimes it takes me half an hour and I can replay a level a hundred times before getting an excellent score.

It also takes patience when things are not working. We need to control our emotions and stop to think, evaluate and experiment.

6. We Need Help

Sometimes we just need help. No matter how much we try we can’t seem to get things to work. When I’ve tried for a long time and I still can’t get it right, I turn to YouTube to see how others have defeated a level.

In parenting, we can’t do it alone. We need mentors to advise us. We need help for relatives.

This is why I’ve joined the Father’s Club in my church this year. I hope to learn more knowledge, find mentors and have better accountability there.

Finding assistance will help us in our areas of weakness. Why not use someone else’s strengths instead of trying so hard with our weaknesses?

7. A Sense of Humour

Finally, we all need a sense of humour. Life shouldn’t be so serious all the time. We need to take time to play and laugh together.

Let our children behave like kids, and don’t treat every mistake like a major disaster.

Take things easy, cool down and look at the positive side of the situation.

Conclusion

I’m still a novice parent, and I’m not perfect. I hope I myself can practice some of these parenting lessons I learned from Angry Birds.

If you found this article useful, I would be thankful if you shared it to your friends via Twitter, Facebook or email.

Do you have any parenting advice to add? Feel free to share in the comments.

Parenting Reflections Part One

I’m feeling so helpless. I feel like I can’t keep up.

And this is just me, who comes home in the evening and leaves in the morning. My wife has to stay with baby Rachel the whole day. Slowly but surely, baby is starting to wear down even Poey Chin the super mama.

Recently baby has become so active, crawling everywhere and climbing everything. Poey Chin told me that baby Rachel is beginning to explore her environment. There is nothing wrong with this, but there are certain areas in our home that are not safe or not so hygienic.

We tell her “Dirty dirty”, or “dangerous” but she does not even pay attention to us. Sometimes she will pause, give us a cheeky grin and proceed with her mission.

Now that I think about it, her favourite places to crawl to are the places we specifically forbid her to go, like the trash can or the floor mats.

I’m really frustrated that I can’t communicate properly with baby Rachel. She just does whatever she wants to do and we’re powerless to stop her unless we physically remove her from the place or distract her with something else.

When I’m too tired I just lie down and block her with my body but she climbs over me… sometimes giving me a kick in the face for good measure.

On one hand, I know that she doesn’t understand yet so we can’t blame her. On the other hand, we don’t want to spoil her by letting her do whatever she wants.

I always thought that training a baby will be like training a puppy. How easy it was to train Sushi when he was a puppy. I just needed to speak in a stern tone and Sushi would freeze immediately. He would follow me around and would do anything for a biscuit or a toy.

I just have to say “go inside” and Sushi will go in his cage. I just have to stroke him and say “sleep sleep” and Sushi will lie down and go to sleep.

I was so wrong. Babies are different. They have their own will, and they don’t give a care for your stern voices or toys. Every night and every nap time is like a wrestling match with us trying to make baby Rachel lie down and go to sleep. If she doesn’t sleep then she gets more and more cranky.

But she keeps pushiing herself up and climbing the crib walls. Is every baby so strong willed and stubborn, or is it just my daughter?

Any sort of plans or social events will now have to take a back seat because we’re so tired and baby is so unpredictable.

In summary, my parenting reflections at this moment in time is a feeling of tiredness and helplessness. Sometimes this leads to frustration on my part. I’m so tired. My wife is so tired.

Will it get harder?

But as her father I can tell that this daughter of mine is going to be a strong willed girl. She’s probably going to do things her own way, and not going to submit easily. I foresee a lot of nagging on my part.