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I think my tot is…

I think my tot is clever because he is breastfed baby. He feeds according to his needs, he is alert with his natural instinct and his tastebud is at his peak. Thanks to Mama’s breastmilk that came with various flavour, my tot is not a fussy eater.

I think my tot is clever because he is cloth diapered baby. At a very young age, he is already aware whenever the nature’s calling and he asked to be changed when there is too much to be contain in his diaper. He gets to choose fancy print and happy with the soft squishy fabric touching his bum. Nowadays, he chooses his own cloth diaper to be wear. So Mama got extra work. No more plain diapers and have to get the funky prints one instead.

I think my tot is clever because he is signing baby. Crying to get what he wants is not his lingo. He signed for feeding, poopy diapers, watching videos, reading and etcetra..Mama & Papa is happy and yes, he starts to add more vocabulary. So who said signing will slowing down the talking department?

I think my tot is clever because he is babywearing baby. What Mama & Papa seen and done is part of his life experienced too. Never feel left-out and now he is a natural mimick and some lesson are better learnt by observing instead being taught of.

I think my tot is clever because he is homeschool baby. Starting early on exposure of books and lots of constructive play plays an important role in his growing. Ongoing stimulation and never let the day went idle. Ticking to think and he is well-off learning constantly!

Hanz’s Note : A musing by a contented Mama. This keeps me going and I believe on what I’m doing.

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May 31, 2010 Posted by | Adore BABY SIGN, Adore BABYWEARING, Adore BREASTFEEDING, Adore CLOTH DIAPERING, Adore HOMESCHOOLING, Adore NATURAL PARENTING, Hanz on Random Matters, Hanz's Boys | 6 Comments

It’s proven Baby Signing does speeds up child’s vocabulary

When I said,”Go read book,” to my Baby Hambali, immediately he would signing ‘book’ and trotted to the bookshelves and picked one of his favourite book and started reading.

When I want to distract him from continuing making a mess over my makeup , I would suggested to him,”Watch VCD ya?” and he will stopped messing around, signing ‘video’ (VCD) back to me & straight away plopped on the sofa while I switch on the DVD player.

And everytime when he wants something especially ‘Nenen’ (milk), eat and sleep, he will signed to me especially or to his Papa. Things are quite different with his elder brother, Hanafi as when Hanafi was about the same age like Hambali now, we never knew the existence of any Baby Sign.

Hanafi was a bit delayed in communicating although we are amazed with his high attention span and quick minds especially absorption of anything his mind wants to adopt. Differ with Hambali whom very expressive and with the tools which is Baby Sign, it does make a big difference. The key point is you have to be persistence and believe till one day, you are soon to yield it’s great result. This is what happening to us.

I still referred to that book and that Signing VCD that I bought is always shown to Baby Hambali. He seems glued to it and day by day, he adds more signing. The most recent one is ‘Video’ (VCD) totalling 21 Signing so far.

You probably thinking Signing is only for the deaf or only for those having speech delayance, but that is a misconception people seems to be having. You probably thinking why my family love signing so much and keen to let people know about it. Just saying we are living proof that signing speeds up our lil toddler’s vocabulary, would that convincing enough?. It close the gap of communication blunder as we know the interpretation of our child’s needs and we can pass the message to him smoothly as well. Do take note though, we are not only signing. Everytime we sign we speak the word simultaneously. That explains nowadays, sometimes, without signing, I just say the word and Baby Hambali will respond by signing the exact word that I just spoke.

Take the expert word if you still unconvinced. According to the research, babies who sign are less frustrated, have closer bonds with their parents, develop larger vocabularies, become better readers and outsmart babies who don’t sign. Mothers, especially, have a sixth sense (don’t you agree?) when it comes to interpreting their baby’s cries and body language. But a signing baby can share more specific information about what he wants or needs. Simply put, baby sign language is a way to communicate with your baby before your baby can speak by teaching him a few basic gestures or signs. It’s a way to bridge the gap between his gurgling stages to the time when he actually talk.

Another misconception people seems to be having, signing baby will delayed his speech. But, seriously, we are not having that issue. In fact, Baby Hambali seems eager to talk too.Research has shown that while babies lack the fine motor skills to speak, they do have the ability to understand and use language as early as six to seven months, provided they are given the right tools and guidance. While speech can only be acquire, averagely by research findings between 18 months to two years plus, a child ability to manipulate objects with his hands is rapidly increasing. So, why wait for your baby to speak his first words? Your child may ready to communicate now!

Can all babies do Signing?

As you know, gesturing is a natural tendency for a baby. It’s something that he’ll do even if you follow through any specific signing programme. Babies are mimics. They take their lead from the people who surround them. They learn to speak by listening to you. And they’ll learn signing by watching you.

So whether or not a baby will sign has little to do with the baby. All babies can learn to sign. How fast they’ll learn and how many signs they’ll make are the things in question. Each baby’s capabilities and milestones differs likewise their fine motor skills. So the degree of signing success a baby achieves is in direct proportion to the level of dedication and enthusiasm of his parents.

January 29, 2010 Posted by | Adore BABY SIGN, Adore NATURAL PARENTING | 14 Comments


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Alhamdulillah…our baby, Hambali was selected as one of the 20 Finalist to compete in the ultimate Cutest Baby of the Planet 2009 among the rest 19 tough competitors. To do so, me, the Mama must accomplish the Final Challenges! The details can be found by clicking the below badge. :D

Here is my baby picture…..

Name : Hambali bin Hasrat
D.O.B : 12th of June, 2008

Caption : “…eating peanuts while reading book inside a box is shiookk!!”

To sum it up all the questions featured in this challenges, I presented it here in story. Enjoy!

TheHoneybunch Family as I fondly referred to my family bunch has one thing in common. Our names started with the letter ‘H’. So as what will be expected when knowing that I had conceived for the second time, the name must starts with ‘H’. We wished for little girl for the second round so the name that we kept in case our eldest child could be girl, the girl’s name was passed down again. Meaning, we’re a little bit clueless for boy’s name. And the name Hambali popped out almost one day after Baby Hambali borned!

Hambali was named after one of the Islam’s Great Imam; Imam Hambali, just like his elder brother, Hanafi. So we have two Imam, Imam Hanafi and Imam Hambali. Pray the name they carries do gives significant impact of greatness to their path. InsyaAllah…..

On sharing about the most memorable moment about Baby Hambali, there are too many actually. But definitely, this year, we are focusing more on his signing progress and milestones and it is definitely worth effort and cheers all of us for everytime Baby Hambali adding more ‘vocabulary’ signing to his signing record.

The first time that Baby Hambali signed was ‘Milk’ sign and to us is ‘Nenen’, a magic breastfeeding session. He did that first signed at the age of seven months by opened-closed his palm just exactly how I’ve shown to him few weeks before that with the adorable panting and cuddled close to my bosom. That was one of the MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT to us. That encourage us to keep on signing to him and our support and believe on Baby Signing were rewarded somehow. We were featured in My Child Magazine! Click here to see the once upon a time features in the limelight! => Baby Hambali and Mama in MyChild Magazine.

By the time I’m typing this, he has add two more signs which is ‘Baby’ and ‘Car’ totalling 20 signing so far. :> And yes, we are living proof that signing speeds up baby’s vocabulary.

Being a mother to two boys within 4 years gap can gives me funny headaches.Having to create a blog, sort of like keeping a diary to keep on track of their genius endeavours, simultaneously keep me sane! Ahaks! Thanks to MomBloggersPlanet, blogging means more to us as a whole family.Dear Hubby gives 100 percent support and he too agreed that the existence of MomBloggersPlanet helps me a lot in blogging.

Correct me if I’m wrong but I believe MomBloggersPlanet is the first ever, a networking platform specially created by littlemama specifically to all Malaysian Bloggers Mother to share one common thing. “We blog!” a unison echo could be heard literaly all across Malaysia from our dearest Malaysian Bloggers Moms.

Regardless you are ‘sifus’ in blogging or just a self-proclaimed rookie in blogosphere, MomBloggersPlanet is for you and from you to others. 1 year can be considered young to many situations but not to MomBloggersPlanet. Oh, I can go on and on about MomBloggersPlanet but a bit information on those features available there support what I aforementioned.

Some of them that might fancy our eyes and mind are as follows:

* Blog Directory – list your blog and connect with other moms

* Marketplace – sell your stuff or find stuff in there

* Forum – discuss issues and share your passion with others

* Blog Tips, Blog Tools, Blog Tutorial – all about the world of blogging.

Just all that? Nope. There’s plenty more. So the next time you see the below button at my left sidebar, do click it! :>

Where Moms Unite

I end this Final Challenge ‘Assignment’ with prayers may Baby Hambali emerged the ultimate #1 out of the 20 Greatest! Aamiiinn…good luck too to the rest 19 Cute Babies…

January 20, 2010 Posted by | Adore BABY SIGN, Hanz in Contest, Hanz on Random Matters, Hanz's Boys | 9 Comments

So what’s this fuss about NATURAL PARENTING?

The other day, I was being questioned by fellow blogger mates, what is actually natural parenting. It was rather time consuming to explain it to her there and then so to summarize the whole concept, I simply informed that it is all about what most natural as nature’s intended to you as a parent on your parenting style. It is oppose to what is considered as artificial and act the best that you can in natural manner thus as might be expected.

To date, Natural Parenting is more of a philosophy of gentle, healthy childbirth and growth. This approach has been closely called attachment parenting or empathetic parenting as well. It is often considered to be New Age kind of trend in parenting style but it is in fact age-old. I believe we are partly Naturalist Parent internally but we just probably unaware to the terms and characteristics.

Gone are the days where parents would totally rely on technology to the extent parents tend to ignore their gut feelings. Supposedly, we as a parent treats technology with caution and to put it simply, believing what we know our hearts to be true. I guess you do some of basic ideals or guidelines in Natural Parenting and it never crossed your mind that you are actually on doing Natural Parenting.

It means many things to many people but generally includes natural childbirth, breastfeeding and babywearing. Other practices commonly included are co-sleeping (family bed), avoidance the use of surrogates ie pacifiers, child-led weaning, natural diet (home-cooked baby food) and to some included homeschooling and baby signing and the latest cloth diapering. These are merely tools and practices that assist parent to fine tune to their child needs. The benefits of each of them would just blossom naturally to both child and parents.

I had partially outline these natural parenting guidelines under my own column : “Natural Living with Hanz” at this portal 1Superkids.


Have further reading under this title :

Natural Parenting : Initial steps to adopt

Natural Parenting : Basic Guidelines for further establishment

Can we choose love by accepting our baby’s legitimate human needs and responding to them with an open heart? To do so requires us to trust our babies and ultimately that we trust ourselves. Each of us is an original. Parents are not perfect but we can continually recognize the critical importance of how we behave toward our children. Children may be small in size but they deserve to have their needs taken seriously. We learn to look beneath the child’s outward behaviour to understand what he is thinking and feeling. Children have a natural love of learning and do not have to be coerced. Punishment interferes with the bond between parent and child. Children deserve to be treated with respect.

If you keen and comfortable with Natural Parenting concept and approach, you will likely to enjoy your parenthood at most. However, do consider balancing all aspects and factors. It could be a trend to some but it could be something oh, so natural to you. What most important the symbiosis relations between you and your lil loved ones.

“Children raised with love and compassion will be free to use their time as adults in meaningful and creative ways, rather than expressing their childhood hurts in ways that harm themselves or others.
If adults have no need to deal with the past, they can live fully in the present. ”

(Jan Hunt ; 2001)

January 19, 2010 Posted by | Adore BABY SIGN, Adore BABYWEARING, Adore BREASTFEEDING, Adore CLOTH DIAPERING, Adore HOMESCHOOLING, Adore NATURAL PARENTING, Lifestyle on Parenting | 9 Comments

Baby Hambali’s Resume

Personal Particulars :

Full name :

Hambali bin Hasrat

Nickname :

Adik, Comel, Bulat, Shippo

Address :
Kota Damansara

Date of birth :
12th of June, 2008

Objective :

To accomplish more milestone for 2010 and give myself a pat on the back for 2009 accomplishments.

Education :

  • Babyhood 101, graduated on 12th of June, 2009
  • Toddlerhood 101, in progress & expected date of graduation, 12th of June 2010

Skills :
  • Baby Sign Rookie
  • So You Think You Can Dance – Toddler Level Rookie

Accomplishments :

  • 2nd Prize Winner of MomBloggersPlanet Cutest Baby Smiling Contest (Dec 09) and one of the Finalist of Cutest Baby Planet
  • Consolation Prize Winner of HKS Little Bookworm & MOBS Contest
  • Signing for the first time at 7 months old for ‘Milk’ (nenen)
  • At 18 months, total signing made are 18 Signs. They are :Milk (nenen), Papa, Mama, Sleep, Book, More, Lion, Cannot, Bye-bye, Bath, Play, Cat, Butterfly, Fan, Thank You, Eat, Bird, Love (Sayang)
  • At 18 months, spoken words are :Papa, Mama, Nak, Dah (sometimes Done), Baby, Nah, Thank You.
  • At 18 months understand simple instruction like: Sit, Stand, Come, Go, Dance, Cannot, Put back, Sayang (Love), Eat, Read book, Take bath, Play.

Likes :

  • Biting & fondling 2 Soiled Favourite Pillows
  • Going here & there with Best Pal, The Lion
  • All sourish food especially orange
  • All salty food especially peanuts
  • Watching many favourite children’s videos
  • Dance all the time even without the music or just by Mama’s humming
  • Read books or making a mess with books on the bookshelves
  • Comb hair or simply play with comb
  • Playing with Mama’s makeup, toiletries and cloth wipes
  • Playing with Papa’s handphone

Dislikes :

  • Unable to obtain permission to proceed with Make-a-mess Mission
  • Mama is not at sides when waking up from sleep.

Hanz’s Note : Anybody want to hire Hambali for any particular skills?

January 12, 2010 Posted by | Adore BABY SIGN, Hanz's Boys | 13 Comments