Fam­ily Friendly

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Life & Family -

For an old-fash­ioned mar­ket, check out the Now in its fifth year, this bumper sale at­tracts over 100 ven­dors – both pri­vate sell­ers of their own gen­tly preloved fam­ily items, and busi­nesses too. Stork’s Nest is a par­ent­ing sup­port group; the pro­ceeds of the sale go to lo­cal char­ity Star PALS (Pae­di­atric Ad­vanced Life Sup­port). 20 May, 10am to 1pm at the Big Gym, Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional School, 1 Lorong Chuan.

Party On

Founded by two ex­pat mums, new on­line bou­tique lulu + moo has caught our eye. You’ll def­i­nitely need your credit card handy as you browse swoon-wor­thy home dé­cor, craft­ing, table­ware, swim ac­ces­sories and toys for chil­dren aged two years plus. Don’t miss the party sec­tion; each unique theme – from Ninja and Candy Swirl to Space (and more) comes with all the dec­o­ra­tions and ac­ces­sories, mak­ing party plan­ning a breeze. Free lo­cal de­liv­ery for or­ders over $70. lu­lu­and­moo.com

Safe Trav­els

Par­ents breathed a sigh of re­lief last month when the gov­ern­ment al­lowed open strollers to be wheeled on board pub­lic buses. Pre­vi­ously, the child had to be re­moved from the stroller and the stroller folded and stowed on the bus, es­pe­cially dif­fi­cult for some­one man­ag­ing two or more chil­dren and per­haps shop­ping bags too. While this pos­i­tive change makes the buses more user-friendly, it comes with a note of cau­tion: there are no re­straints to pre­vent the stroller from rolling, so please take care when the bus is in mo­tion.

More good news for par­ents: Grab has rolled out the new Mi­fold in its Grab­fam­ily taxis – a com­pact and por­ta­ble child seat for chil­dren aged four to seven years – and aims to have one in each of its taxis very soon. (Re­mem­ber, it’s manda­tory for chil­dren un­der 1.35m to use ap­pro­pri­ate child re­straints when trav­el­ling in pri­vate-hire ve­hi­cles.)

In­vented by a Bri­tish fa­ther of four, the Mi­fold has passed rig­or­ous safety tests and, de­spite its lean de­sign, re­ally has been proven to work. You might want to buy one for your­self – it costs $99 and is small enough to pop into your tote – or sim­ply use Grab­fam­ily to call your ride. Visit face­book.com/ mi­fold.sg or grab.com/sg/fam­ily for more.

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