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Review: Buddyphones

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During our recent trip to Tokyo, we put Elliott’s new Buddyphones to the test. He was very excited by it and I can see why. These volume-limiting headphones were specially designed for children, focusing on the their hearing and safety. The one he has is the Buddyphones Moomin – Moomintroll which comes with its own matching drawstring pouch.

The special-edition Moomin BuddyPhones are adorned with bright and cheerful Moomin designs portraying the fairytale Moomin family and other fun characters, such as the Snork Maiden, Little My, and their adventures in Moomin Valley.

(Edit for clarity) As you can from this picture, the headphone has a single plug to fit most devices so i bought a converter (picked it up at a shop at the airport easily) to get these headphones to work on the plane which has a 2-prong jack. 

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I like that Buddyphones feature a built-in, volume-limiting circuitry that caps the sound automatically at 85db, which is the level recommended by WHO for children. The headphone also comes with the BuddyCable system, a built-in audio splitter that allows up to four audio cables to connect to one device, making it perfect for sharing with parents and their buddies. I used the free SQ earphones and we watched Cars together. I love this little feature as it allowed me to watch and discuss the cartoons with him on the flights.

“Why did Lightning crash, mummy?”
“Oh, why is he sad?”
“Is Lightning very fast?”
“Why did Lightning go on the sand?”

A million questions about the same movie he’s watched a million times. I can memorise the Cars movie series now, I kid you not.

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The anti-allergy ear pads also soft to the touch which is important as it has to fit them little ears. Can I say that these headphones provided us with quite a bit of peace on the flights because Elliott was thoroughly engrossed in watching his favourite cartoons on the inflight entertainment system, i.e. “Cars” and “Cars 3” on repeat mode. There were loads of other cartoons but he just wanted to watch these 2 movies.

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I also like that the headphones have a soft cushion headband for comfort and have foldable handles. It also comes with its own travel bag for easy storage. That little bag is very useful when travelling with a cannot-keep-still child and you have 10,000 things to pack for your kid. These headphones went into his own carry-on luggage and once we arrived, I could easily pack them away into the bag.

It is always a mad scramble to pack the million things that Elliott has thrown all over his seat (and floor) and these headphones were durable – it still works despite less-than-gentle (man)handling. Hur hur.

These headphones also come with a built-in microphone for use with interactive learning apps.

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Thanks for sending the Buddyphones to us, iFactory Asia! We love them!

Buddyphones are available at Challenger, Times Bookstore, Stereo Electronics, Gift Greetings, OG, TREOO, Labtify, X Gear, Million Tech, Singapore Flyer etc. You can also visit iFactory Asia’s office in Ang Mo Kio to purchase Buddyphones directly. Retail price ranges from S$39.9 to S$69.9 depending on the model.

Note: miss ene received the MoominTroll Buddyphones in return for this sponsored post. All views and opinions expressed are her own.

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Elliott says – 6

Elliott just finished drinking chocolate milk and bread. His mouth was covered with chocolate stains.

Me: Elliott, come, let me clean your mouth.
E: No.

Me: Eeeeuw. Your mouth is dirty! You’re a yucky poo!
E: Noooo. I’m not yucky poo. I’m good poo!

Tee hee hee.

elliott · family · lil' things that make me happy · moments · thoughts

The little yellow ball

A few days back, Elliott received a small yellow rubber ball as part of his classmate’s birthday gift pack. He has been playing with it and this evening, he asked if I can play ball with him. It was time for bed and I was a little hesitant but what the heck, let’s play ball for a while.

He sat on the bed, rolled the ball towards me, and I’d roll it back to him. Sometimes, the ball rolled off the bed and he’d get excited because he was afraid that it’d roll under the bed and he can’t get it out.

Throughout our ball throwing/rolling session, he kept squealing with excitement and broke out in fits of giggles. One time, I hit his head with my throw (what are the chances, right?) and we both shrieked with laughter. I found myself wondering: Roll ball also so happy ah?

It reminded me once again that a child finds joy in the simplest of things, and it made me happy that I was part of that joyful experience. 🎈

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I is for Influenza A: Part 2

I mentioned in Part 1 that Elliott was actually running a pretty high fever for the entire week. He stayed home for the whole week as I did not want to risk him passing on the viruses to his friends. After I was diagnosed with Influenza A, I knew that he was probably suffering from the same bug as well. I haven’t been out of the house and it was pretty clear that I caught the virus from him.

We also noted that he was particularly cranky and out of character. He was teary, clingy and kept uttering “Mummy, hug me“. He was also barely eating/drinking and did not even want a lollipop when I offered it. It broke my heart to see him in this state. He has also never ever fallen asleep while watching TV but the poor baby did it on Friday afternoon (19 May).

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The high fever kept coming back and on Friday night, when it hit 39.5 degrees and he was in a listless state, I decided that we needed to take him to KKH. For the record, I was just discharged from KKH that afternoon so we were returning to KKH again.

The boy dropped us off at the Children’s 24-hour Clinic and I was shocked to see a HUGE crowd. It wasn’t our first time there but this was possibly the most crowded I’ve seen it. We took a number and there were like 30 patients ahead of us.

Gulp.

I took a cursory glance around and there were sooooo many kids with fever patches on. One frantic father ran to the triage nurse and exclaimed that his son is having a high fever. The nurse replied, everyone here has a high fever, Sir. It was like a scene out of an epidemic outbreak movie.

The boy and I donned masks because we really could not risk getting sick. That’s something I don’t get – why do we not wear masks when we are sick or in an area where there are clearly loads of viruses floating about? Yes, wearing a mask is uncomfortable but I’d put up with it instead of falling sick.

The nurse at triage took Elliott’s temperature and thanks to Brufen, it has come down to about 38 degrees. I also told her about my bout of Influenza A and she ordered a blood test for Elliott as well.

We headed to Door 11 (the area for blood test, emergency wheezing cases, etc – we’ve been there before when Elliott had croup). Prior to this, I had no idea how they take blood from a toddler. Well, now I know. They take a needle and prick his 4th finger, then squeeze his finger to get drops of blood out. Of course, Elliott screamed when his finger was pricked. It took all of me not to tear. It was excruciating to watch the process where each drop of blood took forever to be squeezed out. Ouch.

Finally, what seemed like forever (it was probably 3 minutes or less), it was over and the nurse told us to wait outside. She said that the blood test would take an hour so that was the minimum time to wait before seeing a doctor. By now, there were a prominent sign to inform all that the average wait was going to be….4 hours.

By now, it was past midnight and everyone was exhausted. Check out the waiting crowd. While waiting, we also heard many announcements for sick kids to head to Door 11 for their blood to be taken.

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Finally, at almost 12.30am, it was our turn to see the doctor. The blood test confirmed that he also had Influenza A and I was expecting to be given Tamiflu which was what I got as well. As it turns out, the KKH doctor said that it is not their protocol to administer it and we were to just ‘ride it out’. She also advised that it is ok if he doesn’t want to eat but he MUST drink to prevent dehydration. Any form of liquid is ok – water, soup, juices, milk – basically, as long as he keeps liquid down. She said that if he refuses to drink, he’d have to be warded.

We left KKH with the following meds:

  • Zrytec x 1 bottle
  • Iliadin x 1 bottle
  • Brufen x 2 bottles
  • Paracetemol x 2 bottles
  • Lacto GG capsultes x 1 box (he complained of pain in his tummy which was probably caused by Brufen – I did not know that it causes gas!)

We finally got home at about 1am and crashed into bed after administering the various meds to make Elliott feel better.

Thankfully, with the meds and lots and lots of rest (he slept loads), he was slowly on the mend, much to our relief. The doctor also advised us to let him stay home for another few days so he had to miss his much-anticipated excursion with his classmates to the Butterfly Park. This is also why the boy and I did not celebrate our wedding anniversary with a nice dinner on 22 May. I guess we can do it another time. He finally made it back to school on Tuesday, 23 May, after an absence of 6 days.

The viruses these days are horrid and long drawn so please, everyone, if you have sick kids, wash their hands with soap frequently and importantly, please, keep them at home.

We’ve also learnt from this experience that KKH does not give out Tamiflu for such situations so on hindsight, I wouldn’t have bothered heading to KKH at all.

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Elliott Says – 3

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Elliott came to me holding this. He pointed to the circled building and asked:

E: Mummy, is this the dentist?
Me: I don’t think so. It looks like a school.
E: A school?
Me: Yes, a school. Just like your school.
E: (without missing a beat) No, this is not my school. There is no carpark.

The things he says these days amazes me sometimes! It also reminds me that he’s no longer a baby and is growing into a little person. Sniff.