By: Melissa Saigh, Minnesota Baby blogger
Being a first-time mom can leave any woman feeling lost in the jungle of “must-have” baby and maternity gear. While a few of these products truly stand out, one of our resident mommy-bloggers, Melissa Saigh of Minnesota Baby, found two that were created and designed right here in Singapore. Melissa, an American mom with a 3-year-old and baby on the way, recently got the chance to test out Peripop and brand new PortaPlay by Oribel, two innovative products for moms with little ones.
PortaPlay Convertible Activity Center – Forest Friends
Now this is an activity table that I wish I had from day one! Just released this month, the PortaPlay by Oribel is a convertible activity-center for infants. Don’t think you’re only going to get a few months use out of your PortaPlay, because the activity center also converts into a play table for toddlers and a sitting table for school-age children. Babies love bouncing and jumping in activity centers, and when they do, they develop motor-skills, and moms also get a break.
We’ve all used the conventional play-centers that are too big and bulky for the space we have in our homes. The PortaPlay was created for urban families with its collapsible design. All of the PortaPlay legs can be folded down, so the activity-center collapses flat for easy storage and portability.
The toys on the PortaPlay are specially developed with the development objectives of babies age 5-12 months in mind. Plus, they aren’t electronic, so parents don’t have to worry about those “annoying” kiddy songs that get stuck in our heads. The seat in the activity center is removable and washable, with elastic to allow babies to bounce.
But what happens when our babies start to be mobile? Convert the PortaPlay into a play-station, and toddlers will enjoy playing with the interactive toys as they’re learning to stand. My 3-year-old enjoyed working on her artistic skills while using the wooden table for drawing and writing. We used the Portaplay as a snack and meal-time table too! Parents will be getting a lot of bang for their buck with this innovative product.
The PortaPlay by Oribel retails for $249 SGD, and you can find it at select Mothercare, Mums & Babes, Motherswork, Kiddy Palace, and Robinsons locations. Sign up as a member of Oribel and enjoy 10% off when you purchase at www.loveoribel.com.
Is it a blanket, a play mat, or a cushion?! Actually, it’s all three… and even more! The Peripop is an adorable animal-shaped, infant play mat that can also be used as a stroller blanket, diaper-changing mat, and even has a place to store extra sets of clothing for those frequent and unexpected moments. Peripop can also transform into a pouf or cushioned back-rest for your toddler! Just fill the large pocket with anything soft (old clothes, plush toys, etc.), and watch it “pop”
The elaborate quilting on Peripop’s top layer provides a plush cushion for your baby, and its vent-holes on both sides are a safety-relief for moms. Hand muffs shaped like animal paws will keep your little one’s hands warm; my 3-year-old loves using the hand muffs to wear her Peripop as a cape. The Peripop comes in a variety of beautiful, modern prints, and an assortment of animal shapes to choose from, including a fox, panda, tiger, or bear (there’s also a special-edition sheep Peripop to represent the Chinese Zodiac this year).
The Peripop retails for $89 SGD each, and you can find them at select Mothercare, Mums & Babes, Motherswork, Kiddy Palace, and Robinsons locations. Sign up as a member of Oribel and enjoy 10% off when you purchase at www.loveoribel.com.
From material-selection to manufacturing, each Oribel product’s building process takes place in-house, delivering safe and modern products to your family. You can find Oribel representatives, who tell us that the PortaPlay activity centre is a must-have for all American mums, at the Baby World Fair, July 10-12, where they’ll offer special promotions on the PortaPlay and Peripop!