Activities for little ones

Soft play is so last year. The latest tot trends involve everything from art appreciation to, yes, Twitter.

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The little ones are having a moment. North West, offspring of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, generated nearly half a million tweets on the first day of her life, while Prince George is predicted to inject over £250 million ($520 million) into the British economy, as the feel-good factor surrounding his birth sweeps the nation into merchandise mania. Babies have never been so culturally influential. So, if you want to get your tot on-trend, check out the latest fads — and learn ways to benefit from them.

Music and drama for tiny tots

What’s it all about? Music can benefit babies and toddlers and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra recognises this with its popular annual SSO Babies’ Proms concert. The hour-long musical adventure takes you and junior into the fantastic world of classical music. Don’t forget to show up half an hour earlier for pre-concert activities. Mums of little drama queens might also like to check out Act 3 International for drama workshops and performances that cater specifically to tots.

Get involved because… Any experience that’s different from her daily routine will widen your child’s interests and boost her mental development. “Doing something together also helps promote bonding, and will build understanding and empathy,” says psychotherapist Ryan Lowe. Interacting with music improves children’s results in behavioural and cognitive tests, too.

Try it for free Check out the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ concert schedule — the park holds regular free outdoor concerts. It’s perfect for you and your babe as you’ll enjoy the fresh air, plus, who cares if baby fusses — the noise will disperse in the wide, open spaces. Or take your little one on a stroll round one of the many collections at an art gallery near you. All Singapore citizens and permanent residents enjoy year-round free admission to the National Heritage Board’s eight museums and heritage institutions.

Best for… Musical mamas or those who have artistic ambitions.

Going green for kiddy's sake

What’s it all about? Scientists and activists have been talking for decades about disposable diapers taking 500 years to biodegrade. As Generation Y — those born between 1977 and 1994 and known as the “green generation” — are becoming parents and having their own babies, eco-friendly children’s products are set to boom. Indeed, we’re also increasingly recognising the harmful effects of chemicals on our babies’ skin, so check out local online stores like www.idocare.com.sg, www.humannature.com.sg and www.budcosmetics.com for some earth-friendly options. You can also cut your expenses while saving the environment by renting toys,or by picking-up pre-loved ones from The Salvation Army’s Family Thrift Store or Craigslist Singapore.

Get involved because… Singaporeans generated more than7 million tonnes of waste in 2013, of which only 61 per cent was recyclable. Just think how much bubba’s daily diapers contribute to this figure.

Try it for free According to a recent The New York Times report, the hippest parents now opt for “elimination communication” — learning the signs of a baby’s impending, erm, release and holding her over a toilet. No cloth needed.

Best for… The hipster, the thrifter (fan of thrift shops) and eco-parent alike.

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