Review: Happikiddo at Quill City Mall

I am not a shopping fan.

The very thought of going shopping with four kids and then not finding what I need puts me off.

So when Happikiddo invited me to the launch of their biggest store in Malaysia on 15 April 2015 and to write a review, I obliged with more than average expectations.

Apart from my personal considerations of time and logistics of traveling with a large family, there are a number of points on my checklist when it comes to shopping – store location, size and layout, product range and budget (because, four kids!).

Location

Photo source: Happikiddo
Photo source: Happikiddo

The brand new Happikiddo store is conveniently located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur at Quill City Mall. Just a short drive along Jalan Sultan Ismail and you’re there. I was there on a Wednesday afternoon after lunch and parking was a breeze. No hassles or confusing turns upon entry and exit.

Size and layout

The new store has a floor space of over 6,000 square feet. That’s good because the bigger the size, the bigger the possibilities. It’s brightly lit, with well organised aisles. Apart from only a few tight corners, there’s sufficient space overall for a small-sized stroller to move about and in between.

Photo source: Happikiddo
Photo source: Happikiddo

Product range

Happikiddo prides itself as a one-stop parenting store – and for good reason. It offers over 100 international brands with more than 10,000 products. There’s baby food, educational toys, feeding essentials, toiletries, travel gear, apparels, books, even nursery furniture.

According to Happikiddo’s founder and Managing Director, Elaine Chew, Happikiddo’s mission is to make parenting “fun and interesting with a refreshing twist”. The store therefore offers “cool kids’ stuff” and “trend-forward products hand-picked by mums for mums”.

Touring the store, I was impressed with the wide range of products available and also at the quality of the items for sale. The store offers imported brands that are exclusively sold there such as RICE from Denmark, WABA Fun from Sweden, Steiff from Germany and more.

You’ll find all sorts of feeding items that are BPA-free, from baby chopsticks to milk storage bags to multi-function food scissors that cut, mash AND pick up food. Some of the brands I like – BEABA, Kidsme, First Years.

BEABA

Look at these cool bibs and foodie bags.

Bibs food bags

You’ll also find plush organic toys by MiYin and a wide range of lovely, lovely wooden ones by Anamalz and Hape.

MiYin Anamalz Hape

A wide range of really nice play pretend toys for babies and young children.

Play pretend toys

The nature-loving mama in me spent the longest time in the store gazing at Schleich. Beautifully crafted.

Schleich

Strollers, classy nursery furniture and other sleeping solutions.

Strollers Nursery furniture

Up-to-date sports equipment for the happy and healthy rambunctious boy and girl.

kids sports equipment

Good quality, long-lasting swim wear for kids by CHEEKAABOO.

CHEEKAABOO

As a cloth diapering mama, I was glad to see my favourite brand of cloth diapers there (GroVia) as well as a pretty range of bamboo wipes, but was a little disappointed at the limited range of cloth diaper brands available. According to Happikiddo, there will be some in-store surprises this year so I’m hoping more brands will find their way in. Any effort to reduce the usage of disposables (which aren’t really “disposable”, environmentally) helps.

GroVia

Happikiddo also offers a whole variety of carefully selected items for mothers, from trendy and comfortable nursing wear to breast pumps and organic lotions by popular brands Blue Oak Valley and Tanamera.

Mums goods

Racks of chic clothes for children, from onesies to ballerina tutus, sweet dresses to glittery shoes for girls.

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An extensive range of baby food, organic and non-organic.

Baby food

You’ll also find miscellaneous but really helpful items like nifty cleaning brushes for those hard-to-reach bottle nooks and crannies, and toilet seat covers! Get these if you think it’s too much trouble to line a public toilet seat with toilet paper before Junior sits on it. (Wait, you DO line the seat, don’t you?)

toilet seat covers

I laughed when I saw natural cockroach and lizard repellent! (These Happikiddo gals think of almost everything, don’t they?) Really helpful items to avoid poisoning the air and occupants in our homes. I’m not sure how effective these are but they might be worth a try, no?

There’s even non-toxic nail polish somewhere at the cashier but I didn’t snap a pic.

My conclusion on product range? Happikiddo is the place to go for high-end, quality and super cool products for babies, children and mothers. You natural-loving, environmentally-friendly and chic mamas will like this place. Note that their products are “trend-forward”. I didn’t find the old fashioned terry nappies (lampin) and nappy hooks I was looking for so it’s back to my regular baby shop in SS2 for those.

Budget

You pay for what you get, so prices here range from medium to high.

Family cafe

Happikiddo at Quill City Mall also features a family café with a warm and inviting atmosphere, named Big Daddy Little Chefs. After all that browsing and shopping, one can work up an appetite!

Photo source: HappikiddoPhoto source: Happikiddo

The café offers a thoughtfully-created menu comprising local and fusion dishes that cater to the needs of all ages. Check out its offerings.

Big Daddy Little Chefs menu

Porridge with blitzed kampung chicken says something good about this Cafe!

Dishes are served using pretty melamine tableware by RICE, a chic and socially-responsible Danish homeware and accessories brand.

You can choose to sit at the bar, or at the adult-sized tables, or settle down with toddlers at tables suited to their height. The high chairs are clean, comfortable and inviting too.

Our older kids love chess and checkers so I’m guessing this table will suit them just as well!
Our older kids love chess and checkers so I’m guessing this table will suit them just as well!

Big Daddy Little Chefs also has a well-equipped play area to keep children occupied while you eat. In it are assorted baby toys in a low basket, a toy cooking station, an interesting variety of toy trucks and other vehicles in a lovely sensory play area containing citrus woodchips from Korea. These woodchips have “a natural scent” and are touted to be anti-bacterial, anti-mozzie and provide healing for various ailments such as such as sinus, asthma, eczema. (Woodchips can do all that?) Perfect for natural-loving parents who shudder away from plastic-ridden play areas with TV entertainment (no screens for my toddler, thank you!)

Photo source: HappikiddoPhoto source: Happikiddo

Big Daddy Little Chefs also runs baking workshops occasionally, and caters to birthday parties and celebrations of all budgets.

Store contact details

Happikiddo currently has four stores in the Klang Valley, including Mum Over The Moon – a sister brand which offers the latest products for mums and mums-to-be.

  1. Happikiddo Citta Mall. Lot No. F23-F25, 1st Floor, Citta Mall, Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya.  Tel.: +603-7859 9330
  2. Happikiddo Quill City Mall. Lot No. 2.26 – 2.31, 2nd Floor, Quill City Mall, 1018 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.  Tel.: +603-2602 1596
  3. Happikiddo Publika. Lot No. 9 Level UG 1, Publika Shopping Gallery, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1, Kuala Lumpur.  Tel.: +603-6206 1830
  4. Mum Over The Moon. Level G3-49, Publika Shopping Gallery Tel.: +603-6211 2258

Happikiddo’s website at www.happikiddo.comis currently undergoing a revamp and will be ready soon. Check them out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Happikiddo), Instagram (@thehappikiddo) and Twitter (@happikiddo).

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.

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My love of cloth diapers

Cloth nappies are the bomb.

(Or cloth diapers, whichever you prefer)

A headgear is just one of its many uses.

Other functions? Emergency towel, picnic mat for baby, blanket.

I never leave home without a couple in my bag.

Seriously?

I love the feel of cotton on my baby’s/kid’s bum. For night-time and going out, I use some of those cool modern cloth diapers (BumWear, Bum Genius, GroVia, Rump-a-Rooz and Bitti d’Lish) – I love them all – but nothing beats the utter breathability of plain cloth.

Just hook ’em up with a snappi, and I’m all done.

Of course, with plain cloth (featured in the above photo), I have to contend with leaks as there is no outer cover. But I have learned to carry my babies in such a way as to minimize soiling my clothes.

Minimize, I say. Because I have soiled my clothes on occasions. Rather irksome.

There is also the washing, drying and folding to do, every 2 days. And changes are required often – every single time there is a toilet incident.

Now, that’s a lot of nappy changes in a day. Rather wearisome, when I’m already sleep-deprived. On such days, I resort to one of the fancy modern cloth ones that function much like a disposable.

So why do I still cloth diaper?

I figure that 100% breathable nappies are well worth the effort. (I’m talking plain cloth here.)

Toilet training came early on for the Bunnies (by the time they were 2 years old), and I think wearing cloth had something to do with it.

With plain cloth, I’ve learned how to read my baby’s body language, over time, when he’s going to have a toilet incident.

Incidentally, that’s helped me understand how a desire to toilet can be a contributing factor to fussiness during eating times. (Wouldn’t you fuss, if you wanted to go pee, but couldn’t because you were strapped to a chair?)

I’ve hardly ever had to contend with nappy rash, or creams.

(I somehow hate the idea of chemicals, or even “natural” creams, on my baby’s skin. Am I stiff or what?)

Cloth nappies are super cost-saving.

And then there is the environmental disaster of disposable diapers. Think of how many disposables just one baby goes through, and multiply that by the number of babies living today?

Here, I have to say – in all honesty, I do accept, with gratitude, gifts of disposables from friends – they have saved me in emergency situations, like when I’m super dead tired, so …. one has to balance! Life can be complex!

I’ve gotten used to all the nappy-changing, washing and folding. It’s a family affair. I do almost all of the changing and folding, Sweet Man dumps them into the washing machine, Puppy can now fold a whole laundry load of them, it’s that easy – and fun! for a 5 year old.

Once you get the hang of it.

On trips out, we’ve got used to carrying soiled nappies home with us in a wet bag. It really isn’t that disgusting!

Just think of one less contribution to a land fill.

Now, please do not for once think that I am implying that anyone who does not cloth diaper is a poor parent, or a wicked human being without a conscience. There is too much senseless and cruel mud-slinging that goes on in parenting debates nowadays.

To cloth diaper or not? Breastfeed or not? Attachment parent or not? It so happens that I love cloth diapering, breastfeeding and some aspects of attachment parenting, but really, I’d be the last to judge. Some of my best friends do things pretty differently – and they are wonderful moms.

It’s just that I love cloth nappies. For their comfort and breathability.

I have totally zero commercial interest in them. I’m purely a satisfied customer. Although I should probably start to think about it – they are one of those things that are saving our planet.

If you’re one of those who are ready to try cloth diapers, I’d say give it a shot, make it gradual – it takes time getting used to the effort – and don’t pummel yourself on those desperate days that you simply need a disposable.

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This post is inspired by all the cool headgears at Kiddothings, and linked up with Live and Love …. Out Loud and Project Alicia.

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