So i have been living my new mama life with Junya in Japan now for about two weeks.
Before we came to Japan i was really nervous and worried. He has just turned 6 months and is reaching a lot of new milestones, like getting more and more mobile, being more curious about the surrounding, having longer periods of waking time, and most importantly, has just started solid. There are so many new changes that could making traveling intimidating, let alone to have him adapt to such drastic environment and weather change.
As for myself, i was prepared to compromise most of my outings/meetings/shopping with friends for family time, and have also set a realistic itinerary that revolves around having a baby with me 24/7.
But two weeks has passed and i am pretty much settled down and have also gotten used to living a family life here. So this blog post is about how i typically spend my days in Tokyo!
This is right after we landed in Tokyo and arrived in our little apartment in Ikebukuro. First thing first, lunch for the hungry mama at the nearest combini!
And dashed over to the nearest UNIQLO for Junya’s winter apparel (we didn’t buy many back in KL).
On a usual day
Junya wakes up 8am (which is 7am in Malaysia, the usual time he wakes up).
(Where are we going today, Papa?)
He will then have his solid breakfast in a jar.
Papa will bathe him while mama tidies up the room.
And then papa goes to work and buys mama her breakfast from the combini.
Mama will then eats her breakfast while JunJun gnaws on his cloth toy (usually. Sometimes the bedsheet. Sometimes his sweater. Sometimes mama’s arm.)
Evil mama sometimes tempts him with adult food he can’t have.
After that JunJun has his music book time while mama cleans the house.
Usually in the morning the house looks like this:
After 30 minutes:
And then repeats the again the following day lol. The house magically has the ability to resume to its “before” state by the end of the day without fail.
And then JunJun is put to watch the TV (usually about politics) while mama does the laundry.
And if the current affair seems to catch his attention, mama will have some good extra minutes to do some work. Depending on how serious the political debates are, the time mama is allowed usually ranges from 1 Instagram post to 1/5 of a blog post if lucky. More the better if the TV is so boring JunJun falls asleep, then you may see a blog post like this.
After JunJun’s nap, mama will bring him downstairs to buy lunch.
Today it is take-out Ramen from the combini.
After a good nap, mama sometimes will go on dates with her friends by train.
At the subway.
Sometimes JunJun sits in the stroller.
Sometimes he sleeps on mama’s chest.
Sometimes the both have to brave the rain >.<
Sometimes it is a short meet-up at a cafe nearby. JunJun will sit next to mama and plays with his toys and grumbles when bored lol.
Most of the times he gets to be included in selfies.
He also goes shopping with mama.
GAP Baby 50% off storewide!!!!!!!
Sometimes JunJun gets to go on dates too ^^ With Anna who was born on the same day!
Oppai time lolol.
And go home to wait for papa to come back from work. Our usual night is combini dinner and TV sessions.
As we got used to living in Japan, i have also level-ed up and am more confident to bring him out the whole day. When he gets tired he could just nap in the carrier or in the stroller.
Sometimes JunJun gets to hang out late for dinner at Yakiniku restaurants.
And on papa’s off day everyone goes family shopping!
This new year we would be back to Nagasaki so it’s gonna be a mini holiday within a long holiday! #holidayeption
In a short couple of weeks, i have learnt so much about traveling with a baby in Japan. I have also experienced Japan from a whole new perspective as a mother. Instead of looking out for discounted kickass high heels in Shibuya, the priority now is to look for a subway exit that has an elevator.
I am also greatly inspired by other moms living in Japan, and plan towrite a more detailed blog post about traveling with a baby in Japan. Well, at least wWhen Junya is not sitting on m y lap nsmlike this and typing onmy balajgnb behalf.
Love reading this post. I have a 15 months old baby, and planning to take him to Japan next year for family hol, but a little discouraged because of friends who visited Japan and saying they couldnt find elevator in train stations or subways very packed etc. Cant wait for your future post about travelling in Japan with baby.
Will do!! Thank you :))
I am really happy you have a baby now and that your wish came true. You have always been one of my favorite humble bloggers and I am ridiculously happy that you have posts of your kid and also all the things I love about your blog. You. fashion. food. Thank god it’s not just of your baby. I hope that’s not mean of me to say. I also give you props for being able to get ready and look so good while nurturing a baby– that’s like double thumbs up to you. Hot mama!
Thanks so much!!! Hahah I know what you mean! I was also very worried I would become like that XD
在日本带婴儿应该会没那么累吧，感觉日本就是一个baby friendly的社会 :p
其实是extra累的可是太好玩了所以又不觉得累lolol 。。。。 明白吗？
I traveled to Japan with my 20 months old baby before. I think Japan is a baby friendly country and the food (rice and noodles) really suitable for her!
Please share more abt travelling in japan with baby! I’ll most probably visit japan again next year after i have my 2nd baby 🙂
I will!!! And good luck with your second baby!!! :))
I’m curious on how you put Junya to sleep, other than watching politics. Technique! Spill
Usually is with boobs LOLOL
Such a cute post.^^
thank you, this is the post i been waiting for..look forward more on your mama life in Jpn..
Thank you too 🙂
Aiyo why Baby Junya no inherit his daddy’s beautiful blue eyes??? xDDD
Is it healthy to eat combini food so often? Just curious cos parents always nag about eating outside food (in SG/M’sia), which is kindda true if you think about hawker centre foods. Let’s not mention the convenience stores we get here… their foods cannot make it. If combini food is healthy enough for frequent meals, I really wished we had them here!! That lava egg wrap looks heavenly!!
Homecook food is of course the best!!! Depends on what you buy form combini, if cup noodle and chips everyday sure unhealthy lo haha XD Lately the combini has been selling all kinds of “healthy” food like salad, low fat low salt bento etc, so i guess it’s not too bad 😛
I love reading about your baby experience in Japan as it reminds me of my salad days of traveling in Japan with my babies (NOT babies anymore at 14 & 19!) and can’t wait to read more! Junya is just like my boys, always smiling in baby pictures. Thank you for making me smile so much and widely thinking back to those days with warm flurries!
P.S – in those days, I had to carry the stroller down the stairs!!!! Nearly killed my back!
?!?!? 19???? How old are you if i may ask?? @_@
1967, Cheesie! My son has a blog (barrych blogspot), mostly about his journey by train in Japan. Japan is the ONLY country in the world I let my Aspergers son travel on his own as everything is efficient and on time. I bet no Mom with High Spectrum Autism allows their kid out on his own overseas (ok maybe I am the paranoid sort, lol) but in Japan, it is my son’s paradise! Because he is one of those Asperger’s with a photographic memory, we don’t have to ask for train schedule. He memorise them seasonally!
I have visited your son’s blog and it’s so interesting to see Japan from his point of view!! That’s amazing. Thank you so much for putting so must trust in Japan, I hope it will never ever disappoint you :)))
I’m enjoying your mama in Nihon posts 🙂
I live in Japan and I’m due in five weeks
All the best to you!!!
i love your post ^^
and seriuosly, politics debate hahahha
junya made my day 🙂
thank you for sharing
Thank you tooo! 😀
I super love this post especially the ending done by junjun! <3
Haha he does that all the time!
Love your post. I’ve been wanting to travel to Tokyo with my 6 month old baby but keep hearing stories about radiation etc. I’m not sure what to think of all of it and was wondering if you could share your thoughts? Would SOO love to return with our baby!! Where would be the best place to stay you think? Would love to read more!!
Thanks!! I don’t have a say in the matter, i can just say that it doesn’t bother us at all. It’s your own decision in the end, wish you luck and have fun!!
Love reading your blog and your experience bringing bb to japan. This coming CNY I want to bring my bb to Japan for holiday with my husband. She’s 15mo next month. Will the weather be suitable for her? And another thing, people keep telling me about radiation in Japan and I shouldn’t bring my baby. Please let me know your views on this. I would appreciate it lots. Thanks!
CNY is really cold so you may want to be prepared for the weather. Stay warm! As for radiation,just like my reply to Rachel below, i think it is your own decision in the end, if it really bothers you then i guess you shouldn’t stress yourself by traveling to Japan. But for myself and family we have no worries on that at all. 🙂
Thanks cheesie for your comment! Appreciate that loads. Have a good day 🙂
I would like to take my 6m old boy for a holiday too, but I have so much worries in mind. Typical. Especially, when he is a light sleeper. He sometimes just won’t sleep when he is actually tired/ sleepy, I have no idea why. Until my traditional mother need to get a cradle (yao yao) thinking can ‘persuade’ him to sleep, but failed to hahaha! Not sure if I should be happy, because I never want/ like him to be in a cradle afraid he will be used to it and not willing to self-sleep in his own cot.
By the way, do you buy JunJun’s float chair (used in Japan) there or KL? Share please? Thanks!! xx
Hey Cheesie! Love reading your blog and this post is too cute 🙂
May I ask if this apartment is rented or otherwise? If rented, may I know how much roughly it cost to rent for a week? any contacts to share. I’m going to Tokyo for a week in Nov and really appreciate if you could give me some tips as it’s my first trip to Japan! Thank you!