One need not look far for knowledge. Throughout my week-long stay at my parents’ recently, I learned a lot from Tri, my Mom’s Indonesian helper.
Tri taught me how to make pulut inti, kuih ketayap, coconut wrap Ala rempah udang Indonesian-style. I also learned bits and pieces about child rearing in rural Indonesia.
Guess what solids babies over 6 months are fed with? Like us, vegetables and fruits puree BUT instead of adding breastmilk, water or formula milk, they mix it with coconut milk! I was shocked to hear this. Wouldn’t this cause wind in the tummy? Apparently, it’s completely fine.
Originating from a rural village off Jakarta (sorry I can’t remember the name), Tri has a 4-year old son back home. She expressed how convenient cloth diapering is upon seeing Ewan wearing them. Back in her hometown, they don’t have such a luxury. The traditional cloth napkin is used throughout toddlerhood. How do they keep the napkin intact when the baby moves around so much? They use a plastic wrapper and tie it to baby’s back, instead of sides. Ahhh…
Bet you didn’t know this, right? Except you, Nancy!