Little traveller, dreaming to explore

Last week, while I was surfing over the internet to order some books for baby K, I came across this 🗺 world map from @collins_booksellers that I reluctantly added-to-cart on @amazondotin, not quite sure whether it was going to be of use for now or not.

However, this bright and lovely map is working as a charm in his room. It is so interactive in itself, baby K can’t stop pointing over and being amused by how pretty it is. He can now spot his country on it.

Not that I mean to mug up information in his brain but it really is lovely to see how he is so curious seeing so many versatile things he can relate with on his wall.

Pre-school dilemmas

I have never really shared an ‘eat-together, sleep-together’, kind of a relationship with anyone else (besides my mother, when I was little), apart from my mini.

Since, we have been constantly clinging to each other, ever since we entered each other’s lives, it made the decision of his pre-schooling one of the most major decisions of my life (just imagine we have only started making decisions for him 🙄).

Which, when and where to pre-school your child is the most sought after question of parents these days. Here’s how I contemplated –

Which: my only concern while looking for a pre-school was how hygienic its surroundings were. Pre school is not just to make your kid learn but also to build his immunity towards the outside world, however, since this is the first routine social interaction the child has in his life, you don’t want to send him somewhere with lower cleanliness standards.

When: I am a SAHM, so I decided to not send him to pre-school until he turns 2.5 yo. This decision entirely depends on the parent’s professional status as well as how interactive your surroundings are and how much you can make your child learn even at home. I spent a good time making him learn numbers, colours, rhymes, dining habits etc. for him to grow mentally and also to channelise the abundance of energy he has.

Where: the closest to the house/your working place. Believe me you, living in a place like Delhi, the wisest decision I could make was to admit him into a pre-school approx half a km from our house. You cannot burden them with a routine and uncanny traffic hours all at once.

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This is a picture of a super happy mom and kid who made the wisest choice according to us. What are your ideas of pre-schooling your little one?

❌Drinking to sleep 🍼 ❌

Today’s post is about ‘WHY MUSTN’T YOU LET YOUR BABY SLEEP WHILE FEEDING FROM THE BOTTLE’.

It is a major concern yet a highly ignored aspect of bringing up our babies. To be honest, initially, even I was unaware of this but after reading many baby related books and articles I realised the value of it.

I don’t want to freak you out, but drinking milk while sleeping, can cause a baby to choke, which I believe is strong enough reason, to be convinced for not doing so. Apart from that, it causes major tooth decay, usually brought into consideration when the child is 4-5 years of age. Still, there is more, drinking milk while sleeping can cause the milk to enter the eustachian tube, causing severe ear infections, which sadly, kids this age are unable to express.

Now first and foremost, I know how difficult it is to put a baby to sleep. I have a 2 year old and it literally takes me an hour to make him doze off after bringing him to bed. LO was exclusively BF until he was 6 mo. He also woke up multiple times a night to feed, which is alright, like most kids.

Now, after the child starts semi-solids, (also starts erupting teeth) he tends to get fuller+wakes up lesser during the nights and the same happened with my LO. So, the moment I found about the ill-effects of making him doze off while sucking from the bottle, I decided that I wouldn’t start with this habit in the first place.

I used to feed him his dinner and two hours post that, his night time milk bottle was given to him, usually, just at the moment he started to feel sleepy. I made sure that he was still awake during this, with lights in the room on.

Now the major concern was, how to put him to sleep. We tried using musical night lamps, singing poems, rocking him, taking him for drives (where he dozes off while seeing the outside world and forgets about milk), pacifying him with water and many such activities to keep him occupied, when he decided to accept the fact that he would have to sleep, without drinking milk from the bottle. It took him about 15 days, at the most, to make this a routine and ever since, he has never needed a bottle of milk to sleep.

One good habit takes a while and a whole lot of effort and patience, to be inculcated in a child, but in the longer run, it’s benefits are worth a lot more.

Healthy mornings

Mornings done right for this little guy, who’s abundantly in love with coconut water.

Coconut water is by far his mummy’s fave drink too, mainly because of the lovely health benefits it offers. Extremely hydrating and a wonderful source of nutrients and antioxidants, we love to make it a part of our diets everyday.

Baby Dove Head to Toe wash – Review

Cold weather is very harsh on babies’ skins, because of which their skin loses it’s natural moisture.

These winters I experienced baby K’s skin becoming extremely dry and rough, also because the hot water baths wash away the skin’s natural oils leaving a flaky skin. I was looking for something mild yet rich to use for his sensitive baby skin, when I came across Dove range of baby products. The hair to toe baby wash was my most instant + necessary buy for him.

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Dove has been a well known brand, focussing on keeping the skin’s moisture levels balanced because of being extremely creamy in texture, which was exactly what Baby K needed. I loved how his skin got the suppleness from using this body wash, even without using a body lotion. The moisture remained intact and it was quite evident while touching and feeling his skin.

We have nearly exhausted using the first bottle that we purchased and we are looking forward to ordering it again.

I ordered Dove Head to Toe Baby Wash from Nykaa for ₹ 239 for 400 ml.

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Healthy Sunday

Keeping my Sunday healthy, after all that binge I’ve done during the wedding season; gone up on the scale so bad 🤷🏼‍♀️.

Summers and vacays don’t allow you to cover-up the over eating done during the winter wedding season.

Clean eating is the key. I try my best to incorporate veggies and fresh fruits and thankfully the kiddo is fond of them too.

These stir fry veggies are the perfect munch for my junk cravings. They fulfil my appetite and detoxify my body. Also, eating clean definitely feels great too.

How I make stir fry veggies-

Just toss any veggies you love to eat in half spoon of olive oil (you can use butter but I prefer olive oil). Add salt and black pepper and mixed herbs. Sprinkle lemon juice. Good to eat.

Miracles of breastfeeding

Don’t we have just every reason in the world to do so?!

This is proof that women are nothing less than a miracle creating the most wonderful tiny humans and striving to provide them so much goodness to grow in the healthiest possible way. Breastmilk is wonderful. It is designed to fulfil the needs of each baby in the world in it’s own special way.

Human babies grow the most rapidly in the first year of heir lives and that is when they depend wholely and solely on breastmilk to provide them with the best of vitamins, minerals and antibodies that stay with them for life.