Immunity Building in Kids!

After how last winter passed, (baby K’s first winter) I was literally dreading the end of this year, praying that winters somehow disappear from our lives. As much as we love the year end festivities and holidays we also hate the colds, flu + coughs that associate with this season.

However, I had to put on my super-mom costume again to save ourselves from the crisis situation this year. I have to say that certain tricks have really built up the shield for my little one. The idea is not only to protect them from the cold weather but to build his immunity to fight against the infections that people around/air are carrying.

Here’s how we made winters bearable for our little one:

  • Multivitamins: since babies eat according to their moods (one day banana is the best fruit in the world and having 1 is just not enough and the next few days making pukish faces on the sight of banana because its cheee) they might need supplements once in a while to make up for the lack of minerals in their bodies. Our paediatrician suggested me to give him Bevon syrup but you must always consult your doctor before giving any medication.
  • Soups: are the healthiest meal you can give your babies. My little one relishes all of them from chicken sweet corn to vegetable or even macaroni soup. Use variety so that you can naturally provide nutrients to the child. Always add some cloves of garlic to the soup to help the body fight infections.
  • Apple juice: I regularly give him fresh juice of 1 apple and it has helped a great deal. You can add other fruits of your choice too. Make sure you don’t give canned juices because they are only harmful if anything.
  • Honey: has been my go-to item. After bathing the baby when the body gets prone to catching cold, you can give the baby honey with warm milk. Honey is naturally warm and has immunity building properties that aid in fighting against cough and cold. Do not use honey for below 1 year old baby as it can cause infant botulism. The guide that i followed was:

1-2 year old – 1/2 tsp

2 years above – 1 tsp

  • Flu vaccines: the paediatrician suggested us to get the flu vaccines done twice a year to keep flu related illnesses at bay.
  • Saline Nasal drops: keep them handy to avoid nasal congestion/ blockages/ stuffy nose as they can get much worse since babies can’t blow the snot out. I use nasal drops from 2-4 times a day and especially right before bed time so he can get sound sleep.

I hope these tips help. Stay warm! Happy holidays 🎄

❤️

What to pack for the baby’s first trip

I was so excited, I thought I’d flip. We were gonna travel as a family, for the first time. At the same time it felt like I’d never been more forgetful. I had nightmares about missing out on something so crucial. It had to be the perfect trip since it was also papa and mama bear’s first relaxing vacay since the birth of baby bear.

I immediately went on the baby center website and thanks to it i got the most elaborate checklist for my perfect holiday.

Here is the checklist I followed, after omission of few things that i thought were unnecessarily on the list. One has to pack sensibly and cannot take the entire house along just to be overly precautionary also in most places we would plan to travel with a baby, we would easily find the necessities just in case.

Packing Checklist

• Diapers

8 in the diaper bag and 1 sealed bag of pampers 80 pieces (easiest to carry that way)

• Pad to put under your baby during diaper changes

You can buy disposable changing pads at supermarkets or reusable ones.

• Blankets

Bring a few — you’ll use them to lay your baby on, cover your baby, cover yourself if you’re nursing, protect your clothes from messy burps, shade your baby, and more

• Plastic bags

Carry a variety of sizes for storing soiled diapers, clothes, and blankets.

•Diaper rash cream

• Wipes

Carry 2 packets they come in super handy in wiping off spit-ups, sticky hands, makeup, stains etc apart from the baby bums

• Small bottles of disinfecting hand gel, baby wash, and baby lotion

• Tissues

• Extra pacifiers (if your baby uses one)

• A few of your baby’s favorite toys

Keep multiple small ones instead of 1-2 big ones. Babies tend to get bored quickly.

• Clothes, socks, and booties or shoes

Two outfits per day + one night suit is a good guideline

• Washable bibs

• Sun hat

• Lightweight plastic feeding set with utensils, and baby food

If your baby’s eating solids

• Formula, water, and juice if appropriate

• Extra bottles, nipples, and sippy cups if appropriate

• Energy-boosting snacks for you to munch on

•Breast pump (if you use one)

• First-aid kit

Baby pain reliever, teether, nasal drops, and supplies for treating minor injuries

• Baby carrier

Lightweight, hands-free way to keep your baby close in crowded places like airports.

• Car seat for safer travel by car or plane

• Collapsible stroller

• Can be gate-checked or stored in the overhead bin of an airplane.

5 survival tips for road trips with your babies.

Tips

• Start preparing to pack a few days before you travel. Keep a running list of things to take, or put items out on a table or dresser as you think of them.

• Use a diaper bag with a waterproof lining and a shoulder strap.

• Be prepared for leaky diapers and baby spit-up on the airplane: Tuck an extra outfit or two for your baby – and an extra shirt for you – into your carry-on bag.

• Prevent leaks by packing medicines and toiletries in resealable plastic bags.

• Pack each of your baby’s outfits in its own zipped plastic bag so you don’t have to hunt around for tiny socks, shirts, and so on.

• Take a clip-on reading light so you can read without disturbing your baby.

• Take the phone number for your baby’s healthcare provider in case you have questions while you’re on the road.

This list worked great for me but you can always add or remove items according to your baby’s needs.

Have a fun trip.

Humidifier – the need of the hour!

Accompanying the lovely, chilly winter breeze, this weather also brought dreadful illnesses that unnecessary tagged along. How from being my favourite season, winters have started to dread me.

The air starts to dry, sucking the moisture from our skins and drying the mucus in our nasal passages. Due to this, we suffer from stuffy/blocked noses. Kids have a harder time with the same because what’s worse is that they can’t even blow the snot out, to relieve themselves. The air needs to moisten to relieve these conditions.

Recently my little one has picked up the airborne flu and before it worsens i have this Chicco Respira Sano humidifier out and running in the room at nights. It has been – tremendous help, stopping the congestion from worsening. It is far more easy to use than the regular steamer that is as unsafe as it is short lived. What’s most amazing is that it has a little space to add your essential oils/diffusers which fume along with the steam for added benefits.

I personally love it for myself too. It stops my skin from getting flaky and the lips from getting chapped. I see visible benefits of using this.

There are many other brands available in the market like honeywell and vicks, but this is what suited me best because it is cost effective, is from a decent brand, and has the facility of using essential oils. Also I love it because it has the auto shut down feature when the water inside the tank is consumed. I totally recommend this humidifier and call it a must use especially if you use a heater in your room.

This humidifier costed me ₹4490 from FirstCry.com.

Has anyone of you used it for your babies? What are your views about it?

The trauma of sleepless nights with a baby in hand!

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I have been on the not-so-fortunate side of the mommies, whose baby wasn’t ready to match his biological clock with the one on the wall.

He would pretend sleeping for what looked like a nanosecond and the moment hubby and i would collapse he startled us by making creepy sounds; may be he just wanted company. This cycle of pacifying the baby, changing soiled diapers, feeding him, getting him to sleep then getting myself to sleep went on over and over again for good 40-50 days.

Eventually i had to tell hubby to start getting some sleep in the guests bedroom since he could not take a break from work forever which left just the two of us to each other. During the day, there were so many visitors, like in a typical indian family, that even if i tried to shut the door and sleep i just could not find the state of mind to do so.

Lack of sleep causes more trauma than the lack of anything else on this planet and that i can say by experience also it is one of the major causes of post-partum depression. I didn’t know if i would ever be able to get back to my good ol’ days where sleeping was a default condition unlike now where i consider it as pure luxury.

However, he eventually did discover that nights are to sleep and days are to learn and have fun, he still woke up about 5 times a night to feed. I read about thousands of moms who did that and other lucky ones whose babies started to sleep through the nights from the very beginning. He genuinely did start to sleep through the night only when i weaned him off, after a good 16 months and still wakes up few times but falls back to sleep on his own. We still co-sleep because hubby and i both love to snuggle up with him and we want to him to sleep separately when he starts going to play school (that is our imaginary benchmark; like it ever works, sigh!).

So, the baby sleeps when he gotta sleep but i have listed down few tips that proved helpful to us:

1) control the baby’s day time nap hours by adding more activity during the day (could even be just looking around or babbling with the baby). The baby needs to stay up during the day to sleep at night.

2) an oil massage right after before bedtime soothed the baby and he slept more/ for longer intervals on doing so. Stretch his/her arms legs. You can also slightly stimulate pressure points behind the ears and between the brows for increased relaxation.

3) at the earliest stage start making the baby sleep with lights off; this way the baby learns the concept of night and day earlier.

4) keep the temperature of the room comfortable. Babies feel more or less what the mothers feel so you can add or remover one layer of clothing they wear at the max. Dont’t overdo thinking babies feel very hot or cold.

5) try co-sleeping or separate sleeping to see what works or your baby. Every child is different and has different ways to handle.

6) try to give the night-time bottle feed if you’re exclusively breastfeeding, try to pump and give in bottle so that the baby refrains from waking up at night out of habit of comfort feeding from the mother. The later you do so, the more the baby will revolt since exclusively breastfed babies give a hard time accepting the bottles.

7) when the baby wakes up and calls for you, don’t immediately pacify the baby. Let him be on his own for a while and try to get back to bed on his own. This way babies learn to sleep on their own. Most babies don’t know how to get back to sleep on their own like adults, once their sleep gets disturbed.

These things worked from me and it would be great if any of these could help you too; if not keep trying for different tricks on your own, because only Momsjustknow and they always find a way.

All the new mommies, i hope this gives you some comfort through the nights of sleep deprivation.