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.

Foxnuts- our favourite superfood

Ever since the little one entered the world, I have never stopped thinking about the right ways to provide nutrition to his body. For the first 6 months life was easy because he was exclusively breastfed and there were no worries about thinking of and cooking balanced meals every day. It was after he turned 6 mo that the mommy mind had to work continuously to bring up a healthy child.

Giving kids the right balance of nutrition is essential to fuel their growing bodies. It is absolutely compulsory to maintain balanced nutrition on daily basis and some foods, what we rightly call ‘Superfoods’ make this task a lot easier than it is.

Superfoods are foods packed with a variety of essential nutrients or a particular nutrient in abundance to make up for our dietary requirements. One such superfood that baby K and I absolutely love munching on, during our snack times is FOXNUTS which are basically the seeds of the lotus flower.

We prefer to roast this otherwise bland and chewy snack, in butter along with salt and pepper, to make it turn crisp and savoury.

As much as it tastes delish it is power packed with abundant healthiness.

  • They’re considered to be very high in antioxidants hence they’re great for detoxification of kidneys.
  • They have a great amount of fibre which is great to relieve constipation and promotes weight loss.
  • Being high on calcium, they prevent arthritis and joint pains and make bones stronger. They’re also known to reduce any inflammations in the body.
  • They’re rich in protein hence promote muscle buildup.
  • They’re low on saturated fats and high on fibre thus a great snacking option for heart patients and diabetics.

Hence we try making such an amazingly beneficial food a part of our daily diets.

Weaning – naturally or compelled

First of all, any mom who needs to read about the tactics to wean successfully, must put her calming pants on.

I’m a relaxed mommy now. I can go wherever I want to without the fear of a baby crying off inconsolably back home and without the worry that he would be crying because of hunger, unlike a year ago, when the only thing on my mind was to wean off my baby.

I was clear about feeding the baby with bm for the first six-eight months and then switch to fm while starting semi-solids simultaneously. The plan that only ended in a faux pas. Weaning him from bm to bottle was by far the most difficult challenge I have experienced in bringing up a baby.

Little had I known, that bm would become his means of satisfying hunger, thirst, pain relief, soothing himself emotionally and whatever not. He was doing anything but giving up on it. The moment I used to put the bottle in his mouth, he pushed it out with his tongue. I knew it was going to take time but how much?! I tried Avent, Tommee Tippee, Dr, Browns, Chicco and whichever other bottle he would be willing to accept. I had to go shopping, to the gym, to meet friends, attend parties and I absolutely couldn’t go anywhere without him.

By the end of year one, I tried to stay up all night, to discontinue feeding to pacify or to help him fall back to sleep. He used to be up with me, until I decided to give up and end up giving him bm. He was absolutely stubborn. I tried all means, not only because I started to feel bound but also because I was afraid this wasn’t ending anytime soon.

After much try, I had actually given up on it. It was clear to me that he wasn’t weaning off anytime soon and was becoming more clingy every time I pushed it too hard. So, I decided for him to take the lead and go slow, quitting one feeding session at a time.

Eventually when he learned to walk at 14 months, he was more interested in staying on the floor than in my arms. Running around the house made him more independent and less clingy towards mom. He could be easily distracted with his favourite toys for hours by then and missing out on feeding sessions became easier.

The day time feeds started to lessen because he started getting fuller with his meals. Every time he asked for milk, I gave him a cookie or some fruit to take his mind off the cravings. Now, since he got detached from bm, I tried giving him the bottle, which he reluctantly accepted after few tries, only because it had started to amuse him now. Finally, after months of efforts, at 15 months he accepted the bottle.

I would like to console all moms trying to wean their babies, some of my closest friends who I see struggling each day, patiently trying all means. All I have to say is that it is not easy, for you or for the baby, but you must keep trying. Weaning doesn’t happen over days but over months but if you don’t try it becomes a habit and gets more difficult to give up.

The erroneous parenting

A happy and positive childhood is the foundation of a successful future and a balanced life.

I can’t think of a single parent who would deliberately like to ruin their child’s personality or self esteem. Parenting, however, is a very demanding job, where we have our up and down times but still have to manage upbringing our children by putting our best foot forward.

Sometimes, we do not realise how or what we say something, that could harm or put and end to to our child’s positive demeanour.

Here, I have a list of actions that I consider to be hugely erroneous in terms of parenting-

1. Never must any parent make any comparisons with other children or persons in any manner. I have been an educator and learnt the negative effect this causes in children in turn making them frustrated and less contented, sometimes upto a much later stage in life. We must understand that each child is different and has distinct qualities and it is our job to work towards bringing out the best in our child.

2. Often, parents try to force upon the aspirations they had for themselves onto their children. We should respect the individuality of a child and polish it with our best efforts by encouraging the child to follow their own dreams rather than our unfulfilled ones.

3. Many times, parents say the right thing to the child but do so in public rather than in private. Children need to be guided about the right way to lead their lives but they also get humiliated if you do it in front of others. We must make sure that our relationship with the child is our private affair and our problems must be solved amongst ourselves rather than displaying them in public. This way they build trust in us and easily share their problems.

4. It is and will always be a universal fact that your children needs your time more than they needs anything else in the world. The time we must give our children should never take a backseat because of work, socialising or anything else, per se. We must prioritise that the shaping our children’s life is of outmost importance and everything else can be adjusted accordingly.

5. We should learn to trust our child. Even if we find out that they are being unfaithful, we must understand why they required to do so. We must never haphazardly jump to conclusions and try to build a rapport where the child feels comfortable in sharing their secrets/ problems with us. The only way to do so is to have open talks with the children by discussing each other’s problems and finding solutions to them together.

6. Demeaning what holds importance to a child can prove to be very hurtful and aggression causing. For example, sometimes a toy holds emotional value to a child but you might find it immature or a hobby which is very important for them but you might find it worthless. This leads to rowdy behaviour of the child. It causes a violent nature and lack of the ability to understand others in future. Always value your child’s emotional values and never belittle what is important for them.

7. Try least to argue/fight with the spouse or other family members in front of children. Kids lack the ability to judge the severity of a situation and this can cause the feeling of desolation or depression amongst children.

We love our children with all that we have and we must take all measures to make their childhood a joyous experience.