The earth has music, for those who listen

A very essential part of our daily schedule is being in green surroundings. My mini is one wild child and can not call it day without being at the parks at least once per day.

Why it is essential to take kids to the natural surroundings more than indoor play areas?

Primarily, because there is so much to learn and gain from nature. Kids improve and build their fine motor skills, observations, creativity, imaginative thinking, problem solving so much better when they are left to play in natural surroundings. No books/ educational toys can ever teach a child what a hands-on experience with nature can.

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Although we are not morning people at all, we have switched to visit the gardens early morning instead of/including the evenings because we feel that the early morning sun and fresh air do so much to improvise us.

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.

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.

PCOD – Eating right

PCOD (polycystic ovary disease) has become increasingly common, amongst women, these days.

Taking preventive diet measures, helps controlling the aggravation of the condition and prevents long term problems related to it.

Since there is no cure for PCOD, here’s a quick guide to eating right to reduce the long term adverse effects related to it.

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.

Pediasure- worth the hype?!

 

A new addition to last time’s grocery list was the much awaited item, Pediasure.

Baby K has been obsessed with milk ever since he was born. So much that he wouldn’t mind missing out on meals to get a bottle of milk.

Did you know, having too much milk hinders the absorption of iron and few other vital nutrients’ in the blood?

I was keen to add something fortified to his milk to supplement his daily nutrition. Pediasure claims to have 37 vital nutrients and helps in weight gain and brain development.

I see baby K is loving the chocolate flavour that I got for him and has dearly accepted it. I bought the 200 g box initially to see its effects and judge the baby’s likability towards it but I guess it will soon need another purchase.

I haven’t experienced lack of his food appetite after adding this to his diet which is the concern of many parents.

The only drawback I feel is that it is very sugary which kind of makes me skeptical about using it 3 times a day as mentioned on the box.