Sun-Safe Mama and Baby

If you guys follow my blog, you’d probably know how much Baby K and I love to be outdoors. The weather in the place we live in though 🙄 isn’t being quite merciful for some time now.

Does that mean we should stop going outside? How are we going to drain the abundance of energy the little one wakes up with? We are obviously not sitting at home but what we do is that we try our best to stay precautionary and safe in this scorching summer sun. The two things that I am extremely particular about, for both baby K and myself are –

a) To keep ourselves hydrated – water, lemon water, coconut water are few things that are a part of our daily staples. We try to sip one or the other thing every half an hour (and/or when needed) to make sure our bodies don’t lose out on the water quotient. I try to keep each one of these things completely accessible and in sight of baby K so that he never misses out on them.

b) To keep our skin safe – sun protection is a major thing for me. I hate to wear makeup on regular days, to avoid my problem skin get agitated and the only thing that’s usually on my face is the La Shield IR Sunscreen gel.

It was referred to me by a dermatologist and I totally swear by it since it’s everything my skin loves. It is protective, non sticky, light, oil free and gel based.

Price – 600 ₹ on Amazon

For the baby – I have been using the Mamaearth sun protectant ever since it was launched. It can be used from age 0-10 years. It is completely safe, mild and non sticky (I have this thing for non sticky, having an oily skin type). I have witnessed that dabbing the sunscreen on his sun exposed areas keeps his sensitive skin non irritable and protected. I absolutely trust this brand and am satisfied with it’s body lotion, body wash and toothpaste that I have been using on the baby as well. The sun protectant is hypoallergenic and chemical free and also very importantly, it is artificial fragrance free which is why I can use it on his face.

Price – 251₹ on Amazon.

What sunscreens do you like to use?

When the salad is the Main Dish

What’s summer without a salad?

I love salads especially the ones that aren’t just appetisers but actually fill you up. Here’s a protein rich chickpeas salad that I ate for lunch today. With the perfect balance of sweet and savoury & creamy and crunchy, it tasted fantastic.

Recipe:

Dressing –

Veeba low cal garlic mayonnaise+ veeba southwest/thousand island dressing + lemon + juice + olive oil+ salt + white pepper powder.

Mix together-

Chickpeas, diced veggies (onions, cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes) and torn salad leaves. Pour the dressing and mix well. Top with fresh parsley.

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.

Healthy Weekend Binge

 

When you have kids and friends with kids, the weekend soirées have to have the perfect balance of healthy and yummy.

This scrumptious raw papaya and carrots salad that I made last night is exceedingly popular amongst each one of family members. While kids love to munch on it because of the tangy flavour, it is also a great accompaniment for the adults’ drinks.

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A must try + a super healthy alternative to binging on nachos or fried snacks.

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Recipe:

 

Dressing –

Mix together

Light soy sauce – 2 tbsp

Honey – 2 tbsp

Lemon juice – 2 lemons

Salt

Pepper

 

Toss together julienned raw papaya and carrots. Add peanuts. Pour in the dressing when you’re about to serve.

 

 

Couscous Salad

I don’t always eat salads, but when I do, I make sure they look like a garden with flowers of all colours 😍.

Never have I ever made a wimpy+boring salad. For me to eat a salad, it has to be aesthetically very pleasing and extremely satisfying for my taste buds.

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Loved today’s lunch – super delish, Couscous Salad. Such a feasty looking bowl with just about the right balance of healthy carbs+proteins+vitamins and most importantly, amazingly palatable.

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What’s even more important is that my mini man loved gorging on sucha a colourful bowl of food.

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How I made it – tossed in cooked couscous, cherry tomatoes, english cucumber, red onions, red and yellow bell pepper, avocado, beets and chickpeas. Tossed salt and pepper and garnished with lemon and parsley 👉🏼👉🏼good to go!

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Try out this amazingly fulfilling and power packed salad and let me know if you love it.

❌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.