We asked our moms community for advice to help Amrita’s baby sleep better. Here are some of their valuable suggestions.
Give your baby an evening massage half an hour before bedtime. Apply oil on the head and give it a head massage, Your baby will love it.
You can also apply garlic and kala jeera in warm mustard oil on the baby’s legs before sleep. Ensure that the baby doesn’t have colic which could make it restless.
A heavy dinner can help. Don’t let the child sleep on an empty stomach. Give your baby 4 spoons of Cerelac or half a bowl of foods like daliya (oatmeal porridge), moong dal khichadi (rice and lentils), chapatti (unleavened wheat flatbread) to help them sleep at night.
Milk and almond paste helps. Two spoons of ghee sheera could also give good sleep. Give the baby milk or feed it fruit or dry fruit when it wakes up at night.
You could try deworming your baby. As they eat a lot of bland foods, worms are a common problem in infants. Any medicine, however, should only be given on the prescription of a doctor.
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We asked our ever-helpful community of mothers for advice and this is what they suggested.
Every child’s growth is different. Some kids take a year and some may take 3 years to speak clearly. As long as he understands what you say and responds, it’s not a problem. Enjoy this period of speaking gibberish. Some kids take their own time.
Wait till he is 3 years old and consult a doctor before starting speech training. Parents should speak clearly with babies to help them learn how to form small words. You can give him some playcards with pictures and alphabets and ask him to repeat them after you.
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How the celeb pair, Brangelina (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) manage life with 6 kids have always been a topic of interest for celeb news followers across the globe.
They have been happy together (not a common occurrence with all Hollywood couples) since 2005, even with 6 rambunctious kids.
The celeb pair admits that their kids are like nomads – they move around with their parents and there is nothing like a strict ‘home’ for them. “Home is wherever we are,” Jolie said in a newspaper interview. A chaotic life is everything that Angelina ever wanted, says Brad Pitt, and for him, if it has to be a family, why not make it big!
Angelina has stated that when you’re moving around the globe, there could probably no better way to raise kids, there are so many things to explore, so many fun activities to do, and never have their kids been bored or irritated them with their demands.
Sources state that while moving around for shoots and programs, Angelina tries to find fun activities for the kids. These kids have visited aquariums in London, jumped into spa pools in Budapest, tasted crickets in Cambodia and even rode the waves in Cancun.
Though a celeb family, the Brangelina family is just like any other normal family, but it is just that the kids are more privileged. The children have always been seen to run around, play, jump and share quality time with each other. Sources say that these kids share a special bond among themselves and the couple works hard to keep it that way.
Sources have said that the Brangelina kids have matured enough to go anywhere all alone and without any confusion! For Viv and Knox, the youngest of the bunch, life is already an adventure and they are ready for anything. They have already been helping their family move between cities. Like the older kids, Knox and Viv help pack one bag each with their travel musts.
The celeb couple ensures that every kid’s birthday is a special occasion. When it comes to to presents and toys, both mom and dad stick to the basics like stuffed teddies and the kids rarely demand big ticket splurges. They are even reportedly all forced to share the same iPad. The little ones love trying their hand at paint-your-own-pottery, and laugh over board games, costumes and nerf guns!
However, it is outdoors that the Brangelina bunch really finds their spot in the sun, with water slides, pools, beaches, adventure treks and long rides. They make a great family and as the kids are getting older they have learned to calm down and make things work smoothly.
“As any mother knows, you have to plan everything for the kids first, then you organize your day,” Jolie said. She and Pitt make sure the kids burn off energy, so they are tired enough to nap without a fuss. All families have their issues and their ups and downs, but the groundedness of the Jolie-Pitt bunch is a real inspiration for normal folks.
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Well, today’s babies are no less demanding. Actually, it is the parents who want to give the best to their little ones and once it becomes a trend, it is sure to be followed.
There are unique options available today when it comes to baby clothing and accessories. Fashion is just not restricted to the adult world.
Come this season, and we are looking at some unique fashion for baby clothing.
1. All organic!
All babies this season want to get organic. We are not talking about the 50% organic products that comes in plastic hangers and packaging but a cent percent GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards) type organic! This is both a trend and a message that is getting popular in the baby fashion world!
2. Non-solid solid
Try to think of Starry Night by Van Gogh or Matisse for that instance. The theme is that the sky looks just plain blue from a distance but as you get closer, multiple colors reveal themselves.
This is working out well with baby clothing and the fun stripes are making their mark on some of the most celebrated babies in this world. These clothing look as if they simple and subtle pinks and blues but as you get closer, they are actually miniature bumblebee print and tiny stripes.
3. Sophisticated classics
Another fashion trend speaking loud in the baby fashion world are the soft blues and pinks mixed amazingly with cool grays. These really look cool as teenagers would say!
4. Ruffle touch
Again, being subtle is the standard here, but it should be something like under the dress built of the coveral,l and probably the undergarment, but not too much near the face. When it comes to ruffles, less is always more and babies can comfortably sport such a trend!
5. Real clothes
The era of mini dad or mini mom clothing has come to an end and newborns are no more dressed by shrinking down pieces meant for a toddler. We are taking about real baby clothes – designed and meant just for them. Modern babies grow up faster than you realize and we just hope that this trend lasts long.
Baby fashion trends have always been an interesting thing to follow and in all cases, they look cute! So what attire are you putting your little fashionista in this season?
While the little one uses the bathroom to urinate he refuses to use it to go potty and instead defecates on the floor. Pooja is worried about this unhygienic habit and has asked for your advice.
We asked our community of Moms for advice and these are the suggestions they gave us.
Try to get an idea of the timings when your child needs to go on the potty. Then give them a glass of lukewarm milk 15 to 20 minutes before.
Get your child an attractive and comfortable potty seat. When you put them on the potty or toilet, take their favourite toys along and keep them occupied by telling them their favourite stories, perhaps of their favourite cartoon character going on the potty.
You could also read them some books on potty-training to get them interested. You can even let them sit on it in front of the TV initially.
Get them used to sitting on the potty every time they need to go, or you could even put them on it every hour. Let them sit on it until they are done, and repeat this routine for a week.
If you feel that it might be tough to get them to go on the big toilet once they get used to this, it might be a good idea to get them used to the toilet – with an add-on baby seat – from the start.
Try explaining to your child that if he goes potty on the floor, then he can’t eat or play there as it will be dirty. Kids do understand if you explain it to them calmly.
Many kids learn by watching older kids do it as they love to imitate their older siblings or cousins. You could also show them YouTube videos of kids going on the potty. You could also put his favourite toy or teddy on the potty first, and then ask the child if they would like to try it.
If all else fails, try looking for a potty-training class and enrol your child in one. You could even conduct a class in your home with the neighbour’s kids. Your child will most likely learn by watching them.
The earlier you start training your child, the better. It will take time and patience, but it’s worth it in the end.
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Whether we like it or not, modern babies have to grow with technology. With both parents off to work and a busy schedule to maintain when they are home, it is technology that can help our children grow and mature into independent and educated beings.
As they grow, smart gadgets help us mind their routine, help them engage with the world around them, and when they are old enough, can be used to inspire the basics of learning and education.
Technology can be used such that it makes parents’ lives easier, without taking it over. A good example is power folding strollers that come with LCD dashboards featuring cartoons and graphics, to keep your baby engaged and lull them to sleep.
Baby monitors that help parents supervise their baby’s activities, when they have to go out of the room, are also useful to parents. Technology can actually help your baby’s curiosity grow in a good way, but parents need to understand the limits of using it to keep their kids occupied.
Some parents feel that the less babies are exposed to technology, the better. If the baby tries to borrow your phone to play while you are busy, it’s all good. But if this becomes a habit and the baby stays glued to a screen – whether it’s a television, tablet, computer or mobile device – it can become a problem.
Humans build their personality and learn how to relate to others early in their life, and when it’s time to play with your friends or talk to your parents, is doesn’t do any good to have your earphones plugged in. Family time is important and technological gadgets can hamper the formation of good relationships.
The best thing that parents can do is to be a good role model for your kids and learn to disconnect when you need to be present with your family. If you’re telling your child to pay attention to people and play with friends, but stay glued to your Blackberry all day, you’re not setting the right example for them. After all, kids do as we do, not as we say.
The key to not letting technology intrude into our lives is mindfulness and the parent’s ability to embrace it. Also, set limits on how much time your child is allowed to spend in front of a screen, whether they are watching television, playing games or browsing the internet.
How did your child react to technology and gadgets? What was your baby’s experience with technology? Do share in the comments below.
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Parents rapidly learn that shakers turn out to be their baby’s favorite toys. Singing a lullaby will rapidly lull their babies to sleep. Obviously, there is a relationship between music and your baby’s brain.
What parents might not understand is that these melodic foundations are changing the brain of their infant in ways that will nurture them all through their lives.
Several studies conducted by psychologists examining the association between music and brain growth in young children, all found that premature exposure to music enhances abilities in several other areas, including arithmetic and language.
Research suggests that music has a positive impact on the physical growth of premature babies and can promote serenity in infants.
Synapses Are Formed In Early Childhood
The initial three years of the life of a baby are the most important for brain growth. While the brain of a newborn baby is only 25 % of its mature weight, by the age of three years, the brain grows dramatically and constructs connections, known as synapses, between its many cells.
The synapses employed for classical music are akin to those employed for spatial and chronological reasoning, which are talents required for arithmetic. Just listening to classical music can activate the synapses.
The Mozart Effect
A study published in a magazine in the year 1993 examined college students who showed improved intelligence following exposure to music by Mozart.
The Mozart Effect was interpreted to suggest listening to classical music made people and even babies smarter, but investigations done by psychologists solidified the idea that early exposure to music develops cognitive abilities.
Learning Music Helps Even More
These psychologists discovered preschoolers who took music lessons performed better at spatial and chronological way of thinking tasks than those who was given computer lessons.
As this research is derived from preschool children, successive studies suggest similar benefits can be seen by exposing kids to music during their baby years, when their brains are growing the most.
They also suggest that listening to classical music offers only provisional benefits, whereas musical lessons has more enduring effects, since it in fact creates new paths in the brain.
Music And Education
The Texas University’s Center for Music Learning at Austin, found that babies can classify acoustic stimuli. Their study showed babies at the age of seven months could distinguish resonance and tune and could identify a tune when played on a single musical device.
Singing is a perfect way to promote language growth, and the examination of words and poems in the course of a known tune increases memory. The brain of an infant is not completely developed at birth, and requires a sensory key to the cells to construct and connect synapses.
Music offers an acoustic means of stimulus that can also carry enriching concepts, for example, language, which will grow as a baby acquires cognitive skills.
So now that you know how music benefits your baby’s brain, do you plan to expose your child to music or give them lessons? Share with us in the comments below and let us know.
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From the moment babies are born they start creating carbon footprints. Starting from disposable diapers, car seats, baby wipes swings, strollers, exersaucers and all other sorts of equipment which eventually end up in the landfills.
And this pace of consumption keeps increasing, from buying tricycles and wagons to computers along with video games.
So it’s the responsibility of parents to take care of minimizing consumption and making sure you’re following the principles of eco-conscious parenting that include reduction of waste as the tips below recommend.
• Minimize damage from diapers
There have been lots of debates with regards to the use of disposable diapers versus cloth diapers. Definitely, each of them has their own benefits and for the large part, disposable diapers go into landfills.
In case you are not confident with the use of, cloth diapers disposables could be the best option. But it would help to reduce your baby’s carbon footprint if you used cloth diapers at home and disposables while travelling. You could also start potty training your child as early as possible to reduce the use of diapers altogether.
• Reduce laundry load
Although it’s common for kids to get their clothes dirty all the time, as a parent, you could limit the number of times you change their clothes to once or twice a day. That way you will minimize the amount of washing and save water and detergent.
• Reuse and recycle
The old tradition of hand-me-downs has its wisdom and also its benefits to the environment. Your new baby could use the clothes, toys and other stuff that their elder siblings have used. In India this is usually the practice as many clothes are unisex and can be work by either girls or boys.
If you don’t have any more kids to pass down the things your child has discarded, it would be a good idea to donate them to a charity that benefits deprived kids.
• Kids clothing swap
You could invite your friends who have kids of the same ages to swap clothes so that they do not have to purchase outfits that are worn for parties or other special occasions.
• Introduce your kids to nature
Introduce your kids to the wonders of nature by taking them on eco-friendly camping trips, wildlife safaris, hikes and treks. Share your love of the outdoors with them and show them how you can spend time in the wilderness without creating waste and consuming too many resources.
Be a good role model by reducing waste and lowering your own consumption of precious natural resources. Use energy-efficient vehicles, avoid using plastic bags, adopt solar power for heating water at home, and let your kids see you switching off lights and fans when they are not in use.
Practicing eco-friendly parenting means you are doing your bit to ensure that your child’s world is cleaner, greener and safer for them to grow up in. Do you have any more suggestions for eco-friendly parenting? Let us know in the comments below.
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We asked our community of mothers for advice and these are the suggestions they came up with.
Adapting to Playschool
Sending a child to school at 1.5 years of age may not be a good idea. The child may not be equipped to handle school at this tender age. It’s quite normal for a child to cry at this age due to separation anxiety and the stress of meeting strangers at school.
However, you can make the transition easier by narrating fascinating stories about school, teachers and activities, to help your child look forward to going to playschool. You could also try first sending your child to summer camp where they have fun activities, so they get used to the idea of going to school.
Take the child to school half an hour early to show them how all their friends come to school without crying. Stay with the child until they are calm. You can try giving some small gifts to the teacher that they can then hand to the child as they come in. This will help them look forward to going to school.
Ask the teachers to help them adapt by allowing them to play only as it is not time to study at this age. Share your child’s likes and dislikes with the teachers as there is no issue with letting them indulge the child at this age.
Most kids love to be with other kids and they should settle down and start enjoying school in a month or so. You could ask your baby if there is some aspect of the classroom that is bothering them. It may be cold, or they may not like the teacher, or perhaps they are being bullied by other kids.
Taking a Bath
Proper time management is essential to get kids into a routine. Early to bed, early to rise is a good practice to follow. Teach them that brushing and bathing are good habits. YouTube has some nice videos for kids showing why cleanliness is important. You can find ones featuring characters like the Teletubbies that your child loves.
Try getting the child some fun bath toys to play with in the tub while bathing. Let them have fun and only start cleaning them with soap when they are enjoying the water. You could wait till afternoon to give them a bath. Not everyone likes taking a bath in the morning, especially in winter.
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This is the phase when they have has grown from their sleeping days and are equally being guided into the experiences of fear, frustrations, sadness, tear, tantrums and extreme emotions.
The world is a more recognizable place now and can be experienced better with mobility and speech. A personality will start to show up and games and toys that require dexterity and problem solving capabilities will be more in use.
At this stage, you might want to keep away toys that might frustrate your baby’s abilities. Here are some toys that are suitable for toddlers from 1 to 2 years old.
Pull along toys
Toddlers in this age group are confident about their stride and want to explore place and show parents interesting discoveries. This is a new world that they are getting fast acquainted with and need a companion to interact with as they go along.
Pull along toys that make a noise or flap feet can be worthy friends. How about a Max Pull Along Dog that shakes his head, wags his tail and barks as he follows your baby around? A good pull-along toy can teach cause and effect, develop your toddler’s imagination and encourage social interaction.
Toddlers love to take care of their doll companions. It not only increases their power of interaction, but lets them practice normal social skills in tandem. The Chicco My First Doll Good Night is a soft and light doll that develops co-ordination and fantasy skills in your toddler. And you can enjoy watching your little one cuddle, hug and play with its first doll.
Kids at this age love to be involved in an activity that involves a little bit of a challenge. The Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Learning Toolbench is full of delightful surprises that make learning more fun with every tap, pound, pull or slide.
Lights dance and charming characters pop up when baby taps colorful shapes and learns to count. It can help your baby learn the A-B-Cs, count to 10 and learn about colours and shapes.
What was your toddler’s favourite toy? How did you keep them occupied when they were this age? Do share your tips in the comments below.
It’s been a year and your baby has stepped into the life of a toddler! Even though the first days aren’t far back, they are ready to get ahead in terms of development and better understand the world around them.
This is the phase when your little one will start to talk and find ways to express themself. They will become more animated, start laughing, shouting, crying and even giggling.
Excitement is not just restricted to expressions, because babies at this age will be more mobile, try to run, climb, and jump and will definitely scream when they get bruises. This is why you need to take extra care of their safety.
Their new skills and the ability to quench curiosity introduces challenges into their life and so, as parents, you need to introduce them to toys that help them exercise their new mobility and motor skills.
Balls are the first thing that babies at this age will be curious about. A rolling ball will keep them sliding, rolling and running along. Parents need to ensure that they balls their babies play with aren’t too hard on their sensitive limbs nor are made from materials that can get toxic and easily pick up germs.
You could get them something like the Ball Large Frog. This bouncy ball with a real looking frog inside, could be the most fun toy that your baby plays with.
These can include a variety of items like matching games, pop-up activities, complex sorting, and similar other tools. You can give them toys that have both fun and educational value.
The Mee Mee Fun Learning Laptop can create interest and inculcate several skills like cognitive abilities, languages skills, memory power, and sharpens the overall intellect. With this portable and easy to carry toy, your baby will not yearn for companions. This will also help your baby sing along with melodious tunes and songs.
Pull along toys
These toys include activity walkers, brick trolleys, prams and much more. They come in a variety of colors, designs, shapes, animals, numbers and words to support the adventurous steps of your angel. Toys like the Red Puppy, or the Ride ‘n Hide Turtle, and gliding cars will serve your purpose quite well and keep the little one engaged for hours.
Babies should be taught to build and such toys may include soft plastics blocks like bricks and stacking rings. A toy like Chain Links can be an educative and interesting way to pass time for your baby. Safe and non-toxic, this is one toy that a baby would adore by his bedside.
The second half of a baby’s first year is crucial for its development. This is the period when curiosity for the immediate environment heightens and the way it interacts shapes the baby’s future personality.
Most parents feel that the kid has matured from the sleepy days and is ready to take up the initial challenges of the real world. This is the time babies get more communicative, become stronger, mobile, dexterous and attentive. They sit up and begin to crawl all over the house. Some may even stand by the age of 10 or 11 months.
They will literally try to explore everything, and everything that seems interesting is put into the mouth. With strength and coordination improving, babies find more pleasure following balls, moving toys and exploring every nook and cranny of their world.
To keep your baby entertained and occupied while ensuring that they are safe and secure, here are some interesting toys that parents can introduce their child to from the ages of 6 months to a year.
Babies this old will grab just anything – plastic bottles, wooden spoons, saucers, and anything that is capable of being banged and making noise. At the same time, they will be putting everything into their mouth.
To ensure that your baby is getting adequate stimulation to quench his excitement and curiosity, you can replace the above mentioned items with safer musical options. A Baby Phone can be an effective way to keep your little one occupied. The Karma – Musical Toy City Loco is also an entertaining toy to introduce your baby to the world of sounds.
If you want a toy that will help you bond with your baby, the Vtech Nursery Rhymes Book is a great choice. You can sing the nursery rhymes to your baby while they explore the soft textures and pictures in the plush book.
Most babies are in love with teddies and soft toys. Colourful plush toys have ability to delight them. Soft toys are available in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors and will be an easy thing for your baby to pick and snuggle with. It is just like having a cuddly companion!
Products like the Carter Soft Toy Bear are just the thing to get your baby excited and giggling over its new plaything. Always ensure you buy good brands when it comes to plush toys as cheap ones can have fibres and parts that can come off and go into your baby’s mouth.
When you want to introduce your baby to something educational, soft blocks and nesting toys are a great choice for a baby in this age group. While, they will normally be able to stack only a couple of blocks at a time, it helps them develop motor coordination and also analytical skills.
However, you can also be sure that when your baby gets bored, the blocks would go into the mouth. Soft, non-toxic items will be the best materials to look out for. You can go for something like the Junior Ring or the First Block Sets to set the mood.
Babies find their friends in toys and it would be good if you can give them something interactive to grab their attention. They easily get attracted to running trains, dancing dolls and things of this sort. It does enhance their power of imagination. Just make sure these are all made from soft, pliable materials that will not hurt your little crawler.
What toys did your baby warm up to? Which were your baby’s favourites at this age? Do share you experiences in the comments below.
We asked our moms to come up with their best remedies and suggestions to help Karuna and her baby. Here are some of the things they advised.
Remedies For The Baby:
Many babies have colic for 3 to 4 months as their digestive system matures. You can use Colicaid or Colimax (on a doctor’s prescription only), Woodwards gripe water, Himalaya Bonnisan, janam ghutti, probiotics. Give Neopeptin drops (10 drops) twice daily for 3 weeks on the prescription of a doctor.
Take one glass water and add 2 spoons of ajwain (carom) and saunf (fennel) each. Heat the water till it reduces to one thirds. Give 1 or 2 spoons of this solution to your baby.
Take some harad (Black Cumin), mash it a little bit with few drops of water along with pinch of hing and Kala namak (rock salt), collect half a tea spoon and give it to your baby twice a day.
You can dissolve a little hing (asafoetida) in water or ghee, or boil it in milk (half spoon hing for 2 spoons of milk) and massage it around your baby’s navel and lower abdomen. Don’t make it too strong.
Burp your baby after every feed. Hold the baby at an angle against your tummy with its head higher than the rest of the body while burping. Some babies need to be burped really long, as long as 10 minutes for them to burp.
Put the baby in your lap with its belly on your thighs after a feed and lightly pat it so that the gas is expelled. Lightly massage the baby’s tummy with your palm to give them some relief. Pedal the baby’s legs in a cycling motion to expel gas.
During your baby’s oil massage, try circular clockwise moves repeatedly and also with both palms downward. Watch videos on YouTube that show how to relieve colic with massages.
You can make the baby sleep on their chest or stomach to get the gas out, but make sure you turn their face to once side to enable proper breathing. Place a dry, warm towel on the baby’s tummy. If she is too cranky, put her to sleep facing downward on your chest.
For The Mom:
Breastfeeding is best. Avoid bottles or formula feed. You diet is important and can affect the baby’s digestion. Avoid gassy foods in your own diet, like cabbage, capsicum, chole, chana, besan, chana dal, onions, potatoes etc.
Reduce caffeine and spices in your food. Avoid non vegetarian for a few days. Take plenty of water. Tender coconut really helps. Everyday take a cup of curd and pomegranate juice.
Take a pinch of asafoetida and mix with 150 ml water and drink it. Also boil 3 pods of garlic in milk and take twice a week at night. After every meal, chew a teaspoon of roasted ajwain.
What helps the most is patience. The colic will go away by itself after 3 to 4 months. The situation will improve as your baby grows and its digestive system matures with each passing day.
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While newborn babies spend most of their time sleeping, the moment they are alert, it’s all about curiosity and discovery. They look around and try to feel with their hands, feet, and all their senses.
As they become aware and familiar with their surroundings, play comes naturally. Toys are the immediate tool of attractions and the most popular ones include toys for listening, looking, squeezing or tasting.
Babies at this age love to see bright and colorful objects – blue, yellow, red and green are catchy! If you are looking for the most attractive toys, go for contrasting colors and fascinating designs.
However, a much more important thing to ensure while buying the toys is their safety quotient. New born babies are the most vulnerable to infections, chemicals and other problems like choking because they tend to put everything in their mouths.
Some of the products we recommend, for babies from birth to 6 months of age, include:
Rattles have long since been a popular play item for babies between 0 and 6 months. As babies start growing, rattles help them interact with their environment. They can be made from cloth, wood or plastic, but make sure they are soft and non-toxic.
Rattles come in a variety of designs, color schemes and sounds. The Mee Mee Rattle Set could be a good choice in this category as it incorporates fun learning strategies with playfulness.
Babies in this age group love to suck on and bite things. Teethers are a useful product in this category as many babies are teething and need relief from sore gums.
Morisons Baby Dreams Silicone Toy Teether creates a stimulating effect on the tender gums of babies. Both attractive and educational, this teether has been optimally designed for the baby to hold and chew. Refrigerate it 15-20 minutes before use for a nice soothing effect on the baby’s gums.
Baby Play Gyms
Little babies love to roll on their tummies and explore their world. This has led to the creation of innovative Baby Play Gyms. The Fab N Funky Multifunctional Musical Workout Toy facilitates delightful activity with its bright colors and attractive graphics.
It encourages babies to start supporting themselves on their forearms. Helping reflexes, it will make their movements get stronger and smoother over time.
Bath can be a fun time for most babies, but there are some who need a bit of encouragement. Non-toxic, smooth and attractive bath toys like the 7 piece collection from Mee Mee Bath Toys, can save you the trouble of pacifying your baby during a bath. Colorful bath toys featuring cartoon characters and animals can keep their smile alive and let your baby look forward to bath time.
Babies from birth to six months of age are discovering a new world outside the warm, safe confines of the womb. It’s up to the parents to give them a combination of stimulation and soothing toys that will help them discover their world safely and joyously.
Once the baby is born and when the need arises to carry your little darling around, with care, you might want to opt for one or more of the excellent baby carriers available in today’s market.
Today’s parents are indeed spoiled for choice when it comes to infant/baby carrier models.
As a great accessory that makes it easy to carry your baby around comfortably and safely, baby carriers are definitely top of mind when it comes to a new parent’s purchases.
The easiest way to decide on a baby carrier is to figure out how you want your precious little darling to be carried. How would you feel most comfortable carrying your baby?
Here are some things to consider.
Do you want your baby to be carried on your back, hip or front very close to your heart? Back carriers are a good fit for babies between 4 months and 3 years old. Hip carriers are the most comfortable for the infants up to 4 months old.
Front carriers are the most suitable ones for newborns and infants, especially ones that provide support to your baby’s head and neck. Carrying babies in the front also keeps them close to your heart and helps the baby relax from listening to your heart beat.
Feel and comfort:
This means that the comfort of the baby and the comfort of the person who carries it should both be considered.
Today old-style carriers have been phased out and newer designs have been adopted that incorporate more comfort, safety and style. Carriers to suit males are also available in the market, so that dads can share in the happiness of carrying their babies.
Designs that make a difference:
This is the best suited model for new born and infants, as it allows you to carry them on your hip and also in front, so that enables easy breast feeding. The Nahshon Baby Side Carry Sling allows you to carry babies up to 8 kilograms, with ease, keeping your hands free.
It is made of soft but strong fabric. It has an adjustable strap, ergonomically designed, machine washable and has inbuilt soft cushioning of PU foam to provide seating comfort to the little one. You might not see many moms using this, but in many places around the world, slings are the preferred way of carrying babies around.
A wrap is a wide bit of fabric worn around one’s body drawn over both shoulders. These are popular because they’re so versatile, as one can wear a wrap in different configurations and can easily adjust the wrap by pulling on the fabric.
Front and Back Carriers:
Two paddled straps run along the shoulders and the baby faces in or out. The padded straps are adjustable and are suitable for newborns as they make it easy to breastfeed while on the move.
Nowadays, most baby carriers come with more than one carrying position. The Mee Mee 3 Way Delux Baby Carrier can be used in 3 ways:
• Tummy to tummy holding – 3 to 18 Months
• Kangaroo Holding – 4 to 5 Months
• Rear Holding way – 6 Months and over
Do consider the opinions of people who have used a specific product before buying it. Read reviews and ratings about products so that you can make an informed choice. Consider your family’s lifestyle before you decide on a brand and model that is best for your baby.
When you buy a carrier, check the strap connection and lock for proper closing. Make sure your baby is comfortable and ensure that it doesn’t get too much heat from your body.
So which baby carriers have you used and what is your opinion of them? Do share with us in the comments below.
It is useful until the time the baby starts walking steadily on its own, which is usually around the age of 2 or 3. As parents, we want to ease the pressure to carry our child and also want to provide comfort and safety to the baby when we go out.
You will find many different varieties of strollers available for sale online. From economical and light weight models, to stylish and sturdy top-of-the-line models a large variety of strollers are offered for sale. You might want to consider one that balances cost and functionality with ease of use.
If you’re finding it hard to decide which stroller is right for your own family, here are some factors you can keep in mind when deciding to buy one.
1. Age of the Baby: Infants and newborns need a lightweight stroller. The Hauck Bassinet might be a good choice for infants. A jogging or umbrella stroller may be preferable for older kids. The Safety 1st Compacity Stroller is suitable for ages 0 to 3.5 years. This kind of stroller grows with your baby so you don’t have to buy a new one every few years.
2. Terrain: For the occasional stroll and mall-walking, small strollers with plastic wheels are the best choice. All terrain strollers that have wheels with air-filled tires and a solid tubular structured frame are necessary for jogging, hiking, or navigating over streets laid with cobblestone. If you can afford it, you could also invest in a Chicco I-Move Stroller that comes with a 360 degree rotating seat and turns into a child car seat. It has an energy dissipating backrest in shock-absorbing material.
3. Frequency of Use: For daily use it is wise to spend a little more money on a sturdy model that you can depend on for longer use. The Farlin BF 885A Baby Stroller might be a good choice in this case.
Tips to select a suitable stroller:
When selecting the best stroller for your needs, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Check out the performance difference between four wheelers and three wheeler strollers and test them for maneuverability and stability. Choose adjustable wheels with swivel options which it easy to turn around quickly. The ability to lock the wheels straight ahead is possible in this case, and is very useful for a road with rough stones or for jogging.
Steering is usually much easier with a full length bar on the top than the ones with two handles to push. A comfortable stroller is one that is easily workable with single hand and a foot. This enables to keep another hand free to hold the baby and then lower them sit comfortably into the seat. It is also good to test the fastener and ensure it closes properly.
Most babies fall asleep when taken on a stroll in the open air. A well-padded, strong seat area is preferable, especially one with a comfortable space for the child to remain cool. A backrest can be adjusted to lie flat, like a small makeshift bed, allows the child to lie flat when asleep.
A footrest is very convenient for bigger kids and it also prevents from dragging their feet and getting them caught in the wheels while moving around. Bumper bars allow the baby to hold onto the bar and provides safety while moving.
A good suspension and well-designed brakes make for a smoother, safer and controlled ride. The stroller should feature a good cover with plastic waterproof options to protect baby from the sun and inclement weather.
A good stroller will also have space for shopping and keeping spare clothes, diapers, baby food etc. You can find over 100 models of strollers with detailed description of the benefits of each model on http://www.firstcry.com/. Keep the tips above in mind before you select one that is right for you.
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The most important thing is that you don’t want your child to start losing weight or remain hungry. You need to him give your child foods that are rich in nutrients. So how do you do this without losing your mind?
Remember that each child or toddler is unique and needs to be handled in a special way. What works for one, may not work for the other. Here are a few tips to tackle fussy eaters.
Create a relaxed atmosphere:
Believe it or not, but the acceptance of foods by your child partly depends on the environment in which you feed them. It is necessary that you provide a relaxed environment when it’s feeding time. Try to make mealtime a happy time.
Don’t worry if your kid knocks down drinks or throws food on the floor. Let them be relaxed and enjoy the meal even if a lot of it ends up getting wasted. The idea is to avoid any negative connection with food and this will happen if they see you getting stressed over it.
Introduce finger foods:
Sometimes, your child just wants to experience the feel and texture of food in their own hands before they eat it. Kids love to squash and feel the food in their fingers, so let them. Encourage this behavior by introducing them to finger foods.
These are foods that they can put into their own mouth. Pieces of chopped up banana and other fruit, small cutlets made of vegetables or sandwiches cut into quarters – all these can become fun finger foods for your child.
These are really a great option both for breakfast and lunch. You can certainly sneak a few veggies in between the mayonnaise, cucumber and tomatoes. Grill them to create variety. Make the food attractive, cut the sandwich in a smiley face. Children love colors, so add a dash of natural colour to make the meal exciting.
• Noodles And Pasta:
Most kids love both pasta and noodles, and there are a lot of possibilities you can explore with these finger foods. These are also a great way to incorporate vegetables, which many kids are fussy about. The sauce can cover the taste of veggies so your child would not even realise he’s having veggies for lunch.
When it comes to finger foods, you need to allow kids to handle the food and eat it with their own hands. Let them enjoy their meal even if they make a mess. Keep bibs handy – they come in a variety of sizes, full as well as short ones. The more they will enjoy these finger foods, the less fussy they will become.
Introducing new foods:
If your kids get bored with what they are eating, they might demand the food on your plate instead. This is a good time to take the chance and introduce them to something new. Watching you enjoy your food will give them the incentive to try it out and they just might end up liking it.
Siblings are a great help to motivate your little ones to eat more and often, since children like a bit of competition. If the older child eats a portion of fruit, the younger one may ask for a double portion just to have more than their sibling.
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We asked our community of helpful moms to weigh in on the reasons why this could be happening and to provide remedies. We summarize some of the suggestions they offered.
It is a good idea to cut out junk food altogether. Maida can cause constipation. Stop giving her everything made of maida, like bhature (deep-fried Indian bread), kachori (deep-fried savoury snack), pizza and any junk food.
Keep a regular check on your child’s water intake and ensure that she drinks a minimum of 3 litres of water a day. Also include greens and leafy vegetables and doodhi (bottle gourd) in her diet as these provide fiber to alleviate constipation. You can also get her to eat bananas regularly. Give her a lot of fresh fruits and juices.
You might also want to consult a doctor and check her thyroid hormone levels to ensure that it is not hypothyroidism, as this can cause weight gain.
Help your child choose an active lifestyle that involves outdoor sports, such as skipping or cycling, or yoga, and encourage her to spend less time with video games or smart phones.
Boil ajwain (caraway seeds) and saunf (fennel) in water and strain it – give it to her a few times a day to improve her digestion. Avoid all diary products other than milk and curd. 2 Hajmola golis or 50 ml tamarind juice given every day for a few days will cure constipation.
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Grandparents are important in a child’s life. Most of us have grown up having them around. As kids, we can’t imagine our life without them. The same applies to your kids. They also need their grandparents around them to give them a multi-generational experience.
Grandparents have a very important role to play in a kid’s life because they can teach kids a lot of things and give them the kind of patience and experience that their parents do not have. Given a chance, your kids will find a support system in their grandparents.
Having grandparents around can help in the development of your kid’s personality. Most kids love spending time with their grandparents as, unlike their busy parents, grandparents have the time to give them undivided attention, share stories, read them books, tell them about the family history and about their lives, all of which fascinates kids and gives them a perspective that transcends generation.
Apart from having fun, your kid will learn a lot about the family history, culture and traditions which your family follows. It is important for any child to learn about their culture and traditions to enhance their sense of rootedness.
Grandparents have their own stories to share. Your kid will listen to all those anecdotes they share and enjoy them. Moreover, these conversations stay with them for a lifetime. These stories also help to pass on values that are shared through the generations.
Kids are young and like a blank piece of paper. Whatever you write on their minds stays forever. It is up to you to see that you do not allow the grandparents’ superstitions and outdated beliefs to influence your kids. Explain to them that some things that were once true in your parents’ time are no longer true for them.
Today, with kids exposed to so much technology, they often end up teaching their grandparents how to use it. So learning happens both ways for grandparents and grandchildren.
It is also important for your kids to see you having a good relationship with your parents as that will influence their future relationship with you. Allowing them to see that you love and care for your parents will turn them into a good human being capable of love and compassion for their own parents.
How have grandparents influenced your kids’ lives? Share your experiences in the comments below.
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