Safe co sleeping with newborn

If you are thinking about co-sleeping with your child there are some security ideas that you have to take into consideration

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Safe co sleeping with newborn

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Newborn Sleep

When your young child comes, they are so precious. You like them so much that you never ever want to leave their side. You desire them to copulate you since you wish to shield them and don’t intend to lose out on any kind of minute that you might potentially show them.

There are some threats to copulating your young babies though. The majority of encourage to copulate them just when they know just how to sleep sacks even more like an grownup. There is an simple remedy for those that want to sleep sacks with your children but intend to prevent any type of dangers.

Co-sleepers are fantastic for any kind of safe co sleeping with newborn and their moms and dads. A co-sleeper is a carrycot that attaches to the side of your bed and has an opening to the bed. Your youngster is now just an arms length far from you.

But there are other schools of thought that doubt the security elements of a child sleeping with it’s moms and dads; the infant runs a risk of being stifled or laid upon, and even hanging itself from the headboard. Children are exceptionally fragile and also if you are thinking about co-sleeping with your child there are some security ideas that you have to take into consideration.

Change your duvet with sheet and also blankets.

Infants do not require cushions till they are over a years of age.

See to it that your cushion is close suitable to the head board. If there is also a little space they can slip through it and also hang themselves.

Make use of a bed guard or make certain the bed is close to the wall to stop your child from rolling out of the bed.

A newborn must be put to sleep sacks on it’s back; when they are older and also can move by themselves they may prefer to sleep sacks on their side.

If you are overtired it is not risk-free to copulate your baby.

Attempt to get them to sleep sacks in a cot initially; they will certainly be less most likely to depend on you existing to reach rest.

NEVER EVER sleep with your infant if you have had an alcoholic drink, are weak, if you smoke or have actually taken medications, also prescription medication.

Co-sleeping is terrific for both parent as well as youngster, and also does create a special bond. Nonetheless it also can put a pressure on a collaboration if your baby gets into the marital bed. Likewise remember they can disturb your sleep sacks with constant motion as well as sound. If you are thinking about co-sleeping I would suggest that you check into the pro’s as well as disadvantage’s very carefully to uncover if it is the right option for you.

No matter what dimension your bed is you can find a swaddles that will certainly benefit you. For those of you who are like me and also love your economy size bed, or simply have a bed that rests a little bit greater, there are simple leg extensions that you can buy for your swaddles.

These also make late night feeding perfect for both the mother and also child. You do not need to leave your bed to feed, as well as your youngster will still be in the same warm and comfy environment.

Many ladies can stagnate in and out of bed very easily because of a cesarean section. Due to the fact that cesarean areas can make the first pair weeks a little more challenging on you and also your infant, these co-sleepers might really assist a lot.

Some have actually located that co-sleepers can be too large for their room and doesn’t fit specifically how they would such as. For those of you that are already going for area in your bedroom there is an simple option. Co-sleepers have actually also been made in a ‘mini’ dimension now.

If you locate that you wish to secure your infant from any injury but likewise wish to comfort of sleeping with them, you need to obtain a co sleeper. They are comfortable as well as risk-free for any kid.

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Newborn Sleep Cycle

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For new parents handling and understanding the needs of baby is often very difficult. They get stressed on little things, sometimes over protective and confused which make them tired and exhausted. Parents usually get worried and fatigued because of the untimely sleep pattern of their newborn.

Here we have a little guide on the sleep cycle of a newborn which will help parents learn more about their baby’s sleep schedule.

THE SLEEP PATTERN OF A NEWBORN

The baby in his early weeks sleep most of the day and night in his swaddle and only wakes up to get feeding. The sleep pattern is set of small naps usually of 3-4 hours. Babies generally sleep a total of 16-18 hours in every 24 hours which includes 8-9 hours of nap during day time and almost same hours of dozing at night. Newborns have small appetite so they need to get nourishment after every few hours whether its day or night and when the stomach is full they are again off to sleep. As the baby grows he requires less sleep which means more playtime, this time period is the most wonderful part of being a parent.

SIGNS OF SLEEP

The baby is too small to understand that it’s the time for bed or that he is tired and needs a nap. Instead when the little one is drained he becomes fussy, starts rubbing his eyes due to sleepiness, starts looking away or yawns. These are the signs that it is time to put the little one on his baby crib. It is important for parents to recognize the indication of sleep readiness and help the baby to fall asleep by providing the environment that is safe and comfortable. To make a baby sleep and to assure that he takes a good nap it is important to make the baby bedding comfortable and soft by baby bedding sheets and crib mattress.

HELP THE BABY TO HAVE A GOOD SLEEP

When the newborn is resting in his baby nest he often wakes up in the middle of his nap, it might be due to any harsh sound or disturbance or even sometimes because his own hand and feet movements, if the environment is sleep friendly, i.e. lights are dim and no harsh sounds, and a reassuring hand of a familiar person is there the baby will fall asleep within few minutes again by himself.

CAUTIONS TO TAKE WHILE SLEEPING

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that the infants under the age of 1 year should sleep on their backs to lower the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). When the baby sleeps on their back it helps them to breathe properly by not letting to form the blockage of nose and mouth.

Parents usually complain that their baby sleeps more peacefully on their tummy. It might be true in some cases but it has a lot of risk. The babies will adjust to sleep on their back after few attempts if the caregiver starts placing them on their backs every time when they are off to sleep.

References

https://www.chop.edu/conditions-diseases/newborn-sleep-patterns

https://www.ncemch.org/suid-sids/documents/SIDRC/BackToSleep.pdf

https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?contenttypeid=90&contentid

https://www.ounce.org/pdfs/better_sleep.pdf

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Everything you need to know about breastfeeding

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Everything you need to know about breastfeeding

Effath Yasmin

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First Golden Hour

A newborn has an innate ability to survive and thrive if we allow the primal reflexes to kick-in as a sequence during the birth of the baby.  During a safe and supported birth within an empowering birth environment, the newborn often undergoes a quiet alert phase, which has been referred to as the first phase or simply the Breast Crawl.

When the newborn is placed skin to skin on the  mother's breasts chest shortly after birth, baby is able to move closer to the breasts and attach to the mother’s breast and initiate suckling. Studies show us that baby’s alertness gradually decreased within 150 minutes after birth, when baby usually becomes more drowsy & sleepy. This confirms the importance of first golden hour being critical to allow integration of many sensory, motor and neuro-endocrine inputs to facilitate a ‘Breast Crawl’ soon after birth. This helps mother and baby deeply bond in a natural, undisturbed way and maximise the opportunity for the baby to prime the milk receptors to stimulate and increase milk production for the mother for the natural term breastfeeding.

During the Breast Crawl Babies uses all senses to explore that world of bonding. The smell of the dark potion of the breasts is similar to the amniotic fluid which guides in the movement along with eyes to look at mothers' face, ears to hear her reassuring voice.

The first golden hour Breastfeeding is also a boost to mother ability to improved breast milk production and facilities in loss of blood.

First 6 Months

Breastfeeding is a normal natural way to provide growth and development both nutritionally and physically of babies. The official statement by multiple breastfeeding advocacy organization in the world recommend exclusively breastfeeding for the first six months of life to support optimal growth, development and health. Complementary food is recommended to be introduced, mostly around the middle of the first year to support baby optimal development.

During the early breastfeeding months, it is important to remember to nurse the baby before offering solids, because mother’s milk continues to have far more calories and nutrition than solids food. The first six months of weaning during the first year of the bay is to explore taste, texture and color of the solid food variety. This is building a relationship with food safely and enjoyably. This has a life long impact. that the small amounts of healthy solids that can be consumed.

Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months will mean only breast milk without mixing it with water, no other solid of liquids, herbal preparations or other food except remedies and medications when required. Exclusively supports optimal gut flora and microbiome that behaves as the shield of immunity for the baby from risk of gastrointestinal infection, diarrhea, pneumonia, otitis media and urinary tract infection among other risks. For the mother breastfeeding exclusively reduces risk for developing postpartum depression, Type 2 diabetes, and cancer. Exclusive Breastfeeding is also a method of birth control called Lactational Amenorrhea Method of birth control, or LAM. This method has been reported to be 98-99.5% effective in preventing pregnancy as long as exclusivity is maintained with no mixed feeding methods.

First Tooth

Its that time that many mothers dread & decide to stop breastfeeding when they first notice a tooth erupting in their mouth. Usually this is because they might fear that  baby will nip the breast during a feeding session or because the mother fears she will be bitten. It's also the time when during the first phase of teething is experienced by many mothers as one of the most common causes of frequent night waking and frequent feeding for baby. Infact this might be the case fussy nursing behavior due to experience of discomfort in the gums. The only way baby can find comfort sometimes can be suckling at the mother’s breast. During these intermittent phases which run into second year baby’s behaviour at the breast can also resemble staying longer at the breast or even pulling off and crying and wanting to go back to the breast again. 

This can be extremely overwhelming for the mother and frustrating for the baby. To help baby and mother teething homeopathic pills have been known to be very useful. Also baby can be given a cold washcloth to chew on before feeds to help with gum discomfort. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy can be extremely helpful as well to help restore comfort and regulation for both mother and baby.

First Weaning

Weaning from the breast is usually a slow and gradual process starting during the time of complementary food introduced yet weaning is an interactive process between the mother and her baby. It might help to know baby can be completely be trusted to wean himself as his need for security and comfort slowly get fulfilled over the toddler years and is not a habit that needs to be broken. This is a milestone reached at their own internal pace and like walking, talking and other milestones are different for each child.

La Leche League International organisation that supports breastfeeding mothers all across the world recommend gentle weaning methods rather than methods that might harm the trust in the relationship that has been built with nurturing at the breasts. Need for sucking is real for babies which is separate from sucking for nutrition. Sometimes weaning too fast might hamper the milk supply for the mothers or also it might result in babies resort to thumb sucking, sucking on fingers, hair, blankets and pacifiers. 

According to Norma Jane Bumgarner in her book "Mothering your Nursing Toddler" says "..a baby is learning to trust and depend on other human beings, especially his mother and to suppose that nutrition is primary significance and that attachment is secondary will be a mistake." therefore helping baby to drop her first feed naturally will be gradual weaning process as needs are being met.

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Art, Colours and Children!

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Art, Colours and Children!

Mahika Sharma

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Have you noticed how children’s classrooms, reading books, hospital wings, even their clothes are so colourful. I don’t think the colour grey comes to mind when we think 'kids'.

This is because colours help in expression and communication. While we wait for the human brain to continue to develop intellectually over the course of infancy, childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, waiting for these kids to keep getting smarter, they need to take advantage of as much audio and visual aids as much as possible to help them process emotions, complexities of the social world and all the new information and knowledge they are bombarded with on daily basis.

The reason why Art Therapy has taken eminence over the years is precisely because of the advantages it presents. Thankfully, this is also something that can be pursued in the safety of our homes during these trying times with the lingering fear of Covid 19. When it comes to Art there is no right or wrong.

There is no why! Infact art helps in processing not only conscious emotions and thought processes but also helps in liberating those in our subconscious or unconscious.

Have you ever been surprised by something you were mindlessly doodling on a piece of paper and it turned into a specific shape? Just like that the process of drawing, giving shape to their thoughts, adding colours, helps children give a voice to what they are feeling, thinking, what they desire, what they don’t like or want without having to struggle with socially appropriate words and communication styles which they are yet to learn.

This is specially advantageous when struggling with managing difficult emotions in children during the lockdown when they already have restrictions of physical and social boundaries imposed on them. Everytime I have children visiting my therapy set up they always find a few games, colourful blocks and puzzles-but one “must” item which is an instant hit is the art file and a few blank sheets with crayons and sketch pens and sometimes even paints!

I am amazed at every time how they are able to express “how I feel” while drawing, it could be a simple circle indicating this is a person and a cross over that circle indicating I’m angry with them or I don’t want them around.

They even learn to vent out all that anger and progress to forgiveness and express away all the things that make them happy. You would be surprised to learn all the hidden love, anger, confusion, fears, joys in your 5 year olds' or 10 year old's mind when they get a chance to express it on a blank sheet of paper with a few colours.

Good news is that it requires no artistic skills or training. However it is important to keep in mind that while using art as a way to express and encourage kids to process their emotions, Art Therapy is a more formal therapeutic technique used by a trained professional in conjunction with other therapeutic techniques such as talk therapy to facilitate change, processing trauma or complex emotions, which helps to develop healthy communication skills and awareness of emotions and ways to regulate them.

So I strongly recommend taking advantage of this medium especially when it comes at no extra cost, easy to manage while staying indoors and helps the parent or the supervising adult remain sane while managing their child's behaviour and emotions.

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Quick and easy breakfast ideas for kids

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Quick And Easy Breakfast Ideas For Kids.

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Action packed mornings call for smart products that allow the day to flow without interruption.

I start my day before my kids wake up to prepare their hot breakfast. I pack this in the Rabitat insulated food jar that keeps it warm while I carry on with my day.

Once Aarav is ready for breakfast, he unpacks the Meal Mate which has a top section to keep a dry snack - I generally put some nuts, dry fruits or makhana and below the hot breakfast for the day.

To encourage independence - unpack, eat, pack on your own this is a top quality product.

Keeps the food hot (12 hrs) or cold (24 hrs)

Made with food grade 18/8 stainless steel

Comes in a child friend design

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Yummy Oats with the goodness of Khajur and Nuts

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats (instant oats)
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 date deseeded
  • 8-10 assorted nuts
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 1 t jaggery powder

To Make

  • 1. Heat the milk and water in a saucepan.
  • 2. Add in the oats and stir. Cook over low heat
  • 3. Shred the date and mix with oats.
  • 4. Cover and cook over low flame for 7-8 minutes stirring once in a while.
  • 5. Cut the heat and allow to cool slightly.
  • 6. In a mini pan, heat the ghee and toss in the nuts.
  • 7. Stir and cook for a couple minutes. Throw in the jaggery powder and mix.
  • 8. Mix in the nuts with the oats right before eating.

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Breakfast Recipes for Toddlers

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5 Fun Breakfast Recipes for Toddlers and their Health Benefits

A well fed child is a happy child. And we all know how important eating a balanced diet is. But... don’t dare and discuss it with your fussy eater. They’ll roll their eyes. One thing,
because they don’t like hearing anything that sounds lecture-y; second, they don’t care about food unless it’s fried, sweet, or snacky. Therefore, we’ve gathered some awesome ideas to make feeding your sweet, little kid easier.

Along with the recipes, we’ll also discuss briefly what nutritional requirements they fulfill.

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1. Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

These pancakes aren’t originally Indian and therefore attract toddlers even more. You just have to mention something fancy and they come running to eat. But as a parent or a guardian, your job is to make such foods not only delicious, but also absolutely healthy. And whole wheat banana pancakes sets an awesome example!

Recipe by: Cookie+Kate

Dry ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (not soda!)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon (ground)
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt

Wet ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • ⅔ cup milk of choice (animal/vegan)
  • 2 large bananas - 1 mashed, 1 sliced for toppings
  • 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter or coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sugar (as per your taste) or honey
Banana Pancakes

Toppings: maple syrup, honey, chocolate/strawberry sauce, sliced banana, butter, or anything your child enjoys.

What to do:

  • 1. Mix the dry and the wet ingredients in two separate bowls.
  • 2. Whisk all the ingredients to combine them so there are no lumps.
  • 3. Heat your pan until it’s hot enough to sizzle a water drop and grease it if required.
  • 4. Pour a little batter on the pan (you don’t need to manually spread it).
  • 5. Turn it over when you see bubbles on the surface. The perimeter will also turn matte from glossy. Cook the other side for a minute or until it’s golden-brown.
  • 6. Serve it immediately with toppings of choice.

REPEAT with the remaining batter.

Health benefits of Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes:

Whole wheat banana pancakes is a smart replacement for regular pancakes. The whole wheat substitute for all purpose flour makes the pancakes offer tonnes of health benefits and are also more filling because of being loaded with fibre. (All purpose flour is super refined and therefore very low in fibre.)

Whole wheat is loaded with dietary fibre, vitamins A, B complex, C, D, E and K, and minerals potassium, calcium, selenium, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, and folate..

Bananas, on the other hand, are 75% water, rich in vitamin B6 and C and potassium, and offer many health benefits. They’re also a source of antioxidants catechin and dopamine.

Eggs are a great source of healthy fatty acids and are said to increase the levels of good cholesterol HDL in the body. They’re a rich source of vitamins A, B2, B5,B12, folate, phosphorus, and selenium.

“Eggs also contain decent amounts of vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B6, calcium and zinc” - Healthline.
However if your child can’t eat eggs for any reason, check this eggless pancake recipe from EgglessCooking.

Grated Vegetables

2. Moong Dal Chilla with Grated Vegetables

Moong dal chilla is easy to make and also very healthy. The grated vegetable stuffing can make it all the more tasty and healthy, for example, carrot, pea and paneer stuffing goes great with chilla.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup moong dal
  • 3-4 cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp red chili powder
  • ½ tsp roasted cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • Grated carrots
  • Chopped/grated paneer (feta cheese)
  • ½ cup peas
  • Chopped coriander
  • Chopped onion
  • Ginger paste
  • Black pepper powder to taste

1. Rinse and soak the moong dal in twice to thrice the amount of water for about 4 hours.

2. The dal will double in size. Discard the extra water; grind the dal to make a paste by adding 1 to two tablespoons of water.

3. Add salt, chili, turmeric, and cumin powder along with the ginger paste, chopped onion and coriander. Mix well.

4. Heat a pan and spread the mix circularly on it with the help of a large spoon.

5. Cook both sides and serve hot with the paneer-carrot mixture seasoned with some salt and black pepper inside the folded chilla.

This is both filling and delicious.

Health benefits of Moong Dal Chilla:

Moong dal is very beneficial for the heart and immune system. All the ingredients together make a nutrient-rich meal for everyone in the family. Like all daals, moong daal is also a great source of proteins, especially essential in a vegetarian/vegan diet. The addition of coriander and other vegetables further increases the nutritional benefits of the dish and vary with the vegetables used. Overall, absolutely healthilicious!

3. Dalia Kheer

Your little one may not be excited by the idea of eating dalia. The best way to feed them anything is by making it sweet!

Dry ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Dalia
  • 1 tsp sugar (you may replace refined sugar with jaggery or honey)
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 500 mL milk
  • Dry fruits (optional)

1. Take a pan and melt ghee in it.

2. Add the dalia and roast it well in the ghee.

3. Once roasted, take out the dalia in a separate bowl/plate.

4. Add milk in the pan.

5. You may keep stirring it so the milk doesn’t stick to the pan.

6. Add dalia to the milk and keep stirring.

7. The milk will start getting thick. At this point, you can add the sugar and dry fruits.

8. Let this cook until the dalia is well soft to eat.
Serve immediately or cold. This is delicious anyway!

Dalia Kheer

Health benefits of Dalia Kheer

Dalia is a form of wheat known as broken wheat. It is fibrous and therefore very easy to digest. It can also help treat constipation in children. Moreover, dalia contains minerals such as zinc, selenium, phosphorus, magnesium, folate, copper, sodium, potassium, iron, and manganese, and vitamins B1, B2, and B3, etc.

Oatmeal Chocochip Cookies

4. Oatmeal Chocochip Cookies

This is more of a reward snack option, but healthy. Plus, they’re home-baked so you control what goes in them.

Recipe by: Recipezazz

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Softened Butter
  • 2 eggs (optional)
  • 1-2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ½ cup granulated sugar, 1 ¼ cup brown sugar
    (you can adjust the amount of sugar as per your taste)

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cup flour (all purpose or whole wheat)
  • 2 ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt (optional)
  • Chocolate chips or shavings
  • Dry fruits (optional, but super healthy)

1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C/ 375 F

2. Whisk the butter and sugar to make a light, creamy mixture. Add vanilla, milk and eggs and beat well.

3. Add flour, baking powder, and salt and mix.

4. Stir in oats and chocolate chips/shavings.

5. Place equal sized scoops/rolls on your baking tray (you can line it with a cookie sheet) and bake for 9-10 minutes or 12-13 minutes for chewy or crisp cookies, respectively.

6. The cookies need to be cooled for a minute on the tray and then on a wire rack before being served.

Health benefits of Oatmeal Chocochip Cookies:

Because of similar ingredients as of pancakes, these cookies have similar nutrient gains. The addition of oats likely provides the following vitamins B1, and B12, and minerals including manganese, phosphorus, copper, iron, selenium, magnesium, and zinc thus providing tonnes of health benefits.

5. Pizza Bread

Well, if you think of it, it is a healthy and a very clever choice. You can stuff it with numerous veggies and you bet your child won’t be able to see them in the first look! It will taste like pizza but will be a healthier alternative hiding the veggies!

And if you’re vary of the pizza base, you can totally make it at home.

Ingredients: For Bread

  • 1 cup flour (you may use whole wheat or all purpose)
  • 1 tsp dried yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Pizza seasoning (oregano, garlic powder, chili flakes, thyme, basil, or anything you have)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil/butter

For Pizza stuffing

  • Finely chopped vegetables
  • Cheese
  • Seasoning
Pizza Bread

(Your tiny tod will be thrilled if you include pineapple too!)

1. Heat the water to make it lukewarm (not hot!), add sugar and yeast and stir till it’s dissolved.

2. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes to activate the yeast.

3. Mix the chopped vegetables in a bow and add seasoning and cheese to it.

4. Mix the flour, salt and seasoning in a separate bowl. Add oil/butter and mix thoroughly.

5. Add the yeast-water and knead the dough until it stretches well without breaking (indicating gluten formation). This will take a good 10-20 minutes time. Beat the dough into a ball and apply a layer of oil on the surface. Keep it covered at a warm place for at least an hour (will take more if the weather is cold).

6. When the dough doubles in size, punch it to expel the air and again knead it for 4-5 minutes. Divide the whole in equal portions.

7. At this time, preheat your oven at 180 C. Roll the portions in chapati-thick long ovals/rectangles. Place chopped vegetables and cheese in one half and fold it so that the stuffing is inside (like stuffed garlic bread or MacPuff). OR - you can roll a big circle and put stuffing in one half and fold (and cut into sticks after baking). You don’t need to stick the ends, the baking will do that.

8. Place these on a tray and let them bake for 15 minutes or until they’ve risen and turned golden-brown.

9. Make sure that the bread is well cooked before serving it to your toddler.

Serve hot with tomato ketchup and let it do its magic.

Health benefits of Pizza Bread:

Vegetables are overall very healthy and have a lot of vitamins and minerals. Toddlers especially are very fussy when it comes to vegetables. All you need to do is impress them with colors. Also, anything that looks like outside food is a win-win. You can definitely use whole wheat for this instead of plain flour. This is just a fancy version of eating chapati and vegetables, isn’t it?

However, using refined plain flour (maida) is also not a bad option if your child or you don’t thrive on it!

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The stories of fussy-eaters aren’t new. We would all have been there at some point of our childhood. We only need to be smart and find more creative ways to feed these naughties. The thumb rule (here) is hiding! Hide as many veggies or whatever your young one fusses about in something they love or make it sweet. Or - you can bare it all by making your dish look naturally colourful and attractive (try not to add artificial colours and flavours). They’ll come running and eat what you serve them!

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Freedom from Mom-Guilt

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Freedom from Mom-Guilt

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No Mom Guilt

If you are a mom, there is a 100% chance that you have experienced a case of mom guilt. According to Karen Kleiman, mom guilt is so common that it is often perceived as a natural part of mothering. Whether it is rooted in the time you are not spending with your child because of work or the educational activities you haven’t introduced them to or the extraordinarily healthy food you are not giving them, it is easy today to get caught up in the idea that you are not doing a great job at being a mom. For many moms, especially single-moms or new working moms, numerous factors can contribute to this phenomenon, including personal insecurities and external pressures from social media, friends, and family, just to name a few. Like all parenting issues, it is crucial to note that every mother’s experience is unique and that her guilt will take its own form. Here are a few helpful tips on how to overcome mom guilt.

1. Stay away from negative energy.

A lot of times, mom guilt originates from the people around us. It could be relative reminding you of your latest parenting failure or a friend criticizing your parenting technique. Spring cleaning your trusted circle and surrounding yourself with people who appreciate your values can help reduce unsolicited input and, in general, mom guilt.

2. Share your responsibilities.

Mothering is no easy task, especially for a new mom. Find someone to pitch in the chores in order to avoid feeling overwhelmed. You can ask your partner or find a network of other moms who are on their own if you a single mom yourself.

3. Listen to your intuition and children.

A mother’s intuition is a powerful gift that should never be ignored. More than anyone, you, as a mother, know what is best for your child. Therefore, listen to your instincts whenever you are conflicted about your child’s needs. In addition, children give the best feedback, so listen to them. Listening to your child can tell you to know which of your decisions are working and which ones are not.

4. Take care of yourself first.

You need to love yourself and look out for your needs first before you can adequately take care of your child. So, get a pedicure or watch a movie with the girls. Always give yourself a little air once in a while.

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A Baby Sleep Consultant’s Guide to helping your newborn sleep

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A Baby Sleep Consultant’s Guide to helping your newborn sleep.

Ajita Gopal Seethepalli

Ajita Gopal Seethepalli
A Child Sleep and Child Food
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Quite evidently, having a baby is as daunting as joyous it is. As new parents, you do your best to keep your baby calm, content and happy. For newborns, this directly translates into lots of feeding and sleeping, and of course, lots of love and attention! 

However, having a newborn baby is synonymous with parents not getting enough sleep. Most parents begin looking for ways to make their babies sleep properly as it means that they sleep well too. To clarify, it isn’t a selfish approach, it is natural. You do require rest and sleep to take care of your little one. 

Also, there’s just so much advice present in both the online and the offline world, it’s hard to know which piece of information to believe. Should you listen to your distant relative aunts or the trendy blog run by a new mom? Save yourselves! In situations like this, it’s expert opinion that makes the most sense.

If you’re new to the realm and looking for a baby sleep consultant, the first thing you should know is that babies sleep a lot. Normally, newborn babies sleep approximately 16-19 hours a day. A baby’s body and brain need all this sleep for his/her growth and development. Not getting enough sleep at proper intervals can make your baby agitated, cranky and overall unhappy. 

Being a Child Sleep and Food Habits Consultant, I can help your little infant sleep well and resultantly grow well; here are my top 5 tips:

1. Recognize Your Baby’s Tired Signs

Babies often show subtle signs of tiredness but we may not always recognize them. Understanding your baby’s sleepy signs can be helpful in getting your baby to fall asleep with the least amount of fuss. Some easy to recognize signs would be yawning, rubbing eyes, crankiness or fussing behavior. Other signs to look out for could be: 

  • Sucking of thumb or fingers – this doesn’t always indicate hunger, it often indicates tiredness too
  • Looking away from your face 
  • Jerky arm and leg movements
  • Arching backwards like they want to get away from you
  • Staring off into space
  • Pulling their ears, hair or keep scratching their face

It is actually better to settle your baby in bed a little before you see these signs. If your baby shows such signs, say an hour after they wake up, perhaps you need to make it a practice to settle your baby down after 45 minutes or so of waking up.

2. Set Day-Night Pattern

While babies sleep a lot, it’s also important to note when and how often they sleep. Many parents find that their baby is up and playful in the night, and mellow and sleeping long stretches during the day. This day-night confusion is common in the early weeks. This phenomenon occurs because babies are not born with developed internal clocks or circadian rhythm, which helps them to distinguish between day and night. 

Generally, most babies pass this stage by 4 months of age. You can, however, speed this process up and help your baby fall into a pattern much sooner by:

  • Giving your baby sun time in the early morning hours  
  • Keeping activity levels higher during the day 
  • Making bedroom darker and calmer at night
  • Keeping the lights dim and activity level to a minimum during night feedings

3. Swaddle

Swaddling is a technique that’s been used for generations and is often a new-born baby’s best bed buddy. Swaddling properly helps a baby feel snug and calm like they did in their mother’s womb. It also prevents sleep disturbances caused when the baby startles due to Moro reflex, which they experience during the early months. It’s best to use a soft muslin cloth or a natural breathable fabric as a swaddle to keep the baby cozy and also prevent them from getting too warm. 

However, swaddling is a skill that needs to be learnt. When a swaddle is not wrapped accurately, it can leave your baby feeling uncomfortable. Many parents give up on swaddles soon after they come home because they feel that their baby doesn’t like it. Although, in reality, they might not have been swaddling the baby properly. Once you learn the right technique of swaddling, you’ll be amazed to see how easily it settles and calms your baby down.

4. Room Environment

Babies prefer cooler temperatures when they are sleeping. Typically, a room temperature of approximately 24 degrees works best for most babies. So, maintain a cool room. If required, turn on the air conditioner and/or a fan. Fans in the room often also act as white noise, cancelling out a lot of the sudden noises and sounds in the house  and setting a constant, ambient sound in the bedroom. 

Moreover, avoid overdressing your baby. Remember: your baby will most likely be swaddled, which means that it will be another layer over their clothes.  

It’s also a good idea to keep the room dark when it is sleep time and keep the baby in bright, well lit spaces when awake.

5. Wake, Eat, Play, Sleep — Repeat!

New born babies take longer to feed, and therefore, end up consuming very small portions. Also, just the act of feeding appears to tire a baby easily. This is one reason that it’s helpful to feed infants soon after they’ve woken up — they’re the most energetic and can thus feed fully and burp properly. They may even stay awake for some time and look around and then can be swaddled and put to sleep at the appropriate time.

Following these simple techniques can help your newborn baby and the entire family enjoy better sleep during the early months of this new life. It also sets the platform for healthy sleeping habits as they grow up. 

 Ajita Gopal Seethepalli

Ajita Seethepalli is a Child Sleep and Food Habits Consultant and the creator of KidsCenter.in. She uses behavioural coaching to help develop healthy habits in children.  Over the past 10 years, she has helped thousands of parents and children across the globe through concrete, customized, step-by-step solutions. 

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How To Sleep Train Your Baby?

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The arrival of a baby is inarguably the best event in our lives. They bring joy and happiness and add many new characteristics to our lives.

But there is a slight turn-around in the story at the onset of night: the baby won’t sleep! Come on, you at least need the night’s sleep to get over your daily exhaustion. But how?

Although it isn’t very simple, it's possible. Unlike us, newborns don’t have sleep patterns. But they can be made to. 

But first, you need to ensure that your baby is at the stage where they’re capable of sleeping through the night. As you may read in our newborn baby sleep schedules, babies under 2 months of age shouldn’t sleep for more than 4 hours at stretch. So they wake up in the middle of the night just like they do in between day naps. As the child grows, this duration also increases and they move closer to sleeping all night. Although they’re still prone to awakening at night due to separation anxiety, colic, certain irritants, wetness, hunger, an illness, or perhaps for no reason at all. And if your baby keeps waking up for no apparent reason, a solution can be worked out. 

Here are a few tips that can help you get your newborn to sleep through the night:

1. Create a Bedtime Routine

By the time your sweet pea is 2 months old, you will notice a lot of patterns. Which room or mattress they’re more comfortable in, what time they begin to feel sleepy at night, and their drowsy face. You will also know where your baby is comfortable sleeping away from or closer to you. The distance is especially to be taken care of so the child doesn’t suffer from separation anxiety at night. 

In our newborn sleep schedule for 0 to 6 weeks, we’ve mentioned that mothers should start creating a bedtime routine for their babies. For example, your bedtime routine could include turning off lights and swaddling, massaging and singing them their favourite lullaby every night. 

Over time, infants realize and start acknowledging nights as sleeping time. They will know that they’re not expected to be playful and get into a habit of sleeping. They’ll also start attempting to sleep without your assistance, which is a huge blessing in disguise. Once they learn how to soothe themselves, they’ll also begin to sleep longer at night. 

2. Follow Sleep Schedules

Following sleep schedules since the beginning may not ensure a full night’s sleep in the first 1-2 months, but it will definitely help your little bundle of joy to start sleeping more at night. Newborn sleep schedules help babies to get habituated to proper sleeping patterns. They might still wake up at night as their sleep spans are short, but it will get better with time. As they grow older, their night sleeping time will increase, as will yours. 

Check out our newborn baby sleep schedules according to your child’s age to get deeper insights. 

3. Wean Night Feedings

Imagine you’re given a sum of money as a reward every time you wake up in the middle of the night! (Where’s my reward?!)

Newborns have nothing to do with money, but milk… you know better! All they do is feed on milk, whether the mother’s or a formula. Everytime you feed to soothe them (it might seem to be the only option when the only reward for your body is hitting the bed), they get used to it. This is the last thing you would want. It will become a habit that is really hard to get over. Start weaning night feedings as soon as they’re 2-3 months old so they start to sleep longer at night. 

Another thing: you do not want to feed them to sleep even at bedtime. Although this doesn’t mean they’re going to sleep on an empty stomach. The thing is to not use feeding as a resort to making them fall asleep. 

Put them to bed before they’re fully sleepy, that is, when the first signs of drowsiness show up. This way, they’ll learn to soothe themselves and sleep without a reward. They’ll know that their mamma (or anybody else) is not going to wait till they sleep. You’ll have a feeling of achievement when your little monkey starts going to sleep without you rocking him/her!

4. The Let Them Cry-it-Out Method

The ‘cry it out’  or ‘extinction’ method is quite a popular advice that circulates between parents and families. But does it really work? There is some research that indeed suggests its functioning. But there are many experts and doctors who advise against it. 

This method may also be of no help in case your child has colic, which usually has no apparent reason. Letting them crying it out would be futile then. 

Also, when your baby is awakened by something best known to just them and starts crying inconsolably, it’s seriously very hard to let them just be. Leaving a baby crying on the top of their lungs is definitely one of the most difficult things to do. You may never gather the courage for this harsh parenthood. The best in that case is to not set any restrictions and step up to comfort them. 

Read: How Can I Help My Colicky Baby Sleep?

5. Use a White Noise Device

How do you imagine a mom’s womb to be? Dark and cozy… silent? 

Dark and cozy, yes; but silent, it is not. You don’t spend your pregnancy months in silence; you continue to do your daily chores, meet people, visit noisy places… So the baby gets adapted to all this background noise. They listen to both you and the world. And when they come out, we start sushing everybody up, “Shh… she’s sleeping.” “Shh! He’ll wake up!” 

When actually, your newborn will sleep better with some constant background ‘white’ noise. It can also act as a blocker for other household noises, like that of an older sibling. For example, a creaking window or a noisy fan. Many parents leave the TV, radio or phone on, playing constant music or sounds while their baby sleeps. If you aren’t comfortable with these, you can go for some fancy white noise machines that serve the same purpose. 

You can also find some interesting white noise, including simulations of mother’s heartbeat, falling rain, etc. on the internet. 

6. Not Giving Into Nighttime Tantrums 

Ahh... The important part. Your baby may wake you up in the middle of the night. They may be wanting their night feeding or simply to play with you. If you start feeding or playing with them, they’ll never know that nights aren’t for playing or feeding - or whatever it is that your child wants. They’ve just been born after all; they don’t understand between right and wrong and night and day. It is therefore important that you don’t give into their nighttime tantrums. Let them keep asking for it. They’ll eventually get over their habits.

However, some babies are stubborn; they will do their best to get what they want. But it’s with these babies that mothers need to be extra careful with. Try conditioning them to fall back asleep, not wake up. Comfort them but not by not giving them what they want. They’ll definitely get better with time.

 Also, when you find your little one getting fidgety at night, you might want to run and check on them. Babies, however, fall back asleep if left unattended. If there’s nothing that might need urgent attention, you should better not pay a heed. You can observe them from a distance and rest assured that they’ll go back to sleeping very soon. As time passes, you’ll know when and if you need to respond to your baby’s awakening. 

7. Comfy Clothes and Environment

Dim the lights and ensure that the room’s temperature is optimal: 18-22° C and static and there’s no possible allergen or irritant present. Please also ensure that there’s nothing that they’re directly in contact with or that there’s nothing that can tangle with them, fall on them or roll over to them. 

You may wrap them in a comfy swaddle made of a natural fabric so they can sleep cozily through the night without any irritation. Research has found that swaddling helps babies sleep longer and reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). You do not want to miss that. Include swaddling in your newborn’s bedtime routine, it will help you big time!

BabyToe-Note

Each infant is new and unique. They all have similar basic requirements: sleep, milk, natural, non-toxic clothes, and a lot of love, care, and attention. You may be feeling deprived of sleep but on the greener side, it’s only a matter of a couple of weeks. Your tiny moonpie will grow bigger and naughtier sooner than you think and your dream of sleeping through the night will also come true. Don’t give up, keep sleep training your little one, it will reward you every possible way in the blink of an eye. 

Happy Mommying!

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How Can I Help My Colicky Baby Sleep?

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How Can I Help My Colicky Baby Sleep?

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Does your newborn baby start crying incessantly to go on for hours? If you didn’t already know, they could be colicky. Colic is a major cause of concern for many new parents, especially the first timers. It makes it hard for the parents to put them on a defined sleep schedule. Yes! Newborn sleep schedule makes it incredibly easier for the parents to have one of their own too, download it here!

In addition to causing discomfort to the baby, colic tends to deeply affect the mother. Doesn’t it? You feel like you haven’t yet connected with them, or that you aren’t good enough. It happens... don’t worry. Don’t blame yourself; you’re definitely not the reason.

Colic typically bids a goodbye by the time the baby is 3-4 months old. But does that mean you and your newborn will keep losing sleep till then? Well, no. Colicky babies indeed have troubles sleeping, but they can be put to a smiley-rest.

Tips to Help Your Colicky Baby Sleep

1. First things first, calm yourself down. Your colicky baby may give you anxiety, which can hamper your ability to soothe your child.

2. Swaddle. Many parents have found swaddling helpful. Cozily wrap your sweetpea in a comfy swaddle while humming or singing to them. Swaddling gives the newborn a feeling of being inside their mother’s womb - what could be more comfortable! An important note here would be to ensure that the swaddles you use are super comfy, cozy, and made of natural fibres so it doesn’t irritate your newborn.

3. Motion can distract them from crying. You may take your baby in a stroller, or in your arms, and take them for a ride by foot or in a car whenever they get colicky.

4. A toy or an object that makes cool sounds can also calm your baby down, and eventually put them to sleep. Please don’t resort to using a phone though!

5. Often, colic could simply be due to gas. In such a case, you can give your little one a soothing massage to calm. Maybe, try to move their legs slowly toward their stomach to help them release the gas.

6. Typically, colic develops a pattern. As soon as you notice it, you can start your mission even before the crying starts. Pick ‘em up and snuggle and cuddle… it might totally reduce the struggle!

7. You could also try a warm water bottle to pacify your crying baby. Some infants like the feeling and relax by the mild touch of the bottle.

8. More often than not, babies love their parents singing lullabies to them! If you don’t consider yourself a good singer, you might want to get some lullabies online. Here’s a free lullaby that can help you put your baby to sleep.

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Dr Ishi Khosla answers 19 FAQs on pre and post pregnancy nutrition.

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Dr Ishi Khosla answers 19 FAQs on pre and post pregnancy nutrition.

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Pregnancy brings along with itself a stream of emotions; emotions of joy, bliss, fulfillness, thrill, achievement, satisfaction and fear. Although fear isn’t the first emotion that many of us have, it develops and grows, as do all the other emotions. 

“Will I be a good mother?”
“Will my child be healthy?” 
“Am I eating well enough?” 
“Is my baby getting enough nutrition?” 
“When will my baby kick for the first time” 
“Will I be able to lose all the weight I’m putting on?”

And then begins the influx of miscellaneous information. We find our ears opening to tonnes of advice from our loved ones! Although not paying attention to it was the agenda earlier. 

We at Rabitat understand how important it is for your concerns to be addressed. We know how much you care for the well-being of your fetus and your own body. So, we got in touch with clinical nutritionist Dr. Ishi Khosla, who is also an entrepreneur, columnist, author, researcher, welfare worker, and the founder of a unique score-based nutrition monitor app -  theweightmonitor.com. We asked her some questions that are mostly left unanswered. Without any further ado, let’s get talking!

Top Pregnancy-Related FAQs and their Expert Answers

FAQS About Eating Right During Pregnancy

1. How much does one need to eat during pregnancy?

Should expecting mothers eat for two?

Contrary to popular belief, expecting mothers don’t need to eat for two.

Dr. Khosla explains that it is really not like that, what matters is what you’re eating. There isn’t a profound increase in the caloric requirements in the first three months, and therefore, the weight gain is also very minimal. The need for calories, however, goes up after the second trimester by up to 300 only, which isn’t too much. You certainly don’t need to overeat.

2. How much weight should I gain in pregnancy in kg? 

An average, healthy pregnancy carrying a single child should not increase more than 9-12 kilograms

For women carrying twins, 15-20 kilograms maximum. 

3. Is it safe to drink tea or coffee during pregnancy?

Absolutely not. Tea and particularly coffee are best avoided during pregnancy, while mild cups of tea are admissible if you can tolerate it. The consumption of caffeine is certainly not the best during pregnancy. 

4. What can I eat to boost my iron levels during pregnancy?

Expecting mothers are commonly given iron supplements. However, if the nutrient isn’t getting absorbed by the body, they are futile. Grains like wheat, corn, oats, barley, and soya are inflammatory and can cause malabsorption of iron during pregnancy. Dr. Khosla has observed many women, who go off these grains, increase their pregnancy hemoglobin levels. So you can start with replacing these foods with healthier alternatives. 

Foods that help in absorption of iron are 

  • Vitamin C
  • Amla
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Beetroot and carrot juice
  • Pomegranates

5. Is seafood safe during pregnancy?

Dr. Khosla says that the safety of seafood depends on where it is from. Particularly, it can be contaminated with toxins and heavy metals, which cause poisoning. Therefore, although seafood is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, it’s better to restrict the consumption to twice a week, ensuring the quality of the source. 

6. What foods can ease morning sickness?

You can consume something alkaline, like a glass of coconut water, some soapnuts, or something crisp, which can be anything wafer-thin you like. Dr. Khosla suggests that making your body alkaline in the morning may help.

7. I’m lactose intolerant, how can I increase my calcium intake during pregnancy?

It is a myth that you need dairy to fulfill your calcium needs. Under the supervision of a qualified practitioner, you may add calcium and magnesium supplements to your diet or get them from vegan sources like

  • Green leafy vegetables 
  • Sesame seeds
  • Broccoli
  • Kale

8. How do I include proteins in my diet as a vegetarian?

We have a whole range of plant protein in India. Some plant sources rich in proteins are:

  • Daals
  • Beans
  • Legumes like chickpeas
  • Dairy
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Some grains like quinoa are also great sources. 

9. Is there a permissible limit for alcohol during pregnancy?

Absolutely not. There’s no permissible limit for alcohol during pregnancy

FAQs About Breastfeeding

An Expert Tip

It should be done traditionally. Increase your calories through good fats. 

We now have the issues of gut health like leaky gut, which weren’t common earlier. Dr. Khosla clarifies that while pregnancy in itself affects the gut, women in this generation have been exposed to modern wheat, which also affects the gut. The antibodies produced against modern wheat take effect post delivery, which may result in postpartum depression, mood swings, and autoimmune disorders like thyroids.

Therefore, Dr. Khosla advises pregnant women to take a traditional approach to eating during pregnancy, but consume millets instead of just wheat, like millet-based pandjiris and galactogogues (foods that promote lactation). 

All the gums, sesame seeds, nuts, and dry fruits roasted in desi ghee are excellent. However, if a breastfeeding mother feels that the child isn’t feeling full enough or is restless despite feeling full, is colicky or has constipation or acid reflux, then the diet has to be reviewed and food sensitivities need to be addressed.

11. Does a mother’s nutrition affect breastfeeding?

Yes. Anything that a mother eats or does affects breastfeeding.

12. Do galactagogue foods also help to beat postpartum depression and other issues?

Galactagogues are good for the gut, they may be supportive with the issues but may not be able to completely manage them. The cause has to be addressed.

13. Is a low-carb diet safe for a nursing mother?

A high-fat diet rich in good fats, including plenty of fruits and vegetables is certainly good for a nursing mother. Therefore, Dr. Khosla doesn’t advise going low-carb, rather going better-carb.

14. Are there any foods a breastfeeding mother needs to avoid?

All the foods that were avoided during the pregnancy are advised to be avoided during breastfeeding as well. Moreover, gassy foods must also be avoided. And if a child is getting colic or is bloated, the mother’s diet needs to be checked and changed. 

15. Is there anything that women need to add during breastfeeding otherwise often overlooked?

Adding probiotic supplements to your diet during breastfeeding could be beneficial.

16. What is the best and the healthiest way to lose the baby weight?

If you’re still breastfeeding, you need to be careful to not affect your lactation while you start working on losing weight. You can certainly cut back on extra calories, like extra sugars. These include carbohydrates coming from grains, cereals, or certain beverages that could be loaded with sugars. This should be accompanied with increasing the intake of healthy fats, which are important for lactation and make you feel full for longer. So, consume more nuts and seeds and other foods rich in good fats and eliminate unhealthy carbs from your diet to lose the baby weight. Also, of course, movement and exercise are important.

Each body is different and responds to different approaches. So if your body isn’t responding to these, you might require professional help.

17. When after delivery can a mother start her weight-loss regime?

There’s no specified waiting period post-delivery for a new mother to start her weight-loss journey. You can start whenever you feel like it.

18. Among the fad diets, such as keto, intermittent fasting, weight watchers, dash diet, etc, which is the safest and most effective for new mothers?

No one diet. A new mother’s diet should be designed according to her body needs. Therefore, none of these diets should be followed, particularly at this time. 

19. Do mothers lose weight while nursing?

Yes. Mothers naturally shed the baby weight while breastfeeding. However, if you’re eating wrong, you wouldn’t. 

On the endnote, we hope you’ve taken the notes and are ready to take your journey to a healthier high. 

Happy Mommying!

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Moms, How Well Are You Dating the Father of Your Child?

Moms, How Well Are You Dating the Father of Your Child?

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In a new initiative by Rabitat ‘Meet the Mom,’ we invited super moms Neha, Radhika, and Shweta to discuss the joys and issues that come with motherhood.

Shweta is a full-time mother of a three-year-old, a photographer, and a Social Media Influencer for many moms and moms-to-be. Radhika is again a full-time mother of a three-year-old and an independent HR Consultant. Neha is also a full-time mom of a 10-year-old and Digital Marketing Head at Rabitat.

With Meet the Mom, we intend to share awesome tips, tricks and hacks with you all. We aren’t only focused on delivering the best baby products to you, we also believe that you should have the best time of your life being both a mother and a wife. Most importantly, we value your womanhood and the never-say-never spirit.

This episode is about how relationships change after the arrival of the child. How the husband becomes the father and the wife the mother. The couple gets promoted to this new position in life and gets so lost in it that they forget their own relationship.

As I write this, thank my multi-tasker self, I am also trying to get my three-year-old daughter to sit down and eat half-an-apple. She’s playing with her father and her father is now more of her father and less of my husband. I’m not saying this out of paranoia. Whenever we sit down at the dinner table, I admit my attention is wholly at feeding my child. And the same is on his end too. So it isn’t one-sided. This departing isn’t one-sided. We aren’t even departing, technically - we’re just learning to become parents together. But I’m afraid that we might forget that we’re spouses altogether.

But we aren’t alone in this: This little conversation between these moms proves just that!

On being asked about ‘dating the father of her child,’ Radhika, very precisely, describes, “I would say we’re two people who get along really well, great friends, sharing a baby, living under one roof!”

Which is true in every sense! Don’t we become just partners raising a child? Our whole world changes and revolves around the baby and nothing else, as Shweta also explains and feels that even at dinner - when the family gets together after having spent the entire day apart - the talks are still mainly concerning the child.

She says, “It’s either about the home or the child. I think it becomes very point-to-point and very categorical... very household centric. It becomes very monotonous.” She further says something that is actually the basis of it all, “I think that love, that essence, that passion - everything just fades out. And nobody, I think, puts a diligent effort to hold that back.”

We don’t disagree as we all know how we start taking things for granted. The man is just the husband, after all! Who cares? Now that the baby has popped out in the world, how does the husband matter? *Wink*

Jokes apart, the conversations start with the baby and end on the baby. We tend to value the happiness of the human who’s super new to both of us and, over time, we forget that there’s a life out of that mini-world of ours. That’s a part of the world - not the entire world. Apart from the child, most of the couples have nothing else to talk about, which Shweta feels, is very unhealthy. She says that the time and effort that we put into for a child’s development and happiness are the same measures that we should put in for our own relationships.

Our relationship transitions and we become parents together. Neha suggests that we should hold on to being a couple together, which we, unfortunately, don’t.

We mostly think that our romance just goes away with the arrival of the baby, but Radhika loves to disagree. She says, “Romance, I feel, it’s not like it goes away but it just takes a backseat.” Whether the romance goes away or takes a backseat, it’s our responsibility to fuel the fire and not let it quench.

Talking about the reinvention of love and romance, Shweta explains that while the reinvention is happening, it’s restricted to that only, it isn’t coming to us as partners. We fail to notice or recognize that reinvention because now the baby gets all our attention. She believes that the men take the crown of being a father way too seriously. Which could very well be true!

Neha, agreeing with Shweta, gives an example of how her husband continues to call her ‘Mummy’ in front of their 10-year-old daughter and she has to remind him that she isn’t his mother. We develop that habit of calling each other ‘Mummy/Papa’ in front of our young ones to get them into the habit also. But as the children grow older, our habits do too and we forget that they need to disappear.

The newly-father-turned-husbands should take a note here, as the ladies feel that you forget to woo the wife; you get into the suit of the father and forget that tonnes of other relationships exist!

One of the best tips we can take from this conversation is:

going back in time and revisiting all the memories you’ve lived together as a couple.

Shweta explains how important it is to relive those flashbacks from your life pre-baby - “And I just realized the moment I was back home, the moment I was even seeing him; I was blushing! Because all those memories were so fresh in my head!”

On being asked what deliberate efforts she makes, Radhika gives us one precious tip that, I believe, we all must follow:

“But one rule: when we do manage to have date nights leaving the child behind: The only rule on those nights is no conversation about the baby. None whatsoever! That’s the only rule.”

(You can try these simple date ideas without even leaving the home!)

Neha has another wonderful tip for us. She says,

“This friend of mine - she messaged me saying that I’m feeling really low and her husband had been traveling a lot. So what I did was, I texted her husband and I asked him to get her flowers that day. And, now, the other day she messaged me that her room’s never empty now like every time one set of flowers dry out, he gets her another one.”

She further explains how the beautiful gesture was returned back as a favor and that even she has flowers at her home now!

All husbands out there, you’re advised to get your wives a bouquet of flowers tonight and see how the love blossoms again.

Shweta further gives us insights into how she’s reworked her entire relationship just to not only keep it going but also growing. She says that it’s very important to have time that is just the couple’s. Whether it’s a movie date or a dinner - there have to be moments off the baby. To ensure that this works well, she blatantly goes to her mother and asks her to keep the child until she’s back. So from the men, we are walking back to our soul sisters, our girlfriends, and our mothers.

But husbands, this wasn’t it! The ladies didn’t have only complaints against you. They’re happy that you make deliberate efforts to take care of the baby, too. Gone are the days when handling the baby was just the mother’s job. It’s obviously something that makes us moms so independent today. We don’t need your permission, we only want your support to be successful as both moms and women.

The relationship changes, for sure, but the love and romance should reinvent, not go away or take the backseat.

I’m freaking out now! I think we should start taking these things very seriously and take cues from each other on how we can improve our relationships. I am starting today… no, right now!

Happy Mommying and Daddying! 

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9 Challenges We All Face As Working Moms

9 Challenges We All Face As Working Moms

Challenges Face As Working Moms

Be it a regular working day or a relaxing weekend, every day is a challenge for us as working moms. We’re continually jumping from one task to another and trying to focus on work while suffering from an ever-lasting ‘mommy guilt.’ Whether our partners, colleagues, or friends understand this or not, I’m sure that we and our moms are nothing short of supermoms or superwomen. Our life is indeed tough, but so are we, and the challenges that we face every day make us even stronger. We can’t push a truck with our bare hands, but we can cook while teaching our children and still be able to get ready for our dinner date.

Here are 9 challenges that all working moms conquer to be who they are: supermoms!

Working moms

1. We are always rushing. Always.

Whether it’s 4 a.m., 4 p.m., or midnight, we’re always on the dash. And the only time we aren’t rushing is when we’re sleeping.(While we’re still running in dreams.) The rush never ends. Is your child two-years-old? Woman, how will you reach the office on time when your younger one starts crying the moment they find out you’re leaving? That’s their (and our) separation anxiety and there’s nothing to worry about, but at the same time, it is also what makes us run wild all the time.

We are always rushing

2. No Time Is Ever Convenient.

I’m honestly always in the middle of a meeting when my phone rings, and I’m notified of my child’s mischief at her grandma's. She is all of 5 years of age but has the potential to make me go nuts. And this is precisely why no time is ever convenient for me. I have to get out of my office when ‘nature’ calls me - whether I’m in the middle of a meeting, or having lunch with a client discussing work, or chit-chatting with an office friend.

No Time Is Ever Convenient

3. The Struggle Is Real While Maintaining The Focus.

Well… yeah! Even when we aren’t rushing, our minds always are. Because we are super stressed about everything. We are always anxious. We don’t care about anything yet care about everything related to our child(ren). In the midst of planning things for our children, we absolutely can’t focus on our work. There’s a constant worry that keeps running down our nerves “Is my baby okay? All we want is to make sure that they’re in the best shape of their health, nothing more and nothing less. This is the stable state of mind we’re running towards. Always!

Struggle Is Real While Maintaining

4. ‘Mommy Guilt’ is really a thing.

I thought there’s no such thing as ‘mommy guilt,’ but the moment I started going to work leaving my 3-year-old behind, I knew it’s real. First things first, I couldn’t stand my baby crying as she saw me leave. I had seen more painful goodbyes, but it’s the worst, and I get to experience it every workday. And this ‘mommy guilt’ is just too big to ever leave me until I get back to my daughter and share a hearty laugh with her and feed her. That time of our reunion is the best; there’s nothing that can beat it. I never think I’m giving her enough time, which is probably true. I even have thoughts of quitting work altogether - of which I’m guilty of not being guilty! (And if you are indeed planning to take a career break, thismight help you.)

‘Mommy Guilt’ is really a thing

5. Being A Working Mom Throws Love Life Off The Track.

Be honest here. How many of us think about our partners? It’s an inevitable situation. I often forget thinking about my husband, who himself makes sure that things get done on time. Not only do I have the ‘mommy guilt,’ I also have a pang of persistent 'wife guilt.’ He’s always thinking about me, but I can never think enough about my child. We all know how much free time we can spare - none. So I have to ‘work’ extra at times to take out time for us. It is even more overwhelming for single mothers working hard to get things right and who are probably avoiding the dating scene to take care of their children. Evelyn Watts so wholly shares her challenges through her blog Breadwinningmama.com that I can’t get over them.

A Working Mom Throws Love Life

6. We Take Sick Leaves For Our Children More Than Ourselves.

Is there a provision at your office that allows you to take an off for your child? No, right? I utilize my sick leaves when my child gets sick, unpaid leaves when I have none left in my kitty. The money will come back, but my child’s health is at the top of my priority. What else am I earning for? Moreover, my two days’ leave extends when I eventually catch my child’s viruses or bacteria. Those days are even more challenging, but to be honest, they give me a break from my even more hectic life.

child’s health

7. Working Mom Means No Time For Hobbies.

It’s sort of an achievement if you can find time out for your child’s hobbies. The hush-and-rush lives that we live offer almost no time for ourselves. Most of us don’t sleep even for 5 hours and still don’t have enough time. We can’t ever sit and relax. “What’s your favorite hobby?” “Yeah! My son loves reading picture books.” But to be honest, I’ve been thinking of taking up a hobby class such as dancing or yoga - I love them both. And it is only considered healthy to. Working mother lists some hobbies that are considered healthy for working moms.

No Time For Hobbies

8. Plans Are Made To Be Shattered.

Either they’re never made, or they’re made to be broken. It’s a match made in heaven. Plans go off track, and we know that they will, but we don’t really care. Although we don’t make back-up plans, running a little late for work isn’t something to worry about anymore - it happens all the time. Canceling dinner dates with our spouses is also not a truly big deal either. I choose not to mention going out with friends; it’s a soft spot - I can cry. Still, to keep things a li’l organized, I use a daily planner. Check this blogpost that walks you through numerous ways of using daily planner apps or making one yourself.

Plans Are Made

9. We Are Always Anxious About Everything.

It isn’t only about our child. It’s about everything. Would I ever be able to achieve my career goals? Would I ever be able to spend quality time with my lovely man or woman? When am I going to get enough sleep? There’s a lot that’s going on in our life, and consequently, our head. But this isn’t a problem with just the working women: all moms have these thoughts. I know that I would still be here, at this point, even if I weren’t working. I am constantly worried about being looked down upon by my boss and colleagues. I take way more leaves than my fellows; even the number of days I’m working remotely exceeds my allowed limit. But I’m blessed with an understanding boss. It’s a luxury that not everybody enjoys, though. Anxiety has now become a part of my everyday life. Each moment I spend away from my daughter makes me anxious. And when any serious anxiety attack kicks in, I become obnoxious. That’s when I can’t stay away from my not-so-new-born anymore; I’m sure you can’t either. Each goodbye makes me anxious, just as each phone call from her does. I know the pain, so here are some ways you can reduce your parental anxiety.

Always Anxious

But We Are Proud Of Being Working Moms.

Our success as working moms overshines our struggles. We are proud of working for whatever reason and still being fully responsible moms. We take pride in whatever we do; we face challenges like a boss. However, it doesn’t mean that at-home moms don’t work. All of us are working moms. Each of us raises a human being that’s humane. We raise our children with the same love and manners. Each of us wishes the same for our children - good health, success, and prosperity. There’s nothing more we would want, but also nothing less. Motherhood is not a phase of life because it doesn’t end. Motherhood itself is life - it only ends with death. So we should celebrate it without thinking much. Also, we must not forget that it isn’t the last relationship we’re left to serve on earth!

Happy Mommy-ing!

References:

https://www.workingmother.com/blogs/energized-mom/12-truths-about-being-working-mom-survival-tips

https://thriveglobal.com/stories/working-moms-and-problems-they-face/

https://www.parents.com/parenting/work/life-balance/moms-balance-work-family/?slide=slide_2ea2abd1-dcd0-4c9d-ab5a-d9e5ef398a47#slide_2ea2abd1-dcd0-4c9d-ab5a-d9e5ef398a47

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The 4th Trimester: How Life Changes Postpartum

The 4th Trimester: How Life Changes Postpartum

Life Changes Postpartum

While a lot had already been sorted out, one worry that was still haunting me was that if I would be able to manage it all after the arrival of my baby. I had read and heard so much about delivering the child and the life afterward, that I thought my head would explode with the information and thoughts about finally having it in my hands.

I was nervous, obviously, but I was super-excited, too. I had already dreamt about my postpartum life, which I love to call my 4th trimester. Everybody had told me how it would be a life-changing experience and they did mention the dark sides too, but I was like, “No! This baby is all I’ve ever wanted. I can definitely lose sleep for it and shizz.”

And after 3 days of my due date, I gave birth naturally - like I’d wanted to. (I was happy that I made out of it alive!)

...and oh, did my life change!

Drastically so.

Though there are a lot of things that happen postpartum, I lost sleep indeed, but here are a few other things that I hadn’t thought would be so downright devastating.

Devastating

Voila! I still looked pregnant.

Out of all the things I’d read or heard, I completely missed this one point in plain sight. I thought I would be free of the big belly after the delivery. But no magic here… I didn’t. This wasn’t the first thing I realised but also not the last. Okay, I admit: I didn’t look 9 months pregnant, but I looked at least 6 months pregnant. I had to work my ass off to get back into shape - which took longer than I’d predicted.

Still looked pregnant

I referred to this 12-week postpartum workout planand it really helped me to get started on my weight loss plans.

Pooping was literally a pain in the ass.

Well, We just expel an entire mini-human being out of our vay-jay and think that it’s the last time it would hurt (until you plan to go through it again) but no. Pooping is another pain that you go through after delivery. And even thinking about it can send shivers down your spine. Although a friend of mine did mention this to me, I think I just didn’t care about it then. I would just advise you to drink a lot of water and cry it out, maybe! Hope it helps. If your doctor prescribes, you can also take a stool softener to make it better.

Pooping

Contractions? What?

“No period means no cramps! I’m free as long as I feed!” I’d thought. So efficiently had I forgotten that postpartum contractions just begin to occur after your uterus has delivered the baby to go back to its original shape and size. Among many more, pain killers were my new best friends.

Contractions

‘No period’ didn’t really mean nature would be easy on me.

We all know that the lean period means no menstrual period, yet we bleed - fancy calling it Lochia. I had stocked up on maternity pads already and was expecting that it would be easy - at least a bit. But it was way worse than my usual period! The flow of course varies from woman to woman, and mine flew like it would never stop. I really recommend buying some huge, granny pads to spare yourself from the misery it causes.

Lean period

Postpartum depression, baby blues - are real and every new mother is prone.

Just over a week after my daughter was born, I couldn’t think of anything or anyone else besides her. Seeing her was heartwarming initially but I sort of started feeling strange (guiltlessly blame it on them hormones). The feeding, holding her in my hands, her crying, her sleepy-smiles, her looking at me, my worries encircling her, and everything that I could and couldn’t think of was overwhelming. I would cry. A lot! There seemed no end to the misery. But my partner stood by me and my daughter’s smiles made it a lot better for me. Yet, the baby blues would still kick in whenever they wanted to. Nevertheless, I managed to cope with my spouse’s and our family’s support.

Postpartum depression baby blues

Postpartum depression is a more severe kind of depression that often onsets with baby blues, which are rather common. I was lucky that my symptoms didn’t turn into depression, but I’ve seen it happen to my best friend. She used to cry all the time and had difficulty bonding with her own baby. She wouldn’t talk to me or her family, or even her husband. She was lost; she couldn’t and wouldn’t take care of the child. This is a form of depression that brings out the worst in a mother - who is considered a godly figure. This made her believe that she wasn’t a good mother, which even worsened her situation. The reason why I’m detailing this is that it drives everyone around the sufferer crazy, too. There’s nothing worse than seeing a mother suffer from this pain (or anyone for that matter). She sometimes had thoughts of harming her newborn and the other times, her thoughts were for herself.

Thankfully, she got over it with adequate support and treatment.

We save the best for last, don’t we? Here come the best things that I experienced in my 4th trimester:

Mini clothes, swaddles, cribs and sheets, squeezy bottles, baby clothes, loungers, toys, and everything else is just too cute to handle.

I had my baby blues, true, but all these baby products - also, the baby - were too cute to handle. They would look straight into my eyes and ask me to touch them, cuddle them, and use them on my daughter. Breastfeeding was a little challenging for me in the initial couple of days so I had to rely on super squeezy bottles and nipples to feed my sweetpie. (Maternity bras, disposable underwear, and hot and cold gel pads became my best friends later!) I loved to use them. I loved how they’re made with utmost care and purity. I would really, really suggest you go for only the best ones. Try to look for 100% organic, parabens-, phthalates- and BPA-free products for your babies that ensure the safety of your baby for which I trust Rabitat. Toxicity is a real-world thing and it must not touch your baby. Ever.

Baby products

I became humbled.

I always contemplated it but hadn’t actually experienced it until the delivery. Postpartum isn’t such a pretty sight as they show in movies. It takes you out of you. You’re literally torn, don’t want to look at yourself in the mirror, and don’t want to go anywhere at all. You’re suddenly hit by baby blues when you thought those would be the best days of your life. It was a test of sorts of love. My husband’s unconditional love was at its peak and I realized how real it is. My in-laws were all sports. I couldn’t have wanted or dreamt of more. It humbled me and gave me the strength and wisdom to raise my daughter into a humble human being, and she’s doing great at it.

Humbled

Even after and along with the pain, child-birth is the best experience I’ve ever had.

Nothing can beat that. No gain in life and no achievement whatsoever. I had my bad days, I repeat, but they were outshone by the good days I had (and still have). The good days were the best days and I couldn’t thank God less. Her smile is the best in the world. Even though I didn’t fully understand and comprehend her emotions back then, I knew that she’s special to me. I know that she’s what will keep her parents together and inseparable. But she isn’t just that. She is the reason I smile and the reason I can forget everything else in the world. The fear of pooping, the pain of contractions, the bleeding, the baby blues - all were new and temporary. My baby’s smile and presence were permanent and ready to grow old. And so is my happiness.

 Child Birth

I hope you enjoy your 4th trimester the best way you should. I wish you and your bunny a happy, healthy life that fills yours with positivity and care.

Happy Mommy-ing! 

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Toddler Nutritional Needs

Toddler Nutritional Needs

Toddler’s Nutrition

We all know the importance of nutrition and a good, balanced diet, we often ignore it when it comes to us. But when our babies pop out in the world, nutrition, food, and diet suddenly become the most important words. Not to mention milk! Isn’t it what we trouble our mothers for even to this day?

So when my daughter was born, it was like a transformation of my whole world. It was like a new world had just been born and I wasn’t the same, nor was anybody else. All she did was cry or sleep. And I was ever-ready to feed her. Why? Because I inherently knew that even a little ignorance could lead to irreversible circumstances.

She is three now - and thankfully healthy. She has been trying to comply with my terms but isn’t very efficient at that. But that’s manageable.

Nutritional requirements are mostly the same for all of us. But it is believed that as they’re in their growing years, which also acts as a backup system for their adult life. Fulfilling a child’s nutritional requirements is anyway a top concern for all mothers, but sometimes, a lack of knowledge may result in unintended happenings.

Nutrition food and diet

Here’s a quick, brief guide to help you get away with all the concerns that don’t let you sleep at night:

Toddler Nutrition 101

Nutrients

Basically, our nutrients consist of macro- and micronutrients. Macronutrients are the nutrients that we require in larger amounts, while micronutrients are required in fewer amounts.

1. Macronutrients consist of:

  • Proteins: the best sources of proteins are lean meat, poultry, pulses, dairy, fish, soy products like tofu, seeds and nuts, beans and legumes. Proteins are super important as they make almost everything in our body, from our hair to bones to muscles. All enzymes that carry out extremely important biochemical reactions are essentially proteins. Proteins are more important than we think. ( Here’s an app that I use to calculate protein in my daughter’s diet.)
  • Carbohydrates: the best sources of carbs are wholewheat bread, rice, cereal, fresh fruits, vegetables, sweets and starchy foods, dairy, oats, quinoa, etc. Carbohydrates are sources of instant energy so make sure that you include these in not only meals but snacks too. (Desserts and fruit juices rich in sugar are also great sources but only meant for occasional treats.)
  • Fats: these are considered unhealthy but only the unhealthy saturated fatty acids are unhealthy; unsaturated fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids are very healthy and don’t make us fat. The best sources of healthy fatty acids are avocados, dark chocolate, fish, nuts, and oils such as olive, cheese, whole eggs, and chia seeds. Though fats are mostly energy-giving foods, healthy fatty acids also exhibit anti-inflammatory properties that keep your children safe from acute or chronic inflammation.

These are majorly body-building foods (proteins) and energy-giving foods (carbs and fats). They are extremely essential for a child’s growth years and should make a prominent portion of a toddler’s diet. Their primary function is to meet the body’s energy needs. In essence, a toddler requires foods containing macronutrients to be able to play, be full of energy, and grow in size.

2. Micronutrients consist of:

  • Minerals: they further consist of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, magnesium, chlorine, iodine, copper, and zinc. These are also required in different quantities but much lower than macronutrients. All these minerals have different sources, but overall, you must include: green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, broccoli, milk and dairy products, lean meat and fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, and nuts and seeds.

FYI: cow’s milk is low in iron, you’ll have to depend on enriched milks or other food sources for iron and limit the intake of it.

  • Vitamins: these are further divided into essential and non-essential vitamins. Essential vitamins can’t be produced in our body; they’re water-soluble and get flushed out of our body easily, and therefore, more of these need to be taken from food. Essential vitamins are - vitamins B complex and C; non-essential vitamins are - vitamins A, D, E and K.

They may have different sources but their requirements must be fulfilled. ( Here’s a comprehensive guide from NCBI that you can refer to for your child’s vitamin needs.)

Our body can make its own vitamin D under the skin in the presence of sunlight. So you and your child must get at least 5-15 minutes of direct sunlight exposure every day. Other sources of vitamins are mainly all the foods we’ve listed so far. This lists the functions and sources for all vitamins. Give them to your child as per their needs.

These aren’t required in larger quantities but are significantly important as they save us from various kinds of diseases. Minerals and vitamins are essential in body functions. Most of the functions performed by our body organs and biochemical reactions are impossible to occur in the absence of these. This is why a deficiency disease doesn’t lead to just one symptom, but a variety of seemingly unrelated symptoms.

Various kinds of diseases

You might feel that this is all. But no, there are other things too that should be a part of your child’s everyday meals.

Fiber

Fiber is a very important substance that is present in the skins of fruits and vegetables, fresh fruits, wholegrain bread and cereals, wholewheat, pasta, oats, pulses, beans, bananas, peas, and nuts and seeds, and more.

Many moms know that fiber is important but don’t know why. Fiber plays a remarkable role in maintaining proper digestion in not only the kids, but us too. It supports bowel movements and can, therefore, help a child with hurting tummy that can’t poop. It is also very beneficial in diarrhea, which we mostly can’t save our children from.

More than this, fiber keeps your child feeling full for longer, keeping him from wanting evening junk snacks. This ensures that your child stays away from developing unhealthy eating habits, which can also be concerning for some mothers.

Moreover, there’s some evidence that fiber may help to prevent diabetes.

So, to get your child a daily dose of fiber, you can give them the foods rich in fiber.

You can cook delicious whole wheat pasta full of veggies, sweet oatmeal topped with berries and bananas, or pulses the way they like. You might also want to switch flour bread and pasta with wholegrain and whole wheat ones, respectively, to feed your pumpkins healthy evening snacks.

Cook delicious

Probiotics and Prebiotics

One thing that most mothers miss out on is gut health. You might not know how important it is to maintain your child’s overall health. The gut is essentially the center of our body; it is the core. You can’t keep the other parts healthy if you avoid the core.

Our gastrointestinal passage is lined with innumerable colonies of microorganisms - predominantly bacteria - that are utterly beneficial to our overall health (it’s referred to as gut microbiota or microbiome). Of all the other functions they perform, they boost our immunity and aid in digestion. They are also known to produce some essential vitamins.

But since our children keep falling ill and are prone to infections due to already weak immune systems, going to the doctor to get prescription medications is unavoidable. These medications, particularly antibiotics, invariably kill the good gut bacteria too, because they can’t differentiate between the good and the bad. This further weakens the child’s immune system, which makes them way more prone to infections than they otherwise were. But this doesn’t imply that you shouldn’t give your child antibiotics as they could be absolutely necessary.

Whatever the case, many moms depend on home remedies to treat their children, while others trust and refer only to the doctor - and there’s no right stance here.

I know this makes you worried about your child’s health. But don’t worry, mother nature doesn’t fail to impress us. We have some naturally existing or synthetic foods called probiotics that contain living good bacteria, and those that can help the existing gut bacteria to flourish - prebiotics.

The best example of a natural probiotic is yogurt. And surprisingly, many children love to eat it. I make it a point to include yogurt in my daughter’s lunch every day.

It isn’t advised to eat it at night, so avoid its consumption at night.

Some other natural probiotics are sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi, some types of cheese, natto, miso, and buttermilk.

Some prebiotic foods are garlic, onions, bananas, leeks, asparagus, oats, and apples.

Prebiotic foods

Some other important tips:

  • Don’t force it on your child to eat, try to feed them when they’re hungry. Eating without a will is equivalent to eating nothing.
  • Help your child pick their favorites by giving them the freedom to choose from the options you choose for them. Also, give them the freedom to pick as much as they want.
  • Your child should feel hungry, but not all the time. If you find your child’s eating patterns abnormal, don’t hesitate to seek a doctor.
  • Milk is undeniably important but can’t be a substitute for your child’s meals. Don’t overgive it. Your child should drink no more than 2-3 cups a day as it can fill your child’s stomach and prevent them from eating other nutritious food.

Some Recipes to Your Rescue

Now, you must be wondering how you can make your kids eat all these healthy foods. So, I’ve curated a list of delicious, healthy and easy to cook dishes and snacks that you can make for your bundles of joy:

  1. Fruit & Nut Yogurt
  2. Popcorn (rich in fiber)
  3. Trail Mix (a mixture of nuts and dried fruits)
  4. Baked Vegetable Spring Rolls
  5. Veg/Non-Veg loaded Pizza with Whole Wheat Crust
  6. Blueberry/Banana Muffins
  7. Spinach Avocado Smoothie
  8. Lentil-Mushroom Burgers
  9. Energy Balls
  10. Banana Oat Cookies

I haven’t yet cooked all of these, but my daughter loves baked vegetable spring rolls; we sit together to enjoy them in our evening snacks. She, like all children, absolutely loves the healthy pizza that her mamma makes. Although the recipes aren’t mine, I would love to hear from you how they are so I know if my list requires an update.

Till then,

Happy Mommying and Daddying!

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Immunity - A Mother’s Biggest Concern

Immunity - A Mother’s Biggest Concern

Immunity

In a new initiative by Rabitat ‘Meet the Mom,’ we invited super moms Shweta, Radhika, and Neha to sit together and discuss the joys and issues that come with motherhood.

Shweta is a full-time mother of a three-year-old, a photographer, and a Social Media Influencer for countless moms and moms-to-be. Radhika is, again, a full-time mother of a three-year-old and an Independent HR Consultant. Neha is also a full-time mom of a 10-year-old and the Digital Marketing Head at Rabitat.

With Meet the Mom, we intend to share awesome tips, tricks and hacks with you all. We aren’t only focused on delivering the best baby products to you, we also believe that you should have the best time of your life being both the mother and the wife. Most importantly, we value your womanhood and the never-say-never spirit.

In this episode, the moms discuss the importance of immunity. The mothers also shared their tips, hacks, home remedies and things with us.

Immunity

No matter how old or young your child is, when they fall sick, your world falls off. I honestly can’t think about anything but taking my daughter to a safe place and ensuring that she never falls sick. But does a safe place even exist? I think not. The world is full of germs and I didn’t realize this until only three years ago!

So, obviously, you can’t make this world safe for your children, but you can give them some bodyguards. Immunity plays that exact role. It’s a feature that our bodies, fortunately, have to keep us safe from a variety of disease-causing bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other parasites like ringworms.

Building a child’s immunity is as important as giving them good clothes and good food. Since the immune systems of young human children aren’t well developed, they’re more vulnerable to infectious microorganisms than us adults. And at the same time, we can’t stop them from going to school or playgrounds, aka ‘breeding grounds for germs.’

Those TV ads freak me out even more. Damn those insects and rodents, I don’t have roaches and rats at my home but the mosquitoes and houseflies are way too smart. So, I have mosquito nets and repellents at home that I use with care - with care because repellants are chemicals and they should be used very cautiously, especially when kids are around.

So immunity is a big thing. The core of immunity is, of course, the immune system and our gut, which is home to several microorganisms that are good for us and help in digestion, immunity, and tonnes of other things. Our gut microbiome - as they call it - is much more important than we can imagine. Check this to know more.

And going by the stats, as Neha tells us, “An average 6-year-old falls ill 6-8 times in a year, and this is just cold, this doesn’t include diarrhea and other ear infections or whatever they’re picking up.

Though the numbers suggest that keeping them from falling ill isn’t normally avoidable, it isn’t impossible. Shweta, like all of us, spends most of her time researching how she can boost the immunity of her three-year-old son. She fairly believes that we can’t give them medication (like antibiotics) every time they fall sick because that can hamper the good bacteria that resides in their bodies and do tonnes of other things (read: side effects).

Then - the other factor that we just can’t act on is pollution - as Shweta points out, “I think we have our limitations because we can’t control the external factors.” And then, for the people living in Delhi, it’s even worse.

Putting her thoughts together, Shweta further reveals that her research has made her aware of the fact that “gut health is very important and actually holds the core of immunity.” So Shweta rightly advises, “You know, like the probiotics are something, which has to be there in the kids' meal.” So, therefore, you must include yogurt in your child’s daily diet - is a natural probiotic and hence great for health.

As the discussion proceeds, Neha reminds us of the magic potions that our grandmoms used to give us as kids - the ones we got in the winter and the summer, say to keep us from loos. These magic potions used to be brewed up in our own kitchens and we never had to visit the doctor. Whereas, nowadays, whenever anything happens to our children, the first thing that we do is dial the doctor.

One of the most common examples of these magic potions or ingredients is turmeric or haldi, which is excellent for a cold. Just add a pinch to milk and give it to your children or drink yourself. But, unfortunately, kids are the least excited to take such ‘magic potions’ - something that Neha dreads just like most of us. But don’t you worry, Shweta has a tip here - she suggests that you add a pinch or two of turmeric powder in water and give it to your child. I’m hopeful that it could help, maybe!

Shweta says, “I mean there are so many things but actually, you know, we don’t just think about these things.” Could we agree more? She also says that we prefer doctors over all these home remedies and hacks that our grannies taught us. And also, now there’s this universal doctor that you can meet without an appointment! Dr. G. It’s Google.

“Google! All the time!” remarks Neha and it’s cent percent relatable. Because we just don’t care. I’m sure even the doctors are scared of the possibly more powerful Dr. G because it holds the bogus potential of taking their jobs. Even before we can get to the doctor, we have already checked the whole list of symptoms related to our own or our child’s symptoms and the following diagnosis. Some of us are too confused because of the abundant, contradictory information available on the internet. Nevertheless, it’s been found that Google is not seen as a threat by General Practitionersand it could lead to a better understanding of the symptoms and the diagnosis.

Radhika believes and says, “But I think the more I speak to more of my friends, people are kind of going back to these old wive’s tales.” Which is - again - true. We all have our own potions or Kadhas recipes as an inheritance from our moms and grandmoms that come really handy whenever our child catches a cold or something. Neha reveals that even she gets it whenever it’s being made for her daughter to treat her cold- because, why not!

Also, it’s also very normal to give such a potion whenever you see the slightest of the symptoms because we don’t want our children to go through the agony - obviously. But Shweta and Radhika also discuss that many mothers hesitate from giving such things to their children - whatever be the reason - whether they’re skeptics or simply unaware. No comments on that because it is, after all, a personal choice individual to each mother and we know that the mother knows the best.

Further, the moms tell us their magic hacks to boost immunity or some other secret potions or ingredients that their mom or grandmom taught them about.

Some Health Hacks by the Mothers for the Mothers

Radhika, very confident in her secret hack, tells us that her magic ingredient is nutmeg or jaifal. “You have to shred it a little bit and just apply it on the nose and you sleep the night. And it works like a charm. No runny nose, no cough in the morning.” While I’ve never heard about it, I’m definitely going to try this one because I trust the moms I can relate with. You should too!

Shweta shares that she uses the spice as an ingredient in her meals whenever the weather’s changing, but this application is even surprising for her - as much as it is for us. So if you don’t yet include it, start doing it because not only does “it smell and taste good, it is also very effective during weather change.

Moving on to Shweta’s hack, she describes it as “very short, crisp, and very effective,” which it sure is - Tulsi (holy basil) water! She advises to give tulsi water to the children during weather change and it will work like a charm. Well, tulsi is definitely a magic plant. It is used in many home remedies, too. Have you ever triedtulsi tea, though? The aroma and the flavor are pretty relaxing.

Then comes the last but not the least hack that Neha has for you. She says, “My mom used to give it to us when we were kids… it’s honey and almonds. We would have a spoonful every time in the winter before going to school. And I swear I didn’t get cold as much as these kids get now.” We’re sure this simple hack is also yummy at the same time as it is effective! This hack, as Shweta inquires Neha, could also be the secret behind her glowing skin. And I’m sure we can try it too!

We hope that you’ve noted or saved these tips and use them whenever you find them useful. Remember that boosting your child’s immunity can act as a one-stop solution for all of their health-related problems.

Of all the celebrated luxuries of the world, health is a luxury that is still counted as basic. Remind yourself that it doesn’t come itself and, therefore, shouldn’t be taken for granted. Health requires a lot of work, too. But at the same time, you also don’t want to forget yourself while taking care of your child: because at the end of the day, the world becomes a whole circle where your child’s health follows yours and vice versa.

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How Important Being A Happy Mother Is!

How Important Being A Happy Mother Is!

Important Being A Happy Mother

In a new initiative by Rabitat ‘ Meet the Mom,’ we invited super moms Shweta, Radhika, and Neha to discuss the joys and issues that come with motherhood.

Shweta is a full-time mother of a three-year-old, a photographer, and a Social Media Influencer for many moms and moms-to-be. Radhika is again a full-time mother of a three-year-old and an independent HR Consultant. Neha is also a full-time mom of a 10-year-old and Digital Marketing Head at Rabitat.

With Meet the Mom, we intend to share awesome tips, tricks and hacks with you all. We aren’t only focused on delivering the best baby products to you, we also believe that you should have the best time of your life being both a mother and a wife. Most importantly, we value your womanhood and the never-say-never spirit.

A Happy Mother = Happy Child

In this episode, the three moms discussed the challenges we all encounter when it comes to keeping ourselves happy. Even though I know that happiness is something that comes from within, I still have to look out for reasons to be happy. Like it isn't easy to be where you are at the moment. The mind is always (always!) running from here to there and you just can't help but sit and try to catch up with the world.

So, as the conversation starts, Neha asks the two mothers about it. And I totally agree with Radhika when she says, "A happy mom for sure equals a happy baby. If you’re not happy, your child, no matter how young he is, is surely feeding off your energy, the vibe, you know, that’s in the house. So, like you said, it’s a huge challenge to keep yourself happy. Specially at the time when you just deliver."

The Baby Blues

Do you remember? Remember the time when you'd just delivered an entire human growing in your body? I mean, remember the baby blues? My days were amazingly annoying. I was on the top of the world at one point and on the opposite the other times. But one of my friends had it way worse - she suffered from postpartum depression and I can never ever ever describe the pain as I saw it. Damn. Those days are just weird in their own peculiar way and you can't understand what's going on. Whatever your homies say, I recommend you to get help whenever you feel the situation to be getting out of your hand. Please.

Information Overload

Coming back to the discussion, Neha brings up this one point - "There's so much advice floating around… And now, I mean, you’re running back to your doctor for every little thing! And you’re also getting a lot of information at home. 'Do this, don’t listen to the doctor, they don’t know anything.'" Okay so, can you relate as much as I can? I mean, this actually pierced through my heart because of how much I can relate with this. So we run back and forth the doctor, our mothers, sisters, and grandmothers give us innumerable mini packets of information that aren't easy to process, at least I wasn't able to process them. So there's an information overload and then there's the internet! I still think about that time and trust me, my head is about to explode! (I, in fact, still have those moments because my daughter is only three.)

If you're going to be a mom and you expect yourself to be enveloped with so much information, listen to what Shweta has to say, "The moment I delivered I told my mom, I said: You need to follow me now. Done with those times now where you say “I’ve also delivered” and all that, whatever my gynae says, whatever my pediac says, I’m gonna follow that because I’m a new mom. Let me experience it myself."

No no no, don't get us wrong. The only thing you can do in such a situation is to decide and rely on one source of information, whether it's your doctor or anybody else that's educated enough to guide you. When you have a lot of sources of information, chances are that the information will overlap and often be contradictory, which is likely to leave you muddled and in the middle of nowhere. And - of course - everybody is meaning well, they only want to make it easier for you, as Radhika tells us, but it's equally important to not get confused and lost. It's important that you don't second guess yourself because you actually don't know what you have to do with the baby.

If I tell you my story, my daughter was only 3 weeks old when she got this fever that scared the hell out of me. Everyone around me was telling me to calm down but I couldn't. I was freaking out. But I decided to go to the pediatrician and get help. The doctor not only helped me understand that there was nothing to worry about, but I also realized that there's a lot that we don't see. No offence to anybody, but my mom was fully with me in this, she's always advised me to go to the doctor because there is always something they know more than us. And they're definitely usually more experienced than any of us. But what happened was that I ended up second guessing myself because it was so hard on me. I realized that my baby is another human altogether. She isn't just a doll that I only have to feed and play with.

Lifestyle Changes Add to it

Then there's not just the hormones that are giving us the 'blues,' it's also a lot of other things. Many mothers have to take a break from their well-established careers, many have to drastically change their lifestyles, many even end up doing what they'd pledged to never do - I am one! I had decided to never be the stay-at-home kind of mom. I've always liked going out. I'm the one that doesn't enjoy sleeping on weekends, I'm the one that holidays… the one that's always on the go. This is something that changed after I delivered my daughter. And it wasn't even something I could control. It came inherently. I didn't have to force myself, I just did it. My daughter is three now and I can't go on holidays as much as I used to.

And I know I am not alone when I hear Shweta explain it too, "You know, you’re doubting yourself; you don’t wanna go out. Then there’s a baby, there’s so much happening in your life, career, again, a question mark… And then... I'm a new person; a completely new person, again, with a new person in my hands. So there's so much happening around you… if you’re not keeping yourself motivated, believing in yourself then you’re just gonna lose it completely. Your sanity is something... you have to have it intact - no matter what is happening around!" Shweta says so much and it actually communicates the feeling with me too well.

On this, Neha comments that the mother starts to feel invisible as soon as the baby comes and becomes the focus. This makes the mother's happiness to take the backseat and something unimportant. "Nobody thinks about it and it's not even something that's discussed!" - She explains.

Shweta further adds that after she left her career of 10 years post the arrival of her child, that is when she actually thought about getting back to her forgotten passion of photography, which she started working on again and became the successful Instagram influencer she is today. While she admits that her work isn't really considered as 'work,' but it helped her because she got something to hold on to, something to fill her days with. Then the conversation leads to them husbands! Ahh, unbeatable. Shweta points out that no matter how much her husband loves her, he couldn't understand her at that point in her life. And I am not very happy to admit that I have been through the same. I guess we all have.

Radhika believes and says, “But I think the more I speak to more of my friends, people are kind of going back to these old wive’s tales.” Which is - again - true. We all have our own potions or Kadhas recipes as an inheritance from our moms and grandmoms that come really handy whenever our child catches a cold or something. Neha reveals that even she gets it whenever it’s being made for her daughter to treat her cold- because, why not!

Girlfriends are a Blessing for New Mothers

Referring to the period of the blue days, Radhika tells us that she totally gives it to her sisters and girlfriends. She tells us that she always looked to them during her lean period as she "really thought that they were the people who could understand what she was going through."

"They can relate to it, even if they don't, you're not looking for advice. Sometimes you're just looking for someone to listen to you." Which I agree with. Hands down. You really need to vent, you want someone to listen to you and just that. No advice on what to do with the baby, the stitches, the stretch marks or the belly! So having that support system is very important and all of us must lend each other willing ears that don't give up on the never-ending stories of pain and happiness.

And then, you know, you have to look for happiness inside you to be happy on the outside too. But I feel that it's easier said than done. Finding inner happiness in the midst of the chaos is… impossible, unless you have something to divert your mind to.

If you ever find yourself in a situation like that, where you're super confused about how to forget the baby for some time - which is equally important for you as well as the baby's health - you have to take Neha's advice. She suggests getting into conversations that don't include the baby. And your friends are the only ones that can make it possible because your husband and family are still focused on the mewborn. "That's where the mother doesn't just feel like a milch cow, and she can be herself. She's more than a mother… she isn't just somebody's mummy." She adds.

Tips from the Mammas for the Mammas

Neha then asks the mums the one thing that they do for themselves - minus the husbands and girlfriends, something pure indulgence to find their peace and happiness.

Radhika says that she takes off to the hills to be by herself or with her friends. I love this tip!

Shweta has it even simpler and kind of inexpensive! She names it - a simple blow dry. She gets it and is home all happy and cheerful and enjoys some music at her home to extend the happy period. I love this tip too! I am not exactly sure how that works but it works wonders. I am sure it would work wonders for you all too.

Sharing her own thing, Neha agrees with Radhika and finds her happiness in the hills. She sends her daughter off for a short weekend when she packs her bags and goes travelling with her husband or friends.

And here's one rule from Neha that I personally feel everyone should follow - plan your trips such that one is with the child and one is without it. So you don't always feel guilty of being too much with or away from them. Even if you're guilty - cope with it because balance is critical.

So while you're planning to do things for your infant's happiness, it's actually more important to be happy yourself because the child feeds off your vibe. If you aren't happy, your child can't be happy. Give your child an elated, cheerful environment in which they can grow up to be healthy and positive. Remember, positivity brings prosperity and happiness brings health.

So pack your bags or go to the salon - or whatever makes you happy. Just let your hormones take you higher than lower.

Happy Mommy-ing! 

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Tips & Tricks to Break The Ice

Tips & Tricks to Break The Ice

Tips & Tricks

Here are some tips for getting involved with your baby.

You might feel overwhelmed at first, but brand-new dads come fully equipped for fatherhood. Fathers are just as good as mothers at recognising and responding to the needs of their newborns. Here are some tips for getting involved with your baby.

Fatherhood

Try to help with everything

Nappy changing, bathing, burping, feeding -these are all great ways to bond with your baby. Parenting skills are partly a matter of practice – you get better and more confident the more hands-on experience you get.

Help with everything

Display your affection

When you show your baby affection and respond to your baby’s cues a natural hormone called oxytocin is released in your baby’s brain. This hormone makes your baby feel good. It also builds connections between nerve cells, stimulating brain development.

Show your baby affection

Keep at it daddy!

Resist the urge to hand your baby back to mommy when things get demanding. One-on-one time will build your confidence and skills.

Keep at it daddy

Lets spend some quality one on one time

Try and spend some alone time with your baby, this is a really important part of developing a strong and lasting bond. It’s also great for the new mum, who’ll get a much-needed break.

Spend some quality one on one time

Walk The Talk

While you’re caring for your baby, try talking to your little one about what you’re doing. For example, ‘Let’s get dressed now – on goes your top’. these small gestures help your newborn feel content and protected.Talk is like brain food for babies. It helps them build language and communication skills from the time they’re born. Babies don’t have to understand words to benefit from talking. Time spent with the baby in the early weeks and months should provide a positive foundation for the developing relationship as the child grows, making fatherhood more rewarding and enjoyable. P.S your efforts with the baby will help strengthen your bond with your partner.

Walk The Talk

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Winter Bundle

Winter Bundle

Winter Bundle

5 tips for winter babies

If your bundle of joy is due this winter, we’ve put together some top tips for making sure you’re prepared – including essential advice for keeping your baby warm, cosy, healthy and happy! Layers to love Winter dressing is all about layers, along with clothes hats, socks and booties are also essential, and remember to check your baby’s body temperature periodically. If they’re sweaty or red-faced you might need to strip off a layer and let them cool off a little.

Healthy and happy

Winter Care

Winter babies can be prone to the coughs and sniffles that circulate this time of year. Stock your toiletry kit with hand sanitiser and wash hands regularly to keep germs away. Have a good quality baby moisturiser and nappy barrier cream on hand to keep skin healthy in the dry winter air.

Winter Care

Keep Them Close

Babies love close contact, and a baby carrier is a great way to keep bub snuggly, warm and close to your body. Cuddle and snuggle!

Keep Them Close

Bath Rituals

Keep bathtime fun and cozy, and have some large hooded towels on hand so you can dry baby quickly and keep their head warm as soon as they’re out of the water.

Bath Rituals

Show yourself some love!

You might face some challenges while breastfeeding in cooler weather. Invest in some layered nursing tops with easy-access clothes so you’re cozy and comfortable too.

Show yourself some love!

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I am travelling

I am travelling

Carry plenty of snacks and fluids

Be sure to pack nonperishable foods. Keep baby hydrated because airplanes are drying. Don't forget to bring a sippy cup or bottle -- something to suck on to help relieve air pressure, especially during take-off and landing.

Carry plenty of snacks and fluids

Bring lots of extra clothing and diapers

If traveling by plane, dress your baby or toddler in layers that can be taken off if your child gets too hot, or layered back on if your child gets too cold. A cold baby is a crying baby. And remember, whether you are traveling by plane or by car, messes can happen, so always have an extra outfit and diapers close by and easily accessible.

Lots of extra clothing and diapers

Bring your child's favourite toys

Make sure you bring only soft toys - nothing that has sharp edges or that can hurt him if there is turbulence. Having his favourite toys with him will help him feel secure and comfortable, and keep him happily occupied.

Child's favourite toys

 

Pack fun times that have to do with the places you are visiting

Bring snacks that are special to your final destination. Tell him stories about the places you are going. Pack a portable DVD or load up your iPad with apps or games. Also, include games and storybooks about the countries or states you will be visiting. Thus, a family trip can become both a fun and memorable journey, as well as a teachable moment.

Places you are visiting

Consider scheduling trips around your child's sleep time

Your child can get into his jammies as soon as he gets onboard a plane or into a car, and, fingers crossed, go right to sleep.

Child's sleep time

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Baby Moon

Baby Moon

Baby Moon

DISCOVER

If your bundle of joy is due this winter, we’ve put together some top tips for making sure you’re prepared – including essential advice for keeping your baby warm, cosy, healthy and happy!

PRE-ARRIVAL DEPARTURE Top destinations for a babymoon Planning a getaway to switch off and enjoy each other’s company before life shifts up a gear is a great idea. So get planning and whisk yourselves away to one these romantic destinations. Consult your gynecologist before you plan the trip, you should also ensure you take your medical notes, check that your travel insurance covers you for pregnancy-related issues and, if you are going abroad, research the nearest medical facilities and hospitals – you’re unlikely to need them, but for your own peace of mind it's good to know where they are and which are considered the best.

Babymoon Planning

Sunkissed

Looking to top up your Vitamin D levels before baby arrives? A beach holiday provides for the perfect opportunity to binge on delicious seafood and gorge on luscious tropical fruits. The beach will help calm you and your pregnancy hormones.

Looking to top up your Vitamin D

Queen of Hills

Ask any parent what they crave most, and they'll probably reply with some peace and quiet! So before you have your baby, why not head to a tranquil hill-station where you can tune into nature and switch off from your busy life? So pack your favourite book and leave for scenic views.

Queen of Hills

City Seekers

A babymoon is the time to tick off lots of things that, as the parents of a newborn, you soon won’t be able to do – and a big City has it all! From fancy restaurants to shopping malls this break can be the perfect time to shop for the baby together. Make sure you catch a blissfully romantic meal before you head back home.

City Seekers

Resort Restoration

Can’t take a long break or travel too far? For something closer to home, you can’t beat a few nights at an exotic resort near you. These Retreats have a lot to offer, wake up to lavish breakfast spreads and relax by the pool all day, enjoy the services and amenities that these properties offer.

Resort Restoration

Spa Sanctuary

Experts say that the stress hormone cortisol can cross the placenta so it’s a really good idea to avoid anxiety and stress – which, let’s face it, isn’t always easy in modern life! So heading to a spa, where you’re almost forced to switch off, can be just the ticket. Remember to avoid Jacuzzis and hot tubs, though, as elevated temperatures pose a risk when you’re pregnant. Whether you choose a country side hotel or a city spa, check out the available range of pregnancy treatments before you book.

Spa Sanctuary

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Tips for Disciplining Your Toddler!

Tips for Disciplining Your Toddler!

Disciplining Your Toddler!

Pick Your Battles

"If you're always saying, 'No, no, no,' your child will tune out the no and won't understand your priorities,"Define what's important to you, set limits accordingly, and follow through with appropriate consequences. Then ease up on little things that are annoying but otherwise fall into the "who cares?" category—the habits your child is likely to outgrow, such as insisting on wearing purple (and only purple).

Pick Your Battles

Don’t Get Emotional

Sure, it's hard to stay calm when you are running late for work and your kids refuse to follow simple instructions.But if you scream in anger, the message you're trying to send will get lost and the situation will escalate, fast. "When a child is flooded with a parent's negative mood, he'll see the emotion and won't hear what you're saying,” Indeed, an angry reaction will only enhance the entertainment value for your child, so resist the urge to raise your voice. Take a deep breath, count to three, and get down to your child's eye level. Be fast and firm, serious and stern when you deliver the reprimand.

Don’t Get Emotional

Listen and Repeat

Kids feel better when they know they have been heard, so whenever possible, repeat your child's concerns. If she's whining in the grocery store because you won't let her open the cookies, say something like: "It sounds like you're mad at me because I won't let you open the cookies until we get home. I'm sorry you feel that way, but the store won't let us open things until they're paid for. That's its policy." This won't satisfy her urge, but it will reduce her anger and defuse the conflict.

Listen and Repeat

Reward Good Behaviour

It's highly unlikely that your child will always do whatever you say. If that happened, you'd have to think about what might be wrong with her! Normal kids resist control, and they know when you're asking them to do something they don't want to do. They then feel justified in resisting you. In cases in which they do behave appropriately, a prize is like a spoonful of sugar: It helps the medicine go down. Judicious use of special treats and prizes is just one more way to show your child you're aware and respectful of his feelings. This, more than anything, gives credibility to your discipline demands.

Reward Good Behaviour

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Safe co sleeping with newborn

Safe co sleeping with newborn

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Newborn Sleep

When your young child comes, they are so precious. You like them so much that you never ever want to leave their side. You desire them to copulate you since you wish to shield them and don’t intend to lose out on any kind of minute that you might potentially show them.

There are some threats to copulating your young babies though. The majority of encourage to copulate them just when they know just how to sleep sacks even more like an grownup. There is an simple remedy for those that want to sleep sacks with your children but intend to prevent any type of dangers.

Co-sleepers are fantastic for any kind of safe co sleeping with newborn and their moms and dads. A co-sleeper is a carrycot that attaches to the side of your bed and has an opening to the bed. Your youngster is now just an arms length far from you.

But there are other schools of thought that doubt the security elements of a child sleeping with it’s moms and dads; the infant runs a risk of being stifled or laid upon, and even hanging itself from the headboard. Children are exceptionally fragile and also if you are thinking about co-sleeping with your child there are some security ideas that you have to take into consideration.

Change your duvet with sheet and also blankets.

Infants do not require cushions till they are over a years of age.

See to it that your cushion is close suitable to the head board. If there is also a little space they can slip through it and also hang themselves.

Make use of a bed guard or make certain the bed is close to the wall to stop your child from rolling out of the bed.

A newborn must be put to sleep sacks on it’s back; when they are older and also can move by themselves they may prefer to sleep sacks on their side.

If you are overtired it is not risk-free to copulate your baby.

Attempt to get them to sleep sacks in a cot initially; they will certainly be less most likely to depend on you existing to reach rest.

NEVER EVER sleep with your infant if you have had an alcoholic drink, are weak, if you smoke or have actually taken medications, also prescription medication.

Co-sleeping is terrific for both parent as well as youngster, and also does create a special bond. Nonetheless it also can put a pressure on a collaboration if your baby gets into the marital bed. Likewise remember they can disturb your sleep sacks with constant motion as well as sound. If you are thinking about co-sleeping I would suggest that you check into the pro’s as well as disadvantage’s very carefully to uncover if it is the right option for you.

No matter what dimension your bed is you can find a swaddles that will certainly benefit you. For those of you who are like me and also love your economy size bed, or simply have a bed that rests a little bit greater, there are simple leg extensions that you can buy for your swaddles.

These also make late night feeding perfect for both the mother and also child. You do not need to leave your bed to feed, as well as your youngster will still be in the same warm and comfy environment.

Many ladies can stagnate in and out of bed very easily because of a cesarean section. Due to the fact that cesarean areas can make the first pair weeks a little more challenging on you and also your infant, these co-sleepers might really assist a lot.

Some have actually located that co-sleepers can be too large for their room and doesn’t fit specifically how they would such as. For those of you that are already going for area in your bedroom there is an simple option. Co-sleepers have actually also been made in a ‘mini’ dimension now.

If you locate that you wish to secure your infant from any injury but likewise wish to comfort of sleeping with them, you need to obtain a co sleeper. They are comfortable as well as risk-free for any kid.

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Newborn Sleep Cycle

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Newborn Sleep Cycle

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For new parents handling and understanding the needs of baby is often very difficult. They get stressed on little things, sometimes over protective and confused which make them tired and exhausted. Parents usually get worried and fatigued because of the untimely sleep pattern of their newborn.

Here we have a little guide on the sleep cycle of a newborn which will help parents learn more about their baby’s sleep schedule.

THE SLEEP PATTERN OF A NEWBORN

The baby in his early weeks sleep most of the day and night in his swaddle and only wakes up to get feeding. The sleep pattern is set of small naps usually of 3-4 hours. Babies generally sleep a total of 16-18 hours in every 24 hours which includes 8-9 hours of nap during day time and almost same hours of dozing at night. Newborns have small appetite so they need to get nourishment after every few hours whether its day or night and when the stomach is full they are again off to sleep. As the baby grows he requires less sleep which means more playtime, this time period is the most wonderful part of being a parent.

SIGNS OF SLEEP

The baby is too small to understand that it’s the time for bed or that he is tired and needs a nap. Instead when the little one is drained he becomes fussy, starts rubbing his eyes due to sleepiness, starts looking away or yawns. These are the signs that it is time to put the little one on his baby crib. It is important for parents to recognize the indication of sleep readiness and help the baby to fall asleep by providing the environment that is safe and comfortable. To make a baby sleep and to assure that he takes a good nap it is important to make the baby bedding comfortable and soft by baby bedding sheets and crib mattress.

HELP THE BABY TO HAVE A GOOD SLEEP

When the newborn is resting in his baby nest he often wakes up in the middle of his nap, it might be due to any harsh sound or disturbance or even sometimes because his own hand and feet movements, if the environment is sleep friendly, i.e. lights are dim and no harsh sounds, and a reassuring hand of a familiar person is there the baby will fall asleep within few minutes again by himself.

CAUTIONS TO TAKE WHILE SLEEPING

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that the infants under the age of 1 year should sleep on their backs to lower the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). When the baby sleeps on their back it helps them to breathe properly by not letting to form the blockage of nose and mouth.

Parents usually complain that their baby sleeps more peacefully on their tummy. It might be true in some cases but it has a lot of risk. The babies will adjust to sleep on their back after few attempts if the caregiver starts placing them on their backs every time when they are off to sleep.

References

https://www.chop.edu/conditions-diseases/newborn-sleep-patterns

https://www.ncemch.org/suid-sids/documents/SIDRC/BackToSleep.pdf

https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?contenttypeid=90&contentid

https://www.ounce.org/pdfs/better_sleep.pdf

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Everything you need to know about breastfeeding

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Everything you need to know about breastfeeding

Effath Yasmin

Effath Yasmin
Leading International Board Certified lactation Consultant.

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First Golden Hour

A newborn has an innate ability to survive and thrive if we allow the primal reflexes to kick-in as a sequence during the birth of the baby.  During a safe and supported birth within an empowering birth environment, the newborn often undergoes a quiet alert phase, which has been referred to as the first phase or simply the Breast Crawl.

When the newborn is placed skin to skin on the  mother's breasts chest shortly after birth, baby is able to move closer to the breasts and attach to the mother’s breast and initiate suckling. Studies show us that baby’s alertness gradually decreased within 150 minutes after birth, when baby usually becomes more drowsy & sleepy. This confirms the importance of first golden hour being critical to allow integration of many sensory, motor and neuro-endocrine inputs to facilitate a ‘Breast Crawl’ soon after birth. This helps mother and baby deeply bond in a natural, undisturbed way and maximise the opportunity for the baby to prime the milk receptors to stimulate and increase milk production for the mother for the natural term breastfeeding.

During the Breast Crawl Babies uses all senses to explore that world of bonding. The smell of the dark potion of the breasts is similar to the amniotic fluid which guides in the movement along with eyes to look at mothers' face, ears to hear her reassuring voice.

The first golden hour Breastfeeding is also a boost to mother ability to improved breast milk production and facilities in loss of blood.

First 6 Months

Breastfeeding is a normal natural way to provide growth and development both nutritionally and physically of babies. The official statement by multiple breastfeeding advocacy organization in the world recommend exclusively breastfeeding for the first six months of life to support optimal growth, development and health. Complementary food is recommended to be introduced, mostly around the middle of the first year to support baby optimal development.

During the early breastfeeding months, it is important to remember to nurse the baby before offering solids, because mother’s milk continues to have far more calories and nutrition than solids food. The first six months of weaning during the first year of the bay is to explore taste, texture and color of the solid food variety. This is building a relationship with food safely and enjoyably. This has a life long impact. that the small amounts of healthy solids that can be consumed.

Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months will mean only breast milk without mixing it with water, no other solid of liquids, herbal preparations or other food except remedies and medications when required. Exclusively supports optimal gut flora and microbiome that behaves as the shield of immunity for the baby from risk of gastrointestinal infection, diarrhea, pneumonia, otitis media and urinary tract infection among other risks. For the mother breastfeeding exclusively reduces risk for developing postpartum depression, Type 2 diabetes, and cancer. Exclusive Breastfeeding is also a method of birth control called Lactational Amenorrhea Method of birth control, or LAM. This method has been reported to be 98-99.5% effective in preventing pregnancy as long as exclusivity is maintained with no mixed feeding methods.

First Tooth

Its that time that many mothers dread & decide to stop breastfeeding when they first notice a tooth erupting in their mouth. Usually this is because they might fear that  baby will nip the breast during a feeding session or because the mother fears she will be bitten. It's also the time when during the first phase of teething is experienced by many mothers as one of the most common causes of frequent night waking and frequent feeding for baby. Infact this might be the case fussy nursing behavior due to experience of discomfort in the gums. The only way baby can find comfort sometimes can be suckling at the mother’s breast. During these intermittent phases which run into second year baby’s behaviour at the breast can also resemble staying longer at the breast or even pulling off and crying and wanting to go back to the breast again. 

This can be extremely overwhelming for the mother and frustrating for the baby. To help baby and mother teething homeopathic pills have been known to be very useful. Also baby can be given a cold washcloth to chew on before feeds to help with gum discomfort. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy can be extremely helpful as well to help restore comfort and regulation for both mother and baby.

First Weaning

Weaning from the breast is usually a slow and gradual process starting during the time of complementary food introduced yet weaning is an interactive process between the mother and her baby. It might help to know baby can be completely be trusted to wean himself as his need for security and comfort slowly get fulfilled over the toddler years and is not a habit that needs to be broken. This is a milestone reached at their own internal pace and like walking, talking and other milestones are different for each child.

La Leche League International organisation that supports breastfeeding mothers all across the world recommend gentle weaning methods rather than methods that might harm the trust in the relationship that has been built with nurturing at the breasts. Need for sucking is real for babies which is separate from sucking for nutrition. Sometimes weaning too fast might hamper the milk supply for the mothers or also it might result in babies resort to thumb sucking, sucking on fingers, hair, blankets and pacifiers. 

According to Norma Jane Bumgarner in her book "Mothering your Nursing Toddler" says "..a baby is learning to trust and depend on other human beings, especially his mother and to suppose that nutrition is primary significance and that attachment is secondary will be a mistake." therefore helping baby to drop her first feed naturally will be gradual weaning process as needs are being met.

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Art, Colours and Children!

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Art, Colours and Children!

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Have you noticed how children’s classrooms, reading books, hospital wings, even their clothes are so colourful. I don’t think the colour grey comes to mind when we think 'kids'.

This is because colours help in expression and communication. While we wait for the human brain to continue to develop intellectually over the course of infancy, childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, waiting for these kids to keep getting smarter, they need to take advantage of as much audio and visual aids as much as possible to help them process emotions, complexities of the social world and all the new information and knowledge they are bombarded with on daily basis.

The reason why Art Therapy has taken eminence over the years is precisely because of the advantages it presents. Thankfully, this is also something that can be pursued in the safety of our homes during these trying times with the lingering fear of Covid 19. When it comes to Art there is no right or wrong.

There is no why! Infact art helps in processing not only conscious emotions and thought processes but also helps in liberating those in our subconscious or unconscious.

Have you ever been surprised by something you were mindlessly doodling on a piece of paper and it turned into a specific shape? Just like that the process of drawing, giving shape to their thoughts, adding colours, helps children give a voice to what they are feeling, thinking, what they desire, what they don’t like or want without having to struggle with socially appropriate words and communication styles which they are yet to learn.

This is specially advantageous when struggling with managing difficult emotions in children during the lockdown when they already have restrictions of physical and social boundaries imposed on them. Everytime I have children visiting my therapy set up they always find a few games, colourful blocks and puzzles-but one “must” item which is an instant hit is the art file and a few blank sheets with crayons and sketch pens and sometimes even paints!

I am amazed at every time how they are able to express “how I feel” while drawing, it could be a simple circle indicating this is a person and a cross over that circle indicating I’m angry with them or I don’t want them around.

They even learn to vent out all that anger and progress to forgiveness and express away all the things that make them happy. You would be surprised to learn all the hidden love, anger, confusion, fears, joys in your 5 year olds' or 10 year old's mind when they get a chance to express it on a blank sheet of paper with a few colours.

Good news is that it requires no artistic skills or training. However it is important to keep in mind that while using art as a way to express and encourage kids to process their emotions, Art Therapy is a more formal therapeutic technique used by a trained professional in conjunction with other therapeutic techniques such as talk therapy to facilitate change, processing trauma or complex emotions, which helps to develop healthy communication skills and awareness of emotions and ways to regulate them.

So I strongly recommend taking advantage of this medium especially when it comes at no extra cost, easy to manage while staying indoors and helps the parent or the supervising adult remain sane while managing their child's behaviour and emotions.

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Quick and easy breakfast ideas for kids

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Quick And Easy Breakfast Ideas For Kids.

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Action packed mornings call for smart products that allow the day to flow without interruption.

I start my day before my kids wake up to prepare their hot breakfast. I pack this in the Rabitat insulated food jar that keeps it warm while I carry on with my day.

Once Aarav is ready for breakfast, he unpacks the Meal Mate which has a top section to keep a dry snack - I generally put some nuts, dry fruits or makhana and below the hot breakfast for the day.

To encourage independence - unpack, eat, pack on your own this is a top quality product.

Keeps the food hot (12 hrs) or cold (24 hrs)

Made with food grade 18/8 stainless steel

Comes in a child friend design

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Yummy Oats with the goodness of Khajur and Nuts

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats (instant oats)
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 date deseeded
  • 8-10 assorted nuts
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 1 t jaggery powder

To Make

  • 1. Heat the milk and water in a saucepan.
  • 2. Add in the oats and stir. Cook over low heat
  • 3. Shred the date and mix with oats.
  • 4. Cover and cook over low flame for 7-8 minutes stirring once in a while.
  • 5. Cut the heat and allow to cool slightly.
  • 6. In a mini pan, heat the ghee and toss in the nuts.
  • 7. Stir and cook for a couple minutes. Throw in the jaggery powder and mix.
  • 8. Mix in the nuts with the oats right before eating.

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Breakfast Recipes for Toddlers

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5 Fun Breakfast Recipes for Toddlers and their Health Benefits

A well fed child is a happy child. And we all know how important eating a balanced diet is. But... don’t dare and discuss it with your fussy eater. They’ll roll their eyes. One thing,
because they don’t like hearing anything that sounds lecture-y; second, they don’t care about food unless it’s fried, sweet, or snacky. Therefore, we’ve gathered some awesome ideas to make feeding your sweet, little kid easier.

Along with the recipes, we’ll also discuss briefly what nutritional requirements they fulfill.

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1. Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

These pancakes aren’t originally Indian and therefore attract toddlers even more. You just have to mention something fancy and they come running to eat. But as a parent or a guardian, your job is to make such foods not only delicious, but also absolutely healthy. And whole wheat banana pancakes sets an awesome example!

Recipe by: Cookie+Kate

Dry ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (not soda!)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon (ground)
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt

Wet ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • ⅔ cup milk of choice (animal/vegan)
  • 2 large bananas - 1 mashed, 1 sliced for toppings
  • 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter or coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sugar (as per your taste) or honey
Banana Pancakes

Toppings: maple syrup, honey, chocolate/strawberry sauce, sliced banana, butter, or anything your child enjoys.

What to do:

  • 1. Mix the dry and the wet ingredients in two separate bowls.
  • 2. Whisk all the ingredients to combine them so there are no lumps.
  • 3. Heat your pan until it’s hot enough to sizzle a water drop and grease it if required.
  • 4. Pour a little batter on the pan (you don’t need to manually spread it).
  • 5. Turn it over when you see bubbles on the surface. The perimeter will also turn matte from glossy. Cook the other side for a minute or until it’s golden-brown.
  • 6. Serve it immediately with toppings of choice.

REPEAT with the remaining batter.

Health benefits of Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes:

Whole wheat banana pancakes is a smart replacement for regular pancakes. The whole wheat substitute for all purpose flour makes the pancakes offer tonnes of health benefits and are also more filling because of being loaded with fibre. (All purpose flour is super refined and therefore very low in fibre.)

Whole wheat is loaded with dietary fibre, vitamins A, B complex, C, D, E and K, and minerals potassium, calcium, selenium, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, and folate..

Bananas, on the other hand, are 75% water, rich in vitamin B6 and C and potassium, and offer many health benefits. They’re also a source of antioxidants catechin and dopamine.

Eggs are a great source of healthy fatty acids and are said to increase the levels of good cholesterol HDL in the body. They’re a rich source of vitamins A, B2, B5,B12, folate, phosphorus, and selenium.

“Eggs also contain decent amounts of vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B6, calcium and zinc” - Healthline.
However if your child can’t eat eggs for any reason, check this eggless pancake recipe from EgglessCooking.

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2. Moong Dal Chilla with Grated Vegetables

Moong dal chilla is easy to make and also very healthy. The grated vegetable stuffing can make it all the more tasty and healthy, for example, carrot, pea and paneer stuffing goes great with chilla.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup moong dal
  • 3-4 cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp red chili powder
  • ½ tsp roasted cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • Grated carrots
  • Chopped/grated paneer (feta cheese)
  • ½ cup peas
  • Chopped coriander
  • Chopped onion
  • Ginger paste
  • Black pepper powder to taste

1. Rinse and soak the moong dal in twice to thrice the amount of water for about 4 hours.

2. The dal will double in size. Discard the extra water; grind the dal to make a paste by adding 1 to two tablespoons of water.

3. Add salt, chili, turmeric, and cumin powder along with the ginger paste, chopped onion and coriander. Mix well.

4. Heat a pan and spread the mix circularly on it with the help of a large spoon.

5. Cook both sides and serve hot with the paneer-carrot mixture seasoned with some salt and black pepper inside the folded chilla.

This is both filling and delicious.

Health benefits of Moong Dal Chilla:

Moong dal is very beneficial for the heart and immune system. All the ingredients together make a nutrient-rich meal for everyone in the family. Like all daals, moong daal is also a great source of proteins, especially essential in a vegetarian/vegan diet. The addition of coriander and other vegetables further increases the nutritional benefits of the dish and vary with the vegetables used. Overall, absolutely healthilicious!

3. Dalia Kheer

Your little one may not be excited by the idea of eating dalia. The best way to feed them anything is by making it sweet!

Dry ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Dalia
  • 1 tsp sugar (you may replace refined sugar with jaggery or honey)
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 500 mL milk
  • Dry fruits (optional)

1. Take a pan and melt ghee in it.

2. Add the dalia and roast it well in the ghee.

3. Once roasted, take out the dalia in a separate bowl/plate.

4. Add milk in the pan.

5. You may keep stirring it so the milk doesn’t stick to the pan.

6. Add dalia to the milk and keep stirring.

7. The milk will start getting thick. At this point, you can add the sugar and dry fruits.

8. Let this cook until the dalia is well soft to eat.
Serve immediately or cold. This is delicious anyway!

Dalia Kheer

Health benefits of Dalia Kheer

Dalia is a form of wheat known as broken wheat. It is fibrous and therefore very easy to digest. It can also help treat constipation in children. Moreover, dalia contains minerals such as zinc, selenium, phosphorus, magnesium, folate, copper, sodium, potassium, iron, and manganese, and vitamins B1, B2, and B3, etc.

Oatmeal Chocochip Cookies

4. Oatmeal Chocochip Cookies

This is more of a reward snack option, but healthy. Plus, they’re home-baked so you control what goes in them.

Recipe by: Recipezazz

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Softened Butter
  • 2 eggs (optional)
  • 1-2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ½ cup granulated sugar, 1 ¼ cup brown sugar
    (you can adjust the amount of sugar as per your taste)

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cup flour (all purpose or whole wheat)
  • 2 ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt (optional)
  • Chocolate chips or shavings
  • Dry fruits (optional, but super healthy)

1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C/ 375 F

2. Whisk the butter and sugar to make a light, creamy mixture. Add vanilla, milk and eggs and beat well.

3. Add flour, baking powder, and salt and mix.

4. Stir in oats and chocolate chips/shavings.

5. Place equal sized scoops/rolls on your baking tray (you can line it with a cookie sheet) and bake for 9-10 minutes or 12-13 minutes for chewy or crisp cookies, respectively.

6. The cookies need to be cooled for a minute on the tray and then on a wire rack before being served.

Health benefits of Oatmeal Chocochip Cookies:

Because of similar ingredients as of pancakes, these cookies have similar nutrient gains. The addition of oats likely provides the following vitamins B1, and B12, and minerals including manganese, phosphorus, copper, iron, selenium, magnesium, and zinc thus providing tonnes of health benefits.

5. Pizza Bread

Well, if you think of it, it is a healthy and a very clever choice. You can stuff it with numerous veggies and you bet your child won’t be able to see them in the first look! It will taste like pizza but will be a healthier alternative hiding the veggies!

And if you’re vary of the pizza base, you can totally make it at home.

Ingredients: For Bread

  • 1 cup flour (you may use whole wheat or all purpose)
  • 1 tsp dried yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Pizza seasoning (oregano, garlic powder, chili flakes, thyme, basil, or anything you have)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil/butter

For Pizza stuffing

  • Finely chopped vegetables
  • Cheese
  • Seasoning
Pizza Bread

(Your tiny tod will be thrilled if you include pineapple too!)

1. Heat the water to make it lukewarm (not hot!), add sugar and yeast and stir till it’s dissolved.

2. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes to activate the yeast.

3. Mix the chopped vegetables in a bow and add seasoning and cheese to it.

4. Mix the flour, salt and seasoning in a separate bowl. Add oil/butter and mix thoroughly.

5. Add the yeast-water and knead the dough until it stretches well without breaking (indicating gluten formation). This will take a good 10-20 minutes time. Beat the dough into a ball and apply a layer of oil on the surface. Keep it covered at a warm place for at least an hour (will take more if the weather is cold).

6. When the dough doubles in size, punch it to expel the air and again knead it for 4-5 minutes. Divide the whole in equal portions.

7. At this time, preheat your oven at 180 C. Roll the portions in chapati-thick long ovals/rectangles. Place chopped vegetables and cheese in one half and fold it so that the stuffing is inside (like stuffed garlic bread or MacPuff). OR - you can roll a big circle and put stuffing in one half and fold (and cut into sticks after baking). You don’t need to stick the ends, the baking will do that.

8. Place these on a tray and let them bake for 15 minutes or until they’ve risen and turned golden-brown.

9. Make sure that the bread is well cooked before serving it to your toddler.

Serve hot with tomato ketchup and let it do its magic.

Health benefits of Pizza Bread:

Vegetables are overall very healthy and have a lot of vitamins and minerals. Toddlers especially are very fussy when it comes to vegetables. All you need to do is impress them with colors. Also, anything that looks like outside food is a win-win. You can definitely use whole wheat for this instead of plain flour. This is just a fancy version of eating chapati and vegetables, isn’t it?

However, using refined plain flour (maida) is also not a bad option if your child or you don’t thrive on it!

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The stories of fussy-eaters aren’t new. We would all have been there at some point of our childhood. We only need to be smart and find more creative ways to feed these naughties. The thumb rule (here) is hiding! Hide as many veggies or whatever your young one fusses about in something they love or make it sweet. Or - you can bare it all by making your dish look naturally colourful and attractive (try not to add artificial colours and flavours). They’ll come running and eat what you serve them!

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Freedom from Mom-Guilt

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If you are a mom, there is a 100% chance that you have experienced a case of mom guilt. According to Karen Kleiman, mom guilt is so common that it is often perceived as a natural part of mothering. Whether it is rooted in the time you are not spending with your child because of work or the educational activities you haven’t introduced them to or the extraordinarily healthy food you are not giving them, it is easy today to get caught up in the idea that you are not doing a great job at being a mom. For many moms, especially single-moms or new working moms, numerous factors can contribute to this phenomenon, including personal insecurities and external pressures from social media, friends, and family, just to name a few. Like all parenting issues, it is crucial to note that every mother’s experience is unique and that her guilt will take its own form. Here are a few helpful tips on how to overcome mom guilt.

1. Stay away from negative energy.

A lot of times, mom guilt originates from the people around us. It could be relative reminding you of your latest parenting failure or a friend criticizing your parenting technique. Spring cleaning your trusted circle and surrounding yourself with people who appreciate your values can help reduce unsolicited input and, in general, mom guilt.

2. Share your responsibilities.

Mothering is no easy task, especially for a new mom. Find someone to pitch in the chores in order to avoid feeling overwhelmed. You can ask your partner or find a network of other moms who are on their own if you a single mom yourself.

3. Listen to your intuition and children.

A mother’s intuition is a powerful gift that should never be ignored. More than anyone, you, as a mother, know what is best for your child. Therefore, listen to your instincts whenever you are conflicted about your child’s needs. In addition, children give the best feedback, so listen to them. Listening to your child can tell you to know which of your decisions are working and which ones are not.

4. Take care of yourself first.

You need to love yourself and look out for your needs first before you can adequately take care of your child. So, get a pedicure or watch a movie with the girls. Always give yourself a little air once in a while.

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A Baby Sleep Consultant’s Guide to helping your newborn sleep

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A Baby Sleep Consultant’s Guide to helping your newborn sleep.

Ajita Gopal Seethepalli

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Quite evidently, having a baby is as daunting as joyous it is. As new parents, you do your best to keep your baby calm, content and happy. For newborns, this directly translates into lots of feeding and sleeping, and of course, lots of love and attention! 

However, having a newborn baby is synonymous with parents not getting enough sleep. Most parents begin looking for ways to make their babies sleep properly as it means that they sleep well too. To clarify, it isn’t a selfish approach, it is natural. You do require rest and sleep to take care of your little one. 

Also, there’s just so much advice present in both the online and the offline world, it’s hard to know which piece of information to believe. Should you listen to your distant relative aunts or the trendy blog run by a new mom? Save yourselves! In situations like this, it’s expert opinion that makes the most sense.

If you’re new to the realm and looking for a baby sleep consultant, the first thing you should know is that babies sleep a lot. Normally, newborn babies sleep approximately 16-19 hours a day. A baby’s body and brain need all this sleep for his/her growth and development. Not getting enough sleep at proper intervals can make your baby agitated, cranky and overall unhappy. 

Being a Child Sleep and Food Habits Consultant, I can help your little infant sleep well and resultantly grow well; here are my top 5 tips:

1. Recognize Your Baby’s Tired Signs

Babies often show subtle signs of tiredness but we may not always recognize them. Understanding your baby’s sleepy signs can be helpful in getting your baby to fall asleep with the least amount of fuss. Some easy to recognize signs would be yawning, rubbing eyes, crankiness or fussing behavior. Other signs to look out for could be: 

  • Sucking of thumb or fingers – this doesn’t always indicate hunger, it often indicates tiredness too
  • Looking away from your face 
  • Jerky arm and leg movements
  • Arching backwards like they want to get away from you
  • Staring off into space
  • Pulling their ears, hair or keep scratching their face

It is actually better to settle your baby in bed a little before you see these signs. If your baby shows such signs, say an hour after they wake up, perhaps you need to make it a practice to settle your baby down after 45 minutes or so of waking up.

2. Set Day-Night Pattern

While babies sleep a lot, it’s also important to note when and how often they sleep. Many parents find that their baby is up and playful in the night, and mellow and sleeping long stretches during the day. This day-night confusion is common in the early weeks. This phenomenon occurs because babies are not born with developed internal clocks or circadian rhythm, which helps them to distinguish between day and night. 

Generally, most babies pass this stage by 4 months of age. You can, however, speed this process up and help your baby fall into a pattern much sooner by:

  • Giving your baby sun time in the early morning hours  
  • Keeping activity levels higher during the day 
  • Making bedroom darker and calmer at night
  • Keeping the lights dim and activity level to a minimum during night feedings

3. Swaddle

Swaddling is a technique that’s been used for generations and is often a new-born baby’s best bed buddy. Swaddling properly helps a baby feel snug and calm like they did in their mother’s womb. It also prevents sleep disturbances caused when the baby startles due to Moro reflex, which they experience during the early months. It’s best to use a soft muslin cloth or a natural breathable fabric as a swaddle to keep the baby cozy and also prevent them from getting too warm. 

However, swaddling is a skill that needs to be learnt. When a swaddle is not wrapped accurately, it can leave your baby feeling uncomfortable. Many parents give up on swaddles soon after they come home because they feel that their baby doesn’t like it. Although, in reality, they might not have been swaddling the baby properly. Once you learn the right technique of swaddling, you’ll be amazed to see how easily it settles and calms your baby down.

4. Room Environment

Babies prefer cooler temperatures when they are sleeping. Typically, a room temperature of approximately 24 degrees works best for most babies. So, maintain a cool room. If required, turn on the air conditioner and/or a fan. Fans in the room often also act as white noise, cancelling out a lot of the sudden noises and sounds in the house  and setting a constant, ambient sound in the bedroom. 

Moreover, avoid overdressing your baby. Remember: your baby will most likely be swaddled, which means that it will be another layer over their clothes.  

It’s also a good idea to keep the room dark when it is sleep time and keep the baby in bright, well lit spaces when awake.

5. Wake, Eat, Play, Sleep — Repeat!

New born babies take longer to feed, and therefore, end up consuming very small portions. Also, just the act of feeding appears to tire a baby easily. This is one reason that it’s helpful to feed infants soon after they’ve woken up — they’re the most energetic and can thus feed fully and burp properly. They may even stay awake for some time and look around and then can be swaddled and put to sleep at the appropriate time.

Following these simple techniques can help your newborn baby and the entire family enjoy better sleep during the early months of this new life. It also sets the platform for healthy sleeping habits as they grow up. 

 Ajita Gopal Seethepalli

Ajita Seethepalli is a Child Sleep and Food Habits Consultant and the creator of KidsCenter.in. She uses behavioural coaching to help develop healthy habits in children.  Over the past 10 years, she has helped thousands of parents and children across the globe through concrete, customized, step-by-step solutions. 

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How to sleep train your baby?

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How To Sleep Train Your Baby?

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The arrival of a baby is inarguably the best event in our lives. They bring joy and happiness and add many new characteristics to our lives.

But there is a slight turn-around in the story at the onset of night: the baby won’t sleep! Come on, you at least need the night’s sleep to get over your daily exhaustion. But how?

Although it isn’t very simple, it's possible. Unlike us, newborns don’t have sleep patterns. But they can be made to. 

But first, you need to ensure that your baby is at the stage where they’re capable of sleeping through the night. As you may read in our newborn baby sleep schedules, babies under 2 months of age shouldn’t sleep for more than 4 hours at stretch. So they wake up in the middle of the night just like they do in between day naps. As the child grows, this duration also increases and they move closer to sleeping all night. Although they’re still prone to awakening at night due to separation anxiety, colic, certain irritants, wetness, hunger, an illness, or perhaps for no reason at all. And if your baby keeps waking up for no apparent reason, a solution can be worked out. 

Here are a few tips that can help you get your newborn to sleep through the night:

1. Create a Bedtime Routine

By the time your sweet pea is 2 months old, you will notice a lot of patterns. Which room or mattress they’re more comfortable in, what time they begin to feel sleepy at night, and their drowsy face. You will also know where your baby is comfortable sleeping away from or closer to you. The distance is especially to be taken care of so the child doesn’t suffer from separation anxiety at night. 

In our newborn sleep schedule for 0 to 6 weeks, we’ve mentioned that mothers should start creating a bedtime routine for their babies. For example, your bedtime routine could include turning off lights and swaddling, massaging and singing them their favourite lullaby every night. 

Over time, infants realize and start acknowledging nights as sleeping time. They will know that they’re not expected to be playful and get into a habit of sleeping. They’ll also start attempting to sleep without your assistance, which is a huge blessing in disguise. Once they learn how to soothe themselves, they’ll also begin to sleep longer at night. 

2. Follow Sleep Schedules

Following sleep schedules since the beginning may not ensure a full night’s sleep in the first 1-2 months, but it will definitely help your little bundle of joy to start sleeping more at night. Newborn sleep schedules help babies to get habituated to proper sleeping patterns. They might still wake up at night as their sleep spans are short, but it will get better with time. As they grow older, their night sleeping time will increase, as will yours. 

Check out our newborn baby sleep schedules according to your child’s age to get deeper insights. 

3. Wean Night Feedings

Imagine you’re given a sum of money as a reward every time you wake up in the middle of the night! (Where’s my reward?!)

Newborns have nothing to do with money, but milk… you know better! All they do is feed on milk, whether the mother’s or a formula. Everytime you feed to soothe them (it might seem to be the only option when the only reward for your body is hitting the bed), they get used to it. This is the last thing you would want. It will become a habit that is really hard to get over. Start weaning night feedings as soon as they’re 2-3 months old so they start to sleep longer at night. 

Another thing: you do not want to feed them to sleep even at bedtime. Although this doesn’t mean they’re going to sleep on an empty stomach. The thing is to not use feeding as a resort to making them fall asleep. 

Put them to bed before they’re fully sleepy, that is, when the first signs of drowsiness show up. This way, they’ll learn to soothe themselves and sleep without a reward. They’ll know that their mamma (or anybody else) is not going to wait till they sleep. You’ll have a feeling of achievement when your little monkey starts going to sleep without you rocking him/her!

4. The Let Them Cry-it-Out Method

The ‘cry it out’  or ‘extinction’ method is quite a popular advice that circulates between parents and families. But does it really work? There is some research that indeed suggests its functioning. But there are many experts and doctors who advise against it. 

This method may also be of no help in case your child has colic, which usually has no apparent reason. Letting them crying it out would be futile then. 

Also, when your baby is awakened by something best known to just them and starts crying inconsolably, it’s seriously very hard to let them just be. Leaving a baby crying on the top of their lungs is definitely one of the most difficult things to do. You may never gather the courage for this harsh parenthood. The best in that case is to not set any restrictions and step up to comfort them. 

Read: How Can I Help My Colicky Baby Sleep?

5. Use a White Noise Device

How do you imagine a mom’s womb to be? Dark and cozy… silent? 

Dark and cozy, yes; but silent, it is not. You don’t spend your pregnancy months in silence; you continue to do your daily chores, meet people, visit noisy places… So the baby gets adapted to all this background noise. They listen to both you and the world. And when they come out, we start sushing everybody up, “Shh… she’s sleeping.” “Shh! He’ll wake up!” 

When actually, your newborn will sleep better with some constant background ‘white’ noise. It can also act as a blocker for other household noises, like that of an older sibling. For example, a creaking window or a noisy fan. Many parents leave the TV, radio or phone on, playing constant music or sounds while their baby sleeps. If you aren’t comfortable with these, you can go for some fancy white noise machines that serve the same purpose. 

You can also find some interesting white noise, including simulations of mother’s heartbeat, falling rain, etc. on the internet. 

6. Not Giving Into Nighttime Tantrums 

Ahh... The important part. Your baby may wake you up in the middle of the night. They may be wanting their night feeding or simply to play with you. If you start feeding or playing with them, they’ll never know that nights aren’t for playing or feeding - or whatever it is that your child wants. They’ve just been born after all; they don’t understand between right and wrong and night and day. It is therefore important that you don’t give into their nighttime tantrums. Let them keep asking for it. They’ll eventually get over their habits.

However, some babies are stubborn; they will do their best to get what they want. But it’s with these babies that mothers need to be extra careful with. Try conditioning them to fall back asleep, not wake up. Comfort them but not by not giving them what they want. They’ll definitely get better with time.

 Also, when you find your little one getting fidgety at night, you might want to run and check on them. Babies, however, fall back asleep if left unattended. If there’s nothing that might need urgent attention, you should better not pay a heed. You can observe them from a distance and rest assured that they’ll go back to sleeping very soon. As time passes, you’ll know when and if you need to respond to your baby’s awakening. 

7. Comfy Clothes and Environment

Dim the lights and ensure that the room’s temperature is optimal: 18-22° C and static and there’s no possible allergen or irritant present. Please also ensure that there’s nothing that they’re directly in contact with or that there’s nothing that can tangle with them, fall on them or roll over to them. 

You may wrap them in a comfy swaddle made of a natural fabric so they can sleep cozily through the night without any irritation. Research has found that swaddling helps babies sleep longer and reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). You do not want to miss that. Include swaddling in your newborn’s bedtime routine, it will help you big time!

BabyToe-Note

Each infant is new and unique. They all have similar basic requirements: sleep, milk, natural, non-toxic clothes, and a lot of love, care, and attention. You may be feeling deprived of sleep but on the greener side, it’s only a matter of a couple of weeks. Your tiny moonpie will grow bigger and naughtier sooner than you think and your dream of sleeping through the night will also come true. Don’t give up, keep sleep training your little one, it will reward you every possible way in the blink of an eye. 

Happy Mommying!

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How Can I Help My Colicky Baby Sleep?

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How Can I Help My Colicky Baby Sleep?

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Colicky Baby Sleep

Does your newborn baby start crying incessantly to go on for hours? If you didn’t already know, they could be colicky. Colic is a major cause of concern for many new parents, especially the first timers. It makes it hard for the parents to put them on a defined sleep schedule. Yes! Newborn sleep schedule makes it incredibly easier for the parents to have one of their own too, download it here!

In addition to causing discomfort to the baby, colic tends to deeply affect the mother. Doesn’t it? You feel like you haven’t yet connected with them, or that you aren’t good enough. It happens... don’t worry. Don’t blame yourself; you’re definitely not the reason.

Colic typically bids a goodbye by the time the baby is 3-4 months old. But does that mean you and your newborn will keep losing sleep till then? Well, no. Colicky babies indeed have troubles sleeping, but they can be put to a smiley-rest.

Tips to Help Your Colicky Baby Sleep

1. First things first, calm yourself down. Your colicky baby may give you anxiety, which can hamper your ability to soothe your child.

2. Swaddle. Many parents have found swaddling helpful. Cozily wrap your sweetpea in a comfy swaddle while humming or singing to them. Swaddling gives the newborn a feeling of being inside their mother’s womb - what could be more comfortable! An important note here would be to ensure that the swaddles you use are super comfy, cozy, and made of natural fibres so it doesn’t irritate your newborn.

3. Motion can distract them from crying. You may take your baby in a stroller, or in your arms, and take them for a ride by foot or in a car whenever they get colicky.

4. A toy or an object that makes cool sounds can also calm your baby down, and eventually put them to sleep. Please don’t resort to using a phone though!

5. Often, colic could simply be due to gas. In such a case, you can give your little one a soothing massage to calm. Maybe, try to move their legs slowly toward their stomach to help them release the gas.

6. Typically, colic develops a pattern. As soon as you notice it, you can start your mission even before the crying starts. Pick ‘em up and snuggle and cuddle… it might totally reduce the struggle!

7. You could also try a warm water bottle to pacify your crying baby. Some infants like the feeling and relax by the mild touch of the bottle.

8. More often than not, babies love their parents singing lullabies to them! If you don’t consider yourself a good singer, you might want to get some lullabies online. Here’s a free lullaby that can help you put your baby to sleep.

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Dr Ishi Khosla answers 19 FAQs on pre and post pregnancy nutrition.

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Dr Ishi Khosla answers 19 FAQs on pre and post pregnancy nutrition.

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Pregnancy brings along with itself a stream of emotions; emotions of joy, bliss, fulfillness, thrill, achievement, satisfaction and fear. Although fear isn’t the first emotion that many of us have, it develops and grows, as do all the other emotions. 

“Will I be a good mother?”
“Will my child be healthy?” 
“Am I eating well enough?” 
“Is my baby getting enough nutrition?” 
“When will my baby kick for the first time” 
“Will I be able to lose all the weight I’m putting on?”

And then begins the influx of miscellaneous information. We find our ears opening to tonnes of advice from our loved ones! Although not paying attention to it was the agenda earlier. 

We at Rabitat understand how important it is for your concerns to be addressed. We know how much you care for the well-being of your fetus and your own body. So, we got in touch with clinical nutritionist Dr. Ishi Khosla, who is also an entrepreneur, columnist, author, researcher, welfare worker, and the founder of a unique score-based nutrition monitor app -  theweightmonitor.com. We asked her some questions that are mostly left unanswered. Without any further ado, let’s get talking!

Top Pregnancy-Related FAQs and their Expert Answers

FAQS About Eating Right During Pregnancy

1. How much does one need to eat during pregnancy?

Should expecting mothers eat for two?

Contrary to popular belief, expecting mothers don’t need to eat for two.

Dr. Khosla explains that it is really not like that, what matters is what you’re eating. There isn’t a profound increase in the caloric requirements in the first three months, and therefore, the weight gain is also very minimal. The need for calories, however, goes up after the second trimester by up to 300 only, which isn’t too much. You certainly don’t need to overeat.

2. How much weight should I gain in pregnancy in kg? 

An average, healthy pregnancy carrying a single child should not increase more than 9-12 kilograms

For women carrying twins, 15-20 kilograms maximum. 

3. Is it safe to drink tea or coffee during pregnancy?

Absolutely not. Tea and particularly coffee are best avoided during pregnancy, while mild cups of tea are admissible if you can tolerate it. The consumption of caffeine is certainly not the best during pregnancy. 

4. What can I eat to boost my iron levels during pregnancy?

Expecting mothers are commonly given iron supplements. However, if the nutrient isn’t getting absorbed by the body, they are futile. Grains like wheat, corn, oats, barley, and soya are inflammatory and can cause malabsorption of iron during pregnancy. Dr. Khosla has observed many women, who go off these grains, increase their pregnancy hemoglobin levels. So you can start with replacing these foods with healthier alternatives. 

Foods that help in absorption of iron are 

  • Vitamin C
  • Amla
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Beetroot and carrot juice
  • Pomegranates

5. Is seafood safe during pregnancy?

Dr. Khosla says that the safety of seafood depends on where it is from. Particularly, it can be contaminated with toxins and heavy metals, which cause poisoning. Therefore, although seafood is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, it’s better to restrict the consumption to twice a week, ensuring the quality of the source. 

6. What foods can ease morning sickness?

You can consume something alkaline, like a glass of coconut water, some soapnuts, or something crisp, which can be anything wafer-thin you like. Dr. Khosla suggests that making your body alkaline in the morning may help.

7. I’m lactose intolerant, how can I increase my calcium intake during pregnancy?

It is a myth that you need dairy to fulfill your calcium needs. Under the supervision of a qualified practitioner, you may add calcium and magnesium supplements to your diet or get them from vegan sources like

  • Green leafy vegetables 
  • Sesame seeds
  • Broccoli
  • Kale

8. How do I include proteins in my diet as a vegetarian?

We have a whole range of plant protein in India. Some plant sources rich in proteins are:

  • Daals
  • Beans
  • Legumes like chickpeas
  • Dairy
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Some grains like quinoa are also great sources. 

9. Is there a permissible limit for alcohol during pregnancy?

Absolutely not. There’s no permissible limit for alcohol during pregnancy

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An Expert Tip

It should be done traditionally. Increase your calories through good fats. 

We now have the issues of gut health like leaky gut, which weren’t common earlier. Dr. Khosla clarifies that while pregnancy in itself affects the gut, women in this generation have been exposed to modern wheat, which also affects the gut. The antibodies produced against modern wheat take effect post delivery, which may result in postpartum depression, mood swings, and autoimmune disorders like thyroids.

Therefore, Dr. Khosla advises pregnant women to take a traditional approach to eating during pregnancy, but consume millets instead of just wheat, like millet-based pandjiris and galactogogues (foods that promote lactation). 

All the gums, sesame seeds, nuts, and dry fruits roasted in desi ghee are excellent. However, if a breastfeeding mother feels that the child isn’t feeling full enough or is restless despite feeling full, is colicky or has constipation or acid reflux, then the diet has to be reviewed and food sensitivities need to be addressed.

11. Does a mother’s nutrition affect breastfeeding?

Yes. Anything that a mother eats or does affects breastfeeding.

12. Do galactagogue foods also help to beat postpartum depression and other issues?

Galactagogues are good for the gut, they may be supportive with the issues but may not be able to completely manage them. The cause has to be addressed.

13. Is a low-carb diet safe for a nursing mother?

A high-fat diet rich in good fats, including plenty of fruits and vegetables is certainly good for a nursing mother. Therefore, Dr. Khosla doesn’t advise going low-carb, rather going better-carb.

14. Are there any foods a breastfeeding mother needs to avoid?

All the foods that were avoided during the pregnancy are advised to be avoided during breastfeeding as well. Moreover, gassy foods must also be avoided. And if a child is getting colic or is bloated, the mother’s diet needs to be checked and changed. 

15. Is there anything that women need to add during breastfeeding otherwise often overlooked?

Adding probiotic supplements to your diet during breastfeeding could be beneficial.

16. What is the best and the healthiest way to lose the baby weight?

If you’re still breastfeeding, you need to be careful to not affect your lactation while you start working on losing weight. You can certainly cut back on extra calories, like extra sugars. These include carbohydrates coming from grains, cereals, or certain beverages that could be loaded with sugars. This should be accompanied with increasing the intake of healthy fats, which are important for lactation and make you feel full for longer. So, consume more nuts and seeds and other foods rich in good fats and eliminate unhealthy carbs from your diet to lose the baby weight. Also, of course, movement and exercise are important.

Each body is different and responds to different approaches. So if your body isn’t responding to these, you might require professional help.

17. When after delivery can a mother start her weight-loss regime?

There’s no specified waiting period post-delivery for a new mother to start her weight-loss journey. You can start whenever you feel like it.

18. Among the fad diets, such as keto, intermittent fasting, weight watchers, dash diet, etc, which is the safest and most effective for new mothers?

No one diet. A new mother’s diet should be designed according to her body needs. Therefore, none of these diets should be followed, particularly at this time. 

19. Do mothers lose weight while nursing?

Yes. Mothers naturally shed the baby weight while breastfeeding. However, if you’re eating wrong, you wouldn’t. 

On the endnote, we hope you’ve taken the notes and are ready to take your journey to a healthier high. 

Happy Mommying!

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Moms, How Well Are You Dating the Father of Your Child?

Moms, How Well Are You Dating the Father of Your Child?

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In a new initiative by Rabitat ‘Meet the Mom,’ we invited super moms Neha, Radhika, and Shweta to discuss the joys and issues that come with motherhood.

Shweta is a full-time mother of a three-year-old, a photographer, and a Social Media Influencer for many moms and moms-to-be. Radhika is again a full-time mother of a three-year-old and an independent HR Consultant. Neha is also a full-time mom of a 10-year-old and Digital Marketing Head at Rabitat.

With Meet the Mom, we intend to share awesome tips, tricks and hacks with you all. We aren’t only focused on delivering the best baby products to you, we also believe that you should have the best time of your life being both a mother and a wife. Most importantly, we value your womanhood and the never-say-never spirit.

This episode is about how relationships change after the arrival of the child. How the husband becomes the father and the wife the mother. The couple gets promoted to this new position in life and gets so lost in it that they forget their own relationship.

As I write this, thank my multi-tasker self, I am also trying to get my three-year-old daughter to sit down and eat half-an-apple. She’s playing with her father and her father is now more of her father and less of my husband. I’m not saying this out of paranoia. Whenever we sit down at the dinner table, I admit my attention is wholly at feeding my child. And the same is on his end too. So it isn’t one-sided. This departing isn’t one-sided. We aren’t even departing, technically - we’re just learning to become parents together. But I’m afraid that we might forget that we’re spouses altogether.

But we aren’t alone in this: This little conversation between these moms proves just that!

On being asked about ‘dating the father of her child,’ Radhika, very precisely, describes, “I would say we’re two people who get along really well, great friends, sharing a baby, living under one roof!”

Which is true in every sense! Don’t we become just partners raising a child? Our whole world changes and revolves around the baby and nothing else, as Shweta also explains and feels that even at dinner - when the family gets together after having spent the entire day apart - the talks are still mainly concerning the child.

She says, “It’s either about the home or the child. I think it becomes very point-to-point and very categorical... very household centric. It becomes very monotonous.” She further says something that is actually the basis of it all, “I think that love, that essence, that passion - everything just fades out. And nobody, I think, puts a diligent effort to hold that back.”

We don’t disagree as we all know how we start taking things for granted. The man is just the husband, after all! Who cares? Now that the baby has popped out in the world, how does the husband matter? *Wink*

Jokes apart, the conversations start with the baby and end on the baby. We tend to value the happiness of the human who’s super new to both of us and, over time, we forget that there’s a life out of that mini-world of ours. That’s a part of the world - not the entire world. Apart from the child, most of the couples have nothing else to talk about, which Shweta feels, is very unhealthy. She says that the time and effort that we put into for a child’s development and happiness are the same measures that we should put in for our own relationships.

Our relationship transitions and we become parents together. Neha suggests that we should hold on to being a couple together, which we, unfortunately, don’t.

We mostly think that our romance just goes away with the arrival of the baby, but Radhika loves to disagree. She says, “Romance, I feel, it’s not like it goes away but it just takes a backseat.” Whether the romance goes away or takes a backseat, it’s our responsibility to fuel the fire and not let it quench.

Talking about the reinvention of love and romance, Shweta explains that while the reinvention is happening, it’s restricted to that only, it isn’t coming to us as partners. We fail to notice or recognize that reinvention because now the baby gets all our attention. She believes that the men take the crown of being a father way too seriously. Which could very well be true!

Neha, agreeing with Shweta, gives an example of how her husband continues to call her ‘Mummy’ in front of their 10-year-old daughter and she has to remind him that she isn’t his mother. We develop that habit of calling each other ‘Mummy/Papa’ in front of our young ones to get them into the habit also. But as the children grow older, our habits do too and we forget that they need to disappear.

The newly-father-turned-husbands should take a note here, as the ladies feel that you forget to woo the wife; you get into the suit of the father and forget that tonnes of other relationships exist!

One of the best tips we can take from this conversation is:

going back in time and revisiting all the memories you’ve lived together as a couple.

Shweta explains how important it is to relive those flashbacks from your life pre-baby - “And I just realized the moment I was back home, the moment I was even seeing him; I was blushing! Because all those memories were so fresh in my head!”

On being asked what deliberate efforts she makes, Radhika gives us one precious tip that, I believe, we all must follow:

“But one rule: when we do manage to have date nights leaving the child behind: The only rule on those nights is no conversation about the baby. None whatsoever! That’s the only rule.”

(You can try these simple date ideas without even leaving the home!)

Neha has another wonderful tip for us. She says,

“This friend of mine - she messaged me saying that I’m feeling really low and her husband had been traveling a lot. So what I did was, I texted her husband and I asked him to get her flowers that day. And, now, the other day she messaged me that her room’s never empty now like every time one set of flowers dry out, he gets her another one.”

She further explains how the beautiful gesture was returned back as a favor and that even she has flowers at her home now!

All husbands out there, you’re advised to get your wives a bouquet of flowers tonight and see how the love blossoms again.

Shweta further gives us insights into how she’s reworked her entire relationship just to not only keep it going but also growing. She says that it’s very important to have time that is just the couple’s. Whether it’s a movie date or a dinner - there have to be moments off the baby. To ensure that this works well, she blatantly goes to her mother and asks her to keep the child until she’s back. So from the men, we are walking back to our soul sisters, our girlfriends, and our mothers.

But husbands, this wasn’t it! The ladies didn’t have only complaints against you. They’re happy that you make deliberate efforts to take care of the baby, too. Gone are the days when handling the baby was just the mother’s job. It’s obviously something that makes us moms so independent today. We don’t need your permission, we only want your support to be successful as both moms and women.

The relationship changes, for sure, but the love and romance should reinvent, not go away or take the backseat.

I’m freaking out now! I think we should start taking these things very seriously and take cues from each other on how we can improve our relationships. I am starting today… no, right now!

Happy Mommying and Daddying! 

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9 Challenges We All Face As Working Moms

9 Challenges We All Face As Working Moms

Challenges Face As Working Moms

Be it a regular working day or a relaxing weekend, every day is a challenge for us as working moms. We’re continually jumping from one task to another and trying to focus on work while suffering from an ever-lasting ‘mommy guilt.’ Whether our partners, colleagues, or friends understand this or not, I’m sure that we and our moms are nothing short of supermoms or superwomen. Our life is indeed tough, but so are we, and the challenges that we face every day make us even stronger. We can’t push a truck with our bare hands, but we can cook while teaching our children and still be able to get ready for our dinner date.

Here are 9 challenges that all working moms conquer to be who they are: supermoms!

Working moms

1. We are always rushing. Always.

Whether it’s 4 a.m., 4 p.m., or midnight, we’re always on the dash. And the only time we aren’t rushing is when we’re sleeping.(While we’re still running in dreams.) The rush never ends. Is your child two-years-old? Woman, how will you reach the office on time when your younger one starts crying the moment they find out you’re leaving? That’s their (and our) separation anxiety and there’s nothing to worry about, but at the same time, it is also what makes us run wild all the time.

We are always rushing

2. No Time Is Ever Convenient.

I’m honestly always in the middle of a meeting when my phone rings, and I’m notified of my child’s mischief at her grandma's. She is all of 5 years of age but has the potential to make me go nuts. And this is precisely why no time is ever convenient for me. I have to get out of my office when ‘nature’ calls me - whether I’m in the middle of a meeting, or having lunch with a client discussing work, or chit-chatting with an office friend.

No Time Is Ever Convenient

3. The Struggle Is Real While Maintaining The Focus.

Well… yeah! Even when we aren’t rushing, our minds always are. Because we are super stressed about everything. We are always anxious. We don’t care about anything yet care about everything related to our child(ren). In the midst of planning things for our children, we absolutely can’t focus on our work. There’s a constant worry that keeps running down our nerves “Is my baby okay? All we want is to make sure that they’re in the best shape of their health, nothing more and nothing less. This is the stable state of mind we’re running towards. Always!

Struggle Is Real While Maintaining

4. ‘Mommy Guilt’ is really a thing.

I thought there’s no such thing as ‘mommy guilt,’ but the moment I started going to work leaving my 3-year-old behind, I knew it’s real. First things first, I couldn’t stand my baby crying as she saw me leave. I had seen more painful goodbyes, but it’s the worst, and I get to experience it every workday. And this ‘mommy guilt’ is just too big to ever leave me until I get back to my daughter and share a hearty laugh with her and feed her. That time of our reunion is the best; there’s nothing that can beat it. I never think I’m giving her enough time, which is probably true. I even have thoughts of quitting work altogether - of which I’m guilty of not being guilty! (And if you are indeed planning to take a career break, thismight help you.)

‘Mommy Guilt’ is really a thing

5. Being A Working Mom Throws Love Life Off The Track.

Be honest here. How many of us think about our partners? It’s an inevitable situation. I often forget thinking about my husband, who himself makes sure that things get done on time. Not only do I have the ‘mommy guilt,’ I also have a pang of persistent 'wife guilt.’ He’s always thinking about me, but I can never think enough about my child. We all know how much free time we can spare - none. So I have to ‘work’ extra at times to take out time for us. It is even more overwhelming for single mothers working hard to get things right and who are probably avoiding the dating scene to take care of their children. Evelyn Watts so wholly shares her challenges through her blog Breadwinningmama.com that I can’t get over them.

A Working Mom Throws Love Life

6. We Take Sick Leaves For Our Children More Than Ourselves.

Is there a provision at your office that allows you to take an off for your child? No, right? I utilize my sick leaves when my child gets sick, unpaid leaves when I have none left in my kitty. The money will come back, but my child’s health is at the top of my priority. What else am I earning for? Moreover, my two days’ leave extends when I eventually catch my child’s viruses or bacteria. Those days are even more challenging, but to be honest, they give me a break from my even more hectic life.

child’s health

7. Working Mom Means No Time For Hobbies.

It’s sort of an achievement if you can find time out for your child’s hobbies. The hush-and-rush lives that we live offer almost no time for ourselves. Most of us don’t sleep even for 5 hours and still don’t have enough time. We can’t ever sit and relax. “What’s your favorite hobby?” “Yeah! My son loves reading picture books.” But to be honest, I’ve been thinking of taking up a hobby class such as dancing or yoga - I love them both. And it is only considered healthy to. Working mother lists some hobbies that are considered healthy for working moms.

No Time For Hobbies

8. Plans Are Made To Be Shattered.

Either they’re never made, or they’re made to be broken. It’s a match made in heaven. Plans go off track, and we know that they will, but we don’t really care. Although we don’t make back-up plans, running a little late for work isn’t something to worry about anymore - it happens all the time. Canceling dinner dates with our spouses is also not a truly big deal either. I choose not to mention going out with friends; it’s a soft spot - I can cry. Still, to keep things a li’l organized, I use a daily planner. Check this blogpost that walks you through numerous ways of using daily planner apps or making one yourself.

Plans Are Made

9. We Are Always Anxious About Everything.

It isn’t only about our child. It’s about everything. Would I ever be able to achieve my career goals? Would I ever be able to spend quality time with my lovely man or woman? When am I going to get enough sleep? There’s a lot that’s going on in our life, and consequently, our head. But this isn’t a problem with just the working women: all moms have these thoughts. I know that I would still be here, at this point, even if I weren’t working. I am constantly worried about being looked down upon by my boss and colleagues. I take way more leaves than my fellows; even the number of days I’m working remotely exceeds my allowed limit. But I’m blessed with an understanding boss. It’s a luxury that not everybody enjoys, though. Anxiety has now become a part of my everyday life. Each moment I spend away from my daughter makes me anxious. And when any serious anxiety attack kicks in, I become obnoxious. That’s when I can’t stay away from my not-so-new-born anymore; I’m sure you can’t either. Each goodbye makes me anxious, just as each phone call from her does. I know the pain, so here are some ways you can reduce your parental anxiety.

Always Anxious

But We Are Proud Of Being Working Moms.

Our success as working moms overshines our struggles. We are proud of working for whatever reason and still being fully responsible moms. We take pride in whatever we do; we face challenges like a boss. However, it doesn’t mean that at-home moms don’t work. All of us are working moms. Each of us raises a human being that’s humane. We raise our children with the same love and manners. Each of us wishes the same for our children - good health, success, and prosperity. There’s nothing more we would want, but also nothing less. Motherhood is not a phase of life because it doesn’t end. Motherhood itself is life - it only ends with death. So we should celebrate it without thinking much. Also, we must not forget that it isn’t the last relationship we’re left to serve on earth!

Happy Mommy-ing!

References:

https://www.workingmother.com/blogs/energized-mom/12-truths-about-being-working-mom-survival-tips

https://thriveglobal.com/stories/working-moms-and-problems-they-face/

https://www.parents.com/parenting/work/life-balance/moms-balance-work-family/?slide=slide_2ea2abd1-dcd0-4c9d-ab5a-d9e5ef398a47#slide_2ea2abd1-dcd0-4c9d-ab5a-d9e5ef398a47

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The 4th Trimester: How Life Changes Postpartum

The 4th Trimester: How Life Changes Postpartum

Life Changes Postpartum

While a lot had already been sorted out, one worry that was still haunting me was that if I would be able to manage it all after the arrival of my baby. I had read and heard so much about delivering the child and the life afterward, that I thought my head would explode with the information and thoughts about finally having it in my hands.

I was nervous, obviously, but I was super-excited, too. I had already dreamt about my postpartum life, which I love to call my 4th trimester. Everybody had told me how it would be a life-changing experience and they did mention the dark sides too, but I was like, “No! This baby is all I’ve ever wanted. I can definitely lose sleep for it and shizz.”

And after 3 days of my due date, I gave birth naturally - like I’d wanted to. (I was happy that I made out of it alive!)

...and oh, did my life change!

Drastically so.

Though there are a lot of things that happen postpartum, I lost sleep indeed, but here are a few other things that I hadn’t thought would be so downright devastating.

Devastating

Voila! I still looked pregnant.

Out of all the things I’d read or heard, I completely missed this one point in plain sight. I thought I would be free of the big belly after the delivery. But no magic here… I didn’t. This wasn’t the first thing I realised but also not the last. Okay, I admit: I didn’t look 9 months pregnant, but I looked at least 6 months pregnant. I had to work my ass off to get back into shape - which took longer than I’d predicted.

Still looked pregnant

I referred to this 12-week postpartum workout planand it really helped me to get started on my weight loss plans.

Pooping was literally a pain in the ass.

Well, We just expel an entire mini-human being out of our vay-jay and think that it’s the last time it would hurt (until you plan to go through it again) but no. Pooping is another pain that you go through after delivery. And even thinking about it can send shivers down your spine. Although a friend of mine did mention this to me, I think I just didn’t care about it then. I would just advise you to drink a lot of water and cry it out, maybe! Hope it helps. If your doctor prescribes, you can also take a stool softener to make it better.

Pooping

Contractions? What?

“No period means no cramps! I’m free as long as I feed!” I’d thought. So efficiently had I forgotten that postpartum contractions just begin to occur after your uterus has delivered the baby to go back to its original shape and size. Among many more, pain killers were my new best friends.

Contractions

‘No period’ didn’t really mean nature would be easy on me.

We all know that the lean period means no menstrual period, yet we bleed - fancy calling it Lochia. I had stocked up on maternity pads already and was expecting that it would be easy - at least a bit. But it was way worse than my usual period! The flow of course varies from woman to woman, and mine flew like it would never stop. I really recommend buying some huge, granny pads to spare yourself from the misery it causes.

Lean period

Postpartum depression, baby blues - are real and every new mother is prone.

Just over a week after my daughter was born, I couldn’t think of anything or anyone else besides her. Seeing her was heartwarming initially but I sort of started feeling strange (guiltlessly blame it on them hormones). The feeding, holding her in my hands, her crying, her sleepy-smiles, her looking at me, my worries encircling her, and everything that I could and couldn’t think of was overwhelming. I would cry. A lot! There seemed no end to the misery. But my partner stood by me and my daughter’s smiles made it a lot better for me. Yet, the baby blues would still kick in whenever they wanted to. Nevertheless, I managed to cope with my spouse’s and our family’s support.

Postpartum depression baby blues

Postpartum depression is a more severe kind of depression that often onsets with baby blues, which are rather common. I was lucky that my symptoms didn’t turn into depression, but I’ve seen it happen to my best friend. She used to cry all the time and had difficulty bonding with her own baby. She wouldn’t talk to me or her family, or even her husband. She was lost; she couldn’t and wouldn’t take care of the child. This is a form of depression that brings out the worst in a mother - who is considered a godly figure. This made her believe that she wasn’t a good mother, which even worsened her situation. The reason why I’m detailing this is that it drives everyone around the sufferer crazy, too. There’s nothing worse than seeing a mother suffer from this pain (or anyone for that matter). She sometimes had thoughts of harming her newborn and the other times, her thoughts were for herself.

Thankfully, she got over it with adequate support and treatment.

We save the best for last, don’t we? Here come the best things that I experienced in my 4th trimester:

Mini clothes, swaddles, cribs and sheets, squeezy bottles, baby clothes, loungers, toys, and everything else is just too cute to handle.

I had my baby blues, true, but all these baby products - also, the baby - were too cute to handle. They would look straight into my eyes and ask me to touch them, cuddle them, and use them on my daughter. Breastfeeding was a little challenging for me in the initial couple of days so I had to rely on super squeezy bottles and nipples to feed my sweetpie. (Maternity bras, disposable underwear, and hot and cold gel pads became my best friends later!) I loved to use them. I loved how they’re made with utmost care and purity. I would really, really suggest you go for only the best ones. Try to look for 100% organic, parabens-, phthalates- and BPA-free products for your babies that ensure the safety of your baby for which I trust Rabitat. Toxicity is a real-world thing and it must not touch your baby. Ever.

Baby products

I became humbled.

I always contemplated it but hadn’t actually experienced it until the delivery. Postpartum isn’t such a pretty sight as they show in movies. It takes you out of you. You’re literally torn, don’t want to look at yourself in the mirror, and don’t want to go anywhere at all. You’re suddenly hit by baby blues when you thought those would be the best days of your life. It was a test of sorts of love. My husband’s unconditional love was at its peak and I realized how real it is. My in-laws were all sports. I couldn’t have wanted or dreamt of more. It humbled me and gave me the strength and wisdom to raise my daughter into a humble human being, and she’s doing great at it.

Humbled

Even after and along with the pain, child-birth is the best experience I’ve ever had.

Nothing can beat that. No gain in life and no achievement whatsoever. I had my bad days, I repeat, but they were outshone by the good days I had (and still have). The good days were the best days and I couldn’t thank God less. Her smile is the best in the world. Even though I didn’t fully understand and comprehend her emotions back then, I knew that she’s special to me. I know that she’s what will keep her parents together and inseparable. But she isn’t just that. She is the reason I smile and the reason I can forget everything else in the world. The fear of pooping, the pain of contractions, the bleeding, the baby blues - all were new and temporary. My baby’s smile and presence were permanent and ready to grow old. And so is my happiness.

 Child Birth

I hope you enjoy your 4th trimester the best way you should. I wish you and your bunny a happy, healthy life that fills yours with positivity and care.

Happy Mommy-ing! 

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Toddler Nutritional Needs

Toddler Nutritional Needs

Toddler’s Nutrition

We all know the importance of nutrition and a good, balanced diet, we often ignore it when it comes to us. But when our babies pop out in the world, nutrition, food, and diet suddenly become the most important words. Not to mention milk! Isn’t it what we trouble our mothers for even to this day?

So when my daughter was born, it was like a transformation of my whole world. It was like a new world had just been born and I wasn’t the same, nor was anybody else. All she did was cry or sleep. And I was ever-ready to feed her. Why? Because I inherently knew that even a little ignorance could lead to irreversible circumstances.

She is three now - and thankfully healthy. She has been trying to comply with my terms but isn’t very efficient at that. But that’s manageable.

Nutritional requirements are mostly the same for all of us. But it is believed that as they’re in their growing years, which also acts as a backup system for their adult life. Fulfilling a child’s nutritional requirements is anyway a top concern for all mothers, but sometimes, a lack of knowledge may result in unintended happenings.

Nutrition food and diet

Here’s a quick, brief guide to help you get away with all the concerns that don’t let you sleep at night:

Toddler Nutrition 101

Nutrients

Basically, our nutrients consist of macro- and micronutrients. Macronutrients are the nutrients that we require in larger amounts, while micronutrients are required in fewer amounts.

1. Macronutrients consist of:

  • Proteins: the best sources of proteins are lean meat, poultry, pulses, dairy, fish, soy products like tofu, seeds and nuts, beans and legumes. Proteins are super important as they make almost everything in our body, from our hair to bones to muscles. All enzymes that carry out extremely important biochemical reactions are essentially proteins. Proteins are more important than we think. ( Here’s an app that I use to calculate protein in my daughter’s diet.)
  • Carbohydrates: the best sources of carbs are wholewheat bread, rice, cereal, fresh fruits, vegetables, sweets and starchy foods, dairy, oats, quinoa, etc. Carbohydrates are sources of instant energy so make sure that you include these in not only meals but snacks too. (Desserts and fruit juices rich in sugar are also great sources but only meant for occasional treats.)
  • Fats: these are considered unhealthy but only the unhealthy saturated fatty acids are unhealthy; unsaturated fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids are very healthy and don’t make us fat. The best sources of healthy fatty acids are avocados, dark chocolate, fish, nuts, and oils such as olive, cheese, whole eggs, and chia seeds. Though fats are mostly energy-giving foods, healthy fatty acids also exhibit anti-inflammatory properties that keep your children safe from acute or chronic inflammation.

These are majorly body-building foods (proteins) and energy-giving foods (carbs and fats). They are extremely essential for a child’s growth years and should make a prominent portion of a toddler’s diet. Their primary function is to meet the body’s energy needs. In essence, a toddler requires foods containing macronutrients to be able to play, be full of energy, and grow in size.

2. Micronutrients consist of:

  • Minerals: they further consist of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, magnesium, chlorine, iodine, copper, and zinc. These are also required in different quantities but much lower than macronutrients. All these minerals have different sources, but overall, you must include: green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, broccoli, milk and dairy products, lean meat and fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, and nuts and seeds.

FYI: cow’s milk is low in iron, you’ll have to depend on enriched milks or other food sources for iron and limit the intake of it.

  • Vitamins: these are further divided into essential and non-essential vitamins. Essential vitamins can’t be produced in our body; they’re water-soluble and get flushed out of our body easily, and therefore, more of these need to be taken from food. Essential vitamins are - vitamins B complex and C; non-essential vitamins are - vitamins A, D, E and K.

They may have different sources but their requirements must be fulfilled. ( Here’s a comprehensive guide from NCBI that you can refer to for your child’s vitamin needs.)

Our body can make its own vitamin D under the skin in the presence of sunlight. So you and your child must get at least 5-15 minutes of direct sunlight exposure every day. Other sources of vitamins are mainly all the foods we’ve listed so far. This lists the functions and sources for all vitamins. Give them to your child as per their needs.

These aren’t required in larger quantities but are significantly important as they save us from various kinds of diseases. Minerals and vitamins are essential in body functions. Most of the functions performed by our body organs and biochemical reactions are impossible to occur in the absence of these. This is why a deficiency disease doesn’t lead to just one symptom, but a variety of seemingly unrelated symptoms.

Various kinds of diseases

You might feel that this is all. But no, there are other things too that should be a part of your child’s everyday meals.

Fiber

Fiber is a very important substance that is present in the skins of fruits and vegetables, fresh fruits, wholegrain bread and cereals, wholewheat, pasta, oats, pulses, beans, bananas, peas, and nuts and seeds, and more.

Many moms know that fiber is important but don’t know why. Fiber plays a remarkable role in maintaining proper digestion in not only the kids, but us too. It supports bowel movements and can, therefore, help a child with hurting tummy that can’t poop. It is also very beneficial in diarrhea, which we mostly can’t save our children from.

More than this, fiber keeps your child feeling full for longer, keeping him from wanting evening junk snacks. This ensures that your child stays away from developing unhealthy eating habits, which can also be concerning for some mothers.

Moreover, there’s some evidence that fiber may help to prevent diabetes.

So, to get your child a daily dose of fiber, you can give them the foods rich in fiber.

You can cook delicious whole wheat pasta full of veggies, sweet oatmeal topped with berries and bananas, or pulses the way they like. You might also want to switch flour bread and pasta with wholegrain and whole wheat ones, respectively, to feed your pumpkins healthy evening snacks.

Cook delicious

Probiotics and Prebiotics

One thing that most mothers miss out on is gut health. You might not know how important it is to maintain your child’s overall health. The gut is essentially the center of our body; it is the core. You can’t keep the other parts healthy if you avoid the core.

Our gastrointestinal passage is lined with innumerable colonies of microorganisms - predominantly bacteria - that are utterly beneficial to our overall health (it’s referred to as gut microbiota or microbiome). Of all the other functions they perform, they boost our immunity and aid in digestion. They are also known to produce some essential vitamins.

But since our children keep falling ill and are prone to infections due to already weak immune systems, going to the doctor to get prescription medications is unavoidable. These medications, particularly antibiotics, invariably kill the good gut bacteria too, because they can’t differentiate between the good and the bad. This further weakens the child’s immune system, which makes them way more prone to infections than they otherwise were. But this doesn’t imply that you shouldn’t give your child antibiotics as they could be absolutely necessary.

Whatever the case, many moms depend on home remedies to treat their children, while others trust and refer only to the doctor - and there’s no right stance here.

I know this makes you worried about your child’s health. But don’t worry, mother nature doesn’t fail to impress us. We have some naturally existing or synthetic foods called probiotics that contain living good bacteria, and those that can help the existing gut bacteria to flourish - prebiotics.

The best example of a natural probiotic is yogurt. And surprisingly, many children love to eat it. I make it a point to include yogurt in my daughter’s lunch every day.

It isn’t advised to eat it at night, so avoid its consumption at night.

Some other natural probiotics are sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi, some types of cheese, natto, miso, and buttermilk.

Some prebiotic foods are garlic, onions, bananas, leeks, asparagus, oats, and apples.

Prebiotic foods

Some other important tips:

  • Don’t force it on your child to eat, try to feed them when they’re hungry. Eating without a will is equivalent to eating nothing.
  • Help your child pick their favorites by giving them the freedom to choose from the options you choose for them. Also, give them the freedom to pick as much as they want.
  • Your child should feel hungry, but not all the time. If you find your child’s eating patterns abnormal, don’t hesitate to seek a doctor.
  • Milk is undeniably important but can’t be a substitute for your child’s meals. Don’t overgive it. Your child should drink no more than 2-3 cups a day as it can fill your child’s stomach and prevent them from eating other nutritious food.

Some Recipes to Your Rescue

Now, you must be wondering how you can make your kids eat all these healthy foods. So, I’ve curated a list of delicious, healthy and easy to cook dishes and snacks that you can make for your bundles of joy:

  1. Fruit & Nut Yogurt
  2. Popcorn (rich in fiber)
  3. Trail Mix (a mixture of nuts and dried fruits)
  4. Baked Vegetable Spring Rolls
  5. Veg/Non-Veg loaded Pizza with Whole Wheat Crust
  6. Blueberry/Banana Muffins
  7. Spinach Avocado Smoothie
  8. Lentil-Mushroom Burgers
  9. Energy Balls
  10. Banana Oat Cookies

I haven’t yet cooked all of these, but my daughter loves baked vegetable spring rolls; we sit together to enjoy them in our evening snacks. She, like all children, absolutely loves the healthy pizza that her mamma makes. Although the recipes aren’t mine, I would love to hear from you how they are so I know if my list requires an update.

Till then,

Happy Mommying and Daddying!

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Immunity - A Mother’s Biggest Concern

Immunity - A Mother’s Biggest Concern

Immunity

In a new initiative by Rabitat ‘Meet the Mom,’ we invited super moms Shweta, Radhika, and Neha to sit together and discuss the joys and issues that come with motherhood.

Shweta is a full-time mother of a three-year-old, a photographer, and a Social Media Influencer for countless moms and moms-to-be. Radhika is, again, a full-time mother of a three-year-old and an Independent HR Consultant. Neha is also a full-time mom of a 10-year-old and the Digital Marketing Head at Rabitat.

With Meet the Mom, we intend to share awesome tips, tricks and hacks with you all. We aren’t only focused on delivering the best baby products to you, we also believe that you should have the best time of your life being both the mother and the wife. Most importantly, we value your womanhood and the never-say-never spirit.

In this episode, the moms discuss the importance of immunity. The mothers also shared their tips, hacks, home remedies and things with us.

Immunity

No matter how old or young your child is, when they fall sick, your world falls off. I honestly can’t think about anything but taking my daughter to a safe place and ensuring that she never falls sick. But does a safe place even exist? I think not. The world is full of germs and I didn’t realize this until only three years ago!

So, obviously, you can’t make this world safe for your children, but you can give them some bodyguards. Immunity plays that exact role. It’s a feature that our bodies, fortunately, have to keep us safe from a variety of disease-causing bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other parasites like ringworms.

Building a child’s immunity is as important as giving them good clothes and good food. Since the immune systems of young human children aren’t well developed, they’re more vulnerable to infectious microorganisms than us adults. And at the same time, we can’t stop them from going to school or playgrounds, aka ‘breeding grounds for germs.’

Those TV ads freak me out even more. Damn those insects and rodents, I don’t have roaches and rats at my home but the mosquitoes and houseflies are way too smart. So, I have mosquito nets and repellents at home that I use with care - with care because repellants are chemicals and they should be used very cautiously, especially when kids are around.

So immunity is a big thing. The core of immunity is, of course, the immune system and our gut, which is home to several microorganisms that are good for us and help in digestion, immunity, and tonnes of other things. Our gut microbiome - as they call it - is much more important than we can imagine. Check this to know more.

And going by the stats, as Neha tells us, “An average 6-year-old falls ill 6-8 times in a year, and this is just cold, this doesn’t include diarrhea and other ear infections or whatever they’re picking up.

Though the numbers suggest that keeping them from falling ill isn’t normally avoidable, it isn’t impossible. Shweta, like all of us, spends most of her time researching how she can boost the immunity of her three-year-old son. She fairly believes that we can’t give them medication (like antibiotics) every time they fall sick because that can hamper the good bacteria that resides in their bodies and do tonnes of other things (read: side effects).

Then - the other factor that we just can’t act on is pollution - as Shweta points out, “I think we have our limitations because we can’t control the external factors.” And then, for the people living in Delhi, it’s even worse.

Putting her thoughts together, Shweta further reveals that her research has made her aware of the fact that “gut health is very important and actually holds the core of immunity.” So Shweta rightly advises, “You know, like the probiotics are something, which has to be there in the kids' meal.” So, therefore, you must include yogurt in your child’s daily diet - is a natural probiotic and hence great for health.

As the discussion proceeds, Neha reminds us of the magic potions that our grandmoms used to give us as kids - the ones we got in the winter and the summer, say to keep us from loos. These magic potions used to be brewed up in our own kitchens and we never had to visit the doctor. Whereas, nowadays, whenever anything happens to our children, the first thing that we do is dial the doctor.

One of the most common examples of these magic potions or ingredients is turmeric or haldi, which is excellent for a cold. Just add a pinch to milk and give it to your children or drink yourself. But, unfortunately, kids are the least excited to take such ‘magic potions’ - something that Neha dreads just like most of us. But don’t you worry, Shweta has a tip here - she suggests that you add a pinch or two of turmeric powder in water and give it to your child. I’m hopeful that it could help, maybe!

Shweta says, “I mean there are so many things but actually, you know, we don’t just think about these things.” Could we agree more? She also says that we prefer doctors over all these home remedies and hacks that our grannies taught us. And also, now there’s this universal doctor that you can meet without an appointment! Dr. G. It’s Google.

“Google! All the time!” remarks Neha and it’s cent percent relatable. Because we just don’t care. I’m sure even the doctors are scared of the possibly more powerful Dr. G because it holds the bogus potential of taking their jobs. Even before we can get to the doctor, we have already checked the whole list of symptoms related to our own or our child’s symptoms and the following diagnosis. Some of us are too confused because of the abundant, contradictory information available on the internet. Nevertheless, it’s been found that Google is not seen as a threat by General Practitionersand it could lead to a better understanding of the symptoms and the diagnosis.

Radhika believes and says, “But I think the more I speak to more of my friends, people are kind of going back to these old wive’s tales.” Which is - again - true. We all have our own potions or Kadhas recipes as an inheritance from our moms and grandmoms that come really handy whenever our child catches a cold or something. Neha reveals that even she gets it whenever it’s being made for her daughter to treat her cold- because, why not!

Also, it’s also very normal to give such a potion whenever you see the slightest of the symptoms because we don’t want our children to go through the agony - obviously. But Shweta and Radhika also discuss that many mothers hesitate from giving such things to their children - whatever be the reason - whether they’re skeptics or simply unaware. No comments on that because it is, after all, a personal choice individual to each mother and we know that the mother knows the best.

Further, the moms tell us their magic hacks to boost immunity or some other secret potions or ingredients that their mom or grandmom taught them about.

Some Health Hacks by the Mothers for the Mothers

Radhika, very confident in her secret hack, tells us that her magic ingredient is nutmeg or jaifal. “You have to shred it a little bit and just apply it on the nose and you sleep the night. And it works like a charm. No runny nose, no cough in the morning.” While I’ve never heard about it, I’m definitely going to try this one because I trust the moms I can relate with. You should too!

Shweta shares that she uses the spice as an ingredient in her meals whenever the weather’s changing, but this application is even surprising for her - as much as it is for us. So if you don’t yet include it, start doing it because not only does “it smell and taste good, it is also very effective during weather change.

Moving on to Shweta’s hack, she describes it as “very short, crisp, and very effective,” which it sure is - Tulsi (holy basil) water! She advises to give tulsi water to the children during weather change and it will work like a charm. Well, tulsi is definitely a magic plant. It is used in many home remedies, too. Have you ever triedtulsi tea, though? The aroma and the flavor are pretty relaxing.

Then comes the last but not the least hack that Neha has for you. She says, “My mom used to give it to us when we were kids… it’s honey and almonds. We would have a spoonful every time in the winter before going to school. And I swear I didn’t get cold as much as these kids get now.” We’re sure this simple hack is also yummy at the same time as it is effective! This hack, as Shweta inquires Neha, could also be the secret behind her glowing skin. And I’m sure we can try it too!

We hope that you’ve noted or saved these tips and use them whenever you find them useful. Remember that boosting your child’s immunity can act as a one-stop solution for all of their health-related problems.

Of all the celebrated luxuries of the world, health is a luxury that is still counted as basic. Remind yourself that it doesn’t come itself and, therefore, shouldn’t be taken for granted. Health requires a lot of work, too. But at the same time, you also don’t want to forget yourself while taking care of your child: because at the end of the day, the world becomes a whole circle where your child’s health follows yours and vice versa.

Happy Mommy-ing!

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How Important Being A Happy Mother Is!

How Important Being A Happy Mother Is!

Important Being A Happy Mother

In a new initiative by Rabitat ‘ Meet the Mom,’ we invited super moms Shweta, Radhika, and Neha to discuss the joys and issues that come with motherhood.

Shweta is a full-time mother of a three-year-old, a photographer, and a Social Media Influencer for many moms and moms-to-be. Radhika is again a full-time mother of a three-year-old and an independent HR Consultant. Neha is also a full-time mom of a 10-year-old and Digital Marketing Head at Rabitat.

With Meet the Mom, we intend to share awesome tips, tricks and hacks with you all. We aren’t only focused on delivering the best baby products to you, we also believe that you should have the best time of your life being both a mother and a wife. Most importantly, we value your womanhood and the never-say-never spirit.

A Happy Mother = Happy Child

In this episode, the three moms discussed the challenges we all encounter when it comes to keeping ourselves happy. Even though I know that happiness is something that comes from within, I still have to look out for reasons to be happy. Like it isn't easy to be where you are at the moment. The mind is always (always!) running from here to there and you just can't help but sit and try to catch up with the world.

So, as the conversation starts, Neha asks the two mothers about it. And I totally agree with Radhika when she says, "A happy mom for sure equals a happy baby. If you’re not happy, your child, no matter how young he is, is surely feeding off your energy, the vibe, you know, that’s in the house. So, like you said, it’s a huge challenge to keep yourself happy. Specially at the time when you just deliver."

The Baby Blues

Do you remember? Remember the time when you'd just delivered an entire human growing in your body? I mean, remember the baby blues? My days were amazingly annoying. I was on the top of the world at one point and on the opposite the other times. But one of my friends had it way worse - she suffered from postpartum depression and I can never ever ever describe the pain as I saw it. Damn. Those days are just weird in their own peculiar way and you can't understand what's going on. Whatever your homies say, I recommend you to get help whenever you feel the situation to be getting out of your hand. Please.

Information Overload

Coming back to the discussion, Neha brings up this one point - "There's so much advice floating around… And now, I mean, you’re running back to your doctor for every little thing! And you’re also getting a lot of information at home. 'Do this, don’t listen to the doctor, they don’t know anything.'" Okay so, can you relate as much as I can? I mean, this actually pierced through my heart because of how much I can relate with this. So we run back and forth the doctor, our mothers, sisters, and grandmothers give us innumerable mini packets of information that aren't easy to process, at least I wasn't able to process them. So there's an information overload and then there's the internet! I still think about that time and trust me, my head is about to explode! (I, in fact, still have those moments because my daughter is only three.)

If you're going to be a mom and you expect yourself to be enveloped with so much information, listen to what Shweta has to say, "The moment I delivered I told my mom, I said: You need to follow me now. Done with those times now where you say “I’ve also delivered” and all that, whatever my gynae says, whatever my pediac says, I’m gonna follow that because I’m a new mom. Let me experience it myself."

No no no, don't get us wrong. The only thing you can do in such a situation is to decide and rely on one source of information, whether it's your doctor or anybody else that's educated enough to guide you. When you have a lot of sources of information, chances are that the information will overlap and often be contradictory, which is likely to leave you muddled and in the middle of nowhere. And - of course - everybody is meaning well, they only want to make it easier for you, as Radhika tells us, but it's equally important to not get confused and lost. It's important that you don't second guess yourself because you actually don't know what you have to do with the baby.

If I tell you my story, my daughter was only 3 weeks old when she got this fever that scared the hell out of me. Everyone around me was telling me to calm down but I couldn't. I was freaking out. But I decided to go to the pediatrician and get help. The doctor not only helped me understand that there was nothing to worry about, but I also realized that there's a lot that we don't see. No offence to anybody, but my mom was fully with me in this, she's always advised me to go to the doctor because there is always something they know more than us. And they're definitely usually more experienced than any of us. But what happened was that I ended up second guessing myself because it was so hard on me. I realized that my baby is another human altogether. She isn't just a doll that I only have to feed and play with.

Lifestyle Changes Add to it

Then there's not just the hormones that are giving us the 'blues,' it's also a lot of other things. Many mothers have to take a break from their well-established careers, many have to drastically change their lifestyles, many even end up doing what they'd pledged to never do - I am one! I had decided to never be the stay-at-home kind of mom. I've always liked going out. I'm the one that doesn't enjoy sleeping on weekends, I'm the one that holidays… the one that's always on the go. This is something that changed after I delivered my daughter. And it wasn't even something I could control. It came inherently. I didn't have to force myself, I just did it. My daughter is three now and I can't go on holidays as much as I used to.

And I know I am not alone when I hear Shweta explain it too, "You know, you’re doubting yourself; you don’t wanna go out. Then there’s a baby, there’s so much happening in your life, career, again, a question mark… And then... I'm a new person; a completely new person, again, with a new person in my hands. So there's so much happening around you… if you’re not keeping yourself motivated, believing in yourself then you’re just gonna lose it completely. Your sanity is something... you have to have it intact - no matter what is happening around!" Shweta says so much and it actually communicates the feeling with me too well.

On this, Neha comments that the mother starts to feel invisible as soon as the baby comes and becomes the focus. This makes the mother's happiness to take the backseat and something unimportant. "Nobody thinks about it and it's not even something that's discussed!" - She explains.

Shweta further adds that after she left her career of 10 years post the arrival of her child, that is when she actually thought about getting back to her forgotten passion of photography, which she started working on again and became the successful Instagram influencer she is today. While she admits that her work isn't really considered as 'work,' but it helped her because she got something to hold on to, something to fill her days with. Then the conversation leads to them husbands! Ahh, unbeatable. Shweta points out that no matter how much her husband loves her, he couldn't understand her at that point in her life. And I am not very happy to admit that I have been through the same. I guess we all have.

Radhika believes and says, “But I think the more I speak to more of my friends, people are kind of going back to these old wive’s tales.” Which is - again - true. We all have our own potions or Kadhas recipes as an inheritance from our moms and grandmoms that come really handy whenever our child catches a cold or something. Neha reveals that even she gets it whenever it’s being made for her daughter to treat her cold- because, why not!

Girlfriends are a Blessing for New Mothers

Referring to the period of the blue days, Radhika tells us that she totally gives it to her sisters and girlfriends. She tells us that she always looked to them during her lean period as she "really thought that they were the people who could understand what she was going through."

"They can relate to it, even if they don't, you're not looking for advice. Sometimes you're just looking for someone to listen to you." Which I agree with. Hands down. You really need to vent, you want someone to listen to you and just that. No advice on what to do with the baby, the stitches, the stretch marks or the belly! So having that support system is very important and all of us must lend each other willing ears that don't give up on the never-ending stories of pain and happiness.

And then, you know, you have to look for happiness inside you to be happy on the outside too. But I feel that it's easier said than done. Finding inner happiness in the midst of the chaos is… impossible, unless you have something to divert your mind to.

If you ever find yourself in a situation like that, where you're super confused about how to forget the baby for some time - which is equally important for you as well as the baby's health - you have to take Neha's advice. She suggests getting into conversations that don't include the baby. And your friends are the only ones that can make it possible because your husband and family are still focused on the mewborn. "That's where the mother doesn't just feel like a milch cow, and she can be herself. She's more than a mother… she isn't just somebody's mummy." She adds.

Tips from the Mammas for the Mammas

Neha then asks the mums the one thing that they do for themselves - minus the husbands and girlfriends, something pure indulgence to find their peace and happiness.

Radhika says that she takes off to the hills to be by herself or with her friends. I love this tip!

Shweta has it even simpler and kind of inexpensive! She names it - a simple blow dry. She gets it and is home all happy and cheerful and enjoys some music at her home to extend the happy period. I love this tip too! I am not exactly sure how that works but it works wonders. I am sure it would work wonders for you all too.

Sharing her own thing, Neha agrees with Radhika and finds her happiness in the hills. She sends her daughter off for a short weekend when she packs her bags and goes travelling with her husband or friends.

And here's one rule from Neha that I personally feel everyone should follow - plan your trips such that one is with the child and one is without it. So you don't always feel guilty of being too much with or away from them. Even if you're guilty - cope with it because balance is critical.

So while you're planning to do things for your infant's happiness, it's actually more important to be happy yourself because the child feeds off your vibe. If you aren't happy, your child can't be happy. Give your child an elated, cheerful environment in which they can grow up to be healthy and positive. Remember, positivity brings prosperity and happiness brings health.

So pack your bags or go to the salon - or whatever makes you happy. Just let your hormones take you higher than lower.

Happy Mommy-ing! 

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Tips & Tricks to Break The Ice

Tips & Tricks to Break The Ice

Tips & Tricks

Here are some tips for getting involved with your baby.

You might feel overwhelmed at first, but brand-new dads come fully equipped for fatherhood. Fathers are just as good as mothers at recognising and responding to the needs of their newborns. Here are some tips for getting involved with your baby.

Fatherhood

Try to help with everything

Nappy changing, bathing, burping, feeding -these are all great ways to bond with your baby. Parenting skills are partly a matter of practice – you get better and more confident the more hands-on experience you get.

Help with everything

Display your affection

When you show your baby affection and respond to your baby’s cues a natural hormone called oxytocin is released in your baby’s brain. This hormone makes your baby feel good. It also builds connections between nerve cells, stimulating brain development.

Show your baby affection

Keep at it daddy!

Resist the urge to hand your baby back to mommy when things get demanding. One-on-one time will build your confidence and skills.

Keep at it daddy

Lets spend some quality one on one time

Try and spend some alone time with your baby, this is a really important part of developing a strong and lasting bond. It’s also great for the new mum, who’ll get a much-needed break.

Spend some quality one on one time

Walk The Talk

While you’re caring for your baby, try talking to your little one about what you’re doing. For example, ‘Let’s get dressed now – on goes your top’. these small gestures help your newborn feel content and protected.Talk is like brain food for babies. It helps them build language and communication skills from the time they’re born. Babies don’t have to understand words to benefit from talking. Time spent with the baby in the early weeks and months should provide a positive foundation for the developing relationship as the child grows, making fatherhood more rewarding and enjoyable. P.S your efforts with the baby will help strengthen your bond with your partner.

Walk The Talk

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Winter Bundle

Winter Bundle

Winter Bundle

5 tips for winter babies

If your bundle of joy is due this winter, we’ve put together some top tips for making sure you’re prepared – including essential advice for keeping your baby warm, cosy, healthy and happy! Layers to love Winter dressing is all about layers, along with clothes hats, socks and booties are also essential, and remember to check your baby’s body temperature periodically. If they’re sweaty or red-faced you might need to strip off a layer and let them cool off a little.

Healthy and happy

Winter Care

Winter babies can be prone to the coughs and sniffles that circulate this time of year. Stock your toiletry kit with hand sanitiser and wash hands regularly to keep germs away. Have a good quality baby moisturiser and nappy barrier cream on hand to keep skin healthy in the dry winter air.

Winter Care

Keep Them Close

Babies love close contact, and a baby carrier is a great way to keep bub snuggly, warm and close to your body. Cuddle and snuggle!

Keep Them Close

Bath Rituals

Keep bathtime fun and cozy, and have some large hooded towels on hand so you can dry baby quickly and keep their head warm as soon as they’re out of the water.

Bath Rituals

Show yourself some love!

You might face some challenges while breastfeeding in cooler weather. Invest in some layered nursing tops with easy-access clothes so you’re cozy and comfortable too.

Show yourself some love!

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I am travelling

I am travelling

I am travelling

Carry plenty of snacks and fluids

Be sure to pack nonperishable foods. Keep baby hydrated because airplanes are drying. Don't forget to bring a sippy cup or bottle -- something to suck on to help relieve air pressure, especially during take-off and landing.

Carry plenty of snacks and fluids

Bring lots of extra clothing and diapers

If traveling by plane, dress your baby or toddler in layers that can be taken off if your child gets too hot, or layered back on if your child gets too cold. A cold baby is a crying baby. And remember, whether you are traveling by plane or by car, messes can happen, so always have an extra outfit and diapers close by and easily accessible.

Lots of extra clothing and diapers

Bring your child's favourite toys

Make sure you bring only soft toys - nothing that has sharp edges or that can hurt him if there is turbulence. Having his favourite toys with him will help him feel secure and comfortable, and keep him happily occupied.

Child's favourite toys

 

Pack fun times that have to do with the places you are visiting

Bring snacks that are special to your final destination. Tell him stories about the places you are going. Pack a portable DVD or load up your iPad with apps or games. Also, include games and storybooks about the countries or states you will be visiting. Thus, a family trip can become both a fun and memorable journey, as well as a teachable moment.

Places you are visiting

Consider scheduling trips around your child's sleep time

Your child can get into his jammies as soon as he gets onboard a plane or into a car, and, fingers crossed, go right to sleep.

Child's sleep time

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Baby Moon

Baby Moon

Baby Moon

DISCOVER

If your bundle of joy is due this winter, we’ve put together some top tips for making sure you’re prepared – including essential advice for keeping your baby warm, cosy, healthy and happy!

PRE-ARRIVAL DEPARTURE Top destinations for a babymoon Planning a getaway to switch off and enjoy each other’s company before life shifts up a gear is a great idea. So get planning and whisk yourselves away to one these romantic destinations. Consult your gynecologist before you plan the trip, you should also ensure you take your medical notes, check that your travel insurance covers you for pregnancy-related issues and, if you are going abroad, research the nearest medical facilities and hospitals – you’re unlikely to need them, but for your own peace of mind it's good to know where they are and which are considered the best.

Babymoon Planning

Sunkissed

Looking to top up your Vitamin D levels before baby arrives? A beach holiday provides for the perfect opportunity to binge on delicious seafood and gorge on luscious tropical fruits. The beach will help calm you and your pregnancy hormones.

Looking to top up your Vitamin D

Queen of Hills

Ask any parent what they crave most, and they'll probably reply with some peace and quiet! So before you have your baby, why not head to a tranquil hill-station where you can tune into nature and switch off from your busy life? So pack your favourite book and leave for scenic views.

Queen of Hills

City Seekers

A babymoon is the time to tick off lots of things that, as the parents of a newborn, you soon won’t be able to do – and a big City has it all! From fancy restaurants to shopping malls this break can be the perfect time to shop for the baby together. Make sure you catch a blissfully romantic meal before you head back home.

City Seekers

Resort Restoration

Can’t take a long break or travel too far? For something closer to home, you can’t beat a few nights at an exotic resort near you. These Retreats have a lot to offer, wake up to lavish breakfast spreads and relax by the pool all day, enjoy the services and amenities that these properties offer.

Resort Restoration

Spa Sanctuary

Experts say that the stress hormone cortisol can cross the placenta so it’s a really good idea to avoid anxiety and stress – which, let’s face it, isn’t always easy in modern life! So heading to a spa, where you’re almost forced to switch off, can be just the ticket. Remember to avoid Jacuzzis and hot tubs, though, as elevated temperatures pose a risk when you’re pregnant. Whether you choose a country side hotel or a city spa, check out the available range of pregnancy treatments before you book.

Spa Sanctuary

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Tips for Disciplining Your Toddler!

Tips for Disciplining Your Toddler!

Disciplining Your Toddler!

Pick Your Battles

"If you're always saying, 'No, no, no,' your child will tune out the no and won't understand your priorities,"Define what's important to you, set limits accordingly, and follow through with appropriate consequences. Then ease up on little things that are annoying but otherwise fall into the "who cares?" category—the habits your child is likely to outgrow, such as insisting on wearing purple (and only purple).

Pick Your Battles

Don’t Get Emotional

Sure, it's hard to stay calm when you are running late for work and your kids refuse to follow simple instructions.But if you scream in anger, the message you're trying to send will get lost and the situation will escalate, fast. "When a child is flooded with a parent's negative mood, he'll see the emotion and won't hear what you're saying,” Indeed, an angry reaction will only enhance the entertainment value for your child, so resist the urge to raise your voice. Take a deep breath, count to three, and get down to your child's eye level. Be fast and firm, serious and stern when you deliver the reprimand.

Don’t Get Emotional

Listen and Repeat

Kids feel better when they know they have been heard, so whenever possible, repeat your child's concerns. If she's whining in the grocery store because you won't let her open the cookies, say something like: "It sounds like you're mad at me because I won't let you open the cookies until we get home. I'm sorry you feel that way, but the store won't let us open things until they're paid for. That's its policy." This won't satisfy her urge, but it will reduce her anger and defuse the conflict.

Listen and Repeat

Reward Good Behaviour

It's highly unlikely that your child will always do whatever you say. If that happened, you'd have to think about what might be wrong with her! Normal kids resist control, and they know when you're asking them to do something they don't want to do. They then feel justified in resisting you. In cases in which they do behave appropriately, a prize is like a spoonful of sugar: It helps the medicine go down. Judicious use of special treats and prizes is just one more way to show your child you're aware and respectful of his feelings. This, more than anything, gives credibility to your discipline demands.

Reward Good Behaviour

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