How Cute Soft Toys have a positive impact on a Child’s Mind


By-Alastair Gilbertson

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There are so many things that have a negative impact on our minds. Things like unhealthy processed food, people judging each other and selfish desires. However, we always have a choice with us to choose positive over negative. Leave adults, even children are affected by the good side and the bad side of life and it’s up to us to change the direction. So let’s start with a positive note on how cute soft toys can have a positive impact on a child’s mind. Continue reading

Let’s learn how parents can use affordable cute soft toys to bring positive changes in a child.

Gift a soft toy

If your child is having mood swings and you want to make your child happy, simply surprise him with his favourite soft teddy bear and see the shift in his mood. Just like adults, children too have mood swings, and stuffed animals and teddy bears can bring some calmness in their lives.

Create a playful environment

When your child’s room is untidy, he will not enjoy playing in a messy environment. You can give a touch of cleanliness and watch him play with soft plush toys. This clearly showcases that environment is a vital factor to our mental health.

Develops interpersonal skills

Humans by nature are social animals and they need to communicate in  find comfort in humans but in their cute plush toys. Kids are often possessive about their toys as they value them and consider them as important as their family members.

Online shopping for kids

In the past, parents really had a hard time buying plush toys for kids, but with the invention of technology and online shopping, things have become easy for parents. They have a wide variety of toys to choose from. Everything is available online, even if you are looking for plush toys for babies, you’ll find a mammoth collection of toys for babies. And, not just usual toys that are plain and boring, but toys that will fascinate you with their design, make and features.

Introvert to extrovert

Did you know cute soft toys can transform introverts into outgoing beings? Well, it’s a fact since everybody needs an outlet to express their emotions, be it anger, sadness or happiness. However, some kids are born introverts and it takes a lot of effort from the parents to bring their child out. Give your child some alone time with a soft toy and watch him express himself. You as a parent can encourage your child to share his secrets with his favourite toy and then see the difference. It is truly said that things that don’t have life in them, can give life to another.

Hence, keep your child’s mind healthy by developing good habits in him and encouraging him to play outdoor games. Also, if you want your child to be mentally strong, say kind words to him, be polite and believe in his abilities.

Author Bio: Alastair Gilbertson, a professional blogger who loves exploring various themes related to e-commerce and soft toys. He also contributes to Ultra Gift Box. This article tells you how cute soft toys have a positive impact on a child’s mind.

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Essential Baby Skin Care Techniques You Should Know


By Cindy,

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Aside from giving them the right amount of nutrients and preventing any possible risks, parents must also take ample time in ensuring their baby’s get proper skin care. Since a baby’s skin is sensitive, extra care and protection is needed to prevent any possible skin problems. Unlike an adult’s skin problems, which can be solved with products like Skinfood, there are limitations on the kind of chemicals that should come in contact with an infant’s skin. Continue reading

In the case of newborn babies, their skin requires time to adjust to its new environment since they still need time to grow. Within the first few months, a baby’s skin can be prone to allergies which can cause discomfort and even possible skin concerns in the future.

Here are some steps on how to take care of a baby’s skin:

BATHE REGULARLY

 Bathing a baby keeps unwanted dirt and other toxins away from their sensitive skin. It also prevents itchiness and potential allergies. Here are some tips to remember on how to bathe your baby:

1. Getting Prepared

Parents who are unsure of what products to use on their baby can seek advice from a paediatrician. Generally speaking, a baby’s skin is extremely sensitive so it’s best to avoid shampoos and soaps that contain harsh chemicals. Fortunately, there are various baby shampoos and soaps available which are made with gentle formulas to ensure no allergic reaction occurs.

2. Keep Water Warm

Ensure the water is lukewarm and not hot by using your elbow. Fill the tub with no more than 2-3 inches of water. Prevent your baby from getting cold by continuously pouring water over their shoulders. Dip a clean washcloth in soapy water and use it to wash the baby’s scalp with shampoo. For the face, use a moist cotton ball and gently dab on areas. Avoid getting water in their nostrils, mouth, and eyes.

3.Dry Them Off

Wrap baby in a hooded towel afterwards and bring them to a room, make sure to turn off all fans and air conditioners beforehand to avoid chills. Apply gentle baby lotion. Remember to ask your doctor for any recommendations on what is safe for the baby.

CHANGING DIAPERS 

Babies need general diaper switches since they are unable to relieve and clean themselves regularly. Prolonged exposure to bacteria in a used diaper can lead to skin irritation and discomfort. Prevent your baby from these risks and keep their skin safe with these handy tips:

1. Be Mindful Of Diapers

Not all diapers are made the same since the materials used in some can be irritating to the skin. Make sure to buy diapers that allow breathing room in the child’s sensitive areas to avoid locking in bacteria. Some mothers also recommend switching between diapers and nappies to avoid prolonged exposure to diaper adhesives.

2. Clean Between Changes

Between diaper changes make sure to wipe the baby’s skin gently with unscented baby wipes or a moistened towelette. Pat dry and wait for a few moments for the skin to be completely dry before applying diaper cream. Allow the cream to dry as well before putting on a fresh new diaper.

SKIN CARE FOR DIFFERENT SEASONS:- 

SPF Care

Newborn babies should not be exposed to direct sunlight until they are 6 months old. Once they have reached this age, apply SPF on their skin 30 minutes before heading out. Make sure to ask your doctor which products they recommend as certain brands may be too harsh for a baby.

Use Loose & Comfortable Clothing

Since a baby’s sweat glands are underdeveloped, they can become very susceptible to heat rash. Parents who are ready to take their little one out should make sure to dress them in loose and comfortable clothing plus a hat to shield them from the sun’s rays.

Winter Care

During winter, consider investing in a cool mist humidifier in your nursery to keep the air moist since dry weather can irritate a baby’s skin. Remember to clean the humidifier regularly to prevent mould from growing. Make sure to keep your baby hydrating as well and give them lots of water.

 Taking care of a baby’s skin is an essential step in making sure they will have healthy skin as they grow older. While there are various products available on the market, parents must remember to research on certain items before making a purchase since not all products benefit each person. Additionally, parents should also schedule regular visits to their doctor and ask for skin care recommendations..

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How to Make Your Kids More Socially Active


 

BY- MONICA 

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Parent wants their kid to grow into a happy and a well-adjusted adult but it’s a tough job to teach them social skills. Reports and studies have shown that babies are born social but interpersonal skills are something they learn while growing up. Socialising is an art that one masters every single day of growing up and parents are the emotion coaches of this journey. Continue reading

A kid’s social skills and interaction with the world around them forms a major part of their success and happiness. In fact, this is even more important than their academic results. Not only does it help build a strong self-esteem but also helps them rehearse social situations and role-playing ahead of time.

Here are some guiding tips on how to make your kids more socially active.

It’s very important for kids to communicate – verbally or non-verbally. Your child needs to know that they are free to talk, question, ask and communicate their needs, ideas and beliefs. As parents, talk to them every day. Remember to use words like ‘please’, ‘thank you’ and ‘sorry’, etc. while interacting with them. This communication in the house will help your child express, interact, and respond to social stimulus outside the house.

Invite friends home

One of the few places where children tend to open up and interact are kid’s parties. Meeting and greeting kid’s and adults from all walks of life is a great way to induce social skills in your kids. Well, a kid’s party is not the only way out. Inviting their or your friends’ over – without a purpose – is a good way to encourage friendships (and the idea of friendship) among kids. Being in their comfort zone will bring out the best of social skills in your kids.

Empathise

It’s a fact that empathy plays a huge role in building successful interpersonal skills and relationships. Kids receiving empathy from adults tend to develop empathy for others at the earliest. Empathising and being warm go hand in hand. It’s critical for parents to talk to their kids about their feelings without trivialising them.

Teach emotions

Teach your kid to express emotions and tell them its okay to be emotional. Let them imitate emotions of various kinds – joy, anger, excitement, nervousness, sadness, danger, weirdness etc. Make a game out of it and ask them to identify different smileys and emotions. This activity will not only help them express better and differentiate between emotions but will also not let them get confused while socially interacting with kids and adults.

Do not hover

Children need close supervision. But there is a thin line between supervising and hovering over. With kids growing older, parents need to back off a bit. Hovering over kids 24*7 robs them of the chance to develop social skills on their own. You need to know when to enter and when to exit.

In the end, it’s important to understand that not every kid is born with the same skills. While some kids are naturally more socially adept, others are not. A parent plays an important role in a child’s interpersonal development. Take a more active approach to build social skills in your kid. Be a model of social grace and help them build relationships.

Author Bio: Monica a self-driven person and loves to spend her leisure time reading interesting books that come her way. She is passionate about writing and collecting new books. She believes in hard work and it is her persistence that keeps her doing better. She is a perfectionist and doesn’t let go off things that don’t appear perfect to her. She loves traveling whenever she needs time off of her busy schedule. Her favorite holiday destination is Hawaii.

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TOP 10 CHICCO PRODUCTS YOU MUST TRY


By Varda,

Chicco Baby Products is an Italian company that sells top quality products in more than 100 countries. Chicco makes a wide range of products like strollers, infant carriers, high chairs and more for infants and children.

Chicco is one of my favorite brands, especially for baby products. I have been using Chicco products for the last few years.

It all started with Chicco Baby Boppy Pillow, which I first used as a maternity pillow, then as a boppy pillow. After which it was used for supporting my babies when they started sitting.

I have listed down my favorite chicco products, which you must try.

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CHIICCO GENTLE BODY WASH & SHAMPOO

Key Features

  • Contains oats, which delicately cleanses baby’s skin & hair
  • Free from alcohol & dyes, parabens, SLS, SLES
  • Isolachrymal pH neutral no tear formula
  • Hypoallergenic formula clinically tested on sensitive skin

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CHICCO BABY MOMENTS BODY LOTION

Key Features

  • Almond milk that softens & nourishes baby skin
  • Free from alcohol, parabens
  • Hypoallergenic formula clinically tested on sensitive skin
  • It absorbs vey quickly in the skin.

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CHICCO DENTIFRICIO TOOTHPASTE

Key Features

  • Free from, fluoride & other preservatives
  • Available in three different flavors, banana, apple and strawberry

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CHICCO TOOTHBRUSH

Key Features

  • It has rounded head
  • The bristles are very soft, which massages & cleans kids teeth.
  • Handle of the brush is made with soft and non – slip rubber.

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CHICCO ALL PURPOSE DISINFECTANT

Key Features

  • It is ideal disinfecting solution for all the baby stuff .
  • It can be used on metal & plastic.
  • It is effective against bacteria & fungi.
  • Continue reading

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CHICCO BABY NAIL SCISSORS

Key Features

  • Made of stainless steel, have curved blades
  • Nickel free rounded edges ensure that ensures safety while clipping delicate nails.
  • Provided with cover, to maintain hygiene

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TALCUM POWDER

Key Features

  • Contains rice starch, which increases its absorbent property.
  • It makes skin dry & soft without clogging the pores of the skin. Thus skin can breathe freely.
  • Free from alcohol & parabens
  • Hypoallergenic formula clinically tested on the sensitive skin.

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CHICCO BABY COTTON BUDS

Key Features

  • They are made of 100 % cotton
  • Soft & flexible
  • Ideal for daily grooming
  • Can be used from birth

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CHICCO BABY HAIR BRUSH & COMB

Key Features

  • Soft, natural bristles works softly on delicate scalp & hair of newborn
  • The comb has rounded points so that it does not scratches soft scalp of babies
  • Wide anti slip grip, which makes it easy to handle

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CHICCO MANUAL BREAST PUMP

Key Features

  • Easy to extract milk
  • Maintains natural & constant flow of milk
  • Ergonomic handle with soft covering ensuring proper yet comfortable grip
  • Extra soft delicate cup which ensures soft contact on delicate breast skin

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CHICCO NATURAL FEELING BREAST PADS

Key Features

  • Delicate on breast skin
  • Made with antibacterial fabric, which ensures hygiene
  • Dermatologically tested hence don’t cause irritation
  • Made of ultrathin breathable material, hence they are invisible under clothing
  • Leak proof & super absorbent, which keeps skin dry & does not make any visible marks on the clothes.

So Moms, treat your baby with the premium quality products by Chicco.

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The Best Baby Sleep Safety Practices For New Parents


The place parents count on to be the safest spot for their baby can be the most dangerous. Approximately 3,500 infants die every year because of sleep-related reasons.

We’ve put together this short guide to help educate parents about the nighttime dangers their babies face. Here are some of the facts parents should know. Continue reading

Overheating is Bad

Parents constantly worry their little bundle of joy is too cold. It can be tempting to think your baby is a lot more fragile than it is. It’s safer for babies to be in a cooler room with a light sleepsack or swaddling than it is to be overdressed and bundled up in a hot room.

Overheating is one of the risk factors for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS by definition is an unexplained death that happens suddenly in a child under the age of 1. More than 90 percent of those who die from SIDS are less than six months old.

To lessen the risk of a baby dying from SIDS from overheating, keep their bedroom set at a cooler temperature, like 68 degrees. Use a light blanket for swaddling or a sleepsack when you put them down at night.

No Pillows or Stuffed Animals

Pillows and stuffed animals are for older children or adults — not for babies. Pillows and stuffed animals both play a huge suffocation risk for infants.

Infants should never go to sleep with a pillow near their heads. It’s too easy for them to sink into them.

And they won’t even know a stuffed animal is present in their crib anyway. They won’t get any enjoyment out of it whatsoever.

Remember, it doesn’t matter if pillows or stuffed animals look cute or how many times you see a precious-looking crib stuffed full of them in a movie or on a television show. Looks can be deceiving — those pillows and stuffed animals can be deadly.

Back to Sleep

It’s much safer for a baby to sleep on their backs than on their stomachs. When you put them down in their cribs for naps or at bedtime, always remember that rule.

The American Academy of Pediatrics started recommending back sleeping instead of stomach sleeping in 1992 and since that time, death from SIDS has dropped by more than half.

Sleeping on its back will allow a baby to have more fresh air and will make overheating less likely as well.

You needn’t worry about a baby choking on spit-up if they’re sleeping on their back — they’re perfectly capable of turning their head to protect their airways.

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Supersoft Bedsheets from California Design Den


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We recently purchased some superfine bedsheets from California Design Den and I wanted to share my experience with all of you.

The sheets are extremely lush and soft. They are super fine and have a nice sheen to them like the ones used in luxury hotels. The price is also affordable.

I bought two sheets one was for a king size bed and another was for a single cot (kids sheet). I’m satisfied with both the sheets and it was delivered on time.

The thread count is 600 which makes the fabric durable. I have washed it a couple of times and its sparkling as new.

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You can purchase the sheets online at:

https://www.amazon.com/stores/node/17549373011?_encoding=UTF8&field-lbr_brands_browse-bin=California%20Design%20Den&ref_=w_bl_hsx_s_ho_web_17549373011

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Some info from their site for your reference:

From luxe sateens to crisp percale, every set of our sheets is crafted using fine materials, superb craftsmanship, and eco-friendly production processes. Customers buy our linens through retailers like Wayfair and Nordstrom Rack, and many of our sheets are best-sellers on Amazon; you can check out storefront here.

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5 Smart Productivity Hacks for Mompreneurs


By Eva Benoit,

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Moms are often responsible for managing the nitty-gritty aspects of daily living and knowing what consumer goods make life easier. For this reason, they’re often brilliant innovators and inventors who create items that simplify life. If you’re looking to start a business, here are some ways you can get started and stay productive.

1. Set up the perfect workspace

Is there a spare room in your house? Take advantage of that and turn it into your workspace. You can use just a simple desk for organization and to direct your business from there. If you don’t have a spare room, you can work either in your bedroom or in another place in your house where you can focus.

Eliminate distractions, or at least minimize them. You can do this by investing in some noise-cancelling headphones or by keeping your workspace clean enough for you to focus. Make sure you have the right equipment that will give you the best results. If you have a product-based business, it’s important to have effective equipment that can help you produce whatever you’re creating. Continue reading

2. Delineate work and family time

The thing about working from home is that it’s easy to blend everything together. Set a schedule specifically designed for when you are the most productive. Tell your family members that it is your time to work and that you can’t be interrupted during that time. This will help you focus more on the task at hand. Then, when you’re not working, you can put all your focus on your family.

Of course, this is easier said than done. It helps to give your children things to do, or to hire a babysitter who can take care of your children for a couple of hours while you work from home. Find different methods and don’t feel guilty about the time you put into working.

3. Share responsibilities with your partner

Your partner is there to help take care of your children. It’s a team effort, so communicate clearly to your partner what you want and share responsibilities. Your partner can help out with cooking and cleaning, as well as playing with your children and making sure they get household chores and homework done. If your partner has a day job, it will help if your partner looks after your children at night while you work. Your partner can help you maintain consistent office hours.

4. Set small goals

As you start your business, it’s important to set small, achievable goals to help you keep going in the long run. Set daily and weekly goals that can help you accomplish monthly goals and so on. The more small goals you accomplish, the more confident you’ll be in your business.

5. Source business ideas from friends

You don’t have to learn all the lessons of entrepreneurship by hitting roadblocks and learning hard lessons. According to the business magazine Inc, other moms who have their own businesses can give you excellent advice about setting realistic expectations. They can be a great resource to bounce ideas off of, and they will know how to help you best. You can talk with your own friends, but you can also find social media groups that are designed for “Mompreneurs” like yourself.

With your hectic life, you may not feel like you have enough time to start a small business. However, as you set office hours and make a workspace for yourself, you’ll be able to get things done and grow faster. Set small goals, share responsibilities with your partner, and set boundaries. It’s a balancing act for sure, but it’s a worthwhile balancing act.

 

 

 

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NASOBUDDY COUGH & COLD BALM


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Cough & cold is a very common ailment in every household. As seasons transitions from one to another… almost everyone is down with cough & cold. Continue reading

The common symptoms are of cough & cold are

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Coughing
  • Sore Throat
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Sometimes accompanied with fever

This time around my husband & our little son who is one & half year old were down with cough & cold.

The very first thing, I like to do to give relief from discomfort caused by cough & cold is rub on generous quantity of cold balm on chest & neck & breathe in steam. It works like magic.

But I could not do so, for my little one, as all the cough & cold balms have petroleum & menthol in it. The only thing I could do is depend on the handful of oral medicines.

Nasobuddy Cough & Cold Balm came to me as a complete solution to my problem & today I will give you a review of the same.

NASOBUDDY COUGH & COLD BALM

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Nasobuddy is a ayurvedic formulation that helps relieve cough, cold and congestion.

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Key Features

  • Ayurvedic formulation with six essential oils. that are free from petroleum, menthol and artificial fragrances.
  • The balm is suitable for all ages. It is safe for use in children from 3 months onwards.
  • Cough relief that starts working instantly.
  • 8 hour long lasting effect provides soothing cough relief that helps your family to settle in for a good nights sleep.

Contains

Chamomile oil, Lavender oil, Eucalyptus oil, Patchouli oil, Coriander oil, Dill weeds oil, Castor oil, Sunflower oil, Coconut oil, Bees wax.

How to use

Apply liberally to chest and neck as often as needed. Do not apply on or under the nose.

 MY EXPERIENCE WITH NASOBUDDY COUGH & COLD BALM

As mentioned earlier, my husband & younger son were down with severe cough & cold. Though both of them were having medical treatment for it, they could not get relief from congestion & stuffy nose. It was very difficult for them to have a comfortable night. Getting my toddler to sleep was next to impossible, as I could not rub his congested chest with cough & cold balm. Most of the cough & cold balms available in the market have menthol & petroleum in it, which are not good for kid’s delicate skin.

Nasobuddy Cough & Cold Balm, is claimed to be 100 % natural & ayurvedic preparation. I decided to give it a try!

With little hesitance, I rubbed it on my toddler’s chest & neck, before putting him down to bed.

To my surprise he had a much better sleep that night!

My Observations

  • First thing I did after taking the container in hand, is turned it around and checked the label. What a relief it was to my heart knowing that it actually did not contain menthol, artificial fragrances, petroleum… It is truly allnatural product.
  • The container is seal packed.
  • It has mild soothing fragrance because of 6 essential oils included in the formula.
  • It did not cause any irritation on the little ones skin.
  • It had quiet immediate effect & it also lasted for long.

My Recommendation

Now onwards, Nasobuddy Cough & Cold Balm has a irreplaceable place in my medical cabinet. And I will also recommend you to use it to relieve your family from cough & cold discomforts.

You can buy Nasobuddy Cough & Cold Balm from Amazon  and Firstcry.

 

 

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5 Tips to protect your children and keep the infections at bay


Happy and Healthy It’s that time of the year again when you can savour those mouth-watering snacks with a piping hot cuppa. Rains remind me of my childhood days when we enjoyed splashing around and playing aimlessly. I love the fresh smell of the wet earth (petrichor) after a few showers. Children these days are so busy with gadgets that they miss out on enjoying nature and its beauty. In continuation to my earlier post on The Monsoon Affair , here are FIVE smart steps to boost your child’s immune system and keep your family infection-free.

 

1.            Maintain personal hygiene

Make it a practice to wash hands before and after meals. Ensure every member changes their clothes and sanitizes hands after coming home from work or school. Dirt tends to accumulate in the nails, feet and hair, take extra care to keep them clean. Starting good oral habits early for kids really helps. After watching a “Sparkly Teeth’ animated song on TV, my kids look at the brushing activity as fun.

2.            Avoid street food

Food poisoning is most pervasive in the rainy season. Avoid eating uncooked and uncovered food outside; opt for well cooked warm foods. As much as possible consume only home cooked meals.Involve your children in making some simple snacks at home. It can be a messy affair but will surely be fun for them. My junior Masterchef enjoys making his own version of the humble Bhel Puri with a dash of BBQ sauce in it.

3.            Stay hydrated

It is always safe to drink filtered and boiled water. Carry your own bottle of water when stepping out. We have switched to classy looking stainless steel bottles that are safe and easy to clean. Avoid excessive intake of caffeine as they tend to dehydrate you. Instead you can try herbal teas that are soothing and rich in antioxidants.

4.            Strengthen your body’s defense mechanism

Binge on locally available fruits. Garlic and ginger are best known for their anti inflammatory properties; add a dash of both these to your soups /curries to enhance flavour and boost immunity. 
Enfagrow
Supercharge your child with health drinks that support their overall growth and development. ‘Enfagrow A+’, a leading global brand is now available in India. The formula contains DHA plus a blend of key nutrients like Iron, Zinc, Vitamin B6 and B12, Folate to power up your child’s Brain, Heart, Vision and Immune system. According to a clinical study, children who were regularly given fortified milk formula had less or no seasonal respiratory infections. While the fortified milk provides sufficient protein and calcium, it also focuses on making their immune system strong and healthy, thereby reducing the number of sick days and absence from school. DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid is essential and crucial in preserving brain health. DHA is also got from sources like oily fish, vegetable oils, chicken and eggs but as we know children are generally fussy eaters and giving them the right nutrients in the right proportion has been always challenging. A glass of milk with ‘Enfagrow A+’  is a healthy solution to this. The DHA in ‘Enfagrow A+’ is high quality, specifically approved for use in pediatric nutrition. It has been scientifically designed by Mead Johnson Research and Development Centre with 30 years of global experience in DHA research. ‘Enfagrow A+’ is suitable for children aged 2 years and above.

It comes in easy to carry tins and refill packs. BUY NOW!

 

5.         Bug proof your home and surroundings   

Infection free - Enfagrow babies Keep your surroundings clean and clear of any stagnant water to prevent breeding of mosquitoes. Sanitize your home regularly and keep the furnishings dust free. Always make sure that children use mosquito repellents before they go out to play . With a lot of plants in our garden, we take extra efforts to keep them well groomed to prevent any insects from creeping into our home. Growing Basil and Lemongrass in my kitchen garden has definitely helped in keeping the bugs and pests away.  

 

 

Be HAPPY and HEALTHY this monsoon with these simple measures.

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7 Reasons Why you should Let your Child Make Mistakes


By Rachael, 

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When your child was little you helped them make the best decisions possible. You helped them choose their games, television shows, books, and even playdates. But as they get older they will start seeking independence when making decisions. Continue reading

One of the best parenting tips you can follow is to know when to step in and when to let your child make their own decisions – even if it means letting them make the wrong ones. This may mean making a change in your parenting style, especially if you are a helicopter parent.

As a parent, the last thing you want to do is watch your child make a mistake. Whether they’re 6-years-old and wearing their clothes backwards on the first day of school or they’re 18 and putting their foot down about not wanting to go to college.

Here are 7 reasons why letting your child make mistakes may actually be no of the smartest parenting tips you hear.

1. Teaching them in Early Years

If you want to adjust your parenting style so that your children are able to make their own mistakes, you must start teaching them how to make good decisions from a young age.

Be open with your children about the difference between right or wrong. Reinforce the idea that decisions have consequences both emotionally and physically. Teach them the fundamentals to keep them safe; no knives in the toaster, don’t take electronics into the bathtub, don’t touch something that is hot – and the list goes on.

2. Decision Making for the Future

One of the biggest parenting tips to keep in mind when allowing your child to make their own decisions is that by letting them go, you are helping them.

This is because people generally learn from their mistakes. In a study regarding how medical students learn, most respondents of the research project said they would “learn better from actual errors than near misses.”

Thereby, by allowing your child to make mistakes at a young age, you’re actually providing a form of protection for them and teaching them how to make good decisions in the future.

3. Lend a Listening Ear, But Don’t Seek to Control Situations

If you would, even secretly, list yourself as a helicopter parent, this section is for you. One of the best parenting tips for letting go is to do so reasonably.

Just because you’re letting your child take the reigns doesn’t mean you can’t offer you input or advice, especially if asked.

Remind your child that no matter what decision they are making, be it choosing a university, moving across the country, or dying their hair, you will always be there to listen, talk, and offer your advice. As a parent, you should be present in your life, but not controlling it.

4. Choices Create Learning Lessons

When you let your child make their own mistakes, you create teaching tools that they can use later in life. Of course, this applies to issues of staying physically safe with such advice as: fire burns, dressing improperly in cold weather can make you sick, and not to run with scissors.

But remember that this applies to emotional decisions as well. For example, perhaps your teenage son is courting two girls at the same time.

You may caution him that he should pick one, and that by dating two at the same time he is bound to hurt their feelings and lose both of them. Undoubtedly, the girls find out and leave him for more faithful pastures.

Your son has now learned a hard, but important lesson about how to treat women in the future.

5. Teaches Your Child Responsibility

When you alter your parenting style to let your child make their own decisions, you teach them to be responsible. You can do this by reminding them that when they decide on something, they must follow through with it.

For example, perhaps you suggest that your child gets a part-time job over the summer to help save for college in the fall. They agree about getting a job, but insist they want to work full time.

You do not think this is the right decision, but your child is adamant. They have now learned that by accepting a full-time job they will have less time to spend with friends and family and must now fulfill their commitment responsibly.

6. Improves Thinking Ability

By allowing your children to be responsible for the outcome of their decisions from a young age, you help sharpen their critical-thinking skills. Studies show that critical-thinking ability is directly related to good decision-making skills.

For example, if your teen accepts an invitation to study abroad, they will have a more exciting, diverse resume. However, they must also factor in the cost of living and the emotional ramifications of being away from friends and family for so long.

Giving your child the time to think about their decisions will help them have sharper discernment in the future.

7. Gives them a Positive Outlook

Have you ever heard the old saying “Monkey-see, monkey-do”? This essentially means that children will mimic parental behavior – so make sure you’re setting a good example!

Studies show that the more positive a parent’s outlook is, the more positive a child’s will be. And if you are a negative person by nature, your child may inherit this side of you as well.

Show your child you trust them by having a positive outlook on their decision-making capabilities.

There are no hard and fast rules for when to give your little one some independence. Changing your parenting style and allowing your little one to make their own mistakes is hard but beneficial. By letting your child make their own choices you help them to learn from their mistakes, improve thinking ability, and ask themselves important questions.

 

Author Bio: Rachael Pace is a relationship expert with years of experience in training and helping couples. She has helped countless individuals and organizations around the world, offering effective and efficient solutions for healthy and successful relationships. She is a featured writer for Marriage.com, a reliable resource to support healthy happy marriages.

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7 WAYS TO KEEP CHILDREN SAFE IN SCIENCE LABS


By Ross

Children can be pretty reckless and restless. For them, everything is a matter of curiosity and this curious mind leads to many experiments. While this is all a part of the learning process yet it might become dangerous sometimes, especially if these experiments happen in a lab. Continue reading

A kid is an adult of tomorrow. So, developing their scientific temper is essential. Their inquisitive fervor also goes well with this experimental science learning. They would like to test and question every statement and hypothesis. Quite a detective who believes in evidence alone.

However, in their pursuit of answering this curiosity children often go haywire. It’s during those times they need guidance and adult supervision. Now, since we are unable to accompany them in all of their experiments, it is important we underline some basic safety procedure.

Some ways to keep them safe under the lab atmosphere.

1. Always be armed with a science kit

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An undeclared rule of the laboratory is to come prepared. Preparation doesn’t mean learning stuff alone, it means knowing the correct way of implementing them. In a way that will cause no damage or minimal damage.

The right way of implementing things starts with being equipped with your science gear. Laboratories, generally come with all the essentials required for an experiment but certain things like a science kit need to be carried individually.

Science kits usually come equipped with various things like test tube holder, slides, test tubes, needles, scissors, scalpels etc. It can even have science mugs and science bottles.

 2.  Experiment under Adult Supervision

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The next point that comes to mind when we think of kids in a laboratory is adult supervision.

Children should be strictly prohibited from entering the lab without the presence of a well-informed adult. This is essential to ensure that they remain safe from any kind of harmful chemicals and reagents found in the lab.

3.  Be alert and vigilant in the lab

 As we know a laboratory is a dangerous place to play around. You need to be extra cautious and vigilant here.

Laboratories are strictly meant for experiments and kids should be advised to stick to that. No amount of running around, playing, eating, mobile phone interaction should be allowed here.

It is essential children are taught this at the first instance itself and then allowed to enter the lab.

 4.  Follow the safety procedure

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Laboratories are governed by certain rules and decorum. Kids should be taught about this basic safety procedure at the very onset. We need to articulate the importance of learning and understanding of the safety procedures.

It is only when they understand the importance of following the procedures, then they abide by it. So, children should be made aware of the basic safety procedures for wearing lab coats, gloves, goggles and other protective gears.

Also, they need to follow the exact protocol of doing things and don’t experiment with the ways. The written instructions for experimentation are the exact way of doing things.

They can question or inquire about their utility and whereabouts but can’t misuse them.

 5.   Know the exact use of things

A foremost way of experimenting is doing your research properly. This research is the knowledge of things used in the lab and the things you need in your experiment.

So, knowing which equipment is used for what purpose is essential. You simply can’t work with things like bacterial media and cell culture without knowing the use of storage bottles, vacuum bottles, Petri dishes, filter paper etc.

6.  Knowledge of Cleaning Up Technique

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Being knowledgeable about the experiment and the safety procedure isn’t enough. You need to deal with the mess created after that. Lab experiments are just like cooking. You need to clean up after it’s done.

However, just washing the utensils and dumping waste in the garbage won’t help here. You are dealing with potentially harmful toxic chemicals and substances.

Disposing of them requires special equipment like a safety drum, waste disposal can, zero waste box, containers, collection centers. Hence, it is paramount are made aware of this at the beginning itself.

7. Put Everything in Their Place

Lastly, kids need to maintain the order of the place and put the things in their exact spot.

This might not seem a big deal but it is, especially in a lab. Ensuring that things are properly marked, labeled and put in their respective place helps in avoiding accidents in the lab.

So, we should be instilling the importance of this practice before they enter the lab.

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Baby care tips that you should follow during the monsoons


portea baby careHolding a newborn in your hands is a matter of joy. It is exciting for any parent to go home with the new born baby. But, the matter is scary too. One needs to feed the baby every now and then and also change the diaper. The health issue a baby has is much different from that of adults and the old aged. The baby goes through several changes in the first year and giving the best baby care is pretty challenging. No matter what the season, your baby may suffer from certain kinds of diseases. Some diseases are seasonal while others may be deadly and require medical care. Seasonal health issues may be dealt with or without any medicines. As the immunity system of the baby is weak, they usually suffer from certain diseases during the monsoons. Some of the prominent monsoon health conditions are dengue, conjunctivitis, cold and fever. Babies need extra care and attention during monsoons. To care for the baby during the monsoons, you may adopt certain home remedies.

You may feed freshly extracted orange juice

Dengue is common disease during monsoons and can be really dangerous for the baby. Orange juice, a rich mixture of vitamins and antioxidants is good for the baby’s health. It aids in digestion, increases antibodies and therefore feeding the baby with freshly extracted orange juice is the best idea.

Neem leaves extract and papaya

Neem leaves extract will safeguard your baby from any monsoon disease and strengthen the immunity system. A mixture of neem extract and papaya extract will help in curing any of the monsoon health conditions. Newborn baby care during the monsoon starts with giving him papaya and neem extract. It is an effective treatment for dengue. It may also raise the level of platelets in the body.

It is must to use insect repellants and mosquito repellents

Dengue is a purely monsoon disease which results from mosquito bite. Babies are mostly affected by this disease. You must use mosquito repellent product in the home to safeguard your baby from any mosquito bite. Mosquito repellent is available in spray form. You can also use coil in the baby’s room or use a mosquito net. The baby sleeps in peace if you follow any of the stated measures.

Basil leaves to improve the immunity system

Tulsi leaves or basil leaves are popular since the age old times. It is an excellent remedy to cure cough and cold. 4-5 leaves of basil can strengthen the immunity system of the baby. It may help to overcome cold and viral fever. But, make sure the dose is adequate since an over-consumption may harm the health of the baby.

Ginger to fight monsoon diseases

Baby may be given ginger to fight out monsoon diseases. It has antibiotic property which also strengthens immunity system.

Do away with stagnant water near your place

If water logging takes place outside your home or if there is stagnant water anywhere in the garden, you must get rid of it. Stagnant water is the breeding ground for mosquitoes. Water may gather anywhere due to variety of reasons.

Hygiene of the baby matters

As babies don’t use washroom, you have to wash the hands almost every hour. Hand hygiene is important as they have tendency to put fingers inside the mouth.

BCG vaccination may be given to safeguard from tuberculosis. By following the tips mentioned above, you can keep the baby safe and disease-free.

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