How to Get More Sleep as a New Mom


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Sleep deprivation is a common side effect of new motherhood. A colicky baby, discomfort and stress often disrupt sleep during this new phase. While there’s often little you can do to avoid being woken up in the middle of the night by an infant, poor sleep doesn’t have to be a staple of motherhood. With the proper preparation and steps, you can get the sleep your mind and body need in order to be the best mom you can be.

Eat more magnesium

Magnesium improves the sleep cycle in many ways. Not only does it support the production of the sleep hormone, melatonin, it also helps muscles relax enough for you to drift off. Try eating magnesium-heavy snacks, like bananas and oatmeal, an hour before bed to reap the mineral’s sleep-related benefits.

Use pillows to your advantage

If soreness keeps you awake, invest in a more supportive pillow, but if long-term aches bother you, consider using pillows to switch up your sleeping positions. Try sleeping in the fetal position, knees pulled to chest and straddling a pillow, to alleviate back pain by aligning your spine. Alternatively, lie on your back and prop a pillow under your knees to neutralize your spine. These changes should help you wake up feeling energized and refreshed!

Turn off electronics

Electronics are the enemy of sleep. Not only do they tend to keep you too stimulated and stressed to fall asleep on time, the LED light from electronic screens can also seriously disrupt your sleep patterns. To maintain healthy circadian rhythms, be sure to turn your phone, television and computer off at least two hours before bed. Also consider installing adaptive light bulbs for the bedroom to cut back on LED exposure and keep your body on its natural schedule.

Say no to added responsibilities

Taking on too many commitments while learning how to be a mom can spread you very thin. It can sap your energy and stress you out, a combination that wreaks havoc on your mental health and sleep quality. Practice saying “no” to extra projects at work, unnecessary chores, or nights out that you just aren’t up for. While it’s important to maintain some semblance of your old life when adjusting to this new normal, be aware of when you’re taking on too much. This is a time when you should be focusing on yourself, your health and your new family.

In the end, it’s important to remember that sleep should be your priority in order to maintain a healthy mind and body as you adjust to this new life. Take these tips and adapt them to fit your new role as a mom so you have good enough health and energy to keep up with your baby.

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Styling Tips To Rock Your Postpartum Curves


By Rebecca Siggers,

With the correct styling tips and tricks, even new mothers can rock their beautiful bodies in the most fashionable outfits. What to wear and what not to, how to accessorize, and how to ‘look’ slimmer- just the correct advice is all you need. Read on to find out how to flaunt your curves-

Accessorize

This is the best time to rock long necklaces and scarves. Layer them vertically over your outfits to focus on your accessories rather than just your body. These vertical and elongates ‘tools’ make you look slimmer. You can even put on attractive earrings, hats or other types of headgear. Choose danglers or hoops instead of studs.

Opt for shapewear

Don’t shy away from wearing shapewear and corsets. Spandex and waist slimming shapewear can work efficiently in tucking your postpartum curves. You can opt for these on special occasions as they hold your hips and stomach. Several brands have introduced specialized clothing lines for new mothers. Just ensure that your shapewear does not have a high compression on your body as it can be harmful to your health. We also recommend you to consult your doctor. Continue reading

Layer up

You can layer up with drapes to make yourself look flattering. Gathers and layering clothing items can do the trick. Comfortable t-shirt dresses, tunics jackets, coats, capes or even empire cuts should be your wardrobe essentials.

Try balancing your outfit and avoid wearing oversized clothes all over. For instance, going baggy all over go for an oversized pullover with comfortable leggings.

Show the right skin

This is the time to wear v- necks, plunging cuts, boat necks off- shoulders. V- necks are vertical and can make you look elongated and slimmer. While you’re hiding most of your curves, you can show off the area around your neck. It’s all about balance!

Avoid mid-calf or calf length skirts as it can make you look shorter. Go for maxi skirts or above the knee lengths. Ditch low waist pants and say hello to high rise bottoms. These tuck in your stomach and can also make you look taller!

 Black works like magic

Your postpartum belly and hips can easily be disguised with black colored clothing items. An all-black outfit can also look flattering and hide what you must. Break the monotony by adding chunky accessories or a pop of bright colors. Scarves, belts and even trendy shoes can also help make your outfit look more attractive.

Layer up your outfit with dark pants or capes to make you look ‘longer’. There are a lot of dark shades to play around with.

 Focus on hems

Get the hemline of your bottoms trimmed just half an inch above the floor. Slip into pointy shoes like mules or low comfortable heels to elongate your length. Ensure that you trim neatly so that your pants don’t look shabby. Hence, a visit to the tailor is highly recommended!

Footwear

We are sure everyone would accept that sneakers are the most comfortable footwear item ever! You can rock them with almost every outfit and look chic. You can also go for a little bit of heel to feel and look longer.

Opt for wedges, block heels, and platforms for height and comfort. The heels of these footwears are stable and comfortable.

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How To Make Your Kids Eat Healthy


By Jasmine Anderson

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Being a parent is a tough job on its own. But when you also include our ambitious endeavours to help them become better students, teach them to be good people, to know right from wrong… it starts to seem incredibly difficult, if not almost impossible. The same goes for nurturing good habits, especially when it comes to food. While we can’t help with other difficult parenting tasks, we can share some advice on how to make healthy eating a little easier to teach and ingrain into your child’s every day.

Start them off right

From the moment they start with solid foods, expose your kids to fruits and veggies in their “purest” forms – no sugars, sweeteners, cheese dips or the like. The sooner they familiarize themselves with how food tastes without the added flavour, the lesser the chances of them growing up into fussy eaters. Besides, that is an experimental period for them, where their palate learns which flavours it favours over the others. Sugar is highly addictive and should be given in moderation, if at all.

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Don’t become too strict

Simply because you have children doesn’t mean you suddenly have to become a food puritan. Keeping too strict a meal plan is bound to cause problems in your relationship with your child. In many cases, kids from such homes, as soon as they’re given their lunch money, spend it on an armful of potato chips, chocolates, hard candy and more. Your kids will start to feel like they’re missing out, so leave in those trips to McDonalds or Pizza Hut. You’ll do a better job that way, teaching them moderation. Continue reading

Gauge the portion size

A lot of parents overestimate the amount of food their children can eat. It’s easy to miscalculate when we see them run around all day, expending so much energy. The thing is, they don’t actually need to eat like a pack of wolves. Have a few experimental meals where you’ll eye the number of various food types your child eats. Then use that to plan for smaller meals, but more frequent snacking. Smaller meals are healthier for a developing metabolism anyway.

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Do grocery shopping together

Children will hardly eat healthily just because you told them to. They want to know why something is good for them, which is great! That’s why shopping with your kids allows you to teach them how to choose healthily. Write out the shopping list together, and explain it as you go through the aisles. Talk about buying with four food groups in mind, teach them early on that simply because certain foods are pricier doesn’t make them healthier. When it comes to budgeting, teach them how to shop smart: fruit, vegetables, healthy grains and wheat prices can vary greatly, so show them it’s more about the brand than the price itself.

Involve them in the food prep

Believe it or not, kids LOVE being included in grown-up activities (so long as they don’t last forever). Whether it’s to pay the bills, walk the dog, or do grocery shopping – the thing they really enjoy is feeling like an adult and being treated like one. Which is why cooking with your kids can only improve their eating habits. They can learn how to cut up ingredients, properly measure and mix, and which spices make their meals taste so good. It’s not only a great way to nurture a healthy relationship with food but to bond with your child as well.

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The last piece of advice…

.. is to just have fun with your kids, and your food! Yes, healthy eating can be stressful for parents, because we suddenly have all this weight on our shoulders to make sure our kids grow strong, active, healthy, with a lot of good habits. And that puts a lot of pressure and stress on something that should be enjoyable and fun. The one crucial thing you need to preach is that food is not punishment, nor is it a sinful indulgence. Food makes us happy, and it should be for them too. So, cut up their veggies in funny shapes, make funny breakfast plates with eggs for googly-eyes, and let them bathe their pancakes in chocolate. They’re still kids, not fitness bloggers, and you’re not their trainer, but a parent who loves them to death.

Author Bio:

Jasmine Anderson is a lifestyle and beauty blogger based in Australia.
She is an incurable daydreamer, who finds inspiration in little,
everyday moments. Spending time at her cozy home office with her two
cats, writing her blog, is her favorite thing in the world.

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3 Winter Ingredients for Your Dry Skin


After years of struggling with dry and flaky skin during winter, we found 3 magical ingredients that help in totally safeguarding the skin during winter. This is completely safe for moms babies and everyone.

Ingredient 1

Coconut Oil

Yes, you got it right, nothing fancy right? Yes during winter we replaced all our expensive moisturizers with the simple coconut oil. But the best way to use the oil is immediately after bath to lock in all the moisture within the skin. You can repeat it again after your night bath. Completely avoid any other moisturizer. We only use cold pressed coconut oil that is pure and does not have a strong odor.

Ingredients 2 and 3

Glycerine and Rose Water

Mix glycerine and rose water in the ratio 1:1 and store in a bottle. Apply all over your skin before bed. This helps the skin from drying during the night and both ingredients are easily available in all pharmacies. Continue reading

Avoid all other chemicals during the winter. Try to use a glycerine based soap. believe me these 3 ingredients are magical.

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7 Ways for a Healthy and Active Pregnancy


By Rebecca Siggers,

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During the stages of pregnancy, the wellness and the health of the mother not only ensures her safety but also that of the child. It is imperative that you, as a pregnant mother, make conscious efforts to stay fit and take the necessary measures to attain so. Spending all the time sitting or lying in bed is not going to help either. Too much passivity can lead up to the onset of weight gain, back pain, and an increase in the likelihood of gestational diabetes in pregnant women. Let us try to find out certain effective ways to ensure a healthy and active pregnancy.

Indulge in exercises

As much strange as it may sound, but partaking in some light exercises can prove to be healthy both for the mother and the child. It significantly lowers the stress levels in the body, promotes the peace of mind, improve the circulation of the blood, helps manage weight, and induces good night’s sleep. Since you can not possibly opt for intense exercises, some simple ones such as walking, swimming, yoga, and pilates can do wonders for your overall fitness.

You can also make room for pelvic floor exercises, which are known to strengthen the muscles that support the bladder, vagina and the back passage. Make sure you perform all of these in cool areas and avoid the heat. It is equally necessary that you wear comfortable clothes while exercising. Explore a popular fitness apparel brand to let go of the constraints and remain in a state of physical ease. Continue reading

Ditch the risky chores

There is an ample number of activities you may easily take part in. However, pregnancy brings along the need to reconsider your daily set of chores. Some of the regular ones including heavy lifting, climbing on ladders, and standing near a heated equipment might sound completely normal, but can prove detrimental for the child. Thus, keep away from such tasks till you deliver your baby. Do not bend too much and keep your hands clean at all times to avoid the contact of harmful germs.

Focus on the diet

Since what you eat becomes the source of food for your child, it is important to be careful about what you eat. As per a study, you require 300-350 calories more on a daily basis during the second and third trimester of the pregnancy. A poor diet can become the reason for excess fat gain. Hence, you must indulge in a balanced diet, rich in all the necessary nutrients. Some of the healthy foods for pregnancy include dairy products, legumes, sweet potatoes, salmons, eggs, broccoli, and lean meat.

Besides these, foods high in folic acid play a vital role in the creation of red blood cells and the development of the neural tube of the baby. Oranges, lentils, and asparagus are some of the options you can choose from to get this nutrient.

Manage stress and anxiety

Your internal upheavals about the future and uncertainties can sometimes make you anxious. There is also a set of mood swings you may so commonly suffer from during pregnancy. You might even witness high levels of irritability, sleep disturbances, and a spur in the anger issues. Since the cat is out of the bag, it is very important to know certain tips to overcome these. Some of the effective ones you can perform daily include listening to your favorite music, going for movies, spending time with your partner, and meditation.

Prefer to walk and use your legs

If and when you have to travel short distances, try going there on foot. Walking is a highly underrated activity. It can help you elevate your mood and sharpen your mind. Those in the early stages of pregnancy who are working must take a break every hour from a quick stroll around.

Similarly, take the stairs instead of taking the lift wherever possible. The increase in weight during pregnancy can increase the load on the joints. Taking a few steps with regular intervals shall help keep them strong and agile, aside from keeping you active all-around.

Mind the hygiene

Having a dirty surrounding or eating in unclean utensils can harbor a number of germs and bacteria. Avoid them as much as you can. Keep your hands clean and wash them every now and then.

Always remember to use gloves while handling the daily tasks like gardening or your pet litter. Some infections like listeriosis and toxoplasmosis breed in the filthy environment. These can even become responsible for the miscarriage of the child. Hence, to maintain the optimal health of the baby throughout the pregnancy, make sure you exercise precaution and maintain cleanliness.

Cut back on alcohol and caffeine

Alcohol travels through the bloodstream and can reach your baby quite easily. It is detrimental to the health of the baby, especially in the first and third trimester. While there is no specific amount of alcohol you can drink to practice safety, the best case scenario would be to avoid it altogether. Aside from the alcohol, you should also get rid of the products containing caffeine. These include chocolates, coffee, tea, and packaged beverages.

A study also suggests that consuming these can be risky for the health of the baby. Cut back on them or simply remove them from your daily life. It shall ensure the proper development of the brain of the child, facilitate their weight management and decreases the chances of miscarriage drastically.

Some of the other important ways to have a healthy pregnancy include giving up on smoking, remaining hydrated and getting ample amount of rest. Pregnancy should be a period of happiness for you. Imbibe these tips in your daily schedule and experience this enjoyable phase of the life well.

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Losing Abdominal Fat Post Delivery


Hi Moms,

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I know it has been a while since I regularly blogged, but now you can expect more from me. Today Ill talk about how to reduce weight on your belly post pregnancy. Please start any form of core exercise only after 6 months of delivery.

Castor Oil Treatment

Apply Castor Oil on your stomach and a tie a cloth dipped in hot water around your stomach and leave it for a few hours, this helps burn abdominal fat.

Yoga

Kapalbathi is the best form of exercise to lose stomach fat without any physical strain.

Running or Stomach Crunches

Running is overall good for the body, but avoid running on the treadmill as it can damage your knees. Do 10-15 situps per day for a start and increase gradually. Continue reading

Massages and Therapies

Go for regular body massages and deep tissue massages to heat up your body and remove fat.

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding will help you lose most of the unwanted belly fat.

Good food and Nutrition.

I know most people will have their own advice on this. But cut the sugars and the junk food and stick to a balanced diet. Eat atleast 2-3 hours before sleep.

Start your day with warm water and lemon.

Add the following food to your diet

  • Chia Seeds
  • Almonds
  • Avacado
  • Flax Seeds
  • Brocolli and Lettuce

 

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HYNTO – BABY DIAPER HYGIENE MONITORING STRIPS


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Research says that timely diaper change helps prevent occurrence of hygiene-related infections affecting your baby.

And I would like to let you know that there is one such product that will make sure that you change your baby’s diaper at a regular time.

Hynto strip is the world’s safest baby health-care product that monitors your baby’s defecation inside his/her diaper and signals to change the diaper at an appropriate time.

Company Claims: -

Company claims that their product does not contain any sort of medication, chemical, alcohol, fragrance. It is free from latex and heavy metals. It is non-toxic.

In addition to that it is very comfortable to use, as it is very thin, very light in weight. Continue reading

How To Use It

  • Remove the release liner from the back of one HYNTO strip and stick it inside your baby’s diaper in the front-center position such that the color indicator is outside the diaper. Monitor from outside.
  • Change the diaper as early as possible when you see that the indicator has become (even partially) bright Orange in color.
  •  After use, discard together with the diaper. No need to undress the baby to monitor. It can be used with your favorite brand, model, and type of diaper.

Hynto strip is not only safe for your baby but it is also very comfortable. In addition to that it is very easy to use.

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6 Tips to Keep It Stylish During Pregnancy


By Rebecca Siggers,

Among the many worries than an expecting mother may have, looking fashionable during your term doesn’t need to be one of them. Given the right advice and fashion insights, any mum can stay stylish no matter where they’re going or what they’re doing. Ditch the dingy, drooping clothing resembling a tent in your attempt to hide your pregnant belly and read on to learn how to step out in style. Here are 6 tips to keep it stylish during pregnancy.

Stick to Your Size

There is no need to go out and buy maternity clothing in any size other than your own. Maternity clothes are specifically designed to match your frame while leaving ample room for your expanding bump and boobs. Stick to your normal size and you won’t have an oddly misshapen profile of your back, arms, and shoulders. Large clothing makes you look much larger than you really are in all the areas you don’t want people looking at. Tracksuits and stretched out slacks are for your eyes only. You don’t need to wear clothes like that outside. It only knocks your confidence.

Wear Form Fitting Fashion

If you wear stretchy clothing in areas which benefit from the accentuation then you’ll be able to stay stylish no matter where you may be heading. Leggings and T shirts are assets to any mother-in-waiting. Your bigger bust gives you a wide selection of new fashion to try while most moms only experience a swelling of the thighs which leaves stretch leggings as a great choice. Simply pair them with a designer T shirt or underneath a lofty skirt for endless style options. Maternity jeans are another great example of prime form-fitting fashion which works well during pregnancy, as well as tights and long stretch dresses. Continue reading

Show the Beauty of Your Bump

Form-fitting clothing doesn’t need to remain exclusive to your boobs and legs. Showing off your bump can be one of the best parts of pregnancy, helping you feel sexy and comfortable at the same time. Try a stretchy dress in a soft, breathable material which highlights your entire figure including your baby bump. Long stretch dresses and maxi split dresses work very well at highlighting your bump while stealing attention away from all the areas which you’d rather prefer to stay unnoticed. If you’re feeling reluctant try a long stretch dress with long sleeves and a horizontal striped design to accentuate your baby bump while slimming your appearance at the same time.

Flowing & Form-Fitting Maxi Split Dresses

The comfort and superior style of maxi split dresses make them a highly popular choice for fashion-conscious mother-to-be’s. Maxi split dresses are form fitting just beneath the bust while cut to flow freely toward the bottom. A high split gives you freedom of movement and adds a stylish touch, while maxi dresses with any neckline or sleeve type can be found in almost any design, fabric or color. Delivering great breathability for your bump with no constriction and the flexibility to dress up or down for casual or formal events, maxi split dresses are awesome for pregnant mothers. They accentuate your bust while following your form in just the right way.

Palette Selection is Important

Earthy tones and neutral colors work best when picking out slimming maternity wear. As always, black is a straightforward choice to cut off the appearance of weight off ever-so-slightly, but you can pull off a complete look in any neutral tone as look as you match the shade and hue across other clothing worn together. Earthy tones and neutrals work very well as a base for any maternity wardrobe allowing you to mix and match with minimal difficulty. These colors are ever-versatile.

Always Pick Adaptable Maternity Wear

While pregnant, all that you need is a core selection of clothing which can be customized with other items in your wardrobe. You don’t need to go out and buy all new bras and underwear when a few extenders will breathe new life into any brassier. If you stick to clothing which doesn’t veer away from your conventional fashion sense then you’re on the right track. Rather than buying a whole maternity suit try getting one or two dresses for functions and perhaps a pair of jeans. A selection of stretchy T-shirts goes far further than a single suit and can be worn around the house once your little one has arrived.

Stylish & Comfortable

No matter what wardrobe you decide on ultimately, don’t make the mistake of sacrificing style for comfort. Try to pay attention to the subtler aspects of style and pregnancy. Your posture and skin care routine all make an impact on your overall look.

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If you “wear” your bump properly by selecting the right maxi split dress, midi, or long stretch dress, while keeping your skin radiant, hair healthy and holding posture, your beauty will shine through every aspect of your appearance.

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My Review Of Chicco Toothbrush


By- Varda Agrawal

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What a beautiful sight it is to see small pearl like tooth coming up in the mouth of little one! Yes indeed it is …

But the real part of the parenting starts after that. I am saying so because it is very hard to get your kids to brush their teeth, especially twice a day as recommended by the dentists.

My experience of getting my kids to brush their teeth was a mixed one.

My elder one is four years old & younger is almost two, and I have been using Chicco Oral care products for our kids from last two and half year.

So here is my review of Chicco Toothbrush

A LITTLE ABOUT CHICCO

Since 1951 Chicco Baby Products is a Italian company that now sells products in more than 100 countries and is renowned for their top quality. Chicco has products that shall suit all the requirements of a child.

COMPANY CLAIMS FOR CHICCO TOOTH BRUSH

  • Small rounded head, ideal for a child’s mouth
  • Ergonomic handle covered in soft, non-slip rubber for extra grip
  • Soft and Non-slip Rubber Grip
  • Extra-soft bristles to massage the gums and clean the teeth

MY EXPERIENCE

When my elder son was a toddler, I used a different brand brush in the beginning. I was little hesitant to hand him over the tooth brush to brush his teeth. I thought the bristles will hurt his soft gums. But as we all know toddlers are very interested to do things on their own. I was stuck in the situation.

Then I came across Chicco Tooth Brush. I googled about it.

I came to know that it has a rounded head, soft bristles…. I immediately thought of giving it a try.

And I was totally happy with the difference it made. Both my kids love brushing their teeth on their own, I am not at all worried about letting them brush their teeth after-which comes Mumma’s turn. I do make sure that they have brushed their teeth well.

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT CHICCO TOOTHBRUSH

  • Broad non slippery handle which is easy to hold for kids.
  • Soft bristles
  • Rounded head
  • Different toothbrushes available for toddlers & older kids.

WILL I RECOMMEND IT

YES

I will definitely like to recommend it to my momma readers. I have been using Chicco Toothbrush for years now & I am totally satisfied with it.

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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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