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Early Brain Development! It's Now or Never!

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I watch my son squeal in excitement as he fits the final piece of his blocks and claps at the masterpiece in front of him! Every day brings something new and while I'm quick to capture it on my phone, my mind reminds me that this should not just remain a memory in the future. This is something I have to focus on developing and nurturing as my child rapidly grows - the earlier the better! As parents we undeniably want to give our kids the very best of everything. We're constantly looking for things to suit their development and help them reach important milestones. Toys are carefully selected keeping in mind the many ways they can develop the fine hand and eye skills. Activities have to be interesting enough to enhance critical thinking. We also look for many ways to tackle fussy eaters, often turning into creative chefs scouring the Internet for fun recipes. For some of us we'll do anything to see our child happily gulp down that glass of milk and even hope they'll ask …

How Anxiety Made Me a Dinosaur Mom

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Picture this: you've finally put your child to bed and you're just about to enjoy some 'me' time when you hear a cry. You figure it will take five minutes to get back to where you stopped. But the five minutes lasts the entire night as you realise something isn't right. Teething, night terrors, an illness or just the universe conspiring against you, your child clings to you and needs you more than ever. If you spent last night waking up a million times to soothe your toddler, you might not be in the happiest mood right now. There are days like these when you feel so sleep deprived and anxious that even the tiniest thing can make you roar...like a dinosaur. And it's not just sleep. Before I had my baby, I liked the fact that I could salvage any situation without sounding like an angry, cranky dinosaur. But everything changed the day I brought home my little bundle of love and together with that came a never ending supply of anxiety often aggravated by the stress …

Teething! Why Are You Such a Pain!

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When it came to teething, I had no idea what to expect because my son seemed to have all the symptoms as early as three months. The advice came pouring in with different remedies and interesting debates. I was quite sure that the drooling, finger chewing and runny nose were all good indicators that the pearly whites would pop out soon. The wait lasted six months and the sight of those first two cute teeth was both a relief and surprise as my son showed very little discomfort. But that was just the start and everytime my son settled into a routine, the vicious teething cycle would begin, turning some of our best and beautiful moments into the worst.  Teething left me feeling helpless especially when I could do nothing but guess, hold and comfort my baby during those many sleepless, cranky nights. Teething toys provided momentary relief and once the effect wore off, it was back to rocking, soothing and a desperate wish that those darn teeth would magically appear quickly.
So how can you r…

How Life Changed After I Became a Mom

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Life before baby for me was: shopping for hours, choosing things that I wanted (and had to have), taking my own sweet time while I shopped for groceries. I had the luxury of sleeping late on the weekend, waking up hungry and then ordering the unhealthiest food possible. There were days when the husband and I made plans (at 10 pm) to watch some "super cool" movie in a theater and then there were those days when we fought for the remote control (romance or action movie! It was a big deal). It was extremely important to know all the latest songs on the radio, with lyrics and dance moves. If we needed a break, we just had to jump in the car and explore some exciting place. Life was all this and more. More space in bed, more time to shower, more time to eat, more time to sleep, more time to do everything and anything! I'm sure as a parent, you get it!  No matter what advice I received, however much I planned, nothing quite prepared me for life after baby. The night I brought…

Baby Sleep! 4 Solutions to Common Bedtime Problems

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Every night, the bedtime routine for my child begins really well but somewhere after many stories, some unreasonable requests and a lot of wriggling later, it spirals into insanity. I have to fight monsters who appear only when it's time to close the eyes. I have to oblige to several requests for water until I know I'm being tricked and then have to put on a stern face. There are times when I have to lay still and lifeless for hours, like a mummy, hoping my son will fall asleep only to creep out later to find him wide awake. Then there are nights when he will cry and get clingy simply because he wants no one else but ME to hold on to, to pull my face, pinch my eyelids, basically feel my presence as he falls asleep.
Sleeptime is one of the biggest mysteries that can never be easily solved. After several unpleasant experiences, I've come to understand a few common toddler sleep problems that can cause a lot of anxiety. If like me, you sometimes struggle with your child's …
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Encouraging my son to read has been very important. Has it been easy? Not really but the key is to never give up. I began when he was six months. I read the same book everyday and then we began to build our little library of books.

Initially, I could not tell if he liked reading or tearing the pages 😂 So his earlier books are covered with cellotape and bear testement of being ripped.

A couple months back we began 'reading time' - any time during the day when he would haul all his books out and place them on a table and pretend he was reading.

Last night after almost a year of bedtime stories and for the first time he chose the book he wanted and brought it to me!

Reading..it's never too early to start and never too late to begin- Maria DeRosario

Picture: He's learning to point out alphabets and the newspaper has been a very cool start!

The Adventures of Boston The Bear - The Space Journey

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Boston is my son's favourite Teddy Bear since he was a year and half. We've had many adventures together and so for the first time I bring to you
 " The Adventures of Boston the Bear".

For his first adventure, Boston decided that the best place to go would be: well, space. The planets and galaxy have always fascinated him. So join him as he jets off in his splendid Space Rocket, whirls around the plantes,the moon and decides if he would want to live on Mars someday. 

A short adventure filled with excitement and written for my adventurous son!

New Parents? 5 Things You Should Know

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As a new mom,there are several things I took for granted and assumed would automatically fall in place once baby was born. In the past two years, I look back and feel I should have been better prepared - and not just with my hospital bag and checklist for baby. I should have made a big list of situations I would face as a new mom and how exactly I would cope in those (sometimes) despairing moments. As new parents, you will feel over the moon one moment and quite fearful the next when you think about the responsibilities ahead. It's absolutely normal and while effectively communicating your needs with each other is important, it's also vital not to panic but be rational as you face the many (if I may say) roller coaster moments as new parents. Here are five situations that may seem trivial but are the most important challenges to address as you become parents, especially for the first time. 1. In the first few weeks, babies cry a lot, sleep less and are hungry all the time. When …

Postcards From Mommie

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'Life is like the Ocean. It can be calm or still, and rough or rigid, but in the end, it is always beautiful.' - Unknown

This is my most precious memory of you because I see your love to explore all things refreshing, simple and beautiful.

No matter where Life takes you my son, I hope you always perceive it to be beautiful like the Ocean and always remember that no trouble big or small lasts forever. Even the biggest, tumultuous waves eventually become calm and peaceful... 

Love
Mommie

My C-Section Experience

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As a first-time Mom and one who comes from a family where all women had normal deliveries, I was terribly misinformed about what to expect during the labor and birth of my child. Normal delivery was the absolute norm and I refused to even think of a C-section as an alternate option.  In the fifth month of my pregnancy, I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. That is when I began to realise that all hopes for a normal delivery were fading. My doctor was more positive than I was and apart from keeping me well informed of the complications, she also assured me that inducing labor would be the safest and best option, keeping my condition in mind. I spent a couple of days reading articles on induced labor mostly because I wanted to see if the end-result was a successful Normal delivery. But it's important to remember that no birthing story is similar and nothing goes as planned. Keeping yourself informed and prepared with options is the best in any situation. After what seemed like…

Fresh! Soft! and Mild! The Johnson's Laundry Detergent

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The hunt for the perfect laundry detergent has ended! 
If you know me or have shopped with me, you will most definitely understand my fascination and determination to find the perfect laundry detergent that's available today.

For a recent review request, I was thrilled to see this launch from Johnson's: cute blue and yellow detergent packs that come in handy 500 ml packs and (bigger) 1L bottles.
I have always preferred mild and natural fragrances for my baby's laundry and the new Johnson's Active Clean Baby Laundry Detergent is exactly what I've been looking for.The reason I chose and recommend this detergent to other Mom's is because:
It keeps clothes fresh and soft and does not have a sticky feeling after the clothes dry.It does not contain bleach or colorant and is therefore mild and a safer alternative.There's no need to separately soak and rinse clothes anymore.The fragrance is mild; designed with natural propolis and green tea it is free of phosphateIt ta…

Irregular Bowel Movement: Toddler Digestive Issues and Remedies

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One of the most important occurrences everyday in my home is my son's potty schedule. Most days you will hear loud claps, cheers and a big sigh of relief (from me). On other days, some pleading, crying, and an anxious mother who will not rest unless I hear my son utter the magic words which indicate that bowel movement has been accomplished. If your child has ever suffered with constipation, you will understand why 'potty time' is such a big and important accomplishment everyday. My son sometimes has trouble passing stool but an incident when he was about a year and half, left us certain that we never wanted to see him in such pain and discomfort ever again. 
Constipation, I have learnt is a common digestive problem in babies and toddlers. For my son, It began when he started solids at six months and if you thought seeing your child ill is heart-breaking then watching them suffer to pass hard stools is even more nerve-racking.
The signs of constipation are quite obvious: I kn…

To the One Who Loved Me First: You're My Momspiration

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'My Mother....she is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.'- Jodi Picoult
As a child, I would often sneak into my mom's shoe closet to wear her shoes. I wanted to be just like her and to me, walking in her shoes seemed like a perfect start. Mummy was the expert: a working mom, she always found time to indulge my passion for 'dolls' by sewing and creating fashionable accessories while paying attention to everything that seemed like a 'big deal' for me back then. Her bedtime stories were the most exciting adventures and remain the most cherished memory of my childhood. Mummy nurtured the talents of both my brother and I, patiently preparing us for  every single story telling, singing, acting, and art competition at school. The treasure trove of awards we have are all attributed to her dedication and patience. She was always involved and present, not the hovering kind but carefully watching fr…

Pampers Pants Style Diapers Gives You Peace of Mind!

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The Pampers brand  has been my favourite and the only brand my son has used since birth. The new pants style diapers has several benefits but if you've already been using Pampers, what's new and different about this one? It's specially designed to reduce leaks with its three extra absorb channels technology. This design prevents the wetness from collecting in one place, distributing it evenly throughout the pamper while the magic gel locks the wetness. This keeps your baby dry and protected for longer, especially during the nights, on journeys that might last 10-12 hours or even at home as your child gets more active, running, jumping and rolling around.
In addition:
The flexible waistband, breathable fabric and design ensures proper ventilation, keeping baby's skin fresh. The Pampers Pants have been especially helpful as we begin potty training.

All of these features make the Pampers Pant Style Diapers an economical product worth your money. I highly recommend this produ…

Postcards From Mommie

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 'Enjoy the little things in life because one day you`ll look back and realise they were the big things.'
Kurt Vonnegut
I look at this picture and I'm reminded of the things that fascinate you the most. Small things like watching the birds, splashing in the water - things that are simple and can only be appreciated by a child. As you grow my son, never forget that the simple pleasures of life bring the most joy.Its these simple moments that will help you appreciate the true meaning of life.
Love,
Mumma

Teaching my Child to Share... or Not?

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One of the first things that I was taught as a child was to share. The family mantra 'sharing is caring' still echoes in my ear and I remember how my parents and grandparents always stressed the importance of sharing. A rather uncomfortable situation last week, made me rethink how I want to rightly imbibe this virtue in my son, without it becoming something that has just been passed down from generations. Ever since my son has been able to comprehend instructions, I have yelled the same mantra over and over again, everywhere we go: 'sharing is caring', 'you must learn to share', 'always share'. It's probably tattooed in his mind because every time someone hands him a chocolate or anything for that matter, he feels the need to share and it doesn't matter who. I'm quite elated when he does this but this incident left me wondering if I need to alter the mantra to include a disclaimer that gives him the right to choose if he wants to share or not…

Steps to Boost a Toddlers Immunity

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Every parent dreads the cold and flu season and will do everything required to support their child's developing immune system. My son has had a fair share of viral infections and while I know it's okay for him to fall ill a couple of times, I get extremely sad to see him with a runny nose or high temperature. While minor illnesses like the cold and flu actually helps to strengthen and develop a child's immune system, it's important to focus on several factors that can boost immunity so that a child will fall sick less. 
As a Mom, 'Immunity' is quite possibly the most important word for me as I have learnt ways to develop and strengthen my son's immune system.  1. A healthy diet: the most challenging and yet the most important, achieving this has not been completely impossible. Getting my son to eat fruits and vegetables everyday is something we are still working on but starting early has made this slightly easier. Green leafy vegetables, pulses like dal, citr…