June 21

E-Education is the new trend

E-Education

Everything has changed a lot since Covid-19 has affected the whole world. Education has also witnessed a lot of changes with the onset of Pandemic. E-Education has become the new trend for education of all ages. Being a mom of a toddler, I sometimes worry about vision related issues. E-Education has increased the screen time for kids with a significant reduction in their concentration. 

This new trend of E-Education has its own pros and cons for kids and families at large. Speaking of personal experience, I have witnessed various changes in my daughter Kreesha after her schooling started, oopsy doopsy! E-Schooling started. 

Positive changes:

  • Ability to understand and comprehend various Accents
  • Competitive feeling of doing best 
  • Operating Basic Laptop 

Increased curiosity to learn new things (though she has been very inquisitive since early age, but now she does not spare even a single moment of learning)

Negative changes:

  • Increased aggression
  • Increased screen time

I do not promote online learning for young kids, however, I do believe that they need a push and guidance to keep their learning at par. For the same, I started Kreesha’s e-learning and trust me, it has helped me a lot. I teach her at home with all basics and skills, however with teachers and peers around she does her best and is motivated to learn. 

I hear from my friends that their kids spend 4-6 hours sitting idle in front of cartoons. Then, I believe if you can divert your child’s 2 hours from cartoons to learning then, it is not bad at all isn’t it?

For me that was the reason to start Kreesha’s pre-schooling online. Coz, how much you say kids will find their way to watch their shows and skip learning. She sometimes asks me if this is what school is? And I try to convince her no, it is not. I don’t know when the normal schooling will be back with no restrictions and masking for kids, but I do wish it comes soon. Because nothing matches the classroom learning. 

Love,

Wonder Mom

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February 22

Easy Activities for early walk

Easy activities for early walk

Weeks back I shared my concern over parental worries for delayed milestone achievements by their kids. I have met moms who are worried about their kids’ development, and I always mention that every child is different. I also mentioned that I would share some easy activities for early walk and speech development, which I have used with my own kid. However, I would also mention here that, don’t force your child into these activities, if s/he is not comfortable. Also, connect with your pediatrician, if you have any doubts about your kid’s developmental delays. 

Easy Activities for early walk

  • Tummy Time is good exercise to boost your child’s motor skills and muscle development. You can start the tummy time of your child at as early as at 2 months of age. I have earlier shared the detailed article for tummy time mentioning how it is to be done and the benefits of the same. Tummy time helps your child strengthen thigh muscles to hold body weight. 
  • Crawl with your child and show them their favorite toy above eye level for them to make an effort to reach out. The curiosity to catch the toy will enable the child to make extra effort, this will help them boost their strength. 
  • Regular Massage with baby oil or desi ghee boosts the muscle strength and also provides energy to kids. Massage relaxes the muscles of your kid and offers them a soothing feeling. Kids feel pampered and loved. 
  • Massage when your child starts standing while holding onto an object. When your child stands up holding a table or chair, try and massage their legs at that time. This massage helps their calf muscles to gain more strength and kids respond to it while making a move. 
  • Assist your child in taking first steps by holding hands. Let your kids take first steps with your support.     

PS: Avoid Wheeled walkers for your kid as it might affect their muscle development. (My Paediatrician advised)

Love,

Wonder Mom

February 16

Travelling with your young ones

Travelling with your younger ones

So, we were on a trip last week to Shogi, Himachal Pradesh with our chota packet. I always thought travelling with your young ones can be very tedious, but trust me it was not that difficult. Our first trip was to Rishikesh with Kreesha when she was 1 year old. She totally enjoyed the road trip and does not bother at all during long journeys. I follow certain rules set by me and my husband so that there is less chaos. I don’t say that these are best, but they have proven to be helpful to me. 

Rules I follow:

  1. Packing Checklist – Helps a lot while travelling with your younger ones. A checklist for all essentials eases out a lot for mothers. Baby’s packing checklist should include everything as small as gloves to as big as coats. Nothing is small when it comes to kids. Starting from basics like undergarments, dresses, boots, medicines, toys, feeders, etc. include all items that your kid needs daily. Don’t just make a packing list for the kid but make one for yourself and general items as well. It will help you remain calm and sorted. 
  2. Extra dresses – Keep extra dresses for your kid, even if your kid is grown up. As you never know with kids, they might dirty their clothes much before you realize. Extra dress / set for your kid might increase the luggage a bit but would keep you relaxed on the trip. 
  3. Go to food items – Always some go to food items for kids like their favorite cookies, some homemade cake, dry fruits, fresh fruits. These quick snack things bring in relief to the hunger pranks of the child. Kreesha loves Amla candy and raisins, so I make sure I always pack them for long trips. 
  4. Tetra packs are best – I used to carry milk in the thermos / kettle. However, I have realized that with change in temperature the milk gets easily spoiled. Now, I always prefer carrying tetra packs of small size with me, as they don’t need a boil before consumption. 
  5. No to bulky toys – Kids might request you to carry bulky toys on the trip. You should try and pack some handy and small toys for the trip. 
  6. Pack enough water – 4-5 liters of water for a 3 member family on a long journey is sufficient to go with. Give your child a handy water bottle to keep her / him hydrated throughout the trip. 

Love,

Wonder Mom

February 3

How important are developmental milestones ?

Developmental milestones

I hate it when little are compared to each other, especially for their developmental milestone achievements. Speaking out of my personal experience, Kreesha started walking at the age of nine months. However she just started speaking at the age of 25 months. I was time and again told by everyone around that you need to consult the doctor, get her speech therapy and what not. But, I was sure not to visit the doctor for her speech milestone. 

I somewhere had this feeling that she started walking early so maybe she would take her sweet time to speak up. Also her paediatrician told me not to worry about her delay in speech as kids do take time these days to speak up. Moreover, the fact being every child is different and achieves their respective milestones at their own pace. 

With Kreesha, the best thing has been her quick grasping power and amazing memory. She started recognizing alphabets (Hindi & English), colours, body parts,objects, animals, fruits at the age of 15 months. Her responsiveness and expressions are the best thing. She started expressing and responding to almost everything at a mere age of 6 months. She used her gestures, hand movements and facial expressions to convey her thoughts. 

So, if your child has not achieved the developmental milestone, they are supposed to; Worry not. It is absolutely fine mommy. Your child is special in own way. Every child achieves their milestones at their own pace. However, you can assist them in achieving their milestones. I would soon be sharing some activities for speech and walking milestones. These activities are the ones, I have been doing with Kreesha to initiate her development.

PS: I am not an expert, but a mother who has been sharing her own experiences and views.

Love,

Wonder Mom

December 15

Take Care of babies during winter

Take care of babies in winters

Winter is the most loved season of all. We all love the cool breeze and non sweaty weather. However, the season also brings in the difficult situation for kids. It becomes crucial to take care of babies during winter. Babies tend to get affected by the cold winds and the chillness in the weather. So here I am sharing a few things I took care of during the first winters of Kreesha. 

The need of care during winters

Newbies need much more care and continuous supervision before they are able enough to take care on their own. However, the winter season demands extra care as the dropping temperatures stimulate various infectious bacteria and viruses which may affect their skin, body and overall health. The immune system witnesses a drop as the body has to continuously function to keep vital organs working well. This continuous functioning burns out most of the body energy leaving it hard for the immune system to function well. 

Various problems babies suffer from during winters

Winters bring in the season of cold, cough and flu. The cold breeze and dropping temperature enhances the spread of virus affecting almost anyone in a matter of time. As parents, we all make sure to take care of babies during winter. The common winter diseases are:

  • Bronchiolitis
  • Influenza
  • Croup
  • Rhinovirus
  • Breathing Problems

Symptoms to look for

Cough and cold are very common during winter and you might not need any medical assistance for the same. Home remedies are good for basic cold and cough (Speaking of personal experience). But if you notice any of these below mentioned symptoms, consult your pediatrician immediately.

  • Severe coughing with vomiting
  • Trouble breathing – child may take small breaths or gasp
  • Makes wheezing sound while sleeping or after coughing
  • Feels fatigue
  • May encounter chest pain
  • Runny nose, fever, cough along with headache

How to take care of babies during winter

I understand that every parent has their own pattern of parenting and caring for their kids. I am just sharing my personal experience, what all helped me when Kreesha was young. 

Humidifier is the need of hour

The winter season brings with it dryness in air as well. Using a humidifier in homes helps to maintain the room’s moisture level and helps in easy breathing. Also, if you are using room heaters, a humidifier helps to maintain the babies’ skin moisture level. Since, we were using heaters so we used to put a wet towel in the room to maintain the moisture level. (I did not want to put money in any electrical device)

Body moisturizer is must even for babies

Babies’ skin is very delicate and sensitive which can further be dried up with the harshness of the winter season. Using a baby cream or a lotion rich in shea butter and milk cream is good for babies’ skin. I used to moisturize Kreesha’s skin with Almond oil / Desi Ghee + Camphor. The desi ghee and camphor mix also helps keep the baby warm. 

Avoid Soap / Shampoo regularly

Using soap or shampoo on the kid will only make the skin dry and drier. Regular bathing is good, however applying soap daily will harm the skin, so try applying (Milk Cream + Gram flour (besan) once in a week. This will not only moisturise your baby’s skin but also smooths it out. 

Regular Massage helps

Regular body massage helps stimulate blood flow in the body and triggers immunity of the baby. Various baby massage oils are available in the market, however, during winters I personally preferred massaging Kreesha with Heated up Desi Ghee. Just a gentle reminder, keep the room warm while massaging your child. 

Do not over cover your child

Covering your kid with caps, jackets, gloves and socks might restrict their body movements. Instead keep the clothes minimal with cotton or muslin to avoid body rubs. Try putting on warm inners with a cotton t-shirt and pyjamas / leggings. Cotton socks and gloves are a good option to cover your child with. While sleeping try avoiding heavy blankets rather use a soft light blanket with warm night dress. Putting on socks and gloves while sleeping might risk the brain health of the child. Keep the room temperature optimal to sleep comfortably. 

Love,

Wonder Mom

November 18

Diaper Rash – All you need to know about

Diaper Rash

Diaper rash is one of the common problems infants suffer from. The common age for diaper rash is usually Newborn – 18 months. In this article, I will be sharing the common causes, treatment and precautions to avoid such a situation for your child. 

What is Diaper Rash?

It is a form of inflammation in skin, mostly generic. The baby’s bottom and thighs have a bright red patch causing itching and pain to the child. 

Causes

There are various reasons:

  • Wet diaper – if your baby’s diaper has been sogged with too much urine / poop, then the baby is very prone to get diaper rash
  • Prolonged use of a single diaper – Do not keep your baby for long hours in a single diaper. Frequent change of diaper is must to avoid any sort of skin problem.
  • Sensitive skin – Consult your paediatrician to check if your baby has any skin problems or if the skin is sensitive. In case of sensitive skin, use the doctor’s recommended products for your baby’s wellness
  • Urine / stomach Infection – If the baby has urine or stomach infection, this may also rash to baby’s bottoms. The excreted urine and poop would have the infectious bacteria causing rash to baby
  • Diarrhea – Too much urine during diarrhea causes skin irritation and wet diapers. It is advisable to change diapers immediately once you feel they are wet and heavy. 
  • Chafing – Sometimes we tend to tighten the diapers too much that it gets scratched with skin causing rashes.
  • New food introduced causing allergic reaction – If you have introduced new foods to the baby, check for any allergic signs. Sometimes, food allergies may lead to diaper rash also.
  • Intake of antibiotics – If the baby / breastfeeding mother is on antibiotics, it may lead to excessive heat in the body resulting to diaper rash

Treatment

  • Use of Diaper Rash Cream
  • Avoid using baby powders or cornstarch
  • Wet clean your baby bottom during every diaper change

Prevention is better than cure

  • Change diapers frequently even at nights
  • Use barrier cream before every change
  • More hours for without diapers
  • Wash baby bottoms thoroughly after every diaper change
November 3

Mom’s Breastmilk is good

Breastmilk

Mom’s breastmilk is good, in fact the best for a newborn baby. But what if you don’t produce enough milk to feed your child. It is absolutely fine. The scenario wherein a baby doesn’t feel full after being breastfed is completely acceptable. There are various reasons for the insufficient supply of mother’s milk. Some of the them are:

Cesarean Delivery

One of the most common scenarios where breastmilk is insufficient for the baby is the cesarean deliveries. Cesarean deliveries affect the mother’s body to an extent once cannot imagine. There is a hormonal imbalance, lack of contraction in the uterus resulting in fat accumulation.  

Compared to normal delivery, where a woman pushes out the baby with uterus contractions the risk of hormonal imbalance is minimal. The body has naturally given birth to a new life and thus the process of milk production starts naturally. 

For cesarean deliveries, a mother is separated from her child immediately after delivery for 4-6 hours. The natural contractions and hormonal doesn’t take place. Furthermore, the child is first fed with powdered milk and does not get close to the mother for feed. This creates the very first barrier for breastmilk production. 

Nutrition & Balanced Diet

To retain nutrients in her body and to be able to produce enough milk for the baby, a mother should have a balanced diet. However, it is not necessary that a standard diet plan suits all. Every mother is different and so are there needs in terms of nutrition and balanced diet. Always consult a dietician after your delivery for a personal recommended diet plan. 

Lactation Consultant

Out of my personal experience, I have highlighted this point. After cesarean delivery, a mother definitely needs a lactation consultant. Since the baby is fed with powdered milk the very first time and later requires assistance in latching to the mother, a lactation consultant plays an important role here. The consultant helps the mother and the baby strengthen their bond and gradually improves  the breastmilk supply for the child to feel full. 

Love,

Wonder Mom