Toys for 0-6 months

Newborn spend their most of the time sleeping and when they are awake all they do is to observe their surroundings.

Hence, their immediate tool of attraction is toys when they are awake; here are my picks which I discovered in 6 months with my baby.

http://arc-theatre.com/category/oliver/ Rattle: rattle is the best option for a newborn as they are immediately attracted by the sound or light of it.

Just lay down all in front of a baby and let him/her figure out the difference between each of them and eventually one will become their favourite.

Unique Ideas Dumbbell BPAfree and Non Toxic Rattle Toys for Babies (Multicolour) – Pack of 2Funskool Baby Giraffe Rattle, Colors May Vary

http://economylock.com/wp-content/uploads/smile_fonts/Defaults/Defaults.css?ver=4.9.2 Play mat/play gym:  As a newborn cannot roll or crawl playmates are the best you can buy for them. To explore and observe toys moving which are hung over it,  can also be helpful in giving tummy time to them.

Waterproof Double Side Baby Play Crawl Floor Mat for Kids Picnic Play School Home (Large Size – 120 cm X 180 cm) with Zip Bag to Carry
Angry Bird Fun Activity Play Gym – Multicolor

neurontin 300 mg dosage Teethers: once baby starts to explore things with hands which are around 3 months they will start putting each and everything straight into their mouth.

Buy teethers which are easy to grab, it helps baby to soothe their gums.

Mee Mee Multi-Textured Silicone Teether, Orange
Chicco Teething Ring Fresh Relax New Ring (Colours may Vary)

Cot mobile:

Babies love to watch fan in a same way cot mobile will work and engage them to watch moving toys and listening to soft music.

Mee Mee Musical Animal Cot Mobile (5-Toy Safari Theme)

Chicco Star Melody

Soft books or board book:

Reading encourages their vocabulary. look for the touch and feel book which is easily available online and read it aloud to them.

TOYMYTOY Cloth YeahiBaby Soft Book Plush Educational Toys (2363767-6508-1151318331)Forberesten Baby’s Non-Toxic Soft Fabric Early Education Activity Crinkle Cloth Book Toys for Baby Shower (Dog)Fisher Price 1-to-5 Activity Book

 

Love Shubhagini

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My breastfeeding story..

Like any other new mom, I had also faced a lot in the first few days of breastfeeding. within 1 hour of baby’s birth, I fed her first thick milk, and I was happy that she will get all nourishment she wants in upcoming days too, however, the doctor suggested my husband, to buy formula milk and recommended to give it alternately along with my milk, since the supply was not enough after few hours.

After discussing with friends who had the motherly experience I came to know it is the thing with all in the first few days, but some lucky ones have a good supply from day one itself.
As per doctor’s recommendation, we gave her 10ml of formula milk on day 1, as it was normal delivery I was discharged from hospital on day 2 and we have decided to go with breast milk but the things didn’t work accordingly she cried and got irritated because of hunger as milk production was low.

Again we had to give her formula milk but as a result, it doesn’t suit her, and she cried the whole night due to stomach pain. From day 3 magically my breast became tender and they were leaking like a fountain and pained a lot.

My mother in law and I was happy by this achievement of mine, on the 5th-day baby was detected by jaundice and had to be admitted ASAP they had kept her under UV lights.
Doctor told me to breastfeed her every 2 hours as this process will make her dehydrated, the first day went smoothly but on 2nd day due to stress and been awake up for whole night for 2 days it decreased my milk supply but, I continued to feed her as more she will latch more milk will be produced but she got constipated due to less milk and dehydration . On 3 rd day, we decided not to keep her under those harm light and kept her out in sun.

Things worked well her jaundice was gone, we got discharged from hospitable things went well up to 3 months after that I was suffered by a formation of milk duct which causes fever above 100degrees and breast pain a lot.

Still, I won’t gave up as it will be open by her latching and massage only, due to offering frequent latching in one side as I had to unclog the duct my nipples became sore and bloody.
Again things were coming on track and when she turn 4th month I suffered by herpes on my stomach by sleepless nights and low immunity, that is the worst pain I have suffered in my life even my normal delivery doesn’t get me this much. It feels like someone had poured hot oil on our skin and the burning sensation is on another level it took 15 days to recover, still I won’t give up and feed her in standing position.

 

Until then things are working great soon she will be 6 months old, will try to feed her as long as possible as like my mother has fed me for long 5 years.

My breastfeeding journey has taught me not to give up; no matter what one day result will come.

sevaiya sweet vermicelli recipe

One of my childhood memories of eid is the sevai kheer, we always use to visit in our neighborhood at my friend ekra’s house to dig our mouth in delicious kheer that her Ammi use to make with all the love especially for meethi (sweet) eid.

But after her father got transfer we always miss sweet sevaiya made by her Ammi on Eid, that when my mom came up with her version and trust me it is the best when mom makes the food for you.

As, this is my daughter’s first Eid I decided to recreate that moment and make sevaiya, although she is only 3 and a half month old instead her mom and dad will enjoy it with all of you loving readers.

Here’s my mom’s recipe of must-have sevaiya kheer on Eid.

What all you need:

  • 2 liters of milk.
  • 8 tsp of sugar.
  • Pinch of cardamom powder.
  • 1/3 cup sevai ( vermicelli)
  • 1 tbsp raisins.
  • 1 tsp chopped cashew.
  • 1 tsp chopped almonds.
  • 2-3 strands of Kesar.

Preparation time:

1 hour.

Method:

  • In a pan boil milk and sugar in low flame until it becomes half in quantity or pinkish brown in color.
  • Add cardamom powder and vermicelli when milk becomes half in quantity.
  • After one boil switch off the flame and add cashew, almond, and raisins in it.
  • Garnish it with Kesar strands.
  • And that’s it your sevai kheer is ready.

 

Note: tastes best when kept in a refrigerator for 1-2 hours.

 

With love

Shubhagini

Eid

Mubarak!

 

 

 

The last and final stretch 3rd trimester

Hello! Friends,

As I sat down to write a regular post the little peanut inside my womb started kicking and I switch my mind to write a different content which I had never written in my blog before.

The last and final stretch my 9th month…………

Like the dots in above line the waits seems like never ending with the weekly doctor visit and passing days my anxiety level is going up and can’t wait to meet the baby while writing this post, baby completes 8 months and 23 days in my womb and when he/she is decided to pop out sure will come with a surprise.

As, per health is concern my pregnancy journey is a smooth ride with no morning sickness, backache etc. except I feel like sleeping all day long. The last trimester comes with many physical changes although I enjoy being pregnant and pampered but, it’s not easy for my body to carry a big bump.

I always wonder how people pee and pop with a large belly in Indian toilet, but now I got it, sleeping become a bit difficult and frequent washroom visits, feels like second hangout room when you are pregnant.

My most of the weight has been gained in a 9th month by 1 kg per week, the sweet craving couldn’t stop me and doctor said not to eat too much sweet as baby will gain too much weight and it will be difficult to do normal delivery, but we can do a little bit of cheating.

Definitely one will get bored of wearing same clothes every other day, though the market is full of maternity clothes and fashion these days, but it will be of no use, later on, read my post of maternity clothing hack hear to know how I survive it.

The nervousness and the patience to hold it for some more days is dying slowly inside me but it will be worth at the end of the day.

But the pampering and love you get from friends and family are the best you can get during this time guilt-free eating, shopping basically whatever you want.

And this will end with the great note just pamper yourself, take time for yourself, fulfill your cravings, spend time with your loved one and when the time comes it will happen with a blink of an eye.

Till then I’ll enjoy my belly, swollen feet and a bit of acidity.

Love you!

Shubhagini.

 

 

 

How to know you are ready for a baby

The first question that pops up after you get married is when you are having a baby as if it is the only ultimate mission you have to achieve after marriage.

Bringing a child into your life is a life-changing decision which comes with lots of responsibility along with your freedom, financial condition, family, your partner decision etc.

After our 3 years of marriage we still think of the baby and now we are ready I want to share the things or signs which shows that you are ready for a baby.

Is your partner ready?

Having a baby is not all about mother; father responsibility comes equally for a child. Never think of having a bay to save your relationship it is the worst decision one can take.

Discuss having a baby with your partner is he/she ready to take the responsibility equally, Take time individually to think about the changes that will come in a way after having a baby are you actually comfortable with it or not.

Is he/she will take care of a baby on your behalf and will adjust for your me time too and will be comfortable if you want to hang out with your friends and family alone.

Are you ready to dedicate your life to care for a baby?

Its take a lot of time and energy and to go out of your zone by sacrificing your own needs to grow up a human being. Sacrificing your known needs for someone else benefit should make you happy.

After all the love you give for the upbringing of your child comes with lots of sacrifices.

Your career:

Your decision should not intervene in your career , discuss the HR policies of your workspace about maternity and paternity leaves or if you are good enough to handle both your workspace and home.

If your workspace demand travel makes sure to take help never ever say no to help.

Here your in-laws or if your parents live nearby will give you a great advantage to leave your baby into experienced and trusted hands.

Being nervous is normal:

Taking a life-changing decision will make you nervous in starting and its absolutely normal to be nervous, asking so many questions before taking any step is just a part of your decision making ability.

You are ready to accept yourself:

Being pregnant is not a joke as it comes with so many body-changes .if you are comfortable about the changes that will come in your way being a pregnant, like stretch marks, acne, skin discoloration, weight gain etc. and If you are still absolutely normal about all the aspect that means you are ready to have a baby.

 

Though it depends on women to women the symptoms of pregnancy.