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.

go here 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

source link 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

click here 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

hoodia gordonii plant buy 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

 

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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!

 

 

 

Chocolate chips cookies Recipe

These little chocolate wonders are the ingredient used in many desserts and taste good in any way you can top it up with literary any dessert whether it’s a pancake, muffins, cupcakes, cookies, cakes etc.

They are available in numerous shape and size and are available in most of the grocery stores, these little wonders are invented in 1937 when Ruth Graves Wakefield added chunks of semi-sweet Nestle chocolate bar in a cookie recipe.
Later, the cookies become so famous that Ruth came up with an agreement with Nestle in 1939 to add her recipe in chocolate bar packaging and in exchange nestle will supply a lifetime chocolate to her.

Later, in 1941 Nestle started to sell chocolate in chips form. Back then they are made up of semi-sweet chocolate but, today they are available in a number of forms from dark to white chocolate version.

Chocolate chips are also been used in a melted form in many recipes as they are easy to melt than a whole chocolate bar, their best temperature to melt is 40-45 degree Celsius it has to be in this limit otherwise the cocoa in them will start burning and will give a burning taste.

With the increase in a baking market from home, you can easily find chocolate chips in any baking supply shop.

Here is the recipe for eggless chocolate chip cake you can give it a try at your home.

What you need:

  • 1 ½ cup of all-purpose flour.
  • 5 tsp of cocoa powder.
  • 1 ½ Tsp of baking powder.
  • 1 Tsp of baking soda.
  • ¾ cup of mashed banana.
  • 1 cup of yogurt.
  • ½ cup of butter.
  • ¾ cup of sugar.
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract.
  • 1 ½ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Direction:

  • Grease your bowl and line it with parchment paper.
  • In another bowl sieve all your dry ingredient like 1 ½ cup of all-purpose flour,5 Tsp of cocoa powder,1 ½ Tsp of baking powder and1 tsp of baking soda.mix well and set aside.
  • Mash the fully ripe banana this will be an alternative to your eggs and filter it puree. And measure ¾ cup from it.
  • To the mashed banana puree add 1 cup of yogurt,½ cup of butter,¾ cup of sugar and 2 Tsp of vanilla extract.
  • Pour the sieved dry mixture into wet mixture batch wise and fold it with moderate pressure add chocolate chips gradually, make sure not to over mix the mixture otherwise your cake will not come out fluffy.
  • After mixing pour the mixture into a greased bowl, dab the pan on counter top for 2 times.
  • Set your microwave at highest power and microwave it for 8-10 minutes make sure to check in between by inserting a toothpick if your toothpick comes out clean that’s the indication that your cake is done.
  • Allow it to cool down and enjoy your homemade chocolate chip cake.

Do let me know how it turns out in the comment section below, Enjoy warm chocolate chip cookies in this chilling weather.

Love Shubhagini

Exercising in Pregnancy

Exercising during pregnancy is always being daunting especially in an Indian culture where pregnant women get a way lot of pampering that she faces a difficulty in having a normal delivery because of all the comfort and no Exercising but, it is recommended only when your doctor recommends it.

Most of the women are terrified of doing it due to complication or premature labor but studies show coping up with light exercise will help you in having a normal pregnancy.

Keeping up your body active will help you post delivery as your stamina will be maintained and will keep you in good shape too.

Before starting up:

  • First and foremost is to consult with your doctor before starting with any kind of physical activity. If it’s a yes from your doctor go ahead with lite exercises like stretching, walking, yoga, pelvic stretch, and swimming.
  • Wear comfortable clothes during exercising a good sports bra, tank top, and legging which are not too tight.
  • If you couldn’t find out the proper exercise during pregnancy take help for an expert advice there are so many courses up in the market or sometimes hospital also offers such facilities so go ahead and take advantage of it.
  • If you are on a budget and can’t afford such type of classes make youtube your best friend there are tons of video related to pregnancy exercise.

The benefit of exercising:

  • Helps in maintaining weight.
  • Increase the chances of normal delivery.
  • Reduces the risk of gestational diabetes.
  • Helps in postpartum recovery.
  • Shorter labor time.
  • Helps with constipation.

Precautions:

  • Don’t attempt any physical activity if you have hypertension or heart disease.
  • If you are carrying low and have a weak cervix.
  • Avoid lying on your back and exercise related to it.
  • Don’t stress too much listen to your body and stops when you can’t do it.
  • Do not dehydrate your body; take a regular water break in between.
  • Do not hold your breath while exercising.
  • Don’t do jumping and heavy lifting exercising.

I hope this article will help you in having a normal delivery and will maintain your health and boost up your stamina throughout the pregnancy, and make sure to consult your doctor before ending up in any decision.

And do let me know in comment section if you have any doubt and share your thoughts too.

Love Shubhagini

 

How to get glow in winters

Winter cold make our skin look pale and dry and the low humidity steals the moisture away which can lead to cracking and itchiness too.

But by following a right skin care regime you can achieve the healthy glow in winters too by following these simple tips:

Cleansing:

Cleaning face with lukewarm water will prevent excessive dryness and won’t strip your oils too. Avoid using hot water for cleansing as it will make it drier.

Scrubbing:

Using mild exfoliate in winter won’t harm your skin, if you want to avoid market available scrub try to make your own with ingredient right from your kitchen,

What you need:

  • Coconut oil-2 Tsp
  • Fine sugar-1 Tsp

Direction:

  • In a bowl mix both 2 tsp of coconut oil and 1 tsp of fine sugar.
  • And your mild scrub is ready coconut oil will moisturize your skin and fine sugar will exfoliate it mildly.

Moisturising:

Moisturising in the damp skin helps in locking moisture for a longer time if your skin is extremely dry and you need a natural ingredient for it use coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil or almond oil.

Choose your moisturizer carefully for good results in winter, go for an oil-based moisturizer in winter rather than water-based one.

DIY winter face mask:

  • Papaya face mask.

What you need:

  • 2 tsp of honey.
  • A piece of ripe papaya.

Direction:

  • Mash the papaya well.
  • Add 2 tsp of honey.
  • Apply it in dry areas for 5-10 min.

 

  • Lemon and honey:

What you need:

  • 2 tsp honey.
  • Half a tsp lemon juice.

Direction:

  • Add lemon juice and honey in a bowl.
  • Mix it well.
  • Apply it on your face with cotton ball.
  • Leave it for 10-15 min.
  • Rinse it with water.

Drink plenty of water:

Drinking plenty of water will Keep your body hydrated and moisturize your skin. And your skin will glow in winters too.

Protect your skin:

Your skin needs sunscreen protection in winters due to the UVA and UVB rays peeping through clouds will damage your skin. So make sure to use sunscreen in winters too.

 

Hope these tips will help you to get that glow in winters. If you have any extra tips do comment in the comment section down below.

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Pre Pregnancy Care

Having a child is a huge responsibility and if it comes with surprise it would take you to, understand the things slowly when you are not ready, in our case we have planned a baby so I have taken care of all the things that are to be needed before having a baby.

Not only your health involves in it but your mental and financial decision also plays a huge role in it.

So, here are my pick-ups that I have done before conceiving:

Your partner decision:

Having a baby is both Father and Mother responsibility, so talk about parenting with your partner about

  • How does he feel about it?
  • Whether he is ready to take a responsibility?
  • Are we financially strong enough to give the best to our child?
  • Working or stay at home.
  • What all are his priorities and expectation.

Talk to your doctor:

After mutually deciding over having a baby the first thing I had done to talk to my doctor because she is the only one who knows you inside out.

In my case, she told me to have a thyroid, diabetic test done first and after which she prescribed me the folic acid tablet for one month and then try for it.

Talking to your doctor plays a major role if you have any disease that can affect your baby can be treated at an earlier stage so that you can have a healthy pregnancy.

Stop taking pills:

If you are on birth control pills stop using them a month before, in order to have a successful pregnancy rate and this will also help you to calculate your most fertile time of the month.

Watch your weight:

Otherwise, you are going to gain 11-15 kg during pregnancy which depends on women to women but to maintain a healthy BMI is very much important so that it cannot affect you later on because overweight can lead to many problems later on.

Cut or limit caffeine:

Being a coffee addict it’s very difficult for me to control over it so, I have started to take it in an account way before trying for a baby, limit your caffeine amount day by day so that when you’ll conceive it will not affect your craving at all.

Not only coffee but also try to cut down common sources of caffeine like tea, soda, and green tea.

 

Follow a proper diet:

Avoid outside food as much as you can and try to take a 5-6 portion of meals of home cooked food in a day, it’s ok to cheat once in a while when you crave for pizza or burger but, try to avoid it as much as you can.

Increase the amount of water intake:

Increasing the water intake will help you in fight morning sickness, indigestion and heartburn not only this it will also help you in stretch marks and in urinary infection too.

These are all I have tried it let me know if you find it useful in the comment section and all the best for it.

Love Shubhagini

How to plan a Baby moon In India

Babymoon is a whole new travel trend in India, which is already been popular in the west. Planning a babymoon in India can be quite a new experience for a couple as there is too much restriction from family but, once your doctor gives you a green flag you can plan it a much needed alone time before the baby arrives.

Babymoon is a trip taken by an expectant couple before the baby arrives. it’s a great time to spend some romantic quality time with your spouse because once the baby arrives hardly you’ll get a time for anything.

if you are planning one here are my tips and tricks to make it a memorable one without any problems.

Consult your doctor:

The first and foremost thing is your health, keep it in priority and plan accordingly. consult your gynecologist before planning, if you have any health issues try to avoid traveling instead plan a luxury stay in your city itself.

Picking up a time:

the best time to plan babymoon is the second trimester as it is easy going one and you can flaunt your little baby bump too. Youll be comfortable and enjoy your destination with ease in your second trimester.

Getting a pregnancy travel insurance:

Pregnancy travel insurance helps you if you are traveling outside the country, the cost and cover time period depends on insurance companies you are opting. try to invest in a quality travel insurance company.

Choosing a destination:

I would suggest you visit a place you have been before as it has to be an easy going trip you don’t need to explore a more of it, it’s you and your husband quality time. Just relax and make wonderful memories out of it talking about a future baby.

Or if you want to explore a new place here are some exotic babymoon destination India.

Kerela:

paradise for honeymooners this god’s own state will surely give you an extraordinary experience being it a strolling in beaches or getting a special spa.

Goa:

Another laid back and most relaxed destination, skip the tourism places and book a resort with direct access to beaches.

Pondicherry:

Enjoy the French side of India on this island with treating your little one with french cuisines.

Kodaikanal:

This unexplored hill station is a must visit once in a lifetime I absolutely fell in love with this place due to its mix Tamil and British culture, affordable Sunday market and the delicious mango.

 

These are my picks do tell me in the comment section below where you have been in your babymoon and hows was it.

Love Shubhagini.

 

 

 

Best places to witness Dussehra in India

The triumph of good over evil, Dussehra is celebrated all across India. But there are certain places which are ready to dazzle and are famous to witness during this festive season.

This 10-day festival starts with Durga jhaki, meals, and Ramlila which comes to an end in the Vijayadashami i.e Dussehra where effigies of Ravana, Meghnath, and kumbhakaran are burned.

Here are some of the places which are must to visit during Dussehra though their tradition and the way of celebration is different as you move to a different place, but are best among all to experience the different culture of celebration.

Mysore:

Mysore is known for its Dussehra celebration, where Mysore royal takes a lead for 10 days and is celebrated in the same way for more than 400 years, Dussehra is a state festival of Karnataka and is celebrated as a victory of goddess Chamundeshwari over demon Mahishasura.

Decorated elephant carries the idol of goddess all over city followed by music bands, folklore, dance groups, the royal family and the lit up Mysore place by thousands of light which look mesmerizing in the night are the main attraction of it.

How to reach Mysore: Mysore is well connected with major cities like Chennai and Bangalore by train, nearby airport is the Bangalore airport or you can book a taxi or can take a bus from Bangalore which will take around 3 hours to reach Mysore.

Kullu:

Kullu is the tourist attraction all around the year in Himachal Pradesh because of its beauty and allure of this place but, visiting during Dussehra will make it more special because of its extravagant celebration.

Unlike other places, the locals carry an idol of god and goddess from all across the village in their head, which ends on the ground where they meet Lord Raghunathji to pay homage and is the main god of this region.

On the last day, a procession is taken place to River Beas where a fire is set up on wood pieces and dry leaves which depicts the burning Lanka.

If you have some spare times get a glimpse of this beautiful valley.

How to reach Kullu: state transport buses and taxis are well connected to the valley from Chandigarh which is also the nearest airport to reach Kullu.

Bastar:

Bastar is another place where Dussehra is celebrated with all extravagant in Chattisgarh, Bastar Dandakaranya jungle is believed to be the same spot where lord ram spent his exile period of 14 years.

Bastar hosts the longest Dussehra celebration which goes on for 75 days where you’ll get to see the tribal culture.

How to reach Bastar: Raipur is the nearest airport to reach Bastar or you can hire a cab or by rail route from Raipur is the easiest way to reach Bastar.

Make your Dussehra memorable by visiting one of these places in this long weekend.

HAPPY DUSSEHRA!