Which are the best books for my toddler?

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Mommies, do you want your kids to have a best friend who will give them an ideal balance of fun and knowledge? End the search right here and start working on a small library at home!

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Yes, books can give your kids the perfect mix of enjoyment and intellect.

Books are one of the best tools that’ll elevate your kid’s power of imagination and boost concentration levels. Most of you are already aware of this but here’s a question that’ll definitely cross your minds – What makes a good read for my toddler?

Choosing the right books can be a daunting task especially when you want your little ones to view books as an indulgence, not a chore! When you are hunting for books for your toddler, keep these simple suggestions in mind:

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  1. Simple Text: Fewer words on each page will help your kiddo stay focused with each page flip.
  2. Colourful Illustrations: Bright, attractive colours catch every kid’s attention. Simple images matching the content on the page will help them relate to the story better and keep their minds captivated with interest.
  3. Familiar Objects: Pick stories that contain your child’s everyday routine, activities and experiences.
  4. Repetitive Text: Books that contain the same phrase over and over are sure to have your toddler chiming in as you read.
  5. Sturdy Binding: Find books that are made of materials that your child can play and read over and over without tearing or ruining them.

Remember to make reading time special for your toddler by enacting the characters so it becomes a memorable experience for your little one

Are you ready to start gathering books for your toddler? Start your kid’s reading journey with these books –

  1. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish,
  2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar and
  3. We’re going on a Bear Hunt.

Mommies, we would love to know about your little one’s favourite books.. Do let us know in the comments below.

When Flying With Your Baby…

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Mommies, have you ever feared taking flights with your infant?

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Traveling with the little one could be intimidating for the first few times, especially when the flights are long and at odd hours. No matter how well you prepare yourself, it may seem like you haven’t done enough to ready yourself for what’s coming forth!

Isn’t it true, mommies? Don’t fret about it anymore, as we have some handy insider tips that will ensure a safer and much smoother trip for you and your baby.

Make Smart Seating Arrangements!

If you and your partner are flying together along with the baby, make sure you pre-book your seats and get them together so each of you can take turns for holding the baby.

Here’s a smart tip – If the flight looks like it won’t get fully booked, get the aisle and the window seat. No one wants to sit between parents travelling with a small baby, and they may be open to taking another seat, somewhere else.

 

Arrive Much Before the Boarding Time to Prepare Yourself:

Give yourself enough time at the airport to feed and change nappies of your little one. You never know what the little one might strike you with. He or she could have a hunger, rash or a diaper crisis at the last minute! Make sure your schedule has enough time to accommodate his or her needs before you board the flight.

 

Pack Smart Too!

Carry a well-stocked bag to include diapers, wipes, pacifiers, a snack or two, a sippy cup and a toy. Keep one or two of your little one’s favourite videos on your phone or iPad to keep them occupied.

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Travel when your baby is ready to travel:

It is best to plan your trips during your baby’s nap times, or during hours you know your baby will soundly sleep. Wee hours in the morning are the best time to travel with your little one. You may be a little groggy eyed but you can rest assured that your baby will sleep throughout the flight.

 

Protect your little one’s ears

During descent and takeoff, give him or her something they can chew on to relieve ear pressure. A bottle nipple, pacifier or their favourite toy can help reduce the pressure on their ears.

 

And lastly, be nice to your fellow passengers. Yes, mommies. Sometimes a small note, a smile or a word of precaution to your fellow passengers can work wonders. They become extra sympathetic and helpful towards you, and may even help with the little one if need be.

 

 

 

Are you taking good care of your baby’s hygiene?

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Good hygiene is extremely crucial for raising a healthy and happy baby. Won’t you agree mommies? All mothers want to protect their children and ensure they are being brought up in a clean, germ-free environment. But are you doing a little too much or not doing enough? Read on to find out!

 

Ask yourself if you have created a germ free environment for your little one.

Avoid exposing your baby to unwanted germs, limit the time you spend in close quarters or crowded places. Also, stay away from anyone who’s sick. Make sure anyone who wants to hold or touch your baby washes his hands. You should also wash your hands before preparing baby food and feeding your baby. When they are old enough to eat solid foods, give them a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables to strengthen their immunity and talk to your paediatrician about immunization and suitable vaccinations.

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Take proper precautions while cleaning their face, mouth and genital areas.

Dip a soft towel in lukewarm water to clean the areas behind their ears. For more vulnerable areas like their eyes and genitals, use cotton cloth dipped in lukewarm water. Use cotton wool to wipe your baby’s eyes softly from the inside to the outside corners. Make sure you use a different cotton ball for each eye.

Begin their dental hygiene at birth. Clean their gums and tongue after morning and evening feeds. Use a soft, clean washcloth or a gauze pad to do so.

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Keep track of your little one’s nails.

Your baby’s nails hygiene is extremely important. Keep them well trimmed so that they don’t end up scratching themselves. Badly trimmed nails can also cause dirt to settle into it. Babies are used to taking their fingers in their mouth and this can prove harmful.

 

Clean their umbilical cord till it falls off.

Ensure you clean your little one umbilical cord as it can lead to infection if not taken proper care of. Ensure that the cord does not get covered inside the diaper as it can get soaked in urine. If there is puss or redness, or if the baby cries on touching the umbilical cord, take him or her to the doctor immediately.

 

Sterilize and clean feeding bottles.

Wash all of your baby’s bottles in hot, soapy water. Use special bottle brush and ensure that you remove any kind of milk residue from it. Also try to change the teat from time to time to ensure it is clean and not chocked.

 

These details may seem like too much work. Often, these skills can prove daunting too, but with a little practice and some basic instructions, common sense and routine, it becomes easier. So go on mommies, make sure your little one is being brought up in a healthy environment.

 

Proofread by Dr. Samar Geblawi, Sp. Pediatrician at Uptown Mirdiff branch, Dubai, UAE.

 

Oral Care For Little Ones

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How exciting it is when your child gets his or her first tooth! Isn’t it, mommies?

You start planning their oral care; consult dentists and older family members alike. But, here’s what you probably didn’t know – your child’s dental care must start right at birth, because, when infants are born, their baby teeth have already formed but these teeth are hidden in their gums and the gums too need to be taken good care of.

 

Here are a few things that you can do to ensure your child’s teeth are healthy.

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Get them when they are fresh out of the womb:

If you are a new mommy, start cleaning your baby’s gum after every feeding. Use a wet washcloth or the tip of your finger. It does not only clean your little one’s mouth but also massages and soothes his or her gums.

 

Start visiting the dentist early!

Ensure your child sees a dentist by his/her first birthday, and every few months after. Early prevention can save a lot of decay, pain and money in the long run.

 

Ditch the bottle when you put your baby down to sleep:

It’s common practise to put the child to sleep with a bottle of milk, formula or juice sometimes. Ditch that habit – sugary liquids and milk cling to a child’s teeth, thus feeding bacteria that cause tooth decay.

 

Don’t use pacifiers after age two:

Pacifiers are helpful for infants and harmful for toddlers. Continued use of pacifiers can affect the teeth line-up or the shape of the mouth. Speak to your child’s doctor if the habit continues after age 3 and you want to get rid of it.

Teach them good night habits:

Ensure that by the time your child is old enough to understand bed stories, they believe in and follow this mantra: Brush, floss and rinse before bedtime. No food or drink until next morning, except water.

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Motivate them to get the job done!

Brushing is not the most fun activity for kids. But, giving them enough motivation – like letting them choose their toothpaste, making it a group activity, or giving the extra credits on their good-behaviour chart can easily get the job done.

 

Be extra careful if your child’s on medication:

Medication can cause overgrowth of yeast. Talk to your dentist about what kind of precautions you should take and how often you should get your child to brush if he or she is on a long-term medication.

 

Last but not least, oral hygiene is something that you need to be stern about. If kids put up a fuss when you ask them to brush, floss or rinse, you have got to let them know that they can’t get away with it.

 

What are your special tips and tricks to ensure your child has healthy teeth, mommy?

 

Proofreading has been done by Dr. Deepa Nair , GP Dentist at Lamcy Plaza Branch.

 

Sources:

http://www.alexanderhealth.org/docs/dentalClinic/caring-for-childs-teeth.pdf

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-at-Any-Age/Infants-and-Children/Toddler-Child-Transitional-Care/article/Your-Childs-Mouth.cvsp

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-mouth-14/kids-teeth/dental-health-for-kids

 

 

 

Make your little one’s meals tasty yet nutritious.

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“Finish your veggies if you want to go out and play” Did you ever have to use such threats on your little one to get them to finish their meal?

We all know that healthy food is usually not the tastiest, and no parent wants to force their kiddo into eating something they’d probably not like and throw a tantrum about. As such, parents end up taking the easy way out and often settle for fast food or other unhealthy but tasty meals.

What if we told you that you can serve those foods that are high in fibre, low in fat, have calcium, iron and other vitamins, and is yet very tasty?

Here’s a list of check list of food that you can include in your kiddo’s meals:

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Milk & Milk Based Products: Make milk and milk based products like cottage cheese, yogurt and tofu etc. part of your child’s everyday diet. It is a good source of calcium, vitamin D and protein. If he or she is not a big fan of milk go for fruit shakes – all the more healthy!

Nuts & Dry Fruits! : Throw in a few chunks of almonds, cashews, pistachios, apricots, dried dates, berries and raisins in his or her bowl of cereal, or just pack it separately for snacking. A perfectly tasty choice filled with proteins and nutrition.

Cereals: Choose a whole grain cereal that is calcium fortified and has added fibre, and top it up with milk and dry fruits. What more? You can also add a handful of chopped apple, cherries, and banana to that bowl of goodness!

 

Veggies! : Surprised? Don’t be. We are not talking about the usual raw veggies that you sometime serve as salad on the side. Sauté veggies like mushrooms, potatoes, corn, and peas in slight butter, with salt and black pepper and serve it with whole grain bread on the side.

Salmon and other lean meats:
It contains heart-healthy omega-3 fats. Serve it as salmon cakes, in burgers or salad (mashed and mixed with low-fat mayo).

Always know that chips, cupcakes, cookies and other not-so-nutritionally-noble foods will find their way in your kid’s mouth. You can’t always avoid it, but if you balance it out with proper healthy meals instead of totally depriving your child of the things he or she may want to eat, you will end up raising a not so happy kid. Add Chocolate sauce to a whole-grain cookie, or, make a burger sandwich with ‘extra’ salad. The trick is to bring in the healthy foods in their diet without giving them a chance to complain or protest.

Source:

http://pediatrics.about.com/od/nutrition/tp/0708_best_foods.htm

http://www.parenting.com/gallery/toddler-superfoods

How to manage illness & injuries of your child?

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Mommies, it’s only natural that you’d want to rush to the emergency room or the family doctor the moment your child gets sick or injured. Taking care of your sick or injured child is a daunting experience, and sometimes, it becomes difficult to decide whether visiting a doctor is necessary or not.

 We understand that you have your reasons to worry. You may be scared that an injury or illness could affect your little one’s immunity, strength and health; that it could be a traumatic experience for him or her and lead to a lifelong disability.

Instead of panicking, it is important that you ensure your child is strong enough to recuperate from his or her injuries and illnesses not only physically but mentally too.

 

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  • First and foremost, maintain a small diary or database of emergency contact numbers – doctors, specialists, hospitals in the vicinity, family member who can be available during emergencies etc.
  • Keep a well-maintained first aid kit handy. If needed, take a first aid course.
  • For minor injuries and illnesses, home remedies can do wonder, though, always make it a point to consult a professional health care provider.
  • Understand his or her body’s reaction to certain weather changes or allergies from a certain kind of food. It helps you stay proactive in the future.

 

Last but not least, encourage your little ones to open up to you and clearly express themselves when they are hurt or injured.  Build a close relationship with your child during such difficult times and ensure you are always supportive. If need be, take help from a child psychologist.

 

 

 

Source:

 

http://www.health.qld.gov.au/rch/news/CALD-res.pdf

 

http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/childinjury/

http://www.mkupdate.co.uk/courses/urgent_and_emergency_care/the_injured_and_the_sick_child

 

http://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/families/mental-health-difficulties/trauma/managing-trauma-and-ways-recover

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shopping for your baby: top tips

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From essentials to extras, the shopping list for your first child can be overwhelming. But, follow this checklist and you will be fully equipped (but not broke and drowning in baby gear) for the first six weeks and beyond.

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Pre-arrival

 

The last thing you’ll feel like doing once your baby arrives is making a trolley dash to get all those essentials. So, just in case of an early delivery, head to the shops before 38 weeks and tick these off your list:

 

• Babygrows

 

• Hooded bath towel

 

• Bibs and burp cloths

 

• Nursing pillow

 

• Nipple cream and breast pump if breastfeeding; if not, bottles and steriliser 

 

• Car seat

 

• Moses basket

 

 

 

On the move

 

It’s one of the biggest baby buys – the pram or stroller. But, it is the one that leaves parents-to-be the most baffled. Check for the following before you wheel your purchase away:

 

• Does it have a lie flat option or carrycot, which is essential for all newborns?

 

• Can you attach a car seat?

 

• Will it fit in your car boot when folded?

 

• Is it easy to collapse?

 

• Does it have a forward-facing option?

 

 

 

Changing time

 

There’s no getting away from the mountain of dirty nappies – as many as ten per day in the first few weeks. So, start buying early for nappies, baby wipes and nappy cream from the second or third trimester, to help spread the cost. Also, a practical changing mat with a wipeable vinyl surface is much easier to keep clean after you battle against squirting pee at changing time!

 

 

 

On a budget?

 

Save your cash for the big-ticket items like the pram and cot, and look for ways to save money on clothes and toys. Keep your eyes peeled for seasonal sales, BOGOF offers and second-hand markets. Don’t go overboard with all those cute little newborn onesies, but stock up on clothes in varying age ranges as your little one will grow faster than you think. 

 

 

 

Safety first

 

Do not scrimp on the all-important car seat. Check that the seat meets international safety standards, and make sure that you have the correct seat for your child’s age and weight; a newborn up to 13kg will need a rear-facing car seat. It’s worth paying extra for a seat with an ISOFIX fitting system – it’ll save you fiddling with seatbelts while trying to calm a screaming baby – and one that can be easily fitted to your pushchair.