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If you think that giving daily bath is all about hygiene, you are wrong. You already do a lot of spot-cleaning for the baby such as wiping their face and neck…………. See more reasons as to why babies should have less baths during this cold season

We as parents wish only the best for our babies. We’re sure that as a new parent, you take care of many things – be it your child’s meals, their clothes, their sleep routine and most importantly, their cleansing rituals.

You will be surprised to know that there could be some differences between what you consider healthy and what really might be the case, and your baby’s bathing schedule is one of them.

You may think that a day-time shower along with a night- time bath before bed-time would be ideal to clean your baby’s body and to soothe him/her for a nice long sleep. But the truth is, you are probably being way too rough to the baby’s delicate skin.

Experts feel that bathing a baby just twice or thrice a week is enough and even bathing the baby just once a day is generally not recommended. During Cold Season, when the baby’s skin is particularly dry and vulnerable, you have to be extra careful

Your baby has thinner and more sensitive skin compared to yours. And according to skincare experts, there are a few reasons why you should refrain from giving your baby daily baths in the cold months. They are listed below:

  1. If you think that giving daily bath is all about hygiene, you are wrong. You already do a lot of spot-cleaning for the baby such as wiping their face and neck, washing their hands and toes, cleaning their nappy area and so on! Giving them a bath on top of all that only adds unnecessary exposure of their sensitive skin to warm water.
  1. In the winter months, the skin goes dry and frequent baths with warm water wash away the essential oils and natural moisture of the skin, thereby making it dry.
  1. Many times the bathing products contain harsh and harmful chemicals that may not be suitable to use on your baby’s skin every other day.
  1. Dry skin can result in complications such as eczema, skin patches, rashes, itching and flaking of skin. These problems are seen escalating in winters as compared to milder weather conditions.
  1. Got any potatoes going bad? We did so we thought we’d try to make Easter egg potato stamps! It actually turned out great and could be used to make homemade Easter cards, etc.

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“I’m not little any more mom!”

Her statement stung, because though my eyes see a ten-year-old my heart sees that tiny baby I brought home from the hospital.

There is something different about the tween years that can make mothering particularly challenging. 

Tweens are beginning to develop true opinions about everything and are able to articulate the reasons behind these opinions. This is great because now you can have intelligent conversations. It also means your tween will question your decisions, will push against boundaries, and may have valid reasons for those actions.

So what is a mom supposed to do? Stand toe-to-toe with her tween who is experiencing hormonal swings and roller coasters and fight? Or maybe take a deep breath, jump off the roller coaster, and begin to guide your tween to wise choices.

How do you do that?

  • Agree with your tween that he or she is growing up. That it may be time for some more freedoms as well as responsibilities.
  • Require that your tween address you with honor and respect when discussing changing boundaries or adding new freedoms.
  • Tell your tween that this is new territory for both of you. Even if you have parented a child through the tween years before you have never parented this particular child through this time. It is ok to tell your tween that you will make mistakes.
  • Tell your tween what your goal is as you parent him or her. I told my tween that my goal for her is that she grows to be a woman who loves God, loves others, is responsible, and equipped to reach her God-given goals.
  • Set clear expectations when you change boundaries or give additional freedoms. For instance, “I will let you spend 15 more minutes on video games, but you have to show you are responsible enough to do all your homework.”
  • Show interest in something they enjoy. Does your tween love Minecraft? Learn about it. Does he enjoy basketball? Watch some games with him. This shows your tween you care about them.
  • Ask your tween for advice or for his opinion. This shows your tween that you realize he is smart and able to make wise choices.
  • Be willing to learn from your tween. Ask her to show you how to do something on Minecraft or how to draw something or how to shoot a basketball.
  • Laugh with your tween. He now understands your jokes and will appreciate them.
  • Ask your tween about her thought life. Raging hormones often send emotions out of control, but thoughts can help reign in wild emotions.
  • Validate your tweens emotions. I have told my kids, “I am so sorry you feel left out. That really hurts. But remember God loves you. I love you. You are loved and not completely left-out.”

How to Handle Bad Habits in Children

Eight common bad habits

  1. Biting or Chewing Nails
  2. Pulling of Hair
  3. Exploring and Touching Private Parts
  4. Sucking of Thumb
  5. Nose Picking in Public
  6. Snacking Whole Day
  7. Lying Quite Often
  8. Negative Self-Criticism.

There can be different reasons for developing these habits.

These habits can be comforting to the child like thumb sucking.

Some habits are done to entertain the child or when they are nervous.

Some practical reasons also lead to formation of habits like a child suffering from cold may continue picking their nose.

Children pick up some habits from the adults like the habit of nail biting may come from the father who also has this habit since ages.

Tips for breaking bad habits

  • Ignoring the bad habits results in the habit dying out soon. The child may also outgrow the habit in some time.
  • Praising and rewarding – Encouraging the good habits in children is a good way to make the child avoid bad habits.
  • Educating the child about the negative results of the bad habit is a good way to break the habit.
  • One at a time—When a child develops more than one bad habit at a time, it is wise to try to eliminate a single bad habit at a time with patience instead of handling all of them together.
  • Search the root cause—the root cause of most bad habits is stress and depression. The child must be shown love and affection to handle certain situations.
  • Setting rules—the child must be made to follow some rules. One must be firm and consistent in handling the child to keep a check on the child’s bad habit.
  • Boosting morale—the child develops emotional stability when supported with love and patience. Have faith in the child and give him an opportunity to make decisions.

Stranger danger safety tips for your little ones

  • Don’t talk to strangers.

 

  • Don’t take anything from strangers.

 

  • Don’t go anywhere with someone you don’t know.

 

  • Stay more than an arm’s reach from strangers. If you are approached by a stranger, seek help immediately.

 

  • Trust your instincts, if you feel you are being followed or something is not right, seek help immediately.

 

  • Use the buddy system, avoid walking anywhere alone.

 

  • Review contact telephone numbers and home safety practices.

 

  • When seeking help, always go to a trusted adult – teacher, coach, police officer, other parent, or older siblings.

 

  • If a stranger grabs you, do everything you can to stop him or her from pulling you away. Drop to the ground, kick, hit, bite, and scream. Do whatever it takes to attract the attention of others who can help you. If someone is dragging you away, scream, “this is not my dad,” or “this is not my mom.”

 

  • Report any suspicious activity to your local school and police department.

Help your children understand what February 14 is all about. Most school going students see Valentines Day either as a popularity contest, something related to that embarrassing business between girlfriends and boyfriends, or an excuse to eat candy. Either way, you can try this cool easy kid crafts with your little ones.

Benefits of Baby Massage
1. Boosts psychological and social development
2. Relieves stress, relaxes muscles
3. Stimulates nervous system
4. Helps baby sleep better
5. Great for circulatory system with other benefits
6. Way to deal with postnatal depression
7. Can improve the quality of life for differently-abled babies
Conditions Where Massage Can Be Beneficial
1. Constipation, gas, and colic
2. Cough and congestion
3. Gastroesophageal reflux
4. Hiccups
5. Jaundice
6. Vaccinations
7. Teething

Did you know ? Your little ones feel competent when they do their chores. Whether they’re making their bed or they’re sweeping the floor, helping out around the house gives them a sense of accomplishment. Doing chores also helps kids feel like they’re part of the team

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