Saturday, March 11, 2017

Make this Holi Safe for your little ones!


Holi, the festival of colour, is just around the corner. From dousing friends with coloured water, smearing gulal on their cheeks and lobbing water balloons at the unsuspecting to exchanging gifts and listening to evergreen Holi music, it is a day packed with revelry.

But amidst all the fun, it’s equally important to remember to stay safe. Various studies over the years have found safety issues with all three forms in which the Holi colors are produced: pastes, dry colours and water colours.

The various ingredients found in synthetic colours like lead oxide (black), mercury sulphide (red), aluminium bromide (silver), copper sulphate (green), and Prussian blue (Blue) have been known to cause various health problems from dermatitis (skin becoming red and blotchy) and other skin ailments to eye allergies and – in some cases -- even temporary blindness.

To avoid such hazards and keeping off from skin troubles, this time, GO ECO-FRIENDLY and replace the regular chemical colours with non toxic ones. Not only do they keep the environment clean but also come sans the harmful effect and are skin friendly, too. These colors are easy to wash off and are not harmful if applied on skin without oiling and have delicate fragrance. 

Here we bring you a few tips, to ensure you can have an apprehension-free – and most importantly a safe -- Holi filled with lots of color-smearing, rain dancing, pichkari spraying and fun. 


Precautionary steps for a safe and colourful Holi:


  • ·             Celebrate Holi without- damaging the environment, burn scrap instead of wood
  • ·             Oil your skin and hair well before you start playing. Apply lots of coconut oil or olive oil to protect your hair from harsh color
  • ·             Alternatively, there are branded colors available in the market that are non toxic colors and conform to European standards. These does not require oiling and are easily washable
  • ·             Apply some oil behind your ears, ear lobes and nails. You can further protect your nails by covering them with nail polish of any dark color
  • ·             Put lip balm or lipstick on your lips to protect those as well
  • ·             Use a toner to close the pores on your face before you head out. This way, you reduce the chances of color going in too deep
  • ·             Don’t forget to wear waterproof sunscreen 30 minutes prior to playing followed by a moisturizer before you step out for a day in the sun!
  • ·             Wear clothes that cover most of your body. These clothes should be made of a lightweight, easy-to-dry material. Avoid heavy fabrics like denim that don’t dry easily.
  • ·             It’s a good idea to wear a thick scarf or bandana to cover your hair
  • ·             Don’t wear lenses when you go out to play!
  • ·             Dust off the dry color before you hit the shower
  • ·             Clean your face using cotton dabbed in moisturizing cream or oil/milk followed by a cleanser or scrub. Avoid excessive scrubbing or rubbing as they damage your skin and cause irritation
  • ·             Wash your hair using a mild shampoo, but don’t overuse the shampoo. If the color doesn’t come off your scalp in one try, just let it stay on and shampoo again in a day or two. Non-toxic colours such as Rangeela does not harm the hair in any way
  • ·             All that color and shampoo will tend to dry out your scalp. Definitely use a conditioner after shampooing

So, here’s wishing you all a happy and safe holi.

(Inputs by Rangeela Holi Ke Rang, Pidilite Industries.)








Saturday, March 4, 2017

Benefits of using a PC at home for learning #DellAarambh

A PC is a door to a whole new world for a curious kid. Learning today is a complete departure from the way it used to be and, as a parent, I’m very pleased by that change. My li’l toddler loves to explore nursery rhymes and educational videos and has learnt colours and numbers just because of them. He also loves playing instruments virtually, and there are so many cooler things out there!

Kids nowadays learn really fast. They have sharper minds, they pick up things quicker and have access to quick-access knowledge banks via technology in like smartphones, tablets and PC’s. Though it is definitely important to monitor and control their screen time, it is also essential we realize that giving kids access to technology is inevitable.

I remember as a kid and college student, the PC could offer only so much. I mostly used the PC for my college projects, skimming through the most common encyclopaedia software – Britannica, to searching for images. Today, there is so much a PC has to offer to a child and expand their overall learning scope. 

Information for any age group and any subject is easily available online. Though some of it may come at a cost, a lot of the study material comes for free. Everyone has broadband connections at home, which means fast internet and the option to easily download study material or stream videos seamlessly.

If there is a subject you do not understand, there are so many visual aids – 2D and 3D animations, experts/teachers explaining via a video, study guides etc. available online. I really wish we had such things back in the day, I was really bad at Physics, Chemistry & Geometry – just couldn’t understand equations and theorems. Today there are such interesting ways of studying and understanding how things work, it’s incredible.

For a student appearing in their board exams, access to practice papers and previous years’ question papers is must. I remember in my time, we had to request seniors to share question papers or check with the library if they had a copy and if they did, get it photocopied and return. Today, the kids can simply search for it online, download and read.


They can also see tutorials to learn a new language, build their own robot and even learn how to play a new instrument. It doesn’t stop there. Augmented reality apps where you can watch the solar system orbit, for instance, or the VR glasses through which you can feel like you’re really in a different place have transformed the learning experience entirely.

Of course, equal importance needs to be given to actual books, writing and old-school methods too, too much of anything, after all, is never good. But PC’s have definitely changed education, learning and knowledge gathering significantly.


The best part of the PC is that it also allows me to spend time with my lil one and get more involved with his learning process. Interactive learning really is better and has opened up a new dimension to learning. I actually believe that it will have a direct impact on my child’s imagination and, being a creative myself, that’s exciting. This really is the reason I’ve signed up to support the #DellAarambh campaign. Check it out today at http://bit.ly/2mXCN1a

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Himalaya BabyCare - Nourishing Soap for Sensitive Skin - Review

We’re back with reviewing another product by Himalaya BabyCare range and this time it’s their Nourishing Soap for Sensitive Skin. My toddler has pretty sensitive skin – prone to rashes and irritation, it even feels dry easily and have to apply lotion frequently.

Even if we have itchy skin or inflammation it makes us so uncomfortable that all we want to do is apply medication and wear loose clothes. So the poor baby who cannot even express properly about the discomfort would be in so much more irritation altogether.

Do note, this review is for generally sensitive skin. If you feel your baby is having skin problems all of a sudden, it’s best to first visit the pediatrician/expert before trying any product.

About The Product:

What it does:
Himalaya's Nourishing Baby Soap is an herbal formulation, especially developed for baby's sensitive skin. It contains natural emollients like Honey, Sunflower, Castor Oil and Milk that moisturizes baby's skin, and reduces itching and inflammation. Nourishing Baby Soap is free from artificial colours.

Key ingredients:
      Sunflower Oil is rich in Vitamins A, C, D and E, excellent in helping baby’s skin retain moisture.
      Honey is an effective moisturizing agent that nourishes baby’s skin.
      Castor Oil helps reduce itching, rashes and skin inflammation.
      Milk nourishes, soothes and moisturizes baby's skin.

Directions for use:
Wet baby's face and body. Apply Nourishing Baby Soap generously, gently working up a lather. Rinse thoroughly.

Pack size:
75 g & 125 g priced at Rs.40 & Rs.60 respectively

Review:

The 125g version is nice and big, definitely would last for a couple of months (depending on your usage). The soap feels creamy & silky, which makes me believe that it must have the honey & milk and oils. The soap lathers up very well and has a pleasant fragrance. Skin feels soft and not dry at all after drying with a towel. It reduces itching and inflammation, making it ideal for sensitive skin or climatic reactions.

It feels great to have so many options for different skin types and ailments, all reasonably priced and easily available. If your baby has sensitive skin, then definitely try the Nourishing Baby Soap out and let me know via comments what you think about it.

It’s available for purchase at here.