Thursday, January 5, 2017

Picky eaters: change kids' bad habits and annoying behaviors

We have our guest blogger Zara Lewis again, talking about picky eaters and how to change the habits. My toddler is definitely a fussy eater himself, so I was glad to feature this piece on the blog, and take some tips from here for myself too.

Everyone knows that being a parent is the toughest yet most fulfilling job you’ll ever have to do. But that tough part can become especially apparent when you have to deal with your kids being very picky when it comes to what they want to eat. In general, all children love sweets and junk food, which is why it’s essential that you do your absolute best in order to introduce them to healthy habits. Some of the following tips may prove to be useful so make sure to go through them and apply them in your everyday life.

Theory approach

This is the least favorable approach when it comes to teaching kids about healthy eating but it is still necessary. In order for your child to listen to you, make sure that you’re calm and speak in a positive and loving manner with absolutely no reprimanding. Basically, you need to sit your kids down and thoroughly explain why eating certain foods is so important and good for your health as well as why eating a lot of sweets can be bad. It’s essential that you stress out that this doesn’t mean that the kids can’t have their sweets at all, or that they have to eat something that they really hate every day.

Engage the kids in cooking


Most kids want to feel responsible for some type of chore, and, in that respect, you can ask them to help you with cooking. Even better, allow them to copy what you do so that they actually make their portion on their own. When they’re allowed to cook for themselves (even though you’ll obviously be right there to check everything), kids will surely want to taste and consume their own little cooking masterpiece. This is the first step in getting them to willingly try something healthy without throwing a tantrum.

Be creative with food prep

Kids like things that look nice. The same goes for food as well. It’s no wonder that they like sweets and snacks so much when the packaging is so appealing. Instead of worrying that you can’t beat the sparkly candy wrap, use the power of your creativity in kitchen. That being said, you can use different molds and even different plate arrangement that would appeal to the child’s sensibility more.
When they see something they find attractive they’ll most likely want to try it as well.

Make healthy taste great


Parents generally worry that their kids won’t get enough vitamins and nutrients from food if they constantly refuse snacks such as fruits and nuts. If kids constantly ask for sweets, make them a healthy sweet. Fruits can be turned into smoothies and ice creams, which is a great way to actually get your child interested in healthy eating. There are many recipes online that feature this particular issue, so don’t forget to check these out. Basically, if you throw in a broccoli in a blender with strawberries and bananas, your child won’t really notice. But you can use their smoothie love to mention the ingredients and how tasty all of these can actually be if prepared properly. Let your child know that there are many possibilities.

Set an example

If you constantly eat junk and unhealthy food, you can’t expect your child to lead a healthy lifestyle either. You have to be their role model and show them how enjoyable it is to ditch bad habits. Make sure they brush their teeth regularly. Other thing that you could do is go for dental checkups together with your kids. According to a renowned dentist from Sydney, when kids actually see their parents interact with and respect the dentist, they will try to do the same. All you need to do is take the trouble to find a clinic that will be fun and amusing for your child. When they start trusting a dentist, kids will have one additional positive influence in their life telling them about the importance of healthy food and good habits.


Whenever you need to explain something to your kids and teach them a valuable lesson, it’s essential that you keep your cool and stay caring and calm above else. Children who are quick to throw a tantrum will not react well if you approach them angrily and clearly irritated. Therefore, patience and love are the key if you want to complete all the steps to teaching your child how to behave and eat well.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

MamaEarth - Safe Skin Care Products for Babies - Review

As a parent of a baby or toddler, we're always looking for the best of the products for our li'l ones. Now when I say best, that does not necessarily mean buying very expensive clothes or toys, but start with the most prime need of all - Skin Care.

When they're exposed to the harsh environment after the protection they get inside the womb, baby skin needs a lot of care and protection. And if the baby has sensitive skin, prone to rashes or boils - the care that needs to be taken is a lot more.


I received a really smart baby bag in my mail one day which had 4 products by MamaEarth in it - A mosquito repellant, body lotion, baby shampoo and baby oil: All in identical looking packaging of either pump bottles or squeeze bottles. I love the name MamaEarth itself, to start with, and was excited to try these products for my li'l one.


1. Moisturizing daily lotion for babies  - contains shea butter and jojoba oil

The lotion is like any other lotion in texture and application - but it does not have any fragrance to it which says a lot about it being all about natural ingredients like Shea Butter, Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil. It's priced at Rs.299 for a 200ml bottle.

2. Gentle cleansing shampoo for babies Tear free, with Coconut based cleansers

This one also is a squeeze out bottle like the lotion, and has a very mild coconut fragrance if you really go to smell it. It is gentle on baby's eyes and lathers and cleans the scalp well. It's priced at Rs.299 for a 200ml bottle too.

3. Natural insect repellent - with citronella, lemon and eucalyptus oil

It's nice to know how there are people out there who really care for getting natural products as far as possible. Godrej Goodknight also recently launched a natural insect repellent roll-on, and MamaEarth's insect repellent has similar ingredients and is DEET free. This comes in a pump-out bottle and a strong frangrance of cintronella and eucalpytus. This is priced at Rs.299 for 100ml.

4. Soothing massage oil for babieswith sesame, almond and jojoba oil

This, for some reason is my favourite product of the 4. I love the combination of sesame, almond and jojoba oil together and this one even has a pleasant fragrance. It's priced at Rs.299 for 100ml bottle.


Overall, I am glad to have tried these products and feel so happy that a set of parents out there wanted the safest products not only for their munchkin, but for all the kiddos out there. I personally felt that the packaging could be better - the pump bottles are not very smooth and the other one did not close very nicely so that could be bit of an issue if you were travelling with the products.


I really love how they've described their products etc on their website - So much love and thought put towards it all - do check their website out. They have a couple of more products under their umbrella - Sunscreen for babies (Now isn't that cool, I can't think of any other brand I have used who have a sunscreen for babies), diaper rash cream and deeply nourishing body-wash.

Their products are available on Amazon and FirstCry.


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Himalaya for Moms - Review

When you give birth to your new-born baby, everyone around you is elated and your family is over-joyed at the new addition to the family. There will soon be gifts showered on the li’l one, and lots of ceremonies and festivities follow.

One sad truth though is, though the mom-to-be gets a lot of special care and pampering when pregnant, once the child has come into the world, all the focus is shifted there and no one asks about the new mom, which by itself is a rebirth, if you have to ask me.

I still remember when I had my kiddo, anyone who came to visit never asked about my c-section and how I was doing (except for my close, loved ones ofcourse). And then one day, my ‘work-family’ sent a gift home, which was a skin-care hamper for me. I was touched by the gesture, that someone did think about me.

And that is exactly what Himalaya has recently done, thought about the new-moms and launched the ‘Himalaya FOR MOMS’ range of products. Now that they have, it’s surprising how come none of the famous baby-care brands in India did this till now.


The range consists of:

BODY CARE

Tones and firms skin. Relieves stress and pain.
When you’re a new mom, the ‘maalish wali bai’ will do a daily massage both for your baby and you. Massage helps in recovering from the delivery, helps the sagging body that has seen so many changes in the past few months become supple and relaxes a ever-stressed new mom.

What Himalaya FOR MOMS Toning Massage Oil Does?
A daily massage with Himalaya FOR MOMS Toning Massage Oil helps in strengthening and tone the skin. The soothing Lavender aroma moderates your mood, stimulates your senses and leaves you rejuvenated and relaxed.
Key Ingredients:

Sesame Oil
is considered the most superior oil in Ayurveda for its skin firming properties. It moisturizes and soothes the skin, thus preventing it from dryness and infections. Its natural Vitamin E content is an emollient and antioxidant.

Country Mallow
also known as Bala, helps to improve muscle and joint strength.

Winter Cherry
soothes and calms the skin and reduces stress with its rejuvenating and skin-conditioning properties.

Aloe Vera
heals wounds and soothes the skin.

Pack Size:
200ml and 500ml.


Intensely moisturizes. Deeply nourishes.
I remember the skin, especially around the abdomen area, because of shrinking, would itch a lot. And also the wrath of the stretch marks. Hence, it is very important to keep it hydrated and moisturized. I love the three different fragrances that the Himalaya FOR MOMS body butter comes in, making it soothing and giving you and your baby both a great feeling!

Why Body Butter?
The skin, after expanding and shrinking during and after pregnancy, tends to get dry and itchy. Body butters have soothing and moisturizing elements which are effective in relieving itching. Body butters which contain soothing and healing fragrances are especially effective in helping de-stress too!

What Himalaya FOR MOMS Soothing Body Butter Does?
Himalaya FOR MOMS Soothing Body Butter is a daily-use cream that intensively moisturizes and nourishes your skin, making it soft, supple and glowing. Cocoa Butter soothes dry, irritated skin, and Glycerin keeps skin hydrated for a longer time. Himalaya FOR MOMS Soothing Body Butter contains Vitamin E which protects the skin from damage and irritation and comes in the three calming fragrances of Lavender, Rose and Jasmine.

Key Ingredients:

Cocoa Butter
is a natural antioxidant which soothes, hydrates, and balances the skin.

Glycerin
is a humectant that locks in moisture and keeps skin hydrated for longer.

Pack Size:
Himalaya FOR MOMS Soothing Body Butter comes in three delectable fragrances:

   Calming fragrance of Lavender
   Rejuvenating fragrance of Jasmine
   Uplifting fragrance of Rose
Available in 50ml, 100ml and 200ml packs.

Directions for Use:
Apply Himalaya FOR MOMS Soothing Body Butter Cream all over the body gently massaging it in. For best results, use this cream twice daily.


Effectively heals rashes. Relieves itching.
When I put on all the pregnancy weight, rashes between my thighs became very common and it’s very uncomfortable, I remember using my baby’s anti-rash cream on myself so many times. So an anti-rash cream for the mommy is a good addition to the range too.

Why do Rashes Occur?
Rashes can occur due to sweat, rubbing together of folded skin, or irritation caused by normal skin germs. The deeper the folds are, the more likely the chances of a rash. The most prone areas are between and under the breast, under the stomach, in the arm pits and between the thighs.

What Himalaya FOR MOMS Anti-Rash Cream Does?
Himalaya FOR MOMS Anti-Rash Cream is an herbal formulation that effectively reduces itching and rashes, and gently soothes the skin. It is very useful in relieving rashes during pregnancy, as well as other dermal cuts and scratches which cause minor itching. The comforting Lavender aroma will not only calm the rash but also distract your mind from the irritation.

Key Ingredients:

Yashad Bhasma
is known to lock in moisture and have antiseptic and astringent properties. It is helpful in treating eczema, itching and other skin disorders.

Aloe Vera
helps to heal wounds and soothe skin.

Almond Oil
which is rich in Vitamins A, B and E, is easily absorbed, and helps to maintain skin moisture. It is known to nourish the skin and make it soft and supple.

Manjishtha
has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and is known to provide blemish-free, clear skin.

Pack Size:
20g and 50g.
Directions for Use:
Apply Himalaya FOR MOMS Anti-Rash Cream gently on rashes and affected areas. For best results, use twice daily.

NURSING CARE

Soothe, heal and protect dry, cracked, and sore nipples.

You will understand the pain & discomfort of this, only if you’ve been a new mom. Enough said.

Why do nipples get dry and sore?
Nipple care is usually done the traditional way. A cloth dipped in warm water is used to wipe away excess milk and saliva. Sometimes, harsh soap is used to clean nipples. Enzymes from baby's saliva, water or even soap residue can remove moisture from sensitive nipple skin, thus making it sore and cracked.

What Himalaya FOR MOMS Nipple Care Butter Does?
Himalaya FOR MOMS Nipple Care Butter is an herbal formulation with the goodness of natural oils. Ideal for both expecting and lactating mothers, it helps prepare nipples for effective nursing and also helps in the prevention and management of sore and cracked nipples.

Key Ingredients:

Kokum Butter
is used for ulcerations, fissured lips, chapped skin and skin disorders. It exhibits excellent emollient properties and deeply moisturizes and promotes healthy, supple skin.

Virgin Coconut Oil
has cooling properties and helps in strengthening muscle and tissue. It has antibacterial, antiseptic and cleansing properties. The natural Vitamin E present in Virgin Coconut Oil promotes healthy skin, and helps in smoothening and protecting skin from cracks and fissures.

Pack Size:
20g and 50g.

Directions for Use:
Apply Himalaya FOR MOMS Nipple Care Butter to the nipple and areola and massage gently, or as directed by your physician.
Safe during nursing, however it is advisable to clean nipples before breastfeeding.