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.