Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Making of a Yes Mom. Courtesy: ActivKids Immuno Boosters by Cipla

A few weeks ago I saw a video that changed me as a mother. From a worried, almost border paranoid mom who kept saying No for going out in the evenings or having ice-creams and juices, I am making myself a #YesMom! Because, sometimes, our small No’s can have adverse effects on our kids for a long term. So here is how I got myself to become a YES mom:

1.     Don’t try to be a ‘Google-Doctor’
Thanks to easy internet access on our smartphones, we have this habit of searching for all the answers on our own rather than going to an expert. I used to keep searching for ‘How to build immunity in toddler’, ‘remedies for cold and cough in toddler’, ‘skin rashes in kids’ and what not. Even ask around on these parenting groups I am on – till I realized it’s wrong to over-worry. The internet will say that a cough could be a sign of serious illness or what not. Probably this massive amount of information makes us scared and we end up saying no our kids. My kid’s pediatrician said that till the age of 5 kids will fall ill with cold and cough, they’re building their immunity – let them be – don’t ask for antibiotics every time they sneeze.

2.     Don’t fall for rumours
Thousands of videos pop-up wherever you see – don’t eat noodles they’re not healthy, don’t eat vegetables they are artificial, don’t buy XYZ product it contains plastic – the list goes on. In the world of competition, marketing has become unethical and one brand will leak such information to defame another – who knows? As long as everything is being consumed in small portions and variety – it’s alright. Haven’t we grown up eating everything too?

3.     Don’t try to be the PERFECT MOM
We see other moms, all fit and pretty with smart and healthy babies – enjoying vacations or excelling in different fields. Remember, everyone portrays their very best on social media – no one will show the lows. So don’t compare yourself with other moms, each have their own personal strengths and weaknesses – but together by accepting that we’re all just trying to do our best. Don’t let other moms who say NO get to you, instead you can motivate them to become a #YesMOM!

4.     Don’t compare the kids
It is a competitive world, but every kid is different and special. One may be a fast learner while the other may be more interested in physical activities. We tend to compare our kids right from the minute they’re born – mine was of so many kilos, mine got his teeth fast, mine started walking so quick or mine was the first one to talk. This habit will only make the kids vulnerable, unconfident and anxious.

5.     Practice what you preach  
We tell our kids to drink 2 glasses of milk, ask yourself honestly – how many do you have a day? I barely manage to have 2 glasses of milk a week! We need to show them the right thing by doing so ourselves – eating green vegetables, not being on our phones all the time, engaging in some physical activity together, brushing twice a day and so on.


Simple, isn’t it? Actually simpler to say, but with determination and mindfulness, we can achieve being a Yes MOM! My son recently fell ill with pneumonia and that was a wake-up call for me that I cannot blame him or say no to him for playing or going out. Rather I need to go that extra mile to boost his immunity too – I have started making changes to his diet and to get some more help – I have introduced ActivKids Immuno Boosters by Cipla. Available for 4-6 years and 7+ years, they come in an air-tight container with 30 chocolate bites inside. I love the fact that each choco-bite is packed separately so that they don’t get spoilt, can be given in the school tiffin or when they go to play too. The best part is that it tastes quite yummy (I always taste whatever new I introduce to my kiddo) like any other chocolates do, so they have no idea that it’s not just a chocolate but a power-product that will help them fight germs better!

It’s too soon to say if I have seen any improvement in his immunity, but it is made by Cipla, so I am sure it’s the best there is. Read more about the product on their website and you can buy it online on Amazon too! 1 box of 30 choco-bites is for Rs.299/- meaning 10 bucks a day to build your kiddo’s immunity. The brand has also launched their TV ad. Check it out here. 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Winter tips for toddlers!

Winter is a season all of us love! The nip in the air, getting under warm blankets, sipping on hot chocolate and of course - Christmas! What’s not to love? But if you’re a parent, winter also means kids suffering from a cough and cold all the time, running behind these little monsters, trying to convince them to wear a sweater and put on socks. Here are some tips for your little ones to make their winters amazing -

1.           Explore the outdoors!
Winter is the best time to take that ever pending family vacation, or weekend getaway or at least a picnic. Make the most of those pending leaves and Christmas holidays and head over to a new place to  make some new memories together as a family! We just got back from a trip to Goa with our kiddo and it was great! Don’t forget to carry your child’s medicines and other essentials like a mosquito repellent. I find using Goodknight mosquito repellent Patches the best for vacations as you simply need to stick them on your kid’s outfit and you’re good to go for 8 hours! I used them on a daily basis during our trip.

2.           Moisturize, moisturize and moisturize… 

Even Mumbai winters can get dry and it’s even worse in the northern cities! If it makes our skin dry, rough and itchy, imagine how much worse it can get for your little ones! You can use whatever brand or product you are comfortable with, but make sure to apply it abundantly after having a bath and before sleeping. My personal regime is to apply coconut oil all over my kiddo after his bath, and a lotion before he sleeps at night.

3.           Immunity building and staying away from sickness –
Winter is the time when there will be many kids absent at school because they’re down with fever, cold or cough. It’s better to avoid sending them to school when they’re sick, instead of them spreading the virus amongst other kids. If your kid is falling ill frequently – it could be a sign of poor immunity. Talk to your doctor about the same and start including Chyawanprash, turmeric milk, etc. in their routine. Best to start early! Also, teach them to cough with their mouth covered and to wash their hands frequently.
A good mosquito repellent is also an absolute must. My personal favourite is the 100% natural Goodknight Fabric Roll-On since it is paediatrician certified and I can simply apply just 4 dots on my kid’s clothes regularly for complete protection!

4.           Yummy and healthy food - 
Winter is the best time when it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables – green peas, seasonal carrots, grapes and berries. Experiment with raw food recipes to introduce the winter delicacies to your kiddo as healthy alternatives to potatoes, biscuits, etc. There are many recipes available online. This is also the time to indulge in sesame and jaggery based sweets like til laddus, gajak, or bajra roti with jaggery and dal – whatever you can get your kid to try and like!

5.           Cute, adorable winter-wear -
Having a tough time covering your kids in full clothes? I face that trouble too so here’s what I do - I try to buy my son’s favourite cartoon printed apparels that he likes, rather than buying something that I like. For instance, he has an animal themed night suit that he absolutely loves and wears it happily! We play a little game where I point out and ask him to spot the different animals. This gets him interested and I don’t need to run behind him. But this was just night wear. There are many online websites that you can browse to purchase winter gear for your kids.
Winters get over in a jiffy, so make the most of this joyous time of the year and celebrate this wonderful life! Happy holidays everyone!