And my Baby sleeps peacefully again!!

‘Sleeping’ and ‘Sleeping peacefully’ are two different things. While sleeping is considered essential for recharging our body, ‘Sleeping peacefully’ recharges our mind. And all this ‘gyan’ falls true for all of us adults and even for our cute little kids.

Have you ever noticed that the morning when you get up without a proper, good night’s sleep, you tend to feel exhausted, lethargic, and less interested in activities around? But since we are adults, we can cope up with these. Imagine what happens to infants and young kids, these tiny souls are not even able to express their discomfort.

Something like this happened with us too.

Last week, my little one was under the weather with a bad nasal congestion. He showed no interest in playing along with his favourite trucks and was cranky all the time. Moreover, he did not take his feed properly, or I must say, wasn’t interested in eating at all, and hence, wasn’t able to sleep well at night due to all the discomfort. Babies, being obligatory nose breathers, get even more restless due to a blocked nose. And the mother in me was worried due to all this, and anticipating the next day would be even more difficult with an irritable, exhausted, drowsy, clingy baby.

I could not see my ‘little me’ suffering like this. I am sure no Mom can; we have this different emotional bond you know!

Every moment of his pain and suffering was even more painful to me. And every second of him being irritable due to the discomfort was adding more to mine.

And then one of my friend suggested to try nasal decongestant for a fast relief. So, I quickly consulted a doctor and went ahead and tried a nasal decongestant, like Nasivion Mini (Baby) Nose Drops. This is a nasal decongestant in an easy drop form, specially designed for babies’ little button-like nose. The active ingredient in this is in a lower concentration than for adults, making it suitable for babies. They have drops available in two strengths, for children it is Nasivion Pediatric (Child) Nose drops, 0.025% whereas Nasivion (Mini) Baby Nose Drops 0.01% for babies less than one year. So I was sure that won’t be ‘too much’ for my little one.

I quickly cleaned his nose, and in lying down posture, tilted his head backwards on my lap to ensure that the drops go inside the nose properly. Then squeezed the dropper and instilled 2 drops in each nostril with the inverted dropper which came along with it. It was suggested to use it 2-3 times a day. I could observe that T was a little better after the first dose and was able to breathe easily. #HappyNoseHappyMom

He played with me for some time, enjoyed his free play too with his cars and trucks.

And guess what? He even ate his ‘dal rice,’ 😊 didn’t finish it though. But still it was such a delightful sight watching him monkeying around. Play, jump, eat, poop- repeat until he was happily tired to snooze off for the day and that’s how my Baby slept peacefully again!!

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Well, that’s my story of the day, what’s yours? Do let me know in the comments below how you help your baby to sleep well.

Disclaimer: Please note that I am not an expert in this field, this is purely based on my experience and story. Do not consider this blog post as a replacement for a doctor’s consultation; it is not prescription of treatment for babies having blocked or stuffy nose. A Nasal Saline Solution, like Nasivion, is the first line of treatment as it is safe and can be used by anyone. But if the problem is aggravated, then after consulting the doctor, one can opt for Nasivion (Mini) Baby Nose Drops or Nasivion Pediatric (Child) Nose drops depending on the age of the child.

I love being a woman and would not want to change that !!!

My friend Sonia was raised in a typical Indian middle class orthodox family. She absolutely had no reason to love herself or love for self as a woman. Rather she had more reasons to hate being woman. From boobs to butts, shopping to shavings…everything seemed to be so annoying to her!!

While growing up she had some Rock solid things to add to her hatred such as inequality, abuse, objectification… But then, over the time, living everyday as a woman, she realized how women have been struggling past few decades to get the basic rights that they deserve. They are breaking through the barriers and rising to heights.

Like Sonia, there are many woman out there who have gone through a phase or may still going through a phase when womanhood has some odd memories or doesn’t gave them the happiness.  Although it might not always be enjoyable being a woman, every woman deserves to feel like one. So She decided to embrace the womanhood!!!

We should love the complicated yet diversified existence of women, which has so many parts to it, which we often don’t consider. Being a woman in itself is a multi-faceted opportunity. No one said being woman is easy but have myriads of reason to love yourself being a woman.

Here are few reasons why I chose to love the woman in me:

  • Women are emotionally intelligent

Research says, women always score more than men in almost every scale when it comes to emotional intelligence. It has been scientifically proved that women has an edge over men when it comes to have those skillsets for a happy and successful life. Have you ever noticed that we never tune out emotionally, and this helps us enormously when it comes to nurturing. And that is one of the reason we are given the power to nurture a life within us. We have the power to bring the life into the world, not just by giving birth but with our nurturing and caring nature that we express to people around us and the efforts that we put in.

  • We bleed

We bleed, that too every freaking month, sometimes even for a week. Every girl’s menstrual period is all about the pain, the discomfort, the pads and tampons and cups and what not, but somehow, I don’t see it as that much downer. Are you aware of the fact that most of the women tend to live more because of the iron expelled during her periods. Aren’t we the blessed ones, by Our mother nature with these unique feature. It tells alot about are health, our fertility, our famininity. It shows us how our body works. On a fun note, I use it to avoid perfectly ridiculous things and spare me the torture. 😉😉

  • We give birth

Do I even have to explain this? Giving birth is life altering pleasure of all. The greatest joy in the world. There’s no denying that it’s a hard and painful thing, but at the end it makes you feel incredible. It’s like gruelling a marathon, which literally took from you, your flesh and your blood. When your baby emerges from you and you see the tiny little ears and hairs and nose and eyes, you become stronger than before. All those tiny tickles and giggles would make you feel worthy. This power of woman  to create, to nurture and to heal is a part of our very being, providing us with unique abilities and position us as the centre of all the change and existence  around us. We keep the universe growing at it’s pace. Who else can do that? No one but only a woman!!

  • We breastfeed

If you are a mother you would know what I mean here! I would rather explain this on a personal level. Once, I was able to help a friend of mine who was hospitalized, by breastfeeding her infant. Yes, I was able to do that just because mother nature has nurtured me with this incredible power. Only and Only a woman ever has this ability to feed her baby. Only a mother can experience his heavenly feeling. This is so-so unique and so-so special that it makes me feel proud of being a woman.

  • Good listener and multitasker

I follow and believe that all women are born to multitask. My husband can’t hold the baby,  while drinking water or anything else for that matter. whereas I hold the baby while I cook, think, talk, work, clean, sometimes eat….at the same time!! Why women talk more because they listen more!!! We are wired that way!! Simple as that!

  • Clothes and clips

I meant it when I say it that I’ am envious of these suits. They usually ended up taking over our high heels. Fashion and beauty is a fun and creative form of self-expression, and if I was a man I might have missed out on it. Also, we are supposedly accepted to wear men’s clothing but can you do vice versa..nope!!! 😎😎

  • Multiple orgasms

Ahh…Okay.. so I don’t want to go into explaining complete details here but just one important thing.. women orgasm more. Woman can self please her whenever they want and however they want, and the best part is without anybody even realizing it. That’s the power of womanhood right!!! Can men  enjoy it multiple times? No, because that’s how  their bodies are made like. They need a  break known as “refractory period” to recover from one orgasm. But  we woman possesses the power to enjoy the multi-orgasmic double o’s or more, without any limitations. In case you haven’t discovered it yet, you know that you got the new purpose for life!!!

  • Boobs and butt

These most talked about boobs are not just a mere distraction for the men, but they have this power to lactate to feed our little ones. If that’s should not be called a miracle then what is? As a woman, I embrace and love my body with my curves, my sensibility, and my sensuality. We are, one of the most beautiful creatures on earth.  Without us the world would S.T.O.P..!!

  • We have something to fight for

  • We are from the vigorous clan to whom the whole movement by the name of feminism has been dedicated. We have fought our way to the success. We are fighters. We still have long way to go with the equality but being a part of a fight makes me feel important and empowered.
  • Being a part of the inspirational clan

I love being a woman, when I see women who broke the glass ceilings. We endure the pain and sometimes everyday can simply be more irritation. But here is the silver lining. These manifestation, battles and struggles have made us even stronger and smarter than before. Although as a women we have miles to go, we have come a long way together!!!

In a Nutshell, though we are soft but we are strong. We are beautiful, brave and this beauty is unique, so much so it can not be matched ever.

So, yes, I love being a woman, it make me powerful and would not want to change that !!!

Be it a Happy Mom or a mom trying to find Happiness, Being a Happy Woman is above all!!

 

Things that make me a happy mom

Few things in life always bring happiness but that happiness is incomplete if you don’t have someone to share it with. I have always been a happy introvert person all my life. Some called me shy, some name it lack of confidence and I too quite believed the same. But now when I go down the memory lane, I think I missed a lot of my childhood days busy doing things myself. Its not that I am regretting those days as I was never one or wanted to be one that we call a people’s person. I was happy (I still am ;)) happy when alone. But somehow when I see kids doing so many things and having fun, I wish I had those days back and I could change a little bit of me. Back then, if you give me a book, a laptop (it was a computer then) or some papers to draw and sketch, I could have lot in one of the room and found ways that kept me engrossed.Then with time things changed, priorities changed and I got blessed to hold this little munchkin #LittleTuggu and felt that everything stopped and its just me and him. Our days and night being together, doing things together gave me happiness. I wanted to re-live my childhood moments with my son and this time I wanted to make it big time… 🙂

This was my plan and I promised myself during my pregnancy that I would not let these moments let go. Things I wish I could have done then, I wanted to do now.

We all love our kiddos and wouldn’t trade them in for anything, but being a mom is HARD. It is rewarding sure, but also overwhelming and exhausting! Being a mom makes us happy, in theory, but sometimes it is hard to remember to be happy when we are in the midst of parenting.

Here is my Top Ten list of tiny moments out of my days that make me happy and help me to find the joy in parenting.

10. When the whole house is clean, preferably by my housekeeper every morning. This moment of bliss normally lasts about 10 minutes before the little throws up, spills, on the floor, .. But for that 10 minutes or so, I am very happy!

9. Similar to number one, the five minutes when ALL of the laundry is done!

8. When #LittleTuggu takes a good long nap and I realize I have atleast TWO to THREE hours to myself, in which to clean, workout, run errands, fold laundry, etc. But I get to do it ALONE!

7. That moment Papa P is home and T hasn’t slept , I am happy that my kid will get some more time with his dad and I can go around without a tail for sometime 🙂

6. When you go to a out for a walk and see so many kids there, shouting, jumping and you realize that your kid is not as bad as you thought…at least not at in public.

5. When I get T to eat all meals of a day without any spill or vomit, it feels like I have conquered the world and keep boosting about it for a day or too.

4. When I try to explain some thing important yet technical to T when he does something wrong and I can see his expressions change as if he understood but he would repeat the same mistake again and look me in the eye with that naughty smile!! that’s too frustrating yet funny. though it makes me out of my mind at times but still that smile takes it all.

3. When T gets all tired from the walks and monkeying around in the park and sleeps early that day. Those lucky days I also get to be in bed early, lay my legs straight and get in a deep thought and snooze the world. the feeling is beyond explanation. I am sure all new mons would relate to me here 😉

2. When I feel insane and shout at T or even shout at myself or cry at times and he comes running to me saying “mammaaa” and come give me a hug.. Do I need to say more….

1. When I hear T laugh. Like really laugh. A good, belly laugh. Sweetest sound I have ever heard or will ever hear in my lifetime. And these happens the most when I get to play around with him for the most of our time together. Those moments which are worry free to mob and clean -pee or poo and free from laundry of dozens of clothes which gets messed up along with it.

Yes I keep him in diapers, not the regular ones which have plastic contents and may give rashes. I keep him in CLOTH DIAPERS, during days and night too. These Cloth Diapers have goodness of cloth and absorption like disposables. We love our SuperBottoms Cover Diapers during day time and SuperBottoms All in One (AIO) diapers during night time or travelling. They are made up of High Quality super thirsty cotton and the outer layer is PUL, which is completely leak proof. .

These high quality Cloth Diapers are safe for baby’s gentle skin as its cloth which touches their bottoms and hence there is no chance of getting any rashes unlike form the disposable ones. To know more tips and tricks on how you may cloth diaper using bare minimum stash read my post on My Cloth Diaper Journey  and I have been frequently talking about how they added so much happiness to my motherhood .. Cloth Diapering is easy and no rocket science, you just need a right fit which you can easily learn from tutorial videos available on Superbottoms Website.

Our love for Superbottoms and how convenient they are on my Instagram, do follow Tuggu.n.mommy to know more

We all want to love and care for all possible things of our child but with so many things on mind (and hand too) it gets so difficult to manage all. But cloth Diapering my baby has sorted my life to a large extend. I am worry free for any rash and I am able to observe the tiniest of hues of my child and take care of it and not start running cleaning or worry thinking about the excessive laundry which I may have if using the traditional langots. Washing these cloth Diapers is also easy, just flush off the solids and rinse the diapers before putting them in washing machine along with other clothes.

And last but not the least, being able to understand and not adding more plastic  dump to landfills, which may take forever to decompose. That merry thought of giving back to my society and helping give a better (atleast I am  adding my share) environment to my child. That is something which make me a HAPPY HAAPY MOM 🙂

Finally I would like to conclude that to find a way to savour and appreciate all of your moments of happiness. It will make the rough ones easier to get through!

Till then, Take Care

Gunjan <3

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Health Benefits of Millets: A Superfood for kids

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Even though the Health benefits of Millets are well known, unfortunately our current staple food grains majorly comprise of wheat or rice that do not provide the much-needed nutrition for kids in their growing years. So, including different types of millets in every day meals is an easy way to add variety along with nutrients in your child’s diet.

Why Millets?

We all know our grandparents lived long healthy lives as they ate well-rounded meals and maintained a lifestyle that kept them active. In those days, the environment was cleaner and more green as well. Whereas today, we live a lifestyle with machines and gadgets to help us in our day to day activities. We are exposed to chemicals, pollution and tons of easy-to-order junk food. Though it might not be easy to change a lot of things, our eating habits are definitely something we can improve. Especially for kids, eating nutritious food is very important. Moreover, incorporating healthy eating habits at a young age carries benefits in the long term as well.

I always had this in mind when I started the process of weaning off my son. And to ensure wholesome nutrition, I gave him a variety of millet-based foods.

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What are Millets?

Millets are a superfood that has a long history of existence but somehow lost its importance due to lack of awareness. These are small-seeded grasses grown just like cereal crops. There are different types of millets available that are rich in proteins, fibre, iron, calcium, phosphorous and other essential minerals. While most of us assume that it is a single variety of grain (i.e. Bajra), but according to a report by the Indian Institute of Millet Research, there are over 500 varieties of millets within the main forms itself.

This Superfood Millet is broadly classified in two categories – Major millets and Minor Millets

Major Millets

These include Bajra (pearl millet) and Jowar (bajra).

I clearly remember those chilly winters when my grandmother used to feed us bajra rotis with homemade butter or ghee. We used to joke and call them ‘cement roti’ due to the colour and hard texture. However, jokes apart both Bajra and Jowar rotis are popular and consumed in most parts of the country in winters. Where Bajra is high in protein and energy content (around 5-6 times higher than wheat), Sorghum or Jowar has high unsaturated fats, anti-oxidants and is also rich in minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, calcium and iron.

Minor Millets

Ragi (finger millet), koda millet, Samwat (barnyard millet), Bhagar (little millet) and Kangani (foxtail millet) are all minor millets. There is a huge variety of Millets available that are so different from each other yet provide a host of nutrients for kids.

  • Ragi or Nachini (Finger Millet) is quite popular and well known for its high calcium and iron content. It makes a great first food for kids. I started feeding T, Ragi porridge for breakfast when he was 6 months old and it helped him a lot during teething. And now that he’s older, I make yummy ‘Whole wheat and Ragi ladoos’ for him. We recently also tried Slurrpfarm Millet cookies and he absolutely loved them too!
  • There is one more form of Millets known as Sanwat or Barnyard millet or “sama” that is also called ‘fasting rice’ in northern parts of the India. It looks like broken rice and is cooked in a similar manner as upma or rice during fasting season. It has the highest fibre and iron content of all millets. An important point to note is that it’s one of the easiest grains to digest. I made simple Sama Millet Khichdi and Sama Pulav with finely chopped seasonal vegetables for my son and he loved it. You may like to try out this Mixed grain millet khichdi.
  • Bhagar or little millet has the highest fat content compared to all other millets and a good amount of protein. It comes in the form of rice, semolina and even as flour that can be used as a base for dosa and idli batters as well.
  • Kangani or Foxtail millet has the highest mineral content amongst all types of millets. The protein available in them is not lost due to cooking and is considered even better than quinoa.

Each of these millets is nutritionally superior to our staple rice and wheat in terms of proteins, minerals and vitamins present in them. In addition, they are one of the most easily digestible and non-allergenic grains available today. Hence, they are the perfect nutritious value-add to your child’s diet.

Health Benefits of Millets for Kids:

  • Millets are very high in protein content and unlike quinoa, millets don’t lose protein while cooking. Hence, millets aid muscle growth and development in kids.
  • The smart carbohydrates in Millets has lots of fibre and very low simple sugars. Hence, they have relatively low glycaemic index and produce lower blood sugar levels than wheat or rice. Hence, Millets are highly recommended to prevent the risk of obesity in kids.
  • Millets are highly rich in fibre, which keeps the colon hydrated and helps prevent constipation in children.
  • Millets are also found to be rich in magnesium that is essential for proper neuro-muscular function of the body. It also helps in normal contraction of muscles and formation of bones and teeth.
  • Niacin (vitamin B3) present in Millet helps to lower the cholesterol levels which contributes to reduced risk of heart diseases in future.

Recipes With Millets for Kids

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SlurpFarm Millet Dosa

I used SlurrpFarm Millet dosa mix here to make these fluffy Millet dosas last weekend and it was a complete hit in my house. My fussy toddler finished it up and even the adults loved them. The one I used above, has 5 superfoods like Ragi, Red Rice, Oats, Suji and Urad Dal along with Beetroot. I loved the fact that it is made with no preservatives and no artificial flavours. So I am assured that I am feeding my son a healthy nutrition packed meal in that small plate served with love.

Easy Healthy Millets recipes

You can even easily replace staple rice or wheat in your daily cooking with these healthy grains. Here are some easy and healthy Millet recipes suggestions to try out:

  • Porridges or khichdi cooked with Millet and different fruit/vegetables (finely chopped or pureed depending upon your kids age and taste).
  • Upma with toasted Millet and cooked with some finely chopped seasonal vegetables.
  • Millet Halwa with jaggery or fruit purees.
  • Dosa, idlis or uttapas with batter made from Millet.
  • Biryani that I feel tastes best with Samvat grains .
  • Roti/Paratha with these healthy Millet and/or boiled vegetables.
  • Laddos or barfi using Millet instead of wheat or rice flours.
  • Millet or mixed grain khakras.

If you want to want to be a little adventurous, you may include Millets in baking as well. Try baking Millet cookies, breads, cakes or a brownies. There are endless possibilities to use this superfood Millet in your day to day cooking and add that extra nutrition in your child’s diet. I am sure they will happily slurrp it off the plate!


“This post is sponsored by SlurrpFarm and is meant to educate parents about the use and importance of millets for kids nutrition.”

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Healthy Millet Quinoa Dal Khichdi for kids

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For me, a Millet khichdi is one such comforting one pot meal that I would love to make anytime, or some lazy days when I don’t feel like cooking. Whether it is a simple Dal Khichdi, an easy peasy Masala Oats khichdi or a fasting special samvat khichdi, we just love them all. While I tried all basic khichdi’s for Tuggu, the one which got his taste bud right was Millet Quinoa Dal Khichdi.

Millets are highly nutritious for kids and a khichdi is a great meal having goodness of grains and vegetables. Moreover it is super easy for digestion. Do read more on Millets in my latest post here.

Millet Quinoa Dal Khichdi recipe for kids:

I have used Barnyard millet or little millet popularly known as samwat millet or fasting Rice ( you can used any other millet like Foxtail millet) along with carrots, onion, beans, peas, tomatoes and coriander leaves, you may use your favourites or any seasonal vegetables of your choice.

Ingredients

¼ cup Millet
¼ cup Quinoa
½ Cup Dal
2.5 cup water
½ cup finely chopped mixed vegetables
1 tsp Ghee/Clarified butter
½ tsp ginger garlic paste
½ tsp Cumin/Zeera
½ tsp Asafoetida/Hing
½ tsp turmeric powder/Haldi
¼ tsp – ½ tsp Mirch Powder
Salt as per taste

Method

  • Wash Dal, Quinoa and Millet in running water for couple of times. Soak them for 1 hour before cooking.
  • Heat a pressure cooker, Add some Ghee
  • Add Cumin and let it splutter and add asafoetida
  • Add in all finely chopped vegetable and sauté for a minute
  • Add the drained Dal, Quinoa and Millet in a colander and add to the sautéed vegetables and give them a nice stir.
  • Add water, mirch powder, Turmeric powder and salt
  • Pressure cook on a medium flame for 2-3 whistle. I prefer 3 whistles as it make it perfect mushy, just how my son like it
  • Add some ghee before serving.
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Millet Quinoa Dal khichdi

 

You may serve it with curd, papad and or pickle whatever suits your taste.

To make it look stylish, serve it with toatsted bread as sides.

Yummy!

 

 

 

I really hope you would like these recipes and I will sharing many more recipes soon.

This blog post is a part of #Baby/ToddlerFood blog train hosted by Anisha from momzdiary ,Danisha from Lovethatyoucanbuy and Deepali from myteenytot

We 40 Mom Bloggers are here with some amazing Baby & Toddler Food Ideas just for you. This is a month-long blog train. Follow the Baby/Toddler Food for some very healthy and yummy kid friendly recipes. I would like to thank Sanjivini  for inviting me to this blog train and please join Elina to know one more interesting healthy recipe for kids.

Read some easy healthy Millet recipes here.

Hope you like these. Do try and let me know in comments below

Take Care

Gunjan