‘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!!
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.
Drinking Detox water is one of the most popular method to aid in for weight loss. Not only drinking detox water helps you with easiest way to lose weight, it also tastes delicious and helps flush out toxins from your body.
Drinking water is one of the easiest things one can opt for fast weight loss and better health. It has no calories, keeps you feeling full and even raises your metabolism.
What Is Detox Water?
Detox water is any infused water that helps you detox i.e. flush your system of toxins and hence improves your health. There can be unlimited recipes to Detox water. Some of the recipes have beneficial ingredients which help your body in some ways (like boost metabolism), but the main beneficial ingredient is water.
Why Detox Water?
Drinking water not only quenches your thirst but also aid in improving your metabolism. But drinking water can be so boring at times. and then comes Detox water to rescue, We can make drinking water fun with some fruits or herbs infused in it. It will not only add high nutrient value but will also add an interesting taste which makes you consume more water. Moreover, by drinking Detox water, you are pumping your body full of vitamins and nutrients that will make you healthier, more beautiful and increase your energy. well isn’t that we all look forward to. Lose weight, look better if not beautiful and have energy throughout the day.
Special Tip: Detox water is great way to keep vacation time weight gain in check. Always bring along some detox water along and keep sipping throughout. A convenient and stylish way to carry Detox Water would be with a Fruit Infuser Water Bottle which you can refill repeatedly and enjoy flavours of your favourite fruits or herbs infused into the water.
While I am outdoors or indoors, I love to drink my detox water from my multipurpose Instacuppa fruit infuser bottle, this is not only stylish but very convenient to use. It is well designed with a full length Anti-Slip grip the infuser basket inside giving it more volume to hold lots of fruits. There is a rubber grip on one side & moulded thumb grip on opposite side which also ensures a secure grip. Even tiniest of details are taken care while designing it, like a large finger loop making it easier to carry, push button to open the lid with even one hand. This is available on Instacuppa store website and Amazon too.
When at home, you may also use Instacuppa Fruit Infuser Pitcher. This is an easy flow pitcher with soft mesh and makes it idles for Cold coffee brews, Iced tea brews, Fruit Infused brews. We at times use it for making Green tea and it looks so stylish to serve in this cute pitcher. This is available on Instacuppa store website and Amazontoo.
How to Make Detox Water
For every detox water recipe below, the preparation steps are pretty much the same:
Drop ingredients in the bottom of a pitcher or fruit infuser bottle.
Add some ice about 1/2 way through then top it up with plain water. You may also keep it in the fridge for an hour before serving.
You can refill the infuser bottle 2-3 times before it begins to lose flavor.
Simply Detox Water is an easy and delicious way to add more water to your daily intake. By drinking more water you can control hunger and cravings. Making it easier to stick to your diet!
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.”
The Soul Slings Onbuhimo is primarily used as a back carrier, but can be worn as front carry as well. This unique, and convenient, style of carrier originated in Japan and is made without a waist belt! It is lightweight, breathable, and very portable can be easily folder and carried in into your bag for a day out.
The trick with an onbuhimo, as with any buckle carrier, is finding your sweet spot. Where to tighten, so it feels most comfortable. As there is no waist strap on this carrier, all the weight is on your shoulders, and the most common complaint is ‘sore shoulders’. However, this carrier is designed to be worn a lot higher tha a carrier with a waistband, and having it too low seems to be the most common issue. And it’s easy to fix. Get it higher.
The easiest way to do this is to put your hand under your child’s bum, lift them up, then tighten the slack. For me, when I first started wearing it, I had it too low , and yes, after about 15 minutes or so my shoulders were sore and I wanted my full buckle. But I played around with the height, and found that, for me, getting Tuggu’s shoulders higher than mine is the key.
Perks of being a Soul Sling’s Soul Mate, I got chance to try all kind of carriers. Some of them we loved at the first trial, for others I think I still need a lot of practise. Though I love baby wearing and different styles of wearing a baby up close give me so much positive high but there was something which resisted me to try back carry. I have always carried T in front or the hip. And hence it was only Onbuhimo which I had never tried as it is meant for high back carry.
So when Soul had a Sale going on last fortnight, I thought why not buy One. So I gifted us this Soul Onbuhimo. And for the past two weeks, this is the only one carrier that me and T have been using, which is a big statement considering we own multiple carriers. And so, I thought it was about time I write a review.
So, What is Onbuhimo?
The Onbuhimo is a style of baby carrier that originates from Japan. It is a waistless buckle carrier with Perfect Fit Adjusters (PFAs) at the top of the shoulder straps. The term “onbu” actually translates to “back carry”. Hence, it is recommended for children who have sufficient torso control to support their heads and sit up independently. The big feature that sets the onbuhimo apart from other buckle carriers is as I said that there is NO waist strap attached to it! It is as simple as wearing a bag pack just ensure the baby get a good seat. So, it makes a perfect for pregnant women or a new mom who is still healing from her delivery, or anyone who just dislikes the feel of a waistband on their belly.
Oh, so you find it easy now, but still cant pronounce it? It’s really not that hard either. It is pronounced as “ On-boo-he-mor”
The Soul Slings Onbuhimo is primarily used as a back carrier, but can be worn as front carry as well. This unique, and convenient, style of carrier originated in Japan and is made without a waist belt! It is lightweight, breathable, and very portable can be easily folder and carried in into your bag for a day out. The baby’s legs go through the bottom of the straps (with thigh padding) and then you form a seat by tucking up the bottom of the panel between yourself and baby.
An Onbuhimo is best suited to “arms out” carries, and the Soul Onbuhimo will work from the time baby is self-sitting and 7 kgs, right into toddler-hood with a max weight of 18 kgs. It’s quite adjustable and is a popular choice for caregivers of any size and shape.
Features of Onbuhimo
Fits 7-18kg approx
Suitable for front and back carries but primarily used as an arms-out, back carrier
Adjustable Hood for protection from sun and wind and to offer support while sleeping
Back/ chest strap with firm, supportive padding for optimum weight distribution
Elastic Loops to roll up and secure excess straps
Sturdy clips and fixtures and ample padding on the shoulder straps
Perfect Fit Adjusters (PFA’s) easily adjust the straps before and after the shoulder padding to each individual caregiver’s needs
Soft Body panel, with leg padding, provides a snug and airy fit with a supportive, wide seat.
Apart from the price difference with respect to other buckle carriers, what I really enjoy about Soul’s onbuhimo is:
Great padding- Good Padding support on both the shoulders and the bottom. The support at shoulders is super important when you are wearing a toddler in a carrier that only has shoulder straps, also the padding at bottom supports your baby’s leg while he sit.
The generous panel size- both in height and width. My just turned 18-month toddler fits it well and we still have room which will be great once he grows. Considering an onbuhimo is more suited as a toddler carrier, this is important as you will get a decent amount of use from it.
I will admit I am still an onbuhimo novice. I had always believed an onbuhimo was meant for an older toddler. One which can be used for quick up and downs, like the ring slings. I also believed it was only used for back carrying but recently I saw a lot of moms wearing their babies in front in an onbuhimo. Yes we can front carry but without waist band support a longer wear in front carry can be uncomfortable. But for quick and easy ups and down it is so much better than the full buckles.
When is the right time to start using Onbuhimo?
Well it is supposed to be used when your baby has a sufficient torso control to support their heads and sit up independently and has a height of atleast 80 cm. You may start wearing your kid in onbuhimo once he can sit independently or wait till your toddler starts walking. The choice is completely yours and should be based on how comfortable you or your baby are while back carrying.
I took a lot of time to mentally prepare myself and wear T on my back, as I always loved him in front carry which comes along extra hugs and kisses 😊 but while I gifted Ourselves this carrier on his one and half year birthday, I now regret trying it earlier.