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How to select a playschool or Pre-school- Quick Guide For Parents


Why would you write a post on selecting a school, someone asked me. Well that someone has kids who are my age and that someone doesn’t know the challenges that we face. 

 

Being an army kid, my parents had to move cities every 2-3 years, which meant changing schools that often. Was it difficult? Well no, it was rather like a cake walk, easier for them than for me. Fewer schools, even fewer boards and our safest bet was a KV(Kendriya Vidyalaya) or an Army School. Things have changed drastically and choosing a school is as crucial and as confusing as making a career choice. 

 

Before move further, let us first know what exactly a play school is? A playschool as you may have guessed, is an informal set-up where a child learns through play. Pre-school is a term often interchangeably used with playschool. However, preschool is from 3 years to 5 years before a child starts his formal education at 6 years of age. A play school can start as early as 1.5years of age. 

 

Parents are flustered just by the thought of leaving their tiny baby in a play school or Pre-school, all by herself. They are confronted by many fears.  Here are a few things that you may look at before finalising a play school or a Pre-school for your child.

 

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Trending Baby names

“Call him Voldemort, Harry. Always use proper names for things. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”
– J.K. Rowling, HP
That’s the power of names!
Well, I have a few interesting stories about names. My husband’s name is Parul and in India Parul is a name for girls. My mother-in-law often narrated the story behind his name, how an influential friend visited them when he was born and suggested this name. It wasn’t until he went to school that they realized, there were many girls called Parul and he was the only boy with that name.
The first thing that I asked on meeting him for the first time was about his name. Anyway, now it doesn’t matter, only once in a while people call me Parul ma’am or Ms. Parul and I have to correct them, saying that I am Rashmi and Parul is my husbandIn todays virtual world impressions are created by name and pictures that one puts up on social media. A lot of the times our name becomes our first introduction, much before we have even had a real meeting. It is therefore necessary that we give much thought to the names that we choose for our kids. Also choosing wisely becomes important as the name that we give to our kids talks about us. I am sure one doesn’t want to appear frivolous or old fashioned by giving a meaningless or common name to their child.

I have a close friend called “Pupul”, in college she instantly became famous because of her cute sounding unique name, when rest of us had common names like Neha, Rashmi, Pallavi, Priyanka “a Pupul” did stand out! She totally despises her parents for that name, however, I have high regards for them for choosing such a different, meaningful name way back then.
Choosing the right name is mostly one of the most difficult and baffling tasks that confronts the new or to be parents. Esp. in countries like India where the gender remains a surprise till the end. Name is one thing that remains with you forever unless you hate your name so much that you decide to get it changed.
I had started looking for baby names and preparing a list just when I struck my 3rd trimester. However, it took my husband less than a few minutes to zero down on the name for our boy, because the exhaustive list that I had prepared for over 3 months had all baby girls’ names and only a few boy names which made our job easier.
Here I have compiled a list of baby names for boys and girls that I found new, unique and sweet sounding; well that’s my criteria for choosing a name. i have a list of trending names for boys and gi

Name for baby boys

A 
Aabaan- Angel
Aadhir- Moon
Aamil- Doer
Anamaya Name of lord shiva
Araditya/Arayadit noble conqueror
Arain — godly person
Anadya- lord Krishna
Ashkaan- A dynasty Persian King
Avyukt lord Krishna 
E
Eeshayu- Full of strength
Emad- Confidence
Erman-  Friend of God in Arabic
I
Idhant- Luminous
Ikshit- Desired
Ishaar- God
L
Lakshin- Auspicious
Lavit- Lord Shiva
Lohitaksh- lord Vishnu 
M
Mahin- Earth 
N
Naahush- An ancient King
Nehaan- Affectionate
Nihaansh- Beautiful
Nabhya- Lord Shiva
Nirmay- Without blemish
Nirek- Superior
Nevaan means holy 
O
Orion- Son of fire
P
Prayan- Supreme intelligent
Pranit- Modest
Pratyaksh- Ostensible/ Obvious
R
Rishaan – Lord Shiva
Rishit- The best
Rovin- Pleasure
Ridhaan- Searcher or seeker
Ruhaan- spiritual
S
Saadik- Trustworthy
Saahir- Wakeful
Saamedh- full of strength
Shaakyaa:- Buddhhaa 
Satvat:- Lord Krishna
T
Tarush- Plant/ tree
Trishaan- A king of Surya dynasty
V
Vyaan- Air
Y
Yoram- King (Hebrew)
Yrishi- Surprising
Yogine- Saint, another name for lord Hanuman
Yuvaan Youthful
Yashmit- Famous
Yushaan- Mountain
Z
Zane- Gift from God (Hebrew name)
Ziaan- Peace
Zehaan- Brightness
Here i have a list of trending na

Name for baby girls

A
Aaraa:lightAashika/aashiqa blessing/mercury/beloved
Araina/ Arahana- Peace/holy
Adhira- Moon
Aishani- Goddess Durga
Aikam- Unity/oneness
Aadrika Mountain
Aashvi- Victorious
Amaaraa-Immortal
Anouk:- Grace
Amishta- limitless/eternal
D
Divijaa- Born in heaven, heavenly
Deetya- Answer to prayers
Dwishaa- Direction or disha
Dhruti- Valiant/ motion/movement
E
Edhaa- Sacred
Ekishaa- One Goddess
J
Jiyana -Strength
Jenisha- Dispeller of ignorance
Jainaa- Good character 
K
Kamikaa- Desired
Karnikaa- Heart of lotus
Kavika- Poetess
Keemaya- Divine
Kenisha- Beautiful life
Keya- Flower
Kaashi- Holy city of Varanasi
Krishyaa- Krishna /Shiva
M
Mahiraa – Expert, skilful 
Miraya mira, Krishna’s devotee
Mihiraa- Feminine of Sun
Manyaa- Honourable
N
Nayasa Affable, new beginning
Nirvi — bliss
P
Pariha – A land of fairies
Paanvi- God, Festival
Parashvi- A touchstone that turns iron into gold
S
Sahiti- literature
Samrata – Wealthy, blessed
Sashmita- Ever smiling
Saraa- Pure
Saarya- Pious woman
Saanvi- Goddess Lakshmi
Sehaj -comfort
Sauraa celestial
Seerat- Innate nature/ Quality
Shaarvina Goddess durga
R
Reha — star in Arabic
Rheaa- a good hearted person
Ruhaani- Soulful
Rayaa- Flow
T
Teesta- A river
Thea:-light in Greek
Tvesha bright
Twishaa- Bright
Tushita- Satisfied
Tishyaa Auspicious fire
Trisha-Thirst
Twarita- Goddess Durga
V
Vaayaala- Time
Viyaa/Vihaa- Heaven
Varalika goddess durga
Z
Zeniaa- Welcoming
Zihvaah- God
Ziaah- Enlightened
Zuhaa- The morning star
While deciding a name we must also consider the pronunciation, an easy to pronounce name has less scope of being spoilt or tweaked by mispronunciation and fewer chances of being understood as something else.
In today’s world while we would like our child to have a name close to our roots we must also keep in mind that the child will grow up and go places, so the name that we give must be simple to understand by people of other nationalities too.

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“Annaprashan ” The first Food ceremony

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6 months passed by and it looked like a thing of yesterday when we were all excited yet nervous about the delivery, anxiously waiting each day if it will happen today; and after the birth, as the 6 months mark approached it hit me that my baby was about to move a little further from me, beginning the solid food journey. The selfish mother in me was a little sad, seeing time fly out of my hands, it was just 6 months and I could already imagine him 6, 16 and 26 years old an independent young boy!!



I consider myself blessed as my breastfeeding journey has been smooth ever since the first moment we were born (baby A and the mommy me) and baby was put on my breast. I have read and heard horrid breastfeeding stories and struggles of new moms. My heart goes out to all the mommies who have or are struggling with breast-feeding; and the only advice I have is to tell them to hang in there; you have come this far, it too shall pass. Just don’t give up and give in to the various suggestions of all the well-intentioned aunties, those who ask you to start solids sooner than 6 months and those who tell you that your supply isn’t enough (well-intentioned, well they sure are)

The first-food ceremony in many parts of India is called Annaprashan (feeding ceremony where “anna” meaning grains or food). We had a pooja at home that was followed by feeding the baby and then a ritual wherein we keep different articles like book, pen, currency notes, a bit of soil, knife etc on a tray. The baby is expected to touch one of these, and the first thing that the baby puts his hand on is symbolic of what his future will be. It’s a funny ritual that only adds amusement to the ceremony. A initially held the entire tray; today’s babies you see, they want it all. Later he picked up a book and a pen.

A day before A’s annaprashan, I prepared date syrup to be used in the kheer that we planned to feed him as his first food; I wanted to avoid sugar completely hence date syrup. The memory of annaprashan is not a pleasant one for me as it left A with an upset stomach for almost 3 weeks, and it totally sapped me off emotionally and physically. Apparently, A was fed a bit of sweet from the market and that’s what I suspect did trouble to his tiny immature system. Well it could also be because of those few drops of kheer or little water that was offered.

Kheer
The first food of our baby

Soon after he completed 6 months and got back to his normal healthy self, I started off with solids for him. Steamed and mashed apple being the first thing, followed by banana, moong dal khichdi, avocado and naachni/ragi porridge. 

In the first month of feeding (7th month) we followed 1 meal a day and increased one meal each month; by the time we were 10 months old we had 4-5 meals schedule which included 3 major meals and 2 snacks/fruits. 
Other dishes that were offered during first few months:-
1. Nachni/ragi pancakes (egg/ eggless both)
2. Oats idli
3. Moongdal cheela
4. Beetroot parantha
5. Homemade potato fries (for snacks)
6. Homemade sweet potato fries (for snacks)
7. Makhana/lotus seeds fried in ghee (for snacks)
8. Ragi porridge
9. Khichdi
10. Porridge from homemade cereal powder mix.
11. Oats porridge
12. Oats pancake
13. Steamed broccoli florets
14. Steamed beetroot
15. Sautéed paneer (cottage cheese)

As you go about feeding solids to the baby, remember to not reduce or stop the breastmilk or formula. Formula/breastmilk should ideally remain the primary source of nutrition till the baby is 1 year. Go slow and do not worry about how little the baby is consuming, keep a check on pee and poo and that the baby is active and happy; that’s all that matters.

Happy feeding and happy weaning

Click here to see things to keep in mind while starting solids

Also do let me know in comments, how the first-food ceremonies are held in your culture?

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Why choosing W-Pratiksha was a good decision? Hospital Review



W Pratiksha
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It’s one of the best hospitals that I have seen so far with extremely professional staff and breastfeeding friendly doctors, who will educate you as a new mom, eliminating fears and doubts regarding feeding and new born care.

I was sceptical when it came to choosing this hospital over many other super speciality hospitals in Gurgaon (Cradle, Fortis, cloud nine etc) as it was comparatively a new setup then (2016), however I went ahead with it and I’m happy that I chose it.

I also happened to attend the ‘one day prenatal workshop’ which was pretty informative.

Few most important highlights

  • The hospital is breastfeeding friendly; my baby was put on my chest few minutes after being born (he latched on like a pro https://www.facebook.com/images/emoji.php/v9/f4c/1/16/1f642.png🙂 )
  •   The neonatologist/ paediatricians/lactation consultant in the hospital kept reiterating the benefits of EBF (exclusive breast feeding) every time they came for visits
  •   We were informed of many myths and wrong practices related to new born baby care.

***Other Special highlights***

Planting a tree


  • The rooms are super cosy and comfortable with all amenities like that of a star category hotel.
  • The food too was good unlike many other hospitals
  • The hospital gave a cute birth certificate with our baby’s foot prints and other details. 
  •   A booklet with details of our baby and month wise baby care, milestone chart and growth chart was given on discharge.
  • The parents are made to plant a sapling in the name of their new born baby; pictures are clicked and sent to the parents.
  • Cake is cut by the new parents with their doctor.
  • The staff does not take any tip, not even when insisted upon. https://www.facebook.com/images/emoji.php/v9/f4c/1/16/1f642.png🙂
  •   Most importantly, the hospital bill is not too hard on your pocket/bank balance! All this priced pretty competitively with other good hospitals around.

Cake cutting at the hospital

My experience could have been bettered if they had the hospital well-staffed on Sunday(the day I got admitted); however all in all we left the hospital with our swaddled bundle of joys and a happy memory.

I would be soon writing a checklist for to-be parents on finalising a hospital for delivery.

Check here to know  what you need to pack for your delivery 🙂


Disclaimer: This is not a paid review.  I am in no way related to the management, nor am I employed with the hospital. It is solely based on my experience there in the year 2016. If you are looking for a hospital in Gurgaon for birthing I would certainly recommend W, however kindly do your checks and do not depend on this one review.