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How I weaned my 3 year old

It’s over!!

A late post- Late because for many days I wasn’t sure if it was over.

I thought I would give in and like always we’d start all over again; but it didn’t happen. He kept coming back to me, pleading, asking if I was okay and if I could offer him his favourite aadudu( his word for breast/breastmilk)

It broke my heart each time, but I denied because it was getting tough for me to continue our breastfeeding journey, tougher than it was to control myself from starting again, giving in to those yearning eyes.
29th January 2019 was the last day he nursed, Just when he completed 34 months of breastfeeding.

I started conditioning him long back (can’t recall) but it’s been many months. He would talk to aadudu, sing songs and say things like “I’m so happy to see aadudu”, “ye mera aadudu hai”, “I love you aadudu”.

I asked him that soon aadudu will stop as he was growing up and that he must thank aadudu for nurturing him, for making him a strong and big boy from a tiny, feeble baby that he was. He would say “aadudu thank You, aapne mujhe chhotu baby se big boy banaya”. On asking “baby when will you stop having aadudu”? He would promptly reply- “Tomorrow”, a tomorrow that never came! A tomorrow that came months later!
I have a heavy heart as I write this, but I know I did my best.

We ‘ve come a long way and we loved our nursing sessions, despite the occasional bouts of frustrations because sometimes you feel that that’s the only thing you do through the day, sometimes the back does ache from being in a certain position for long.
Weaning needs a lot of strength and determination and that is why it took me so long. I just did not have the heart to do it. With cracked nipples and toddler reaching 3, I realised that it was the best time to do it. 

Sharing my weaning journey and few tips for moms who are nursing older toddlers or older kids.

How I weaned my 34 months old child from breastmilk?

There is nothing that will help as much as talking to your child will. At almost 3 yrs I could easily to talk things out to him, he however had difficulty falling asleep without nursing.

He knew he was a big boy with teeth, a big boy who could chew on to yummy food and didn’t need breastmilk, but somehow wasn’t ready. Finally I resorted to putting band-aid on my sore nipples and told him I was hurt.

This continued for weeks and he stopped asking for it. Some stories, lots of cuddles helped us get through this phase. 

Weaning is easier with spouse and family support. 
Here are a few things you can do to make it easy for you and your child.
 
Distract- When you know your child is going to ask for it, just distract. For example, it is her naptime and you know she needs it for her naps; distract by reading a story/ singing to her and rock her to sleep. I know of some parents, who would take their child on drives and make him fall  asleep in the car. some took for stroller rides, some carried their kids in the Carrier and made them sleep. 
 
Once the day feeds have reduced, it is not so difficult to distract them.
Take a break -I know of someone who took a 4 days break and traveled with friends only so that her son could get off the breasts. 
 
Ask your husband or other family member to help-
Spouse can be the best support. Let him take over the bed time duties till the child has weaned. 
 
You can start some new bedtime rituals while you are still nursing so that your bub feels normal and the transition is smooth. 
 
few things to ensure-
 
See that the change is gradual, to help both -You and the baby. Your breasts should have reduced the supply when you plan to completely stop nursing. You don’t want to end up with plugged painful ducts. If you face engorgement use heating pads to comfort yourself. 
 
Take it slow and easy. 
 

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Homeopathy for Children

For most people Homeopathy is a mystery and new parents who are already worried about their kids frequently falling sick are afraid to try something that is not well tried or popular, parents have reservations when it comes to giving frequent allopathic medicines to their little ones, but they give in as that’s the only resort for them .

Here in this article, we talk to Dr. Sonia, a Homeopath and also a mom to a 3 year old. Dr. Sonia talks about Homeopathy and how it works for kids.

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The “Firsts” of Motherhood

It was for months we waited for the second pink line that marks so many firsts, and when it happened we were jumping with joy.

The memory of the day I first saw that faint second line is vivid in my mind and like other first-time moms I too have saved the kit for keepsakes. Nervous and excited I went to the doctor’s clinic, and from there began a series of joyful memories.

Motherhood opens the gateway to many unforgettable firsts; time flies in the blink of an eye and in wonder we look for the tiny squish that we held in our arms the very first day.

Want to know what I said when I first saw him?

“Ohh my God- he has so much hair”. Well, I was groggy from the induced pain, several hours of labour and was too exhausted to feel any emotions and those were the exact words I said, because he actually was a very hairy baby. It looks like yesterday that he was put on my chest for the first feed and how like a pro he suckled.

From the colostrum to the meconium (first baby poop), from the first bath to massage to the very first outing everything is fondly etched in our memories.

The products that we carefully selected for our to be born baby were well researched, we got the best we could. One of the things that I did not have then was Mother Sparsh Water-wipes. Sometimes the rashes on the delicate baby skin can get worse with the highly fragranced wipes we use, but being Water based the Mother Sparsh wipes are pure and do no harm. They give you convenience of cleaning without having to prepare cloth and sterilised water solution. Another good thing about these is that they are bio-degradable unlike most of the wipes available in the market. I recently happened to try these water wipes and I love how soft they feel. You can check the detailed product review here.

No matter how much you prepare, you can never be prepared enough for motherhood, I clearly recall the first time we took our son to the doctor and how complicated holding a baby looked to me. I was uncomfortable, but as he has grown, so have I as a parent.

Out of all his firsts, his words have been the most precious ones, and I have compiled his first words in this blog post.

The first movements in the womb to the milestones in first two years, to going to school is all so precious.

Sharing here some lines that I wrote for my son on his second birthday-

” You are a part of me yet you are not me,

You came through me yet you will carve your own destiny.

 Not too long before, you were me;

we were one, our hearts beat together creating a beautiful symphony.

 You are a part of me, but no, you are not me.

You are “YOU” a little boy, trying to learn, explore and understand the world around. when you crack a joke and laugh (you just turned 2), I know you are going to keep me laughing all through!

You have a style of your own, but like your dad you want things perfectly done.

When you wave at people, smile and extend your hand, I know you are growing up as a friendly being, and then there are times you hide behind me telling me that you are still my little boy.

 When you demand for a certain song to be played and dance to its tunes or run to see an aeroplane or a Truck, I see you grow as a discerning individual, in love with sounds, music and everything fun, but then the pressure-cooker whistles and you run to me for a hug ( saying mumma hug, mumma hug) telling me you are still my little boy, still afraid of the noises too loud.

Let me hug you a little longer, let me kiss you one more time, for sooner than I know my child, you’ll be all set to take on the world!!

 From cradle and rocker to gyro-swing-car and the four wheel rides to moving to his first tri-cycle, the transition talks a lot about our lives in this fast forward mode. I am sure all parents would agree on this.

Hold them, hug them and give them the best you can.

This post is sponsored by Mother Sparsh India’s First water- wipes. #firsttimemom #firsttimewaterwipes

“First time experience with first-time water wipes. “

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2 minutes Healthy and refreshing drinks for kids

Here I have put together 2 minutes Healthy and refreshing drinks for kids.

Summers bring forth fond memories of school break, vacation to the hometown, the idle hot afternoons and waiting for the evening snacks and drinks by mom. What to do when “You” are that mom, who the kids wait for to prepare scrumptious dishes??

I often call my mom to check for my favourite recipes of her. I can never match up to her level of cooking, however I do often try her recipes.

I have put here a few summer drink recipes, aampanna (from my mom’s notes) is my favourite out of these.

 

1.Plum and pear smoothie
Take a plum and a pear cut it into small pieces and put it in your blender. Add 1 cup of yogurt and blend to a smooth consistency. You may add date syrup if it lacks desired sweetness and you have a healthy between the meals drink ready for your child.

2.Aam panna

Summers are incomplete without this king of fruits! Enjoyed ripe as it is or as mango juice/smoothie and raw in Indian chaats, pickles and in Aam-panna. Here I have a simple no sugar Aam-panna recipe.

Take 2 raw mangoes, pressure cook them in a 2ltr cooker (2-3 whistles) let it cool. Separate peel from the pulp.Blend the pulp with 3 table spoons of jaggery, 1 teaspoon of roasted jeera (cumin) powder and 1 tea spoon of kala namak. You can also blend in some mint leaves. Other things that can be added to enhance the flavour are chat Masala and black pepper powder.

Add 1 cup water and refrigerate. You can use 1 portion of this aampanna with water just when you need to serve. It is a refreshing summer drink.

  1. Watermelon n Lime juice – My son’s favourite and mine too because it gets ready in a jiffy! 1 cup of cut watermelon, 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, few pinches of kala namak (a type of pungent rock salt used in Asia). Blend these in your blender and you are done. You can strain the juice, I don’t strain it as we love the small fruit chunks.

 

  1. Banana and oats smoothie

This simple 2 minutes recipe is not only easy and quick, but also full of energy and nutrition.

Take 1/3rd cup oats, 1cup milk, 1/2 cup yogurt , 1 banana, 1 Tbsp roasted flaxseed, for flavour you can add a teaspoon of cinnamon powder or elaichi (cardamom) powder.

Blend all of the above ingredients and serve. You could create variants of this recipe by changing the fruits as per your little one’s preference.

Hope you liked these simple and easy ideas as much as I liked bringing them to you; now hoping that your little one too relishes these tasty drinks.

Please try and share your feedback here! 🙂

This Blogpost is a part of #Baby_Toddlerfoodblogtrain hosted by Deepali of myteenytot Anisha of momzdiary and Danisha of lovethatyoucanbuy.

40 Mom bloggers from all across the globe have come together with some amazing baby/toddler food ideas just for you, hop on to this blogtrain and create magic in your kitchen! Also, do not forget to check this wonderful mom who introduced me in this train- Upasana, mom to Maithili who blogs about her experiences at momandmaithili.

Next momma in this blogtrain is Monalisha, sharing about motherhood and her life at monalishadotme.

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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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