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How to Make your parenting journey an Eco-friendly one?

 

There is no greener packaging than no packaging           
 
No waste is less (even if its green/ biodegradable) than no waste
 
No trip is greener than the one we didn’t make. 
 
No product is greener than the one we didn’t buy.
 
– Anon

With babies comes whole lot of new stuff at home. As parents we want the best for our children, most of the things that we buy aren’t really needed but in pursuit of giving the best we amass the “unnecessary” at home.

I am not a zero waster yet, in fact I am very far from it, but I try to reduce my carbon footprints in every way I can.

Sharing a few things that you can follow to leave this earth a little better for your children; we have borrowed it from them, haven’t we?

 

  1. Accepting hand me downs- When a child is born we buy clothes that our child outgrows sooner than we can think of, sometimes without even having worn once. The best thing to do for kids would be accepting clothes from friends and relatives.
  2. Not buying things till the baby comes- wait for the baby to arrive and shop as you require. This can save you a lot of money. Most things which others consider essential may not be required for your baby. Each parent and child is different, so are their needs; for example we neither bought nor used – milk bottles, stroller, cots/ cribs, talcum powder, baby oils, special feeding accessories, does it make us bad parents? Well, we never felt any need of those.
  3. Switching to Cloth Diapers- I have been talking a lot about cloth diapers because I have extensively used those for my baby and I believe that they are the best alternative to disposable diapers. They can be used over and over and even passed on to other babies.
  4. Buying pre-loved – Do not hesitate to buy pre-loved clothes, toys & books. People sell stuff for many reasons. Buying expensive gears (if needed) like rockers, pram. Car seat, crib/ cradle, bottle warmer, cycles and more from pre-loved sites/groups. I bought a pre-loved high chair for my son and then further passed it on to a friend. This chair now has fed more than 4 kids of different families. Buying used stuff does not mean that you are buying substandard quality.
  5. Self-imposed shopping bans- Target no-shopping (except essentials) months and live up to it. Remember that meme about Great Indian sale – “If you shop you may save 50% but if delete the shopping apps you save 100%”

  6. Limit the toys or subscribe to toy Libraries- It is a good idea to get toys and books on rent or exchanging toys and books among friends. As parents we must also choose engaging open-ended toys over battery operated ones for our children.

  1. Eco-friendly celebrations- Birthday parties create a lot of mess, big gatherings of any sort for that matter lead to a lot of waste, you can help by either avoiding parties altogether else try to celebrate the eco-friendly way. Avoid gift wrap and unnecessary plastic covers, plastic and disposable stuff in birthday parties, give eco-friendly return gifts (if at all you have to give) using newspaper wrapping or cloth bags. Avoid cheap plastic toys because your aim is not to litter the other person’s house and environment, right? If you have to gift choose meaningful and useful toys/articles. 

My previous article talks about simple eco-friendly daily switches one can adopt to make a difference. 

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My First Children’s Book- “The Teeth Bugs And The Bunny”

The Teeth Bugs And The Bunny is a fun book to have your little ones brush their teeth.

Stories and books have always helped me in several ways. 

Little more than 2 years ago, I weaved a simple story for him to have him brush his teeth. That story is now a book that many kids adore.

It was such a joyful moment to see my son flipping through the pages of the book in awe, the story he had only been listening to was now in front of his eyes. Continue Reading

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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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Baby Skin Science – Why You Need To Use Face Cream On Your Baby

Face creams for babies? Admit it, it’s something you may have not heard of, neither did I, to be honest! It never struck my mind to use a special cream on my son’s face. I always figured the moisturizer I used on his body would do the job.

I mean, you just have to keep the skin hydrated right? Turns out, I couldn’t be more wrong! Just like us grown-ups, even a baby’s facial skin is more delicate as compared to that on the rest of the body. And hence, requires some extra gentle care. That’s why using a baby face cream is really crucial if you want to maintain the softness of those chubby cheeks. And also keep baby acne away!

However, buying the right baby face cream isn’t that easy. Upon my research for the perfect one, I found out that it’s not just the ingredients that matter but also the pH level of the cream. In fact, the pH level is very important as if that’s wrong, the cream won’t even be able to do its job! Continue Reading

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Baby colic – A quick guide to help your baby

 

baby Colic-A quick guide to get your baby out of it.

First few months as parents is the most overwhelming and tiring phase. While we try to understand and decode our mysterious baby, the dynamics change every day and just when you feel you have it all right, your baby will surprise you with something totally unexpected. One such thing that most parents come by is Baby Colic

I heard about Colic when I was pregnant and having a conversation with my sister-in law, she told me how most parents to colic babies dread it.

Babies cry for several reasons, like dirty diaper, sleep, hunger and overtiredness. While all the crying lasts for few minutes and is usually not so difficult to resolve, Colic is like a monster that attacks and leaves the baby crying for several hours.

What is Baby Colic-

Colic has a few typical characteristics which are-

a. Intense, inconsolable crying for no apparent reason.

b. The colic attacks at the same time every day, usually evening or late-night hours.

c. The baby clenches his/her fists and throws his legs constantly (my baby used to do all of this while arching his back)

d. Colic starts when the baby is just few weeks (4-6 weeks) and can last up to 3-4 months.

While the exact causes for Colic haven’t been established, the most common suspect for colic is abdominal pain due to indigestion as the digestive system of these tiny babies is still developing.

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What can you do about it?

As parents we try to do everything, we can to comfort our kids and more so as new parents to these tiny humans.

There are few things you can do to calm your baby down-

1. Change the place- Change of place acts as a distraction and may be helpful in calming your baby.

2. Step out of your house- If changing the room doesn’t help, you may look at stepping out into the fresh air. More often than not, this will help the baby soothe.

3. Play Music or white-noise- Play Clam, soft music, rhymes or white noise, see what works for your baby, parenthood after all is about trial and error. White noise worked for us.

4. Tummy-Time – Give enough supervised tummy time to your baby, this helps in easing out any gases and thus reduces chances of colic attack.

5. Abdominal Massage- Gently massaging the baby on abdomen, stroking downwards helps the baby calm down. You could also try to do it before the usual time of Colic attack.

6. Wear your baby- Baby wearing reduces the colic episodes, holding the baby close has several proven benefits for baby. If you do not prefer baby wearing, hold your baby close, cuddling too helps soothe the baby.

7. The cycling Exercise- make your baby lie down on his/her back, and move his legs in cycling motion, with mild pressure on the abdomen.

8. Burping the baby- Burping the baby after every feed helps reducing the chances of having a gassy baby and further of colic instances. If the baby is crying due to colic, you could still pat the back, holding him/her upright and help the baby burp.

9. Using Heeng (Asefoetida) paste- In India, use of heeng paste is ubiquitous in most households with babies. Gently massaging baby tummy with heeng paste helps soothing stomach ache and thus the baby stops crying.


We have used this heeng paste since my son’s early days. For me rushing to the kitchen to make the paste just when the bout of inconsolable crying struck my tiny baby was never an easy thing to do. So happy that Mother Sparsh www.mothersparsh.com has launched this tummy roll-on with the goodness of heeng, fennel and mint that help easing the tummy pain and indigestion related issues. Mother Sparsh has developed 100% Ayurvedic Tummy Roll On which is made up from the combination of 5 different Oils (Hing Oil, Pudina Oil, Sonth Oil, Saunf Oil and Sova Oil). This provides the babies and young kids relief from stomach discomforts caused due to gas, acidity and indigestion. Hing Oil possesses antiseptic and antibacterial properties that reduce acid reflux and constipation. Fennel oil (Saunf Oil) in this roll on helps alleviating stomach bloating. To add to all moms’ relief, this Roll-on is 100% Ayurvedic and is free from chemicals, preservatives, prepared in a traditional way to provide the maximum benefit that can be drawn from this unique mix of ingredients. Another good thing about this product is its packaging- ease of use that also adds to zero wastage without getting your hands smeared with the contents of the pack. The roll on could be bought at Amazon

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*this is a sponsored post, views however are based on my personal experience.

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