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From Junk Food to Healthy Food

Can you believe your money is making your kids unhealthy?

money gives us access to cleaner spaces, comfortable lifestyles and much more, but we get trapped in a vicious circle of choosing quick fixes and what can commonly be called consumerism and conspicuous consumption; as a result we consume food that is highly processed, sugar loaded, high in calorie and low in nutrition.

Processed food and fast food available in the restaurants contains lots of salt, sugar and saturated unhealthy fats. Regular consumption of such food can make us prone to many diseases.

Several studies in India have shown that the percentage of unhealthy and obese kids in middle and upper income group is way higher than in lower socio-economic group- the reason is quite obvious!

You don’t have to look at older kids (6-13yrs); I have seen parents offering *imported*( read expensive) packaged munchies to their 11-12 months old babies. We happily give fancy, packaged things that are marketed to us as healthy, tasty baby food, what we don’t realise is that it is the beginning of introducing your baby to the world of JUNK. Soon your baby will start fancying anything and everything that comes packed in plastic.

An article “hold your nuggets”  by Guardian talks about children and nutrition in the UK, but it holds equally true for India too.

Over the last 20 years, kids in India are seeing what kids in the UK went through 50 years back – consuming food that is designed for children like fries, chips, pizza, burgers and what not. Other food that does big damage is the packaged food that we start offering as early as few months is biscuits, cerelac, instant porridge mixes. Why would we let our kids/babies have things that even our mature body system fails to digest?

The best way is to start well.

To start your weaning journey on a positive note.

How to help your child establish a positive relationship with healthy food?

1. The key is to eat healthy as a family- Often the family itself thrives on JUNK and packaged food (we did too), we are now trying to make conscious changes after the birth of our child. When adults eat unhealthy it passes on to the kids as well.

2. Move to family meals for your baby as soon as you can- After ascertaining that your baby can sit on her own and has lost tongue thrust and is fine with the solid food that you have given in first 1 or 2 months of starting solids, you can move to less spicy family meals (mostly at around 8- 9 months of age) Moving to family meals will save you a lot of hassle of cooking separately and then coaxing your child to eat the baby food that he/she despises. Grass on the other side is always greener, children prefer things that adults in the family eat.

3. Eat together- Eating together will help them move to self feeding sooner. When they see everyone around them eating on their own, they would want to do that too.

4. Offer finger foods- finger foods help them improve the pincer grip, fine motor skills, hand and eye coordination and finally while playing with the food they learn about different textures. Kids who self feed end up eating well and just as much as their body needs because they are aware of how much they are eating. Finger foods may include- strips of chapati/paranthas, cut fruits (watermelon, thin slices of steamed Apple, grapes and strawberries, papaya etc) sliced idli, makhana, vegetable tikkis, sautèd paneer, flash cooked vegetables.

Make sure that you are around and alert while your baby eats.

5. Never force your baby to eat. There could be days when they are just not hungry, let them be, skipping a meal or two is fine. Forcing food down your baby’s mouth will have them develop aversion to it.

6. Substituting meals with JUNK food just so they eat and stuff their tummy is going to have long term impact. I feel guilty of doing that and I am sure many of you do that too. Starving them is better than giving them food that is unhealthy and root cause for many deceases.

You could check my detailed post on Starting Solids for babies.

Do share your views and tips on raising happy and healthy eaters!

Happy parenting.

This Post was originally written for Janini, a closed Mothers community on Facebook; Janini is a platform conceptualised to share & exchange ideas, seeking solutions & resolving issues through interaction in the areas of Personal Growth, Healthcare & Childcare. Rolly of  Rolly’s Yoga Art is the founder of Janini, helping expecting and new moms in prenatal, postnatal and childcare.

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Bugs And The Bunny- Brushing Time Story

I love how motherhood gets the best out of us.  It brings out so many talents that we never knew existed within us.

With the birth of my little one, I have become a clown, a writer, a better and more innovative cook, a not so great photographer and yes, a storyteller.

I have suddenly developed this talent of weaving quick yet interesting stories, I love the magic spell they cast on my toddler and how he looks at me with his mouth agape.

Trying to get your toddler to brushing his teeth? Tired of all the coaxing, running and failing yet again?

Well, I may not have a jaadu ki chhadi  (magic wand), but I do have this little story that gets my tiny monster to brush his teeth, though not always.

Here it goes..

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Babycare Product Range by “Morisons Baby dreams” -Review

Babies occupy our hearts, thoughts and also the whole house. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration if I said that all across my house there is at least one thing more that was not there Pre-baby. Childbirth comes with a plethora of things, they grow up fast and every stage has unique requirements.  From breastfeeding, baby care products to feeding dishes; as parents we want to provide the best to our babies.
I came across Morisons Baby Dreams which is a baby care brand from the house of J L Morison, serving moms-to-be and new moms for over 30 years now.
JL Morison launched “Morisons Baby Dreams” which is their online shop designed keeping in mind the needs of today’s mom.
Morisons Baby Dreams has a wide range of products that includes feeding, hygiene, sippers, teethers, toys, apparel, bedding, baby gears and many other baby related products that you can think of. Every single product conforms to highest quality standards. Apart from their own website, their products are available on amazon and Firstcry too.
I had an opportunity to try some of their products and I am pleased with the quality and pricing.

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Speech at 18 months


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Every milestone of this little boy leaves me dumbstruck; but out of all these milestones, speech has been the most interesting one. New words each day, funny, cute pronunciation; often makes me feel like “ohh isko ye bhi pata hai” (ohh, he knows this as well)

This post is mainly a record for me and my family to look back, read and smile. May be when A grows up, he’ll read this and laugh too.
Babies babble through the beginning of their lives and we all wait for them to speak up their first words. My baby’s first sound was that of ba, so he started with bubububu, which was meaningless babbling. But for us bubu is for grandfather, so, his gibberish meant a lot to his doting bubuji. At around 8 months he uttered his first meaningful word and guess what that was – A.C.!!! Yes, the A.C. for air conditioner. He would point to the A.C. and repeatedly go on saying A.c. a.c. a.c……
I don’t even remember when he started saying mumma.
Till 14-15 months he had a vocabulary of around 10 -15 words.
Suddenly post that 15 months mark there was an explosion of words and he seemed to know words for almost everything that surrounded him.
Here is the record of the words that he uses daily. I have written what I could recall, there is much more that could be added to the list.
Now, between 18- 19 months, he has started combining 2 words like – bubu pooja, cut scissors, etc.  He uses almost all these words appropriately except the word “office”. He says it clearly, but obviously doesn’t know what it means. So, when someone is missing from home, he assumes that they are in office.
By bye
Bubuji (bubui/bubuji)
Chashma (chchaa)
Girgaya (gigyaa)
Dark (gaak)
Light (dight)
Laptop (mataap)
Umbrella (ambaaja)
Mama/mummy ( also calls me mama-ii)
Mouse (maushh)
Aama ( in Kumaoni for daadi/grandmother)
Bottle (battii)
Water (wataa)
Potty (paati)
Dirty (dati)
Bindi (bibbi)
Spoon (spoo)
Chamach (chama)
Banana ( bana/mana)
Grapes (gapes)
Apple (aappu)
Pahan (pahaa for wearing)
Shoes (shus)
Lizard  (jijard)
Gaadi (gaai)
Auto (auko)
Aunti (aati)
Give me .. gimee
Thankyou (kaaku)
Nainai (bathing)
Finish (fishish)
Fish (feesh)
Milk (mip)
Roti (doti)
Uncle (akal)
Open (opo)
Khol (kho)
Goodnight (gootat)
Yes (yeaas)
Bhaiyya (baayaa)
Names of all the dogs in our building (selfie, elbus n zombie)
Kapda (kapaa)
Diaper ( diapu)
Jhoola (juaaa)
Bathroom (bathum)
Phone (pho)
Ganpati (gappi)
Machis (maachees)
Makhana (maapaa)
Eyes (aaeees)
Lips (bips)
Penis (peeus)
Paper (pepu)
Train (trin)
Plain (pin)
Cookies (coochies)
Biscuit  (bisis)
Crackers (catchers)
Woww (waaaaoo)
Music (moonis)
Song (sau)
Sometimes I wish i could record every moment of my life with him, the giggles, the smirk, the naughty eyes and the pranks he has already started playing are all worth looking back at a zillion times.
Here on the blog is a checklist on speech milestones and a few ideas to help you help your child get there with words.
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Starting solids for babies

We did annaprashan when my baby was 5months and a week old, that is because we had to do the ceremony choosing an auspicious day (as per Hindu calendar);  It was just a drop of kheer given to him.  I started solids only after A completed 6 months. My doctor gave me a list of first foods and how weekly to try and introduce different stuff. Initial foods were mushy ones like banana, steamed apple and porridges of all sorts. I had dates and bit of jaggery to substitute sugar; and for flavours I would add garlic and other mild spices like coriander powder and turmeric.
When a baby is born, there is a sudden flood of advice and information. Everybody suddenly becomes a teacher, treating you like the stupidest student. The myths and facts that a new mom is confronted with can get overwhelming. However learned and abreast with the trends we are, we do tend to fall for many of the myths and false guidance. It is important that we as parents take a stand  and make our choices, especially when it comes to food, based on research rather than having a random stranger or relatives and friends for that matter, throw their idea or opinion on us. What goes in my baby’s mouth is first approved by me; as a parent I have to decide what he eats and what he doesn’t.
I have jotted down here few things that one could keep in mind while they start weaning off their baby.

The first-food ceremony

Things to keep in mind while starting solids

1.    The baby should be able to sit and hold the head steady. My baby started sitting unsupported in his 8th month, however I would always make him sit upright on my lap or in his high chair during meal times. This basically is to avoid choking instances.
2.      The baby should have lost the tongue thrust (swallowing purees and liquids while pushing out solids)
3.      Should have ideally doubled the birth-weight
4.      Breastmilk remains the primary source of nutrition for the baby till he/she reaches 1 year mark; so, don’t stress if what you offer is often rejected (which generally happens).
5.       Don’t drop breastfeeds; as said earlier, breastmilk still remains the main source of nutrition.
6.      Ensure that baby is sitting upright while eating; appropriate sitting posture reduces the chances of choking. Never feed solids while baby is lying down.
7.      Try to avoid sugar completely and add salt as little as you can, better to avoid if you can; as babies’ system is not mature to digest these. Also for babies, the sodium requirements are very nominal and are met by other sources such as fruits/vegetables etc.
8.      Honey may lead to  infant botulism (a fatal condition), so it isn’t recommended for babies under 1year.
9.      Any milk (other than breast/formula) should be avoided uptil 1 year. Dairy products and dishes from milk, like homemade paneer, curd, kheer etc can be offered 
10.  Avoid introducing any distraction while feeding. Tablets/ TV will only make your job difficult in long run.
      11.  Do not worry about the mess that is created during meal times. Let the baby feel various  textures and enjoy the meal timings
12.   A high chair or booster could prove to be a good investment.
13.  Avoid packaged food products like instant foods, biscuits, noodles, bournvita, etc. These are highly processed and contain many preservatives and chemicals which aren’t good for babies.
14. Try making the baby eat with all the family members; that way they eat well and of course it helps in family bonding too.

In order to make an informed choice, I have been talking to other mothers, doctors, support groups and reading enough online. To support these points, below are the links, most of which are internationally recognized associations/bodies.
1.   Baby’s readiness
3.   Do not drop breastfeeds, as said