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Super Healthy Recipe for the Super Speedy Recovery of a Sick Toddler

One of the cutest and adorable stage of childhood is the toddler stage. However, even the cutest toddler throws the most difficult tantrum to handle. It is at this stage that the children are developing food habits. They start showing up their likes and dislikes. Children become fussy eaters also. Children become fussy eaters also at this stage. The most difficult and dreaded part comes when they fall sick and refuse to eat anything.

I used to feel like pulling my hair and crying when they would fall ill and would not allow even a single bite to go down their tummies. A slight push and you will find yourself mopping the floor with all the food that had gone into the little tummies with so much struggle. The challenge is to be patient at this time.

Super Healthy Recipe for the Super Speedy Recovery of a Sick Toddler

After researching a lot, I found one super food that works like magic potion during such days and that is quinoa.
Quinoa is a super food and has many benefits. It is easily digestible and has many health benefits. It is tasty, crunchy and can be cooked in a variety of ways. Here are some of its benefits:
1. It is high in vitamin A, C, and E.
2. It is high in magnesium, potassium, and calcium.
3. It has 8 essential amino acids.
4. It is an excellent source of iron.
5. It is rich in protein.

Quinoa is a great option for parents who have a tough time feeding their kids with healthy food. It can be cooked like rice and served with curries and gravies.

A simple way of giving it to a toddler is in the form of khichdi.

Quinoa Khichdi
Ingredients:
¼ cup – quinoa
½ cup – moong dal
2 cup – water
Salt- to taste
¼ cup – finely chopped vegetables like peas, beans, carrots, cauliflower etc.
1 tbsp – Ghee
¼ tsp – turmeric
¼ tsp – cumin seeds

Method:
1. Rinse quinoa several times to remove its bitterness.
2. Rinse moong dal 3-4 times.
3. Soak quinoa and moong dal for 30 minutes.
4. In a pressure cooker, put ghee and let it heat.
5. Add cumin seeds, and let it splutter.
6. Add chopped vegetables and sauté them.
7. Add quinoa, moong dal and water. Add salt and turmeric.
8. Close the pressure cooker and allow it to whistle.
9. After about 1-2 whistles, remove from gas and allow it to cool.
10. Before serving, add a spoon full of ghee or butter.

I find this recipe especially useful when my kids fall ill and are unable to eat much. Quinoa khichdi is easy to chew and digest. With the benefits of quinoa, it helps in their speedy recovery also.

This blog post is a part of #Baby_ToddlerFood Blog Train hosted by Anisha from Momzdiary, Deepali from Myteenytot and Danisha from Lovethatyoucanbuy

We 40 Mom Bloggers would love to pour some Baby & Toddler Food Ideas just for you.
This is a month – long blog train. Stay tuned and Enjoy.

Lastly I would like to thank Ankita from caringmommadiaries for introducing me and would love to invite Sobha to hop on this train and share her recipe.

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Be Your Daughter’s Best Confidante

 I still remember, when I was in school, my friends used to tell me how lucky I was to have parents with whom I could discuss and share everything. It used to really surprise me when they would tell me that the atmosphere in their homes was such that they could not say anything in front of their parents forget about confiding in them their secrets.

This never really happened with me. I have been blessed to have a family where I can share everything and feel secure of not being judged. My sister and my parents are my best pal and I have always openly discussed with them everything I want to.

Even in college, I used to feel this difference. My friends would come to the college dressed up in salwar suits, change their clothes in the washroom and go to watch movies with their friends. When I asked them why they did so, they would tell me that their parents would never permit them to wear western outfits or go for a movie with friends.

Till date, I feel that girls are not comfortable in doing things their own way. There are so many restrictions at home and so many do’s and don’ts that they have no option but to hide it from their parents. It later on creates problems for them.

“Romance fails us and so do friendships, but the relationship of parent and child, less noisy than all the others, remains indelible and indestructible, the strongest relationship on earth” – Theodor Reik

 

 

Very often the decision of getting married is also forced upon them directly or indirectly. If they face any problems related to physical relationships, they do not have anyone to confide in. The choice of a lifestyle is not given to them. They have to face morality lessons from everyone.

Even after marriage, there are many instances where the girl is not happy in her marriage but keeps on adjusting because of the simple fact that her family will not support her otherwise. Parents would only ask her to adjust no matter what.

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The lessons I learnt as a mother from these instances are:

1.   A girl should not feel hesitant to discuss her views on how and when she wants to get married. It’s okay if the parents want her to get married but it should not be forced upon her.

2.  If a girl is not happy in her marriage, the parents must understand the problems faced by her. She should also have the freedom of telling her parents about her relationship with the husband even if it is concerning her sexual life.

3.  In our culture, we never give importance to sexual life. It remains a subject which is never touched upon and nobody even peaks about it. When a girl gets married, it becomes a very important aspect of her married life and problems can crop up because of that. At that time, it becomes very important to have someone with whom such problems can be discussed.

4.  The freedom to choose their lifestyle is not given to girls. They must have this freedom to choose the kind of lifestyle they want to live or the kind of clothes they want to wear without being judged.

 

It is very important for parents to be their daughter’s best pal and have a relationship where they can share everything they feel like.

 This post is a part of Blog Birthday celebrations contest hosted by Zainab and Geethica.

 

 
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Antique Educational Tools Children Must Know About

Few days back, when I was visiting my parents and working on my laptop, my father started telling me about how he used to write on the stationary of his times and suddenly he was feeling very nostalgic. I couldn’t help myself from searching the net and find more about the stationery which my parents used to have during their school days.
We have sleek modern stationery and latest gadgets to work on but think of those days when our parents were in school. Isn’t it interesting to think about and imagine how they used to go to school carrying those brown bags on their shoulder with takhti, qalam and dawaat in one hand. They had to write on slates and memorise everything bacause there were no means of storing or saving all the information provided by the teachers.
I must say I found it very interesting searching about the stationery of that time. Take a look at this:
1. Takhti

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It was a small size portable flat wooden board used to practice Hindi alphabets and maths. It had to be cleaned every day with a wet cloth and coated with a paste of fuller’s earth.

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Fuller’s earth was an essential thing in every household. The paste was prepared in advance since it had to be used regularly. The wooden writing board or takhti was kept to dry after applying the paste.

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2.Qalam

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Qalam was a kind of pen made from “sentha” or bamboo. It was made by slicing the bamboo straw diagonally using a kitchen knife. It was dipped in ink and used for writing.

3. Syaahi and Dawaat (Quill and Inkpot)

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The ink was made by dissolving “khadia” flakes (chalk/limestone) in water and was kept in a small size glass inkpot. It had a small piece of cloth or rug placed inside to prevent the qalam from hitting the bottom of the inkpot. The consistency of the ink had to be set properly so as to prevent from leakage.
Dawaat or the ink pot had to be carried very carefully as the ink might get spilled and there were chances of the books getting spoiled.
4. Writing Slate

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Then came the writing slate. It was a piece of slate encased in a wooden frame. A piece of cloth or slate sponge was used to clean it and slate pencil or chalks were used to write on it. The slate board and slate pencils were mostly used to practice maths at home.

5. Bastaa

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The bag that children of those times used to be very different than what we have today. They were rectangular in shapes with straps to carry it on shoulders. They were brown in colour and were made of canvas. They had a big pocket in front and contained three to four notebooks.

Antique Educational Tools Children Must Know About

Now, when I look at the stationery used by kids, it is strikingly in contrast with the stationery of those days. Coloured, sleek, modern and branded with prints of latest cartoon characters and available in almost every colour. We can even get them customised as per our choice.

The bags of those times were very light in weight as opposed to the heavy bags which children carry these days.
Let’s take a look at the stationery of today:

1) Coloured Pens and pencils
These days’ pens and pencils are available in different colours to highlight the work done in notebooks. There are different types of pens for different style of writing. Pens and pencils can be customised also with the names of the child.

2) Notebooks
Attractive cover pages, ruled, blank pages, boxes of different sizes, notebooks of every subject, a variety in terms of size and number of pages and so on. There is an endless variety in the notebooks that we get in the market today.
3) Bags
From backpack bags to trolley bags, cute cartoon prints to animal faces, ranging in various sizes and can be customised too. School bags have come a long way and undergone tremendous changes during this time.

Not only educational tools and equipment even educational system itself has undergone tremendous changes. The classrooms now have interactive smart boards and students study on tablets but when we talk to our parents, they really had fun even with those limited and modest tools and equipment. The takhti, qalam and dawaat have loads of memories attached with them.

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How Worksheets Benefit Young Learners

Academics play a great role in the development of a child. Right from the very beginning we try various methods of teaching concepts to our little ones. While for teaching toddlers and pre-schoolers, play way method and Montessori methods are the best, at the same time, we must not underestimate the role of worksheets in the teaching process.

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So, what are the benefits of worksheets for a pre-schooler?
1. Evaluation
When we are teaching a pre-schooler through play way method, it is also important to evaluate how much he has learnt. Worksheets help in evaluating the child’s learning of the concept.
2. Attention building
A child’s attention span is very less. But for a pre-schooler, it is important to gradually increase his attention span which is also important for learning academics. Worksheets help in building attention of a pre-schooler.
3. Better understanding
Worksheets are a fun way of providing an excellent understanding of different concepts. Worksheets provide an effective and enriching way of learning in less time.
4. Help the child learn to sit through for longer duration
Pre-schoolers are very active and love to run around and get involved in various activities. But since the pre-schoolers are getting ready for formal schools, it is important for them to learn to sit at a place and develop the habit of completing the task assigned. Worksheets help them in that process.
5. Builds an interest in studies
For a pre-schooler, it is also important to develop an interest in the formal method of studying. Worksheets are designed in a fun way with drawings and illustrations. They help in building an interest of the pre-schoolers in the formal way of teaching and learning process.
Keeping the above points in mind, I regularly create worksheets for my little one which has benefitted her greatly. She enjoys doing them and we spend some fun time together while learning a lot of things.

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How to Help Kids Develop Interest in Maths

Maths is an interesting subject, however, it is often perceived as difficult or tough by most of us. This perception of ours often gets ingrained among the children which later gets converted in maths phobia. To get rid of this phobia or to make sure that kids do not develop it, I always made sure to make my kids number friendly right from the very beginning. It is not about making kids study maths or drilling them with maths exercises instead it is about involving and creating activities with numbers so that kids develop an interest in them.

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Maths in Nature
Maths is everywhere around us. We often fail to notice or observe it. Recently, while helping my daughter in her school projects, I came across this very interesting topic of Maths in Nature. It’s a great way of letting kids know how maths is present in nature and is an essential part of it. For older kids, let them observe and notice the patterns and symmetry in leaves, flowers, trees and animals.
For younger kids, take them for a nature walk and let them observe the lines, shapes and sizes of different leaves and flowers. Let them compare their colours, textures, sizes.

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Maths in Real Life
Let the kids explore the various aspects of Maths in everyday life. While walking on the road, we can point out the pattern of the zebra crossing. The comparison in the size of different vehicles, the shapes of various buildings. Older kids can be asked to observe 3 D shapes in various buildings. They can be shown the pictures of different structures like pyramids, tombs, rectangular buildings and so on.

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Fun Games with Maths
Remember, hopscotch? We could play this fun game based on numbers for hours at a stretch. This game is based on numbers, forward counting, backward and skip counting. How about taking this game a little forward and writing multiplication tables in each block? Children will have fun learning tables and never forget them.

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Maths Based Board Games

Games like Snakes and ladder, monopoly, Business, Ludo and various card games like UNO, playing cards and even Tambola help kids develop an interest in numbers from the very beginning. If parents get involved while playing such games with their children, they will find numbers fun.

There are a number of other activities which I did with my daughters to make them number friendly. Once, the child develops an inclination towards numbers, they will always find it easy while learning in their later life in school.

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5 Tips to Teach Kids About How to Save Water

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We are celebrating Earth Day this week. Just as we have started realising the importance of conservation of our natural environment and taking various steps around it, it is equally important to make kids understand it also. Children are the future of this world. It is more important for them to learn and follow the steps towards saving their environment.
Water is the most important resource and kids love to play with water. However, in this natural tendency, they tend to waste a lot of water. It is important to take necessary steps around their playing with water which should ensure that there is minimum wastage and maximum enjoyment also.

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Tips to save water for kids
1. Kids love to play while taking a bath. They love making bubbles and splashing water here and there. While giving kids a bath. Instead of giving them bath in a shower can use a tub filled with water. After bathing the child, the water can be used for washing toilets or flushing.
2. While brushing and washing their hands, they tend to leave the tap running for and play in water. We can make them understand that how it leads to wastage of water and instead keep a bucket full of water in the bathroom for washing their hands or brushing.

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3. Children drink less water at a time. If we give them a glass full of water, they leave half of it. We can keep a tumbler or a separate bottle for them and encourage them to drink from it. If they leave water in a glass, encourage them to use that water for the plants.
4. A lot of water is discarded by RO water purifiers. We can collect that water and keep it in a bucket. Let kids use that water for watering the plants or flushing purposes.
5. Tell them about various ways of recycling or reusing water. While washing pulses and vegetables, we can show them that water can be collected in a separate utensil after washing the pulses and vegetables and can be used for various other washing or cleaning purposes.

Water is important for everyone and we need to save every drop of it. If we teach our kids about saving water right from the beginning, they develop the right habits to save every single drop of it.





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Activities for Learning Patterns and Free Printable

Patterns are found everywhere around us. They bring order and regularity in our lives. You must have noticed how even a small child starts forming patterns and learns to put up random objects in a certain kind of pattern. For example, even a toddler quickly starts joining blocks and gives them a certain order. Kids find it too interesting to arrange utensils like bowls and spoons in a certain order or pattern. This is because it is our basic tendency to create an order or arrange the things out of unorderly things.

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Why learning patterns is important for children?
Patterns are all around us, be it buildings, flowers, trees, bridges, floor tiles and so on. Patterns are taught as a part of maths, bet they are used in almost every subject. Even music and dance has patterns. Learning about patterns is an important part of future learning. They help in making predictions and generalizations. It is a basic maths skill. Patterns help us to create a balance and bring harmony in our everyday lives. They also help us in learning logic, sequencing and structure.

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How to teach patterns to kids?
Patterns are not only easy to learn but interesting also. Recently, I did a few simple activities to teach pattern to my daughter. I used simple things like spoons, butter knives, forks, pens and pencils for this activity.

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I arranged similar objects in simple pattern and asked her to put in the line which object comes next. We did this activity for a while taking various objects and changing the pattern. She enjoyed it a lot.

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Also, the best way to teach pattern is take the kids outdoor and let them observe pattern in real life like zebra crossing, pattern on a tree, the arrangement of various pots and plants in the garden and so on.
Once, the child has learnt patterns and can create pattern on his own. You can give them worksheets or printable for practice.
I am attaching here the downloadable version of a few worksheets that I created and gave my daughter to practice patterns. Click on the link below to download free printable for learning patterns.

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Fun Filled Family Getaway: KidZania Delhi NCR

As soon as exams got over, my kids started insisting us to take them to their favourite place which is KidZania Delhi NCR. We happily obliged as it was a much deserved break and also it’s a place where they can have unlimited fun along with some learning too. KidZania is an entire city full of fun for kids.


It’s a place which offers various role play activities for kids ranging from doctors, engineers, lawyers, judges, dancers, radio jockeys and many more. There is a hospital, a dental clinic, petrol pump, driving school, airport, Pepper fry furniture store, services like DHL, Bajaj energy conservation hub to name a few. All these are child driven activities which provide children real hands on experience of the working of these places.


The best part of KidZania is their security system. They provide a device to every member of the family which helps parents to keep a track of the kids and locate where they are. So, while the kids are engaged in all the activities, parents can easily sit back and enjoy themselves at the parents lounge. There are a number of food joints which offer a variety of food and coffee shops. To keep the memories of KidZania, there is a photo shop and a souvenir shop as well.


KidZania has also come up with some activities for adults too. So, parents who want to participate can opt for activities like Amity University, Archaeological site, Bollywood, courthouse, Disco lounge, Furtado’s school of music and Shiamak Dance academy and many more.


KidZania is the best place to celebrate your kid’s birthday and let their friends have an experience they will cherish forever. This place has so much to do for everyone that it makes it impossible to complete all the activities in one visit. Kids also get to open an account in Yes Bank and manage their own Kidzos, debit card and Pazzport.

For performing the role activities the kids have to either earn or spend their kidzos which enables them to learn the concept of earning, spending and saving money. At the end of their visit, they can also shop for themselves at the departmental store.

The activities which became a hit for my kids were rock climbing for my elder one and nursing the baby for my younger one. Apart from that my kids also enjoyed performing surgeries at the hospital and the dental treatment at the clinic.
For us, the most joyful sight was watching the kids running around as cops catching a thief and extinguishing fire as fire men. The experience of sitting at a fire engine was simply unforgettable.

So, what are you waiting for, take your kids to the most exciting place in the city and just sit back and enjoy.
For more details visit: http://india.kidzania.com/en-in

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Fruit Art Ideas for Little Kids

Winters bring with it some of the most delicious fruits with it. Also, there are plenty of vacations for the kids. So, why not have an advantage of this situation and let our kids have some fun with a wide variety of fruits in this season. 

Today, I am going to share some fruit dressing ideas that we did at home during these vacations and had a lot of fun doing them. It was an activity where we learnt about fruits, made funny shapes with them and above all had great fun eating them together. 

Who says kids run away from fruits? If we let them play with it, create funny faces and let them find the fruits served in the most adorable way.

Here are a few ideas for the fruit salad decoration ideas which will have your kids gobble them in no time. 

I involved my kids while doing this activity and they had great fun. If your kids are small, you can cut the fruits and let them form some funny shapes with the pieces in a plate. If you have slightly older kids, give them plastic knives and show them how to cut the fruits by giving them soft fruits like a ripe banana.

Bananas and kiwis served in the shape of a tree. Cut and peel the kiwis and banana and ask the child to make a tree like this. Kids will definitely come up with their own ideas to add on.

How about little kids made of kiwis, strawberries and bananas? 

My kids had a hearty laugh to see these in their plates and I had a big smile on my face when I saw them finishing it up in no time. 

What’s more? Kids can also make these cuties with fruit pieces and come up with their own innovative ideas. Like my daughter added kiwi pieces to make the green grass in this picture. 

Let the little ones enjoy their fruits served like a flower. My little one added the strawberry in the centre of the flower to make it more colourful. I am sure your kids will come up with more ideas too.

How about a spaceship? Let the imagination of your kids touch the skies with this wonderful spaceship made of fruits. Let them imagine themselves to be astronauts discovering new planets and going into space in their fruit rockets. 

I am sure kids will have super fun to gobble this cute kiwi monster with their forks and knives. Challenge them to be the knights and finish this monster in no time. They will have great fun with their pretend play and you will have great satisfaction to see them eating it with delight.

A flower with petals made from strawberries. Show them different ways to decorate their fruit salad and spark their imagination. 

The reason I took only three fruits in this activity was very simple. I used limited ingredients to create different shapes and designs. It allows kids to think out of the box. With limited things they can create unlimited objects. 

This activity not only helped kids enjoy eating and finishing fruits leading to healthy snacking  but also they had great fun in the kitchen. They had a new activity to do. They made their own salads and ate them. 

We had great fun making these funny shapes with fruits. Do share with me your ideas too.

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A beginner’s guide to baby wearing- what do you need to know

This is a guest post by a fellow blogger Anjana Bhartia.

About the author
Anjana Bhartia is a mommy blogger at MommyRepublic.in She describes herself as an imperfect mom stumbling through motherhood, discovering the joys of natural and attachment parenting along the way. 
She is a strong believer of ‘when we know better, we do better’. She is a Mama Bear at MommyRepublic.in

 

Carrying a baby to enhance the physical attachment is a traditional practice in many Asian countries. The modern practice of carrying or attaching a baby with oneself with the help of a sling or any fitment is called as baby wearing. These slings and accessories aid to carry a baby is known as Baby carriers.

Any baby who has crossed the period of first three months is ready for baby wearing. However, you need to ensure the following points before starting baby wearing.

 

A baby should have

  • crossed three months of age
  • gained latching power to feed in baby carriers
  • a good control over his neck to fit into baby carriers

The above considerations are imperative, and once you are confident that your baby is now ready to be carried in carriers, you ought to make sure which type of carriers are suitable for you and your baby.

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Safe and sound baby carriers:

We can see a range of baby carriers in the market, so choose the one which best suits your body and lifestyle.

Wraps:

Wraps are the most basic and simplest of all baby carriers. A fabric, any kind be it cotton, linen, wool, knits or woven is used to carry a baby and this traditional practice has been around for many years. Wraps ensure safety and comfort in carrying a baby irrespective of its age; ranging from infant to toddlers. Learning to tie a wrap seems to be difficult initially but it will turn out to be simple with practice.

Slings:

In slings, we have two different models which have gained popularity. One is Ring sling and the other is a pouch sling.

As the name suggest, ring slings use a metal ring to join two sides of a 2 meter fabric. These rings are adjustable and ensure right positioning of a baby. The excess fabric gives a tail like appearance which can be used to cover babies while nursing or protect against sun light.

On the other hand, pouch slings are custom-made and cannot be transferred between caregivers. Having a similar structure that of ring slings, these non-adjustable fabric are stitched or woven to suit the size of baby and caregivers.

Buckle carriers:

The most popular kind of carriers are bucklers. Adjustable buckles over shoulders and across the hip guarantee safety while carrying kids. As straps are adjustable, it can be shared between caregivers. This particular type is good for nursing a baby while carrying.

Meh Dai:

This type of baby carriers are a mix of both modern and traditional style in babywearing. Sharing similar pattern with buckle carriers, Meh Dai uses fabric for strips over both shoulders and hip area. Longer strips on the shoulders cannot be modified in size, though shorter strips over the hip can be adjusted.

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Advantages of baby wearing:

The practice of baby wearing has lot of benefits and few of them are listed below:

  • It extends the parent- child relationship by providing a physical bond between baby and parents, which is essential in the early days.

 

  • Baby wearing helps in overcoming postpartum depression by developing an intimate physical bond. It also facilitates breastfeeding. For dads also it’s a great way to get skin on skin contact with baby.

 

  • It allows more body movement for babies when compared to carry cots, and babies enjoy the swaying motion you will make when moving about.
  • Baby wearing allows the parent to work while holding the baby, so that you can get some of those chores done! How in the world does a tiny human have so much laundry!

I started babywearing quite late, because I used to have severe back ache issues. My only regret is that I should have started sooner! In case you were wondering I chose an Ergobaby baby carrier because of the safety certifications and because was flame retardants free. Since then I have discovered many new and awesome brands (and much more cheaper) on Instagram!

So do check out all the varieties and brands available in the market before finalizing one! Babywearing is a joy, which every mother should enjoy! Have you tried baby wearing? Share below!