Travel tips with babies by Himalaya Baby Care

One of the most anxiety filled experiences for moms can be traveling with a baby. Himalaya Baby Care shares six steps that can create fuss-free memories with the little one.

Step 1: Getting your place
This is step one of a happy journey. Choose seats that afford you privacy for feeding and also offer space to keep all your baby gear. Inform your airline in advance for special accommodations such as bulk head seat assignments, on board baby bassinets and infant lap belts.

Step 2: Putting things together
Organize all baby items such as clothes, accessories, medicines, toys and snacks separately in sealed pouches or plastic bags to ensure easy, quick access. Keep all of these sealed packets in one large backpack. This way, your hands are free to hold baby, and you can locate things quickly. Keeping all travel-related documents together ensures quick access.

Step 3: Packing it all up
Of course, you know the lighter the better! “How light?” you ask. A stroller, large backpack and small shoulder bag should accommodate your and baby’s belongings for the flight. Ensure that all bags and boxes close completely to prevent any accidental and embarrassing spills and leaks.

Step 4: To wear or not to wear
It is wise to wear baby in a harness or a carrier while travelling. This not only reduces the chances of disturbing baby if he/she is sleeping but also keeps your hands free. Nothing is more frustrating than having to wake a sleeping baby for a security inspection. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) allows mothers who wear their babies in carriers to go through airport security without removing baby from the harness.

Step 5: Toys and ploys
All the stimulation experienced during travel can stress baby. Therefore, it helps to mix up the new and the old. Carry the chewed up soft toy and the new book. Keep baby relaxed with his/her favorite blanket, book, or toy. Walk around the aisle on-board so that baby is not bored sitting in one place for too long. Anything new will keep baby distracted, and familiar objects will keep him/her relaxed.

Step 6: Tuning in and tuning out
Baby is bound to feel some discomfort while traveling. Try your best to comfort him/her. When someone offers help or suggestions, use your discretion.

Be prepared, but also be flexible. Don’t get hassled about things not going as planned. Expect the unexpected and stay calm. Keep smiling and have a happy journey!

Do you find the above steps helpful? Leave your travel secrets in the comments below and share the love….

Winter baby care by Himalaya Herbals

Hello mommies, I’ve been a big fan of Himalaya since Batool was born, and I love that the products are all herbal and child friendly. I was ecstatic when the company representative contacted me to share with you all some tips and tricks from their experts.

This particular article talks about caring for your babies skin during winters and is written by Dr. Jayashree B Keshav who is an Ayurveda expert and In-charge of Scientific Publications at The Himalaya Drug Company. Read along:

During winter, skin tends to lose moisture quickly, which makes it extremely dry. This is especially true when it comes to baby’s skin as it is already prone to dryness. Therefore, as winter sets in, it becomes more important to ensure that your baby’s skin remains healthy and supple.

Winter Fix-it!

Winter is associated with cold winds and low humidity, both of which dehydrate the skin, resulting in its flaky appearance, itching and redness. Here’s what you need to know to ward off dry skin in babies:

Heat rash: Contrary to what you may think, heat rashes occur during winter too! Bundling up your baby too warmly can make him sweat and irritate the skin, which can result in a bout of heat rash. So, dress your baby in breathable layers to allow proper ventilation. As cotton clothes are sweat absorbent, it is preferable to dress your baby in these first, followed by other ‘warm’ fabrics like wool.

Dry skin: Dry skin can occur anywhere on your baby’s body, so you need to be prepared. Ensure that the bathwater is not too warm, and only mild baby products are used. Hot water dries and shrivels up the skin, while stronger skin products remove the body’s natural oils. Remember to add a few drops of oil in the bathwater. After bathing, pat your baby dry with a soft towel and moisturize thoroughly. Choose a mild, herbal moisturizer, and allow it to be fully absorbed by the skin. Keep moisturizing every four to six hours during the winter to keep your baby’s skin supple.

Massage: Massage has multiple benefits. It improves the blood circulation and keeps the body warm. Regular massaging protects

and softens the skin, and also prevents chafing. Make sure to massage your baby in warm, comfortable place, preferably early in the afternoon. Also, remember massage should never be given just before or after a feed.

Seven Herbs for Winter Skin Care
For generations, certain herbs have been used for topical wellness in babies. Ayurvedic texts also recommend the use of particular herbs to eliminate skin conditions in babies and children. Here’s a list of herbs that you can look out for when buying baby care products this winter:

• Olive Oil, enriched with Vitamin E, nourishes, protects and softens skin and prevents chafing. It has soothing and antimicrobial properties, which keeps baby’s skin healthy and soft.
• Almond Oil is an excellent skin softener, which gently moisturizes baby’s skin.
• Country Mallow, an antioxidant, has nourishing properties and protects baby’s skin from germs.
• Licorice protects and soothes baby’s skin. Applied topically, licorice helps in relieving symptoms of itching, swelling and redness.
• Fenugreek is a perfect natural moisturizer, specially formulated to hydrate baby’s dry skin.
• Green Gram makes baby’s skin soft and supple.
• Aloe Vera is used extensively in Ayurveda for wounds, burns, dermatitis and other skin ailments. It soothes and moisturizes baby’s skin and also acts as an antibacterial agent.

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Did you find this article helpful? Leave comments below…. Have a cozy winter with your little ones…

Keeping her busy/Toy recommendations

My daughter is going to start school this academic year, I am looking forward to her exploring life, and meeting a lot of little people her age. But until that starts, I still have a feImagew months to entertain her. Whilst I was browsing flipkart for some books I came across ‘buttons’ by Miniland Educational, I have been looking for something like this, something to work her hand eye coordination.

I got her all excited before the delivery, and she really did enjoy it. This is one of those toys that enables your child to coordinate their eye movements and hand movements simultaneously, it’s a great exercise for vision too, especially if your child has any visual problems.

Here are some quick specifications:

Company: Miniland educational toys

Price: Rs.299 (on 40% off offer) The offer is still on

No. of pieces: 40

For ages: 3 to 6 years

Purchased from: Flipkart

Quality: Excellent

contents: The box comes with a pamphlet of their other toys

ImageI have come across the beads and string, however I wanted something more interesting and versatile. And I am very happy with it. She likes it too.

What I liked most about this product is the quality of the strings, the string has aglets on it, usually these synthetic strings are difficult to maneuver into the hole because of their flimsy nature, especially for first timers. It’s a well thought after toy, also it came with cards that had patterns to copy. So once your child is used to the basic drawing of strings into the buttons, they can follow the patterns. This maintains the interest in the toy. Also the buttons are of four colours with varied numbers of holes, ranging from one to five holes. As a parent you can control the “difficulty” level too. My daughter for some reason found it insanely hilarious to draw strings through two holes!.

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Pattern cards

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Product pamphlet

All in all this company has been a great find, maybe many of you have already discovered it, I am definitely looking forward to purchasing more such toys for my daughter.

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This is also a great gift for someone, educational toys and books are always a great gift.

Tips: Let your child explore them on his/her own, let them make sense of the buttons and the strings. My daughter first organised them by colour as you can see in the picture above. You can learn a lot about your childs personality when you let them be and give them space to do what they want. Once they’ve acquainted themselves with all the contents, you can do a mini demonstration, and then let them try themselves, let them try 100 times if possible, don’t hold their hands, the whole aim is that the child does the coordinating. It requires a lot of patience, but trust me the feeling of achievement on the childs part is very important, you will enjoy his success, this builds self-esteem and confidence.

This company has great toys for kids who’re interested in science, I have browsed through some, it’s a fun way to keep your child interested in science or even build interest in it. You can check out more of their toys at Flipkart.

If you like posts like such leave your opinions and suggestions in the comments below. Suggestions for more posts are welcome. What are your toy/book recommendations?