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Now that your little one is ready to start weaning, make life as easy as possible by having the right equipment for you and your baby. We’ve got the ultimate checklist to get your weaning journey underway. You’ll need some things to help you prepare your baby’s meals and also store in the freezer.

Highchair or booster seat

You should start weaning your baby once he is able to support his own head and is able to sit up; this is around the 6-month. However, at this age, he will need the security and stability of a highchair. You should plan to use a highchair when you first start weaning your baby as it is sturdier and is often padded, making it more comfortable for your little one. A highchair often comes with a five-point harness which makes this the safest option. Once your baby is a bit older and can support himself better as well as eat more independently, a booster seat is a good choice. For starters, a booster seat is portable so it’s great to use when you are on the move and especially so when you are on holiday, so you can pack it easily in your luggage. Most parents end up having both, but a good highchair is essential.

Weaning must-haves

A blender – If you are feeding purees to start with, you’ll need a blender. A blender will do the job. If you are not keen on buying a blender, you can always mash food or pass it through a sieve.

Spoons and bowls – Whether you are feeding him purees or giving baby-led weaning a try, you’ll need some good weaning spoons to help your little one get used to idea of feeding himself. He’ll also need his own sturdy bowl which is bound to end up on the floor at some point! Bowls with lids are also useful specially when you are out and about or to store food in the freezer.

A cup or beaker – Now is a good time to get your baby used to drinking from a cup or beaker so invest in a cup that won’t hurt his teeth or gums and one with a lid that allows liquid to flow freely.

Splash mats – You don’t need us to tell you how messy weaning can be. Whether you are using purees or not, you will need splash mats to save on the inevitable cleaning.

Our Best Picks in Weaning:

High Chairs:


Baby Dan High Chair from 6 months upto Adult-Black

Price £89.24



East Coast Nursery Wooden Contoru Multiheight High Chair-Natur

Price £89.99



Caretero Pop Blue 


Price £79.99




Vital Baby 2 in 1 Steam and Blend

Price: £79.99



Avent 4 in 1 Healthy Steam Meal Maker



PhilipAvent Combined Steamer and Blender

Price: £112.90


Spoons and bowls:



Doddl Cutlery set

Price: £20.00



My First Pyrex (6pk)

Price:  £26.99



Fred Snack & Stack Cutlery

Price : £12.99


Cup or beaker:


MAM Starter Cup 4+ months Pink

Price: £10.99

MAMStarter Cup 4+ months Blue

Price: £10.99

Splash mats:

Munchkin Protect

Price: £15.99



Pipsy Koala Highchair Splash Mat

Price: £12.49 

Posted by YummyMotherhood on 08 February 2018 00:00

When it is about entertaining your baby, play gyms and mats are a hit. They are not only beneficial for your kids but for yourself too. Before your baby starts to crawl everywhere, you can safely set your little one in or on these play gyms with the surety that they wont hurt themselves; this gives you an additional little time to do your chores around the house.  When choosing a play gym or mat you need to look at few features before you bring them inside your house. Here is a list of features that you find most appealing, and then you can start from there.

Mat versus no mat:
Some gyms just come with bars that you position over your baby with dangling toys. These types of gyms are good if your baby enjoys lounging in a Boppy or sitting up in a Bumbo. While other gyms come with mats,the baby lies on. Sometimes these mats are printed or textured or have flaps that the baby can explore during tummy time.

Lots of colors and textures:
These stimulate your baby's senses. Different textures are present in dangling toys or the mat itself. Some textures and surfaces that babies enjoy include smooth, fuzzy, crinkly, sparkly, plastic, and plush.

Some play gyms come with music, just like some swings and bouncers. They play computer generated tunes and sometimes nature sounds. Other gyms provide different sounds through dangling rattles, toys with bells in their bellies, or squeaking shapes and faces.

Dangling toys versus no dangling items:
Some mats are just mats, intended mostly for tummy time or lounging. Others come with toy bars that allow your baby to watch, bat at, and grab and chew on different toys. Some even have mirrors attached so your baby can discover their beautiful face smiling back at them.

Tummy time pillows:
Some gyms come with small, curved pillows that your baby can lie on for tummy time.

Many gyms are folded down easily for travel and storage.

Nearly all gyms have a theme: farm, marine, jungle, etc. You can find some gyms that match your swing, bouncer, or car seat.

Here are some best picks which may help you find one that fits your needs and your budget, and I'm sure your baby will have a blast.

Tomy Winnie the Pooh Magic Motion Play Gym

Tiny Love Gymini Move & Play Multi Position Gym

Taf Toys Touch Mat 10775

Taf Toys 3 in 1 Curiosity Gym 10835

Baby Dan Square Play Pen Black

Jolly Kidz Magic Panel Playpen

Expression learning Rug-Round

Little Boss Playpen-Square Colourful

Summer Infant Pop 'N' Jump Activity Centre

Summer Infant Pop 'N' Play Ultimate 27706

Baby Einstein Neptune Nautical Play Gym



Posted by YummyMotherhood on 29 January 2018 12:20
Parents always face problems with a number of choices for products for their children, ranging from essential safety items such as car seats, carriers, strollers and monitoring devices. While choosing a product two things are a must to weigh; durability and cost. Children only use or need most of the products for a very limited time and many of the products are available cheaper in the second-hand market. But wait! Are these second-hand products durable, do their safety features last long? The answer is a big NO; there's no guarantee for second-hand products. On the other hand, new products are a bit costly but it is a worth while investment as you have adequate knowledge of the product moreover they come with warranty for an adequate period of time. 
Parents should not consider buying second-hand products when it is about the safety of their children.  While the price of new products is high, some of that cost can be made up for by reusing a product for later children.
Here's a look at four  gadgets aimed at providing  kids' safety , along with some tips for what parents may want to consider when making a purchase.
1. Video baby monitors:
Take two important things into account;  how far you want the monitoring to extend, and how far you are from other monitors. If you have close-by neighbors who also have babies, "Definitely go with the digital model, because interference is a big deal with baby monitors,." Certain other electronics can interfere with monitors as well, so parents should check the frequency of other devices they use in the home (such as Bluetooth) and test the monitor right away. Here are some best picks for Video Baby Montors:
- Summer Infant Wide View Duo 5inch Monitor (Dual Cam) 29616
- Summer Infant Panorama 2.0 Video Monitor 29596
- Summer Infant Wide View 2 Monitor 29586
- Vusee Monitor Shelf
- Philips Avent uGrow Smart Baby Monitor
- D-Link EyeOn Baby Monitor Junior DCS-800L
2. Car seats
The most important test with a car seat,  is to ensure that the model you want fits in your car. Parents should buy an infant-size car seat at first, because it has a snugger fit, and buy a larger size when the child grows, remembering that the infant seat can be used with future children. However,  parents should be mindful and read the product information, as car seats have expiration dates even if they are not involved in accidents, and do need to be replaced.Here are some best picks for Car seats.
- Caretero New Champion ISOFIX
- Caretero New Combo
- Caretero Volante Fix
- Caretero Presto Fix
- Caretero Defender Plus
- Caretero Falcon 9 -36kg
- Caretero ViVo 9 -36kg
- Caretero Ibiza
- Caretero Diablo Fix
- Caretero Diablo XL
- Caretero Sport Turbo Fix
- Maxi Cosi Cabrio Fix Black or Grey with adapters
3. Baby carriers             
For parents who opt to buy a baby carrier, one thing many parents don't think about, is that heat can make the baby carrier unbearable, and so for parents who live in a hotter climate or who will be using their baby carrier during the summer, you should buy one that's meshier. In general, parents should look for extra padding for their own back, shoulder straps that are fairly wide to better distribute the infant's weight and buckles that are easy for them to use, but not so simple the baby can undo them. Carriers should only be used until a baby reaches 20 pounds. An older baby could just start fiddling with it. One minute you could think you're secure, and the next minute you're not. Some best picks for baby carriers:
- Baby K'Tan Breeze Mesh Carrier - Teal
- Baby K'Tan Solid Cotton Carrier - Heather Grey
- Baby K'Tan Active Carrier - Black
- Baby K'Tan Solid Cotton Carrier Basic - Denim
4. Strollers
Many parents do not need a stroller immediately after a child is born, so purchase a stroller that is simply a frame that can be paired with the infant's car seat, giving the parents time to delay the decision about what stroller they need. Strollers especially are worth spending money on, as kids will often still be using them when they reach age 5, and long trips to the mall or an amusement park mean they can't stay on their feet all day. One thing to look at, is the storage area, as it often gets used like a shopping cart. The area needs to be accessible, even when the seat is reclined, and it needs to be large enough.If the storage basket is too small, or you can't get to it, you're going to use the handles for all your stuff, which presents a tipping hazard. Another thing to consider is the environment where you will be using the stroller. Parents who live in colder climates with snow or rocks will need bigger tires, while parents in the city need to find a lightweight model that can easily be moved on and off public transportation. Some reccomendations for strollers:
- Scarlett Retro Pram Pushchair 2 in 1
- Isabell Retro Pram Pushchair 2 in 1
- TRIM T-Line Pram Pushchair 2 in 1
- TRIM R-Line Pram Pushchair 2 in 1
- TRIM M-Line Pram Pushchair 2 in 1
- ECO White - 2in1 pram pushchair
Posted by YummyMotherhood on 22 January 2018 12:43

Ride-on toys are very useful type of playthings when it comes to the development of motor skills which include, balance, coordination, strength and endurance of toddlers. While riding them the toddlers need to concentrate a lot as they have to maintain stability while riding on these. Through this concentration they learn how to coordinate their body movements. Many ride-on toys provide excellent opportunities for introducing toddlers to vehicles and occupations that use such machines.
To sum it up while enjoying these toys, the toddlers also learn to be more emotionally stable, psychologically healthy and socially responsible individuals. Such is the role of ride-on and other toys that parents should carefully select for their little ones.

Our Picks for the best Ride-On toys for Toddlers:

Plush Monkey Sofa Riding Chair Brown

Plush Dinosaur Sofa Riding Chair Green

Plush Elephant Sofa Riding Chair Grey

Plush Elephant Sofa Riding Chair Pink

Plush Dragon Sofa Riding Chair Blue

Plush Dragon Sofa Riding Chair Pink

Plush Giraffe Sofa Riding Chair Brown

Plush Giraffe Sofa Riding Chair Pink

Plush Giraffe Sofa Sitting Chair (Brown)

Plush Giraffe Sofa Sitting Chair Pink


Posted by YummyMotherhood on 15 January 2018 13:44

Breastfeeding can be challenging but this is the best the mums can give to their newborns in order to make them healthy by making their immunity system strong. But multiple barriers to breastfeeding persist. Thinking about working mums or mums who need to maintain a balance between home and other outdoor chores while taking care of their new borns in such situations Breast pumps have been used as an incentive for breastfeeding.

How does a breast pump works:
A breast pump can come in handy if the baby is unable to suck or hold on to its mother's nipples and the mother is lactating enough to produce good quality of milk. Pumping out sufficient amount of milk can also help feed premature babies who might need more attention and adequate supply of breast milk. Continuous pumping can also save a new mother from the clutches of engorgement and the heaviness of breasts. It helps a nursing mother to pump and store the milk so that the baby can enjoy the benefits of breastfeeding even if the mother is not around. It helps the working moms ensure that their babies get their share of breastfeeding despite of the fact that they are at a distance. Even stay at home mothers can use a pump to store milk and ask an attendant to give a feed when needed while catching up on some me-time.

How to choose a breast pump:
It depends on the mother's usage and needs. If it is occasional then go for a manual pump, that will serve the purpose. But if the mother is working and the baby is less than 6 months old then an electronic breast pump will be convenient. One important aspect to keep in mind while choosing a breast pump is to be sure to pick the phalanges or shields of the right fit for the nipples and position them correctly to avoid any discomfort or irritation.

While choosing a breast pump it is important that you pick one that has variable speed and suction options as this will allow the mom to regulate the same depending upon her comfort and baby's suckling style. Keep in mind that it might take a while to get accustomed to the pump. So before starting the actual storing process, some trials with the pump are necessary to get a hang of it. Start with the lowest level of suction and then increase the speed gradually. Remember, for a good let down of milk, one should try and be calm and relaxed. Never forget to sterilise all parts of the pump (the ones that can be sterilised) after every use.

Suggested Breast Pumps:

Posted by YummyMotherhood on 09 January 2018 13:12
Shifting from a cot to bed is an exciting step for your child---- but there is no hurry. Here are som tips for smooth transition of your child from a cot to a toddler's bed.
From cot to bed
Mostly children shift from cot to bed between 2 and 3½ years. There’s no hurry, though. There are advantages to leaving children in a cot if they’re happy there. It’s also safe to wait until children are over two years before moving them into a bed. Sometimes the shift to a bed brings new bedtime challenges that you have to deal with.
Reasons for moving from cot to bed
- Your child has started climbing out of the cot
- Your child is on toilet training and you want him/her to be able to get to the toilet easily during the night.
- You have a second baby who needs the cot.
If you’re moving your child into a bed to free the cot for a second baby, try to move your child  a few months before the baby is born or when the baby is a couple of months old. This way your child won’t feel that the move is because of the new baby, which could cause resentment towards your child’s new brother or sister.
Choosing a bed
When you move your child from cot to bed, you have few options:
- Lay a cot mattress or a single bed mattress on the floor, rather than moving your child straight into a bed. This reduces the risk of your child falling out of bed and being injured.
- Start with a toddler bed. Toddler beds are usually the same size as cots, and some cots even convert to toddler beds. They reduce the risk of your child falling out of bed and being hurt. And you can keep using your cot mattress and bedding.
Making a safe move from cot to bed
Whichever bed you choose, some simple precautions and planning can help keep your child safe:
- Keep the bed or mattress on the floor away from walls to reduce suffocation risk. Remember that pillows are also a suffocation risk for children under two years.
- If you choose a single bed, use bed rails to stop your child falling out of bed. The bed and the bed rails should be gap free so that your child can’t get stuck.
- Keep the area around the bed or mattress clean and clear of soft toys, bean bags and anything else that might suffocate your child.
Moreover, you can encourage them by saying positive and clear words like, it is time to go to sleep--- see you in the morning! This way you can help make bedtime seem less scary. Then leave the room. You might have to do this several times until your child stays in bed or settles.
Posted by YummyMotherhood on 03 January 2018 12:11
The condition Parasomnia commonly referred to as 'night terrors' are mostly experienced by kids between the ages of 4 and 12 but can happen at younger ages as well. During night terrors children look distressed, scream and do not respond to any communication their parents do at that time. They look like nightmares but they are not and are much more frightening for parents than for kids who do not have any memory of them the next morning.
Night terrors occur after one to two hours once a child goes to sleep. Some children move in their bed showing restlessness while others get out of their bed and sleep walk. They look like they are awake but actually they are not. Apart from sleep walk some kids might also sleep talk along with it. They occur when the children have not gone into REM sleep ( deepest sleep) whereas a nightmare occurs when the children are in their REM sleep and they might wake up and complain about a bad dream and they even remember it the next day which is so unlike during night terrors. Many children have one or a few night terrors and then never have one again. Other children have several during childhood. Typically, they're outgrown before adolescence.
Night terrors are more commonly found in boys than in girls and tend to be genetic. The cause is not known, but they can be caused by stress, sleeplessness and fatigue. Sometimes, night terrors are accompanied by a fever.
There is nothing dangerous about having night terror, unless the child hurts him/herself while sleep walking.  Parents can make sure the child is safe by removing objects from the floor that might make them trip over, close the doors of the bedroom so that they donot walk down the stairs. Avoid trying to shake the child awake. It usually doesn't work and even if he does wake up, it could take him longer to settle down and go back to sleep. Instead, speak softly and calmly, and gently lead him back to bed. 
Night terrors are usually not a cause for concern. Putting a child to bed earlier may help prevent them, since sleep deprivation can be a contributing factor. If the night terrors are frequent and continue to cause disruption to your child, you should speak to your pediatrician.
Posted by YummyMotherhood on 27 December 2017 09:25
A child that has the physical, mental and social skills to meet the demands of sport, means that he is capable of participating in different sports activities. While the following guidelines can help you choose age appropriate games it is also very important to see that children develop at different rates. Children will excel in sports only if they are physically, mentally and socially skilled for the required sport.
Ages 2 to 5 years
Before the age of 6, most children do not develop the basic motor skills for organized sports. The reason is this that their balancing and attention span is limited. The vision and ability to track moving objects is also not fully mature. For this, find other sport activities that enhances basic skills such as running, swimming, tumbling, throwing and catching. These skills do not require organized sports to be developed and enhanced. Children at this age learn best when they are open to explore, experience , experiment or copy others. Instructions should be precise and to the point may be a show-and- tell format could help and include playtime too but avoid competition. Parents can play a positive role model and kids should be encouraged at all times.
Ages 6 to 9 years
By the age of 6, most children have the basic motor skills required for simple organized games. However, they might not be good at hand-eye coordination that is required to perform complex motor skills and therefore shall not be ready to understand concepts like teamwork strategies. Games like,running,swimming,soccer,baseball,tennis,gymnastics,martial art and skiing can be played at a basic level to focus on motor skills more deeply. Sports such as football, hockey, baseball, volleyball needs complex visual and motor skills as well as quick decision making or detailed strategies or teamwork will be difficult unless modified for younger players. Sports played at this age should focus on developing and polishing skills rather than winning. The equipment and rules should also be age appropriate. For example; smaller balls, smaller fields, shorter game time and practices, fewer children playing at the same time, frequent changing positions and less focus on score keeping.
Ages 10 to 12 years
By the age of 10 to 12, most children are ready for complex sports as they have fully developed motor skills and the cognitive ability that requires complex motor skills such as teamwork and strategies. Sports at this level should focus on further skills development, fun and participation and not just competition. Some children of this age bracket may start puberty. During this time, physical differences between children , particularly boys of the same age can be dramatic. This can make a difference in which sport could be best for them. Boys who start puberty earlier will be taller, heavier and stronger. This may give them an edge over physical strength over others who are not but it does not mean that they are more talented and will excel in sports than others. They can compete with boys having same physical ability regardless of their age. Now boys who mature later may experience a temporary physical disadvantage in sports. This should not be seen as a lack of talent or ability. In short, these boys should be encouraged to play sports with less emphasize on physical size. Games such as, racket sports, swimming, gymnastics, and other track events.
Growth spurts can temporarily affect coordination, balance, and the ability to perform a skill. Keep in mind that it can be frustrating if this is seen as a lack of talent or effort. 
Posted by YummyMotherhood on 21 December 2017 11:06
At the infant age, having a conversation with your child has been pretty one-sided only, however look out for the flooding of words that starts when the child reaches the age of 2/3 +. Toddlers do not develop this word bank on their own, parents and/or keycarers play a very pivotal role in helping them develop their language and speech skills. The more they are encouraged to chat the better they will perform when they reach the age of a preschooler.
Now, it is necessary to do so as when the child starts his/her school, the teacher expects some basic vocabulary to be developed and if your child lacks then he/she will struggle to get to the desired expectation of that standard. Reading is one of the best ways to help them talk but there are other creative ways that can foster your child's speech. Follow these four key components of speech to help your child develop more vocabulary.
A is for Articulation
When developing vocabulary, toddlers also need to practice the pronunciation of the words to build the mouth muscles so that it helps them to say new words clearly.
- A Mirror: 
Your child learns to pronounce words by watching you speak however he/she can perform even better by seeing the reflection of his/her own mouth as they speak. You can sing or recite nursery rhymes together in front of the mirror. 
- Tissue:
This is one simple and easily available prop which can help your child develop the sound of consonants. Hold the tissue in front of his/ her mouth and have him/her practice making the P sound. He/she will think it looks funny watching the tissue move when he/she does it correctly.
- Peanut Butter: 
Place a dab of peanut butter behind the two front teeth (if they are not allergic) and ask him/her to touch it with the help of his/ her tongue. Tell him/her that this is the spot where his/her tongue should touch when he/she says words that begin with letter D and T. 
B Is for Building Vocabulary
- Repeat yourself:
It is a known fact that with toddlers repetition works best. If you are introducing a word to your child try using that word in a variety of sentences. For example, if you have introduced the word big point to something in the environment only that looks big and use the word in a sentence that makes complete sense. But if your child does not pick up and use the word correctly don't panic right away. Some kids need to hear certain words or phrases more often than others before they become a part of their vocabulary.
- Be descriptive:
This is another very important thing to bear in mind while developing language and speech skills in children. Try being explanatory or descriptive with your kids when you are talking to them about any object. Like, if you have gone for grocery shopping with your kid point towards a particular fruit or vegetable; pick it up and make him/her feel how it looks like, what is its shape or texture etc. Then ask him/her to describe another item.
C Is for Comprehension:
Kids learn best when they are taught through games and activities. The following games will help to improve your toddlers grasp of language as well as develop the ability to take and follow directions---- a skill they will need sooner or later.
- Simon Says: 
You should give simple and easy instructions to your child like, pick up that toy and give it to me or bend down to touch your toes etc. At the age of 3+ kids should be able to follow two step directions.
- Scavenger hunts: 
Kids enjoy looking for hidden objects. Hide their favourite toys in a place which is easily approachable by them. Give them easy instructions as clues to help them find it. Like, look behind the curtain or it is near the round table in the garden.
- Story time: 
Read a bed time story to them. Point to the illustrations while reading the story out to them. After that, point to the illustrations and ask them what is happening in the picture. Give them hints, clues or prompts if they are stuck somewhere while describing the scene.
D Is for Demonstration
The more words your child is expose to the more he will learn to use however do not dominate every conversation. Make sure they get plenty of talk time with these tips.
- Replay that tune:
Sing a song with your child, repeat the lyrics slowly so he/she can hear each word clearly. Once you think he/she has got the grasp of it ask him/her to sing it for you all by him/herself.
- Phone it in:
Play with a toy phone or may be use a toy walkie talkie and assume to have a conversation with your toddler or role play with him/her you pretend to be another family member like grandpa or grandma or a neigbour.
- Plan more playdates:
Try to socialize your  toddler with his peers. This way he would get ample opportunity to practice his conversation skills with kids of his age. This is a good way of helping him/her make friends which will help later on.
Posted by YummyMotherhood on 13 December 2017 00:00
Being pregnant in itself is a beautiful feeling a woman can experience.  Nothing can be compared to the feeling of carrying another life in your womb and getting to hear its sweet voice and share your life with it. It is undoubtedly true that pregnancy brings along itself a lot of challenges but also some fringe benefits too. So why not focus on those benefits and enjoy this time!!!
1- You have a Glow
You will experience the difference in your skin when you get pregnant. That glow in your skin is remarkably obvious. Reasons are still unknown but probably the hormone levels differ in a pregnant woman that's why they have luminous lovely skin. Whatever the reason, it is a great benefit!
2- No Periods for 9 months
Time to say bye-bye to those horribly painful cramps and of course not to forget the scary PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) symptoms. Though you may experience irritation, mood swings and emotional moments but not quite as strong as the ones felt during PMS.
3- Others are considerate and caring towards you
Don't you feel good when you are being taken care of by your family and friends and even by strangers when you are out in the public areas. Looking at your condition your family and friends render their special considerations to you and even when you are out in the public you may experience door held open for you by strangers or they might let you go ahead of them in line. There is just something special about a pregnant woman that brings out a caring heart in others.
4- Seeing your partner in a New light
Your relationship with your husband changes when you are pregnant. You start viewing him differently as the status from a husband changes to that of a dad. It is believed that the news of having a baby strengthens the bond between a couple.  The relationship deepens to an even sweeter level than it was before having a child.
5- Growing as a Person
It is the time for personal growth that has a wonderful outcome. This is the time when you start analyzing yourself what beliefs and values you would be passing into your child. This may want you to become a  good person for the one yet to come out in this world.  Just remember you are becoming the best YOU for your child. 
These are some of the benefits and blessings of being pregnant. Which one of these do you love?
Posted by YummyMotherhood on 05 December 2017 11:57

Parents always want to see their children happy and successful in every walk of their lives. Children who are happy and successful makes strong and healthy relationships and are successful in their careers. There are certain traits behind such successful individuals and parents can help nurture these traits in their children even when they are infants. According to child development experts, there are five areas which if focused upon by parents can help raise happy and satisfied individuals.

  • Trust
  • Patience
  • Responsibility
  • Empathy
  • Self-reliance


This is the trait upon which rest of the traits rest. Without this trait, children face an uphill developmental war. This means that if a child does not acquire the ability to trust others, he/she will lack confidence and will hesitate to move forward. Parents can instill this trait right after the birth. You can give a sense of security and develop a faith in the world which will ultimately lead to having faith in themselves. You can do this by meeting your child's basic needs like; feed them when they are hungry, rock them if they want to sleep, change their nappies when soiled etc. Talk to them, spend time with them, read them bedtime stories. As they grow up the type of trust development changes, listen to your child show them that you trust them. While doing so they will refrain themselves from doing something inappropriate as here the trust now will play a pivotal role.


After trust, one of the most important trait that needs to be developed in every individual without which things can become very complicated. Without patience individuals can become very hyper, easily irritated and highly impatient. This can be instill in children only when they see their adults showing or practicing patience in front of them. This is a very well-known fact children mostly copy or inherit habits from their parents so the more you are patient the same you can see evolving as a part of your child's personality.


With trust and patience comes the third trait that is responsibility. We need to give responsible individuals to the society. This can be inculcated by assigning your children duties which are age appropriate, set down certain task for them to be accomplished and then take a feedback from them. Reward them for carrying out a certain responsibility successfully. In this way they will feel proud about it and will furthermore be able to carry out other responsibilities succesfully.


This trait is the key to developing social competence. It is very natural, one can not feel the pain of others until and unless he or she goes through the same. Teach your children to respect others feeling and have a soft heart for them. This way they will be able to develop strong relationships. Try avoiding such television shows which promote fights, brutality or acts of cruelness. In spite of them, try showing or reading such stories which depicts care and kindness to others at all times. And above all, you as parent should treat your children with care and don't judge them or see things from your own perspective. Try to look beyond the visibility.

Self- reliance

Give the confidence to your child of working independently, making independent choices, let them have the feel that yes they can carry out a certain task without being guided or supervised. You can do this by assigning certain task that needs to be broken up into steps or stages tell them to complete it by taking decisions on their own as to how they can complete it. Applaud them for their achievements.


All these traits are very essential to develop a positive personality. The problem is the trouble parents face in doing so but this should not stop you from not working towards it. I know it is tiring but at the end all is worth it!!!

Posted by YummyMotherhood on 14 November 2017 07:54

A lot of kids undergo a time in their lives wherein they become meticulous and fussy with the food they consume. For parents like you, such a problem must worry you, because as much as possible, you will want your kid to get enough nutrition from her or his diet. Luckily there are tips that you can follow to deal with this issue. It might take a while for your kid to change his or her eating habits; however these tips must help you a lot.

Take your Kids with you when shopping for food

The best way to introduce your kids to healthy food is through taking him with you during your food shopping. In the fruits and vegetables sections, let him choose the items he want. Children are easily attracted to color and crispiness, and this simple approach will encourage your kid to try other foods.

Involved your Kids in Preparing Meals

Get your little one involved in food preparation now and then, because of the fact that it assists increase his or her interest in new or not familiar food. At this point in time, there are lots of sites and books which can give you with easy to follow recipes for kids.

Make Your Eating Time a Happy and Fun Moment

Your eating time must be fun moment for your little one. If possible, you would like to introduce new food in a reassuring and calm way and don’t pressure or force a feeding. When your kid just goes for a taste on the first try, you have to be contented. Perhaps he or she will be bold enough as chew or swallow it the next time. Last but not the least; never make a subject of finishing or not finishing no matter what you serve. Once you do this, this might lead to your little to develop unhealthy outlook of food once they grow up. Do not scold your child if he or she fails to complete his or her meal.

Other Useful Tips to Follow to Deal with Fussy Eaters

  • Serve meal in an attractive way
  • Serve meal in bite sizes only and you have to avoid risk of choking
  • Always integrate at least one of your kid’s preferred foods once preparing meal.
  • Provide a range of colors as well as textures
  • Serve meals as well as snacks only before your kid becomes hungry, or she or he may be bad-tempered and fussy.
  • Once your kid dislike variety, then recurring nutritious and healthy meals are fine. Also it could assist make meal look inviting and appealing. Food cut into appealing shapes, simple food picture and food faces are popular

You need to be patient with your little one and you have to know that his or her being a fussy eater might only be a stage or a chapter of his or her life and something which will outgrow sooner or later. Keeping these tips in your mind you will be capable to dealing with fussy eater issues efficiently.  

Posted by YummyMotherhood on 02 November 2017 23:13

Spirited child is often referred to as strong willed and difficult child who possess traits that are being valued in adults yet found to be challenging in kids or children. Studies revealed that spirited kids are known to be wired to be more by temperament. These children are more sensitive, persistent, uncomfortable, perceptive and intense with changes than average child.

In order to identify sensitive and spirited children you need to be mindful about the following signs:

  • The children’s perseverance perseveres and keep on persevering
  • They do not sleep just like the other kids
  • Individuals have different theories about these kids
  • These children wanted to do everything
  • They have hard time for transitions

Extending a Helping Hand to Sensitive Spirited Children is Crucial

With their unique traits, it’s crucial to extend a helping hand to sensitive spirited children. There are actually many ways to help them but the parents play the biggest role on this pursuit.

The Role of Parents in Helping Sensitive Spirited Children

Some parents can view spirited children as hyper and stubborn brat while others see these children as incredibly passionate and sensitive with truly amazing energy. Punishments are not right and effective with sensitive spirited children. If you will threaten them, they will just allow you to. Instead as parents, they need to help their kids manage intensity and become assertive and at the same time be respectful of them and other people.

While the life with sensitive spirited children can be frustrating and exhausting sometimes, parents can take solace in the fact that they might be raising future leaders of a free world. Passion, strong convictions and perseverance are said to be positive qualities. The intense joy and boundless cuddles are also added perks.


Routines are also crucial parts of the life for spirited children. These kids function better especially when they have good foundation and know what’s really coming next. Establish routine for most things and keep them consistent every day. Some kids might also do well with motivation charts in order to remind them of what is really expected and what needs to be accomplished in their routines. The chart contents depend on the functioning and age of the child and can be executed very young.

There are also more other ways and practical strategies to help sensitive spirited children manage their own intensities while keeping it cool for parents. There are effective tips to discipline these children including winning cooperation and establishing clear limits and expectations. Newest strategies to manage meltdown and means to prevent them in the future are also highly considerable options.

And though sensitive spirited children are special in some ways, they still deserve the love, care and the help that they deserve. Parents have vital role on this. Helping them can be tied with so many challenges but it’s possible and this is what really matters. Sensitive spirited children might be different in a way but they are also beautiful creatures who deserve the best life in the world.

Posted by YummyMotherhood on 02 October 2017 22:50

Parents want their child to know how to act politely, but most are not sure how or where to start. Parents, when teaching etiquette to your child, the most important thing to consider is to set a good example of what good manners are and be consistent about it. A child always mode behaviour from the people around him or her and as parents that would be you.

When to Teach Good Manners to Your Child

Good manner must be taught to your child at the earliest age possible. This is because by the time they have formed bad habits, teaching them good manners would be difficult as habits are difficult to change. From the moment a child is born, the parents serve as their role models. If you show bad manners and attitude, your child will assume that it is good and follow your example.

Set a good example, show them what are good manners and your child will naturally follow you. In addition, one of the most effective ways in teaching etiquette to your child is by telling them exactly what the rules are and then show how these rules apply in everyday life. To make learning etiquette more interactive and engaging for your child, there are even games to play based on these.

Manners mean being sensitive or aware to the feelings of others. What is important when teaching good manners is awareness and for a child, the best time to teach them is around 18-month. By that time, a child starts to understand that other people also have feelings. Good manners is important in the real world and without them, your child is at a great disadvantage.

How to Teach Etiquette to Your Child

Consistency is Key

For your child to acquire good manners, lots of practice and reinforcement is important. In that sense, you, your partner and those that are always around your child are consistent in modelling good manners and right conduct. If one of you deviates from what is considered good etiquette, your child will be confused as to what to make of that person.

Teaching Good Etiquette is Lifetime Education

Teaching your child etiquette is a lifelong education.  You cannot expect him or her to know how to act overnight. Teaching good manners take slowly and to reinforce it, reward with praise can help the process become manageable for everyone involved. One thing to note about is to keep your expectations of your child in check.

Start With Basic Rules

Start with the basic rules for your children, rules that they can follow even at early age and they can start at home. Just teach them some basic rules because you do not want them to be overwhelmed or have their development be stifled by introducing concept they are too young to understand. Some basic good etiquette you can teach your child include saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and others along this line.

Remember your child is still small and there is only so much he or she can do. If you start early, be consistent about it and praise your child when they learn correctly, then you are on the right track of teaching your child what right manners are.

Posted by YummyMotherhood on 19 September 2017 22:17

Different colours put an impact to child’s mood and behavior in several ways.  Warm colours like orange and yellow stimulates the best kind of emotions that ranges from warmth, comfort to anger and hostility. Primarily, warm colors also make children cozy and happy. Bold shades of these warm colours also help in stimulating their mind and energizing their body. 

On the other way around, cool colours such as green, blue as well as purple also helps kids to relax. But, these colors also made kids feel sad particularly if the colours are too dark for them to see. Despite of the soothing nature of these cool colours, they are not all the time providing welcoming effect and always leave kids feeling of distant and removed. 

To give you more idea on how children see color and how it affects their mood, then here are the lists of some of the common colors that they are usually seeing and its effect and these include the following: 


  • Energizes and excites the body. 
  • Creates excitement and alertness. 
  • Increased appetite. 
  • Encourages creativity. 
  • Increased their athletic ability as young as their age. 
  • Inability to focus and may also cause headache. 
  • Maybe somewhat anxious and disturbing to some kids. 


  • Creates calming mood and behavior of the kids. 
  • This color may also become very irritating for over time which may lead to anxiety. 


  • This associates positive feeling of motivation and happiness to kids. 
  • Promotes focus or concentration. 
  • Encourages child’s creativity. 
  • Too much exposure to this color may lead to frustrations and anger. 


  • Welcoming and friendly. 
  • Enhanced alertness. 
  • Puts your kids at ease. 
  • Too much exposure can be very stimulating. 


  • Calms the body and mind of your kids. 
  • Minimizes kids feeling of aggression and anxiety. 
  • Creates kid’s sense of well-being. 
  • Decreases children’s appetite. 


  • Creates calmness mood. 
  • Encourages creativity. 
  • Relieves tension and engenders peacefulness. 


  • Symbolizes nature. 
  • Promotes calming and serene environment. 
  • Associated healing, well-being and health. 
  • Soothes mind and body. 
  • Reduces children’s anxiety. 
  • Promotes focus. 

Ways to Make Use of Different Colors in Your Children’s Life 

Now that you’re already aware on how specified colours affect your children’s mood, what the possible steps you need to consider in helping your children. To give you an idea, here are the lists of some of the steps you need to take and these include the following: 

  • Make use of calming colour such as green and blue in quiet areas to completely relax your children.  During hot days, you also need to dress them in colour blue to cool down their mood and temperature. 
  • Children who are experiencing trouble sleeping or those who are prone to some tantrums or some other kinds of behavioral issues, you may benefit from exposing them to blue colours. 
  • If you really wanted to let your children sleep well, then try making use of some cool colors such as green, blue or even purple. The calming effects of these colours may let your children feel relaxing and spacious. 
  • Avoid painting the rooms of your children with dark colors; try to consider those cool colours. 

These are just some of the things you need to consider when it comes to the effect of colors on the behavior of your children as well as the things you need to do put positive impact to your children’s behavior. 




Posted by YummyMotherhood on 11 September 2017 00:00

Positive and Negative Impact of Having a Sibling

Having a sibling offers a significant impact to the social and emotional development of a child.  Through sibling relationships, children learn important skills such as negotiations, cooperation and conflict resolution. A good sibling relationship also helps provide siblings with a great network they can turn to for emotional support. However, just like with just about everything, there is a positive and negative impact to having a sibling.

Positive Impact

Provides Emotional Support

One of the biggest positive impacts of having a sibling is that they can be an emotional support for each other. A positive relationship with your sibling means there is someone to help you in overcoming difficulties simply because you have someone to listen to your problems and offer you advice how to get past them.

When you have a sibling, you can have someone to turn to when you need emotional support during life’s adversities. Compared to an only child, the relationship between siblings offers them the realization they are not alone in life. Siblings offer each other a trustworthy confidant in the family, someone you can share private and difficult information you cannot share with others.

Develop Essential Social Skills

With having siblings, you can learn some important social skills that would help you in the real world. Right there at home, you can learn skills like managing conflicts and negotiating with others. Older siblings also serve as a model for the younger ones where they can learn appropriate social behavior. These skills are helpful in creating healthy relationships with others outside of the family.

Negative Impact

Competition or Sibling Rivalry

A common occurrence when you have siblings is that you often fight and compete with your siblings for various reasons. Siblings often fight to get attention from their parents or sometimes just because of temper tantrums. Some children easily accept having another person in their life but there others think of siblings as unnecessary waste of space.

Sibling rivalry is often a source of frustration of both parents and siblings, thus it is considered it a negative aspect. Rivalries between siblings can mold whom they are in the years to come, shaping their physical and mental health as well as predicting their personalities. With such, it is important to form healthy competition between siblings.

Perceived Favoritism

Another negative impact of having a sibling comes in the form of siblings believing their parents favor the other sibling more than he is. When there is favoritism in the family, it could negatively influence the child less favored making him feeling inadequate, or less while a sense of entitlement develops to the favored sibling.

To prevent rift between siblings and the negative impact of favoritism, it is important that parents learn not to compare siblings to each other. Instead, parents need to embrace that every child is different from each other. Parents should stay out of sibling conflicts to avoid letting their child perceive that the needs of the other is more favored than theirs or that they need to be different or better to be loved. 

Posted by YummyMotherhood on 04 September 2017 13:21

New mothers need huge amount of support. Not just with the baby and household but also with dealing with emotions, fatigue and new lifestyle. 

As a partner, friend or family you must offer help where possible, without stepping into new mothers privacy. Just offer help and make her feel you are there to listen to her as well.

You can help her physically so she can rest. Prepare nutritious meals for her. Watch the baby and let her have little time for meditation so she can connect with herself and exercise. Go shopping with her. 

Encourage her to make new parents friends. Its always great to talk to people who are in the same phase of life. There is so much to talk, share and learn from each other. No one has time to read books for every little thing. Some things you learn from each others experience. New mothers need this support system!

Don't judge a new mother if she doesn't look or sound happy. Its a ll very overwhelming, not easy to take the big change in lifestyle that the baby brings in. You can never be prepared enough. Once you become a parent i.e. the baby is born your life changes. Not every mother is capable of adapting that change quickly. Like any other change in life. Some respond faster than others. Help her look at the good things in her life. Point out all the positive things in her life.

She wants to know that she will lose the extra weight that she has gained. Give her example of people you both know and they have. Give her example of popular people. Make her feel good about herself and her body, after all her body has just participated in a miracle - created a new human being!

Help her being realistic in her expectations and approach. Its good time to be a bit laid back for a time. Tell her she is the best mother her baby could have had.

Help her organising her day and creating a routine for the baby. That will set her and baby's expectations for the day/days.

Tell her if she looks after herself only then she can look after her baby well. 

New mothers need support - help them in any way you can and any way they need. What goes around comes around. 




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Posted by YummyMotherhood on 21 July 2017 00:00
  1. They are loved
  2. They are appreciated; not judged.
  3. We all make mistakes; learn to forgive yourself and others.
  4. There is nothing like perfect. It is a perception. Perfect for one person can be completely imperfect for another.
  5. Following your gut feelings will land you in a satisfied space. Do not follow the crowd, follow your heart.
  6. Universe gives you what you believe in. You will always find yourself saying ‘I knew it already’.
  7. Be your own benchmark; do not measure yourself by someone else’s standard.
  8. It is ok to agree to disagree. People have different experiences in life, different mind-sets and different views. Accept them the way they are.
  9. Giving calls getting naturally. When you become a giver, you will find you always have enough to give.
  10. Right and wrong is black and white. When it is right you will be satisfied; however when it is wrong you will feel bad and find yourself looking for reasons/justifications for your actions before doing anything.


Posted by YummyMotherhood on 30 June 2017 21:35
As a parent or childcarer - specially the one who is responsible for the meals, it is always a difficult question to what to serve the children for lunch and dinner. Its challenging because you want to feed them healthy meal but the problem is that is not on your children’s agenda. How to create that balance to ensure your child is getting enough of the recommended nutrition. In addition it is the meal that your child will love to eat.
To start let’s have a look at what and how much the children should be fed on daily basis. Following is the guide taken from Heart.Org for children’s daily intake. 
Dietary Recommendations for Children Ages 1 to 3
1 year
2 to 3 years
900 kcal/d
1000 kcal/d
kilocalories per day (kcal/d)
Milk / Dairy
2 cups
2 cups
Proteins - Lean Meat and Beans
1.5 ounces
2 ounces
1 cup
1 cup
3/4 cup
1 cup
2 ounces
3 ounces
Dietary Recommendations for Children Ages 4 to 18
4 to 8 years
9 to 13 years
14 to 18 years
kilocalories per day (kcal/d)
1400 kcal/d
1800 kcal/d
2200 kcal/d
25% to 35%
25% to 35%
25% to 35%
Milk / Dairy
2 cups
3 cups
3 cups
Proteins - Lean Meat / Beans
4 ounces
5 ounces
6 ounces
1.5 cups
1.5 cups
2 cups
1.5 cups
2.5 cups
3 cups
5 ounces
6 ounces
7 ounces
4 to 8 years
9 to 13 years
14 to 18 years
kilocalories per day (kcal/d)
1200 kcal/d
1600 kcal/d
1800 kcal/d
25% to 35%
25% to 35%
25% to 35%
Milk / Dairy
2 cups
3 cups
3 cups
Proteins - Lean Meat / Beans
3 ounces
5 ounces
5 ounces
1.5 cups
1.5 cups
1.5 cups
1 cup
2 cups
2.5 cups
4 ounces
5 ounces
6 ounces
Now keeping the above in mind mix and match the vegetables, fruits, grains and proteins. You can add dairy (milk/cheese/yogurt) in the cooked meals as well. Steamed and raw vegetables are always better than well cooked. Avoid the discolouration of the vegetables as that destroys the healthy part of the veggies.
Following are some ideas which are easy to make and does not require too many ingredients (herbs/sauces/spices). Infact children do not like too flavourful meals.
  1. Mac n cheese Bake with steamed broccoli and carrots

  2. Grilled Fish Fingers with peas and baked hash browns

  3. Cottage Pie

  4. Vegetable Risotto with Lentils

  5. Lamb/Chicken Curry with Flat Bread and steamed vegetables mix

  6. Aubergine Mincemeat Moussaka

  7. Ratatouille served with Brown Rice and beans

  8. Spanish Omelette with Cheese and garlic bread

  9. Meatballs with potato mash and steams veggies

  10. Chicken Cutlets or Potato and Lentil cutlets with mushed peas and corns

  11. Pizza topped with vegetables/shredded meat and cheese

  12. Salmon, green beans, carrots and Oats

  13. Falafel Wrap

  14. Homemade Burgers with Sweet Potato Chips
You can make the food very interesting by using shape cutters and by arranging food to make faces, stars, cars, trains, buses, houses or whatever your children like.
Don’t use salt at all or sugar in anything. Don’t use margarine, instead use Desi Ghee. Add grounded seeds and nuts such as almonds, walnuts or pumpkin seeds in the recipes to make it more nutritious. You can hide any vegetable in the food by making a puree of it and adding it to the recipe.
Try to use the back hobs/burners when cooking around children; also be very careful with the oven especially when you are opening the door of a hot oven.
Let me know if you would like me to share the recipes for any of the ideas above in the comment box below. I am happy to share simple, hassle free recipes with you that are loved by children.
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Posted by YummyMotherhood on 23 June 2017 00:00
What should you look for when you are looking for a right school for your child. Here are some points to consider when making that decision. 
1.       School’s Reputation - The school reputation is important. After all, it will be on your child’s profile/cv forever. The reputation is earned and if a school has earned bad reputation, it cannot be fiction.
2.       Academic or Sporty – your child’s inclination. Some schools are all study and no play, some will be relaxed on studies but encourage sports highly and others offer the balance. Look at your child’s inclination. If your child is sporty then you should look for that type of school as that’s were your child will excel. If you get this wrong then your child will not be the right fit and will always just be a number in the school. Help your child by finding the right space in a right place that will support his natural abilities.
3.       Private or State - It is an interesting question if you have money to pay for private schools. If you cannot afford private school then this question does not apply. However if you are interested in private schools and think you cannot afford it, do your research on school fees. You may be surprised as not all private schools are crazily expensive. Some offer scholarships. The friendships that you build in school lasts forever and we become one of the people we mingle with. The general perception is the children who attend state schools are street smart and children who attend private schools has influential contacts that can help later in life. A bright child will do great in either setting. 

4.       Distance from home – pick up and drop off. How far the school is from home. What would be your arrangements for pick up and drop off. Most schools offer bus service for a small fee.
5.       School provides lunch or pack lunch - Does the school provide lunch or would it require you to send the pack lunch. Would there be an extra charge for lunches provided?
6.       Before and after school clubs - Do you need before and/or after school clubs as the school hours are usually 9am to 3.30pm. Most schools have arrangements for these clubs however there many schools that do not.
7.       School visits - Visit the school or schools that you are interested in. Speak to headmaster, speak to teachers and see if they are passionate about what they do. Your child’s future learning will lie in these hands so ask them as many questions as you have. Re visit the school if the first visit does not give you a clear impression. Pupils – are they competitive or laid pack? Do they look happy? Does school offer Scholarships (applicable to private schools)? What are the School Ethos? Do they promote friendship, discourage bullying, encourage creativity etc etc.
8.       Does the school offer nursery/kindergarten? Most schools have nursery for 3+ and reception for 4+ before they start school at 5+. In most private schools if your child gets a place in a nursery he has actually secured a place in the school. However more state schools do not follow this rule. Even if your child gets a place in nursery you still need to join the queue for 5+ admissions.
9.       Co-ed or single gender - Do you prefer to send your child to co-ed or single gender (Boys for boys and girls for girls) school).  Most old institutions are either boys or girls. However, there are plenty of co-ed schools too. Those schools, which are for boys, look very different from those, which are for girls. Co-ed schools have mix of both.  Some believe it is the best to send children to single gender at the very young age as the schools are focusing on the development of that gender. Others believe children gain more confidence when they are in co-ed while dealing with other gender and are more considerate for the other gender.
10.   Is it up to Year 11 or 13? Does the school take students up to Year 11 or Year 13? That means you need to find a Secondary school after this age. Some parents feel Year 11 is a good time to reassess your child’s natural abilities and find a suitable school based on their current interests. Others believe the leadership abilities only start shaping up around Year 11 so it is best for them to be the older in the school and take on responsibilities at this age up to Year 13 when they have no choice but to move on to a bigger school where they will be junior again. 

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Posted by YummyMotherhood on 16 June 2017 00:00

Just like adults, children have different personalities. In fact we are born with our own personalities and then our environment and our experiences throughout our lives shape them. Deep down everyone has inclination towards one of the two types – Introvert or Extrovert. Your child is predominantly either an introvert or an extrovert. It is important to know that no one type is superior to the other.  Having one type does not mean your child can’t have the traits of the other type at all. In fact most people will have a bit of the other type or a lot of the other type. However primarily one is either an introvert or an extrovert. The main point that will help you identify is - does your child like quiet time to re-energise after few hours of play? If yes, your child is an introvert.

It is important to understand your child’s personality so you would know how your child behave in certain situations and how you can help your child getting what is needed.

Introverts gain their energy when they are alone and in a quiet setting, whereas extroverts drain their energy when they are on their own and there is no one to talk to. Extroverts think loud. They gain their energy by being with the people whereas continuous interaction with the people drain introverts energy. It is well said that introverts think before they speak; whereas extroverts speak before they think.

Introverts are quiet, observant, good listener, like one to one or small groups and are more sensitive. Whereas extroverts are loud, good speaker, expressive, have no difficulty getting on with big crowds and strangers.

An extrovert child will tell you about the details of his day along with some additional niceties, which may not be true. This is not because they like to lie, this is because they like talking and they will say the first thing that come to their mind. All of this is just to connect with the other people, not with the intention to mislead. Now this is where you will need to help an extrovert child helping in understanding the difference between imagination and reality. An introvert child will not tell you about how the day was as soon as the child sees you, unlike an extrovert who cannot wait to share. Your introvert child will gradually share the details of his day but not immediately, perhaps you will need to start with telling the child about your own day to encourage the child to speak up about his day.

Introverts are not shy, they like to know the surroundings and people around them first before they connect with them. As for them, it is about quality. If your child does not seem to be playing within the group that he has just joined. It is not because he is shy or he doesn’t like people or the activity. Your child just need time to get to know his surroundings before he becomes comfortable to open up. If someone calls your child shy just tell them he is not shy he likes to see and understand first before he opens up in new settings. Introverts take time to connect with strangers. And also depending on the day they may have already exhausted their energy if they had a busy day. Allow your child to have some quiet time. An extrovert child will have no problem from one activity to another unless they are tired, hungry or sleepy.

Organise your child’s activities based on his personality. Help your child flourish. Do not force your child to do something just because other children are doing it. Your introvert child could be an amazing writer or an artist, which is barely found in extroverts. Your extrovert child who probably is a live of a party, can be an amazing sportsman or a speaker. Let your child excel in their arenas.

Help your child to be comfortable in a less favourite situation. For example, extroverts do not like readying by themselves, an extrovert with character play may eventually enjoy reading books every now and then. Most extroverts prefer group reading and group studying when they are older. When your extrovert reads a book, be prepared to listen to the story he has just read with some additions. Where this is food for talk for extroverts, it is food for thought for introverts. Introverts like to think. They are deep thinkers.

Likewise constant exposure to big parties every now and then will help your introvert child learning how to deal with the large groups and be comfortable talking to strangers.

In order to be able to help your child it is vitally important to understand your own personality type too. Remember we are excellent in what we do regularly! As a parent our responsibility is to bring the best out of our children, our aim should not be to change them but to shape them to their natural being.

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Posted by YummyMotherhood on 09 June 2017 00:00
Now that the summer is upon us let’s do some planning for your children to make the most of the season.
Like everything else, it helps if you have a logic for planning the activities for your children too. I prefer to have two to three planned activities a week at least to keep the little growing minds engaged and rest we just go with the flow.
Here is the list of the activities:
1.       Visit to a museum – a number of museums have a section for young children; some also have dedicated areas for babies. Visiting a museum is not just fun, its a learning experience too. Most museums are big enough so you only cover a small section at a time and leave the rest for the next visit rather than trying to cover everything in one visit. Firstly, it is not achievable with little children, secondly it will feel like a rushed visit and the children will not grasp as much as they could if you spend more time in a small selected area and thirdly you can make several visits to the same museum and still have something new to see.

2.       Exploring a Park – that is not just playing in the playground but also look at and appreciate trees, flowers etc. Help your child connect with the nature. Point to the sky, clouds, birds, ducks, anything that the nature has offered. Point to different colours of leaves and make sure they note it. Also, ask them what they see in the park and then add on the things they have not mentioned. Use your senses touch, smell and hearing. Such as note the sound of wind. There will be so much to talk about! This will not just help them connect with the nature; it will also enhance their attention to details ability. They will become more aware of their environment. Later on when they grow out of playground, they will still appreciate going to the park and find it calming.

3.       Visit to a Farm House – Children love animals. Most farms have feeding sessions and other activities such as petting time where they can pet the animals as well. This can easily be a half day trip if not a full day trip. Always good to combine it with picnic. Pack a picnic and hand gel. Make sure your children wash hands after touching animals and before eating. Note that pregnant women and newborn babies should avoid any trips to the farmhouse. If it is unavoidable, please follow the medical advice.

4.       Fruit picking – Children love picking fruits and vegetables. Strawberries, apples, tomatoes, grapes etc whichever is your children’s favourite fruit and vegetable find a farm for that fruit and vegetable and go there. Also if your child does not like any particular fruit or vegetable it is also a good idea to take them to that farm. Sometimes they try new things while they are excited and eventually like the taste and start eating it. Some farms let you buy the products and take it home. Your children will be using all five senses (touch, smell, taste, hear and look) during this trip, a boost to the sensory.

5.       Swimming beach or indoor pool – Most children love water in any form. Yes we all know those puddles! Swimming is a brilliant physical exercise and there is no age restriction. Babies as young as 15 days old can swim in a pool. The only difference for the young children is the temperature of the water should not be below 30 degrees else they will find it cold and will not enjoy the activity. There are number of children pools – gyms, schools, hotels. I am certain you will find one that is right for your child. Always make sure to have right swimming gear for your child. Some bath toys can also accompany your child to the pool to make it more fun. Also never leave your children unattended in the pool even if you believe they are well trained and are the expert in swimming. It only takes 60 seconds for a child to drown. Not worth taking that risk. Sometimes its not even easy to identify if the child is playing in the water or drowning, if not sure act quickly do not waste time in thinking and figuring out. The professionals by the pool are trained for such situations and are able to distinguish between drowning and playing most of the time.

6.       A Trip to Theme Parks – fun fun fun! Pack a picnic or just enjoy the food offered in the theme parks that is usually costly. Children will need lots of calories to keep up with the running and excitement. Make sure your children are secure and seat belts are tighten when they are in a ride. Also make sure they steer clear of the moving ride when they are not sitting in a ride. In summer theme parks are very busy, make sure you can see your child at all times. Also stick only your mobile number on their clothes (no names or addresses!) in case they are lost someone can contact you. If you booked the tickets in advance and its raining on the day, take ponchos and wellies with you to protect from the rain.

7.       Indoor Soft Play – find an indoor soft play area. Most of them charge you a fee either for a day or for a session that usually is minimum for two hours. Most of them have an area allocated for young babies and also have a café too. Some allow you packed food and some don’t. Check the policies before getting to the venue either on their web site or just call them and ask.

8.       Visit to a Library or a Book Store – most libraries have a section for children. Reading cannot be understated. A half hour to an hour visit a week to the library will encourage your child to read books. This is also the quiet time that they can enjoy just by themselves. Borrow a book from library every week. Introduce different genre to your child. Babies love colourful images. There is always something for all ages. Book stores also have a section for young children.

9.       Arranging Play Dates – it is so important for children to play with other children. They learn sharing, caring, accountability, socialising and communication when they are with their peers. Arrange playdates at homes or outside whatever works for you. You can do any of the other activities that are here in my blog and make it a playdate.

10.   Visiting Funfairs – look for funfairs and add the dates to your calendar. Funfairs are so much fun. Do not forget to keep the cash as most of them do not accept cards.

11.   Pony Riding – If your child is old enough and like horses/ponies, introduce your child to the pony riding. They learn concentration, focus and directions among many other things. Stay with your child at all times or make sure a professional is with them. Children should never be unsupervised.

12.   Experiencing different means of Transport – If your child only travels in the car or walk most of the time, introduce buses, trains, trams, tuk tuk or any other form of transport. Children love it.

13.   A Trip to a Toy Store – Its good to reward children every now and then for anything they have achieved. It is good to introduce the rewarding concept to your child. When they are old enough teach them how to reward themselves i.e. buying a toy from the pocket money or money box. We are all motived by rewards somehow and its natural. We must prepare our children for this world. Sometimes we do good and that is not recognised, in such a situation we should learn to reward ourselves to keep the good work up. Children should learn that too. It will also force you to guide your children and identify the good things they have done; and appreciate it. Set goals and reward once they are achieved it. So yes a trip to the toy store. Set budgets so they understand the concept of money and learn how to manage within means.

14.   Art and Craft – colours, paints, threads, stars, stickers, rice, pasta, lentils, glue and cellotape. You can do so much with these things! Children enjoy drawing and colouring. You may also find art and craft classes for children too. Art and craft help improving hand eye coordination, focus, concentration and patience as well. There are number of art and craft kits available in the market for children. Read the age guide carefully as younger children may have some sort of risk.

15.   Music Sessions – music helps in brain development too. Look for children size instruments, mostly they are in toy form when they start. Play sounds and help them learn. There are music classes for as little as three months old.

16.  Trip to Cinema or Theatre - most cinemas have morning shows for children. There are some cinemas that have baby only shows that only allow you with a baby under one. Children love puppet shows. Look for outdoor theatres in summer and carry a picnic.
Remember to take lots of photographs whatever you do! Its so easy to forget. A photo is a ticket to revisit the beautiful memories.

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Posted by YummyMotherhood on 01 June 2017 00:00

 Often I wonder if reading books will make me a better parent. In the world where you will always find a book that will advise you almost opposite to what you read in the last book. Is it really important to read parenting books?

As an individual we are all different in granularity however in broad aspects we can all fit in one or the other groups. In broader terms your parenting style could be strict or lenient or something in between the two. 

It's important to understand that parenting style is not the measurement of how much a parent loves his child. Parents love for their children cannot be measured by any of the guides. 

You and your co-parent (your husband/wife/partner, in simple words the other parent of your child) could have different styles of parenting. That's not bad as your child can experience a mix of two styles. Is that a better way? It could be however this can create favourites. Favourites for some time like 15-20 years - oops! There is another way the parents can keep switching the style that is at any one point one is strict and the other is lenient. Well let's not make it sound awful. You will not always be in a situation where you will need to choose a style. However you will need to do the groundwork at a very early stage so you set the expectations for your child. So it does not come as a surprise later. However giving them a surprise every once in a while is also a not bad idea. That way they don't make decisions on your behalf. For example they can commit a trip with a friend saying I know my parents will allow it. They will later feel hurt if you don't this one time if you usually did allow. You could have a very valid reason for not allowing, however since the child has committed it will not be a pleasant situation. 

You can fall into a parenting style without much thinking about it. This can be driven by your parents' parenting style, your friends and family's parenting style or just driven by the behaviour of your child – just-go-with-the-flow parenting style. Or you could read the books/websites and research the more established parenting styles and choose to follow one. Remember you can always change the parenting style as your child grows. Sometimes you will find you are not following any style and you are kind of going with the flow and the other times you will be religiously following your chosen method.

Now the question is how important your parenting style is. On casual note, may be not much. They will all grow up and will be fine like all the other adults. However if we put it under the microscope it has very deep effect on your child. 

Your parenting style determines how you treat your child. Now again it does not determine how much you love your child. Parenting style has to do with raising your children in a manner to shape them into the adults that you expect them to be.

Is your child a responsible adult? This should always immediately be followed by the question is your child a happy adult? These two are the billion dollar questions if you get a yes as an answer for both of them you are a winner.

Happiness comes from within - heard this million times? This is correct. What is this within? Your inside voice. Your inner feeling. When you lie down in your bed at night to sleep do you feel happy. When you wake up in the morning do you feel content. Why depression is becoming a very common illness in young adults. 

We must aim to raise happy children as well as responsible.

The childhood is one of the most important time in any individual’s life, if not the most important - and it is driven by and around parents. So if your child is happy or not, now or as an adult later in life has a lot to do with you as a parent. Yes you have that responsibility. Just like you think if your mother had done that one thing differently or you would never do to your child what your father did to you. In reality you may fall into the same trap. However as an adult even before you became a parent you knew what went wrong during your childhood. Equally you remember what made you happy as a child. You like to revisit those happy days. It is creating the balance in such a way that there is more happiness. 

The world is not perfect so aren't we parents - heard this millions of times too. This is correct too. No matter what you do there will be some sort of shortcomings always. True. 

So what do we do as a parent. How do we raise not just responsible but also happy children.

Choosing a right parenting style. We need to do preparations for this test too. It is a test or like a test. It's not about what others will think. It's about how you feel when you see your grown up child. Look at your newborn/infant/toddler/kid now and imagine them when they are 20 years old and imagine them happy, imagine them responsible. Don't imagine them as doctors engineers artists or anything else! Let them decide it. If they are happy and responsible they are determined to succeed in later in life whatever they wish to do. So imagine them happy and responsible, and do this every now and then till they are an adult. This is what you are trying to achieve (hopefully). Now choose a parenting style that suits you, your child and your family. Right your family! If you have more than one child.

You cannot treat a child in isolation. It will be a family 'thing'. Each child is different from the other - yes heard that billion times. So we can't treat them the same if we want the best for each of them. It needs to be tailored to each child's need. However is it practically possible if you have children and not just a child? Not all the time - in fact not most of the time. So parents need to apply one style to all the children generally. It is not possible to have tailored parenting style for each child, not just it's not practical for parents it will also cause friction between the siblings. A child cannot have a happy childhood without a happy and a strong relationship with the siblings. Your job (or test) as a parent has just become more difficult!

Keeping that harmony within the family while bringing them up to as we have imagined them (happy and responsible as an adult) is a challenge. A challenge achievable? Yes. I am a true optimist so should you when you have children. The world is a beautiful place and we can make it a better place. Each of us contributes to make it what it is. Oh well that's a whole lot another topic. 

Yes it's doable being a dutiful parent. How you do it is what you are or should be looking for. And review your approach every now and then, especially if you find your current approach is taking you away from your goal - reassess, not regret! Regret is dangerous and takes away from the future for a past event and does not give anything fruitful in your present. Accept the mistakes you have made, learn from them, remember them, yes remember them and reassess your approach for that next time.

To choose the best parenting style for you and your family it is important to know your options so you can make an informed decision. Read the books/articles that agree with your point of views and those that challenge them. At times you will find that they can change the way you thought. Talk about it with family, friends, professionals or anyone else. Don't block any resources. You will need to adjust your style with the changing world. For example parents 20 years ago had not to worry about tablets, but now they have to. Keep up with the world, new 'in' things. This will keep you connected with your children. Just like how our parents sooner or later learned the use of technology with or without reluctance.

Most of all enjoy being a parent. It can be difficult and frustrating at times when they are very young. Bear with it. It will change. Stay strong and always do the right thing. Slow down in the race of life and connect with your children and nature. Look at those innocent faces smiling at you, trying to get your attention, seeking your love. The morning cuddles and the wet kisses. You are the world for them. Also take time out and reenergise yourself. It's important. After all parenting is a full time 24/7 365 days a year job for many years. You will need a break every now and then. Developing good understanding with your partner will make it easier. Taking turns is the way to go. It's a teamwork - joint effort.

I wish you all the best in whichever parenting style you choose. Happy parenting!

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Posted by YummyMotherhood on 20 May 2017 00:00

First time mother, everything so overwhelming. What else could be better than getting away with a 3 months old baby – our first family holidays. I chose to stay in a resort that way we had everything available to us within the premises. The plan was to pack the bags a week in advance however I realised the most of the things I wanted to pack where actually everyday use stuff so I couldn’t just pack them in a bag and put them away. So it was going to be last minute packing for number of things. I prepared my list (at least that’s something I could do in advance). Here is my list of items I packed for my 3 months old breastfed baby.

  1. Nappies (7 for each day)
  2. Wipes (One pack for each 3 days)
  3. Nappy cream and nappy rash cream
  4. Folding Changing Mat
  5. Baby Nail Clippers
  6. Baby comb
  7. Bath Liquid (Filled in a small travel size bottle)
  8. Shampoo (Filled in a small travel size bottle)
  9. Bath Towel (Although when I got there I realised I could just use the towel provided in the hotel)
  10. Massage oil
  11. A bottle of Calpol (paracetamol)
  12. Infacol
  13. Vitamins
  14. Chest rub
  15. Olbas Oil
  16. Thermometer
  17. Breastpump
  18. Bottles
  19. Bottle brush
  20. Socks
  21. Vest (3 for each day)
  22. Night suits (one for each night and one extra just in case)
  23. Clothes ( 2 sets for each day)
  24. Two blankets (one bit lighter)
  25. Play Mat
  26. Some toys
  27. Travel pushchair rain cover and sun cover

And I did pack all of this in time just before leaving the house and put the lock on the suitcase.

Taxi arrived in time. My husband placed the baby in the car seat and set it in the taxi. Got to the airport, checked in the suitcase. Kept the baby bag with me.

Remember at the time of take-off and landing let the baby suck on something. Feed the baby at that time or just let the baby suck on your washed cleaned finger.

I used to do duty free shopping at the airport, however this time I spent most of my time at the airport in the nursing room or changing room!

The flight was not bad at all. In fact much better than expected. It encouraged to think about more travelling with the baby in the future. It was not like other parents used to say.

Here we arrived in the hotel. What a beautiful resort! Before I could get soaked in the beautiful scene I had to feed the baby. To change the clothes I needed the suitcase and here I started looking for the key for the padlock I put on the suitcase. Yes you guessed it….I left the key at home! Marvellous.

The padlock was one of the very secure one, hard to break. Called the reception for help, they had to arrange a handyman to cut the padlock. There was no way I was willing to break my suitcase.

Anyways,3 hours later I got access to our suitcase. Changed dressed fed the baby, we went out on a stroll on this beautiful island. On the way back stopped by the restaurant, had lovely lunch. It was about time to feed the baby again.

This was the first time we had a holiday with a baby and that too our own baby, which meant we had to meet the baby’s needs first. It was not the same but still great for change of scene. I can’t say it was relaxing. It was not! It was very tiring especially when you are used to enjoying the foreign culture on your holidays and you are trying to fit those activities in too. Or you don’t feel satisfied on a holiday because you are not doing your normal holidays activities. Spent pretty much most of the time within the resort. Still it had its own pleasure.

So all you new mummies pull out your suitcases, just don’t forget the padlock key;)

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Posted by YummyMotherhood on 10 May 2017 00:00

How to change a nappy

This blog is for new parents or for your partner who says I don't know how to change a nappy. It is also useful in training your new nanny, babysitter, au pair, mothers help or anyone who may have volunteered to look after a child but has no experience of changing a nappy.

Let's start with the basic things that you will need:              

  1. A nappy (disposable or non-disposable)
  2. Wipes or cotton with some water 
  3. Access to a flat surface area for laying the baby down for nappy change 

Additional things that you can have:                                     

  1. Nappy cream for skin protection if no rash.
  2. Nappy cream for rash (if there is nappy rash)
  3. Changing mat
  4. Wipes warmer
  5. Changing unit
  6. Changing unit organiser
  7. Nappy disposal bag or nappy disposal system  

Before you start, remember: 

  • Babies are incredibly flexible 
  • Most of them cry at nappy change until they are 6 weeks old
  • When they learn to roll it will be hard to keep them in one position for more than few seconds. In this situation give them some toys in their hand to shake and play with. Nothing heavy, and no not your phone either! And follow the following steps as fast as you can.
  • How to identify which is the front side and which is the back side of the nappy? So the side that has a tape/ stickers/Velcro on left and right side is the back side of the nappy.
  • Never leave your baby unattended on a changing unit. You never know when they start rolling! 


  1. Make sure you have everything within your arm’s length when you start the process. 

  2. Lay your baby flat on the changing mat or a clean surface. 

  3. Remove the trousers/bottoms or any other clothing such that bottom down from waist the baby only has the nappy on. 
  1. Open a new nappy. Slide a new nappy under your baby's bums making sure the back side is under the bum's. The new nappy should be slightly higher up that the nappy which is already on your baby. 
  1. Now that the new nappy is in right position, open the nappy that your baby is wearing (the one that you are changing).
  2. Hold your baby's legs gently by the ankle with your one hand and lift them up you need to elevate baby's bum's slightly up from the surface.

  3. Without moving the new nappy, slide out the old nappy with the other hand, remember you are still holding baby’s ankles and lifting the legs and bums up.

  4. Use the wipe or cotton (dip it in water first) and wipe your baby’s back and front, starting from the back side. Put the used wipes/cotton in the old nappy. Make sure you clean between the skin folds as well. Once the back side is cleaned let baby’s legs down on the surface.

  5. Now use you both hands for cleaning the front you will need to hold the upper leg with one hand to clean the skin fold on the joint with the other hand.

  6. Once you are satisfied with the cleaning, let your baby’s skin dry for a few seconds. Then apply a thin layer of the nappy cream. Remember nappy cream is not an essential, however the nappy rash cream is very important if the baby has a rash.

  7. Spread the middle of the nappy wide which is between your baby’s legs.

  8. Now put the front of the new nappy on baby’s waist as high as the back of the nappy. If it has moved down then slide it back up. For new born babies if the umbilical cord stump is not yet dried and fallen off then try not to cover it. You can fold down the waistband.

  9. Unfold the Velcro/tape/sticker on the sides and fasten the nappy on the baby’s tummy. The nappy should be snug, not too tight not too loose.

  10. Put baby’s clothes back on. Dispose the dirty nappy. All done. Don’t forget to Wash your hands!


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Posted by YummyMotherhood on 01 May 2017 00:00

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