Thursday, April 17, 2014

3 Month Old Baby - What Your Baby's Doing Now: Diary Of A New Mum

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That little bundle you brought home is now officially an infant! Somebody is growing up with lots of love for sure :-)

You are already quite the adept mamma by now, but there are some things that may or may not be known, especially if you are a first time mum.

Also, with constant 'free advice' from family and friends and even strangers, there are a lot of doubts about what baby can and cannot do at this age.

A few milestones are out there for you to notice this month, but remember that all babies reach their milestone at their own pace, so unless your baby is reallllllllyyyyyyyyy taking a long time, there is not even a speck of worry that you should have. In any case, baby will have a monthly checkup so the doctor will be there to discuss with as well!

What your 3 month old baby will be doing:

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Richest and The Poorest


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Last night my elder daughter and me were chatting just before going to bed....we were both lying down together, our arms intertwined, and her little head on my heart, snuggled in my arms...

And then, she said something that made me look at her once again and kiss her with all my love....

She said..

'Mamma, a person may have lots and lots of money, but if they don't know how to love others and share, they are very poor. And a person who has very less money but has lots of love and knows how to share is the richest person on the earth...'

And I am the luckiest :-)

- Debolina Raja Gupta


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And like I always believe in and say:
'Heal the world we live in Save it for our children' - MJ Happy Parenting!!!! Be good to your little one, and to the millions of little ones out there who truly need every bit of love and compassion they can get.....Be a grown up...save the little ones.... Debolina Raja Gupta

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

25 Rules For Mothers of Daughters: Your Daughter And You





It is undoubtedly the most amazing bond in the world...nothing beats it.....and I am lucky that I have it twice over! 

I came across these amazing lines online and had to had to share them here....so perfect they are, just how a mother daughter bond should be!!!!!

1. Paint her nails. Then let her scratch it off and dirty them up. Teach her to care about her appearance, and then quickly remind her that living and having fun is most important.

2. Let her put on your makeup, even if it means bright-red-smudged lips and streaked-blue eyes. Let her experiment in her attempts to be like you…then let her be herself.

3. Let her be wild. She may want to stay home and read books on the couch, or she may want to hop on the back of a motorcycle-gasp. She may be a homebody or a traveler. She may fall in love with the wrong boy, or meet mr. right at age 5. Try to remember that you were her age once. Everyone makes mistakes, let her make her own.

4. Be present. Be there for her at her Kindergarten performances, her dance recitals, her soccer games…her everyday-little-moments. When she looks through the crowds of people, she will be looking for your smile and pride. Show it to her as often as possible.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

What Not To Buy For Your Kids: 10 Things That Are Purely Marketing Gimmicks: Diary Of A New Mum




The TV ads and the mega shopping sales and the many alerts from the countless shopping sites have only one agenda – to get you to buy!!!!!

As a new mom, and admit it, it has nothing to be a first time or new mom, and even those with more than one kid do this all the time (read, me, as well as you, yourself), we always end up getting sucked into these crazy marketing gimmicks that end up manipulating our brains. They tell us what is really really important for your babies and kids and you end up believing them, heart and mind and soul!

Recently, I even saw something on a baby site that told parents ‘to not be their baby’s toy themselves but to buy them some interesting toys for real.’ Okay, that was really marketing gone overboard and in your face.

With so much peer pressure and so much pressure from so many different quarters, it is very difficult indeed to figure out what your baby or growing child really needs and what can easily be ignored. As a parent, you do not want to leave out anything for your kid, you want to give them all there is that is the best, that will help them in achieving their milestones and help them in motor development and education and learning and stimulating their senses and what not.

Agreed.

But who says that buying all that there is out there will do that?

The ones who are selling it say, who else?

Most often than not, your instinct is the best guide to buying for your baby. Forget about what all the sites and stores are saying. If you think your baby needs it, go and get it right away. If you have the slightest of doubt, hold on.

Here are the 10 most commonly advertised or bought items that are actually not needed for your baby at all!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

8 Things That Being A Mommy Teaches You (Sometimes By Force I Admit)!: Diary of A New Mom

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Of course I am....don't judge me when I say this, and in the very same sentence, also say that sometimes, my daughters do driver me nuts alllllll through the day and night (the little one is in that stage where she has learned to roll on her tummy, so of course she has to do it in her sleep to and wake up and want to play and then cry!) how sweet :-)

So, coming back to the title of the post, this is something that we all learn, and if you are a mommy (dads, I won't say this is true for you, coz you just do it in your own sweet time and way, no matter if the baby is crying or fussy or what!), then you will relate to each one of the points I mention here...

Read on, and tell me if you actually feel this is true or not ;-)

1. Sleeping without sleeping
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Yes daddies, this mommy is actually sleeping!!! This is pretty much how we sleep the first one or one n half years of baby's arrival. A mother is timed in such a way that even before her baby actually wakes up, she will wake up and be ready as a samurai, to take on the challenge of the diaper, or the feed or just the rocking comfort...A mommy can do it all folks!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Teaching Your Child About The Importance of Time

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Telling your children about the importance of time is something that probably all parents face at one time or the other. All said and done, as parents or even as grown ups, we too probably are not able to always utilise time in the best possible ways.

The war against time usually begins right in the morning, when you start waking them up for school. From then its a constant battle that goes on the most part of the day.

Learning to adjust your schedule according to time is one of the most important things you need to teach your child as a parent. It is something that will help them lead a disciplined life and help them be more effective with their studies and activities. It will also be good for them in the long run. Adjusting and working within time will help them through their adult years as well.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Helping Your Child Become Self Reliant

 
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One of the biggest debates among parents and various parenting channels has been the confusion about parents learning when to get in and when to back off.

We all know about parents who are always hovering over their kids, deciding their every move, telling them what they should or shouldn't do, setting up rules and routines that have no flexibility, forcing young children to participate and excel in activities they have no interest in, but should purely be a part of as, according to the parent(s), 'it is good for their own development and future.'

We have all seen such parents, such parents do exist. And then again, there are parents who are constantly bullied by their own children, giving in to those instant tears, falling down on their knees, adhering to their child's every whim and fancy.

As a parent, one of your first priority, if you really want to do what is best for your child, is to understand how to help your child become self-reliant. A self-reliant child not only understands situations and surroundings much better than a child who is spoon-fed, but will also be able to take smarter and more mature decisions and be practical and calm in situations that require mental strength.

Friday, February 28, 2014

2 Month Old Baby - What Your Baby's Doing Now: Diary Of A New Mum

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Someone has grown up from the newborn phase and is all set to rock the infant stage...right?

With a lot of love and patience and practice and trial and error, you, mum n dad, have finally managed to successfully complete the newborn stage of your little one's life...

As before, baby will still mostly be in the regular cycle of feeding, diaper change, sleep, crying, feeding.....you know it now....

With the start of the second month, there's so much interesting that is in store for you!

What your 2 month old baby will be doing:

Communication:
  • Keep an ear out for the many different and new sounds that your baby will start to make around this age
  • If you are lucky, you may catch the very infant hints of a smile!
  • Keep talking to your baby as much as you can. This will help set the first basis of communication for baby.

Positioning:
  • Baby's head positioning will grow better now, but remember to keep a hand around the back of the head at all times
Developments:
  • Baby will keep sucking at almost everything, from fist to bib to anything they can reach. It's one of the most comforting things for a baby to be suckling on something, so don't take it as a sign of hunger each time
  • At two months, your baby can understand and observe colours and things. Hold toys or objects with bright colours in front of baby. This will aid in their visual stimulation.
  • Talk to your baby as much as you can. Your baby will be able to understand different voices now.
  • Baby will start grasping things
Crying:
  • Of course baby will be crying, but not all crying is out of hunger. Check baby's crying signals to understand what baby wants.
Sleep:
  • Make sure your baby is sleeping on the back and not on the tummy. Most cases of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) take place with babies who are sleeping on their tummy.
  • While you may see a pattern emerging, most babies will not sleep through the night this early in life.
  • Baby will need to be fed every 2 hours, or 2-3 hours, in the middle of the night, depending on baby's hunger.
  • A 2 month baby will have some movement, so make sure the crib is empty. Remove pillows, blankets, toys and anything else.
 Do remember that each baby is special and each milestone is reached at baby's own sweet pace...so no comparisons please!!


- Debolina Raja Gupta
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And like I always believe in and say:
'Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children' - MJ

Happy Parenting!!!! Be good to your little one, and to the millions of little ones out there who truly need every bit of love and compassion they can get.....Be a grown up...save the little ones.... Debolina Raja Gupta

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Managing The Older Sibling: Diary of A New Mum

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One of the most important things that having a second baby taught us was that it was a wrong decision on our part earlier to not want to give our daughter a sibling. You see, we, and especially me, were so in love with her and so involved and complete, that we didn't feel the need to get another baby home.

Our daughter too feels that we are the best people in the world for her (I can't wait to see how long that remains)! :-) It's such a lovely feeling, right?

But yes, she did begin asking for a baby sis, and thankfully, that is what she got.

A lot changed once the baby was born, of course there was some amount of change in the way I get to spend time with her on a one-to-one basis. Earlier I would give her my time 24*7, now of course that's a bit divided. I can't take her in my lap all the time like I did and like we both loved to. I can't go out with her whenever I want, or I can't put her to sleep every night (daddy takes care of that most nights as I have to be with the baby.)

But one change, that has not come from us, and instead, we see in most of those outside our immediate

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Letting Off Steam: Diary of A New Mum

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You have just had a baby, and everything is rosy and pink and soft blue and cuddly cute! True? Well, if you want the truth, the answer is - not always.

While giving birth and bringing home a little bundle of joy is surely one of the best things that can ever happen, it is also one of those experiences in life that end up making you feel angry, depressed, frustrated and totally up the wall....

The feeling of helplessness that new parents, especially new mothers feel, is a difficult truth that is faced by moms all across the globe. While almost all mommies will experience this emotion, there are some who simply cannot take it anymore. For others, it is a constant struggle and help is sought from family and friends, while some will still try and do everything on their own.

If you have been feeling any of the following symptoms lately, it is a warning sign from your body and mind that you need a break:

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Wisha Wozzariter by Payal Kapadia: Review

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(*I received a complimentary reading copy of the book courtesy the PR team for the Crossword Book Awards. I have not been paid for the review and all opinions are my own)

Okay, so that part sorted (that the views shared here are my own and not paid for) I shall tell you all about this book that won the Crossword Award for the Best Book in Children's Books category.

A few weeks back, my daughter took the book with her to the Kahaani Karnival held in Mumbai and got it signed by the author. One happy kid! :-)

What really got me interested in Wisha Wozzariter by Payal Kapadia was the premise. It was a very 'realistic' setting, especially as my daughter is a voracious reader herself and reads day in and day out, including most part of the night when she is awake. Also the fact that she wants to be a writer when she grows up and is already writing her own little stories.

If you don't know what the book is about, here is a look:

10 year old Wisha loves to read day in and day out. She feels that reading is the best thing that could ever

Friday, January 31, 2014

Daddy, May I?

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(*I came across these lines online and had to share them - so so true!)

SON: "Daddy, may I ask you a question?"
 

DAD: "Yeah sure, what is it?"
 

SON: "Daddy, how much do you make an hour?"
 

DAD: "That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?"

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Kahaani Karnival Mumbai Jan 2014: The Children Story Fest

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If this is a common sight at your home, it's time to take your child out and into the lovely children story fest that is just about the corner in Mumbai right now...

The first edition of Kahaani Karnival will make its debut this 25th of January, Saturday, at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Fort, timing 10:15 am till 7pm for kids aged 2-12 years. This will be at the Coomaraswamy Hall in the building.

Baby Boy Names With B

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Here are a few interesting baby boy names beginning with B that I found online:

  1. Ben
  2. Bobby
  3. Balbeer
  4. Bunty
  5. Bodhisatwa
  6. Benny
  7. Bhoj
  8. Bikram
  9. Bikramaditya
  10. Bitaan
  11. Bidhan
  12. Biswajeet
  13. Bijeet
  14. Brad
  15. Bartholomew
  16. Brian
  17. Brendan
  18. Badal
  19. Barun
  20. Bappa

Monday, January 20, 2014

Putting Your Infant To Sleep: Diary of A New Mum: Diary of A New Mum


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Okay, it's true...sleeping babies are cute, very cute...provided when they SLEEP!

As a second time mom, I was very hopeful that I won't have the same issues with putting my newborn to sleep as I had with my first-born...yes, there's something called wishful thinking, so I too am entitled to think this way...

Of course it didn't happen...of course it remained just a wish...of course my baby DOESN'T SLEEP!

And I am really yet to come across a new parent who has told me happily that yes, their babies sleep really easily and they are not at all hassled and crazily exhausted and trying to read up what to do....

Everyone goes through this and you and I are not alone...

Friday, January 17, 2014

Baby Girl Names With 'B'


Hi Mommies and Daddies,

Here are some lovely baby girl names beginning with the letter B that I found online...Have a look:

  1. Bani
  2. Bebe
  3. Bela
  4. Baha
  5. Babli
  6. Babita
  7. Bess
  8. Beth
  9. Bhumika
  10. Benu

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

8 Ways to feed your picky eaters


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(*this post is in association with Yellow Giraffe, a cute online store for kids' toys. If you haven't dropped by yet, do check them out at Yellow Giraffe)

Are you one of the many parents facing a mealtime struggle? Well, help is on the way. Here are 8 ways to tame and feed your picky eaters.

1. Do not force the need: It’s time to stop the feed if your little one turns his/her head away from the spoon. That’s a tell-tale sign that he/she’s full for the time being so what if the quantity might have been little. Toddlers will eat exactly according to need and force feeding will lead to the building up of tension and discomfort in the little one. This will only cause the child to be more of a fussy eater.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

5 Week Old Baby - What Your Baby's Doing Now: Diary of A New Mum

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So you've now stepped into practically the 2nd month!!! Wow...some achievement moms n dads!

There's so much going on now and you just don't have eyes for anything else other than that cute bundle, right? Great....This is just what your baby needs right now, and for months to come - your attention and love and cuddles and time....

What your 5-week baby will be doing:

Communication:
  • Get ready to have some of the best fun moments with your baby now as your little one showers you with those newly learned smiles!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Losing Weight While Breastfeeding: Diary of A New Mum

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You've already heard everyone say this - from your doctor to baby's pediatrician to your mum to maybe your mum-in-law to your friends and relatives to the media and the books - almost everyone will tell you that breastfeeding a baby helps the mother lose major calories, thus lose weight.

I wouldn't be so sure.

Maybe, breastfeeding does help burn the calories, but the thing is, while you are breastfeeding, you are constantly hungry, which is good, don't get me wrong. Also, since you are hungry, you should of course eat (the last thing a breastfeeding mom should think of is going on a diet that makes her starve, be deprived of good healthy nutritious food or stay hungry for longer periods of time).

If you are here for something like this, then I suggest you head on somewhere else, as this is not the right place.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

My Daughter and Her World of Books

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My 06-year old princess is forever reading (and I am sure the just-turned 05-month old is going to follow the 2 book worms in the family - obviously!) ;-)

While I am constantly wondering where I will stack up my books in the near future, I am crazily running out of space, and even after giving away more than 50% of my books recently (sad sad), I have some 300+ books that shall always remain, and add more to the family.

So, it's not a surprise that my elder one has a penchant for books. She has already finished reading various Enid Blyton series, the Amelia Janes, Horrid Henry's, Enid Blyton story book collections, Noddy was done ages ago, Roald Dahl she loves and so many more authors that she is regularly discovering and loving and adding to her collection.

I absolutely love this being a book lover myself. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Baby Boy Names With 'A'

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Some interesting names beginning with 'A' for your little prince:
  1. Aadarsh
  2. Aadesh
  3. Aadi
  4. Aditya
  5. Anvesh
  6. Anoop
  7. Ambar
  8. Aman
  9. Amanpreet
  10. Aveek
  11. Abhijeet
  12. Arijit
  13. Arnab
  14. Ali
  15. Aran
  16. Aron
  17. Alok
  18. Aarav
  19. Amal
  20. Anmol

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Baby Girl Names With A

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Some lovely names beginning with 'A' for your little princess:

  1. Avanthika
  2. Ananya
  3. Anaswara
  4. Ayra
  5. Aayushi
  6. Aanya (means grace and splendour)
  7. Arushi
  8. Anwesha
  9. Astha
  10. Aashima
  11. Aashika
  12. Aarna
  13. Aadya
  14. Aashna
  15. Anukriti
  16. Aahana
  17. Aleeza
  18. Aisha
  19. Anushka
  20. Aarabhi

Monday, December 30, 2013

The Noisy Home



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Ya okay...so I absolutely hate noise....I HATE IT...especially the kinds that is made by kids....gosh I hate it so much!

It's also because of the fact that I have 2 kids of my own, that they have their own friends, that our friends have kids, their friends have kids, their kids have friends, relatives have kids, neighbours have kids !!!!! Gosh I don't even know what I am saying anymore...

The point is...there are so many kids out there and they ALL make sooo much noise!

Ufffff.....and then we as parents are supposed to still stay calm and composed and cool....ya whatever!!!

 - Debolina Raja Gupta

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And like I always believe in and say:
'Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children' - MJ
Happy Parenting!!!!

Be good to your little one, and to the millions of little ones out there who truly need every bit of love and compassion they can get.....Be a grown up...save the little ones.... Debolina Raja Gupta

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Wish You All A Very Merry Christmas!!!!


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- Debolina Raja Gupta

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And like I always believe in and say:
'Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children' - MJ

Happy Parenting!!!!

Be good to your little one, and to the millions of little ones out there who truly need every bit of love and compassion they can get.....Be a grown up...save the little ones.... Debolina Raja Gupta

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Celebrating Christmas: Of Santa and Gifts and Smiles :-)




Christmas is here, that time of the year that is somehow quite magical and sweet, with twinkling bells and hopes of a new beginning with the New Year just round the corner. Christmas has always been special to me. While I was a little kid of the age my daughter is now, I was studying in a Christian school and obviously the celebrations for Christmas were huge. We would be involved in so many activities around the festival that it was one of the most beautiful times in the entire year for us all, and all us kids would wait eagerly for the next Christmas to arrive. 

At home, the celebrations were not that huge. We never had a Christmas tree, but that’s okay, as unlike these days, not most homes had one in those days, especially if they were not Christians. These days, you can see a Christmas tree almost in every home – and it’s a great way of welcoming more celebrations and rituals and festivities in your life. So for our childhood, though we didn’t have the Christmas tree, we did have the special Christmas cakes. While we were kids, my parents had modest means, and finances were always short, through the year, every year. Not that any of it affected me or my brother. Yes, there were various instances, but I feel, as does my brother, that in a way, it’s good we saw less money and less privileges and things as kids, as it has helped us remain grounded and understand and appreciate things much more than many kids those days did.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Sponsored Video: Domestos & UNICEF Present 'Dance and Be Happy & TELL A FRIEND'








My 6-year-old makes sure that the washroom is absolutely clean before she uses it each time.

Fact: There are 2.5 billion people in the world who live without access to safe toilets.

Any time my daughter has a mild fever I make sure she is comfortable and rested.

Fact: Every day 2,000 children die of diarrhoea, which is a preventable disease with proper sanitation.

4 Week Old Baby - What Your Baby's Doing Now: Diary of A New Mum


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Wow....so baby is almost 4 weeks now and you're readying to celebrate the milestone of reaching the 'month' tag....Congratulations mommy and daddy...you've been doing great!

There's been so many changes in the little one since you first looked into that most beautiful face, and each day is a new revelation, a new change....so much going on with this tiny little person! Whoa!!!

So what all does baby have in store for you to be surprised at as baby enters the 4th week?

What the 4-week old baby will be doing:

Christmas Nail Art: 20 Beautiful Festive Designs Your Nails Will Love To Flaunt!

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It's that time of the year when we are wrapping up the year that went by, awaiting Santa's visit and relishing those bakery smells of Christmas cakes and cookies!

While the whole world joins in on celebrating this cheerful and happy time, here are a few lovely designs (in no particular order) that you can sport on your nails to extend the festive feeling.

20 Christmas Nail Art Designs

1. Santa Nails
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2. Snowflakes
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You can read the entire article and check out the rest of the amazing designs here.

- Debolina Raja Gupta

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And like I always believe in and say:
'Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children' - MJ
Happy Parenting!!!!

Be good to your little one, and to the millions of little ones out there who truly need every bit of love and compassion they can get.....Be a grown up...save the little ones.... Debolina Raja Gupta

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Johnson & Johnson Admits: Our Baby Products Contain Cancer-Causing Formaldehyde

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So I've been hearing a lot about the Johnson & Johnson products of late, how they are bad for babies, how their formulation is actually one of the worst out there and something that should DEFINITELY NOT BE USED FOR BABIES.

As a parent, I was so scared after reading a few stories online that I decided to switch over to some other brand, one that is more natural and herbal. In fact, while I extensively used J&J products for my first born (which I'm now regretting after reading what I'm going to share here with you), I've become more sensible and changed the brand.

So today, I came across this article and absolutely had to share it here with all you parents......please read it carefully...I have nothing to write here, I am simply sharing it word for word...

Johnson & Johnson Admits: Our Baby Products Contain Cancer-Causing Formaldehyde


Today, the personal care giant announced that it would voluntarily (after consistent pressure from the public and groups like EWG) remove hidden formaldehyde from their baby products like baby shampoo and baby washes.  Don’t see formaldehyde listed on the back of your bottle of “no more tears” shampoo? Formaldehyde is “hidden” in these products in ingredient names like “DMDM hydantoin“, and “1,4 dioxane” (which is “hidden” in listed ingredients like “fragrance”.  It’s all a big fun game, you see.).

“There’s a very lively public discussion going on about the safety of ingredients in personal care products,” said Susan Nettesheim, VP for product stewardship and toxicology for J & J.

Lively discussion?  If someone was selling you shampoo for your baby that had cancer causing agents hidden in it, I hardly think the discussion with that person would be “lively”.

About the known cancer causing (as listed on the US EPA carcinogen list) chemicals, Ms Nettesheim says, ““…as a scientist I will sit here and tell you these things are perfectly safe.”  (I wonder what shampoo she uses on her kids)

To J & J’s credit, they are also going to phase out other harmful chemicals like pthalates and parabens which have estrogen-like properties and are suspected to be linked to hormone related cancers.  They plan to phase these chemicals out in their adult brands as well.  Johnson & Johnson also operates under squeaky clean names like Neutrogena, Aveno, and Clean & Clear.

Hopefully this will have a domino effect and other big names will follow.  I would score this as a victory for everyone who wants to wash their kid’s hair without risk of exposing them to carcinogens.

I would advise you to wait to use the new J & J products until you see the big bright labels that say “No more carcinogens!”

The Savvy Sister says ” Your skin is a carrier…NOT a barrier!”

YOU CAN READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE AND THE COMMENTS HERE

- Debolina Raja Gupta

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And like I always believe in and say:
'Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children' - MJ
Happy Parenting!!!!

Be good to your little one, and to the millions of little ones out there who truly need every bit of love and compassion they can get.....Be a grown up...save the little ones.... Debolina Raja Gupta

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Going Beyond the First Right Answer

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 My friend was telling me about his daughter and how she enjoys school. He told me about how her class
teacher teaches maths. Apparently one of her techniques is to help children discover different answers to the same problem.

Example: “In how many ways can you arrive at the number 75?” Children can use addition, subtraction, multiplication or division to arrive at the answer. He then mentioned how his daughter would come back every now and then and show him and his wife a new way in which she arrived at 75.

He then said something which set me thinking: “I never thought that in maths there could be more than one right answer. This has opened my eyes to new possibilities.”

Monday, December 16, 2013

10 Christmas Decoration Ideas To Do With Your Kids

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Do you hear that? Do your the jingling? The merry making? The ho ho ho? I can hear it almost! And both me and my daughter are super excited with all the fun that comes along with Christmas.....

Each year we set up our Christmas tree, and this year is no different...But if you don't have one at home, for whatever reasons, but would still like for your kids to feel this wonderful celebration, you can indulge in some cheerful bright decorations around the house instead!

So even as we are busy setting up some cute decorations around the house, here are some great ideas for you to try out with your children....Christmas tree or no Christmas tree, these decorations will still give your home that decked up, bright and cosy look!

1. Lots of sparkles....

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sleep Deprivation in Parents of Newborns: Dealing With It


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A few days back, I came across a very disturbing and tragic piece of news. 

It was about this young mother who had 3 very young children at home - a toddler and a newborn twins. As you can imagine, she was severely sleep deprived. With no help available and no one in the house to look after the kids while she could rest for a while, she was a live ticking bomb. On the fateful day, when she could not bear the exhaustion any more, she took a can of beer, and asking her toddler to wake her up if the babies cried, went to doze off for a while.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

To Push or Not to Push

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Parenting is all about pushing; it begins with labour, and after that, there’s really no getting away from it. Initially, it’s all about the little things – push in one more spoonful of food, make the child sleep, potty-train, that sort of thing. And of course, you tell yourself that you’re so not going to be a pushy parent; that once the child can understand reason, you will make him/her come around to your way of thinking without resorting to parental pressure and authority. All because you don’t want to be a pushy parent; all because there isn’t a word with more negative connotations than ‘pushy parent’, is there?

Monday, December 2, 2013

Our Experience at Bookaroo 2013 Pune

I first heard of Bookaroo when my lovely friend from Delhi told me how her daughters were enjoying the fest. Being a book worm and a mommy to a little book worm myself, my ears immediately perked up and I wanted to know all about it.

Last year, the festival was only held in Delhi, and us living in Mumbai weren't able to attend. If you don't know what I'm talking about, you can visit Bookaroo to know more.

So this year, when it was announced that this hugely popular Children's Literature Festival was coming to Pune too, we immediately know where we would be on the weekend of 30th Nov - 01st Dec. Our daughter is 6 and she wanted to attend both the days of the fest. So we booked us all into a hotel near the venue.

Bookaroo 2013

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If you haven't heard about it yet and missed it this season, you should probably book your calendar for next year's November right now!

Bookaroo is a festival that celebrates children's literature. The festival started in the year 2008 and was originally held in New Delhi. This year, it was also held in Shrinagar and Pune, where we attended this weekend.

The festival is packed with events, story telling, activities, songs, dance, creative speaking and so much more. It's a fun place for kids and authors to mingle and share in some bookish fun....

Our 6-year old daughter absolutely enjoyed the entire day of fun-filled events.

Here are some images of the kind of activities that happens at Bookaroo (all images sourced online and are not meant for any commercial usage)




 
- Debolina Raja Gupta
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And like I always believe in and say:
'Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children' - MJ

Happy Parenting!!!!

Be good to your little one, and to the millions of little ones out there who truly need every bit of love and compassion they can get.....Be a grown up...save the little ones.... Debolina Raja Gupta

Friday, November 29, 2013

Relationship With Your Older Child After A New Baby


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Our new daughter is now almost 4 months old....Wow! Time does fly and I didn't even see it going past that soon...still feels like just yesterday when I got my first princess home, and another yesterday when I told my first-born that I'm headed to the hospital to bring her back a little gift.....I still remember how hard we hugged each other and how I wiped away her silent tears as she cried to see her mamma going away, even though for just a few days....I remember feeling a big boulder sitting on my heart too.....

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Eureka! The Bookstore For The Young: Online Shopping for Kids' Books


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While browsing online, I came across this interesting online bookstore that's specially for kids! Now that's something....

My 6-year old daughter has finished most books that are in the age group till 10, and it's a constant struggle to find her more interesting books.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Do our Kids have too much Self-Esteem?



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I remember being berated by a fellow parent because I had not attended my son’s fifth grade graduation day. The friend had taken the day off from a hectic work week, and had gone to school early with his SLR camera and various lenses, the better to take pictures of his daughter’s big day. And here was me, a bad mother who had forgotten all about the ‘big’ day! I was quite remorseful, although the careful questioning of my son later led me to believe that his self-esteem was none too damaged by my absence. In my defense, I can only say that in my time, we graduated just once, and not several times in our school life - kindergarten to first grade, primary to middle school etc – so these ‘graduation days’ did not register to me as
important.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

3 Week Old Baby - What Your Baby's Doing Now: Diary of A New Mum

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Wow..so you've managed to pass through the first 2 weeks! And did anyone tell you, they were actually the most fragile ones? With a tiny one in the hand, it's really tricky to do near about anything!

Now that your baby enters the 3rd week of life, there's going to be a lot of progress, changes and development, and you, mommy and dad, are going to be absolutely amazed at what all this tiny bundle knows!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Why Bring A Child Into This World? A Film by Unilever

- Debolina Raja Gupta




********************************************** And like I always believe in and say: 'Heal the world we live in Save it for our children' - MJ Happy Parenting!!!! Be good to your little one, and to the millions of little ones out there who truly need every bit of love and compassion they can get.....Be a grown up...save the little ones.... Debolina Raja Gupta

Why Do Mothers Feel Guilty?


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Why do mothers feel guilty? I believe that mothers – working or otherwise – are conditioned by their need to be perfect mothers to feel guilty. I have come to the conclusion that guilt is ubiquitous – working moms feel guilty that they are away from home and not spending enough time with their kids, stay-at-home-moms feel guilty as they are not able to contribute to their children’s college fund, mothers with a single child feel guilty that their child may be lonely……the list goes on. Whatever the choice a mother makes, she is bound to feel guilty about it.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Mommy You Look Different!


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Okay, so this is how I look most of the days, 24*7, when I'm not going out or someone's not coming home. With a 3-month old and a 6 year old with me the entire time, plus add to that my work and home chores too....I'm pretty much dead (and pretty isn't the word I should be using for me right now I know)!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

2 Week Old Baby - What Your Baby's Doing: Diary Of A New Mum

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Congratulations mommy and daddy! By now you're already home with your new bundle.

Of course it's going to be the same constant routine of feeding, burping, pooping, cleaning, feeding, burping, putting to sleep, feeding, burping.....and continued in the same manner.

But now, there are a few additions that your new baby will be learning:

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