Monday, 31 March 2014

Know your bottle basics ...

Heylos to all smart mommies and deddas, with regular tummy time routine, clean bottle hygiene and right type of bottle used to feed your, will help you to enjoy motherhood with no colicky night duty. So to pick a right kind of bottle and it's attachment is an trial and error task, to finally pick the right bottle for your low. 

There are various factors that bottle is picked for you lo. Some of the bottle basics are nipples, material (Glass/Steel/BPA Free plastic), shape and also visual appearance at times. 

This time for my guest baby blog for mybabycart.com , I've written about how to select a right kind of bottle for your lo and what all bottle basics one should know before selecting the right bottle for your Lo.

So here is my views, opinions and suggestions on bottle basics. It's guided by doctors tips, suggested by real moms and approved by my Lo. 



               

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Put on your Shoes Dad!!!

Held high! Erishka playing with her dad
Heylos to all smart moms, once you are mom the most tirisng and demanding task is uploading and downloading i.e Breastfeeding and Diapering. In my previous post I have written about pros and cons of Cloth diapers and disposable diapers. This time as a Guest Mommy writer for mybabycart.com, I'm writing about how to motivate your hubby to help you in diapering.

Having a support and helping hand from hubby is just like a blessing for any new mom. As being dad they cannot take over our breastfeeding task, but yes of course they can help us in changing diapers. And trust me they are really good at it and sometimes quicker and better than hands on mom. \
Dad is feeding milkshake to Erishka
I think parenting comes with undivided responsibility as well as pride, so keep encouraging your hubby when he helps you with making baby food, changing diapers or making formula milk for your lo. Give him complements for his work and this will make him feel special and proud to help you.

So all you smart deddas out there, put on shoes and get going on Diapering duty. Meanwhile, new mommy can sip a cup of jasmine or green tea and relax herself. By being on Diapering duty, it gives all dads an opportunity to connect with thier little one. Kudos to all rockstar dads who helps moms by taking care of their lo.

-xoxoNidhi@Momz'Space
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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Top Tips and Tricks to be a supermom...



Heylos to all mommies, hope you all are doing good, with exam fever and upcoming summer holiday plans. We as a mother have been blessed with umpteen super powers. But when we are already being supported by our better half (deary daddy), and all of sudden they happen not to be around, am sure just like me you all must be feeling miserably clueless on what to do and how to do. When my husband is around, it becomes easier for me to take care of my lo and manage the house too. But when is out of station due to some office project or social commitment, I need to deal with lot many unexpected circumstances.

Yes, I've been blessed with having my support system around like my family and friends on call to deal with sos issues. But sometime I too get puzzled and feel stranded alone to deal with some house-kids issues. 


Sheethal with her little angel
Today's guest post is by one of my mommy friends and a writer Sheethal Ann George. We both met as an acquainted mommy friend virtually, followed by few momz meet. While meeting her often we discovered that we have lot many things in common like views on parenting, motherhood and entrepreneur skills.

Here is what she says when asked her to tell my readers about yourself, "I am an entrepreneur and mom to an adorable 2.5 yr old girl. I used to be a business analyst, but happily bid adieu to the corporate world when my little bundle of joy came into my life. Life's been a beautiful roller coaster ever since."
 
 How to be a supermom when your hubby is out of town?  
By Sheethal Ann George

"Oh My God!! You are going to be all alone. How are you going to manage with the baby?"  This was my mom’s reaction when she came to know that my husband was going out of town for a couple of days. Needless to say, my own fears got doubled when I heard her reaction. What if the baby fell sick in the night, what if I fell sick, what if she asked for her dad in the night, what if there was an earthquake…the list of possible disasters just went on and on in my mind. 

I know single moms manage alone everyday. But for those who are used to their husband’s support, it’s really nerve-racking when that’s suddenly missing. The first time I had to stay alone, my daughter was just 6 months old. Now, I have become a pro at single-handedly managing my spirited darling daughter (now 2.5 yrs old) and my home.  
All thanks to some tips and tricks that I discovered through trial and (sometimes painful!) error. Many of these are good practices to follow at any time, not only when your hubby is out. So all you supermoms out there…here you go.

Tips to be a stress-free super mom

1. If you have a car,

a) Please learn how to drive it, Moms, please learn how to drive a car and practice that. Don’t let it be solely your husband’s duty. The independence it gives you is tremendous, but when you have a young child to care for and your hubby’s out of town, it’s priceless.

b)Get a car seat, I really can’t stress this point enough. In India we have this long-standing tradition of holding our babies on our lap while in the car. I was also a big believer in this tradition. 
But later I realized it’s much safer to strap them into a car seat than it is to hold them, no matter how 'tightly'. I’m not just saying this to ape the western world. My husband works in a leading car manufacturing company and he gets regular updates on accident statistics, their predominant causes and ways to prevent them. 
Also the independence it give you, as well as your little one, is really great. You are free to entertain your child without worry about her safety. An added bonus…. on those drives you can hold your husband’s hand like you used to.  

Once a car seat was installed I felt much better. Now I could just put her in her seat and drive wherever I want to go. The freedom I felt after that cannot be described. (P.S: Get the car seat installed when your husband’s around. There will be some initial teething problems. But patiently and lovingly ease your baby into the habit of sitting by herself.)  

2. Keep your vehicle 'Full-Tank' and in good condition
Make sure there is enough fuel in your vehicle. There should not be any need to go and fill it up late in the night. Also ensure that the vehicle is in good condition and that there is a good spare tyre in the back. Regularly get the air pressure of each tyre checked. It is also a good idea to learn (at least theoretically) how to change a tyre.

3. Get some baby gear, if possible
From personal experience, some of the things that have really helped me are; (a) a stroller or pram and (b) a feeding chair or high chair. These are not indispensable, but they really reduce the daily load on you, especially when there’s no one else to help.

4. Be on good terms with at least one or two good neighbors
Most of us don’t even know who our neighbors are. But my suggestion is…identify two non-weirdo neighbors and exchange phone numbers. Their help is very useful if you ever fall sick while you are alone with your baby. Inform at least one neighbor/friend/relative that you are alone at home.

5.Always store some extra cash
I was a typical city girl….very rarely did I store cash with me. After all I live in a city where cards are accepted just about anywhere (except for autos and buses). But after my baby was born I realized that sometimes you need hard cash in hand. One example would be when you need to opt for home delivery. So now I always keep at least Rs. 5000 at home.

6.Stock up on medicines – for your baby and yourself
When you meet the baby’s doctor ask him for the names and dosages of some medicines for common ailments like cold, cough, fever, diarrhoea, etc. Stock up on these meds. Do the same when you go to see your doctor. 

7. Make sure you have the phone numbers of your pediatrician and your physician   


8.Get your grocery shopping done in advance

9.Make sure there’s money in your account
If you don’t have one yet, open an account in your own name or at least a joint account with your husband. Always carry the ATM card with you, and also ensure that there is some reserve money in that account…this is your emergency fund.

10.Keep your phone charged and near you at all times
Many of us keep our cell phone in our handbag, which we then lock in a cupboard and then totally forget about it. This oversight has caused many a fight between me and my hubby. Can’t really blame him…If the situation was reversed I would have killed him.
11. Get a landline connection (preferably with internet connectivity), if possible
This would help ensure that even if your mobile phone is not working (due to no battery, network problems, and what not), there is an alternate way of communication. Also the internet is a great asset to have (whether for chats with your hubby or for entertainment).

12.Get the phone number of the place where your husband would be staying
Really helps when his mobile is unreachable.
13.Know your health insurance number, provider’s name and their contact number
14.Ensure the doors are locked, the appliances are switched off and the gas is off
This one’s a no-brainer, but in most cases it might be the husband who does this on a daily basis. So it is easy to skip your mind. Believe me; I know…I once slept without locking my apartment’s back door. Of course, my husband does not know this 

15.Tips on handling your little one’s fragile emotions when her dad is out

a)  Explain to your child in advance that her father will be going out
All child experts say (and I have experienced it myself) that you should tell your child goodbye and then leave. Please don’t sneak out while they’re asleep or otherwise engaged. Many parents avoid saying goodbye in order to avoid a teary scene. I know it’s heartbreaking when your baby is crying for you and you have to leave. But for the child, it’s much more reassuring to know that you have gone out, and will be back soon. When you sneak out they’re never sure whether you will come back. This causes all sorts of emotional issues.
b. Let your child speak with daddy dear on phone
I initially assumed that if I don’t let my daughter speak to her dad on the phone, she would forget his absence. But I later realized that this was increasing her anxiety and causing her to be clingy. So one day I decided to give it a try and timed it just before her bedtime ritual.  I did so and voila`, she was much more secure and slept like the baby she was. From then on, I made it a point to let them both talk or skype everyday.
c. Give more attention to your child
She might be missing her dad and may even express this through some tantrums and crying. But instead of reprimanding her, give her more love, attention and reassurance. After all you have to give her your husband’s share of attention too. Also keep reassuring her that her dad will be back soon.
d.If your child is sick, be all the more understanding
When a child is sick he/she tends to miss their father more than usual.

e. Get some coloring books or some 'age appropriate' games for her
If she is busy she won’t miss her dad much and will be happy playing. Also take her out for walks or to the park.
16. And for YOU - Get some books or nice music
Don’t forget that when your husband’s out of town, you too may feel lonely. And since you can’t go out that much (especially late in the evening/night), your mobility is also reduced. So stock up on some nice books, dvd’s, music cd’s, etc. This will help while away time in a pleasant and relaxing manner.

Honestly speaking, from being a really stressful time, these lonely days have become something I kind of look forward to. It gives me at least some ‘me time’. After all I have one less ‘kid’ to take care of. 

I hope this article helps you all smart momz to take a leap towards being super mom by taking care of lo and house all alone. And so now 'No Panic', am sure with all the tips and tricks mentioned by Sheethal will help you to have stress-free and hassle free stay with your lo sans hubby around.

-XOXO

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

PICNIC TIME with mom and kids


Heylos mommys my last week was awesome it began with park trip to cubbon park with mom and kids.

This meet was hosted by my mommy friend sheetal. We both share many things in common and also have a common dream, will share soon :)

I remember my mom use to take us for garden trip , along with colony kids and some of our classmate.

The destination was not that fancy but we all loved our picnic time @ IFFCO gadern , the only one we had in our small town. We use to love that small picnic time with some play and snacks.

This trip to CUBBON PARK was very nostalgic for me.though we did not go to bal bhavan as it was the first time for us to visit Cubbon Park with kids.


Kids were more than happy to play with ball and run around the park and eat their finger food. So all you smart momz, take your kids out to play, set them free and you too enjoy some good time with other mommy friends.


-XOXO
Nidhi @Moms' Space

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Thursday, 6 March 2014

Join Mompreneurs Meet I

It must be busy busy month for all moms out there. Keeping up with upcoming festivities like Holi, coping with health issues in kids with season change and exam fever running throughout the month. But it would be even more difficult for momz who run business on her own as it's also a year end for some entrepreneurs. Being a Smart Mom at Home I do understand how difficult is to manage kid, household chore or attending unexpected guests. But i often wonder that how difficult it would be for a mom who runs the Business. 
Yes, I agree I do work from home for some assignments like business writing, content development, personal coaching and other mommy blog related stuff. 
At times I really have almost no time to spare for myself, with my blog running, hosting events like momz meet like every weekend of the month. 
But yes, I do enjoy freedom to day 'NO' to the overflowing assignment or unpleasing product review. What makes me write this blog is that I was wondering how difficult it could be for a mom to run the business.

Like am very sure they would be always on their toes to meet the deadlines, dealing with vendor, employees, grievance and the list goes endless. Also other challenges like striking the right balance between work-life balance.



I know lot of mompreneurs personally, and trust me they have been always inspiring.
Yes, when I call a Stay At Home Mom as a 'Smart Mom At Home and Working Momz as Super Momz, then I would definetly term Mompreneurs as a 'Rockstar Mom'. Giving more insight into it, Events@Momz'Space (Smart Momz At Home) is hosting a Momz Meet for Mompreneurs in Bangalore.

This meet is organised in association with 'MyBabycart.com'. They already have an ongoing initiative to support and encourage mompreneurs from across the country.

Any one who is a mom and runs the Business from office or work can participate in this event.

This event is organised to facilitate the strong networking among the Business moms and get inspiration and guidance from other established mompreneurs. 
Below mentioned are few details of the event:

Momz Meet: Being Mompreneurs

This meet is being organised to support and help start up mompreneurs and build strong networking amongst well established mompreneurs of Bangalore. SMART MOMZ AT BUSINESS hosted in association with Meet Our Mompreneurs @MyBabyCart.com

 Date: 2nd April 2014, Wednesday 

Agenda: 
  • Business Challenges for Momprenuers 
  • Business Networking for Mompreneurs 
Registration: 

For participating in the event please mail us at modernmommy2012@gmail.com | info@mybabycart.com | nohassles@mybabycart.com.


Also do not forget to send mail with the subject line>>
Momz Meet: Being Mompreneurs. Click here for Facebook Event Link


(Please note participants need to pay registration fees Rs 100 at the event location.)

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Fitness>Coffee>Movie fun @Momz' Space

Heylos to all smart mumz out there, I must admit that the entire month of February 2014 has been roller coaster. It began with healthy start by a free health workshop by Atrayee's ReviseDiet which was hosted by me to promote healthy lifestyle for momz. It helped me and other mom participants to make few simple changes in my lifestyle to live healthier life.
 


The fitness feb>>Momz meet was followed by a small momz get-together organised by Vidhi (From mums of Bangalore). Where I happen to interact with lot of urban momz from different spheres like medical, baking, hr, marketing, mompreneurs, tanjore art and so on. It was really amazing to talk with them in real life, as we use to interact a lot on virtual world created by Mums of Bangalore (Facebook Group). 

Coffee time with Cute momz (Mums of Bangalore) @CCD Indiranagar

It was in more surprising that I happen the meet one of the mom who was from by hometown as yet did schooling from the same school as mine. And also got to know that she was the the organiser of the meet i.e. Vidhi, we chatted so much in such short span, we discussed about hometown, we were spotting all friends we have in common.

Trust me it was sheer nostalgic trip for me!!! Thanks Vidhi for inviting. Before parting off, we all created a small group on wats app and named 'Cute Momz'.

Movie time with Cute mums and smart mums@Momz'space


Having like minded mommy friends from both 'Cute Momz' and '@Momz'Space' (Smart Momz At Home), I planned a movie time for all the momz who were movie buffs. And guess the movie name?? Yes it was Shaadi Ke Side Effects. I highly recommend the young parents and new moms to watch. We all enjoyed the movie time with like minded moms. 

Nidhi Bansal and Amrita from cute moms were not keeping well but still they so wanted to watch movie, and we all had fun. I happen to meet Madhvi and Renuka from meet up for the first time. I enjoyed my south Indian coffee with Silu and Renuka during interval. I was really good to see Asha once again, as she is my ardent participant of any momz meet hosted by me. I simply love her clarity, communication and punctuality.

Shaadi Ke Side Effects: 'We are Pregnant'


And yes about the movie, I loved it. Simply enjoyed the effortless chemistry between Vidya-Farhaan. Must say a commendable job by both. Yes, our good old boring critics also claimed, that Farhaan-Vidya together on screen was very unusable pair and did not look that great. Excuse me! In real life we couples do not look picture perfect like Yash Chopra or Karan Johar's movie. It was like just watching the replica of ones own life. If anyone asked me the usp of the film is the realistic screenplay and brilliant chemistry between Farhaan-Vidya as a lovably arguing couple on this age. The movie is not about right or wrong, but it's just a reflection of a reality of any urban couple. Yes, critics also claimed that the second half of the movie was boring and looked lost. But my dear critics we as a young parents also at times feel lost, confused and identity crisis. The movie Shaadi Ke Side Effects, is sheer reflection of reality, that's it, no drama, no mushy songs or flying leaves. Also there were not that great songs which i would like to hum on a long way.


Dad's darling having playtime

This movie was a special one for me as I was watching movie on big screen after almost 2.5 yrs. The last movie I saw was Rockstar... yesss it's ages ago. Phew! Finally I watched it, BINGO. Now my next target is to go clubbing with momz!! Can't wait to live my life like earlier.
To Akshaye, Thanks for being my support system
Thanks to my hubby , who takes care of my lo when am out meeting all cool momz. They plans everything for right from getting tickets to block the seats or book a table. Thanks akshaye for always encouraging me to live my life beyond motherhood. Akshaye - You are the Best Hubby and needless to say Best Dad.

My Smart mumz@momz'Space at 1st meet on 26th Jan, 2014
So now all smart mumz @ Momz'Space are anxiously waiting for 8th march, i.e Women's Day. We are bunch of  super enthu moms meeting for lazing long lunch at Italian Lounge. Looking forward to meet all super momz and enthu momz once again and have fun.

We have so many ideas in our mommy heads like scuba diving, spa, picnic day with kids, trip to innovativeplex with kids and the list goes endless. Hoping to at least cover as many as we can in the year 2014.



-XOXO
Nidhi @Moms' Space