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Motherhood Safety Through Pregnancy

 

Mommies-to-be need to be mindful of many things, from pre-conception phase to post-partum. Here are some useful tips/measures from Simba Toys to help you remain safe through it all.

Pre – Natal Care:

 For couples thinking of starting a family, pre-natal care for the mother starts at least 3-6 months in advance. This includes focus on right nutrition viz., fresh fruits, lots of veggies especially green ones to maximize on iron, nuts and seeds for antioxidants, grains & pulses for protein and also foods with good fats such as fish, mixed nuts, avocados and opt for olive oil and plant based dairy products for a wholesome meal. Avoid all kinds of foods with laden with preservatives, artificial flavourings, sweeteners, colorants, salts that are detrimental to overall health. Also quit smoking, drugs, alcohol as these could make your child susceptible to addictions and also trigger toxic gene mutations. Use natural items for skincare i.e. fresh aloe gel, rose water, sandalwood packs, homemade fruit scrubs and essential oils as perfumes as these are gentle on the skin v/s alcohol based fragrances and body care products with parabens, SLES and chemicals that affect the vital organs once absorbed through the skin. For those into hair color, use ammonia free based colorants and opt for natural agents like henna. Exercise regularly for optimum stamina, a strong immune system, normal B.P among other health vitals.

Pregnancy Care:

Follow the same diet and nutrition habits as your conception phase and increase your fluid intake i.e fruit juices, coconut water, vegan smoothies and yogurts to stay hydrated. Staying moderately active is recommended during pregnancy, so enjoy walks amidst nature, by the beach, in lush environs of parks and gardens, slow dancing and stay away from traffic prone zones with dust and pollution that could expose you to germs and bacteria. Meditating and deep breathing exercises along with light yoga postures and stretches are a great way to remain fit and calm all through your pregnancy.  Reduce waxing as your skin is already prone to sensitivity, itchiness and redness; bikini waxing in particular is discouraged to keep the vagina protected. Avoid using harsh hair removal creams or laser treatments as skin is the most vital means for bacteria to enter your system via allergies and infections. Take a digital break and reduce time spent watching TV, surfing your phone or other gadgets as these emit harmful UV and electromagnetic waves which are detrimental for the child in the womb. Opt for natural means of entertainment that protect your senses of sight and you could instead listen to music as scientifically it’s soothing for the senses. Regularly visit your doctor to keep track of your baby’s weight, growth, heart rate, position in the womb and changes affecting you all through.

 

Postnatal/ Postpartum Care:

This 3rd and final stage is the most important one as you’re now caring for your child and yourself. Align your sleeping/waking schedule with your child’s as it could help you gain maximum rest. Ensure your child is sleeping next to you in bed or if you’re using a crib or nest, place it as close as possible to make nursing easier. Keep essentials like diapers, clothing (child’s and your own), medicines, water, napkins, pacifier’s close by as you would need them often through day & night. Keep these handy in a makeshift nursery bag or drawer in case you’re shifting rooms through the day. For mommies who are expressing milk using breast pumps, take support from family & friends to help you look after your child and feed him using bottles while you rest. Also keep a check on breast health i.e. cracked/sore/inverted nipples that may hinder breastfeeding. Follow the same diet plan however, avoid meat completely as these are complex for the body to digest and may lead to unhealthy weight gain. Monitor your child’s temperature, weight, growth, potty patterns and also check skin texture & eye color to ensure everything’s normal. For skincare for both baby & mommy, oil massages are recommended for skin elasticity, firmness and radiance. Mothers can also use corset belts or use large cloths as belly wraps for gradually tucking the stomach in. For mothers who’ve had a normal/natural delivery, avoid tight clothing and regularly check with your gynecologist for vaginal skin tears, rashes or blood clots. Bleeding after delivery is normal but if you’re experiencing heavy blood loss, consult your doctor immediately. Also check for symptoms of incontinence i.e. frequent urge to pee or weak pelvic muscles that lead to bed-wetting. Kegel exercises post delivery are recommended and even yoga can help strengthen muscles and get back the toned look; start slowly at least 6 months after delivery. Although, most research has found that mothers actively involved in taking care of the child, lose the extra inches & weight naturally within 3 months. Seek help in case of postpartum depression or fear of not being a good mother or having  difficulty in coping with responsibility.

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Encourage Children to Evolve

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A child brings immense joy, spontaneity and unconditional love to the lives of those around them. At times, though they need encouragement and gentle reminders to be able to evolve at every stage of growth. Here are some simple ways in which parents can help them evolve.

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Naturally Nice: Kids are naturally nice and empathetic, often reaching out to those around them with hugs and compassion. Don’t mistake their mischief or playfulness for a bad attitude or stubbornness as they are just following their natural instincts to explore whatever’s around them. Avoid calling them ‘brat’ or ‘bad boy/girl’ as they could become like that just to rebel or prove something to you. Bring them into awareness if you feel your kid is going overboard or just not ready to listen or hurting someone by being too daft. It’s probably rooted in fear of losing identity and need for constant attention, so allow your child to be vulnerable and express it to you without any hesitation – heart-to-heart communication goes a long way.

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Being Accepting to be Accepted: At times children give into the moment and may put someone else down out of fun, peer pressure or just envy of perceived notions of someone being superior or having better things than them. Make them understand that calling someone names or labeling them is ‘not cool’ even if he’s part of a group of friends who are doing this. Help your child see the big picture – realize that everyone’s unique and beautiful in their own way irrespective of how they look, weigh, own materially or marks they get in their report cards. Accept others without mocking their peculiarity as they could be in their place someday and also forgive those who’ve wronged them as mistakes are human nature.

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Gentle Reminders:  Sit with your kid for a few minutes when they are mentally alert and in a mood to listen ( preferably morning) and gently remind them that they are inherently good-hearted and sweet and reaching out to someone else is a reflection of who they are.  Avoid being too preachy and don’t make it a lecture in moral science as children get bored and see it as criticism for self. Share wisdom once a while without making it a rule to be followed; for instance, a quote like “If you haven’t got anything nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all.”

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Being Empty: Scientifically, it’s healthy to be empty atleast mentally before going to bed, so talk to your kid before bedtime, and listen to their stories of how they spent their day. As they grow up, ask them to keep a diary or color pictures, create something with paper or dough, as this could help them vent everything healthily. If your child gets angry easily or throws too many tantrums out of excess energy or for seeking attention, ask him to pick a sport to be able to channel it out in a constructive manner. Emptiness creates space for a child to be spontaneous and happy and spread that happiness around them every time.

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Skills Of Positive Parent – Child Communication

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Choosing to communicate positively is effective for building a harmonious parent-child relationship. Here are some way in which you could develop your skills.

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Playing in Co-operation & Harmony: We are social animals and a child can’t play or enjoy alone. To be able to live their growing up years to the fullest, kids usually form a group of friends. A group dynamic demands cooperation and respect for differences, and in times of dis-harmony you could start off by helping your kid see another child as a reflection or extension of self. Gradually, this process enhances their empathy and compassion for every person they meet.

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Bullying v/s Bonding: Kids bully at times to assert individuality & power, gain attention, or be leaders in the given situation. This is natural as kids can be very passionate and stubborn at times to just be heard or seen. As a parent you can rectify this behavior by being with your little one and talk to him about different ways in which they can bond with others and reach out to them. If your kid starts throwing attitude or just starts acting like a boss of everybody in a team, make him understand that a leader is chosen by those around him. So maybe he needs to relax his aggression and put down his ego when it is the question of the larger good of all.

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Total Transparency: It’s not healthy for kids to bottle up emotions and often when they feel unloved or unappreciated or ignored, they start being difficult. Be warm & understanding enough for your little one to open up and be transparent about the most hurtful/bitter things bothering them. Avoid the need to be judgmental and call feelings “right” or “wrong” as it’s just human nature and your child is still a tiny human in this big world. Allow your kid to openly speak up about everything as this aids the healing process naturally, and helps them evolve as a more authentic person.

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Seek & Speak the Truth: Be a friend rather than a parent and choose verbal communication even in situations where your child is being mischievous and difficult to discipline. Allow your child freedom to ask for whatever they want without acting up, whining, complaining, throwing tantrums so that they trust you more and grow up to be well-adjusted and understanding. Create an ambiance where your kid’s openness can flourish and avoid creating too many rules, because childhood is best enjoyed in freedom and surrender to the moment.

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We love Kids!

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A child carries forward the family lineage and brings with him/her a treasure of divine gifts – happiness, cuteness, innocence and much more. Here are our heartfelt reasons on why we love babies and everything about them!

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Cuteness Overload

Just the sight and sound of a little child turns insides to mush and makes one feel joyful. Each child has their own unique behavior and mannerisms. They are instant dose of happiness and warmth, and even a few moments in their company decreases negative flow of energy. The way they smile, giggle, do silly things, make funny gestures, babble in baby language, come up with fanciful stories – it’s an instant dose of happiness.

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Source of Pure Joy

Spending time with your little one or any kid can really boost your mood and overall well-being. It’s an instant stress-reliever as kids are so simple and spontaneous in their thoughts and actions. Their open laughter, warm hugs, cuddles are enough to help you forget your woes, and make you smile again. Their pure natures and emotional generosity will bring joy even to the most depressed or tired person.  A child’s love and presence can often mend broken relationships and bring zest to existing ones.

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Innocent Perceptions

A child has no pre-conceptions, the way they look at the world and everything in it is fresh and new, without any judgement or bitterness or sadness. This is motivating for adults and those who are jaded or depressed to perceive things differently. Their innocence captures the heart and inspires the mind – it’s very contagious and charming to be in their guileless company. Their mischievousness makes one feel like having fun and be carefree too.

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All Embracing Attitude

Children are fascinated by everything they see, hear, feel or touch. Everything from toys to daily use items to something inventive – it immediately attracts them and activates their imagination. They play with these things and start caring for them as if they are real. They have this same embracing attitude for people too, as they are so trusting. A child’s empathy often changes an adult’s cynicism and helps them get in touch with their own emotions which naturally heals and frees the person from sadness and other lower frequency emotions.

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The Big Kid Within

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Parents gain immense healing& joy by playing with their kids and here are some of the positive changes they experience by playing with toys and games on a regular basis.
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Need for parents to de-stress

Working parents are often juggling between so many tasks the whole day. They need a break after fulfilling so many responsibilities at the workplace and then getting back at home to take care of their family. Playing with toys and games along with their kids is an instant mood-lifter. This sort of light-heartedness boosts their energy and sense of humor.

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Family Bonding

 Playing with kids, along with their toys, helps in emotional bonding and connecting with them in a very easy-going manner. Often play-time becomes a great time for teaching your kid more about family values in a more fun manner rather than making it a very serious subject. It helps kids feel closer to their parents and see them as friendly confidantes whom they can talk about anything in the world and not someone they have to obey out of fear.

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Health Benefits

 Playing with toys, arts, crafts, simple board games and more have many health benefits for adults. It helps them heal their ‘inner child’ and once again relive simpler times of childhood. Engaging in such fun activities releases endorphins which uplift a person’s mood, makes them feel better and stress-free in just a few minutes. This result in better work performance, ability to think laterally, more creatively and also enhances problem-solving skills in the long run.

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Promotes Happiness & Well-being

 Playing with toys helps parents reflect and smile back at fond memories of growing up and being with their friends. Such positive memories enhance personal joy and bring back spontaneity & innocence associated with childhood. This boosts their zing for life and also promotes their overall sense of well-being.

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Why is it important to ‘Be friends’ with your children?

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Being friendly with your kid is not just ‘a cool fad’ but it has many emotional, mental, social, psychological benefits.

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Emotional Security

Many psychological and behavioral studies have found that kids who have friendly parents are emotionally secure. One of the main reasons is that these kids can talk and emote anything in front of their parents without the fear of being judged or punished. They can be themselves without any pressure to be a certain way or fit into a certain mold. This emotional security helps build a strong foundation for relationships in the future.

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Expressive Kids

Kids who can share their emotional states with parents freely are very expressive and well-adjusted. These kids are in touch with their emotions and don’t feel the need to suppress what they are feeling as their parents accept and resolve what their emotional needs are at any time. Kids with very strict parents often turn into rebels to gain that love and attention or turn into recluses completely shutting out the outside world.

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Kids are more sensible, mature

Kids with friendly parents are more sensible and mature than others as they are better adjusted emotionally and socially. They will strive for independence to do things, often make good leaders encouraging others to accomplish their goals and find contentment in their own achievements without the need for comparisons. Kids who are unable to get this friendly rapport at home often indulge in attention seeking behavior or have reckless tendencies to get things done their way.

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Contentment & Conversations at home

Parents who are friends with their kids are content with people around them and within themselves. They won’t go outside seeking superficial relationships or interactions as the conversations and bonding with their parents enriches them at all levels. Parents often become their sounding board and counselor, helping them gain perspective simply by talking out whatever they are feeling.

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Creating a Collage of Memories

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Childhood moments are the highlights of one’s life. Capture your child’s growth, milestones and special times in collages, albums and through digital scrapbooking to look back with lots of smiles.

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Capturing School Moments

Get together a photo album with pictures of your child’s many activities in school. Picnics with friends where they enjoyed spontaneously, fun camps where they took home lots of learning’s, annual day participation where they expressed talents and lots more. The best moments that makes up the sweetness of childhood.

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Treasure Family Bonds  

Family gives a child’s roots and help your child look back at the early years with fondness. Capture the highlights of birthdays, the fun of family outings, and the leisure & explores of vacations through notes, diaries and pictures. These are the moments of togetherness that keep the family close knit & bonded for years. Pass these on to your kid when he grows up.

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Record Yearly Growth

Make it an annual thing to record your child’s growth. Children are very adaptable and evolving and go through so many changes so quickly. Make notes in a diary about your little ones milestones and achievements. This helps your child reflect on everything learnt.   And you get a chance to observe and encourage your kid to do better.

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Time Capsule for Keeps

Create a time capsule of sorts in form of videos and audio clips telling your kid about how it is to see him grow up and what’s happening around at that time. Record your child’s changing voice, cute dances, naps, and playtime.  Make an email account for your kid and regularly email him sharing your feelings and thoughts. When your child is old enough, share the password and watch them connect to you in a deeper way.

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