It’s never too early to read to our little ones. We introduced Baby Boo to books when she was 1.5 months old and since then, books have been an integral part of her daily routine. In fact, we preferred investing in children’s books over toys because children at that age don’t really understand the concept of playing with toys expect for rattles (which we received a box-ful of :p)
Without wasting much of your time, let me quickly share our favorite books that are apt for 0-6m old babies:
In fact, in my opinion, if you have just these five books, you’re sorted for the first 6 months:
1. Ladybird Board-books: These books are perfect for newborns. At this age, it’s best to buy sturdy and colorful board books which have minimal text and touch and feel portions in it. Most of the books by Ladybird in this range also have a mirror, which babies love! I’ve linked two of their best sellers below: Peekaboo and Playbook
Pro-tip: Prefer board-books only until they turn 2 years old.
2. Fabric/Cloth Books
Fabric books are often made with a variety of textures and have pockets filled with sound-making papers that babies tend to love. We purchased ‘Snuggle Book’, again from Ladybird Publications and it was a hit with her during the first 6 months. I have no idea if it’s still available on Amazon, but if it isn’t, you can definitely consider getting some other fabric/cloth book of your choice.
3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
This classic picture book has been a favorite of many for decades and I wasn’t surprised to see how much my girl loved it too! A must have in your little reader’s collection!
4. First 100 Words by Roger Priddy
This tiny cushioned board book is so colorful and has a variety of objects to look at. It is one of our travel favorites!
5. Foam Books
I purchased a set of 6 foam books from an Instagram store which doubled as teethers too. Unfortunately, they aren’t available online and the store is no more functional. Nonetheless, if you happen to come across foam books, I’d highly recommend investing in them.
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“The simplest way of making sure we raise literate children is to show them that reading is a pleasurable activity. And that means, finding them books that they enjoy, giving them access to those books and letting them read them.”
– Neil Gaiman
I’ve grown up loving books. My dad was a writer and his articles used to be published in a renowned newspaper every week for almost a decade. This is one of the reasons why I still prefer spending on book over food any day. They say, children are made readers on the lap of their parents and I can’t agree more!
When I was expecting, I made sure to read a lot and I also researched on which books to buy for my little one. I purchased my daughter’s first set of books when she was a month and half old and I did make some good choices- except, I got all paperbacks. Little did I know that this little squish of mine will grow up too soon to tear the pages down. The first set was in pieces within 4-5 months. I learnt the hard way that it is board books that’s advisable for kids under 2. Similarly, it took me a while and a lot of trial and error to understand what author and category I should consider for my little reader.
I’m often asked by parents regarding which books to buy for their kids and honestly, answering that question in one sentence is difficult. There are a ton of factors based on which books can be purchased- like for example, age of the child, language preferences, topic of interest, budget and reading level.
I always wondered, why don’t we have Indian subscription service of books for babies like they have in several developed countries.
Well, I was wrong because there already existed one- FubuBox! 😊
One day, I was browsing through my Instagram feed and I bumped into one of their posts. I instantly got in touch with them and got one box customised for my girl. It reached my doorstep in a couple of days and we were pleasantly surprised.
Here’s what we received:
- A board book titled ‘Here Comes the Dinosaur’
- A slide and pull book titled ‘Busy Vet’ by Rod Campbell
- And a paperback titled ’The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water’
- A pack of play-doh
What I love about FubuBox?
- They ask you to fill a form to know the age and also understand the interest of the child
- The books are then chosen by an expert panel based on your answers
- They select only those books which are written by well known authors across the globe
- They pick books from various genres to add variety to your child’s reading experience
- They not just send books, but also a surprise gift along with the package 🙂
- They’re extremely approachable and genuinely helpful.
- They currently cater to 0-6 year olds
- They have three plans- 3 months, 6 months and 12 months
- They also design one time birthday box and gift boxes
- They make customized return boxes too
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P.S. This is a sponsored post. All the images used are mine and the opinions are genuine by all means
My little girls first birthday was dreamt of and conceptualized long before she was even born. Every time I attended a child’s birthday as a young girl, I visualized my child’s birthday. I never wanted it to be a fancy affair, I just wanted every little element of her party to be special, just like her.
When I shared a few pictures from her party on Instagram, I received several requests from fellow moms to share the details of our setup. So, here we go!
Firstly, I’d like to share a few tips that you can keep mind before deciding on the theme and colour palette for her party:
1. Pick a theme which is evergreen. Especially for their first birthdays because they have no liking or choice at that age. Sometimes, people choose cartoon characters or era-specific themes which may not live until the child grows up. If we choose cartoon characters of this generation, chances are he won’t feel connected to the photos when once he begins to understand things on growing up. I chose ‘twinkle twinkle little star’, because well, stars are sure to last until her adulthood 😅 Or at least we can hope so! Considering the pollution these days and its impacts these days, you really can’t tell. 🙈
2. Choose a white background with bright poppy or pastel colours which stand out. This will not just make the whole place lovely but also look great in the photos. We chose pastels and gold, because you can never go wrong with that combination 💗
3. If planning at home, choose your window curtains as your backdrop. It takes much less effort in decorating and if planned well, saves space too.
Here are the all the details (even the minutest ones 🙈) of our setup:
1. I purchased white-gold jacquard curtains which were opaque enough to function as our backdrop. (It’s wiser this way because once the party is over, you won’t have to throw away your backdrop but can use the curtains for regular use too)
2. Since the length of our window was 5ft, I purchased 3 sets of broad ribbons in pastel and gold, each measuring 10ft and hung them at equal distances. For that, I simply cut them in the desired length and tied at knot at the bar that held the curtains. Easy peasy!
3. I also hung 2 glitter star-strings that I purchased from a local party shop and used them in the similar way too. You can DIY these strings too- I realised that later 🙈
4. Below our window, we have a few storage shelves. I purchased 6 helium balloons, in pink, blue and white from a local party shop and tied them on the knob of those shelves. Along with those balloons, I had 2 star shaped foil balloons (filled with helium too) which I’d purchased from AliExpress- I tied them on either sides along with the other balloons to complete the look.
5. We got custom-made bunting which read- “happy birthday (name)” in the same theme from Joy Factory (www.thejoyfactory.in) to embellish our beautiful backdrop.
I wanted little but special elements on each corner of my house and here’s what we did:
1. The wall on the left of the cake table had a frame which had her birth statistics and other details from that day.
2. The other wall on the left had a photo bunting with 12 photos- one from birth to 11 months each. We used a jute twine, 12 wooden clips, her snaps that we got made from The Snap Store (costed us just ₹40 or so including delivery!) and a number 1 foil balloon which was also purchased from a local party shop. Setting this wall was simple and without a doubt, it was the star of the show. And oh yes, I also purchased pink felt paper and cut out numbers to attach under each photo to match our theme 🌟
3. The wall above our food table had posters with motivational quotes for my girl. This was an impromptu addition but it definitely worked well with the whole concept.
4. Last and the final wall- which was also the one on the right of the cake table was the ‘wall of wishes’. I purchased some gift wrapping papers and made a few envelopes out of it. I then stuck them all on a wall so that the attendees could write letters for my daughter- something she’ll grow up and read and cherish all her life!
1. We got a ‘ Twinkle twinkle little star’ themed cake with Dutch chocolate filling for her. To make it even more stunning, we got a cake topper in a brilliant golden colour from ‘The Joy Factory Shop’
2. We also got a few cupcakes and placed them on a personalised wooden tray. We embellished them with cupcake toppers (again from Joy Factory) and boy! They looked lovely!
3. We also had the return favours for the kids attending and a few props for photographs placed on the table, so that the access is easier.
4. We got a monogram of her initials from the same party shop and placed it on the side of the cake.
5. The Joy Factory Shop designed a beautiful chalkboard with all her current statistics and progress updates in the required theme. We got it framed and placed it on the table! What a stunner it was 😍
4. To decorate the table, I stuck PVC paper on the table top and attached a white satin cloth on its edges to let it flow. On it, I stuck a foil tassel bunting that I purchased from AliExpress in the colour pink, white and gold.
That’s it! I was so happy with how it all came together and how beautiful the photos turned out!
I hope you found this article helpful!
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Happy parenting 😊
I won’t call myself a minimalist, but I simply can’t stand clutter. It not only takes a lot of space of your home, but your mind too. And quite unlike the perception, minimalism doesn’t mean ‘plain white nothingness’, but it means getting rid of things which aren’t of much use and living with lesser but meaningful items.
Kids need real activities to play with, and not just a hundred squeaky toys or rattles in different shapes and colours. If you’re also tired of cleaning the whole toy shelf everyday, try maintaining minimalism by following these simple tips:
- Free yourself from getting emotionally attached to objects which are of no use. For example, get rid of toys that your child has outgrown. Don’t keep hoarding toys that he doesn’t play with any more, give it to someone in need instead. This way, you won’t only de-clutter but also help another child enjoy the same way like your kid once did.
- Don’t purchase two similar toys, or even books for that matter. For instance, one board book of alphabets suffices, you don’t need to get three different types of it. Similarly for stacking toys- just invest in one of them. Most of them teach the exact same skill set.
- Don’t invest in a soft toy until your baby is at least 2 years old. I made a mistake of getting one while I was pregnant and believe me, I regret that purchase every day. Not only it’s fur entangles dirt, but the child is very small to understand how to play with soft toys and it usually ends up taking space in some nook of the house.
- Invest in toys that can be used for a long duration. Activity push walkers, for example, are useful only for a couple of months until kids learn to walk, hence not a good investment.
- Purchase toys that are versatile and multi-purposive. This will not only take less space at home but also unlock your child’s creativity to a great extent.
One such toy that I intend to talk about today is ‘Rainbow Roofs’ from Skola Toys. When I first read about Skola Toys from a few experts, I hopped on their website to see their collection. Not only was I blown away by the brilliance yet simplicity of their toys, but what absolutely loved was the fact that each toy has been designed after plentiful research and thought.
My little girl who’s almost 13 months old now, usually doesn’t enjoy playing with one single toy for a long duration. It’s difficult to keep her engaged and the only way I am able to do that is by trying a different ways of playing with her existing toys.
When I spoke to the representative of Skola Toys, they recommended me to try out their rainbow roofs. It’s basically a triangular base on which colourful wooden roofs can be stacked. Although it’s meant for kids who are aged 1.5y+ my daughter still enjoys playing with it.
It came well packaged in a medium sized box, which instantly made me realise what a wonderful gift idea would it be for kids on their birthdays.
The box was made of cardboard and had drawings on it. The contents induced: one triangular base, 7 wooden roof stackers and one small box of 4 crayons for colouring the doodles on the box. Now that’s called thoughtful packaging!
The make of these stackers is top notch and the colours used are bright and vivid- just how the kids love it. The edges aren’t sharp and the colours don’t peel off too, hence making them safe to use.
The only downside I noticed was that- the pieces are slightly heavy and young kids might find a little difficult to play with them, initially. Although I’m not completely sure about this. Perhaps, I feel so because my girl is younger than the recommended age and maybe that’s why she’s finding it a little difficult to lift.
When I first saw the box, I thought it’s a regular stacker with a different shape and style. But then I read the manual sheet and information on their website, I realised how creatively these can be used and how conveniently they transform into a variety of structures.
Here are some examples of how creative one can get with them:
There are several skills/concepts that a child can learn through these stackers
- Hand eye coordination
- Colour recognition
- Fine motor skills
To know more about learning toys, click here
Why would I recommend this toy?:
- Space saver- one toy can be used in so many ways
- Toxin free- made of natural wood
- Bright and vivid colours
- Builds skill set and enhances their learning capacity
- Sturdy and long lasting.
All in all, it’s a brilliant product and I will definitely recommend it for kids who’re 1.5-2 years. If your child isn’t in this age bracket, don’t fret, you’ll find many more options for all age groups starting from 1year. Click here to reach their website.
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P.S. This was a sponsored post but my opinions are completely unbiased and genuine
I vividly remember, while packing my hospital bag, I was browsing through diaper options on FirstCry.com, when I stumbled upon Bumberry Diapers. Back then, unfortunately, I had absolutely no clue of the concept of advanced cloth diapering and was sure that I won’t be able to make heads or tails of it, so I decided to pick the conventional cloth nappies and a pack of disposables instead. Slowly and gradually, I learnt more and before I realized, I was exclusively cloth diapering my little one. Exactly 10 months later, I saw Bumberry make an appearance on a social media platforms too and realized it was the perfect time to try them out. So, after a month of extensive use, I’m here to share my personal experience with you all.
Bumberry sent me two diapers to review: One pocket diaper and one cover diaper along with a wet-free insert. Let’s dive into the review of all three.
Pocket Cloth Diaper with one 3 Layered Microfibre Insert
Bumberry pocket diaper comes in a package along with one insert which is apt for the diaper. It’s designed for 2.5 to 15 kg which means you can start using it right from birth and use until toddler-hood. The pack said it’s best for sleep time and quite honestly, I wasn’t convinced how a pocket diaper would perform at first, so I waited and tried using it during the day only. After one week, I mustered some courage and used it for night-time and boy! I was blown away by its performance. Even when I tried it on her for the first time, it stayed absolutely dry as if it was freshly dried in the sun- and that was after more than 13 long hours of being worn!!
It’s trim, perfectly sized and the snap buttons are placed appropriately to fit all sizes. The outer cover is soft and inner lining is great too. However, the microfibre insert doesn’t seem to be of the same quality like that of the cover diapers. Although, it doesn’t come in contact with the skin and absorbs pee really well, so I have nothing to complain about.
Price: Rs. 780/- for the set
Available on: Firstcry, Amazon, Hopscotch and their website
Cloth Diaper Cover with 1 Bamboo Insert
This cover diaper is a great day time option, especially in winters. Since it comes along with a bamboo insert- which is known for super absorption and its quick drying properties, it’s the best you can get for the season. I loved how soft the upper part of the insert is which makes it suitable for even kids with highly sensitive skin.
In my use, I noticed that it usually lasts for 5-6 hours easily after which it has to be changed.
Price: Rs. 760/- for the set
Available on: Firstcry, Amazon, Hopscotch and their website etc.
Wet Free Insert:
If you’re considering to buy a diaper for your small baby who’s extremely sensitive to the feeling of wetness and gets cranky easily, then this insert is for you! It has three layers of microfibre terry cloth with one layer of extra dry suede to serve the purpose. It’s designed to fit along with Bumberry cover diapers and miraculously keeps both the diaper and the baby’s skin absolutely dry. Of all the products, this one took me by surprise the most! I’d highly recommend trying this insert. Priced at Rs. 660/- for 3 inserts, I believe it’s a steal.
Available on: Official website of Bumberry, Firstcry, Amazon, Hopscotch etc.
I hope you found the review helpful!
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P.S. This was a sponsored post but my opinions remain unaffected by the association.
Diaper bags- no matter how much you try to run away from them- are an indispensable part of your first few years of becoming a parent. You just can’t step out of your home with a stylish tiny sling filled with bare essentials anymore! There are a gazillion things that a tiny baby needs and we need bigger and spacious bags for that.
Gone are the days when those ugly, plasticky and bulky diaper bags with cartoon prints all over were the only choice available for mothers. Why carry something like that when we now have better options in the market?!
Finding a perfect bag can be a task for an already- tired-and-zoned-out-new-mom. Hence, based on my experience, I thought to share the types of diaper bags available and how you can choose the right one for yourself.
1) Washable tote/Day bags:
A cloth tote diaper bag and day bags are great options for the first 6 months when you don’t have to carry baby food/water sipper along and all you need are a couple of diapers, wash cloths and a few outfits. It’s also a great alternative for a quick outing with your baby which will last for a couple of hours. It’s one of the most spacious bags because it usually doesn’t have stiffness and segregations to take up space and look bulky. This is also the reason why you can stuff a lot of things in it!
- They’re spacious
- Apt for BabyWearing moms
- They don’t have many pockets
- Cloth bags may not be water proof
- Short trips to the mall or markets
- First 6 months or when you don’t have to carry food or liquids that might spill
In my opinion, unless it’s rainy season, totes and day bags make a perfect choice for small shopping trips to the market or even for a casual picnic. They look pretty and are easy to carry too.
Backpacks look the trendiest of all the options. They’re classy, spacious and available in gazillion patterns to match your taste and style. The best thing about these bags is that they keep your hands free to do whatever you want.
- Stylish and spacious
- Keeps your hands free
- Equal distribution of weight on both the shoulders
- Not a great option for BabyWearing moms
- A days outing or even for a a small vacation
- For moms who don’t babywear
3. Messenger bags or Sling bags
You don’t necessarily need a bag that looks like a diaper bag, isn’t it?
In my opinion, messenger bags and slings are a good option for moms who prefer carrying their baby arms and don’t use stroller or carriers or anything. The advantage of these bags is that you can remove the items from the bag without placing the bag down and furiously hunting for things.
- Small and slim
- Looking for items and removing them is relatively easier
- Great for short trips and evening walks
- Good option for BabyWearing moms
- Very small, can’t be used to carry items for long trips
- May not be washable
- Short trips or evening strolls
4) Stroller diaper bags
As the name suggests a stroller diaper bag attaches directly to the baby’s stroller, rather than sit below the stroller in the storage compartment. These diaper bags hang from your strollers handles, allowing you to quickly and easily get your baby’s stuff.
- Easy to quickly find things when on the go
- Gives your shoulders a break from the weight carrying
- Usage is limited to times when carrying a stroller
- People who go on a walk or to the market with a stroller regularly.
5) Standard bags
What are these bags, you might be wondering. Well, standard bags are the usual multi-pocketed diaper bags which are huge and can pretty much fit all the essentials you need. Though you’ll find a myriad of options online, there’re a two brands I’d highly recommend- they’re Bohomia and Skip Hop. They make classy looking, good quality and sturdy bags. You’ll find these two on amazon India and other online portals too.
- Segregations and pockets to fit in all essentials
- Look great and are sturdy too
- Too huge and bulky
- May not the be the best option for small trips
Great option for:
- Long trips and vacation
- Times when you’re carrying too many things
6) Designer diaper bags
Who said diaper bags are always boring?Previously, becoming a mother meant that you would have to give up your Gucci or Louis Vuitton handbag. This is no longer a problem since these brands have also started designing diaper bags. So now you can carry all that your baby needs without losing your fashion statement!
Image: Gucci Diaper Bag
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I believe, being a mother gives you the strength and motivation you never had! It increases our potential, patience and creativity tremendously! Only if we chanellise this newly gained strength correctly, we shall see ourselves doing wonderful things we wouldn’t have imagined otherwise!
One such supermom is Tania Samtani- Founder of ‘The DroStore’! When she had her baby, she realised that we, in India, don’t have many room decor pieces for our kids. Even if we happen to find a few, they’re either very expensive or not of good quality.
Instead of giving up on the idea of decorating her child’s room, Tania herself designed and handmade some frames for him which instantly spruced up the space giving it kiddy element it needed! Her family loved her work and soon her hobby turned into a business.
If you check their Instagram Store, you’ll find tons of cute handmade picture frames apt for your little ones room- especially the crib wall or their reading corner!
Since it’s inspired by her own son, Drona (hence the name- The DroStore), there’s something for each child here!
Talking about the quality of frames, it’s top notch. The frame sent to me is absolutely stunning. I loved how they used white frames and pastel colours that give a emit cool Scandinavian vibes- which I’m planning to keep as the theme of my daughter’s nook.
They’ve recently started selling organic wooden teethers too. The one I was sent has a wooden ring and a wooden birdie brought together by a string filled with silicon beads which also help in reliving kids of those evil teething itches.
Packaging was done in a careful manner such that the fragile items aren’t ruined during transportation. Infact I received the items the very next day of dispatch! Excellent service, I must admit!
People behind the brand:
I wouldn’t be lying if I said Tania was one the best brand owner I have dealt with so far! She’s the sweet and funny to talk to and does a great job.
Handmade frames cost around ₹1500/- and wooden teethers cost around ₹650/-
Where to shop from: They’ve an active Instagram page. You can click here to reach the store now.
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P.S. This post is sponsored but my opinion is genuine and unaffected.
Just like Zomato, Swiggy, Uber eats etc. collect data on restaurants in your vicinity and bring scrumptious food right to your doorstep, Zoctr too detects your location and gives you all the information about the best medical services in your locality. How awesome is that?
- General physicians
- Speech therapist
- Occupational therapist
- Specialist Doctor etc.
They have both single visit and multiple visit options. In fact, if you’re looking for long term treatment, you can select that too!
Not just that, they provide with equipments too. In case you’re looking for a wheel chair, or if you’ve an ailing patient at home and you want a bed or medical devices delivered to you, they’ll take care of that too.
Managing your bookings:
You can also manage your booking by renewing, pitting in on hold or stopping the service chosen.
Once you choose a service, you’d be able to track the staff and also monitor their attendance on the app itself! Doesn’t this make the whole process hassle free?
Payment can be made using PayU app which is integrated with their app itself- you can choose either your credit or debit card. Since PayU is known for online transactions, this process too is pretty smooth.
What makes this app extraordinary?
- It’s India’s number 1 home health app, which has an in-built GPS that instantly finds the locations and connects with medical service providers in the vicinity.
- Gives us details of confirmations along with the profile of the staff.
- Helps us schedule Patient Assessment and Screening Visits on the go.
- Easy booking management.
- With just one account, we can have several patient profiles for other members of the family too
- Constant and helpful back-end support
My rating: 3.9/5
I’m on a mini vacation at my moms for a couple of days. This time around, I decided to carry Mamaearth’s travel kit since it’s more easier to pack and fit in my diaper bag. These miniature bottles and tubes are perfect for small vacations and can be an excellent choice as your hospital bag essentials too. Although I’ve been using this brand for months now, I finally decided to share my opinion about this particular range:
1. Baby massage oil
Made with almond, sesame and jojoba oil, this concoction is extremely moisturising. Even a little amount spreads well on the body. My little one has a very sensitive skin, but this oil didn’t react or cause any redness. However, I would have liked it more if it were a little less thick.
2. Body Wash
It’s a coconut based mild body wash which doesn’t cause eye irritation. It cleans away the oil well and the fragrance isn’t very overpowering too, just how I like it. It also leaves the body nourished and fresh and doesn’t dry her skin.
3. Baby Shampoo
I absolutely love the citrus-y fragrance of this shampoo. It makes me nostalgic because I suppose the hospital she was born in used this product. Hence, everytime I use it, it takes me back to those days. Moreover, it causes no eye irritation and cleanses her hair well.
4. Moisturising lotion
My rating: 3.8/5
You’ll find this kit and regular sized bottles on their website, amazon.com and FirstCry.com too
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Have a great day!
If you’re a mom, diapers and wipes have become an essential part of your life by now, and until you’ve successfully potty trained your baby (which in my case is far fetched dream 🤦🏻♀️), there’s no escape from these two.
Generally, while talking about baby products that have a negative impact on the environment, it is the disposable diaper which gets the attention while the wet wipes find a thin escape. But the truth is, that they are contributing equally to this great damage, since they’re made of polyester which is highly non-biodegradable.
On June 7th, an article in The Guradian highlighted this issue- “While wet wipes might feel like an improvement upon regular old toilet paper, they’re actually causing a lot of problems for sewer systems. That’s because, despite being marketed as acceptable to flush, wet wipes don’t actually break down the way that toilet paper does, and can easily clog drains and sewer lines. In fact, it only takes a few flushed wet wipes to cause a clog, and once those wipes are mixed with fats or oils, the resulting blockage in public sewers (stomach-churningly known as “fatbergs”) can be gigantic.”
A couple of months ago, I shared about how I prepare a DIY solution and use a regular muslin/pure cotton cloth to wipe my baby’s buttocks. I did manage to do that while we were at home, however, when we were out, it was not possible to follow the same regimen and I had to resort to using regular wipes.
But then I stumbled upon the new launch of my favourite brand, Mamaearth.
Price: ₹249 for a pack of 80 wipes
Shelf life: 2 years from the date of manufacture
My Rating: 8.9/10