NUTRITION FOR PRE-SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN

The preschool age of 1-6 years is a period of rapid growth and development. Toddlers (1-2yrs) have a short attention span and are easily distracted from eating. They have limited muscle coordination. Their eating behavior can be describes as messy. As the child enters 3-5 yrs old group, attention span is longer and muscle coordination is better.

Children like adults enjoy attention and are quick to realize that food can be a powerful weapon for gaining such attention

Dietary Pattern :

  • Young children have a high taste sensitivity. They prefer mildly flavored foods. Excess use of green chillies and other strong flavored spices and condiments should be avoided.
  • The feel of food is important to young children and they enjoy foods that can be picked up with fingers such as sandwiches, strips of cheese, cutlets, pizzas, spring rolls, chapatiwrap, poories or narrow wedges of fruit etc.
  • The diet should include variety of foods. Frequent change is likely to furnish a well balanced diet.
  • Small serving of disfavoured food appetisingly prepared and accompanied by a favorite dessert/dish will encourage the child to eat. Encouragement and praise go much further than nagging.
  • Preschool children are almost constantly active. Their interest is readily diverted from food. If they become over tired or excessively hungry, their appetites may lag a great deal. Therefore a selection of variety of foods from the milk, meat, veg., fruit and cereal groups provides a sound basis for the child’s diet. Some snacks in mid morning and mid afternoon are also advisable.
  • For the younger child foods such as nuts and navy beans which are difficult to chew should be omitted.
  • Distraction by interesting conversation is much to be preferred to coaxing or games which center around the child.
  • Excessive use of fried foods and very sweet foods should be avoided as these may cause irritation of the gastro-intestinal tract and the latter predispose to dental caries.
  • Milk which is generally disliked in this age group can be incorporated into puddings, custards or sweet desserts, cheese, yoghurts, shakes.

7 Workout Essentials Pregnant Women Need

Staying active while pregnant is considered as safe. But anyone who has been pregnant knows that maternity shopping can be a real letdown. Besides not being able to find the perfect fit, the offerings in the maternity world are less than appealing, especially when it comes to workout clothes. We’ve highlighted some of the favorite must-have pieces, and offered tips on what to look for when you’re shopping for maternity activewear.

Ingrid & Isabel Maternity Capri Pants

Comfort is king when you’re pregnant, and a pair of capris like these can be adjusted to suit what’s comfortable for you. Plus, these are also great post-partum because they can be folded down do adapt to your changing figure.

Thalia Top

As your belly gets bigger, you’ll need some room on top to fit your burgeoning bump. Tops with ruching on the side are a good option if you want to flatter your belly plus they will last throughout your whole pregnancy because they can stretch out.

Bravado Body Silk Seamless Yoga Maternity/Nursing Bra

Wrestling out of your sports bra to nurse is no easy feat. This medium-impact bra has quick-release clasps to make the transition from sweating to nursing a breeze.

Maternity Go-Dry Fitted Compression Crops

These high-performance workout capris go beyond basic leggings. They feature no-chafe flatlock seams, moisture-wicking fabric, and—of course—a panel that extends over your baby bump. Plus, the pattern is super-cute.

C9 Champion Women’s Maternity Under the Belly Shorts

Great for both the gym and lounging around, these shorts sit below your belly so you’ll be comfortable no matter what activity you are doing.

The Secret to Healthy Baby Hair (0-5 Years)

  1. Oil your baby’s hair regularly

It is important to oil your baby’s hair every day.

Regular oiling improves the blood circulation and provides the adequate amount of moisture needed to the scalp and makes the flakes soften and non itchy.

This helps in clearing the cradle cap as it softens the flakes and nourishes the scalp making it easier to remove it.

It’s better to oil your baby’s hair the day before you give him/her a bath as this not only softens the flakes but also nourishes the scalp and baby hair.

2. Keep it clean

It’s best to wash your child’s no more than once in every 2-3 days.

Keeping the hair and scalp clean will not only help with the hygiene but also HELP IN AVOIDING UNWANTED INFECTIONS which can be caused due to dirty hair and skin.

3. How to use a conditioner

If your child’s hair is too curly and bushy then you might want to use a kid friendly conditioner after shampooing.

If there is lesser hair then just a drop will do.

This will help you tame tangles and maintain silky smooth hair for your child.

This also goes a long way in removing the flakes without irritating the baby as there are lesser tangles.

You could also try some NATURAL ORGANIC CONDITIONERS like CURD, HIBISCUS or EGG WHITE.

4. Handling wet hair

Having wet hair for a longer time is a sure shot way of getting cold for even adults.

So, it’s no different in your baby’s case.

When you are drying the baby’s head, care must be taken that you use only soft clean towels and you must be very gentle when you rub the baby’s head with it.

If you are too harsh then there is chance you’ll hurt the baby and damage the hair follicles on the head.

5. Styling your child’s hair

Use a soft brush.

Be as gentle as you can while you are combing.

Using a brush will not only smoothen the hair but help in removing the flakes easily.

You can also try some rockstar hairstyles on your kid, but make sure to be gentle with the scalp and the hair of the baby.

Kidband: The Kid Accessory for Your Childs’ Safety

Wearables aren’t just for adults anymore – more and more devices are adorning kids’ wrists, and the Kiband is another child-oriented device to toss in that bucket. The “smartband to keep kids close” is a wireless leash to ensure children don’t wander too far from their parents.

The Kidband is a water-resistant bracelet that’s half an inch thick and 0.75 inches wide. It uses a Bluetooth 4.1 chip to sync with a smartphone running the free Kiband app up to 200 feet away

Parents using the Kiband can set custom distance perimeters to make sure their children are within sight in different settings. For instance, a mother may not want too much of a gap between her and her child in a crowded mall during the holidays, but she may be OK with a larger gap at a local park.

When a child wearing the Kiband walks close to the edge of the designated perimeter set by the parent, the bracelet will vibrate to alert the child that they’re wandering too far for their parent’s liking. When a child crosses the edge of the set perimeter, the wristband and mobile app both sound an alarm to help the parent see where their child has wandered without having to take out their smartphone. The Kiband will also alert the parent when it’s submerged in water.

The Kiband app (currently only for iOS, though an Android version is in the works) can sync with up to six bands. The bracelet is available in two colors: blue and pink.

Nutella Mug Cake

Your little one is craving for a homemade cake?

Well, baking a cake can be a real task at times. But, the easy Nutella mug cake recipe below will help you out bake a delightful cake within 2-3 minutes.

Try it out and I am sure your kids will love it. 🙂

 

Maternity Fashion Trends

During pregnancy, the woman not only wants to look stylish, but feel comfortable as well. The trendy clothes these days not only hides their rounded belly, but makes them look elegant and feminine.

These long coats are perfect for expecting mothers, as they hide their belly perfectly and gives an elegant look at the same time.

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How to Choose the Best Toddler Pillow for Your Child

As your kid continues to grow, there will come a time when your little one will need a pillow to remain comfortable throughout the night. Toddler pillows, also known as infant pillows were designed for the sole purpose of providing your baby with a comfortable nights sleep.

Why you shouldn’t give your toddler a regular pillow

If you have not heard of toddler pillows before then you may be wondering why a toddler can’t simply sleep on a regular pillow.

A regular pillow is designed to provide support to the adults head and neck. A toddler does not have the same proportions as an adult and resting on a regular pillow will place unnecessary strain on the neck and shoulders. Continuous strain may lead discomfort and sleepless nights or worse, poor posture.

Toddler pillows are designed around your baby’s proportions, allowing for a comfortable sleep while providing your little ones developing body with appropriate support.

When to introduce your toddler to a pillow

There is much debate as to when a toddler should start using a pillow. Many “experts” agree that the right time to give your toddler a pillow is when you transition your little one from the crib to a bed, around the age of 18 – 24 months.

The answer you will get from parents, however, will differ vastly. Many parents report that they introduced pillows well before this age without problems. As every baby develops and behaves differently, there doesn’t appear to be a universal “right” time to introduce your baby to a pillow.

Ultimately as the parent, it is your decision as to when your little one is ready to use a pillow. If you watch your toddler closely then you may notice him giving you clues that he is ready to make the jump to sleeping with a pillow. Clues include:

  • Failure to sleep without the head being propped up
  • Restless at night due to being uncomfortable
  • Resting the head on a blanket or stuffed animal
  • Laying head on a pillow on the couch or in your bed

Another indicator is to look at your baby’s shoulders. Once they are wider than his head then your little one will usually be more comfortable sleeping on a pillow than a flat mattress.

The purpose of giving your toddler a pillow to sleep on is to make him more comfortable. If your toddler is sleeping just fine without a pillow then simply look out for the above clues and continue your little ones sleeping routine as normal.

Choosing the best pillow for your toddler

If you are trying to find the best pillow for your toddler then you will need to take the following points into consideration.

Know your toddlers allergies

Let’s say that your child is allergic to wool. It goes without saying that you would not buy your toddler a wool pillow, which would only aggravate his allergy. By being aware of what your little one is and isn’t allergic to will help you narrow down the perfect toddler pillow.

Firm vs soft

You will need to strike up a delicate balance between comfort and support. If you press down on a pillow and it does not regain its shape then the pillow is too soft and is unsafe for your toddler to use as it poses a suffocation risk.

On the flip side if you press down on the pillow and it doesn’t move at all then the pillow may be to hard to provide comfort. While the majority of toddler pillows have been designed to provide optimal support, it is still something to take into consideration.

Pillow cover material

The outer part of the toddler pillow is generally made from cotton. Be mindful that when choosing a pillow that cotton can be regular or organic. Organic cotton lacks the harmful toxins, bleaches and dyes that ordinarily go along with the cotton manufacturing process. Needless to say, you don’t want your baby breathing in these industrial materials while sleeping. Organic toddler pillows will always be clearly marked. If you cannot figure out if a toddler pillow is organic or not then it is better to use caution and assume that the pillow isn’t.

Common toddler pillow cover materials include:

  • Cotton
  • Cotton polyester blend
  • Synthetic fiber

Thread count

If you have ever purchased new bedding then you may have come across the term “thread count”. Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch of fabric. The higher the thread count, the silkier and more durable the pillow will feel. Toddler pillows with a high thread count are less scratchy and more comfortable than those with a lower thread count.

Pillow fill material

Beneath the pillow case hides the material that keeps your child’s head supported and comfortable. There are many different materials that can be used to fill toddler pillows. From foam to buckwheat there is a huge variety to choose from. The most common fill materials include:

  • Down
  • Feathers
  • Synthetic fill
  • Foam or memory foam

The above materials are the most common because they allow for the pillow itself to be easily cleaned. Be mindful when selecting a pillow that the fill doesn’t make too much noise as it moves around inside the pillow. Materials like buckwheat and certain synthetic fills can make a loud, crinkling noise when the weight of your toddlers head is shifted. The crinkling noise may result in your toddler being awoken from his slumber, not a desired outcome for any parent.

Hypoallergenic

Is your toddler sensitive to microbes, dust, dust miters, mould and more? Hypoallergenic pillows are made from materials that will help reduce allergic reactions. Many organic toddler pillows are naturally hypoallergenic. If your pillow is not organic then it will be clearly marked as to whether it is hypoallergenic or not.