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Finds: Let’s learn Hindi- Hindi varnmala App!

In today’s time, Parents are often scouting options to make kids learn in a fun way!!! Some like to learn through books, some through nature and others through gadgets!!!…I think educational apps are fun way to teach your kids that helps them learn, understand technology and keeps them busy for few hours 🙂

You may find many good apps to learn English or math but you hardly have any good apps to learn Hindi! Don’t you think we need more apps to help our kid’s learn Hindi…. Huh?

Let’s learn Hindi is a a Hindi varnmala flash card app for kids between 2 to 5 years and this one app is compatible with all apple products (Iphone, Ipad, Ipod generation 3).It’s a fun, lively, colorful and interactive app!!!!! The app uses simple images of fruits, animals and general things that help in building kids vocabulary.

When you enter the game Let’s learn hindi you see all the 36 letters! Choose any letter to enter into the letter’s world, each letter world contains three activities; one allows kids to investigate the interactive objects, another aids them in increasing their phonetics and vocabulary and, lastly you can practice your writing skills with tracing a letter feature!

As a kid tabs to enter the letter world he has this whole interactive world to discover where he has to press, tab, slide to explore. he ends up blowing balloons, cleaning teeth, and fly paper aeroplanes!!!!

Another good feature is alphabet tracing! It help kids learn how to write a letter and have different color chalks shades so that your kid can have some color writing fun too!

here is the quick video of the app!

Bottom line: I think its a very handy app for teaching kids hindi consonants. It has good UI, navigation and illustrations. For Indians staying abroad its a must-have app as its little tough to source Hindi books :-). Would have been nice if the app covered vowels and had more fun element like drawing or recording. But, still I think Its a very good app for learning Hindi varnmala for its price, USD 2. You can download the app from app store.

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To know more about them visit them at Let’s learn hindi and join there FB community Let’s learn hindi ON FB

Disclaimer: I received this product for review but all thoughts in this article are mine 🙂 and so may vary!!!

I paint mama! I am your baby Picasso.

Baby’s first year is so special and is full of wonderful firsts! Right from their first cry to bath to smile …you have so many milestones and so much of fun to capture!

Lv did her first paint today, ya ya I know she still can’t hold a crayon…but you see she can hand paint and she went on painting the whole town red…. yellow, purple and green… 🙂

It all started when I was cleaning my craft supplies drawer and manage to break open a color bottle and Lv just got so excited, she wanted to touch the color on the floor and kept leaping towards it. She now gets curious and wants everything that she sees around, she wants to touch, hold and taste… She is an explorer!!!! And seeing her so excited I thought why not have some color fun…. and tada! …. I just got her some color (not edible ones, I am going to make some for her play date) and pulled a paper mat from next drawer and we were ready for some serious fun 🙂

If you push her for doing anything then she doesn’t want to do it at all. So, I kept the color plate next to her…making sure nothing goes in her mouth…. Soon, she picked the color and started doing squish squash with it; then I made finger expressions on paper and she did what she wanted to do…. banged her color hands on the paper, thrown color bottles here and there…. Ahh….What a fun it was!!! And I got her first masterpiece 🙂

Mommies get down and dirty with your munchkins and try finger painting, It’s a great play option that help your little one develop his sensory, fine motor skills and eye hand coordination.

Have fun Mommies and share your play options with us too!

Homemade or Jarred baby food?

Well, I prefer homemade baby food most of the times because…

It’s economical: making your own food helps you keep a check on your baby budget. Generally, commercial baby food cost 3 times more than baby homemade food!

Baby gets real food: You give baby real food so it’s not tough to transition from milk feed to first solids and later to big people food. She eats what family eats. You can also control the texture of food like purees to soft mushy food to little small bite size.

You can offer variety: Jarred food comes in many tastes & flavors but homemade food has limitless options… you have so much of variety.

No preservatives go to baby palate- Jarred food is high on preservatives or other added flavors, sugar or salt. Organic jarred food, may not have added sugar, salt or flavor but they are heated on very high temperature, which may depletes some of its nutrients…whereas homemade has no added preservatives and is high on nutrients.

No exposure to Pesticides: Unless you buy only organic, the baby food will most likely have traces of pesticides. If you are concerned about pesticides then you should make your own baby food with organic fruits & veggies.

What’s in it: You are no more running around from shelf to shelf to check the product content …When you make your own food you are sure that you giving best to your baby… It’s a very high satisfaction point for mommies!

When was it packed: With jarred food you are often checking product expiry date  but with homemade food  you worry less because you serve Fresh!

 

But sometime it may seems impractical for mommies and they give up to the easiness of Jarred food especially when you are a working mom or has a family & other kids to take care of

I generally buy jarred baby food when I am….

Traveling: For short travel, I generally pack fruit & veggies with peel like banana, orange, Chicoo, avocado…easier to maintain hygiene level… but when traveling for long hours or on vacation jarred food is a great option!!

Pressed with time: In India, we generally prefer making fresh baby food and not So, when really pressed with time and have no time to cook then I opt or jarred food or yoghurt!

So, I prefer this mix arrangement, which gives me flexibility and comfort that I am doing best possible stuff for Lv!

What do you do mommies…would love to know your thoughts!!!!

Happy Weaning mommies!!!!!

At last! She took bottle….

 

Lv was exclusively breastfed child…I started giving her bottle of expressed milk say around by her 2nd month…she took a while to adapt herself and later she became a pro…until one day she totally refused it! Later…I struggled…no bottles for her. I tried giving her milk in droppers, sippers and by spoon and had little luck. Going out without her started giving me nightmares what if she refused milk and cry out loud for milk. In her 5th month we introduced solids & I again started offering her bottle every now & then. Every time I offered her She refused, chewed the bottle and threw milk…but I didn’t stop, I kept my patience I often requested my husband, mum, mum in law, sisters everyone to try and feed her…. Today again, I tried like all other time I held her close to me and offered her…and pretended that I am having it too… and to my surprise she gulped the whole bottle…all the while I kept caressing & talking to her! What a feeling of triumph it is…. It’s gives me sucha HIGH!!!

Tips for mommy who wants their babies to take bottle:

  • Start pumping by 2nd month if not early, by this age baby’s face less nipple confusion.
  • There is no need to offer daily but once in two days keeps them in habit of bottle.
  • Baby can smell you, handover bottle feeding to family around…dad or Granny… they are perfect for bottle feed and this give them chance to bond with the baby.
  • Babies generally like to be held the way when they are breastfed…Close to you, skin-to-skin contact. They can feel protected and warm… encourage replicating that experience when bottle-feed.
  • Don’t offer bottle when the baby is very very hungry…at this time they are not ready for any trade.
  • Bottle temperature is very important, babies like normal room temperature milk, so not so clod or hot!
  • If not bottle try with dropper, syringe but practice this when the baby is alert.
  • If baby rejects keep trying don’t give up but don’t over push!!!Patience is the key!!!!!

Happy bottle-feeding mommies!

What’s in my diaper bag?

Mommies to be, often question me…what I have in My diaper bag? …they want to know why are diaper bag so loaded, what goes in them???….And I always tell them…A lot!…with diaper bags, you can’t be minimalistic! I always wanted to carry less stuff but whenever I am out … I realized that not so important becomes so very important!!!

Every mum has quite similar but yet different stuff in there….& You all, mommies to be will soon figure out what you need to carry!..

I have:

  1. Diaper bag :I use first year diaper bag! It has lots & lots of big pockets..
  2. Diapers: I am currently using Pampers they are just about ok but cost effective! Carry one for each hour! That’s safest !!!
  3. Changing mat : I use Pantemn pad…they let me hold diapers, cream, wipes in its inner pockets
  4. Wipes: Mother care no perfume baby wipes & Pigeon hand & mouth wipes …it’s great for sanitizing baby world in a rush….!!
  5. Mother care rash cream:  great product…it has loads of castor oil!. The cream tub is quite big…I have a got some in an old lip balm bottle.
  6. Nuby disposable bags to keep wet clothes & to dispose soiled diapers!
  7. Hand sanitizer any off the shelf… right now I am using himalaya
  8. First aid & general medicines ( like collicaid, crocin , nasoclear, bandaid etc)
  9. Skeeter natural mosquito repellent
  10. Chicoo sunscreen lotion: Delhi heat is bad so I anyway avoid taking her out in afternoons but, for unavoidable time I use sunscreen mix with little moisturizer …it becomes lighter ..
  11. Medela Feeding bottle
  12.  Squirt baby food dispensing spoon…its great if your baby still eats pureed food!
  13. Baby bibs & cloth wipes
  14. cloth change for Lv , I prefer 2 sets!
  15. Breathable cotton Baby sheet
  16. Comb & hair clips …I also carry water in spray bottle to easily comb her hair!
  17.  Toys & teethers
  18.  Baby k’tan- my baby carriers
  19.  medela  BP.
  20.  Any breathable light scarf…for nursing!

I am sure in a month or so I might change the stuff I carry, I may pack more winter wear, snacks, baby books..!!

What do you do…? Do you over pack or keep it to basics!!! I am eager to know from all you experienced mommies… What’s in your diaper bag??????

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