The Art of a Toothbrush

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     Your pediatrician should tell you when to start brushing your child’s teeth during his/her routine checkups the first year. It is usually around 6 months when teeth can first start to appear but varies for each child. Chasing around a child and tackling him/her down to brush teeth can be tiring especially before the day even started. Thankfully, there are many choices available in which technique to brush teeth. Toothbrushes now come in all sorts of shapes, colors, noise and children’s favorite characters. Flavor is another one to add to the list. Leave it to your child to choose which one works best for them.

     A child can mimic the process of how to brush teeth just by watching your daily routine. Singing a silly song, playing brush-brush with stuffed animal are few ways to make it more welcoming. Electric toothbrushes are fascinating for the youngest of people, but not recommended until 3+.

     In the beginning stages, I used a finger-tip toothbrush. My cousin, Shalini, later recommended Spiffies baby tooth wipes. It has a grape flavor and contains xylitol which is known to prevent tooth decay. Now that Josiah is capable of helping himself stand on a stool in front of the bathroom mirror, he prefers a light up, colorful brush to get the job done. With supervision from a parent, a child can develop the habit of cleaning teeth.

Works cited:
Brushing Baby’s Teeth. (2016). http://www.whattoexpect.com/first-year/teething/brushing-baby-teeth.aspx
Zhan, L.; Cheng, J.; Chang, P.; Ngo, M.; DenBesten, P.K.; Hoover, C.I.; Featherstone, J.D.B. (July 2012). Effects of Xylitol Wipes on Cariogenic Bacteria and Caries in Young Children. 91(7 Suppl): S85–S90. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3383105/

April Monthly Favorites: Sophie la Girafe for 3-12 months old

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      There are so many infant toys in the market. If there is one infant toy to buy, consider Sophie la Girafe teether toy as a must-have. Sophie la Girafe is from France but you can find it in USA stores.  What makes it so unique? A 3-month old is exploring and developing his/her five senses of touch, smell, sight, taste and hearing.

     Sophie la Girafe stays true to these 5 essential motor skills. This teether toy is made from Hevea tree sap and converted to 100% chewable-safe rubber with a mild vanilla scent. It’s soft texture is easy to grasp for baby’s small hands and makes a squeaking noise when pressed.  Cause and effect is something a newborn will also grasp fast. Babies’ sight is very limited and can only see contrasting images so dark spots on the giraffe’s light skin provide visual stimulation. Long legs with deep grooves reaches molars of teeth way in the back and soothes sore gums.

      Food paints are used as well. Sophie la Girafe teether toy is phthalate and PBA free. One of my cousins, Shalini, suggested this toy and it kept Josiah entertained quite well when he was 3-12 months old.

Please don’t leave child unattended while playing with any toy in general. For cleaning, just gently wipe it and don’t let water get in the hole at the back. I followed this technique and the giraffe remained mold-free and safe shown below.

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Works Cited:
Sophie la Giraffe. http://www.sophielagirafe.fr/en/

Vitamin D in a Day

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         Vitamin D is necessary for its immune-boosting health, specifically bone growth after 6 months of age and thereafter; it helps with calcium and phosphorus absorption. Food alone cannot provide the source of Vitamin D that the body can use. This is why it is important to allow the skin to absorb sunlight.

       The best times to enjoy the sun safely is before 10am or after 3-4pm. Ultraviolet rays are not at their peak during these times so getting some sunshine on a 20-minute walk at least twice a week is a good thing.

        Walking around with a two-year old who loves to explore can be more easier with a kid leash. Brica By-My-Side Safety Harness Backpack was the only one I could find that was small and light enough for Josiah’s age. The leash is worn on a child’s back and attached to a parent’s wrist. There are several features which make this product unique for comfort and safety: there is a reflective safety strip on the backpack which keeps your child within view even at night; the tether is removable, so it can be worn as only a backpack later; the tether is shock-absorbent reducing strain from sudden tugs; and, a lot of storage space with a zippered main compartment.

5-minute Avocado Dessert for Toddlers +

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Avocados alone can be introduced to kids as early as 4-6 months as they begin eating solid purees. Avocados are super rich in fibers, good fats, omega-3, potassium, iron, folate, vitamin A, B2, B5, B6, B12, C, D, E, K, magnesium, copper, manganese, protein, and the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin which are good for vision and eye health.

The ingredients and materials for this avocado dessert recipe include (Note: It is good to choose all organic products):

  • 1 organic Avocado
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of honey (toddlers who are 1½ years old and over is the recommended age when honey can be given, consult with your pediatrician first; you can add 1/2 banana instead of honey also)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Walnut pieces
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Banana
  • Blueberry
  • 1 Parle Biscuit (from any Indian supermarket)
  • Knife
  • Blender
  • Spoon
  • Small bowl

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DIY Banner for Kid’s Room

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This is one idea I had for covering up a blank wall. Prints from gift bags are so cute to display. Being a toddler, Josiah loves to point and say what the images are like heart, elephant, lion or candle….it is a good opportunity while playing to connect images to words.

Materials Needed:

  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Gift bags (as many as you want for length)
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • 3 Nails or Pushpins

Steps:

  1. Draw out shapes of your choice from the gift bags your kids’ presents came in. Use lids, boxes or ruler to create the shape. I used a huge cooking pot lid to round the bottom of the bag so it is not fully square shaped.
  2. Be sure to include the handle of the bag when you draw the shape so you don’t end up cutting it out.
  3. Take scissors and cut the shape.
  4. Layout and arrange how you want the design to be.
  5. Use the ribbon and tie a knot on each handle loop so it can stay in place when hanging on the wall.
  6. Nail or pin each end of the banner on the wall. Tie a few loops of the ribbon around the nail or pin so the banner won’t weigh down when hanging.
  7. Use atleast 3 nails or pushpins to keep the banner neatly in place.

March Monthly Favorites: Mom Blogs

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     As part of my blog content, I decided to have a monthly favorites where I will pick five products or services that are helpful for baby care and write reviews each month. I get asked every so often about what, where, how and why I use this or that for Josiah so why not include it in What Mommy Hearts where readers can have access to it whenever and wherever?

     There are so many resources and opinions available; My goal with What Mommy Hearts is to answer questions and ease concerns backed up with research. It is a tool to learn and find out what is the best fit for you and your child, and by no means a replacement or substitute for professional medical advice and/or treatment. As always, consult with your own doctor for advice on your specific questions.

     To kick off monthly favorites, I chose six fellow mom blogs I frequently visit for ideas or inspiration. When it comes to blogs, first impression can be the last impression so I love to go back to blogs who not only have good content but a solid design as well that is easy to navigate.

Momtricks

I wish I had discovered this blog sooner when I was pregnant. Momtricks consolidates common questions and concerns a mother-to-be would have in planning and preparing for baby’s arrival and what to be aware of after the baby. It is detailed yet simple enough to read through, really no need to google when you have this one-stop blog handy.

Pretty Prudent

Pretty Prudent is written by two moms who also share a YouTube channel. It is not only entertaining but very insightful with tidbits on having fun with kids while building a home. Being a mom is an adventure and these bloggers do a good job in celebrating it.

Lady and the blog

Lady and the blog captures life of a mother of three New York style. It is nice to get perspective of how moms juggle the act of motherhood in an entirely different state. Vera Sweeney, the writer, also shares her love for traveling and fashion in her humorous blogposts.

Dear Crissy and Shop Sweet Things

Shop Sweet Things is one of the first mom bloggers I came across when I started blogging so I have to give credit to it. With crisp, clean-cut photos, both Shop Sweet Things and Dear Crissy are delightful blogs with a unique twist on DIYs and recipes.

Mamavation

Mamavation is very neat and tidy to refer to if you are interested in health and wellness. From how to detoxify your home naturally to prevent diseases to safer beauty ingredients, this blog has it all covered.

Please share your favorite blogs to follow in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

Blogmas Day 21-25: Bring On Christmas Cheer Into the New Year!

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         Christmas is joy, laughter, lights, gifts, music and so much more. Decorating the home, wrapping gifts, cooking festive meals is all part of the fun.

           How can I write Blogmas without including a kids’ favorite gift giver, Santa Claus?! No matter what age, seeing the ruddy, rolly old man with long white beard brings a sense of cheer to everyone who catches a glimpse of jolly ole’ Santa Claus himself.

             Singing old-time Christmas carols around the fireplace is also something to look forward to in the family get together. My cousin, Shalini, came up with games in which everyone took part including kids, like toss greeting cards into a laundry basket, draw Christmas tree and mantle on your forehead with a paper and marker without looking, and How Well You Know the Other Person Quiz Questions.

          This year I looked up some Christmas tree vegetable platter ideas from Pinterest. Along with cherry dump cake, goat korma, beef kabobs, coconut rice and warm parathas and apple cider, it indeed was a wonderful family Christmas get together!

              That is the end of Blogmas series for Christmas 2016. Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!

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Avocado Christmas tree with olives, carrots and cheese
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Broccoli Christmas tree with cherry tomatoes and cheese