How i encouraged my baby to eat better from four months


Pureed rice/ archanaskitchen



When my second son was four months old, I noticed he began not to like being breastfed. This was because he had been watching other members of his family eat other types of food.
My son was chubby and adorable to behold and oh! Did he love to be fed almost all the time.

Here's the thing; I love to breastfeed my babies exclusively for six months before starting them on semi- solid food for babies who are six months and above.  But you see, my baby did not want that. He wanted to eat what other members of his family were eating. I tried to help him concentrate on being breast fed, but he wouldn't corporate.

Therefore, when he was four months and a week old, I had to give in and introduce him to other types of food.
Because he was four months old then, I was careful on the food to feed him. He was always going for banana, so I called the paediatrician who told us banana was OK for him at that age.
"here's your meal, dear baby, you've got your wish" I told my boy.

The procedure is very simple:
Peel one or two fingers of banana (depending on size) and mash it with a fork or puree, then mix it with breast milk or formula ( if your baby takes formula).

You see before this new feeding method, my son almost didn't want to be breastfed any more, but when I introduced him to  the banana meal, he re-accepted being breastfed and made this mum a happier mum. ( you must have noticed I so loved to breastfeed my babies lol).

By the fifth month, I included Sweet potatoes and pureed chicken. He loved that so much.
I must confess I liked the fact that my baby started eating better and I didn't have to cajole him to eat. Yey!!

His meal from four to six months:

At four months- mashed or pureed banana mixed with milk (breast milk or formula)
At five months -  mashed banana mixed with pureed chicken. Also mashed potatoes mixed with pureed chicken.
By the sixth month I included pureed rice to his meal.

 This is the simple procedure:

A few table spoons of cooked rice (you can add more spoons if your child eats more) pureed with one or more fingers of banana. Also mashed potatoes with pureed chicken.
Now, looking back, I'm glad he sort of did not want breast milk alone and I am glad I offered him  semi solid food from four months.
What was your experience, how did you encourage your child? Comment and share.
#fourmonths#
#fivemonths#
#six months#
#babyfood#


Crazy ways to doing your chores the tired way


  • Sometimes, getting work done at home can be tiring. I wake up in the morning and all i want to do is drop my head back on that pillow and sleep or simply rest my tired body.


If i decide to leave those chores undone, then it means ill have to come back to them later and maybe, more chores could add to the ones left undone.


Most mums experience this at some point. May be you are pregnant and you notice you are always tired. You can't get yourself to lift legs and move around the way you used to or the way you want.

Perhaps you are a stay at home mum with little children and between taking care of your precious little ones and managing the home, you are too tired to continue with some chores.


How about the working mamas? You wake up early in the morning to start your day ( starting you day includes getting breakfast - sometimes lunch too- ready, bathing the children, helping them to brush their teeth for the little ones, get them to have their breakfast and even tidy the home ) and then get yourself ready for work.
Later in the day, you come back home to continue with your duties.

How about doing those chores the tired way. Sounds crazy right?It doesn't mean you are lazy but you need to get those work done, though you are tired.
I sometimes wish I could have a close friend or family member come around to help while I rest. We all need it sometimes.
So let's try these few  interesting methods:

  • Sit on a chair or a bed, stretch your hand and fold those clothes and keep them beside you as you fold them. Then shift your chair and place them neatly in their appropriate places. This way your feet get some rest from supporting your weight as you do your work.
  • You know you could also alternate standing and sitting on a chair as you sweep especially if you have a long broom. Crazy idea isn't it?
  • Here's another one: spread your bed spread over your bed then lay on it and rollfrom side to side as you straighten your bed. Rest for a few seconds and get up to do final straightening. Queer right?
  • Don't forget to sing and pray. It sure helps to motivate you.
  • It sounds lazy, but you are getting some work done too.  It doesn't mean you are being lazy, but just tired at that moment.
  • Do you have other ideas? Why don't you share in comments box.
  • #fundoingchores#
  • #doingchorestired#

How to remain calm and have some mum time: tips to unwind and remain calm


How to remain calm and have some fun as a mum: tips to unwind and remain calm.



Are you a mum or perhaps you recently become a parent? Do you find yourself yawning often these days and wishing for more time to rest or relax? 

Won't it be great to have some hours or a day to relax and have some fun? It will be nice to take some time out to do those special things you like to do. But you find that most days, that looks like a luxury. Why? Because you are now a parent. 

 I know every mum ( and dad) will like to have some time to relax and have their own adult time. A time to rest those aching muscles and bones and just simply unwind. A relaxed mum keeps the home running smoothly. It also keeps frustration away.

 The day you became a mum, your time seized to be fully yours.  Your work also increased automatically. Since then, your quite and relaxing days reduced and for some mums, those days are over. Just like that!


These days you realise that the issue of finding time to relax and have a mum time, even for some minutes, is like a luxury. Why?  

Because some precious little ones are busy being in your way, running around, jumping on the bed, talking with loud voices or shouting as the case may be and as if these are not enough, they come interrupting your work with one demand or the other.


whew! 



Whether you are a stay at home mum or working mum, dealing with children and managing the home are relatively same method. But as a mum, do you take some time to relax a bit during those times? It will be nice to take some time out to unwind? I know I sure need it. 

There you are up and about, trying to finish some chores or maybe you are getting ready to go to work, and then you hear your child cry out. You leave what you are doing and move quickly to find out what is going on -he cannot find his favourite toy! In another case, it is his pair of socks which he wants to wear to school.

 

Well, you just have to help him look for it so that you can go back to your work.

 You sometimes run around with them, just to keep an eye on them as they play or draw. I have my children play in the same room or next room so this way I watch them and prevent any form of accident while they play.


Added to that, you spend your day carrying your baby or toddler, supervising their play, cooking,  and literally being everywhere and doing many things at the same time.


 This is all hectic for the stay at home mama and also the working mum, but mums just have to find the time to have a few moments to and for themselves.

Your head is pounding as a result of these activities and it is as if the day will never end.

This is also hectic if you are a working mum, but you Just have to find time to have a few moments to yourself.

Usually the typical busy day for selfless mums, who live their days  making sacrifices for their children. and children know mums are there whenever they need their mums.

 

It can be hectic, but despite all these, it still feels great to be a mum.

 

so these are some tips highlighted:

  1. Allow them to play outside
  2. Leave your children with your husband and trusted family members
  3. Look for a place where you can be comfortable.
  4. Jot down a plan for the next day
  5. Have a play time planned out.
  6. Let them exercise with you.
  7. Visit your friends or invite them over to your place.

 Therefore, these tips that can help you have some mum time are further explained below:

  1. allow them to play outside. they can play at the backyard or in front of the house, as long as they are not far from your watch.
  2. Leave your children with your husband or trusted family member for some minutes. if your husband is at home, leave your children with him for some minutes. those few minutes will grant you the opportunity to finish any chore that was interrupted. better still, you can use the opportunity to sit down, close your eyes and relax. it is also nice to have family members and trusted close friends come around to help.
  3. look for a place where you can be comfortable. this can be a chair or your bed (although bed could make you sleep). close your eyes and  take deep breaths. It doesn't matter if your children are there with you. Sit down and rest for a short while or as long as your children will not bother you.
  4. Jot down a plan. I find this to help. So try to write down how you'll intend your next day to be the night before. even if you make a little list, it will still go a long way to make the next day easier.
  5. have a play time planned out. it can include painting, drawing, molding, playing with toy cars and dolls. this keeps them busy for quite a long while. I sometimes sit with them and watch them draw or colour a picture. Just watching them get engrossed in their little activities brings a smile on my face. We all laugh together when they make funny pictures. 
  6. Include them in your exercise sessions. have your children participate in your exercise sessions. You will realise that you exercise without being too disturbed because they are exercising too.
  7. visit other mum friends or invite them over to your place. A visit with other mum friends gives the opportunity to have a nice mum time and (most of the time) mum conversation with your friends. You chat and laugh about what your children do and how sometimes they drive you crazy. You will realise it's not peculiar to you. Other mums have pretty much same experiences. Then at the end of your visit, you will notice a more cheerful and relaxed you.  

    In what ways have you found a way to have your mum time? Please comment belowbelow and share.

first mum blog

OK lets do it! 

 I had been thinking about blogging for some time, but could not bring myself to start until recently. 


Hello my name is chioma and i am new to the idea of blogging. I left my job, got married and relocated to another state with my husband, hoping that I'd get another job, after we get settled. Then i had my first baby and realized i would like to stay at home and take care of him. i also realized the joy of being a mum.

 

The idea of mum blog and taking care of children came up after having discussions with mum friends about their experiences in managing the home and how they were able to find solutions to the challenges. 

 

After doing some research and contacting a few bloggers, who have been gracious to provide some guidelines on how to start this blog, i finally decided to write and i am beginning to note the benefits attached to blogging. 

  1.  I shall be giving tips on how to live a relaxed, fulfilled and fun life as mums, even as they take care of their children and manage the home.

  2. This blog will be a medium to relate with mums and make them aware that they can achieve whatever they put their minds to do and also have some fun in the process.

  3.  I'll also be discussing how to have a can-do-it attitude in the face of hindrances.

 

I'll let you know i am new to the concept of writing, so pardon my grammar and spelling mistakes.

 

I'll also encourage comments and suggestions.