First 1000 Days are critical in Development of the Baby

The 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s 2nd birthday offer a unique window of opportunity to build healthier and more prosperous futures

Nutrition during pregnancy and in the first years of a child’s life provides the essential building blocks for brain development, healthy growth and a strong immune system. In fact, a growing body of scientific evidence shows that the foundations of a person’s lifelong health—including their predisposition to obesity and certain chronic diseases—are largely set during this 1,000 day window

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The first two years of your baby’s life are more important than we know

In the first 1000 days, your baby grows more than the entire remainder of their life. In the first year alone, your baby’s weight triples and height increases by 50%. What’s more, a staggering 80% of their brain and cognitive development is complete by their second birthday, with their brain size tripling from birth to two years; Babies are born with immature immune systems and it takes up to 2 years to strengthen it.

With a pace like that, it is no surprise that the food they eat shapes how your baby grows and develops in the first 2 years. There are changes you can see, and changes that you can’t. But the one thing that is clear, is that your baby needs a whole lot of nutrition during this time, more so than at any other time in their life.

But did you know, that what your baby eats in the first two years, determines your baby’s potential for the rest of their life? The right kinds of food have the power to ensure your baby reaches their full potential when it comes to physical growth, learning capacity and also ensure that your baby isn’t susceptible to illness as a child and as an adult.

If your baby doesn’t get the right kind of nutrition that meets all their requirements, there are very real risks of irreversible damage to their brain development and physical growth.

What does your baby need for this rapid growth and development…

Your baby needs two kinds of nutrients: macro nutrients and micro nutrients.

Macro nutrients are responsible for providing energy and aid physical growth and development. For example, proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Essentially this is development we can see with our eyes.

What you can’t see developing within the baby are the brain & immunity growth and development. These are fueled by the micronutrients which your baby needs & are very important during this phase. Vitamins and minerals are micronutrients. Iron, zinc, vitamin A for example, aid in brain development and immunity.

The green & white revolutions in India during the 60s, 70s & the 80s has been instrumental in delivering high quality macronutrient rich food for a large population of India & health indicators for macronutrients have gone up. But micronutrients still remain an issue wherein India needs a micronutrient revolution to make sure every child is able to meet their potential.

Micronutrients need special attention in the first 2 years because any micronutrient deficiencies during this time could lead to impaired cognitive development and affect immunity. This affects brain growth and immunity and leads to reduced learning capacity later in life and can also make your baby more susceptible to infections throughout life.

Your baby’s milestones are a source of great pride and a sense of achievement. With the right amount of macronutrients, the physical milestones are obvious to the eye. But because you can’t see the consequences of micronutrients deficiency immediately, most people tend to miss out on ensuring that their babies get enough micronutrients.

How do you ensure that your baby gets the right nutrition in this critical stage?

In the first six months, breastmilk is the gold standard & is sufficient to meet your baby’s needs. Once your baby turns six months, breastmilk needs to be supported by other foods.

When starting off on solid foods, your baby can’t take in more than a few spoonfuls of food. This, as you know, is because your baby’s stomach is incredibly small. It is the size of their tiny fist, which is only 20% of the size of an adult’s stomach.

The surprising part, though, is that while their stomach size is so much smaller, they actually need more nutrition than adults to support their incredible growth rate. Babies need 5 times more nutrition than adults at this stage.

 So the limited amount of food that the baby eats needs to provide all that the baby requires. While breast milk still continues to provide partial nutrition to your baby, the other foods you give bear the huge responsibility to bridge the gap that breast milk can’t fill.

How are these complementary solid foods doing in meeting your baby’s requirements

Indian diets are majorly grain and plant based, with little to no intake of pulses and green leafy vegetables. These diets are high in macronutrients but are very low in micronutrients, iron, zinc and calcium.

This is a cause for concern because the percentage of these nutrients that need to be met by complementary foods is extremely high. 98% of your baby’s iron and 72% of your baby’s zinc needs should be fulfilled through complementary food but our Indian diets are insufficient to do so.

Gaps in micronutrient delivery is the highest when your baby is moving from exclusive breast milk to complementary feeds, because the needs are going up whereas delivery is going down at the same time.

Couple this with the size of your baby’s stomach, and it becomes next to impossible to meet their needs through regular food. For example, to meet the daily requirement of Iron for a 6-12 month old child, the mother would have to feed 9 bowls of spinach puree!

*% of RDA to be sourced from complementary foods

So how do you manage your baby’s micronutrient needs?

You need to give your baby small quantities of food that are packed with more nutrients than your regular food. Nutrient dense foods or complete foods that are fortified with minerals & vitamins like iron, zinc etc. so that your baby can get all they need in the amount of food that they can actually eat.

Iron plays a very important role in your baby’s brain development and cognition and iron and zinc help in the development of your baby’s immunity

Fortified cereals and foods have been found to be the most effective way of ensuring that there are no micronutrient deficiencies in children.

In addition to fortified/complete foods, you need to ensure diversity of food groups in your baby’s diet by including foods from all food groups on a daily basis for a balanced diet.

Supplements are a solution to tackle the issue, and you can give supplements of various vitamins & minerals after consulting your pediatrician. However, fortified foods are safer and closer to regular food and more effective. Additionally, the palatability of supplements is not very high especially for babies, and leads to very low compliance, thus beating the purpose of supplements, whereas fortified foods become a natural part of the baby’s diet.

Hence you could use fortified food like Atta, Salt etc. readily available in the market to ensure your baby gets the right nutrition for his/her proper development.

In fact, 2 bowls of fortified cereals a day bridge the nutrition gap in your baby’s diet

By ensuring that your couple fortified foods with your baby’s regular diet of homemade foods, you can rest assured that your baby’s nutrition needs are fully met.

Inputs by Manjari Chandra, Consultant Nutrition, Multi-Specialty Centre

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Dettol helps new moms to provide a germ free World for new borns

Dettol, the leading germ protection brand from the portfolio of RB (formerly known as Reckitt Benckiser) organised an insightful session dedicated to expecting and new mom’s in Gurugram today. The event saw participation of specialists like, Dr. Sanjay Wazir, Paediatrician, Cloudnine and Dr. Geetika Ganlovgwani, Lactation consultant (IBCLC) & Women’s health physiotherapist, Fortis Mamma Mia. The focus of discussions was to educate the mothers about the importance of health and hygiene for their new born.

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Good hygiene for a clean Nursery

When your baby comes home, until their natural immunity has developed, it’s important that everything they come into contact with is hygienically clean. This means making sure surfaces are not only cleaned but also disinfected (using a antiseptic liquid) to properly kill germs. Choosing suitable baby essentials will help.

  • Make sure your changing mat is waterproof so it can be regularly cleaned and disinfected
  • Choose toys that are easy to clean
  • Have Dettol Multi Use Hygiene Liquid to hand for wiping contaminated surfaces
  • Choose a cot that is safe and is easy to wipe clean if your baby is sick

Preparing for hospital

A pregnancy checklist will help you stay organised right up to the time you’re ready to go to hospital to give birth. Here are some things to get ready in advance.

For you:

  • Your birth plan
  • Dressing gown, slippers, old nightdress for labour and clothes for afterwards
  • Underwear
  • Toiletries
  • Dettol Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer

For baby:

  • Nappies
  • Muslin cloth
  • Baby blanket
  • Clothes to wear in hospital and to travel home in

Preparing for birth

During birth you and your new baby are vulnerable to germs and bacteria. Good hygiene is therefore vital to keep you both healthy.

For a hospital birth:

With good hygiene as one of your baby essentials, you and your baby can be sure of a healthy start.

Teach your Kids Hygiene Habits from Early

Having good hygiene habits involves more than just hand-washing. Teaching your kids to have a healthy hygiene routine when they’re young can create habits that last throughout their lives. Use this head-to-toenails guide, and teach your kids good hygiene habits .Here are  some  good hygiene habits you should teach your kids early.

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1. Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene practices should be a part of every child’s daily routine. In fact, parents should take proper care of Oral hygiene  from the moment the child grows their first tooth.By cleaning a child’s teeth and gums, you can help prevent a wide range of health issues, including bad breath, cavities and heart disease later in their life.

Once your child is old enough, you need to supervise the way he or she is practicing oral hygiene. You should make your child brush their teeth for at least 2 minutes twice per day. Also, encourage your child to clean their teeth after each meal to prevent the growth of bacteria and avoid tooth decay.Along with brushing, flossing and rinsing the mouth with a mouthwash is also important.

Proper brushing and flossing is a learned skill that can only be improved with practice. It is the duty of parents to instill this important hygiene habit in children at an early age.

At the same time, you must make sure your child is not eating sugary junk food in excess, which has a detrimental effect on the teeth.

If your child is not taking proper care of their teeth, bring the subject up for discussion. If needed, take him or her to a dentist. A dentist can help teach your child about the consequences of bad breath, symptoms of dental problems and how rotten teeth can jeopardize their appearance and career options in the future.

2. Nail Hygiene

Nails take a lot of care and pampering to stay healthy, so it’s important to teach your child how to care for them at an early age.

Developing healthy nail-care habits is a must, as nails are a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. These bacteria can easily transfer to your child’s eyes, nose and mouth, making him or her sick.For smaller kids, parents should ensure that the fingernails are clipped every week. Keeping the nails short is a good way to reduce the amount of germs present under the nails. Plus, short nails stay cleaner and break less often.

Once your child is comfortable enough to trim his or her own nails, teach them some basic rules, such as nails should be trimmed after taking a bath or shower because they are softer then, nails should be cut straight across to prevent ingrown nails, rough edges of nails should be smoothed down with a nail file or emery board, and teach them not to cut the cuticles as they protect the nail root.

You can even invest in a good nail brush and teach your child to scrub the dirt out from under their nails before bedtime.

If your child develops the habit of nail biting, discourage it immediately. Nail biting can transfer harmful bacteria to the mouth, which can then make their way to the digestive tract causing many problems.

3. Bathing Ritual

Your baby may love or hate to take a bath, but bathing is one personal hygiene habit that you should instill in your child at a tender age.

The skin is the body’s largest organ and it plays a major role in protecting the body from external elements, such as dirt, dust and countless bacteria. With regular bathing, you can keep the whole body clean.

Bathing or showering also helps get rid of dead skin cells, so as to make way for new skin cells. Parents should give younger children a bath, and never leave them alone in the bathroom. On days, when you cannot give them a bath, a sponge bath is another option.

Once your child is big enough to take a shower or bath on their own, supervise and teach them properly in the beginning.

Make your child take a shower twice a day, once in the morning and again before going to bed. While taking a shower, teach them how to clean the different parts of the body – the hands, armpits, legs, feet, groin, joints, back, belly button (navel), elbows and knees. Show them how to do it and then let them practice it.

Also, teach them to pat dry their body after bathing and then apply a light moisturizer to keep it hydrated. Make them change their underwear daily and wear clean clothes.

4. Hand Hygiene

When it comes to hand hygiene, hand washing is an integral part that parents should teach their children at a young age. Hand-washing is a simple activity that takes just a few seconds of time, but this habit can keep germs and infections away.

Washing the hands frequently can decrease illnesses in children, as it is often through the hands that harmful microbes enter the body. Improper hand hygiene is one of the main reasons behind diarrhea among children as well as adults.

For younger babies, wipe their hands with a clean washcloth at frequent intervals.

As your baby starts growing, teach him or her how to wash their hands thoroughly, and not just wet them under water.

Children should be taught to wash their hands with soap and water. After applying soap, make sure your child rubs his or her hands together to lather up for about 20 to 30 seconds, then rinse off the soap completely with clean water.

Hand-washing should be practiced before and after meals, after using the washroom, after playing in the dirt or with pets, after coughing or sneezing, and after being in contact with someone who’s sick.

5. Foot Hygiene

Just like hand and skin hygiene, it is important to teach your child about foot hygiene.

Wash your baby’s feet at least twice a day, and make sure to dry in between the toes completely. The water accumulated between the toes is one of the reasons behind foot fungus. Do not make your child wear footwear all day, especially without socks.

Once your child grows old enough to take care of his or her feet on their own, teach them some basic tips. These tips include:

  • Washing their feet at least twice a day. To clean the feet properly, teach them to scrub with soap between the toes, the soles of the feet and under the toenails.
  • Teach them to use a clean cloth to wipe their feet dry, especially in between the toes. Then, apply some moisturizer to keep the feet hydrated.
  • Encourage them to keep their shoes clean and dry.

Being a parent, always buy socks made of or lined with cotton, instead of synthetic fibers. When it comes to shoes, leather and canvas shoes are the best as they allow the feet to breathe.

6. Toileting Hygiene

Once your young child becomes toilet-trained, you as a parent need to focus on the habits that your child needs to learn to keep their little parts clean.

Teach your child to wipe thoroughly from front to back with toilet paper after using the washroom. Teach them to continue wiping with fresh toilet paper until it comes out clean. They should also be taught how to flush the toilet and use the bidet, if you have one.

If needed, put a sign on the bathroom wall under the toilet paper roll to remind your child what he or she needs to do after using the washroom.

Also, make children wash their hands each time they use the washroom. These healthy habits will help minimize irritation and keep infections at bay.

Have patience while teaching your child about toileting hygiene, as a lot of children have trouble mastering these habits.

“Koco Kids- Imagine. Discover. Learn”

After successfully completing 15 years – Shri Balaji International School Trust (SBIS)(ICSE, Malad( west), announced that that they are foraying further into the field of education across locations to provide quality early education to little children. Their new project is called ‘Koco Kids- Imagine. Discover. Learn’ a Preschool and Play Area opening at Santacruz (West). The trust has upheld its long-standing principle of strengthening and encouraging childhood development on an emotional, intellectual, social and physical level through a unique partnership between its trained facilitators and parents.

Koco Kids is focused on providing a loving and enriching atmosphere to help your child achieve their maximum potential. This would be the first of its kind Preschool & Play Area with the largest indoor and outdoor play area. At Koco Kids, you will discover tailored programs that have been thoughtfully designed for your child’s precious early years. Working closely with parents through a happy, fun and unhurried atmosphere, we help develop an interest in learning with fun.

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Koco Kids promises a one of its kind concept which combines constructive outdoor play with a state of the art soft play and indoor play area. A place where kids of all age groups can climb, jump swing and run under one roof. Along with that there will be extra-curricular activities which will be open to all, for the complete growth of the child.

The outdoor play area is a kid’s paradise with plenty of developmental benefits. Talking about the activities and amenities in detail, the space has a sand table, a water table, a tree house, a gardening pit, swings, kinetic sand. They also have a kid sized hammock which makes it easier for kids to get in by themselves and stay in without the fear of falling. The sand and water table has been designed in such a way that kids will get the developmental benefits of playing with sand and water without getting dirty, or without the worry of hygiene especially with water. The space also has a beautiful turf and is surrounded with greenery so children have space to run, jump and play in a lustrous green environment without getting hurt.

The indoor play area is equally enriching and interesting. It is filled with elements for physical development and fun like the trampoline, ball pool and a zip line. Considering the safety of kids, all edges are rounded and sharp surfaces are foam padded, all windows are grilled and doors have child-locks to prevent lock-ins while maintaining safety. The premises have CCTV camera coverage. All toys and play equipment have safe, child friendly, non-toxic paint that is safe even if put in the mouth. Special care has been taken while designing to ensure there are no small objects. It is a one of its kind play gym that ensures not just complete safety and development of a child but also does not compromise on quality for your child just like their own homes.

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The Cafeteria is a quaint little space for our parents to grab a cup of coffee and feast on some healthy snacks while their little ones are busy exploring Koco Kids. We have a wide array of options to satisfy your little one’s hunger pangs as well.

The trust’s (SBIS) mandate is to provide early learning skills, appropriate social skills with play structures that encourage active mind and bodies.  Each child can explore, play and be as creative as they want to be in a safe, loving environment to help them reach their maximum potential.

Sharing their mission and vision, the owners added, “It is important to allow each child to be his or her unique self and to respect that they grow at their own pace. One must allow the body and mind to grow as nature intended. We aim to create a safe and loving environment that creates opportunities to learn and develop with the help of trained facilitators. We like to take it easy allowing natural progression and to inculcate a sense of discovery and curiosity rather than the instantaneous rote route that is followed by many

 

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Address: 101, Swati Building, North Avenue Road, Behind Kotak Mahindra Bank, Santacruz(W)
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Ways to Find Confidence in a Child

It takes confidence to be a kid. Whether going to a new school or stepping up to bat for the first time, kids face a lot of uncharted territory.Naturally, parents want to instill a can-do attitude in their kids so that they’ll bravely take on new challenges and, over time, believe in themselves. While each child is a little different, parents can follow some general guidelines to build kids’ confidence.

Self-confidence rises out of a sense of competence. In other words, kids develop confidence not because parents tell them they’re great, but because of their achievements, big and small. Sure, it’s good to hear encouraging words from mom and dad. But words of praise mean more when they refer to a child’s specific efforts or new abilities.

When kids achieve something, whether it’s brushing their own teeth or riding a bike, they get a sense of themselves as able and capable, and tap into that high-octane fuel of confidence.

Building self-confidence can begin very early. When babies learn to turn the pages of a book or toddlers learn to walk, they are getting the idea “I can do it!” With each new skill and milestone, kids can develop increasing confidence.

Parents can help by giving kids lots of opportunities to practice and master their skills, letting kids make mistakes and being there to boost their spirits so they keep trying. Respond with interest and excitement when kids show off a new skill, and reward them with praise when they achieve a goal or make a good effort.

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With plentiful opportunities, good instruction, and lots of patience from parents, kids can master basic skills — like tying their shoes and making the bed. Then, when other important challenges present themselves, kids can approach them knowing that they have already been successful in other areas.

Stay on the Sidelines

Of course, supervision is important to ensure that kids stay safe. But to help them really learn a new skill, it’s also important not to hover. Give kids the opportunity to try something new, make mistakes, and learn from them.

For instance, if your son wants to learn how to make a   sandwich, demonstrate, set up the ingredients, and let him give it a try. Will he make a bit of a mess? Almost certainly. But don’t swoop in the second some jelly hits the countertop. In fact, avoid any criticism that could discourage him from trying again. If you step in to finish the sandwich, your son will think, “Oh well, I guess I can’t make sandwiches.”

But if you have patience for the mess and the time it takes to learn, the payoff will be real. Someday soon he’ll be able to say, “I’m hungry for lunch, so I’m going to make my own sandwich.” You might even reply, “Great, can you make me one, too?” What a clear sign of your faith in his abilities!

Offer Encouragement and Praise

Sometimes, kids give up when frustrations arise. Help by encouraging persistence in the midst of setbacks. By trying again, kids learn that obstacles can be overcome.

Once kids reach a goal, you’ll want to praise not only the end result but also their willingness to stick with it. For instance, after your son has mastered making that peanut butter sandwich you might show your confidence by saying, “Next time, want to learn how to crack an egg?” Sandwich-fixing and egg-cracking or painting a window or  even making Sand castle might not seem like huge achievements, but they’re important steps in the right direction — toward your child’s independence.

Throughout childhood, parents have chances to prepare kids to take care of themselves. Sure, it’s great to feel needed, but as kids steadily gain confidence and independence, their relationship with you can be even richer. You can be bonded, not just by dependence, but by love and shared pride in all they’ve achieved.

 

‘ Kidpop’ announces gift to tiny tot

Around the longest night of the year, when Santa Claus is tip toeing to give gifts to all the lovely children.Kidpop have announced their own little gift to the early learning center, a world of their own, where they will learn, grow, explore, aspire and bloom into their full potential. Kidpop is situated at Manpada, in the heart of Thane. The launch was followed by a Christmas party for kids, where they could dance their heart out on their favorite songs. The school very creatively organized a fun-filled Djembe activity, wherein kids could learn stories while playing it.

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Kidpop is founded by Shri. Brunda Kathrani who has been working as early childcare education consultant, Preschool consultant and Preprimary Curriculum Developer. Kidpop caters to needs of kids between the age of 10 months to 2 years. The mission is to help young minds grow and learn in an amicable environment resulting in their all-round development. The primary focus is to provide the Kids with child-friendly curriculum done through, its distinct curriculum, well-certified instructors, creative lessons plans. It also housed organic garden, Kindergarten, Kidpop studio, Sand play.

Kidpop believes, that in today’s extreme demands of kids development parents should know how to match up with their kid’s needs. Keeping the same thing in mind Kidpop has developed activities like Latin, Belly dance, Zumba dance classes, French language and many activities for adults thus sowing the seed of holistic development in the coming generation.

Book a Boo-First of a kind Story Book Concept !

When your little kid leads the story, it’s a pure delight to see him/her fall in love with the book!

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Here comes one-of-its-kind ‘personalised books’ for your children that stimulate their imagination, enhances vocabulary and strengthen the child-parent bond

There is no greater feeling than seeing your kids losing themselves in the world of books. Ask any parent and you will find them all deeply wishing for their child to be a book lover, if not a bookworm! However, in this age of screen domination, it has become extremely challenging to make ‘the already tech-savvy’ kids not just read books but also enjoy them. Parents, today, are continuously looking for cool ways and new tricks to get their kids off screen and discover the pleasure of reading.

So how about giving your child a storybook where he/she plays the brave hero. A storybook that stimulates the imagination, boosts natural curiosity, increases attention span, expands vocabulary and fosters the love for reading!

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Through engaging illustrations powered by cutting-edge technology and good-old art of story-telling, the new age personalised story books by Bookaboo marks the “Return of Fun, Exciting and Delightful Days of Reading” with your kids. Creating more moments for intimacy and bonding, these books will help you rediscover the twinkle of wonder and curiosity in your kid’s eyes, once again!

First in the series of these carefully customised personal story books is ‘The Adventure of a little Girl/Boy’. Immaculately handcrafted, the book will take your kid on an exciting treasure hunt where he/she plays the lead of an adventurous explorer. The child meets various characters depending on the letters of the child’s name. Each character unfolds a fun-mini story, which actually offers bite-size knowledge about India. So your child not just reads but is also introduced to learning in a cool and quirky manner. The thrill and excitement of finding a treasure at the end of the story keeps him glued to the book — and that’s exactly what every parent wishes for, isn’t it?

The benefits of this unique way of reading go far beyond literacy. These customised books built around the letters of your child’s name encourage kids to turn one page after another – indulging in the unadulterated pleasure of reading. It tickles their imagination as well curiosity. It especially provides excellent training for kids under 9 years in developing and practising a habit of reading from an early stage.

There are many studies which show that children who grow up with more off-screen time and activities are more secure and assertive with better social relationships and positive attitude in life. One such study published in Perspectives on Psychological Science in January 2013 concluded that ‘reading to a child in an interactive style that raises his/her IQ by over 6 points.’

Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta, US, say the empathy we feel for characters wires our brains to have the same sensitivity towards real people. It has been discovered in various studies that when one gets lost in a book the brain lives through the characters at a neurological level and in this case the child being the hero in the book the core values are instilled at a deeper level. The child experiences core values like courage, kindness, love, respect and empathy. This also instils life skills such as confidence, quick thinking and self-reliance in the child.

What more? These first-of-its-kind personalised storybooks also make for a ‘perfect gift’ not just from parents to their little learners but also for today’s cool uncles and aunts who can have these packed to simply surprise their nieces and nephews with something that has got their name imprinted on it… forever!

 

For more information Visit bookaboo here..