Introducing puzzles

Why should we introduce puzzles to kids in early age?
Mahika is 2.4 years old and she is doing puzzles when she was only 22 months old. I never forced her to do puzzle instead she loved doing it. May be she like to arrange things generally and she is a builder not destroyer, thats why she is more interested in puzzles. We started with 9 piece zigsaw puzzles having picture under it. She learned it quickly and gained interest in other puzzles too. Then after few months she has started doing 26 pieces puzzles and now she can make 35 pieces puzzles by her own. All what I did is, I kept telling her how to select pieces and join them. What should come after one another. Like while making peppa pig puzzle I ask her where is daddy pig search from the pile and put it here. They learn very quickly. So now the question arises why puzzles?

Pointing out some benefits of introducing puzzles to your kids..

1. It is the best mental game to keep them busy for sometime. Kids learn how to sit patiently. Start with simple peg puzzles and then move to zigsaw.

2. It helps in developing congnitive skills. Puzzles comes in different themes so kids can learn different topics while doing puzzles. It helps in better understanding to toddlers and younger kids.

3. It also helps in developing problem solving skills. A child have to use his mental ability to solve a puzzle and it sets a goal to achieve. This reasoning and problem solving skills can later transfer into their personality as a adult.

4. Helps in developing fine motor skills. Picking small pieces of puzzles and putting them into right or wrong place always helps in developing pincher grip and improve fine motor skills.

5. Develops eye and hand coordination. While playing with puzzles kids have yo do so many trials and errors which uses both their eyes and hand and develop a good hand and eye coordination.

6. Lastly accomplishment if achieving a goal brings so much satisfaction in child. It definitely boost self confidence in child.

Mahika is doing @skolatoys wooden puzzle in the pic.

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Let’s do swimming

Hi guys. Looks like monsoon are here in Delhi. It was the lovely weather in the morning so I took mahika for swimming. From past few days she has started swimming very well in adults pool. We encourage her to swim in her natural way. After rains it will be very difficult to take her to the pool due to higher humidity and increased chance of infections. So I want to share the tips that I usually follow for her swimming routine. Hope it will be helpful for other fellow parents.
1. Start as early as possible. It will make your baby comfortable in water and remove water fear. We took mahika to the pool when she was eleven months old. As she is May born and pools here in gurgaon opens in summers usually in April. Before taking your baby or toddler to pool stop giving boiled water at least two months earlier to develop his/her immunity for normal water. Your baby is going to drink water in pool, be prepared for it.
2. Start taking your baby to baby pool to make him/her comfortable in water and gradually transfer to the big pool. You can use inflatable tubes for big pools.
3. Buy a good swimming costume and good quality arm wings for toddlers. Always use swimming caps. Mahika is wearing all her swimming gears are from @decathlonsportsindia.
For smaller babies who are not potty trained swimming diapers are must. Buy disposable or reusable swimming diapers according to your baby’s comfort. You can find it on Amazon or firstcry.

4. I always give mahika shower and make her hair wet before going to pool to avoid the accumulation of chlorine water on her hair.
5. You can’t train smaller kids so at least leave them in pool for sometime and let them watch how others are swimming. Toddlers are quick learner and they copy everything, they will do what others are doing in their own pace.

6. Go slowly according to your child comfort take your baby out of pool if he/she is shivering/ or not comfortable. Try next day again. Give shower to your baby as soon as after coming out of the pool and use good quality body lotion after bath to keep their skin hydrated.

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Learning with your kids

Have you ever noticed that how kids are always interested in learning? They are always ready to pick new things whether it’s a game, a new word, meeting new person etc. As adult we are restricted due to some rules. We are cautious, baised, and hesitate to accept new experiences.
I remember when I moved to this society, I didn’t knew a single person here. I never took initiative to talk our neighbors or someone in the park. It was continued for almost two years. When I applied for new passport and I had to give the contact details of two neighbors I couldn’t find anyone.
But after baby I became more receptive. I started talking to new people. I know almost every person who comes in our park and in good terms with my neighbors also. This I have learnt from my daughter. She taught me to be open to everyone. I have entered in a new phase of learning. I have better relationship with my friends now. We talk more than earlier and share our happiness and sorrow.
I feel with my daughter a new person also born in me. With her I am learning to be a child again.. No restrictions, no hesitation, doing what I want. With her I am learning again to talk, to play, to read, to paint, to play, to be kind and good person.

With her I am learning to be bindass.

Read to you child

Do you guys read to your child? Does your child watch TV or YouTube? I find reading to your child is the best way to keep them busy and focussed. They learn new words and vocabulary and it increase their power of imagination. Mahika love listening to stories and I read daily for her. She was addicted to videos and TV. Whenever she was bored she use to ask for rhymes. Definitely it was my mistake to introduce her to screen but as a new parent you don’t know what is good and bad for the kids. Screen can effect your kid’s eyes as well as it can limit the power of imagination in your child, which is not good for this age. They may become screen bound and can’t enjoy the real world. I realized this, when I saw mahika enjoying videos more than her surrounding when we go out. Limited screen time is not bad but it can be very difficult to limit it after some time because they become addicted to it.
So for me solution of this problem was reading to her. Now when she ask for videos I tell her come let’s read your books. But habit of reading books and love for books doesn’t develop in one day it takes time. I introduced books to her when she was only 6 months old. When baby starts sitting you can introduce them to touch and feel books.
You can start reading to them as early as possible whether they listen or not. Here are few points to develop reading habits in your kids.

📕 Introduce books to your baby as early as possible. Best time is around 6 months when they starts recognizing different things. Start with colorful touch and feel books.

📕Start reading to them and make it a habit of reading to your child before going to bed. In the beginning they wont listen a word you are saying but don’t stop reading, it’s like inculcating good habits in your child. You can stop when they are bored and read it again next day.

📕Keep the books within the reach of your child so that they can read or see their books whenever they want and would be able to bring their favorite book to you for reading.

📕I feel books are the best gift to your child. So on my daughter’s 2nd birthday I gifted her books. These days you don’t need to buy expensive book, there are some sellers who sells preloved imported books.

Traveling with kids

Guys hows your travelling experience so far with your kids?
Want to share my traveling experience with baby or toddler.. We travel a lot by car long distance because mine and my husband’s parents both live in different cities. With Mahika we never found difficult to travel by car. Few things one should keep in mind before traveling long distance by car.

1. Invest in a good car seat. It’s always easy traveling with kids if you have a car seat. It’s not safe to travel holding baby in your hand or lap. Never sit in front with toddler, it can disturb/distract driving. It’s all excuse to say that my kid never sit on stroller or car seat.. it’s all about developing habits. Make sure that your baby always sit in his car seat not like that we are going for short distance let him/her sit with me.

2. Try to plan your travel early morning so that most of the journey your baby is asleep and when baby wakes up you can take a stop and continue your journey ahead.

3. Breastfeeding was always savior for me while traveling. If your baby is weaned off bf pack some of his favourite snacks. I find best traveling snack is fruits especially banana and oranges. These days you can get small tetra pack of milk 200 ml one it doesn’t get sour in summers and easy to carry.

4. If you are travelling in day time and your baby is not sleeping and he is bored of sitting in one place take few breaks and then continue your journey.

5. Pack some of your baby’s favourite toys and books. It will help keeping him engaged during your journey.

Hope these points help the new mommies while traveling with your baby or toddler.

Car seat is from Amazon India, brand@luvlap

Hinglish medium

Do you guys know there are two types of schools in North India? Hindi and English medium. Schools teaching all subjects in Hindi are Hindi medium . They are generally government schools. English medium are all private schools in which most of you guys have studied.

The reason why I am writing about this is, unlike you all I studied in hinglish medium school. Me and my sister was the lucky kids who got opportunity to get studies in that type of school, before us all kids from our family went to Hindi medium government schools.

So what are the Hinglish medium schools?

Those schools who teach some subjects in English and some in Hindi. The mode of communication in this type school is totally Hindi. The school in which I studied from nursery to class eighth used to teach maths and science in English and all other subjects like social studies, civics, moral science in Hindi.

The students in such types of school get confused and can’t learn proper English. They couldn’t speak fluent English like students of other English medium schools. Their English vocabulary is also weak.

But of course these schools are better than govt Hindi medium schools. At least they set a foundation for English learning. All of you must know that after graduation there is no Hindi medium subjects and students have no choice and have to study all subjects in English only.

I also studied in hinglish school  so my vocabulary is not that good. That’s why in my blogs and posts you can see I don’t use complex English words and complex sentences. My writing is very simple and directly from my heart.

It is said that learning from books and curriculum is for few years but a person learn throughout his life till death. I am still learning. I already completed my phase one learning (my schooling) and phase two learning (with my baby) is going on.

Raise your hands who all have studied like me in hinglish schools?