SLEEP WELL There is no one single answer when asked how much sleep do babies really need. Some babies snooze longer at night; others love their daytime naps. Here are some guidelines on the total number of hours they need to sleep. AGE                    DAILY AMOUNT OF SLEEP              NO.OF DAY TIME NAPS   NEWBORN                     10 to 18 Hours                       Round the clock naps                                                                                    that last 2 to 4 hours                                                                                3 MONTHS                          15 Hours                           2 to 4 naps, 30to 2 minutes   hours each                                                                      6 MONTHS                           14 Hours                          2 to 3 naps, 45 to 2                         minutes                                                                             hours each                                                            1 YEAR OLD                      13 to 14 Hours                    2 naps, 1 to 1.5 each                        hours   Based on the table above, a baby can sleep the maximum time, splitting the time between daytime naps and sleep at night. Consulting the pediatrician if the child sleeps too less or too much than the hours mentioned as per their age is suggested for the well-being of the child. Some babies tend to sleep more if one of the parents has the habit or if any medication is being taken.   - Prathyusha Talluri More articles from this author..... PLAY TIME Are you friendly ?

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ENOUGH EXERCISE Not just elders, even kids need to exercise. Infact, there is a minimum daily required time for every kid based on their age, a new European study has pinpointed. Pediatricians usually recommended 60 minutes of exercise for every kid, but this study has added few more minutes. The researchers tracked how active 3000 kids in the 2 to 9 yrs group were, then they estimated thier risk for heart disease based on factors like blood-sugar levels and body mass index. Result: Exercise time needs to increase as kids reach school age, and boys need more time than girls do. Fortunately, any physical activity like going for a walk, climbing the playground equipment, jogging, playing activity games that need physical movement will fit the bill. BOYS: 2-6 yrs 73 minutes 6-9 yrs 85 minutes GIRLS: 2-6 yrs 58 minutes 6-9 yrs 66 minutes   - Prathyusha Talluri More articles from this author.... Its OK to be Bored FRESH ART IDEAS  

Its OK to be Bored Step off the hectic, hyper-parenting wheel sometimes! Too much of organizing the child's calender with School, Co-Curricular activites, and music/ games coaching during the weekends...dont you feel its getting too busy? Organised activities are good for nourishment but the kids are not learning to entertain themselves. Suddenly someday when you are busy with your work or ill, and you cant take them to their friends' place or tuitions, they keep nagging "I am Bored" every 5 minutes. They have to know how to entertain themselves. And that is why, letting the kids be bored is good sometimes. There are so many kids in most of the neighborhoods but you never see them playing outside these days, as they are all running from one activity to the other, through the week. There is no one found if you want to set up a playdate for your children. It takes courage to accept that everything's going to be just fine if you dont enroll your kids for piano, basketball, math classes, and chess etc. Specialists say "Kids dont have to experience everything before age 8. Leave them something to discover on their own. and hanging around the house is wonderful--we dont have to protect our children from boredom. Infact, kids will figure out something to do when left to entertain themselves and discover new games or new hobbies/ special interests of their own"   - Prathyusha Talluri More articles from this author..... FRESH ART IDEAS PLAY TIME

FRESH ART IDEAS Go beyond crayons and markers!! Encouraging kids to use natural materials helps them enjoy the process of making art. You dont draw with them or set any standards, let them loose, on their own, however, do the kid-proofing much before hand, because you know how messy the walls and floor can get. Present natural objects such as leaves, shells, dry fruits, grains, pine cones. Let them choose and arrange the objects on a canvas or a drawing chart in their own imaginary ways of various patters and designs. You will be surprised. Shaving Cream: Spray shaving cream unless too expensive, with Dad's permission! onto a foil board or tray and add a few drops of food color. Let the child wear gloves and blend colors, make designs in the to not let the child swallow it. One Children's Museum in USA follows this technique. PrintMaking: Collect everyday objects like bottle caps, wood pieces, cotton balls, ear buds, leaves, vegetable slices, sponges, cork, marker caps and let children between ages 2-4 and up dip them in washable, non-toxic water colors to print their canvas. Clay towers: Get non-toxic clay, either colorful or mud clay, and encourage kids to make sculptures on thier own.   - Prathyusha Talluri More articles from this author..... PLAY TIME Are you friendly ?

PLAY TIME Tummy time for Infants: New Moms know that floor time helps babies develop their neck and tummy muscles, as well as visual and motor skills. Its also the perfect time to watch your new little bundle of joy discover the world around them. Put them on a clean, soft floor once you know they can handle their neck. Get down on a Toddlers' level: The Toddler years are a great time to play sorting games that introduce basic math skills. You could also build towers out of building blocks to help tune fine motor skills, or just a Peekaboo with your kids to help them learn how to take appropriate risks and still feel safe. Dance party for School-age Kids: Older kids still benefit from one-on-one time, so transform the living room into a dance floor and get their friends and the whole family moving with a dance party. Whether you break loose with children's songs or rock out to top 40 hits, you'll be teaching your kids the importance of physical activity in a fun environment.   - Prathyusha Talluri More articles from this author..... YOUR ATTITUDE COUNTS Are you friendly ?

మీ పిల్లలు చేసే అందమైన పనుల కోసం మీ ఇంట్లో పిల్లలు అల్లరి బాగా చేస్తుంటారా? మరి అలాంటి పిల్లలకు ఏదైనా పని చెప్తే ఎలా చేస్తారు? ఎదిగే పిల్లలకు పనులను ఎలా నేర్పించాలి? ఇలాంటి చిన్న చిన్న ప్రశ్నలకు కొన్ని చిట్కాలు ఉన్నాయి. అవి ఏంటో చూద్దామా!   * పిల్లలకు చెప్పిన పని వెంటనే చేయ్యాలనుకోకూడదు. తగినంత సమయం ఇవ్వాలి. అయితే ఎవరైనా మంచినీళ్ళు అడిగితే ఇవ్వడం లాంటివి మాత్రం వెంటనే చెయ్యాలని చెప్పాలి. * పిల్లలు ఏ పని చేసిన కూడా ముందు ప్రశంసించి తర్వాత నిదానంగా తప్పుల్ని సరిచేస్తూ.." ఇలా చేస్తే బాగుండేది" అంటూ ప్రశాంతంగా చెప్పాలి. ఏదైనా పని చేసి వాళ్ళు విఫలమైతే కోప్పడకూడదు. మళ్ళీ ప్రయత్నించమని చెప్పాలి. అందులోని తప్పులను వారికీ సున్నితంగా చెప్పాలి. * పిల్లలకు ఏదైనా పని చేయమని చెప్పేటపుడు ప్రేమతో చెప్పండి. ఉదాహరణకు... "కొంచం గది సర్దిపెట్టమ్మా. నువ్వైతే బాగా అందంగా చేస్తావు" అని ప్రేమగా చెప్తే వాళ్ళు కచ్చితంగా చేస్తారు. * కొన్ని కొన్ని పనులు మనం చేసేటప్పుడు వారికి చూపిస్తూ, దగ్గరుండి వారికి చిన్న చిన్న పనులు నేర్పించడం వల్ల వారికి త్వరగా వస్తాయి. అంటే ఇది ఒక ట్రైనింగ్ లాగా అన్నమాట. * అలాగే పిల్లలకు పని భారం తెలియకుండా వారితో కబుర్లు చెబుతూ నేర్పించాలి. ఎప్పుడు అలసట అనిపించకుండా ఎలా పని చేయాలో నేర్పితే, అప్పుడు వాళ్ళు నేర్చుకోవడంలో ఉత్సాహం చూపిస్తారు. సంతోషంగా పని కూడా చేస్తారు. * మీ పిల్లలు చేసిన పనిని మీరు మెచ్చుకోవడమే కాకుండా, ఆ విషయాన్నీ ఇతరులతో పంచుకోండి. తన గదిని తను ఎంత శుభ్రంగా ఉంచుకుంటుందో, ఇల్లును ఎంత బాగా శుభ్రంగా చూసుకుంటుందో అంటూ తన స్నేహితులతో కూడా చెప్పండి. ఈ విధంగా చేయడం వలన వారిలో ఆత్మవిశ్వాసం పెరుగుతుంది. దాంతో వారు మరింత పని చేయడానికి ఎక్కువ శ్రద్ధ చూపిస్తారు.

HEALTHY BEVERAGES Sodas, Juices,Smoothies, Milk shakes,Chocolate milk or other beverages are Yummy and Tasty, sametime loaded with Sugar. Research has found that when pre-school age children consume sweetened beverages between meals, this more than doubles their risk of obesity. A typical Soda can contains upto 8 tablespoons of sugar. Hence beverages, even when named as Diet Soda are not good for anyone. Mothers generally feel fruit juice is better than these drinks, however, ready made fruit juices still contain artificial ingredients/ loads of sugar. Preparing fresh fruit juice at home is precious. Eating a fruit directly is even better. If you are travelling or find a ready to drink fruit juice for rescue, then diluting the juice with equal quantities of water will do the job. Babies who have been weened to Cow/ Buffalo milk should drink only whole/full fat milk upto the age of 2 years. School-age children and teens should drink low- fat or skim milk..this was not the story years ago, but due to other high-calorie junk food intake, even good fat intake is forced to be controlled.   - Prathyusha Talluri  More articles from this author..... YOUR ATTITUDE COUNTS SAY NO AT TIMES

YOUR ATTITUDE COUNTS We spoke about being able to say NO to a child at times, when there is no other way to discipline them. As you sent your limits, let the child know what she/he is permitted to do. Saying "No playing with mud inside the house" might frustrate them, instead say "lets play outside" and you take them with you. Beyond this, almost anything you might tell your child NOT TO DO, can be rephrased as a positive instruction and they will tend to obey. Instead of saying "No standing on the Chair", you can say "Chairs are for sitting, Dear" and Sometimes, repeatedly using the same kind of positive sentence might work if not the first time. If you sense a conflict developing, act as if you are on the same team as your child, behaving as your child's friend always. But if you break your own rule, make it very clear to them that you are angry and they have to follow. Hitting the child is definitely not a solution anyday, you will regret, if not today, you will...after 20 years, and that will be bitter. - Prathyusha Talluri More articles from this author..... SAY NO AT TIMES NEW MOMMY ME-TIME

SAY NO AT TIMES These days we see kids fidgeting with IPads, Cellphones, Laptops, and other devices, they are no more only for parents. Kids are so busy playing games and watching videos....Once gone are gone, once parents give those devices to the kids, they dont come back to us.   Parents should not encourage these things. Never give them to a crying child to divert them. It becomes a habit slowly, they cry inorder to take the Ipad and play. And the result, they dont have any family time, they dont greet the guests when someone visits, which makes the guests comment on the parents and it becomes a talk of the town that you as a parent might not like atall, frequent complaint of boredomand headaches, problems with eyes.   Make some rules: Parents dont have to keep saying No to everything but for a few, NO is the only word. When you dont introduce a thing to your child, the child will understand that its not something for him/her. Say "no screens at meals", there are parents who resort to Laptops, TVs, IPads just to make the child eat food. What follows, the child demands to have the TV turned on to eat. Let not you turn prey to the tricks. if your child does something good, dont reward them with ipads, instead buy a good book or take them to play. its the Era of Information Technology, they cant escape gadgets, but atleast save them when at home.   "Multiple studies have shown that family meals help kids learn good nutrition and protect against weight problems as well as risky behaviours". Not just meal time, once they come home, they should be used to playing healthy with other kids and not sitting like couch potatoes and playing video games.   - Prathyusha Talluri More articles from this author..... NEW MOMMY ME-TIME WRITE ON - FUN

Are you friendly ? Are you friendly?? Generally you are asked to question like this to yourself while dealing with your teenage kids. But have you ever noticed that your friendships and the way you deal with your friends are very effective to your kids while they are engaged with their friends? Yes, you read it right; it is very well known to us that, parents are the best role models to their children. But, now It is also proved that, parents still stand as role models for their kids while socialising too. Especially, when mother has friends, they observe their mother’s behaviour with her friends and try to adopt most of the patterns so very unconsciously. If you are jealous, attitude problem with your friends, kids will catch them and develop such behavioural patterns with their friends also. When you are kind to your friends, helpful and highly approachable, kids will surely learn this from parents and demonstrate such conduct in their friend circle. This means, knowingly or unknowingly you are deifying your child behaviour with their friends so as their circle. Hence try to be polite and warm with your friends and never try to find fault with your friends. This will help you and your children to be happy in life.   - M.S.Bhavana

NEW MOMMY ME-TIME Had a baby recently, or been a year or two, nobody needs "me time" more than a busy parent. Here's the scoop on beauty and fashion, including tips, products, and ideas to keep the busy Mom looking good and come out of the low-confidence time of life. Carry a Easy to use Foundation/ Liquid Makeup: It can be even LactoCalamine or any liquid makeup that you trust. Try a Bun: On particularly crazed days, wash hair in the shower and then wrap it in a tight bun to dry. Take it down and your hair is wavy. It looks like you had it styled. Coconut Oil removes mascara/ eye liner/ kajal naturally, and it's a great all- over moisturizer. Baby Wipes are fantastic for cleaning the face on-the-go and for removing makeup when you're too worn out and when there is no time to properly wash the face. Dry Shampoo is so useful if you have realized you couldn't shower whenever you wanted to get your hair clean. Start using TRESemmé dry shampoo, spray it in, let it sit for a few minutes, then brush it out. Carry a cutie: Just dress your baby really cutely and hope people are so distracted by her that they don't notice you. Flaunt a good hair style: Get a good looking hair cut and show off, you will have some confidence to carry yourselves well. Tinted Lip Balms are great -- better than lipstick that dries out your lips and better than super-shiny gloss that your hair gets stuck in. Night Cream: Extra Emollient Night Cream keeps your eyes and skin from being red and puffy, even after long nights spent trying to put the teething or an active baby to bed.   - Prathyusha Talluri More articles from this author..... 2 KIDS AT BEDTIME PICKY EATERS

WRITE ON - FUN Let your kid play his/her way to better Penmanship. Encourage the writing habit/ better handwriting/ vocabulary of your kid. New Stories: Write the beginnning of your child's favourite fairy tale or cartoon character story, and ask him/her to finish it. Or give them their favourite or famous character to write a story of their own. Exchange Letters: Set up your own post office scene. Let the child write you a letter on a funny topic or casually before bedtime and drop the letter in the post box. You make sure your write them a reply and ask them to check it in the post box after school time. Sign up your child for a pen-pal service, some libraries and online websites have it. It enables your child to connect to another child of same age who shares similar hobbies/interests.   - Prathyusha Talluri More articles from this author..... NEW TEACHER

NEW TEACHER "My Daughter doesnot like the new Teacher and wants to quit going to School. What do i do? " This can be tricky. You want to be sympathetic to your daughter's expereince, but you dont want to convey that she can quit going to school. How many days will she sit at home?! First, sit down and listen to her concerns, which can be 'not liking the classroom as much as last year' or that 'the Teacher is being rude'. Then, it's key to meet with the teacher to try to explore the issue. Start by saying, "I would like to get better understanding of how my daughter responds to the lessons--whats going well and what may not be going so well." Often these situations are due to small miscommunications that snowball, so its a good thing to meet the teacher, discuss and then be able to resolve the conflict altogether. If not, seek the Principal, who can mediate between you and the teacher. If there is still no improvement after a group meeting, its best to consider a transfer to another section---but this should be an option only when other alternatives dont work out. Resolving the issue is so very important, we dont want the child to be depressed and cry everyday not wanting to go to school. Arranging a happy environment at school helps nourish the child's early education and gives so much relief to the parents.   - Prathyusha Talluri More articles from this author..... PICKY EATERS SHARE WITH THE DOC

SHARE WITH THE DOC Studies prove that Children with Asthma describe themselves to be doing better than thier parents with the same problem. The result was derived when Children spoke out to the Doctors and were able to explain their symtoms. Encouraging the child to speak openly and honestly to the Doctor is extremely important to diagnose the problem and also to treat it the right way. Removing the fear of the Doctor is critical. Most of the children are afraid of the very thought of a hospital and to see a Doctor. Parents should try to not cultivate that fear from childhood.   - Prathyusha Talluri More articles from this author..... PICKY EATERS 2 KIDS AT BEDTIME

PICKY EATERS If your toddler has transformed into a picky eater, its probably a stage every child goes through, nothing to worry too much about nutrition unless the child is loosing weight or has medical problems. Toddlers learn to have opinions, enjoy the decision making ability by starting to reject foods. Turn the table by offering 2 options of only healthy foods, let them select. e.g.,carrots or apples. Toddlers learn to have control on the situation. they want to see your expressions, feeling after they reject things. Maintaining an expressionless face is the trick parents should follow. They experience peer pressure. If they become friends with another picky eater, or with a child who eats more junk food, that friend might tease your child for eating boring, healthy stuff. Your child ends up not eating that boring food to escape from the teasing. Introduce them to healthy eaters and things will get better. Its important you let your child know that you are not against the Treats or Sweets. but let them know there is a time for such special, fun food. If there are 2 or more children at home, the elder ones' eating habits influence the younger's too. Their better and healthy food habits help you to have a healthier younger one at home.   - Prathyusha Talluri More articles from this author..... 2 KIDS AT BEDTIME

2 KIDS AT BEDTIME You may not be ready to give up on your Elder child's sleeping routine that took your energy/ hours/ sleepless nights once the Second one arrives.. Managing these 2 li'l ones together at Bedtime is not atall easy. but Pros have the solution. Your Goal: Develop a bedtime regimen for the new baby when it's hard enough getting your toddler down, take your li'l one along when the elder gets ready for bed, read books, sing songs, and the li'l one might listen and listen and dose off too. if not asleep, as long as you are talking or singing, he/she will keep listening and be engaged. Feed the baby if you do before bedtime, while you read a story for the elder one. Take the help of the toddler and say "We are going to teach the baby how to sleep happily and sleep better." Let them both share a common space so that the elder one gets used to the li'l ones crying but still sleeps well. Appreciate your toddler everytime he/she helps you soothe the younger one. Multi-tasking is the have to learn and make sure you are doing more than one thing at a time, you might have learnt already, now is the time to do more than 2 jobs at a go.   - Prathyusha Talluri   More articles from this author..... NURSING FACTS-2 NURSING RIGHT-3

NURSING FACTS-2   All over the World, Health Organisations promote breastfeeding to give babies the best possible start in life. New parents these days are accepting the fact and are preparing to offer the best to their babies. Health benefits to the Mother:   Earlier return to pre-pregnancy weight Decreased risk of breast cancer Decreased risk of ovarian cancer Possibly decreased risk of hip fractures and osteoporosis in the postmenopausal period More rapid return of the uterus to pre-pregnancy size Increased child spacing due to delayed resumption of ovulation and menstruation Protective effect of human milk against :   Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Diabetes Cancer in the lymphatic system Leukemia Hodgkin Disease Overweight and Obesity High Cholesterol Asthma BreastMilk reduces the incidence/severity of :   Diarrhea Respiratory Tract Infection Ear Infections Bacteria in Blood Bacterial Meningitis Urinary Tract Infection Severe inflammation of intestines and colon Economic Benfits to the Nation :   Lower incidence of child's illness allows parents to work more and earn more Saving money during the first year as parents donot have to spend on formulae(milk powder) Significant savings in health care costs for the family Decreased environmental burden for disposal of formula cans, bottles.    Never thought this wonderful moms' job has so much effect on the  society too!! - Prathyusha Talluri