Parenting, Travelling

Travel Essentials for Babies/Toddlers


It’s summer time and the time for a long awaited vacation. My Husband (Abhinav) finally took an off from work after a very busy and hectic season ūüėÄ

India being a tropical country is hot and humid during monsoon (June to September). Thus travelling in north India during this period is quite a heavy task with a toddler. We decided to visit Vrindavan & Agra in Uttar Pradesh for 3 days. Though it was moderately hot but was quite humid.

Whether we travel by train or road/car, we have to make a checklist while traveling with a baby or toddler which should include the following travel essentials –

  • Cotton Clothes and Nightwear Sets

I prefer cotton clothes for whole day, frocks or cotton top with shorts during the outing and similarly loose cotton clothes for sleeping time. Since it helps in absorbing sweat, dries faster than other fabrics and keeps the baby cool and comfortable

  • Diapers and Wet Wipes

Since Vrisha is on teething, I keep some extra diapers, lot of wet wipes and dry tissues too, as few times you don’t get water to clean the poop and wipe off the sweat/moisture or dirt

  • Medicines


Always carry a theromometer and medicines prescribed by your doctor for common cough, cold, fever, vomiting and diarrhoea. These are very helpful in case of emergency

  • Mosquito Reppelent or Sticker


Quite necessary these days since we hear of so many cases of dengue and malaria. I usually keep it with me all the time

  • Baby Care Products


Anti-rash cream, sunscreen, oil, powder, shampoo and soap or body wash

  • Cotton Scarf or Dupatta

Breastfeeding mothers should always carry this while traveling. This sometimes also helps in covering your baby, thus avoiding exposure to sunlight and scorching heat

  • Hat or Cap


To cover your baby’s head, keep a big hat. It guards against heat and direct sunlight exposure, since it can cause itchiness in eyes and dehydration

  • Filtered Water

Make your baby drink lot of fluids when out in sun. Juices, coconut water and always carry or buy filtered water and for babies under 6 months (exclusive breastfed babies) should get frequent feeds while traveling, It prevents dehydration

  • Hand Sanitizer 

Just like wet wipes you might also need hand sanitizer

  • Easy Snacks and Feeding Bibs


For unexpected hunger pangs, I always carry some fruit (usually banana) and steamed veggies ( potato, carrot etc.) for my 18 months old munchkin. Yogurt or plain curd is also Vrisha’s favorite and easy to carry while traveling. Frequent breastfeeding is also advisable for young toddlers to boost their immune system. Don’t forget to keep baby bibs, nowadays disposable feeding napkins are also readily available since there utilization is rather facile

  • Car Seat and Baby Stroller

If you’re traveling by road you’ll need a baby car seat and a stroller. It’s indeed important for the safety of your kid and moreover for your own comfort while traveling

  • Umbrella & Plastic Bags


Last but not the least, since you are out in monsoon with a baby or toddler and you do not want them to get drenched. Plastic bags will be needed to keep soiled diapers or other waste and wet clothes

Be prepared and docile enough for sudden changes during alarming circumstances such as your baby falling ill with diarrhea or fever. Sometimes you need to change your complete itinerary.

Whilst nobody is perfect so do I, few times I also forget something or the other and that’s how our human mind works. One more point I just forgot to mention above, always carry a small sling bag since you will always need some wipes, diapers, a snack and sipper, thus it’ll keep your stuff handy.


if you also forget things while packing your stuff like I do, then do share your experiences in the comment section below.

Parenting

Baby gas – reasons & remedies

Gas is the most common problem, specially in infants and babies who’ve completed six months. Baby being fussy, burping, bloating and crying are few symptoms of gassiness. It is a natural occurrence in kids and adults too. It is just that babies are uncomfortable while they pass gas. Few familiar reasons of gassiness are:

  • Food: Breastfeeding mother’s and child’s (six or more months old) intake of gas causing food e.g ; cauliflower , kala Chana (black chickpeas) , spicy meals etc
  • Positioning and Burping: No burping during and after the feed and not keeping baby’s head a little higher while feeding
  • Bottle & Pacifier:¬†few milk feeding bottles that make babies gulp milk speedily and pacifiers can make them sip bubbles and generate air
  • Low Physical Activity: babies below 6 months are less active, thus passing gas is difficult and painful
  • Less water intake: not drinking enough water for proper bowel movements
  • Overindulging: filling babies with large amount of food or milk in one feed

Although the above mentioned points are relevant, it is not the case with all the babies and after experiencing this with my daughter (Vrisha), I can jot down some veracious causes of gas like,

  • Food allergy (mostly intolerance ¬†to protein and caffeine)
  • Feeding when baby is starving & crying¬†
  • Lactose overloaded
  • Feeding food other than breastmilk to newborns

Fore-milk and Hind-milk

Lactose overload: it is due to abundance of breast milk. hence, baby gets lots of mother’s fore-milk i.e initial slim milk (contain less fats) and little of hind-milk i.e last portion of milk (more creamy milk). The large amount of low-fat milk goes down quickly and lactose is not digested completely, thus causes gas, discolored potty and even loose motions.

Few precautionary measures are:

  • Check milk bottle that won’t let the baby gulp milk


  • Keep baby’s head upright for feeding
  • Feeding her before she’s starving otherwise she’ll gulp speedily

 

Exclusive breastfeed is recommended for babies below 6 months, as their system is not mature enough to digest different foods. Still one should try a new food for at least 4 days for 6+ months baby, to check if she has any allergic reaction

Home remedies:

  • Baby bicycle Exercise:¬†

Moderately move her legs in circular motion to help release gas

  • Massage & tummy time:¬†Put her on tummy (under the supervision) for some time to help release gas. Also, a gentle massage on tummy is advised since this puts a moderate pressure on her stomach and help her pass gas
  • Hing (asafoetida) :¬†

Usually my daughter (Vrisha) gets gassy during the night time, while hing is a saviour for me, I dissolve it in warm water and apply on her tummy, it does wonders for us

  • Feed the Hind milk:¬†

Try nursing on only one side each time and make sure that the breast is empty before switching to other breast, so that your baby get the hind milk (full of fats)

  • Gripe water:

It can also be used as an alternate¬†however I haven’t used it yet and prefer home remedies since they have always worked

These were few remedies which always worked for me and Vrisha. Other than this breastfeeding mothers can always take ajwain (carom seeds), jeera (cumin seeds) and saunf (fennel seeds) with warm water, it will go through milk to her baby to help release gas.

Cold and cough, Parenting

Myths about Cough and Cold in babies

Cough and cold are quite common problems in babies and toddlers and may need paediatric consultation, in case the issue persists for a longer time.


Moreover there are some home remedies which are miraculous but can lead to other side effects. E.g. A few people believe that fruits and raw vegetables can aggravate cough & cold and are hence avoided. Here the child is deprived of the essential vitamins and micro nutrients present in fruits and veggies, which are helpful in recovery and building strong immune system. 

Some other myths:

  • Milk & Curd : leads to bad coughing and fever 
  • Fruit juices : cold nature can lead to tonsils and other throat infections 
  • Fruits & Salads : people avoid fruits (citrus), raw vegetables and salads as it can worsen coughing
  • Rice : it is also considered to be cold in nature
  • Ghee : it creates mucus
  • Bath : bathing is the most common thing which parents avoid

In reality, above mentioned things has nothing to do with cough and cold. In fact few of these things help in speedy recovery from cold. A few examples mentioned below:

  • Milk & Curd : keep it out of the fridge for some time before eating. Curd contains good bacteria which helps developing strong immunity

  • Vegetables : carrots and tomatoes are full of vitamin A and C respectively and can be given in the form of soups

  • Fruits : Apple, orange and berries has vitamin C and are high in fibre. Can give juice during the day time or can make them eat the whole fruit
  • Rice : give them warm and fresh rice, it will never do harm. Only old and cold rice is harmful in cough
  • Ghee : it is most therapeutic dairy product in India. It heals internal injuries, can cure fever and beneficial in cold and cough too
  • Bath : hygiene is the most important thing. Sponge bath is recommended for babies and toddlers can get a proper bath with warm water



For new born babies breastfeeding helps a lot, it has all the nutrients and helps fight cold, cough and fever. Hence frequent feeds are recommended.  

Keep your babies warm and hygienic, make them wear warm clothes and socks during winters, eat healthy and fresh food, and also make sure they take proper sleep.