• Life With the Munchkin

    Screen Time – Our Top Picks

    As we all know, no screen time at all is the ideal for little ones. But also as most families know, this is a bit impossible these days unless you throw your TV out the window and keep your mobiles, tablets and computers on lock down. But the telly isn’t really as evil as it is made out to be – provided that it doesn’t overtake your life, and become your child’s forever baby sitter. SCREEN TIME: YAY OR NAY? The American Academy of Pediatrics amended its zero screen time till two years old rule recently, and the new recommendations say a little bit of TV is okay after 18…

  • Baby,  Life With the Munchkin

    Starting Solids 101

    Starting solids and getting baby to eat solids is a maddening journey for most! It is nerve-wracking because you have no idea if the baby will accept the food, if the food is providing the maximum nutrition and more importantly, would there be any reactions and what to do! In this post, I try to sum up the basics of weaning and introducing solids. I have also tried and hyper linked as many of my sources as possible, to allow you to cross check all the info! Starting Solids 101 – When? While there are different schools of thought on the starting at four vs starting at six months, most…

  • Doha Life,  Life With the Munchkin,  Mommy

    Parks in Doha

    One of the best things about living in Doha is the fact that there are a number of places where the family can hang out! And I don’t mean the malls and indoor play areas, but actual outdoor spaces! If you can find a way to beat the heat, you can definitely have a gala time playing with the kiddies at these many outdoor parks! This is my list of parks in Doha! Parks in Doha – Sheraton Hotel Park Now this is one of my favourites to be honest. Come on, what is not to like? A run through fountain for the kiddies, plenty of green space to chill…

  • Baby,  Mommy

    Abilities of A Mommy

    Far too many times, I have heard of new moms being undermined! Their thoughts being questioned and their parenting ways tossed aside. I don’t understand how anyone can doubt the abilities of a mommy or daddy, for that matter. If you are a first time mother, then everyone and their aunty have pearls of wisdom to share. Because of course, you have no experience but they do and so obviously they know better! Everyone from the baby’s grandparents to various uncles and aunties have “advice”. Some even go to the point of forcefully doing things for the baby – because, well, even though you are the mother, you are new…

  • Baby

    Celebrating the First Birthday

    It is incredible how fast time has flown by! But what an amazingly blessed year it has been! So many hugs, kisses and cuddles – and so much growing up, not just for my baby boy, but for the husband and myself as well. And the time had come to celebrate! WE ARE ONE! My boy was turning one year old, and we were celebrating a year of being parents!! WOOOHOOO! The First Birthday party is obviously more for the parents than for the baby – a well deserved celebration if I may add! So here we were! Of course the planning starts early. By January, my mind was working…

  • Baby,  Mommy

    How I am Rocking Motherhood!

    In the hustle bustle of everyday life, it can be very easy to forget to appreciate yourself! To remind yourself that you are doing a good job – as a mom, as a parent! And that is why I love this idea of the Rocking Motherhood Tag. Thank you to the wonderful mommy Tina Wilson Naddler from ‘No, You Need To Calm Down!’ (yup, that is her website) for tagging me for the challenge. This challenge also allows me to talk about my fave topic – ME! Modesty is my middle name, didn’t you know? So here goes: Thriving, not just surviving. We have crossed the one-year mark, and I…

  • Baby

    The Baby vs Solids! Guess who is winning?

    The struggle is real. Baby vs Solids is war! Having a fussy eater is really difficult. Here are five points that crossed my mind in the war called “solids”! And in case you were wondering, the baby is winning this battle, but I will win the war *cue evil laughter – followed by frustrated tears on realizing the facts* 1. You thought breastfeeding or formula was tough? Ha! Have you seen those babies who love to eat, and are ready to eat pretty much everything? The ones who are smiling in the cerelac ads? Yeah! Those. Not all babies are like that. I mean we should know this by now…

  • Baby

    52 Reasons We Will Celebrate You, My Son

    And just like that, we finish a year today! And I thought why not dedicate a post to you, my darling boy! Here are 52 reasons why we will celebrate you forever and after! 52 reasons for 52 weeks 1. You were so teeny tiny! Even the newborn clothes would not fit, you would float in it! Now when I look at those clothes, I cannot even imagine that you would fit in them. 2. Your stretches when you were little! It seemed like it would go on for hours and hours! Ad then there are you are, refreshed and ready to start the day! 3. Your sleeping habits! This…

  • Baby

    The Eldertree Nursery – A Safe Haven

    If you follow my blog, you know that A. I never had any doubt about going back to work, and B. that I was not keen on having a nanny, and a nursery was more preferred by both the husband and myself. And since we are in my boy’s birthday month, I think it is only fair that I post about one of the most positive influences in his life – the Eldertree Nursery in Al Luqta – which is also one of the best decisions we have made as parents. Eldertree Nursery When I was looking at nurseries close to where I work, another mommy recommended Eldertree to me.…

  • Baby

    Babies & The Need for Sensory Play

    We all know that it is important to allow our babies to explore, and learn, and grow. It is important to start interacting with and engaging with babies right from the day they are born. Or even before that. Let’s talk about babies & the need for sensory play. Once they are born, we can read to them, and play wit the, sing for them. Entertain and educate them in a fun and simple manner. Either at home, or at a play date or group class, sensory play is vital. “Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Sensory activities and…

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