When Mommies-to-be Walked The Ramp

Pregnancy for most of the Indian women means staying indoors snuggled in a warm couch or a super soft bed, munching on potato chips and watching an epic Bollywood movie! And of course how can you miss on those long phone conversations with your mother-in-law over the do’s and don’ts like watch your steps, don’t run around the house, keep yourself calm and happy, don’t leave the house unless for a doctor’s appointment etc etc.

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Well I must admit that 3 years ago even I did! When we were expecting our first child. But after this recent event that I attended, I have to say that woman have come a far way! I was actually invited to this event by BabyChakra, helps discover the best local services and products for mums and babies.

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This beautiful event was organized jointly by Mom and Me, Child Magazine, a parenting magazine, and CordLife, a leading stem cell banking organization, ‘NeoLife’ has been conceptualized to help moms in their journey to become a mother from a woman. BabyChakra was supporting the event online through sharing details of the event with mums in Hyderabad.

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This is a four-city event, which kick started in Hyderabad. The next cities being Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi.

Here in Hyderabad, it was a first event of it’s kind. I personally have never heard of any such event that had happened in Hyderabad. But this was had all that it took..a beautiful venue, enthusiastic contestants, lovely audience and not to forget the delicious food.

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I arrived at the venue prior to the start of the event and that’s when I got a chance to quickly caught up with the participants. I was surprised by the amount of energy and confidence they showed! I mean I would have just shied away with such a huge belly popping out.

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The first participant I spoke to was Akshaya, who later won the title of “Child Cordlife Super Mom of the Evening”. She was equally excited about her first pregnancy and hitting the ramp. Akshaya is a digital marketing executive who was almost 8 months pregnant! Way to go lady!

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And then I spoke to a few more of pregnant women who were having a gala time just before they walking the ramp.

And here’s our chat with one of them, who was also one of the winners that evening (She’s requested her name not be mentioned)

1) Tell us a little about yourself and your pregnancy so far.

Well, I am in my 24th week now, it feels great to even be pregnant :) I can only imagine how much more fun and blissful motherhood will get!

2) How did you come to know about this event? 

Through Birthplace…

3) For a mom-to-be like you, how important are events like these?

It was absolutely fun, and for a change I did not shying away from showing off my baby bump :D I think these events can boost your confidence and make your journey more exciting. I got to meet a lot of expectant mothers from different hospitals and sharing experiences with them was great.

4) A couple of months from now, how do you see yourself? 

I will be in my last trimester in a couple of months, I cannot anticipate the changes it is going to bring, but like always I am going to take care of myself and my lil one inside :)

 5) Your definition of ‘Motherhood’.

Being responsible, because a mother will be the one bringing new life into this world, so every mother should have a good time, eat well, and take proper care of herself.
Motherhood is lovely already, and I am hoping it will only get better from here :D

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Winners of other categories —‘Child Ms Fit and Active’  was given to Akanksha, ‘Ms Twinkling Eye’ was Kajol.

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‘Ms. Lustrous Hair’ was Rishitha, ‘Ms. Graceful’ was given to Puja Agarwal, ‘Ms. Georgeous Smile’ to Chaya and ‘Ms. Congeniality’ to Himal Tiwari.

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And let me not forget to mention the adorable outfits the mommies-to-be were seen flaunting. And here we bring to you the man behind this amazing collection ~~ Navdeep Singh. Well! At least for me he’s the jack of all trades!

And without any further adieu let me share my chat with him. I asked him a couple of questions and he was patient enough to answer them all!

1) Tell us a little about yourself and WHITE-DreamWorks.

WHITE DreamWorks is a brand for those who thrive on concrete exclusivity and believe in exercise of creative freedom with strong conviction towards defying the odds eventually redesigned and restructured keeping in mind the trends of the season.

I’m Navdeep singh, the face behind the label, a fashion professional from the most prominent fashion school – Pearl Academy of Fashion, Delhi. 

2) Why did you take up fashion designing as a profession?? Was it your childhood ambition or did it just happen to you by chance?

Well I would say that it was actually a ‘planned’ thing for me. As I’m a very creative person, I was never into books for real. My parents never wanted me to grow up like a typical kid. They never saw me becoming an engineer or a doctor. But they knew about the my creativity and this would not have happened without their constant support.

3) Why did you chose to design outfits for mommies-to-be? How challenging was it for you? 

Yeah! It was quite challenging. This is the second season I’m doing, Ruchika Dahiya, marketing head of Child who also happens to be a friend of mine. We sat down and she propsed me the concept and seemed pretty interesting and innovative to do. A similar project had in 2013 in Delhi so I have had some experience but this time it was taken a niche higher because it was happening in a totally alien city, at least for me. This was the first time I visited Hyderabad and it was a wonderful experience.

4) What was your most favourite part of the event? 
The most favourite part of the event was the interaction, that I had with the contestants and the family. Because for a city like Hyderabad it’s pretty much a new concept where a fashion show is organised for the general people, the moms-to-be and not for the models. I feel very connected to that because I’m one from the crowd. And for me networking and socializing and getting to meet new people is something I have always loved.
 
5) What was your least favourite part of the event?
Not exactly the least favourite but I just wanted to spend some more time in the city. I was there for only two days. I wish I had some more time. But since then everything was planned by the organizers so I just had to go with the flow. But yeah I just wanted more of it, the interaction with the local people out there in Hyderabad.
6) What’s your opinion on events like these? Do you see yourself working with mommies-to-be again in future?
In my opinion, it’s a very noble cause and it’s very creative event for our country. It’s something new something that’s never been done before so it’s very original. I think events like these should be promoted on a bigger scale now, which I also believe is already happening.
In 2014-2015 we will be doing it in four major cities, after Hyderabad it’s either going to be Bangalore or Mumbai and then we will be heading back to Delhi so yeah it gives a very positive outcome and good exposure to general people us to get out there, out of their comfortzone and walk down the ramp in designer outfits, which is something they don’t get to do every day. Basically it’s to celebrate the joy of motherhood. And I personally for me my mom has been in pillar of strength. So yeah events like these are very close to my heart.
Thank you once again Navdeep for being patient with me! A huge shout-out to you and DreamWorks! :)
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Not just the fashion show, there were loads of sessions lined up for moms-to-be like a session on nutrition for pregnant moms, session on styling and beauty tips, etc. Just before the close of the event Mom N Me showcased their exclusive maternity clothes and accessories for moms-to-be to benefit from.
And the day ended going back home with goodies given to us at the end of the event. All-in-all it was a wonderful event, loads of lessons learnt and a ton of memories to cherish for years to come.And I’m sure everyone who was a part of it will agree with me!

 

 

Grand Cloth Diaper #Giveaway

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If have been following my blog for sometime now, you know that cloth diapers are probably one of the most dearest things in my life. And this month is going to be super awesome for all you cloth diapering mommas and dadas as well! And don’t worry if you are not cloth diapering already, now is the time to start building your stash! Yes! It’s time to ENTER our newest giveaway!

The Mommy Blog has come together with the Indian cloth diaper vendors to bring you this amazing opportunity.

Here’s the list of product you can win in this giveaway:

Bamboo charcoal Pocket diaper + one 5 layer Bamboo Charcoal insert from Easy Feel Products

Ladybug Pocket Diaper from Peachie Cutie Modern Cloth Diapers

Flower Pocket Diaper + one 3 layer Microfiber insert from Peekaboo Cloth Diapers

Double gusset pocket diaper from Cloth Diaper Shop – India

Minky pocket diaper + one 3 layer microfiber insert from Cloth Diapers India

So this month we are excited to be giving away 5 diapers to 5 winners in our Grand Cloth Diaper Giveaway! What are you waiting for?? Just go and enter the giveaway. Let’s ditch those disposables TOGETHER lovelies!

Just click on the link below and follow the steps to ENTER!
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Rules of the Grand Cloth Diaper Giveaway are listed below:

  1. To enter, follow ALL the steps listed in the above underlined rafflecopter form. *Failing to do so will cancel your entry.
  2. Once you have followed all the 8 steps, come back to this blog and leave a COMMENT on this post!  Also, please note: THE MOMMY BLOG COMMENTS ONLY. FACEBOOK COMMENTS WILL NOT BE COUNTED.
  3. The approximate retail value (INR) of the prize is Rs.2500/- approximately.
  4. Only 1 entry per person is allowed.  Must include valid email address. Open to Indian residents only, ages 18 and up.
  5. This Giveaway entry period starts on Friday, January 9th, 2015 and ends on Saturday, January 31st , 2015 at 11:59:59 PM IST.
  6. The Mommy Blog will choose 5 potential winners in a random drawing on or about Monday, 2nd February, 2015 and send notice to the winners via email.  *If you are a potential winner but fail to claim your prize within 48 hours of us sending you notice or are otherwise in non-compliance with the Giveaway rules, then we will choose an alternate winner.
  7. It will be The Mommy Blog’s decision to chose which diaper goes to who. The decision will be final and binding.
  8. We will announce the winners here on or about Tuesday, 4th February at 5:00 PM iST.
  9. No purchase necessary.  Odds will depend on the number of eligible entries.
  10. The prizes will be sent directly from the vendors to the winners. The Mommy Blog is not responsible for any loss or delay of the prizes.

Good luck!

Crane Ultrasonic Humidifier Review

Hello readers I’m back with another review for you all! :)crane

*Note to the reader: If you don’t want to see the stunts I performed with our camera, you better skip this post. Because there will be an overdose of it in this one! May be :)

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Okay now let me get this super straight. Both of our girls have always had this huge huge issue of ‘blocked nose’, right from their birth. I remember pressing the alarm like a 10 times in an hour for the nurse to come in to the room and pour in those magic drops (nasal drops) into their nose so they could sleep peaceful for another hour at least, which directly meant that I would get another hour of rest. And since then it’s been almost the same every night expect that I no longer have a nurse who rushes into my room on a push of a button!

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The other day I was more than overwhelmed when someone from Crane got in touch with me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing their humidifier. That’s when I selected this adorable Duckie one! Cuteness overloaded isn’t??

Here in Hyderabad, nights specially in winters are pretty freezing and at times they do get harsh on kids. So I have been using this humidifier for night time. I don’t generally use it in day for obvious reasons! This duck is just too cute and attractive to keep your kids away from it. They are constantly trying to throw it into their toy stash! Oh! Yeah!

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What’s a humidifier you must be thinking. Well is a device which increases humidity in the room. And this one is made to serve multiple purposes given it’s ultra adorable looks!

And these are the parts of humidifier before I assembled them. It did look intimidating at first but then I carefully read all the instructions and it was super simple.

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All you need to do is to fill cold water in to the humidifier and plug it. We generally set it on medium for a proper balance. Apart from increasing the moisture and helping in nasal congestion it also prevents flu and dry skin.

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The best thing about the humidifier is it has got auto shut off sensor! Now is this what we call..beauty with brains?? Well may be! My kids and I are completely in love with the humidifier. And I would definitely recommend this to you!

If you are interested in keeping in touch with Crane, then don’t forget to ‘like’ their Facebook Page. And if you like this review then do give me a thumbs up on Facebook! :)

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7 Products I Wish I Had Bought

The moment you announce it to the world that you are expecting a baby, everyone around you starts pouring in loads and loads of suggestions about the things or rather the ‘products’ you should consider getting and those that you may want to give a miss. Of course not every baby is the same. Each time you have one, your priorities/requirements change. So I have decided to list 7 products that I badly wish I had bought while I could!

MY TOP 7:

I wish I had a good book on pregnancy: 

I remember signing up with Babycenter the moment I got found I was pregnant. I also downloaded loads and loads of apps to remain updated with the baby’s weekly development. That was the last thing I would do before falling asleep. Though I managed to read a major portion on pregnancy, delivery and baby, I just missed on few of the most wonderfully written books for mums and mums-to-be. And books are something I have always loved. But given their price tag in India, I chose to skip them!

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I wish I bought a sleeping pillow: 

Have you never experienced an array of sleepless nights?? Well! Get pregnant! Just skip the whole drama to the last part and you will curse yourself. I know I’m being rude but facts are facts. I remember staying up all night just because I didn’t ‘how-to’ sleep with such a H.U.G.E belly. Damn! I just just wish I had a soft and snug maternity sleeping pillow to cuddle with and may be ‘sleep’.

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I wish I had some nursing-friendly clothes:

Of course nursing was not easy to begin with. With the Big Thing I had my fair share of latching issues and feeding the baby in my regular clothes was probably the toughest thing to do . Breastfeeding was relatively easy with the Little Thing since I pretty much knew what-to’s and how-to’s but again not funding on some good nursing-friendly clothes was definitely not a good decision. I’m definitely going to grab some reasonable maternity and post-maternity lingerie if we have another baby :)

I wish I had a bigger cloth diaper stash: 

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When I first found out that we are going to have our the Big Thing,  I had never heard a single word on ‘cloth diapering’ pathetic I know! But just when we were having our second, I knew there has to be a way out of those harsh disposables and that’s when I landed myself in a deep obsession for cloth diapers. And I’m extremely glad about it! Intially it was a teeny tiny stash of Flip covers and inserts I would do laundry almost every day which of course wasn’t easy. Which is why I wish I had a huge stash so I could exclusively cloth diaper her right from birth and not feel too stressed out with the laundry thing!

I wish I had a glider:

A beautiful yet comfy glider is every new mums must-have. This I realized after having the baby. I wish I had read up a bit more on this and got myself one. Days are long and nights are longer when you have an ‘ever-hungry’ newborn on hand and can’t sit up well without a proper support. Gliders are magically you can feed the baby for as long as you can and may be even take your afternoon nap while the baby is peacefully sleeping in your lap.

I wish I had an automatic breast-pump:

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With both the kids I used a manual pump for almost an year. And let me tell you pumping is not easy, at least not as easy as you think it is! I would pump for over 40-50 minutes at a stretch and my hands would go numb! If you are planning to have baby then do consider investing in a good automatic pump. This will save you from a lot of time, mess and will keep you sane.

I wish I had a nursing cover:nu

Nursing cover. Yes you are going to be nursing most of the time. Most of it. Be it at the park, or mall or a wedding. A good nursing cover will save you all the guilt. Plus having a ‘fully-fed-happy’ baby around you is indeed a delight in itself.

P.S: I was sent a beautiful nursing cover by Ireeya for a review soon after I weaned off the Little Thing. Ohh no! But nevermind I have already saved it for the next time ;)

I wish I had made loads and loads of burp cloths: 

I needed a ton of them, which again no one told me before I had the baby. Newborn babies are either feeding, sleeping or BURPING! Yes! Burping. You so would neither over two dozens of burp clothes to keep eveything ‘off’ your clothes. :D

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I wish I had a baby monitor:

This is another thing I deeply regret not having bought. Every new mum is paranoid and so was I. I remember running into the bedroom to check on the baby, only to find her peacefully sleeping. And there were days when I would just walk out of the  bedroom and hear a ‘thudd’ and find the baby on the floor (This happened only once though!)

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So yeah these are the 7 things I wish I had bought. What have you missed? Let me know in the comment below and if you like this post do give me a thumbs up on Facebook. Thanks for stopping by!

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Anmol Wrap Baby Carrier Review

A lot has happened since I last blogged. An on-going roller coaster of emotions, falling ill and recovering, a family holiday and an increased writing commitments. I’m so glad that I’m finally back to work and super excited to share a bunch of lovely products that I have been using. So stay tuned all you mommies and daddies, loads of reviews are coming your way! :)

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I clearly remember when I had my first daughter, the Big Thing, the ONLY baby carriers I knew about were the few I could find at major retailers in and around the city. And I was introduced to slings and wraps for babies and toddlers when we had our second, the Little Thing. She was about 8 months old when I wore her in a ‘sling’ for the first time. And I was more than overwhelmed when I  finally got my first ‘wrap’ when she was about 12 months old. WOW, what a difference! I was immediately sold on wrapping up my baby!

So for those of you who don’t know what a wrap is..it’s basically a long, very long piece of cloth mostly made out of stretchy soft fabric that is to be “wrapped” around you and the baby sits in the loop that you create while wrapping. If you don’t understand what I mean then don’t worry I will do a separate post on types and styles of baby carriers for you and how you can choose them.

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This lovely wrap is named ‘Anmol’ which means ‘precious’. It came in a beautiful pouch with the brand logo switched in the center. The first thing I noticed was the super super soft material of the wrap. I could only say WWOWW! And I realized right away how amazing it would be to have a newborn wrapped up around me. And I have decided to use this wrap right from birth whenever we have our next baby ;)

However wearing a baby in a wrap for the first time may be intimidating for many mums and so it was for me but thanks to Rashmee, the founder of Anmol Wrap for being patient enough and sharing the videos that demonstrated various techniques, that’s where I learnt load of styles and tips of wrapping. And in no time I started feeling super comfy in it and now wrapping up the baby is actually the ‘most’ fun part! Yayy! :)

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Now let’s talk fabric. The one used to make this wrap is extremely soft and organic, made out of 100% organic cotton! And it came in this pretty flowery print named ‘Blooms’ if I can recollect correctly. :)

This print just suits us perfectly given that we have two lovely girls. And flowers is such a girly thing. Thanks Anmol Wrap!

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This wrap can be used right from birth and up until your baby is around the walking age. One thing that I particularly like about this wrap is it doesn’t have clips, fasteners or buckles of any sorts. It’s just one long long piece of super soft fabric which your baby will love being snuggled it. Do whatever and whichever way you like it! Awesome isn’t it? :)

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I’m linking a video channel that I have recently discovered and fallen in love with it. It’s WrapYouInLove so if you are like me and wouldn’t mind experimenting with your style of baby wearing then do check it out. And I promise you will only love your wrap more! :)

And for you to stay updated with all the latest happenings at Anmol Wrap, don’t forget to check out Anmol Wrap on Facebook.

So what more are you waiting for?? Grab your favorite wrap and let us know how you like it?? And in case you have any questions related to Anmol Wrap, you can always feel free to join their closed Facebook group.

And if you like this review please do give us a thumbs-up on Facebook :D

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Make your own wall decor: Simple Toddler Craft

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We have been travelling all of this month and I couldn’t find enough time to sit and blog. The girls were also busy meeting our family members, friends and new people :) They both had an awesome time. And one day we decided to do a little activity with whatever minimum things we had on hand. I’m sharing this fun craft activity with you here today.

So these are the things you will need to get started:

  • Watercolours
  • card stock paper
  • sketch pens
  • and super enthusiastic kids
  • full body apron ( Optional)

What we did: 

We grabbed some watercolours and thumbpainted randomly over a white card stock paper. You can use any paper for that matter. And that’s it. You will need to just let go and let the kids have fun with the colours and paper.

Both the girls made colourful thumb impression all over the paper while I kept watching them enjoy! Once they were done. I grabbed a sketch pen and drew the string/wire attaching all the thumbprints making it look like a beautiful array of lights. Yes as simple as that! :D

This little activity was what I could to do away from where with limited resources.

P.S: This craft looks super simple and adorable but be prepared to the mess because kids are kids! :)

I can’t wait to get it framed and have it hung in our kids’ room! :D

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ReeBaby Diaper Bag Winner

Hello readers!

Today I’m super super excited to share the winner of the ReeBaby Diaper Bag Giveaway. So with out any delay, let’s do it. Together.

And here we have our winner…*drum roll* Leena. P  ..Yay!! :)

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Congratulations Leena! I hope you will love carrying this ultra chic and glamorous baby bag for years to come! Please send your mailing information to me at hfareen@gmail.com and I will pass it on to the folks at ReeBaby. Congratulations once again!!