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Are you an expectant mother? Here’s what they don’t tell you!

So you have just fulfilled the ‘every girl’s dream’ of a fancy wedding, and a fancier honeymoon and are not even done wearing the newly married colours and dresses and there are still restaurants with romantic ambiences waiting to  be ticked off your list when you start getting greeted by the dreaded “khush khabri kab hai?”. Actually not fair to call it dreaded as I take the risk to assumptively say that most married women do also dream of having a baby of their own.

But have you noticed that the ones who ask this question are usually not your close loved ones. Not that our loved ones aren’t eagerly waiting for our offspring ,of course they are the most, but generally they want us to enjoy our newly married bliss state for a while before we hop onto the never ending journey called  ‘parenthood’. Continue reading

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SALT ESCAPE, Mumbai. Worth it’s SALT?

From the outside, this place does not give you a slight hint of the wonders it contains. ‘Less is more, we believe’, says the lively Kamal as she guides us through the entire place. The contemporary interiors with neutral tones are tastefully done and the place is impeccably clean. We are made to wear our hair and feet covers and shown the three therapy rooms.

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What is in my product? What is in ‘Sudocrem Antiseptic healing cream’?

Sudocrem is the Holy Grail cream for many mothers when it comes to treating their babies’ rashes. It also claims to treat Eczema, surface wounds, sunburn , minor burns, acne ,bed sores and chilblains. Let’s get straight to the ingredients list to see what this famous product is made up of and weather you need to stock it up or toss that current jar into the bin.

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What’s in my product? What’s in my ‘Chicco Dentifricio toothpaste in Apple Banana flavour’- 6 months up.

Chicco offers many wonderful baby products. I have tried their baby lotion, gentle baby shower wash and shampoo, and  we are currently using their sunscreen for kids and their toothpaste. They have two variants in the toothpastes, one in the strawberry flavour for babies 12 months up and the other is the one I am reviewing today.20170906_175048

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What’s in my product?What’s in ‘MUSTELA Gentle Cleansing Gel for hair and body’

It’s Saturday and I am back with a What’s in my Product” post. Today ‘s brand Mustela is close to my heart as it was one of the first few things that were bought for my baby Hanifa and this one was picked up by her Abba from his Dubai trip and is now a part of her bath staple.

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To be honest, when I first went through the ingredients of this one ( With my ‘Mommy’ eye magnifying glass on), I was skeptical about using this on my little baby. But then I put my ‘RESEARCHER HAT’ on and was pretty surprised! Read on till the end to know what is it that surprised me! Continue reading

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What’s in my product? What’s in “Mothercare – All we know baby lotion”

You’ve probably heard about all the hidden chemicals and health risks surrounding so many of the beauty and skin care products on the market, but what exactly are they and will you ever be able to put on that baby lotion or your eye cream again in peace without wondering if you’re poisoning your body? I have got you sorted there.

I have decided to use my precious spare time to write comprehensive yet simple reviews of products specially baby stuff so that together we are equipped to make the right choices.

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The below three words will often be used hence I have given their meaning here. Most of the ingredients in this review fall into either of these categories.

  • Emollient : A preparation that softens the skin by reducing water loss from the epidermis, the outer layer of skin. 
  • Petroleum :  An oily flammable  liquid,which occurs in many places in the upper strata of the earth, and can be extracted and refined to produce fuels including petrol, paraffin, and diesel oil.
  • Emulsifier :Two or more liquids together create an emulsion if the liquids do not mix. For example, if you add oil to water, the oil floats on the surface of the water. To stop the two liquids separating, we need a substance called an emulsifier.

You should know that any label reads the ingredients in the descending order of their quantity. i.e the first ingredient is used in the highest amounts and the last ingredient, the least.

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Review: ‘Fig-O-Honey’ pocket cloth diaper.

As a first time mother to be, I never understood all the ballyhoo over diapering. Yet, not be left out on anything, I went to all the baby shops I could locate in my vicinity and beyond, and bought all sorts of fancy cloth diapers in all the various possible colours ,the super soft organic ones, the regular cotton ones,the one with that tacky plastic on the outside, the double layered ones ,the small, the medium ,you name it I bought it. And then baby Hanifa was born and all of this took a long vacation as in the hospital they used … yes, a disposable diaper. A diaper of a brand I didn’t even know existed. The nurse would clean Hanifa’s tiny bum and strap on that thing. Wow. So simple. And who minds simple easy work, not a new sleep deprived mother for sure! And so began the diaper journey with Pampers at home. But I am not done as a mother yet.

I kept on switching to the cloth diapers I had bought with so much love and weight (I was a walking human elephant that time). And then with all the stuff Google throws at your face everyday, I came across fancy pocket cloth diapers with a cloth inner side, a polyester outside and absorbent liners to be inserted in the pockets inside them.

Now you’ll wonder why I didn’t buy them when I boasted of buying all sorts of diapers. Reason one, I didn’t see them in the shops I went to (now I do), secondly and most importantly, I was apprehensive of how far the elastic at the leg opening would dig into my baby’s soft skin. But Fig-O-Honey helped clear all my doubts when they sent in their pocket diaper and wet&dry diaper bag for review.

All you need to know about FIG-O-HONEY:

“Fig-O-Honey cloth diapers are eco-friendly, reusable, gentler on the baby’s skin and gentler on the environment. We are passionate about cloth diapering and believe in keeping cloth diapering accessible and affordable by providing world class, high quality products at unbeatable prices.” Continue reading