5 Best books that helps my kid to learn German in daily basis

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Raising a bilingual or multilingual kid needs a lot of commitment for every parent. If you decided to raise a child bilingual or multilingual (with the new language like German) there’s no harm in immersing them in the world of German from day one. When I had my daughter I decided to raise her multilingual from day one and the best way to expose her to languages is by books. I slowly started searching for books in German which should be simple and understandable with lots of pictures which should not only attracts my kid but also me. As I too learn with her.

The research shows that babies can distinguish between languages from the age of just seven months, use qualities like pitch and duration of sounds to keep two languages separate. German language can be exposed in different forms like nursery rhymes, books, lullabies, cartoons and television shows. I am not a native speaker and cannot speak very good Deutsch so, I decided to expose my kid to these forms and still working on it.

Take a look at some of my and my kid’s favorite books that I read and still reading to my daughter:

1. Wie heißt denn das?

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This is the first ever book I bought for my daughter. She started her German language with this book. It’s a small book and ideal from the age of 6 months. It’s a board book and I would say it’s worth a buy. I think it will last forever. Still mine look brand new.

2. Mien erstes Bild Wörterbuch

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This is one of my favorite books and it has about 500 words with pictures. The best part of the book is the quality of the book for a such a low price (4.99€ ) and the colorful pictures in it. It is ideal for 2-year-old kids. The attractive part of the book is that it has a small story in the beginning (like the pic below) and then lead to words so it’s very interesting for kids to read the words which connects to the story.

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3. Mein großes Bilder-Lexikon

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This book is ideal for 2 to 4 years old kids. On each double page a theme is presented, with many details and it is very helpful for us moms and dads who doesn’t speak German. Everything is labeled,  so while reading one will never gets into the embarrassment of not knowing what e.g., is an ein Bagger or ein Radlader. I therefore recommend this book to all who have small children. It is a great gift for boys and girls. It costs around 8.97€.

4. Soundbuch In der Wildnis: 10 Tierstimmen

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We bought this for our daughter on her 2nd birthday. This sound book is very high quality book,  that is, it consists of thick cardboard and the sound bar on the side really good and will lasts forever. Batteries are included and so it can go straight after unpacking. This book is little bit on the pricey side (14.99€) but it’s worth a buy I could say.

5. Ein Tag bei uns 

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This book is about little Theo’s daily routine from getting up, playing in kindergarten and going to bed. This book is really good for linguistic development and can be used from early months. The quality of the book is very good and the pictures are very colorful. It’s not expensive too (3.90€).

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It has great picture quality

I hope this blog is helpful for parents like me who try to grow their kids bilingual or multilingual. Stay tuned for my upcoming blog on best German story books for kids and bilingual books (English and German) for kids.

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Getting through sudden weaning from breastfeeding. My experience and tips

To start with my experience I was very satisfied mom in breastfeeding until my daughter was 1 year and 3 months old. Real struggle started after that. My daughter’s nutritional attachment has become more of emotional attachment and she started asking for milk all the time, which made me frustrated and exhausted.

I was all alone in Germany without family support and husband worked full-time and he could support only in evenings so, no distraction for her to stop asking for milk. I somehow slowly started reducing my breastfeeding sessions in daytime. I gone through all the articles related to weaning and everything seemed to be simple and experience of others weaning their kids seemed to be natural and easy. I know everyone’s experience is different, for some it’s easy and some it’s a struggle.

In my case, the struggle was real once I tried to reduce feeding in night-time. It was terrible when she started feeding more in night-time than before which lead me sleep deprivation. I couldn’t bear and as I didn’t have family support here, I decided to fly to India and finally stopped my breastfeeding cold turkey with the help of my mom and sister. I didn’t feel emotionally bad or depressed but more relieved and happy mama. It took only one week and she was all okay and happy. When I asked her whether she wants some milk and she just said no mommy and went, which surprised me!!!

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Take a look at some tips from my experience:

Wear a support bra. My first and foremost suggestions for moms who decided to wean is to choose a bra which supports your breast and not too tight. If you choose to wear tight bra thinking it will stop your milk production like me, then will definitely lead to clogged breast. Being bra less once you have engorged breast is also not a good idea.

Relieve engorged breast. Remove a little milk when you feel your breast are too much engorged. Too much pumping or hand expression of milk will make your body to continue producing even more milk.

Use only cold compress. I made a huge mistake by using hot packs on my breast which gave a short time relaxation but lead to more pain. Thankfully I didn’t use for longer. Later when I consulted doctor, he told hot packs will lead to severe damage in ducts. Cold cabbage leaves and ice packs relieve the inflammation and pain of swollen engorged breasts. It will even help to reduce the milk production. The product that I mentioned below is a life saver for me. These pads can be used both warm and cold and the cooling method helped a lot to ease the pain.

Plan to stay home for few days. Your breasts are definitely going to leak and the discomfort from the swollen breasts will make you highly uncomfortable so, just plan to stay home for few days.

Ibuprofen, Tylenol or Advil for help. There are some chances of getting fever so, keep meds in case. For me more than fever I suffered a lot from neck and shoulder pain due to my breasts engorgement.

Seek family or friends support. Seeking family help is the best thing happened to me. Your toddler will be totally distracted instead of clinging to you and crying. And most importantly, support with the house work will reduce the burden from your shoulders.

Reduce the physical touch. It doesn’t mean you have to avoid your child. Having too much cuddling time will lead to your child asking for milk. So, do some activities like coloring or puzzle instead of hugging and kissing.

Don’t skip eating. I was so scared to eat as I thought it’s going to make me produce more milk and ended up being hungry and frustrated along with the breasts pain. So, don’t starve. Better to avoid non vegetarian foods.

I weaned my daughter when she was around 2 years old, she was a toddler so, it is easier for me (technically my family) to distract and family support made me less stressful. Weaning from breastfeeding is not same for everyone especially with small babies. Going cold turkey will affect them as well as you from emotional depression so, consult your pediatrician before weaning.

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Engaging kids in home. Ways that I follow

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Back then, in my childhood I used to always play outdoors, of course it’s India and the weather is always favorable for outdoor games and yes weather plays a main role in engaging kids. Here in Germany, after having my daughter I realized, how hard it is to engage a kid in home especially in winters. Her terrible two drove me crazy and I was constantly thinking for ideas to engage her. Kids have a lot of energy to let out. Being a minimalist parent I don’t want to invest more on toys or expensive stuffs, while we have a lot of things around us which bring joy to our kids.  So, Parents here you go, take a look at some of my ways to engage kids indoor.

Be with your child. I know parents, not always have time to spend with their kids. But, when you do have time to spend with your child, do things that they enjoy. Giving your time is a big thing for kids. Even simply sitting near them and staring at what they play matters a lot to a kid. In case if you are working parent, avoid bringing work home with you. In case you have to, allow your child to sit with you and do some coloring or doing puzzles etc. But all they need is your presence.

Fun Reading sessions. My daughter loves books in any form. Sometimes she take my novel and start pretending to read :). Reading sessions are really a good way to engage kids and also make them to start their interest in reading at very young age. Since early on, I have been reading books to my daughter. After I finished reading a story book to her, I would always tell her it’s quite time now for mommy and you to read the book by ourselves. And she will just stare the pics of the book and keep saying the words from the stories which I read. It’s a good way for improving their memory and creative thinking.

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Involving kids in household chores. I would say it’s one of my favorite task because it always makes my household chores less stressful by seeing the cuteness of her doing those chores. Give chores which excite them. For example, I say my daughter to clean the television because it shows you your favorite cartoons or wipe the mirrors as it shows your beautiful face everyday to you etc. Involve them in kitchen for putting veggies in respective baskets and cooking. My daughter roll her own tiny Chapathis (Indian bread), sometime peeling carrots with my assistance and baking with kids are always fun. Involving them in house hold chores make them to teach cleanliness, discipline and also how to look after themselves and the house.

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Painting. Which kid is not the fan of painting, be it hand painting or with brush. My daughter sometimes do it on her face too. It’s okay to be messy while having fun. Creativity starts from colors and using them on papers , so encourage kids to paint more and don’t forget to encourage them by showcasing their creativity on walls or doors or like me by hanging it in a notice board.

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Doing exercise together. It’s a great way for both to have fun. We laugh a lot while we do mommy daughter exercise. There are a lot of videos out there which you can play in TV and just do by seeing it. It is quite a good way to be fit and also incorporate healthy activity for the kid in indoor. For us sometimes exercise sessions will change to dance sessions too :).

Make use of old cardboard. Before you throw away those cardboard of your new washing machine arrived in, you need to check out all of the brilliant things you can make with them. Amazing play houses for no cost can be made for your kids. My daughter used to stay in that for whole day and play. It doesn’t need to be so perfect (your kid doesn’t need that too).

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Her dolly sleeping in the cardboard house

Do a magic show. I made her a backdrop with two chairs and said mommy is ready for your show, that’s it my daughter got so excited to make her own show.  It made her to think all interesting things for the show like shadow puppets, magic toys arrives from shopping basket etc., which was so fun and it really encouraged her creativity.

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Magic show – She asked me to close my eyes and took toys from the shopping basket 🙂

Role play. Every kid has their favorite story and favorite character in it. Find the stories which they are obsessed with and start playing a role play, It’s not only fun but also helps them identify good from bad while encouraging bravery.  You can choose a superhero or a fantasy characters such as unicorns, dinosaurs, princess tales etc. Along with being fun, using imagination in their play improves their creativity. It’s not necessary to buy those costumes, just make those with what is available near you. Kids will never complain about it for sure.

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Role play – Little red riding hood (obviously I am the Wolf :))

Do try these methods, they are cost-effective, develop the skills, bonding and also engage them in home. Please do share you experiences in comments which might help a lot of people out there.

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Dealing with mixed emotions being a parent – few tips for best approach

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In this fast changing world, parenting seems subject to changing styles and it somehow became a competitive sport. Parents get keep on tracking their kids for better manners, habits, and behaviors, forgetting the single most important skill for “positive” parenting over the course of our kids’ lifetimes is our own self-awareness and self-regulation as parents.

Parenting is an intensely emotional experience which comes with two extreme feelings. One is the pure pleasure of cuddling, playing, laughing, exploring, and deep sense of connection and love and on the other hand the emotions are mixed with feelings of frustration – things like losing their odd life, financial independence, career, spontaneity, time with their partner and friends and  feeling trapped by the huge change that has completely taken over their life and sense of self. These mixed emotions will make a parent (especially mom)  to think that their identity as an individual has been replaced by that of ‘parent’.

So, it’s highly important to manage our feelings as a parent, because these mixed emotion will deeply affect the child’s mental health in future. Here are few tips which I learnt through my experience and would like to share with you:

Controlling our emotions. This is the foremost thing every parent should follow. We all have a bad day but when it comes to kids they are not like adults to sense your stress and keep calm. Kids needs their parents attention so, instead of showing your stress to them, giving them that 5 minute attention, keeping everything aside will make a huge difference in the kids attitude. After giving them the 5 minute attention you can slowly tell you need a little time to rest. It will definitely work. Give it a try!!!

One day my daughter and me were returning home from the kindergarten by bus, she always wants to sit in the particular seat before her friend do, but it doesn’t happen that day and she threw a big fit, while her adorable friend gave her the seat and stood in the bus for the whole ride.  Tuning in my feelings into anger or disappointment, I just took few deep breaths to clear my mind (I am not perfect still!!!! ) and calmly said it’s not always possible to sit in the same seat and its ok to be disappointed. She understood and gave the seat to her friend by herself the next day.  Key is to think the best way to respond. Where remaining calm is a hard work (still I am learning :)) and it will definitely pay off in future.

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Little distraction will do.  When your child doesn’t listen to you and asks for five more minutes of cartoon time, game time or playing time and hates you for not giving their extra time then instead of being mad and yelling at them just try to distract them, by giving your kid a big hug, by doing this you are letting them know that you hear their frustration and empathize with it. If this doesn’t work just distract them with a silly funny dance which can turn the tides. It not only relieves the kids frustration but also your stress.

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Run out of the situation for a minute. When your child cannot calm down and having hard time just take a time out instead of being in that moment and reacting. This way you can prevent yourself from the negative emotion ruling you. Giving a time out for yourself, will make you and your kids mental status to calm down. “You have to be in control of yourselves if you want them to be in control of themselves.” As the quote says it’s a great tool to control negative emotions and help in channeling your emotions in a right way.

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Misconceptions which shocked me about India

It’s been a while since I wrote something in my blog. Recently I finished my B2 level in German language. My 10 months course not only taught language but also got the opportunity to mingle with people from different countries. After getting closer to people from other land, something which surprised me is the misconception what they have about my homeland India. Some made my eyebrows raise and few made me laugh. I realized, India, being a multiculturalmultiethnic and multireligious society, there is no big wonder that people have so much misconceptions. Here, I like to write about some questions which I came across being an Indian in Germany.

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Do you speak “Indian”?

No, of course we don’t speak “Indian,” because Indian is not a language. People have no idea, how many languages and dialects exist in our country and are spoken by everyone. There are about 122 native languages exists in India. So, whenever I come across the question “Sprichst du Indisch?” (do you speak Indian?), my answer will not be yes or no, rather a big lecture of Indian languages.

As shown in Bollywood films, do you guys dance in streets?

I remembered, when my good friend asked this to me “Tanzen Sie alle, wie in Bollywood-Filmen gezeigt, auf der Straße?”, I couldn’t control my laughter. Yes we love to see movies but none of us go around dancing in streets and singing in the rain. We live so normally, much like the other people in the world.

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Have you seen snakes in streets?

It was a weird question which I came across from one of my Greek friend. She literally thought India is underdeveloped and we see wild animals in daily basis. I asked “where you have seen snakes” She replied “In Zoo or Snack parks”, I said “Dear even I have seen it only in zoo and snake parks like you”.  Snakes are not commonly found in streets or in public places except in zoos.

Why Indian food is so spicy?

Not in every part of the country we serve spicy food. If you go to northern part, for example, we have Dal varieties (curried yellow lentils), can be mild. In down south we have delicacies like idli, vada, and the most loving dish curd-rice. We have foods that suit for all kind of taste buds.

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Dal (yellow lentil curry)

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Curd rice

You speak different language other than your national language?

As I said earlier there are about 122 native languages and 23 official languages in India. 60% of Indians have mother tongues other than Hindi. So, its normal for an Indian to speak in his state’s language and not in national language.

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Why can’t you eat beef but eat chicken?

There are people in India who eat beef, It’s something what Hindu religion says and its our choice to eat or avoid. So, people who follow and believe in Hindu religion doesn’t consume the cow. There are many religion other than Hindu, hence many consume beef in India.

Can you teach Yoga?

I always have a weird smile at this question and say no. Because I always felt ashamed that more than Indians, the western world is taking Yoga more seriously (as far as i know). It’s a fact that lot of us don’t do Yoga.

Do all Indian people sleep in streets?

One of my German friend visited India and she saw a large amount of people sleeping in streets and parks and thought its a normal practice for Indians to sleep in streets. But, no not every Indian sleeps in streets. They are bunch of homeless people like the same in other western countries. The only difference is the number of people, which is obviously higher, considering the Indian population.

Does India have a hot weather all 365 days?

Nope! Even our countries weather changes from region to region.  India does get very hot summers, equally cold winters and a moderate tropical weather. Looking at the size of the country it is not possible to have only one kind of weather throughout the year. We have six ecological seasons.

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My first winter experience in Germany as a migrant from a warm country like India – tips which I gained over the years

I was born and brought up in southern part of India. It’s the place where the weather is always warm. Back then I felt cold in winter which was around 20 -25 degree Celsius but after experiencing winter in Germany I changed my mind from cold to warm 😋. In my home town even in winter we can survive without wearing any winter clothes. I always thought cold weather will be good as I experienced extreme hot weathers. Back then I imagined snow as a beautiful glaze of sleet, crystal, snow flake etc. Now after 5 years of living in Germany and after 5 winters, the thought has slightly changed in my mind. Even though I love snow and I always eagerly wait for the first snow and excitement I get to see the snowfall never went down, but getting into the snow or freezing weather on a daily basis has definitely proven wrong about my imagination which I had back then. It’s always beautiful if you are inside the home with heaters on and sipping a hot tea and watching snow or cold breeze through the window. On the other hand getting up at morning 6, where it’s pitch dark outside, me doing house chores and dressing with multiple layers of clothes which added extra kgs to the weight and dressing my kid in same way and taking her to kindergarten daily is not a joke.

I remember going out without covering my head in minus degrees, made my ears numb. I didn’t realise the importance of boots until I slipped in snow with sport shoes on. Went out without mittens in very cold weather which made my finger tips pain like someone prick with the needle. I am the person who never used chapstick back in India but here, after experiencing a bad lip crack followed by bleeding made me realise its importance in winter , which now is like an organ for me which always stays with me. In addition to all I got a best gift called sinusitis which says hi in all winters and it’s terrible. Over the years I learnt to suffer less from sinusitis. One by one I learnt how to survive winter, the skills got strong when I had my baby girl. Through all trial and errors now after 5 years I somewhat manage to adapt my body in this cold weather which made me to write this blog and help my fellow immigrants who lived their entire life in a warm country like mine and experiencing new winter weather. Here are few tips from my experience to you guys.

Stay active. I know when winter blows in, you want to pull the blankets over your head and go back to sleep but there is no reason you need to take a break from physical activity when temperature drops. Actually there are advantages in staying extra active in winter.

  • As it’s not humid like summer which make you sweat more and exhaust soon so walking or running extra mile is added advantage.
  • Exercising more results in burning extra calories.
  • Great way to take some vitamin D.
  • Getting fresh air and exercising with intake of vitamin D boosts immunity from cold and flu.

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Dress in layers. Dressing in layers is the key to keep you safe from cold weather hazards. They help trap the heat and form a kind of insulation. Avoid layering in cotton because when you sweat, the inside moisture is trapped and will make you feel colder. Invest on moisture wicking fabrics and a good waterproof jacket to help to keep you warm in rain and snow.

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Stay hydrated. Winter never indicates us to drink water even though our body needs it. I always forget to drink water during the beginning years of winter season as I don’t get thirst and ended up in headaches. Keep hydrated as much as possible to maintain fluid balance. Symptoms of dehydration in winter are chapped lips, dry cough, nosebleed, headaches and acne.

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Avoid sickness during winter with household things and nutritional foods. I always struggle with sinusitis every winter. Over the years I learned some home remedies to prevent it and helped to ease if I got a sinus infection. The wise method is to invest on a good humidifier. It’s a life safer for me and my daughter during cold and flu. Second thing I noticed is to eat food which gives immunity during winter season like vitamin C rich foods, herbs and spices, yogurt, lots of vegetables like mushroom, dark leafy greens, broccoli and non veg like salmon, chicken soup etc. One thing which also helped is steam. Regular steam inhalation reduce the inflammation.

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Give some care to your drying eyes and skin. Best thing to take care of your eyes and skin is eating omega-3-fatty acid rich foods like fish, eggs, milk, yogurt, soy milk etc. Invest on good moisturizer during winter for your skin. Don’t forget the sunscreen, it’s important even for winter. As I said earlier proper hydration keeps skin retain moisture. Blink you eyes often to avoid dryness due to harsh winter weather.

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Fresh air. Let the fresh air circulate your home once in a while which is healthy for you as it takes away the trapped moisture inside the house which lead to mold formation. The fresh air circulation is always more comfortable and feel good. If you have a baby or kid who has not started kindergarten then just take them out everyday to get fresh oxygen.

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Invest on good boots. I remember falling down with my sports shoes walking on the snow melting ice. Walking on a melting snow is too dangerous that too with a flat base shoes hence, invest on a snow boots or even sport shoes which helps your feet keep their grip on the ground.

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I hope these tips are helpful for people like me who has been migrated to a different country with winters totally different from the homeland being super cold and snowy.

Stay warm and stay healthy

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Flying alone with my one-year-old -my experience and tips

Since my daughter was born we took several long and short plane rides. Majority is to our home land India. The plane ride from Germany to India takes 10 hours (straight flight) and 14 hours (transit flight). In most of the plane rides we three travelled together but when my daughter was one, for the first time I got to travel alone internationally, here I am gonna share that experience with you guys.

My daughter was one-year-old when I took my first flight alone with her. It was already her third time flying internationally, but both me and my husband were there in those trips with her. She was just 5 months old when we took her first time on flight, it was quite easy as she was not so mobile and only on breast milk. She slept mostly and was quite manageable. But this time she completed one and was super active baby girl, eats solids as well as breastfeed, walking, won’t sleep for longer etc… and adding to those I was sick before my travel 🙁. I had very bad sinusitis which made me think it’s going to be a nightmare. I was in fear thinking how am I going to survive the whole long 10 hour ride.

Finally the day came and I took some medicine to ease my pain and boarded the flight with my little princess hoping everything goes well. Guess what! I survived. Yes, I survived the whole 10 hour flight with some awesome tips I got from fellow moms, some research and few of my own techniques. Whatever advise u get or research you do before you start, at the end it’s all in your hands to manage your kid. Just think and prepare their needs. Here are few tips from this new mama which might give some clues for you to get ready for the flight run with your prince or princess.

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Make a safe and handy place for your documents. According to me carrying a backpack for your baby’s essentials is the most comfortable thing for a long flight journey. In addition to that, I would recommend to take a small slash bag with you to keep your documents handy as it is to be shown several times in the airport. There are certain situations where your kids him/her to be carried in hand even though you take stroller along with you, so having a slash bag along with your backpack is more comfortable than carrying a handbag which is going to fall from your shoulder when you deal with all tantrums your baby gonna do. Also you can’t take your documents every time out from your backpack which is difficult with kids and chances of missing documents may happen. Slash bags are handy option for your documents when traveling with kids.

Back-pack for your baby things. As I said earlier backpack is the best thing for international flight travel. Don’t pack more, try to understand your baby’s important needs and pack accordingly. When I travelled I packed one packet of diaper and I ended up only with 3 diapers for the whole 10 hour flight. I also packed more clothes which is unnecessary. Put on some comfy clothes to kids, it will do for sure. Few extra clothes are more than enough. Do some homework and try to fit all the essential things in a single backpack.

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Things to keep your kid engage. Kids can easily engage themselves with what they have, so don’t over think and pack all their toys. My daughter played most of the time with headphones and magazines which was in the plane. Buy few new little toys and surprise them one by one in the flight when they fuss, that will make them happy and let them sit for a while. Buy crayons and a colouring book which are kids favs. Stickers will also do a great job. Interacting with co-passengers was one of the thing my daughter enjoyed. She loved to see many new faces which kept her busy ( I hope no one was annoyed 😝). Singing rhymes, me doing silly magic tricks, playing peek-a-boo, reading books, colouring, telling all kinds of aeroplane stories, doing finger puppets etc., are some of the things I have done to engage my daughter. Some may even work for you, give it a try!

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Foods to be carried for your one-year-old. Check your airlines website for the quantity of liquids and solids to be carried for your baby in flight. It is ideal to carry a bottle of water for your kid as we can’t expect good quality of water in flight and also we don’t want to mess up with different water and end up in sickness until we reach the destination. I always carry boiled water for my daughter like most Indian do. If your baby drinks milk, carry that as it is helpful for takeoff and landing. Bottle foods are big no no for me, hence I carried homemade food and snacks from home. Certain homemade food and healthy snacks which are ideal to be carried for one-year-old are as follows,

  • a banana
  • Boiled mashed sweet potato
  • Dal rice (Indian dish for babies) (if you are traveling in meal time)
  • Finger fruits like grapes, apple cut into pieces, pomegranate etc.,
  • Raisins
  • Nuts
  • Lollipops
  • Cheese strings
  • Biscuits or crackers
  • baby carrots
  • pasta

These are the foods can be carried. Food I took not only filled my cutie pie’s tummy but also mama’s tummy.

Keep hydrated and get some food in your belly. I know we moms will sometimes forget us as we are always focused on our kids. Just stay hydrated as much as possible. We can be in zen mode only when our body is hydrated and energised with some food otherwise our mommy monsters may come out. You may need super energy to keep up with your kid, so eat some snacks and stay energised. Pack some extra snacks for your baby so that you can eat too. Don’t make your taste buds work more when you eat airlines lunch. Finish everything provided for lunch as it’s gonna help for sure when your kids extreme energy or over tiredness kicks in no time and you need that super power to manage them.

Prepare for landing. Landing will upset most of the kids than takeoff. Get ready before you land. Don’t give any water or milk one hour before landing as there are chances for them to refuse while landing and end up in eat pain or tummy pain. Make them drink or suck something while landing which prevent their ear from popping. Lollipops will help sometimes. Distract them as much as possible. Make that cheerful mommy come out even though you are fully exhausted. Play their favourite game and sing their favourite rhymes. Giggling will make them divert totally or make them less sick. If possible make them sleep (that occurs very rare). If nothing helps just let them cry it out, keep calm and don’t stress yourself. Crying out is sometimes better as it may help in relieving from ear plugs so, don’t freak out. If you stress, the situation will go worse. Most of the co-passengers will understand and if someone reacts just ignore them.

I hope this blog help you guys. Don’t over think, just go ahead and face it. Your baby will understand you more than anyone else. They will make us smile and laugh most of the time in flight when we are stressed and tired. Most terrified flight journey will go smooth. Take it as it goes with little preparation. Happy journey dear moms.

Checklist I made for my travel (it may help some)

  • Diaper
  • Wipes
  • Formula or expressed breast milk ( if you need)
  • Medication ( if your kid needs some)
  • Plastic bags for diaper disposal
  • Change of shirt for you and baby
  • Spare pants for baby
  • Pj’s ( if it’s a night flight)
  • Sweater (in case of chilly in flight)
  • Your baby’s favorite blanket
  • Sleep toy (if your baby has one)
  • Passports and documents
  • emergency contact numbers (written)
  • Immunisation medical record for your baby
  • Bottle of water
  • Sippy cup empty (for water or milk if your kid doesn’t take bottles)
  • Food (listed above)
  • Baby spoon
  • Toys
  • Books
  • Baby rhymes playlist in iPad or mobile phone
  • Stickers
  • Crayons and colouring book
  • Cotton plug for ears in case
  • Socks
  • Candy or lollipop.
  • nasal drops (in case of stuffy nose or congestion).