I remember the first time when B got constipated. He was less than 2 months then and hadn’t had a bowel movement since more than a week. Doctors say its normal for exclusively breastfed babies to not poo for upto 12 days. Sounds crazy in the adult world but apparently its normal in babies. Hmmm…

Breastfed babies are rarely constipated as breast milk is almost 100% completely digested and utilized by baby’s growing body. Breast milk leaves little “leftovers” to cause constipation. Many breastfed babies do have infrequent bowel movements however this does not mean that they are constipated.

What causes constipation in babies? The common reasons are:

1. Introducing solid foods in the infant’s diet

2. Diets low in fiber (i think this was the cause for B’s constipation..my diet!)

3. Diets of excessive dairy products

4. Foods such as bananas, breads, cereals, pasta, white potatoes also cause constipation

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How to treat constipation in babies?

There are many things you can do to help relieve baby’s constipation. You can change baby’s feeding pattern and/or engage in some physical exercises.

Tummy Massage – Gently massage and rub baby’s tummy in a clockwise direction.  Place your hands at baby’s navel and massage in a circular motion, moving your hand(s) out and away from the center of baby’s belly.

Bicycle Legs – Place your baby on her back and lightly hold her legs in a half-bent position.  Gently begin to move your baby’s legs as if she is riding a bicycle.  Alternate “Bicycle Legs” with Tummy Massage. “Bicycle Legs” also help to relieve a baby who is gassy or colicky. This is the most common exercise i made B do then, after every diaper change!

A Warm Bath – Some medical professionals suggest giving your constipated baby a warm bath.  The thought is that this may help relax baby and “get things moving” again.  Give a tummy massage as you are drying baby.

Diluted fruit juice – 2 ounces of diluted prune or apple juice twice daily for babies under 4 months.

Change the food diet – For babies 4 months+, try adding more fibre in their diet. Try strained foods such as plums, prunes, apricots, peaches, pears,  peas, spinach. For older babies, add barley or oatmeal cereals too!

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i had never made oatmeal cookies. for that matter i dont think i had even tasted them before. until last weekend. i was actually searching for healthy snack ideas for B and found this. super healthy, super yum, for both kids and adults.

A must try! Highly recommend it!

Recipe courtesy Ina Garten.

Untitled-27Ingredients

1 ½ cups pecans (i used roughly grounded almonds and walnuts)

½ pound unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed

1 cup granulated sugar

2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla essence

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon kosher salt

3 cups old-fashioned oatmeal

1 ½ cups raisins

Method

Untitled-251. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Place the pecans on a sheet pan and bake for 5 minutes, until crisp. Set aside to cool. Chop very coarsely.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, add the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla.

4. Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together into a medium bowl. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Add the oats, raisins, and pecans (in my case, almonds and walnuts) and mix just until combined.Untitled-28

Untitled-295. Using a small ice-cream scoop, drop mounds of dough onto sheet pans lined with parchment paper. Flatten slightly with a damp hand. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned. Transfer the cookies to a baking rack and cool completely.

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Have you tried.. i mean has your wee one tried..the new BabyLove nappy and nappy pants? its a new Australian brand, recently started its market in New Zealand. they are giving out free DRIwave nappy samples so i signed up for it. just got them in the mail last week. there are a couple of points about these nappies that i liked.

the main issue i have with nappies is the rashes it causes. B has had a few bad occasions of nappy rash. hence the first thing i look for in a nappy is the elastic. these nappies have a very soft yet stretchy elastic on both sides, so it does not cause rashes on the skin, even when the nappy is full.  so even if i forget to apply nappy rash cream, its fine. For the whole night!! i know yea!

when i removed the nappy from the envelope, i was tricked by the size of it! it looked smaller than B’s current nappy, although it was the same size. But it fit him so nice and snuggly. also the top cover of the nappy is real soft.

they also have nappy pants for toddlers and walkers and this is what i am interested in. B hates being pinned down for nappy change and i am now looking out for nappy pants for him. sadly BabyLove is not sending out sample for nappy pants. Would love to have a trial of these. nappy pants are more pricey than normal nappies (of any brand) so a trial would be awesome BabyLove!!

Since a year we have been hearing so much about this Urban Style, Indian restaurant, offering Bombay style food, but somehow never got the chance to try it out. So this weekend we finally landed at Urban Turban, located at the picturesque waterfront in Wynyard Quarters, Auckland. And on Saturday we regretted not going here before!

We were greeted by the friendly staff there, and we instantly knew we were in for a wonderful evening. The ambience, dim lighting and cozy warmth from the outdoor heaters made us super comfy. Their menu consists of only one laminated page, printed front and back. but honestly i prefer a short menu instead of the typical pages and pages of options which just leaves one confused as to what to order. Although they’ve got some great dishes on their menu, for a contemporary dining place, i think its a tad bit over priced. But i guess for once in a while, its worth the authentic street cuisine they serve.

IMG_5717Since i am still going through my ‘prawn phase’, i just had to order their classic Garlic Prawns for the entrées. Chef’s Special Roasted Chicken Tikka with Cumin Rice and Hot 6 Chicken with Indian Fried Rice were our mains. A special mention about Hot 6 Chicken – Its spicy! its has a rating of 3 chillis. but its worth a try for sure. Our dessert was Choc Samosa. 2 Warm choc filled samosas served with 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, drizzled with choc sauce! Yummy! sadly i was expecting a tad bit larger sized samosas than the cocktail sizes. But a very different dessert and glad we tried it.

IMG_5716On the whole, perfect blend and aroma of spices, portion sizes could increase, friendly and helpful staff, great ambience and great variety of dishes on the menu! A must try!

Vegetable Fritters are an easy and delicious way to make vegetables appealing to those fussy eaters! Hide heaps of veggies in these fritters and you will have empty plates every time! A great after-school snack for toddlers. This is one of the best ways to get B eat his potatoes!

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Ingredients

¼ cup flour

1 egg

2 tbsp milk

¼ cup grated cheese

¼ cup chopped & cooked/boiled veggies (grated carrots, potatoes, peas, corn, broccoli finely chopped..pretty much all the veggies in the fridge)

2 tbsp chili sauce (or a sauce of your choice for seasoning)

butter or oil for cooking

Method

1. Beat together flour (you can also use the pancake mix you get in supermarkets. i used Edmonds Brand) and egg with two tablespoons of milk, until it is a reasonably thick, smooth batter (add a little more add milk if necessary).

2. Add cheese and veggies to mixture, combine well. Add your choice of sauce or seasonings.

3. Heat oil or butter in mid-heat frypan. Drop tablespoon-lots of fritter mix into pan.

4. Flip over fritters when bubbles appear on top and bottom is golden.