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WHO AM I? Rebranded

Who am I? Rebranded. MrsChettyLife is (to be) an all resourceful blog especially for the first time mother about surviving motherhood: Tried and True tips, hacks and tricks from a mother and other moms to make motherhood a knotch easier and fun for everyone.

Natasha Chetty is the woman behind the blog: MrsChettyLife. I am just a mother like you, winging it in this mom world. I enjoy discovering myself as a mother, woman and wife. Who am I? Rebranded.

That’s me. 😊

After months of blogging, its time to reintroduce myself:

MrsChettyLife rebranded

I am here to enrich the livelihood of moms through blogging about motherhood. MrsChettyLife was born when my son was born. I kept a pregnancy journal when I was pregnant. My passion for writing inspired it.

As I was pregnant 🤰 and then my son was born, I would Google online to find hacks, tips and tricks to help me on my motherhood journey (I still Google alot).

MrsChettyLife

What is your name?

Natasha Chetty

What is your blog about?

My blog is about surviving mom hood (motherhood): tips, mom hacks and tricks. It is all about reaching out to mothers, connecting with them and sharing experiences.

I would love to be a useful source to mothers in all stages of motherhood from pregnancy.

  • A mother’s lifestyle: organization, stay at home life, work at home life, random posts
  • Self-care and inspirational quotes for moms
  • Essential oils (natural living)
  • All about baby; teething, baby weaning, pregnancy, newborn, toddler life
  • Marriage life

What is your location?

I reside in Johannesburg, South Africa. 🇿🇦

How old are you?

25

Coffee or tea?

Rooibos Tea please, does hot chocolate count? and lots of chocolates and cookies.

What do you do? Who am I? Rebranded.

I am a stay at home mom leaning towards living naturally who blogs and loves photography.

What is your child’s name?

Nathaniel Mapalo means (God has given a Blessing).

my son and i

How old is he?

Born in 2018.

What is your status?

Married 💍

What are your Interests?

  • blogging
  • photography
  • music
  • nature
  • DIY
  • Essential oils
  • organization

What makes you different?

I believe we learn as we grow. We develop through experience, ours and others. Through connection and interaction.

I don’t know it all and I don’t pretend to, that’s why I am constantly updating, growing and researching for new ideas and I prefer being authentic.

Where can we find you on Social media? 🤩

Pinterest

Instagram

LinkedIn

Facebook

Twitter

Are you an Introvert or extrovert?

I am an introvert. I’d rather spend my day curled up indoors with a hot chocolate and reading a book or watching a movie with my son.

What keeps you going?

Hope, faith and love keep me going. I hope for a good and better tomorrow, I have faith that things will work out and I love my son, my husband, my blog, myself and people. These things keep me going. Writing is my outlet.

What is your blog URL?

www.mrschettylifestyle.co.za

What is the inspiration behind your blog?

I always loved to write and keep an online diary. With a baby I can’t always write in a book, so I type on my phone or online journal.

I began this blog when my son was born to originally write letters to him. It turned out to be a mom lifestyle blog.

Surviving motherhood:Tips, Hacks and Tricks.
#allthingsbaby #stayathomemom #mother #greenliving #essentialoils #Marriage #allthingsmomlife

What are the colors and fonts for your blog?

Pink 🍭 is my favorite color,

white 🗯️,

black🖤 is my other favorite color,

blue 💙and

green 💚 for freshness and eco-living.

What apps do you use for your blog?

  • Canva
  • WordPress
  • Adobe Spark

Who is your Target market / audience?

Moms, stay at home moms (sahm), first time moms (ftm), married couples looking to spice up their marital life, and natural living moms. Ages between 25 to 44, all around the world.

What are your goals?

-To write a post every week, Tuesdays after 3pm

-Engaging on social media every day

-Connecting on social media

-Sharing on household organization and cleaning

-Developing and growing my marriage

-To be present for my baby and husband

-As a side gig

-Learning all about essential oils and develop a natural living lifestyle.

What are your wants and needs? Who am I? Rebranded
  • money
  • Natural living
  • motivation
  • a brand kit
  • a solid blogging system
  • a solid cleaning and home organization system
  • some structure
  • my work desk
  • a helper

What will readers expect from you?

  1. Honesty and authentication
  2. simplicity
  3. non-judgments
  4. a friend
  5. a source of information
  6. freebies
  7. a post every week
  8. I won’t overburden you with something I am selling.

Why do you blog?

MrsChettyLife

Writing keeps me sane. I am an overthinker and get 3am morning ideas when I can’t sleep. I love to write.

A gratitude journal helps me to highlight one thing to be grateful for every day. Blogging keeps my hands and head busy. Blog to share my experiences and hopefully help someone who knows less than I do in that certain area.

I believe everyone has something valuable to say, why not say it in a blog? This blog, MrsChettyLife, as a matter of fact, is all about exploring, sharing, connecting, discovering and learning momlife.

What is important to you?
  • First time moms
  • My son
  • Sahms
  • My marriage
  • My sanity
  • Writing and blogging
  • Organizing my house
  • Nature
  • Birds
  • natural living

What inspires you?

  • Nature
  • Other people’s blogs
  • My son
  • Google
  • Motivational quotes
  • I always look for something good in a situation or someone
  • Positive thinking
  • Downfalls
  • A good photograph
  • The cross tattoo on my wrist
  • Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder
  • My faith
  • Accepting everyone as different and unique

What is your moto?

Surviving motherhood:Tried and True tips, hacks and tricks.

  1. “It is only for a season.”
  2. “Enjoy today, it will never come back.”
  3. “Don’t give up!”
  4. “You are doing good, mom.”
  5. “Smile.”
  6. “Enriching the livelihood of moms by blogging about motherhood.”

What type of mom are you? Who am I? Rebranded.

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I am a loving, calm, all in, hands-on super mom who forgives herself when I make a mom fail and I cut myself some slack.

No mom is perfect. I embrace the good and bad. I don’t know it all and I’m constantly researching and learning.

What are the other blogs you recommend?

Merely Meadows

Ordinarily Extraordinary Mom

PS Download my freebie

In conclusion, follow my blog and social media accounts to get to know more about MrsChettyLife. Who am i? Rebranded https://mrschettylifestyle.co.za/contact-us/

Cheers happy mothering, MrsChettyLife.

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Ants

Ants: Natural home remedies to get rid of ants.
It is summer 🌞 here in South Africa. This means that the pests are out of their homes and looking for food to store for the winter. One common household pest are Odorous House Ants 🐜.

The ants 🐜 go marching one by one hoorah hoorah. They may not be so hoorah for us though.

Why are ants in my home?

Ants are stubborn organized soldiers and are numerous in number. They require fats, proteins, carbohydrates, water 💦 and shelter for their survival. Basically sugar🍥 and grease attracts them.
Ants have a good sense of smell and follow food pieces. They leave a chemical trail as they go for other ants to follow.

Common hideouts for ants in the home are in the kitchen, cracks in the walls, spaces between the tiles.
Ants hide in the bathroom, bedrooms, behind furniture in living room, behind washing machines, basement and air conditioning.

How to get rid of them:

Don’t just kill the ants you see and be happy 😊about it. Their friends will show up soon, you’ll see. Every tiny bit counts.
The first thing you should do when it comes to an ant infestation is to find their home.
They may nest underground, in trees or along the wall. This is usually represented by sand mounted up like a hill with two small holes on the top.

Bird on top of ant house

Cleaning:
Keeping your house clean, mopping floors, wiping dashboards and spills. Yes, that’s one way of getting rid of ants 🐜.
Being a mother to a toddler he drops tiny little pieces of food in the weirdest corner and I never notice it. Until those ants show up.
Vacuum your house often, trying your best to reach the small unreachable corners.
Storing left over food in Airtight containers and locked away in the fridge.

Ants hate strong smells. Therefore, using things like essential oils and spices will make them never to cross that bridge again.
Be sure to cover up cracks in your walls and tiles. Fix leaks in your kitchen, bathrooms and your whole house.
When you notice the entry spot of ants into your home cover it up. You may also soak a cotton ball or bud in essential oils and put it right on the opening.
Wash your pet food bowls after use.
Lastly, empty your trash cans everyday.

Essential oils and spices

  • Ants 🐜 hate
  • Peppermint Clove
  • Tea tree
  • Eucalyptus
  • Sage
  • Cinnamon
  • Rosemary
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Lavender
  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Black pepper
  • Camphor
  • Citronella
  • Neem
  • Fir needle
  • Bay leaves
  • Mint

Blends for ant sprays:

Recipe 1:
¼ cup distilled water
2/4 cup vinegar
15 drops clove essential oil
15 drops Tea tree E.O
In a spray bottle

Recipe 2:
Essential oils: Peppermint and tea tree 20 drops each, 5 drops Lemon 🍋 and 5 drops Wild orange or Grapefruit, 3 drops Clove to ½ cup vodka and ½ cup distilled water 💦.

Recipe 3:
1 cup vinegar or alcohol
40 drops Peppermint
20 drops Lemon
Mixed in a spray bottle.
You may mix any essential oils and add the mentioned herbs as well. Or Sprinkle Epsom salts with essential oils. Oils with strong smells will deter them away.

Other household substances to use:

Citrus peels: Lemon, orange peels you may put these at the door of their home.
Lemon juice
Baby powder with talcum in it (I tried this and my house was white. Lol. The powder messed my carpets.)
Coffee beans
Boric acid
Cornmeal
Vinegar
Garlic
Vaseline
Chalk
Dish washing liquid / castile soap
Vodka
Salt / Epsom salt
Cream of wheat
Cucumber 🥒 and peels
Baking soda and sugar paste
Borax
Flour
Light some Candles
Ceiling Fan or any other fan
Diatomaceous Earth is a nontoxic food grade. It is great at getting rid of ants while being safe for humans and pets.

Safety:

Please advice all people using your home what the substances you are using are. And they should stay away from them.
Also keep out of reach of pets and children. Place baits in hidden places where children and pets can’t reach them. Crawl on your knees and view the world like they do.

Please do not use hazardous chemicals and pesticides to get rid of pests. They are harmful to the environment, to you and your family.
Contact poison control in case of accidental inhalation.

Disclaimer: I provide personal opinions, resources, tools and my experiences with essential oils. The writings on this site have not been evaluated by the FDA.

They are therefore, not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, nor prevent any disease. I am not a registered physician. Please discuss your health concerns with your pediatrician or doctor.

In conclusion: you may use any of these as baits for ants in the home. Remember to get to the source and attack from there. 😉

More 📖 knowledge from MrsChettyLife: https://mrschettylifestyle.co.za/child-safety/


Sources:

Read about diatomaceous earth here: https://www.essentialhomeandgarden.com/diatomaceous-earth-ants/

https://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheet/less-toxic-insecticides/

http://npic.orst.edu/pest/ant.html

https://articles.extension.org/pages/74638/odorous-house-ants

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SA Candle Supply

SA Candle Supply is a company that supplies everything you need for candle making. This includes fragrances, waxes, wicks, dyes and candle containers and much more.

They supply to wholesalers and private people. This post is in collaboration with SA Candle Supply.

Other than this, they provide educational courses on how to make candles. There is a beginner course and an advanced course.

I was privileged to be part of the beginners’ course by SA Candle Supply. Everything was provided for the course.

SA Candle Supply: Ingredients:

They supplied:

Fragrances

Containers and lids for Diffusers

Reeds for diffusers

Diffuser oil

Pipettes

Pouring jars

Soy wax

Candle containers

Wooden mixing spoons

Popsicle sticks to hold the wicks in place

Infrared thermometer

Candle wicks

Pouring jars

Dye for candles

Soap molds for extra candles

The course commenced with two friendly women teaching us step by step on how to make candles.

Candle wicks:

Candle wicks

How to choose the right wicks for your jar. What type of ranges of wicks they have on their website: https://sacandlesupply.co.za/

It is important to use the right wick size for your jar right from the beginning. We used STB14 and V14 for the nova jar. STB18 for the Leda jar. And two STB14 for the Luna. We learnt how to keep candle wicks in place using Popsicle sticks.

Jars:

SA Candle: candle jars and diffusers

An explanation on what jars to use for your candle making was given. We were given three jars (classic jars: nova white, Leda and Luna clear) and in different sizes and colors.

Emphasis on the bottom being a thick base and thick sides of the jars should be considered. So that we don’t have exploding jars when candles are lit.

Our next topic was on Fragrance oils:

Fragrance oils

SA Candle Supply has a great range of fragrance oils including essential oils and fine (top range perfumes) fragrance oils.

I used Ylang Ylang and rose fragrance. Because I love roses and flowers. It smells completely divine.

Soy wax:

Soy wax

We used soy wax because it is vegan, eco-friendly, natural and safe (where as paraffin contains toxic fumes). Being a mother, I strive to look for natural nontoxic materials for my household. Candles should be one of them.

They explained why soy wax is the better option compared to beeswax. Save the bees 🐝 please. Learning how to melt soy wax. Using a double boiler too. They have various quality equipment you can use for melting.

What temperatures are needed to pour soy wax for candle making. How to read the temperature with the infrared thermometer.

SA Candle: infrared thermometer

Infrared thermometers measure steam. You may download testing sheets on the website. After pouring the soy wax into the jars, We mixed in the fragrance oils with a wooden spoon (stick).

We poured the oil into the candle containers (step 1). Leaving a little space on the top for candle pouring step 2. We let the oil cool and took a tea break.

Essential oils:

After our break our host explained on using essential oils in candle making. As well as how to choose the best oils by smell and price.

Essential oils must be added to a carrier oil such as vegetable oils and or butters such as coconut oil and Shea butter. Mixing Shea butter, adding essential oils and lastly adding to soy wax.

Color pods

We learnt how to use concentrated color pods to color or dye candles. Remembering to add the color pods before adding the fragrance. We were advised on how to tell the difference between soy wax and paraffin candles.

We then added step 2 of candle pouring when the candle in the jars had hardened. Allowing the candle to harden further to a day and a half before use. A nail clipper is used to cut the candle wicks to desired sizes.

Diffusing:
Diffuser: SA Candle Supply

We used the Iris, Arum clear and Arum white jars. All found on their website. When making Diffusers, pour the fragrance oil first then pour your diffuser oil and seal.

SA Candle Supply make their own wonderful diffuser oil. We placed 8 diffuser sticks in each jar when we got home.

According to our host: the Diffusers last about 3 to 6 months and reeds should be turned every 4 to 5 days. Brush reeds with a piece of cloth before turning. And change your sticks when they turn yellowish.

Facial wipes

We had fun making facial wipes in a glass jar using cotton rounds, castile soap or unscented face soap, distilled water, coconut oil and essential oils. Easy to make but wonderful for cleaning, cleansing and toning.

And the last thing, we got to carry home was the handmade lip balms using Shea butter, coconut wax, soy wax and essential oils.

Safety:

Oil for Diffusers contains alcohol which should not be inhaled. It is also corrosive and may burn some materials. They should be kept in a safe place, high place as well as Diffusers away from pets and children.

Candles are hot and flammable. Should be kept away from open fires, children and pets.

SA Candle Supply

Be extra careful when handling hot melted wax. It is HOT. Remember to protect your working place by putting newspapers.

Also follow the exact melting points and measurements as explained on their website. Or you can ask them. Better yet, take one if the informative courses.

Staff:

Each step was demonstrated then they walked around to help us and show us how to do it. The website is very informative. Which has a detailed description (including mm on jars) and explanation on each of their products.

The staff at SA Candle Supply are friendly and hands on. If you have questions, each was answered thoughtfully.

They are on call and mentioned that they were available if you needed any help during your candle making. Even after the course was over.

While being knowledgeable and have true and tried hacks to make things easier for you.

For precise measurements and all questions you may have, contact SA Candle Supply on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SAcandlesupply/ and for all your candle making needs on the website: https://sacandlesupply.co.za/

Diffuser base oil
In conclusion:

SA Candle Supply is an all-inclusive website that teaches and supplies everything you need for candle making on a small scale and wholesale.

I have fallen in love with candle making thanks to candle making course I attended. Check them out on the website: https://www.sacandlesupply.co.za

More 📖 knowledge from MrsChettyLife: http://www.mrschettylifestyle.co.za/essentials-for-essential-oils

Cheers, happy mothering, MrsChettyLife 😊.

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Road trip survival hacks

Road trip survival hacks with a toddler (1 to 3 year olds) for long hours and internationally.
We have an upcoming trip to Zambia this December. Therefore, Being the planner mom I am, I have prepared an essential packing list on how to make our road trip with a toddler much easier and essential road trip survival hacks to keep you sane.

Road trip survival hacks

Road trip survival hacks Essentials:

I would suggest you carry waist bags that you wrap around your waist so that you keep these essentials always on hand and close to you. You may also put the car keys in this bag.
Passports.
Travel documents.
ID’s.
Birth certificate and extra copies.
Child immunization records.
Drivers License.
Emergency contact person details
Spare cash for toll gates and coins for paid toilets (yes that’s a thing in some countries).
Accommodation necessities.
Phone, charger, headsets, power bank.
House keys.
Black Pen for filling in forms at the boarders.
Spectacles (reading glasses 👓)
Write down your vehicle registration number as well. Incase it’s a new car or a loan vehicle.
Vehicle registration papers under drivers name. (loan vehicles: assigned letter from owner, copy of owners ID and police vehicle clearance letter).
Pocket tissues or wipes
Hand sanitizer in a zip lock bag.

What to pack for adult passengers:

Packing checklist

Clothes and shoes
Personal Toiletries and grooming
Chargers, adapters, phones
Airtime, data and place your phone on roaming before leaving.
Hand sanitizer
Camera 📸 and selfie stick.

Packing list for toddler:

Diapers
Bum cream
Aqueous cream or lotion you use
Bath wash, bath scrubs and shampoo
Baby oil
Toothbrush and tooth paste
Warm clothes: sweaters, pyjamas, trousers, long sleeve inner vests
Sunhats, sunglasses 😎 and sunscreen
Swimwear
Summer clothes: short sleeve inner vests, shorts, t-shirts, underwear
Bibs
Eating utensils: bowls and spoons
Baby food and formula
Bottles and sippy cups
Washing powder you use for their clothes
Comb and nail clippers
Slippers, sandals, shoes, socks
Swaddles, blankets
Sling or carrier
Hooded towels

Carry on luggage:

Opt for quiet and busy entertainment as your road trip survival hacks.
For adults:
Doodling books, journals, 📖 anti stress coloring books, pencil crayons, music pod, podcasts, headphones, audio books, novels, neck pillows and anything personalized.
Spare clothes: 1 vest, 1 warm jacket, socks and extra shirt and or yoga pants. The point is you may get spills on you and it’s a great idea to carry any extra set of clothes for you. And if your trip is too long a refreshing change of clothes will be ideal if you will be meeting people at your destination. Remember you will be hugging people. 😉.

For toddler:
Bum cream, wipes, diapers
Extra clothes, bibs
Changing mat
Baby carrier
Potty: if potty training I learnt this hack to add a diaper over your potty, so that you won’t have to clean it. Especially when traveling.
Scented Diaper disposable bags
Comfort toys (lovey)
Pillows, blankets
Garbage bags, empty plastic bags for soiled clothes.
Small bucket for nausea
Water and juice
Kids headphones

Travel Snacks for everyone:

• Dried fruits
• Non mashable fruits
• Nuts (if your child is not allergic)
• Crackers
• Raisins
• Pretzels
• Yogurts
• Biscuits and cookies 🍪
• Berries and grapes 🍇
• Energy bars for adults
• Boiled eggs
• Strawberries
• Cubed ham and polony
• Chicken
• Finger veggies
• Popcorn
• Muffins
• Small 🥪 sandwiches
• Carrots
• Peas
• Different colored Cereal
• Simba Chips
• Apple and pear slices
• Squeezable Food pouches for toddler (if you like, you may use empty food pouches and add your home made baby food).

Travel snacks

Eating utensils: paper plates, cups and wooden spoons, forks, tooth picks and knives.
Insulated thermo cups to keep baby food and drinks warm or cold.
Non spill Sippy cups: (pour in juice and water in advance (before the trip).
Tissues, wipes, swaddle blankets, cloth nappies and hand sanitizer for spills.
Lunch bags or cooler boxes for keeping food and snacks cool.
Calming spray mist: lavender essential oil, Roman Chamomile and bergamot essential oil or your favorite blends.
Keep these items in an easy to reach place during your road trip.

Emergency First Aid Traveling kit:
Travel first aid kit

Re-hydration salts
Nausea and motion sickness
Bandaids / plasters
Calamine lotion for diaper rashes
Flu and colds meds
Lavender essential oil for unopen wounds and calming.
Crepe Bandages with pins
Gloves
Sunscreen
Surgical tape
Thermometer
Cooling pack
Cotton buds
Saline nasal spray and nasal aspirators
Antiseptic lotion
Teething gel
Scissors
Tweezers
Insect repellant
Pain killers (Calpol Tylenol, or panadol)
Allergex for allergies / Benadryl
Personal medicine
Constipation meds
Diarrhea meds
Antihistamine cream
Flash light charged or with extra batteries.

Getting your car ready:

Take your vehicle in for a service before traveling. Be sure to check filters, tires and brake pads. These are essential for your road trip survival hacks.
Car sunshades for your windows.
Ensuring that the doors and windows on child lock.
Seatbelts for safety.
Keep Jumpstart ears, reflector vests and triangles.
Updated license disc.
Spare tire and changing kit
Extra car oil and water
Fill your fuel tank before you leave.
Check tire pressure and fill air.

Apps:

Pre-downloaded apps for toddler :
http://www.kidloland.com

http://www.education.com

http://www.daveandava.com (cartoon apps that your toddler loves)

Any specialized apps for you.

Games and activities
Games and entertainment:

I-Spy
Favorite YouTube videos (downloaded offline). I have the YouTube Kids app on my phone for my son.
App games
Spot the difference
Silent game
Peekaboo

DIY activity kit:
• Coloring books
• Reading books
• Crayons
• Stickers
• Sealed rice bottle for shaking.
• Remote control
• Fidget spinner and rubiks cube
• A lock 🔒
• Spare phone 📱 / tablet (to spare the battery on your phone) / landlines 📠
• Magnetic toys /fridge magnets and metal tray
• Dinosaurs
• A small bell
• Colored pegs
• Post it notes
• Flash cards
• Stacking spoons
• Baby toy calculator 📟
• Empty bottles and lids to close
• Straw cleaners
• Rice in a bottle

More things in your DIY kit:
• Cars 🚗
• Glow sticks
• Small balls ⚽
• Pompoms
• Stacking cups and blocks
• Colored Icecream / Popsicle sticks
• Clip board
• Wallet with cards or pictures
• Glitter in Glycerine in a sealed bottle or resealable (zip lock) bag.
• Paper craft
• Board with different types of fabric
• Cards and a mini Pringles box with a snip on the top of the lid to drop cards in
• Color in papers
• Ziplock bags to make sensory bags
• Finger puppets
• Earbuds and a thoroughly clean spice bottle
• Put balls in an empty tissue box
You may put these in various bags and surprise them during the trip as road trip goodie bags. Pinterest has a lot of ideas on what to make to keep a toddler busy (busy box).

Clever road trip survival hacks:

Avoid sugary drinks, chocolate and food that give toddlers a hype.
If you are carrying cash and cards. Put them in different bags or pockets. Incase one gets lost or stolen you have extra stashed away. Some places won’t allow you into the country with too much or too little cash. Find out the rules on this beforehand.


Wrap plastic / cling wrap on bottles before you close the lid.
Take your child for vaccinations, immunization are up to date and others: antimalaria pills. Visit your pediatrician before travel.
A travel company is a great source of information. They can inform you about small things you wouldn’t know unless you stay in that country.

Carry 3 outfits per day for toddler.

Road trip

One way of budgeting is to store some money in a card you don’t usually use and leave it in a safe place at home. So that you are not completely empty after your holiday.
It is also a great idea to pay two months rent in advance. So that you won’t have to worry about rent after your holiday.

Wear dark, lightweight, comfortable clothes, shoes and laid back hair.
Swaddle blankets and cotton nappies are great absorbers. They are also good in place of hot blankets when the whether is in between.
Patience and tolerance will keep you going.
Be prepared to sit in the back seat.
Taking turns with driver.

Road trip survival hacks

Ziplock bags for food and bottles of toiletries to keep from spills.
Check weather app for destination before packing.
Be 📦 present in the moment and enjoy your ride. Your children pick up on your vibes.
Start your trip with toys and games, use electronics only later during the trip when toddler is fussy and tired.
Avoid giving your toddler too much to drink.
Stop for a stretch. When you stop for fuel, get everyone out of the car.
Distract from tears by playing games and singing songs.
Sing toddlers favorite songs and play chilled music.

Remember to carry your packing list so that you don’t forget anything on your way back. And when you take something out, put it back on the bags. Don’t leave your personal things everywhere. Lock them up if possible.
Rest well before your trip.
Keep hand sanitizer and tissues in all bags, accidental spills won’t wait for you. And some toilets won’t store these.
Have a full meal an hour before driving.
Leave enough leg room.
Do a quick car tidy up at stops.
Be alert and safe, especially at stops, you never know who may be watching you.

Your take home:
• Firstly, Keep these important road trip essentials close to you with a waist bag strapped around you at all times.
• Packing list for adults and toodlers.
• What to keep in your car during the road trip.
• Apps and games to keep your toddler and you busy.
• This handy list of what needs to be in your Emergency first aid travel kit.
• How to prepare your car for a long road trip.
• And lastly, road trip survival hacks.
Read more from MrsChettyLife: http://www.mrschettylifestyle.co.za/child-safety/

Sources:
http://www.parents.com
http://www.babycenter.com
http://www.mother.ly
http://www.whattoexpect.com
• Pinterest

Posted in General lifestyle, Motherhood

Child safety

I did a first aid course and was awarded First Aid certification level 1. We concentrated on first aid for babies, young children and child safety in general. Being a mom to a young boy.

On a personal note: Thank you, Jeanette, I wouldn’t have this without you.

Emergency contact list

Emergency contact list

Be sure to have ready information (emergency contact sheet) on your fridge door about you. Incase you are unable to give information during emergencies, someone else can do it for you.
Parents Name and information
Childs name and information
Street address
Nearest main roads
Telephone number
Emergency contact person details (husband or your parents or trusted friend)
Allergy list and other important medical information eg health conditions, current medication.
Contact Numbers for:
• Nearest Police station
• Fire department
• Poison control
• Doctor information
• Dentist
• Medical aid contact information
Your free download is at the bottom of the page. 👇

General Child safety precautions

Child safety

Important child safety precautions:
Keep chargers, batteries and all cables hidden away and unplugged. Avoid leaving hanging cables within reach as these may cause choking.
Keep toilet seat down and bathroom door closed at all times.
Medications and personal care substances should be keep away from the reach of children.
Keep your hang bag locked away. Your hang bag has lots of small substances (medication, coins, buttons, pins, sanitizer, balloons, hard candy etc) that can be harmful to your child. I wrote about this here.

Keep your harsh chemicals and cleaning agents on high selves with no access to climb. Or use Cupboard door locks. Teach your child harsh chemicals sign usually shown by the skull for poison and X for do not drink.
Tie and lock garbage cans and plastic 🥫.
Don’t leave your child (especially babies and toddlers) unattended on a high position such as couch, bed, changing and feeding table.

Use hairspray or essential oils spray for insects. Keep on higher shelves after use.
Teach your child from a young age what is dangerous and safe. Teach them the word ‘No’ as early as possible.
Avoid table cloths as these lead to accidents.
Keep your child away from the stove. Turn pot handles away from you. Pot handles should face the stove switch (inwards) so that your baby doesn’t topple hot food over.

Make sure to fix all unsteady and broken furniture including furniture with sharp edges. Keep furniture away from the crib and stove.
All yard items and the garage door should be locked. Put chemicals on high shelves and occasionally check your garage door sensor.
My son at 16 months already knows to move away from a car, stop 🛑 and wait for it to pass by. Teach basic road safety.
Pet food should also be kept away from your child.

Child safety tips


Always keep a watchful eye on your child. Don’t leave them unattended.
Avoid walking around with hot cups of coffee or anything hot. Don’t hold hot substances above their heads.
Hot foods, drinks and adult beverages (alcohol) out of reach including electrical appliances (Kettle, steamers, curling iron, iron).

Be sure to wipe spills immediately.
Teach older siblings to dail emergency numbers during an emergency if you are unable to.
If you have pets, educate yourself on pet safety especially with young children.

Don’t allow your child to play around a pet that is feeding. A feeding pet may easily turn dangerous to protect their tummies.
Don’t keep fluffy pillows, blankets and lots of toys in your babies crib especially when they 😴 sleep. These lead to cot deaths (SIDS). Minimal is safer.

Follow age restrictions on toys. Small toys maybe a choking hazard to babies and young children.
Always check your babies bath water with your elbow before putting them in. I still have scars on my foot because the nanny left hot water in the bath. Start with cold water when running your bath.

Cover pool areas when not in use. Never leave unattended children near the pool area or buckets of water 💦. No matter how little water. A child can drown in as little as 2 inches of water.
Lock the door to the garden. The garden has lots of hazardous chemicals.

Keep coins, beads, magnets, sharp objects and small substances away from your child.
Keep ready ice packs in your freezer.
Practice self care so that you are in a perfect state to take care of your loved ones. Practice being present in the moment.

Warning signs

Don’t place your phone on charge under your pillow especially when sleeping.
Remember to pack away your mommy products and all sorts of tools after use.
Go for organic products. And unscented products for your baby to avoid allergic reactions. Avoid putting soap on your babies face. Water cleans just fine.

Teaching older siblings and everyone who takes care of your child on safety and safe play especially with small children around.
Remember to use all your senses, sight, smell, touch and intuition when it comes to child safety.
A prolonged high fever in babies is not good. Seek medical treatment.
Remember that a baby doesn’t make choking sounds. Look for cues and keep a watchful eye.
Invest in non slip bath mats.

It’s also important to write down the time of the beginning of an emergency.
Don’t rub substances on open wounds and burns unless advised by your doctor.
Cover electric outlets.
Household plants and plastic bags out of reach.
Install baby gates.
Keep glass cutlery on top drawers and plastic on the bottom drawers.

Warning Signs to watch for:

Rush to the emergency department if you notice any of these in your child:
• Bleeding
• Eyes rolling back
• Vomiting
• Fits
• Blurred vision
• Loss of balance
• Constant headaches

First Aid Kit
First aid kit

You need these in your First Aid Kit:
Wound cleaner (salt water)
Swabs for cleaning wound (gauze)
Forceps to remove splinters
Scissors
Triangular bandages
Roller bandages (different sizes)
Roll of elastic adhesive (different sizes)
Non – allergic adhesive strips
Packet of adhesive dressing strips
First aid dressings (different sizes)
Straight splints / magazines
Gloves
CPR Mouth piece
Large zip lock bag for amputations
Ring bandages
Burn shield 🛡
Space blanket
Epsom salt
Cling warp for open wounds
Ruler
Cohesive

Meds to add for child safety

Meds for personal use (be sure to check expiry dates before each use):
Allergex
Calamine lotion
Rehydrate for dehydration
Saline nasal spray
Eye wash
Panadol syrup / ibuprofen
Cough and flu meds
Activated charcoal for treatment of 80% of poison inhaled
Coconut oil for diaper rashes
Bicarbonate of soda for bee stings
Vinegar for wasp stings
You may get your first aid kit from Dischem or Clicks. Feel free to personalize your first aid box.

Teach child safety
Teach child safety

Fun ways to teach your child about safety
Educational songs and games.
Getting your child’s school to practice and teach child safety.
Awards like stickers and praise for practicing safety.
Make it fun and interesting.

Practice safety and your child will follow suit (they learn by watching you).
Add to your bedtime routine.
Educational apps on child safety.
Reprimand immediately if your child is doing something wrong.
Made up songs on safety.
Talk through while practicing safety. ‘I am closing the door so that you must not play with water in the toilet. It’s not safe for you.’
Don’t just say no, explain why that’s dangerous for them and Show them the right way to do things.

Child safety tips from other moms to read:
Baby proofing http://www.nurturingtamra.com/15-must-have-tips-for-baby-proofing-your-home
Safety essentials https://aflourishingrose.com/five-safety-essentials-for-infants-and-toddlers/


Download your free emergency contact sheet.

In conclusion:
When it comes to child safety, If you are unsure or at unease, contact your doctor. Trust your mom instinct, keep a watchful eye 👁‍🗨 and make use of your gained mom reflex. Better safe than sorry. Most importantly keep your first aid box in clear sight, updated and at hand. Add your Mom Hacks on Instagram.

Key learning points

Emergency contact list and information plus free download
• what to do when Baby proofing and child safety ideas
• Watch for these signs
• First aid kit for babies
• Teach your child to be safe
• Other moms advice

Educate yourself on poisonous plants here.

More from MrsChettyLife: https://mrschettylifestyle.co.za/essentials-for-essential-oils/

Cheers MrsChettyLife.
Disclaimer: I provide personal opinions, resources, tools and my experiences in life. The writings on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered physician. Therefore, Please discuss all your health concerns with your pediatrician or doctor.

Posted in Motherhood

ABC’s of KidloLand app

ABC’s of KidloLand app. ABC’s of KidloLand app contains an A to Z review of what you need to know and can find in the KidloLand app. This post is in conjunction with KidloLand.

KidloLand app has Nursery Rhymes, Learning Songs, activities, educational games, phonics, coloring, songs, music, puzzles, illustrations, skills, worksheets and creativity ideal for ages 1 to 8.

KidloLand Nursery Rhymes

are interactive which means that surprises come alive simply by tapping on screen. KidloLand app won Mom’s Choice Gold Award, Tillywig Brain Child Award amongst other awards.

A is for the ABC’s category, Ages 1 to 8 and Animal Kingdom.

B is for Bedtime, baby songs, Birds and blog (https://www.kidloland.com/blog/).

C is for Colors, Christmas and Chomping Monsters.

D is for Dinos, Downloads and Days of the week.

E is for Early Learning and educational app. ABC’s of KidloLand app.

F is for Flowers, Fruits and Flashcards.

G is grouped by ages.

H is for help (in app help).

I is for Insects.

J is for Jelly Surprise vehicles.

K is for KidloLand app and Kids.

L is for logging in, Life Skills and Languages (The app comes in English, Spanish and Portuguese).

M is for Musical Games, Magic Words, Months of the Year, My Downloads, monthly subscriptions and My First Rhymes.

N is for Nursery Rhymes, no ads and Numbers and Counting.

O is for Occupations and Places, Old Macdonald songs and Offline.

P is for Playlist, Parental Control and Popping Time plus Potty Time in the Life Skills category.

Q is for quality, quality songs and pictures.

R is for responsive app and Row your boat.

S is for Sports, Surprises, Settings, Stories and Shapes.

T is for timed Playlists.

U is for Underwater.

V is for Vehicles, volume control in settings and Vegetables. ABC’s of KidloLand app.

W is for Weather and Seasons and Wheels of the Bus.

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Be sure to follow @mrschettylife or @MrsChettyLife across social media for more #momhacks. More from MrsChettyLife: https://mrschettylifestyle.co.za/essential-oils-for-babies/

In conclusion: ABC’s of KidloLand app, if you need a complete educational program for kids aged 1 to 8, KidloLand app is the app for you. You may download on your Apple or Android device. They are on Instagram and across social media too @kidloland.

Posted in Green living with a touch of essential oils

Essential oils for babies

Essential oils should be used on babies who are 6 months and older. Although essential oils are beneficial to babies, a little goes a long way. Always dilute with a carrier oil. Educate yourself thoroughly on each use.

Essential oils to use on babies:

  • Roman chamomile: insomnia, fussiness
  • Lavender: calming, soothes diaper rash, teething, unopen wounds, scratches and bumps.
  • Frankincense
  • Dill: for gas
  • Mandarin: restful
  • Tea tree: as an antibiotic, eases thrush.
  • Blue Tansy
  • Cypress
  • Sandalwood (Australian)
  • Geranium Bourbon
  • Sweet Orange: uplifting mood
  • Yarrow (Blue): soothes diaper rash
  • Bergamot: relaxing, enhances sleep.
  • Cedarwood Atlas
  • Basil
  • Ginger
  • Helichrysum Italicum
  • Rose Otto
  • Carrotseed
  • Fir needle
  • Grapefruit
  • Copaiba

Why use essential oils on babies:

  • For calming
  • For sleep
  • To sooth Teething irritants
  • To purify the air
  • Helps soothe colds and flus
  • Manages pain and fresh closed wounds
  • Eases diaper rash, you may use essential oils around the private areas, inner thighs.

Do NOT use these essential oils for babies:

  1. Peppermint
  2. Wintergreen
  3. Camphor
  4. Rosemary
  5. Thyme
  6. Eucalyptus
  7. Clove
  8. Birch (Sweet)
  9. Mustard
  10. Garlic
  11. Oregano
  12. Wormseed
  13. Star Anise
  14. Lemongrass
  15. Myrtle
  16. Hyssop
  17. Ylang-ylang
  18. Citronella
  19. Bay
  20. Clary Sage
  21. Avoid premixed Essential oils unless you have patch tested each ingredient.

Carrier oils to use on babies:

If you like you may use carrier oils on their own as they provide wonderful therapeutic benefits. It is also a great idea to mix carrier oils to make salves.

Sunflower oil

Fractionated coconut oil

Jojoba oil

Calendula oil

Sweet Almond (unless allergic to nuts)

Grapeseed (unless allergic to grapes)

Cocoa butter

Other carriers:

Honey

Vegetable glycerine

Beeswax (unless your child is allergic to bees)

Safety (Caution):

ALWAYS dilute essential oils before use.

Keep in a cool dark place that is lockable and out of reach.

Store in glass containers.

ALWAYS do a patch test.

Avoid prolonged use of essential oils.

Oils make you and your child slippery. So be careful.

Be sure to follow correct dilution and usage. Diffuse for 30 minutes maximum at a time. Switch off for an hour and diffuse again.

Use one essential oil / carrier oil at a time.

Keep out of reach for children.

If irritation occurs, stop use immediately.

Do not replace essential oils with a child’s medication.

Consult your paediatrician for any concerns.

Be careful when using essential oils on yourself to avoid exposing your child.

Essential oils should NOT be ingested by children unless with advise of a doctor.

Keep diffusers on a high steady spot away from furniture (so that children do not climb to reach).

Always use best quality, organic essential oils.

Educate yourself as a parent on each essential oils, knowing the therapeutic uses, safety and what to look for and do, incase of an emergency.

Also spot for allergic reactions in children.

Do not use essential oils if your child is on medication. Some essential oils may alter medication.

Do not use if your child has broken or damaged skin and open wounds.

ALWAYS supervise children when using essential oils. Wash hands after use.

DO NOT place essential oils on the ears, mouth, nose, eyes and private parts for children. Avoid all openings on the body.

Keep E.O’s away from direct heat and sunlight.

If you are unsure, do not use, trust your instinct.

Add orifice reducers preferably, to all your essential oils as these limit the amount of E.O’s that come out.

Be smart, savvy and safe.

Dosage and Dilution:

To more than 10ml (8 drops of carrier oil / 2 tbsps)

6 Months to 1 year – add 1 drop of E.O

2 to 3 years – 2 to 3 drops of E.O

4 to 6 years and elderly – 4 to 8 drops of E.O

7 to 12 years – 8 to 12 drops

Best places to apply essential oils on babies:

  • Bottom of feet
  • Back of the neck
  • Rub into temples, be sure that it does not drip into eyes
  • Behind ears
  • Belly
  • Back
  • Jawline to sooth teething.
Best Method of application:
  • Diffusing
  • Baby massage diluted with a carrier oil
  • Baby bath
  • Foot soak
  • Chest rub
  • Compress
  • Add to unscented lotion, avoid putting on the face.

Sun sensitivity (phototoxic) essential oils:

Avoid going into direct sunlight after using Citrus essential oils= Bergamot, Lime, Lemon, Sweet Orange, Grapefruit and Tangerine. They are phototoxic and may cause skin reactions.

Other phototoxic essential oils are Dill, Rue, Cumin.

Blends:
  • Chest rub to ease congestion:

Lavender – 3 drops

Tea tree – 2 drops

Frankincense 2 drops as well

2 drops Cedarwood

3 drops Wild orange

1 ½ tbsp. Shea butter

1 ½ tbsp. fractionated Coconut oil

  • To uplift mood:

1 drop Lavender and Sweet Orange

1 tbsp . of any Carrier oil

  • For cradle cap

1 drop each of Sweet Orange and Tea tree, Geranium and Lavender

½ cup unscented lotion

  • For sleep

1 drop Cedarwood

1 drop Lavender

2 tbsps. carrier oil

1 drop vetiver

  • Teething

1 drop of Roman Chamomile

1 drop of Lavender

A tbsp. of carrier oil / (½ cup oats and drop Tea tree in a bath for diaper rash)

  • Boost immune system especially during flu / cold season for diffusing

Frankincense (1 drop)

A drop Sweet Orange

Lavender 1 drop

  • 10 drops Helichrysum

6 drops Roman Chamomile

20 drops Lavender

30ml of Carrier oil.

  • Soothing repairing salve

¼ cup fractionated coconut oil

¼ cup olive oil

A tbsp. Coconut oil

20 drops Lavender

1tbsp beeswax

12 drops of Frankincense

10 drops Sweet Orange

8 drops Tea tree

Hydrosols:

If you are uncertain, you may still use the benefits of E.O’s by using hydrosols. Hydrosols is the aromatic water that remains after essential oils have been steam distilled. A fraction of essential oils remains in hydrosols and are beneficial.

They are safer and gentler to use for children. Storing them in the fridge for up to 24 months. Hydrosols are great sprays with anti-inflammatory properties for calming and uplifting. They are a better alternative for baby baths, sun burns on babies and foot scrubs.

In conclusion: Essential oils for babies are highly beneficial as well as using the alternative of hydrosols. Be smart, savvy and safe when using them.

Read more here: https://mrschettylifestyle.co.za/how-to-calm-a-fussy-baby/

Sources: https://naha.org

Get your essential oils here: http://www.soil.co.za

Disclaimer: I provide personal opinions, resources, tools and my experiences with essential oils. The writings on this site have not been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered physician. Please discuss your health concerns with your pediatrician or doctor.

Cheers, happy oiling, MrsChettyLife.

Posted in Green living with a touch of essential oils

Essentials for essential oils

Everything needed for essential oils. When I began experimenting with essential oils, I read a lot on the vast uses and things you can do with essential oils. I read about what you can make with them and the different methods of application or the different ways you can deliver and use essential oils. Essentials for essential oils.

Everything essential oils

I realized that I will not be able to use essential oils on their own. Most other than neat essential oils need to be diluted in a carrier oil and equipment is needed for this. Essential oils can also be added to a lot of DIY natural living strategies.

I have researched a ton and come up with this list of essentials for essential oils. This is everything that you need when using essential oils. This includes as a business for example in soap making or as a hobby and for personal use. I hope this list is comprehensive enough to get you started.

Essentials for essential oils when using them aromatically and topically:

Diffusers: You may use candle diffusers, water diffusers, glass diffusers and or nebulizing diffusers. According to your preferences but nebulizers are the best because no water or heat is used. Therefore, you are using essential oils in their purest form.

Dark glass bottles in various sizes 10ml, 30ml 60ml.

Measuring cups and spoons.

Airtight containers for storing salts, bath bombs, powdered washing powder.

Pump bottles ideal for lotions, conditioners, fabric softeners and shampoo.

Roller bottles for roll ons, roller blends and perfumes.

Spray bottles for air freshners and cleaning.

Glass jars for scrubs, balms and salves.

Orifice reducers in various sizes to stop the overflow of the essential oils, these measure the amount of drops.

Essentials for essential oils

Waterproof labels to write down the name of the blend, date made and essential oils included.

Pens and markers.

Inhaler tubs: for making easy essential oil inhalers. http://www.mrschettylifestyle.co.za/boost-respiratory-system/

Soap molds for use in DIY soap making

Brown sugar for making sugar scrubs.

Spritzer.

Honey

Salts, Butters and waxes

Witch hazel or vodka or rubbing alcohol.

White vinegar or apple cider vinegar

Aloe Vera gel

Distilled water

Various carrier oils according to their characteristic properties and your preferences.

Castile soap, sal suds or any unscented soap

Paper towels for use when making DIY cleaning wipes.

Unscented lotion

Cornflour or arrowroot powder

Glycerine

Bicarbonate of soda and or borax

Microfiber cloths

Vitamin E oil

Double boiler for warming substances such as beeswax.

Hydrosols are also a great thing to have.

Other essentials for essential oils include:

Other equipment to assist you when cleaning with essential oils. http://www.mrschettylifestyle.co.za/top-essential-oils-for-green-cleaning/

Your sense of smell and creativity: You need your sense of smell to notice if your essential oils are not good for use.

Patience

Never give up, essential oils are delicate, they may seem overwhelming. Start slowly with a few oils, get to know them well and grow your base with other oils. And if one blend is a total flop, try another and try again.

Space in your fridge: To increase the shelf life of carrier oils and essential oils, they need to be stored in a cool dark place. A fridge is the most ideal.

Creative how to guides: if you are exploring essential oils you will need creative how to guides and blends, while you experiment with your own.

Specific conditions in your household such as health conditions, ages, allergies, likes, dislikes, pregnancy, pets and children. Remember some essential oils and carrier oils cannot be used on such with conditions as these mentioned.

Therapeutic properties, safety and prerequisites of each essential oil is a must know.

Experience is the best teacher. In order to understand essential oils, you should be able to have used them to give the best advice.

Have fun, essential oils are meant to make your life easier, so don’t strain yourself. Educate yourself as much as you can on essential oils and carrier oils.

Essentials

Disclaimer: I provide personal opinions, resources, tools and my experiences with essential oils. The writings on this site have not been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered physician. Please discuss your health concerns with your doctor.

In conclusion: everything needed when using essential oils. Essentials for essential oils for various methods or application. Read all about Lavender Essential oil, Tea tree and Lemon Essential oils, and Essential oils 101.

Good read: https://naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/about-aromatherapy/methods-of-application/

Cheers MrsChettyLife, happy oiling 😊.

Posted in Motherhood

Education.com

My son

Education.com: I love educational things for my son. I have been looking for ways to begin teaching him even though he will not be home schooled. 

I feel I should set the path for him now so that things will be easier for him later on. We color together and I only let him watch educational cartoons.

He is curious and loves to play phone games with his daddy.

I stumbled upon Education.com. They provide educational resources including guided lessons, printable worksheets from the learning library, and teaching tools for parents and teachers.

Education.com is great and resourceful to that stay at home mom, the parents who choose to home school, parents who would love to be more involved in their child’s school life and teachers looking to enhance their school work.

Education.com

has an entire themed and fun library for you to choose from filled with learning resources of comprehensive Math Skills and Reading & Writing Skills lists developed by expert educators.

Other things they provide are song videos, online games, guided lessons, activities, stories, lesson plans, exercises, science projects and more for different age groups.

Education.com

Subjects include Fine arts, Foreign languages, Math, Reading and writing, Science and Social studies.

Some worksheet types to choose from are:
• Maze
• Word search
• Word search with images
• Crossword puzzle
• Word scramble
• Addition
• Subtraction
• Division
• Multiplication
• Spelling Test
• Matching words to images
• Word Tracer

The themes to choose from include their seasonal themes such as autumn leaves, Halloween, school days, cute crawlies, dinosaurs, outer space, and much more.

I was sent this wonderful Outer Space Themed Addition worksheet.

Education.com

Learning is out of this world in this space themed addition worksheet! For more math activities, visit Education.com.

You may also download the app from the Apple store and Google play for more educational resources.

They are on social media as @education_com on Pinterest and Twitter.

I sure hope you enjoy Education.com as much as I and my son did. More from MrsChettyLife:
http://www.mrschettylifestyle.co.za/how-to-calm-a-fussy-baby

http://www.mrschettylifestyle.co.za/momhacksseries

Cheers, happy mothering, MrsChettyLife.

Posted in Motherhood

How to calm a fussy baby

When a baby is crying and fussy. It’s their language and way of reaching out to you that something is amiss. Until you attend to that need they will not be ok. Many times my son has had a restless sleep simply because he is hungry. Another time he was fussy for like an hour simply because his shoes were too tight. How to calm a fussy baby.

How to calm a fussy baby

Why is baby fussy?

  • hunger or thirsty (I bet you are not the happiest person when hungry too)
  • fatigue (tired muscles)
  • growth sprout
  • overwhelmed
  • Needs attention
  • uncomfortable (clothes too tight, something is poking them, cold, too hot, itchy, diaper full)
  • scared
  • because they are human
  • needs a break or breather
  • doesn’t like a person
  • teething
  • Sick or unwell
  • Missing someone
  • Change in routine
  • Bored
  • Unfamiliar environment

Read for these cues and meet them to avoid the tears:

  • Rubbing face. Holding ears may mean baby is tired or teething.
  • Clenching hands may mean baby is hungry.
  • Smacking lips. And shaking head (rooting). When your baby shakes their head towards your boobs, along with smacking lips or feeding sounds and facial expressions may also mean baby is hungry.
  • Turning head away or losing eye contact may mean baby is overwhelmed.
  • Arched back may mean baby is uncomfortable.

Fussy baby

How to stay calm as a mom: (especially during tantrums)

-Count 1-20
-Look at the need and beyond the tears, tantrum.
-Understand a baby is human and is entitled to have bad moments and bad days, this does not mean that the child is bad.
-be patient.
-go to the bathroom.
-if your child is throwing a tantrum walk away to a safe distance and watch, they will probably get up and follow you. A distraction works well and change of hands to your partner or another person helps.
-Get a few minutes to yourself to calm down
-Hydrate, it’s important to stay hydrated.
-Self-care: self-care helps you to stay calm. It keeps you in a better mood to handle your days situations.

What to do as a parent.

How to calm a fussy baby.

Firstly find the trigger by trying different solutions. Since a baby won’t be able to tell you what’s wrong try these ways.

-distracting them. Sing a song, give them a bootle or milk, do an exaggerated dance, find a toy they love, play music. Be louder, attention catching and creative.
-let your partner take the reigns while you cool off.
-get on your knees, give hugs and speak in a calm way.
-remove the child from the situation. Change scenery.
-find a quite spot to relax both of you
-baby wearing.
-you may use essential oils to calm you. Such as bergamot essential oil, chamomile essential oil and lavender essential oil. Add these to your wrists using a roller bottle. Sniff straight out of the bottle or diffuse using your nebulizer.
I am an introvert and I get overwhelmed with too many people. My son is extroverted but there are times he gets overwhelmed. I then find a quiet familiar spot to calm him down. I do that for me as well.

-remove and dust clothes before putting them back. Put diaper nicely.

How to help baby calm down:

-massage
-bath
-take a walk
-baby wearing
-feed them
-change diaper
-undress if too hot, cover up if cold
-hug them
-distract them
-keep your cool 😎
-speak in your happy voice
-let them cry it out (ever had such a bad day and just needed a good cry, sometimes that helps feel better but hold them while they cry, cry with them too)
-help them rest (😴 sleep)
-Music
-play their Favourite game
-give them your gown for a Familiar smell or hold them close to you.

How to calm a fussy baby

How to calm a fussy baby by baby massage:

Baby massage is a sure way to calm a fussy baby. Just like our bodies get tired a babies body gets weiry too and needs a massage.

What you will need.

  • ¼ cup Sunflower oil
  • 3 drops Lavender essential oil for calming
  • 3 drops Chamomile essential oil for relaxation
  • 2 drops Tea tree essential oil for its antibacterial purposes.
  • Double boiler (place a jar in hot boiling water, add essential oils into the jar to warm them while avoiding direct heat).
  • Towel
Set up the scene:
  • Close the windows.
  • Lay a towel on the bed or wherever you will give the massage.
  • Warm up the sunflower oil in a double boiler. Till it is lukewarm to warm.
  • Remove from the stove and let it cool a little.
  • Add Lavender, Tea tree, Chamomile to the sunflower oil.
  • Check the temperature of the oils using your inner wrist.
  • Play soothing music.
  • Wash your hands.
To massage:
  • Remove all clothes on the baby.
  • Rub the oils into your babies hair, gently massaging into scalp and slightly onto the top of the temples of the forehead.
  • Lay your baby on the towel. Or hold your baby if too young.
  • Remember to rub the oils in your hands first before applying onto baby.
  • Rub the oil onto the soles of your babies feet pressing with your palm.
  • Run your way up to the shoulders with slight pressure, adding a little more oil.
  • When you reach the baby’s chest and belly, spread your hands out towards the sides of the baby.
  • Put pressure in your fingertips as you spread as if you are flattening the pages of a book.
  • Use your thumbs to make small circles.
  • Spend a little more time on the back.

Therefore, After you are satisfied with the massage run the bath. Using your elbow to check the temperature. Don’t forget to use baby soap and shampoo. Rinse thoroughly.

Baby massage

Caution ⚠:

  • Keep the oils out of babies reach.
  • Avoid putting oils on the ears, eyes, mouth and private areas.
  • Remember to do a patch test first if you have never used the oils on baby.
  • Rub the oils into your hands first to make them the right temperature for baby.
  • Ensure that the room is warm and cosy during the massage.
  • If you don’t want to use essential oils, baby oil or pure sunflower oil works as well for a plain massage without essential oil properties.
  • Always exercise caution when using essential oils. A little goes a long way.

A few notes:

A baby cannot speak well at least not in a language we understand. So their best way to communicate with you is through tears. As they grow older tantrums too.

They give out cues other times they do not know how to express themselves or what’s bothering them. To parents this is translated as being fussy. Sometimes we miss these cues and only see the result (tears).

Your baby and you are people who speak different languages and we need to find a common ground where we can communicate. Mom and child both learn each other till they both understand what works.

If a child notices you only respond to tantrums, that will be their first way of communicating. Try and solve the problem before it reaches that stage.

Overall we all need love, care and attention. If your child senses you are not giving them the attention they need in the moment, they find a way to get your attention.

We as moms need to also cut ourselves some slack. We are learning too. And through trail, error and mommy instinct we will get there.
Trust that mommy instinct.

A baby is not doing things to spite you. You are their whole world and their comfort spot. They are comfortable with you and they know and trust that you will meet their needs. You are their whole world and comfort spot.

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And patience: be patient with your child while keeping your cool and being patient with yourself. Knowing that this will last only a while. Your child will eventually learn to speak and grow up.

That child is yours so they will pick up on your habits. When you are stressed or uncomfortable what do you do? They may sometimes reflect you and it’s quite difficult to control what you see in them when you struggle to control it in yourself. You may use similar steps for tantrums. How to calm a fussy baby.

Disclaimer: I am no doctor, simply a mother sharing her findings. These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration (FDA). These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Read here for more:

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Wise words from motherly:

‘Yet it is so important. That moment when your baby was placed in your arms, you became an expert: an expert on how to parent your particular child. Whether or not you were academically trained—your body, mind, and soul became intimately, mysteriously, beautifully connected to your baby.

Maternal intuition gave you an ability to know things, and while it’s not objective or qualitative or will be written about in a peer-review journal, her voice is incredibly valid. Because you are biologically and spiritually programmed to care for your child in a way no one else can.’

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you are not failing

In conclusion:

How to calm a fussy baby. When calming a fussy baby make sure that their diaper is clean, they have been fed, their clothes are comfortable, they are a good temperature and that they are not ill. Be sure to stay calm as a child feeds off your positive vibes. As a result your baby will be less fussy and much happier.

If your baby is not getting better. Please visit your doctor. Download your how to baby massage:

 

Thank you for reading, MrsChettyLife.

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Mom Hacks Series

Mom Hacks Series.

I began a trend on Instagram called Mom Hacks Series. I post about surviving motherhood.
Let’s learn together on easy, tried and true tips, hacks, tricks and everything you will need for survival in this battlefield called Motherhood.

Mom tips

With a side dash on green living with essential oils, marriage, motivation, all things baby and toddler.

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using the hashtags:
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You may add your own #momhacks or comment, like and share on mine. Remember motherhood shouldn’t be lonely.
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Whether it’s googling for ideas or Pinterest, Instagram or asking fellow moms. A shoulder to cry on and share those quirky mom events. Let’s connect.

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I’d love to add in a personal note to the mommy who let us go first into the changing room at Monte casino because she noticed we were in desperate need. 😉 We had a major blow out and she was ahead of us. Thank you and I salute you.

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Mom hacks series

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In conclusion: Thank you for reading and I hope to see you for these Mom Hacks Series over on Instagram: www.instagram.com/mrschettylife

More from MrsChettyLife: http://www.mrschettylifestyle.co.za/my-daily-cleaning-routine