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Coloring activity for toddlers

Coloring is fun for everyone and is also therapeutic. Babies learn to scribble when they are around 15 months of age and when they are about 18 months, they start to enjoy painting and drawing. Since their fingers are still developing, it is better recommended to give them crayons ๐Ÿ– rather than color pencils โœ๏ธ or pens ๐Ÿ–Š.

The various advantages of this activity are:

๐Ÿ– improves pencil grasp

๐Ÿ–facilitates hand-eye coordination

๐Ÿ–helps develop patience ๐Ÿ–helps to relax

๐Ÿ–helps to focus

๐Ÿ–stimulates creativity

๐Ÿ–helps in developing fine motor skills

๐Ÿ–helps in color recognition.

โ™ฆ๏ธthings needed for this activity โ™ฆ๏ธ


๐Ÿ“ white paper


16th month

It is a month of many occasions

๐ŸŽ‰ Firstly it is his parents anniversary month and they have been married for four years now.

๐Ÿ’‰He got his 15th month’s vaccination

๐ŸŽŠHe took his first steps independently on our Indian festival-Deepawali (on 6th November 2018) ๐Ÿ’ƒ ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ

๐ŸŽ‰ Its the month his aunt is getting married ๐Ÿ‘ฐ

๐Ÿงณ he travelled back to Melbourne with his mom and dad โœˆ๏ธ

๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ he started walking independently

๐Ÿ‘ซ he met a new friend-baby A at Melbourne

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15th month progress

There were a lot of things that happened in his 15th month. His dad travelled back to Melbourne and baby U could sense that his dad was leaving him so he became cranky.

The entire month he was not in good health as he had loosies initially followed by running nose and cough which gave way to fever ๐Ÿค’.

๐ŸŒŸ Highlights of the month ๐ŸŒŸ

๐ŸŒน he is able to lift flaps and turn pages of books (05-10-2018)

๐ŸŒน he put a ring on the stacker for the first time (05-10-2018)

๐ŸŒน he can point to his tongue when somebody asks him to show his tongue ๐Ÿ˜›

๐ŸŒน he can now point at a ball when we ask him while reading his book ๐Ÿ“–

๐ŸŒน he exhibits a great deal of empathy

๐ŸŒน can understand our words very well

Foods introduced

๐Ÿฅฃ Sattumaavu

๐Ÿช Marie and parle g biscuit

๐Ÿ’•Favourite activity๐Ÿ’•

๐Ÿฆ Watching birds

๐Ÿ“š Reading books ๐Ÿ“–

๐ŸŒŸ Places visited ๐ŸŒŸ

๐Ÿš— His maternal grandad’s native-Devarayasamudram to invite for his aunt’s marriage

๐Ÿš— Dad’s native- Mysore to attend his Cousin’s ayush homa and also invite for the marriage

๐Ÿš— Airport to drop his dad โœˆ๏ธ

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14th month progress

Baby U has become naughtier in his toddler days

๐ŸŒน He doesn’t sit still at a place nor does he eat as he would a couple of months ago. He wants variety dishes

๐ŸŒน He celebrated gokulashtami by dressing up like Krishna and also gowri and ganesha

๐ŸŒน He looked very adorable in his kachhe panche that he wore for shravana shanivara and also the krishna attire for gokulashtami

๐ŸŒน He attended a couple of birthday parties- one of my friend’s kid’s birthday and also his Dad’s Cousin’s daughter’s birthday

๐ŸŒน On seeing him, most of the relatives told us that he is lean yet active and a couple of them told that he resembles his uncle (dad’s bro )

๐ŸŒน We celebrated his birthday (belated) at Mysore, ayush homa at Bangalore and also housewarming ceremony of our new house at Bangalore..

๐ŸŒน he sat in the driver’s seat on his dad’s lap and was turning the steering wheel. ๐Ÿš—

๐ŸŒน he now points his hand asking us to take him in the direction he points at

New foods

He has tasted tiny morsels of many new dishes:

๐ŸŒŸ tamarind rasam

๐ŸŒŸ vegetable bath

๐ŸŒŸ bele obbattu

๐ŸŒŸ chapathi dipped in milk

๐ŸŒŸ pickle

๐ŸŒŸpastry (german black forest)๐ŸŽ‚

๐ŸŒŸ lemon rice

๐ŸŒŸ dry fruits payasam

Places visited

๐ŸŒŸ airport to pick his dad

โญ๏ธ mysore to celebrate gowri and ganesha festival

๐ŸŒŸ Venugopala swamy temple in KRS backwaters

๐ŸŒŸ Chamundi hills

๐ŸŒŸ Infosys, Mysore campus

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13th month progress

The 13th month has been a month of lot of firsts for both of us.

The two of us travelled to India amidst a lot of apprehensions. N dropped us to the airport till check-in at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport which was quite helpful as it would have been difficult to manage a toddler( oh yes! He is a toddler now๐Ÿ™ˆ) and the luggage. Though he was playful and quiet most of the journey, he became cranky due to sudden change in air pressure during landing at Kuala Lampur and take off as he was very sleepy and also angry that I am putting him through the flight ordeal again. Luckily he slept during landing at Bengaluru ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜ . He wasn’t ready to sit in stroller and had to be put into the carrier at times.

He has been missing his dad a big time now and the same from his dad too.

I was rather sceptical that he wouldn’t go to anyone at home but he surprised me by going to everyone in ten minutes of seeing them.

He got to eat a variety of foods including veggies and am glad that am able to stick to the no-salt and no-sugar rule still most of the times.

Got him immunised with the vaccines scheduled for 12 months

๐Ÿด Few first eats ๐Ÿด

๐ŸŒŸ ottu shavige (home made vermicelli) ๐Ÿ

๐ŸŒŸ juice from tender coconut ๐Ÿฅฅ

๐ŸŒŸ juice from doddapatre (Indian Mint)

๐ŸŒŸ banana(elakki variety) ๐ŸŒ

๐ŸŒŸ pomegranate

๐ŸŒŸ mango pulp

๐ŸŒŸ cane juice ๐Ÿฅค

๐ŸŒŸ wheat halwa

๐ŸŒŸ tambittu (a sweet made from rice flour and jaggery)

๐ŸŒŸ chow chow vegetable

๐ŸŒŸ papaya

๐ŸŒŸ lady’s finger

๐ŸŒŸ chapathi with milk ๐Ÿฅ›

๐ŸŒŸ home made cake ๐ŸŽ‚

Places visited

โœˆ๏ธ Bangalore with transit in Kuala Lampur

๐Ÿš— cab rides to Maama’s and Atte’s house


๐ŸŒŸ Pushes a stool and walks all over the house

๐ŸŒŸ becomes possessive of his stuff. If anyone touches his toys, he starts crying.

๐ŸŒŸ has learnt to clap if people around him sing (raam raam sita ram) or when somebody else claps or when somebody instructs him to ‘clap’

๐ŸŒŸ can raise hand in the form of praying

๐ŸŒŸ he pushes the hands if he doesn’t want to eat or go to someone

๐ŸŒŸ is trying to stand on his own without support

๐ŸŒŸ responds to a lot of words now.

๐ŸŒŸ able to feel a couple of front teeth however it is yet to sprout fully


12th month progress

We celebrated his birthday by visiting the sai temple followed by lunch with a few friends.

We had done a photoshoot to get some pics for his first birthday which turned out to be awesome ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Family and friends poured their wishes.

First eats

๐ŸŒŸbesan ladoo

๐ŸŒŸ moong bean gravy

๐ŸŒŸ banana and apple cereal stick

๐ŸŒŸ vermicelli upma ๐Ÿฒ

๐ŸŒŸ a bite of chocolate ๐Ÿซ

Few firsts

๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ He has been trying to walk using a walker

๐ŸŒŸHe has figured out that if he drops an object from a little height, it is likely to produce more sound and keeps doing it when he is let alone

๐ŸŒŸCan pull out kitchen drawers and take out things from them

๐ŸŒŸHe waits eagerly for his dad to return from work. He starts jumping when he hears the knock on the door and wants me to carry him to welcome his dad๐Ÿ˜‚

๐ŸŒŸ he has been successful in taking off his jacket without unbuttoning it

๐ŸŒŸ tries to stack rings

๐ŸŒŸ can open kitchen cabinets and pull out things

๐ŸŒŸ he has learnt to kiss his daddy’s forehead

๐ŸŒŸ when he is very sleepy and has already drank milk, he comes and sleeps on my arm or lap on his own. He wants to rollover from my tummy to my arm and sleep ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜

๐ŸŒŸ he can sense when either me or his dad are sad and keeps seeing us and wants to comfort in his own way either by coming over to us or

๐Ÿ’•Few first words ๐Ÿ’•


Be- da


๐ŸŒƒ Places visited

๐Ÿšƒ Eureka skydeck ๐ŸŒƒ

๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ Sealife aquariums ๐ŸŸ ๐Ÿ  ๐Ÿฌ ๐Ÿฆˆ ๐Ÿง

๐Ÿšƒ State library of Victoria ๐Ÿ“š


โœ… food : khichdi, dosa, idli and jamoon

โœ… rhymes : 5 little monkeys ๐Ÿ’, 10 in the bed ๐Ÿ› , humpty dumpty sat on the wall

โœ… Activity : rolling the ball โšฝ๏ธ, tapping objects to make sound, listening to music ๐ŸŽถ

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Whatโ€™s in a name!! -My name story

One may ask what’s in a name? Name is the identity that our parents give us. It is the only thing apart from our body that goes with us to the grave.

There will be a lot of apprehensions whole choosing the name of a new born. In fact the moment a woman gets pregnant, all that goes on in her mind is what name to keep for the lil one. She goes on to finalise a few names in both genders.

Coming to Baby U’s story, me and his dad were contemplating a lot about the names after he was born cos the name we had chosen ‘Aarav’ din’t suit his birth star and the numerology.

We had to finalise the name soon as we had to apply for his passport and Australian visa as his dad had travelled to Sydney on a work assignment and it would take time to get the Visa.

While we were talking casually on call, some topic related to movies came and since letter ‘N’ was also a probable first letter for him, hubby suggested ‘Nishkarsh’ based on Dr.Vishnuvardhan’s movie Nishkarsha (hubby and my mom are great fans of Dr.V) and later out of the blue suggested the name – Utkarsh thinking it was again Dr.V’s movie ๐ŸŽฅ but it turned out to be his friend Ambareesh’s ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

The name was evaluated based on numerology and hence baby U was given the name –Utkarsh meaning Progressive , Advancement, of high quality, eminent, glorious and Improvement.

Rightly as the name suggests, he definitely is an advancement in our lives ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ‘ช

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11th month Progress

Hello peeps!!

Hope all of you are doing good..

There are a lot of changes and new things that baby U has been doing.

One thing is he has become very naughty and keeps me and his dad on our toes.

๐ŸŒผHighlights of this month๐ŸŒผ

โญ๏ธCan pull himself up to stand with the help of a couch, shoulders or even the glass wall that separates the kitchen from the balcony. He doesn’t like to be seated or lie on his back and loves standing a lot

โญ๏ธloves scooting around the house

โญ๏ธLoves to take a bite of everything that is on our plates (especially his pappa’s)

โญ๏ธBabbles a lot- amm-mma, ta-ta, da-da, ma-ma, at-ta

โšฝ๏ธ Can spin the ball while playing and passing it to us

๐ŸคCan understand a few words like ‘say hello’ , ‘shake hands’ , ‘go there and get the ball’, ‘come here’, ‘give this to mom/dad’ , ‘sit here’.

๐Ÿคcan shake hands while giving a hello

๐Ÿคญ he reciprocates our laughter and knows when we are trying to make him smile and laughs hysterically

๐Ÿ“š Went to library for the first time

๐Ÿ“š attended songbirds for the first time.. (Songbirds is a program in the local library where parents can bring in their kids and one person from the library sings rhymes with actions and reads out a couple of stories). Baby U enjoyed it thoroughly and most importantly he was eager to pick out books from the shelves in the reading section

โญ๏ธcan open bottle and tube caps on his own by unscrewing them

โญ๏ธknows when am hurt and tries to make me smile by either smiling or by hugging ๐Ÿค— (who says babies can’t understand what’s going on around them!)

โญ๏ธcan pick up things using thumb and pointer finger (pincer grasp)

โญ๏ธlooks at the ball when asked to point and gets the ball when asked to

โญ๏ธcan hold two objects, one in each hand and bang them against each other.


Few firsts

๐Ÿฅฃsweet potato ๐Ÿ  and carrot ๐Ÿฅ• khichdi

๐Ÿฅฃjam( a tiny winy bit)

๐Ÿฅฃcarrot ๐Ÿฅ• halwa( sans sugar)

๐Ÿฅฃbeetroot halwa (sans sugar)

๐Ÿฅฃsabudana for the first time in the form of porridge

๐Ÿฅฃstrawberries ๐Ÿ“

๐Ÿฅฃgreen grapes

๐Ÿ’•Loves playing with his red โšฝ๏ธ. He has become a pro in passing it back. He has learnt to spin it๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ’•

Favourite rhyme: Hickory Dickery dock and 5 lil monkeys ๐Ÿ’

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Baby Uโ€™s 10th month progress

The amazing thing about becoming a parent is that you will never again be your own first priority.” ~ Olivia Wilde

Baby U is now 10 months old and he has become naughtier by the day.. Now you may ask as to which child is not naughty? If you had asked me last month, i would gave proudly told my baby U is a very decent and god gifted child (the second part is still true) however it is becoming very difficult to manage him these days as he finds ways to tire me out๐Ÿ“ฃHighlights of the month๐Ÿ“ฃ

๐ŸŽ‰ He stood up on his own by holding me on May 2nd. The best birthday present ๐ŸŽto me

๐ŸŽ‰He crawled the entire house and crossed the carpet area onto the tile area๐Ÿ˜(another gift)

๐Ÿ˜‚ he can turn on and off the tap in the sink of the bathroom on his own (Gosh how does he pick up only those things that he wants and not what we teach ๐Ÿค”)

๐Ÿšช Has learnt to open the door by lowering the door handle

๐Ÿ’ปloves typing away on his daddy’s laptop

๐Ÿ–ฅ loves watching rhymes (he is allowed to watch tv for a short period when he is cranky and mom has some urgent work to be done)

๐Ÿ“ฑloves playing with the mobile

๐Ÿฝ having taken him to a restaurant (Chilli India) and strapped onto a high chair, he was cranky all the way and wanted to explore a bit around the cutlery. He wanted to bang the plates on the table and try holding the fork and spoon and also wanted to pull the plates with the dishes on. Finally managed to get a plastic plate for him with which he played (read bang and make noise) for quite sometime before becoming cranky and crying out loud till he was picked up from the high chair and held. He ate home cooked sooji halwa (minus sugar) and also got to taste the Roti Chenai (which was more like kerala parota) and Garlic Roti.

๐Ÿฅ—Foods introduced๐Ÿฅ—

๐ŸŽƒ pumpkin purรฉe

๐Ÿฅ” aloo parantha

๐Ÿฅฆ broccoli soup๐Ÿต

๐Ÿฅ—Green Peas

๐Ÿฅฆ Broccoli parantha

๐ŸฒSpinach khichdi

๐Ÿฒdal khichdi




spot in the house: verandah near bathroom and the bathroom ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ


  • crawling all over the house๐Ÿšผ
  • standing with support๐Ÿšน
  • jumping
  • Playing with the remote
  • ๐Ÿ“– flash cards
  • Playing with the ballโšฝ๏ธ

๐Ÿฅฃ Foods๐Ÿฅฃ

  • Khichdi
  • Banana ๐ŸŒ

๐ŸŽถ Rhymes

๐ŸŽต10 in the bed ๐Ÿ›

๐ŸŽต5 little monkeys ๐Ÿ’

๐ŸŽต Once I caught a fish ๐ŸŽฃ alive

๐ŸŽต Incy wincy spider๐Ÿ•ท

๐ŸŽตWheels on the bus ๐ŸšŒ

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Distraction Feeding

While all that runs in the mother’s mind is to ensure that her child finishes the bowl of meal that she has brought during the feeding session, a few of us resort to distraction feeding without realising that we are doing more harm than good to them in the long run.

While most of the facebook groups promote that the child shouldn’t be force fed or fed with distractions, knowingly or unknowingly we tend to succumb to either familial pressure or the countless pending things on our to-do list which make us take the help of either mobile or television to play their favourite rhymes or cartoons or songs or sometimes allow them to play their favourite games.

I have come across children as young as 6-8 months to youngsters who sit glued in front of the screens while eating. The kids neither do not enjoy their meals nor do they know the quantity that they are consuming which may lead to being lean or obese which causes harm in the long run.

As parents, it becomes our primary responsibility to ensure that our child picks up healthy and right eating habits. This can be started right from the weaning stage.

โœ…Needless to say that as part of self feeding, kids are made to eat on their own without distractions however as part of traditional weaning approach, parents must ensure that kids are made to sit on either booster or high chair and fed if they are small. Once they grow they should me made to sit in the dining area or any place with less distractions

โœ…Parents should try to co-eat with their kids so that the kids will know that even parents are eating the same food as them. Hence less fuss.

โœ… Explain the nutrients that they are eating and benefits of the same

โœ…try to experiment with the dishes around what they prefer.

โŒ Do not take the help of electronic gadgets or toys while feeding

โŒ Do not bribe the child with sweets or chocolates or savouries on finishing their meal.

โŒ Do not put the child on your legs and force feed

โŒ Do not carry the child outside and feed by showing the sky or the greenery or the play things in the park.