Top 10 Classic Christmas songs

When it comes to Christmas songs that are great for kids there is a huge catalog of holiday tunes available for caroling and more. Kids love Christmas and giving them the right soundtrack for Christmas can really help to ignite the holiday spirit by making them even more excited for the season. Here are some of the top 10 Christmas songs for kids and where you can play them right now.

1. Let it snow

Let it Snow is a fun song that kids love. Perhaps one of the best versions of this song is the Sinatra version. Why not teach your kids to sing the song from a singing legend! This iconic version of Let it snow from Frank Sinatra’s Christmas songs can be found on Itunes as well as on YouTube here.

2. Jingle bells

jingle bells has long been a favorite amongst kids for its simple lyrics as well as it’s fun tune. The nice part about jingle bells is that it’s fairly simple for kids to learn on many different instruments as well as imitate the lyrics. The origin of jingle bells is actually one that not many people know. Jingle bells was originally designed to celebrate Thanksgiving and it was actually titled one horse open sleigh in the year 1857. The song has since spread almost worldwide and it has become a popular Christmas song. You can find a YouTube video that will help kids learn the song here:

3. Rudolph the red nose reindeer

Rudolph the red nose reindeer is one of the favorites for kids and adults. Not only do millions of people watched the Rudolph Christmas special every year but they hear the famous song to go along with it. This song tells the tale of Rudolph who made himself famous for guiding Santa’s sleigh through a foggy evening to bring toys to all of the children of the world. You can find a link to this song here:

4. Deck the halls

Deck the Halls is a famous Yuletide celebration song that was actually created in the 16th century. The original title of the song was Nos Galan which actually means New Year’s Eve in the Welsh language. Although the song is technically more about New Year’s it has since become a holiday favorite. Here is a link to the Bing Crosby version of deck the halls which kids will really enjoy sing along to:

5. Santa Claus is coming to town

This is a song that comes with an excellent message for kids preparing for the holiday season. Making sure the kids make the nice list over Christmas for Santa is a big priority for many. This song explains a little more about why it’s important to maintain good behavior over the holidays and why Santa might bring some of the bad kids a lump of coal. Here is a link to the song with completely or acts included in the video.

6. Frosty the snowman

Frosty the snowman is a holiday story about a snowman that comes to life as a result of magic. Frosty has since had a holiday special created for him as well as multiple spinoff episodes which all premiere around the holidays. A magical top ad brings Frosty to life and he plays with the children that built him, unfortunately however as the days get warmer and the holiday season passes Frosty starts to melt. This is a heartwarming song that kids love to learn. You can find a video here:

7. The 12 days of Christmas

The 12 days of Christmas is about getting 12 different gifts on the 12 days of Christmas. This is a great way for kids to expand our counting skills as well as memory skills. It’s also a fun song for kids to sing because of the repetition and the fun gifts. You can find a video for this song here:

8. Silent Night

Silent night is a more classic Christmas Carol that celebrates the birth of Jesus. If you are interested in a more traditional Christmas song check out this video below:

9. All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth

This is a fun song for kids about losing teeth over the holidays. This is especially fun for children in elementary school to enjoy because they can easily relate to losing teeth and the embarrassment of smiling with missing teeth over Christmas. You can find a video for this song below:

10. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

This is one of the best ways that you can get kids into the holiday spirit and make sure that they are wishing friends and relatives a Merry Christmas. With some simple lyrics and a fun tune this can be an excellent song for children to learn through the holiday season. Here is a video for this son

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5 Gifts a new-mom will Thank you for

 

Being a New-mom is hard. Those sleep derived days and postpartum pain along with handling a new born isn’t easy, Right? Between frequent feedings, changing diapers, and getting used to their happy but sleepless life, new-moms need some extra attention when it comes to gifting, it can not be the usual clothes or baby care products. So, here’s some super practical gifting ideas for a new-mom:

  1. A stash of Advanced Cloth Diapers

Using  a cloth diaper is easy and simple, you just have to decent stash and a regular wash routine. They are as soft as cloth nappies just an upgraded version and easy to use just like a disposable diaper. It not only saves time changing clothes and sheets every time the baby pees or poops and the best part is that they not only good for the environment but also wallet  as One size will fit a new-born till the baby is a toddler and potty trained

I personally use Superbottoms they have these super adorable prints available in New borns, Cover Diapers and All in One (AIO) range which is suited for babies from new born to upto 17 kgs. There are snap buttons to adjust size and provide a snug fit. the cloth diapers usually last for 3-4 Hours depending on baby’s wetting capacity. Also they are the only Indian Cloth Diapers that are tested and safe in accordance with #CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act), USA.

Over all their range I prefer Superbottoms plus AIO (heavy absorbency , it is ideally suited for night-time diapering or for heavy wetting babies  It has this trimmest crotch, making it look slimmer and comfortable for baby.

 

It contains one Superbottoms plus with attached soaker with suede dry – feel, and 1 additional bamboo cotton soaker – attachable with a snap. This gives baby a stay-dry feel all through the night.

What’s more? Have you checked their amazing quirkiest prints, I am sure you will be drooled to buy all and look out how cute they look on those cute little bum.

 Visit their Facebook Page or Instagram page to check their latest designs and offers.

 

2. A functional Diaper Bag

Frankly when we say Diaper bag, its not just the diaper or the wipes that goes in. There are plenty of things which are need to be carried when you travel with a baby from bottles, blankets, extra outfits, baby weaning food and even some toys.  But apparently most of the bag available are those cartoon or floral prints though no doubts look cute, but are not very functional. Also we cant miss the fact that mom would need ta bag to herself too.

What if I introduce you to this fabulous bag from Bohomia. Their Diaper bags are featherlite in weight and have multiple pockets to keep all the baby stuff is place and well organised. so that you won’t have to dig inside just to find a tissue.

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Key Features

  • One main compartment
  • Three front and one back pocket
  • Two side pockets
  • Adjustable shoulder strap
  • Two carry strap

Another best feature of the bag is that is doesn’t look like a regular diaper bag, its stylish and yet functional. Will totally be a slaying look for a new mom. The one I have is  Bohomia Classic large tote bag and absolutely love it.

Want to check more, Visit their Facebook Page or Instagram page to check their latest designs. don’t forget to check out the amazing deals on Amazon and firstcry.

Also Read : Travelling with an Infant to know how to pack light

3. A Comfy baby Carrier

A good stroller is something which comes to our mind but one thing that many new parents find invaluable when their newborns arrive is a baby carrier.

Much like swaddling, a good baby carrier keeps the baby tucked in as if in the womb. Furthermore, it keeps the baby close to heart which can be so comforting for her. Not only are they will help bonding in the early weeks and months, but they also gives freedom to get on with the many tasks involved in being a new parent.

There are several brands available with different variety of carriers available. From Ring slings, wraps, Meh dai to full buckles which are well may be suited to from new-borns to toddler hood with minor additions of infant inserts.

4. A Nursing gear or Accessories

One thing which all new mom finds difficult while travelling with baby is nursing. Though there are a lot of place like malls and airports where one can find a dedicated nursing room, but the ease a nursing garment would provide is unmatchable.

A hungry baby is most difficult to soothe and waiting to find a nursing place could be even more difficult is such situation. A nursing cover or a  pretty nursing top/dress  would be something a new-mom would love to get. In those first few months with a newborn, moms can be in that zone between “can’t look at my maternity clothes” and “can’t fit into much else.” A top can make nursing easy and makes her feel beautiful too.

Also if the New mom is a working mom and plan to resume work, what better than gift her something which could help ease her life and balance both her worlds. Fortunately the amendments in the new  Maternity Bill allows a women 26 weeks of maternity leaves so that she can nurse the baby for initial 6 months which is highly recommended by all doctors to be completely  breast feed. But like other moms I decided to continue feeding my baby for atleast a year. So one thing I swear by was a Brest Pump, it is available in both manual and electronic . But I prefer the Manual one. I bought it within a week of my baby  was born as it helped me to keep a check on my milk supply as I was little cautious if my new born is having enough.  Also during certain very tiring days I use to pump and refrigerate and my husband would wake up at night to feed the baby so that I could catch up on my sleep.

Also Read: How I track that my NewBorn is having Enough

5.  Some Healthy Snack or Nuts

A  Breastfeeding mom needs extra calories and nutritious diet to keep up her milk supply and meet the requirements of her growing baby. all feeding sessions leave a mom craving for some food and these healthy snacks could be a easy pick. My mom prepared some home made snacks with dry fruits and healthy nuts which were not only healthy but took care of my spicy midnight munching. More of the  recipes in next post.

You may get her packs of dry fruits or healthy nuts and seeds like chia seeds, muskmelon seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin, watermelon etc, these are packed with much needed Omega 3 which not only will help her recover fast but will also help her loose pregnancy weigh.

I hope these ideas will definitely help you, let me know in comments below your thoughts on these or if you have more such cool ideas a new mom would love and appreciate.

 

Thanks for reading!!

You may want to check the post I wrote for Babychakra here.

 

 

 

 

 

Zoctr : App to easy Healthcare

Hi Guys,

Hope you are doing well.

As you all might be aware of that healthcare is now the focus in the constitution of India. Lot of health awareness campaigns are run by government especially in rural areas. Affordable health care schemes are run by government in collaboration with well known Insurance companie to provide primary healthcare to the masses. Urban population is also not left behind. 

But private healthcare service is still responsible for majority of healthcare in India. And it is there ti make easy accessible healthcare available to all.

Being in this industry since last 10 years make me look out for something new always. That’s when I came across this new application (app) based platform called “ZOCTR”.

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This app is meant to provide you Medicare at your home. In simple words say a doctor at home. In these days when all of us are so busy with our work and family life and have no time left for ourselves, going to hospitals, planning or waiting for your appointment etc do take a lot of time. This can be a very happy solution to ones like me who prefer to get everything online from clothes to medicines delivered at home at my convenient time and even the test samples collected at home.

The app is very easy to use. Enter you mobile number for a one time registration.

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Registration

1.  Switch on your location 

2. Select the services you would like to have- Nurse/carer, Baby Care, Doctor, Physio, Equipment.

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Select services near you

3. Select the tenure of the service- Single visit or Muliple visit and enter Date and time convenient to you.

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Select service Tenure, Date and Time

4. Check the estimate bill and make the payment.

Voila its done!!

About the brand :

The India’s #1 Home Health App Zoctr – Your Home Health Partner – provides you with just one touch to home health services at your doorstep with the Zoctr App.

  • Book qualified, skilled and verified Homecare Nurses, Attendants, Doctors,
  • Physiotherapists and Medical Equipments in a few simple steps
  • Find your location using in-built GPS and instantly match with hundred of verified medical professionals meeting your requirements
  • Get real-time confirmations with detailed staff profiles
  • Schedule Patient Assessment and Screening Visits on the go
  • Manage your Bookings including Renew, Hold and Stop bookings on the go
  • Save and manage multiple patient profiles for self and family members
  • Track staff real-time on a daily basis using in-built GPS tracking
  • Provide daily staff attendance, rating, escalate issues immediately using support
  • Make online payments using payment gateway and digital wallets

What’s New: 

  • Real-time location identification and staff tracking using in-built GPS

It’s so easy and convenient. Don’t believe me, try it yourself.  It’s also available on playstore. 

Do you want to know more before you try it. Read more on its website here.

Stay hooked.

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Fun recipes from Dr. Oetker FunFoods Creative Kitchen

It is widely believed that children will be the ones shaping the country’s future. This Children’s Day, do a little special something for the young ones. Whip up lip-smacking recipes specially curated by Chef Gaurav Chadha, In-house Chef, Dr. Oetker India at the comfort of your home.

Treat your kids and yourself to some delicious food and let your inner child run free!

Try some of these fun and yummy recipes this children’s Day

  1. Carrot and Apple Sandwich

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Servings: 1

Ingredients:

1 medium Carrot, grated

1 tbsp Raisin

¼ Green Capsicum, de- seeded and chopped

90 g (6 tbsp) Dr. Oetker FunFoods Veg Mayonnaise Original

1 medium Apple, grated

30 g (2tbsp) Seedless Dates, chopped

½ tsp Cinnamon Powder

3 slices Brown Bread

Directions:

  1. For Carrot Spread: In a bowl, add carrot, raisin, capsicum and 3 tbsp mayonnaise. Mix well.
  2. For Apple Spread: In a bowl, add apple, dates, cinnamon powder and remaining mayonnaise. Mix well.
  3. Apply carrot spread on a slice of bread and club it up with another slice of bread.
  4. Apply apple spread on top of second layer of bread slice and club it up with another bread slice.
  5. Cut sandwich diagonally in two triangles and serve.

Level: Beginner

Preparation Time: 5 Minutes

 

2. Burger Pizza

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Servings: 1

Ingredients:

½ small Onion, diced

½ Tomato, de-seeded and diced

50 g Paneer, diced

¼ Green Capscium, de-seeded and diced

¼ tsp Oregano, dry

¼ tsp Red Chilli Flakes

Salt

Black Pepper Powder

60 g (4 tbsp) Dr. Oetker FunFoods Pasta & Pizza Sauce

1 Focaccia Burger Bun, cut horizontally in two halves

100 g Mozzarella, grated

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, add onion, tomato, paneer, capsicum, oregano, chilli flakes, salt and pepper. Mix well and keep it aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 180°C. Spread 2 tbsp each pasta & pizza sauce on each half of burger bun. Place vegetables on both the buns equally and top it up with cheese.
  3. Bake burger for 3-4 minutes or until cheese melts. Put the top half of baked burger bun on top of lower half. Serve Hot

Level: Beginner

Preparation time: 15 Minutes

Cooking Time: 5 Minutes

 

3. Fruity Fun Skewers

 

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

1 medium Green Apple, cubed

1 Banana, cubed

6 Grapes, seedless

¼ Pineapple, cubed

8-10 Wooden Skewers

90 g (6 tbsp) Dr. Oetker FunFoods Veg Mayonnaise Original

90 g (6 tbsp) Coconut Powder

2 tbsp Colorful Sprinklers

Directions:

  1. Place fruits alternatively in skewers and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Dip fruit skewers firstly in mayonnaise and once coated roll them up in coconut.
  3. Garnish fruit skewers with sprinklers and serve cold.

Level: Beginner

Preparation time: 15 Minutes

 

4.  Marshmallow & Mayonnaise Salad

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Servings: 2-3

Ingredients:

30 g (2 tbsp) Whipped Cream

60 g (4 tbsp) Dr. Oetker FunFoods Veg Mayonnaise

3 tsp Coconut Powder

2 tbsp Tooty Fruity

2 slices canned Pineapple, cubed

5-6 Marshmallows, cubed

5-6 Cherries

1 tbsp each Almonds and Cashewnuts, chopped

Directions:

  1. For Salad Dressing: In a bowl, add cream, mayonnaise and coconut powder. Gently mix it together.
  2. Add tooty fruity, pineapple, marshmallow, cherries and nuts in the above dressing. Mix well and serve cold.

Level: Beginner

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

 

Look out for  Dr. Oetker India website for more such fun recipes at the comfort of your home.

 

 

Top 10 Gifts for this Children’s Day

As a child, I remember my Dad gifting us on almost every occasion. There was always a gift – clothes, toys, books, comics etc for birthdays, festivals, winning Olympiads or getting good marks or some surprise ones during summer vacations.

These small gifting moments always kept us excited and motivated.

But now a lot has changed and there are lot of interesting gift options for kids than the traditional clothes and toys. So if you are looking for some fun ideas, here I am sharing some fun and Interesting options for you. Hope your kids like them as much you like gifting it to them.

10. Art and Craft Supplies
Children have creative mind. They love to draw, paint creatively from a tender age, this not only helps them to sharpen their imagination but also keep them engaged. Boost their creativity by gifting them art and craft supplies. Variety of age based options are available in market today. It can be colours, crayons, colour pencils, crafts kits, crafting tools, stencils, stickers books, craft books etc

 Source: Google

9. Subscription Boxes
Today market is flooded with many types of subscription boxes for kids. These boxes are full or educational and fun activities for kids of all age groups. These are either some activity based or theme based boxes. You may look for the types which suits your kids’ interest.

8. Sports Gear
Sports not only help kids stay active but also teach them discipline and good team player. Let them play in a park, run around, catch, throw ball, or try a new sport. It shall also help them get rid of the boredom and stress. Gift them a football, basketball, jumping rope, badminton racket, cricket bat as per their age or their interest.

 Source: Google

7. Books/Library
Books are kids best friends. Gift them a book and it shall stay for a lifetime. Books not only will help them improve their vocabulary but shall boost their imagination as well. Yoy may buy books or gift them a Library pass or make a small library at home. In case you have a small house, be sure to pass the books to others, so they don’t clutter up your home

 Source: Google

6. Educational Toys
Let your little ones learn everything with lots of fun by gifting them some Educational Toys. There are a lot of god brands which offer STEM education through their fun way for kids early on in their life. Depending on the age you may gift them counting, coloring, memory games, Scrabble and many more.

 Source: Google

More about STEM education in upcoming articles

5. Journal/Diary
Introduce the concept of planning and writing in kids by giving them a journal or diary to scribble their thoughts. Engage with them and encourage them to include everything that comes to their mind on it or write about their day, or something good that happened that day or what new they learnt.

 Source: Google

4. Piggy Bank
Its never to early to teach your kids the value of money. Why don’t start teaching them by saving money as a rupee saved is rupee earned. Gift them a piggy bank and start saving.

 Source: Google

3. A Hand-written Letter
Yes, you read it right, write a letter to your kid. Words have so much impact when written. You can write a letter or even a small note for some important event. Try personalizing it with his favorite cartoon character or a superhero. It shall be so exciting for them to find you doing something extra ordinary for them.

 Source: Google

2. Time
Gift them some time from your busy life. Sit together, talk about their day, play some indoor games, or cook some meal together. Do something which you were planning to do for a long time. And don’t forget to switch off or silent your phone. Such undivided attention will be appreciated always by your kids and you never know you would make some memories for lifetime. Read few tips to engage them here.

1. Cadbury chocolate
Whatever the age may be, chocolates are loved by the kids of all age groups. Kids love surprise and what better then something they love, something we all love and bring them an ear to near smile.

And when we say chocolates is there anything better than our Cadbury Daily Milk. 

Let’s become a kid and make them feel special this children’s day.

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Teach some good habits to your little one early

It is so important to teach kids good values and be happy always. It is not sensible to teach kids to get angry or shout on someone if take their toys or touch their stuff. .

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I believe in sharing, caring and smiling 😍and try to inculcate the same in my 10 monther. 

After all the kids will grow watching and learning from you.. so better watch your actions and behaviour in front of them ☺

Speaking loudly or shouting at them will only trouble your health and will make them stubborn. 
Love and affection is all what they need. 

Let your actions speak more than you. 

👉Say “please” and “thank you” while talking to them

👉 speak softly and politely 

👉 Give them respect to get respect

👉Don’t compare them with others 

👉boost their confidence by saying happy words

👉 Appreciate them even if they wear wrong slippers and help them with the right way

👉 teach them sharing and caring 
so what do you plan to teach them today?

Engaging kids in your daily activities

Engaging young minds in your day today activities like doing laundry, folding clothes, cutting vegetables, cooking, gardening, watering etc not only help them feel loved, boost their confidence but also make them act sensible. 
Ask for their help and explain them what and how do are doing it. You may ask for their suggestions too.
And don’t forget to APPRECIATE them. Even if anything is not done right, help them do it correctly together and few kisses and cuddles won’t harm 😉😉

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So, What activity you are doing with your kids today?