Buyer’s guide for Car Seat

It can be a matter of concern to travel with your little ones. While nothing will totally take away your fears about safety of your little one, a car seat will provide peace of mind while travelling.

Here’s what to consider when you are looking for buying a car seat-

Primarily a newborn can be put into two kinds of car seat- An infant car seat & a convertible car seatinfant carseat

Infant car seat / carriers are generally good for about year and function as an entire travel system: They latch into a base that stays in your car and can also be snapped into (onto) specific strollers or stroller frames. (If you decide to go this route, make sure your carrier is compatible with your stroller.) This means when you’re out with baby, there’s no need to unbuckle and buckle (and risk waking up a sleeping baby). For suburban families who use both the car and stroller frequently, this is generally the way to go. Look for a handle that’s comfortable for carrying –this becomes more and more important the older (and bigger) baby gets.

Convertible seats simply stay in the car. You’ll have to snap baby in and out every time and there’s no carrying option or separate base, but the advantage is they can be used much later into babyhood. If you’re looking to save money and will generally be using the same car, this is a good option. The best thing about convertible car seats is that they grow with the baby. It’s cheaper to buy a car seat-Gbconvertible car seat for a new-born instead of starting with an infant car seat and then transitioning to a convertible. But experts say young babies are safer in an infant car seat. Many parents say their new-born seems to be swimming in a convertible seat, and they have to use head rests, towels, or other cushioning to prop him safely in place until he grows into the seat.

Booster Seats-You can safely making switch to booster seat once your child is 4 years old or over 18 kg. Once your child outgrows the forward-facing car seat withbosster seat a harness, it’s time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat of car. Booster seat can be generally used till your child is 12 years old.

Expiration date
yes, car seats have expiration dates. Car seat is a safety device, it is best when used new. It is like a helmet, once there is an impact on it, the  best thing is to do is replace the helmet. Similarly, only accept hand-me-downs from someone you truly trust, make sure the car seat has not had any impact. Avoid buying car seat from a second hand store as it might have been recalled or might not be in line with the current safety standards.

Few other things to keep in mind:

A five point harnesses would give a better safety and hold during an event of collision.

Avoid-Car seats with fancy mirrors or accessories as they can harm the child during collision.

Although all companies continue to simplify the installation process — videos on supplement some instruction books. So YouTube comes handy when you need guidance on installing the car seat.

We all think that we will never face any uneventful thing on our journey or travel but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Take Care.

3 Common Questions Asked by Pregnant Women

pregnant-woman-eatingWhen you are pregnant, suggestions and advice on your diet will be pouring in from almost every relative.

‘You should eat this dear. Your baby will benefit!’

‘Oh! Don’t eat that. It isn’t good for the baby!’ and similar recommendations.

Of course, everyone has their best interests at heart for you. But aren’t you confused as to whose advice you should follow? So we’ve picked out the 3 most common questions asked by all pregnant women and tried answering them to the best of our knowledge. Take a look!

1. Is it safe to eat papaya when I am pregnant?

Yes, it’s absolutely safe to eat papaya when you’re pregnant; the only condition being that it should be ripe enough. In India, people traditionally believe that eating papayas causes miscarriage and still birth. But a well-ripened papaya has nutrients that help prevent and control constipation and heartburn for pregnant women. So you can include it in your diet in moderate amounts. However, eating raw papaya has is a strict no-no as it is rich in latex – a substance that causes uterine contractions. Papaya skins or seeds are also unsafe and hence should be avoided during pregnancy. Best way to have it: Papaya smoothie – mix ripe papaya with milk and honey.

2. Is it safe to eat sesame seeds when I am pregnant?

There is no scientific evidence to suggest that sesame seeds (til seeds) are unsafe to consume during pregnancy. It is actually very rich in calcium, amino acid, proteins, vitamins B, C and E. But there is a common belief that since sesame seeds are a ‘heat-emitting food’, they cause changes within and lead to miscarriages. It’s best to consult your doctor regarding this as every woman is different and may react differently to every type of food.

3. Is it safe to eat street food when I am pregnant?

With a variety of tempting and mouth-watering street food available in India, it may be hard to resist the food cravings kicking in. You can eat what you like, when you like. But always keep in mind the ingredients and the hygiene of the place where you’re eating from. It’s best to avoid chaats and sandwiches that are prepared using raw vegetables and fruits. Also, be wary of the water that is used while preparing street food.

All said and done, before consuming any new food, it’s best to check with your gynaecologist. After all, pregnancy is a momentous period of your life that you should enjoy!

Here are some suggestions given by Babyoye parents on the same questions:

Antara Singh Arya – Eating ripe papayas is absolutely fine; does wonders for your haemoglobin. Don’t eat raw papaya tends to upset your stomach. But do observe if you have motions after eating. Papaya did wonders for me; have two kids 7 and 4 and I ate both the times.

Rupali Garg – Reddish ripe papaya is alright but is papaya is unripe it’s harmful and to be avoided.

Birinder K. Mohindra ‎- Raw papaya is unsafe because it contains an enzyme which causes uterine contractions which may result in preterm labor, same with PINEAPPLE. Ripe papaya is safe, but again it should not be consumed in large quantities because it may have remnants of the same enzyme, even when ripe. I have no clue about sesame seeds, but hey better safe than sorry! Street Foods…a strict no no, because during pregnancy the immune system is tremendously suppressed and anything unsafe can cause food poisoning quickly. Diarrhoea, vomiting and fluid loss is really bad for both the mother and the baby.In addition to that the excessive spiciness can cause heartburn and discomfort to the expectant mother, hence street food should be strictly avoided. Hope that answers it all!

Bharti Achariya – You can eat ripe papaya but not d unripe one as it has some enzymes which can stimulate contraction. Sesame seeds can be taken in moderation, and of course junk food should be avoided.

Gagan Preet – It’s all about the difference in myth and reality. My doctor had told me to eat everything except maida products and cold drinks. I had lots of papaya during my pregnancy a few years ago.

Himali Das – I avoided papaya but I had sesame seeds, and I have a beautiful year old baby with no health problems. In fact sesame seeds are rich in iron.

Shraddha Gururaj Dalal – You can eat any fruit which you like during pregnancy only avoid some cold foods as you can catch cold or cough..street foods should be avoided as they can cause stomach upset instead have hygienic food made at home.

The Baby Food Guide: Homemade Food

make-homemade-baby-food-1Till now, your baby’s tummy is used to breast-milk and introducing anything new is crucial. Be it pureed or mashed fruits or little titbits from the dining table, your baby will take time to get used to the different flavours every day! It takes a bit of trial and error to see what works out and what would be best suitable for your child.

In comparison with pre-packaged foods that have high content of added preservatives, homemade food will make you sure of what exactly you’re feeding your child.

So fret not and don your Master Chef Hat to prepare some yummy food for your baby!

Homemade Baby Food in 6 Steps

  1. Wash your hands and the utensils that you are going to use.
  2. Scrub & remove peels, cores and seeds of fruits and veggies. For meat, remove the fat, skin & bones.
  3. Bake, steam, roast or microwave until tender.
  4. Then puree it in a food processor with a little breast milk or water.
  5. Store in the refrigerator or freezer in airtight containers – but don’t keep the food for more than 2 days. Food is best when fresh!
  6. Rewarm when your baby wants to eat & allow to cool.

There! Now that sounds doable, doesn’t it?

Baby Food Tricks

We know it’s difficult to prepare new food for your baby every day, since it’s time consuming and can be stored for a lesser time as compared to pre-packaged food. Here are some tricks to help you on the way:

Exclusively for my baby!

When making a meal for the family, set aside a small serving for your baby – without the spices, salt or any other flavours. This way you don’t have to prepare separate food daily.


Try something different with your baby’s food that packs nutrition and is tasty
as well. Instead of putting a spoonful of peas in to your baby’s mouth, mix them into mashed potatoes or pasta. Mix a peach or apple with unsweetened yogurt.

Eat the Rainbow!

Since your baby is on the joyride of exploring colours, why don’t you introduce a rainbow diet? Serve varied colours to your baby: Red (cooked tomatoes, red peppers), yellow (bananas), green (peas, green beans).

Store it Right!

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To store the pureed food, place serving-size portions in an ice cube tray, a paper cupcake liner, a glass dish, or a piece of plastic wrap and freeze. Two tablespoons is the average size.

Daily Dose of must-have homemade foods for your baby

4-6 Months 6-9 Months 10-12 Months 1 year & above
Fruits Banana, pear, plum, apple, peach Same as 4-6 months + papaya, melon, apricot, chopped or pureed raisins & grapes Same as 6-9 months + mango, pineapple Same as 10-12 months + oranges, lemons & citrus fruits, strawberries
Cereals & Grains White rice or brown rice Same as 4-6 months + wheat, rye, barley, oats, quinoa, pasta
Veggies Sweet potato, white potato, carrots, pumpkin, parsnip Same as 4-6 months + peas, green beans, bell pepper Same as 6-9 months + tomatoes, spinach, okra Same as 10-12 months
Dairy Yogurt Same as 4-6 months + cheese, yogurt Same as 6-9 months Same as 10-12 months + cow’s milk
Eggs Cooked egg yolk or white
Fish Cod, salmon, sardines, mackerel
Meat Chicken, mutton, beef, lamb