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5 ways to help your newborn sleep

Newborns sleep a lot – typically 16 to 17 hours a day. But most babies don't stay asleep for more than two to four hours at a time, day or night, during the first few weeks.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

6 Interesting Baby Facts You Probably Didn't Know







1. A baby cannot taste salt until it is 4 months old. The delay may be related to the development of kidneys, which start to process sodium at about that age.

 

2.A baby’s eyes are 75% of their adult size, but its vision is around 20/400. By six months, a baby’s vision should reach 20/20.

 

3.Newborns are more likely to turn their head to the right than to the left.

 

4.Human babies are the only primates who smile at their parents  

 

5.Up until 7 months old, a baby can breathe and swallow at the same time

 

6.Babies are always listening - even before they're born. Even a baby as young as two days old will recognize his mother's voice, even if he only hears one single syllable 

 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

18 Best Comebacks for When Your Kid Says 'I Hate You'


1. You can tell them (much more calmly than you can manage), "You don't hate me, you don't like what I am telling you. There is a big difference. I love you!"
2. "Sorry you feel that way, that's too bad ......" Long pause (guilt, the gift that keeps on giving!).
3. "Oh, well, I guess that means you don't want to go to Disney with me this year then. Looks like it's a kid-free vacation this year!"
4. "I love you, but I don't like you right now."
5. "It's OK; I love you enough for both of us."
6. "OK, I'll find you a new mom then."
7. "EXCUSE ME?" (I don't yell at them, but if you say it really loudly, it's shocking enough that they almost always apologise.)
8. "That hurts my feelings."
9. "That's fine. I'm doing my job then. But mommy still loves you!"
10. "You will hate me many times as you grow up, and I'm prepared for it and will always love you."
11. "It's OK; you'll get over it."
12. "You do? That's not very nice, and I don't feel that way about you."
13. "You're allowed to be mad at me; however, you're still not allowed to wear shorts to school when it's 20 degrees outside."
14. "I know you're angry, but that is not an OK thing to say to your family."
15. "You're not exactly my favorite person right now either, Kid."
16. "Well, it's my house, so you're free to move out anytime."
17. "I know you are mad at me right now and we can talk about the situation when you are calm."
18. "That's OK, honey; you'll love me soon enough."

Top 10 Newborn Baby Sleep Tips





If you’re interested in learning some awesome newborn baby sleep tips, then you are in the right place. When your baby sleeps better, you will notice a more patient, more tolerant, more engaging baby after a good nights rest or quality nap. Be encouraged. It’s never too late to foster excellent sleep habits in a baby, and ultimately help yourself get some much needed rest as well.

1. Swaddle

From birth to about age four to five months, babies innately possess a startle reflex, in which they feel as if they are falling. The sensation of falling causes jerking movements, and the baby will incidentally wake up. Keeping a tight swaddle prevents babies from startling themselves awake, helping the newborn baby sleep both better and longer. I like to think of the baby as ‘snug as a bug in a rug,’ and I used to tell my son this every time I’d swaddle him snugly.

2. Dreamfeed.

The dreamfeed is the feeding given to the baby right before you go to bed, and it helps prevent the baby from waking up just after we moms finally drift off to sleep. Isn’t this the pinnacle of sleep deprivation? You just fall asleep and the baby wakes up. The dreamfeed can really help your newborn baby sleep for longer while you sleep. We used it until about age 4 months.
How to Dreamfeed. Assuming your baby goes to bed between 6-8 pm, the dreamfeed should be given somewhere between 10-11 pm. Any later and you will disturb night sleep. Any earlier and the baby won’t really be hungry enough. Using only a night light pick the baby up in the dark, feed the baby, and then lay him back down. No need to wake the baby or even un-swaddle. If you feel like a diaper change is needed, go ahead and change the diaper before the feeding. This ensures you can lay the baby straight back down in the crib after the feeding.

3. Limit naps during the day.

I know it’s hard to wake a sleeping baby, but sleeping too long of a stretch during the day can rob nighttime sleep. If the baby sleeps past the two hour mark, I would go ahead and wake the baby up, feed him, keep him a wake for a bit, and then lay him down for another nap. If you feel the baby truly needs longer naps, feel free to increase the nap limit to 2.5 hours. Breaking up sleep during the day will help your newborn baby sleep better at night.

4. Use white noise.


No one wants to miss a party, so if your baby is listening to all the fun going on in the house it can be hard to fall asleep and stay asleep. I place a fan on medium in the baby’s room rather than directly next to the baby, so it does not blow directly on him or sit too close to his sensitive ears. Using white noise also helps immensely when we are traveling! We are usually able to avoid asking friends or family to be quiet.


5. Follow the eat, wake, sleep cycle.

The baby wakes from sleep and immediately eats. Then the baby is awake for a while to play. Then the baby goes back to sleep….
This cycle has several purposes. First, it encourages full feedings by allowing the baby to eat immediately after waking. The baby will have the most energy immediately after waking, making him more inclined to take a full feeding and go longer between feedings. Also, by feeding the baby after sleep rather than before sleep, the cycle prevents the baby from associating food with sleep or using food as a sleep prop. When using this cycle, a feeding before bedtime is typically only feeding before sleep.
Note: Newborns require frequent feedings and rest to ensure healthy growth a development in the early months. Always feed your baby as frequently as your baby needs to ensure healthy weight gain.

6. Use a pre-nap and bedtime routines.

It is well known that babies thrive on routine, structure, and predictability. Creating consistent routines for your baby will help bring order to a very chaotic world. Choose a pre-nap routine that works for you. A pre-nap routine may include taking the baby to his room, close the blinds or curtains, place the baby in his sleep sack or wearable blanket, turn on the white noise, sing a quick song (e.g. Twinkle, twinkle), give a few cuddles, and say your sleepy words “I love you. I hope you have a good sleep.”
A bedtime routine would typically be a little longer and may include a bath, a massage, reading a story, offering a feeding, placing the baby in a wearable blanket or swaddle, turning on the white noise, a few cuddles, and saying your sleepy words. Following the same exact routine as consistently as possible cues the baby for sleep, and over time the baby will learn that sleep immediately follows the nap and bedtime routines.

7. Change your baby’s diaper strategically…

Changing the diaper before a middle of the night feeding prevents the baby from waking up too much after a feeding is finished. When the baby wakes up change the diaper and re-swaddle to prepare him for sleep immediately following a night feeding. If you change the diaper after the night feeding, the baby may become too awake, making it more challenging for him to fall asleep.

8. Understand how a baby sleeps.

The more your baby sleeps, the more they will sleep. Keeping a baby awake in hopes of tiring him out will actually result in over-stimulation, and he will experience both difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. It is very likely an over-tired baby will sleep shorter, not longer.

9. Don’t rush in…

We may inadvertently encourage the start of a bad sleep habit by rushing in when a baby cries or rustles during the night. Often times, babies wake up babble and go back to sleep. The baby may even cry briefly or babble and still be asleep. Give the baby some time and see if he will resettle himself. Avoid rushing in and disturbing this process in order to help your newborn baby sleep better.

10. Lay the baby down awake, but drowsy.

The most important way to encourage your baby to sleep well in the long run is to teach him to fall asleep independently, which is essentially the beginnings of teaching independent sleep.
Babies, like adults, will naturally wake up during the night. Without knowing how to get back to sleep, a baby will cry out after waking regardless of actual need, resulting in night waking droning on for much longer than is actually necessary. Once a baby gets older, falling asleep independently enables a baby to drift back to sleep after waking in the night, ultimately helping your baby sleep better in the long run.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

10 TIPS ALL NEW MOMS SHOULD READ BEFORE THEY ENTER PARENTHOOD



1. IGNORE ANY AND ALL UNSOLICITED ADVICE



Once you start sporting a baby bump, the ENTIRE WORLD will have an opinion they can’t wait to share with you, and it will only get worse once that child is out of your body.
But once you learn the art of selective hearing, your life will get so much easier.
Trust me on this one.

2. SLEEP
Everyone will tell you to ‘sleep when the baby sleeps’, and it will become the most annoying phrase you’ve ever heard in your entire life. But if there’s one thing I could change about those first few months of motherhood, it’s the amount of time I spent being a martyr and doing everything EXCEPT laying down for a much-needed nap on the rare occasion my daughter let me put her in her crib.
The bottom line is that the vacuuming and the dishes and the toilets can wait.
Your well-being cannot.

3. BREASTFEEDING IS HARD WORK
And not everyone can do it.
But guess what?
There’s nothing wrong with giving your child formula (allergies permitting), so if you aren’t producing enough milk, can’t handle the pain, or simply don’t feel comfortable with it, the world will not end if you opt to bottle-feed.
And if someone has a problem with your decision, refer to # 1.
4. ACCEPT ANY HELP YOU CAN GET
You know the whole, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ saying?
Well, it’s true.
So I strongly recommend you do the exact opposite of what I did during the first few months of parenthood.Invite people into your home, let them hold your baby while you shower, ask them to pick up groceries for you when you can’t get out of the house, and remember that they wouldn’t be offering you help if they didn’t genuinely want to give it to you.
5. ENJOY SOME BABY-FREE TIME
My daughter was almost one before I felt comfortable enough to leave her alone with my husband, and she was almost 2 before we dared to leave her with a babysitter. And while both of those events were scary, the freedom they gave me did wonders for my well-being, and I regret that I didn’t allow myself a little adult time sooner.
I now make it a point to get out at least once a week by myself, even if it’s just to buy myself a pack of tampons, and I lock down our babysitter for one Saturday a month so my husband and I can enjoy some couple time.It makes SUCH a difference.
6. GET OUT OF THE HOUSE
For some stupid reason, my husband and I were too scared to take my daughter out of the house when she was born, so I didn’t leave the house FOR THREE AND A HALF WEEKS. Do you have ANY idea what that does to a woman with postpartum hormones coursing through her veins?
It wasn’t pretty.
So, unless there’s a medical reason you have to stay indoors, I highly recommend getting outside at least once a day. And if you can swing it, sign up for a mommy-and-me class, too.
The change of scenery and interaction with other moms will do wonders for you.
Trust me.
7. HIT THE GYM
I know, I know.
When you’re up 4 times a night dealing with a colicky child, the LAST thing you want to do is spend more than a nanosecond on the treadmill, but I can tell you from experience that the movement will do wonders not only for your energy, but for your self-esteem.
Just make sure your doctor is on board before you start exercising again.
8. DON’T IGNORE POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION
One of the things that scares me the most about having another baby is the idea of developing another case of the baby blues, and that I won’t be able to lift myself out of it.
It took me a long time to get back to my old self after my daughter was born, and while I never felt like I had true PPD, I’m the first to admit I could have benefited from a little bit of help from my doctor during the first year of motherhood.
So if you feel like the initial hormone-induced baby blues aren’t going away, do yourself (and your husband!) a favor and mention it to your doctor, K?
9. LISTEN TO YOUR GUT
Whenever I feel unsure about something and call my husband in a panic, he says, ‘what does your mommy instinct tell you?’ Admittedly, this irritates me.
Why do all of the decisions fall on my shoulders?
But experience continues to prove to me that your gut is very rarely wrong, especially when it comes to your child.
10. IT REALLY DOES GET BETTER
Being a parent is the hardest job you’ll ever have. There will be days when it seems as though life does nothing but throw lemons at you and it’s all you can do to keep it together until bedtime. And then, just when you reach your breaking point and start reaching for the wine as soon as you roll out of bed in the morning, things will get better.
Not easier. mind you, but better.
And you’ll suddenly find the strength to make it through to the next rough patch.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Pros & Cons of Cloth & Disposable Diapers


By Mumsibles.com

http://mumsibles.com/2015/02/28/pros-cons-cloth-disposable-diapers/

So, you’re getting ready for your little bubz and one of the definite decisions you will have to make before his arrival is whether you are going to use cloth diapers or disposables.
All most all of us have thought of this issue at some point, whether it’s with our firstborn our with our later kids.
We’ve made a list of Pros & Cons of Cloth & Disposable Diapers just to make it a bit more easier for you to decide!
I remember shopping for Junior’s arrival (such sweet times!! One of the first things I knew I was going to do was cloth diapers. I’ve been in cloth diapers and the fact that it’s natural and skin friendly was a plus factor for me. So we got 24 lovely cloth diapers and gave them to my mum. Our theme for Junior was “A Star is Born” and my mum spent many a nights toggling her work to stitch stars on those 24 diapers. Two weeks into cloth diapers, I had shifted to disposables – 8 years later, still hear her complaints! :p
Our list of Pros & Cons of Cloth & Disposable Diapers aims to give you a rough idea on how practical and good each of these diapers are so that you can choose for yourself which would be best suited for you.
You’ll have lots of people giving you their opinion, nevertheless, stick to what you feel comfortable with and don’t worry, you can change if you feel like you need to after bubz is born.
So here goes! Pros & Cons of Cloth & Disposable Diapers!
CLOTH DIAPERS
Cloth diapers have pretty much evolved from the time it was used on our generation! You now have the traditional terry cloth napkins, prefolded napkins, contour diapers and fitted diapers! (In case you know of more, please do comment below!)
So let’s start with a quick glance at the diapers.
The traditional cloth diapers are the rectangular terry cloth that need folding to be used. Prefolded napkins, much like the traditional cloth diapers need folding but has a thick, padded center section. Contour diapers are shaped like an hourglass and usually require fastening though new ones do come with snaps or velcro.  Fitted diapers are shaped like contour and have elastic around the legs and waist, and fasten with built-in snaps or velcro.
PROS OF CLOTH DIAPERS:
  • Economical -  This is by far the obvious, they will cost far less than the disposables that you will need to keep buy. The cloth ones that you are buy are for you to keep using wash after wash. And let’s not forget, if you plan on having a number 2 at some point, they can be used again!
  • Natural – cotton being natural is very safe on kids and the cloth is breathable meaning its easy on your baby’s skin.
  • You’ll never run out – since hygiene is of uttermost importance when it comes to newborns and toddlers, you are most likely to do you baby’s laundry on time (yes laundry.. sigh!). Provided that you are able to get them dried on time, you will never run out of them :)
  • Potty training is much more easy. Little ones feel less comfortable and undeniably feel the wetness and ‘messiness’ and most often it’s easier to potty train cloth diapered babies.
CONS OF CLOTH DIAPERS
  • It’s not that convenient – they have to laundered, ironed and folded. Quite a process especially during the first few weeks when baby is around. It is also advised to by a special detergent which is hypoallergenic and gentle enough for your newborn.
  • Messy – once again it’s a bit of a process. You need such accessories as change mats or cot sheets, to make sure that you don’t get mattresses and such wet and leaks can also mean baby’s clothes need to be changed as well. You can use plastic outter pants to help prevent leaks but such leaks are inevitable.
  • Don’t forget, the nappies have to be washed, this means you have to dispose the poop too before you can wash them thoroughly.
  • Need to be secured – as such you need safety pins.
  • Not suitable for travel – and it’s my personal opinion that it’s best not to use cloth diapers during the night to ensure a good night’s sleep for you and your little one.
DISPOSABLE DIAPERS
So there’s quite a lot of disposable brands that available in Sri Lanka, local and international brands.
Here are PROs and CONs of the disposable diapers:
PROS OF DISPOSABLE DIAPERS:
  • Very convenient – From grabbing on from the packet to putting it on. There’s no parallel process either – of washing, drying, laundering and folding.
  • Easy to travel – disposables are an easier choice when travelling.
  • Less leakages – so much less messier and likelihood of leakages are comparatively much less.
  • Helpful for long night rest – The baby is more comfortable and dry which means the baby is disturbed less.
CONS OF DISPOSABLE DIAPERS:
  • Nappy Rash – though some people may claim that there is a tendency for babies who are on disposable diapers, this is not necessarily true. Using disposable diapers that are of quality and have breathable material helps as does giving your baby some ‘diaper-free’ time. Using a cream such as Sudocream as a barrier can also help prevent and treat nappy rashes.
  • Harder to potty train – since babies and toddlers are comfortable and dry in their disposable diapers which are super absorbent there might be a tendency of difficulty in potty training disposable diapered babies.
  • More expensive – disposable are definitely the more expensive choice.
So there you have it, Pros & Cons of Cloth & Disposable Diaper!
 

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