Mum in Dubai: Get Rid of Stains Naturally

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Get Rid of Stains Naturally

If you are a mum in Dubai with small kids, you have definitely encountered stains. When kids play, clothes can get stained easily. Sweat, blood, bodily fluids, mud, grass, food, and a host of other things constantly conspire to make our children’s clothes dirty and stained. Some stains can be removed by normal washing, but there are other stains that require greater effort and strong stain removers.

Though there are many excellent stain removers available in the market, but most of these are toxic and laden with chemicals. With growing consciousness about our environment and the impact these chemical have on it, a lot of people are slowly looking back to green alternatives for removing stains. These chemicals can harm the delicate skin of our children and no mum in Dubai wants to do that.

Even before the commercial stain removers became available, clothes did get stained and out grandmothers had their secret laundry ingredients to deal with these stains. Most of these ingredients were eco-friendly and posed no particular harm to the environment. They were things that could be found in most pantries and were not expensive at all.

Mum in Dubai, Time is the Key

When it comes to stain removal, time is of the essence. The sooner you get to the stain the easier it is to treat it. If the stain is left on to the cloth, it sets in and then becomes more difficult to remove. So act before the stain has had the time to set in. As soon as you notice a stain, rinse it out with plain water and try to get as much of it out as possible. Then treat it with the appropriate stain remover for best results.

Treating Different Stains

There are so many things that can leave a stain on the clothes. Each thing requires a different treatment. There is no remover that will take care of all the stains. So you need to know how to treat which stain. Here is a short guide for some of the most common stains.

  • Blood: Wash blood stains with cold water to get as much of it out as possible. In most cases, if the blood is fresh, this should take care of the stain. But if there is still some blood left, then use hydrogen peroxide on the stain. Let it bubble and then rinse it out and wash as usual.
  • Grass: Wash with cold water and then treat it with hydrogen peroxide and water mixture to get rid of the stain.
  • Sweat Stains: The yellow sweat stains make even the best of the dresses look ugly. Getting rid of these stains is pretty easy. Make a paste of vinegar and baking soda and apply it to the Set it aside for half an hour or more. Then wash as usual, the stain will disappear.
  • Tea and Coffee: These stains need to be treated immediately. Wash with hot water to remove as much of the stain as possible and then use a paste of borax and water over the stain. Scrub and wash immediately.
  • Oil and Grease Stains: These are perhaps the toughest of stains to remove. Sprinkle a generous amount of talcum powder or chalk powder over the stain. Leave for a while to allow the powder to pull out as much of the stain as possible. Run it through a normal wash to get rid of the stain.

Mum in Dubai: The Food War With Babies

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My Baby Does Not Eat Enough

My Baby Doesn’t Eat Enough

If you are a mum in Dubai like me, you probably have heard a lot of mothers say that “my baby is not eating properly”. For a mum in Dubai, this is a common refrain. I have heard it from practically all my friends who have little babies. We are constantly worrying about the amount of food our babies are consuming. For new and first time mothers it is difficult to gauge how much is enough for the baby. I too was one of those mamas in Dubai who kept saying – “my baby doesn’t eat enough”.

To be fair, I had a genuine reason to do so as my son was and still is, reed thin. Compared to my daughter, who is a nice plump baby, my son looks like he has been starved.

Feed Him To Fatten Him

Moreover, every time I sent a picture of my son back home to my family in Italy, all I heard was he is too thin, feed him properly so he puts on weight. I followed the advice and tried to feed my baby but it all ended in a war of food with me forcing the food and my son refusing to eat beyond a limit. So it carried on till a few months back.

Sound advice on Food and Children

So I was at this party where I bumped into a paediatrician. We got talking and as always happens with Doctors, I asked her advice. I told her that I was worried my son was not eating enough. He was too thin and may be suffering from malnutrition. The paediatrician started laughing and told me that she was used to hearing this from mothers all the time. Then she gave me the best advice on feeding children.

Some children like to eat big meals at set times, while other children prefer to have smaller meals several times a day. They are no different from us adults, children also have their own body rhythms and habits. I did not fully grasp this initially, but then, she went on to explain.

She asked me if my son was dull or not active. The fact is my little one is unstoppable. Both the babysitter in Dubai and I have a hard time keeping up with him. From the moment he opens his eyes till he goes off to sleep, he is a bundle of energy and activity. He is running about jumping, playing and always ready for action. Then I saw what she meant, my son was thin not because he did not eat enough, but because he was such an active baby.

But, I was not done with my doubts, so here came the next advice – never force food down on a child. This will only make the baby resent food. The better thing to do is to put the food in front of the child and then let him choose how much he wants to eat. For the rest of the day, place food, snacks, fruits, etc. within the reach of the child so he can grab what he wants when he wants.

The Best Advice for a Mum in Dubai

No child will stay hungry if there is food within reach. So, I did as was advised and have not been stressed over my baby and his food. I placed food within reach and sure enough, my son started picking up food when he was hungry. I noticed that he preferred small meals several times a day rather than just having three or four big meals.

I do not stress anymore. He is very active and hasn’t put on much weight but, I realise he is an active child who will never have very chubby cheeks. As long as he is active and healthy I am happy. My advice to a mum in Dubai  – the key to preventing a food war is to ensure that the child gets proper nutrition throughout the day.

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