5 Celebrity Weight-Loss Secrets That Will Help You Lose The Baby Weight

After giving birth, most mothers will probably start to plan on how to shed the baby weight they gained while being pregnant. Every mother is different – while it’s easier for some women to lose those extra pounds, others might take a longer time and more effort.

But don’t worry, we are here to help you get back to shape. Here are 5 celebrity weight-loss secrets you need to know about:

Beyoncé
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According to Queen Bey, the fastest way to lose the baby weight is by breastfeeding. In an interview back in 2012, Beyoncé said, “I lost most of my weight from breastfeeding and I encourage women to do it; it’s just so good for the baby and good for yourself.”

Jennifer Lopez
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The key to losing the baby weight is through proper diet. Sexy pop singer and actress Jennifer Lopez said that going vegan helped her lose the baby weight.

“Since I had the babies about six years ago, I had that like, really stubborn eight to ten (pounds) on me. People are used to seeing me be kind of thickish, but when I started eating (vegan), right away I dropped like 8 to 10 pounds. It was a real change, but more than that, I felt much better. And people were like, ‘Your energy’s better’… everything’s better. I did full vegan for almost four, five weeks, then I just started incorporating proteins for myself. The truth is, even if you’re 70-80% vegan, it’s so much better having those vegetables, greens, and plant-based stuff. It’s going to change your life and it’s going to change your health,” shared the hot mama.

Jenna Dewan Tatum

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Another way to get rid of those extra pounds is to try to squeeze in workouts into your daily routine. Jenna Dewan Tatum says she was able to lose her baby weight by doing lunges and calf raises while rocking her daughter for 40 minutes.

She explained, “I used all of the minutes and hours that I would be rocking Evie to sleep, and I’d make it a workout. So I’d be doing lunges across the room or squats or whatever I was doing, because I was going to be doing it for 40 minutes regardless, so I might as well turn it into a little bit of a workout.”

Jessica Simpson
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Jessica Simpson is one fit mama. Do you know how she lost those baby weight? It was by daily walks. After her baby Ace was born, she said she aimed to get 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day. “I wasn’t trying to lose weight,” she said in a recent interview with USA Today. Rather, she began walking to release anxiety and be a “happier person to be around.” Now, she says, “I try and walk about four miles a day consistently. It makes me feel better.”

Jessica Alba
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Jessica Alba is a proud mother, a loving wife, and the founder of The Honest Company. To shed her baby weight, the actress used a corset to get her pre-baby body back after her two pregnancies. “I wore a double corset day and night for three months. It was brutal; it’s not for everyone,” she said. However, she went on to say it was “sweaty but worth it.”

40 Baby Names That Are Banned In Malaysia

As you may or may not know, the National Registration Department of Malaysia actually has a list of banned baby names. In a report published by the BBC in 2006, the Malaysian authorities published the list to prevent parents giving their children outrageous names such as Chow Kow (smelly dog) or Zaniah (female adulterer).

According to The CanLaw Report, the list came as a response to the growing number of Malaysians who are applying to change their birth names. The website also adds that the intention is really to protect children from getting teased or ridiculed when he or she grows up.

Source: Says Malaysia

Without further ado, here are some of the banned baby names (and its meanings) in Malaysia:

Malay
  1. Zaniah (female adulterer)
  2. Woti (sexual intercourse)
  3. Hitam (hitam)
  4. Putih (white)
Indian
  1. Karruppan (black fellow)
  2. Sivappi and Vellayan (fair)
  3. Pitchaikaran (beggar)
  4. Karrupusamy (black God)
  5. Periyannan (big brother)
  6. Pitchaikaran (begger)
  7. Ayavoo
  8. Mayandy
  9. Andyappan
  10. Etikkan
  11. Pitchayee
Cantonese
  1. Chow Kow (smelly dog)
  2. Sor Cai (insane, stupid)
  3. Kou Lou (tall guy, long legged)
  4. Tai Ngan (buffalo, big eyes)
  5. Soh Low (clumsy)
  6. Tai Yee (big ears)
  7. Ai Chai (midget, short legged)
  8. Chow Tow (smelly head)
  9. Kai Chai (little chicken)
Source: The Sun Daily
Hokkien
  1. Ah Chwar (snake)
  2. Ang Moh (red haired, often used to refer to white people)
  3. Heoy Kay (turkey)
  4. Hor Kianh (tiger cub)
  5. Khiow Koo (hunchback)
  6. Tok Sim (cruel heart)
  7. Tua Pooi (fatty)
  8. Tua Bug (big eyes)
Mandarin
  1. Ah Loo (donkey)
  2. Hwai Sze (naughty kid)
  3. Chang Chee (prostitute)
  4. Ho Sze (monkey)
  5. Sun Choo (wild boar)
  6. Tha Thaw (big head)
  7. Chue Sze (piglet)
  8. Sze Kwee (dead ghost)

Besides the above, parents are not allowed to name their child after animals, insects, fruits, vegetables, colours or Japanese car brands. Other names such as Hitler, 007, and Stalin are also prohibited.

Sources: The CanLaw Report, BBC News.

6 Kid-Friendly Recipe Ideas To Try Tonight

Preparing meals for your kid doesn’t need to be a battle against the clock anymore. Whether it’s pizza, mac and cheese, or fish sticks, you’ll find recipe your children love. The best part is that adults will enjoy these creative recipes too.

1. Choc chip cookie brownies
Source: kidspot.com.au
Ingredients: 
  • 225 g butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate (coarsely chopped)
How to make: 
  1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C.
  2. Cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and then the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition.
  3. In a second bowl, sift together the flour, bicarb soda and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture slowly, while beating the mixture on low.
  4. Fold in the walnuts and chocolate chunks.
  5. Spread the batter/dough into a large 20cm x 30cm baking pan. The mixture will rise, so don’t worry if it looks a little thin once spread into the tin.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool completely and then cut into squares.

For more info, visit Kidspot’s website.

2. Macaroni and cheese
Source: popsugar.com
Ingredients: 
  • 3 cups pasta, uncooked
  • 3 Tbl. butter, unsalted
  • 8 oz. Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 1 ¼ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
How to make: 
  1. Cook the pasta in salted boiling water for 5 minutes or until it is just under al dente.
  2. Drain and place in the slow cooker.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the pasta and stir until well combined.
  4. Cook on high for 2 – 3 hours stirring about every 30 minutes.

For more info, visit Food Guy Adventures’ website.

3. Ham and pineapple pizza muffins
Source: kidspot.com.au
Ingredients: 
  • 3 English muffins, split
  • 6 tbsp pizza sauce
  • 4 slices ham, diced
  • 1 tin (440g) crushed pineapple, drained well
  • 3 cup pizza cheese (preferably Edam cheese for a reduced fat profile)
How to make: 
  1. Toast the muffins in the toaster and spread 1 tablespoon of pizza sauce on each.
  2. Scatter ham and pineapple on the pizza sauce.
  3. Top with pizza cheese.
  4. Place under the grill until the cheese is melted and serve.

For more info, visit Kidspot’s website.

4. Turkey and Swiss Sloppy Joes
Source: cookinglight.com
Ingredients: 
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 12 ounces ground turkey breast
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups thinly sliced kale
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 ounces presliced mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 ounces Swiss cheese, shredded (about 3/4 cup)
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns
How to make:
  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high.
  2. Add turkey; cook 6 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble.
  3. Add kale, onion, thyme, garlic powder, and mushrooms; cook 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Whisk together milk and flour.
  5. Add milk mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 5 minutes or until thickened.
  6. Remove pan from heat; stir in cheese, pepper, and salt. Spoon about 3/4 cup turkey mixture onto each bun.

For more info, visit CookingLight’s website.

5. Tomato-Basil Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons
Source: cookinglight.com
Ingredients: 
  • 2 1/2 pounds ripe tomatoes (about 6 large)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
  • 4 (1-ounce) slices whole-wheat bread
  • Cooking spray
  • 1.5 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1/3 cup)
How to make:
  1. Place oven rack on top third of oven. Preheat broiler to high.
  2. Halve tomatoes crosswise. Place tomatoes, cut sides down, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Broil 5 minutes or until skins are slightly blackened. Remove and discard skins. Discard foil.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes; cook 2 minutes. Add chicken stock, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil. Stir in cream cheese and basil.
  4. Carefully place tomato mixture in blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a kitchen towel over lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Divide soup evenly among 4 bowls.
  5. Line baking sheet with foil. Coat 1 side of bread slices with cooking spray; turn over. Top 2 slices with cheese and remaining bread slices. Place sandwiches on pan; broil 30 seconds on each side or until toasted. Cut each sandwich into 6 pieces; top servings evenly.

For more info, visit MyRecipes’ website.

6. Brown-sugar barbecue chicken drumettes
Source: marthastewart.com
Ingredients: 
How to make:
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together ketchup, sugar, Worcestershire, and vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Set aside 1 cup sauce for tossing raw chicken; use rest for baked chicken.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds; line 2 rimmed baking sheets with aluminum foil.
  3.  Divide drumettes between baking sheets, and toss with reserved 1 cup sauce.
  4. Bake chicken until opaque throughout, 30 to 35 minutes, rotating sheets and tossing chicken halfway through. Toss baked drumettes with 1/2 cup sauce, and serve with remaining sauce on the side.

For more info, visit Martha Stewart’s website.

5 Benefits Of Swaddling Your Baby

Swaddling is a great way to soothe your newborn baby. When your baby is swaddled, it is as if she is taken back to the days in the womb. The days when everything was comfortable, safe and snug. According to American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), this technique can be an effective way to help calm infants and promote sleep. But in order to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), parents should stop swaddling as soon as babies can roll over.

When done correctly and safely, swaddle your baby has a number of key benefits for both parents and babies.

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1. Longer and sounder sleep

Swaddling in hands-over-heart position is the preferred sleeping position for babies. With this sleeping position, babies are able to self-soothe and able to get back to sleep on their own. This promotes a longer and sounder sleep in babies.

2. Soothe crying baby

When swaddled, babies feel secure and safe just like how they felt in the womb. Research has shown that swaddling can decrease crying by 42% in infants 8 weeks old or younger.

3. Prevent face scratching

The habit of scratching is normal among newborns, especially on the face.

4. May reduce risk of SID

Babies who sleep on their stomachs are at higher risk of SIDS. For that reason, parents are suggested to have their baby sleep on their backs. A properly swaddled newborn, with their face up, will be less likely to fidget and shift in sleep and end up on their tummy. However, parents should stop swaddling as soon as their baby can roll over.

Source: nestedbean.com
5. Makes transition to crib or bassinet easier

As new parents, you will probably find it difficult to transition your baby from your arms to the crib. Have your baby swaddled makes this transition easier, as it continues to make the baby feel the security of your touch even as you move away from them.

 

Source: MedBroadcast, The Baby Sleep Site.

6 Common Baby’s Body Language Decoded

Before your baby learn to speak, body language is important for you to communicate with them. Sometimes they use body language to send you signals on how she is feeling. For newborns, they often cry to communicate their needs and desires.

Here’s ways to understand and decode what these baby body language could mean. Let’s explore them together!

Source: worldofmoms.com
1. Kicking in the air

This is a sign that your baby is having good  and being happy. A way babies use to express their happiness. Babies usually kick their legs when you are playing with them.

2. Arching the back

When your baby arches her back, it could be due to pain or uneasiness. Usually, babies arch their back when they suffer from heartburn.

3. Crying

Crying would be the mostly sent signals from your baby. It can be due to many reasons that your baby is crying. For example, hunger, teething, hot or cold weather, wet diaper and so on. So you will need to identify the cause why your baby is crying and solve it immediately.

4. Fist clenching

A clenched fist is a regular movement that babies make. However, clenched fist may also be a sign of extreme hunger or stress. When your baby is hungry, she becomes tense and clenches her fist.

Source: sheknows.com

 

5. Turning head away

If your baby starts to look away, it could be a warning sign that you should probably stop what you are doing. It is a sign that she wants you to leave her alone enjoying her own company.

6. Knee scrunching

This could be an indication of discomfort and uneasy sensation in your baby’s digestive system. It generally happens when there’s a gas, constipation or uneasy poop.

 

Source: Mom Junction, World of Moms, Tiny  step.

30 Admirable Italian Baby Names For Boys

Wine, fashion, architecture – Italy has it all. In addition, Italian baby names are unique, charming and admirable, too. Italian baby boy names also sound exotic yet have a cool edge to them.

Fancy a stylish name from the motherland of pizza and need some inspirations? Here’s some cute and cool Italian baby names for your baby boy-to-be.

Source: hennablossom.com
1. Dante

Meaning: Faithful.

2. Patrizio

Meaning: Noble.

3. Sergio

Meaning: One who serves, attendant.

4. Donatello

Meaning: To give.

5. Stefano

Meaning: Garland, crown.

6. Alba

Meaning: White.

7. Angelo

Meaning: Messenger from God.

8. Marcelo

Meaning: Hammer.

9. Alberto

Meaning: Noble, bright, famous.

10. Antonio

Meaning: Priceless.

Source: whattoexpect.com
11. Emmanuel

Meaning: God is with us.

12. Franco

Meaning: Freeman.

13. Benito

Meaning: The blessed one.

14. Aurelio

Meaning: Gilded or golden.

15. Marco

Meaning: Rendered to Mars, warlike.

16. Maurizio

Meaning: Dark-skinned.

17. Alfonso

Meaning: Eager, noble.

18. Paolo

Meaning: Tiny, petite.

19. Fabian

Meaning: Bean grower.

20. Leonardo

Meaning: Like a lion.

Source: pinterest
21. Orlando

Meaning: Famous throughout the land.

22. Luigi

Meaning: Warrior.

23. Pasquale

Meaning: Easter related.

24. Ottavio

Meaning: Eighth.

25. Michelangelo

Meaning: Michael, the angel.

26. Galileo

Meaning: A rolled sheet.

27. Fabrizio

Meaning: Skilled worker.

28. Luciano

Meaning: Light of the day.

29. Eugenio

Meaning: Of noble descent.

30. Salvatore

Meaning: Saviour.

 

Sources: Essential Baby, Mom Junction.

30 Admirable Italian Baby Names For Girls

Florence, Tuscany, Venice – Italy isn’t just about beautiful places. It also has some absolutely gorgeous baby names.

There is just something so lovely about Italian names. Therefore, if you are considering a name from one of the most beautiful romance languages in the world, look no further. Here is a list of beautiful Italian baby names that will be suitable for your baby girl.

Source: pinterest
1. Vera

Meaning: Truth.

2. Bianca

Meaning: White, shining.

3. Aria

Meaning: Air. Melody.

4. Gabriella

Meaning: God is my strength.

5. Caprice

Meaning: Whimsical.

6. Emilia

Meaning: Industrious.

7. Carina

Meaning: Little darling.

8. Donna

Meaning: Lady.

9. Antonia

Meaning: Priceless.

10. Giovanna

Meaning: God is gracious.

Source: stayathomemum.com.au
11. Vivienne

Meaning: Alive.

12. Esta

Meaning: From the east.

13. Caterina

Meaning: Pure.

14. Rosalie

Meaning: Rose.

15. Clarissa

Meaning: Bright and clear.

16. Gloria

Meaning: Woman of glory.

17. Flavia

Meaning: Golden-haired woman.

18. Elena

Meaning: Bright, shining light.

19. Francesca

Meaning: Woman from France.

20. Valeria

Meaning: Strength.

Source: bestlittlebaby.com
21. Lucia

Meaning: Light.

22. Natalia

Meaning: Born on Christmas.

23. Angelina

Meaning: Little angel.

24. Verdi

Meaning: Green.

25. Stella

Meaning: Star.

26. Aurora

Meaning: Sunrise.

27. Bibiana

Meaning: Full of life.

28. Sabrina

Meaning: From the River Severn.

29. Cassandra

Meaning: Shine upon mankind.

30. Gina

Meaning: Queen.

 

Sources: Essential Baby, Mom Junction.

Why It’s Important To Burp Your Baby & How To Do It

Burp is the releasing of gas bubbles right from the oesophagus via mouth. Burping your baby after each feeding is as important as feeding her. If you are new in parenthood, you should know the importance and need of burping a baby.

First of all, making your baby burp is necessary for the digestion process. It helps to get rid of some of the air your baby tend to swallow during every feed. The air that your baby takes in during every feed can interfere with your little one’s digestion. It makes him feel uneasy and set up stage for more problems inside the stomach. Besides that, too much swallowed air can lead to spitting up, crankiness, and a feeling of gassy in babies.

Source: boldsky.com

Experts believe that one of the main reasons for babies to suffer from colic (and unbearable stomach ache) is due to the presence of excessive air trapped inside the abdomen, sucked in during a feeding session. A baby suffering from colic can break into bouts of shrill cries beyond soothing. Also, having air inside the stomach can also interfere your baby’s sleep. If you see that your baby wakes up and feels better once you make him sit, chances are that there’s air inside his tummy.

So here are the two most common positions to burp a baby:

Placing the baby on your lap: Lay your baby on the lap, hold the baby properly and pat the back of the baby.

Hold the baby over the shoulder: Place your baby on your shoulder. Hold her with one hand and pat her back gently. Make sure the head and the body of the baby is properly supported.

Sources: Lifealth, Living and Loving, Huggies.

7 Tips For Freezing Homemade Baby Food

When your little one is finally ready for solid foods, you will be so excited and all you want to do is to give her the best kind of baby food. This means that you will have to prepare your own baby food since they are higher in nutrients and also taste better. Freezing and defrosting homemade baby food is a great option especially for busy mommas.

According to Wholesome Baby Food, it is recommended that freshly pureed homemade baby food to be stored no longer than 48 hours in the refrigerator. This time limit ensures that the possibility of bacteria growth in the puree is kept at a minimum.

Here are 7 tips on how to freeze, thaw and reheat baby food.

1. Freeze in a cube tray
Source: livingandloving.co.za
Put the pureed baby food you prepared in the cube tray before putting it in the freezer. Cover them with proper freezing bags. It is easier to estimate the amount of food that your baby consumes.
2. Label the bag
Source: intelligentmother.com
If you use a freezer bag to store the food, remember to label the bag with the date of preparation as well as the type of food. You don’t wanna waste time guessing what was in that bag.
3. Thaw in the refrigerator

Simply take the food out from the freezer and into the refrigerator until it is thawed out. This method allows the food thaws out very slowly in order to maintain the nutrients.

4. Thaw in cold water

Put the frozen food inside a watertight bag and then submerge under cold water. Make sure that you do not use hot water it may encourage the growth of bacteria on the outer layer.

5. Thaw with microwave
When it is time to feed your baby, simply take out the number of food cubes needed and put it in the microwave. Make sure to use microwaves that have the defrost settings to thaw frozen baby foods.
Source: babble.com
6. Heat it up before feeding your baby
Once the food has thawed out, you need to heat it before you feed it to your baby. You need to heat baby food to at least 60° to 100° C.
7. Do not refreeze

After heating baby food, feed your baby within two hours after sitting at room temperatures. Leftovers should not be stored again or refreeze as they can easily lead to food poisoning due to contamination.

 

Sources: Intelligent Mother, Wholesome Baby Food, Living and Loving.

7 Benefits Of Co-Sleeping With Your Baby

Co-sleeping essentially refers to sleeping in close proximity with your baby with one or both the parents. However, it can also mean that he sleeps in his own cot, but in your room.

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According to Mom Junction, there are 4 different ways of co-sleeping:

  1. Family bed or bed sharing: Where one or both the parents sleep with the child in the same bed.
  2. Different beds same room: Here, the baby sleeps in a crib or bassinet, or in the same room an arm’s away from the parents’ reach.
  3. Sidecar arrangement: The crib is attached to one side of the bed, next to the mother. This side can be removed or lowered so that it is easy to breastfeed the baby.
  4. Baby welcomed when needed: The child is made to sleep in her bedroom and is taken when needed. Parents usually welcome their babies followed by a night waking.

There are many benefit of co-sleeping. Here are 7 benefits to make you wanna cuddle up with your little one tonight.

1. Easy breastfeeding

For obvious reasons, babies who co-sleep are more likely to successfully breastfeed and breastfeed longer.

2. Reduced risk of SIDS

Research studies reveal babies are at a lower risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) when they sleep in the same room as parents. But of course, this doesn’t mean that SIDS cannot occur in babies who co-sleep. However, it becomes easier for parents to detect when something is wrong with their baby if they co-sleep.

Source: thebump.com
3. Less night time crying

Knowing mama is close will likely help your baby sleep better and fuss less. They feel secure with you around them. You are able to notice earlier signs of hunger or time for nappy change. Often, this can even be done before they begin to cry.

4. Better sleep for both baby and parents

Being close to mom or dad, unsurprisingly has a calming effect on babies. Co-sleeping parents have more and better sleep. There is no need for you to wake up, get up from the bed and go to the baby to feed or comfort her.

5. Better bonding

It promotes better bonding between parents and the baby. Being there in the dark of the night just strengthens your baby’s instinct that you’ll be there when she’ll need you the most. She feels secure. This is particularly helpful for parents who don’t have much time to bond with the little one during the day.

Source: tuttibambini.com
6. Get daddy involve

Co-sleeping is one of the things that can benefit dad just as much as mom. It gives daddies a feeling of involvement in the baby’s day-to-day care.

7. Lots of cuddles
Night time cuddles can be a wonderful part of the mama-baby relationship.
 

 

Sources: Babygaga, Living and Loving, MomJunction.