A miracle worker to soothe your little cutie pie’s dry skin: QV Kids Balm and Moisturizing Cream

When babies are born, they have the softest skin ever; you spend countless hours touching their little feet and hands, powdering their bum and massaging them with baby oil after a nice, warm bath. But as your little bundle of joy starts to get older, they run and jump around, play in the sand, spend hours in the pool and even longer hours outdoors. A scratch on the knee, an elbow scab, a skin rash and before you know it, your baby’s skin is all dried up and is in need of some miracle worker to get it back to its soft, pink, bruise-free state.

After travelling to Egypt, I’ve noticed that Yehia’s skin has become very dry to that extent that it started to irritate him. He would constantly scratch his arms and legs even more frequently, leaving terrible scratch marks on his skin and even sometimes his bum.

I am not exaggerating when I say that I’ve literally tried EVERY moisturizing product and even took him to see a dermatologist who asked me to try this medical ointment to soothe his skin and nothing worked. Until one fine day, I was at Boots and spotted a QV Kids Balm. I immediately picked it up kept applying it on Yehia’s arms, legs and bum every single day after his showers. After exactly eight days, I noticed a significant change. His skin got a lot better. It’s now much softer and he even stopped scratching his legs.Even though its a balm, it doesn’t have that super greasy feel to it and he doesn’t get irritated when I apply it to his skin, unlike many other products I tried.


QV Kids Balm Available in 100g tube and 450g tub


I even got him the QV Kids Moisturizing cream and started using that and the effects are just unbelievable. My little boy feels better and he now has softer, smoother skin. The fun thing about the moisturizing cream is that its super easy to apply. It contains vitamins A (retinyl palmitate) and E (tocopheryl acetate) in colorful, skin friendly blue and purple micro-beads that quickly dissolve when applied to the skin. So now after shower time, Yehia sits up and is ready to be lathered up with his favorite moistorisor. Not only that, I let him apply it on his arms and legs and he has heaps of fun doing so.


QV Kids Moisturizing Cream – available in 100g tube


You can get all QV kids products in almost all pharmacies in the UAE. Price range: 45 – 70 AED.

For younger babies, check out QV Babies product range


Why play time is important for our children’s development

1How many times have you heard your parents or an older family member say: “We truly enjoyed and lived our childhood” or “Back in the day, we used to go out and play in the streets, climb a tree house or play hide and seek, unlike your generation of kids”. Even when I look back at my childhood days, I remember spending endless hours on end on the swings, playing with pebbles and riding my rainbow tasseled bike in the park. But now that we’ve fast forwarded to the year 2014, things aren’t quite the same and I honestly think that it’s not fair to blame it entirely on the children of this generation.

My Yehia is one mini tornado. He loves to jump, play and run around. Kais and I decided to enroll him at Happy Learning Nursery so that he gets a chance to interact with other children and spend his time on activities that would help with his behavioral and social development. When we all call it a day and head back home after work, Kais and I don’t always have the energy to play with Yehia or run around the house with his toy cars. After what would seem like endless hours of constant nagging, we give in and pull out his iPad, or turn on the tv for him to watch some cartoons. We both know and hear of the negative impact of too much TV, but when it’s 8:00 PM and your kid is still in hyper mode, you’re just tempted to find the an easy way to keep the little one occupied.

Yesterday, I was invited to attend a conference, where the results of the 3rd Fun City’s Play Index were revealed.  The study, which covers four countries for three different age groups shows a significant increase in the time spent on passive playtime; this includes watching TV, surfing the internet, spending time on the tablets and playing video games.  Based on the index, watching TV has increased up to 16% in 2014 from 12% in 2013.

Not only that, the findings of the study show that for children within 2-3 years of age, only 31% percent of their time is spent on physical play which is staggeringly low. Engaging in physical activities and play time is vital for the development of toddler’s motor and sensory skills. Also, encouraging your little ones to spend time on creative and role play activities like painting, or playing pretend doctor for example,  enhances their self-expression, imagination and creative skills.

One thing I found really interesting is that even though playtime increases considerably during weekends, our kids are still not making the most out of their time and are still spending it on the same routine they have gotten used to during weekends.

I guess this seems to be a trend that’s taking this region by storm. But, I am a firm believer that our kids are what we raise them to be. It can be a challenge, especially if you lead a busy work life, but no one said parenting is a walk in the part, nor should anything come in the way of our children’s well being.

In order to change these habits and encourage a well-rounded and balanced upbringing for our children, we have to make more of an effort to encourage them to take part in more physical play. Not only that, but also to make the time to play with them and take part in their activities. It won’t matter where you are or what activity you choose to play, as long as you’re doing it, then you’re making progress.

Here are some tips that could help you change your little explorer’s habits:

  • Just turn off the TV, hide that iPad or just simply stop charging it. Get on the floor and pull out the crayons. Color together and draw funny shapes. Make a fool of yourself, your little one will laugh with you and find it endearing.
  • If you have to get some chores done, let your kid help you out. I bought Yehia a little baby mop and every time I clean the apartment, I let him help and play with his little mop. He feels a sense of accomplishment after he’s done with his so-called ‘cleaning’.
  • When your child starts to get a little antsy and asks for his favorite cartoon, or his/her PSP, resist the urge to take the easy route. they will then realize that he/she has more time to do things and will think of ways on to better spend their time. This will even encourage his intuitive thinking. Take a step back and let them get creative and choose an alternative to how they can spend their time.

To help you compute your own child’s Play Index and get some understanding on their play behavior, Fun City launched the  Fun City Play Index Calculator. Here are a few screen shots to help you get a feel of what it’s like:


At the Fun City Play Index Event, we were invited to step outside to engage in some ‘play-time’. When I walked out, I found a little basketball hoop, a ball and some awesome race-cars.  Every Tom, Dick and Harry and myself engaged in some play time and I have to admit, it was a lot of fun. This made me think of my Yehia and how I know that if I can help him spend his time better, he will be a happier, healthier little man.  We all say that old is gold, so why not give our children the chance to change their ways and enjoy their childhood?

If you want to read more on the results findings and how the study was conducted, click here.

Five Survival Tips for Travelling with a Toddler

PhotoGrid_1417700673992I recently took off three weeks from work and traveled back home to Egypt with the fam. It’s been more than a year since I boarded a plane with my little Yehia and I must admit – it wasn’t as easy and breezy as travelling with him when he was younger. In short, yes – there was a lot of running around, chasing, hiding under counters and trying to jump on baggage belts. But there’s hope; there can be some tricks that can help you keep tabs on your excited little traveler and minimize your urge to pull that exit door handle and just jump off the plane.

Rise and shine early in the morning: I’m not really an advocate of using cough drops to make your little one drowsy so they can doze off on the plane. However, if your child happens to have the sniffles, then you’re in luck. You can give him his regular meds an hour before the flight takes off. What I strongly recommend you do is wake your toddler up really early in the morning, so by the time you’re at the airport for passport control, baggage claim and your duty free shopping, your little Columbus would be worn out and exhausted; all ready for his nap. At least this way you can enjoy a hassle-free trip on the plane, read a book in peace or enjoy a good movie.

  • STROLLERS, STROLLERS, STROLLERS: For some odd reason, I gave in to Kais’s constant pleads to leave the stroller behind. I ended up having to run after Yehia in terminals, duty free shops and toilets and the killer part: carrying around for what seemed like hours on end. Yes, I was plotting Kais’s ‘accidental death’ on my three-hour flight to Egypt and kicking myself for not doing it my way and taking the stroller anyway. Rule of thumb: ALWAYS TRAVEL WITH A LIGHT-WEIGHT STROLLER.
  • Charge up that smartphone/iPad: If you have some animations or movies that you know your baby likes on your iPad/Tab or smartphone, then make sure to charge up your devices. You can also purchase a power bank from the airport’s duty free, if you already don’t have one in your hand luggage. Most airlines have a good set of movies on their in-flight entertainment programs, but just so you can keep your little one distracted while you shop or as you roam around the airport terminals, some movies or games can be handy. I also had to resort to Youtube, since Yehia seemed to want to watch some random car videos rather than his actual favorite cartoons. So a device with an enabled data package would also be a plus.
  • Pack your toddler’s favorite items: If your little boy has a favorite stuffed animal, book, blankie that you know keeps him sane – make sure to pack them in your hand luggage. Avoid small toys that can be easily lost – otherwise, you’ll have to deal with constant tantrums once when you can’t find them in the airport or on the plane. Also make sure you have extra diapers, a change of clothes and a whole bunch of pacifiers – we all know how they magically disappear when you need them the most.
  • Where you sit on a plane makes all the difference: When my kid sees open spaces, he gets a sudden urge to just get up and run around. For that, I insisted that we get three seats by the window and have him sit in the middle. With not much to see and barely any room on an EgyptAir Economy class seating, he was settled and dozed off since we woke him up at the crack of dawn. If you are travelling with a younger baby, it’s always best to sit at the very front facing the separators so you can ask the flight attendant to get you one of those baby cribs for your munchkin to sleep in.

Traveling with a child will never be easy; so say goodbye to those old days when flying solo was a walk in the park, but I do hope that these tips help make your travel experience a little less painful.

If you have any other tricks up your sleeve that work wonders for you – share them in the comments section below!


Make Your Influence Positive – a video by Child Friendly

This is a very powerful video – I guess people never went wrong when they said phrases like: “Like father, like son”, or “Your little one is a carbon copy of you!” This video is a strong reminder to teach us grown ups a lesson: think twice before you act.

Before you start complaining about how aggressive, sloppy, or loud your children are, just remember that they are a reflection of how you behave every single day.

To raise your children right, start with yourself.

“Be the change you want to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi