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  • Accessible location

    If you're living in or working at Saidapet, Guindy, Kotturpuram, Adyar, Velachery or Sri Nagar Colony, there's no better Day Care option for your child than Happica. We are located in a safe, convenient and well connected residential colony in Little Mount.

  • Flexible services

    Need day care for the whole day or half day or just for a few hours a day? No worries, our services are very flexible. Call us or drop in and we'll work out a customized solution to meet your unique needs.

  • Just like home

    We are a family-run baby care service—with real aunties, uncles, grandpas and grandmas! The environment at Happica will be just like another home—a safe and cheerful place for your children to enjoy their time with us!

  • From the blog

    The importance of involved dads in parenting

    There are probably as many ‘responsible mom vs. goofy dad’ jokes as there are ‘wife vs. mother-in-law’ jokes.

    Caricatures of dads, who can’t change a diaper or put a baby to sleep or tie the kid’s shoelaces etc. are plenty, right?

    But the fact of the matter is, a good amount of recent studies are confirming what’s been an unacknowledged fact—when it comes to parenting, dads matter too... a lot actually!

    Research now shows that children with actively engaged fathers
    • display fewer behavioral problems when growing up
    • get better grades at school
    • develop positive self esteem
    • forge healthier relationships with the opposite gender
    • are less likely to endure sexual abuse (isn’t that great!)
    • when compared with kids whose fathers are not as active in the parenting process.
    • And guess what, involved fathers are not only a necessity for boys, but for girls too!

    The father-daughter relationship dynamic has also been another interesting area of recent studies. Analysis conclude that daughters with involved fathers grow up with higher levels of self-confidence, are sure of their life-goals and are less likely to end up in abusive relationships.

    So how can parents handle these facts about the value of the father?

    • Dads need to invest in the parenting process actively—especially with their time
    • Moms should not feel jealous if a child gets closer to the dad
    • When it comes to daughters, moms should not act as gatekeepers in determining how close the daughter gets to the dad—this prevents the father-daughter relationship from flourishing naturally
    • Dads need to demonstrate involvement—simple activities like teaching sports, reading, going on outings, checking on the child’s education regularly are some of the recommended ways to do this
    • Understand that Moms and Dads parent their children differently… and that's perfectly okay!

    When parents actively participate in the upbringing of their children with mutual understanding of each other’s role in parenting, children will invariably flourish.

    Can anything delight parents more?!

    So dads, do start making more time for your children—you will end up with a happier and wonderful family.

    6 breastfeeding tips that every Mom should know

    So you’re a new mom? Or about to become one? Feeling apprehensive about breastfeeding?

    “What if I don’t produce sufficient milk?”

    “What should I eat/drink?”

    “How often should I nurse my baby?”

    “What if it hurts?”

    These are just a few of the scary questions that you could be wondering about. Here are some tips that could help see you through this challenging season of your life.

    1. Take care of your health

    It’s a no brainer that a healthy mom = healthy milk = healthy baby.
    So look after your health first. Connect with a trusted dietician, work out a suitable diet and stick to it—especially during your pregnancy.

    2. Position correctly

    Try out different positions and vary them so that the pressure on your breasts is distributed evenly. Basically, there are 4 breastfeeding positions:
    • The cradle hold
    • The cross-over hold
    • The clutch hold
    • Reclining position
    Read this article by Baby Center—they explain it better than I can!

    Also, no matter which position you use, always bring the baby to your breast instead of the other way round.

    3. It gets easier

    Yes, it does hurt in the beginning—especially during the first two weeks. But trust me, it gets easier with practice—your body and baby will adjust to each other.

    Moisturize your nipples with nipple cream or olive oil—sometimes, your own milk can be used to heal those chapped, hurting nipples. Another tip is to insert clean and refrigerated cabbage leaves into your bra.

    4. Maintain consistent intervals

    Nursing is baby feeding time only—don’t use it as a pacifying activity and keep feeding every time your baby starts crying. Maintain a consistent interval of 1.5 to 2.5 hours between each nursing session, especially after the first couple of weeks.

    That way, you get to rest regularly and your baby also gets trained to sleep/play at steady intervals and cry for milk only when really hungry.

    If you don’t establish a predictable routine, you will end up sleepless, tired and frustrated all the time!

    5. Don’t forget to burp

    Whenever your baby’s mouth is off your breast or stops suckling, you need to burp him/her. Sit upright holding the baby to your chest, letting her/his chin to rest on your shoulder. Support the baby with one hand while gently patting the back with the other.

    Burping brings out air bubbles that may be trapped in the baby’s stomach, reduces dizziness and makes room for the baby to feed more.

    It is of course not required if the baby is burping by itself regularly.

    6. Don’t worry about how tiny your baby is

    Don’t increase your nursing frequency just because your baby looks tiny—that’s nothing to worry about.

    It takes 6 to 8 weeks for a normal baby to start gaining weight and become chubby, so don’t panic and be patient.

    Finally, don’t refrain from seeking help (especially if you had a C-Section), drink lots of water and juices to remain hydrated.

    Remember, breastfeeding helps your uterus to return to its normal size, thereby reducing post-delivery bleeding. It can reduce the risk of ovarian cancer too.

    Happy nursing!

    The value of household chores for children

    Check out the results of any research on effects of household chores upon children.

    All of them end up positive—children who start handling chores in their early years invariably grow up to be more responsible, well-adjusted and self-reliant. They also help kids become more empathetic to the needs of others.

    In fact, it looks like overindulging our children is no longer about how much stuff we buy for them—it’s more to do with them not doing any chores in the house!

    7 quick tips to guide your children into household chores

    • Start early for maximum positive impact. 2 to 3 years of age is a great time to start
    • Keep the tasks simple and present it in a way that your child is able to understand them
    • Create a chore schedule, communicate regularly and follow it with mutual agreement
    • Encourage and compliment generously for every successful task completion
    • Gamify it—create levels of chores and motivate them to achieve a higher level over a period of time. For e.g. starting with wiping the plates to earning the right to handle the dishwasher
    • Chores should not just be about one’s own things, but more about being a helper for others in the home
    • Talk about chores positively—else children will pick up a negative attitude towards them

    Finally, here’s a quick chart to understand what chores are appropriate for children of different age groups:

    Infographic: milestones matter, early childhood development

    Here's a really cool infographic published by Rasmussen College that would be really useful for parents.

    Did you know that babies will learn 300 more words if parents speak to their babies frequently?

    Do check out this infographic to discover the important development milestones of a baby from 2 months to 5 years.

    Source: Rasmussen College