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Careful parents!!!!!

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Dear Mommies,   Please be very careful while playing with your little ones. Just a casual jerk or pull might harm him. It is very common for the parents to hold the arms of the child on either side and walk. Sometimes the child refuses to walk and parents just drag them not realising that it might hurt them. The ball like structure of the shoulder joint might get dislocated from its socket joint. It is not a very common thing happening with kids. But,yes, it does happen. And if that happens when he is this young, he is bound to go through shoulder dislocation many times as he grows older.   So please be very careful mommies. And if you really need to drag him, do it by holding his shoulder so that there is enough support at the joint.   Cheers!!!

Due date approaching…..

Hey Mommies (rather soon to be mommies),

Butterflies in your tummies…. as due date approaches..

Oh, i remember my days of pregnancy when I longed to see my baby… I was curious to know what my baby looked like – is it a boy or a girl?, how would my life change post delivery, would it be normal delivery or c-section….. questions and questions churning in my head and for all the answers I had to just WAIT!! Waiting was the most difficult task…

My due date was 12th May… And approximately a month before my due date I was asked to just rest at home as I can have a baby anytime.. So i was waiting for my baby  from12th apr and my li’l devil entered my life on 23rd may… So, that was a whole 1 month and 10 days of wait in which I was doing nothing but just wait, wait and wait.. I was no longer going out for a walk, no domestic chores (I was at my mom’s place), fed up of TV… My only source of entertainment (read survival) was browsing through scores of internet sites reading peoples birth stories, looking for interesting and unique names of boys and gals…

And during this period of never ending waiting, I found that I could do a far more important task… It was to pack a bag for the hospital… U never really know when u go into labor or break your waters.. So having a completely ready bag handy was a great idea!!!

Things that I found useful which could be carried for the hospital during delivery are:

1. A nice soft cotton saree (old one preferably) to lay it inside yr baby’s crib

2. Some big square cut cotton cloth pieces as cloth nappies (Diapers are no good for new borns). Also new cotton nappies would not be as useful as the excreta of a new born is all black and sticky and impossible to wash.. Its always better to use such cloth pieces and throw it off.

3. A soft blanket

4. A scarf for the mother

5. A belt or a cotton towel to be tied around the mother’s waist post delivery

6. Sanitary pads

7. A disinfectant to wash yr hands regularly before holding the baby and also give it to the visitors

8. Regular toiletries like soaps, tooth brush, toothpaste, hair brush etc..

9. A soft cotton towel for the baby

10. A small scarf for the baby or a cap

In the above mentioned list whenever I mentioned old, soft cotton clothes  I had washed them beforehand, soaked them in dettol, dried them and packed it.. Hygiene is the priority. Also new jhablas and new nappies are too harsh on the new born’s skin… It is better to use old sarees, bedsheets etc…

So, there you go mommies… Pack your bags and get ready on this exciting journey of motherhood….

Cheers!!!!!

 

Breast feeding and weaning

Hey parents,

How are your just borns doing? Still struggling for a whole night’s sleep. Don’t worry, this too shall pass!!!!

Many mothers have the privilege to breast feed their babies. I was one of them. And I believed in exclusive breast feeding. So my baby had nothing (not even water) for the first six months. I was extremely proud that I was providing him with a great immune system. I never realised that we both started enjoying this process. It was a fun ritual for us where we could sit quietly in a corner of a room and just be with each other. I would talk to him while he was feeding. Sing some songs or rhymes to him. And this would happen at least 6 times a day (and sometimes in the middle of the night too).

But as all good things come to an end, there came a time when I would have to stop this exciting breast feeding process as he wanted some solid food intake. He was growing , I need to grow up too!!! And then started the process of ‘Weaning’.

He started having mashed fruits, vegetables, paste of rice and dal etc.etc..  which made him lesser hungry for my milk. Though we still had the routine of breast feeding atleast twice a day, I started missing being with him, cuddled close. I feared that he might no longer find me important as I have nothing to offer to him. I wept and wept till wisdom dawned on me.

Ah, a mother is always a mother!!! No matter what. We all love our mothers. So would he. Then, I started feeding him his mashed fruits, veggies and sang all the rhymes and songs to him. We started enjoying this process now. I could see his cute smile and his tiny teeth shining like pearls when I sang all those for him. Coz he was sitting right in front of me and not lying in my lap.

This is also a fun thing to do….So mommies, weaning doesn’t necessarily mean moving away from your child, it is a new way to have fun with your baby.

Go ahead, wean them off!!!

Cheers!!!!