English: A hungry baby yelling and crying. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One question you will hear time and again is
” Why is the baby crying?”
When your little munchkins is red in the face, wriggling and writhing, his face scrunched up and mouth wide open to let out the loudest wail , this is the last question you’d ever want to hear! Especially when you don’t have the answer yourself. But, you will hear it again and again and again till you feel like joining baby in sheer helplessness! But fear not. Babies don’t cry for no reason. Continue reading
When we had our babies, we had to spend the first forty days in a darkened room which was meant specially for nursing mothers.Only the bais could come inside to give the mother nd child a bath. And in the evening a stove with burning embers would be kept below the bed to keep the room warm. And the baby was kept for a while enshrouded in smoke.
I was horrified when I heard this description from my mother in law. No wonder it was called a confinement . I think it more appropriate to call it imprisonment. Continue reading
That is the question that has plagued all mothers and pediatricians alike. When I was a mother it was the rage to put the baby on solid food as soon as possible. As long as we breast fed the baby for 12 weeks it was fine. We were not only encouraged to give formula feeds from day 1 but were also encouraged to give water, gripe water and vitamin drops.
Thirty years on and I find all that’s changed. Mothers today are encouraged to breast feed exclusively for 6 months. This is supposed to give the child a life long immunity against obesity and asthma and other allergy induced conditions. So Neesha has decided to exclusively feed little Keshav. But it’s not as easy as it looks find out more on this link
p.s. the picture is not mine. I’ve taken it from the net.
Yesterday another friend came over to visit Keshav and Neesha. She got along some organic baby wash, shampoo and lotion made by Topfer a brand that I’d never heard of before but which is available in Mumbai at Organic Haus, Kemp’s Corner, a speciality shop selling only organic, vegetarian products.
Bath time is one of the more pleasurable experiences of bringing up baby. Most babies love the water and you can literally see them calming down and enjoying the water . When I became a mother all those years ago there was only ONE way to bathe baby – on your legs or on your grannie’s legs or on your bai’s legs.
Bathing a baby is very important because even though baby just lies in bed all day, bathing sets some kind of routine. Normally babies sleep well after a bath and this is the time to catch up on stuff that needs to be caught up with. Continue reading
Piecing it together
“Hey mom, let’s do something together” said Neesha to me one day soon after she quit working. As a 7 month pregnant anesthesiologist it was getting increasingly hard for her to work. Driving to work was a headache with the rush hour traffic adding to the difficulty of managing the steering wheel over an expanding middle not to mention the acidity that she had to deal with thanks to her irregular working hours and general lack of sleep; all of which spelt one thing loud and clear QUIT WORKING. Continue reading