Dealing with the Tummy Monster

I’ve been pretty quiet these past few days largely because we’ve been having a trying time with Keshav and his gas. Mother’s milk, while it is the best for a baby is also one of the reasons for a testy baby. Neesha was all set to nurse her baby for all of six months because the latest WHO reports show that babies who are exclusively breast fed have the best start in life. In countries like ours where runny tummys are quite the norm, breast feeding is the best way to avoid water borne diseases and the consequent risks of diarrhea, the number two culprit for infant mortality in tropical countries. But what people don’t tell you is that mother’s milk sweet as it is also causes a lot of gas and constant pain. Continue reading


Why is the baby crying?

English: A hungry baby yelling and crying.

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


To Nurse or Not to Nurse ?

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.


Goodbye Johnson’s Baby smell

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.

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