Why forty days?

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


Don’t throw the baby out with the bath tub!

Mom bathing cute baby - stock photo


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


All that you need for a baby

Today we got an invitation to a different kind of exhibition – an exhibition of Baby care products.

MBC Expo logo

India’s Only International Exhibition for
Maternity and Baby Products


This morning while shopping for some more square nappies I came across a granny who told me that it is better to buy panties and stick nappy pads on them much like Sanitary pads. These she says cuts down the cost of using Pampers and reduces the washing by half since they are disposable. And she should know since she is bringing up twin boys! Continue reading


Dr. Who? Part 2

Just as it is important to identify a gynac before your delivery , it is equally important to identify the paediatrician . After all it is the paediatrician who first sees your baby and checks out that everything is all right.

English: Newborn Examination.

English: Newborn Examination. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With babies beginning immunisation programs within the first week of their birth and with children remaining children till they turn 15, you are going to have a long term relationship with him.

Ensure that the paediatrician is someone whom you can relate to,is close at hand and willing to answer your very question .

Since mothers these days depend a lot on their own mothers to bring up children, you must ensure that the paediatrician knows who the granny is.

Consider this story sent by my friend Dee:

A woman and a baby were in the doctor‘s examining room, Waiting for the doctor to come in for the baby’s first exam. The doctor arrived, and examined the baby, checked his weight, and being a little concerned, asked if the baby was breast-fed or bottle-fed.
“Breast-fed,” she replied.
“Well, strip down to your waist,” the doctor ordered.
She did. He pinched her nipples, pressed, kneaded, and rubbed both breasts for a while in a very professional and a detailed examination.
Motioning to her to get dressed, the doctor said,
“No wonder this baby is underweight. You don’t have any milk.”
“I know,” she said, “I’m his Grandma, but I sure am glad I came.”