How Can New Mothers Improve Sleep?

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Sleep deprivation is common with new moms, which can affect their health and make motherhood a burden rather than a joy. These are some ways how new mothers can avoid sleep deprivation:

Be clear with your sleep needs with your partner and other people at home. Avoid taking up responsibilities and try to delegate more. Sometimes family members don’t understand the gravity of the situation, so it is better to discuss with them.

Don’t feel guilty about taking help. Taking help will mean finishing tasks faster, which will give your more sleep time.

If you are becoming a mom for the second time, there are times you will feel you are not giving time to the elder one and so will go out of the way to attend the child’s PTA or cultural programme. Avoid doing so. Learn to say no to your child but remember having a newborn at home means a lot of work which means, you will need a lot of rest.

So instead of giving up sleep time for a programme, think twice.

One of the oldest and most truthful fact-’Sleep when your baby sleeps’- which you find in all pregnancy guides & baby books, should be followed strictly. This is the only way you can enjoy unperturbed sleep.

However tempted you may be to return calls or clean the house, just put everything aside and lie beside you baby and sleep.

Postpartum depression or baby blues is quite common in new mothers due to lack of sleep. If you are experiencing symptoms, talk to your doctor. Sleep disorders like sleep apnea could also refrain you from taking short naps; make sure you speak to your doctor and get the required treatment.

Motherhood is one of the most beautiful and happiest experiences in the life of a woman, don’t let anything come in between you and your baby, especially not sleep.

A Short Baby Bible – Every Parent Must Remember

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Having a new baby is probably the most wonderful experience of anyone’s life, especially if you just start a new family and have always wanted to become a parent. A baby could be the source of happiness in any home, but if the inexperienced parents really don’t have a clue of what to do with the baby, then the little one could instead become the source of frustration.

Trying to know what the baby wants could be the most frustrating moments for new parents, especially when the baby just won’t stop crying. There are just so many possible scenarios with the baby that can make new parents feel overwhelmed. The first few weeks or even the first few months could be really intense, and for new parents, these are the crucial moments where they could really use some valuable knowledge about how to handle a baby.

Actually, there are so many great sources of information around you, if you just look at the people who really close to you, like your mother, grandmother, or your sister and friends who already have children, they can actually provide you with valuable information based on their own experience. Even better if they live close to you, they probably can come by and show you exactly what to do.

The experts at the hospital also can give you some great information. At the hospital after the labor, you can use the time to learn from your doctor and nurses about how to care for your baby the right way. From the nurses you can learn a lot, like how to hold, bathe, and burp the baby. Usually in the hospital there are also lactation consultants and feeding specialists that can give you specific information about bottlefeeding and nursing your baby.

To get you started, here is an infographic that can show you some of the most important things you should know when you have a new baby.

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Working Moms, Here Is How You Balance Family & Work.

Blog - 29th Jan

  1. Stop Feeling Guilty: There are times when you are at home you worry about work and when you are at work you are guilty of leaving your children at home. You are not selfish, think of your work as the means for better educational opportunities for your child,  better childcare & healthcare for your child & family. Such notions will comfort you.
  2. Get Quality Childcare: Do your research on nannies or preschools before you settle on one. Speak to other parents, check records & their experience before you hand over your precious little one. Someone you can blindly trust with your child; someone who will take care of your child as they would their own.
  3. Leave notes or a calendar with instructions: Make sure your presence is not missed even when you are physically not around. Leave notes or reminders on the calendar with regard to bills or groceries. This also makes your family a little more responsible and gives you scope to delegate duties.
  4. Have clarity in communication with your employer & colleagues: Much of the research on your part needs to be done during the early months of pregnancy. Ask your colleagues about what benefits they had when they were pregnant, speak to your employers about the flexibility in leaves, maternity benefits and also use to your advantage the information you have gathered from your colleagues.
  5. Don’t even try to multitask: When you are at work, stay focused, don’t waste time with office banter or online browsing. When you are at work, work, and when you are home don’t worry about work. Give time to your partner in the evenings and reserve important office calls or emails for when your child goes to sleep. Multitasking never leaves you fulfilled.
  6. Take time out for yourself: Don’t forget to find time for yourself. Focus on your health and nurturing your hobbies, be it outdoor sports, gardening or reading. This time you spend with yourself will rejuvenate your tired mind & body and get you energised for the busy week ahead. You also develop a fresh perspective to work, children & your daily life and will be in a relaxed & calm mood to face any obstacles or challenges whatsoever.

It is easier said than done, but working moms do have a lot of juggling to do. A little balancing, though, will make life more enjoyable and less burdening.

Electronic Devices-The New Babysitters?

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With both parents working for demanding jobs under stressful timelines, tablets & phones have become the new babysitters. They help in feeding, putting them to sleep and keeping them occupied anytime, anywhere. Preschoolers use touchpads like feeding bottles and while tying a shoelace is tough, finding the power button on a device is not!

Are we making our kids lose themselves in a virtual bubble even before they have seen the real world?

Let’s look at the effects of excess screen time on children:

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Teaching Your Child To Share

Blog - 15th Jan

Is your child possessive about his/her toy or bedsheet? Does he/she throw a tantrum when a friend or sibling plays with his/her toy? Research says that children learn to share at the age of 3, but may take time to adopt the concept. There are ways in which you can encourage the concept of sharing in your little one.

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Tips For Working Mothers On How To Balance Work & Home

Blog - 8th Jan

The working mother concept is not a new one anymore. With women making it big in various fields and at the same time investing in child rearing & family, they have forever put to rest the myth of ‘gender roles’-something which was created to obstruct women from working.
But a working mother definitely has more on her plate than a working woman or a mother. Being there for the little ones and managing a demanding career can be tough.

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Make This Holiday More Than Just Summer Courses

Blog - 25th Dec

Apart from summer workshops and courses which indulge your kids in various arts, crafts & miscellaneous activities, there are a lot of things you could get them to do at home and around.

  • Involve them in the holiday cleaning act. Cleaning out their shelves, filtering the unwanted from the wanted, and organising their study or their playroom are some of the things they could do. It will not only keep them occupied but also make them aware of cleanliness.
  • Get them to dig out stuff and make some DIY things. Be it using an old cloth to make pillowcases, creating some fun installations with old toys which they can proudly showcase in their rooms or making simple room decorations.
  • Reading books and discussing what they read with the family. Maybe enacting short stories which they read. That will make things more fun & engaging.
  • A trek to close by hills or lakes. Some time with nature will get them to wonder about other living beings like plants, birds or animals.
  • Trips to unexplored historic or scenic spots. Museums may sound boring but if made interesting by explaining things, or some further exploration is done on the net or with books after the visit-they are a good bet!
  • Some cultural exhibitions & festivals, where they get exposed to different types of cuisines, arts & people are also good places to spend some time.
  • Household chores: Get them interested in the most basic & everyday things of life; be it cooking, or fixing a bulb, or tightening the screw of a chair. Such chores could trigger an interest or curiosity in the working of things & maybe build insightful conversations between you and your child.

Make this holiday special! It could evolve the relationship you share with your child.

Planning A Holiday With Your Kids

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As the holiday season begins, families will be hovering around travel websites and deciding everything from the destination to the choice of commute to the food. But holiday planning with kids is a whole different ballgame.

Kids being kids don’t just travel from A to B but take time to get accustomed to B. The weather, food, people- anything & everything can make them happy or tick them off. Parents need to be extra careful while planning a trip with their little ones,  else they can jeopardize the possibilities of a good holiday season.

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Foods That Will Keep Your Body Warm

Blog _ 11th Dec

Misty mornings 7 early sunsets might be the treat that winter offers you, but winter also comes with flu, cold & other cold-related illnesses. So we give you a list of foods that will keep your body warm this winter:

A Bowl Of Heath!: Start with a healthy breakfast. A bowl of cereal with warm milk and dry fruits like figs, almonds, raisins & apricot. Give a twist to your cereal with porridge or oats and don’t forget the dry fruits!

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Tips To Organise Your Child’s Playroom

Blog - 5th Dec

Your child’s play-time might be work time for you.

Cleaning up after your children is a 24/7 job, but if you get a chance to avoid it, you should  take that chance. The playroom is the best place to start with.

Here are some tips to help you keep your child’s toy room organised with minimal efforts:

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