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.

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.

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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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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Fighting Your Child’s Flu

Blog- 7th Nov

Winter brings with it serene misty mornings & energetic chilly evenings, but also brings with it 200 viruses ready to infect your kids with nasal congestion, cold & flu. Here are some home remedies to enjoy this festive winter with some home remedies:

Ensure Your Kids are Hydrated: Make sure your kids drink a lot of fluids-it will reduce the symptoms of cold & flu. It also prevents fever which is triggered due to dehydration. Apart from water, milkshakes or juices are tasty alternatives. Broth, ginger ale & herbal tea, though are options for adults, are good to treat cold or nasal congestion.Haldi doodh or turmeric milk is a classic treatment for the cold & sore throat.

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Happy Independence Day!

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Independence Day is celebrated every year on 15th August. This was the day when India was freed from the British Rule. It is a national festival and has equal importance for every Indian regardless of religion, class, creed or race. The way of celebration is also the same throughout the country and that is the day when you will find whole India celebrating and rejoicing. Many cultural programs are organized and children love to watch them and participate in them.

Different types of celebrations on Independence Day

Children have a different perspective. They like this day because they get sweets and holiday after flag hoisting in their schools. The National Flag is hoisted by the Prime Minister of India on the ramparts of the Red Fort, Delhi after which his speech is followed. Other politicians hoist the flag in their constituencies. Not only this, private organizations celebrate & declare holiday on Independence Day. Everywhere there is a scene of joy, pride and rejoice. No rituals but only festivities are to be seen.

Some people fly kites to express their feeling for the freedom that we have received from the British Rule. You can see hundreds of colourful kites in the sky that day and some of them in the colour of the National Flag. Some people and celebrities leave balloons of saffron, white and green colours, the colours of the Indian Tricolour, in the air.

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How to Keep Monsoon Diseases at Bay!

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The Monsoons hit the south western coast of India right on time this year, making the whole country heave a collective sigh of relief.

Now that our biggest preoccupation has been addressed, the country hopes, the rains will continue their reign over all parts of India until at least October.

The rains bring cheer for the most part, but they also bring misery (Chennai and Mumbai floods come readily to mind). However, they can hardly be held responsible for our bad civic planning, callous land encroachments and mindless destruction of environment.

For parents, the season poses twin challenges: first is getting the kids ready for school and the second is worrying about flooded roads, falling tree branches, severed power lines and careless drivers when they are away at school.

Wet uniform, soggy socks and sodden school bags do their bit to add to the misery and the grim picture about life during the monsoons we have been trying to paint is complete! Well, almost, save for the most important of them all—how to keep monsoon diseases at bay! [Read more…]

Prep your Toddler for Preschool

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Parents of toddlers are at an interesting juncture in their life right now: on the one hand, they feel that their precious little baby is too young to be at school, but on the other they—especially when both parents are working professionals— feel a little outside help with the kid would not be unwelcome.

Either way, the moment all parents have been dreading and looking forward to at the same time is here—your baby is fast growing up, and in most cases, a little too ‘faster’ than you would ideally like. After all, we humans have come to expect to have the best of both worlds.

Your toddler is ready to take the next giant stride—she is now considered “big” enough to be on her own, but just about. You hunt for a preschool, and after a round of tut-tutting about the various aspects you were made to cough up for admission, you are now ready for the big day. Or are you?

If this is your first time and you are labouring under the impression that depositing your kid at the preschool would be a cakewalk, you have got another think coming! After all, what can go wrong with as a simple task as driving her to school, planting a kiss or two on the kid and walking away whistling a jaunty little tune. [Read more…]