Challenges Faced By New Moms & Combating Them

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Congratulations, you are a new mom! But, remember that this crusade into the new world of mommyism can be a little intimidating. Especially since there is so much information out there that is designed to tell you how to take care of yourself and the little one, or how to balance your work and the new ‘mommy hours’.shutterstock_105780212 (2)

Thankfully, we have tried to answer those few crucial questions that every new mommy needs to know! Read on to see how a few small insights can make life easier for you.

Getting used to breastfeeding:

Let’s say it like it is. Breastfeeding doesn’t come as naturally to all mothers. Especially with all the pressure that doctors, friends & family put on young mother on natural nursing, the entire process becomes all the more stressful.

Try this:

If it is not going as well for you, get help from a lactation consultant or speak to a mother who has recently nursed her child and can give some useful, friendly advice. Relax, be patient and confident, you will settle into the routine faster.

Coping with emotional mood swings:

Motherhood also gives birth to a lot of emotions that you never knew existed. Looking after a child and a household can prove difficult enough; to top it, there are a lot of hormonal and emotional changes that a new mother goes through. You may often feel disappointed, frustrated and even overly stressed.

Try this:

Take some time out for yourself and spend quality time with your partner. It is also strongly suggested you get the necessary help you may need to take care of your baby without feeling guilty about it. Do not try to do everything on your own.

On dealing with feeling fat & unattractive:

Motherhood often leaves one feeling like they have added extra pounds and is not as attractive as they used to be. And then, a lot of mothers go through an entire circle of going to the gym, trying different diets, getting frustrated and giving up.

Try this:

While it is good to try and squeeze in some exercise in your schedule, try not to hyper-focus on losing weight after pregnancy. Just a few hours of play time or a walk with your baby in a nearby park could also prove to be great forms of exercises. If you are pregnant right now, try consulting a doctor about an exercise schedule that you can fit in & follow. Keep it simple and stress less.

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Getting back to work dilemma:

For some mothers, getting back to work after a few months of having a baby is a no brainer. But for many, it becomes a matter of choice whether they want to get back to work or stay home till the baby is older.

Try this:

Speak to other mothers in similar situation. If one partner is making sufficient money to take care of the family, you could even look at not working for at least a year. Moreover, consider asking your employer for a flexible schedule or look into part time opportunities.

Lastly, but most importantly, don’t feel guilty about taking small breaks to eat lunch, shower or take a small nap in peace. Accept the fact that babies will cry and stop picking them up every time they get cranky. Also, it is understandable that you’d want everything to be perfect and spotless for your little one, but give yourself some leeway. A lot of times criticism from family or friends can shake your confidence, do not let them do that to you! Remember that motherhood is a beautiful phase and you learn as you go.

Proof reading done by Shanthala Yashas, iCare Clinics, Dubai, UAE.

Boost your little one’s immunity this winter!

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Mommies, winter is just around the corner and it may bring with it a host of cough & cold bugs. We have brought to you a few interesting and easy tips to adapt at home that will ensure your little ones catch fewer colds and develop a stronger immunity this winter. Read on to find out how:

 

Feed them right!

The first step towards building a strong immune system is ensuring they are eating right. Kids who do not eat healthy will get sick sooner, and stay sick longer than kids with healthier eating habits. Keeping in mind any allergies your kids may have, you can try these foods for starter:

Carrots, Kiwi, Nuts & Seeds, Turkey, Salmon, Milk, & Leafy Vegetables.

Enough sleep & active environment:

Ensure your little one gets enough sleep. When one sleeps, they produce melatonin, which has a powerful antioxidant effect that helps the body fight diseases. Keep them active by involving them in sports and playground activities.

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Keep the environment just enough clean!

Though cleanliness is great for keeping your child healthy, understand that to help develop a strong immunity they need to be exposed to some germs too. While you are keeping the house spick and span, take them for walks to the garden or other open areas so their immunity against germs become stronger.

Develop clean habits:

Washing after self when they return from playgrounds, hand-washing before meals and after they have touched pets, are just some of the small but important habits that you need to help your little one develop.

Get them important vaccination:

All children above 6 months can be vaccinated by two doses ( 1 month apart) of Flu vaccine which will protect them against Influenza A and B .

Lastly, before winter arrives with all its suave, make arrangements to keep their room temperature right, stock up on warm clothes and medicines, just in case.

Have a pleasant winter, mommies!

The proofreading was done by Dr. Reshma Pais, Sp. Paediatrician  at iCare Lamcy Plaza, Dubai, UAE.

Your 18 month old suddenly dreads bath time?

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Mommies, are you facing bath time battles with your little one? All eyes here!

We’ll help you evaluate the reasons behind their refusal and together we can work on a full-proof plan. Are you ready?

Read below and seamlessly help your child cross this milestone:

  1. Your kid may have this fear due to the temperature of water. This is a common issue, but you need to ensure the water is not too hot or cold for bathing. As time passes your little ones will get used to the water temperatures and learn to be more vocal about their fears.
  1. Diapers may tend to cause some rashes that can be extremely painful when your child hits warm water. Make sure you treat those rashes gently, thereby not causing any hindrances during bathing time.shutterstock_126303311 (2)
  1. Your little devil may not want to go for a bath if your family is doing something really fun. It can be hard for your child to leave all the fun behind and go take a shower. Let your child know that you will keep the movie or game on hold until they get back.
  1. One of the most common causes for dreading bath time could also be the irritation caused in the eyes due to soap or shampoo. Ask your kids to cover their eyes before you pour water and assure them that it’ll be a smooth affair.
  1. Sometimes, also accompany your kid while bathing to ease their distress. You can gently hold them and the skin-to-skin contact can be comforting and relaxing.

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  1. Add more fun to the bath time. Let your kids play with bath toys and bubbles while having bath. As they get busy with the fun elements, quickly complete the entire bathing ritual.
  1. You can also visit the local swimming pool once a week. Playing with your baby in the pool and letting them see other babies having fun can reassure them that the water is fine.

Bring fun back to bath time with these simple, interesting tips. We bet your kids will be begging for a bath! Use bath time as a great opportunity to have some splashy fun with your little one.

What tips do you follow to add fun into your kids’ bathing experience? Tell us in the comments, we would love to know!

How to potty train a late blooming 4 year old child

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Potty training – these two words will often remind mommies of the tedious time spent trying to victoriously teach their kiddos how to defecate with ease. You need to keep in mind that learning to use the toilet is a huge step for toddlers and it can be difficult. However, it is very important, and it is definitely a big milestone but you don’t need to turn that smile upside down if it’s not a smooth affair.

Want to know how to potty train a late-blooming 4 year old with ease? Well you’re at the right place, follow the instructions below:

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  1. Word frenzy: Get your kids acquainted with all the words needed for toilet training, such as wet, dry, pee, poop etc. Choose words that you and your little one are comfortable with.
  1. Get rid of diapers: Kids wearing diapers don’t feel the urge to visit the loo. If you put on underwear your kiddos will feel the need of using the toilet. The next time they poop or pee in their underwear they will come and approach you due to the discomfort and gradually stop.
  1. Make it fun: Initially, make up a story and integrate your kid’s favourite toy in it. You can ask your kids to take their favourite doll to the toilet and keep them on the potty for 5mins. This way they will get used to the washroom. As time passes, you can make them sit with their doll on the pot and read their favourite story to distract them and remove fear.
  1. Encourage: If your kid walks up to you and tells you that they want to visit the toilet, thank him or reward him with some cuddles and kisses. Be positive and praise small successes.
  1. Don’t lose your cool: If your child sees that you are upset or angry, it is likely to set back all your good work. Always have a motivating attitude, be a good buddy and a motivator throughout your kid’s potty training journey.

Preparation is the key! Don’t start the process until your kid is mentally ready for potty training. Setting a date and rigorously trying to implement it is a sure recipe for failure. Eliminate pressure and let your kid handle the entire process at his pace. All the best!

Which are the best books for my toddler?

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Mommies, do you want your kids to have a best friend who will give them an ideal balance of fun and knowledge? End the search right here and start working on a small library at home!

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Yes, books can give your kids the perfect mix of enjoyment and intellect.

Books are one of the best tools that’ll elevate your kid’s power of imagination and boost concentration levels. Most of you are already aware of this but here’s a question that’ll definitely cross your minds – What makes a good read for my toddler?

Choosing the right books can be a daunting task especially when you want your little ones to view books as an indulgence, not a chore! When you are hunting for books for your toddler, keep these simple suggestions in mind:

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  1. Simple Text: Fewer words on each page will help your kiddo stay focused with each page flip.
  2. Colourful Illustrations: Bright, attractive colours catch every kid’s attention. Simple images matching the content on the page will help them relate to the story better and keep their minds captivated with interest.
  3. Familiar Objects: Pick stories that contain your child’s everyday routine, activities and experiences.
  4. Repetitive Text: Books that contain the same phrase over and over are sure to have your toddler chiming in as you read.
  5. Sturdy Binding: Find books that are made of materials that your child can play and read over and over without tearing or ruining them.

Remember to make reading time special for your toddler by enacting the characters so it becomes a memorable experience for your little one

Are you ready to start gathering books for your toddler? Start your kid’s reading journey with these books –

  1. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish,
  2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar and
  3. We’re going on a Bear Hunt.

Mommies, we would love to know about your little one’s favourite books.. Do let us know in the comments below.

When Flying With Your Baby…

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Mommies, have you ever feared taking flights with your infant?

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Traveling with the little one could be intimidating for the first few times, especially when the flights are long and at odd hours. No matter how well you prepare yourself, it may seem like you haven’t done enough to ready yourself for what’s coming forth!

Isn’t it true, mommies? Don’t fret about it anymore, as we have some handy insider tips that will ensure a safer and much smoother trip for you and your baby.

Make Smart Seating Arrangements!

If you and your partner are flying together along with the baby, make sure you pre-book your seats and get them together so each of you can take turns for holding the baby.

Here’s a smart tip – If the flight looks like it won’t get fully booked, get the aisle and the window seat. No one wants to sit between parents travelling with a small baby, and they may be open to taking another seat, somewhere else.

 

Arrive Much Before the Boarding Time to Prepare Yourself:

Give yourself enough time at the airport to feed and change nappies of your little one. You never know what the little one might strike you with. He or she could have a hunger, rash or a diaper crisis at the last minute! Make sure your schedule has enough time to accommodate his or her needs before you board the flight.

 

Pack Smart Too!

Carry a well-stocked bag to include diapers, wipes, pacifiers, a snack or two, a sippy cup and a toy. Keep one or two of your little one’s favourite videos on your phone or iPad to keep them occupied.

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Travel when your baby is ready to travel:

It is best to plan your trips during your baby’s nap times, or during hours you know your baby will soundly sleep. Wee hours in the morning are the best time to travel with your little one. You may be a little groggy eyed but you can rest assured that your baby will sleep throughout the flight.

 

Protect your little one’s ears

During descent and takeoff, give him or her something they can chew on to relieve ear pressure. A bottle nipple, pacifier or their favourite toy can help reduce the pressure on their ears.

 

And lastly, be nice to your fellow passengers. Yes, mommies. Sometimes a small note, a smile or a word of precaution to your fellow passengers can work wonders. They become extra sympathetic and helpful towards you, and may even help with the little one if need be.

 

 

 

Are you taking good care of your baby’s hygiene?

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Good hygiene is extremely crucial for raising a healthy and happy baby. Won’t you agree mommies? All mothers want to protect their children and ensure they are being brought up in a clean, germ-free environment. But are you doing a little too much or not doing enough? Read on to find out!

 

Ask yourself if you have created a germ free environment for your little one.

Avoid exposing your baby to unwanted germs, limit the time you spend in close quarters or crowded places. Also, stay away from anyone who’s sick. Make sure anyone who wants to hold or touch your baby washes his hands. You should also wash your hands before preparing baby food and feeding your baby. When they are old enough to eat solid foods, give them a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables to strengthen their immunity and talk to your paediatrician about immunization and suitable vaccinations.

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Take proper precautions while cleaning their face, mouth and genital areas.

Dip a soft towel in lukewarm water to clean the areas behind their ears. For more vulnerable areas like their eyes and genitals, use cotton cloth dipped in lukewarm water. Use cotton wool to wipe your baby’s eyes softly from the inside to the outside corners. Make sure you use a different cotton ball for each eye.

Begin their dental hygiene at birth. Clean their gums and tongue after morning and evening feeds. Use a soft, clean washcloth or a gauze pad to do so.

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Keep track of your little one’s nails.

Your baby’s nails hygiene is extremely important. Keep them well trimmed so that they don’t end up scratching themselves. Badly trimmed nails can also cause dirt to settle into it. Babies are used to taking their fingers in their mouth and this can prove harmful.

 

Clean their umbilical cord till it falls off.

Ensure you clean your little one umbilical cord as it can lead to infection if not taken proper care of. Ensure that the cord does not get covered inside the diaper as it can get soaked in urine. If there is puss or redness, or if the baby cries on touching the umbilical cord, take him or her to the doctor immediately.

 

Sterilize and clean feeding bottles.

Wash all of your baby’s bottles in hot, soapy water. Use special bottle brush and ensure that you remove any kind of milk residue from it. Also try to change the teat from time to time to ensure it is clean and not chocked.

 

These details may seem like too much work. Often, these skills can prove daunting too, but with a little practice and some basic instructions, common sense and routine, it becomes easier. So go on mommies, make sure your little one is being brought up in a healthy environment.

 

Proofread by Dr. Samar Geblawi, Sp. Pediatrician at Uptown Mirdiff branch, Dubai, UAE.