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21 Apr 2012

Mommy’s pet, is that you?

All of a foot or two; wrinkled skin, tightly clenched fists, closed eyes, puckered lips – a new born apparently looks so helpless, so endearing. Once the initial euphoria of marveling at the brand new creation subsides, the “O my god, he’s so much work” realization kicks in. Diapering, colic, feeding, vaccinations, car seats, strollers, bath time … the list is pretty long for a human being this size!

Crying and colic:

In the first few weeks, the digestive and nervous systems of new borns are getting used to the environment outside. There are bound to be periods of wailing at a particular time of day, every day. This is termed as colic. This often subsides, when the baby passes gas or burps. Holding her close and rocking or walking, might offer comfort.


Growth hormones are released when babies sleep. Little wonder then why nature lulls newborns to sleep most of the time. Here’s a checklist when the new baby naps:

  • Always make babies sleep face up, unless there is a medical reason not to do so.
  • Remove too many blankets, pillows, crib bumpers – they increase the risk of suffocation.
  • Avoid over bundling the baby. Excessive heat can be harmful.


Before you change diapers, make sure you have everything you need within hand’s reach - Cotton balls, fresh diapers/nappies, wet wipes, access to the dustbin, cream, etc. Choose a well lit, quiet place in the house. Check for rashes or marks caused on the skin by too tight a diaper.

Bath time:

As babies grow older and begin to move, squirm and splash, take along a few toys, fill up the tub with luke warm water, and give her a few minutes of water play as you get clothes, diapers, etc ready.

Do remember to take your little one for short walks, pause to see the flowers nodding and feel the fresh breeze. With the demands that babies place, moms often forget there is a world outside to be cherished.



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