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A Healthy Pregnancy Diet

A healthy pregnancy leads to a healthy baby. This guide to pregnancy nutrition can help you maintain a balanced diet of carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals and fats for a healthy pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time when women feel a sea of changes taking place in their bodies. On the cusp of motherhood, they experience the excitement and bliss of creating and carrying another precious life within themselves with occasional anxiety and mood changes due to hormonal fluctuations. However, it is important to note that a healthy pregnancy diet is the key to a happy pregnancy and works marvels in coping with several pregnancy-related problems that expecting mothers might face.

 

One must also remember that a healthy diet during pregnancy means a balanced and nutritious diet and that under no circumstance implies gorging on large amounts of food thinking one is eating for two at a time. This has been reported as one of the most common blunders women make during their pregnancy. During this phase, since the baby’s nutrition depends upon the mother’s diet it becomes essential for the expectant mother to consume the right amount of nutrients to avoid birth defects as well as to keep unpleasant pregnancy symptoms at bay.

 

Quick Guide To Pregnancy Nutrition

In order to give the baby the right kind of nourishment the mother-to-be is expected to consume a wholesome and balanced diet that consists mainly of- carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins such as folic acid and minerals, chiefly- calcium and iron. The mother also has to ensure that she is taking moderate amounts of healthy fats namely the monounsaturated fatty acids and the polyunsaturated fatty acids like the omega 3’s. Intake of food rich in these compounds, helps in boosting the baby’s immunity and ensures adequate nourishment for the mother as well as the baby. 

 

Carbohydrates

During pregnancy as the mother and the developing baby try to meet their own nutritional needs in their own respective ways, the right amount of carbohydrate intake helps in fuelling the baby’s growth. They also provide energy to the body including the brain to be able to work efficiently. The good carbs help to keep the blood glucose levels under check which is essential during pregnancy.

 

 Carbohydrates are found in a wide assortment of foods, such as- milk and yoghurt, beans, legumes, starchy vegetables, various fruits, whole grains and products like whole grain bread, whole grain pasta, etc. which are also rich in other nutrients like fibre, and folate. These high-quality carbs help in adapting to the metabolic changes that occur in pregnancy and also enable effective functioning of the body. Since, excessively high amounts of blood glucose levels can lead to complications during delivery as well as have a negative impact on the foetus, it has been recommended that carbs should constitute just over a third of the food a pregnant woman eats.

 

Proteins

Sarah Krieger, a registered dietician and spokeswoman on prenatal nutrition for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in St. Petersburg, Florida has highlighted the importance of consuming protein-rich foods during pregnancy. According to Kriegar, protein is a ‘builder-nutrient’ since it is chiefly involved in the development of organs such as the brain and the heart.

 

Moreover, since proteins are a constituent found in every cell of the body and are vital in the making of muscles, hair, nails, skin, etc.  they also contribute in the growth and repair of tissues, regulation of normal muscle function, producing enzymes and hormones, transportation of oxygen through blood as well as building antibodies and bettering the immune system of the baby. Some of the commonly available food items rich in protein include- fish, meat and poultry, eggs, nuts, tofu, beans, lentils, and milk, cheese and other dairy products.

 

Vitamins

Vitamins such as folic acid which plays a major role in preventing birth defects in the newborn’s brain and spine, is contained in leafy greens like spinach, fenugreek leaves, kale, cabbage, broccoli, beans, legumes, oranges, whole grains like wheat, rice, whole grain pasta, etc, nuts, and fortified foods like breakfast cereals. It is a B Vitamin and is crucial in the body to make new cells and produce DNA. It is generally advisable for pregnant women to take at least 600 micrograms of folic acid a day under the supervision of her obstetrician.

 

Minerals

Essential minerals such as Calcium, is considered vital in building up the baby’s teeth and bones while inadequacy of the same can culminate in deficiency especially in the mother as the baby will draw the calcium from the mothers teeth and bones to fulfil it’s needs. The best sources of calcium are- dairy products including milk, paneer, cheese, yoghurt, etc. and green vegetables such as- spinach, broccoli, etc. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that pregnant women aged 19 and above need at least 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day.

 

Another vital mineral which should be a mandatory addition to the diet of a pregnant woman is Iron. It is advisable that pregnant women must take 27 milligrams of iron a day which helps in moving oxygen from the mother’s lungs to the rest of her body and to the baby’s body as well. Moreover, iron is also essential in making additional supply of blood in the mother and baby thus, reducing the risk of iron deficiency anemia which can make the mother feel tired and also result in small babies at term or pre term babies. Expecting women, especially vegetarian moms can consume iron-rich foods with a good source of vitamin C at the same meal to increase the absorption of iron from food. ACOG recommends a glass of orange juice at breakfast with an iron-fortified cereal as an example. 

 

Healthy Fats

Expectant mothers should consume mainly unsaturated or healthy fats like monounstaurated fats (avocados, olive oil, groundnut oil, nuts, etc) and polyunsaturated fats (omega 3 fats like safflower oil, sunflower oil, flax seeds, walnuts, etc) during pregnancy and stay away from saturated and trans fats.

 

 

In addition, there are certain limits and restrictions which pregnant women must adhere to. For instance, caffeine intake should be controlled as well as fish containing high levels of mercury should be avoided. Besides this, alcohol, raw meat, raw eggs, unpasteurized milk and unwashed fruits and vegetables must be completely avoided to prevent food borne illnesses by the expectant mother. 

December 17, 2020 |  read

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Milestones Your Little One Reaches in the first 6 Months

Here is your go to guide to help you navigate the first six months of parenthood. Milestones and everything you need to know about your baby's growth from birth till 6 months.

The wait of nine long months is finally over! Your little one is in your arms and you can’t stop gushing over how cute they are. While you can’t get enough of your baby, it can be overwhelming too, especially when they are your first born. You might be wondering about a hundred different things about their growth and whether you are doing it right. Well, the following article should put your mind at peace.

 

Here is your go-to guide to help you navigate the first six months of parenthood.

 

Month 1

An average newborn weighs approximately 2.8 kilograms and measures about 50 cms but don’t worry if your baby loses some of the weight in the first few days after birth. Babies can lose about 7-10% of their birth weight in the first 10 days of their lives and should regain it within the first 2 weeks as your feeding becomes steady. Once your little one starts gaining weight, they gain approximately 20-30 grams a day for the first few months. Feeding your baby is usually ‘on demand’ initially, which means that your little one will need to be fed as and when they show signs of hunger. Some babies tend to feed more at night for the first few weeks and then fall into a routine of feeding at every 2-3 hours. 

 

Babies should always sleep on their backs for the first 6 months with no loose covers in order to prevent any risk of suffocation. Tummy time is something you can start around the 2nd week. Tummy time is only when the child is awake and comfortable and should not be practiced when the child is asleep. This will allow them to push themselves up which will develop their arm and shoulder strength. 

 

Your little sweetheart loves your voice and hence, it is important to speak to them, even if you don’t always get a response. It helps them calm down.

 

A few common problems you might face during the first month include colic, nasal congestion and jaundice (yellowing of the skin). These will be monitored by your Paediatrician in the newborn visits.

 

 

Month 2

As days progress, your baby becomes more interactive and responsive. In response to loud noises, you may notice them to remain silent and occasionally turn towards the direction of the loud noise. Most babies start smiling when they see you or their daddy or sibling. This is called a social smile

 

They generally start putting their fingers in their mouth and have a strong suck reflex. Although they still cannot hold objects, a bright colored object hanging above them might catch their eye and they may try to bat at it. Their hearing and eyesight steadily develops during this month.

 

Some babies are good at establishing a feeding routine and may sleep longer at night. Their heads become more steady and when placed on their bellies they are able to lift their heads and sometimes their shoulders.

 

It's time for their 6 week vaccination too!

 

Month 3

Three months already? Well now begins what most parents would refer to as the ‘enchanted period’ as this is the phase with a lot of smiling, sleeping well and being social. Their routine is generally established and they sometimes sleep through the night! 

 

Head control is good and they tend to hold up their head without much wobbling. Their back strength also increases, they have better hand-eye coordination and may get hold of a rattle that they may put straight into their mouths. At this age, they laugh and squeal and coo, follow you as you move away and respond to the funny faces you make. Hugging your baby helps in their cognitive development around this time. Their verbal repertoire extends to the occasional vowels and consonant sounds like ‘ah-goo’. You would be quite proud of your cute one’s control over movements and coordination.

 

At week 10th, be ready for another vaccination.

 

Month 4

It is the playtime month for your baby. Their life now is all about showing off their newfound athletic abilities such as trying to get up or rolling, trying to eat any object available with their tiny mouth and perfecting their already achieved milestones. There may be signs of teeth as well and your baby will show quicker reflexes. This is also when their vision improves significantly; they will want to imitate you and hence, it is important that you talk to them for encouragement.

 

It’s vaccination time again.

 

Month 5

Your little one will be able to sit up for longer periods of time and will still need some help being propped up with pillows. They may start sitting unsupported for a few seconds too. Their rolling over skills improve by leaps and bounds and you may notice that when your little one is on their belly they move their arms and legs as if ready to crawl. It's best to start baby proofing your house for the impending explorer! Their senses also improve, and they can spot and try to grab a toy out of reach or turn their heads towards the direction of a sound. Their motor skills improve to ‘army crawl’ which is mostly slithering, and you can guess that crawling is just over the horizon.

 

Month 6

It’s your baby’s half year birthday! The teething phase must have started and tooth eruption is due anytime after the 6th month. Their feeding and sleep pattern is well established. They manage to sit independently for longer periods and some babies may be able to get into the crawling position too.

 

You can introduce them to solid food like fruits, vegetables and whole grain cereals. They should weigh somewhere within 6-7 kg and the average height should be somewhere around 25-26 inches.

 

 

Now that you know what you can expect in these six months, you can plan ahead to avoid a surprise. However, it is important to note that every baby is different and thus, it is okay if your little one takes more time than the others or is getting there faster. Remember to keep your pediatrician in the loop and of course, spend as much time as possible with your bundle of joy!

December 21, 2020 |  read

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Baby Food Safety

A child's growth is directly impacted by food intake, hence it is important to ensure baby food safety. These tips on do's and don'ts will help you give the safe and right nutrition to your baby

Babies grow faster than we think; one day they are so tiny and wrapped up in a cozy blanket, and the next thing you see them starting to crawl and play with everything in the house. To match this rapid growth of babies, they need the right food and nutrition. Babies post six months tend to gain appetite; Your breast milk may not be enough. Their physical activities also increase as they grow along with their appetite. Feeding them semi-solid food would be a great idea. 

 

Most new mothers worry about baby food and its safety. Recent research has found that canned baby-food contains traces of heavy metal elements like lead and arsenic. One has to be careful while choosing baby-food. Apart from canned or ready-to-use baby food, several foods are not considered safe for the baby. One must be vigilant while choosing baby-food or preparing them. 

 

If you are a new parent and would want to switch your baby to solid or semi-solid food, here are a few ideas and tips on do’s and don’ts on baby-food.

 

Do’s 

1. Check labels

Every time you are at the supermarket to buy food for the little angel, make sure to read the labels carefully. Labels usually mention everything you need to know about the food, from ingredients to storing to any hazards. Next time you are out shopping for the munchkin, take a few mins to read through the labels and find out what is best for your baby. 

 

2. Home-made food

Relying only on canned and packed food like purees and cereals is not a healthy practice for you and the baby. When you make baby food at home, you have control over what goes into it and whatnot. This way, you can put your mind at ease and feed your baby with no worries. There are several ways to make home-made cereal or puree for the baby. You can even make malt powders of ragi, rice, and oats and keep them handy at home. This way, you can ensure a safe and happy meal for your little one.   

 

3.Cook thoroughly 

Make sure to cook the baby-food thoroughly before feeding it to the baby. Since you are just starting to feed them with semi-solids, it is necessary to ensure that there are no raw or hard-to-swallow parts in the food. Make sure to mash everything and feed them in small, bite-sized quantities. Since your baby is just starting with solids or semi-solids, make sure to keep the taste bland or slightly sweet and warm. Babies are used to breastmilk, and it would take some time for them to adjust to this new alternative with breast milk. Be patient and understand what taste your little one prefers. 

 

4. Feeding time!

Make feeding time a bonding time for you two. Talk and play with your baby when you feed them. But make sure that both of you concentrate on food. If you are feeding a toddler, make sure to sit them down while feeding. Feed in small quantities and sufficiently. Give them time to chew a little and swallow. Allow them to take their time and eat. After a few months, around 9 to 11 months, you can ask them to eat by themselves. Don’t worry about the mess or time. Let them enjoy and savor the food. 

 

Don’ts

1. Canned food 

As discussed above, do not entirely rely on canned and store-bought baby food. About 3 to 5 months into feeding them baby-foods, you can give them regular home-cooked food. But make sure to soften or mash them before feeding them. When you feed your baby, make sure to take in small quantities to avoid any food waste. Avoid refrigerating half-eaten baby-foods and feeding then straight from cans. The mouth-to-can procedure fosters an environment for bacteria to thrive. Take how much is required in a separate bowl or plate and feed your munchkin. 

 

2. Uncooked food and meat

Avoid any food that is uncooked or undercooked. Be it vegetable, fruits, eggs, or meats. Make sure to cook them thoroughly and feed your baby. Instead of feeding your baby raw vegetables like carrot or beets, cook and cut them into finger food sizes. Cut up meat in bite-sized quantities and feed your baby and make sure that the meat is cooked. By cooking the food, you kill germs present in the food. 

 

3. Food that are choking Hazard

Avoid feeding food that is high choking hazards for toddlers like grapes, chocolates, gummy bears, pop-corns, or dry cereal flakes. Keep food like these away from their reach and sight. Even the unexpected food like jellies and peanut-butter are choking hazards. Make sure to cut up fruits and vegetables into small pieces and cook fruits like apple and pear and feed them. This way, it is easier for them to swallow as well as digest the food.

 

4. Feeding only certain food

Avoid feeding your baby only certain foods that they like. Avoid making the same type of food each day. Change their food now and then. Just because they prefer a certain food or taste, does not mean you have to give them the same. It might lead to nutrition deficiency and picky eating. Make your baby’s food colorful and tasty

 

These are just a few Do’s and Don’ts of what to feed the little sweetheart. Take your parent’s help in making their food and feeding them. After a while, you would be able to figure out what to feed and what not to feed.

December 21, 2020 |  read

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Beverage Feeding Guidelines for the Baby

Don't know which beverage to introduce to your baby at each stage? Don't worry, let us break it down for you: What to give your baby to drink and when.

Every day with your newborn is a heart-warming experience, but along the way, there will also be many firsts. Even with all the books you started reading since before you were pregnant and all the advice you have received from every other person out there, there might still be some things which are new for you. But we have got your back.  In this article, we will tell you about the baby beverages that can be introduced at various stages and the reasons behind it.

 

Only Breast Milk Till 6 Months

All of your baby’s nutritional needs are fulfilled by breastmilk up until the age of 6 months. Even if you are living in places with high temperature, do not feed your baby any water. If you feel he/she might be thirsty, you can breastfeed them instead as your milk is about 80% water, especially the milk that comes out first during every feed. Giving water to babies under 6 months might put them at risk for diarrhoea and other infections (if the water isn’t clean enough). If your little human’s tiny stomach is filled up with water, they might not drink enough breastmilk, which might lead to malnutrition.

 

If you can’t breastfeed due to medical reasons, then of course, baby beverages like instant formula and the water in it is enough for their hydration.
 

What About Water?

Water can slowly be introduced after the age of 6 months. Babies between the age of 6-12 months only need 2 – 4 ounces (59 to 118 ml) of water a day, along with breast milk. Water is very essential for your baby’s good health as they start growing up. According to research, they require more water than adults as they are growing up quickly and have higher metabolic rates. It is also necessary to regulate the baby’s body temperature and ensure good functioning of all the organs. Mommies, introduce your babies to sippy cups filled with water!

 

By the time your baby is one year old, their breastmilk intake relatively decreases. At this stage, you can let them drink approximately 8 ounces (237 ml) of water per day. As they grow older, you can also increase the amount of water. When they are two years old, you can give them 2 eight-ounce cups of water and 3 when they are aged three and so on up to the age of 8. Once you introduce a solid breakfast, lunch and dinner routine with your toddler, you can let them drink small amounts of water after every meal and even after snacking.

 

In a toddler’s world, everything is colourful and fun and just plain water may seem boring to them. What can you do if they refuse to drink it? As he/she gets adjusted to drinking water, you can make the experience more fun by pairing it with fresh fruits and herbs. These, while giving water extra taste, will also fulfil some of the baby’s nutritional needs without adding any extra sugar calories. As they grow up, you can also let them choose pairings they like the best.

 

Some of the best ingredients to infuse in water are pineapple, mint, tulasi, cucumber, watermelon, berries, orange or lemon. You can try a combination of these ingredients too. For example, mint and pineapple or watermelon and lemon.

 

When to Transition to Cow’s Milk?

If there is no history of cow’s milk allergy in your family, then experts say that you can start giving very small amounts of milk to your baby after they turn 11 months old, just to familiarize them with the taste. After they turn a year older, you can start giving them milk in limited quantities. You can give them a minimum of 8-10 ounces of whole milk every day (if you have weaned them off breastmilk) but the total intake should not be more than 24 ounces (approx. 700 ml). Kids under the age of 2 shouldn’t drink reduced fat milk and should only drink whole milk. Also ensure that you are not giving your kid flavoured milk, but just plain milk.

 

Milk contains calcium, phosphorus, protein, magnesium and many other nutrients which are essential for the baby’s development as well as good bone strength. Experts say that cow’s milk is the best choice for your baby when compared with other plant-based milks like almond milk. The nutritional values of plant based milks aren’t as rich as cow’s milk and might vary with each product.

 

All the Other Beverages

100% fruit juices can be given to your little one between the age of 1-6 years in small quantities, 120-180 ml, to be precise. You can also introduce them to coconut water by the age of 2 as it is healthier than other sweetened beverages. Avoid sweetened beverages like sodas, coffee and energy drinks up to age of 12 years as they might have adverse effects on the kid’s health. Smoothies can be introduced as soon as they can start sipping from a straw or sippy cup, which could be as early as 9 months.

 

 

A child’s nutrition is very important and hence, it is advised to have a conversation with your paediatrician before you introduce new baby beverages to him/her. As your little darling grows up, you can alter the beverages to their preferences keeping in mind these guidelines.

December 23, 2020 |  read

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Everything You Need To Know About C section Delivery

Want to know more about Caesarean or C- section Delivery? We've got you covered on everything you need to know about Caesarean delivery of your baby.

As you approach the end of your third trimester, you would already have a birthing plan ready. Whether it is a normal birth or a C – section, you may have questions, doubts and apprehensions. Worry not; we have compiled some fundamental information about the Caesarean delivery method for you.

 

What is a Caesarean or C-section Delivery?

To put it very simply, during this procedure, your board-certified obstetrician will make an incision on your stomach and uterus to bring your newborn into this world. You will be administered an anaesthetic and you would not feel any pain. Your doctor will advise you to undergo this procedure if complications arise in your pregnancy and it is not safe to undergo a natural birth process.

 

When Should You Undergo a C-section?

A C-Section can be pre-planned depending on your existing conditions or it can be initiated under emergency conditions if vaginal delivery poses a risk to you or the baby. 

 

Planned C-Sections are usually performed between 37-40 weeks if you have one or more of these conditions.

 

  • A history of Caesarean delivery.
  • If previously undergone highly invasive uterine surgery.
  • Carrying multiple foetuses.
  • If you are HIV positive.
  • An outbreak of genital herpes.
  • Your baby is in breech (bottom first) position.
  • Your baby is larger than usual (macrosomia).
  • A case of placenta Previa.
  • Fibroids which might act as hindrances to deliver vaginally.
  • A serious condition of preeclampsia.
  • Your baby has an abnormality or malformation.

 

Although you have a vaginal delivery plan ready, sudden complications might lead your doctor to perform an emergency C-Section under these circumstances.

 

  • Your labour is stalled or prolonged more than usual.
  • Your baby has an irregular heartbeat and cannot withstand a vaginal delivery.
  • Your baby’s oxygen supply is cut off due to your placenta getting separated from your uterine wall or due to the umbilical cord slipping out of your cervix.
  • If there is a chance of uterine rupture.
  • If you or the baby develop a life-threatening condition during labour.
  • If your contractions aren’t strong enough to dilate your cervix.
  • If other methods like forceps or ventouse assisted labour fail.

 

Fear not mommy, under any of these circumstances the safety of you and your baby will be your doctor’s utmost priority.

 

Preparation

If you are undergoing an elective caesarean procedure, then you can pack your bag accordingly. Some people say that cranberry juice helps them keep away urinary infections that arise due to the insertion of catheter. They also advise carrying chewing gum or other molasses to ensure proper bowel movement after surgery. It is best to leave your jewellery, contact lens, braces and false tooth (if you have any) back home before heading to the hospital. Remove your nail polish and your make up before your procedure as it is necessary to monitor your skin tone throughout and after the surgery. Once at the hospital, a nurse might shave some of your pubic hair to prep you for surgery. You will sign a consent form and after a few diagnostic tests, your will be administered the anaesthesia and soon, you would be heading to the operating room to bring out your baby.

In case of emergency C-Section, you or an immediate kin should sign the consent form and the rest would be taken care of by your doctor and nurses.

 

Complications

Unlike vaginal delivery, C-Section is major surgery. With any surgery, comes a set of complications. Some of which could be easily resolved, and some might require a proper treatment plan. After a C-Section, you would feel sore or experience some pain in the area surrounding the incision. You might develop wounds in the incision site if there is no proper maintenance of hygiene. You might sustain surgical injuries to the bladder and uterus. You might develop some blood clots in your legs or pelvic areas. Some mothers might experience severe headaches as an allergic reaction to anaesthesia. You might experience a foul-smelling vaginal discharge (endometritis) if there is an infection or inflammation in your uterine wall.  Do not be scared as your healthcare providers would be well equipped to free you of these complications if they arise.

 

Recovery Period

Within 24 hours of your procedure, the nurse might ask you to start gentle, slow movements like walking to the bathroom. You would be advised to drink a lot of fluids and practice a healthy diet to ensure easy digestion and avoid constipation. Your incision site would be cleaned regularly. Once you go home, you should maintain utmost hygiene. You should avoid lifting heavy weights or any strenuous activities until your wounds heal thoroughly. Avoid sexual intercourse until your doctor gives you the green signal. Rest well throughout the recovery period and keep up with your doctor appointments.

 

Differences Between Natural Birthing and C-section

  • A normal birthing process might last for 12-14 hours, especially if it is your first time. But a C-Section will only take 15-45 minutes (75 maximum) from start to finish.
  • Complications during a vaginal delivery might be perineal tears or episiotomy whereas during a C-Section you might experience any of the complications mentioned above.
  • The recovery and healing process for vaginal deliveries are relatively lesser when compared to C-Section as the latter is a surgical procedure.
  • The risks to a baby delivered through C-Section are very minimal but sometimes there are chances of developing respiratory problems as the fluid from its lungs aren’t released during the process unlike the labour process (vaginal delivery).

 

No matter which delivery method you go through, at the end of it, you and your partner would be feeling immensely happy to greet your little one. Choose a good hospital and a trusted doctor to ensure that the whole process goes as smoothly as possible. We wish you the best of luck and congratulate you on the start of this incredible journey of parenthood.

 

December 21, 2020 |  read

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7 Diaper Duty Hacks

Most of us are not the biggest fans of diaper duty - but someone has to do it! Here are a few tips to make diaper duty easier for you.

For all the new moms and dads out there, we can see your worried faces when you hear the term ‘diaper duty’. So we are here to give you a 101 guide to get you through this process. A newborn baby needs a lot of diaper changes in the beginning. Study shows that you will be changing diapers at least 2000 times in one year. Yes, that is a lot of poop and pee. Let’s tone down this challenge with a few diaper duty hacks.

 

1.The Diaper Station

A flat surface is the best option to lay the baby on his/her back. Make sure the surface is clean and has enough space to keep other things like tissues and extra clothing too.

 

Most often, a flat surface will not be available especially when you are travelling with your baby in a car or plane. In these cases, hop into our Product Wiz to compare and explore. You can shop for portable changing tables that help with this process. They are easy to use and comfortable to carry around (almost) wherever you go.

 

2.Gear Up

You might have come across a lot of new parents who run around with a big kit specifically for their newborn child. It does look like a lot of stuff, but to be honest, they are essentials that help parents to get things done when they are on the go.

 

What’s in the bag? Baby gear and extra baby gear. Experienced moms and dads have a very useful tip for all the new parents out there - be prepared for any kind of emergencies. Always carry an extra diaper and clothing for your baby. You can never be sure when you will need another one.

 

Before you dig into the business of changing your baby’s diapers, prep yourself with all the necessary things near you. One of the diaper duty hacks is to make sure you have them at your arm’s reach so that you don’t have to turn away from your baby.  Set up the station before you get down to business.

 

3.Pro-tips to Control the Surprise Element

“Keep a clean diaper below the soiled diaper for a faster switch,” says every person on diaper duty. You are bound to make mistakes the first few times. Accidents tend to happen, and you will have to do it all over again – but that’s okay too! 

 

Babies, especially baby boys, tend to splash pee as soon as you open the diaper. Some experiences say that you can control this situation if you wipe the baby’s tummy with a wet wipe before you open the diaper. This process will help to cool down his/her tummy.

 

Even if you do want to turn away from the baby for a second, remember to put a small cloth over the pee hole to avoid the splash of pee to spread all over the place.

 

4.Get Rid of Diaper Troubles

Babies get bigger over time. So they tend to outgrow their clothes and their diapers very quickly. It is very important to get the right size of diaper for your baby to avoid leakage and rashes on your baby. At an initial stage, it is advisable to stock-up diapers of all sizes. This way you won’t be left helpless when “that” size fits no more.

 

Look out for those frills on the edges of the diaper. The frills on the edges of the diaper are sometimes ignored when they strap their baby in. It is important to know that these frills help to avoid leakage.

 

5.Dressing Your Baby

Onesies are the easy fix for situations like this. Parents go for onesies that can be pulled up instead of down. This way it’s easier to take them off during the process of a diaper change. Sometimes they can also be rolled up to tuck your baby’s hands so that it doesn’t come in the way when you are changing the soiled diaper.

 

6.Treating Rashes

Parents use two types of diapers - cloth and disposable ones. Disposable ones are easier to use because they can be discarded once they are used. Cloth diapers are more affordable on the other hand. Whatever type of diaper you choose to use for your baby, it is important to check for rashes that might occur due to the diapers.

 

Some parents also give a few hours of naked time for their babies so that it can heal on its own. If this doesn’t work and your baby is irritated, consult your paediatrician who can suggest creams to heal the rash.

 

7.Create Distractions

Babies are very active all the time, so they can keep rolling around when you have to change their soiled diapers. This could get messy and hard for you to do the changing.

 

The best option for this is to keep them entertained. Make this process fun. Make funny faces and noises to keep them still. Talk to your baby! It might be silly, hilarious at first but babies are excited to see and hear noises that are new to them. You can use this opportunity to communicate with them with exaggerated expressions. Parents also give babies colourful toys and mobiles so that their hands don’t get in the way of dirty diapers.

 

 

We hope that these diaper duty hacks help you!

 

December 21, 2020 |  read

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The Do's and Don’ts: What to Eat While Breastfeeding

Look no further! This is the complete guide on what to eat and what not to eat while breastfeeding your baby.

Hello mommies! We hope everything is good with you and your lil’ cutie pie. Your food was your baby’s food while in the womb. Now he/she drinks your breast milk. So, you must be wondering about what to eat while breastfeeding. It is a little different from when you were pregnant, you can now eat a lot of stuff you didn't while pregnant, but you still need to be careful. Read ahead to know more.

 

What are some foods you must eat?

 

1. Fruits and veggies for the win!

These come first in every diet. The reason is simple. They are rich sources of minerals and vitamins. While fruits help you with your fibre and help you with issues like constipation, veggies have antioxidants. Consuming sufficient quantities of each will help make up the nutrients that are used in the making of the milk. Eat fruits like bananas, cantaloupes, oranges, grapefruits, mangoes and prunes. Tomatoes, spinach, kale, sweet potatoes and especially carrots (they have beta – carotene, which is good for lactation) can be some good vegetable choices.

 

2. You need more proteins

Your body will require extra 25 grams of proteins per day while breastfeeding your baby. Beans, legumes, nuts and seeds are great sources of protein for vegetarians. If you are a meat eater, you have a lot of options too. You can eat lean meats, eggs, seafood like oysters, salmon, trout and any fish that isn’t high in mercury. Omega-3 fatty acids which are very good for your little one’s brain development are found in seafood like salmon, sardines, etc.

 

3. Please consume dairy products

What to eat while breastfeeding can be easily remembered if we understand what our bodies need. Your body needs a lot of calcium while you’re nursing. If you don’t consume enough, your body will leach it from your bones. Make it a point to consume at least 3 cups of dairy, daily. Milk, yogurt, cheese, paneer are all good sources of dairy. Please make a habit of drinking milk every day. Dairy products are also sources of fortified Vitamin D, which is good for you and the baby.

 

4. Whole grains are healthy

It is very healthy to eat oats, barley, quinoa, brown rice and whole wheat bread while breastfeeding. These provide energy and secondary proteins which are essential for milk production. Stay away from the refined grains as they have little or no nutrition in them. You can also eat fortified cereals which do not contain added sugar. 

 

5. You may need supplements

Sometimes, despite a balanced diet, you might need doses of mineral or vitamin  supplements. Vegetarians or vegans might miss out on Vitamin B12 which are sourced from animal products. If you can’t/aren’t able to go out in the sunlight, you might be deficient in Vitamin D, whose presence in the milk will help your baby absorb calcium and phosphorus and strengthen those tiny bones. Have a chat with your doctor about your diet to find out if you need supplements.

 

6. Don’t forget to stay hydrated

Lactating mothers need a lot of liquid intake to avoid dehydration. Even if you’ve got all ticks in the what to eat while breastfeeding checklist, the diet is still incomplete without water. Always keep a water bottle with you to remind yourself to drink enough water. You can also drink fresh fruit juices but try to stay away from sugar as it might lead to unnecessary weight gain.

 

 

What are the foods you should stay away from/not eat?

 

1. Alcohol

While in pregnancy the alcohol consumed passes through the placenta to the baby, during breastfeeding the alcohol passed on to the baby is what is in the mother’s blood stream after drinking alcohol. You can now drink in little amounts, but if you are planning on doing so, then pump your milk beforehand or wait till the alcohol content is cleared from your body (wait 2 hours after drinking alcohol to breast feed).

 

2. Caffeine

Be careful about how many cups of coffee you drink. While the amount that passes to the baby is very little, it might still make the little one fussy or might interfere with their sleep cycle. Tiny amount of caffeine is enough to keep your tiny human awake. Still got to be careful with the coffee!

 

3. Fish with high mercury is a BIG no!

Do not consume swordfish, tilefish or king mackerel or any other seafood which is high in mercury. They are not very good for you or the baby. Always exercise caution, while eating seafood. Do not eat any meat that is raw or undercooked.

 

4. Foods that make the baby fussy

In general, you might want to avoid any food that makes the baby fussy. Of course, consumption of a varied diet will introduce him/her to new tastes, but some foods, like the spicy curries or vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts etc can make the baby feel gassy. Some babies might not be affected at all by any of these.

 

5. Any food that gives the baby allergies

The signs of an allergy can be a rash, diarrhoea or wheezing and irritability developed as soon as you finish nursing. There is no need to panic, contact your doctor and they will tell you what to do. However, notice what you ate before feeding which gave the baby an allergy and steer clear of them from the next meal. Some of the common allergens are dairy, wheat, and gassy vegetables.

 

 

There. Now you know what to eat while breastfeeding and what to avoid. All babies are different and there is nothing better than a mother’s instincts to tell you what is good or not good for your baby. Yet sometimes you need to follow a few tips and take some advice from your doctors for your and your baby’s well being. Maybe it is already time to nurse your baby. Happy Motherhood!

 

December 24, 2020 |  read

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How to Choose Baby Names

We have all been a part of the art of choosing names from our childhood- from naming our dolls or pet animals, now we are old enough to choose a name for our child, who will carry it with pride

Since the system in India does not allow us to determine the sex of the baby before he or she is born, we cannot narrow down a name to a specific gender. But that’s the best part actually. You will have a broader range of options when you pick names. You get to choose names for girls, boys and even include gender-neutral names.

 

Most parents are nervous when they have to choose baby names for their child because they get to decide what their child will be called for the rest of his or her life. So it’s best to take your time to make a good decision that both partners can agree upon. It’s a very fun process! In fact, some of us might have already chosen a few names for our future kids when we hear interesting names of characters in books or movies. It is also kind of a teamwork. There will be a lot of people who can come up with very creative names.

 

 

Traditions and Cultures

Our close-knit communities have a lot of cultures and traditions that you will have to probably follow when it comes to choosing names for your baby. Some families may want to pass down a family name or particular first name to your child. Not all of us will be lucky to have the coolest names of the century.

 

There may be times when your folks insist on naming your child after a great grandfather or grandmother. In these cases, there are a few ways in which you can include the name without actually hurting anyone else in the room. Some parents include that particular name as the middle name of the child. They can either use the whole name or just an initial of the name in the middle. Using middle names are optional, but it comes in handy for situations like this. If you have to inherit a particular house or family name, you can just opt to include initials to the child’s name if you don’t want to include the whole name. Some parents opt to drop the name completely and use it as a nickname instead.

 

Use these methods to try and get everybody on board when you have to choose baby names as a family. If it is not possible to get everybody on the same page you can suggest these different ways to get around to almost what everybody likes.

 

A Trend-setter

Now here is the fun part in searching for a name for your baby. It is a personal choice for parents to choose baby names with respect to the current trends or otherwise. 

 

Let the name ring in your ears. Play with sounds and the words will roll in your mouth. Mix and match a few combinations of words in the name. Don’t be afraid to go back to the classical style. Although the names sound a bit old fashioned, some of them are still trending on top of the chart. If your child has a very long name, like more than just a first name and surname, you will gradually evolve to bring in initials to the name. Initials not only shortens the name but also makes it easier to pronounce in a crowd. 

 

Speaking about short names...who is into nicknames? We know we are! Nicknames are always fun, it’s like a secret name for your child just for the inner circle. It is your personal choice as to how you want to name your baby. Trends keep changing. They come and go according to time and popular fashion. Just stick to your gut feeling. Trust us, it’s true. 

 

Rushing into a Name

The time period in which you should decide on a name for your baby depends on when you decide to create a birth certificate for your newborn. Some people who have to travel abroad have to decide the name of the child as soon as they can, so that they get other travel documents, like the passport, ready for the child’s travel. But once the birth certificate is written and documented, the procedure to change the name will be totally different. So you have to be 100% satisfied when you choose a name for your child.

 

Most parents begin to choose baby names as they count down the days to labour. So unless there are any last-minute changes of thought or opinion that they come across, choosing a name for your baby cannot be that difficult. It is best to start looking out for names as early as possible so that you have a few options written down. In this way, you will have enough time to discuss with your partner and other members of the family and rule out names that you don’t like. This will truly give you more time to be creative and come out with an original name of your own. You know how unique names are head-turners in the crowd.  

 

It’s very important to take the time to choose the right name for a child. This is not to increase the pressure of getting the right name that your child might like or dislike sometime in the future. But it is to help you get enough time to do more research on names and it’s meanings before you finalise on one particular name.

 

 

A name of a person is a very important aspect of an individual. Some say that it brings about a certain kind of personality, but we should remember that a name is not the only thing that determines a person’s individuality. There are a lot of other factors that come into play that help the person to grow and develop into the kind of person they are. When you do choose baby names, take enough time to do research on other possibilities and meaning for the name you choose.

 

December 24, 2020 |  read