@Mehek Chauhan Every minute spent with the baby is worth it and precious for both of you. You are fortunate to have taken this break as there are moms who might not be able to take this most wanted break for various reasons. During this break, whenever you find some time: — You can stay up to date with what’s happening with the job market and in your field of career. — Enjoy your hobbies. Paint, sing, dance, cook new dishes etc., and do all that you always wanted to do and didn’t have enough time for due to your job. — Learn something that you always wanted to learn. Internet is a great source of information. You can even take up 1-2 hr lessons if time permits — Connect with other moms and hang out with them for potlucks or just tea. It’s nice to have fun with moms who can understand each other as they all would be in the same boat. Exchange info with them and also the kids can have an informal play date. — Spend time with your siblings, aunts or uncles or anybody whom you couldn’t usually meet during the week due to your job. Time flies and we miss spending time with so many people over the years. So make the best of your time trying to connect with elders, cousins and friends. - Speak to your baby as much as possible, play baby music, play with her, take her for walks etc., For babies, their mom is their world. They feel great just having their mom around -they love to hear their voice, see them, being in their arms, and to have them care for them. - Just relaxing and enjoying the silence also feels great and you will feel recharged and energetic. Enjoy your break:) All the best
@Mehek Chauhan Congratulations for entering into a new phase call "Motherhood". A break with the baby is the most amazing period and by spending lot of money you won't be able to get that moment back. As per my perspective, best mommies utilise this period in living in this moment, enjoying with baby, enjoying hobbies like writing, singing, reading,etc, most important is to be happy and have a peaceful mind.
@Mehek Chauhan Hi Mehek! Enjoy this period to the fullest as you wouldn't know when you'll get such a break. I remember my wife, she made sure she did all that she couldn't do in her corporate job. She used to paint, dance, do yoga, do gardening and read stories for our baby. She made sure she still stayed in touch with her colleagues and her area of expertise. She enrolled in a few online courses and did them in her own time. She was updated with the news and she enjoyed spending time with family. So relax, and do things at your own pace. Happy parenting!
@Team ParentCircle Very useful video. My sister and I were having a discussion over the very same topic as she gave birth to a baby only a month back and we were looking at the pros and cons of disposable and cloth diapers. I shall share this video with her.
@Mehek Chauhan Dear parent, that is a very valid question as there is controversy over the use of feeding bottles for infants. Below are some guidelines put together by us at ParentCircle that will help you understand the whys and hows of using feeding bottles for babies: 1. Feeding bottles, if they are BPA-free, are 100% safe to use for infants. However, this doesnt mean they are the best way to feed your baby. This is because of 2 reasons: a) direct breastfeeding is the best way to feed a baby, over and above expressing or pumping breastmilk and formula-feeding (both of which are fed through a feeding bottle), and b) there is evident concern over the risk of diarrhoea in infants due to the bacterial transmission if the bottles are not sterilised adequately. 2. Good alternatives to feeding bottles are a cup and spoon and the traditional Indian feeding device called 'paladai'. 3. Even if you are using feeding bottles, it is better to go for glass or silicone or stainless steel bottles, instead of plastic ones (even the ones that are BPA-free). As far as teats or nipples are concerned, it is preferable to use natural rubber ones instead of synthetic latex ones. Both bottles and nipples should be changed every 3 months. 4. It is important to sterilise the feeding bottles thoroughly 'after every use' by either boiling them in water for 15 minutes or using an electric steriliser machine. 5. Don't ever let the baby fall sleep with the bottle in his mouth, as bedtime bottles can lead to tooth decay. Also, throw away any unused milk or formula after you have finished bottle feeding your baby. 6. Use of feeding bottles should be strictly stopped after the baby is 1 year of age. After that, milk should be offered in an open glass preferably or a sippy cup. There are a variety of safe feeding bottles in the market to choose from. Some brands are Philips Avent, Chicco, MeeMee, Fisher Price, and Pigeon.
@Mehek Chauhan Hello Parent, Are you working? If yes, then feeding bottle is preferable but I think instead of plastic bottles, try to choose bottles made of glass or stainless steal. If no, then try to feed directly to your infant. Reason is there's enough evidence that baby bottles may not be safe if they are made with a chemical called bisphenol A (BPA). BPA was used in the plastic of many baby bottles, to help make them clear and shatterproof. Very tiny amounts of BPA can leak from a plastic bottle into milk. This may cause several disease to infants.
@Anonymous Thank you for bringing this to light! There have been several times where I and my family have been annoyed by babies cry and screams during travels and now your message has been a huge eye opener to me. Empathy is something we all lack most of the times even during daily activities and things that happen in our environment. When I read your message, it really struck me and in a lot of small ways, we all lose empathy towards others around us. Thanks for making me more aware about this and I had never been cognisant about what the mother feels like during such travels with her new born.
@Anonymous Travelling long distance in a flight with Little Champ is extremely courageous task. You did it! Proud of you! 7 month old kid is too small to travel by Airplane.I think, the reason he unstoppably cried might be Kids ears are more susceptible to feeling pressure changes than adult ears also the change in air pressure. Air hostess are though kind enough to take care of mother and kid by their frequent visits. My recommendation is the best way to travel by airplane with a kid is once they start speaking and explaining the things in their baby language.
@Anonymous Dear parent, at some point or another every mother goes through what you went through in that 11-hour long flight! Crying babies are the most common sight worldwide, and despite the stares you got, there is nothing to be embarrassed about. We cant always decode the reason for a baby's discomfort- it could be the air pressure, or fatigue, or hunger, or sleepiness, or simply being in unfamiliar surroundings that could cause a baby to howl and wail. There are still a few things you could do (if you haven't tried them already) to help your baby: 1. Stick to your baby's schedule when travelling: Do your best to keep your baby's schedule (especially nap times) as normal as possible when flying. 2. Feed your baby during take-off or landing: Both nursing and bottle feeding helps ease the air pressure in the baby's ears (which can cause pain). 3. Pack your baby's security items: Don's forget to pack your baby's familiar items of use, such as her blanket, or her favourite stuffed toy, in your hand baggage. 4. Surprise your baby: Pack in additional never-before-played-with items to surprise and delight your baby. Anything from a board book to a new musical toy (though ensure that it has an adjustable volume button!). 5. Play games: Simple games such as peek-a-boo or lets-pick-up-the-rice-puffs one by one will work for your 7 month old and keep him engaged. And lastly, ignore the stares and snide remarks. Though no one likes dirty stares from passengers, the best thing you can do to soothe your baby is to keep calm. The more stressed out you become, the less likely your baby will be consoled. All the best for your future flights!
@Anonymous Hey this is normal and my children were also like this when they were even 3 - 4 months. If you feel it is going out of control, then you should figure out what is making her do that. It is normal for babies to look at colours and sounds with awe. Give them some time and they will get used to it.
@Anonymous Yes, it's normal as my children also did the same. If you feel that it's becoming a problem for some reason, then, slowly distract her before you switch off the TV. Since she cries too much, before you switch off the TV, draw her attention to a different interesting object or take her out of the room and switch it off without her knowledge. You cannot reason with a 10 month old, so manage her, keep her calm and happy. As she grows older, she will change and these are all temporary phases. All the Best :)
@Anonymous Dear Parent, screens are definitely attractive to young and old alike! As much as screens have become an everyday part of our lives, they carry serious issues especially for young children. For example, sleep disturbance, vision impairments, as well as impact on brain, reflected in lower attention, and difficulties in thinking and language. WHO guidelines recommend keeping children under 2 years of age totally screen-free. To keep your baby away from screens, you could try the following: Keep all screens off and away from the child. If she sees you fiddling with your phone or watching TV yourself, she is bound to get attracted. Instead, use your phone or watch TV when she is napping or is away. Keep her engaged in activities such as reading, singing, or playing with blocks. Give her outdoor time by taking her to a playground or park nearby everyday. Don't use screens during mealtimes, such as to feed her using distraction or to scroll through your phone during meals. Switch off the TV during mealtimes and sit as a family and talk and eat together. Also, switch off TV when its not being watched by anyone. If she does see your phone or TV, turn it off immediately and engage her in play. Initially she may cry and make a fuss. Dont give in. It may be difficult for you initially because you will also have to make changes in your family- use the phone less, have specific times for watching TV, no gadgets during meal times and after going to bed, and stop using screens to keep your child engaged. But it will be easier for your child to understand this as she grows up when you set a clear example in your home. All the best!
@Anonymous Hello, today's kids are fascinated with the gadgets. It is quiet normal for today's generation kid to easily dwell into colourful activities and that too audio-visual. I understand your hesitation, but by patiently handling the kid with love and proper communication she will listen and act according to your way.