Establish Good Baby Sleep Habits

Here are some tips to help your baby settle down to sleep:
Give your baby a chance to nap frequently. For the first six to eight weeks, most babies aren’t able to stay up much longer than two hours at a time. If you wait longer than that to put your baby down, he may be overtired and have trouble falling asleep.
Teach your baby the difference between day and night. Some infants are night owls (something you may have gotten a hint of during pregnancy) and will be wide awake just when you want to hit the hay. For the first few days you won’t be able to do much about this. But once your baby is about 2 weeks old, you can start teaching him to distinguish night from day. When he’s alert and awake during the day, interact and play with him as much as you can, keep the house and his room light and bright, and don’t worry about minimizing regular daytime noises like the phone, music, or dishwasher. If he tends to sleep through feedings, wake him up. At night, don’t play with him when he wakes up. Keep the lights and noise level low, and don’t spend too much time talking to him. Before long he should begin to figure out that nighttime is for sleeping.
Look for signs that your baby’s tired. Watch your baby for signs that he’s tired. Is he rubbing his eyes, pulling on his ear, or being more fussy than normal? If you spot these or any other signs of sleepiness, try putting him down to sleep. You’ll soon develop a sixth sense about your baby’s daily rhythms and patterns, and you’ll know instinctively when he’s ready for a nap.
Consider a bedtime routine for your baby. It’s never too early to start trying to follow a bedtime routine. It can be something as simple as getting your baby changed for bed, singing a lullaby, and giving him a kiss goodnight.
Put your baby to bed when he’s sleepy but awake. By the time he’s 6 to 8 weeks old, you can start giving your baby a chance to fall asleep on his own.
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Tips to Help New Moms Sleep Better

  • The trade off middle-of-the-night feedings. Nursing mothers might consider expressing milk for dad to help with at least one nighttime feeding. That way, at least one person gets a good night’s sleep, rather than both parents getting fragmented sleep.

 

  • Manage your time wisely to make rest your top priority which usually means a total reorganisation of your normal routine.

 

  • Build a network of friends and family to whom you can assign tasks such as household chores, babysitting, shopping, or cooking ahead of the baby’s birth.

 

  • Sleep when the baby sleeps. Power naps can offer moms an opportunity for a dramatic recovery.

 

  • Arrange for help before the baby is born. Pregnancy is the best time to determine who is going to take over some of the care and allow the mom to sleep.
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10 Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Kids

We all know reading to our kids is a good thing—but are you familiar with the specific advantages your toddler or preschool-age child can receive by being exposed to the merits of reading? Below are some benefits that highlight the importance of reading to your child between the ages of two and five.

Below are some benefits that highlight the importance of reading to your child between the ages of two and five.

  • A stronger relationship with you. As your kid grows older, he’ll be moving—playing, running, and continually investigating his surroundings. Cuddling up with a book gives you two a chance to back off and recovers that sweet, cuddly time you delighted in when he was a child. Rather than being viewed as an errand or an undertaking, reading will turn into a supporting movement that will bring you two nearer together.

 

  • Academic excellence. One of the essential advantages of reading to little children and preschoolers is a higher aptitude for learning in general. Various studies have demonstrated that students who are presented to reading before preschool will probably do well in all features of formal education. All things considered, if a student battles to assemble words and sentences, how can he be expected to grasp the math, science, and social concepts he’ll be presented with when he begins elementary school?

 

  • Basic speech skills. Throughout toddlerhood and preschool, your child is learning difficult language and enunciation skills. By listening to you read One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, your child is reinforcing the basic sounds that form language. “Pretend reading”— when a toddler pages through a book with squeals and jabbers of delight—is a very important pre-literacy activity. As a preschooler, your child will likely begin sounding out words on his own.

 

  • The basics of how to read a book. Children aren’t born with an innate knowledge that text is read from left to right, or that the words on a page are separate from the images. Essential pre-reading skills like these are among the major benefits of early reading.

 

  • Better communication skills. When you spend time reading to toddlers, they’ll be much more likely to express themselves and relate to others in a healthy way. By witnessing the interactions between the characters in the books you read, as well as the contact with you during story time, your child is gaining valuable communication skills.

 

  • Mastery of language. Early reading for toddlers has been linked to a better grasp of the fundamentals of language as they approach school age.

 

  • More logical thinking skills. Another illustration of the importance of reading to children is their ability to grasp abstract concepts, apply logic in various scenarios, recognize cause and effect, and utilize good judgment. As your toddler or preschooler begins to relate the scenarios in books to what’s happening in his own world, he’ll become more excited about the stories you share.

 

  • Acclimation to new experiences. As your child approaches a major developmental milestone or a potentially stressful experience, sharing a relevant story is a great way to help ease the transition. For instance, if your little one is nervous about starting preschool, reading a story dealing with this topic shows her that her anxiety is normal.

 

  • Enhanced concentration and discipline. Toddlers may initially squirm and become distracted during story time, but eventually, they’ll learn to stay put for the duration of the book. Along with reading comprehension comes a stronger self-discipline, longer attention span, and better memory retention, all of which will serve your child well when she enters school.

 

  • The knowledge that reading is fun! Early reading for toddlers helps them view books as an indulgence, not a chore. Kids who are exposed to reading are much more likely to choose books over video games, television, and other forms of entertainment as they grow older.

 

Register for Children’s Day at Aster – A fun-filled educational session including book reading, story telling and singing. For more information & registrations:

visit http://www.asternurture.com/childrens-day/ or call 04 4400500

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Breastfeeding tips for the working mom

Your Maternity leaves are over, joining work back and worried most about the fact that you won’t be able to breastfeed your baby regularly?

Do not worry! We have a few tips that will help you continue to breastfeed your baby and be the work diva that you are.

Express and store

Pumping is easier than it sounds or looks. As long as you have a good pump around, you can conveniently pump either at home or at work and store the milk for later use. Try and opt for an electric pump rather than a manual one. Electric pumps are more efficient and take less time for getting the required quantity.

Always have a supply of sterilized bottles and keep everything ready before you sit down to pump. Some pumping machines come with their own cleaning kits however if you do not have one, keep a fresh supply of wipes ready to clean up after pumping. Once you have expressed, store the milk in favorable conditions for later use. You can also freeze the milk so that it will last longer.

Have the baby close to your workplace

If this option is available for you, take your baby to work or work from a place that is closer to your home. In this way, you can take frequent nursing breaks and feed the baby as required. Some workplaces are supportive in terms of allotting space for the baby and nanny so that you can have the baby close at all times.

In case having the baby at your workplace is not possible you can look for a day care centre close to your work area and run to it, if possible, wherever it is the time to feed.

Time the feeds

You may want to time your feeds so that you feed the baby just before leaving home and feed the baby again as soon as you are back. The remaining feeds during work time can be given as formula milk or you can have the expressed milk shared with daycare if they can keep it in right conditions and can feed the baby at right intervals.

Please remember that if you stop feeding or expressing, the milk formation will slowly reduce and you will be forced to opt for formula milk. So try to exclusively breastfeed for as long as you can so that both you and the baby reap the benefits of it!

 

Dr. Sejal Devendra Surti

Specialist Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Aster Hospital

 

 

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Myths and facts of Breastfeeding

Myths & Facts about Breastfeeding

 

There are so many myths surrounding breastfeeding. To help you sort through it all, on this World Breastfeeding Week, here are some truths behind the most common myths.

 

New moms don’t make enough milk

Fact: Some of you may not make milk for the first 3 to 5 days after delivery however you make a thick concentrated liquid called Colostrum. This is rich in all the nutrients that are required for the new born baby.

 

Breast feeding helps the baby get a better IQ

Fact: There is no scientific proof which states that babies who have been exclusively breastfed have a better IQ than babies that have been on formula milk. However, breast milk has certain antibodies that can be passed on from the mother to the baby which will help build the baby’s immunity.

 

Frequent feeding means the baby is not getting enough milk

Fact: Breast milk is easier to digest than formula milk which is probably why your baby is requiring frequent feeds. Needing a feed every 2 to 3 hours is normal for new born babies.

 

Formula fed babies sleep better

Fact: This is an absolute myth however formula fed babies may sleep longer. The reason behind this is because the milk takes longer to digest so they are full for a longer time. However the downside to formula feeding is the super stinky diapers!

 

Breastfeeding changes the shape of the breasts and reduces the sensation:

Fact: Pregnancy somewhat alters the shape and feel of your breast however does not cause any other changes. A major benefit of breastfeeding is that women who breastfeed are known to show a reduced risk of breast cancer.

 

Breastfeeding is painful

Fact: Some women may find the initial few days of feeding a bit painful as the nipples get sore. However if the baby is latching on properly there should be no soreness rather you enjoy the bonding session with the baby. That’s why it’s so important to talk to a consultant at the hospital (and perhaps after you go home) who can help you and your baby make the process as comfortable as possible.

 

The breast needs adequate rest to make enough milk

Fact: Simply stated: ‘ the more you feed, the more milk you make’.

 

 If a baby isn’t gaining well, it may be due to the low quality of the mother’s milk.

Fact: Studies have shown that even malnourished women are able to produce milk of sufficient quality and quantity to support a growing infant. Most cases low weight gain are related to insufficient milk intake or an underlying health problem in the baby.

 

 

Dr. Sejal Devendra Surti 

Specialist Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Aster Hospital

 

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