Baby Routine Tips

Becoming a mother is as challenging as it’s a pleasure and a blessing. After delivering my first baby girl, my life changed completely and my activities get limited to her only. My morning starts with nursing her and ends with changing diapers. One day my mom visited me unexpectedly and she was surprised seeing me so busy all day long with my 2 months old girl that we hardly find time for some thoughtful conversation. When she falls asleep in the afternoon, mom and I were having coffee together; she asked me why you don’t make your life easier by getting her into a proper routine for feeding, sleep and activities. Her words sound impossible to me as I never know babies of this age also has a schedule. I asked my mom impatiently, how, when and from where should I start? Though, I was enjoying my time with her, but at the same time I was missing my ‘ME’ time badly. However, after following my mother’s words religiously, I started enjoying my life even more. Today, I am sharing my mother tips with all immature moms, so they will never find any difficulty raising their kids anymore.


  1. Establish a regular bedtime routine for your baby. The easiest way to design a consistent bedtime is to get started with a predictable routine so it will be easy for you and your kid. You can’t expect bedtime routine in the early days, but can start practicing after 2 months. Better is to keep everything simple, give a warm bath to baby, a comfy sleepsuit or pyjamas on, a formula feed or breastfeed then off the lights.
  2. My mom asked me to teach her the difference between day and night. Making a kid differentiate between day and night is an important element in establishing a workable schedule. Keep your house bright during daytime, and do the extreme opposite at night. Keep your home quiet and dim at night. Don’t speak much with them during night and let them know day is for play and socializing while night is for rest. I did the same and by the time she turned 3, she can differentiate between night and day easily.
  3. Try to learn and understand your baby cues. Understating your baby patterns help you in anticipating his/her needs. Ultimately, you will get to know what they want, so you can feed them on time and can take them to bed before s/he becomes fussy and over-tired. Making note of your baby feed, playtime and nap helps in creating a workable schedule for him/her.
  4. As you feel your baby is getting into a routine don’t disturb it by arranging parties or outings with friends.
  5. Be patient and except the changes happily. In first year, a kid achieves some key milestones like crawling, sitting and in some cases walking, so in this period don’t be panic if s/he didn’t follow the routine. A baby may get back to routine soon, or it may be a sign to make some adjustments in their routine. As the baby grows, s/he will definitely demand a change in routine. They start demanding more playtime and less daytime nap. They will certainly ask for some solid food too, so you need adjustments undeniably.
  6. The most important thing my other taught me is doesn’t expect perfection. Babies love consistency, but at times you have to be patient for the unexpected changes. Sometime she may not want to take a nap. She may urge for an extra meal/ she may wake up early.

In short, we mom’s needs to be patient while bringing up our little ones

New Mum Style

Wearing Vintage Dresses When You Aren’t Feeling Your Best:

Vintage might sound out of fashion to you, but is it really? I, like all of you, had shunned the retro style for good, but let’s ask ourselves: do fashions really go dry? Do styles run out of style? I pick up a hundred magazines from the past and see the diverse fashions practiced in every era. I look around myself and pinpoint about a thousand different fashions in one day. So, I say to myself, why should vintage be considered gone for good? After all, we gave the retro themes such a fancy name, we should honour them.

vintage-dressNow, I am not saying you should overdo the fashion. When I start picking out clothes for a change, I consider looking decent and good at the same time. So, the first thing is to pick out a signature, something around which I will build my entire look. Does that sound tiresome? It doesn’t, right? We moms are so apt at managing things; this is just a trivial decision. I think it might be a hat, fancy-looking, pinned at a lopsided angle over my head. But that shouldn’t be the case with you. I tap my fingers over lipsticks, wondering if I would like deep red lips to contrast with simple clothing, and then over the skirts and blouses, thinking how frilly and fancy I want to get.

Once I decide my signature, I amass the clothes I think would go with that. Say, my first selection was a hat. I would like a plain shirt to go with it, possibly of a very light colour, and a printed skirt of a darker colour. I would probably tie the hat with a napkin around my neck in the classic Marilyn Monroe style. However, I would change my decision according to the occasion. Is it a party? The skirt would be perfect then. Is it a trip with friends? Then I would like to wear the vintage straight pants over my shirt, with a cowboy styled hat pinned over my head. If I get more in the vintage mood, I may even curl the ends of my hair.

Vintage clothing has a stigma of making you stand out in the crowd. I strongly disagree. I would say to all the moms out there: we have a lot to do at home and work. Why not liven up your styles with something different and unique? Vintage dressing does not make anyone look like an alien, rest assured. I would prefer that sort of vintage style that would make me comfortable. I, of course, would not like to waste my time in a perfectly good party worrying about my heels or a very tight skirt. Furthermore, once you make up your mind about what you are about to wear, carry it with style. I would like to strut around proud and confident than sulk and be under confident about how I look.

Maternity Pillow

When I get pregnant with my first baby I realized that pregnancy is not what it seems. Doubtlessly, it is the most beautiful and memorable time of a girl’s life. It is the period full of anticipation, bliss, happiness, eagerness and mix feelings of pleasure and discomforts. I experience a whole new life during these six months and I get a view of life more closely. These were the best months of my life, as after few weeks I was going to have a baby who will definitely strengthen my relationship with my husband and above all there will be someone who gonna call me Mama. Gosh! Can’t wait for the moment, but let me share the dark side as well.

pregnancy-pillowI haven’t felt sick in my life ever, but carrying a baby inside introduced me with some pains and aches. It was normal because every woman during pregnancy experiences pain in different parts of the body like back, hips, shoulders, belly, legs and ankles. Every pregnancy is different and in my case I have leg cramps and severe pain in my back and resultantly, I fail to get proper sleep at nights. I end up turning around the bed most of the time, just trying to get a position that give comfort to my back, so I could sleep properly, but all in vain. However luckily, one day while randomly browsing the internet, I came across maternity pillows and I get answer for all my pregnancy problems voila.

The maternity pillows are designed specifically for the pregnant ladies in order to provide support to their baby bump, neck, back, legs and shoulder. These are available in different shapes and sizes, each offer its own specific benefits. The common benefit and purpose is to help pregnant women sleep in a position which is best for the ladies to avoid neck and back pains.  It also helps women who keep in turning and tossing during sleep, fearing to accidently pose extreme pressure on the baby bump. I found them blessing in disguise as it helped me finding my lost uninterrupted sleep.

I was an avid traveler before getting pregnant, sadly I refrain from travelling during my early 6 months, but after buying maternity pillows I got my life back. Now, I can carry them along on long drives. These soft twin cushions offer snug and soft support to my lower back and help me not getting cramp and muscle pulls. Best thing is these are too compact and I easily pack them in my suitcase so my husband didn’t get bother at all.

The thing that fascinated me the most while buying the maternity pillow is its use after delivering the baby, I may sound irrational but it’s true. I can use it while nursing my baby or as a barrier for the kid during the early years to prevent the rolling and tossing while sleeping.

In short, I found maternity pillows one of the must have pregnancy thing and I highly recommend it to all the expected ladies.

Hints for Getting Out and About with your New Baby

So I just became the luckiest woman in the whole world. I am now cradling a baby in my arms, healthy and pink, so cute and fragile. It is my first experience as a mother. I am exhilarated and a little scared too; the job seems to be overwhelming me. But then, I am a mother and this is my baby, and like every mom in the world, I have to find a way to make things work.


How do I start my new life? Every decision revolves around my baby. I go to see a doctor regularly and get myself and my infant checked. The doctor has drawn up a diet chart for me and my baby. Breast feeding, the doctor says, is the most important part of the first two years of baby’s life. It not only develops a close bond between the mother and the child, but it also provides nearly all the necessary nutrition and protection required. Of course, I would have to start cereals in 6 months time, but right now, I have to keep myself healthy to produce enough milk. I have to take iron tablets daily; I have to drink lots of water and milk; and I have to avoid unhealthy foods of the market. Every drug that I take for any medical reason has to be counterchecked. What if it is secreted in breast milk?

So there you are. The hectic job of being a mother has already begun, and it is only the diet I have talked about yet. I go buy a stroller, a really funky and comfortable one. I clothe my baby in the warmest and softest of baby clothes I can get, and most of them are, believe it or not, knitted by my own mother and mother-in-law. These tiny socks and sweaters fit my baby perfectly. I also swaddle the baby, especially because he sleeps most of the time, and when I have to be in the kitchen, swaddling gives him a sense of security. I don’t know how, but it definitely soothes him. My mother told me a blanket would be fine to swaddle, or any warm cloth. I just have to make sure it is not loose enough to make the baby feel vulnerable nor tight enough to cause joint dislocation, and trust me, that is not a hard decision. When you are a mother, your instinct works like magic: you know exactly when to stop and when to start.

I while away most of my time by playing with the baby. I have to be very gentle, because he is not old enough for rough play. I take him out in his stroller for short walks, talking to him about the birds, showing him the sky and the animals. I sing a lullaby to him at nights. I do all this because I want him to know that he is so precious to me and that there is still so much beauty in this world.

5 things to think about when christening your baby

Christening your new born is an ultimate happiness for parents and I run short of words whenever I recall the christening of my first baby last month. Honestly, it was one hell of a day, as we crowded that one day with too many occasions. No doubt, we started the ceremonies early afternoon, but celebrating husband’s 30th birthday, blessing new home and getting your child christened are too many things to get through in a single day. Literally, I was whacked that day that is the reason I m suggesting you all to plan your baby christening way in advance. I did plan several days before the christening day, but I ended-up stuffing too many things together that few things get overlooked. Anyways, my dear son is Christian now and that is what matters the most to me. However, if you are planning your newborn’s baptism, take some advices from me; here are top 5 things to think about when christening your baby.

  1. Remember, christening is the act to introduce your baby to the world, your religion and your home. In this ceremony, the Godparents commit that the kid will be raised according to the teachings of Christianity. Selection of the Godparents need to be done carefully and wisely, better to select those having strong religious beliefs. It can be your parents, parents-in-laws, a close friend or anyone close to your heart. In my case, my maternal uncle was selected as my son’s Godparents.
  2. Now is the time to schedule your baby’s christening with your parish or church. As we all know, here is a fee and the down payment is made once you reserve the time and day. Don’t forget bringing your child’s birth certificate because it is needed at the moment. Some of the churches also ask for Godparents seminar, so check it before the real day to avoid any unforeseen situation. . Better to select the church and date almost a month in advance so the guests and Godparents can schedule their routine accordingly.
  3. Venue selection is another important thing to consider while planning christening of your baby. It totally depends what you prefer, a formal reception or a small private party at home for close friends and family members. Whatever you may consider, bear in mind that christening is a religious affair, so better to select decoration with the religious symbols even if you have set a theme for the christening party.
  4. Preparing candles and selecting christening gown were the most exciting things for me. Prepare beautiful candles for the Godparents plus some extra for the people who wish to hold them at that time. Buy the best dress for your baby, preferably white. The kid will be baptized in the gown; however if you want to save few bucks you can borrow one form siblings or neighbors if they have any.
  5. Christening is often followed by a small reception for the guests. For some it might be a sumptuous reception at home or a hotel. But according to me the main logic behind christening is that the kid is welcomed into the God’s Kingdom, so the celebration should be as simple as possible like ensaymada or hot chocolate with your honorable guests at home.

4 ways that swaddling your baby helps them settle down

After my first child, I did plenty of research on kid’s accessories but not at all limited to what shampoo or soap is the safest, what bottles and milk to use, what stroller is easiest to handle, what crib or cot will make a perfect addition etc and believe me the list of my options had so many things and is endless till now. Let me confess it today, the hours I spend in front of my laptop were literally mind-numbing but after becoming a mom I realized it was worth spending.

swaddle imageI was enjoying every single day with my baby girl and I was like the happiest mom of a happy and decent kid, but one thing that was disturbing me is her restlessness. One day, I was sharing this with my friend who is already a mother of 2 beautiful boys and before even finishing my words she immediately recommend swaddling to me. Though, I read a lot about it but wasn’t sure it will really help that much. She told me the logic behind baby swaddling is very simple, a baby spend 9 months inside a mother womb cuddled up in an entirely safe and calm environment. Same way swaddling helps creating pressure around the baby’s body giving him/her a sense of safety. This sensation imitates the feelings s/he once feel inside mother womb and it ultimately trigger your kid sleep and health.  She explained so beautifully that I get convinced and thought to give it a try.

I started swaddling my girl whenever I feel a need of it and believe me I don’t have words to thank her enough. Now it’s my turn to share my part of story regarding swaddling with all the moms facing any such problem raising their baby.

  1. I noticed that my little girl sleep longer and better while swaddled. As it prevent the little jerks she does while sleeping, it also lowers her arm movements and helped in stimulating sleep continuity.
  2. Sometimes babies behave weird and they cry regardless of whatever soothing technique you may use. I noticed that swaddling help me in soothing my baby from illogical cries and howls almost 75% of the time. Believe me; it works, a research also reveals 28% reduction in baby crying through swaddling.
  3. What other swaddling benefits I observed are less physiological pain, perfect motor organization, improved temperature regulation, better self-regulatory ability and better neuromuscular development.
  4. Swaddling also help me in keeping my girl’s skin safe from nail scratches and marks. She used to scratch her face with jerky movements in sleep. However, when swaddled her movements get restricted.

Swaddling is an old-technique and seems quite easy, but I will personally advise every mother to take proper guidance on how to swaddle baby because it also includes some risks. Swaddle your baby once s/he is one month old and when they begin to kick off the swaddling sheets stop swaddling your baby as it is a sign they no longer appreciate to being packed too snugly.

Tips for good parenting

A couple in love and married happily often longs for a baby to complete the “family” picture. Well, it is then a matter of choice as to how big or small your family is going to be. But at least one baby, whose prattle will fill the house, is a delight for one and all.

Young mothers often panic at the thought of their newly acquired status, not knowing how to handle this new responsibility. As it may be, new fathers are in a similar state of mind. It is difficult enough to give birth to a child, but the journey that follows is a roller-coaster ride. Good parenting is a tricky art and you need to master it well so that your children grow up to be good, obedient and confident individuals.

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Here are a few tips that will help you deal with the situation in an organized manner. To begin with, babies are like a ball of clay. Their mind is not set in any particular thought process, so it is easy to mould them the way you deem suitable. How well you mould it and shape it will decide your baby’s future and its character. It will also determine your skills in parenting.

A baby is very vulnerable and scared of the outside world. It is the parent’s duty to give it protection and make it feel secure. How does one do this? Well, pretty simple. Just spend quality time with your baby to give it the assurance that you are around to shield it against any adversity. The best way to bond with the baby is to be close to it physically as well as emotionally.

A baby understands the soothing touch of its parents; it is comforted by the gentle words and feels secure in the warm embrace of mother/father. Hence, it is essential to keep talking to your baby, so that it feels your presence. This mode of communication not only binds the baby and the mother, but also becomes the foundation of its language skills in the future because the baby grows up listening and grasping the words spoken to it.

Second important thing is that in the initial formative years of the child, especially till the age 2-3 years or till the time it starts going to a playschool, it is essential that the parents spend maximum time with the child. This is because we are trying to prepare the baby to adjust in the outside world and thus it needs to be emotionally stable and secure to experience the new things that it will soon encounter.

I know it is easy said than done, particularly in the present scenario where people are career minded and the couple needs to work to run a comfortable household. So many parents leave their babies within a couple of months in a crèche or daycare centre, after the maternity leave gets over. No doubt that the baby is well cared for at these places, but it cannot get the same love and upbringing of its parents.

Same applies to the food habits and choices that are typical to a particular household. Home cooked food is best for baby’s good health and the mother can easily monitor the nutritional factor too. These are little things that matter a lot. Hence, in order to bring up a healthy baby who is emotionally secure and happy, do give your time to this precious bundle of joy.

Parenting- A Joyful Experience

When a man and a woman decide to start their life together as husband and wife, they are well aware that soon a family will follow. For most people, married life is not whole without a child that completes a “family”. However, after the baby is born the new parents are at their wits end, struggling to raise the child. Suddenly the joy of child birth gives way to anxiety and apprehension related to their baby’s upbringing.

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Relax! It is not as tough as it seems. If you want to be good parents, then some basic lessons in parenting will steer you through this dilemma. The secret of good parenting lies in the fact that parents are child’s best friends and companions. If this is kept in mind, then half the battle is won. To understand a child’s mind, be like one. This will help you analyze their whims and fancies.

Babies need a lot of attention from the parents, as they try to adjust to the outside world, having just left behind their secure space – mother’s womb. It is a good idea to let the baby have the same comfort and security, when you hold it close to you. This gives a sense of relief to the baby, knowing that it is in a comfort zone, with someone to take care. For a healthy growth of the baby, it is essential that it gets good sleep and rest. It is very easy for a baby to fall asleep.

Nevertheless, a warm bath, a good massage, dim lit room and a proper feed induces that much needed sleep automatically. So give your baby a warm bath that will soothe the baby and encourage it to sleep. Soft music playing in background or a lullaby also does the trick.  A gentle body massage helps to relax the baby’s muscles and limbs, which facilitates a good sleep.

Another important thing is feed the baby well before sleep. A well fed baby is a happy baby. Do not over feed the baby as it may cause discomfort or reflux. Once you are done with the feeding, hold the baby up and gently stroke its back till it burps. This will eliminate any air bubbles or colic. It is essential to burp the baby during the feed, as well as after the feed.

A good parent is not necessarily a strict parent or vice versa. Cater to your child’s needs and wants, but do not pamper them to a limit that may spoil them. Do not indulge too much and cultivate the good habit of eating wholesome, home-cooked, nutritional food. Healthy food leads to healthy body and mind. Monitor your child’s weight, height, etc in order to ascertain proper growth. A periodic visit to the pediatrician or community health nurse will erase all your doubts about the little one’s well being.

Be a friend to your child and not a task master. This will ease the barrier in the parent-child relationship and your angel will be ever willing to share his or her problems with you. It will give a platform for communication and you will have a better bonding with your baby. When you are out for work then make it a point to call the baby at intervals, at home or at play centre, to assure that you will return shortly to be with your darling. This will calm the baby and will give a sense of security that mummy dearest loves the angel.

These are basic steps to be a good and caring parent and you will have a happy and content baby to deal with.

How to enjoy parenthood and your life

Parenthood is often seen as an end to the freedom of both the partners, as they feel that this new duty of raising the baby will not give them quality time for themselves. However, parenthood is a joyful experience and if you have your priorities and life sorted out, then you very well can enjoy life as you used to, before the arrival of the baby.

Many young women feel that motherhood puts a full stop to their social life and now hence forth their life is going to revolve around the little one only. This is not true. A baby is a gift from God and should never be considered as a “burden” or “hindrance” in your freedom.

It is a bundle of joy that brings happiness and liveliness in your life. You just need to plan your day and routine well, and you will be amazed at how well one can balance parenthood as well as social life. In fact, you should be proud that you are getting the best of both worlds.

The real tact is making your life enjoyable once again is accepting the new role of being a parent graciously. Then start sorting your routine. Make a time table for your duties as a mother. I know that it is a never ending task, but you can chart out the feeding time and settle the baby in that particular manner. This way the baby’s sleeping and feeding routine gets set well and then you get the time that you so desire.

A well fed baby sleeps peacefully at least for 3-4 hours. You can utilize this time for completing your other household chores like cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc. Once this is achieved in the first half of the day then you can relax and socialize at home during baby’s second sleeping stint. This is the right time to invite your friends over for high tea and some enjoyable gossip.

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If your friends have babies too, then it is good gathering of mothers and babies, where the babies have fun time in each other’s company and the mothers get some breather too. This not only teaches the child to socialize and learn to adjust in company, but also acts as platform for mothers to exchange notes on parenthood. We can learn a lot from other’s experiences and gives us tips to tackle a situation.

Many women are working and they take maternity leave to attend to the baby. However, this cannot go on endlessly and one has to resume work duty eventually. Please don’t feel guilty the first time you leave your little one at the daycare centre. Those teary eyes and beckoning expressions are sure to freeze you and you may just wish that you could rush back home with your angel.

Never have that guilty feeling, since you are making this sacrifice for the betterment of the family. Just make sure that you call the centre at regular intervals to ascertain that the baby is settled and happy. This will help to ease your mind. Be it workplace or a social outing, if your child is not with you, then frequent comforting words from the mother over the telephone will surely soothe the baby and give the feeling of your presence.

Arrival of a baby does not mean that your life is restricted to feeding and changing nappies. If you have a hobby, pursue it in your free time. When the baby sees you occupied in an artistic way, then it will automatically follow you and develop skills. Hobbies like painting, etc are best done in company of your baby, where the little one also gets a chance to dabble in colors and have fun. Just make sure that the baby does not end up eating paint.

So remember, parenthood is not necessarily a full stop for being “you”. It is a matter of tact and planning to make the most of life.

How to be a good mother and have a happy baby

To be blessed with motherhood is an ultimate feeling. All through pregnancy, the mother feels the movements of the unborn child inside the womb. It is nature’s miracle that a full- fledged life takes shape within a woman’s body. Once the baby is born, a new journey of adventure of a sort starts for the new mother and that is raising the baby.

From a single, carefree status the woman is overnight elevated to being a responsible and caring parent. This transition is new and apprehensive. However, if you are mentally prepared for the motherhood, then it is but a matter of time when you adjust to the new routine as well. Right from birth, the baby is more attached emotionally to the mother than the father.

The umbilical cord establishes a super bonding between the baby and the mother and it carries on after birth too. What is it that the baby wants? Well, more than food or anything else, it is the gentle yet assuring touch of the mother, when she cuddles the baby. This touch is enough to soothe the baby’s confused mind and the fear of all new things around it.

Hold the baby close to your heart as much as possible and it will transmit the warmth and security that the baby seeks. Mother’s embrace is like a comfort zone, where everything is going to be just fine.

A calm and peaceful mind encourages good rest and sleep. This is essential for healthy growth of the baby. While feeding, especially breast-feeding the baby, gently stroke it, as this helps in relaxing the baby. Another advantage is that the baby starts recognizing mother’s touch and begins to respond to it.

Spend quality time with your baby if you are a home-maker. However, if you are a working mother, then there is no choice but to put the baby in daycare till the time you get home. Nevertheless, periodic checks through the day by a mere phone call will help the baby realize that mummy loves and cares for it.

Spending time with your baby should be your top priority besides attending to other chores. For that, taking the baby out for a stroll in the park in the evening, reading out bedtime stories, singing a soft lullaby to put baby to sleep, etc are good options.

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A good mother takes into consideration her baby’s likes and dislikes and lovingly cooks for the little one. A good, nutritious, home-cooked food is far better than the junk food that the present generation so eagerly adopts.

So inculcate the habit of eating at home in the company of family members. Monitoring child’s health is of primary importance and thus regular visits to pediatrician ensure that the baby is growing well and the height, weight, BMI, etc is normal.

There is difference between feeding and over-feeding. A well fed child is always content and happy. Do not over feed the baby as it may cause future health issues. A baby often swallows lot of air while bottle feeding. So it is necessary to burp the baby during the feed as well as at the end of the feed. This releases the gases and avoids discomfort.

Be a good and patient listener since the little one will have many queries and you need to satisfy its curiosity. Do not push away the child, but try to appease its quest for knowledge. Tap the little one’s potential and encourage it. Involve the baby in activities around the house, which will develop an early sense of responsibility.

These are just a few guiding steps to connect with your baby. Once you cross these then you will enjoy the experience of parenthood.

7 ways to make time to relax as a new mother

Motherhood is as enjoyable as it is taxing. It takes a while for the new mother to adjust to the new situation and this throws her off routine. She has to juggle her time not only for her newborn and her spouse, but also for herself. The new acquired responsibility of the baby forces her to reschedule her daily routine and snatch a few moments for herself.

It is of utmost importance that a mother gets enough rest and recreation to rejuvenate her for the further tasks of the day. Many new mothers are desperate to find a solution to this dilemma. How can they break free from the baby’s responsibility and spend some quiet, relaxed time? Well, if you plan out properly, you can achieve it.

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Step 1: Plan your baby’s feeding time

Do not feed the baby at odd times. Set a time-table and follow it. Ideally, it is better to keep an interval of 4 hours between the feeds. This way the baby’s biological clock will be set automatically to adjust to the hunger-feed routine. The interim period can be utilized to attend to other chores.


Step 2: Attend to your needs earlier

In the morning, before the baby wakes up, the mother should prepare herself by taking shower, eating breakfast, etc. Once the baby wakes, it will be easier to attend without any problem. Babies love to sleep after a warm bath and feed. If you have also eaten well during breakfast, then it is easy to snatch 40 winks when the baby sleeps. This will relax your body and mind after the first round of activities.


Step 3: Prepare baby’s food in advance

When baby is ready for its next feed, make sure that you have taken care of the cooking and other chores prior to that. If your baby is sleeping soundly, then if you like you can have your lunch and relax a bit. As soon as the little angel is up and kicking, it is sure going to demand its food and you need to be ready for the moment.


Step 4: Coordinate your sleeping time with that of the baby

A baby and its mother, both are new to a different experience of survival. Both the individuals are trying to adjust to each other and live a coordinated life. Hence, it is very essential that the mother balances the timings of the baby’s sleep and feed to her advantage. The best way to rest, especially during the early phase, is to sleep when the baby is sleeping. This enables the new mother to relax and rest her body.


Step 5: Have a timetable

A very effective way to make time for yourself for relaxation is chalking out a proper timetable for your daily chores. Remember that these timings have to intertwine with the baby’s sleep and feed schedule. Make the most of the time that you get when the baby is asleep. Besides catching a few winks in between, finish off the cooking, laundry, etc. As said earlier, it is actually better to synchronize the sleeping time with the baby’s timings.


Step 6: Take enough rest when the baby is with father

It is a good practice to give paternity leave. The new mother has already gone through a lot since the pregnancy stage. So she rightfully deserves the rest, as much as possible. After all, the bundle of joy belongs to both the partners, so the responsibilities should be shared as equally possible.


Step 7: Finally, good habits go a long way.

If the baby is put into the habit of regular sleep and feeding schedule, then it will automatically respond to that and you will know exactly when it is your free time and when it is your “duty” time.

So plan well and you will overcome this phase of new motherhood with ease and happiness.

4 hints for settling your baby

It is rightly said that a baby is a bundle of joy to cherish forever. But it is actually joyful when the baby is in good spirit and happily playing around with everybody.

This is only possible if the baby is well settled and comfortable. It is a very delicate situation to keep the baby happy, content, feeling secure and cozy. However, once you learn the art of parenting, then you will automatically succeed in keeping your angel calm. It is not difficult to settle your baby, once you know its temperament and habits. There are a few hints though to facilitate the process for new mothers.

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Choose the Right Feeding Times

First, you need to set appointed hours for the baby’s feed. Once this is done then the remaining time is easy for the baby to sleep, play or just kick around and exercise. Settling the baby in a proper sleep and feed routine actually facilitates the new mother to find some peaceful time for herself.


Do not over-feed the baby

Overfeeding will make it uncomfortable and irritable. It is better to cut the feed at the right time so that the baby is satiated but not over fed. Over feeding makes the baby “colicky”. This feeling of discomfort does not allow the baby to sleep or rest peacefully. Speak to your nurse or mothers group if you want to know more about how much to feed your baby – after all, they are the experts.


Hold the baby close to you

Third thing that a mother should remember is that a baby always looks for security and comfort. The best place to find that solace is none other than mother’s warm embrace. To soothe the baby, especially if it is cranky, just hold it close to you and that touch of assurance is enough to calm down the crying baby immediately.

When the mother takes the baby in her arms and cuddles it, the warmth that is emanated reminds the baby of the secure days in the mother’s womb and it helps in pacifying and comforting the disturbed baby.


Keep the baby company

The fourth important aspect in settling your baby is to give it a feeling of company and togetherness. When the baby sees the mother or anybody else around, then there is no fear of being left alone and it feels happy that there is someone to take care and keep company.

If it is not possible for you to be around its cradle or play-pen all the time then decorate the nursery in such a way that the baby is surrounded by animated figures, cute animals, etc so that there is a constant feeling of someone “being around” at all times. If you have to leave the baby in room while you attend to some chores, then play soft music to soothe the baby. This will again give a feeling of company.

It is very important that the baby is well settled as it encourages healthy growth of body as well as mind. The baby feels secure and comforted and thus develops into a confident and happy individual. The bond between the baby and the mother is an essential factor that determines the future development of the child. So now that you have brought in this little angel into the world, take all the efforts to make its life a memorable journey.