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Why Rituals are important to raise emotionally strong individuals?

Guest Post by Dr. Priyanka Tibrewal

I have long loved the quote, “Traditions touch us, they connect us and they expand us. There are only two lasting gifts we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.”

In recent years, the whole idea of parenting has had us focused a lot on giving our children strong wings and the freedom to fly. But, just as important it is to give them the wings, so it is to make sure that we help them grow their roots. For it’s the roots that determine who we are, our beliefs and our ethics.

Purposeful rituals and repeated practices that involve members of the family, these rituals are the perfect food for the roots that we base ourselves and our kids on. Rituals can include a morning regime that organises our day to day life; at the same time it may also include a seasonal or holiday ritual that is more symbolic and planned. These repeated, shared experiences contribute to making us who we are. Continue Reading

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How I weaned my 3 year old

It’s over!!

A late post- Late because for many days I wasn’t sure if it was over.

I thought I would give in and like always we’d start all over again; but it didn’t happen. He kept coming back to me, pleading, asking if I was okay and if I could offer him his favourite aadudu( his word for breast/breastmilk)

It broke my heart each time, but I denied because it was getting tough for me to continue our breastfeeding journey, tougher than it was to control myself from starting again, giving in to those yearning eyes.
29th January 2019 was the last day he nursed, Just when he completed 34 months of breastfeeding.

I started conditioning him long back (can’t recall) but it’s been many months. He would talk to aadudu, sing songs and say things like “I’m so happy to see aadudu”, “ye mera aadudu hai”, “I love you aadudu”.

I asked him that soon aadudu will stop as he was growing up and that he must thank aadudu for nurturing him, for making him a strong and big boy from a tiny, feeble baby that he was. He would say “aadudu thank You, aapne mujhe chhotu baby se big boy banaya”. On asking “baby when will you stop having aadudu”? He would promptly reply- “Tomorrow”, a tomorrow that never came! A tomorrow that came months later!
I have a heavy heart as I write this, but I know I did my best.

We ‘ve come a long way and we loved our nursing sessions, despite the occasional bouts of frustrations because sometimes you feel that that’s the only thing you do through the day, sometimes the back does ache from being in a certain position for long.
Weaning needs a lot of strength and determination and that is why it took me so long. I just did not have the heart to do it. With cracked nipples and toddler reaching 3, I realised that it was the best time to do it. 

Sharing my weaning journey and few tips for moms who are nursing older toddlers or older kids.

How I weaned my 34 months old child from breastmilk?

There is nothing that will help as much as talking to your child will. At almost 3 yrs I could easily to talk things out to him, he however had difficulty falling asleep without nursing.

He knew he was a big boy with teeth, a big boy who could chew on to yummy food and didn’t need breastmilk, but somehow wasn’t ready. Finally I resorted to putting band-aid on my sore nipples and told him I was hurt.

This continued for weeks and he stopped asking for it. Some stories, lots of cuddles helped us get through this phase. 

Weaning is easier with spouse and family support. 
Here are a few things you can do to make it easy for you and your child.
 
Distract- When you know your child is going to ask for it, just distract. For example, it is her naptime and you know she needs it for her naps; distract by reading a story/ singing to her and rock her to sleep. I know of some parents, who would take their child on drives and make him fall  asleep in the car. some took for stroller rides, some carried their kids in the Carrier and made them sleep. 
 
Once the day feeds have reduced, it is not so difficult to distract them.
Take a break -I know of someone who took a 4 days break and traveled with friends only so that her son could get off the breasts. 
 
Ask your husband or other family member to help-
Spouse can be the best support. Let him take over the bed time duties till the child has weaned. 
 
You can start some new bedtime rituals while you are still nursing so that your bub feels normal and the transition is smooth. 
 
few things to ensure-
 
See that the change is gradual, to help both -You and the baby. Your breasts should have reduced the supply when you plan to completely stop nursing. You don’t want to end up with plugged painful ducts. If you face engorgement use heating pads to comfort yourself. 
 
Take it slow and easy. 
 

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Baby Skin Science – Why You Need To Use Face Cream On Your Baby

Face creams for babies? Admit it, it’s something you may have not heard of, neither did I, to be honest! It never struck my mind to use a special cream on my son’s face. I always figured the moisturizer I used on his body would do the job.

I mean, you just have to keep the skin hydrated right? Turns out, I couldn’t be more wrong! Just like us grown-ups, even a baby’s facial skin is more delicate as compared to that on the rest of the body. And hence, requires some extra gentle care. That’s why using a baby face cream is really crucial if you want to maintain the softness of those chubby cheeks. And also keep baby acne away!

However, buying the right baby face cream isn’t that easy. Upon my research for the perfect one, I found out that it’s not just the ingredients that matter but also the pH level of the cream. In fact, the pH level is very important as if that’s wrong, the cream won’t even be able to do its job! Continue Reading

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Staying Safe When Out With Your Kids

Some weeks ago I took my son to one of the famous malls in Navi Mumbai. We had food as both he and I were extremely hungry and it was already close to lunch time. I then took him to the washroom, I spotted 2 guys who were staring at us, finding it suspicious, I instantly knew something wasn’t right about the way they looked at us, but unperturbed we went to the washroom, did our jobs and came back, only to find them waiting for us. it was then I started getting disturbed. Continue Reading

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Homeopathy for Children

For most people Homeopathy is a mystery and new parents who are already worried about their kids frequently falling sick are afraid to try something that is not well tried or popular, parents have reservations when it comes to giving frequent allopathic medicines to their little ones, but they give in as that’s the only resort for them .

Here in this article, we talk to Dr. Sonia, a Homeopath and also a mom to a 3 year old. Dr. Sonia talks about Homeopathy and how it works for kids.

NJM – What is homeopathy and how is it better than allopathy or any other medical treatment? Continue Reading