breastfeeding

Why Breastfeeding is a must for Your Baby

Do you know about the wonders breastfeeding can do to your baby?

Human breast milk is the safest and the healthiest food which provides all essential nutrition that your baby needs for the first 6 months after birth. It contains all the vital components in the perfect quantity. The breast milk changes in volume and composition according to the time of the day (morning, evening or night),  age of the baby and frequency of nursing. It helps the baby in getting healthy and grow right. Breast milk also promotes mental development in babies which later help them in achieving a higher IQ level.

Breastmilk helps the baby ‘s body in developing his immune system to fight against various diseases.  

It protects the baby against:

  • Type 1, 2 diabetes
  • Sudden infant death syndrome, SIDS
  • Obesity
  • Pneumonia and other respiratory infections
  • Cough and cold
  • Gastrointestinal illness(vomiting, diarrhea)
  • Constipation digestion issues
  • UTI (Urinary tract infection)
  • Middle ear infection
  • Heart diseases liver diseases in adulthood
  • Certain childhood Cancer

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Benefits of BREASTFEEDING for Mother

  • Breastfeeding (BF) helps in postpartum healing.
  • It helps in burning 500 extra calories every day thus helps in achieving the pre-pregnancy weight.
  • Frequent skin to skin contact during breastfeeding helps in enhancing the emotional bond between mom and baby
  • Breastfeeding soothes the baby as every time the baby takes the feed, the mom gets a surge of the bonding hormone Oxycontin which provides a soothing effect to the baby.
  • Mums who breastfeed their baby are less prone to diabetes, osteoporosis, breast ovarian uterine cervical cancer

Not only this breastfeeding your child is way more convenient as compared to giving formula milk to the baby. It can be fed anytime anywhere so one gets saved from the hustle of preparing it from time to time. Breastmilk is always at the right temperature, clean and free of cost.

CONCLUDING NOTE :

Try to give only breastmilk as it is the best gift a mother can give to her child which will stay with him/her throughout his/her life in the form of strong immunity and lot many other health benefits as discussed above.

Diaper Bag Essentials

14 Must Haves For Your Diaper Bag

Until and unless you have a baby in your life you won’t realize how important is a diaper bag for new moms and dads. Going out without carrying the baby’s diaper bag is like a BIG nightmare to them. A non-parent can’t even realize how much stuff these little human beings need whenever they are on a day out with there caretakers. They can need anything anytime even if they are out for even a couple of hours. So this means you need to carry a lot of stuff, yes a LOT.

New Parents often get confused about what to pack in a diaper bag. As they are new to this parenting world so they often tend to forget one or the other thing back at home. Here I have given an ultimate diaper bag checklist to help new parents pack everything that they might need when they go out with their baby.

DIAPERS

A diaper bag is nothing without DIAPERS in it. You must always carry 4-5 diapers with you and more than this number is always good. Even if you are going out for a couple of hours, you must carry them as babies are highly unpredictable in nature. For newborn, my preferred choice is Pampers New Born Diapers.

WIPES

Wipes are not only important for cleaning your baby’s bum while changing his/her diaper but is also a handy solution for a lot of other things. Try Mother Sparsh 98% water wipes.

CHANGING SHEET

For diaper changing, you will definitely need a changing sheet for placing your baby on it.

DIAPER RASH CREAM/COCONUT OIL

Even if you are out it is important to apply a diaper rash cream or coconut oil on your babies diaper area to avoid rashes. Carry the travel size bottles to save the space in your bag. Try out Mamaearth Natural Diaper Rash Cream.

DISPOSABLE BAGS

Always carry a few disposable bags for dumping soiled diapers and used wipes. Unclean bowls and spoons, pacifiers, etc can also be kept in them for carrying back home.

BIBS AND WASH CLOTHS

Either younger than 6 months or older than this age a baby should always have his bibs and washcloths around him. A newborn is prone to spilling out undigested milk and 6 months older baby has now started eating semi solids/solids by now so to avoid mess and to keep him clean bibs and washcloths are important.

SANITIZER

Baby and maintaining proper hygiene are correlated. So, you must carry a bottle of sanitizer whenever you are out. Pour few drops of sanitizer between your palm, rub it and you are germ-free to handle your baby. Use it before and after feeding your baby or before and after changing your baby’s diapers, a bottle of sanitizer serves multiple purposes. You can go for the travel size pack of Himalaya Pure Hands Hand Sanitizer which comes in a leakproof bottle.

EXTRA CLOTHS FOR BABY

Your little one can spill milk/food over him or his diaper can get leaked when it is least expected. So it is better to have a spare set of clothes during such situations.

EXTRA SHIRT FOR MOM

If you are a new mommy than you might know how full your breast becomes most of the time and leaking is quite a common scenario during those initial months with your baby. Keep an extra shirt for yourself too in case your breasts get leaked.

SOFT BLANKET

A soft baby blanket is needed to cover him and provide him comfort during his nap time.

NURSING CLOTH FOR MOM

For breastfeeding in public, you may need a cloth/sheet to maintain your privacy.

Breast PADS

Yes! Carrying extra breast pads is a must if you are a breastfeeding mom. Generally, during the first six months of delivery new moms face the issue of leakage when their breast gets full. So, you must wear breast pads and also carry an extra pair of them when you are out. The Mee Mee Ultra Thin Super Absorbent Disposable Nursing Breast Pads are one of the best breast pads available in the market.

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FORMULA MILK, BOTTLE AND WARM WATER

If your baby is on formula feed then you must carry your formula milk brand and warm water to prepare his feed. Don’t forget to carry his bottle. You can try Nan Pro 1 Infant Formula which is one of the best formula brand suggested by Doctors in India.

TOYS

·         For 0-6 months old:

Carry rattles to calm your fussy baby

·         For 6-12 months

Carry his favorite toy or book to engage him up when he gets restless.

·         For older than 1 year

A single piece of a toy won’t be sufficient to entertain as toddlers get bored quickly and they need something new every time. So carry multiple toys to keep him engaged.

BABY FOOD, BABY FEEDING BOWL SET, AND SIPPER

If your baby is older than 6 months then you must carry his food (cereals, quick snacks, fruits, etc) along with his personal bowl and spoon. A hunger-free baby is more playful, cheerful and less cranky than a hungry baby. So, don’t forget to carry something for your baby to munch on.

You can buy Mee Mee Feeding Bowl and
Philips Avent Premium Soft Spout Cup as both of them are made of non-toxic, BPA free food grade polypropylene plastic making them ideal for small babies.

Suggested Diaper Bag: Robustrion Waterproof Multifunctional Baby Diaper Backpack

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Diaper Bag Tips

  • Always keep your baby stuff ready in your diaper bag except for his food which will definitely be packed before leaving.
  • Prefer a  bag with multiple compartments and waterproof lining.
  • Pack eatable items including medicines in plastic bags to avoid leaks.
  • More than traditional diaper bags, tote bags, and backpacks are much more convenient as they serve the same purpose of a diaper bag, are easy to carry and serves multiple purposes too. Find the one that suits you the best.



Cold and cough in babies, Home Remedies for flu in babies

8 Best Home Remedies To Treat Cold and Cough in Babies

Cold and cough are the two issues which are common among all the babies. We parents always make sure to protect our little ones as much as we can but babies are vulnerable beings and they sometimes catch the infection in spite of all our hard efforts to protect them.

But whenever it comes to provide relief to my baby I always try to avoid giving allopathic treatment at first place and go with the natural remedies available at my home. These home remedies are trusted, safe and gentle and are used generation after generation to treat common cold and cough in babies.

Here I have listed 8 Home Remedies to treat cold and cough :

1. Magic Water

For treating cold and cough in babies fast boil water with a spoon of ajwain/ cumin seeds or tulsi leaves. Now filter this water and bring it down to a lukewarm temperature before feeding it to your baby. Make her sip the magic water on regular intervals to see fast results.

2. Warm Mustard Oil Massage

Cold and Cough in babies can also be treated by giving mustard oil massage. To prepare this mixture put two cloves, few methi dana and kalonji seeds in mustard oil and let it cook for a couple of minutes. Now apply the lukewarm mustard oil on your baby’s chest, back, feet, palm, and nose at least two to three times a day. The best time to apply this mixture is before putting your baby to sleep as while sleeping the baby will be in a resting state and oil will be able to stay on his body more.

3. Honey Mixture

(NOTE: Recommended age is 1+)

We all know honey is a traditional medicine that has so many benefits and uses. Honey is also an excellent source to fight germs of cold and cough. Ginger helps to sweat out toxins from the body and pepper is said to stimulate circulation and mucus flow. Honey, when combined with either pepper or ginger, makes a powerful home remedy for treating cough and cold.

Honey and pepper:

Add one pinch of pepper powder to one spoon of honey and feed the baby at regular intervals.

Honey and ginger

Make another excellent remedy by adding one pinch of dry Ginger powder (or 2-3 drops of ginger juice) to one tablespoon of honey. Give it to your baby at least 2 to 3 times a day to provide relief from stubborn cold and cough.

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4. Breast Milk

For babies under 6 month of age feeding breast milk is the best thing that you can offer to your baby. No medicine or remedy works better than feeding your breast milk as this divine milk is the cure of almost all the baby problems. It not only helps to keep her hydrated but will also help in calming a cranky baby.

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5. Saline Water or Nasal Drops

Babies with stuffy nose may face trouble in breathing, eating, drinking and even sleeping. Saline water/nasal drops help in making the mucus in her nose thin and shrinking swollen airways. You can use them two to three times a day or as instructed by your pediatrician. (NOTE: Recommended age is 1+)

6. Chicken Soup and Khichdi

Chicken Soup and Khichdi are an excellent source of energy for children who are not able to consume any other food due to uneasiness in cold and cough.

7. Gargling

Make your little one gargle salt water twice or thrice a day to treat sore throat and cough. This remedy for cough for cold is one of the best remedies which instantly provides relief but it is ideal for older kids(3+) as young babies and toddlers would too naive to understand your instructions.

8. Steam

Run the hot water in the bathroom and fill it up with steam. After closing the tap/shower take your baby in. Breathing steam helps loosen the mucus in the nasal passages and it is the perfect way to provide steam to even newborns.

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Some Do’s and Don’ts during Cough and Cold:

1.Remember to give remedy according to age.


2. Be consistent with the remedies as nothing works at once.


3. Do consult a pediatrician if home remedies fail to provide relief to your baby. Don’t wait for too long before seeking the help of doctors. cold and cough if neglected for too long can lead to pneumonia.


4. If you notice something unusual such as green mucus don’t ignore and consult your pediatrician immediately.


5. In case of high fever consult your pediatrician immediately.


6. Remember to use ingredients that the baby is not allergic to.


7. Avoid cold and sour food.


8. Give warm food and fluids.


9. Keep your baby well hydrated by giving milk and sips of water.


10. Keep your baby indoor if the weather is cold outside.

Precaution is always better than cure so take good care of your little ones especially during the changing season.