Saturday, 21 June, 2008

Lullabies, songs and rhymes for you baby

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Oh, i love singing to my baby Alisha and she loves it! When i sing these lines to her, i also enact the lines while singing and baby also tries to sing along. Its really so wonderful to see the one time 'tiny baby' now able to play, dance and sing! :)


Rock-a-bye baby, in the tree top
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall
And down will come baby, cradle and all

Hush, Little Baby
Hush, little baby, don't say a word.
Papa's gonna buy you a mockingbird

And if that mockingbird won't sing,
Papa's gonna buy you a diamond ring

And if that diamond ring turns brass,
Papa's gonna buy you a looking glass

And if that looking glass gets broke,
Papa's gonna buy you a billy goat

And if that billy goat won't pull,
Papa's gonna buy you a cart and bull

And if that cart and bull fall down,
You'll still be the sweetest little baby in town

London Bridge

London Bridge is falling down,
Falling down, falling down.
London Bridge is falling down,
My fair lady.

Build it up with iron bars,
Iron bars, iron bars,
Build it up with iron bars,
My fair lady.

Iron bars will bend and break,
Bend and break, bend and break,
Iron bars will bend and break,
My fair lady.

Build it up with gold and silver,
Gold and silver, gold and silver,
Build it up with gold and silver,
My fair lady.

My Bonnie

My bonnie lies over the ocean.
My bonnie lies over the sea.
My bonnie lies over the ocean.
O bring back my bonnie to me.

Bring back, bring back,
O bring back my bonnie to me.
Bring back, bring back,
O bring back my bonnie to me

Row, row, row your boat

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream,
Merrily merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.

Friday, 20 June, 2008

Right way to massage a baby

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Massages have been an old time techinique since ages ago.. benfits of massages iare known to stimulate the babys nerves, regulates blood circulation in the babys body, improves growth and development, improves sleep patterns and digestion.. its also a way of bonding with your baby, trough touch and stimilaion.

Massage tips:
Choose a time when there will be no disturbance, a quite and warm place is perfect for a massage.

Never massage baby in a full stomach or when he's hungry and Wait half an hour after the baby has eaten.

Gather ready all the essensials like a baby oil, a change of clothes.

How to massage:
Sit on the you bed or on the floor with your back straight. Lay baby on his back on a soft towel upon your lap. Begin the massage from front to back, head to toe.

Use your fingertips for small areas and palm of your hand, for bigger areas.

Step by Step Description:
The head:
Rub your fingers on the babys head gently in a cirulating manner, moving down to his forehead, eyebrows and eyelid, nose, cheeks, the area around the mouth, the ears and surrounding area.

The frontal part of the neck
(Remember doing this very gently)
Make small strokes and massage the posterior part of the neck with slow movements down to the shoulders.
Softly put both hands on his/her shoulders. Caress the baby from the neck to the shoulders in the direction of his chest.

Shoulders and arms:
Form a ring with your fingers and thumb around your child's arm. Begin to caress around the armpit and then go down along the arm. Be very careful when you arrive at the elbow, it is a very sensitive region. In the wrist you can gently practice turning motions using. Remember to take great care with all these motions.

Massage the stomach in a circular way (the genitalia area is excluded from the massage). Caress the abdomen moving your hands clockwise beginning below the ribs.

Caress each leg with your whole hand, press gently on the thighs. Slightly flex the legs and knees pressing the thighs gently against the body.

Heels and feet:
A foot massage is very relaxing. Begin by putting a soft pressure on each toe, then the foot and return to the toes again. Sometimes a foot massage can help reduce stomach pain. Caress gently all the toes. Apply circular movements at the heels.

Turn your baby around.
Begin with large and slow movements that include head, neck, back and legs always in one direction.
Give your baby soft strokes on the shoulders and back and massaging with your fingertips with circular movements. Do not massage the spinal cord, only put your hands over it and let the baby feel the warm sensation. You can even make small circular movements on your baby's back.
Put your hands at the top of the legs and begin gently caressing while working your way down towards the foot.

When you arrive to the feet start again from the top. With soft and slow movements finish the massage starting once again at the head and back to the toes.

Now you are happy and confident that your baby can be massaged the right way, baby will be happy too :)

Monday, 16 June, 2008

Tips for choosing the right name for baby

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A pregnant mother always has a working mind about shopping for essentials and clothes for baby's coming, also never forgetting the baby name. In fact the name is one of the most important requirements in a persons life. The little one will have the precious gift from mom and dad throughout his life, he'll be identified by his name while in a crowd or anywhere. As a parent, your decisions matters as the baby wont be there to name himself. I took 9 months to name my baby 'Alisha' go here BABY ALISHA to know more about her. click on the label 'baby Alisha'

Unique names
Remember that his name will make him stand out in a crowd. This can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. He will easily be recognised when he is being called. At the same time, rare and complicated names have immense potential for misunderstandings and mistaken pronunciations. Teachers and caregivers may unintentionally mangle your child's name if they have difficulty speaking it aloud.

At the same time a very common name could be frustrating for the child as he grows. It gets very frustrating for a school goer to be be called the same name as several other schoolmates at school.

A good tip is to go for a blend of rare and common names. If you have a common surname, consider giving your child a slightly unusual name to make it easier for him in school and later on, at the workplace. On the other hand, if your surname is uncommon, give your child a reasonably well known name

Consider numerology as one of the most trendy and common ways of naming a child now a days. We see many film actors/actress's adding a letter or two into their names and they believe it helps them achieve a better life! and its works, mind you!

Traditions/Family history
Does your family have any traditions that you wish to follow, such as naming the first born male after the father or paternal grandfather? You can also look further back in your family tree to find a name. Or just choose a name from your ethnic or cultural heritage. If you have to use a family name that you really aren't happy with, then consider using it as a middle name or as just an initial.

If you want a nickname for baby while the first name will be something else, try finding a name from which the nickname can be derived, from the first name itself. I nicknamed my younger sister Mandy, while her good(first) name is Amanda.

Associations and popular names
If you name your child a very popular name or names that you or someone in your family is pretty associated with, like the movie stars, barbie(dolls name) etc; maybe the name was/is in vogue, but remember the name might fade away with time. And most importantly, these associations with not create the same traits in your baby.

Lastly name your baby what you want, not what others want. You are the parents and you have rights to choose the best name you think of.

All the best for choosing the right and perfect name, for your baby. Look out for a complete list of baby names soon!

Michael Jacksons bad parenting

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Troubled pop star Michael Jackson topped a poll to find the Internet Father's Day List of bad dads. He beat murderer Scott Peterson who killed his wife and unborn baby.

Commenting on naming Jackson the worst dad, the Maxim writers said, "Dangling a baby out of a Berlin hotel window! We're not sure what's crazier: Michael's unique approach to parenting, or the fact that a woman was willing to carry the children of a twice-alleged child molester."

Tuesday, 10 June, 2008

Prepare siblings for babys home bringing

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Your preparing for the new born baby and excitement knows no bounds at your home, even the other kids are excited a new baby will enter the family. But that's only till the baby arrives as once the siblings feel all the attention is towards the new baby and less for themselves, they are bound to get jealous and its quite a normal feeling. They may also become more demanding, disruptive, or aggressive and may regress in many of their behaviors, including not wanting to use the potty anymore, using baby talk or having frequent temper tantrums. Below are some tips to help prevent this sibling rivalry.

During the pregnancy months:
Teach them(the older siblings) that a baby is growing inside of you and about to come home very soon, once the tummy is showing. Involve them to prepare for baby home coming like allowing them to choose their own colors and choice while shopping for the baby's new room, cloths for baby, toys and new born needs. and this will make them feel that also have a role in the new baby's life and this will ease the transition of having a sibling at home to share your attention.

Towards delivery
To minimize the jealously that a sibling may feel towards a new baby, try to not make too many other changes in your children's routine close to the delivery. If you are going to move your child out of a crib and into a bed, into another room, or into a new day care, it would be better to do it well before the new baby is born. Your child may otherwise feel displaced by the baby and feel resentment towards him. Also, don't try and teach your child new skills, such as potty training, close to the delivery date, and expect regression of already mastered skills.

Continue to talk about the pregnancy as it progresses and prepare for your children for the delivery. Consider allowing him to visit the hospital or attend sibling classes if they are available.

While in the hospital
Call your other children frequently while you are in the hospital and if possible, allow them to visit you once the baby is born, or if that is not possible, send them a picture.

When you come home
When you finally do come home, try and have someone else carry the baby inside or at least hand him to someone else, and then spend some time with your other children. You may also consider buying a special gift that you can give to your children from the baby.
Continue to spend special time with your other children and remind visitors to pay attention to siblings and not just to the new baby and include the siblings in pictures and other activities.

The new baby's first months
Your other children may feel neglected as the new baby demands a lot of your time. You can help this by spending time alone with your other children each day, allowing them to help with simple tasks such as getting a new diaper or toy, and encouraging them to touch and play with the new baby.
You should also accept any regression in your children's behaviors and supervise all contact so that he can't harm the baby.

Monday, 9 June, 2008

Sex Determination in India

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In India it is against the laws to undergo a gender determination test and this is because some people find out the gender of the baby within the womb and on knowing it’s a female, either abort the child or use some other means to kill the fetus. It’s tremendously horrifying to hear these things daily, but I do read them time and time again in the news papers and on TV. Because of the lack of education and knowledge about sex in the people of rural India, often land up reproducing more and more children in the hopes of a male offspring, who could help towards income, also he would be the one to carry on the family title. A female is often unwanted as she is cast as a burden that would be dependent on her family for everything, so to avoid the responsibility of her expenditure and marriage the parents kill their female child at birth itself by throwing them away in some isolated area or drowning them. Middle class people despite being educated and aware, still try to find out the gender and either celebrate or go on a killing/abortion spree. An abortion is legal here, but an abortion is meant to terminate the fetus in critical conditions, and not meant to kill a child! This heinous crime should be stopped immediately!

Infant the gov has now put lots of laws into action to prevent this type of crime. Boards are put up at every maternity clinic, strictly mentioning that the gender determination is a crime, and punishment will be severe. If you go for an ultrasonagraphy you musn’t even ask the doctor about the gender, which I was exactly aware of and didn’t dare to know what the gender of my child, was. It didn’t even mater so much if my child was a male or female... But god blessed me with both!

Sunday, 8 June, 2008

Raising happy kids

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Brats are not born, they’re made. Be more caring and attentive towards your kiddo right from the start, you can ensure your kiddo is happy and cheerful this way- most of the times, at least!

Don’t play their hands: kids tend to test the limits their parents set for them but
A good parent knows when to give up and when to give in.

B a role model to your kids: eating healthy yourself will ensure your kid has eating healthy habits too.

Find the Root cause of behavior: sometimes your child can behave in a peculiar manner, caused by a genuine problem. Punishment is not always the solution. If you find your child hesitating to go to school, check out if there’s a problem the kids trying to escape from eg: homework not done etc

Praise good behavior: don’t take their goodness for granted. Make it seem noticed by you instead because parenting approval is so necessary for kids.

Find practical solutions to problems: hide away snacks for kids that crave trash! Child lock the TV, hide the remote and change computer passwords, to deal with cough potatoes and net surfers.

Earning good times is encouraging: strike a fair bargain with them, if they tidied their room or put back the clothes, let them have 15 mins more of caroms.

Be a friend: a young ones world is full of anxieties than one can imagine. Talk out their
Worries and this gives them an outlet and helps them gain a more receptive frame of mind.