Decorate your baby’s room      

Before your bundle of joy comes home you should be keen to get the baby’s room ready in time for their arrival. The decorations will depend on gender of your little one. Decorating your baby’s room makes new beginning to your life and it will give a pleasant feeling to both mom and the baby.

Research have found that in the early stages of your baby’s life, they can only see shades of black, grey and white and their best vision is 8-12 inches away. The best way to decorate your newborn’s room is to use monochrome colors and patterns. This provides your baby with the best form of visual stimulation, it will also assist in brain growth and development.

Their eyes are sensitive to bright light, so will probably open their eyes in low light. Sometimes your newborn’s eyes will cross or drift outward (go “wall-eyed”), this is normal until your baby’s vision improves and eye muscles strengthen.

By the time your baby reaches three months old, it’s believed that they can see colors. And so, bringing some vibrancy into their nursery is essential for their continued development. Contrasting patterns, and movement are the things newborns like to look at most.

If you start with a monochrome base for your newborn, there should be no trouble finding a color that works with your room.

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  • Most of the times you just go for soft pink and yellow, but there are much more endless colors you can see varying from muted earth tones to vibrant and bold.
  • But it’s better to avoid from using dark colors.
  • You can use wall stickers, flowers, dolls and teddies.

 

 

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  • Most of the times people go for blue color.
  • You can make bold statement or be a mellow sanctuary on the space.
  • Also, you can go for themes like super heroes.

 

 

If you are still not sure about the gender of your baby, just go for unisex themes as follows:

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Here you can select colors and themes which can use for both baby girls and boys. Also, you can hang some decorations to take attention of your baby.

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You can use these things for birth day decorations also. From all these ideas lets Welcome your new member by decorating and creating the perfect space to grow up.

Author

Ms. Leshani Samaradiwakara is a recent graduate with a BA in Economics and a minor in Psychology and Sociology. She is currently working as a Business Entrepreneur in MAS Holdings. In her role as a Business Entrepreneur, she explores new trends in the apparel industry, studies the consumer behavior and conducts market research, especially in the area of women health & wellness. She is a enthusiastic individual who is interested in discovering new places, traveling the world, exploring new cultures and meeting new people.

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Think you might be Pregnant?

Even before you miss a period, you may suspect that you’re pregnant. For some women, early symptoms of pregnancy begin in the first few weeks after conception.

Pregnancy symptoms can also vary in their intensity, frequency and duration. The following early signs and symptoms of pregnancy checklist are only a guideline. Many early pregnancy symptoms can appear similar to routine pre-menstrual discomforts.

Symptoms of Pregnancy: The Classic Clues

Tender, swollen breasts: Early in pregnancy hormonal changes might make your breasts sensitive and sore. The discomfort will likely decrease after a few weeks as your body adjusts to hormonal changes.

Fatigue also ranks high among early symptoms of pregnancy. During early pregnancy, levels of the hormone progesterone soar — which might make you feel sleepy.

Nausea with or without vomiting. Morning sickness, which can strike at any time of the day or night, often begins one month after you become pregnant. However, some women feel nausea earlier and some never experience it. The cause of nausea during pregnancy isn’t clear, pregnancy hormones likely play a role.

Light spotting: Sometimes a small amount of light spotting is one of the first signs of pregnancy known as implantation bleeding, it happens when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus — about 10 to 14 days after conception. Implantation bleeding occurs around the time of a menstrual period. However, not all women have it.Picture1

Headaches: Early in pregnancy, increased blood circulation caused by hormonal changes may trigger frequent, mild headaches.

Constipation: Hormonal changes cause your digestive system to slow down, which can lead to constipation.

Increased urination: You might find yourself urinating more often than usual. The amount of blood in your body increases during pregnancy, causing your kidneys to process extra fluid that ends up in your bladder.

 Mood swings: The flood of hormones in your body in early pregnancy can make you unusually emotional and weepy. Mood swings also are common, especially in the first trimester.

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Cravings: When you’re pregnant, you might find yourself turning up your nose at certain foods, such as coffee or fried foods. Food cravings are common too. Like most other symptoms of pregnancy, these food preferences can be chalked up to hormonal changes.

 

Missed Period: Perhaps the most obvious early symptom of pregnancy is when you’ve missed your period. This possible sign of pregnancy is often what causes women to search for more details about the other pregnancy symptoms.

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Some women might only experience a much lighter period compared to their usual. You might not experience any of the pregnancy signs listed below until around the time you notice you’ve missed your monthly cycle.

Unfortunately, these symptoms aren’t unique to pregnancy. Some can indicate that you’re getting sick or that your period is about to start. Likewise, you can be pregnant without experiencing any of these symptoms.

Still, if you miss a period and notice some of the above signs or symptoms, take a home pregnancy test or see your health care provider.

 

Author

Ms. Leshani Samaradiwakara is a recent graduate with a BA in Economics and a minor in Psychology and Sociology. She is currently working as a Business Entrepreneur in MAS Holdings. In her role as a Business Entrepreneur, she explores new trends in the apparel industry, studies the consumer behavior and conducts market research, especially in the area of women health & wellness. She is a enthusiastic individual who is interested in discovering new places, traveling the world, exploring new cultures and meeting new people.

Prenatal Beauty Treatments – “beauty with the bump”

 

 

Picture1Pregnant mothers crave some pampering during their pregnancy. Most of them don’t want to show up like pregnant mothers and want to be stylish, beautiful as usual. They deserve to indulge themselves and enjoy a day or two at the spa. Before indulging in a little spa action, however, most expecting moms need to know which beauty treatments are safe for their baby.

Manicures and Pedicures

Just because you’re pregnant does not mean you have to forget about your manicure and pedicure appointment. But we have to be cautious about the chemicals that will create complications. The nail polish fumes tend to sometime cause mothers to be to feel nauseous, the brief exposure in the salon won’t cause any harm to your baby. However, the nail polish does contain chemicals such as formaldehyde and toluene that can be harmful if you use it often enough. You can ask your nail technician if she can use nail polish that’s free of these chemicals. You may also prefer to avoid the nail bar during the first trimester.

Facials

A facial can be a wonderfully relaxing to help keep your skin beautifully healthy. Basicfacial facials are a great way to pamper your skin, especially considering that your hormone levels change during pregnancy. However, not all treatments, are safe for all pregnant mothers. Aromatherapy, chemical peels, hot stones, and electric stimulation should be avoided until the arrival of your baby.

Waxing

Just bear in mind that your skin is more sensitive during pregnancy, but getting a wax is considered safe. When you’re pregnant your hormones are on super drive and thanks to that, your hair grows at a faster rate!

 Hair Dye

According to the professionals, chemicals found in hair dyes are not highly toxic and are safe to use during pregnancy. When you are getting your hair dyed the small amount that is absorbed by your skin is not enough to reach the baby. For worried pregnant mothers, some doctors recommend not dying your hair during your first trimester.

Tanning

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Many Doctors do not recommend that pregnant women soak up the sun, whether its from direct sunlight or in a tanning bed. The high temperature can raise body temperatures and be very dangerous to your baby, its better off avoiding it all together until you have the baby.

 Botox Treatments

Many doctors would advise against pregnant women to get injections of the popular drug. Doctors urge pregnant women to remember that the combination of hormones and increased blood flow will make your face “glow” anyway during pregnancy and suggest that cosmetic procedures are likely to go unnoticed amid an already-transforming body.

Saunas and Steam Rooms

Like tanning expecting moms should avoid saunas and steam rooms when you’re pregnant, saunas can cause hyperthermia, which can lead to an increased risk of birth defects during the first trimester.

 

Author

Ms. Leshani Samaradiwakara is a recent graduate with a BA in Economics and a minor in Psychology and Sociology. She is currently working as a Business Entrepreneur in MAS Holdings. In her role as a Business Entrepreneur, she explores new trends in the apparel industry, studies the consumer behavior and conducts market research, especially in the area of women health & wellness. She is a enthusiastic individual who is interested in discovering new places, traveling the world, exploring new cultures and meeting new people.

 

Stay Away – Please mommy??

Today I want to write about something that we all know about but avoid any conversation on. Please stay away from drugs, alcohol and cigarettes mommy.  From that very first day of his/her life, that little baby growing inside you gets everything from you, good and bad things. If you decide to eat a well-balanced diet, it not only benefits you, but your growing baby as well. If you are too tired constantly to eat a healthy diet, how can you expect your baby to grow healthy? There are so many unknowns in this world and sometimes no matter what we do; things don’t turn out the way we expect. Leave nosmokingthat part to God and do what you can do to make the right choices for you and the baby. Once you decide to take on this mommy task, everything is shared between you and your offspring, for the rest of your life. What you do today will have a significant impact on your child and what they will do later in their lives. There is no space for ignorance or selfishness. Most congenital brain and nerve system disorders are linked to smoking, alcohol and other illegal drug consumptions by the mother while pregnant. Effect of prenatal exposure to nicotine, alcohol, marijuana, opiates, cocaine and methamphetamine all have been well studied. I would like to share with you some of these findings today.

According to an article published by American Academy of Pediatrics, almost all drugs cross the umbilical cord (placenta) into the fetus. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a condition that affects the baby’s whole life and is not reversible. It is 100% preventable by a mother staying away from the substance abuse. Babies born with FAS can show either physical or mental birth defects.

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Pregnancy and giving birth is such a precious time of a woman’s life and it is all over in such a short period of time as nine months. The effects of your actions can last a life time for your baby who is, for nine months, completely depended on you for nutritious food and healthy life style.  Prenatal substance abuse continues to be a significant problem according to Marylou Behnke and the researchers. While the mothers are constantly reminded by the primary care doctors and health workers of the impact of drug use on the fetus, the pediatrician’s role also include prevention, identification of exposure, recognition of any medical issues after the baby is born, protection of the infant, and follow up on any further exposure. In a study conducted in US alone, it was found that use of illegal drugs in pregnant women between 15-17 year olds is a mind blowing 16% and between 26-44 year olds is 1.9%.

Medical community uses two basic methods to identify prenatal substance abuse; self-report and biological specimen testing. Self-report suffers from trust of the patient, recollection of timing and other issues. Biological specimen testing can be done using urine, hair and blood sampling.

Alternatively, exposure to drugs in secondary methods can happen; passive exposure to the drug, ingestion of other products contaminated with the drug or use of prescription medication that are contaminated or metabolized to the drug.

There are many ways exposure to drugs can affect the growing baby. Alteration of neurotransmitters and their receptors and brain organization are considered direct effect of drugs. When a pregnant mother is a drug user or an addict, the fetus may be effected by other secondary ways related to drug use; poor nutrition of the mother, decreased help or compliance with healthcare personnel, exposure to violence and increased risk of mental illness of the mother, which all of these can affect the baby in the long run. For example, impulsivity and attention problems have been associated with nicotine during pregnancy. Hyperactivity and short attention span have been noted of children exposed to opiates prenatally and older exposed children have been shown to have memory problems.

 

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Although a lot more research is needed to explain how the drugs penetrate to the fetus and how it alters the brain structure and development of the baby, the correlation of drug use and birth effects of the children born with prenatal drug exposure is clearly shown by many evidences. It has been reported that there are no safe amount of alcohol for a female who is trying to get pregnant, or is pregnant already.

Some consequences of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome are given below.

  • Abnormal facial features, such as cleft palate or cleft lip
  • Low birth weight
  • Underdeveloped head size
  • Stunted growth and height
  • Coordination problems
  • Behavioral problems, such as poor attention or hyperactivity
  • Learning disabilities, especially in math
  • Communication delays, such as with comprehension, speech, and language
  • Reduced judgment and reasoning ability
  • Nursing and sleeping issues
  • Impairment of the senses, such as vision and hearing
  • Complications with the heart, liver, and other internal organs

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Certain types of antibiotics, antidepressants, caffeine, cocaine, cold, allergy and pain medications, some prescription drugs taken during labor and breast feeding are all shown to have effects related to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Please stay away from drugs mommy!!

Author:
Dr Ganga Fernando received her PhD from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and currently teaching at Cottey College – a four-year University of liberal arts and sciences for women –  as an Associate Professor of Chemistry. In her role as a faculty member of the BS in Health Science program, she offers research and internship opportunities in the field of Global Public Health disparities and health care in rural South East Asia. She is a mother of 3 and a world traveler with vast experience in women’s health and maternity.

Pregnancy Diet – “ Bump and the balanced diet”

It is always recommended to have good nutrition during pregnancy, since it is very important for your baby to grow and develop. When consuming food and drinks you should always think of the life growing inside your tummy. Although nausea and vomiting during the first few months of pregnancy can make this difficult, try to eat a well-balanced diet and take prenatal vitamins. Here are some recommendations to keep you and your baby healthy. Eat a variety of foods to get all the nutrients you need. pregnancy_625x350_41448621471Choose foods high in fiber that are enriched, such as whole-grain breads, cereals, beans, corn pasta, as well as fruits and vegetables. Although it’s best to get your fiber from foods, taking a fiber supplement can help you get the necessary amount. Always discuss with your doctor before starting any supplements. If you take a fiber supplement, increase the amount you take slowly. This can help prevent gas and cramping. It’s also important to drink enough liquids when you increase your fiber intake.

Make sure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals in your daily diet while pregnant. You should take a prenatal vitamin supplement to make sure you are consistently getting enough vitamins and minerals every day. Your doctor can recommend an over-the-counter brand or prescribe a prenatal vitamin for you.

Vitamins that you need to take during pregnancy

The main vitamins that we need to take during pregnancy are:

  • Folic acid – helps prevent neural tube birth defects, which affect the brain and spinal cord.
  • Calcium – helps prevent pregnant mothers from losing her own bone density as the baby uses calcium for its own bone growth.
  • Iodine – is critical for a woman’s healthy thyroid function during pregnancy. A deficiency in iodine can stunt physical growth, severe mental disability and deafness. Also not enough iodine can lead to miscarriage.
  • Iron

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    Foods to take during pregnancy:

  • Dairy Products – consuming more dairy products will help maintain the necessary amount of Calcium needed.
  • Broccoli and leafy greens – These include fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, iron, folate and potassium.
  • Meat – Iron is an essential mineral that is used by red blood cells as a part of hemoglobin. It is important for delivering oxygen to all cells in the body.
  • Fish liver oil – The oil is very rich in the omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for29fishoil-facebookjumbo fetal brain and eye development. Fish liver oil is also very high in vitamin D, which many people do not get enough of. It may be highly beneficial for those who don’t regularly eat seafood or supplement with omega-3 or vitamin D.
  • Berries – These contain water, healthy carbs, vitamin C, fiber and plant compounds. They generally contain high amounts of vitamin C, which helps the body absorb iron. Vitamin C is also important for skin health and immune function.

 

Foods to avoid during pregnancy

  • Alcohol
  • Fish with high levels of mercury
  • Unpasteurized food
  • Caffeine

 

Author:

Mrs. Ruwandi Fernando is reading for MPhil / PhD program in Physics and currently working as a Technology Entrepreneur in MAS Holdings. In her role as a Technology Entrepreneur, she explores new trends in the maternal apparel space, sustainable products, new technology trends that can be applied to the apparel sector. She is a mother of a newborn who is interested in Kandyan dancing, playing sports, mentoring teenagers, teaching during her leisure time.

 

It’s ok to be not so perfect – Do it your own way

Probably one or more of my many mom friends told me these but I am pretty sure it went through and through, or I actually had an invisible barricade against any ‘seemingly negative’ kind of advice then. Sharing these with you so you can read it first, squint your eyes at it, go pass it and even roll your eyes, but remember you can always get back to it again if you feel like it. Sometimes a mother knows the best and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. These might seem negative to you but believe me, after raising three kids, I have found that the life gets much easier if you just take it easy on yourself. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

  1. Now you are a mom, your life is changed forever. It has changed forever but that does not mean you have to give up what you love to do, you are still the same amazing person you have been and babies are great at adjusting to your style. So, go out with your friends, go for walks, go shopping – life with a baby is not that hard as many would think.

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  1. Babies love to be held – for the most part, but not 24/7. Unless you have decided to be a permanent baby carrier for six months, put that baby down and give him some space to explore. He will actually be happier when you put him down on a clean floor mat under your watch. I love the floor mats with sensory attachments. My second baby was fortunate enough to stay home for two years without hitting daycare and that’s when I discovered that he really loved spending time on his play mat. Not anything fancy, but a fabric with different textures for him to chew on, a soft rattle or a toy with different textured surfaces, like these DIY extra-large sensory blocks from Pinterest. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/205899014191386933/

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  1. Expect yourself to be in constant mood swing – and that’s ok – you are extra happy when the baby finally naps and you successfully managed to walk away without waking him up, but for only ten minutes. Then you are extremely sad because you never got your chance to blow dry your hair, another bad hair day. You are super hungry and ate a good portion of the garlic herb pizza and the next moment you are guilty if the baby is not going to drink his milk tonight with all that smell and taste of garlic in his food. Well, mood swings are part of motherhood. Just try to take it easy and be kind to yourself.
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  2. Nobody else knows the needs of YOUR baby – yes, not me, not your doctor, not your mother, not any of the aunts and especially not your nosy neighbor. So do what you think is right for your baby and do what is easy on you and your baby. Would have been great if the baby could sit through the very long family thanksgiving dinner, after all, the other perfect parents around the table are already giving you the corner eye – but walk away if it is too much excitement for your baby and you. Walk away, just say you have to excuse and go find a calm place for him, you might even be able to catch a good conversation while trying the pumpkin pie with that one cousin you didn’t get to see much this year.

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  3. Take a very good care of yourself – if you are tired, say so and look for help right away. A tired mother is not going to settle down a tired infant. Here’s an interesting article about the study of postnatal hospital stay. It discusses the benefits of resting mothers in the first few days of giving birth and the impact of overcrowded, noisy and shared hospital rooms on baby’s crying. I remember so well that when no one else was home and I had a constantly unhappy baby that I can’t seem to calm down, I would put him in his bed, on his back, on a safe position and give myself a five-minute bath with the best smelling soap. Most of the time, the baby has calmed himself down by the time I come back and if not, I was calm enough to carry him and walk around smelling like an angel.
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  4. You will feel like ‘selling them to the zoo’ was actually an option – but its not. So instead of constantly worrying myself thinking “where did I go wrong raising these two overly rambunctious toddlers “ – I sometimes just laugh at the mess and hose them down and take them inside for a warm bath followed by milk and cookies. Most of the time I am too busy with my other duties to do this but then I tell myself – one day they sure will calm down – so what if they aren’t ready yet, at least I lived another day to see them grow up. High pressure and high expectations can actually kill you faster.

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  5. The messy they are, the better it is – yes, in grandma’s house they can blame you for your inadequate parenting skills all they want, but guess what, your kids will be happy for twenty minutes of messy play time and you will have to stop what you are doing and clean them before heading to the dinner table – but I guarantee that it will save you hours of crankiness and they sure will gobble up what you put in front of him at the table, remember they are in a very good mood.

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  6. If I could afford to buy that diaper genie – yeah me too, but guess what, all of us have our own list of ‘have to haves’ and most of the time it’s not of a big deal unless you make it a big deal. Remember the word ‘essentials’ has a different meaning for different people. Elvis Presley thought he had to have a 24K gold plated seat belt buckle on his airplane but I bet you it served the same function as the economy class stainless steel buckles that are in all the other airplanes that carry you and me. So, do what is comfortable for you and your family. The children cost more as they grow up, and their essentials change to more expensive things than just diapers.

Author:
Dr Ganga Fernando received her PhD from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and currently teaching at Cottey College – a four-year University of liberal arts and sciences for women –  as an Associate Professor of Chemistry. In her role as a faculty member of the BS in Health Science program, she offers research and internship opportunities in the field of Global Public Health disparities and health care in rural South East Asia. She is a mother of 3 and a world traveler with vast experience in women’s health and maternity.

 

Babies are portable – Flying with a new baby

While stranded in Toronto Pearson airport for nine hours, waiting for a delayed flight to Kansas City, a thought popped into my mind – what better time to write about traveling with a baby other than now – Like many other working mothers, I usually don’t get this opportunity of being stuck in a brightly lit, lively, busy airport by myself. So, like Dr. Seus says, that ‘waiting place’ is not for me, I take full advantage of this free time that fell on my lap unexpectedly, and would like to share with you a bit of my experiences of traveling around the globe with my boys. First of all, there is no ‘absolutely correct’ ways to do this ‘mom’ thing, just find what fits you and things will work out. You already welcomed this chaos to your life when your little one joined you on this earth, enjoy these hard times – because it will be gone so quick, you are going to miss it.

5-13_kids_airport_andriy_bondarev_ax2nxcWe took our first son on his first flight to Denver, Colorado on a five-day work/family trip; a three hour flight, two adults and one infant. I took my second son to Chicago for a Christmas weekend trip just to walk around the windy city – he barely had started walking. The third son was on a flight to Toronto when he was just two months old accompanying me on a full-day interview – yes I breast fed the baby while on breaks during the interview process. Including these, there were many domestic and international trips either as a whole family or few at a time. We flew for either work/family trips for a week or month long trip overseas. You have to believe me when I say I have seen it all and tried it all. My friend just wrote about how my life looks chaotic with three boys but I always seem to come on top of it with a smile on my face and that’s how I would like you to picture yourself as a mother or mother to be – always with a smile, no matter what – because motherhood is a wonderful thing.

Prepare ahead – make tons of phone calls.

For a stress free – at least low stress – air travel, what you cannot avoid is preparing ahead. From the moment you book the flights, you need to work on making this trip as easy as possible for you; always remembering to keep your baby’s health and wellbeing your priority.

Call airline companies to check on available facilities for babies on board. I found out that our car rental company can provide a car seat free of charge at the destination, so we didn’t have to carry our own all the way from here. We put the baby on the bassinet that the airline provided free of charge. Once we requested the bassinet, they also upgraded us to an economy plus seat with more leg room and of course room to keep our bassinet. We carried the baby on a Baby Bjorn – the best kind of baby carrier I have ever used –  across airports going from one gate to the other, got a very nice car seat from the rental company, wiped it clean with disinfectant wipes I carried everywhere with me. For a whole week, the baby traveled around safely buckled in the car seat. United Airlines lets you carry your own baby car seat, breast pump and a diaper bag in addition to the carry-on baggage allowance.   For a full list of baby items that are allowed in United, visit https://www.united.com/web/en-US/content/travel/baggage/infant.aspx.

Packing

Take minimum amount of stuff you need. Chances are you’ll be in a place where you can get a small pack of diapers for the baby, so why pack diapers for two weeks in your check-in luggage? Same comes to clothes. Layer, mix and match is a great way to stay stylish on the go without having to carry the whole wardrobe with you. Remember babies clothes are very easy to just hand wash and hang to dry overnight. I usually pack two-days-worth of supplies for baby in my carry-on luggage in case my check-in does not show up at the destination.

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On flight 

Be mindful of others around you, but you don’t have to give up your happiness for theirs either.

When I travel with little babies, I bring small bags of chocolates or packets of M&Ms for everyone around. No one says no to chocolates and M&Ms. These little bags of M&Ms do make the baby cries seem less loud and less annoying than it actually is. Rarely, you’ll find a sad soul who will complain about ‘that crying baby’, but hay, they’ll get over it, just ignoring those comments is the best medicine for your sanity.

Young baby looking out of the window at the clouds below while flying in an airplaneIf you are still breast feeding the baby, it is a well-known secret that feeding the baby on the takeoff and landing, keeps him calm and ease the pain in his ears. That strategy worked perfect for me and an added bonus was that my son fell asleep right at the take-off while feeding and slept all through the two hour flight.

Waiting in airports

If your baby is small, put the baby on his blanket on his back. Once you find your gate, you can usually find a quieter corner and place the baby on the floor and relax. I used to bring a play mat with soft sensory toys attached to it. Letting him stretch out, play and make some baby noises while waiting will get him to relax before that long flight. Wait on the feeding for take-off as we already mentioned. Waiting time is good for changing his diaper and a good wipe-down. I use wet baby wipes to clean his toes and fingers and give him a massage with the baby lotion. When its waiting with my toddler, I bring small matchstick cars and a collapsible small track. I let them walk around as much as they can and airports now have play areas for toddlers to hang out if you have a longer transit.

One final advice on travel, find ways you can save money and your energy throughout the trip getting there, because you are going to need a whole lot of both at your destination when you get there. Whatever the reason you are taking that baby on board, a fun trip will be a memory to cherish for a life time to come.

 

Author:
Dr Ganga Fernando received her PhD from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and currently teaching at Cottey College – a four-year University of liberal arts and sciences for women –  as an Associate Professor of Chemistry. In her role as a faculty member of the BS in Health Science program, she offers research and internship opportunities in the field of Global Public Health disparities and health care in rural South East Asia. She is a mother of 3 and a world traveler with vast experience in women’s health and maternity.