Getting pregnant , pregnancy & delivery , all of them together can’t win the amount of struggle, efforts & tiredness it takes to raise a healthy & independent baby.
Moms should make sure they’re doing the best they can for the babies not because of competition or comparison but because physical & mental growth & development are way more important. No matter the amount of your quality time investment you put , there is always something left.
As kids grow it’s not possible to regulate everything that would be best for them, but there can be a few things that can be taken care of so that more or less we have everything best covered for them.
Living in a joint family with two (previously 3) mother in laws (his mom & chachi ), I can’t direct my child in a single way that I think would be best for him. Meaning I can’t always put him under my supervision, guidance or love, nor will he follow those. Not saying that joint family is bad , it for me is a blessing ; but it comes with its own set of settings . You’ve to ignore a lot to get a few good things for yourself and baby ( I’m planning to write a blog of what I think of joint family for my baby soon ) .
But I consistently keep a check on a few little things , those are .
Most of the development both physical & mental takes place when the child takes proper amount of sleep required. He’s 19 months now but I make sure he sleeps at least 11-12 hours a day. 9-10 in the night and 1-2 in the noon. I consider this enough for him as he is hyper active. Moms know the best when it comes to the baby’s activity and the amount of rest they need so please please please do not compromise on their sleep.
One of the most important practice that should inculcated is their hygiene both indoors and outdoors. Regular nail trimmings , properly washed utensils, habit of washing hands before & after meal, brushing , gargling , tongue & gum cleaning for younger babies, regular hair wash, moisturising , clean clothes & shoes. One must never ignore the hygiene when it comes to anyone baby or yourself .
There must be a proper time table for meals, naps, play time and other things. This helps the babies to understand things fast and also the body works accordingly. This might sound not important but it’s really really important, it makes the child less cranky and less fussy.
However important sleep & meals may sound , playtime is equally important. Playing indoors / outdoors with the baby helps improving their motor skills. Playing is exercise for babies and that is very beneficial for the brain. It makes the child active both mentally & physically. Kids who are physically active are less likely to get obese in future. You can always get the family involved for the play time it’s fun for kids.
Apart from these , there are many other things that should be taken care of like frequent doctor routine check ups, vaccinations, balanced diet and lots more. We often take care of all this and forget the little things that are really important.
So mommies, this is my take and I hope this helps. More power , love & strength to all the mommies , moms-to-be out there.