• New Born

    Bubba’s First Swim..

    It was a very exciting weekend for us, as it was my bubba’s first day out at the pool. No dunking though, just floating around, but it was pretty cool, even though I put the float upside down for a while. Growing up, I learnt to swim in my early teens, and there are many members of my family who are still not comfortable with swimming, even as adults. I knew for certain that I wanted my baby to love the water, and get the hang of swimming as soon as possible. While looking for advice on this, I spoke extensively to Amira Jellali. She is the Aquatic Operations Director…

  • New Born

    The Dreaded Jabs!

    Knowing the madness that is part of getting vaccinations at the health centers here in Qatar, I made sure I got my appointments well in advance. In fact, I made the appointment for 24 April, on 24 March itself. I was not going to risk not getting an appointment. And considering that I am not insured, I absolutely was not willing to pay thousands of riyals to get it done privately. The difference for the 2-month at a health center and the private I go to is just QR 2200. HA! No, thanks. Anyhow, the two-month vaccinations include Rota1, PCV1, and Hexa. So, that is two shots to the thighs,…

  • New Born

    The BCG Vaccination and its aftermath!

    The BCG Vaccination and its aftermath can be a scary experience but you really don’t need to worry! The BCG vaccination is the one that fights against tuberculosis, and it usually involves a live TB germ being injected into the layers of the skin on the baby’s shoulder. As scary as it sounds, don’t worry. The live sample has been cultured in a lab in such a way that it will not cause the disease in a healthy person, according to Health Guidelines given by the TB Control Program, Department of Health, Western Australia. The BCG vaccination is usually given to babies in Qatar, before they are discharged from the…

  • Mommy,  New Born

    Talking to a New Baby..

    I was one of those who absolutely could not speak to my baby bump. I tried. I had read a lot about how moms-to-be must speak to their babies, and maybe even play music or sing a song. Believe me when I say that, but I just couldn’t do it. It just felt off to me. I was sure that once the baby arrived, I would be able to speak to him. But that did not work out as planned either. Which is funny, because people would pay to shut me up. I am quite the chatterbox. But I just had no success with talking to a new baby. But…

  • New Born

    Water or no Water?

    Now that my boy is growing (he’s almost 4months now), I am increasingly being told that I should probably give him some water. Living in Doha in the summer can be exhausting for adults, so the wee one must also be getting dehydrated right? WRONG. Breastfed or bottle-fed babies under 6 months need no water at all. Breastfed babies do not need even a drop, and for bottle fed babies, it isn’t a necessity either. No matter how hot it is. The baby gets the necessary hydration from the milk itself. Yes, it was a practice once upon a time where all babies were given water, sugar water even. And…

  • New Born

    Gas Troubles!

    One of the toughest things as a new parent is to watch your child being in distress, and not be able to do anything to help them. And something that most newborn babies suffer heavily from is gas! I’ve seen my baby struggle to burp or fart and cry because of the discomfort and pain; it was obvious what it was because his stomach would almost be rock solid hard. I think I have tried most of the remedies, till I found something that works well. Here are a few suggestions: BURP REGULARLY: This is easier said than done. I would try and try to pat and make him burp,…

  • Mommy,  New Born,  Well Being

    A Hope For Tomorrow…

    Everywhere we look these days, it is primarily upsetting news. We cannot flip through the telly or even check Facebook without coming across the horrors facing this world. From bombs to gunfire, and kidnappings to plane crashes, the horror stories are endless. What is alarming is the fact that human brutality seems to be on the rise. And we have to wonder what happened to make them reach this point. Somewhere along the journey of life, they lost the way, and turned from innocence to demons. And now when you have a child, you inadvertently wonder what if it had been you or your child. What is you child was…

  • New Born,  Product Review

    Product Review – Nose Frida

    The Nose-Frida is beyond incredible. I mean, I would sell my soul for this product. Okay, maybe not that much. But this really is an amazing tool to have. We had a normal bulb nasal aspirator and that was not doing anything to get the gunk out of my wee one’s nose. But with the Nose Frida, we were able to clear his nose easily. It is a bit yucky if you think about it, since you are literally sucking the snot out using your mouth. But there is a filter, so you, the parents are safe. It is very easy to use, one end goes at the baby’s nostril,…

  • Let's Talk Breast Feeding,  Mommy,  New Born

    Breastfeeding: Pumping 101

    If you are physically with the baby, the best is to feed directly, as it will also keep up your supply. I have a really good nursing cover, and I use that to feed my baby whenever and wherever discreetly. However, when that isn’t an option, for example, if you are going back to work, and you are keen on breastfeeding, you will definitely need to pump. Pumping has really been great for me as it allows me to ensure my baby is solely breastfed. PUMPING 101 – BUYING A BREASTPUMP There is a multitude of breast pumps available in the market, many of which are expensive, and it is quite…

  • Let's Talk Breast Feeding,  Mommy,  New Born

    Breastfeeding – Supply. Supply. Supply.

    One thing that constantly plays on a new mom’s mind is whether she will have enough supply of breast milk. Getting enough milk supply is always a concern for those of us who are breastfeeding. Once the baby has gained birthweight, the primary indication if baby is getting enough milk is the pee count. Babies must pee at least 6 times in a span of 24 hours. Minimum six times over a day. Keep an eye on the weight gain as well. Please download a WHO weight chart, and this will allow you to keep track. The baby should continue on the same line, even if it is second percentile. And…

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