Every young mother faces some typical problems, which seem
harmless and cute in the beginning but become difficult to
tackle at a later stage, when they take a gigantic proportion.
Every young mother has experienced these problems. We have
seen that all most all children start sucking their thumb or
fingers, even before they are a month old. The baby looks so
cute when she struggles and manages to put the thumb into her
mouth. The parents literally enjoy this scene. It is perfectly
normal for the babies to suck their thumb. In most cases the
baby leaves this habit between six to eight months. If the baby
continues this habit after the first birthday, we must make
efforts to distract the baby’s attention. According to a research,
children who continue to suck their thumb after a year or so
feel insecure. This applies to working mothers more than to
stay at home moms. I remember that my daughter used to suck
her thumb. I was an inexperienced mother at that point of time
I consulted my doctor. He advised me that I must not pay much
attention to this problem till the child is 6 to 8 months old. At
this age the baby’s attention can be diverted to colorful toys
and in most cases the baby is likely to leave this habit. If the
habit continues, then the baby may be made to wear beautiful
mittens. The baby will be excited to possess such a colorful
mitten. It is most likely that the baby will leave the habit.
Every mother has experienced the baby waking up at night.
Most of the mother’s breast feed the baby to make her/him
sleep. Many mothers complain that they are unable to sleep
through the night but they must not feel so. It has been
recommended by WHO (World Health Organization) that the
baby must be given milk on demand. If you breast feed the
baby whenever he/she cries at night, you are on the right track.
A few months of sacrifice by the mother will go a long way to
make your baby healthy. At least for the first six months the
baby must be given his/her feed on demand. After six months
when the baby starts eating complimentary food, the baby can
be gradually trained to sleep through the night. At this stage a
time schedule for the baby’s food can be planned. Good for
both, the mother and the child.
The last point I wish to discuss is regarding bed wetting. With
a little patience you can train the baby in ‘pee’ training right
from the time she is a month old. Hold the feet of the baby in
each hand, with bums resting on your arms or thighs, and
make a soft sound, ‘su, su, su’. Initially the baby may not
oblige but with patience and persistence the baby will pass
urine. After regular intervals, if you repeat this process the
child will get used to it. After the baby is one year old he/she
must be ‘potty’ trained. A bright and colorful pot is likely to
attract the child and will make your job easier.
Written for Sarah 10 #30DBBC
Written for Sarah 10 #30DBBC