how to take care of a newborn baby  

My personal experience : how to take care of a newborn baby

My daughter is 3 months old now. While I am loving this phase of motherhood with my daughter sleeping better, feeding properly and of course, communicating with me in her own cute ways, things weren’t like this when we first started out. The joy of becoming first time parents cannot be put into words but then it can be tough too. A newborn brings with him/her a lot of responsibilities and most new moms aren’t prepared for it. However, a little help from experts and family can help you navigate through this difficult period easily.

While understanding and responding to the needs of a newborn baby is an ongoing process and one learns only with experience, it’s important to be prepared ahead of time so you don’t panic or feel overwhelmed later. I hope these few tips will make parenthood a little easier for you in the initial few days.

1. Nursing/ Breastfeeding

Nursing is one of the most beautiful ways to form an ever-lasting bond with your new-born. However, it can be pretty challenging to start with. From sore nipples to latching issues, there’s a lot you need to understand. Thus, it’s advisable to seek help either from a lactation expert or a friend with kids. Eat healthy and try to feel positive about the whole experience.

2. Sleeping

Newborns either feed or sleep with 18-20 hours of sleep throughout the day. Babies should always be made to sleep on their backs. Their bedding should be warm and cozy. Always have their face and head stay uncovered while sleeping and if possible keep the blankets tucked under their feet so that it doesn’t slide on to their faces.

3. Bath care

Bathing should be avoided till the newborn’s umbilical cord comes off naturally. A wet cord can easily get infected and will take time to shed off. Go for sponge baths instead.

4. Clothing and Diapers

A newborn’s clothes need to be loose-fitted preferably with buttons in the front. But more than the clothes, you need to pay attention to the diapers. Check and change your baby’s diapers frequently and as soon as possible after they soil it. Applying a layer of coconut oil before putting on a new diaper helps in fighting any rashes. Do give them some diaper free time so that their skin can have some fresh air too.

5. Keep them safe and secure

Here I am talking about keeping them safe from both the seasonal changes and also from discomfort caused by mosquito bites. While using safety nets designed especially for babies is useful, it is also recommended to use Goodknight repellents to keep mosquitoes at bay. I personally always stick the 100% natural Goodknight Patches on my child’s clothes. They are paediatrician certified and come in fun Chhota Bheem designs that you’re little one would love. You could even try the 4 dots of the revolutionary Goodknight Fabric Roll-On that are to be applied clothes. For babies younger than 2 months of age, the 4 dots can be applied on their cots, strollers and prams.

I know, every parent and every baby is different and we all want only the best for our babies. But trust me, there are a few things that are the same with all babies and with little patience and help, we all can learn the tricks of the trade soon.

Happy Parenting! 🙂


Morning musing

Beauty is in fighting ,

Let the fighter in you stand,

To undo the wrong

For you have to exceed

Till the vices against you recede.. Nivedita

I “मैं”

जानती हूँ टूट चुकी हूँ , broken I am , I know….

Few friends took advantage of my feelings my innocence..

जिन्हें मैंने दोस्त माना उन्होंने मेरी भावनाओं के साथ खेला ..

I was married he asked me to get married again .. I controlled a lot I got Carried away..

शादीशूदा होते हुए भी उसने मुझसे शादी के लिए पूछा ।

मैं शायद भावनाओं में बह गयी ।

I never knew my own friends playing on me .. He said she is obsessed with a hero who is just not a successful one but she wants to be around .. I Said No they are my friends .. when I asked him I don’t wanted to be physically around him I denied he was just seen playing around the same friend he said is desperate about the Hero .. in my words my Hero .. in his words ” Flop Third grade Drunken Hero ”

Lol 😂 😂 ….

मुझे पता था मेरे दोस्त मेरे साथ खेल रहे हैं ।उसने कहा वो लड़की उस हीरो के “आँचल” में “होश” गवाँ बैठी है जब मैंने रोष जताया और उससे शारीरिक तौर पे संलिप्त होने से माना किया उसने अपने “आँचल” में उसे लपेटना शुरू कियाजिसे वह कुछ दिनो पहले किसी तीसरी श्रेणी के हीरो के संलिप्त होने का लांछन लगा रहा था ।।

वाह रे मेरे मन । मनु: स्मृति 😂😂😂😂😂

निवेदित” Nivedita “। “निवेदिता”

ps : It is A fictionstory my first try in writing ✍️ fiction short stories read the next part hope you like it.

यह एक काल्पनिक कहानी है , पहली कोशिश है अभी अधूरी है आशा करती हूँ आप पढ़ेंगे और पसंद करेंगे ।

नमन किसे ?

क्या मात्र वे शहीद हीं हैं जिन्हें हमें नमन करना चाहिए ? क्यूँकि जो जीवित हैं उन्हें हम मात्र शिकायत करते देखते हैं। कुछ दिनों से कुछ लोगों को पढ़ रही हूँ दुःख होता है यह जानकार की लोग बस हमारी आस्था और विश्वास पर अपने मनोरंजन और कामनाओं के भुट्टे सेकने आते हैं ।

हम आप जितने समझदार ना सही ना हमारे कई चेहरे हैं , उन जितने .. पर जनाब कुछ तो सेना ने आपको भी दिया होगा ज़्यादा नहीं तो तन ढँकने जितना वस्त्र और पेट भरने जितना अन्न? क्यूँ अन्नदाता के पेट पर लात मार रहे हैं ।घिन्न आती है आप जैसे विचारधारा वाले लोगों पर और उसे समर्थन देते वरिष्ठ अफ़सरों पर ।

अगर कोई मुझसा अनभिज्ञ आकर आपत्ती जताए तो पूरी की पूरी टोली समर्थन में खड़ी होती नज़र आती है कहतें हैं भावनाओंकी क़द्र करो वे बूढ़े हैं । बुज़ुर्गों को तो बुज़ुर्ग बनना चाहिए मार्ग दिखाना चाहिए । उन्हें पढ़करना तो कोई हम जैसा सेना में न आना चाहेगा।

आपसे तो हम अच्छे हैं जो इस गान पे रो देते हैं की तुम खड़े हो सरहद पर तो हम बैठें हैं घरों मे

शायद आपलोगों को मेरी हिंदी ना समझ आती हो परंतु भावनाओं को समझने का प्रयत्न करें आप लोगों को मुझ जैसे कितने ही भारतीय पढ़ रहे हैं आप क्या परोस रहे हैं? सोचिए ।।.. निवेदन निवेदिता

Save Yourself: Where and how you can fall prey to Malaria

How many times have you swatted away a mosquito while holidaying in an exotic location? Mosquitoes can be very irritating insects and could harm your health too. A single bite from the Malaria spreading mosquito can infect your bloodstream and leave you with a nasty range of symptoms. These include high fever, vomiting, nausea, headaches, muscle aches and if not treated quickly could even be fatal. To stay safe from mosquitoes, you have to stay away from malaria-prone areas.

Where does Malaria occur?

Malaria-causing mosquitoes typically breed in tropical and subtropical areas. They also depend on climatic factors such as temperature, humidity and rainfall. Some areas include:

  1. At very high altitudes
  2. During colder seasons in some areas
  3. In deserts (excluding the oases)
  4. In some countries where transmission has been interrupted through successful control/elimination programs.

In many malaria-endemic countries, malaria transmission does not occur in all parts of the country. Even within tropical and subtropical areas, the transmission may not always occur.

The highest transmission of Malaria is found in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and parts of Oceania such as Papua New Guinea.

Symptoms of Malaria –

The symptoms of malaria typically begin to show up 8–25 days following the infection. However, the symptoms may occur later in those who have taken antimalarial medications as a preventive measure. Initial manifestations of the disease, common to all malaria species, are similar to flu-like symptoms, and can resemble other conditions such as sepsis, gastroenteritis and viral diseases. The symptoms of Malaria may include a headache, fever, shivering, joint pain, vomiting, hemolytic anaemia, jaundice, haemoglobin in the urine, retinal damage, and convulsions.

How can you fall prey to Malaria?

You might get infected with Malaria if you don’t take proper precautions to keep the mosquito bites at a minimum. You may fall prey to mosquito bites if you go on a trek or camping in an area which is a hotspot for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are often attracted to dark-coloured clothing. So to stay away from them, wear light-coloured clothing. Mosquitoes are often active at dusk and dawn, which are often cooler and less windy conditions making it favourable for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are known to breed in stagnant water. Steer clear of the stagnant water by emptying the water out of glasses, mugs, cups, buckets and spades if being left outside the house.

Preventive measures  of Malaria

Malaria can be prevented by using mosquito repellents to keep them away. The Goodknight Fabric Roll-On is instrumental in protecting kids against the mosquitoes by just applying 4 dots on their clothes. Another product that can be used are the Goodknight Patches which can be used for infants. The Goodknight Patches provide 8-hours of protection and are available in fun designs that kids would love. Both these products are made using 100% natural ingredients such as citronella and eucalyptus oils and paediatrician certified. So ensure you use these repellents regularly.


बदलाव ..

स्वयं को बदलें,

अनियमितताओँ को बदलें,

कमजोर को  बदलें,

अनिश्चितता को बदलें

पथ बदलें,

किंतु , पथ प्रेरक ना बदलें


अन्दाज़  बदलें,

धारणा बदलें,

दुर्भावना बदलें ,

दुख बदलें ,

दुनिया बदलें ,

ज़िंदगी बदलें,

जीवन बदलें ,

किंतु , जीवन साथी ना बदलें ।… निवेदिता


If You are the sky ,

I am the Earth,

If you are the tree,

I will be the shadow,

If you become the flower,

I will be your fragrance ,

If you become the Ocean

I will be your waves,

If you become a plant,

I will be your sapling,

If you become the body

I will become the molecule ,

If you become the heart ,

I will become your mind ,

Living in you forever … ever after .. #Nivedita

Book Review: AAP & DOWN

Review :

Mayank Gandhi with Shrey Shah have bared the insider’s view of Delhi’s ruling political party, i.e., Aam Admi Party. The book is a true to fact  presentation of the Party from Cradle to the Present.

Mayank being one of the pioneers and staunch supporter of the Party from its early stage,  takes “Drishta’s view” from being enamoured by genuine simple living and high ideals of Arvind Kejriwal in initial stages to slow and gradual abandoning of principles & downward slideshow. The style of writing is lucid and simple. Quoting an anecdote, Mayank shares an episode where  in one of his speeches, he said ,’Let me reveal the name of those who contributed to the tremendous growth of the movement’. Everyone expected the names such as Anna or Arvind but he in satirical twist named Kapil, Sibal, followed with Congress MP, Manoj Tewari who insulted Anna. That had all present  rolling in laughter.

Mayank, himself a social worker who had adopted, along with others, fifteen villages for social upliftment, was initially impressed with Arvind’s approach and dedication for social causes. Under constant entreaties from Arvind, he took up the task of leading India Against Corruption, movement in Mumbai and totally emmersed himself in the Movement and the Lokpal Bill.

However as is with all relationship, once the starry-eyed phase of initial interactions grew to more intense day to day dealings  the true colours of Arvind Kejriwal personality were revealed, most striking was the Opportunist streak in him. Arvind would use people and later discard them when their utility was over. For instance, though he believed that the presence of  Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Baba Ramdev and Swami Agnivesh added the saffron hue to the movement that would make sections of country suspicious but was reluctant to end association with them abruptly as he wanted to reach out to their followers in large numbers.

Mayank had worked with Anna Hazare on many occasion and suggested to Arvind to make him the face of the movement as he was clean and had a reputation for battling dishonesty. Arvind was excited at the suggestion and promptly agreed. Mayank also teamed up Jaiprakash , a brilliant IAS officer from Andhra Pradesh, who had seen the system from within at all  levels. He stressed that the best way to put pressure on government was to stay out of the system and develop external pressure points.

Anna had an indomitable spirit and strength of character and  had fought many fights in the past under his organization ‘Bhrastachar Virodhi Jan Andolan’. Mayank along with others formed a ‘Core Circle’ in Mumbai, comprising of 35 people, who took strategic decision via face-to-face meeting. This Circle gave a lot of fillip & coherance to the Movement. The Movement intensified by Anna’s fast in April, 2011. Lakhs of BJP and RSS members began to support IAC. Many leaders started associating and wished to align all pronouncements with respective ideologies some like Kiran Bedi and representations from Art of Living were disapproving of any resolution against BJP.  As Movement grew, new faces were inducted to broaden support, Medha patkar was convinced by Anna to join the Movement. Organizational  structure was put in place, the agitation was handled in Delhi by the NGO- Public Cause Research Foundation (PCRF). In the evening, all of those in-charge of key cities would confer via teleconference where Arvind would give directions. Congress was baffled with growing popularity & mass support, so much so that it fielded its powerful spokespersons – Kapil Sibal, Manish Tewari Salman Khurshid and P. Chidambaram to publicly handle Anna and IAC. They were arrogant rude and dismissive which caused anger in common people, generating backlash.

Anna decided to take the lead and announced that if the Prime Minister did not constitute a joint Lokpal Committee by March-end, he would go on an indefinite fast from 5th April, 2011. Anna spoke across all media platforms and he came out a winner.

On 9th April, the government’s resistance broke, it finally accepted for a joint drafting committee comprising five members from each side for preparing the new Lokpal Bill. Pranab Mukherjee and Shanti Bhushan were announced as this Committee’s joint Chairmen.

Anna drank some juice to break the fast, history was being made that day. The Lokpal bill was drafted in first place by Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhusan, Santosh Hegde and Shanti Bhusan.

Meanwhile, things started to change in the core committee. Arvind, on his part, who initially had a very local supporter in the core committee named Naveen Jaihind who came in with bull-like aggression. He attacked or shouted down anyone who came in the way of his leader’s view. Later, Jaihind’s services were used by Arvind to corner Yogendra Yadav in Haryana. At this stage Arvind had started creating a small coterie personally loyal to him.

A weak and diluted Lokpal Bill was introduced by the Government in the Loksabha. Mass burning of such Lokpal bill were organized in Mumbai. In Mumbai, slogans rang in the air, ‘ Bharat Mata Ki Jai, Anna tum aage badho hum tumhare sath hai’. Anna went onto fast. Deshmukh came so that Anna would break his fast. He was informed of three key demand:

i) A citizens’ charter for the redressal of grievances,

ii) A move to bring lower bureaucracy under Lokpal, and

iii) Setting up of Lokayuktas. (If Lokpal is a central governing body that has jurisdiction over  all MPs and central government employees for corruption cases.

On twelveth day of his fast, Deshmukh handed over a letter from Prime Minster Manmohan Singh conveying Parliament’s acceptance of his demand. Anna finally ended his fast on 28th August.

But this, did not bring concrete result which Arvind and his team wanted. Ultimately, Arvind decided to form a Party which even Anna supported initially,  though retracting later. The style of working of Arvind grew autocratic gradually. This was evident by the way Prashant Bhusan and Yogendra Yadav were cornered and outsted from the party.  Their fault was to question Arvind on major issues where decision were not arrived by consensus or by democratic procedures. Differences started to erupt between Anna and Arvind and these were fueled further by Kiran Bedi. Anna was no more the face and the Political Party led by Arvind won the election with a thumping majority winning 67 seats out of total strength of 70. This was a sweep and huge morale booster for the common man who saw in Arvind a crusaders

of justice, a savior.

Arvind became the Chief Minister and his close associate, Manish Sisodia, the deputy chief minister. Arvind, who earlier seemed reluctant to use the official car or house in the beginning, not only accepted all the amenities later but also ensured good salary for his ministers. His scheme of free water and electricity, had put an extra load on State Exchequer. Few of his ministers were  found to  have questionable credentials,  while others were mired with corruption charges. Arvind fought elections in Haryana , Goa and other States but lost. The donation of two crore that he received, turned out to be from Shell Companies. Even after coming into power, the Party could not do much in the directions of Lokpal Bill or Lokayukt Bill. Given the track record of Arvind from being a RTI activist to a Magsaysay Award Winner and a person who had quit his job as Commissioner of Income Tax, his genuine intentions to end corruption from its root, could not be doubted entirely. Though the book brings Arvind in shades but it is ultimately for the Public to decide. His Schemes such as ‘odd-even’ scheme, in which only odd and even number cars were allowed to ply on road alternatively and Mohalla Clinic which made the treatment for poor people within reach became highly popular. His work in educational sector ensured fees do not increase exorbitantly. It might be said that in his journey, from being a leader at ‘India Against Corruption’ to becoming a leader of a political party, his approach of doing things started changing. It cannot be denied that with the advent of his Party and way he shared all the financial details of inflows and outflows on the Party’s website, people started having a buzz about clean politics. The other political parties realized that they were weak when it came to connecting with masses, gathering volunteers and bringing out transparency in their financial disclosures. The current scenario is that his Party lost the Municipal Corporation elections in Delhi and his popularity has taken a dip. He doesn’t rule the news channel as he used to do once, may be, he has realized that rather than wasting energy by constant appearance in media, it is better to focus on work and give an account of doings and achievements to the Public when the day of reckoning comes.

It is for the readers to decide for themselves whether the political party, ‘Aam Adami Party’ has fulfilled expectations  or not and whether corruption has decreased or increased or status quo.