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Having Baby in Jakarta?

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Being pregnant in Jakarta can be a very enjoyable, positive and relaxing time. There are many activities available to keep you healthy and several support groups to keep you well informed. However, where do you have your baby?

Many women decide to return to their home country.They can then be with family members and together they can enjoy and share in the excitement of waiting for the new member of the family to arrive. There is also the comfort that comes from the familiarity of being at home. Medical and nursing standards of care are generally first rate. The downside of going home is the potential disruption of your home life here. Leaving your husband behind, taking your older children with you, staying with family or friends or setting up a rented home for a couple of months. All this can add to the overall stressful nature of the situation. What if you can’t or you don’t want to go home? What are your alternatives?

Many companies and foreign embassies will pay for medical care and lodgings in Singapore for expectant mothers.They have found that the standard of care there is similar to that of their home countries. Furthermore, since there are so many wonderful things to see and do in Singapore, time spent there leading up to the birth can make it a very happy and enjoyable time.

Having a baby in Jakarta is possible too, and many women are electing to do this. However, the standard of care provided here may only be 60 to 70% of the textbook standard that many of us expect or have previously experienced. If you are having a low risk, problem-free pregnancy, then staying here could be an option for you.Talking with some of the the many professionals listed in this chapter wil help you to make an informed decision. Before you decide to go home, go to Singapore or stay in Jakarta, it may be helpful to talk with other women about their child birth experiences. Arrange to visit the hospital prior to the birth in order to view the wards and check-out the facilities first hand. Where to have your baby is a personal and important decision, one that only you and your partner can make.


Positive Parenting

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Are you a positive parent? Whether you’re disciplining your child for bad behavior or helping through a difficult homework assignment, you’ll love these tips for positive parenting.

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When your child would rather be hanging out with friends, homework can be the ultimate drag. But those extra minutes and hours logged at home can help your kid get a leg up in the classroom. Here, the case for homework and how to help your kid succeed.

Teach Consistency

Barring schedule-busters like after-school activities, your child should try to do her homework at the same time every day. “Without a routine, it’s too easy to put off,” says Jeanne Shay Schumm, PhD, author of How to Help Your Child with Homework. In figuring out the optimal time, consider the family schedule and your child’s temperament. Most kids need a chance to decompress after school, and many work more efficiently following physical activity. In fact, research shows that exercise can actually increase a child’s concentration.

Once you’ve nailed the time, create a dedicated study space. Having a consistent spot helps kids switch into study mode. But forget about the conventional wisdom of a desk in your child’s room. In early elementary school, it’s better to set things up in a central location so you’re around to help if needed. Make room on the kitchen or dining room table for him to stretch out with books and papers. And keep supplies at the ready; otherwise, you’re inviting procrastination — the number of minutes spent searching for a pencil can easily turn into hours!

Make Your Own Baby Food!

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Strawberry-Banana-Pineapple Soup (10+ Months) 

1½ lbs. fresh or frozen strawberries
3 bananas
¼ pineapple
1 cup water

1. Remove strawberry stems and then wash the berries. Slice each banana into 4 to 6 pieces. Cut the pineapple into berry-size chunks.

2. Put everything into a 4-quart pot and cook, covered, on high for about 6 minutes, stirring once. Carefully pour the mixture from the pot into a strainer with a bowl underneath to save the juice.

3. Pour the cooked fruit into a blender. Puree until smooth using ¼ to ½ cup juice to adjust consistency.

4. Pour into two ice cube trays, and cool. Wrap, freeze, and defrost cubes as needed. Yield: 3½ cups

Chef Geoff’s Notes: Bananas are the perfect food — they’re packed with potassium. If you have a few that are ripening too fast, simply peel and freeze them to cook with later.

Baby Love by Norah O’Donnell and Chef Geoff Tracy. Copyright ©2010 by Norah O’Donnell and Chef Geoff Tracy. Reprinted with permission by St. Martin’s Griffin.


Signs of Sleepiness

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Helping your baby develop safe, healthy sleep habits is a learning process for both of you. According to Priyanka Yadav, D.O., pediatric sleep medicine specialist at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, New Jersey, one of the most important things you can do is to learn to recognize when your little one is sleepy. For example, your baby may rub her eyes or become fussy or irritable.

If Baby always rubs her eyes when she’s drowsy, for example, or if she becomes fussy or irritable, you’ll know it’s time to get her ready for bed. This will help Baby get the sleep she needs, when she needs it.

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Breastfeeding: Week one

Tips for a smooth start to nursing your baby

You’ll hear it over and over: Every baby is unique. It’s true, and because of that, your breastfeeding experience with your baby won’t be quite the same as your sister’s or your best friend’s. All the same, there are common patterns you can expect during your first week of nursing.

Day 1: First feeding

Some babies seem to be born eager to latch on, while others take their time. “I had a really fast labour with Isabella,” says Elisa Brook about her four-week-old daughter. “I think she and I were both feeling a bit shocked and shaky once she was born. Then I remember thinking, “Gosh, I haven’t nursed her yet.” That was probably 15 or 20 minutes after the birth.”

To Brook, an experienced breastfeeding mother, that 15-minute wait seemed like a long delay, but other mothers sometimes wait an hour or two while the baby is weighed and cleaned up before getting a chance to hold her and start breastfeeding. A mother who’s had a Caesarean may wait even longer, and that’s less than ideal.

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative guidelines, established by UNICEF, recommend that all mothers be helped to initiate breastfeeding within half an hour after the baby’s birth. The baby seems to be primed to start then, and the antibodies in the first milk will protect her at a time when she’s most vulnerable to infection.

That recommendation includes Caesarean mothers as well, who — with a little help — can breastfeed while the incision is being stitched up, or in the recovery room right afterwards. If you’re feeling a bit shaky yourself after the dramatic experience of giving birth, the good news is that your baby knows what to do. Lactation consultant Diane Wiessinger of Ithaca, NY, recommends a “laid-back” nursing position for that first feeding, where the mother gets in a comfortable, semi-reclining position and lets the baby lie face down on her chest and abdomen.

“The baby can crawl to the breast on his own, using his senses of touch and smell,” Wiessinger explains. “Babies all do it a bit differently, but they will find the breast and latch on, and usually latch on beautifully. In that semi-reclining position, you don’t have to do much — gravity holds the baby against your body, and you can just give a little support if you feel it will help.”

If the baby’s first latch is not comfortable for you, Wiessinger suggests trying to adjust it a little while the baby is nursing. “Tuck the baby in a little closer, help him tip his head back a bit more, and wiggle around until it feels better,” she says. If it is really painful and the wiggling technique doesn’t help, you may want to slide your finger into the corner of his mouth to break the suction, then let him try again.

Often this first feeding is a fairly long one. The baby may nurse for 20 or 30 minutes on one side, take a little break, and continue for another 20 minutes on the other breast. Others will nurse only briefly before going to sleep. And still other babies won’t take the breast at all right after the birth. That’s OK. Keep your baby skin to skin with you, and he’ll probably latch on soon.


Cute Baby Clothes

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Nowadays, babies are creating their own personal style and much of it is thankful to imaginative parents, who have gradually grown tired of the standard twin-sets in pinks and blues.

Gone are the days when kids were embarrassed to be dressed by their mothers, there are now so many online stores catering for the ‘cool and funky’ baby or the ‘designer and chic’ baby – your little ‘un will be the trend-setter of the town.

The Designer and Chic Baby
Designer Baby Clothes are one of the most popular types of gifts for the new and expectant parent at a baby shower. Shopping for cute baby clothing and accessories that are creative and stylish, is something a lot of people enjoy.

The Cool and Funky Baby
Secretly, it’s the Mum who really wants to wear the T-shirt that says “iPoop” or “I sleep because you bore me”. But anyway, what are babies for, if you can’t dress ‘em up in something cute ‘n’ sassy?

Mix and Match from Boden Funky Toddler Tees Retro coat Girls Dresses

Gift idea for new baby

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If your looking for a gift idea for new baby and you are at a loss as to what to give new mom for baby. Consider a baby gift basket. A baby gift basket makes a perfect gift. You are not just giving one gift, but many gifts in one. Prices vary and there is always one to fit any budget.

A baby gift basket consist of many baby products that new mom will be needing right away. From baby onesies to booties. They can also consist of  baby products from baby powder to baby shampoo.

An organic baby gift basket is great for the new mom and dad that are eco-friendly. They have organic baby clothes and organic products that are sure to please new mom and dad.

A baby gift basket is a perfect gift for baby shower or welcome home baby gift. If you are undecided about the gift you would like to give new baby there are many types of baby gift baskets and many stores that specialize in baby gift baskets.


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