Supermoms:The Multitasking Wonders of Mothers

So many things to do, so little time. At this day, a lot may boast about doing a lot of things altogether like playing different devices and watching the TV, while doing a bunch of homework. But despite everybody multitasking, nobody can argue that among the different kinds of people across all generations, only the mothers have mastered the art of multitasking. This is helped further with the rise of items like swaddle blankets which make the multitasking so much easier!

They said that once a woman becomes a mom, she gets an upgrade. She will turn into mommy mode and will inevitably learn how to juggle endless combinations of chores, teamed up with crying babies, persistent children, a career, and a whole house to manage. Multitasking to moms has become both a blessing and a curse.

So how do moms do it without going down with the pressure, compromising anything or predisposing something to error?

The answer: Priorities

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A mom knows by instinct which tasks they should focus their energy on. A mother can autopilot the main chore. For instance, before dinner, a mother doesn’t just cook. During the preparation interval, like waiting for the water to boil or for the food to a simmer, the mom is wise enough to squeeze in other pending tasks. She can empty the garbage bins, set the table, tend to the babies, and answer emails. It may seem that mothers’ workload never stops, but in reality, they are just productive enough to juggle pendant chores. Because a mother knows what to do first and give an important chore the focus it deserves.

A multitasker-supermom can handle everything by proper planning. This won’t mean interruptions won’t happen periodically. But a priority-centered plan helps moms manage the most important things first while taking the anticipated needs into consideration.

Truly by focus and priority, mommies can transform chaos into great family moments.

The Not-So-Smooth Journey to Motherhood

We often hear stories that are sugar coated about how beautiful and inspiring motherhood can be. We can always blame movies for portraying that false sense of motherhood. Okay, that’s one side of the story. However, in reality, that isn’t exactly the case since our lives are very much different from the Hollywood scene. Oh yeah, it can get brutal. Here are probably some things you have not heard about when carrying a little one.

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No one really tells you how often you have to urinate. Yes, that includes making frequent trips to the comfort room. This can be somewhat annoying especially if you’re trying to get something done like the groceries. Oh, and did we mention feeling extra gassy? When you’re pregnant, don’t be surprised if you find yourself breaking wind from time to time because it’s normal or planning your best shoes for pregnancy. Aside from that, you might be sweating a little more than usual in unusual places like around your face, neck and even between your legs. Blame it on the imbalance of hormones as your body adjusts to giving life to that little thing in your belly. Those are minor things compared to getting haemorrhoids. This happens when a bit of swelling occurs among blood vessels located in the rectal area. Can you imagine something growing out of your butt? Well, not exactly, but it’s a bit of discomfort because they can get painful or itchy at times. Sometimes, it even bleeds. Sorry, if we’ve painted a mental picture already! You might also start experiencing leg cramps during pregnancy.

Nevertheless, all of these symptoms of being pregnant are normal and has happened to every single mother in the world. Now that you cannot unread all of this, go ahead and enjoy what motherhood has in store for you. After all, you’ll never go through an experience quite like the first! If you want to avoid future troubles, your pregnancy should be planned. Things will always flow much smoothly if you’re ready.

Language Development of Your Baby and How You Should Help

For me, like every other parent, the first words my daughters and son spoke were magical. Every parent put there awaits the first words of their baby and that is, indeed, a really exciting phase. In the first year of baby’s life, I suggest you do not expect too many words as babies only try to put syllables together by using their tongue and mouth in different ways; they do not know the meaning of ‘dada’ if they said it, yet. Parents’ excitement is just but new parents must know about when and how the child learns to speak and what they can do to help them.

Development during the First Year

When the baby is 3 months old, he or she has just started listening to the sounds of music or voices around him. They also look at you while you speak to notice your facial expressions and go over your voice in order to remember. Only when three months of life are completed, babies begin to try cooing sounds. The babbling increases as the fourth and the fifth month arrive. Since ‘mama’ and ‘baba’ are easy words to make up therefore some babies might say it just after they are six months old. However, when they are nine months old, they start understanding your little orders and smiling gestures and may even reply to them. The words they speak now would include more consonant sounds and voices that are longer and of proper tone. They will nod and they will come crawling when you call them. As soon as they reach the age of 1, they mean when they say ‘mama’ or ‘dada’ as they now understand who these people are and acknowledge almost everything you tell them to do or not to do. That is when the actual training begins.

How to Train Your Baby to Speak

Language development of a baby is not something difficult for one to help with, a parent naturally starts helping their child talk when they listen to their first, sweet words because who does not want to talk to those little angels they brought in this world?

Here’s a little list of little steps you should take to ensure their proper speech development.

  • Talk to them

Babies will forever keep babbling if they will not listen to you speaking to them or to anybody so resist babbling like them and talk to them. Tell them names of different things, sing lullabies to them or say things you want to say to them making sure they listen.

  • Read Stories

Telling stories to children actually helps as they listen and like the flow of the story, the new characters and they may even remember or start loving a certain character. Initially, the may only seem interested in the pictures with the stories but at the age of 4 or 5 they will be the ones to re-tell those stories to you.

  • Listen

When your child is looking forward to talk to you in whatever language they know, listen to them. Encouragement is a great tool in improving their skills. They will, then, want to speak more instead of just babbling.

  • Reply to Them

Even if you do not understand what they are trying to say, reply with all the energy to let them know you get it, because one day you will actually, properly get it.

  • Help Build Vocabulary

Name things that are around them or things that they like so that they know what is in their hands and what is it called.

Consulting a professional or paediatrician is must if you do not find your child talking normally or too late, although only one in every four children is a late bloomer.

Instructions on Sterilizing Your Baby’s Bottles in Use

During the very first year of their lives, babies are prone to diseases like diarrhoea and thrush because bacteria find it easy to attack their vulnerable immunity system. Therefore, it is ours, moms’ job to keep our babies safe and away from those diseases as much as possible. Providing an environment fully secure is not possible but we can do what we can do. Sterilizing their milk bottles or other bottles is one of the ways to secure safety. Here’s how to do it step by step.

Wash the bottle

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Firstly, you have to wash the bottle with soapy water that has not been used before using a brush. Your objective it remove any milk that is dried and left in the corners along with curds so that bacteria do not stick to them. Also, replace the bottle if there is any crack or if the nipple is torn. Be thorough while washing the nipple, turn it inside out to ensure proper cleaning and also wash the cap and ring to which the nipple is attached. Once you are done washing the bottle, rinse out the bottle properly so that no particle of soap remains.

Sterilizing

There are various methods to sterilize baby bottles. One can use the electric steam sterilizer that holds up to six bottles at a time and sterilizes as the bottle is placed with its mouth facing downwards. The sterilizer can hold the bottle(s) sterilized for 6 hours.

Microwaves can also be used to sterilize baby bottles. Just start the machine for ninety seconds and done. You can also go for specially designed bottle sterilizers; they take 3 to 8 minutes and the extra cooling minutes. Be careful while opening the lid as they turn hot.

Boiling is another way. Take a pot, boil water in it and submerge the bottle making sure it is of the correct material for boiling water. Cover the lid and let it sterilize for ten minutes.

Cold Water Sterilization can be done by using a sterilizing solution in a lidded plastic container or a special sterilizing bucket. Keep the equipment to be sterilized in the container for half an hour and do read the manufacturer’s instructions if using a sterilizing tablet.

Other Precautions

Disinfect your hands while taking the bottle out from sterilizer before use and clean the inner surface to be used then. Do not take the bottle out of the sterilizer unless it is time to use it.