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Postpartum Depression – Not a Taboo

posted by Mommy Tincture April 22, 2017 0 comments

Have you ever heard a new mother whine about how she has been reduced to the status of a milk vending machine? Or that she feels she is incapable of taking good care of her child? Heard an endless rant of, “I can’t do it?”, “What will I do if I am left alone”?

Such symptoms should raise suspicion and possibility of Post Natal Depression. Statistics from a research in 2009 by University of IOWA states that average rate of non-psychotic postpartum depression as per a large number of studies is 13%. Continue Reading


Baby Swaddling – Everything you need to know

posted by Mommy Tincture April 18, 2017 0 comments

Swaddling may be defined as wrapping the baby with a blanket or similar piece of cloth to make the baby feel warm. Swaddling is important for your baby –

  • Research says that new born babies take upto 3-4 months to get accustomed to the world outside their mother’s womb. They are used to a warm environment within the womb. Swaddling makes babies feel the similar snug and thus feel comfortable.
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Hacks for a Mother’s Peace of Mind

posted by Mommy Tincture April 12, 2017 2 Comments

I am a kind of person with a very short fuse. I like things to be really simple and straight. I guess this attitude came from being a working mother who had to multi task round the clock and achieve goals. Well I am a SAHM now but not much has changed. Guess what? I AM STILL MULTI TASKING!

Months after the birth of my younger one, I was at home 24×7. And I was running out of patience because my toddler was turning out to be really moody and choosy. I figured that if I wanted to have a sane life I had to set somethings straight. I couldn’t be running around two kids without a pattern to follow anymore. Continue Reading


Expecting or New Mom ? Now Indulge Yourself !

posted by Mommy Tincture December 12, 2016 0 comments
Life of a Mom-to-be revolves around taking care of herself because whatever she does will affect the little life inside her womb. Likewise, a new mom is expected to forget everything and focus all her energies on her little bundle of joy. Yet every woman ought to take care of herself because there are changes occurring in her own system. While you take care of your little bundle of joy, you should not forget that your body and soul need to be taken care of too. The most evident and visible changes happen to your appearance and skin. Once you are onboard the journey to motherhood the highest toll is on your skin. Continue Reading

Of Siblings and Brotherhood – #MondayMommyMoments

posted by Mommy Tincture November 17, 2016 2 Comments

I know it’s a little late to write for this link party which went up on Monday (its #MondayMommyMoments after all !) But isn’t it what motherhood is all about? You plan something for how your day would go, but you end up with an all together different kind of a day. The same has happened with me. For the last 3 days I would wake up with this write-up as a priority task, but my little ones would end up being my only priority. Yes they seek undivided attention, lest you end up in a havoc like situation, with a constantly crying baby and a hyper-active toddler trying to do everything on his own.

One thing about being a Mommy is that there are no precedents because your child/children are growing everyday and you too are evolving as a mother with them. As a mother you could be in for a pleasant or unpleasant surprise anytime, anywhere. If I sit down and retrospect, like every mother I have a series of Happy Mommy Moments; but to recount all of them is a tedious task. So I am going to iterate my latest Happy Mommy Moment here. Here goes the story-

Lately I have started following one practice very stringently. This I have done because I figured that if I don’t, I will end up with bigger dark circles around my eyes and will become a perpetual zombie. So, these days, whenever my younger one goes to sleep, I take the liberty of leaving my elder one (he will hence forth be address as Nick) in my Mother-in-laws vigilance and take a quick nap.

The other day, after I finished the humongous task of getting Nick to have his lunch and putting Lucky (the younger one now on will be called so) to sleep, I lied down for my siesta. Around just five minutes later, Nick came up from behind and hugged me extremely affectionately. What he said next touched the core of my heart.

He said, “Mamma! I have come to take you and ‘Chota Baby’ back home from the hospital. Once you are home, I will take care of both of you.” and with this he planted a peck on my cheek.  Somehow the impression of me lying on the hospital bed had surfaced from his memory.

As I heard his words, my heart skipped a beat because it reminded me of that one week in my life when my soul was torn apart into two halves

I was delighted because of the arrival of my little one, but was equally worried for Nick because this was the first time since his birth that I was going to be away from him for almost a week. On one hand I was reveling in the pleasure of having Lucky in my hands and on the other hand my heart yearned for Nick who was allowed to see me for only 10-15 minutes a day for the duration I was in the hospital.

In the hospital and during the last 5 months, it has worried me a lot that Nick may feel neglected and become insecure after the arrival of his younger sibling. But his words cleared my mind of any doubts or anxieties with regards to any such adverse affects on him.

I know that as both my sons will grow up they are liable to have differences in behavior, opinions and expectations from life. But for now it is only Love and Affection in the air…
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The Love Hate Relationship

posted by Mommy Tincture November 10, 2016 0 comments

Dear Zindagi,

Ok, first things first. In this phase, where I am going through what I am going through, you really suck. I mean really, I do not understand whether to rejoice or to mourn. Over what? I’ll get to that later, let us first just revisit the chronology of our companionship. Continue Reading


What is your Nutrition Quotient?

posted by Mommy Tincture November 4, 2016 0 comments

My father-in-law always insists on getting fresh milk from the dairy every morning and evening. As per him once the milk is boiled and cooled its nutritive value goes down. I never paid heed to it and thought that it was just his accentuated sense of love for his grand-children and he just wanted to make that extra effort to go and get fresh milk morning and evening from the dairy farm. But after completing the NQ course by Tetrapack I understood that every subsequent boiling or heating depletes the heat sensitive vitamins and reduces milk’s nutritive value. Continue Reading

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Abuse and violence – Not Any More (Being a Mother Changes Everything)

posted by Mommy Tincture October 22, 2016 0 comments

Note: The incidents depicted in the story are inspired from a real life of a friend. The names have been changed for privacy reasons

Ishita pulled her car on the roadside of the highway and reclined the driver’s seat so that she could lay back and relax for some time. As she closed her eyes, the events of the morning flashed through her mind. She had left from home in a jiffy because of an important client visit and it was safe to have some time in hand when your office was 30 kms away from your home. She was excited about the meeting because the clients sounded very optimistic and the deal if finalized would mean 120% target met for Ishita. She had been half way through the way to her office, when her phone rang and Ishita froze. Continue Reading


From ‘Real Women’ to ‘Real Mothers’ – Baby Dove Launched in India

posted by Mommy Tincture October 12, 2016 0 comments

It was late 90s and I had just entered my teens when a beauty soap brand caused a stir in the market with its ‘contains one fourth moisturizer’ tag line. No prizes for guessing it was ‘Dove – the mild soap’ brand by Unilever. Over the years Dove has placed itself as the beauty soap for women, who thought that beauty was meant for those who could spend a lot of time and money on themselves. Dove gave them a reason to celebrate Continue Reading

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11 Times When Mrs. Funnybones Was Bang On

posted by Mommy Tincture October 8, 2016 2 Comments

They say that there’s no perfect way to parenting. I believe that parenting is a continuing course which no one can ever graduate.

When I was introduced to Mrs. Funnybones – the book, I was told that it’s a rather simple read yet has a lot that resonates with every Indian woman/mother. I read this book on supposed vacation at my parents’ place, which actually turned out to be just a change of location because I was still running around the entire house trying to keep track of what my kids were up to. Continue Reading