Saturday, November 16, 2013

Traditional Knowledge, Natural Growth

Want your babies to rock the world? Yeah, that’s something we all wish for – bright, intelligent, healthy kids. No kidding about kids of course.

Parenting is a tough job, and I realized it all the more when my wife shouted on me one bright Sunday morning when I bought a flavored synthetic baby massage oil from the market. I had seen its ad on TV, and owing to the brilliant offer that was on display (buy two, get one free), I instinctively added it to my purchases, only to be mocked by my wife – “What will you know about babies? Pehle tum khud to bade ho jao (You need to grow up first).”

It’s always the right product that makes all the difference. Soon, I was able to differentiate between the best and the rest, in terms of baby products. Fatherhood does teach you lot. The added responsibilities motivate you to learn, and learn, for the benefit of your child, and your family.

Being a father, well, equates to being satisfied, and being happy.

With time, and little assistance from my better half, I learnt about Ayurvedic and natural products that help a baby in his/her growth. Synthetic products are a strict no – no, as they can adversely affect the baby in ways more than one.

Baby massage should be carried out regularly, as it helps the baby in his/her growth, strengthening muscles, increasing blood circulation, and eliminating toxins. The massage starts immediately after birth, and continues for a few years. When a baby is born, a cleansing massage is done using a soft wheat-dough ball, added with almond oil and turmeric. This is performed for the first one week.

When a baby is between one and three weeks old, he/she should be massaged daily with dough ball. Once the baby is one month old, massage with the hand begins, and is carried daily till the baby is 3 months old. During this period, maximum time should be utilized in massaging the spine, back, neck, waist, hands and feet.

The massage can be continued till the baby is 2 -3 years old, depending on his/her overall growth and development.

So that is it. I made it a point to ensure that only the right products are bought for my baby. After all child care is all about giving your baby the natural love, not synthetic.

This is my official entry to Traditional Knowledge, Natural Growth contest organized by Indiblogger in association with Dabur Lal Tail.


  1. A good narrative.Fathers are normally unaware about their baby's requirements. Good you came to know in time. Best of luck for the contest.

  2. Good one. All the best for the contest!

  3. Good one:) And people say "men" don't care ! Good luck