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How to ensure baby brain development as a Working Mother?

March 22, 2018
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Among many dilemmas faced by a working mom going back to work is the development of the baby: physically and emotionally.

 

At this early stage of their life, parents need to be vigilant so that we can ensure proper development of both receptive skills and expressive skills. Receptive skill is the ability to understand words and language whereas expressive skill is how one expresses his or her wants and needs.

 

6 factors that can help working mom going back to work ensure the brain development of Baby

 

  • Breastfeeding

Breast milk contains a brain-boosting fat called DHA (docasahexaenoic acid), an omega-3 fatty acid. DHA is a vital nutrient for growth, development and maintenance of brain tissue.

Start breastfeeding right after the birth as early milk called colostrum contains antibodies to protect the newborn against diseases.

What is Feed IQ?

A baby’s brain development is based on the environment, genetics and nourishment she/he receives in utero and via breastfeeding. The right stimulation i.e. infant brain exercises also boosts infant cognition.

So when a mother takes care of what she eats, she is literally feeding IQ to her baby!

 

To get breastfeeding right, latching is something most mothers struggle with. Do ask your nurse to guide you as a proper latch will only ensure appropriate feeding.

Take the diet that enhances milk supply. Apart from that ensure the gap between feeds is not too much as the more you feed your baby, the more milk your body will produce.

If your leave extends to only 3 months, you can pump the milk in advance for the day as the baby is completely dependent on milk for his nutritional needs.

 

  • Skin contact

Mother-to-baby skin contact not only improves baby’s immune system but it also shows improved growth, sleep and better motor development.

It enhances child cognitive development, transfer good bacteria, enhances communication which helps mothers to understand their signals easily, stabilizes body temperature after birth and improves breathing control.

Soothe the baby by holding them close to your chest.

You can wrap your baby around to ensure more skin contact.

 

  • Sensory activities

These activities involve the 5 senses- touch, smell, taste, sight and sound. Sensory play has many benefits on all aspects of Child Development.

It improves their communication skills, boosts learning, and strengthens emotional, social and personal aspect of their personality.

  • Call out their names and see them respond.
  • Introduce different rattle sounds.
  • Make various sounds and let them imitate you.
  • Help them feel soft and hard surfaces.
  • Let them play with water and sponge toys.

 

  • Eye contact

Eye contact is the first form of communication for infants. Eye contact makes them feel heard, soothes them and helps mother and baby to connect without using words.

Make lip movements and let them follow you.

Point to the object using your eyes and wait for them to look in the direction.

Not only for developing good communication skills, but eye-contact helps in building a trustworthy relationship too.

 

  • Sunbath and Massage

Morning sunlight stimulates the formation of Vitamin D.

It also helps to reduce the levels of bilirubin in the skin and prevent/cure Jaundice. 15 minutes of sun-time in the morning is good for a newborn.

The sunlight is linked to improving levels of serotonin – a happy hormone which is known to build a secure feeling in them which makes them feel happy.

A soothing massage stimulates the production of the feel-good hormone oxytocin that gives a warm and loving feeling which helps them develop mentally, socially and physically. It helps them stay relaxed and sleep better.

 

  • Nature-time

Earlier, mothers did not have to worry about the development of a baby as they grew up in natural surroundings. But today when most of the time is spent indoors, we need to ensure that kids get sufficient outdoor time for natural learning and development curve.

After 30-40 days of their birth, you can safely take out babies for a short walk in non-crowded places. Just make sure you dress your baby appropriately and don’t stay outside too long.

Introduce more activities with their growing age.

  • Watch birds fly together
  • Look at the stars
  • Watch the clouds moving
  • Take a swing together

Disclaimer: This is not medical advice and is meant for educational purposes only. Do consult your doctor before incorporating anything in your regime.

 

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11 Comments

  • Reply Dipika March 23, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    Working moms are anyways under lot of stress to leave their tiny tot at home for professional commitments, via these wonderful tips he job becomes little easy and fruitful too.

  • Reply Dr Bushra March 23, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    No doubt Nutrition and learning activities plays important role in baby brain development. Get to learn a lot from your insights

  • Reply Deepa March 23, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    This is a helpful post for a working mom. You mentioned some good points Upasna. Right nutrition from the start surely makes a difference.

  • Reply Pratibha March 23, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    I wish this post was there when I had delivered, maybe I would have contemplated getting back to work!! You make it sound so effortless that moms can get back to work without an iota of guilt! Bookmarked this to share with some moms who may need the reassurance!

  • Reply Anks March 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Working moms have it tougher. Don’t they? Once the office resumes, the time with the baby goes down drastically!

  • Reply Amrita March 22, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    Watching clouds watching birds are super fun.We do it too.Great article .

  • Reply Kala Ravi March 22, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Some great and easy to follow tips for new mothers. Not an easy task managing an infant, home and work. If a hassled mother can get the requisite nutrition without worrying about that too it would really help her and the baby she is feeding. Starting early with the right diet and creating a stimulating environment for the baby ensures it’s proper brain development.

  • Reply Disha Mehrotra March 22, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    I am going through the exact phase of joining work after maternity leave. And, the post is very helpful to ensure that my child stays healthy.

  • Reply Sabeeka Lambe March 22, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    During my days, there was not as much awareness about pumping and this was one of the reasons that I decided to leave my job so that.. Things are much better now and it sure is easier for the mother to get back to work without compromising on the baby’s development

  • Reply Tina Basu March 22, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Skin contact, eye contact, playing with your infant, massaging all of these are stimulants to the young minds.

  • Reply rashi mital March 22, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Wow, Upasna. You have listed down the very basic and doable activities with kids. I love when people talk about integrating their surroundings in child’s development. I really like your approach in terms of parenting, quite similar to mine.

    P.S.- Hope your pregnancy is going fine. 🙂

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