Thursday, February 19, 2015

Bedtime Rituals: The special time with my baby

Being a mother has been the most beautiful experience of my life. A new life was placed in my hands and I was responsible for taking care of her. I still remember the day my daughter was born, so small, so delicate and so damn cute. But being a mother comes with its own set of challenges. After 9 months of nausea, vomiting, uneasiness and final labor pains, now was the time for sleepless nights.

My baby never slept a single night for the first 2 months of her life and so didn't I. Night after night I used to spend roaming around the darkness with my baby in my arms, trying to make her sleep, changing her nappies and feeding her every other hour. Though I used to sleep during days, but I hadn't slept for 50 nights at a stretch and it was taking a toll on my overall health and moods. I used to pray to God to keep me sane during those tough days and make it easier. Slowly my baby started to adjust her cycle and understanding days and nights. Then my friend suggested to start bedtime rituals which will help my baby relax and associate her night sleep with the night time relaxing activities. I followed these rituals without fail everyday and it was pleasant for both me and my baby as it increased our bonding and improved our sleep.
Night time massage - I used to massage my baby with warm oil every night so that her body and muscles relax and she sleeps peacefully. I generally did not prefer to give bath at night as the elders in my family felt the baby was too small and might catch a cold if I did so in the night.

Comfortable night clothes - The massage was followed by a change of clothes to comfortable cotton dress in light color shades and I used to also change my bed sheet to a white one and avoid any glaring colors at night.

Pampers: I put her in her Pampers baby dry pants every night, so that she stays dry and sleeps uninterruptedly. This ensures a good sleep for not only my baby but also for me since I do not need to change nappies every other hour and it lasts entire night up to 12 hours. This was very relaxing for me as I could sleep comfortably without worrying if my baby is wet.

Cool ambiance: Every day at the same time, I switch off my lights and put a night bulb. My family was instructed to switch off all TV or other noisy activities in the house for the baby to calm down and prepare for sleep.

Cuddling and feeding - I carry my baby in my arms for about half hour and roam in my balcony for her to calm down and then nurse her to sleep. She sleeps almost a full night now only waking up once for feed.
I do not need to worry about changing her nappies or interruptions in her sleep due to wetness because Pampers provides a full dry night. The dry pants are very comfortable and do not cause any irritation to her skin.
Thanks to Pampers for giving both mom and baby a good nights sleep :)

This post is written for Bedtime Rituals happy hour contest on Indiblogger in association with Pampers.


Monday, February 16, 2015

ASUS Indiblogger Meet 2015 - Bangalore

Well.. first of all my apologies that this post is coming so late. I had got stuck in something so couldn't spare time to write about this amazing event.
This was my first indiblogger meet so I was not sure what to expect. I am glad to say that thank God I attended it, because it was full of fun and activities.
The venue was ITC Gardenia which is a 5 star hotel centrally located in Bangalore, so it was not too far from my place. As soon as I entered, the security guided me to the first floor where the meet was happening. As soon as I entered, a musical performance was going on with electric guitars and drums on the stage and people in the audience were tapping their fingers and enjoying. Since it was my first meet, I didn't know any of the blogger but quickly made friends and joined their table.
Then there were some introductions and an activity where we had to collect the personal belongings from other bloggers. This was a fun activity which gave a chance to interact and know other bloggers.

Post this, the ASUS team launched the ASUS EeeBook X205TA and ASUS All In One PC ET2040. There was a presentation followed by the question answer session and then an actual product demonstration where we could touch and feel the product and understand its features. In my opinion, the ASUS ebook is very sleek and provides great config for an incredible price of 14999 only. The All in One PC is also something to look out for if you need a family desktop kind of a system.

This was followed by another group activity where we were divided into small groups and had to enact on a given theme and give a blogging angle to it.
The overall atmosphere was very positive and light. I met some nice people and made few friends too. The food was awesome and the Indiblogger team was very helpful.
Unfortunately there were no t-shirts as I was hoping. But All in all, a great experience.
Thanks to Indiblogger and ASUS and help to see more such meets in Bangalore.