RICH hues, luxurious silks, ornate weaves and embellished fabrics come together to create all that defines festive fervour, royal grandeur and celebratory mood. Fabindia unveiled its latest Rajwada, festival collection of garments and accessories. Rajwada brings to you one of the most extensive and premium collection of silk blends and silks in Indian and fusion wear for men, women and kids. Ornate and elaborate craft techniques such as Benarasi, Zardozi and other intricate weaving techniques become the mainstay of the collection which infuses hints of gold to create a luxuriant festive look true to the craft heritage. Take your pick from styles with detailing in gota patti, zari, brocade, sequin and mirror work, gold khari block prints and embroidery on vibrant colours. The collection is available in all Fabindia outlets
FABINDIA’S maternity wear range brings you a range of day and evening wear. The collection emphasises on styling while creating comfortable choices. Look gorgeous with the array of options extending from comfort wear, smart work wear to traditional wear in kurtas, tops, palazzos, dresses and pants. Combining style and functionality, the garments come with fit details such belly panels in palazzos, front open plackets for easy-nursing, pleated self-fabric seams for more ease and empire lines. Created with natural and breathable fabrics such as cotton, linen and silk blends, the collection highlights a fresh colour palette and soft prints. High on style and comfort these garments work just as well post-delivery. The collection is available at select stores across India and online.
From physical attributes to personality traits, you don’t have to wait to see how your baby will turn out. Get a glimpse into her future right now!
ZERO TO SIX MONTHS
● From the moment she’s born, your gorgeous baby’s main form of communication is crying. She’ll have a different cry to match each specific need, whether she’s hungry, cold, bored, or just wants a cuddle. Distinguishing which cry means what is a skill every new mum has to learn, so don’t worry if takes you a little while to catch on.
● By six months, your baby will be making her first attempts at talking to you. She’ll start by making cooing sounds, and ‘ooooos’ and ‘aaaaahs’, even ‘babababa’. You can help with her speech development by constantly chatting to her, even if it’s just a running commentary on what you’re doing. She’ll love to hear your voice, although she won’t have a clue what you’re talking about!
SIX TO 12 MONTHS
● Even though it’s still too early for her to be saying words, the sounds she makes now become much more tuneful as she tries to imitate your voice. She’ll increasingly start to ‘answer’ you back when you talk to her.
● Encourage her to make even more sounds by copying her babbling replies. This teaches her about two-way communication and could make for some interesting conversations!
● Another way to help her understand the meanings of words is by using gestures and actions, such as waving when you say ‘bye-bye’, or pointing to her cup as you say ‘drink’.
● Around now she’ll also gain more control over her muscles and will start reaching out with both arms to tell you she wants to be picked up for a cuddle. She’ll also start to laugh around now, a sound you’re guaranteed to want to bottle so you can keep forever!
12 TO 18 MONTHS
● Expect to hear her first meaningful word as she hits her first birthday. Most babies first words tend to be ‘Dada’, as this is easier for her to pronounce, so don’t take offence. Or it may even be a random word like ‘shoe’! Whatever it is, it’s an important milestone for her, so be sure to give her lots of praise.
● Once she’s a year old, she’ll also begin to understand what you’re saying to her. Some babies even start to use two or three words with their own meaning now. Even if the word doesn’t match the object she’s referring to, if she uses it consistently for that object, it shows she understands the meaning.
● By 18 months, most little ones are able to use around 20 different words (although they may be completely unintelligible to anyone but immediate family!), but she won’t yet be forming a sentence.
● Girls tend to be more chatty than little lads (that shouldn’t come as a shock—it lasts until adulthood!), so don’t be surprised if she even starts singing along to nursery rhymes now. (Little Peter Rabbit is a great rhyme to sing as it involves actions, which connect to the language and helps build her understanding and memory). Some babies with older siblings can be a little slower to talk, so don’t worry if that’s the case. They often find it hard to get a word in with older brothers and sisters pitching in.
● Expect her to start putting two or three words together to make a constructive sentence now, such as ‘Daddy come home’.
● Help her expand single words into short sentences by adding words, so if she asks for ‘juice’, you can add, ‘juice, please’ or ‘more juice’.
● Use objects and gestures to help her understand instructions and questions. It’s also good to offer her alternatives, such as ‘Do you want teddy or the car?’
● By the age of two, your child should have a collection of about 200 different words. If she still hasn’t started speaking by now, it’s worth visiting your paediatrician to check there are no physical problems, such as deafness, or glue ear.
● It’s important to remember that no two babies are the same, and your tot will develop at a different rate from the next one, so don’t stress out comparing her to others |MB
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Feelings come and feelings go I never know what they’ll be Silly or angry, happy or sad They’re all a part of me…”
M&B spoke about emotional development to Swati Popat, author of the parenting bestseller and
president of Podar Education Network. Read on to discover how a little awareness can go a long
way in making your baby more loving and expressive
Babies have always learnt about emotions through human interaction, but recent research says that emotions can also be instinctive. A theory called the Bronfenbrenner’s Theory adds that the environmental experiences of babies, as they grow, determines their social and emotional development. Even before the first social smile appears around the age of two or three months, babies can feel curiosity, happiness or distress that they convey through facial expressions and body language.
Swati Popat, M&B’s early childhood expert, says that children start emoting from the time of birth. She explains that when a newborn is held in the crook of his mother’s arm, he can look into her face and respond to the sight. Explaining the ways in which a baby expresses his feelings, Swati borrows from Italian early education specialist Loris Malaguzzy’s poem ‘The Hundred Languages of Children’ that says that every child expresses himself through a hundred languages but the adult world steals away 99 of them.
Instinct and imitation
According to Swati, among the various ways in which a baby shows his emotions, some are based on pure instinct. This means that the body has developed specific mechanisms of expressing emotions. She explains that babies don’t have to learn to cry when they are hungry, give a shrill cry when they don’t get what they want or whimper when they are in pain or in need of attention. These are reactions thatcome naturally from birth. As they grow into the third and fourth month, says Swati, babies start imitating or copying. So when your little one smiles and sees a smile in return, a foundation of learning gets created. The baby’s interaction becomes more social and he learns that there is a special way of responding to a particular expression. Watching a display of emotions is essential for the child to understand how to be in sync with his surroundings. Imitation and recognition play an important role when it comes to expressing emotions, she points out. The baby does not get the right cues when he grows up being surrounded by very serious individuals who don’t smile or laugh. Swati maintains that if parents don’t baby talk or express openly, the child will not get the first lessons in socialisation and grow up to be introvert and inexpressive.
The first smiles of your baby are extremely important according to Swati because a smile happens without any conscious move. For a baby, a smile begins as a muscular movement but if it is reciprocated with a smile from the parent, then he learns that this movement gets the same response. And in this way the first social interaction with the display of positive emotion happens. At this stage, positive emotions are essential for brain and memory development and so it is important to reinforce positive emotions in the baby.
A mother’s nutrition needs never stop changing. In part one of this series, experts at Abbott Healthcare delve into a mother’s dietary requirements to fuel her health through her 40s, 50s and beyond
Prioritising a mother’s nutrition—from your pregnancy and lactation to grandchildren and your golden years—is vital to ensuring that you are the healthy, happy mother children love to be around. But just like motherhood never stops changing, neither does a woman’s nutritional needs. Here’s a decade-by-decade guide to fueling a mother’s health:
Nutrition Needs During your 40s and 50s
Befriend B12: Vitamin B12, which supports the health of both your red blood cells and nervous system, is a vital part of keeping you energised, especially when it comes to helping you make school lunches before work and drive the kids to football practice. However, throughout the years, your body’s ability to absorb and use the B12 you eat may wane. That’s because your gut gradually produces less Intrinsic Factor, a protein necessary for the intestines to effectively absorb B12. Severe fatigue and anemia can be the result of this. “B12 deficiency is very common among the Indian population due to poor dietary intake,” says Dr Irfan Shaikh, medical head for pediatric and maternal nutrition at Abbott Healthcare.
To make sure your levels are where they were in your younger years, a simple blood test at your doctor’s office can assess your levels. If you are low, talk to your doctor about supplementing or adding more meat, eggs and milk to your diet.
Consume more calcium: While calcium can help strengthen your bones in every stage of life, after age 50, your daily recommended intake increases from 1,000 to 1,200 mg per day. It’s important to talk to your doctor to evaluate your bone density, family history and calcium intake to prevent osteoporosis or to help slow the loss of bone density as you age. To increase your calcium intake, focus on incorporating whole foods including dairy, sardines, soy, leafy vegetables and salmon into your diet. Eat more fibre: In women, the risk of coronary heart disease increases after age 55, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. That’s where fibre comes in as it’s effective in lowering cholesterol levels and is said to improve heart health. To increase your levels of soluble, cholesterol-lowering fibre, reach for oat bran, barley, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, peas, fruit and vegetables. However, you need to make sure to gradually increase your fibre intake so as to avoid an upset stomach.
During your 60s and beyond…
Preserve muscle with protein: To walk your children down the aisle or run around the backyard with your grandchildren, it’s so important to maintain muscle mass. We naturally start losing muscle mass at 40 years of age —roughly eight per cent per decade. This number can nearly double to 15 per cent by the age of 70.
But to do so, you should pair regular physical activity and strength-building exercises with additional protein. Research published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, states that as you age, the body becomes less efficient at processing protein and incorporating it into your muscles. Incorporate protein-rich foods into every meal and snack. Fish, lean meats, eggs, beans and protein shakes are all great options. Bask in the sunshine: While you can get vitamin D in limited quantities from foods such as fortified milk, salmon and mushrooms, the vast majority of people’s intake comes through sun exposure. Unfortunately, many people don’t get enough of this important vitamin, and this defi ciency is increasingly common in old age. According to a study of 824 elderly people, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 47 per cent of women were defi cient in vitamin D throughout the winter, when vitamin D levels are generally at their lowest. Dr Irfan Shaikh points out that during old age, apart from spending less time outside, people can experience reduced skin thickness, impaired intestinal absorption, poor food intake of vitamin D and reduced liver and kidney function, further increasing the risk of defi ciency. For that reason, after age 70, the recommended daily intake of vitamin D increases from 600 to 800 IU per day. Talk to your primary care physician to have your levels checked.
Now, armed with all the right information, we surely hope that you’ll not only take better care of your children, but of your nutritional needs as well. After all, we all hope to live long enough to see our grandchildren grow, and one way to ensure you do so, is through proper care and a healthy lifestyle! MB
We naturally start losing muscle mass at 40 years of age —roughly eight per cent per decade. This number can nearly double to 15 per cent by the age of 70