Taking your baby home. What next?
Remember the baby book I mentioned earlier? Be sure not to forget it or you may pay dearly for it. I’ll share my story with you.
When I had my first baby, of course, I had a baby book and took loads of pictures and filled up the baby book. There was hardly any empty page. I had the first lock of hair clipped, I had the outline of the foot drawn, I had the first picture with her face all wrinkled up in there.
By the time I had my second baby, I was a bit more blasé…been there, done that, if you get what I mean So, the pictures were fewer, the moments captured less and events recorded, fewer too
With my last baby, it was absolutely horrible. I didn’t buy the baby book and could not, for the life of me, remember to take pictures of my baby. This really was a difficult time in my life, so perhaps, that’s a good excuse but guess what? When the day comes, that explanation will not suffice. And that day came!
Every so often, my daughters would bring out their baby books and we would reminisce about events from their childhood. At these times, my son would ask me about his own book and about anecdotes from his childhood too. This started off without incident and I managed to smooth over awkward moments until the time when this could no longer work. My son started asking pointed questions about his baby book, about events backed up by pictures etc. I could see the look of ‘I’m not quite sure she loves me. How come she made all this effort for my sisters and not for me?’ And so that settled it! I started the project with my second daughter. We brought out our big bag of pictures and got to work bringing out all my son’s pictures that ever existed. I then bought the biggest baby book that ever existed and we set to work pasting all the pictures therein. It was a labour of love and despite a couple of gaps…like trace of hands and feet at certain ages etc, it still looked amazing when we were done, even if I say so myself! So, don’t get yourself into this ‘mess,’ be armed with your baby book and make sure all those life events are well represented, starting with ‘baby’s first picture when we got home’ 😀
So, now that you’re home, if you live anywhere in Africa, be ready for the deluge of visitors. They all mean well but not all of them will observe the basic rules of hygiene needed to keep a baby safe. Imagine this scenario: an elderly woman hurrying back from the market to come to your house to see your new baby. She quickly makes a beeline for the baby cot in the corner of the room to pick up your baby with those ‘unwashed’ germy hands that have touched all sorts all day! How do you tell this kind-hearted ‘mama’ or ‘Iya Sikira’ that you’d want her to wash her hands or better still just leave the baby for now? And what about you, what’s right to do and what’s not? Let’s give you some pointers 😀
• As much as practicable, wash your hands before picking up your baby. This ensures that you’re not transferring germs from the outdoors or anywhere else you’re coming from the baby.
For more on what to do to to take care of your new bundle of joy, get details from the book, Just For The Health Of It. You can get a copy via the shop now link on our facebook page. Or you can get it through:
1) Jumia.com. Just click on this link http://www.jumia.com.ng/jumia-books-just-for-the-health-of-it-with-dr-ketch-179486.html and get a copy. You have the option of paying when the book is delivered to you or paying online. This service is available all over Nigeria.
2) Another option for those in Lagos is Laterna Bookshop on 13, Oko-Awo Close, Off Adetokunbo Ademola Street,. Victoria Island.
3) If you’re outside the country, please visit Amazon through this link http://www.amazon.com/Just-Health-Ketch-Pregnancy-Parenting/dp/9789398026/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1426246647&sr=1-1&keywords=just+for+the+health+of+it+with+dr+ketch+olalere+nkechi
Remember that this book is a great Christmas, Baby Shower and Bridal Shower gift for anybody 😀
Have a great day, y’all 😀