Om Bhur Bhuvah Swah Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasy, a Dheemahi Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayaat
A powerful mantra that is known to please both the baby and the new mother. It is said that
chanting some hymns energizes the whole atmosphere of the house. And when you have recently become a mother, you need the best for your child. That’s why we are here with some Ayurveda beliefs on caring for your infant.
Welcome to the baby-care series with Dr. Nitika Kohli, a specialist in Ayurveda and a mother to two beautiful children. Infant care is a critical practice for every mother. Right from the day her baby is born, she is on her feet to give care & to keep the baby away from all harmful stuff. We are sure till now you must have read N number of books and articles, but today we bring you the best age-old right practices mentioned in Ayurveda that can make you supermom just like that.
Stanapan Vidhi (Method of Breastfeeding)
As a mother, we all know the benefits of breastfeeding. But to bring good health, growth,
strength, and longevity, Ayurveda has explained a unique process (Vidhi). According to it, a
Mother should always wear pure clothes, & clean her breast before feeding. She should always express a small quantity of milk before offering it to the child. It is always said that she should
first give the right breast to the child & then move to the left breast while feeding. Also, chanting spiritual mantras during feeding makes mother & child bond string & helps in easing the process.
Vastradharna (Dressing up the child)
We are sure that as a mother, the first thing you’re most excited about is your baby’s wardrobe. Well, it’s natural, but as a mother, it’s your prime duty to ensure that the clothes are well sterilized & are free from any germs. For that, rather than synthetic disinfectants, Ayurveda offers a unique & effective process of cloth fumigation. It is done by burning some very effective anti-bacterial, anti-microbial herbs like Sarso, Vacha, Hingu, Atasi, and Kukaki in a pod which not just kills all the germs but also gives a natural fragrance to the clothes.
Abhayaga (Oiling for the child)
Dadi’s-Nani’s favorite duty is “Baby Oiling.” In Ayurveda, oiling is an essential routine that not just makes the baby strong but also helps in the efficient development of a child. In Ayurveda, it is recommended that in the early days oiling should do with just a few drops & then gradually;
the amount can be increased as the baby grow. The oil used should be lukewarm & is chosen as per the season. Oiling during the night & after feeding is a BIG NO in Ayurveda.
Samveshanam (Infant sleeping guidelines)
The most relaxing time for a mother is when her baby falls asleep, right? But there is something very essential you must do to make it more comfortable for your child. Ayurveda recommends that the baby sleeps in a cozy, cushioned bed containing soft pillows. The head of the child
should always be in the east direction.
Raksha karma (Protect your child from infections)
Don’t you agree that relatives, friends & guests are ready to knock on the door once they hear the GOOD NEWS? As a mother, it’s your responsibility to protect your child from all outside infections. This is called Raksha karma in Ayurveda. It is a measure to “Protect the child from
environmental infections.” For that, Ayurveda recommends that Hing, Vacha, and Mustard be tied in a cloth bolus, which must be tied at the entrance of the baby room to protect the baby from outside infections. If not, you can also tie some neem leaves at the door.
Spiritual care for the baby
It is said that mantras and hymns of our culture play a vital role in keeping the baby calm and peaceful in mind. So, playing your religious melodies around the baby at a decent volume can make the baby feel relaxed and happy.
In the end, having a baby is a blessing, and keeping the infant baby nourished and happy is all we as mother want. So follow these pointers to keep your baby healthy and eternally happy.