22 tips for a healthier baby and mom, from well-known childcare expert Sister Lilian.
Choose tips from this list that will affect your child’s life (and yours) positively:
Embark on lifestyle changes at least 3 months before falling pregnant to ensure as protected a start for baby as possible – this will minimise (although not eradicate) any negative effects of hereditary factors and optimise baby’s growth and development.Avoid smoking
, recreational drugs, alcohol and medication while pregnant.
Take up yoga which is a form of mind and body exercise that not only tones but promotes harmonious functioning of the body – the basis of good health.
Make mealtimes and food your natural links to a strong, healthy system:
- eat simple, wholesome, fresh foods
- reduce animal fats and proteins
- choose organically grown produce
- avoid harmful additives
- eat with gratitude
- don’t overeat
- acknowledge the nurturing value of food
- make many mealtimes a celebration
- prepare food with respect and pay heed when choosing food to the healthy dictates of one’s taste buds and nature’s colour code.
- Purposefully include foods that are known to improve resistance to disease – dates, coconut, pure honey, nuts
Regularly tap into the power of Mother Nature by walking in a park, sitting alongside a river, game and bird watching, running your hands over the gnarled or smooth trunk of a tree, planting a tree each Arbor Day, going on a hiking trail or spending contemplative time on a hillside.Choices for babies
Do all in your power to breastfeed your children for as long as possible – insist that premature and ill newborns are given your colostrums.
Do not schedule feed your baby. To be of optimal value breastfeeding must take place according to the laws of demand and supply.
Do not introduce solids before 6 months, making first foods fruits and yellow vegetables.
Generally increase fresh fruit and vegetables in the diet of children.
Avoid or reduce mucous-producing foods like dairy, grain products and highly processed fast foods.
Encourage the drinking of water and organic rooibos as opposed to other drinks.
Give lots of extra love and attention to babies and children.
Ensure regular exposure to fresh air and sunshine.
Use homeopathic remedies for common childhood illnesses. Go the Sister Lilian Remedies website
for more about these.
One-on-one daycare in the early years (trusted, trained nanny or a loving granny, for instance) is often a very good solution if it seems to be due to group daycare that one's little one becomes ill often.Nurture the spirit
Live a life of integrity – this does not mean that it will be devoid of all conflict or difficult decisions, nor does it mean that you allow yourself to be wronged, but rather that you strive for justice and fairness for all, and in all situations, in a quiet manner.
Make life-affirming choices for the good of everyone and the planet – unleaded fuel, lift clubs, rejecting food sources that have been subjected to hormones or antibiotics and minimising the use of plastics and recycling, for instance.
Give and receive touch therapy – research has definitively shown that therapeutic massage strengthens resistance to illness.
Do a good turn to someone in need often – anything that makes you feel good and spreads positive energy has a way of increasing happiness and consequently improving health.
Embrace the joy of family and friends as happiness is recognised as of key importance in health.
Visualise yourself healthy and happy – the power of visualisation has been proven and anyone can tap into this tool.
Take responsibility for your own life – nobody is as interested in your own health and you must not abdicate responsibility for your own well-being. Always take an active interest and ask questions.Do you think that choices like these will improve your baby’s immune system?