You know what’s the most beautiful thing about babies?
Babies are soft. Anyone looking at them can see the tender, fragile skin and know it for the rose-leaf softness that invites a finger’s touch. But when you live with them and love them, you feel the softness going inward, the round-cheeked flesh wobbly as custard, the boneless splay of the tiny hands. Their joints are melted rubber, and even when you kiss them hard, in the passion of loving their existence, your lips sink down and seem never to find bone. Holding them against you, they melt and mold, as though they might at any moment flow back into your body. And isn’t that the most beautiful and heart warming feeling ever?
And what would you not do to take care and protect their soft tender skin?
You know those soft spots on baby’s head? There are actually two “holes,” one at the back of the head and the other at the top, called the fontanels. Baby’s skull isn’t fully united at first so he can make that trek down the birth canal. The soft spots may scare us in the beginning. Sometimes this soft spot pulses in time with the baby’s heartbeat, like a mini-rhythm section or bulges out a bit when the little one strains to poop. But they close up — the one at the back within two to six months and the one on the top by about 18 months.
As a mother you are forever looking at ways and means to protect the baby’s head. I remember keeping pillows and cushions on the floor of his play room, to avoid any injury as he tried to walk, jump and fall all around the place.
The pace with which a baby grows from lying down on his back all day to walking and running around is fast and furious. At five months, he’s rolling over. By seven months, he can sit up on his own. And as early as eight months, he can stand. And at 13 months, he may begin walking. And during all these stages, he is super curious. While he wanders without any fear all around the house to learn and explore on his own, it is super challenging time for the parents.
The three holes on the wall are meant to put his tiny fingers in, that’s what my baby believed. Or playing peekaboo was best when he closed the door of the room and I was expected to open the door and see him. That makes me realize that babies are so easily amused. Anything can become a play thing for them. Even bolting the door from inside is a fun play thing. So right from baby proofing the empty electrical sockets to, removing latches from the doors were some of things we did to make playtime safe and soft for our baby’s skin.
When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail; when you are a baby, everything can be turned into a play game. Since, there’s no stopping them, there’s no stopping us to make their play time #SoftestForBabySkin
Do you hear the babies say, “Yeah, pamper me soft, as I crawl into a cabinet and make your heart grow a thousand times bigger!”