Guest Column

Lakshmy Ramanathan

Lakshmy Ramanathan

Lakshmy Ramanathan is the author of For Bumpier Times: An Indian Mother's Guide to 101 Pregnancy and Childcare Practices.


Do babies need iron supplement?

Iron supplementation may be required only after first six months

By Lakshmy Ramanathan May 08, 2022

Food for tot

IN MOST Indian homes, at least a generation ago, introducing solid food to babies

By Lakshmy Ramanathan April 03, 2022

How to dress your baby right

SPRING IS around the corner and while crop tops, sleeveless shirts and shorts have

By Lakshmy Ramanathan March 06, 2022

The right way to bathe your baby

One of my aunts just became a grandmother. Her daughter had had a cesarean and found

By Lakshmy Ramanathan February 06, 2022

Picking the right mattress for your baby

LAST WEEK, A FRIEND from the US called saying that her mother was not happy with the

By Lakshmy Ramanathan January 02, 2022

Basics of baby wearing

EVEN A DECADE AGO, baby wearing in most Indian cities was a rare sight. Neither had

By Lakshmy Ramanathan December 05, 2021

Does tonsuring improve a baby's hair quality?

A child’s first tonsure is of much cultural significance in our society. It is seen

By Lakshmy Ramanathan October 03, 2021

Say no to hot water baths for babies, writes Lakshmy Ramanathan

My baby’s bath temperature used to be so high that the bath thermometer melted when

By Lakshmy Ramanathan September 05, 2021

When and how to get your baby's ear pierced

I got my baby’s ears pierced without my husband’s knowledge. He was very clear he

By Lakshmy Ramanathan November 07, 2021

Let the baby’s body be

When a friend had her baby, her help used to squeeze the newborn’s nipples while

By Lakshmy Ramanathan August 01, 2021

On shaping heads and noses of babies

AT BIRTH, my nose didn’t look anything like the sharp, aquiline ones in the family.

By Lakshmy Ramanathan July 04, 2021

Bet on syndets

WHEN MY DAUGHTER was a newborn, I was sold on using kitchen staples as soap. Spoons

By Lakshmy Ramanathan June 06, 2021

Does massage help close baby fontanelles?

Baby massages are an art and science with a mind-boggling set of benefits, both real

By Lakshmy Ramanathan May 02, 2021

Colic clues

When my child was a newborn, she would tuck in her legs and rest her knees on her

By Lakshmy Ramanathan April 04, 2021

Massage mantra

READER RESPONSE to my last column on baby massage was interesting, to say the least!

By Lakshmy Ramanathan March 07, 2021
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