Welcoming the baby and her mom

getting a massage - my grandson getting a massage
India
September 17, 2011 4:56am CST
When my daughter in law was discharged from hospital after childbirth on 12th, she was received at gate of our home, by breaking coconuts at door step and lighting fireworks and crackers. Let me tell here, we have cloth washer women/men; who will wash all clothes in home if there is a birth or death in the family; body massager women for the new born baby and the mother for three months , who are connected with us since generations, by tradition as part of the rituals. So the massager woman came at 5pm, SEE PICTURE turmeric , sandalwood, rose water was mixed with rice flour paste was rubbed on his body, this not only cleans the body but removes the body hair etc that was there since he was in the womb, next sesame oil ; (sesame is Indian annual erect herb; source of sesame seed or benniseed) was applied and massaged, his arms, legs were twisted as if he was given an exercise, the woman is expert in doing this, this massaging will be done both in morning and evening for minimum 3 months to keep his skin smooth and his body fit. After that he was bathed using Johnson’s baby soap. Next Vidhya applied Johnson’s baby powder all over body dresses her with pant and shirt. So how do you welcome the new born, do you massage his/her body etc as we do? Please respond, share and comment. Kalyani God bless you
11 responses
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
18 Sep 11
hi kal, making noise is a sign of welcome. i understand that coconut is a holy way of cleansing and lighting of fireworks means merriment. all these things that you did are traditions that the little ones should know and follow ones they grow up. nini seems to be watching all of these. ann
@rollylolly (2847)
• India
18 Sep 11
All these rituals where followed during my grandma's time . Now elder women do everything in a simplified way . As you joint families ar breaking so they don't have the knowledge or time to perform all these . Good that you shared your experiences . Good wishes for the baby .
@rollylolly (2847)
• India
18 Sep 11
All these rituals where followed during my grandma's time . Now elder women do everything in a simplified way . As you joint families ar breaking so they don't have the knowledge or time to perform all these . Good that you shared your experiences . Good wishes for the baby .
@rollylolly (2847)
• India
18 Sep 11
All these rituals where followed during my grandma's time . Now elder women do everything in a simplified way . As you joint families ar breaking so they don't have the knowledge or time to perform all these . Good that you shared your experiences . Good wishes for the baby .
@onikap (14)
18 Sep 11
it this a tradition, or is the child a first born into the family? everything else like the johnsons soap i know about but my the breaking of coconut? the massaging of herbs on the belly. please go more in depth
@moons286 (66)
• Pakistan
17 Sep 11
congratulations to you for the new addition sweet addition to your family. There events are the memories of life! Enjoy it with its full!!
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
17 Sep 11
Kalyni: Congrats. You had a grand son. great. Yes as you say some people are well trained in giving bath to new born babies. Normally it is done by the elderly people in our family. Of course the child will be brought inside the house as you said in a fitting welcome manner.
@ckciasigurl (1713)
• Vienna, Austria
17 Sep 11
hi kalyni! a big congratulations for u for having a new part on your family , having a small baby in the family is happy it gives u and make you stronger , and for your daughter i hop you will be having a good family and a good child as well God Bless
• United States
17 Sep 11
Those are quite the rituals for a new baby. We do not do such massaging like that. Though they do give classes if you want to learn infant massage but it is not part of tradition but a means of bonding with the child.
• India
17 Sep 11
Hello Kalyaniji, my warm congratulations to you on becoming a grandmother! I am sure your entire household must be pretty much revolving around the new baby now. In Maharashtra we too have similar kind of rituals of massaging the baby and the new mother too with sesame or coconut oil and then bathing them both with green gram flour with most of the ingredients such as mango turmeric, sandalwood paste etc. I find it is a great way of welcoming the baby in his or her household along with ensuring their good and robust health in the future as these ancient traditional ways of massaging etc. do exactly that!
• Philippines
17 Sep 11
hi Ma, In my family there is no special rituals like this it's just simply we cook food and gave it to our relatives and neighboors sign of giving thanks and welcoming the new born baby, happy mylotting