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July 2018 - Docklander

04 Jul 2018

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A great place for a new-born

By Shreya Devaki

After spending a little over a year in a quiet suburb of Victoria, Docklands was a refreshing experience for Sanjana when she moved here five years ago.

She loves how the area is always buzzing with activity and swears by the multitude of cafes whose coffee makes every morning brighter!

As a mother to a week-old, beautiful baby girl, she was initially hesitant to bring her daughter up in Docklands, where office buildings are in abundance and looming skyscrapers are the first thing you see when you glance out of a window!

What convinced her to stay put however, was the community in Docklands and the various activities that it offers, for adults as well as toddlers. Most of us are well aware that having a baby when both the parents work is a Herculean task!

“Both of us work in Docklands and after doing some research into playschools in the area and stuff, it made perfect sense to continue living here. Did you know that the playschools here are few of the best in the city? Never thought I’d be researching playschools!” she laughed.

When questioned about how she felt about this new and exciting phase in her life, she said: “It’s all very overwhelming, being a new mother.”

“You think you’re prepared before the baby arrives, but with each day, you need 100 new things to make the baby as comfortable as possible. Honestly, stores in and around Docklands are god’s send! Whatever you need is like two minutes away!”

Almost every parent is nervous about bringing their kids up in an apartment. You fret about them not getting enough fresh air and them not being able to play in open spaces, not Sanjana though!

She prefers apartments: “Open spaces is definitely not a problem! Docklands has so many gardens and parks that are perfect for a child to play around in.”

“And believe me, when you’re a new parent, you’ll be extremely grateful about living in an apartment! It just makes life easier!” she said.

As a “clean freak”, Sanjana needs everything to be spick and span and, since apartments are smaller, they’re easy to maintain.

“Also, since my baby girl is a winter-born, it’s extremely important for me to keep her surroundings warm. That’s easier to do in an apartment, when compared to an actual house.”

“You would think parenting gets easy once you figure out the sleep and feed schedules of the baby. It didn’t end there for us though! We’re back to square one as the entire family seems unable to agree upon a name for her.” Here’s a tip for all the new parents out there: Don’t give your relatives the chance to veto baby names. Sanjana sure has learnt her lesson!

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