Navigating through the minefield of new parenting can be difficult, especially when everyone has different views on what’s right. You will be faced with a lot of conflicting advice, depending on who you talk to. While everyone is entitled to their own opinion about what’s best when it comes to your child, here are 11 parenting tips that you can happily ignore. Why? Because they are based on outdated beliefs that doctors and parenting experts have officially deemed untrue.
1. Baby needs a dark and quiet sleep.
Sure, it’s nice to have a ɴᴜʀsᴇʀʏ that’s dark and quiet at night, but babies don’t need to be completely quiet or dark to sleep. In fact, using white noise to help with foamy sleep is actually recommended. After all, the mother’s ʙᴇʟʟʏ is always humming sounds (ʜᴇᴀʀᴛ ᴘᴏᴜɴᴅɪɴɢ, ʙᴇʟʟʏ ʀᴜᴍʙʟɪɴɢ). Being completely quiet can actually make it harder for air bubbles to fall asleep.
2. Bathe your baby every day.
Newborns aren’t really that dirty, and experts now agree that babies don’t need a bath every day. However, if bath time is part of your child’s bedtime routine, by all means give it a good clean.
3. Use ᴀʟᴄᴏʜᴏʟ to reduce fever.
ᴀʟᴄᴏʜᴏʟ was once considered a ᴘᴀɴᴀᴄᴇᴀ for all problems – teething, fever, poor sleep habits. But today, we don’t recommend ᴀʟᴄᴏʜᴏʟ for any baby-related ɪʟʟɴᴇss. Leave rubbing ᴀʟᴄᴏʜᴏʟ on the shelf if a fever hits and don’t even think about dabbing a little whiskey on sore teething gums. Give your child ᴘᴀʀᴀᴄᴇᴛᴀᴍᴏʟ (for babies over one month) or ɪʙᴜᴘʀᴏꜰᴇɴ (for babies over three months) to reduce fever and use teething cold toys to ease teething ᴘᴀɪɴ.
4. Wake up baby to change wet diapers
Newborn peeing. So many, so much. However, experts agree that it is not necessary to wake up from sleep just because the diaper is wet. Sure, it’s probably not a good idea to put your newborn to sleep in a worm-filled diaper, but use a good quality ᴀʙsᴏʀʙᴇɴᴛ diaper and you can save time for diaper changes until your baby wakes up for a feed instead of disturbing their (and yours) sleep for a change.
5. Do not ᴠᴀᴄᴄɪɴᴀᴛᴇ if the balloon has a cold.
The belief that it was ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs to inject him when he had a cold has now been quashed by experts. Even if the foam is slightly ʙʟᴏᴀᴛᴇᴅ, you can continue with his sᴄʜᴇᴅᴜʟᴇᴅ ɪᴍᴍᴜɴɪᴢᴀᴛɪᴏɴs, as long as you don’t have a fever.
6. Feed every three to four hours.
Most babies don’t care what the clock says. If they are hungry, if they need comfort or if they want to feed, then it’s time to feed. This can be every three to four hours. Or maybe every 30 to 45 minutes. Today, there is general consensus that the best way to keep a baby healthy and well-fed is to ask you to introduce sᴏʟɪᴅs, at least for the first few months.
7. Sterilize EVERYTHING.
When you first pick up a pack of pacifiers, bottles, pacifiers or anything else that can fit in a small mouth, yes, you should sterilize them with boiling water (or dishwasher). . As a toddler, soap and hot water are fine.
8. Add rice cereal to the bottle.
Unfortunately, no amount of rice cereal can help your infant sleep through the night. Also, giving babies younger than four months of age anything other than breast milk or formula can lead to digestive problems.
9. Add formula if foam is fussy.
Just because an infant is fussy and wants to suckle a lot doesn’t mean he’s not getting the nutrients he needs. In most cases, the reason babies want to feed continuously is because breast milk provides comfort as well as nutrition. However, in some cases, you can add formula to your baby’s diet – ask your doctor if this is the case for you.
10. Let the newborn cry to be born.
The once controversial cry-it-out method is still heavily debated among parenting experts. While many experts believe that letting your older baby learn to fall asleep on his own (by not reacting to crying right away) is essential to a healthy sleep routine, no expert recommends it for infants. It is important not to consider this method until the foam is at least six months old.
11. Don’t hold your baby too much
It was once thought that infants needed to learn that they were not the center of the universe by not responding to their every whim. This theory has been disregarded. As it turns out, you can’t pamper your newborn by feeding, holding, cuddling, or rocking him too much. Newborns need to know that you are there… and you will always be there. Sure, but maybe not the center of the universe, but he is the center of your universe.
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