Ten Baby Tips Parents Should Break
With all the baby tips you get from various sources, how will you know which ones are true and fictitious? Here is a guide to help you out. Tip # 1: Babies need to be bathed daily. Babies do not get sweaty as much as adults. Thus, bathing everyday is unnecessary. In fact, child health
With all the baby tips you get from various sources, how will you know which ones are true and fictitious? Here is a guide to help you out.
Tip # 1: Babies need to be bathed daily.
Babies do not get sweaty as much as adults. Thus, bathing everyday is unnecessary. In fact, child health experts recommend parents to bathe their infants every 2 or 3 days since an infant’s skin is very sensitive and excessive exposure to soap and water can rob the skin of its natural moisture. Daily sponge baths are okay as long as you moisturize afterwards.
Tip # 2: Pacifying your baby every time he cries will spoil him.
Babies below 4 months old do not know how to self-soothe. Do not use the cry it out method until his first birthday. Pick up your little one. He will love being swaddled and held close to you which give your little one reassurance that he can rely on you and that you will never leave him.
Tip # 3: Adding rice cereal to your baby’s bottle will make him sleep.
Studies have proven that putting rice cereal to an infant’s bottle does not help the baby sleep longer. Giving solids to babies under 4 months of age will only result to a gassy stomach, bloating, sleeping problems and obesity. Just give your little one extra feeding throughout the day to promote better sleep.
Tip # 4: Babies need a feeding schedule.
It is quite tricky to know when your baby is hungry and full. His appetite will be unpredictable until he is 12 months old so it is best to feed your infant on demand. Just start a feeding schedule once your baby reaches toddlerhood.
Tip # 5: A dark, quiet room is the best sleeping environment for babies.
Infants sleep a lot but for short periods of time. Hence, it does not matter where your baby is sleeping. A little background noise and light is all right plus it will help your baby get used to dozing in a variety of situations.
Tip # 6: Putting baby to bed late helps the baby sleep late in the morning.
Putting your baby to bed late in the evening will only make him overstimulated and fussy making him more resistant to go to sleep. Put your baby to bed early so he can sleep better and longer.
Tip # 7: Sunscreen should not be applied to babies below 6 months of age.
Getting skin cancer is far more dangerous than developing an allergic reaction to sunscreen. There are baby brands that produce sunscreens formulated for babies such as Avalon Organics, Aveeno Baby and California Baby. Applying a small amount of water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 15 20 minutes before going out will keep your baby’s skin protected.
Tip # 8: You should not bounce or stand your baby in your lap to avoid bowlegs.
This is just a superstitious belief. Babies are learning how to support their weight on their legs and find their balance, so bouncing or standing your little one in your lap is both entertaining and developmentally encouraging for your baby.
Tip # 9: Baby talk should be encouraged.
It is okay to coo and babble to your baby as long as you do not overdo it. Talk to your baby in the same manner you talk to an adult. This way, you teach your baby how to speak correctly and use “proper” words instead of “cutesy” words.
Tip # 10: Do not vaccinate a baby with a cold or low-grade fever.
A minor infection will neither affect your baby’s immune system nor boost his chances of getting nasty side effects from a vaccination.
Now that you know which facts are fiction, you are ready to guide your baby towards the right path of development.