Being a parent is a tough job. No wonder why new parents often make a lot of mistakes. Remember, the first few years are crucial for your baby. The more informed you are, the better you can take care of your baby. Make sure you are not one of them.
Following Are Five Most Common Mistakes That Most New Parents Make
1. No Oral Care
Most new parents do not give much attention to the health of their baby’s newly erupting teeth. The cavities in babies are often termed as baby bottle decay. The cavities can occur if you are giving your baby milk in bed even after his/her teeth have erupted. So, stop doing that. Also, it is always a good idea to wipe down the gums of your baby with a wet gauze. When your baby turns one, use a toothbrush. Don’t think it is too early; it is the right time.
2. Misconception About Baby’s Sleep
New parents often have a misconception that their baby does not get enough milk to sleep silently through the night. They think that breast milk is not good enough to keep the baby feel full for such long hours. The truth is breast milk is usually thick and healthy enough to keep your baby’s stomach full. Therefore, if your baby is being breastfed thoroughly during the day time, it is very much possible and completely okay for the baby to sleep through the night.
3. Not Taking
New parents often do not know how to take baby’s temperature properly. As a result, when the baby has fever, they seldom understand the severity of the situation and just think that the baby is feeling warm. It is very important for you to know that the immune system of your baby, especially during the first three months, is usually not strong enough to deal with an infection on its own. Therefore, if your baby is feeling warm, the right thing to do is to take the baby’s temperature rectally. If it is more than 100, you must contact your pediatrician. However, there is an exception when it is usually normal for the baby to have fever, such as during the first twenty-four hours after your baby gets the first set of immunizations.
4. Leaving The Baby Alone
The first few months are crucial for your baby. If you are leaving your baby alone even for a few minutes, you are actually risking its health and safety. So, you must take extra care and should never lose sight of your baby even for a second, let alone leaving it alone for minutes.
5. Fighting In Front Of The Baby
Most people wrongly assume that a baby who is just a few months old do not understand anything. The fact is even newborns pick up vibes. So, if you are fighting too much in front of your baby, you are actually hurting your baby’s sentiments. Occasional little fights are normal in any relationship, but if you are fighting too much or shouting at each other violently in front of your baby, it may scare him/her. It can even be very disruptive to your baby’s growth and development.
Being a parent is a hard job, but you can make it look easier and enjoyable by making sure you do not commit the mistakes mentioned above.