After reading this, I am never checking my baby’s diaper the same way again!
Parenting is the most difficult yet rewarding act a husband and wife shares; however, it isn’t always the greatest— especially when you become parents for the first time. New parents have the tendency to make multiple mistakes in caring for their babies. In fact, even parents with a couple of children already commit these parenting mistakes.
1 Keen Ears
The first parenting mistake is listening too much to what others have to say about what to do isn’t always a good thing. It’s good to seek for advice but every child is different. You have to figure out what your baby really needs in order to give him what he needs.
Don’t always grab your phone and have your mom on speed dial, because the first step of parenting is discovering what works for you and your baby. Even if it takes longer than you expected it to be.
Babies love to be rocked especially when you let them snuggle in your arms nicely. There is a limit to rocking though— don’t be too rough! Slowly swaying your baby back and forth may seem like a calming agent but it has a long-term effect on your baby. Don’t rock your baby more than twice a day. Rocking too much would mean that you would have to do that to your kids until they’re 7.
This parenting mistake can be solved by cradling your baby in your arms and talk a slow walk around the house. It’s a good rocking alternative. If not, solicit the help of your baby sling and tie them around you if your arms get tired. Your smell— no matter how sweaty you are— and your warmth is something babies really adore.
3 Icky Little Finger
Another common parenting mistake refers to the way we check our baby’s diaper. Sticking a finger in that diaper may give your proverbial consequences. Babies really do have stinky poop and stinky farts but sometimes, you’re just not sure what it was. The truth about diapers is that a diaper shouldn’t last longer than four hours on your babies bum. Your baby has soft delicate skin and waiting for that dirty diaper to occur or get heavy with wee may have serious effects on your baby’s skin.
If you’re too scared to get those icky fingers from checking the diaper without having the hassle of opening it, just lightly pull on the baby’s diaper near his bum and snap it back in.
4 Wipe That Booty
Wet wipes! Wet wipes! We rely on wet wipes to clean out baby’s bottom in case of a dirty diaper. What we don’t pay much attention too is the fact that wet wipes contains strong preservatives. Don’t always resort to handling your baby with commercial products.
To avoid this parenting mistake, try getting cotton balls instead of wetties. When the baby gives you a diaper reek, wet your cotton balls with water and use it as a wipe. Another parenting mistake we would also want to avoid is wiping TOO much. Once you were able to wipe of the stinky grime, dab the cotton balls gently. You might end up giving your baby those unnecessary rashes.
5 Sunny Eyes
Keeping a baby awake by day doesn’t give them a longer tighter sleep at night. This is a common parenting mistake we’ve already instilled in our minds. Every month a baby’s sleeping pattern changes. In fact, every month they grow the number of hours of sleep they need gets lesser and lesser.
Keep your baby sleeping in regular intervals, meaning, don’t force a baby to stay up or force them to sleep. Let them sleep on their own. Once your baby has grown, create a pattern that prepares your baby to bed like brushing their teeth and reading a book or drinking milk and brushing their teeth before they sleep. If you do this often, they will develop a keen sense of awareness that when these activities are done at night and always the same pattern they will come to the conclusion that they will be sleeping soon.
6 The Boob Solution
Don’t always think that when a baby cries it means he needs your boob. Breastfeeding may be the best for babies but not all the time. Babies cry for different reasons. If you want to know if your baby is crying because he is hungry, put a finger on his cheek and if his mouth follows, it’s time for him to be fed. If not, then the baby is crying for something else entirely.
One parenting mistake that most moms would complain about after breastfeeding is a lopsided set of boobs. When feeding, alternate your right and left. Don’t always go for the right or for the left just because it feels more comfortable. You can even pump milk in baby bottles and let you baby get used to being bottle fed if he is around 4 months old. Stick to feeding him breastmilk though, there will never be an alternative for breastmilk.
7 Bubble Duckies
Letting your baby enjoy a soak in the bubble bath is not a good thing— PERIOD! Parenting mistak alert! Newborns have extremely delicate skin. They were used to a different liquid environment than the warm bath you’re giving them. Babies don’t need to stay in water for longer than 8 minutes. Their skin easily absorbs and releases fluid causing them to even be dehydrated after taking a bath. Baby skin has little dead skin cells, they’re fresh and tender and needs plenty of caring.
Resort to having them on a baby bath rack and pour water over them and quickly give them a soap up or rubdown. This way, you are not endorsing them to dehydration and you are also not taking plenty of their skin cells off. Don’t be too rough on rubbing that towel on them too. Just pat dry your babies and you are done!
8 Baby Talk
You think making a baby laugh with your baby talking is a good thing? Think again. This is a common parenting mistake that should immediately be corrected. Babies were born with the ability to understand and decipher language. Talk to them normally as you would a child or an adult. If you will notice, babies who have parents who baby talk them learn to speak at a later age compared to kids who never even heard of such gibberish.
You want your child to be articulate at an early age? Talk normally.
9 My First Bite
The 6 month due! Always remember that weaning should only start at 6 months unless of course you are running out of milk early. In fact, weaning is best done at age 2 and not at 6 months old. Feeding your baby that first bite should only be started WHEN your baby hits 6 months or more.
TIP: Don’t give your baby strong tasting food the first time they eat. They will end up having a sensitivity to taste of high preference on a certain taste. If you start giving them sweet food, the baby will immediately reject the slightly salty mashed potato you’re trying to feed him. Start with bland blended mashed food then slowly add flavor later on. Later, you will have a baby that is less sensitive to taste.