Even with all of the parenting classes, apps, books, and podcasts that are available for new parents to glean information, people are only human and even the ones that went wild with the research beforehand wind up making mistakes despite the fact that they had the best intentions.
CNN points out that while some moms and dads wait until after their little one is born to read the car seat manual, pediatricians know that it is very important to make sure that parents read it from cover to cover before their bundle of joy arrives because hospitals require parents to have one properly installed before they let a newborn go home.
It is best to make sure that mom and dad know how to use the car seat and practice using stuffed animals or children’s toy dolls several times so that they don’t wind up accidentally fumbling when strapping their baby in for the first time or erroneously installing the car seat before it comes time to pick up the little one from the hospital.
Want to make sure all is well with the infant’s daily care and feeding routine? Read on to learn what mistakes are common amongst new mothers, but that pediatricians would never in a million years make.
20 Being Wary Of Using A Pacifier
Parents points out that pediatricians would never, ever let their newborn suck their thumb if there is a pacifier around for them to use although there are plenty of moms out there that have been misguided from their friends and relatives’ advice about letting their infant use their thumb as a makeshift pacifier.
Most pediatricians prefer that their own infants use a pacifier over thumb-sucking in order to self-soothe because as WebMD points out there’s less of a chance of them ingesting germs or developing a habit later on down the road that is very difficult for parents to phase out.
19 Slacking Off On Reading The Car Seat Manual Before Birth
CNN writes that there are some parents that wait until the last minute to purchase a car seat for their newborn and to make this situation even more eyebrow-raising, they don’t even bother to read the manual for the car seat after they purchase it.
Most pediatricians know that since hospitals require new moms and dads to have a car seat properly installed, they take the time to read the manual from cover to cover to make sure that they know how to set it up correctly and practice using it a few times to make sure they have it down pat.
18 Using Soft Bedding In The Crib
According to CNN, the Academy of Pediatrics launched a "Back to Sleep" campaign back in the 1990s to warn new parents about how putting your infant to sleep on their back in a crib full of soft bedding was a huge no-no.
Despite the campaign that took place in the ‘90s, to this day there are still some parents that don’t realize soft bedding isn’t a good idea to use for an infant’s crib and insist on using it. Pediatricians are well aware that soft bedding and infants is not a good combination and so they avoid it and do their best to inform their clients.
17 Overestimating The Amount Of Free Time They'll Have
One major faux pas that new moms often make is that they drastically overestimate how much free time they’ll have when taking care of their newborn. In pop culture, we often see movies or television shows where the infant snoozes the day away and some parents think that’s how it will be in real life too.
CNN points out that pediatricians know that this definitely doesn’t happen in real life because being a parent to a newborn is a complete overhaul of your old life and all of the plans you have for your day to day routine will go completely out the window.
16 Taking On Too Many Responsibilities For The Newborn
Parents points out that some moms have a tendency to take on too many responsibilities when it comes to taking care of their infant son or daughter and immediately start feeling cranky when their significant other tries to step in and attempts to help them out because they think that the other person isn’t doing things correctly.
Any good pediatrician worth his or her salt knows that when it comes to taking care of a newborn, mom and dad have to be team players. It’s not realistic to think that you can do everything. Moms need their rest too, so relax and let your significant other help out a bit from time to time.
15 Letting Baby Sleep Too Long In Between Feedings
CNN points out that it is common in the first few weeks after bringing an infant home for parents to let their little one sleep too long in between feedings because they too are exhausted and need to catch up on some shut-eye.
However, there are some pediatricians that feel it is best if baby is fed every two to three hours on the clock and that means waking them up to do so. Once they have regained their birth weight and you have your pediatrician’s clearance, then you can start letting them sleep more in between feedings; this tends to happen at the second month stage.
14 Improper Burping Techniques
CNN notes that one common mistake that many parents make in the first few months or two is that they don’t burp their child correctly, which can lead to their infant waking up from a nap a few hours later exercising their lungs or having them making a mess all over your shirt.
While pediatricians know that there are several different kinds of methods, the easiest one for parents to get the hang of is the technique where you put your infant high up on your chest so that they can rest their chin on your shoulder and you pat them firmly but gently until they let loose.
13 Pretending It's Not Important To Pre-Burp Your Infant
According to CNN, pediatricians know that it is very important to make sure that you pre-burp your infant about two minutes before you start feeding him or her so that they don’t spit up all over your shirt or wind up feeling gassy after they eat.
Sadly, there are some parents out there that have never heard of pre-burping and are unaware that you should do your best to get all the gas out of your little one both before they eat as well as after they eat due to the fact that it’s not really a topic that is discussed much or shown in popular culture such as movies or television shows.
12 Making Mistakes In Measuring Formula
Even the best pediatricians that are excellent at math have to take the time to slow down in order to properly measure out the formula so that they don’t accidentally wind up making a mistake and then their newborn isn’t feeling as full as they should after a feeding.
CNN writes that the most common mix-up is that new parents don’t properly measure out the amount of formula and water that they need, which often results in the milk being way too concentrated for their infant’s new taste buds or it’s too dilated, which means that their little one isn’t getting as many of the nutrients that they need as they really should be.
11 Slacking Off On Tummy Time
According to CNN, many pediatricians feel frustrated when they see their clients or other children when out and about that are constantly glued to their car seats or a bouncy seat because they know that it is incredibly important for infants to get plenty of tummy time.
Unfortunately, it is very common for parents to leave their little one in a car seat or another kind of sleeper for too long of a duration and slack off on tummy time with their infant. Children at this age need plenty of tummy time because it helps them develop the muscles they need in order to learn how to walk and talk one day.
10 Wigging Out Over A Fever
I can’t even begin to tell you how many of my poor mom friends I’ve seen wigging out over the fact that their older baby has a fever and doesn’t seem to be feeling all that chipper on social media. They usually wind up going to see the pediatrician ASAP just to reassure themselves that all is well, and nine times out of 10, it’s usually no big deal.
CNN notes that pediatricians know that a temperature is just a number and it’s more important to look at the big picture. As long as the little one’s drinking plenty of fluids, seems to be happy and playing like usual and they don’t have a stuffy nose, it’s a good idea to give your pediatrician a call but it will likely wind up being nothing to fret about.
9 Cranking The Thermostat Too High
Some parents aren’t quite sure how high or low they should set the thermostat when their bundle of joy comes home and they often wind up cranking it up to the point where it feels like the Sahara desert, although there are a select few that go all Caitlin Snow from The Flash television show and keep the rooms cooler than they should.
CNN writes that pediatricians know that the most ideal temperature for an infant should be from 68 to 72 degrees on the thermostat and a baby’s skin should always feel warm to the touch, not freezing cold or overly warm.
8 Newborns Being In Crowds During Flu Season
One common mistake plenty of mothers accidentally make because they are so excited for everyone to meet their new bundle of joy is to take their infant out and about in large groups (like a family dinner) during flu season.
CNN writes that pediatricians always feel like internally facepalming when they hear or see well-meaning but misguided moms taking their newborns out to large gatherings during the cold and flu season because for the first two months of a baby’s life, their immune system isn’t as strong as an adult’s and they’re more susceptible to catching some germs. It’s fine to go on daily walks or sit outside on the front stoop, but large crowds should be avoided until baby’s older.
7 Going Overboard Cleaning The Utensils Baby Uses
You Are A Mom writes that some new parents tend to go a bit overboard when it comes to sterilizing utensils such as bottles for their baby because they don’t want them to get into contact with any kind of icky bacteria or viruses that could make them feel like crud.
While pediatricians are not averse to sterilizing your infant’s utensils, there’s a fine line between making sure everything’s nice and clean and going overboard with it. It’s actually a good thing if your infant comes into contact with a bit of bacteria because it will help their growing immune system to become stronger so that they can ward off germs.
6 Making Sure Everyone Stays Silent When Baby Sleeps
Thanks to pop culture, new parents have seen so many fictionalized accounts of dealing with a newborn in both movies and television shows that they erroneously believe that an infant needs total silence in order to sleep peacefully throughout the day and the night.
You Are A Mom notes that most pediatricians do not recommend trying to keep the entire house or apartment totally silent when you are trying to get your infant to go to sleep because they need to hear noises during their naps as their sleep pattern starts to recognize the light-dark pattern and noise helps them recognize when it’s daytime. Plus, it also accidentally teaches an infant to wake up when they hear any little bit of noise.
5 Bundling Them Up Too Much
Some moms out there get a bit overzealous when it comes to dressing their newborn; I’ve seen plenty of infants when I’m out walking my dog walking clients that are bundled up as if they were citizens of Winterfell from HBO’s hit television series Game of Thrones.
You Are A Mom points out that many pediatricians dislike it when they see an infant being bundled up too much because if they’re too warm, then they’re going to start to sweat profusely and who wants that? It’s best to dress them so that they are comfortable, but they’re not going to be sweating buckets.
4 Giving Them Baths Every Day
Another common mistake new parents can make is that they bathe their newborn a little too much once their infant comes home because they don’t realize that babies at this age don’t need daily bathing rituals the way older children and adults do.
You Are A Mom writes that pediatricians recommend that new moms and dads only bathe their infant two or three times per week. If you want to help keep them clean on the other days, you can use baby wipes to keep them tidy after changing their diaper. Just make sure to vigorously wash your hands both before as well as afterward!
3 Being Too Strict On Who Holds Baby
Both first-time and experienced moms can get a bit overprotective when it comes to who they allow to hold and snuggle their newborn because they are concerned that the person might accidentally pass on any germs or viruses that happen to be lurking on their skin. This often leads to moms never letting anyone but themselves handle their baby.
You Are A Mom notes that pediatricians advise new parents to relax a bit when it comes to being overprotective towards their infant. As long as the person is healthy and is feeling well, there’s no reason why they can’t be allowed to handle the newborn.
2 Giving Them A Hair Cut To Encourage Hair Growth
One old wives’ tale that many moms (both first-timers and experienced) have a tendency to believe is that if you cut your infant’s hair constantly, it will help the hair grow back longer and thicker.
You Are A Mom points out that pediatricians know that this is a load of bunk and there is no scientific evidence that shows cutting hair makes it grow back thicker and longer. In fact, most experts say that it is best to wait until after your baby has hit the one year mark before making an appointment with your local hair salon to give them a hair cut.
1 Forgetting To Scrub Your Hands Before Interacting With Baby
Let’s face it, people nowadays live very busy lives and one thing everyone has a tendency to slack off on is washing their hands. This past November, I fully admit that I wound up being lax with my hand washing methods and I wound up catching a stomach virus that made my poor tummy feel like a trampoline. I felt like crud for an entire week, but it taught me to be extra vigilant about washing my hands, especially during the fall and winter months when viruses are running rampant.
Many moms have also slacked off on their hand washing when they have an infant because it’s time-consuming taking care of a newborn. Piedmont adds that pediatricians urge new parents to take the extra few minutes to thoroughly wash their hands before as well as after they handle the new baby so that they don’t accidentally wind up passing germs to them.