Whether it is old wives’ tales and personal anecdotes handed down from new grandmother to new mother or going online to research motherhood and getting all sorts of random advice from fellow parents, it can be quite easy for new moms to make a few mistakes. Being a parent doesn’t come with a manual, and there is always a learning curve, after all.
However, there are many pediatricians out there that are sick of seeing the mothers of their patients do something that is outdated or unnecessary when it comes to taking care of their little one.
For example, Parents notes that pretty much every mother out there wants to tear their hair out in frustration if they are part of the unlucky club of parents that have to deal with a colicky baby, and there are plenty of remedies out there that state staying on the move is the only way to get the infant to relax.
This might take the form of driving around with the baby in the car for hours or holding them and walking around the house and apartment in endless circles until their arms are sore, but if they simply asked their pediatrician for advice, then they’d recommend trying swaddling as a first line of treatment instead of being on the move constantly.
New mothers that are struggling to adjust to the learning curve will find the following nuggets of advice quite helpful.
20 Giving Baby Prune Juice When Mom Thinks They Are Constipated
WebMD points out that it is quite common for babies that are getting weaned off of the bottle and onto solid foods to experience bouts of constipation. Most mothers will chat amongst themselves and some suggest to their fellows that it is perfectly okay to give a constipated little one a bit of prune juice to help get their stomach in gear.
In reality, doctors wish that moms wouldn’t wig out over their little one not moving a day or so because it is totally normal for that to happen. Unless their stool is very dry or looks like a cluster of pebbles, it’s nothing to fret over and instead of reaching for the prune juice, cut back on items like bananas for a few days.
19 Staying On The Move To Soothe A Colicky Baby
Colic is a mysterious condition that refers to when babies aged four months and up start wailing like the Game of Thrones fans after the fifth episode of the final season aired for long periods of time. Most moms erroneously believe that constantly keeping their baby on the move will help soothe them.
WebMD writes that constant motion isn’t something doctors recommend for moms dealing with a colicky baby; instead, it is better to swaddle them because it mimics how they were contained when they were in the womb and it can help calm them down without mothers having to be the Road Runner.
18 Letting Visitors Come Over The Minute Baby Gets Home From The Hospital
It is easy for new parents to become carried away by all of the excitement when they are finally allowed to bring their infant home and start settling into their roles of “father” and “mother,” which leads to some parents slipping up and letting everyone in their social circle come over to visit the new arrival.
Piedmont Healthcare notes that pediatricians urge new parents to contain their excitement for the first two months or so because their infant’s immune system is still developing and they have a better chance of coming down with the sniffles if too many visitors are at the home or apartment and keep picking the baby up to coo at them.
17 Rushing Into Supplementing Formula On Top Of Breast Milk
For moms that wish to supplement breastfeeding with formula feeding their baby from a bottle, ABC 7 News writes that doctors dislike it when their patients rush into trying to get their little one used to drinking a man-made liquid.
Instead, mothers should try to wait anywhere from four to six weeks before adding formula in a bottle to their baby’s diet because by that time, their breast milk supply will have been well established. Waiting a bit to supplement also means that it will be a lot easier for baby to make the switch to formula and drinking out of a bottle, since they’ll be a little bit older.
16 Being Blase About A Fever In A Baby
Many moms use a “wait and see” approach when it comes to their infant and fevers. Some might even forgo making an appointment with a pediatrician until after they have exhausted the usual list of remedies, which includes products you can purchase over-the-counter at grocery stores and making sure that their child gets plenty of sleep.
WebMD adds that when it comes to babies and fevers—especially if they are three months old or younger—it is best to ditch the blasé “wait and see” approach and call the pediatrician ASAP. Once the little one is older—such as seven or eight years old, then a “wait and see” approach is usually fine, but for infants, it is important that they are seen quickly to prevent any issues from cropping up.
15 Giving A Baby With Loose Stools Fruit Juice
No one likes having to deal with an upset tummy that is causing the runs to start in the bowels, but it is far more annoying for infants to have to deal with such a problem because they don’t know what’s going on and can’t articulate why they feel so crummy.
WebMD notes that some moms might stick to giving their baby plain food items such as toast or applesauce if they have loose stools and hold off on letting them consume fruit juice, but doctors encourage parents to give their children plenty of liquids in order to make sure they stay hydrated.
14 Forgetting To Keep Their Expectations Low When Setting A Schedule
Some moms think that once their significant other goes back to work and the grandparents leave to go back to their daily lives that it will be easy-peasy to get an infant on a regular schedule and then become surprised or even frustrated when their expectations crumble to dust in front of their eyes.
Parents points out that any pediatrician would be able to tell their patients to stop putting their hopes and expectations too high because there is always going to be a learning curve that is chock full of stops and starts when it comes time to get baby onto a regular schedule. Don’t beat yourself up—it is frustrating and chaotic now, but all your hard work will eventually win—you just have to keep going despite the setbacks.
13 Making It Difficult For A Newborn To Differentiate Between Day And Night
Parents points out that it can drive pediatricians up a wall when they see that new moms are slacking off when it comes to staying consistent in their routine and are accidentally teaching their newborn that nighttime and daytime are interchangeable.
With newborns, since they sleep most of the day away, it’s easy for moms to get some shut-eye by sleeping when their little one sleeps. Once the infant hits three or four months, they have a tendency to only sleep a few hours at a time. If your little one’s a night owl, stick to a consistent bedtime routine where you bathe them, sing them a lullaby and snuggle them so they’ll be relaxed. Also make sure that you talk in hushed tones at night and make constant eye contact and chat with them in the morning so they learn nighttime is for sleeping.
12 Doing Chores While The Infant Gets Some Shut-Eye
Many mothers often feel relieved when their infant finally goes to sleep and feel that this is a perfect time to get all of the household chores that they need to finish completed once and for all.
Parents writes that most pediatricians would advise that moms don’t take advantage of the peace and quiet because they are only going to wind up exhausting themselves in the end. It is much better to get some rest when the little one is sleeping peacefully, especially if there’s a good chance they’ll wake up and get cranky from all the noise from the vacuum cleaner and finish the chores when the baby is awake since you can put them in a bouncy seat.
11 Purchasing The Wrong Kind Of Breast Pump If You Plan On Going Back To Work
For mothers that have to go back to work once their maternity leave ends and plan on breastfeeding their baby regularly, it is important to double check that they have purchased the right pump so they don’t accidentally wind up making it more difficult for themselves.
According to Parents, many doctors feel that working moms would be better off buying a double breast electric pump since they’ll need to pump regularly and being able to pump both sides of the body at the exact same time will make your life a lot less hectic. A single pump is okay, but it should really only be used for moms that have a lot of time on their hands or don’t plan on breastfeeding their baby regularly.
10 Giving Your Little One Over-The-Counter Meds Without Consulting The Doctor
There are some moms out there that think that every single over-the-counter medical product—such as generic syrup to stop coughing—is perfectly safe to give to their baby since it’s sold in stores and therefore has to have been found to be a-okay to give to a little one.
The FDA warns moms that their pediatrician would much rather if their patients’ parents called them before they tried any kind of product that is available to buy over-the-counter since certain meds aren’t good for babies to take. It is much better to call the doctor to double check or even bring them in for a quick look just to be on the safe side.
9 Leaving Meds Out In The Open Even If Baby Is Only A Few Months Old
Pretty much every single mother on the planet knows that once their baby learns to crawl then it is time to start childproofing the entire house or the apartment because once they learn to get around, then before they know it, their little one will be able to walk and climb.
The FDA recommends that moms get into the habit of childproofing their house or apartment, especially when it comes to putting their meds behind child-resistant safety locks so that it becomes a natural habit and they won’t accidentally slack off and leave the cabinet unlocked once their child learns how to walk.
8 Using A Spoon To Measure Meds Instead Of A Dosing Syringe
When it comes to giving a sick infant meds to clear up a cough or a case of the sniffles, many moms eyeball the dosage by pouring it out onto a spoon and then letting their little one swallow the liquid.
The FDA writes that doctors feel it is better to ditch the spoon as a way to measure out any kind of meds for the baby and instead use a dosing syringe since it is far more accurate and parents can easily double-check that they are giving their child the correct amount of meds that they need instead of simply guesstimating.
7 Rushing The Weaning Process Is A No-No
No baby likes to give up their bottle for their brand new sippy cup because it is a major change in their life and they are taking their first steps into the unknown with this transition.
Parents notes that pediatricians recommend that moms go incredibly slow when it comes to weaning their baby off of drinking from a bottle. If they push their child too much and go too fast, there is a good chance that they will regress and you will have to start from the beginning all over again. Much like the age-old adage says: slow and steady wins the race!
6 Only Researching One Method Of Feeding Baby Instead Of Looking At Pros And Cons Of Each
Thanks to the Internet, there is an endless debate between mothers of all ages over whether or not it is best to breastfeed a baby, stick to formula feeding from a bottle, or find a happy medium between the two options. Each side has their staunch adherents that won’t settle for anything less than the world seeing that their way is the “right” way.
According to ABC 7 News, pediatricians feel that even if moms are gung-ho about strictly breastfeeding their infant, it is important to research the pros and cons of the formula feeding because there’s always a chance that one day you’ll be in a bind and need to use it.
5 Ignoring Signs That Baby Isn't Getting Enough Milk When He Or She Eats
It may come as a surprise to some moms that they need to carefully monitor how many times their baby needs to have their diaper changed in one day, but it is actually a very good way of making sure that their little one gets enough to eat.
ABC 7 News notes that doctors advise their patients to keep an eye on how many diapers they go through a day and to make a note of what color their child’s urine is when they do need to be changed. Babies that are getting enough to eat (doesn’t matter if it’s breast milk or formula) have pale urine and can go through eight to 10 diapers a day.
4 Assuming Babies Older Than Six Months That Get Up In The Night Are Always Hungry
There is a misconception in modern day society that says if a baby gets up in the middle of the night and decides to start exercising his or her lungs for all of the world to hear, it is due to the fact that they woke up feeling a bit hungry and need a bottle to settle them down enough to go back to sleep.
ABC 7 News adds that according to many pediatricians, babies that are in the age range of four to six months old should have no issues sleeping throughout the night but if they do wake up for one reason or another, then it might not because they’re hungry; instead, they might just be in need of comfort.
3 Slacking Off On Learning How To Read Baby's Body Language
Being a parent to an infant and bringing a new puppy home are similar in quite a few ways; the main one being that the new mom and the new pet owner have to learn how to read the baby and the canine’s body language in order to decipher what they want, although there are plenty of people on both sides that slack off on this.
ABC 7 News notes that doctors feel it is best to pay attention to the baby’s body language and take notes because that will make it easier for moms to eventually differentiate between when their little one is hungry and when their child has eaten their fill.
2 Letting Baby Suck On A Pacifier All Day
There are some moms out there that have been told that there’s nothing inherently wrong with letting their baby suck on a pacifier all day in order to keep them quiet and content while they do household chores or run errands.
ABC 7News points out that pediatricians in this day and age feel that letting a baby suck on a pacifier should be a personal decision and feel it is best to leave that choice up to the parents, but warn that letting a baby use one all day isn’t a good idea because it means that they will have fewer opportunities to learn how to self-soothe.
1 Putting Baby To Sleep Anywhere But On Their Back
Piedmont Healthcare writes that it makes pediatricians want to tear their hair out when they discover that the parents of their patient have been letting their little one sleep on their side instead of on their back for the first six months because that is just playing with fire, metaphorically speaking.
Healthy Children adds that sleeping anywhere but other than on his or her back and in a crib or bassinet with anything other than a firm mattress can cause serious health issues for infants and it is better to wait until after their child is a year old to add stuffed animals and letting them sleep on their side.
Sources: WebMD, Parenting, FDA, Parents, ABC 7 News, Piedmont Healthcare, Healthy Children