People who don't have kids have no idea how challenging raising one and caring for one can be at times. A mom's work is never done! It doesn’t really help that it seems like the rules and regulations regarding what’s acceptable and what’s unacceptable for babies is constantly changing on a daily basis.
This leaves a lot of room for normal things that are easy for moms to get wrong. Even just being a first-time mom can sometimes be very scary and challenging as well. But that’s okay, try not to worry too much because we have an amazing list of 20 normal things that are easy for mom to get wrong and we added in how to fix those things.
There are always going to be suggested methods for taking care of your little one, but there really is no right and wrong way of doing certain things. You will find out what works best for you and your baby, so we are just offering some very good suggestions and hopefully, they will be helpful. Also, take your time and read through these ideas and see if any of them work well for you.
20 Burping The Baby
Burping a baby may seem like the simplest thing in the world and you may be wondering how it’s even possible to get burping a baby wrong–but you really can. It usually more so happens when a mom forgets to burp the baby instead of using a wrong technique or something.
When a baby isn’t burped, the gas in their little tummies doesn’t get a chance to release, which can cause a little one to become fussy and uncomfortable. A great way to avoid this is to try to remember, even if you have to set a reminder, to burp your baby after he or she has been fed. Each burping session should be about 10 to 15 minutes long.
19 Washing The Baby Right After Birth
Some moms have this major urge to want to wash their newborn baby on day one after arriving home from the hospital. However, babies do get bathed after birth while they are still at the hospital. Bathing them too soon after returning home can put the baby can result in an umbilical cord infection.
To avoid and prevent this, it is best to only give you're a baby a sponge bath if your son or daughter does manage to get dirty would be the only time you need to give your child a sponge bath before the umbilical cord stump falls out. That could take anywhere from 10 days to three weeks after birth.
After the cord falls off naturally, you can then give your baby his or her first real bath. In the meantime, avoid getting the cord area wet and remember to gently pat the area dry.
18 Kissing The Baby
Many moms, friends, and family seem to just adore smooching a new baby on the face. Babies, especially newborns, have very weak immune systems until they get older. Because of this, they are much more susceptible to contracting all different types of ailments. To help take preventative measures, it is best to not allow people to kiss the baby anywhere on their face or head. Plus, it is even better to always make sure that whoever holds the baby should have to wash their hands before they even come into contact with the newborn.
17 Putting The Baby To Bed Safely
Being a parent means putting your own needs and wants on the back burner in order to care for and protect their little ones. Even when a child turns 18, that doesn’t mean that a parent's job is over and done with. Being a mom is a full-time job that will never go away. So, part of protecting your baby is making sure that you put them to bed safely as well. Some parents love to put pillows, blankets, and their child’s favorite cuddly stuffed animals in their baby’s crib.
It is now well known that putting anything in the crib can pose as a threat to a young baby due to the increased risk of SIDS. To prevent something from happening, it is recommended to avoid placing anything inside the crib while the baby is in it, especially when they are sleeping or are alone in a room.
16 Having Too Many People Around The Baby
Having too many people around a newborn can go hand-in-hand with avoiding kissing a baby on the face. As many of you are aware, newborns immune systems are not fully formed and therefore are very weak. What may not make an older child or adult sick has the potential to case a newborn some health issues since their little bodies cannot fend off the germs, viruses, and bacteria by itself yet.
When possible, try to keep sick people away from your little guy or gal. Now, we know that is not always possible, which makes it even more important for people to wash their hands before they come in contact with the newborn. The more people you invite over to cuddle your baby boy or girl, the higher the chance of the baby catching something.
15 Caring For A Teething Baby
Caring for a teething baby seems like a no-brainer, right? You should just give your baby teething gel to help alleviate some of the discomforts that they are feeling. Well, if you think that you may have been misinformed. According to, Todaysparent.com, it has been found that teething gel is actually less than ideal for teething babies. The gel can be swallowed, which would result in numbing the baby's throat, causing a hazard.
14 Posting Pics Of Baby On Social Media
These days, it’s extremely surprising when we hear about parents who want to keep pictures of their child off of social media. For a majority of us, we want to share our special moments with friends and family immediately, and there is no easier way than going through Facebook or Twitter. But once those photos are posted, it’s anyone's guess who will come across it. Not everyone has good intentions.
The best way to avoid someone getting their hands on your child's photo is by talking to your friends and family and asking them not to post on pictures of your baby online. You could get phone numbers and send out pictures to your loved ones that way instead. When you think about it, the internet is not a safe place.
13 Buying Tons Of Baby Toys
Buying baby toys for a very young child may seem like a piece of cake, and who doesn’t want to shower their little one with gifts of love? But just buying any old toy and buying safe, age-appropriate toys is a whole other thing. When you buy toys that are not age-appropriate for a young child could cause issues.
In some cases, a baby can break off parts or the toy could break. The child safety and age recommendations on toys are there for a good reason. To avoid your child getting into any of these situations, always make sure to double check these recommendations and go from there.
12 Using Baby Mittens
There was a time when it was thought that they only way to keep a baby from scratching their face is to put on those itty bitty mittens on their hands. These mittens don’t allow for babies to be able to use their sense of touch which is an important part of a baby’s development, according to Youngparents.com.sg.
It is being suggested, more often than not that, that putting these mittens on your child can take away from their development. To avoid this, it is best to file a newborn's nails down with an emery board. It is not advisable to clip a newborn's nails since their skin and nails are still attached at this young age.
11 Supplementing With Formula
Some moms, especially working moms, sometimes feel that supplementing with formula when they usually breastfeed is an okay thing to do. Milk is milk anyway, right? Well, not exactly. They each have their own taste and their own pros and cons. Supplementing with formula can lead to a baby not wanting to return to breastfeeding. Also, the more you supplement, the higher the chance of your milk supply dwindling.
If you want to avoid either of those two things from happening, it is best to pump and store milk so that your baby can still get the benefits from breastfeeding while allowing them to be fed by their father, babysitter, or anyone else.
10 Letting Young Children Hold The Baby
If you have older siblings for your newborn to play with, or even if you have a young niece or nephew who wants to be around the baby as well, it seems only natural to try to let them hold the newborn. I mean, who doesn’t want pictures of their older children holding the new baby? I know I would want to get some amazing pictures of that.
However, depending on your other children's ages, there is always an increased chance of a young child dropping the baby or not holding him or her right. To avoid this, it is best to not let children 5-years-old and younger hold the baby. It is still not advisable even with adult supervision. Anything can happen in an instant.
9 Changing The Baby’s Diaper
Most moms dread changing their baby’s diaper. But, that is part of motherhood. There are some parents who deliberately wait until their child’s diaper is overflowing before they decide to change it. But that's not exactly a good idea because it can lead to a diaper rash, which can lead to one unhappy baby.
To avoid this, according to AmericanPregnancy.org, a baby's diaper should be changed, on average, every two to three hours unless needed sooner. We know diapers are expensive, but that's no reason to skip out on changing your baby's diaper.
8 Be Safe With Bath Time
We are only human, therefore it is completely understandable to forget an item for baby's bath time every now and again. Some parents may believe that if their child is in a baby bath or in a bath seat that they will be okay long enough for you to grab something in the next room. Or maybe your baby is slightly older and can sit up on their own. Either way, leaving a child alone in a bath is a very bad idea.
Never allow young children to be left unattended in or even around water for any amount of time. According to Parents.com, some children start to be left alone around ages 5 or 6, but others weren’t left alone until they were 9 or 10, or close to puberty.
7 Leaving Baby With Alone With Pets
You may have the sweetest pet in the world and have no fear of leaving your baby alone with them for periods of time. You could even have a dog who has never growled or a cat who has never hissed. But that still does not mean that you should be leaving young babies alone with pets. Pets may be house trained, but deep inside they are still animals.
There is always the chance that the pet's fur someone blocks the child’s airway. To avoid even the slightest chance of something going wrong, Doggonesafe.com recommends that you never leave babies alone with dogs, cats, or any other pets.
6 Eating While Breastfeeding
Watching what you eat during pregnancy is essential to your baby’s health and wellbeing. But you already knew that, right? Watching what you eat doesn’t end there either, more so for breastfeeding moms. When you choose to nurse your baby as a way of feeding your child, you still have to watch what you eat because there are tons of things that can be passed through breastmilk.
Sometimes eating things like shellfish or peanuts can trigger an allergic reaction for a little one, so some pediatricians tell new moms to avoid things like that. There are certain fish that should also be avoided to prevent passing on too much mercury. There is an ever-growing list of “no-no” foods. To avoid this, knowing what you can and can’t consume is the best way to ensure that your baby is safe, according to Thebump.com. You can help find out what they are by talking with a lactation consultant, pediatrician, or even by utilizing Google.
5 Breastfeeding After A Night Out
You have been pregnant for the longest nine months of your life, and now your beautiful bundle of joy has been brought into this world. Sometime in the near future, there is a good chance that some of you may want to go out with the girls and have some wonderful “mommy juice” – better known as an adult beverage.
Now, if you chose to breastfeed your little one after a night out you have to be very, very careful because alcohol is transferred through breastmilk. According to Health.com, there are some potential affects on the baby’s brain development.
To avoid this, it is best to stay away from alcohol, or if you need to have a drink you can try a glass of wine a day. If you drink, it is also suggested that you wait three to four hours before feeding, according to Health.com.
4 Letting Newborns Cry It Out
Babies cry, and they cry a lot. Sometimes it’s easier to want to ignore your baby’s cry and let the, “cry it out” as they have been doing since the 1880s, according to Psychologytoday.com. According to Darcia F. Narvaez, Ph.D. on Psychologytoday.com, babies who were left to cry it out tend to become less intelligent, extremely anxious, and alienated later in life.
A baby’s only way to communicate with anyone is by crying to let them know that they need something. You want to comfort your child as soon as you can. That doesn’t always mean immediately, but don’t ignore them for too long.
3 Sharing The Bed
For many moms, it’s easy to want your baby with you at all times. You may even want to start co-sleeping with your little one. In theory, it may sound like a good idea because when the baby starts to get up or cry, he or she is right there with you.
According to Marchofdimes.com, co-sleeping increased the risk of SIDS in young children. Also, Mom may move around a lot in her sleep. It is just not safe to do. Doctors warn patients against letting your little one sleep in bed with you.
The best thing you can do is place your baby to sleep in their crib. When doing so, make sure that there is nothing else in the crib with the baby – not even their favorite teddy bear.
2 Starting Solid Foods
As babies grow, they may start grabbing toward whatever you are trying to eat. It is only natural to want to give the baby a small taste. But depending what it is and how old the baby is, there could be issues because they have no teeth and their tongue isn’t ready to start pushing the food down their throat.
Babies should not be eating solid foods until they are between four and six months old – but closer to six months would be better– according to Mayoclinic.org. Remember to teach them to chew.
1 Cereal In The Bottle
Some parents like to take advice from the old timers and one thing that they used to tell parents to do is to put cereal in the baby’s bottle to either help get them to sleep or to help them gain pounds. The cereal in the bottle turns mushy and can lead to some problems.
According to Wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com, there is the chance that the baby could aspirate. To keep your baby safe, it is best to leave the cereal out of the bottle for babies until they are at least old enough to chew and swallow food.
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