For almost any first time parent, having a child come into the world can be an exhilarating experience. Every parent wants the best for their newborn. However, as with anything that comes to trying it for the first time. There are bound to be a couple of mistakes made. If you’re a new parent, why not check out the ten most common early mistakes parents can make.
1) Not allowing the baby to “cry it out”
Of course, as a parent you don’t want to heal your child cry. That’s rule number one, right? Well, it is normal to have a baby fed, burped, and cleanly diapered and they still won’t settle down. Even when you cuddle them your baby may still be crying. If your baby cannot be calmed there’s nothing wrong with setting them down in the crib for a while to calm down. However, if your baby is crying due to a swollen belly, fever rash, or any other medical emergency. You should take them to the doctor right away.
2) Not taking proper care of the baby’s oral health
Once your baby’s teeth start to come in. It’s very important to start oral health early on. Such as not giving your baby milk when their teeth have started to come in. Along with properly brushing your baby’s teeth.
3) Panicking over every little thing
It’s okay to be worried about your baby, especially a newborn. New parents tend to flip out over the most normal physical reactions a baby has such as spitting up milk, bowel movements, and other small things. While it is good to be vigilant of your baby’s health, be sure to recognize when what your baby doing is normal first before considering it an emergency.
4) Waking your baby up to breastfeed them
One worry is making sure your baby gets enough to eat. Breastfeed babies should sleep through the night though. So, be sure to let your baby sleep rather than waking them up to feed them.
5) Not installing the car seat properly
Your baby’s safety is of course a top priority. Being able to install it properly though can be a bit of a challenge, especially for first time parents. If you’re unsure if your car seat is properly installed or not. You can go to a local fire station or Babies-R-Us to check that the car seat for your baby is installed properly.
6) Thinking spit up is vomit
The main difference between spit up and vomit is how often it occurs. If your baby is vomiting every half hour to an hour no matter what the feeding is. It could be a gastrointestinal virus.
7) Sweating out the fever of a baby
For a newborn, a fever over 100.4 in the first three months of the baby’s life is a medical emergency. The only exception to this rule is that your baby develops a fever in the first 24 hours of having their first set of shots. If your baby feels warm, be sure to check their temperature just to be safe.
8) Trusting sources that are unreliable for parenting advice
Parents can go to the wrong places for advice all the time. It’s a common parenting mistake. Good sources for parenting advice are the American Academy of Pediatrics, WebMD.com, and the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
9) Ignoring the relationship with your significant other
Any relationship that has a baby enter into it can magnify the feelings in that relationship. Be sure that while you’re focusing on the baby with your significant other. Be sure to focus on the fact that you and your loved one are still a couple as well.
10) Being worried about fighting to much or to little in front of the baby
Every baby will pick up the emotions from their parents. Do you and your significant other fight? Are the fights intense, or is it just he usual snapping at each other from time to time that comes with living with another person? If it’s the latter, then it’s perfectly normal to do that in front of your baby.