Baby Advice That’s Outdated

Babies need to be bathed every day

Babies don’t sweat as much, so they only need to be bathed once every two or three days (except after a diaper explosion). A daily bath is fine if it’s part your wind down routine. Just moisturize afterwards.

Baby’s sleep is best in dark and quiet rooms

Some children are not good at sleeping in the dark, but most can tolerate background noise and light. Your child might also be more comfortable snozing in different situations if they are used to being active while they sleep.

Bowlegs later on can be caused by letting your little one stand or bounce in your lap.

Your child will not become bowlegged while standing or bounce on you. That’s an old wives tale. Young babies are still learning to balance their weight and find their center. Therefore, letting your child stand and bounce on you is both a fun and a developmental step for them.

Classical music will raise your baby’s intelligence

Although music can be enriching for a child’s life, there is no conclusive evidence that classical music has any brain-boosting properties.

If you pick up your baby whenever they’re crying, it will spoil them

Babies less than 4 months old have very few self-soothing techniques. They know how to soothe themselves and they like to be swaddled. Helping babies cry is a way to teach them that their parents are always there for them.

Baby should be woken up at night to have a wet diaper changed

Urine is sterile and diapers today are so absorbent that it’s okay to let a baby sleep in a wet diaper overnight. A poopy diaper can lead to a UTI, or bladder infection in baby girls. Change it immediately if you notice one.

Sunscreen should not be applied to infants under 6 months of age

Although it’s best to protect your child from the harmful UV rays of the sun, you can and should apply sunscreen to your child when they are out in direct sunlight. Their chance of developing skin cancer is higher than their likelihood of experiencing a reaction.

How should you apply sunscreen? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends a minimal approach to applying sunscreen. The AAP states that sunscreen should be applied to small areas, such as the skin and hands. However, coverage should be chosen whenever possible. “Find shade under a tree or an umbrella.

For babies under 3 months old, it is vital that all baby bottles and nipples are sterilized

You must sterilize the bottles and nipples once they are opened. However, after that, it is okay to wash them with soap and water. If you wish, you can run them in the dishwasher with a sanitize option. Babies are more susceptible to germs than babies who have been left on a clean bottle or nipple.

It is best to put an infant to sleep on their stomach.

On a baby’s back, it is the best position to sleep. Doctors used to be concerned that babies could choke on spit-up if they were not lying flat on their backs. However, studies have shown that SIDS rates are higher in these positions.

Put Rice Cereal in the Bottle of Your Infant to Help them Sleep

Do not introduce solids to babies before 4-6 months. Research shows that babies who have been given solids prior to 4 months of age are less likely to fall asleep than those who were formula-fed. Studies also show a correlation between early solids introduction and later obesity.

It is vital to keep your baby on a strict feeding schedule

Although a schedule is logical, infants are more likely to eat on their own. Their internal hunger cues will help them know when they’re hungry or full. You may also negatively impact your child’s natural healthy eating habits by making him follow a strict feeding schedule.

Infants need hard-soled shoes to protect their feet and keep their feet properly aligned

Babies use their feet to grip surfaces, so it is important that they are not wearing shoes indoors. Shoes with too much grip can make it slippery for tiny toes.

Babies need to poop at least once per day

Andrew Adesman M.D. is the chief of developmental behavioral pediatrics at Schneider Children’s Hospital. Parents mistakenly believe their baby is constipated. He says that while newborns may have multiple bowel movements per day, they may only poop once every three to four days between 2 and 3 months. Your pediatrician should be contacted if your bowel movements become very irregular or bloody.

It can cause brain damage by touching your baby’s soft spot

Fontanel, also known as the soft spot at the top of your baby’s head, is a skin-covered hole in the skull that pulses, terrifying some parents. Dr. Adesman says that although there is a presumption that the brain might be vulnerable, it is actually very well protected. The normal closure of the front fontanel is at around 1 year, and the smaller soft spot at the back of your head closes at 2 to 3 months.

Being Cold Makes Babies Sick

Although your baby may need help with their internal temperature regulation, cold temperatures will not cause illness. That is what bacteria and viruses do.