Newborns need caring properly to be healthy and develop normally. However, there are some misconceptions you should avoid as following:
1. Infants should be bathed every day
It’s the fact that the newborn baby does not “stink” of sweating as the adults. Thus the kid just need having a bath each 2 or 3 days (of course except when there is “diaper bombs”). However, it’s still okay to have habit of daily bathing your baby but please remember to moisturize him.
2. A quiet and dark room is the best one for your baby to sleep
Actually, only a few babies really need to sleep in the room like this. Most babies can sleep in noisy environments with a little light. Moreover, if our sweeties are familiar with the activities around while sleeping, they will still “snore” as usual.
3. Apply and rubble alcohol to reduce fever when the baby has a high fever
The fact is that applying or rubbing alcohol help nothing to reduce the fever for our kids at all. Otherwise, this way actually is not safe for the baby because alcohol may cause transdermal.
4. Stand or swing on your lap may cause your baby to be bowlegged
The fact is that your child will not be bowlegged as you’re worried about. This is just a baseless rumor. Moreover, kids are at the ages of learning how to bear the legs and find the gravity center. Therefore, let your baby stand or swing like that not only helps him have fun but also stimulates his development.
5. Listen to classical music will help the newborn increase their IQ
Music can actually enrich the children’s life. However, there is no study showing that listening to some particular classical music can boost your baby’s IQ.
6. Just let babies cry out. And you can spoil your baby if you accept to hold him when he cries
To tell the truth, the children under 4 months old have some “self-appease tactics”. They know how “to be bad” to be soothed and love to be surrounded. However, it is toward the children. In fact, being held up when crying helps babies acknowledge that their parents will always be by their side and take care of them.
7. Children can awake all night if wet diaper isn’t changed
In truth, urine is sterile water, and current diapers are very fast absorbing. Therefore, there is no problem if you have your baby’s diaper wet overnight. However, letting babies in diapers full of feces for too long can cause UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) or bladder infection, especially for girls. So if the diapers stink, you should quickly change into a new diaper for your baby immediately.
8. It is very dangerous if your baby is vaccinated when he has a mild cold or fever
In fact, the mild disease does not reduce the ability to meet the baby’s immune system or increase the risk of unpleasant reactions when vaccinated.
9. Never use sunscreen for under 6 month old baby
The fact is that for the baby, the risk of skin cancer due to the exposure to the sun will be much higher than the risk of sunscreen reaction. It is best that you should keep your baby away from the dangerous ultraviolet rays as much as possible, from 10 am to 4pm. However, if you must take the baby out under the sunlight, please use sunscreen with the SPF at least 15 for your baby. According to the American Pregnancy Association, it’s okay if you just apply a small amount of sunscreen on small areas such as face or the back of hand for your baby.
10. In the first months of age, all feeding bottles or pacifiers must be always sterilized
In reality, you just need to sterilize feeding bottles and pacifiers before the first using after buying them. After that time, it’s enough to wash them with soap and water. Actually, babies expose to more bacteria than the one in these bottles or pacifiers that are thoroughly cleaned.
11. It is the safest to let your baby sleep on their belly
In fact, the best sleeping position for your baby is supine. It means that let the baby sleep on his/her back. Previously, doctors often fear that babies can choke if they don’t lie on their stomachs or hips. However, many studies show that this sleeping position is related to the high rate of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
12. Add the rice or grains in infants’ bottle will help them sleep soundly
The truth is that you should postpone your baby solid foods until 4 to 6 months old. The research shows that the babies eating solid foods before 4 months of age are more difficult to sleep than the one fed with formula. This study also proves the relation between early eating solid foods and the later obesity risk.
13. Need to apply babies with a strict feeding schedule
In reality, you had better feed your baby based on their demand, as their body themselves will let them know when they’re hungry or full. Taking your sweet into a strict feeding schedule will have negative impact on the natural healthy eating habits of your baby.
14. Infants should wear hard soled shoes to protect the fragile toes and keep their legs straight
The truth is that babies use their toes to stick in the surfaces they step forward. Thus you should let your kid go barefoot indoors. To keep your baby’s little feet safe while they’re out, you should give him a good stick-soled shoe. Hard soled shoes are easy for the kid to slip when he moves.