No matter how many parenting books you read, nothing really prepares you for the actual act of parenting. Once that baby is in your house and in your life, everything changes, and, for the most part, you have to figure it out on your own. Maybe this article can help you out, though. Here are the most common mistakes new moms make. Knowing they’re coming might help you avoid them.
1. Letting Newborns Sleep Through the Night
If your baby is under two weeks old, they shouldn’t be sleeping through the night at all. Parents should wake their newborns up every four hours to eat. A baby who sleeps all the way through the night may end up malnourished and dehydrated, and that sleep may even be a sign of a bigger problem, such as jaundice.
2. Keeping the Baby Awake So They’ll Sleep Longer Later
For babies over two weeks old, managing their sleep patterns can be tricky. This is the way we function as adults, so it’s easy to assume that’s how babies function as well. It’s actually the opposite. Strange as it may seem, keeping a baby awake late will actually make them wake up even earlier than they normally do the next day. If you want them to sleep later, put them down a little earlier. For newborns, sleep begets sleep.
3. Overbundling Them
For moms dealing with a newborn in the wintertime, they want to make sure their baby is warm. Many mothers overdo it, and when they unbundle their baby later, they find the child drenched in sweat. If you want to know if your baby is warm enough, don’t check their hands and feet – check the back of their neck. If it’s cold, put more on. If it’s too warm, take some off.
4. Neglecting Your Partner
As difficult as it may be, especially during the first few months, make sure you connect with your partner. If you are staying at home with the baby as your partner is at work, it may feel tedious recounting the day to them when they come home, but it’s important. Including them in the highs and lows of daytime baby care can relieve stress for you, make them feel more involved, and help the three of you bond together.
5. Stressing Out About Everything
It’s good to be concerned about doing the best for your baby, but in the end, it’s really not going to make that much of a difference which baby carrier you use or whether the hanging mobile is stimulating enough. When you find a problem, fix it, but don’t stress out about any other problems you may not have noticed yet.
Hillarry is a photographer that takes pictures of newborns and infants. When she’s not doing some amazing baby photoshoot work, she’s beeing a mommy and wife to a great family. Sometimes you can catch her out on the lake as well.
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