Parenting ‘mistakes’ that most parents are guilty of!
For first time parents, mistakes are inevitable, and that's totally normal, and a part of the learning experience!
No parent is perfect. Inevitably, parents make mistakes since they're only humans. So, to make moms and dads out there feel better, here are some parenting 'mistakes' that almost all parents are guilty of!
1. Worrying too much
Parents worry. And they worry A LOT. While in some cases it's fine to worry, since it means that they're concerned, some parents tend to overdo it.
Sometimes parents are unaware of the weird things that babies do, so they automatically think that their child might be sick, or that there's something wrong, when in reality, there's really nothing to worry about.
So always keep in mind that it's okay to worry, but don't go overboard, as your baby picks up on your anxiety, and can affect them negatively. Just relax, stay calm, and don't worry about it.
2. Immediately stopping babies from crying
Sometimes, babies just need to cry it out. Most parents think that a crying baby means that there's something wrong, but sometimes, babies just cry because they're babies, nothing else.
So the next time you're tempted to console your baby, make sure that you have a good reason to, such as if they're hungry or if their diaper is full.
3. Waking up their babies
For babies, sleeping and eating form a major part of their day. And sleep does a lot when it comes to your child's development, so it's never a good idea to wake them up for a feeding, since it will disrupt their sleep cycle, and can cause more problems later on.
So it's best to just let your baby wake up on their own, and don't force them to feed at exact times during the day. You'll have to be the one to adjust to your child yourself.
4. Not taking care of their teeth
Most parents think that it's okay to not take care of their children's milk teeth, since they will eventually fall out as they grow older. However, this is a bad idea as the best time to start with oral care would be while they're still very young.
You can do this by wiping their mouth with a damp cloth after feeding, and making sure to wipe their baby teeth down as well. Once they're a bit older, they'll be able to handle toothbrushing with a soft bristle, and specially made toothpaste for babies.
5. Not trusting reputable sources for information
These days, a lot of parenting tips and tricks are being shared on social media. While it's pretty helpful for some parents, some information that's being circulated online can't always be trusted, especially if there's no reputable source behind it.
So don't always trust everything you read online, and take everything with a grain of salt. It's always best to listen to what your doctor has to say, since they know the most about caring for your child.
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