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5 Common Mistakes That First-Time Parents Make

If you are a first-time mother, taking care of your newborn baby may make you struggle a little bit. There is a long list of things you should do in parenting. Knowing these things will help you improve your child’s health, boost their development, and in general improve their behavior. And of course, you will make some mistakes as this is your first-time parenting. So to help you take care of your newborn better, here are 5 common mistakes that first-time parents make.

1. Placing Too Many Toys In Your Baby’s Crib

You might buy or be gifted plenty of baby things since you before you even gave birth. As a result, you may want to place all these toys, dolls, or decorations in your baby’s crib so your baby can reach them. It may seem lovely as your baby can play with them anytime. However, putting too many objects around your baby’s sleeping place is bad for them. It increases the risk of SIDS, as your baby may suffocate during the night. If you want your baby to have something to play with whilst in their crib, having a mobile is enough as it will also help them to drift off.

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2. Taking Care Of Your Child’s Oral Hygiene 

As newborns haven’t started teething yet, many parents often neglect their child’s oral hygiene. This is not good. Your baby’s gums and tongue need to be cleaned regularly after drinking milk or playing with toys. If these areas are not cleaned, the bacteria that accumulates for days can lead to an infection in your baby’s oral cavity or make them fussier due to discomfort. So make sure you follow the oral cleaning methods for children to ensure that your baby’s oral health is good.

3. Thinking That Your Baby Will Sleep On Time

Soothing a baby to sleep has never been an easy practice for first-time parents.  You may think that your baby will sleep at night and wake up in the morning like their parents. However, this idea is wrong, and keeping it will make it hard for you to adjust your sleep as well. Babies have different cycles than adults. Even when you soothe them to sleep, they will not go into a deep sleep immediately. You will have to be patient for a certain amount of time for your baby to sleep well. In most cases,  newborns sleep about 8 to 9 hours in the daytime and about 8 hours at night. But they may not sleep more than 1 to 2 hours at a time. Your baby may wake up in the middle of the night and cry for your attention. So make sure that you are patient while soothing your baby to sleep.

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4. Overusing a Baby Walker

Many first-time mothers think that a walker can help their baby learn to walk faster and keep them entertained. However, letting your baby spend too much time in a baby walker is actually bad for their development. Your baby uses their toes when in a walker, which tightens their leg muscles and interferes with normal walking development.  Moreover, improperly adjusting the walker height can be dangerous for your baby as well. As your baby is taller when they are in a walker, they may try to reach things that are normally unreachable for them. As a result,  they may fall over or crash into something. So make sure you do not let your baby in a walker too much. You should let them have plenty of tummy time to help them boost their muscle development.

5. Ignoring Coughing And Fever 

Many parents are often subjective when their baby is coughing or having a fever. They normally don’t take it seriously until their child starts crying due to discomfort. coughing can come from many things and can lead to unpredictable consequences. Coughing and fever can be a symptom for different kinds of infection, flu, allergies, or even asthma.  In addition, polluted air, lack of oxygen, or even sweating during cuddles can be a cause for coughing. So if you find any abnormal condition in your baby that lasts for a while, you should contact your doctor immediately for advice.

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There you go, now you have the 5 common mistakes that first-time parents make. Just remember that being a parent is a minefield! You will make mistakes, everyone does so don’t worry! Did you find any other mistakes that you made? Share it with us in the comments! It’s always nice to hear other parent’s mistakes as it makes us realize that we’re not the only one making mistakes out there!

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6 Tips for New Mothers when Breastfeeding

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Becoming a mother is a wonderful experience. Nothing is as satisfying as looking at your newborn baby grow up stronger and healthier day by day. And to help them grow, breast milk is the best source of nutrients for your baby. It will give them everything they need to develop their body and protect them from diseases. However, breastfeeding has never been easy at first for new mothers. If you need help in breastfeeding your baby, here are the best tips

1. Know your Baby’s tummy

Most of the mothers start to breastfeed their babies when they start crying. However, you can anticipate your baby’s hunger with some simple signs. They are raising their head rapidly, sticking out their tongue, opening /closing their mouth constantly or sucking on anything near. Whenever you see those signs, offer your breast to them and your baby won’t have to cry to draw your attention.

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2. Don’t Count Times

Let your baby decide how long they’re gonna be on your breast. Leave your baby to feed on your first breast and then offer them the second one. Some babies take a long time to eat and some need a longer time to fill their belly. Moreover, don’t try to schedule breastfeeding. As long as they’re feeding regularly, you can let your baby decide when they want to eat.

3. Get Relaxed and Comfortable

Breastfeeding requires you to hold your baby for a long time. If you are not in a good position, you will be uncomfortable quickly. It may hurt your shoulder, neck, and back.  Also, when you are uncomfortable, you will try to change your position and it will disrupt your baby’s meal. That is not good for their health and makes them cry. So you need to get a comfortable position for breastfeeding. Lying on your side with your baby facing you or sitting in a reclined position with your baby in your hand are recommended positions. A large bed or a couch with pillows will be an ideal place for you but if you find any place is more comfortable just use it. Whatever works for you.

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4. Your Milk will be Enough

Your breasts have been ready to give your child milk since the day you got pregnant. However, your milk production will depend on your baby’s needs. When your baby sucks your breast, your body releases different kinds of hormones like prolactin and oxytocin to further adjust the amount of milk you will produce.  So it means that the more you breastfeed your child, the more milk you have.

5. Milk Leaking is Neutral

You may find milk leaking from your breast when you think about your baby, when you hear another baby cry or when you haven’t breastfed your baby for some time. It is completely normal as your body becomes more sensitive at this period. This leaking will disappear after a few weeks of breastfeeding your baby. If you find it inconvenient because of the leaks, place a nursing pad in your bra to absorb them.

6.  Ask for Help with Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding might be uncomfortable when you first feed your baby, but it shouldn’t be a bad experience for you. Try to ask for a professional’s help. Hospital lactation consultants are professionals in this case. The lactation consultants may give you the best advice in breastfeeding and nursing for your child. They may come and see how you are doing with your baby, guide you to choose the right position of breastfeeding and anything more. Don’t hesitate to ask them or else they won’t know your needs.

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Now you have the tips for breastfeeding your little ones.  Although it will take time to get used to breastfeeding, you will be happy when your baby is strong and healthy. Anything you want to share with other mothers? Share with us in the comments.

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