All parents make mistakes. Don’t believe it? Just think about your own parents. You will no doubt come up with a laundry list of things they did wrong. The truth is no one is infallible — especially new parents. But if you know the 10 most common paren
Many new parents have overblown physical reactions to spitting up, vomiting, and other things a baby does, and the baby picks up on that anxiety. Parents can waste the entire first year of their baby’s life by worrying about the small stuff. Is he having too many bowel movements or too few? Is she spitting up too much? Is she getting enough to eat or too little? Does he cry too much or not enough? Any of that sound familiar to you? This worry gets in the way of being spontaneous and enjoying your infant’s first year of life. Babies are far more resilient than we give them credit for.
We, as parents, think our job is to make sure the baby is not crying, that’s because we associate crying with the fact that we are doing something wrong and we need to fix it. Babies are designed to cry. They can be perfectly diapered and fed and still cry like you are pulling an arm off. Because that’s the way babies communicate. It doesn’t mean you can’t console or cuddle them. For the most part, crying is just part of being a baby. But if your infant is inconsolable for an hour and has a fever, rash, vomiting, a swollen belly, or anything else unusual, call your pediatrician as soon as possible. You know your baby best. If you think something isn’t right, always check with your doctor.