According to webmd.com, first time Mums often make mistakes when it comes to taking care of their new born babies.
Here Are 5 Mistakes Every New Mum Should Avoid:
Ignoring Your Marriage:
The euphoria of being a Mum can often leave you overwhelmed but while you have to focus a lot on the new baby, you must also maintain a sense of being a wife too. Staying connected within the marriage when you first have a child is really important and can be easily overlooked.
Unreliable Parenting Advice:
Many new parents often go to the wrong places for parenting advice. If you don’t have any experienced mother around you to talk to, simply call your child’s doctor. It is very important for you to be careful about where you get information from especially when making decisions about general medical care and immunizations.
Over Worrying & Anxiety:
Many new parents spend the first few months worrying about little things like their child’s weight, sleeping posture, feeding and other things their baby does without actually enjoying their child’s first year of life.
Not Letting Your Baby Cry It Out:
We, as Mums think our job is to make sure our baby is not crying,” says pediatric nurse Jennifer Walker, RN. “That’s because we associate crying with the fact that we are doing something wrong and we need to fix it,” she says.
Babies are designed to cry, that is the way they communicate. They can be well fed and perfectly diapered and still cry like you are pulling a leg off.
But if your baby is inconsolable for an hour and has a fever, a swollen belly, or anything else unusual, call your paediatrician as soon as possible.
Neglecting Oral Care:
Many new parents don’t think about their newborn’s teeth or oral health until it is too late,” says Saul Pressner, a New York City-based dentist. Your baby is never too young for you to start encouraging good oral health habits.
Here Are 3 Tips to Help New Mums with Their Infants Oral Care
- Don’t give your infant milk in bed once teeth have erupted. “This will increase the risk of developing cavities,” Pressner says, adding that the cavities are also known as baby bottle decay#
- Use a wet gauze to wipe down your baby’s gums, he says. And start using a toothbrush when the baby turns.
- It’s also important to make sure your child is getting enough fluoride. Fluoride is found naturally in water and helps prevent cavities. Some towns have fluoridated water through the taps. “If yours doesn’t,” Pressner says, “ask your dentist about supplements”.