Common Parenting Myths Every New Parent Needs To Know
New born babies live on milk and do not take water. The pre milk substitutes the water content required in babies and keeps them hydrated. Every part of breast milk is useful and no wonder it is called the divine nectar. The pre milk also contains other necessary nutrients for a baby's immunity; hence it should not be discarded.
Formula milks are loaded with a lot of nutrients and fats to become the closest substitute to breast milk. Most Formulas have 670 kcal energy per litre which is sufficient for a regular child. Finding the right formula that suits the baby is very crucial because many babies puke and get diarrhea if the formula doesn't suit. Therefore it is best to stick to the formula that your baby has adjusted to. However, babies who have growth retardation at birth or who are born with extremely low birth weight can be given formulas with higher kcal with the doctor's advice.
Coconut oil is the best oil for massaging a new born baby since it is very light and does not leave any residue. When babies are born, their skin loses a lot of moisture; hence their skin becomes dry and flaky. Regularly massaging babies with coconut oil keeps their skin soft and hydrated. Massaging the belly and navel of the baby with coconut oil and a few drops of water prevents colic and promotes good sleep in babies. A warm coconut oil massage is very useful in calming cranky babies.
The intelligence of a baby has nothing to do with their time of birth, it is absolutely genetic. But preterm babies tend to have several health issues and low immunity in their initial childhood, hence they need extra care.
Absolutely wrong, children take time to understand the morning-night schedule. Hence their sleep cycle differs in the first six to eight weeks. Feeding pattern also makes a huge difference. Breast feeding babies have a greater tendency to remain awake at night or wake up in between since breast milk is lighter compared to formulas. Whereas formula fed babies comparatively wake up less at night.
Bonding with the baby can take different times since each mother is different and so are her circumstances. A woman who desperately wanted to be a mother may have a quick time to bond with the child compared to someone who probably embraced motherhood under societal pressure. Whatever may be the situation, every mother is different and the concept of bonding with the child is highly subjective.
Rianka Sarkar is a Bangalore based professor and an author. A plant lover and a bibliophile, she actively blogs on various parenting forums to help out other mothers. Connect with her on https://www.facebook.com/rianka.sarkar.9/ or https://www.instagram.com/sarkarrianka/
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