Parenting Tips – Things you didn’t know about your baby

Parenting Tips – Things you didn’t know about your baby
Sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS is not a large problem in India because our family system ensures that there is always someone with the baby.

  • Did you know infants prefer sharp contrasting colours, rather than the pastels generally preferred by mothers?
  • Toys hung for your baby should be hung slightly on the side. They may look nice to the parents but all that is visible to your baby is the unattractive bottom of the toy.
  • Soft toys are not the ideal toys for infants, contrary to popular belief. They attract dust and are major source of infection. Allergies are on the rise hence it makes sense to protect your new-born from all allergens.
  • Honey is harmful to babies -

The viscous and thick liquid can choke a small baby

it is unsterilized and therefore a source of infection

It also contains spores that are harmless to adults but cause botulism in children.

  • Breast milk is digested faster than bottle-feed.
  • The oil massage is not important. The act of gentle touch of soft lullaby to your child is important. This nurturing helps in your baby to feel secure and loving.
  • One year olds tend to be somewhat farsighted and have limited depth perception. This improves by age two but it is not till roughly 10 years that vision reaches 20-20.
  • Walkers – which are used mainly to help your child walk usually, encourage accidents and walker- dependent babies often take longer to walk independently.
  • It doesn’t make sense to toilet train your child before he is 21 weeks. It is only once the child is 3 years old that his bladder begins to hold urine for more than 2-3 hours at a time.
  • It is common practice to warm orange juice before giving it to the child. This not only destroys the Vitamin C in it, but, being acidic, can also cause irritation to the stomach.
  • Minimize the damaging effects of sugary foods by giving a small piece of cheese at the end of the meal. Cheese has been shown to counteract the acid producing effects of sugar.
  • Even if the toothbrush still looks new, change it after six or eight weeks because over time bacteria from the mouth accumulate on the brush.
  • The first three years of a child's life largely determines future development in the fields of personality, health, emotional development, educational attainment, social competence, self-confidence and self-reliance.
  • Children by and large grow in spurts. A toddler may remain the same height for a couple of months and then suddenly shoot up an inch virtually overnight.
  • Plane trips with your child usually are a menace for many parents owning to the pressurization and depressurization to their eardrums.

Hot towels if placed over the ears can relive some pressure on the eardrums.

Sucking on a lollipop also helps in de-pressurizing of eardrums.

  • Tobacco smoke increases the risk of ear infection. So keep smokers away from the child.
  • The ideal age for the baby to learn swimming is between 3-4 years of age.
  • Did you know that tense, anxious mothers tend to have tense, cranky children? Mothers usually pass on their anxiety to their kids. A calm and serene atmosphere helps in the overall growth and temperament of your child.



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