Raising a child is one of the most difficult tasks imaginable. There are so many things to think about, and so much advice out there that it can be tough to know what to believe. Some "advice" is timeless, but other bits of wisdom become irrelevant once new research comes out. In this blog post, we will take a look at 6 pieces of parenting advice from the past that are no longer relevant!
You will spoil a baby if you pick them up every time they cry.
It was once believed that if you picked your baby up every time they cried, you would spoil them. However, we now know that this is not the case. Responding to your baby's cries is actually a crucial part of bonding with them and helping them feel secure.
Infants should be bathed daily.
In the past, parents were advised to bathe their infants every day. However, research has shown that bathing an infant too often can actually strip away their natural oils and cause dry skin. Nowadays, most experts recommend only bathing babies two or three times per week.
Introducing your child to classical music will increase their IQ.
Some people used to believe that playing classical music for your baby would make them smarter. However, there is no evidence to support this claim. In fact, babies will likely enjoy any type of music that you play for them, regardless of genre.
Allowing your child to stand or bounce in your lap may eventually lead to bowlegs.
For many years, parents were told that bouncing their baby on their knee or letting them stand could cause bowlegs later on in life. However, this is simply not true! Babies have natural flexible joints that allow them to do these things without any risk of damage.
Babies sleep best in a dark, quiet environment.
It was once thought that babies slept best in complete silence and darkness. However, we now know that white noise can actually help soothe and calm infants. Additionally, a little bit of light in the room can actually be beneficial for babies who are trying to sleep.
If baby wet their diapers at night, parents should wake them up.
Finally, parents used to be advised to wake their babies up in the middle of the night to change their wet diapers. However, research has shown that it is perfectly fine to let babies sleep through the night without interruption. If you do need to change their diaper in the middle of the night, try to do it quickly and quietly so as not to disturb their sleep too much
Parenting is hard enough without having to worry about whether or not you're doing it right. Hopefully this blog post has helped clear up some outdated information and given you one less thing to worry about! Stay tuned for more helpful tips and tricks for parents, and be sure to share this post with any other parents who might find it useful.
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