From helpful advice to opinions, parents often come across them constantly. Just like an old wives tale, sometimes it’s best to exercise judgement and take the advice with a pinch of salt. Here are the common myths about babies that don’t ring true.
Myth #1: Instantly falling in love with your baby.
Truth: It’s fine if as a parent you’re don’t adore your little at first sight. Bonding is a process that occurs over time. Some mothers may instantly be attached to their precious ones whiles others may see that develop at a slower pace. It’s normal if there’s no outpouring of instantaneous love. Motherly closeness will come eventually as how we ourselves bond with others for the first time.
Myth #2: Baby Walkers help babies walk better
Truth: Every infant’s growth rate is different and sometimes they are necessarily ready for mobility. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, walkers present a danger. For some babies they may not be able to view their feet resulting in mishaps. Walkers also have been known to help little tykes reach things that are out of reach. That itself will be of concern for all parents.
Myth #3: Bouncing babies can develop a bowlegs
Truth: This has been a one of the perennial myths about babies for a long time. Legs are often bowed by the in-utero position and will become straight as soon as they stand and walk. when baby starts to stand and walk. The actual act of bouncing serves to straighten legs. Perceived bow legs at birth are straighten out with movement hence bouncing actually aids in preventing bowlegs.
Myth #4: Excessive Crying Is a Sign Something Is Wrong
It takes quite the energy to let out a cry. It’s always been the opposite of what many know to be – that crying indicates pain or sickness. When a baby cries it’s actually a verbal form of communication and not always an indication that they’re in distress. In fact ill babies are usually listless, passive and can be seen breathing rapidly. Crying is a cue to parents that they need something or are uncomfortable. Look out for these symptoms below:
- Struggling to breath
- Bluish skin
- Abnormal bowel movements
- Static Arms and legs
If the above symptoms are not present then the baby is likely not unwell.
Myth #5: Attachment to your maid is a bad thing
Truth: This will always be a controversial subject in any parent’s eyes. Their maternal instincts are often threatened when their precious ones are left in the care of others. Most will come to realize “What if my baby think she’s his or her mom”! It’s true that babies will be attached to their caregiver but there are positives in this. Be safe in the knowledge that your baby’s rapport with your maid is proof of your baby’s capability to love. It also reflects well on you for choosing such a valuable caregiver. Remind yourself that a mother’s bond with a child can never be replaced. All one has to do is spend quality time with their baby in the evenings and during the weekends.