5 mistakes parents make with newborns and how to avoid them. Everyone loves to give advice (or is that, everyone loves to meddle?) and new parents can be quickly overwhelmed by an influx of well-meaning and often conflicting parenting advice. The most recent topic of CNN.com's regular feature Empowered Patient is a list of 5 "don'ts" for parents with a newborn baby. See if you agree and add your own meddling...er, advice.
We'll paraphrase the article. You can read it in its entirety here.
1. Letting a newborn sleep through the night. You may think you've scored big if your baby immediately sleeps through the night, but pediatricians are unanimous that newborns should be woken every four hours for feeding, at least for the first few weeks.
2. Not feeding on demand. Forget about strict adherence to a feeding schedule. "A baby is smarter than any grown-up...they know when they're hungry and they know when they're full."
3. Taking a newborn to crowded places. It's tempting to want to show off your baby to the worldd, but it's safer to minimize their exposure to germs by avoiding crowds for awhile.
4. Keeping a newborn cooped up at home. The flip-side of the coin. You don't have to go into full hibernation mode after a birth. Take your baby for walks around the neighborhood to save your own sanity if nothing else.
5. Not trusting your instincts You know more than you think. Block out the white noise - listen to your instinct and trust yourself.