From WebMD, “10 Mistakes New Parents Make”:

  1. Panicking over anything and everything. (Babies are far more resilient than we give them credit for.)
  2. Not letting your infant cry it out. (Babies are designed to cry. They can be perfectly diapered and fed and still cry like you are pulling an arm off.)
  3. Waking baby up to breastfeed. (It is possible and beneficial for breastfed babies — and their moms — to sleep through the night.)
  4. Confusing spit up and vomit. (The difference is frequency, not forcefulness.)
  5. Not sweating a fever in a newborn. (Some parents may just say ‘he feels warm’ and give the baby Tylenol. But that’s a parenting mistake in this age group. Hint: Infections.)
  6. Not properly installing the car seat. (The infant’s life may depend on it.)
  7. Neglecting oral care. (Use a wet gauze to wipe down your baby’s gums, he says. And start using a tooth brush when the baby turns 1.)
  8. Ignoring your marriage. (Any weakness in that relationship will get magnified by having a child.)
  9. Fighting too much (or too little) in front of your baby. (When people start to suppress too much, it’s just as bad as going to the other extreme.)
  10. Trusting unreliable sources for parenting advice. (Recommended: WebMD.com, the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Academy of Pediatrics)
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