Having a baby is both exciting and a little bit scary for new parents. It can seem as though everyone is offering advice and guidance, and it can be difficult to determine what’s true and what’s not. However, there are some major mistakes that you should definitely avoid.
A newborn is by definition completely and totally vulnerable, relying on parents to provide for them and protect them from the outside world. Furthermore, they’re rather delicate! Babies require very specific care, since their bodies don’t function the same as an adult’s does.
This doesn’t even account for the fact that babies often have their own, seemingly idiosyncratic, preferences for care. New parents are always sharing stories of how their babies like things a certain way. That might pertain to feeding choices, clothing or even how they’re spoken to.