Outdated Advice & Baby Myths

Let’s break up these “lessons” a bit with a little article posted today on Yahoo’s Shine.

14 Most Outdated Pieces of Baby Advice

Much of yesterday’s baby wisdom has been proven untrue today. We checked in with Parents advisor Ari Brown, M.D., author of Baby 411, to get the scoop on why these old-school parenting facts have become fiction.

By Amanda First

Myth: Infants need to be bathed every day.
The truth: Babies don’t get stinky from sweat the way adults do, so they only need a bath every two or three days (except following a major diaper explosion!). If it’s part of your wind-down routine, a daily bath is perfectly okay too–just moisturize afterwards.

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Newborn Lesson #13

July 28, 2011 (2 weeks old): There is no potty break when an infant is hungry. Ya just gotta hold it.

So often I neglected my own body’s urges and instead tended to my daughter. I would get upset when Dan wouldn’t do the same. He would wake up to feed Mila and let her cry in her crib until he tended to his bathroom duties, (even now I’ll check on her, give her her pacifier and then go to the bathroom). I soon learned that Mila will survive and I really don’t want a bladder infection. It takes only a minute to go so as long as she’s not in any danger, I now take care of myself when absolutely necessary.