Essential Baby-Care Advice

Essential Baby-Care Advice

Everyone's eager to share baby-care advice, but you should feel free to ignore outdated and unwanted suggestions. Find out which tips to keep and which to toss.

While your family and friends are full of well-intentioned advice, it's possible that their pointers may lead you astray. Here are three outdated pieces of parenting advice you can safely ignore.

  1. You spoil your baby when you pick him up too much. Newborns usually cry because they have a need. Whether it's a diaper change, a feeding, or just a cuddle, soothing your baby helps him feel secure and loved. Babies simply cannot be spoiled. In fact, the more consistent you are at meeting his needs before he's 6 months old, the less demanding your baby will be later on in life.
  2. Keep the house quiet while your baby sleeps. As it turns out, babies are actually used to hearing background noise from their time spent in the womb. Go ahead and run the vacuum during naptime if you like. The humming of the machine may help ease your baby to sleep, and you can get some cleaning done while he rests.
  3. Put your baby on a strict feeding schedule. It was once thought that babies should be fed every four hours after leaving the hospital. The belief was that feeding on demand (whenever a baby was hungry) would spoil a baby and even increase the risk of an intestinal infection. Now, however, many doctors suggest following your baby's lead when satisfying her hunger needs.

Baby-care advice has certainly evolved over the years, but one thing about parenting stays constant: the desire to keep your baby happy and healthy. And remember: You know your baby best!

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So True

Sasha 11/28/2015

A lot of people have tried saying I spoil my newborn because he loves to snuggle, I knew you could never snuggle and pick up your baby too much. That's the best part!

Puts my mind at ease

CMCRMOM 11/24/2015

It's nice to know that I shouldn't stress so much about trying to "parent" perfectly in the eyes of others. Knowing that some of these so called rules are not always the best thing to do makes me feel better because I now see that following what my gut was telling me to do was actually what was best.

good to know

liz 11/23/2015

I'm glad it says that its okay to hold you baby whenever because people have told me not to hold him so much! That he will get use to it and than no he won't want to be put down. I just love holding him and giving him as many kisses as I can!

Feeding my baby


I try to feed her on schedule but occasionally do it 30 min before time.


Brandy 11/11/2015

I feed my baby whenever she hungry but try to have a schedule as well.