Outdated Baby-Care Advice to Ignore

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 Here are three outdated pieces ofparenting advice you can safely ignore.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 andloved. 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 yourbaby 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 naptimeif 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 washungry) would spoil a baby and even increase the risk of an intestinal infection. Now, however, many doctors suggest following your baby's lead whensatisfying 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. Andremember: You know your baby best!

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