“They say”

I find myself repeating the phrase “They  Say” so often, but really who is they? Baby experts? Well these so called baby experts are doing my head in….

There are so many “they’s” out there that when it comes to raising your babe its not only confusing but also overwhelming.

Here is what parenthood would look like if we listened to “They”

Hold your baby all the time, it’s important for bonding but don’t hold them too much or you’ll spoil them. And make sure you get a good carrier and “wear” your baby as much as possible, this puts them in a better biomechanical position for spinal and muscular development. But be careful of wearing baby too much as it may cause spinal damage and or hip dysplasia.

Do not let your baby sleep in your bed, they are 5 times more likely to die of SIDS but for optimal development, healthy newborns should sleep on their mother’s chest for the first few weeks and stay in the mother’s bed until they are three or even four years old however don’t let them stay there too long or they’ll sleep in your bed forever! If you sleep with your child you will be up all night stressing about smothering your baby with blankets but thats OK because if baby is in your bed it will ensure a better nights sleep for both of you.

Only put your baby to sleep on their back, putting them to sleep on their tummies or sides can lead to SIDS but be careful because if baby vomits or spits up while on their back they could choke and die…  Sleeping on their backs can cause babies’ skulls to temporarily grow out of shape so parents should be alert to this possible side effect of back sleeping, and take preventive measures. Your baby may refuse to sleep on her back and sleep much better on her stomach but don’t let this stress you out as baby feels your stress as their own, and stressed babies don’t grow as much.

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Breastfeeding on demand is the ideal way to keep a mother’s milk production in sync with her baby’s needs, except feeding a child too often can cause issues, such as gassiness, fussiness, and erratic napping so get them on a schedule. Its good for baby to feel hungry it will encourage them to try new foods and to emerge from  reluctant eating when they are older but forcing baby to wait longer periods to feed can make her hungrier and more anxious, leading to greater intakes and overfeeding which promotes over eating and obesity in toddlers and beyond.

You should introduce solids at 3 months, 4 months, 6 months, 1 year or when baby is showing an interest in food. It is recommended that you wait until your baby is six months old before introducing solids. Introducing them before 6 months can cause a variety of problems, including childhood obesity,  aspiration and has been linked to allergies. you should wait until the baby is a year to avoid allergies. “Food before 1 is just for fun” but if you don’t introduce it by 6 months your baby will become iron deficient and get an aversion to textures and will most likely need to be on a liquid diet for 3 years.

Only offer pureed foods first. Babies don’t need purred food, so just mash foods with a fork, its best to give babies texture. Feeding baby purred or mashed foods can delay their chewing ability causing them to become fussy eaters with more chance of constipation so instead you should practice baby led weaning except that this could cause baby to choke and not get enough iron which can cause brain damage.

As for Vaccinations this is mandatory if you want your child to live however vaccinating your children at all will cause autism and other disorders  because they’re loaded with chemicals and other poisons. Start their vaccines at 2 months, but if you start them before 2 years old, 3 years old, their blood brain barrier isn’t formed or is it its formed at birth… Following a government mandated vaccination schedule is the only was to eradicate disease and protect your child. But early vaccination causes auto-immune problems and even cot death. So put you child on a delayed vaccination schedule because they’re immune system isn’t stong enough when they’re ittle to handle multiple vaccines at once. Delayed schedules leave babies open to disease for a longer period of time…

So listen to the experts… except their are no experts because every child is different, so trust your gut and don’t stress over the fact  that every decision we make for our child will leave us riddled with guilt because baby feels your stress as their own, and stressed babies don’t grow as much…

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