THE NEWBORN ADVICE YOU SHOULD IGNORE
When it comes to caring for your baby, old wives’s’ tales abound – many of which you shouldn’t takeke too seriously (and with very good reason)
Although parenting basics stay the same from one generation to the next, trends come and go – especially when research proves a practice to be unnecessary, unhelpful or even harmful. As a new parent, you’re going to be overwhelmed with advice and tips from your family, friends and complete strangers, and there’s also Western versus traditional or alternative medicine in competition. It’s normal to feel obliged as a new mom to follow the instructions from your grandmother or mother-in-law (or even herbalist) for the sake of family peace, but always keep your baby’s welfare in mind. The passing-on of parenting skills is important because our children’s future health andnd even happiness depends on it. There is always wisdom to be gained from the momsms who came before us, but each new generation neration should learn from past mistakeskes too. For example, leaving small babiess to cry (instead of picking them up) can nurture lifelong insecurities, and using a castor oil stick as a suppository can damageamage a newborn’s rectal muscle for life.
So, before following any advice ice you receive from well-meaning people, e, speak to your clinic sister or doctor. It’s always best to make sure that your baby won’t be harmed. There also a few common n myths that you’ll be better off ignoring, such uch as: