Parenting advice is available everywhere! Everybody from your parents, your co-workers, to the cashier at the grocery store – give you suggestions on how to parent. With so much advice, well intended suggestions may cause further confusion. How can you sort through all of the information? Read the following tips for some practical advice others have found helpful!
If you are traveling with a young child, stick with a sleep and meal schedule that is consistent with the one you use at home. Small children and babies can get stressed out on the road. To assist your child in feeling comfortable while traveling and ensure that all members of your party get a good night’s sleep, be sure to observe established bedtime rituals.
When bringing a new baby home from the hospital, accept a little help from friends and neighbors. Friends can help by preparing a dish that you can keep frozen for a quick meal. Neighbors might be willing to chip in with a couple of errands or housekeeping duties. Taking advantage of the extra help will give you some rest and bonding time with your new baby.
Many parents of twins purchase multiple cribs when they are putting together the nursery only to find out that their babies want to sleep together. Don’t buy two cribs until after you have had the babies. Some babies however will never be able to fall asleep if in the same crib. Find out which type of children you have before making the investment in a new crib. If you do want to buy it early, make sure they have a good return policy just in case.
When training your child to use the potty, buy them underwear with their favorite cartoon character on it. Children always do better with encouragement. By letting them wear these kind of underwear, they will feel better about using the potty because they do not want to have an accident in their “special” underwear.
Being an effective parent shows your child’s capabilities. Want your child to have a large vocabulary? Talk to her! Studies show that parents who spend significant amounts of time talking with their children about everyday events have children with larger vocabularies than their peers whose parents spend less time talking to them. So turn off the TV, put down your book, and start a conversation!
If you are exhausted trying to care for your newborn at night, put her rash cream on her diaper, Just before you go to sleep in the evening. This will save you time during late-night feedings, because you will be able to put your baby’s diaper on without worrying about putting the paste on her bottom first.
Feel free to breastfeed your baby for comfort. Many believe that breastfeeding for comfort will make the baby associate food with emotional comfort. Offering the breast actually encourages your baby to turn to you instead of things for support. The breastfeeding is just one component of the bond that helps your baby feel better. This will provide crucial emotional security and stability as they develop.
The above article, no doubt, provided you some practical advice! Apply what fits your circumstances. Every child is different, as is every parent. With so much advice available, you may have felt a bit confused. Just remember, your parents, your co-workers, and even the cashiers at the grocery store all have good intensions!