It seems that everyone is full of advice in regard to how we should raise our children. That task, however, falls to us as parents. It doesn’t fall to distant relatives or our acquaintances. Never-the-less, it is sometimes helpful to have clear guidance as to how we should go about meeting certain steps of the larger overall task. This article will provide that guidance.
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.
If you have more than one child, it is important that you pay the same amount of attention to all of them, no matter what their ages are. You do not want one child to be neglected– this could cause them to show resentment toward you when they get older.
When trying to potty train your child, it is advised that you give them a reward each time they successfully use the toilet. This reward can be their favorite food or candy, a sticker, or anything else they enjoy. By doing this, they will be encouraged to consistently use the potty.
Make sure to wait at least 3 to 4 weeks before introducing a baby to the bottle. Doing so earlier can confuse the baby and it will reduce your milk supply for breastfeeding. Women’s bodies produce milk based on the demand. So, the more often that you supplement with a bottle, the less milk you will produce.
Have someone besides mom introduce the baby to a bottle if needed. A baby who is being breastfeed will be less likely to take a bottle from the mother as they want what they are used to. The process will go much smoother if a dad or other caregiver gets the baby used to a bottle.
Be wary about introducing pacifiers to your breastfeed baby. Pacifiers are designed to take care of a baby’s need to suck, however the reason a baby needs to suck is because that is how they breastfeed. If they can satisfy their need to suck elsewhere it will hurt your breastfeeding relationship. Limit pacifiers for at least the first 6 weeks.
Instead of using bottles as a way for dad to bond with the baby, look into other more novel options. Many breastfeeding relationships are harmed by the need to have dad involved in the feeding. Fathers however have many other ways to bond with their babies than by interfering with feeding time. Have dad give baths or massages to the baby. Dad can rock the baby to sleep after breastfeeding is done providing crucial bonding moments.
The intent of the tips provided above is not to tell you how to raise your children. Instead, these tips are only intended to provide direction in how to go about optimizing the process. With clear goals and directions in mind, it is much easier to interact with our children. This is true whether we are interacting deciding what they should eat for dinner or who they should date.