Teething, Potty Training, Colic, Jaundice
New Parents Might Be Thinking:
When can I catch up on sleep?
Will I be a good father/mother?
Will my milk come in? Will I have enough?
How will I find time to pump if I go back to work?
I don't know what I doing.
Whose advice should I take seriously?
Will I ever sleep again?
Will my spouse step up to help me?
Will I be able achieve a healthy work-life balance?
Am I doing any of this right?
Will the baby latch on?
Are there any support groups?
Are there any good classes to take?
What are the key baby milestones?
How will I protect against SIDS?
Do I really need to use a bottle warmer; isn't the microwave fine if I shake it after heating?
When can I take the baby outside the house?
Should I let people hold the baby?
Words That Might Be Encouraging:
You will be a great parent.
God takes good care of the baby for the first two years while you are figuring it out.
The baby has your smile and your eyes.
Make sure to sleep when the baby sleeps.
Don't be afraid to ask for help.
Daycare can be a great way to get a break early on.
Can I stop by once or twice a week to help do laundry or bring dinner?
You look fantastic!
You’re amazing! You did it! I’m so proud of you!
There are so many ways to parent a baby; pick what works best for you and your family and ignore people's opinions.
Words That Might Be Discouraging:
The baby seems to cry a lot
When are you going back to work?
If you bring a baby into the world, you should really become a stay-at-home parent.
Going back to work teaches your baby that she/he is not the center of the universe.
You really should be nursing; it's so much better for the baby.
So, are you ready for another one?
Have you read [insert baby book title here].
Are you sure you're wrapping the baby up the right way?
You're not supposed to put the baby to sleep that way.
To get your baby to sleep through the night, crying it out worked for us; you're just too soft on the baby.
Co-sleeping is not a good idea; the baby could get hurt.
Co-sleeping is the way to go; it helps the baby feels safe.
You should NEVER use pacifiers.
You should ALWAYS use pacifiers.
The car seat you're using is not the best one out there. You should be using [fill in the blank].
I don't think you're burping the baby right,
Are you sure babies are allowed to sleep in a swing?
Bathing the baby that often will cause dry skin.
Those baby lotions have too much perfume in them, which is not good for its skin.
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