Parenting is rewarding and challenging in equal measures. No matter how many parenting apps and guidebooks you browse through, the possibility of unintentionally harming your baby remains a valid concern. This is especially true in a country like India with its countless customs and traditions that sometimes might not be what’s best for your newborn baby.
Presenting 5 ways you could be harming your baby without realizing it:
- Rough Massages: Your newborn baby is not strong enough to handle the pressure a rough message lends. Unintentionally, you might be pressing their body too hard and that can cause minor bone damage (depending on how much pressure you’re applying) or hamper their growth. Always remember to be gentle while massaging your baby or if you’re unsure about how to proceed, reach out to a professional.
- Initially Avoiding Breast Milk: Some Hindu customs demand that certain rituals be completed before a new mother can start breast feeding. During the days before the actual ritual, the baby is generally fed cow milk, which is certainly not advisable. Breast milk strengthens a newborn’s immunity system, which is something they need especially during their initial few days.
- First Day Honey Custom: The tradition of feeding a newborn baby honey on their first day has been around in the Indian culture since time immemorial. Only you’re not supposed to feed a newborn honey since it can cause botulism, a disease caused by food, contaminated soil, or an open wound. Avoid at all cost.
- Too Much Baby Powder: Would you like it if someone applied talcum powder on your body every other hour? No, we’re assuming. Apart from the general discomfort caused, most powders contain chemicals which can cause serious harm to a person’s skin. Now apply the same situation to a baby, who is already physically vulnerable, and the reason for limiting the use of baby powder becomes quite clear.
- Sugar And Spice, Not Nice: The rule is quite simple. Do not put any sugar or salt in your baby’s food until they are at least one year old. Their digestive system isn’t developed enough to allow the assimilation of heavy food, which is why spices of all kinds should be avoided. Don’t assume that the baby doesn’t like bland food just because you don’t. Many reports attest to the fact that most babies adjust to bland food quite well, so stick to that, for at least the first year.
These are just some common parenting misconceptions most new parents indulge in. Avoid them and keep your baby healthy and glowing.