We ran across this article yesterday about the 14 most outdated pieces of baby advice. Of course, being a parent of children well beyond 'babies,' we had to check in to see what we had or hadn't done in this list. Funny the difference 16 months can make!
We're going to give you the Baby Bunching version of this this list.
Myth: Infants need to be bathed every day.
The Baby Bunching truth: Ha! The more kids you have close in age the less you want to bathe them. Everyday. We have one friend with 4 bunched kids and #4 was lucky to get a bath once a week. Wipe them down with a cloth and their good. It's the older ones that need the bath.
Myth: Babies sleep best in a room that's silent and dark.
The Baby Bunching truth: Good luck with that. It wasn't until baby #2 that we invested in the sound machine just to drown the noise out from Big Baby.
Myth: When infants are running a high temperature, rub them down with alcohol to lower their fever.
The Baby Bunching truth:We are unfamilar with this one. We say stick with Tyenol when appropriate.
Myth: Letting your little one stand or bounce in your lap can cause bowlegs later on.
The Baby Bunching truth:Also never heard of this, but we bet you'll let baby #2 in the Jumperoo/Megasaucer WAY earlier than you let the first one!
Myth: Listening to classical music will raise your baby's IQ.
The Baby Bunching truth:We bet this actually soothes everyone so while it may not raise anyone's IQ it will make feeding your Bunch a much more enjoyable experience. Really!
Myth: Let your baby cry it out; if you pick her up whenever she's wailing, you'll spoil her.
The Baby Bunching truth: It won't spoil him/her but it will be the new norm. Everyone must learn to wait.
Myth: Babies should be woken up in the night to have a wet diaper changed.
The Baby Bunching truth: No!!!! Let sleeping babies sleep.
Myth: It's dangerous to immunize your infant if he has a cold or a low-grade fever.
The Baby Bunching truth: Go with the doctor's rec on this. If you have gotten everyone to a check up that includes a shot and you can get it with a cold, just get it so you don't have to drag everyone back.
Myth: Never apply sunscreen to an infant under 6 months of age.
The Baby Bunching truth: Unless you have kids that are 2 and older we're guessing the pool will be a major chore so it won't matter much on this. one. If you do have older kids, then you already know they will be along for the ride no matter what. Sit under the umbrella.
Myth: During the first month of a baby's life, it's critical that all baby bottles and nipples be sterilized.
The Baby Bunching truth: Nah, just wash them with soap and water.
Myth: The safest way to put an infant to sleep is on her stomach.
The Baby Bunching truth: As a mother to one tummy sleeper, we say try your best to get your babe on his back and then after that.....you're on your own.
Myth: Putting rice cereal in your infant's bottle will help him sleep.
The Baby Bunching truth: This just sounds gross, but we know that infants shouldn't have solid food until 4-6 months. Then we all pray your babes are sleeping better.
Myth: It's critical to keep your baby on a strict feeding schedule.
The Baby Bunching truth:If you're OCD like we are, perhaps you did this the first time around. The second time's a charm and realized feeding has no schedule so if they are crying and cranky, pop 'em on a boob.
Myth: Infants need hard-soled shoes to protect their delicate toes and keep their feet properly aligned.
The Baby Bunching truth: Nope, barefoot is best. Who has time to find shoes!