The news of a tiny little human being growing inside you can often get quickly shadowed by the dozen friends, neighbors, relatives, and even strangers who all of a sudden feel like they have all the answers to your baby-raising questions. Before you freak out, get ready to debunk 8 baby myths you had no idea were not true.
You will love your baby instantly
Don’t be scared if you have a hard time “connecting” with your baby at first. You will soon become the object of her affection and you can let the bonding process evolve slowly. You will be swarmed by emotions and you have to be kind to yourself.
A baby walker will help your baby walk faster
This is a common lie spread among first time moms, and it must be debunked. Baby walkers limit the baby’s mobility. Far from aiding them in their natural growing process, they don’t encourage leg bones to fully develop. Generally, a baby starts to walk on month 8. A baby walker won’t rush that. Therefore, take time to teach your baby to stand and then hold herself or himself up.
Constant crying means danger
Is your baby a screamer? While it’s probably been a very long evening for you, trying to comfort your little one, your baby is not attempting to drive you crazy, she’s communicating with you. As days turn into weeks, you’ll learn to identify your child’s different kinds of cries. Don’t worry! It gets easier, we promise!
Breast feeding is easy
As if! This may ring true for some mothers, but it is definitely not applicable to every case. Breastfeeding can sometimes cause pain to the mother. Sometimes babies reject their mother’s breast early on. Regardless, it remains the single healthiest and most natural source of nurturing the baby could ever receive. And, it takes time to get used to it!
You won’t correctly bond with your baby if it isn’t nursed the first hours after being born
Despite a mother-child’s bond being truly important, often times mothers are unable to hold their baby within the first hours after birth for a variety of reasons. If this is you, please know your bond is still safe and secure. Yours might not have been the first cheek she grazed when she gave her first breath, but you both have years to develop a connection that will be special and perfect.
Babies can’t talk
Hold it right there! Of course they can’t talk! Not like adults, obviously. But babies have their own way of communicating – they cry! As a mother, you’ll graduate as the sole “baby talk” interpreter of your family.
Learning begins in school
This is a myth commonly used to justify parents’ negligence in stimulating their children’s learning process from an early age. Family is the very first social laboratory where your child learns how to become a human being. The educational system’s sole purpose is reinforcing the values you have already bestowed upon your kids. Don’t leave the hard work to the school!