7 Parenting Tips for New Parents

7 Parenting Tips for New Parents

With the first child, parents face new challenges - and need answers to completely new questions. How do I replace milk meals with porridge? Does baby water have any advantages? What should I pay attention to when looking for a baby swimming course?

How do you get the baby from milk to solid food?

Parents should introduce complementary foods to their babies in several steps. This means that they first replace the milk meal at noon in favor of porridge. The other meals follow every four weeks, explains the Skin and Allergy Aid association. Porridges made from vegetables, potatoes, and meat or fish are the beginning. Then there are milk-cereal porridges and then fruit-cereal porridges. Even if the child has an increased allergy risk, parents should not avoid certain foods that often cause allergies. Only cow's milk as drinking milk does not belong on the menu until after the first year of life.

Do babies need special baby water?

Many manufacturers offer special baby water as a thirst quencher or for porridge mixing for infants. In comparison to mineral or tap water, however, they have hardly any advantages, but a higher price. This was the result of a market check by the Lower Saxony Consumer Center with seven glasses of water. Products advertised as baby water are up to three times more expensive than conventional mineral water, which is also suitable for preparing baby food.

What should the baby drink on the go?

Most baby water is sold in a 1.5-liter tetrapod or a PET bottle. This is impractical for on the go, and parents should boil the liquid if it is open for more than two days. It is better to boil your water fresh at home as needed and take it with you in a thermos.

Baby swimming - does that make sense?

Baby swimming courses are offered almost everywhere. There are no fixed rules for quality assurance, course instructors do not have to have any special training. Parents should, therefore, inquire beforehand whether they have been trained at the Swimming Association. Baby diving is part of the program in many courses. The little ones are briefly kept underwater. They should be protected from drowning by the breath-hold reflex. In some children, this reflex can no longer be found four weeks after birth. For safety reasons, parents should therefore better avoid baby diving.

Does baby swimming strengthen children's immune systems?

According to studies, children who participate in baby swimming have more infections than non-swimmers. Researchers believe that the reason is that babies swallow large amounts of water and thus absorb viruses and bacteria. Before the course starts, the baby should, therefore, be completely vaccinated against rotaviruses, one of the most common causes of gastrointestinal diseases. After that, you have to wait 14 days: because in this period 50 percent of children will still have vaccine viruses.

When does a baby sleep through the night?

Babies up to six months of age do not yet have a regular sleep pattern. The sleep phases usually last two to three hours, in total, they need around 14 to 16 hours of sleep within 24 hours. Short wake-up phases at night are completely normal, explains the professional association of pediatricians (BVKJ). At around half a year to a year, most babies can sleep through ten hours or more. If the children are around 12 to 15 months old, the number of rest periods per day is reduced: an afternoon nap of one to two hours is usually sufficient.

How do you get a child used to bedtime?

There are various ways in which parents can show children that it is bedtime at night: for example, they speak in a muffled voice and create a calm and dark atmosphere. The presence of the parents can help you fall asleep: However, if you have difficulty falling asleep, you shouldn't take the child in your arms or take her to bed. Because then the child sometimes gets used to this ritual and no longer manages to fall asleep independently.

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