Science has made plenty of advancements in the space of a decade, and so has psychology and our understanding of the importance of parenting style on child development. So, it shouldn’t be surprising to realize that there are many pieces of tried and true advice from twenty or more years ago that modern parents should let go in one ear and out the other.
#10. Letting your kids wear colorful clothes will lead to them getting tattoos and piercings down the road.
Nowadays, most parents believe in allowing children to express themselves and make their own choices, when sensible, from a very young age.
#9. You shouldn’t kiss the baby because of germs.
While there is a chance that certain diseases could be passed from mouth to mouth or mouth to face, aside from strangers and your newborn, the psychological impact of kissing and hugging children far outweighs the potential harm.
#8. You shouldn’t feed the baby without washing your breasts.
Not only could you dry out your nipples (ouch!), there’s useful bacteria on your skin that gets passed along to baby.
#7. Don’t buy toys unless your kid is asking for them.
It’s your job to offer educational and developmentally appropriate toys to young children, but this rule could be decent once your kids are older.
#6. Swaddle the baby tight so their legs grow straight.
Pediatricians recommend free swaddling or no swaddling (ha!) because swaddling too tight can cause hip dysplasia.
#5. You shouldn’t pick the baby when they cry because you’re spoiling them.
Pediatricians and psychologists agree that it’s impossible to spoil a young baby. If they’re crying it’s because they need something, even if that something is just to know that you’ll be there to soothe them, so you should pick them up.
#4. You should make the baby wear a hood to stop their ears from sticking out.
The shape of your baby’s ears is determined by genetics, and constantly having her head covered can lead to overheating.
#3. You shouldn’t massage the baby because you could damage their liver.
Unlikely, and gentle massage is a popular recommendation now for dealing with colic.
#2. You shouldn’t leave the light on while the baby sleeps because it will make the color of their eyes fade.
This is just weird, but experts do agree that a dark room is the best place for baby to sleep.
#1. You should rub baby’s gums with garlic to help their teeth come in faster.
First, ew. Second, fresh garlic can upset little one’s stomach and is actually not recommended for 3-4 years. Try these methods for soothing teething gums instead.
Below are 10 of the most common!