There is no doubt that when it comes to parenting, everyone has their opinion. The top 10 topics I have come up with are; Pacifiers, Natural Birth VS. Drugs, Swaddling, Breastfeeding, Co Sleeping, Sleep Training, Organic Vs. None, When to take the baby out of the house, Vaccines, and Childcare. Once the baby is born, parents have a choice as to how they want to raise the child.
Some believe that pacifiers are great soothers for babies, while on the contrary some feel it may cause nipple confusion for breast feeding moms. In addition, once a child is over teething, pacifiers affect their teeth. Whether moms agree on using pacifiers or disagree, the discussion continues.
What are your thoughts?
2. Natural Birth VS. Medicated
Although some moms to be do not believe in medicating when giving birth, others on the contrary believe its no harm to the baby and they want out of the pain.
Swaddling has many benefits as I had spoken about in another blog post. However, some believe its just constraining the baby or child. Whether to swaddle your baby or not is solely up to you, however when done correctly their are many benefits for not only the infant but for the parents as well. Here are a few benefits of swaddling;
- Swaddled babies sleep longer and sounder.
- Swaddled babies experience less anxiety.
- Swaddling prevents unnecessary wake-ups due to the startle reflex.
- Swaddling prevents face scratching.
- Swaddling mimics touch, which is important for the baby especially when they wake up at night.
- Swaddling benefits parents too — when baby sleeps more, mom and dad sleep more!
Breastfeeding is a huge topic of conversation amongst moms. The benefits of breastfeeding are enormous. Now as beneficial as breast feeding is, many can't produce enough of milk or simply just don't want to have their baby attached to them at all times. Whatever the mom chooses is okay. You are all super moms!
5. Co Sleeping
Co sleeping has a fair share of controversy. Co Sleeping is referred to as having a child sleep next to the parent. In the first few months, typically parents have the infant in a co sleeper attached to their bed or a basinet close by.
As the child grows older, some grow attached to sleeping with their parents. The debate goes on whether or not it is a good idea.
What do you think?
6. Sleep training
Few topics are as controversial or polarizing amongst new parents as sleep training. It has become one of those issues, like bottle feeding, or childcare, that seems to draw a line in the sand of parenting separating those who do from those who don't. - Caroline Flek
When referring to sleep training, you ultimately think of, "The Ferber Method" as suggested by a researcher who popularized it. This researcher believes that having a baby 6 months or older "Cry it out" is the best way to train them to sleep through the night. Parents check in on the child from time to time until the child is asleep.
Some suggested that the approach would jeopardize a child's ability to trust the parent; others have shown concern that sleep training could set a child up for a lifetime of sleep problems and an inability to self-soothe.
Though the continuous controversy, each parent finds their way on how to handle sleep training. Their is no evidence that sleep training harms a child in any way. Their are many other ways a parent can sleep train their child. and whichever method they choose is okay.
7. Organic Vs. None
Ever Wonder what the difference is between Organic Vs. none organic foods? As well as all the positive and negative remarks about it? Say no more!
At the very core of it, their are very little differences however it is still a topic of discussion amongst parents. The question whether to feed the children organic or none organic.
Typically, foods that are organic contain fewer pesticides, fewer multi-drug resistant bacteria and no genetically modified organisms or foods. This is definitely a positive, however the controversy really comes into play when it comes down to price.
On average, Organic products are 42% more than none. If you do buy Organic, not only is it slightly healthier, it is also environmentally friendly and have no added antibiotics or hormones.
8. When Is It The Right Time To Take A Newborn Out
So When really is it the "right time" to take your little one out. Every parent has their own belief, as well as doctors. More so, different cultures speak barriers in this topic as well.
Coming from a Middle Eastern background, my parents were told that you should wait 40 days until you take the newborn out of the house. If you put aside all beliefs, doctors suggests that you keep the baby in the house for at least 6-8 weeks so their immune system strengthens.
Dr. Tanya Altmann MD expresses, "Whether you’re thinking of going outside, inside, or high up in the sky, a good rule of thumb is to stay away from crowds of people until your baby is 6 to 8 weeks of age if at all possible. This is because a newborn’s immune system is still maturing, which leaves her more susceptible to catching colds as well as becoming seriously ill very quickly.
To vaccinate or not to vaccinate, that is the question many moms ask. Although, doctors press that vaccinating their babies is vital, many parents have their concerns.
Concerns that parents have are typically are the side effects. Many believe it can cause Autism, however, research has shown their are no links between vaccines and Autism.
Through my own experience providing childcare, moms will ask other moms through social media and their friends to get their thoughts on it. You also have parents who simply go straight to their primary doctor and listen to what they advise. In theory, many vaccines are vital and should be taken seriously.
For further information, questions or concerns, please speak to a medical expert.
Whether or not to take your child to daycare and what age is appropriate is based on how the parent feels about it has a continuous controversial debate.
Many parents also question whether daycare would affect their child's development, whether putting their child in daycare before the age of 1 affect the child and simply wonder when is it a good time to put their child in daycare.
Psychology Today states, "Non-parental daycare in the U.S. is a controversial issue, as the cultural ideal still strongly favors maternal care of young infants and children. ... In sum, despite its ambition, the daycare literature cannot settle the issue of whether daycare is good or bad for children"
Despite not being able to settle whether good or bad, my advise to parents would be to do your research on the daycares and keep a close eye. As for when is it a good time to put the child in daycare, is all up to you. On average, by the age of 2 parents would send their child to daycare and from my own experience it brought growth, confidence and loads of fun.
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