It’s baby season!! Everyone I know is pregnant right now, and it seems like there’s a new announcement every day! A few of my closest friends (and most loyal readers!) are having their first baby – Lindsay, Barkley, and Deidre. So since we all know that NO ONE ever gives you child rearing advice when you’re pregnant (getting advice is almost as rare as hearing people’s gruesome birthing experiences, right??), I figured I would put my two cents in.
Let’s start with nutrition:
Babies should never be allowed to have carbonated beverages, especially ones with caffeine.
Be sure to limit sweets to very small portions. Especially chocolate, since it has caffeine in it.
Nothing is better for baby than organic foods. No processed foods with chemicals and preservatives!!
Do not overstuff baby’s mouth. They cannot chew and swallow as fast as adults!
Let’s move on to transportation:
If allowing baby to ride on a motorcycle, be sure that she has a correctly sized, DOT approved helmet.
Be sure to ALWAYS have baby in an approved car seat when travelling.
It is not recommended to take baby out of the house while they are still under a week old. And especially do not put babies in grocery carts, as they are germ infested.
Babies’ bodies cannot regulate heat as well as adults. Be sure to keep baby in well-controlled temperatures. Never let baby be in the cold for long!
Time for some general safety tips:
Do not throw your baby.
Speaking of animals, let’s now move on to animal/baby interaction:
Babies may not get as excited as you about giving out Valentines cards. Don’t expect your baby to be attentive in church their first Sunday.