First, parenting has changed, ALOT, since I was raising my babies. If you’re not in the thick of the new parenting trends, you may want to take a refresher course. Which kind of blows my mind, to think all of our children are living, breathing and thriving despite our naivete.
I’d also like to point out that I am a yoga teacher. My practice has helped me sustain my flexibility and balance and has taught me to be present in the moment. I’m not sure I did that when I was Mommy, but I surely tap into that when I am with my grandbabies.
So without further ado here are the 5 updates that I found important:
Sleeping: Babies now sleep on their backs. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that babies sleep on their backs until their first birthday. This is to reduce the risk of sleep-related infant deaths.
Tummy Time: While sleeping on their backs is the norm, tummy time is now play time. While supervised, awake and alert the baby can play on his tummy. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends starting tummy time as soon as the baby is born. Doing this regularly will help strengthen the muscles in his neck and reduce the occurrence of the back of the head flattening.
Swaddling: Or, as I like to call it, Burrito Wrapping. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that you can swaddle up to 2 months.
How to Swaddle Correctly
- To swaddle, spread the blanket out flat, with one corner folded down.
- Lay the baby face-up on the blanket, with her head above the folded corner.
- Straighten her left arm, and wrap the left corner of the blanket over her body and tuck it between her right arm and the right side of her body.
- Then tuck the right arm down, and fold the right corner of the blanket over her body and under her left side.
- Fold or twist the bottom of the blanket loosely and tuck it under one side of the baby.
- Make sure her hips can move and that the blanket is not too tight. You want to be able to get at least two or three fingers between the baby’s chest and the swaddle.
Car Seats: The baby should be in a rear facing car seat until age two. There are specific instructions on how to install a carseat. Also the harnesses should be placed correctly and snugly. Also, no coat or jackets on the baby. A great resource is The Car Seat Lady.
Solid Food: Solid food should be introduced at 4-6 months oled. When the baby can sit with support and has good head and neck control.
I hope this little list encourages conversation between you and your children. I know these changes in child care opened up my eyes. And, as always, check with the pediatrician before implementing any of these updates. Each baby is different and we would have it any other way.