Is My Baby Too Fat? And Other Unfounded Parent Worries
Worrying is one of those all-too-familiar side effects of becoming a parent. Suddenly everything from soda cans to imported toys are filled with hazardous chemicals, and we envision death traps around every corner. Here are a few things that new parents don't have to stress over.
Babies gain weight in awkward spurts, leaving some with bulging bellies and others with thick thighs. It’s perfectly normal for babies to be top-heavy, big-bottomed and everything in between. Never put your baby on a “diet” – they need all that healthy fat from breast milk or formula.
As often as we hear from parents concerned about their baby’s round rump, just as many parents worry that their kids are too skinny. Heed your pediatrician’s advice and don’t stress too much about the charts.
While you certainly shouldn’t go jabbing at the gentle skin of your newborn baby, inadvertent touching of the soft spot won’t cause harm. The thick tissue will protect his or her brain. Also, don’t be worried if you see that area pulsing – that’s totally normal.
People like to poke fun at the disgustingness of diapers, but it’s no joke for bewildered new parents. Right after birth, baby’s excrete a tarry-looking substance called meconium that’s composed of everything they ingested while in the womb. After that, babies have loose, frequent stools until they start on solids.
Parents are always well-read on SIDS and the risk of suffocation, but one thing they don’t expect are irregular breathing patterns that are actually quite normal for babies. Infants commonly hiccup, sigh excessively or shudder as they’re acclimating to the world around them.
Babies have a tendency to cry during the middle of the night. A lot. Odds are, they’re hungry or they have a gas bubble. Don’t stress that you’ve somehow scared your kids – they can’t comprehend monsters or anything they may have seen in passing on the TV until they’re older.
For babies who are exploring the world, everything is new and open to exploration in unconventional and sometimes disturbing ways. Don’t be freaked out if your baby starts doing the occasional head-thrashing or self-touch. They’re just figuring it all out.
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