Becoming a parent is an exciting, yet challenging journey. After nine months of preparation, you might be wondering how to continue giving your baby the best start in life. Here are the top three tips from Dr. Glen Reed, DC, at The Wellhouse, for post-birth parenting:
Breastfeeding is nature’s way of providing customized nutrition for your baby. Your breast milk changes to meet your baby’s needs at each stage of development. Studies have shown that breastfed babies outperform formula-fed ones. They have reduced rates of cancer, obesity, diabetes into their 50s and a lower risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) during infancy.
2. Comfort Sleep
While it’s obvious that babies need sleep, what’s often overlooked is the importance of comfort sleep. This means your baby needs you next to them to fall asleep. Babies aren’t supposed to know how to sleep alone. It’s a vital time for them to attach to their parents. Laying down next to them and providing comfort as they fall asleep will pay dividends in the future.
3. Attachment Parenting
The theory of attachment parenting suggests that children need to be attached to their parents for social, emotional, and intellectual development later in life. With the multitude of tools available today to make parenting easier, like cribs, playpens, white noise machines, bumbo seats, and car seats, it’s easy to get distracted. But remember, the best tool you can provide your baby is you, the parent.
Remember, these tips are only guidelines. Every baby is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Always consult with a healthcare professional if you have concerns about your baby’s health or development.