Helicopter parenting is a national phenomenon that has made raising children a chore that will undoubtedly cause burnout. There are so many restrictions and rules in place on what is allowed. It has taken the fun out of parenting. The Gate Adviser has 5 baby-proofing mistakes that do not need to be added to your already thorough checklist:
1. Antibacterial Spray
Countless studies have been released recently linking beneficial bacteria to a healthy child. For instance, babies born vaginally have a decreased risk of certain immune system disorders, including asthma and allergies, compared with those born by Cesarean section. Researchers now think they know why. Entering the world via the vagina exposes babies to several kinds of beneficial bacteria. The same rationale can be used for over-sanitizing the baby’s world with antibacterial sprays that eliminate many gut-healthy bacteria. New “superbugs”, immune to antibiotics, are showing up at pediatricians’ clinics because of the overuse of antibacterial cleansers. Your baby is better off being exposed to a little dirt.
2. Childproofing the House
The French do not sacrifice their lives for their newborns. As depicted in the book, Bringing Up Bebe, the author illustrates how babies conform to the parents’ way of life, not the other way around. What happens if you do not put away the vase or lock up your bottles of alcohol? The baby will unintentionally knock one onto them, learn this invaluable lesson and not do it again. Bottom line, if you want a baby to figure it out, allow them to.
3. Baby Monitors
Baby monitors allow a parent to check-in with their newborn even when they are fast asleep. Every burp, snore or whimper is met with great curiosity and immediate action by the parent. But most of the time, a baby is simply readjusting before passing back out. Imagine if every time we woke up in the middle of the night to change positions, our significant other would make sure we are okay. It’s a little annoying, to say the least. A baby sleeps over 12 hours a day within the first year. There are bound to be times where they are not perfect little sleeping angels. And that is okay.
4. Peanut Allergies
There is a new product on the market that just got approved by the FDA, Hello, Peanut. It recommends giving peanut powder to babies as early as 5 months old to prevent peanut allergies. The body has a way of acclimating to its environment, but only if you allow it to be properly exposed. The guidelines are specific and must be monitored but it looks like the days of having to carry an Epi-Pen with you during the day may soon be over.
5. Window Stops
Nearly every single checklist for baby-proofing has a recommendation for installing window stops. Childproof window locks in a moving vehicle no doubt have a place on your list. The automatic power window function looks like a toy and if your baby is clever enough to get out of his baby-seat, there are serious repercussions. But unless you are living in a Manhattan high-rise and have a stepladder in front of your windows, take the recommendation with a grain of salt. If you start questioning every possible scenario of what can go wrong, there is no time left over to enjoy all that is right with your beautiful new baby.