One thing that you do not have a lot of when you become a parent is time. This is why you need to start learning now about the best parenting techniques, before you have children. Follow the advice in this article and you will be well on your way to being a good parent.
To encourage breastfeeding in an infant, offer your child plenty of skin to skin contact. Skin to skin contact makes a young infant feel content. It also allows them to smell Mom’s milk and so, want to breastfeed more. The feeling of bonding and closeness that skin to skin contact facilitates is also great for Mom, as it reduces stress.
Childproofing your home is more important than you may think. The number one cause in death of children is accidents, many of which could have been prevented if the parent had childproofed their home. Even if you think your child is old enough to know better, keep these safety measures in your home.
Consider teaching a young toddler or older infant signing. Even if you don’t use special “baby sign”, toddlers will have an easier time communicating with their hands than with their words. This is an especially useful technique if you have a toddler with a language delay, as it provides them with a channel for communication.
If you find that you need to put eyedrops in a baby’s eyes, it may seem to be an impossible feat. Lay your baby on her back and set a favorite toy on her belly so she will look down at it. Place a drop in the corner of your baby’s eye and this way when she looks up again it will gently roll into her eye.
Check toys for safety before allowing your toddler to play with them. Look for things like long cords, sharp edges, lead paint or parts small enough to swallow. This is especially important if you have older children in your home. Toys appropriate for a school-age child can be dangerous to a toddler.
Sometimes as a parent it pays to trust your intuition. Kids can make pretty convincing arguments and given certain circumstances their points may be valid. On the other hand, as an adult, it’s important to trust your initial instincts when it comes to matters which you’re experienced, at least in part, on. With youth comes inexperience, and it’s a parents job to guide their children to avoid the same mistakes.
Start teaching your child to do chores at a young age. Even a 3-year-old can be taught to do basic chores, like feeding the dog or picking up toys. This will instill in your child the idea that he plays an important role in the family. It will boost his self-esteem.
In summary, if you wish to get ahead of the game then learn all that you can about parenting now. It is crucial that you ingest this knowledge now, before it is time to actually implement it. When you have kids, there will be no time to sit down and open a guide book.