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    5 mistakes parents make with newborns -- and how to avoid them

    ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- When you take your bundle of joy home from the hospital, it's inevitable you won't do everything right. We asked pediatricians for the five most common mistakes parents make with their newborns.

    Letting a newborn sleep through the night

    "One of the things that makes me cringe is when parents say to me, 'The first night home from the hospital she slept all the way through the night!' " says Dr. Lance Goodman, a pediatrician in Boca Raton, Florida. "I tell them, 'Oh no! She's not supposed to be doing that!' "

    Our pediatricians were unanimous: Parents need to wake up their babies to eat every four hours. With a few rare exceptions, newborns should not sleep through the night for the first two weeks of life.

    Babies who go too long without eating could become dehydrated, Goodman says. Plus, sleeping eight hours at a stretch might be a sign of severe jaundice. "They might be so lethargic they can't arouse themselves to feed," Goodman says.

    So when is it OK to let your baby sleep through the night? "At the two-week checkup, if your baby is gaining weight and sleeping through the night, hallelujah! Go enjoy it!" says Dr. Ari Brown, author of "Baby 411" and a spokesman for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Interactive: Three blogging parents share their mistakes, advice »

    Not feeding on demand

    Our pediatricians say new parents sometimes make the mistake of wanting baby to eat on a strict schedule. The doctors say as long as a newborn is eating at least every four hours, they should keep whatever schedule they want.

    "A baby is smarter than any grown-up," says Dr. Robin Madden, a pediatrician in Silver Spring, Maryland. "Whether breast-fed or bottle-fed, they know when they're hungry and they know when they're full."

    "Babies don't feed on a cookie-cutter pattern," adds Brown. "If you follow their demand, they're going to eat better."

    Taking a newborn to crowded places

    Another thing that bugs Goodman: When people take their newborns to a crowded place, like a busy store or a child's birthday party. "There's no reason to do that," he says. "It's a matter of using common sense."

    Exposing your baby to lots of germy people is a problem for two reasons. One, he could get a life-threatening bacterial infection. Two, even if he gets a fever from a virus (which is less dangerous), doctors will still have to hospitalize him to make sure it's not something more serious.

    "A fever in a baby less than six weeks old is an automatic ticket for a two-day hospital stay," says Brown. "Your kid's going to get a spinal tap, blood drawn, and catheterized for urine."

    Keeping a newborn cooped up at home

    While going out to crowded places is a bad idea, it's also a mistake to stay home 24-7 for six weeks with your newborn. "Look at postpartum depression -- what could be more depressing than being cooped up with a kid who's not talking to you and cries all the time?" says Brown.

    Brown encourages her patients to take their newborns for walks outside. She also tells them if they need to take the baby to the grocery store, to pick a time when it will be less crowded.

    Not trusting your instincts

    Our pediatricians said too many new parents don't trust their inner voice. "It's all about listening to yourself and trusting yourself," says Dr. Lisa Thebner, a pediatrician in New York City. "But when you're getting a lot of feedback from nannies and friends, it can be hard to block out all that white noise."

    If you don't trust yourself, you could be putting your baby in danger, says Madden, who's chair of pediatrics at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland, and associate clinical professor of pediatrics at George Washington Medical Center in Washington.

    "I've had parents who have a feeling their baby is sick, but people around them say the baby is fine," she says. "So even though their instinct says something's wrong, they wait way too long to bring the baby in to the doctor because people reassured them."

    And here are three more mistakes parents of newborns make, according to our experts :

    •They put their babies to sleep on their sides or stomachs. (The American Academy of Pediatrics says the back is best to avoid Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.)


    • They don't vaccinate their babies even though the pediatric academy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and virtually every scientific organization recommends it.

    • They don't bring a baby with a fever to see the pediatrician. Any newborn with a fever needs to be evaluated by a doctor.
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    thanks for posting. Perfect timing for me

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    I actually saw this article on CNN and sent it to my wife. My thoughts on these five things since our boy is 16+ months old...

    1. Letting a newborn sleep through the night - No go, don't do it. We didn't have that problem because Steven didn't sleep through the night until he was 11 months old (due to his tonsils and adenoids - sp??)

    2. Not feeding on demand - Let the baby choose the feeding time. A plus for the dad if there is breast feeding, you can't feed him so go back to sleep

    3. Taking a newborn to crowded places - We just didn't do that until about 6-8 weeks. Now he went over to relative's houses so he wasn't on house arrest.

    4. Keeping a newborn cooped up at home - Don't do, more for the parent's sanity.

    5. Not trusting your instincts - Take people's advice, but if you still want to do something (i.e. - go to the doctor's) DO IT. For a time, Steven seemed to be going to the doctor's every other week for an ear infection, fever, or runny nose. Maybe we were over-cautious, but I would rather take my kid to the doctor's and have nothing wrong than not take him at all.

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    There's a cashier at the Wal mart near me named Shitanya.

    I'm surprised that didn't make the list.

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    The Number one mistake parents make around here is having kids in the first place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullwinkle View Post
    There's a cashier at the Wal mart near me named Shitanya.

    I'm surprised that didn't make the list.
    My sister-in-law is a retired nurse...she had a woman name her child meconium because she thought it sounded nice when the doctor said it! I shit you not! pun intended
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    Quote Originally Posted by InTheBeginning View Post
    My sister-in-law is a retired nurse...she had a woman name her child meconium because she thought it sounded nice when the doctor said it! I shit you not! pun intended

    It's been four years but, IIRC, meconium is baby's first poop, right? When they expel all of the stuff that was in their system when they were in the womb.
    Maybe we could introduce them:
    "Shitayna, Meconium. Meconium, Shitanya."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullwinkle View Post
    It's been four years but, IIRC, meconium is baby's first poop, right? When they expel all of the stuff that was in their system when they were in the womb.
    Maybe we could introduce them:
    "Shitayna, Meconium. Meconium, Shitanya."
    LOL, that is some funny stuff. Yes, meconium is the black, tar like substance that is hard as the dickens to get off their little behinds.

    This is interesting because my son slept for long periods the first couple of days but the nurses and doctor said to just enjoy it because he would wake up when he was hungry and it wouldn't last. Don't you just love medical advise???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking View Post
    The Number one mistake parents make around here is having kids in the first place.



    To quote a friend:
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    That's a little too 'big brother' for most.......but not a bad idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Filthy 150 View Post



    To quote a friend:
    "Birth control should be mandatory until you pass a test proving you are responsibile enough to be a parent."

    That's a little too 'big brother' for most.......but not a bad idea.
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    I am 100% for having to pass an "are you smart enough to have a baby" test.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullwinkle View Post
    It's been four years but, IIRC, meconium is baby's first poop, right? When they expel all of the stuff that was in their system when they were in the womb.
    Maybe we could introduce them:
    "Shitayna, Meconium. Meconium, Shitanya."


    Yes, and if a baby expels meconium while they're still in the womb, it can cause some health problems for the baby. It usually happens when a baby is overdue.

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    I can only relate my personal experience, so if I'm not agreed with I will not be offended. (I have 3 children and all are very healthy).

    Sleeping through the night. I couldnt rest unless my baby made a noise every couple hours, I was constantly checking on her. She ate about every 4hours, after time it was about every 6 hours, then longer and after her doctor gave the OK then I put her on a schedule....I would play with her for an awhile or give her a bath to extend the awake time she had during the daytime and she slept longer during the night.
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