Mother and Baby Myths

There are often misconceptions when it comes to the time after birth which can leave mothers confused. This section aims to address such common myths whether it be to do with the baby’s sleep, feeding or health problems. This section offers only a short analysis of such myths but there is more information available within the pregnancy guide. The myths are as follows:

Myth: If your child is delayed in their speech or has trouble establishing conversation the problem will resolve itself out with no need for intervention.

Fact: Unfortunately this is not the case and if your child is delayed in speaking or has problems in speech then you would be advised to see a doctor. You may then be referred to a speech therapist.

Myth: Baby food is better than homemade food as it’s specially created for babies.

Fact: Although there are many baby food products that aim to replicate homemade cooked food there is nothing like the real thing. Giving your baby fresh homemade food can be more healthy and nutritious for your baby.

Myth: The only reason for colic is due to trapped wind.

Fact: The real reason for colic is unknown and although it is associated with burping your baby your baby may not be suffering from wind.

Myth: Keeping the lights on will help your baby to feel safe and fall asleep.

Fact: It is actually recommended to dim the lights and keep them as low as you can when you’re trying to put your baby to sleep. This will help your baby to distinguish between night and day.

Myth: It is normal for breastfeeding to cause pain.

Fact: Although breastfeeding can initially cause some discomfort it is not normal to feel pain. You may have a problem with technique and should refer to a midwife for advice and whether you are feeding your baby correctly.

Myth: The only reason why a baby wakes up in the night is because they are hungry.

Fact: Although it is common for babies to wake up wanting to feed it is not the sole reason for this. You should check your baby’s nappy, temperature and overall wellbeing if they cannot get back to sleep. Sometimes it can help to settle the down by rocking them in your arms.

Myth: A breastfed baby takes longer to get to sleep than a bottle fed baby.

Fact: There is no scientific evidence to say that breastfed babies take more time to establish a full night’s sleep. In fact, many breastfed babies feel full and content and manage to sustain a full night’s sleep.

Myth: Cutting out naps or putting your baby to sleep late will ensure they sleep throughout the night.

Fact: This is completely false; if you deprive your baby from having a nap during the day your baby may end up being more unsettled and take longer to be put to bed. It is a good idea to take your baby out during the day for a play to burn some excess energy.

Myth: I need to follow a strict schedule to ensure my baby falls asleep.

Fact: There is no hard and fast rules regarding putting your baby to sleep; however, you should try not to make rigid plans as your baby needs time to get used to a routine.

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