Parenting Advice: Debates to Hash Out Before the Baby is Born
It’s exciting to plan for a baby and listen to all the parenting advice from friends and family. Before having a baby, though, it’s good to hash out debates on big parenting issues. Even if you already have children, you can revisit some of the parenting topics related to politics, religion, circumcision, discipline and baby-changing jobs. Whether to use a breast pump, formula or breast feed is also a topic that affects issues such as working at home or outside the house. If you have not conceived yet, figure out if it’s the right time to have your first child or add to your gang. In addition to the archetypical biological clock, consider financial issues. Some people wish to buy a home before they start a family, but it’s a personal decision for everyone.
Sharing the baby duties
From changing diapers to feeding the baby, parents often debate about the daily duties. Before you have a baby, talk about how to prevent parenting burnout. Read parenting advice books about bonding with the baby. The father’s involvement matters in the first year since dads don’t bond the same way as women do during pregnancy.
Figuring out the boundaries
Before having a baby, figure out the proper boundaries. Most parenting experts discourage co-sleeping because it’s dangerous for a child’s health due to possible suffocation. Also, experts discredit controversial parenting ideas such as “attachment parenting,” which typically results in child abuse. Other boundaries include talks about avoiding inappropriate language and activity around children as well as remembering to praise publicly and constructively criticize privately.
Other important discussions include whether to circumcise a boy, bank your baby’s cord blood, attend a certain church or house of worship, talk about politics with the child and home school. If you don’t agree about the best caregivers, discuss possible ideas for childcare before your baby comes into the world.