Since there’s no official rule book when it comes to parenting, the right response to the tricky scenarios of raising infants and toddlers is up for debate. Here are some of the most frequently asked parenting questions with answers from parenting experts.
FAQ about raising infants and toddlers
Is it ever okay to let your baby cry it out?
This is a very hard question to answer and varies from one family with infants and toddlers to the next. It’s important not to try and sleep train infants until they’re four or six months old. Babies that cry try to communicate their needs to their parents. Sleep training allows babies to soothe themselves, so they’re able to fall back asleep if they wake up in the middle of the night.
Should parents co-sleep with their infants and toddlers?
According to the experts, bed-sharing isn’t ideal for babies. They recommend that babies should only be brought into the parents’ bed for the purposes of feeding or comfort. The main reason for this is because our abundance of pillows and blankets are safety hazards for babies and pose a risk for SIDS. Obviously, it’s your call when it comes to co-sleeping with older kids.
When is the best time to start with potty training?
Look, nobody likes to change nappies as a hobby, but that doesn’t mean you should force your kid to get out of them. Forcing kids to potty train before they’re ready is a recipe for disaster. Most kids develop the ability to “hold it” by the time they’re 18 months old. The cognitive, social, verbal and emotional control required for potty training doesn’t usually develop until after a toddler turns two. When every piece of the puzzle falls into place, you have the best chances of succeeding. There isn’t a specific age at which kids should be potty trained. Some tots are perfectly happy to do their business in their diapers for as long as possible.
Is it okay to kiss babies or infants on the lips?
The media has shamed so many average parents and celebrities for this. Of course, it’s okay to kiss your kids on the lips, as long as you take the necessary precautions. If you’ve got a funky tummy, cold sore, strep, bacterial infection or a respiratory virus, it’s NOT okay to kiss your baby on the lips. Also, your friends and family shouldn’t be allowed to kiss your child on the lips. You might know your friends and family, but it’s not intimately enough to know all about their health and personal hygiene. And that’s a risk that’s just not worth taking.