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Top 10 Mistakes Even Smart Moms Make

Top 10 Mistakes Even Smart Moms Make



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Top 10 Mistakes Even SmartMoms Make
Norine Dworkin-McDaniel,
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Whether you’re a new mom or the leader of a pint-sizedbrigade, it’s hard keeping up with all the do’s and don’tsof motherhood. Here are the 10 biggest mistakes parentsmake and how to avoid them…We like to think of ourselves as the best moms – ever. Buteven when we think we’re doing everything right, we’renot. Here are 10 of the biggest mistakes even savvymoms make:
1.Sharing a bedwith baby.
Bonding, breast-feeding, or 2 a.m. bottles and diaperchanges are much easier when Junior is next to you atnight.But you may be putting your child at risk.
Bed-sharing is becoming more common in the U.S.: Thenumber of babies who cuddle with their parents at nightmore than doubled (from 5.5% in 1993 to 12.8% in 2000),according to the National Infant Sleep Position Study.Infants who sleep in their parents’ beds, however, are 40times more likely to suffocate than those who don’t,according to a 2003 St. Louis University study.Why? Babies may be smothered by the bedding, a parentrolling on top of them, or getting trapped between themattress and the wall, headboard and/or footboard. To co-sleep safely (especially during baby’s first year),park the crib or bassinet next to your bed. Make sure ithas a firm mattress with a fitted sheet but no otherbedding. No pillows or stuffed animals – they’re potentialhazards.Don’t allow loose blankets either, because they can easilycover the baby’s face. Instead, use warm sleep sacks,with holes for head and arms.And of course, always put infants to sleep on their backsto reduce the risk of Sudden Infant DeathSyndrome(SIDS).
2. Putting your child to bed with milk or juice.
 This is the perfect setup — for cavities, says MichaelIgnelzi, a Greensboro, N.C., dentist and orthodontist andspokesman for Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.When kids sip milk or juice all day long or even just atnight, cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth convert the
beverages’ sugars into tooth-decaying acid.How serious can it be? Recently, Ignelzi put four crownsinto a 23-month-old boy’s mouth. The toddler had beendrinking milk every night for his entire life, he says.“The milk sugars had rotted his top front baby teeth downto the nubs.”So limit milk and juice to meal or snack times becausethen “you have a lot of salivary flow, which neutralizesthe acid,” Ignelzi explains.Between meals and at night, there’s not a lot of saliva,and “the acid attacks for hours.”
3. Buying second-hand toys or baby furniture.
In a down economy, who could blame a mom for trying tosave a few bucks by picking up gently used items at agarage sale or on Craigslist?But before you snap up that bargain, checkRecalls.gov. This government-based clearinghouse for product recallscan tell you if the toy you’re eyeing is hazardous.Manufacturers get a dismal return on many recalledchildren’s products.“Most recalled products are still out there, and people areunaware that the product their child is using is potentially

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