So Joel and I endeavered on our first “parenting” class this weekend. I asked my doctor about which of the classes offered by our local hospital she recommended. And because Huntsville Hospital was having a special at the time, I signed up for Parenting, Childbirth, and Breastfeeding. Oh and all of these classes will be completed within a 2.5 week time period. It’s like learning EVERYTHING on speed.
So we went to our first marathon session of our parenting class, and as we walked in I (vainly) was thinking “Oh I’ve GOT this.” I mean, I used to be a nanny to small babies and children throughout undergrad. I’ve been around kids my whole life. 4 hours later, I’ve got sheets of paper with notes scribbled all over them. I love that Joel and I both took notes AS IF WE WILL BE LOOKING FOR THAT FOLDER COME TIME OF CRYING CRISIS. Silly new parents.
So, though some of you may be more educated than I am about these things, here are some items I found to be the most interesting:
- Formula has a 1 hour limit for you to either use it or lose it. You can’t reuse whatever is left over.
- Sourdough bread expands in water so don’t give your small child pizza crust as one of their foods in the first year because it’ll expand in their throats.
- If you buy a range of baby foods/expose your child to a range of different foods, you’ll help him/her not to be a picky eater. This makes sense because I naturally would pick out food items that sound good to me, even though I’m not the one eating it.
- If you make your own baby food, make sure you don’t season it as you cook it. I always cook green beans with a ton of seasonings and probably wouldn’t have thought of this until I was trying to feed it to my kid.
- It takes a baby 2-3 weeks to be able to regulate her own body temperature.
- Don’t use diaper rash cream unless prescribed by the doctor.
- Never, ever use baby powder.
I feel so smart.