Surprising Baby Myths

laughing baby boy( — There’s a commonly shared wish among nearly all new parents: that their little joy bundles came with an instruction manual, telling them exactly what to do and exactly what to avoid. From feeding to bathing, playing to dressing, every parent wants to give their babies the very best care they can. But, that natural love and devotion has lead to some misconceptions about the best ways to nurture little angels.

Below are four common parenting beliefs that aren’t entirely true:

Myth 1: Touching Your Baby’s Soft Spot Will Injure Their Brain

The fontanel, or soft spot, at the front of your baby’s head is a skin-covered opening in the skull that pulsates. Understandably, accidently harming this area frightens many parents. “There’s a presumption of vulnerability, but the brain is actually quite well protected,” says Andrew Adelman, M.D., chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Schneider Children’s Hospital in New York and author of 2009’s Baby Facts. The front fontanel typically closes at about 1 year of age, while the smaller soft spot in the back of the head usually closes at 2 months to 3 months. Obviously, take care to avoid accidental falls and bumps, but simple, gentle touching shouldn’t hurt them.

Myth 2: Babies Need Daily Baths