Parenthood transforms your web browser history like nothing else. Where there was once “Miley Cyrus VMAs” or ”can I drink during pregnancy?,” there comes a new litany of adorable first-time parenting questions. A new parent’s anxiety about caring for a tiny new person easily manifests in a Google addiction that, sometimes, can make a frazzled mother or father even more detached from reality. But that doesn’t make you any less likely to scour the interwebs with the following inquiries.
Given an umbilical stump’s appearance, even a healthy healing stump can have parents looking for comparisons as well as triple checking any perceived funny business.
3. “Newborn sleep”
Whether you’re looking into getting your kid on a schedule or are concerned about sleep positions, you’ll be looking into this leg of the Internet a lot.
Colors, textures, smell. You will become the newborn poop expert.
You may have stumbled across this in one of your baby books, considered your baby’s cries, and decided to put two and two together. Whether your baby actually has colic should be determined by an actual doctor, but you’ll be starting your research here first. If your doctor just kind of shrugs and is like “colic,” you’ll be hunting through mommy forums looking for “treatment.” God’s speed.
6. “Breastfeeding problems”“Latch on, “low supply,” “pain,” you name it. You can even enjoy a “breastfeeding gif” between your fevered panic.
7. “Is it normal….”
9. “How long can I leave my baby…”New parents generally get super paranoid about how long they can leave their baby anywhere without burdening them with decades of therapy and perhaps a fear of mobiles. You’ll no doubt end up down a rabbit hole of CIO (Cry It Out) research.
10. “Should I take my baby to the ER for….”
New parents don’t want to make fools out of themselves for baby symptoms that can wait. But, of course, if you’ve never done babyhood before, it’s difficult to discern what can actually wait. You would wing it, but parenting guilt LOOMS. And usually wins.
11. “Should I have another baby…”
When your baby gets to be about 15 months old or so, you will suddenly be bombarded with questions about, “so, are you having another?” Even if you’ve firmly decided, as a family, to stop at what you have, the slew of inquiries can have you spending some time in the Googlesphere contemplating your choice.