#55: 5 Myths about Newborns with Deborah McNelis

by | Mar 6, 2023 | New parent, Newborns, Podcast

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast

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#55: 5 Myths about Newborns

with Deborah McNelis


It’s easy to feel lost and overwhelmed when it comes to caring for your newborn, but don’t worry! Let me introduce you to Deborah McNelis, who’s here to help guide you through this crucial time.

In this episode, Deborah talks about the common myths about newborns and explains the importance of giving nurturing and responsive care to your baby during their first 60 days of life. Did you know that picking up a crying baby won’t create bad habits? In fact, it helps establish a secure attachment and supports their development. And rocking your baby comes naturally and is even more effective than using devices, regulating their brain in the process.

Deborah also dispels other common myths about parenting, like the idea that taking care of your baby means neglecting your own self-care. In reality, it’s all about finding a balance between taking care of your baby and yourself.

By understanding and debunking these myths, parents and caregivers can provide better care for their babies during the first 60 days and beyond. This creates a strong foundation for their future development and leads to better outcomes in life.

Learn more about the importance of the first 60 days of a baby’s life. Let’s provide the best care for our newborns by understanding the facts and myths surrounding parenting and baby care. 

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About our guest:

Deborah McNelis is a passionate individual who values connection and spending time with loved ones. Her career began as a kindergarten teacher, but she soon moved on to create a community-based organization called the Family Network and served as the president of The Partners organization. As an instructor for the early childhood associate degree at a technical college, she coordinated an Even Start Family Literacy program, and worked for a statewide advocacy agency to raise awareness and support for children and families. Deborah loves to travel and learn from new experiences, and can often be found admiring sunsets in nature. She currently resides on a Wisconsin lake but her roots hail from Minnesota. Deborah’s passion for early brain development led her to find Brain Insights and continue her work in the field.

Connect with Deborah:

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