Tampa doctor debunks baby myths ahead of the ‘Mother of All Baby Showers’

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — Being a new parent isn’t easy, but moms and dad across Tampa Bay can go straight to the source to get the information they need at the Mother of All Baby Showers, taking place Friday November 13th, at the Glazers Children’s Museum in Tampa. Part of the event includes a question and answer session for moms and dads to-be and new parents.

Tampa General Hospital and USF Health is a sponsor of the event and experts will be on-hand to help guide parents through the ever-changing rules and regulations of raising children.

For new parents it’s hard to keep up with guidelines, like whether you should put your baby to sleep on his tummy or back.

“It’s still ‘back is best,'” said Dr. Luis Maldonado, Assistant Professor, College Of Medicine Pediatrics College Of Medicine Pediatrics.”Put your baby to sleep on the baby’s back.”

Another confusing subject is immunizations. A lot of parents think it’s okay to delay shots but guidelines and doctors debunk that. “No we do not recommend parents deviate from that scheduling,” said Maldonado.

Car seat recommendations are also hard to keep track of, but here’s what you need to know. “The new rules say we should keep babies in rear-facing seats until year two of life,” said Maldonado.

For moms and dads to-be, it’s a good idea to start trying to find a pediatrician in the third trimester. Dr. Maldonado recommends that parents don’t opt for convenience, by choosing one in close proximity.
Maldonado suggests finding a doctor you feel comfortable with because you’ll be seeing them often in your child’s first years of life.

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