QUIZ: Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Parent?

There are some symptoms and signs that parents should always be on to lookout for, especially when dealing with young babies. Something as inconspicuous as realizing your baby is sleeping too much can be the difference between life and death. Unfortunately, babies don’t come with a manual, and neither do parents. So, how can someone be really sure if they have what it takes to be a parent? Take this test and find out!

There are some symptoms and signs that parents should always be on to lookout for, especially when dealing with young babies. Something as inconspicuous as realizing your baby is sleeping too much can be the difference between life and death. Unfortunately, babies don’t come with a manual, and neither do parents. So, how can someone be really sure if they have what it takes to be a parent? Take this test and find out!

At what age do babies start to roll over on their own?

  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months

Babies start to gain this ability at about four months of age. It takes that long for them to build up the muscle strength to support their own body weight.

Babies start to gain this ability at about four months of age. It takes that long for them to build up the muscle strength to support their own body weight.

What are these sweet crackers called?

  • Zoo cookies
  • Teddy grahams
  • Animal crackers

Animal crackers have been around since the 1800s and they are still as enjoyable today as they ever were. Each cookie is shaped like an animal, like elephants, giraffes and lions.

Animal crackers have been around since the 1800s and they are still as enjoyable today as they ever were. Each cookie is shaped like an animal, like elephants, giraffes and lions.

How many trimesters does a pregnancy last?

  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

The word “trimester” itself includes the preface “tri,” which means three. So, a pregnancy lasts for three unique stages or trimesters.

The word “trimester” itself includes the preface “tri,” which means three. So, a pregnancy lasts for three unique stages or trimesters.

What is this children’s book character named?

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • The Rainbow Fish
  • The Grouchy Dragon

This character, created by artist Eric Carle, is a beloved children’s book character. This book can probably be found in most elementary school libraries.

This character, created by artist Eric Carle, is a beloved children’s book character. This book can probably be found in most elementary school libraries.

Is it true that newborn babies always smile?

  • True
  • False

Newborn babies don’t have a lot of expressions because they’re still learning how to use all of their muscles. Most babies start to really smile once they’ve hit six weeks old.

Newborn babies don’t have a lot of expressions because they’re still learning how to use all of their muscles. Most babies start to really smile once they’ve hit six weeks old.

Name a food that babies should never eat…

  • Banana puree
  • Apples
  • Potatoes
  • Honey

As exciting as it may sound to introduce your baby to new flavors, parents should never let babies eat honey. It’s loaded with sugar and can even cause infant botulism due to the bacteria that is typically found in honey.

As exciting as it may sound to introduce your baby to new flavors, parents should never let babies eat honey. It’s loaded with sugar and can even cause infant botulism due to the bacteria that is typically found in honey.

What is a doctor who treats children called?

  • Podiatrist
  • Dermatologist
  • Pediatrician

Pediatricians specifically treat people of a young age, but many people continue visiting their pediatrician well into their teen years.

Pediatricians specifically treat people of a young age, but many people continue visiting their pediatrician well into their teen years.

What does the word “swaddle” mean?

  • A sleeping position
  • A way to wrap a baby in a blanket
  • A feeding technique

Swaddling is a specific way of wrapping up a baby in a blanket. When a baby is swaddled, they can’t move their arms or legs so they stay cozy and warm inside the soft blanket.

Swaddling is a specific way of wrapping up a baby in a blanket. When a baby is swaddled, they can’t move their arms or legs so they stay cozy and warm inside the soft blanket.

True or false: Breast milk can be kept in the freezer.

  • False
  • True

It’s true! Break milk can be safely stored in the freezer for a few months. This is helpful to new mothers who can store additional milk to feed their baby whenever it’s meal time.

It’s true! Break milk can be safely stored in the freezer for a few months. This is helpful to new mothers who can store additional milk to feed their baby whenever it’s meal time.

If a baby feels warm to the touch and they seem tired, what should parents do?

  • Check to see if they’re hungry
  • Let them sleep
  • Take their temperature to check for fever

Babies having a fever is pretty common. Usually, having a fever is a sign that a child or baby is fighting off some sort of bacterial infection or virus. Take a baby’s temperature. If it’s high, the Mayo Clinic suggests calling your doctor. If there are signs of dehydration or the baby hasn’t eaten in a while, it’s time to visit the ER.

Babies having a fever is pretty common. Usually, having a fever is a sign that a child or baby is fighting off some sort of bacterial infection or virus. Take a baby’s temperature. If it’s high, the Mayo Clinic suggests calling your doctor. If there are signs of dehydration or the baby hasn’t eaten in a while, it’s time to visit the ER.

What are some signs of dehydration parents should be on the lookout for?

  • Constant crying and burping
  • Fewer diaper changes, sunken eyes, and tearless crying
  • Sleeping too much

These are all signs of dehydration. When a parent notices these symptoms, they must contact a doctor or head to the nearest ER. If a baby has had less than six diaper changes in the span of 24 hours, this could mean the baby is dehydrated.

These are all signs of dehydration. When a parent notices these symptoms, they must contact a doctor or head to the nearest ER. If a baby has had less than six diaper changes in the span of 24 hours, this could mean the baby is dehydrated.

If a baby refuses to eat, what is the best course of action?

  • Switch their diet and try feeding them something new
  • Leave them. They’ll get hungry eventually
  • Contact a healthcare provider or the family doctor immediately

Typically, newborn babies should eat every 2-3 hours for the first month. But if a parent notices their child is refusing food, not being able to latch on while they get breastfed, or they’re spitting out their food, there may be a bigger reason for it. So it’s best to stay safe and call a doctor.

Typically, newborn babies should eat every 2-3 hours for the first month. But if a parent notices their child is refusing food, not being able to latch on while they get breastfed, or they’re spitting out their food, there may be a bigger reason for it. So it’s best to stay safe and call a doctor.

How often should babies eat?

  • Every time they cry and ask for it
  • Every 4-5 hours
  • Every 2-3 hours

Typically, babies need to be fed every two to three hours every 24 hours. This amounts to about 8 to 12 times per day. As the baby gets older, they’ll require less nursing and their feeding schedule will get more regular.

Typically, babies need to be fed every two to three hours every 24 hours. This amounts to about 8 to 12 times per day. As the baby gets older, they’ll require less nursing and their feeding schedule will get more regular.

If a newborn looks “kind of weird” does this mean there’s something wrong with the baby?

  • Not always
  • Yes, it might be a sign they're sick
  • Yes, they might be injured

Often times, newborn babies might have a smooshed head, puffy eyes, cheeks and nose, and might even be covered in fine body hair known as lanugo. Some babies even appear to be yellow due to jaundice, a normal condition which essentially means there’s an excess of bilirubin in the baby’s blood.

Often times, newborn babies might have a smooshed head, puffy eyes, cheeks and nose, and might even be covered in fine body hair known as lanugo. Some babies even appear to be yellow due to jaundice, a normal condition which essentially means there’s an excess of bilirubin in the baby’s blood.

Is it normal for a baby to sleep 12-16 hours per day?

  • No, babies sleep very little
  • Yes, babies sleep a lot, sometimes up to 20 hours a day
  • It varies

Newborn babies usually sleep for between 12 and 16 hours a day. Sometimes 20. But babies don’t sleep during long stretches of time. Some babies wake up many times in between while others are able to sleep for 6 or 8 hours at a time. After a while, babies start developing their own day and night patterns.

Newborn babies usually sleep for between 12 and 16 hours a day. Sometimes 20. But babies don’t sleep during long stretches of time. Some babies wake up many times in between while others are able to sleep for 6 or 8 hours at a time. After a while, babies start developing their own day and night patterns.

When should new parents sleep?

  • In the night, even if the newborn baby is crying
  • Sleep when the baby falls asleep
  • Take turns sleeping so one partner is always awake

Newborns are pretty unpredictable. As a new parent, you’ll be heavily sleep deprived, so it’s best to sleep when the baby sleeps. Avoid using that time to clean or do chores. Just sleep when the baby is asleep.

Newborns are pretty unpredictable. As a new parent, you’ll be heavily sleep deprived, so it’s best to sleep when the baby sleeps. Avoid using that time to clean or do chores. Just sleep when the baby is asleep.

Pregnancy causes acne breakouts, congestion, bleeding gums, a change in foot size, restless leg syndrome and an altered sense of smell. True or False?

  • True!
  • False, of course. It’s not that bad!

Pregnancy causes a bunch of side effects besides morning sickness and bladder control issues. As you probably imagined, pregnancy is not a walk in the park!

Pregnancy causes a bunch of side effects besides morning sickness and bladder control issues. As you probably imagined, pregnancy is not a walk in the park!

Babies are strong and resilient. Is this true?

  • Babies are fragile beings, so no.
  • Babies don’t have strong immune systems yet, so no, they’re not strong or resilient.
  • Yes!

Babies are stronger than we think! Infants have flexible bones, so an adult falling is not the same as a baby tripping or bumping against a chair. Not only that, but a recent study by King’s College London claims the immune system of newborn babies might be stronger than we imagined.

Babies are stronger than we think! Infants have flexible bones, so an adult falling is not the same as a baby tripping or bumping against a chair. Not only that, but a recent study by King’s College London claims the immune system of newborn babies might be stronger than we imagined.

The first three months of caring for a new baby are grueling. They’re so hard, you might end up crying yourself to sleep. True or False?

  • True
  • False

No matter what anyone says, those crucial three months after the baby is born are the hardest. The baby is trying to adjust to living outside the womb, so understandably, it won’t be an easy transition. Sleep deprivation, postpartum depression, and being on a feeding schedule will test any parent’s sanity, even if they’re lucky enough to have a baby that sleeps through the night.

No matter what anyone says, those crucial three months after the baby is born are the hardest. The baby is trying to adjust to living outside the womb, so understandably, it won’t be an easy transition. Sleep deprivation, postpartum depression, and being on a feeding schedule will test any parent’s sanity, even if they’re lucky enough to have a baby that sleeps through the night.

When should parents start brushing their baby’s teeth?

  • After one month
  • The moment you notice the first tooth
  • After all their teeth have grown in

Dental hygiene is super important, so doctors suggest we should start brushing our baby’s teeth the moment the first one pops up.

Dental hygiene is super important, so doctors suggest we should start brushing our baby’s teeth the moment the first one pops up.

If you’re pregnant and you wake up lying on your stomach, can this crush the baby?

  • No, the baby is going to be fine
  • Yes, the weight of your body could cause harm to the baby
  • Sleeping? There's no sleeping when you're a parent

Although it might feel uncomfortable and freaky, lying on your stomach won’t suffocate your baby. Just roll over and that’s it!

Although it might feel uncomfortable and freaky, lying on your stomach won’t suffocate your baby. Just roll over and that’s it!

When babies spit up, it’s a sign that their stomachs are full. True or False?

  • False
  • True

Spitting up is quite common among babies as their stomachs are adapting to processing food outside of the womb during the first 3 months. Most babies outgrow spitting up by the time they reach 8 months, approximately.

Spitting up is quite common among babies as their stomachs are adapting to processing food outside of the womb during the first 3 months. Most babies outgrow spitting up by the time they reach 8 months, approximately.

If family and friends criticize the way you parent, does this mean you’re doing things wrong?

  • You’re open to hearing a few tips
  • You’re probably messing things up because you’re a new parent!
  • Stop talking to anyone who dares criticize you

But generally speaking, no. Everyone gets to make their own parenting decisions: Whether you choose to stay home, quit your job, or hire two on-the-clock nannies, everyone will have something to criticize. Just smile, nod along, and change the subject. After all, you’re the parent and people will have their own opinions no matter what.

But generally speaking, no. Everyone gets to make their own parenting decisions: Whether you choose to stay home, quit your job, or hire two on-the-clock nannies, everyone will have something to criticize. Just smile, nod along, and change the subject. After all, you’re the parent and people will have their own opinions no matter what.

Once the baby is born, their mom won’t be able to go to the salon or get a manicure for a few years. True or False?

  • False
  • True, you can’t just take your baby wherever you like
  • Somewhere in the middle. Babies can’t travel or be outside until they’re at least 12 months old.

Babies are surprisingly portable! After a few months, new moms will be surprised by how easy it is to just pick them up and take them with you to appointments. So movies, cafes, and nail salons are not off limits by any means!

Babies are surprisingly portable! After a few months, new moms will be surprised by how easy it is to just pick them up and take them with you to appointments. So movies, cafes, and nail salons are not off limits by any means!

Getting pregnant for the second time will cause extra weight gain. True or False?

  • True. Most moms put on at least 20 pounds after the second pregnancy
  • False
  • True. Moms need to eat for two, regardless of whether they put on weight or not

There is no direct correlation between excess weight and a second pregnancy. But in order to remain at a healthy weight, doctors suggest getting close to your pre-pregnancy weight before getting pregnant again in order to not add extra pounds on top of excess weight, which is very hard to lose after having a baby.

There is no direct correlation between excess weight and a second pregnancy. But in order to remain at a healthy weight, doctors suggest getting close to your pre-pregnancy weight before getting pregnant again in order to not add extra pounds on top of excess weight, which is very hard to lose after having a baby.

Should newborns have toys, pillows, plushies, comforters, and extra blankets in their cribs?

  • Absolutely not
  • Have you ever seen a crib without stuffed toys and a blanket? Of course it’s okay
  • Just one toy or a tiny blanket is fine. They can do no harm, right?

Babies should never have any other objects in their crib other than their mattress. Any other objects lying around could pose a choking hazard.

Babies should never have any other objects in their crib other than their mattress. Any other objects lying around could pose a choking hazard.

Babies need a lot of things, such as toys, gadgets, pumps, changing stations, and so much more. True or False?

  • True. Babies are expensive!
  • False

While babies are expensive, they don’t need a lot of things: Babies need diapers, milk, blankets, a crib, and lots of love. But that’s about it. Parents can splurge on all the high-tech gadgets they want if it makes life easier, but the reality is, babies only need a few essential things when they’re born.

While babies are expensive, they don’t need a lot of things: Babies need diapers, milk, blankets, a crib, and lots of love. But that’s about it. Parents can splurge on all the high-tech gadgets they want if it makes life easier, but the reality is, babies only need a few essential things when they’re born.

What is the best sleeping position for a baby?

  • Any position that their body naturally falls asleep in
  • On their side to avoid choking
  • On their backs

According to doctors and The American Academy of Pediatrics, newborn babies are safer when they sleep on their backs. “Putting your baby to sleep on his back decreases his chance of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), which is responsible for more infant deaths in the United States than any other cause during the first year of life,” they explain on their website.

According to doctors and The American Academy of Pediatrics, newborn babies are safer when they sleep on their backs. “Putting your baby to sleep on his back decreases his chance of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), which is responsible for more infant deaths in the United States than any other cause during the first year of life,” they explain on their website.

Which children’s book is this?

  • The Cat Who Lived in the Hat
  • The Cat in the Hat
  • Where the Wild Things Are

A marvelous book that was illustrated and written by Dr. Seuss. It’s full of rhymes and valuable lessons and is a total must-have to add to your story time book collection.

A marvelous book that was illustrated and written by Dr. Seuss. It’s full of rhymes and valuable lessons and is a total must-have to add to your story time book collection.

How does a parent know how much food their baby is getting?

  • By their weight
  • By how much time they spend feeding
  • If they burp or spit after eating

It’s the best and easiest indicator that a baby is being properly fed. But their diaper discharge is also a good way to check. Babies should be getting about 5 to 6 diaper changes per day.

It’s the best and easiest indicator that a baby is being properly fed. But their diaper discharge is also a good way to check. Babies should be getting about 5 to 6 diaper changes per day.

When babies first start talking, what is the most common word they usually say?

  • Mama
  • Dada
  • Nana

For some reasons, babies tend to learn how to say “dada” a lot faster than any other words. Wow!

For some reasons, babies tend to learn how to say “dada” a lot faster than any other words. Wow!

Why do babies tend to move so much?

  • It’s their way of communicating with their parents
  • They’re uncomfortable in their bed
  • They’re trying to build more muscle

It may sound bonkers, but they’re not actually doing it to look good in a tank top. Babies need muscle strength so naturally, their bodies move around to burn more energy and eventually build enough muscle to sit up straight and move.

It may sound bonkers, but they’re not actually doing it to look good in a tank top. Babies need muscle strength so naturally, their bodies move around to burn more energy and eventually build enough muscle to sit up straight and move.

Is it true that being pregnant can boost your metabolism?

  • True
  • False

Pregnancy can effect every aspect of an expecting mother’s health. Metabolism typically starts working more efficiently during pregnancy to support both the mother and child.

Pregnancy can effect every aspect of an expecting mother’s health. Metabolism typically starts working more efficiently during pregnancy to support both the mother and child.

When do children start to lose their baby teeth?

  • About 2 years old
  • About 5 years old
  • About 8 years old

Most kids start losing their baby teeth at about five or six years old. That then starts the process of losing each and every baby tooth and waiting for new ones to grow in, which may take a while!

Most kids start losing their baby teeth at about five or six years old. That then starts the process of losing each and every baby tooth and waiting for new ones to grow in, which may take a while!

What is this snack called?

  • Oreos
  • Goldfish
  • Cheez-it’s

Kids love these cheesy and salty snacks, so expectant parents can expect to find these fish underneath couch cushions and behind car seats for years to come.

Kids love these cheesy and salty snacks, so expectant parents can expect to find these fish underneath couch cushions and behind car seats for years to come.

Which product can be used to prevent diaper rash?

  • Baby oil
  • Baby powder
  • Nothing

Because most cases of diaper rash are caused by friction between a baby’s skin and their diaper, adding powder can reduce this friction and help the problem.

Because most cases of diaper rash are caused by friction between a baby’s skin and their diaper, adding powder can reduce this friction and help the problem.

What is this sweet kid’s snack called?

  • Gushers
  • Snickers
  • Smarties

These snacks, called gushers, are gooey candy that is filled with a liquid center. These are great treats to add in a lunchbox to make your child the envy of their friends.

These snacks, called gushers, are gooey candy that is filled with a liquid center. These are great treats to add in a lunchbox to make your child the envy of their friends.

What is this new children’s movie called?

  • Coco
  • Tangled
  • Moana

Kids love Pixar movies, so there’s a good chance that new parents will be watching those movies dozens of times over!

Kids love Pixar movies, so there’s a good chance that new parents will be watching those movies dozens of times over!

When do babies start to crawl?

  • 1-2 months
  • 6-10 months
  • 12-14 months

Every baby is different, but most babies start to get mobile and crawl between 6 and 10 months of age.

Every baby is different, but most babies start to get mobile and crawl between 6 and 10 months of age.

True or false: Newborn babies should stay hydrated by drinking water every day.

  • True
  • False

Newborn babies get all of the hydration, vitamins and minerals that they need from breastmilk or formula. There’s no need to make sure that they drink water, too.

Newborn babies get all of the hydration, vitamins and minerals that they need from breastmilk or formula. There’s no need to make sure that they drink water, too.

Which movie is this girl from?

  • Frozen
  • Moana
  • Tangled

“Frozen” was released in 2013 and it grossed over $1 billion dollars at the box office. That success was due in part to the ear worm “Let it Go.”

“Frozen” was released in 2013 and it grossed over $1 billion dollars at the box office. That success was due in part to the ear worm “Let it Go.”

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