Wednesday, August 15, 2012
A piece of advice for new parents....Don't you just love how everybody thinks that they have advice you need to hear? I find it annoying, and this is my second child. He's only 6 weeks old and I have heard "you are spoiling him already" about a million times. Yes, I spoil my kids...I nurse when they want it, I let them sleep on my lap. They aren't going to be little forever!
Anyways, the piece of advice I have is take it a day at a time. You don't have to have all of the answers right away. Just because you are told how you should do something, doesn't mean it is right for your family, your child, or you. When Maggie was born, I had said, I will never have my children sleep in my arms / on my lap. I won't rock my kids to sleep when they are almost 2. My kids will cry it out and sleep in their bed. I will give breastfeeding a shot. Kids should be off the bottle by the time they are 1. Ok. Reality check! From day 1, she slept with me in my bed. What was I thinking? I don't want my baby to cry. I want her close. I LOVE breastfeeding her. When she wants it, not when the clock says to. I never imagined that I would still be nursing her at 22 months or that it would be important throughout that first year and after.
So that's it folks. Do what is best for your family. Even when it goes against the norm. In your heart, you will figure out what is the right thing to do for your kiddos and you and your family. What you think you will do when you have a baby may just get blown out of the water by what you actually choose to do when that baby arrives. That's okay!
So, what piece of advice do you have for new parents? (You are all wonderful readers, so I know you will be respectful of others advice / opinions).
Posted by Shannon at 1:47 PM