How Do I Know What's Best for My Baby?
Remember these three things and you'll be set!
There is a lot of information out there. And new parents want it.
Neighborhood listservs, parent forums, grandparents, Google, friends with babies, friends without babies, not to mention all the people wanting to sell you something - all propose to have THE answer to whatever it is you're asking.
With so much information, accessible with a stroke of a computer key, finding what you need can sometimes feel overwhelming, leading you to even more questions. But how do you find the one answer that's right for you and your baby when so many different people are confident that they know best?
I'm here to help you keep it simple with these three things to remember.
The first two "keep it simple" points are for you (and your partner) to tap into and give some thought. Maybe you haven't yet asked yourself how you feel about "sleep training," "attachment parenting," or "baby-led nursing," for example. Maybe you'd like to do some more independent research on the merits of the latest product or the benefits of a long-held practice, to see what better suits you and your family.
When you're looking for evidence-based information, regarding infants or anything postpartum, decide to look at just 2-3 internet sources. This will help prevent you from going down the internet "rabbit hole." Some of these sites are:
So, when you find yourself asking, "What's the best baby product...?"
Or the best infant care practice...?
Or the best service/professional/class/food...?
You'll now have a plan to find the answer that works for you. And if you should decide to go with your best friend's nursing pillow recommendation or your homemade laundry basket-turned-baby-bathtub idea, you can rest easy knowing that it was a decision based on criteria important to you. (Plus, if something is not working, you can always revisit it).
Watch out, though. You just might become the one that others ask, for recommendations!
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