Coming home with a new baby can fill you with millions of questions, many of which seem impossible to answer. New parents are faced with the responsibility of caring for their baby, which, yes, seems simple enough. But how do you best care for your baby?
How do you really know what’s best?
This simple question can make new parents feel like they are tumbling down a rabbit hole, lost in a sea of information and differing opinions. Everyone wants to weigh in, but does anyone really know what’s best?
Although the Internet is undoubtedly a valuable tool for new parents, helping them through long nights with sick children or letting them research the latest products, it is also overwhelming. There is, perhaps, too much information to sort through. Just when you think you’ve got something figured out, a new article or a new post tells you something different.
Many parents today would agree that they are in a constant state of questioning.
What’s the remedy?
It’s good to remember that parenting is natural. There is something innate about holding an infant or knowing what to do when they are sick. For the most part, there really isn’t much you need to know.
You already know everything you need to.
Instant access to answers and opinions online have caused us as parents to forget to trust our natural instincts. Rather than thinking for ourselves, we turn to others, deeming them smarter or more experienced than ourselves.
But really, no one knows what’s better for your baby than you do. When you disconnect from what others are telling you to do (or showing you to do), you give yourself space to trust what comes naturally.
No, you won’t be perfect. Yes, you will make mistakes and have questions. But, no matter what, you can be confident that you are always doing what’s best for your baby – and yourself.
When you do choose to seek the advice from others or the Internet, it’s important to remember to sort out what is factual and what is opinion. For the most part, both sources are filled with opinions on parenting philosophies and practices, but very little is actually factually based. While it’s not bad to hear the ideas of others, it can start to be damaging if you let those opinions override your natural instincts.
And, of course, in the case of illness or injuries, it’s always best to consult a medical professional. While the Internet and friends can serve as tools, and while you can have a gut-instinct of what needs to be done, it’s never worth the risk to not get the attention necessary for proper treatment. Have a medical professional you trust, and who has similar beliefs or who at least understands how you are choosing to parent, on-hand so that when you need them, they’ll be there.