As a new parent, you will no doubt want to get advice and guidance from your support network of friends, family, as well as medical experts and professionals. This is normal as you want the absolute best for your child. However, much of the guidance that you get will disagree and yet you will be told by everyone that their way is the ‘right’ way. To be able to parent without guilt, you must listen to all of the advice but then take time to work out what is best for you and your child, taking into account what is important to you. There is a treasure trove of tips and recommendations from others, but don’t let these give their opinions of what is best greater importance.
There are so many examples of situations where you will get conflicting advice – co-sleeping or not, breast or bottle feeding, when to wean, when developmental stages occur – the list is endless. If you listen to others too much, you no longer trust your ability to make decisions for yourself and the guilt of not doing the right thing grows.
But you DO know the right thing to do. Listen to your instincts, listen to your child, and know that whatever choice you make, it is done with love and pure intentions.