*written in collaboration with Baby Dove
As a parent of 3, I’ve had to learn to trust my instincts. From insisting that my kid gets seen to and my fears taken seriously at a paediatrician’s office, to knowing that my kid doesn’t want to kiss and hug the aunty and not forcing him to do it. From using different sleep training methods for each of them, to not forcing them to part with a dummy. And that one time I navigated the path from our bedroom to the kids room in the dark and not stepping on one Lego piece! #winning
TRY OURS! NO TRY OURS!
When it comes to baby products, there are hundreds of different items on the market. Each significant in their own way and each designed to make me feel like a failure for not choosing their specific product. This bum cream takes away rashes immediately, but the other one makes sure your baby doesn’t even get one in the first place. This wet wipe works like a lotion but this fragrance free one won’t harm your baby’s bottom. Try this formula, no try this bottle, wait, wait wait, try this 2-in-1 shampoo and you won’t be sorry. For me, it was a slow process of elimination to find the best products that work for my kids and that was most affordable for me. I use different products across most of the major baby product brands out there because each one has something specific that works for my children.
TRUST YOUR WAY
You know, Baby Dove has this slogan “Trust Your Way” which I love. For me it means that no one is better than anyone else. No one knows better than I do. But only I know my baby. Only I know when something is wrong, or when she just needs a little cuddle. Only I know what her cries mean and that she’s ticklish in a specific spot. Trusting your way means trusting your instincts when it comes to your baby. Trusting your way means that you’re the best parent you can be for your child. Whether that means you’re a full time working mom who is doing the best she can to make up for lost time in the evenings and weekends or you’re a stay-at-home dad who sometimes longs for a decent chat with another adult over an ice cold beer.
NO RIGHT WAY
There is no right or wrong way to trust yourself. There is no right or wrong way to care for your child. To be there and do the best you can. We are all in this together and we need to not only trust our own way but also trust that the people around us are doing what needs to be done for themselves and their families.
What does #TrustYourWay mean to you?
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