When you get that first glimpse of your baby, that's it, life is perfect. In that moment, there is nothing better. You will do everything you possibly can to make sure your baby gets everything they need. And you will do everything in your power to make sure you are doing the best for your child.
But then that moments passes, and people wade in. Then it becomes a constant battle of 'this is better', 'that is better', 'oh, you shouldn't be doing that', 'you're creating a rod for your own back'. Yeah, that!
And no matter what you do, someone will disagree with how you parent, what you choose for your baby and anything that you do, because, well, some people just like being judgemental. So today, I thought I'd write about the hypocrisies of being a parent. Those times when you can't do right for doing wrong...
1. Being a mum is hard when breastfeeding in public is offensive and 'showy-offy' but then again, formula feeding is frowned upon as 'breast is best' and you're just a lazy parent, thinking about yourself.
2. Sleep training means that you don't love your baby but then again, if your child doesn't work to your schedule and routine, then you have no control over your kids.
3. Thinking of co-sleeping? Oh no, what is this hippy nonsense. Not only are you creating a rod for your own back but it is also dangerous. Don't forget though, don't rock your baby to sleep as you are just pandering to them then.
4. Using disposable nappies is ruining the environment and irresponsible, yet reusable nappies is just the latest trend and you'll always be washing.
5. Holding your child too much is spoiling them. Oh, but don't ever put them in a bouncer or walker as these are detrimental to their development and it's just lazy parenting.
6. Weaning using jars is just lazy parenting and you don't even know what are in those things. But don't forget, feeding them what you have is bad for them as there's too much salt, sugar, spices, and on, and on, and on...
7. Being a stay at home mum means that you are just a lazy bum who has given up on their career, whereas going to work and using childcare 'well you might as well have not had kids if you're not bringing them up' and you'll miss out on every milestone.
You know what, does it matter, does any of it matter? As long as we are all trying to be confident parents, any way is best, as long as your child is getting what they need.
So you know what, do it your way. Do what you think is best. And don't let anyone tell you that you're doing it wrong...