Trusting Your Instincts and Why It's So Important

"Put that baby down. You'll spoil her." No, you won't. Infants thrive on human touch. They need it to survive. Babies are social creatures who love to be held. Carrying them around also gives them rich learning opportunities as they see new things and hear our description of what’s going on around them. In fact, it's impossible to spoil a baby under the age of 12 months. Responding to your baby will create a more, not less, independent child.

"That's not what the experts say." In our desire to be good parents, we often buy books to tell us what to do. Yet no one has the secret formula for parenting. Raising a child is an art, not a science. In your readings, you’ll find some ideas that sound good and some that don’t. Trust your instinct to tell you which is right for your family.

In our desire to be good parents, we seek healthcare advice. Being a family physician, pediatrician or pediatric nurse practitioner implies a basic knowledge of babies as a group, but each baby is unlike any other, and you are the expert on your baby. Trust yourself. If you’re not comfortable with the advice you're hearing, it's time to seek another opinion.

Believing in Yourself
It isn't always easy to tune out the messages we hear, and some of them will undoubtedly provide good advice. But remember that you alone can make the decisions that are best for your family and that your instincts will guide you along the way.

Here are three more reasons to believe in yourself as a parent.

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