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The Biggest Decisions New Parents Face

I don't know about you, but pregnancy only intensified my usual indecisiveness. Should I cut my hair short to stay cool  -- or would that make my face look fatter? Pick maternity jeans with stretch panels or drawstrings? I changed my mind five times about my firstborn's birth announcements. And don't even ask me about the trials of choosing a name.

Then there were the really big decisions after the baby came, regarding things I'd never had to consider before in my life. How would I feed her? Where would she sleep? I now know that what's "right" often boils down to what's right for you. The best way to navigate decision making:

  • Gather facts.
  • Ask moms who've been there.
  • Filter what you learn through your own situation.
  • Then trust your instincts.

To get you started on the biggies:

Contributing editor Paula Spencer is a mom of four and the author of the Parenting Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth.