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.