All the choices when raising kids

Flashback. I’m standing in an over-crowded Baby City, 7 months pregnant, swollen tummy with (k)ankles to match. Moms with crying babies and excited toddlers dance around me. I think to myself, “What have I gotten myself into?” I’ve been staring at a three-in-one travel-system for over 40 minutes and I’m not quite sure what to even make of it. “What’s the difference between this one and the one we first looked at? Why are there so many choices? Which one is safest for my baby and how do these clips even work?” choices

In an instant I am taken from being a calm, excited and hopeful new mom-to be to an anxious ball of nerves. I feel the panic rise in my throat as I feel the weight of responsibly and endless choices press down on my chest. My hands are sweaty and I feel a prickling sensation rising up the back of my neck. My breathing has become erratic and I begin to hyperventilate. Moments later my husband finds me pacing the aisles unable to breath and then it hits me. I’m having a panic attack.

Fast-forward 5 years

I still find myself ridden with anxiety in shops like these. Parents of today are given so many choices and find ourselves on the receiving end of far too many opinions. Tommy Tippee over NUK, Huggies vs Pampers.  It’s taken me five years to sift through the options and sift out the opinions about motherhood that don’t really matter. It’s taken me the same amount of time to understand the ones that do. The no ifs or buts  concerning the safety of our children. The non-negotiables of raising kids.

But if I could go back in time and tell that nervous expectant mom to be one thing, it would be this: The only thing that really and truly matters in all the options available to me, is that my baby is safe and that I take every precaution to ensure his safety both at home and in the car. I wish I could confront that overwhelmed pregnant mom and tell her to take a deep breath, ask the right questions and trust the experts.

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