Childrearing

8 Times In Parenting Where You Will Feel Clueless

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Parenthood. So many decisions to make and chances to screw up your kid. There are also endless schools of thought on pretty much every single thing having to do with your child. With the internet involved, you could find information to contradict every choice you make so basically, it’s all one confusing cluster. I know I have felt clueless about a million times in my seven years of motherhood and the below is just a sampling of things that made me scratch my head:

1. Umbilical Cord Hell

gross

Is it supposed to pus? Is it supposed to bleed? Is it normal to hang on for a month? Will my baby’s belly button FALL RIGHT OUT?

2. Making A Bottle

shapres

How many ounces do we start with? How much SHOULD they be drinking at this weight? Can you use the leftovers for a while afterward or do you need to start over? Playtex drop-ins? Dr. Browns? WTF do we do????

3. Clothes Shopping

bugging

As Aimee discussed recently, this can be so confusing. 6-12 months? Six month? Twelve month? What’s the difference and how do I know what will fit over their little diaper bubble butt?

4. Feeding Solids

throw food

Some say start with cereal. Some say screw cereal, mash up a banana and an avocado. Some say they can have Cheerios as soon as they can pick them up and then others will tell you they can choke to death, wait until they are a year old. Can’t they just drink formula until age 10?

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