I tend to think of myself as a pretty damned good parent. I try hard to give my son everything he needs, to make him feel secure, loved, and happy. I refuse to compromise on most aspects of his care for my own convenience. After all, I brought him here. The least I could do is help him enjoy the trip.
With that said, I try not to sweat the small stuff. I find there are so many things that parents get hug up on, and it’s not always worth it. So here is a list of things that I don’t do:
- warm the wipes – it’s not the end of the world if the baby has a cold bum for a few seconds, and a wipe is certainly more pleasant than the dirty diaper was
- boil my pump parts nightly – I have never been a germaphobe and breastmilk has some powerful antimicrobial properties. I use wet wipes after each pumping session and wash my parts with hot soapy water nightly. We’ve never had a problem.
- take monthly professional photos of Jack – candids are much more fun and show the baby’s real personality! They’re also a hell of a lot cheaper.
- bundle Jack up to walk to the car. I’ve actually gotten questions about this from old ladies, “Doesn’t he have a coat?” Yes, he does have a coat but it’s not cold in the store, you old bat. The kid is resilient – I think he’ll survive a little breeze in his hair.
- disinfect toys that have fallen on the floor. The kid spends most of his time on the floor, and he regularly tries to eat the cat. Germs are everywhere and there’s no way to protect him from them all. He’ll survive.
Other parents out there: what do you skip in the kid-tending department? How do you cut yourself some slack?