I can’t remember where I saw it or who left it (and I’ve been searching!), but a couple of weeks ago I read a comment with what I thought was the best parenting advice ever. I’ve actually repeated it to myself multiple times a day since and it always puts me at ease with smiling sigh.
The gist of it was this: If your baby is crying in the crib it means he’s alive and well. Take a deep breath, finish your shower and then tend to him.
Today I put it into practice yet again.
Little Bean and I came home from a nice walk to the library. He was tired and hungry, but Mom had to hit the bathroom. I tried to explain to him that I don’t wear a diaper, but he didn’t seem to understand. So I put him in the exersaucer and headed to the toilet.
He IMMEDIATELY started screaming. I mean full blown tears and excessive crying. I’m pretty sure the neighbors could hear him he was so loud. Of course it broke my heart but, like the commenter said, I knew he was alive and well. He was in a safe place so I took care of my *cough* business.
I’m sure I don’t have to tell you, but he did survive. I came back, picked him up, made a snack and put him down for nap. Sometimes I just need to be reminded of the obvious, and repeating that little line when this situation happens always makes me feel better.
What the best parenting advice you’ve ever heard or overheard?
UPDATE: Bre came forward. Here was her original comment….
If your baby is crying it means he is breathing, finish your shower!
Also, pump, breast, or formula. You are feeding your baby. You are a good mother.
Finally, don’t hate your husband. It might take him a little while to bond with baby, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t love you guys.
So glad she did! Best Parenting advice ever.