Throughout pregnancy and until my little one was about 6 months old, I would literally be asking Google a question every single day, no joke, sometimes even twice or three times a day. Every thought that came into my head, I would Google. Every question I had, I would Google for the answer. Every worry I had, I would Google – often this made me worry more.Here’s some of my searches from memory, this list could be quite long:
- Can you fly with Placenta Previa?
- What to do if you’re pregnant in Dubai?
- What happens if the placenta is still covering the cervix at later scan?
- What happens at the 28 week midwife appointment?
- Why is my baby’s poo still green?
- Why has my baby’s poo turned a greenish colour?
- Is it normal for babies to loose more than 10% in birth weight?
- How long should it take for babies to regain their birth weight?
- How often should a 6-week old be feeding?
- My 3-week old is feeding all the time?
- Best bottles for babies who won’t take a bottle?
- How to get a breastfed baby to take a bottle?
- My baby wakes every hour?
- What’s the 4-month sleep regression?
- How to get a baby to sleep during the 4-month sleep regression?
- Best sleep training methods?
- Should I use Cry-It-Out solution?
- Can I start to introduce purees at 5-months old?
- Best food to start weaning?
- How many breastfeeds should a baby have whilst weaning?
You get my point, the list goes on and on………..
This week I had two questions that I needed to Google “How to night wean a 10-month old baby?” and “Is it ok to give a 10-month old baby cows milk?”. You’re probably now thinking is this blog post about breastfeeding, no. It’s about how infrequently I turn to Google these days, I realised that I had barely searched for answers online in the last 4 months, and it got me thinking why? I have a couple of answers for this:
- I’ve grown in confidence in my ability to be a Mum, and also I know my daughter a lot better now than I did when she was 6 weeks old. I don’t need to ask Google, or read through reams and reams of people’s comments on Mumsnet and NetMums. So I guess I learnt that over time I’m trusting my own instincts a lot more.
- I’m blogging. The blogging community is such a knowledgeable resource base for any questions you have, and answers you wish to find. It has grown my confidence in my ability at being a Mum. I’ve found that writing and sharing my experiences has helped to boost confidence, as well as receiving lots of lovely advice and comments on my blog posts.
- My little one is growing up, she’s starting to make her own decisions on what food she wants, whether she wants a breastfeed or not. As I’m taking her lead, it’s much easier this way. Anyway this post is not about breastfeeding.
I think a lot of parents would agree with this, having spent a lot of time on Google throughout pregnancy and in the early days of having a newborn, questioning every thought that comes into our heads. What on earth did we do without the Internet and Google? Babies were born, and we survived without it, maybe we trusted our own instincts more or read baby books.
I would love to hear your view on Google Parenting.
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