Your newborn with early parenting expert Jen Butler
We spend lots of time thinking about our pregnancy and preparing for our baby's birth but what comes next? When you finally have your baby in your arms your next thoughts will be...now what?
I have four children and think I am an expert in baby wrangling. Brigid here 🙋🏻♀️
BUT actually all I am is an expert in wrangling my OWN babies. Any information from me is anecdotal.
It’s a bit like pregnancy right? Where you will be following lots of accounts, googling EVERY little thing and getting overwhelmed with the sheer volume of advice.
Some of that advice is not ‘expert’ it is ‘anecdotal’.
Sometimes it is hard to spot the difference.
I don’t want you to feel anecdotal is not worthy, stories are great (I tell lots of them), but understand it is coming from a small sample size, it’s the opinion of the teller. It is not data driven or peer reviewed evidence that is generalisable.
And mostly, it is the reason for the ‘shoulds’ and the ‘overwhelm’ during pregnancy and early parenting.
So, just like why we hope you are following our expert led page - when you look for help about your baby, find an expert voice that resonates with you. Look at that person’s credentials, make your assessment then listen. To them.
When we were developing our online GrowMyBaby course it was really important to us that everyone was a bonafide ‘expert’. Someone who had degrees to match their experience. Information that was not ‘anecdotal’ but ‘expert’.
For the ‘Baby and You’ module we found Jen Butler. Midwife, Maternal and Child health nurse, Sleep coach, IBCLC trained lactation consultant and Circle of Security Consultant. Just WOW.
In this week’s podcast I talk to Jen about her top tips around feeding, sleeping and understanding your baby or toddler’s development. Head over to “The Kick Pregnancy Podcast” to have a listen to ep 41.
Go to @jenbutlerearlyparenting to see all the good stuff Jen talks about.
Parenting is a gig and a half! Out of sleeping, feeding and knowing normal baby development what is your biggest challenge at the moment??