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Intuitive Parenting offers evidence-based breastfeeding, childbirth, and parenting education for both expecting and new parents in a comfortable home setting located in Capital Hill, Washington DC.

Our Baby Class Guiding Principles

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Our Baby Class Guiding Principles

Kimberly Hawley

One of the first things that drew me to Our Baby Class (OBC) was the Guiding Principles. They resonated with me both as a parent and as a lactation professional.

 

OBC Guiding Principles

1.     Trust your instincts.

2.     You can’t spoil a baby.

3.     If what you are doing is working for you, your partner, and your baby, great! Keep doing it!

4.     If what you are doing is not working for you, your partner, or your baby, it’s ok! You can change it!

5.     There are no magical times when you must start or stop something.

6.     No habit you create now is irreversible.

7.     And never forget, trust your instincts!

 

These values were already guiding my own parenting, although admittedly in a far less defined way. But equally as importantly, they were already ideas that I was trying to instill into my breastfeeding support.

 

The beauty of the guiding principles is that they guide and inform both the curriculum of the OBC classes and the tone and approach of the teacher/mentors without being limited to one parenting school of thought. They are able to be inclusive to a range of parenting styles and philosophies while setting a clear tone.

 

To honor the significance of the Guiding Principles, I’m going to start a series where I will focus on each principle in its own blog post, providing a discussion as well as some of my own experiences as a parent. So, be on the lookout for my next post on trusting your instincts!