Playtex Baby Mom Trust

When I became a first time mom two years ago, lots of people–with and without children, offered unsolicited advice. Most of the time, I welcomed the words of wisdom and applied it to my new job as a mom. Other times, I laughed at the wise tales they swore were true. Well, I waited until they were no longer in earshot and then let out a howl.  But no matter how crazy something sounded, I wondered if there was perhaps some validity to the claim.  One such case involved umbilical cord care. One morning, I changed my daughter’s diaper and kissed her jelly belly. When I lifted my head, my hair wrapped around her belly button. OK, it was a hair extension. When I was pregnant, I was too tired to do my natural hair daily! My daughter’s dad said it was no big deal, but my relative, who will remain nameless to avoid potential embarrassment, said it could cause an infection. She  proceeded to tell me that our aunt told her–yes, the oddest advice is never in first person, that you should never, and I mean NEVER, pull on a string caught on an umbilical cord stump. Now really worried, I asked what would happen. Her answer: My baby would bleed to death, well, maybe not to death, but it would be bad!   Playtex Baby 2

I immediately called the pediatrician. The office knew my number and recognized my voice since I had called about three unrelated concerns earlier in the week. I didn’t share the details this time. I knew it was insane, but despite  this, I was worried about my newborn getting an infection. The office squeezed me into the doctor’s tight schedule, and moments later, we sat in the waiting room. In seconds, the doctor removed the hair, assured me that everything would be OK and sent us on our way. Looking back, I wish I had a network of parenting experts to turn to before I freaked out and doubted my ability to raise another human being in one piece.  Of course, I trusted my family, which is filled with amazing moms. But sometimes, your family isn’t always the best source. They worry with you. Playtex Baby

So to make sure other moms have someone to turn to for trusted, unbiased advice, I joined the Playtex® Baby Mom Trust Program. Playtex® Baby formed a virtual network of parenting experts, so moms and dads can find common parenting ground and support each other through sharing stories, tips, product reviews, insights and unique experiences about parenthood. I’m ecstatic about being a part of that team–who knew I would be an expert after that comical cord incident! Surprisingly, I even received recognition for my parenting advice and stories. I’m not bragging. I look back at this on the days I think I’m not good enough, smart enough or strong enough to raise my little girl. You too may be a bit tough on yourself. Together, we can remind each other that we don’t have to be perfect to be perfectly good parents! Playtex Baby 3

From now through September, I will share my experiences, such as Caitlynn’s first foods, first vacation and first birthday . I’ll ask ask for your opinion. Since Caitlynn outgrew baby bottle, I’ll ask and readers like you to review Playtex products. Until then, let me know what Playtex products you’re using with your little one. We use the Playtex® Lil’ Gripper® Straw Cup, since Caitlynn told me she’s not a baby anymore. I would never tell her this, but she’s not a big girl yet either! She spills milk all the time after insisting to drink from an adult cup. Also, let me know what’s the best and worse parenting advice you’ve ever received? Since the hair weave went wrong ordeal, one woman told me to put an egg in Caitlynn’s closet when she started teething. She claimed it worked for her teenage boys who never had any teething troubles. Maybe they were too focused on the rotten egg smell permeating their room to worry about sore gums!

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About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

One Response

  1. Joyce Brewer

    I was just like you – calling the pediatrician every friggin’ moment when A.J. was an infant!


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