We do everything we can to protect our children. We do what "we" feel is best.
There are few things that I have to have "the best" of. Most products are the same with or without the brand names. I don't have to have the best day creams to protect my children in the summer months. A lower priced sun protectant works just as well. They don't receive all the name brand shoes and clothing and hopefully won't feel this is a necessity when they get older.
One thing that I am adamant about is their health. We have chosen to get our kids vaccinated and they have gotten all shots withing weeks of them being due. I was a little slack this month. Usually I call in the middle of their birthday month (they were born on the 27th and 29th) and get an appointment the first week of the following month. I'm guessing the broken arm debacle last week has us on some sort of priority list at the pediatricians office. I just called for PP's 4 year old well check up and vaccinations and here's how the conversation went.
Me: Hi. My daughter is a patient of Dr. K and she will be 4 tomorrow so I wanted to set up her 4 year well check up and vaccinations.
receptionist: Oh. Make sure to bring back up. Can she come tomorrow?
Me: As I said, tomorrow is her birthday. I think we will NOT be giving her shots for her birthday.
Receptionist: Oh right. Good Call. How 'bout Wednesday at 9?
Me: Slightly hesitant because I was expecting anything this soon. Uh. Sure.
So, PP will have her favorite foods and cake and Ice Cream with family tomorrow. Shots on Wednesday. A sleep over on Friday and her party on Saturday. I think sandwiching the shots in there will make her forget a lot faster. Don't you?