I know there’s a lot of debate on this subject…but then again there’s a lot of debate on any parenting differences between people. I’m a firm believer in that fact that every child and every parent is completely different from the next. So why should all parents and conform to one style and standard of raising their children. It just doesn't work. I’m using this blog and this space in order to explore my own parenting style, and I definitely want to hear other people’s opinion!
So I’m thinking that my parenting style definitely floats in the space of attachment parenting. And I had no plans for it to be this way either. In fact, when I got pregnant, I adamantly told my husband that there would be no bed sharing with the baby under any circumstances. Well fast forward to three months and we’re still co-sleeping and snuggling together. Honestly, I don’t plan on doing this for much longer, but right now it’s very convenient because Athena is such a nighttime nurser. And boy have I gotten some weird looks and have been chastised by complete strangers…ummm, thanks but this is not your child.
From the very beginning I’ve also been an advocate of baby wearing too. Keeping baby close makes them feel more comfortable, and honestly it makes me feel better too knowing that she’s right there. Once you get really good at baby wearing, you can figure out how to slip a boob out and they can nurse when they’re in there as well. Super. Awesome. They literally only have to come out for a diaper change. Baby wearing is such a natural and primal thing as well; it’s more than comforting for the baby to feel and smell mom so close to them. It’s one of my absolute favorite things to do with Athena.
My last little attachment parenting technique is the fact that I feed on demand; yes even at three months old. Obviously this is something that should be done for all newborns, but some parents get their babies on a feeding schedule. And that’s fine if that works for them. I like the idea of feeding on demand, especially during the daytime…this way I know that she’s getting plenty of calories in small intervals, which lessens the chance of her spitting up everywhere. I believe that all babies have a bit of acid reflux, some are worse off than others most definitely.
So what's everyone's thoughts? Let's make this a nice space to share and try to chastise other mom's about what works best for them...remember, just because it works for you, doesn't mean it works for another!