February 7, 2010

I'm not that kinda momma...

I would say don't judge me but it's bound to happen, so bring it on.

People are judgemental, it's in our nature. That's no big deal. However, it's when you treat someone badly or different because of your judgements that really matters. I will admit to being really judgemental but I don't treat others differently because I disagree with their parenting skills or lifestyle.

For the record and before I get too deep in this, I DO NOT intend this to be offensive to anyone. If you get offended get over it.

I don't feed Monkey organic baby food but I've given him food with added DHA.

I don't recycle. I start and stop. It's hard being the only one in the house that will stay on top of it.

I don't use special baby detergent, I just rinse his clothes twice and avoid dryer sheets for him.

I don't really baby wear. We have a snugli thing but its wonky. I wanted a moby but never managed to get one.

I breastfed my son for about 2 weeks. I only stopped because I was dying and the antibiotics I was on would have hurt him. If I had been able to I would have breastfed him until he was 6 months.

I co-slept with Monkey. It was the best thing ever for him and me. He is a few days from being 8 months old and is just now sleeping in his bed.

I use binkies. My son loves his and it helps him calm down. I do not use it to "shut him up". I will wean him from it when we are ready, however, it will be gone before he is two at the oldest.

I lean more towards attachment parenting than any other style. You might think I'm "spoiling" my child but I think I'm caring for him, letting him feel secure,loved and letting his trust in me grow.

I am thinking about extending the time Monkey is in a rear facing car-seat until he is about 18 months. It seems to be safer. I'm all for car safety.

I don't plan to child proof the heck out of the house. I'm not going to wrap every hard surface in foam or bubble wrap. I will cover outlets and get child safety locks on the doors and on cabinets.

That's just what works for us. I know every parent does things differently and every child is different. This is how Monkey and I make it work. He is a happy healthy boy.

Judge me if you will. Question me if you want.

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