My dad gave me the best piece of advice before I left for college:
“Everything in moderation”
(I’m sure that he didn’t mean that for studying but I took it literally…)
Today I was reading an article in the Tennessean on attachment parenting. (The ignorant comments are often quite entertaining if you’re in the right mood!)
I guess I’m more middle-of-the-road on this one than I thought.
1) Breast-feeding: CHECK. If my 5-month old continues, I’ll likely continue but not beyond 2 years because I’ll probably want my body back!(speaking of toddlers, did you know that in Tennessee women’s rights to breastfeed in public places are newborn to 12 months? That’s what the law states. So I could theoretically be cited for indecent exposure if I breastfeed my kid beyond 12 months…excellent!)
2) Co-sleeping: 1/2 CHECK. We kept the babies in our room until 3 months. Sometimes they would be in our bed, but most of the time in the bassinet. In bed, the baby would be between me and a mesh barrier that we installed, thereby reducing the chance of suffocating the baby by 1/2 (or possibly more since I’m the light sleeper!). Now that Yago’s a toddler, we stay with him in his room until he falls asleep. He joins us in bed as soon as he wakes up (be it 1am or 7am) and goes back to sleep. Is this the same as co-sleeping? Probably. Moderately, right?
3) Baby-wearing: check. I put this one in lower case because he’s not usually being worn by us anymore, but we do still wear him occasionally. He doesn’t mind riding along side his brother in the double stroller!
I sometimes preface my response to the pediatrician’s questions with, “I am aware of the risks, but…” For example, Yago napped on his tummy. I put a blanket on Daryoosh since Yago hates to be covered. Maybe this child won’t refuse to be covered later!
Now you know some of my not-so-secrets. What are some of your secrets to successful parenting?