Welcome to Baby-led Mama!

October 14, 2009 at 7:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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fd3fe161-db22-441f-bc33-80b8ad8a62beI woke just before 6 this morning. It was still quite dark, my husband was already in the shower and both our children were in our bed – the baby (6 months old) was gurgling at my breast, waiting for her morning milk, and our 3 year old had, at some point during the night, come into our room and climbed into the baby’s – empty – bedside cot (right next to me) and fallen back to sleep. I felt so happy….

…. Then I turned on the news to see more scaremongering headlines about the terrible dangers of co-sleeping… even though the reports discussed seemed to have confused “co-sleeping” with parental drug/alcohol use and falling asleep on the sofa with the baby!?!

After breakfast I checked a few of the parenting forums I frequent (both ‘natural’ parenting and more mainstream) and was astounded at how many mothers were starting to doubt their own instincts based on a headline that didn’t really reflect the content of the report they were ‘covering’.

This type of sensationalist reporting is far too common-place these days. As is the steady stream of comments from people who take it at face value, including many so-called Health ‘Professionals’, and it doesn’t have to be this way.  Raising children is a natural part of life – as mums, we are already equipped with instincts and tools to do a pretty good job of it, so why are we encouraged to disregard our natural feelings (to hold, cudddle, nurture, respond to our babies’ needs) for fear of “spoiling” or damaging them in some way? Making a “rod for your own back” when doing anything instinctual with your children is particularly prevalent these days, don’t you know!!

I’ve been mulling this over all day and felt it was time to start a blog. Somewhere to put forward another point of view.  Somewhere to share the successes and frustrations of attempting to be a more natural parent who co-sleeps, breastfeeds, wears her baby in a sling, uses cloth nappies and tries to provide a loving nurturing home.

I hope you enjoy reading my ramblings. Please feel free to comment – I may not always agree with what you have to say, but I’ll be sure to read it with interest 🙂

BLM

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