On my most recent post, a friend of mine brought up a book called “On Becoming Babywise,” which got me thinking about different parenting styles. You can read about the book here.
There are shelves upon shelves of books on different parenting styles, and honestly, I am not buying one of them. At least not anytime soon.
See, as I have mentioned before, I have discovered BabyCenter.com, which may not have as great of a baby calendar as ParentsConnect.com, but is an invaluable resource for Baby-raising. The website has an amazing compilation of articles which examine other resources and put them all together. Take, for example, the section on Sleep-training babies. This section refers to any sleep method I have heard of, and it introduced me to more. The website also is great about demystifying breastfeeding and different parenting methods.
For what Baby Center has to say about the different methods and studies on Baby Sleep and Feeding Schedules, you might want to start out here.
Basically, I am in the river between the two shores of attachment parenting (baby-led) and parent-led parenting. In practical terms, it means that I am going to carry the kid around in a Moby Wrap, close to my body for a good portion of the day, but I am not letting the baby sleep in bed with my husband and me. I will set a general schedule, but have flexibility and take cues from the baby. This way, I hope to give the baby the ability to develop a very close and loving relationship with my husband and me, knowledge that we as parents are the authority but are not tyrannical, and independence that does not turn into constant defiance.
Still, it might be wise to ask me what I think again in a few years, when we are onto our second baby.
If you are a parent familiar with any of these methods, I of course would be very interested in your opinion of what works or what doesn’t work! Simply leave a comment, and if it is not inappropriate, I will post it so that the whole world my readers will benefit from your opinions.