By now I think we’ve all seen or heard about the article in Times about attachment parenting. I’m not going to comment on it at all other than to say that I had no idea there were all these different parenting styles until after Ruby was born. Normally I’m an information junkie, but I surprised myself and read not a single parenting book while I was pregnant.
Since her birth I’ve been amazed by all the methods I could subscribe to and all the rules that go along with them. Do this and absolutely don’t do that. Or do lots of that and never under any circumstances do this. Well, I’m here to say I finally decided which route I’m taking.
I’m calling it the – Do Whatever the Hell Gets Me Through Today with a Fraction of My Sanity – parenting method. You’re welcome to join. Chances are whatever you’re doing lines up exactly with the recommended approach.
Let me tell you about what my parenting style says about naps. There are three basic rules:
1) Put your baby to sleep using whatever method works.
2) Let your baby sleep wherever she sleeps best.
3) Don’t worry about any “bad habits” you might be creating.
Translation: Ruby naps on the boob, and I don’t care what you have to say about it!
Sorry for getting so defensive there. Part of me feels guilty for spending a huge chunk of my day pinned to the couch. But, quite frankly, I just don’t have the mental fortitude to battle a cranky baby for two hours in order to get a 20 minute nap in the crib. And aren’t I supposed to prefer sitting on the couch anyway?