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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Everyone's 2 Cents!

Have you ever noticed that people love to give you their opinion about childbirth, breastfeeding, discipline and a whole bunch of other personal topics? I remember when I was pregnant, complete strangers would approach me and ask 1) what the sex of the baby was (or tell me what they thought), and 2) was I going to breastfeed (and the reasons why I should or shouldn't). I found people to be very passionate about these topics. Although I don't get those questions anymore, people still love to tell me how crazy I am for using cloth diapers on my baby. I ask you...why is it so crazy? I mean, don't they know that it is better for babies and the environment, not to mention more affordable than disposables? Doesn't every parent want what is best for their baby?

Through my own experiences, I have learned that becoming a mother is an amazing thing but also very scary, as you are now responsible for someone else besides yourself! There are so many choices to make and you are always second guessing yourself. Some decisions more important than others, but it is really trial and error. As a parent, it is encouraging when a choice reaps some great rewards. You are probably saying, "that is life," right? And, I would agree. I wouldn't necessarily say I have 'regrets', I would say if given the opportunity, I would certainly make some different choices.

When my first child was born, I was your typical first time mom that was somewhat naive about everything from giving birth to breastfeeding. Needless to say, I allowed the doctors to pump me full of drugs and rush the whole natural process. The important thing was that I got a healthy and beautiful baby out of it. And, sadly I ended up not breastfeeding him either. Can you believe that there was no lactation consultant in the hospital for the weekend I was there? (Don't worry, this happened in another state!) Looking back, I would have been successful at nursing him if I had been given some information, support and a little encouragement. Needless to say, the second and third time around I realized that I had somewhat of a say in how I wanted the experience to play out and it was beautiful. Live and learn I guess. With that being said, I have learned that what everybody else does with their baby is not necessarily the best way for me.

I would encourage you to do a little research on your own and you may be surprised how unhealthy many products intended for children and especially babies are. I guess that is why ultimately the CPSIA has stepped in to try and control some of it. Again, I wish someone had been there to suggest using cloth diapers over disposables. I didn't even consider it, partially because I knew of no one else using them on their baby. The good news is that cloth diapering is gaining in popularity! I am sure somewhat due to the whole green movement and people becoming more aware of the harmful effects on the environment. Here are some convincing facts on why more parents are choosing cloth over disposables.

Cloth diapering has turned out to be one of those choices that I have made that has been very positive and rewarding. Natural childbirth (btw-I never had one), breastfeeding and cloth diapers are all very personal decisions. Whatever choices you make, I am sure it is best for you, your baby and your family. Just my 2 cents...take everyone else's many opinions with a grain of salt. Happy parenting!

1 comment:

Cecelia said...

Thanks for that great link-I have a friend who is very skeptical and I will def share this with him!