Re: Creating bad habits
When everyone kept saying things like that to me, it bothered me at first. But then I realized these fears were completely manufactured by Western society, and I'm not even sure why! I kept hearing that I was spoiling my daughter from picking her up when she cried, and I said, "So what?" As she'd sit there being so cute and smiley, I'd say, "Yes, and isn't she awful? Isn't she so terrible? What a terrible girl!" No one is concerned about their child being a sociopath from lack of human contact, it seems? It seems so strange to me that this thinking has become the norm! When I told my pediatrician that when my daughter wakes up, I nurse her and she's usually right back to sleep in 10-15 minutes, he encouraged me to stop that. And I thought, "So instead she would be awake for an hour or more, and then so upset she'd be impossible to get back to sleep?" That seems faulty logic to me! I am more worried that she's going to be addicted to the noise machine for life, like her father is, though (noise machines and fans going all night at our house)!
Mom to my sweet little "Pooper," born 10/12/11, and "Baby Brother," born 6/23/2014, and married to heavy metal husband. Working more than full-time, making healthy vegetarian meals for family, and trying to keep up with exercise routine.