(Closed) what things did you do different than most of your family?

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I plan to cloth diaper which no one in our families (that I am aware of) has done.

I honestly don’t know the circumcision status of anyone in mine or DH’s family besides Darling Husband.

I also plan to try to breastfeed (my mom formula fed me and my siblings) but I won’t feel bad switching to formula if I’m not liking breastfeeding.

Post # 4
299 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

You might not have intended for this post to come off as a “my choices are better than yours” type of thing, but it really does come off that way.  Especially your “I don’t know of anyone that even wanted to try a drug free birth” comment, which does have a bit of a negative connotation to it.  Oh and the whole “I didn’t want to be induced just because I was tired of being pregnant” comment. 

I’m not sure what you were trying to get out of this post.  A virtual pat on the back for doing things how you consider to be the “right” way?  You’ve been on the boards for a while, I’m sure you’re aware of the road these types of threads tend to go down…

Post # 5
1390 posts
Bumble bee

There are a bunch of things I’d like to try someday (I don’t currently have kids) and I keep telling myself that half of them will probably fly out the window! I do have a friend who lets her daughter self-soothe and it’s really cool to watch. She might scream for five minutes while being held and then eventually she finds her hand and sucks on her fingers and she’s happy. My family is very pro-nuk so it’s really cool to see her figure that out on her own. Plus, she can’t throw it on the floor!

Post # 7
1487 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@abbyful:  FWIW, I didn’t read your post as judgy at all.  We’re all going to be different–I begged for an epidural, and I have nothing but crazy respect for people who go drug free!

As far as differences–we have Dirty Delete on a schedule, which my family thinks is insane.  That’s not to say if she gets hungry at 12:30 and lunchtime is at 1 that I’ll make her starve for a half an hour, but from the time she got home from the hospital we fed her every 4 hours.  So now, at 6 months, we know exactly when mealtimes are going to be, so there is no guessing.

Also, we have a very, VERY strict bedtime routine.  My family was more a “go until you drop” kind of style of child raising, but I need that baby free time at the end of the night.  7:00 we turn off the TV and turn on a bedtime song.  We leave Dirty Delete alone for 30 minutes (checking on her often, of course!) and by the time that 30 minutes is over, she is mellow, quiet, and ready for a change, and a bedtime bottle.  She is asleep by 8 about 90% of the time.

This does present a challenge–one time my Mom came over at like 7:15 to drop off a paper.  I tried to meet her outside, and begged her not to talk to the baby.  She came in, talked to her, and I’ll be damned if that child wasn’t up until 9:30 that night.  

We have routines for a reason.

Post # 8
895 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I had the mindset I would go as long as possible without the epidural and ended up getting it at 7cm. I haven’t really done much different that family though. I breast fed until 2wks ago and she is almost 18mo. She has also co slept with us since she was 2wks old.

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