This is a post on babies! And no, we are not having one. But I have raised two, and several people I'm close to, including my sister, are just about to have their first. So that's had my mind running on the baby track more than usual, and what my musings have deducted is that there is a huge spectrum of thought on how to do things right, especially in the first few months. It seems to me that parenting styles vary the most drastically during that period, as people choose what path they will take in mothering their little ones. I've lived long enough to know that there isn't one right way! Goodness, if there was, this parenting thing would be quite a bit simpler than it is.
But I am curious. I love to hear about how different people do things and how it works for them. I also like to hear who did what they did and enjoyed the experience. That's the real fountain of El Dorado as far as I'm concerned! So here's a little quiz. I'm going to take the responses and very un-scientifically see if there is any kind of consensus on any of the following issues:
1. Do you abide by a strict feeding schedule, or do you believe in a feed on demand philosophy?
2. At what age do you put your baby in the nursery for the first time?
3. What is your philosophy on germs? Can anyone hold the baby? Do pacifiers get boiled?
4. Do you adhere to a parenting model that you've researched and read about, or do you go by instincts?
5. Were you laid back or uptight in regard to all things relating to raising your little one?
6. Did any of the first 5 change after your first child?
7. If you could use one word to describe the first 3 months, what would it be?
Okay, there it is. Answer any or all, and you don't have to answer in any particular order. Remember, this is very un-scientific! I just want to hear from you and see what you are doing, or did, or plan to do in the future.