No doubt about it, when it comes to parenting a baby, everyone has strong opinions on how it should be done. It starts the minute you find out your expecting. People will start asking you if you’re planning a home birth vs. a hospital birth. And then if you will have a medicated delivery, or an unmediated delivery.
And once the baby is born, get yourself prepared. For every decision you make, there is an alternate choice someone will feel was the better choice.
If I’ve learned anything by having four children, it’s to stick to my parenting gut, and never let others opinions sway what I feel is best for my family.What’s good for my family, might not be the right choice for yours.
And with so many hot parenting topics, I’ve oftentimes been on both sides of the debate. So at the end of the day, I’ve decided it’s best to keep most opinions to myself.
11 Hot Parenting Topics I Refuse to Debate:
Pacifiers. 1 of 11Some people think giving a baby a pacifier will cause dependence and nipple confusion. Others believe it's the best way to sooth a fussy child. Personally, I've had one baby who's loved her paci, and three who refused to take one.
Drugs vs. No drugs. 2 of 11For many pregnant woman, the decision to have either a medicated or unmediated birth becomes a stressful topic, often fueled by strong opinions given by friends and family members. Personally, I have had 2 medicated births and 2 un-medicated births.
Co-Sleeping. 3 of 11Some people swear co-sleeping is best for baby, others thinks it's especially dangerous. Personally, I have decided not to co-sleep with my children, but do nurse in bed (laying down) throughout the night.
Babywearing. 4 of 11Some people feel babywearing can cause a dependency for the baby to be held at all times, other find baby wearing a fantastic way to bond. Personally, I have extensively worn 3 out of my 4 children. But guess what? The one I didn't wear at all appears to be doing just fine.
Disposable vs. Cloth 5 of 11Some parents believe cloth diapering is disgusting and too much added work. Others believe it takes minimal effort and is both best for the child and environment. Personally, I've cloth diapered two children, and used disposables on the other two. Also, I think all diapers are nasty.
Crying it out. 6 of 11Sleep training, it's a very hot topic. Some parents believe it's okay to let a baby cry for a specified period of time before offering comfort. Others, believe it's cruel and unnatural. Personally, I have tried this sleep training method out on Paul, and within one night he was sleeping through the night.
How many children to have. 7 of 11Some people believe one or two children is enough, others find it completely acceptable and preferred to have a large number of kids. Personally, I have four children.
Immunization schedules. 8 of 11To vaccinate or not to vaccinate is a very hot and passionate topic. And if you do decide to vaccinate your children, it's also a debate if you should delay the immunization schedule or go with the medical recommendations. Personally, I vaccinate per the medical recommend schedule for 3 of my 4 children. My 5 year old daughter has always been on a delayed calendar.
Homemade vs. Store bought 9 of 11Some parents feel homemade baby food is simply, inexpensive, and is the best and only way to nourish a child. Other feel the store bought food is just as good as mom's. Personally, I've always wanted to make my own baby food, but it's always been put on the back burner. All four of my children have been fed store bought purees.
Pierced ears. 10 of 11Some parents think piercing a baby girls ears during the first year is the perfect time to get it done. Others think it's a decision the child should make on their own at a later date. Personally, my mom had my ears pierced as a baby, but I've decided to wait to pierce my girls ears.
When to take a newborn out in public. 11 of 11Some parents believe a baby should not be taken out in public until they're a few weeks old. Others run errands with the baby on the way home from the hospital. Personally, I took my firstborn to a birthday party when she was 4 days old. But with Paul, I waited two whole weeks before we ventured out.
This parenting thing is hard, and we’re all in it together. What works for you, might not work for me. But I’ll do my best to support your decision, whatever it might be. Let’s not fight, m’kay.
What are some parenting hot topics you refuse to debate?
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