Wow! That Slings and Things group sounds a bit full on. The idea of forcing a baby to tolerate a sling is the complete opposite of AP in my opinion. I definitely consider myself to be an AP parent and spent next to nothing getting set up for a baby. I think for many parents and babies slings and carriers are absolute god-sends and make life so much easier and happier. I didn't use one until DD was 8 weeks and wish I'd discovered them earlier as putting her in a wrap gave me so much freedom. I do definitely think AP is responding to your bub's needs not arbitrarily following a set of rules. I have found it great to find groups that talk about carriers to help me learn about what options are out there, though. Even though I have an Ergo that I love, I'll be getting a new carrier for the next bub because the Ergo is so battered and because I use it all the time it will be nice to have something that looks clean and pretty
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25-04-2012 13:23 #11Senior Member
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25-04-2012 16:24 #12
I gave up lol, but there is a lot more now than when dd was a bub.
25-04-2012 16:25 #13
I find a lot of people use AP/natural parenting to satisfy some consumerist urge in what they consider a more acceptable form. People with hundreds of cloth nappies, 15 different slings/carriers, dozens of different BFing 'aides', kids who wear nothing but organic cotton. It's a joke, it's just the hip new way to spend your money. It's doing nothing for the environment and has nothing to do with AP.
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25-04-2012 16:38 #14
I had one of those wraps that resembled a big sheet, but nicer patterns. I love seeing them around with snuggly bubs inside. I can't remember the sling, it was the type that was popular in '03. I also had other ones because as a single mum, with other people constantly dropping their kids over, hands-free would have helped!
25-04-2012 16:48 #15
We AP and we were bottle feeders. We bottlefed because BF failed bit if we had another baby he/she will be bottlefed from birth. I don't believe that would make our style of parenting any less AP.
As for accessories, I agree with you Share a book. I thought AP was about being a responsive parent as opposed to brands and accessories. For what its worth, I was lucky with both my girls that they both liked the sling and hope the next one would too because its definitely easier that way!
25-04-2012 18:05 #16
I know what you mean but carry baby in your arms can be uncomfortable ... wearing your baby in a sling gives you free hands (among other advantages) to do things and make your life easier. Yes you don't need to buy 1000 carriers, just one that fits you ,your partner and your baby. Many carriers suitable for wearing a baby since birth up to 20 kg ( around 4 yo) so you can get only one
I don't believe in 'real' or not real AP just in doing what feel right for me and my baby- so if your baby doesn't like to be carried in a sling- that ok
25-04-2012 18:12 #17
If it works great, but I wasn't about to create distress for my child just to make my life slightly easier. 8 years on, I can tell you how fast their babyhood passes. But I also see on here and fb and pretty much everywhere that to be involved in discussions you need to talk about devices, mainly to do with baby wearing.
25-04-2012 18:24 #18
Being AP is a frame of mind, it's definitely not about devices and whatnot. I consider myself to practice AP and my favourite wrap is one I made myself. Just a big piece of fabric. I use prams too
The way I see it - being AP comes naturally. IMO it's not something which requires much thought...I just do what feels "right". It feels right to co-sleep, babywear *most* of the time, breastfeed...it feels natural. It's not meant to be a fad with all of the latest gadgets.
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25-04-2012 18:33 #20
I think it's changed alot over the last 4 years even since my son was born.. Im a APer.. Never owned a sling.. Couldn't breastfeed past the first week (my son has a speech coordination problem) and didn't have any of the fancy stuff. Don't feel left out.. Just know that you're doing what is natural and best for your baby:-)
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