Hello Baby Wearers,
I thought I'd post a quick intro since I LOVE this board and would also love for it to become a more active hangout!
I'm Mother to Laszlo, who just turned two months. When I was pregnant, I read Jean Liedloff's Continuum Concept...and it just really clicked for us. She was an anthropologist who spent time living among indigenous peoples in South America, and observed a culture of full-time baby wearing, co-sleeping and extended breastfeeding. Laszlo is calm but a very clingy baby (in the best way possible), so wearing him aside from breastfeeds, changes and tummy time seems to be working well for us!
Our favorite carriers so far are our Moby and baby bjorn. I've just placed an order for an ergo organic on ebay, and I'm SO excited to try it.
Welcome!! I'm so glad you are here to join us! Feel free to post pics of you wearing your precious little guy! We've got a few threads running and will hopefully stay active, so you can get and give info on various types of carriers. I look forward to getting to know you.
I read The Continuum Concept when I was pg too--very interesting read! I think the applicability (is that a word?) of some of her observations to modern life is mixed, but there is a lot of really fascinating stuff in there that serves as a great foundation for parenting wisely. It definitely helped me get solidly on board with the idea of babywearing, and AP in general. I find Dr. Sears to be a more practical source with a similar basic philosophy, now that I'm living with an actual baby, though :)
I love your signature picture, btw.
Welcome. So glad you've come out and joined us! :mrgreen:
Hi! I also read the Continuum Concept (and sent it to AnnaRO for her reading pleasure ;) if it ever gets there). I got about halfway through before I put it down. Lots of what she says jives completely with my parenting style but some of it drove me a little nuts. She also managed to make me feel bad about not being a SAHM, which I didn't care for.
Agreed--that's why I only recommend it with a grain of salt. Reading it, I started to feel like if I even put my baby in a car seat I was damaging her for life...and then I realized that I don't live in a hunter-gatherer society in the woods and we all just do the best we can within the life we have :)
Originally Posted by TiggersMommy
I do think there is a lot of interesting stuff in there, though, and it does help me shape my parenting strategies...within the boundaries of reality, which I refuse to feel guilty for.
(Sorry to turn your intro into a book review, Jasmine! I hope you don't think we think you meant that working moms are bad or anything...it's just nice to get to discuss this with other like-minded mamas. I've actually never talked to anyone else who has read it besides my mom before.)
Well, now I'm intrigued by the book. :lol:
So true! I remember one part in there where she is talking about how Mothers would take the babies with them to poke the fire in the middle of the night...SO and I talked about how we've got the advantage of not having to shield our little guy from predatory creatures. :)
Originally Posted by cactuswren
And I'm GLAD we're talking about this! I've never found ANYONE who has read the book!
What clicked so well for me in CC was the fact that the style of parenting somehow seemed to me less child-centered than Attachment Parenting. Would you agree, or am I totally off the mark? She really advocates taking your baby to work with you and not reacting too much to tantrums/tears (which reminded me of the Resources for Infant Educators Approach). I'm not a SAHM - I wish I could be, but I work 3 days a week - but we try to maintain industriousness and loads of baby wearing on the 6 days a week Laszlo is home with one of us.
I don't think you're off the mark at all, except that I guess I didn't read the AP stuff I've read (mainly Dr. Sears' Attachment Parenting and The Discipline Book)as overly child-centered either...although maybe I'm reading it through a CC lens, since I read that first :) I totally agree that that is one thing I loved about it too. I also really liked the idea of your fears often CREATING bad situations, and allowing kids to learn from their mistakes...some of her examples (I seem to remember something about running around giant pits with sharp knives?) seemed kind of extreme, but the general point was a good one, and I strive not to sweat the small stuff so that DD can learn through experience and not grow up in a bubble (I come from a long line of majorly overprotective worrywarts, so having backup on my desire to break that cycle was a big one for me!)
Originally Posted by sweetsriracha