January 2013 Moms

Unpopular Opinion Thursday

Let's here them, ladies. I am going to dig deep and try to think up some good ones. Forgive me if I hit a few hot topics.  

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In the long run, I don't really think it matters when you start feeding solids. I also don't think whether or not you use baby cereal (which is apparently frowned upon lately) matters in the long run. Personally, I will probably wait until close to 6 months like I did with DS1, and I will probably start with veggies. However, I don't judge those that start a 4 months and use rice cereal. (And yes, I have done research but that doesn't mean I am an expert on what's best for other families.)

I don't think it is a big deal if my kid is not STTN. Yes, I complain when we have rough nights, but I don't even have expectations of consistent STTN until closer to a year old. Even then, there will always be periods of teething, daylight savings, vaccinations, etc that will throw things off. It is so much easier to not be stressing about it. If it happens, I will just consider myself lucky. 

Unless your child has a known medical condition, I don't really see a need for the angel care monitor. I don't mean to offend anyone. It's your money. I just don't really see it being necessary.They seem more of a pain in the butt than useful.

Ok. Cole's awake from his 12 minute nap. Time to take the boys out to dinner. I expect some good UO's when I get back.

 

 

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  • I definitely need to think of something to add but I definitely agree with you on 2 points:  When DD wakes  up frequently at night, I consider it normal and don't expect her to STTN any time soon.  I also think angel care monitors are unnecessary for most families.  

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  • My unpopular opinion....

    I think that ppl are way to cautious about germs.You will make your child sicker by keeping things to clean. Germs are not the devil 

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    My unpopular opinion....

    I think that ppl are way to cautious about germs.You will make your child sicker by keeping things to clean. Germs are not the devil 

    To a certain extent, but you better believe I didn't take LO out much until he was 2 months in Boulder the capital of people not getting their kids vaccinated with whooping cough, noro and the flu going around.  He will get plenty of chances to get sick and build up his immunity when he is older and goes to daycare a couple days a week :) 


  • I think it's silly to start cereal for texture. Real food has texture too. Why not just give them that? I also think 4 months is too early, but I'd rather err on the side of caution.

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  • Probably going to hit a nerve here, but I'm not a fan of breastfeeding in public, whether it's me or someone else. Not going to list a bunch of reasons why because I know people will argue that it's natural and your right to feed your baby, etc, etc and that's their right to their opinion, but I am not a fan!

    ETA: I also can't stand when people keep their houses silent because the baby is sleeping. We literally watched a huge football game at a friend's house once and we couldn't make a sound and could hardly hear the TV because the baby was in bed. Seriously, if you make noise from day one your baby will learn to sleep through it!
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    Unless your child has a known medical condition, I don't really see a need for the angel care monitor. I don't mean to offend anyone. It's your money. I just don't really see it being necessary.They seem more of a pain in the butt than useful.

    No offense taken!

    I didn't buy it, it was a gift from my grandma, so it was here money, and this may be an UO in itself but she needs to spend more of it on us anyways. Ha.

    I was hoping it would give me piece of mind, which it did, for the first month. But now that R is moving all over that crib it is ANNOYING and I am ready to chuck it out the window most nights. As is DH, he just came home from work and the first thing he said was "that thing woke me up last night like FIVE times!" Ha, I told him welcome to my world, be happy you can roll over and go back to sleep, me not so much. 

    I ended up ripping the pad cord out last night finally and it was still going off! I think it is possessed! After I type this I am going in there and seeing what I can do, I think I can get it to where it stops this nonsense but that is kinda annoying that you have to do that with such an expensive item in the first place. It is a lot more trial and error than I thought it was going to be and a big PITA. 

    So in short, I agree with you.

     

    To add.....

    1)        I did post about wanting an ergo, yes, but honestly,  I do not think my mei tai is torture/horrible on R's hips. I feel like her weight is distributed evenly and it isn't like I am wearing her for hours at a time. Also, I have never had a sore back, yes I know, yet. Yes it will probably get worst as she gets bigger. I still want an ergo, but I am not in a huge hurry to do it. But....I will not wear R in a baby bjorn, that I do think is CRAP. 

    2)        I do not think anyone should ever under any circumstance put their LO in their infant carrier on TOP of the damn shopping cart. Every time I see this it takes so much self control for me not to strangle the adult with the LO.

    3)        I kinda feel like the vitamin D drops are a waste for R. I do it though, when I remember.

     

     

     

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    Probably going to hit a nerve here, but I'm not a fan of breastfeeding in public, whether it's me or someone else. Not going to list a bunch of reasons why because I know people will argue that it's natural and your right to feed your baby, etc, etc and that's their right to their opinion, but I am not a fan!

    ETA: I also can't stand when people keep their houses silent because the baby is sleeping. We literally watched a huge football game at a friend's house once and we couldn't make a sound and could hardly hear the TV because the baby was in bed. Seriously, if you make noise from day one your baby will learn to sleep through it!


    What's wrong with bf'ing in public? Would you rather hear my baby scream? He's a good screamer when he's hungry.

    I agree with your second point.

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    2)        I do not think anyone should ever under any circumstance put their LO in their infant carrier on TOP of the damn shopping cart. Every time I see this it takes so much self control for me not to strangle the adult with the LO.

    THIS! I am shocked at how often I see people doing this.

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    Probably going to hit a nerve here, but I'm not a fan of breastfeeding in public, whether it's me or someone else. Not going to list a bunch of reasons why because I know people will argue that it's natural and your right to feed your baby, etc, etc and that's their right to their opinion, but I am not a fan! ETA: I also can't stand when people keep their houses silent because the baby is sleeping. We literally watched a huge football game at a friend's house once and we couldn't make a sound and could hardly hear the TV because the baby was in bed. Seriously, if you make noise from day one your baby will learn to sleep through it!
    What's wrong with bf'ing in public? Would you rather hear my baby scream? He's a good screamer when he's hungry. I agree with your second point.

    Yeah, I've never understood how people can be "not a fan" of NIP.  Is it that you're not comfortable with breasts being used for their intended purpose?  Or... you have issues with watching a baby eat?  It does hit a nerve because I hate when women feel that they should be ashamed of feeding their child in public.  It can have a very negative impact on a woman's breastfeeding relationship.

    re: Cereal.  It can make a difference if your child's digestive system is essentially injured.  You may not realize that it's linked back to something like cereal (it's hard to pinpoint, obviously), but if your child ends up with an autoimmune disorder or allergies of some sort you may wish that you had held off another 8 weeks on giving them grains.  Just saying.  Guess that's my UO. 

    I also dislike Bumbos.  That's definitely an UO.

    I'm sure I have a lot of other UOs, but I can't think of any...

    Oh, I think sleep training is way overused.  I think there are high needs babies out there that probably do need more guidance with sleep than other children, but in general, babies don't need to be taught how to sleep.  Sure, you need to let it happen, but that's not the same as this theory that kids need to be TAUGHT how to do it.  Imagine where the human race would be if we really needed to be taught a biological function like sleeping.  It's a really silly concept IMO.  

    That's it for now :)

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    I don't think CIO is a big deal.

    While I want another child, I completely understand why people only have one. Being a mom is way harder than I ever imagined and I know it's going to get tougher when she is a toddler! 

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  • Mine are these:  I think moms who co-sleep are setting themselves up for difficulty.  So when your kid has a hard time "transitioning" I don't have any sympathy.  Just my opinion, and I'm not against moms who choose to do it, it's just not my thing.

     Secondly, I think people who don't vaccinate their kids are irresponsible.

    And to pp's 1. I love my angelcare, never had any issues with it nor is it finicky if you read the instructions.  2. NIP doesn't bother me in the slightest, I am happy to feed my DS whenever/wherever he is hungry. 

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    My UO...I could care less that I can't put DS down drowsy. I love holding and rocking my son...he doesn't have to be rocked to sleep just prefers that he fall asleep with a person. I rocked DS1 and he completely stopped wanting that all on his own; honestly before I was ready for it. I think many people overvalue the whole drowsy but awake thing. I will admit bedtime probably takes those people less time but as a working mama, I wouldn't trade that time for anything.
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    Mine are these:  I think moms who co-sleep are setting themselves up for difficulty.  So when your kid has a hard time "transitioning" I don't have any sympathy.  Just my opinion, and I'm not against moms who choose to do it, it's just not my thing.

     Secondly, I think people who don't vaccinate their kids are irresponsible.

    And to pp's 1. I love my angelcare, never had any issues with it nor is it finicky if you read the instructions.  2. NIP doesn't bother me in the slightest, I am happy to feed my DS whenever/wherever he is hungry. 

    Can you help me then?! For reals!I have read the instructions and cannot for the life of me figure out why for 1 the alarm would go off when I unplugged the pad. Do you have the piece of wood or cardboard at the bottom of your crib? Does that really make a difference? 

    I agree with your 2 btw, my friend has an almost 8 month old in bed with her still and she admits that it is easier for her, it will not be easier for her when they cannot get him out and he is 2. Also, he has already been taken to the ER once for falling out, so I think this is irresponsible. 

    And I agree with the vaccinations. Nuff said.

     

    I would like to add 2 more.

    1) I think those bows on little girls' heads that are bigger than their heads are horrible.

    2) I think newborn pics are a waste. I can take pics of LO sleeping just fine on my own. 

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    My UO...I could care less that I can't put DS down drowsy. I love holding and rocking my son...he doesn't have to be rocked to sleep just prefers that he fall asleep with a person. I rocked DS1 and he completely stopped wanting that all on his own; honestly before I was ready for it. I think many people overvalue the whole drowsy but awake thing. I will admit bedtime probably takes those people less time but as a working mama, I wouldn't trade that time for anything.

    Agreed!

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    Mine are these:  I think moms who co-sleep are setting themselves up for difficulty.  So when your kid has a hard time "transitioning" I don't have any sympathy.  Just my opinion, and I'm not against moms who choose to do it, it's just not my thing.

     Secondly, I think people who don't vaccinate their kids are irresponsible.

    Maybe I'm just lucky then? I co-slept with DS because he WOULD NOT sleep anywhere else the first couple months. He now easily sleeps in his PnP in our room at night and his crib during the day. DS could easily sleep in his crib at night but I like him in our room (but not our bed) per AAP's sleep recommendations.

    I wholeheartedly agree with your second point!! I have a friend who had her second child in December. She is adamantly opposed to vaccinating and will post 'studies' that 'prove' vaccines cause more harm than good... more ear infections, colds etc. Two points: 1) These are survey based studies...not the most scientific 'proof' out there, and 2) Even if these studies are true I would much more prefer my child to have an ear infection than whooping cough, thanks.

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    Probably going to hit a nerve here, but I'm not a fan of breastfeeding in public, whether it's me or someone else. Not going to list a bunch of reasons why because I know people will argue that it's natural and your right to feed your baby, etc, etc and that's their right to their opinion, but I am not a fan!

    ETA: I also can't stand when people keep their houses silent because the baby is sleeping. We literally watched a huge football game at a friend's house once and we couldn't make a sound and could hardly hear the TV because the baby was in bed. Seriously, if you make noise from day one your baby will learn to sleep through it!


    What's wrong with bf'ing in public? Would you rather hear my baby scream? He's a good screamer when he's hungry.

    I agree with your second point.

    Yeah, I've never understood how people can be "not a fan" of NIP.  Is it that you're not comfortable with breasts being used for their intended purpose?  Or... you have issues with watching a baby eat?  It does hit a nerve because I hate when women feel that they should be ashamed of feeding their child in public.  It can have a very negative impact on a woman's breastfeeding relationship.

    re: Cereal.  It can make a difference if your child's digestive system is essentially injured.  You may not realize that it's linked back to something like cereal (it's hard to pinpoint, obviously), but if your child ends up with an autoimmune disorder or allergies of some sort you may wish that you had held off another 8 weeks on giving them grains.  Just saying.  Guess that's my UO. 

    I also dislike Bumbos.  That's definitely an UO.

    I'm sure I have a lot of other UOs, but I can't think of any...

    Oh, I think sleep training is way overused.  I think there are high needs babies out there that probably do need more guidance with sleep than other children, but in general, babies don't need to be taught how to sleep.  Sure, you need to let it happen, but that's not the same as this theory that kids need to be TAUGHT how to do it.  Imagine where the human race would be if we really needed to be taught a biological function like sleeping.  It's a really silly concept IMO.  

    That's it for now :)



    I would like to ditto SBC .
    I nip in public often. Sometimes I don't even use a cover. And no I'm not a "crunchy " mom

    We coslept with DD and she transitioned from our bed to a toddler bed at 1 year when we wanted her too with no issues.

    My uo is that I hate most boy infant clothes. Particularly the ones that have sayings like "mommy's little man". I wish I could afford to dress DS exclusively in Janie Jack just to avoid these sayings
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    I also think that parents who don't vaccinate are so irresponsible. Maybe that's becoming a popular opinion.

    I think home births are gross.

     

  • Brendamndz - not sure which model you have but mine has the option on the parents monitor to turn off the movement alarm.  Not sure why yours goes off when it's unplugged by try the parents monitor.  And I have a solid piece of wood on the bottom of the crib.  My sister used plywood on the bottom of her as it didn't have a full wood bottom.  I definitely think it makes a difference if it's wood vs. cardboard.

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    I also think that parents who don't vaccinate are so irresponsible. Maybe that's becoming a popular opinion. I think home births are gross.

    Agreed...totally gross! 

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  • Haha, that's why I put NIP under unpopular opinion. I know most people don't agree with me and I'm fine with that. Personally, I don't breast feed for the "bond" with my baby. I am able to bond with him in many other ways. I breast feed because it's good for him and honestly, it's free. I have nothing against formula as DH and I were both formula fed and we are healthy and smart.
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    Haha, that's why I put NIP under unpopular opinion. I know most people don't agree with me and I'm fine with that. Personally, I don't breast feed for the "bond" with my baby. I am able to bond with him in many other ways. I breast feed because it's good for him and honestly, it's free. I have nothing against formula as DH and I were both formula fed and we are healthy and smart.

    What does the bolded have to do with disliking NIP?  Or, you're just talking about it in general because it's a related topic?

    FWIW, there's nothing wrong with nursing because it's free and it's good for your baby.  I'm sure that a lot of mothers don't actually particularly enjoy the act of breastfeeding.  Everyone is different.  No shame in that!

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    2)        I do not think anyone should ever under any circumstance put their LO in their infant carrier on TOP of the damn shopping cart. Every time I see this it takes so much self control for me not to strangle the adult with the LO.

    3)        I kinda feel like the vitamin D drops are a waste for R. I do it though, when I remember.

     

    The shopping cart thing drives me mad! I think it is soooo dangerous. I am right there with you.

    Also, and I guess adding my UO, I have the Vitamin D drops and have never given them to my DD. She's EBF so I feel that she gets plenty of healthy nutrients and we try to get natural Vitamin D from walks outside. I think they're kind of a racket/waste of money. 



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    Haha, that's why I put NIP under unpopular opinion. I know most people don't agree with me and I'm fine with that. Personally, I don't breast feed for the "bond" with my baby. I am able to bond with him in many other ways. I breast feed because it's good for him and honestly, it's free. I have nothing against formula as DH and I were both formula fed and we are healthy and smart.


    Are you implying that being OK with NIP means you are against formula?

    I don't care how people feed their child , which is why I've never cared how someone chooses to feed in public.

    And unfortunately I think the anti NIp view is more popular, which is why many are afraid or uncomfortable to do so.
  • Okay.. Here's mine.. I'm from the south so most of the kids around come out eating table food... That's just how it is.. I have been giving my LO cereal since he was 6 weeks old and I'm fixing to start baby food pretty soon.. He was almost 10 pounds and the child acts like he is starving so I'm going to feed him. My mom did it to me and I turned out just fine! :
    P.s my pedi said he was cool with everything I have been giving him!
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    2)        I do not think anyone should ever under any circumstance put their LO in their infant carrier on TOP of the damn shopping cart. Every time I see this it takes so much self control for me not to strangle the adult with the LO.

    THIS! I am shocked at how often I see people doing this.



    Just wondering Why? You mean the carseat carrier?
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    Haha, that's why I put NIP under unpopular opinion. I know most people don't agree with me and I'm fine with that. Personally, I don't breast feed for the "bond" with my baby. I am able to bond with him in many other ways. I breast feed because it's good for him and honestly, it's free. I have nothing against formula as DH and I were both formula fed and we are healthy and smart.

    What does the bolded have to do with disliking NIP?  Or, you're just talking about it in general because it's a related topic?

    FWIW, there's nothing wrong with nursing because it's free and it's good for your baby.  I'm sure that a lot of mothers don't actually particularly enjoy the act of breastfeeding.  Everyone is different.  No shame in that!



    I just meant in general. Kind of another UO. I often hear people say they BF to bond with their baby.
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    Haha, that's why I put NIP under unpopular opinion. I know most people don't agree with me and I'm fine with that. Personally, I don't breast feed for the "bond" with my baby. I am able to bond with him in many other ways. I breast feed because it's good for him and honestly, it's free. I have nothing against formula as DH and I were both formula fed and we are healthy and smart.


    Are you implying that being OK with NIP means you are against formula?

    I don't care how people feed their child , which is why I've never cared how someone chooses to feed in public.

    And unfortunately I think the anti NIp view is more popular, which is why many are afraid or uncomfortable to do so.


    Not at all. Just stating my opinion on it in general. Guess I shouldn't have put it in that statement. Everyone is free to feed their child however they choose and good for them. You obviously feel strongly about nip and good for you for standing up for what you believe in. I commend that. It's not for me and that's ok too. I'm glad the world is full of differing views and UP's, otherwise life would get pretty boring!

    ETA: UO's, not UP's. I'm tired!
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    Haha, that's why I put NIP under unpopular opinion. I know most people don't agree with me and I'm fine with that. Personally, I don't breast feed for the "bond" with my baby. I am able to bond with him in many other ways. I breast feed because it's good for him and honestly, it's free. I have nothing against formula as DH and I were both formula fed and we are healthy and smart.

    What does the bolded have to do with disliking NIP?  Or, you're just talking about it in general because it's a related topic?

    FWIW, there's nothing wrong with nursing because it's free and it's good for your baby.  I'm sure that a lot of mothers don't actually particularly enjoy the act of breastfeeding.  Everyone is different.  No shame in that!

    I just meant in general. Kind of another UO. I often hear people say they BF to bond with their baby.

    I see.  Well I certainly agree you can bond with your baby without nursing them :)

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    2)        I do not think anyone should ever under any circumstance put their LO in their infant carrier on TOP of the damn shopping cart. Every time I see this it takes so much self control for me not to strangle the adult with the LO.

    THIS! I am shocked at how often I see people doing this.



    Just wondering Why? You mean the carseat carrier?


    Yes I mean the infant car seat carrier. I do not like it because it is no way safe. The top part of a shopping cart is not designed to an infant seat balanced on top of it. I don't care if you are holding on to the cart the entire time all it could take is someone hitting your cart in just the right spot or you hitting a display to send the carrier to the ground. I get your baby is strapped in but it is still unsafe. My grocery store actually has warnings against this posted saying how unsafe it is and people still do it.

    If you have to leave baby in the seat and get a cart, but the baby in the bigger section so they are actually in the cart where you would normally put groceries and put your groceries on the bottom of the cart. Much safer.
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