It still amazes me that people feel the need to tell me how to look after Alfie.
Carrying him in a sling won’t make him clingy. Being a ten month old discovering that things aren’t permenant, and that the people who make you feel safe can disappear will make him clingy. It’s a normal developmental milestone.
I don’t need to “get him off the boob.” He eats three meals a day and breastfeeds around 5 times a day, this is normal and what babies are designed to do. Breast milk is much better for him nutritionally than any solid food or vitamin drops until he is at least one year old.
Putting him in bed with me after I have had 2 hours sleep and need to catch up won’t make him never sleep in his own bed, it will just mean I can function for another day.
Baby led weaning won’t lead to a nutrient deficiency. I refer you to my point re breastfeeding.
Putting a spoon in his mouth occasionally will not switch off his “I’m full!” Signals, nor will it make him a fussy eater later on. It may mean he manages to actually eat that yogurt he was previously getting frustrated with because it was going everywhere except his mouth.
Letting him nap on me isn’t “making a rod for my own back.” It’s enjoying special time with my baby who craves human contact with the person he feels closest too.
Alfie is confident, sociable, active, a healthy weight, curious, and smiley. He sleeps through the night, he is never ill, and he knows to look to me when something is wrong. Yet according to various people in my life, I’m getting it all wrong.