This seriously could not be a more beautiful bathing experience for a newborn — you can read the bliss on the baby’s face of reentering the familiarity of the womb. Oh!
Sign the petition:
We are writing to you today as a unified community requesting that you add an 8th principle to your “Baby B’s”. “Be Confident Keeping your Baby Whole” should be added to your list of Attachment Parenting principles. Not only is circumcision medically unnecessary, painful and irreversible, it is not in line with Attachment Parenting.
Interesting look back on how male infant circumcision became routine in North America.
I’m dismayed by the AAP’s revision of its position statement on circumcision. I appreciate Amy’s review of the research supporting an end to the practice of routine infant circumcision. I just wish the AAP would listen.
But why would an organization whose members have vowed to "First, do no harm" go so far as to ignore relevant research and the recommendations of every other medical organization in the world and instead espouse benefits of an elective cosmetic surgery for infants?
This is a similar post about not feeling ecstatic about our babies, particularly if they like to scream all the time, as our firstborn did. I often tell people we loved Mikko from birth, but we didn’t fully like him until about 18 months. I say that not to shame him or make him seem inadequate, but just to be honest and reassuring (for those who feel the same), and to say along with MODG here: It gets better.
They get older; they get personalities; they become endearing and likable and they stop screaming so dang much. It gets better. It has gotten better.
I almost can’t remember the me I was who was so uncertain it would get better, since I love parenting so much now (most of the time, ha ha). But I will still honestly talk about these changes so that other parents of challenging babies know: You are not alone.
Trigger warning for post-birth trauma: Don’t read if you’re pregnant and/or trying to maintain a positive outlook on birth and the postpartum period.
I really appreciate Laura’s honesty in sharing how she didn’t bond immediately with her son after her difficult birth experience. I don’t think it even takes a difficult birth for that to happen; sometimes love grows gradually rather than shining all at once.
Sometimes parents are afraid to talk about not feeling the “right” way about their kids, but it’s so important to know you’re not alone when you have these doubts, depressions, fears, and so on.