A Mommy's Rodeo

There's no wrong way to have a baby so long as mama and baby both make it through... and there's no wrong way to take care of a baby so long as both mother and child are properly cared for. I received this revelation when I was 20 and pregnant with my first child. 3 years earlier I had prayed that my womb stayed closed even when I married later, and I never got a sure yes on that prayer. So at 20 I was freaked and unready. While overwhelming myself with every pregnancy book and child-rearing guide I could get my hands on I became confused and more scared. When I hit my knees to ease all that madness, the first statements of this post was the answer that resounded in my soul and fed me peace. Every one of my children get cared for a little bit differently as I grow in motherhood. I've done it all: breastfeed, formula feed, breastfeed and formula formula feed. But I have not cloth diapered; until now. Embarking a new project in each journey helps to keep the job extension from getting mundane. . . Since no child deserves a stagnant parent.

What are some things that you did differently with each one of your children? What choices do you repeat with each new baby and why?

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Sabrina AbbottReno, Nevada
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    12/04/13
    Tessa
    I did pretty much the same for both my kids.
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      8Theresa Gould
      The length of time I breastfed varied from each child. We used a combination of cloth and disposable at different times and one or the other. We tried crying it out and strict scheduled feeding to feeding on demand. We tried baby in their own room and we co-sleep.

      Based on my learning curve as a mother I have chosen to repeat on demand breastfeeding and co-sleeping. Much happier babies and parents. Diapering, I prefer cloth for ease of potty training, but since my husband wanted disposable with our last child we've done disposable and pull-ups and are having a longer potty training period because of that; and our lackadaisical attitude towards it. (We are getting old! lol)
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      12/04/13
      8Theresa Gould
      Linda, I found my children who I used cloth diapers on pretty strictly were potty trained sooner. Of course each child will be different.
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      12/04/13
      Sabrina Abbott
      LOL that's funny!

      But it's also encouraging because with the baby I'm having I'm over disposables just cause we finally got my 3 year old out of them, like 5 weeks ago. So it sounds like potty training might have a smoother transition if I stick to the plan of cloth diapering. :-)

      Thank you Theresa
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      12/05/13
      8Theresa Gould
      No problem!
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      About Sabrina Abbott
      Born: Modesto, California
      Current: Reno, Nevada
      Birth: February 11
      On Moms.com since: Dec 4, 2013
      Freelance Writer and telephone survey interviewer; due to have my 4th child April 30. 2014. Self published indie author under penn name Rebekah Fowler.Further writing works have been taken off the back burner and put in the deep freeze for now....