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Name & age: Rosie, 24
Baby: Delilah, born September 2017
How did you end up doing gentle parenting?
I came across the term by accident, but as I read about it I realised it was exactly how I wanted to parent.
Society will tell us to let our babies cry, wean them early, they don’t need to breastfeed that long, they need to learn how to sleep on their own, you’re making a rod for your own back.
To me it seems perfectly natural to cuddle my baby when she cries, to soothe her in any way I can, to meet her needs, follow her lead, and respect her as her own person.
What does being a woke mama mean to you?
For me it’s respecting my child, and helping her become who she’s meant to be. It’s parenting responsibly, showing my daughter that she can, and will do anything she wants.
To be empathetic, have an open mind, and remember that I’ve still got a lot to learn. To teach my daughter to be kind, not to judge, treat others well, and stand up for those who need it.
And also to lift up other mamas, we’re all on this journey together.
Most awesome moment so far?
Giving birth was the most incredible, empowering moment of my life.
Also, every time Delilah does something new for this first time, and every time she smiles at me, my heart melts.
Oh! And exclusively breastfeeding. I worked damn hard to do it, and I’m proud of that.
Biggest struggle so far? How do you cope with stressful moments?
I think getting others on board with your parenting decisions is quite challenging. People have opinions on everything, and often not good ones.
Explaining why I want to breastfeed my daughter until she’s 2, and possibly beyond, why I always let her nap on me, why I’m waiting until she’s six months and ready before starting solids, why we’re taking a gentle approach, the list goes on. I’m perfectly happy and secure in these choices, but not everyone understands.
Finding time for self care is another one, my daughter needs me pretty much 24/7, and I’m OK with that, but a shower that lasts longer than 2 minutes would be nice!
Any advice you would give to new mums?
Be kind to yourself. It’s a big adjustment.
Information is a powerful tool, keep yourself informed.
Enjoy your baby as much as possible. The housework will wait. Cuddles and bonding are much more important, you don’t get this time back.
Take lots of pictures!! The time flies.
What’s on your soundtrack to your first year of being a Woke Mama?
One Day Like This – Elbow
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