I’ve always been a little alternative, I have my arty parents so thank for that. But I’ve never really been someone who you’d look twice at. My lifestyle choices and beliefs were always a bit quirky and pretty liberal but nothing that raised eyebrows.
Once I had Luisa though, things began to change. It all started with a sling. I knew I wanted to get a baby carrier as I’d read about how good they are for bonding. I also thought it’d be really practical, given that I lived in a flat two floors above a busy Edinburgh street. When Lu was a few days old my Mum went to John Lewis & bought us a Close Caboo made by the NCT.
I was hooked from day 1. I still loved my pram and used it a lot but Lu was in that sling daily. Whenever we would pop to the shops it was a lifesaver as I had two free hands. Also, when she was in bad form babywearing helped her to fall asleep.
Lu in the Close Caboo on her first outing to Starbucks – 1 week old
Once I’d gotten a taste for the ‘hippie mum’ lifestyle it was a slippery slope. I hardly had time to blink and I was experimenting with cloth nappies, researching babyled weaning and planning to breastfeed for a year or more.
Everything about the slightly alternative way of parenting just happened out of sheer laziness really. Most of these ‘hippie’ practices are actually not new or different, they are old and primal. They’re also nearly always the easiest way to do things.
Fast forward to today and somehow I’m still breastfeeding Lu at 13months; often cosleeping, baby-led weaning, she wears an amber teething bracelet, we love babywearing… the list goes on!
It wasn’t until recently that I noticed how far I’d gone down this ‘hippie mum’ road. At Lu’s 1 year review the health visitor mentioned that we could introduce cows milk if we wanted to. It occurred to me that it was totally illogical to wean a baby off human breastmilk and replace it with cows milk. I did some reading and found that there are a lot of people who agree with me.
The next step was to find out what kind of drinks I could offer instead. I also started wondering if I was keeping cows milk out of Lu’s diet would it be an idea to avoid dairy altogether? Cue even more googling and Netflix documentaries!
Before I knew what had happened I was thinking about going vegan myself or at least being veggie and ditching the cows milk.
Most of my family & friends have been very supportive, at least to my face anyway. They all know that voicing explicit disapproval will only encourage me more… I do get a few comments and silly things designed to undermine me but I think that’s par for the course. Everyone wants to have their input don’t they?
I guess what I’m trying to say is, I don’t know how it happened and I didn’t see it coming but I’m a bit of a hippie mum. I know it annoys some people and they think I consider myself to be superior. Well, I don’t, I’m just doing what I think is best for my baby & looking for an easy life.
You do you, sorry if you’re offended – that’s not really my problem though is it?