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Flowerofthewest Sun 08-Sep-13 20:29:06

What do other GNetters think of all of the latest descriptions of things we took for granted. The comment about NCT made me think. I will list a few:

Babies now have a 'Growth Spurt' (mine just grew and fed accordingly)
Babies now suffer from Separation Anxiety (mine were clingy at times)
Breasts now have 'Fore milk, something in the middle and something at the end (mine just fed the baby until it was full)
Babies have to bond with the father before anything else in the world (mine bonded as and when daddy was home from work)
Some babies 'co-sleep' (mine sometimes slept with me but mostly in their crib by the bed)
Some babies are being brought up with something called 'Attachment' (mine were put in a sling and carried round)
Dads seem to need and update on everything Baby does via text several times a day so that he doesn't feel neglected.

There must be more strange and wonderful things going on in bringing up babies these days. Any thoughts? grin

Anne58 Sun 08-Sep-13 22:10:19

Erm, I don't think "growth spurt" is new, I remember it being used when I had DS2, back in 1989!

Galen Sun 08-Sep-13 22:14:20

DGD isn't having any. Baby led weaning. If I spoon stuff up she eats it!
DD insists DGD doesn't like meat, but she only gives her big pieces! I bet if she puréed or minced shed love it!

Penstemmon Sun 08-Sep-13 22:21:03

Nothing new under the sun! I wore my DDs in a sling in the late 70s. longest walk was when I strode up to Top Withens from Haworth with DD1 strapped to me when she was 5 months old. Just could not manage the African style!

wisewoman Sun 08-Sep-13 22:32:16

Baby led weaning and mums meeting in coffee shops, as they do, is not a good combination. I usually try to pick up all the debris - the young mums don't seem to bother!

annodomini Sun 08-Sep-13 22:38:05

My sons had growth spurts in the 1970s and their kids are having them all the time - GD2 grew an unbelievable 2 inches while we were away in France!

janeainsworth Sun 08-Sep-13 22:44:05

I carried all mine (not simultaneously) in a Chinese mei-dai on my back.
They loved it and I got all the jobs done.
DD considered it not very safe (I might fall over, land flat on my back and squash DGD to death), but when I said if she wanted me to look after DGD while she went shopping I would do it my way or not at all, she gave in and DGD loved the mei-dai too smile

Gorki Sun 08-Sep-13 23:07:16

Young children these days don't have tantrums. They have meltdowns.???grin

absent Sun 08-Sep-13 23:15:08

I'm sure we had growth spurts and fore milk when absentdaughter, now coming up to 31, was a baby.

whenim64 Sun 08-Sep-13 23:26:31

We did, absent. Colostrum, fore milk, hind milk, sore nipples in that order! grin

Flowerofthewest Mon 09-Sep-13 00:38:45

Yes Baby-wearing that came out too the other day! I think it's rather quaint. Also my DD is also bringing up her little ones the way I brought her up. She often says she has a good role model. That is such a compliment

Flowerofthewest Mon 09-Sep-13 00:40:43

Penstemmon, I tossed my first born onto my back with the old style soft sling and he fell out onto the bed. Thank goodness I had the sense to be sitting on the bed. I then decided to wear him on my front and dangled the poor child's feet in the washing up bowl.

Flowerofthewest Mon 09-Sep-13 00:45:00

Also the downloaded App of 'white noise' I must admit it does stop Tova mid cry and she then drops off to sleep. Really soothes her. I had to switch the vacuum cleaner on. We can choose from 'vacuum cleaner, hair dryer, washing machine, blue noise? grey noise? and goodness knows how many other noises, Tova seem to have chosen the vacuum cleaner as her calming drug of choice.

Flowerofthewest Mon 09-Sep-13 00:47:39

My DD has just purchased a wrap around sling. They look so comfortable.

Flowerofthewest Mon 09-Sep-13 00:50:08

Galen, my 29 year old son is the same with out of date food, I tell him that we used to sniff it and if it smelt 'off' than it went in the bin.

Flowerofthewest Mon 09-Sep-13 00:53:59

I do remember colostrum and sore nipples but not the fore and hind milk, also I know our children had growth spurts but on every couple of weeks when they fed frantically surely. They were just feeding frantically. Yes, we too have 'meltdowns'

Sorry to have posted so many times, just want to answer posts.blush

Faye Mon 09-Sep-13 01:17:43

My youngest GD 21 months was also fed with baby led weaning but my daughter also spoon fed her from her own plate. She enjoys a variety of food and still likes to sit on an adult's lap and share their meal. The interesting thing is she has never dribbled even when she was teething.

Mamie Mon 09-Sep-13 05:43:53

Four-month regression. Something to do with not sleeping I think. Suspect BLW would cause horror in France, spoon feeding seems to last ages.

thatbags Mon 09-Sep-13 06:43:36

I tied mine on. I got expert at dumping them in pram or cot once they were asleep still in the sling thing. Oh the freedom! grin

Somewhere there's a picture of me with DD3 in a MacPac on my back while I mop up the floor after one of her messier meals. Best way to keep her out the way. She will have been two by then.

thatbags Mon 09-Sep-13 06:46:22

She was often there (on my back, peering over) while I was chopping vegetables for a meal. I would give her a piece of carrot to eat. She'd chew a bit to get the juice out and then spit it down my neck. The joys of motherhood.

But I would have gone crazy without the slings and macpac. I don't know how people manage without them.

Gally Mon 09-Sep-13 07:48:45

Amber 'teething' necklaces seem to be the must wear accessory these days. According to a local mum, they work, but how? Baby doesn't dribble or cry with tooth pain apparently confused

JessM Mon 09-Sep-13 07:58:12

Gosh does baby led weaning mean no spoon feeding (or you will harm the little one and it grow up grossly obese or anorexic something?). The joy of having washing machines, dishwashers etc... and cleaners maybe? I thought it meant wait until they started eagerly looking at the rest of the family eating and opening and closing their little mouths eagerly. I doubt whether mums in Africa just plonk babies in high chairs and let them get on with it grin
Welsh women used to carry their babies "Welsh fashion" which involves a big woollen blanket wrapped around baby and mother - baby on hip. I tried it a few times but you have to hang onto the blanket with your left hand. Very cosy though. Slings and back pack carriers were around in the 70s but less well designed. In the winter of discontent I used to carry a very heavy 9 month old DS2 on my back to and from school in the snow twice a day, and everywhere else. Everyone was on strike and there was lots of snow on the pavements and roads. Pushing a buggy would have been tricky. He had one of those peruvian hats with flaps and used to pull it over his face. People used to keep stopping me saying "your baby's got his hat over his face".
Attachment and separation anxiety come from the academic world of child development - Bowlby and all that.
Suspect the fore milk hind milk thing raises anxiety in already anxious mums. "I'm worried she's not getting the hind milk" etc

nightowl Mon 09-Sep-13 08:18:46

Although I laugh at some of the things I hear, I have to say I'm impressed by how much thought this generation of mums (I'm not sure dads have caught on yet) seem to be putting into looking after their babies. I feel sorry for them because they are bombarded on all sides by different 'experts' and I think it takes determination to wade through all the crap and decide for yourself how you want to do it. My DD is already far more knowledgeable than I was at that stage and she and her partner are doing a fantastic job. So let's hear it for the parents of today! smile

Nelliemoser Mon 09-Sep-13 08:18:49

In the early weeks DD was worried that DGS wasn't getting the hind milk. I did point out that she and her brother were small we didn't know about such things and changed sides halfway though and they both grew OK!
Judging by the state of her fridge my DD isn't too worried about sell by dates.

I do really envy DD that lovely wrap though.

thatbags Mon 09-Sep-13 08:37:03

I'm not sure one needs to be knowledgable. I reckon I did baby-led weaning by instinct. When my babies showed an interest in what I was eating – watching, trying to grab – I gave them some, sometimes chewed it a bit first if it was too hard. I did the some food on the tray and me spooning some in. My experience, with three of them, was that I couldn't spoon it in fast enough in the early stages of giving them food other than breast milk. My mum did exactly the same, except perhaps for the chewing first. It's nothing new.

thatbags Mon 09-Sep-13 08:43:26

But like everything else has been made into an issue by the "chattering classes".