It seems that actress Mayim Bialik is quickly becoming the famous face of “attachment parenting.” In a post written at TODAY Moms, the mother-of-two gives a glimpse into her parenting style – and explains why when it comes to parenting “labels mean nothing.”
“We had our first son in 2005, and I nursed him on demand around the clock for 26 months – no pacifiers, no bottles, no solids until 12 months,” Mayim writes. “Son No. 2 was born in 2008 at home, unassisted until pushing. He is still nursing strong and on demand, day and night, at almost 2½.
“This is not some fandangled new Hollywood trend. We parent the way people have parented for hundreds of thousands of years.”
Insisting on a woman’s right to a drug-free labor and delivery, Mayim says, “Natural birth is not something to ‘try for’ and feel bad you couldn’t do. Our country needs to step up to the plate in educating women about the benefits of natural birth, and we need to help women actually do it – not just hear about it.”
The former Blossom star goes on to reveal more of her parenting beliefs, advocating breastfeeding, baby-wearing and “gentle discipline.” She also dishes on the family’s sleeping arrangements: Bed-sharing!
“We have two futon mattresses on the floor, since it’s the safest way to sleep for babies (there’s nowhere for them to fall if they are already on the floor!). It’s usually me and the little guy on one mattress and my husband and our 5-year-old on the other, although the 5-year-old bounces around throughout the night. Sometimes we all cuddle together when we wake up; it is something we never imagined we’d do until we had our first son, and it is intimate, fun, safe and beautiful.”
In the end, Mayim writes, she does what she feels is best for her boys.
“I do not judge anyone, because that’s not what my job on this earth is. My job is to do my best for my kids: to be the best mama I can be to them.”
Read more from Mayim at TODAYMoms.com