We don't fit in. We don't fit in with "mainstream parenting" especially here in the South, because Kayla breastfed (exclusive, extended breastfeeding at that), we didn’t use pacifiers, we started solids late, and we co-slept.
But we are so not of the hippie/crunchy persuasion. We have very strong conservative Christian values. We do vaccinate (but on an alternative schedule) and our sons are circumcised. We care about the environment, which is one of the many reasons why we potty trained our babies.
When we found out we were about to have our first baby, we wanted to learn how to do everything right. We did NOT want to learn how to do everything everyone else was doing or everything we thought our family members wanted us to do. We wanted to know what was best for us and our baby in our specific situation. So, Kayla started researching everything. That's what she does with important decisions. We are both happy that she does that. It's the reason why we don't live in a cardboard box.
She came across a lot of information about breastfeeding and pacifier use and co-sleeping and helicopter parents and permissive parenting and then she read about this "weird" thing that most of the world does with their babies...
It's called Baby Potty Training. You basically learn when your baby needs to eliminate her waste or watch her for cues. We've done it with 3 children rather successfully. We go into more detail in the book.
Head on over to Amazon and get your copy!