Guide to baby care: appropriate to the species

Appropriate attitude for babies

Baby care appropriate to the species

Species-appropriate baby care – the guide by Nicola Schmidt

I was really looking forward to this book. I saved myself for the time when our own baby, the second, is born. Three weeks ago it was finally time … So you read today again a review that was not brand new immediately after the publication of the book was written.

The basic idea of ​​the artgerecht team is that happy children will save our planet in the long term. I find that an interesting approach to a nursery guide. Unfortunately, this topic is actually addressed only in the preface. If you want to know more about the connection between world rescue and happy babies, you have to make your own thoughts about the individual chapters.

Already on the first pages I notice that this is a guide for people who are already familiar with the care of the baby. So either they have already read other books or already have a child or both. Here it is more about consolidating and supplementing one’s own knowledge about birth and babies. In many places, a certain basic knowledge is already required. That is absolutely not negative. I think that this makes “artgerecht” a great gift for the birth of the second or third baby …

I myself already have a son and already know many tricks in dealing with babies. But still I have received some great information, some explain the behavior or situations from the family life in retrospect. Especially two things I remember very vividly after reading:

Human babies – born too soon?

There is the theory that our babies would actually have to stay in the stomach for another 3 to 9 months longer. But they are already born, because they would not fit through the pelvis later – this has changed so much by the development of the upright aisle, that the birth in humans is incomparably more complicated than, for example, the monkey.

During the “missing” 3 to 9 months, the baby is still in very different need than later. From digestion to bone, to the brain and nervous system – nothing is finished. The child needs every minute of our attention 24 hours a day.

That in itself is not necessarily a new insight. However, the understanding of the child is helpful. Yes, the first months are damn exhausting. And yes, both parents keep coming up against their limits. But the knowledge of the early birth reconciles me a bit with the idea of ​​having the child (felt) continuously hanging on the bosom. The fact that many children only sleep when wearing them, or when they are lying on a parent, is due to it.

I think that understanding why this is so makes it easier to accept the state in a relaxed way. Because by “appropriate” also becomes clear: We can not spoil our babies. The love and time we give them at the beginning makes them later strong and independent people.

Parents: Make gangs!

Also impressive is the request of Schmidt, to merge into clans. We all know the saying that it takes a whole village to raise a child. But who is taking it seriously??

Schmidt makes it clear why a single woman can only be overwhelmed with an infant. It describes how babysitting is handled in primitive peoples and gives tips on how to organize burden sharing in our modern world.

Not everyone has to breastfeed the neighbor’s child or move to a multi-generation home. It is enough to build up a good network and maintain it regularly.

And that too is something that has long been close to my heart. After us, the neighbors also got babies. Soon all mothers in the household will end up with 12 months compulsory parental leave, and they realize that compatibility also affects them. The first tentative discussions on the garden fence have already been conducted: contingency plans, playing together, getting to know children …

I really hope that this can be realized in the future. It is such a strange fear to help another person free of charge or to ask for help. It is so easy to take a child, even if you already cared for two of your own … I think that we have at least three families already in our gang. Keep your fingers crossed!

Kindgerecht – Das andere Baby-Buch” by Nicola Schmidt has been published by Kösel and costs 19.99 €. We thank the publisher for providing a free review copy.

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