Jul 04, 07
parents interested in Natural Infant Hygeine
Read in June, 2007
I was fascinated by this book, but entirely put off by the author. She makes an excellent argument for the feasibility of Natural Infant Hygiene, and gives useful information about "how to". Unfortunately, she is an all-or-nothing attachment parent advocate and comes across as incredibly smug and judgemental. She is very pleased with her life: she lives on a farm (an ORGANIC farm, she's careful to tell us), made a special sling for her babies that allows her to wear them under her clothes, had a miraculous homebirth, is a strong proponent of the family bed, advocates extended breastfeeding. While there's not a problem with any of these choices, she writes about NIH as if it is only going to work if you also make those choices. Again, while there is nothing wrong for families who do make those choices, not everyone can do so. She trumpets her advocacy of other aspects of attachment parenting in every aspect of this book, suggesting judgement where none need be, and setting up other parents for doubt and failure. In addition, she slips some specious and un-cited facts about vaccination (another highly charged subject, again irrelevant to the subject of NIH) into the book. I will be looking for more books on the subject, but unless you're playing the parenting game exactly as she does, this book might not be the one for you.