So now, this post has come up to choice and judgement.
As a parent, we are all judged. It goes with the territory. And we are judged mainly on the choices we make. No matter what decision you make for yourself and your children, there will always be someone out there who is judging that decision...whether they are judging it in a fair light, knowing that you are a good parent. Or judging you silently (or sometimes very loudly) on the terrible mistake that you are making. But no matter what...that decision is yours. So own it.
If I can give you any advice at all it is this: Trust your instinct. You are the person who knows yourself and your family the best. If something seems off, then it is. If someone is telling you something that makes you question what they are saying, then research it a some more before taking their word for it. Only use reputable sources for online information....don't trust just any .org. If you have a question about something that deals with diet, sleep, behavior, development or anything else medical...ask your doctor first. Also, ask a nurse. They are a wonderful source for information too. If your doctor says something that just doesn't sit right, ask a different doctor. A second opinion can confirm or relieve your suspicions.
It's OK to be a cloth diapering, baby wearing, breast feeding parent and not jump on every bandwagon that goes by. Don't buy into hype....just raise your family the way you know is best. And as for those judgments....if you know in your heart that you are making the best decision for yourself and your family, then let it roll off your back.
If any parents need a little support in their decisions or want to know what my personal choices are and why I made them, I would be glad to share in an email. Maybe someday I will get the courage to actually write a post about them.