I finally got to see the documentary Babies. If you haven’t already done so, please go and see it — the film is absolutely precious. The film follows four babies: Ponijao from Namibia; Mari from Japan; Bayar from Mongolia; and Hattie from the US, from birth to about 18 months.

It was interesting to see the different parenting styles and ways the parents cared for their children. And I’d have to say that the most holistic and beautiful parenting styles were from the nomad cultures in Namibia and Mongolia. The parents practiced co-sleeping, extended breastfeeding and babywearing — and if you’re not already in the know on the subject, this is where the AP methodology drew its inspiration from.

It was just lovely seeing the theory being practiced in an “original” setting. And funny enough, in post-production interviews, the other mothers felt the same.

So outside of reinforcing co-sleeping, extended breastfeeding and babywearing, this is what the Hubby and I got from watching Babies:

  • it’s OK to let the baby chew on debris from the floor (well, only if you live in a clean, natural, outdoorsy environment)
  • it’s OK to leash your baby to the furniture to make sure he doesn’t crawl into the cow field (really, only if you’re a nomad and necessity requires you to leave your baby home alone to tend to the cows)
  • it’s better to wash your baby’s face with breastmilk than spit
  • it’s not necessary to buy expensive, educational mobiles and toys. Chickens, cats and flies are all your baby needs.
  • pee blankets are the bomb
  • a baby can thrive off a diet of breastmilk, fish and porridge
  • the outdoors are oh, so much better than a stuffy playgroup
  • hippy parents are annoying when they sing westernized, African-inspired “Mother Earth” songs

Personally, I’m a super fan of the first two. Eryn LOVES eating sand. After watching Ponijao gnaw on an old bone and rocks, I’m not so worried anymore. And while it’s a bit too late now, I may just consider leashing the next baby 😉

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