I’m visiting the discussion communities on social Web site Orkut this evening and found an interesting discussion in their “Parenting” community. It’s a community that has a lot more in common with Parent magazine than Mothering magazine, that’s for sure. The discussion of the evening was about when a baby is too young to be in a stroller. The person asking the question was asking about a baby that was only three weeks old. Of the nine responses, only one even mentioned that carrying the baby could be a viable solution when they’re that young.
The discussion was rather amazing to me, really, because I interpret it as yet another example of how parents are so quick to push their babies away, even from the very first few weeks. It’s a core question about attachment parenting, of course: should we, as parents, be prioritizing independence over attachment?