I recently discovered that I'm not a failed "crunchy" mom, but a whole new breed of parent called a "scrunchy" mom. Scrunchy moms combine tenets from back-to-basics "crunchy" parenting and the modern-convenience-loving tenets of "silky" parenting. In other words, we mix it up and find what works for us. For instance, I breastfed for an extended period of time, but I didn't bed share. In fact, thanks to this "scrunchy" lifestyle, I've realized there are a lot of things a co-sleeping mom and a sleep training mom have in common.
I always thought I would be interested in co-sleeping as a mom, but my husband is a crazy sleeper and, after re-evaluating, I wasn't too sure it would be safe. He moves around a lot, swinging his arms and legs around with reckless abandon, so I have conveniently blamed him for the fact that we didn't share a bed with our baby. However, on a recent vacation and when we were forced to share a bed, I spent the night with a toddler's foot in my face the whole time. So, yes, I might have to admit that it wasn't, in fact, my partner's fault.
Parenting trends and practices seem to include an awful lot of passion and conviction. As a result, people can get quite upset about another mother's choice, so it's worth remembering that we're not so different after all. In fact, a co-sleeping mom and a sleep training mom have a lot in common, including: