If you're a Gen Xer, you'll remember her from Blossom. If you're a bit younger (what folks like to call Millennials), you know she's on The Big Bang Theory. Beyond acting, Mayim Bialik has a Ph.D. in neuroscience (yep, a certified brainiac!) and is celebrity spokesmama for the Holistic Moms Network. The newest credit to her name is “author.” Mayim gets personal in Beyond the Sling ($16; amazon.com), where she details how and why she and her family incorporate the sometimes eyebrow-raising philosophies of attachment parenting. She chatted with us about what she loves most about this parenting style.
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Mayim delayed feeding solids until her boys were 12 months old, and she nursed son Miles, now 6, for 26 months. Her younger son, Fred, is still going strong at age 3. “I love that it's meeting a very valuable need nutritionally, immunologically and emotionally. In the first days of a baby's life, he's taught that you know what he needs. It's one of the best lessons they can learn, and it only grows as they get older.”
Mayim and her husband, Michael, have shared a bed with their two sons since their births. “With co-sleeping, mama gets more rest — period. If you're breastfeeding or baby needs soothing, baby is right there. You don't have to get up at all.”
Mayim has been spotted all over Los Angeles with a kid in a carrier. “Babies want to be held, and we want to have a life. It gets everyone's needs met at once. We get to be part of the world, and we get to be hands-free. We think it's the safest way for babies to explore their surroundings. It's also inexpensive when you compare it to strollers and car seat carriers.”
Son Fred was born in the living room after three hours of labor with the assistance of a midwife and with his big brother looking on. “Being in the most comfortable place for me and having faith that my body was made to do this was the most reasonable way for me to have a baby.”