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  1. charm55

    apricot / 286 posts

    I think formula is awesome and helped my kids sleep through the night pretty much from the get go.

  2. paigeface

    kiwi / 529 posts

    @charm55: Oh thank you for this! I agree!

  3. MrsSCB

    pomelo / 5257 posts

    @charm55: I EBF both kids (so far) BUT I agree with this sentiment (I mean not the sleeping one, I have no idea, but that formula is awesome). I've read a lot of research indicating the benefits of BFing are nowhere near what people have pushed. I personally like BFing, but I hate pumping. This time around I'm definitely considering quitting pumping much sooner and doing formula at daycare, and I know my daughter would do great either way!

  4. Mrskerch2

    pea / 23 posts

    I really like this thread.

    That said, we’re currently on a home search and my unpopular opinion on that is I hate blue paint!! Any time I’m in a room with blue, it really bums me out.

  5. Mrs. Sketchbook

    GOLD / nectarine / 2884 posts

    I'm still on the fence with this, but I'm starting to question the idea that experiences are more valuable than possessions. I saw that picture of all those climbers in a big traffic jam at the top of Mount Everest and realized that we are at "peak travel." everything has been done and all of the beautiful places on the Earth are crowded and overloved. Every national park I've been to in the past 2 years has a major bear problem because of litter and thoughtlessness on the parts of humans. Lots of travel is still really expensive for the average person. I also think as I get older that it makes it less sense to put money into travel that I could be putting into retirement. Plus I feel like a lot of people who can't afford to go abroad spend their discretionary income on experiences that are not as "educational," like theme parks or restaurants. We actually have a Six Flags membership so I'm calling myself out on this one! But I question what is more valuable: a handsome dining room table that I can serve family meals at multiple times a day and on holidays and for birthdays, or the equivalent amount of trips to restaurants or dining experiences? of course I know that most people do not go out for all meals, but there have definitely been times when I have gone to a restaurant even though it probably was not in my best financial interest just because it was "fun"! We had our 50s era kitchen remodelwd last year and part of it was to encourage us to do more of our cooking and celebrating at home instead of renting party locations or going out to restaurants all the time. But that did require us to prioritize things over experiences for a little while!

  6. Tionn3

    kiwi / 680 posts

    @Mrs. Sketchbook: I feel you on this one.

  7. Petitduck

    kiwi / 624 posts

    @MrsSCB: I haven’t read anything, but just decided that I feel like breastfeeding is not the golden magic people say it is. My kids are average intelligence and got sick a lot as babies. Haha. They were EBF for six months and I continued just over a year. I’m really happy to breastfeed, mainly because I feel like it’s convenient to bring the food source everywhere and not have to clean bottles.

    @Mrs. Sketchbook: this makes a lot of sense!

  8. Kemma

    grapefruit / 4291 posts

    @Petitduck: I believe in breastfeeding because it’s the biologically normal way to feed a baby but there’s definitely a subset of the lactation community that things that breastmilk will cure anything and is the answer to all of life’s problems! Is it good? Hell yes but so much more than feeding goes in to raising children!

  9. Petitduck

    kiwi / 624 posts

    @Kemma: yes! This is exactly how I feel. Your worded it a lot better than me. I’ll blame my newborn sleep deprived state... haha.

  10. wrkbrk

    pomelo / 5084 posts

    @Mrs. Sketchbook: I agree. Not everyone loves travel. I like it fine but could easily live without it.

  11. JJ2626

    kiwi / 527 posts

    Had to bring this back for a new one: pumpkin patches are so stupid! I seriously don’t get it. Is it just for photos? Why would a baby care to see a bunch of pumpkins in a parking lot?!

  12. SweetCaroline

    pear / 1718 posts

    @JJ2626: Tell me more! To me, a pumpkin patch is where people go pick pumpkins to buy for Halloween decor and carving. I live in a rural area and our pumpkin patches are actual fields of pumpkins on the vine. All ages go, not just babies. Is that what you're referring to, or something else? Genuinely curious.

  13. JJ2626

    kiwi / 527 posts

    @SweetCaroline: Lol! I live in a city where you could buy a pumpkin at Whole Foods or the hardware store if you wanted one for Halloween carving or display. Yet, people drive 30-60 mins outside the city to dress their baby in plaid and take photos in a sea of pumpkins! The pumpkins are not usually on the vine-just in a big space. And yes, all ages go too and maybe for older kids there are also activities? But the number of posts looking for pumpkin patches in my local mom Facebook group is driving me nuts!

  14. SweetCaroline

    pear / 1718 posts

    @JJ2626: ahh, that makes total sense now! I see where you are coming from. We grow our own pumpkins and live 5 hours from a Whole Foods

  15. SweetCaroline

    pear / 1718 posts

    To stick with the fall theme, I hate pumpkin pie and anything pumkin spice flavored.

  16. Sams Mom

    grapefruit / 4492 posts

    @SweetCaroline: I'm going to have to agree to disagree on the actual pumpkin pie front... BUT Pumpkin Spice anything belongs in the garbage for sure

  17. snarkybiochemist

    nectarine / 2174 posts

    I don't really like pie of any sort, but I do like pumpkin cake/cookies and general spice cake. I don't drink coffee so pumpkin spice lattes and all that are very much lost on me.

  18. erinbaderin

    pomelo / 5543 posts

    @JJ2626: I can’t speak for anybody else, but for us it’s a day out. We go on a hay ride, they have a petting zoo, we drink apple cider and eat kettle corn. And yeah, take some cute fall pictures of the kids. It’s a fun fall activity - I guess I don’t see how it’s any different than taking your kid to see Santa.

  19. crazydoglady

    nectarine / 2431 posts

    @erinbaderin: Same!
    Ours has a train ride, petting zoo, hayrides, giant trampoline, food, zip lines etc. It's really fun! We don't have a photo shoot or anything, but take some pics.

  20. graceandjoy

    pear / 1565 posts

    Haha, I love pumpkin patches! Besides getting some cute fall pictures, all our pumpkin patches out here also have hay rides, petting zoo, pony rides, playgrounds, inflatables, cider/donuts/roasted corn, corn maze... The list goes on and it's usually free admission and inexpensive tickets to do activities so we go almost every weekend!

  21. graceandjoy

    pear / 1565 posts

    @SweetCaroline: Same. I did get pumpkin cheesecake from Trader Joes and THAT was good, the cheesecake toned down the pumpkin flavor a lot. Other than that, I will not touch anything pumpkin and esp pumpkin SPICE. Grosss

  22. Mrs. Pajamas

    kiwi / 702 posts

    So I do not like zella leggings. The regular ones are way too thick so I bought the studio lite ones. The fabric is super buttery but they do not stay up. So irritated. The hype over these leggings is unreal and I just don't get it. In fact I don't think I'm really a high rise fan at all. I get the benefits but it just doesn't feel comfortable on me.

  23. Petitduck

    kiwi / 624 posts

    I don’t like the pressure surrounding self-care. Like you must engage in self-care and regularly carve out this magically existing time/activity for yourself. I just don’t have time or energy to. Maybe one day.

  24. 2littlepumpkins

    grapefruit / 4455 posts

    @Petitduck: YES. My work days including commute are about 12-13 hours long. Any additional time is spent just getting ready in the morning, spending the last couple hours with the kids and bedtime. Maybe a few small chores. I pretty much knock out right away. I can't "make" time. Weekends I often have the kids by myself and when I don't we do family stuff and house stuff that require us both. We try to give each other breaks for hair cuts and such. My husband doesn't have regular hours. I'm so tired of hearing about how I/"we as women" need to take care of myself "first" from people who have way more time on their hands!

  25. JJ2626

    kiwi / 527 posts

    @graceandjoy: @crazydoglady: @erinbaderin: hahaha Ok I guess it’s possible I don’t know what a pumpkin patch is? But I don’t think the ones here have hayrides and stuff?

  26. Ms. RV

    pear / 1930 posts

    @JJ2626: We have two farms that do pumpkin patches by us. One picks the pumpkins then lays them in a field behind their market. The other one is on the vine. I never heard of them in a parking lot!!

  27. Ajsmommy

    pomegranate / 3355 posts

    @JJ2626: our pumpkin "patches" are not at all what you describe. We go to two a year. One is a huge farm that has big slides and a corn maze, a petting zoo, pony rides, hay ride, a kids train, a giant jumping pillow... we don't even get pumpkins from it. We just go for the activities. It's so much fun.

    The second one we go to has bounce houses, a trick or treating trail, pony rides, kiddie pools full of corn to dig in, a hay patch to find "the needle in the haystack" to be turned in for a prize, and a hayride too.

    My kids love them and the weather is so beautiful here it's a great weekend activity. Luckily ours are only 5-10 min drive but i can see why people would drive 60 mins for one.

  28. bees_knees

    persimmon / 1052 posts

    I think it’s weird when someone “pays it forward” by buying the person behind them coffee or whatever, the recipient is almost expected to “pay it forward” again. Like...doesn’t that defeat the purpose? And yet, I’d feel guilty just accepting the free drink. It makes more sense to me to take the free drink, and “pay it forward” by giving the barista a larger than average tip 🤷‍♀️

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