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I still breastfeed my three-and-a-half-year-old: Blossom actress describes her 'attachment parenting' theory in new book
- Actress Mayim Bialik, 36, co-sleeps with sons Fred, three and Miles, six months
- The Eighties star also bans diapers, use of baby soap and toys from her family home
By KRISTIE LAU
Mayim Bialik rose to fame through her television portrayal of a free-spirited teenager named Blossom and it seems her character's personality traits are now mirrored in her own life.
The actress, who played the lead role in the Eighties American sitcom Blossom, has written a parenting book titled Beyond The Sling: A Real-Life Guide To Raising Confident, Loving Children The Attachment Parenting Way.
The 36-year-old has detailed how she breastfeeds her three-and-a-half year-old son Fred and how she and her husband allow him and Miles, their six-year-old son, to sleep on two mattresses on the ground with them every night.
The Los Angeles-based actress, who now features in CBS's The Big Bang Theory as the brainy Amy Farrah Fowler, follows the Attachment Parenting method originally coined by Dr William Sears, a U.S.pediatrician.
The unconventional technique also involves potty training without diapers, a natural birth and wearing a baby in a sling to ensure they remain physically close to a parent’s body.
Mrs Bialik told Newsok.com: 'When we treat our children kindly and expect love and give love, we hopefully are raising children that then expect that and give that to the world around them.
'It is very consistent with a 'green' style of parenting.'
She and her husband of eight years Mike Roosevelt, 36, live in a one-bedroom house.
There is no playroom for their sons because the couple do not believe in supplying their children with expensive toys.
Mrs Bialik, who is a spokesperson for America’s Holistic Moms Network, said: 'Our society's obsession with consumerism, especially in the realm of baby things, baby soaps and baby products… that's something that my husband and I, partly for frugality and partly for environmental reasons, have really rejected.
'We figure everything out without spending a lot of money on that kind of stuff.'
She kept both of her children close to her person for many of their first months by placing them in a sling across her body every day.
The $35 sling was used for both Miles and Fred, who were kept laid down rather than upright to ensure the baby kept its natural shape.
The couple have also allowed their children to develop correct toilet habits as soon as they realise their body’s natural signals.
Mrs Bialik said in regards to diaper use: ‘You’re basically training your child to use their pants as a bathroom and two years later we have them turn around and do all sorts of complicated manipulations to get them to unlearn.’
She added that she is motivated by a desire to be the best parent she could possibly be.
‘Most of our life is centered around trying to be the parents we want to be.’
The actress achieved her PhD in neuroscience in 2008.
She looked to her doctoral thesis while she was researching her new book.
She focused on the hormones of human attachment, which are often a big part in the emotional bond a parent forms with their child.