Fans of the show Keeping Up With The Kardashians know that Kourtney views motherhood differently than the rest of her sisters. She prefers to be an attachment style parent, co-sleeping with her children and following practices such as extended breastfeeding. The reality star makes many choices that set her apart from the rest of the family when it comes to how she runs her household.
From eating gluten- and dairy-free foods to refusing to even have a microwave in her kitchen, the oldest Kardashian has strict rules when it comes to how and what her family eats. She’s very health conscious and has a grocery list of natural foods.
She also makes sure that her home is as comfortable as possible for her children. From kid-friendly furniture to non-toxic toys, Kourtney wants her house to be home. She doesn’t stick to a structured schedule and grants her little ones a lot of freedom to play.
Although, she is strict when it comes to screen time and doesn’t use devices to babysit her kids. When it comes to hiring a nanny, she tries as hard as she can to be “hands-on.”
Here are 20 interesting ways Kourtney Kardashian raises her kids differently than her sisters.
20 Co-Sleeping With Her Children
While Kim has been vocal about her strict rule that her children sleep in their own beds, Kourtney prefers to co-sleep with her kids. According to People, she not only believes that her children are happier because they sleep with her, but the setup is convenient for everyone concerned.
“With co-sleeping, I didn’t have to get up out of bed to get the kids back to sleep whenever they woke during the night,”
she said. “It was easier when one of the kids woke up, since I was right there. Co-sleeping just ended up feeling like we all got more sleep.”
19 Limited Screen Time Is A Rule
Kourtney limits screen time for her kids. In this day and age where parents rely on technology to entertain their children, Kourtney has rules in place that allow her little ones to enjoy playing with devices for an allotted amount of time each day, and no more. According to Entertainment Tonight, she says,
"Now that all my kids are over the age of two, I do allow them limited time to play video games and watch television.
We have a game room, so I allow 30 minutes of video game time during the week and an hour on the weekends."
18 Microwaves Are Banned
One appliance that you won’t find in Kourtney’s kitchen is a microwave. She prefers to reheat food in the oven because she believes that it is healthier and safer for her children. According to People, she explained why she made the decision to outlaw microwaves, saying,
“When I had Mason, I did a lot of health-related research and decided to get rid of my microwave when I read that toxins from plastic containers can be transferred to food when reheated (this applies to BPA-free plastic containers too). Also, I’ve heard that microwaves can leach nutrients from food and use radiation to heat food.”
17 The Kids Don't Stick To A Schedule
Kourtney’s kids don’t stick to a daily schedule and she tends to have a more go-with-the-flow outlook on motherhood. According to CNN, Kourtney opened up about how she came to that conclusion. “I think you do whatever fits your lifestyle. Some people have things planned from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., which works for them,” she explained, adding,
“But honestly, the best thing for Mason is just to be with me. When we are out, we just have so much fun.
If we are cruising around, and he is napping in the car, it’s not the worst thing in the world.”
16 Organic Everything!
When it comes to the type of food that Kourtney feeds her three children, she does her best to buy only organic fruits and veggies. According to People, she wrote about her healthy eating habits on her personal app.
“I also try to avoid processed foods in general. I really try to focus on fresh and organic fruits and vegetables, and healthy proteins like salmon, chicken and eggs,” she wrote.
The reality star even posted a typical grocery list that was made up of healthy options. Although she did admit that she cheats on her diet sometimes when she travels!
15 Creating A Kid-Friendly Home
Sister Kim has admitted that almost all of the furniture in her home is white, which isn’t the best colour to pick when you have children. Kourtney, on the other hand, wants something more kid-friendly. Kourtney told Architectural Digest,
“I was ready for something a bit more sophisticated and grown-up than my last house. But above all, it had to be family-friendly.
This is the place where my kids will open Christmas presents and celebrate birthdays. I wanted them to feel like we were embarking on a wonderful new adventure.”
14 Her Kids Wear Hand-Me-Downs
While most of the Kardashian kids wear only the most current designs and fashions, Kourtney admitted that her children sometimes where hand-me-down clothes. This is a far-cry from how her sisters choose to dress their kids. According to People, Kourtney said, “I kept a lot of Mason’s clothes, like little blazers and loafers and I’ve used them on Penelope."
13 She Is Always "Hands-On" With The Kids
All of the Kardashian moms have been spotted out and about with nannies, but Kourtney has a different approach when it comes to relying on outside help with her children. She opened up to Parenting about being a hands-on mom, saying,
“When I am out or away, that’s when I most want to be with Mason. I do have help when I’m working. It’s important to have one person I trust, so I know Mason is taken care of.”
She went on to say, “But every time I am not working, he is with me. Even on an airplane, he is with me even if the nanny is also on the plane.”
12 The Children Dress Themselves
While were on the subject of fashion, Kourtney totally allows her children to dress themselves. According to People, she opened up about Mason picking out his own clothes. “He loves to get himself dressed every day and he likes to come out and show us his outfit. And we’re not allowed to have an opinion on any of it,” she explained.
Kim, on the other hand, has more to say when it comes to what her kids wear. She admitted to the Vancouver Sun that North can wear costumes and wild pyjamas, but adds, "when we go out, she really just wears whatever I want. She makes it really easy. But we have that comprise.”
11 She Doesn't Sweat The Small Stuff
Out of all the Kardashian moms, Kourtney seems like she might be the most mellow when it comes to not sweating the small stuff. When her sisters may have gotten a bit worked up about decorating the nursery, Kourtney took the entire experience in stride.
She opened up to Parenting about not being fazed by pressures from her mom, Kris. She said,
“I make my own choices. When I was pregnant, she would say, 'You need [to buy] this and this.' I remember telling her that people used to have babies in caves.
If I don’t have something, it’s not a big deal.”
10 Only Child-Friendly Events For Her Kids Are Allowed
Kourtney is mindful about making sure any events that she takes her children to are kid-friendly. You won’t see Mason, Penelope or Reighn sitting in the front row of a fashion show. Luckily, her little ones only go to places where you would typically see kids.
On the other hand, Kim takes her daughter, North, to many fashion shows. When asked why she brought her daughter along to Balenciaga, Yahoo Lifestyle reports Kim saying, “She started to cry when we were walking out the door, and we couldn’t leave her. So, it was a spur-of-the-moment thing. But it was an amazing fashion show for her to be at for her first show.”
9 She Had A Hard Time Letting Go
Kourtney is a vocal advocate for nursing moms and exclusively breastfed all of her babies. She even practiced extended nursing and allowed her children to wean themselves.
According to Parenting, Mason weaned during the day at 13 months and it didn’t feel natural to stop night feedings. Kourtney stopped weaning him and then he stopped nursing on his own soon afterwards.
“I seriously could cry just thinking about it being over.
I love what a beautiful experience I had with my son and just wanted to share it,” she said.
8 She Goes The Extra Mile When It Comes To Food
Kourtney’s kids were put on a strict gluten-free and dairy-free diet. According to Us Weekly, she admitted, “Of course, we pick our battles and I do let the kids have popcorn at the movies and a churro at Disneyland, etc.”
“But for birthday parties, which can sometimes be every weekend, I bring extra gluten and dairy-free cupcakes and they are happy with that,”
she continued. “I have noticed a great positive change in behavior with my children.”
7 She Makes Baby Food From Scratch
Another way that Kourtney parents her kids differently is that she makes baby food from scratch. She was inspired by a gift that her mom gave her when Mason was born. According to Parenting, Kourtney opened up about the experience, saying,
“My mom bought me this amazing baby-food maker, the Beaba. I steam and puree fruits and vegetables, and they last for like four days.
Mason pretty much loves everything. I gave him red beets, and it got all over his face, which made the funniest picture.”
6 There's No Television In The Nursery
Kourtney does not allow her children to have a TV in their rooms. According to People, Khloe discussed an argument she had with Kourtney over the subject when she was a guest of Jimmy Kimmel Live. “[Kourtney] got p-ssed because I wanted to put a TV in the nursery,” Khloe recalled. “I haven’t even decorated the nursery yet, the whole thing I wanted was a TV so far.”
“And she [said], ‘I’m the worst person for ever wanting a TV,’ ” she added. “And when you’re breastfeeding or whatever, I need a TV. She thinks she’s better than [me] because she doesn’t watch TV but I like TV shows.”
5 She Practises Attachment Parenting
There are many different parenting styles out there for parents to choose from. While both Kim and Khloe have admitted that they are strict about many things when it comes to motherhood, Kourtney has been very open about her choice to practice attachment style parenting.
Despite the fact that her sisters and family don’t understand her perspective on motherhood, Kourtney shared that she’s simply following her instincts.
“It’s just what came natural to me," she told People magazine, as Huffington Post reports. "They definitely all think I’m insane in my family for having [my kids] in the bed and breastfeeding them for forever. But I couldn’t care less."
4 No Plastic In Her Kitchen
Kourtney is adamant that she and her children never use plastic containers. According to Shape, she revealed that she makes it a point to use stainless steel or glass to serve her food. After doing a bit of research, she became concerned about BPA exposure.
"We use both glass and stainless steel containers instead of Tupperware for leftovers and to store food in my pantry.
For the kids' lunches, we use stainless steel bento boxes. We have a whole cupboard full of eco-friendly dinner plates, cereal bowls, flatware, and cups all made of stainless steel," said Kourtney.
3 Family Vacations Happen With Scott
Despite the fact that Kourtney is no longer with the father of her children, Scott Disick, she makes it a point to spend time together as a family. She and her ex are often spotted jet-setting to exotic locations with their kids. Not many women would be willing to do that.
Kourtney is so cool with them vacationing together that she recently went on a trip to Mexico with Scott, the kids and his new girlfriend, Sofia Richie.
Scott posted a pic to Instagram of the three of them lounging in swimsuits with the caption: “What more can a guy ask for. Three's company.”
2 The Kids Play With Non-Toxic Toys
Kourtney is strict when it comes to the types of toys that she allows her children to play with. She makes sure that they only have non-toxic toys and that means that she avoids items made of plastic. According to People, Khloe called Kourtney out on her obsession with all things plastic when she was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
“You can never have a plastic toy, ever!” Khloe said when talking about the advice Kourtney gives her. The sisters argue quite a bit about their different parenting styles, as Khloe says, “If someone buys blocks, I’m allowed to have blocks! Let me experience things. It’s either [Kourtney's] way or no way.”
1 Some Words Are Off Limits
Kourtney has outlawed any talk in front of Penelope that doesn’t support body positivity. She banned her mom from saying the word “fat” on an episode of Keeping Up with The Kardashians. When asked by Cosmopolitan why that’s important to her, she said,
“I just don't want to start getting anybody self-conscious.
They say if a mother is confident about her body that the daughters are way more likely to not have eating disorders. I'm fine about my body but I'll notice little things. If I'm like, 'Ugh, I hate this outfit! I'm changing!' my daughter will try on tons of outfits before she's happy.”
References: People, Entertainment Tonight, CNN, Daily Voice, Parenting, Shape