at least according to me… I am no pro…I don’t have a litter of kiddos. I have two kids but I have a litter of opinions 😉
Read the book Babywise by Gary Ezzo. Everyone has always said I am blessed with easy going, happy, sleepy babies. But I really don’t think this is the case. Both Isaac and Kayla were normal babies when they came home. They fussed, cried, woke up every 2 hours wanting to eat, etc. Before I had Isaac my college roommate Tracy (who has 4 kids) told me about Babywise and that if I follow the guidelines in the book that my baby would sleep through the night (7+ hour stretch) within 9 weeks. Anything that promised me more sleep was worth looking into. So I read it and decided I would try it.
The premise of Babywise is to feed your baby, then have some awake time, then nap time. Usually after a baby eats they want to sleep. You have to work really hard in the beginning to keep them awake after they feed (give a bath, tickle them, strip them down naked, etc). During the day you wake them up to feed at least every 3 hours. This helps them differentiate between nighttime and daytime. You will notice every night they sleep a little longer until they are on that schedule. It is amazing how quickly their little bodies adjust to it. Now I don’t have to work to keep Kayla awake after a feeding. She automatically does it herself.
THE TOUGHEST PART: You put them in their crib while they are awake (but tired and ready for a nap) and allow them to fall asleep on their own. They may cry up to 15 minutes (that is the torturous part for the mommy) but they usually fall asleep. I have probably had to go get Kayla (after 20 minutes of crying ) maybe 7 times total so far. You then check the diaper, try and burp her, etc. to figure out why they are upset. Right now Kayla was just put down for her nap. She just cried for 9 minutes and now she is out.
I AM TELLING YOU PEOPLE, THIS WORKS… IT REALLY DOES. Since Kayla was 6 weeks old and Isaac was 4 weeks old they slept through the night consistently. Too this day Isaac is a fabulous sleeper . He will be 3 in a couple of months and he sleeps 9-10 hours at night and takes a 2-3 hour nap a day. But I am consistent. He goes to bed at the same time every night and takes his nap at the same time every day.
I am convinced a scheduled baby is a happy baby. A scheduled child is a happy child. Just my opinion…take it for what it’s worth. But if you are having a baby at least read the book. You can throw it out after you read it if you think it is ridiculous. But a well rested mommy is a happy one right?
All you Babywise fans can I get a HOLLA!