Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Becoming Baby Wise

So. I just read the book called "Baby Wise." I've heard great things about it and I know one of my former employers used it with great success. It's about establishing good sleeping and eating patterns.

I WISH I would have read it before Orion was born.

As of today I'm attempting to train him to eat every 2 1/2- 3 hours AND fall asleep on his own.

The eating schedule is an attempt to help him gain weight and be more content. He's been eating every hour lately and there's just no good reason for that. The book addresses this issue and suggests he's probably not getting the calorie-rich hind milk and is really just snacking all the time instead of getting full meals. Makes a whole lot of sense to me. Plus I'm really tired of feeding him constantly.

The attempt to get him to fall asleep on his own is proving to be a huge challenge. They say not to rock the baby to sleep or nurse him to sleep, but to put him down when he's sleepy but awake and allow him to cry, comforting him every 15-20 minutes. It's so they can comfort themselves and not rely on a crutch to fall asleep. I did that with my employer's baby, but it's a whole lot different when it's your own baby!! It's so hard to listen to him cry! It's supposed to take a few days to establish a new pattern, but I'm reeeeally hoping it works. I feel really bad about it at the moment (since he's laying in his crib crying as I type this), but if it works it'll be worth it... :(

This all would have been a lot easier if I had started it when he was born instead of almost three months old.

Any of you moms have insight?? Help me out here.
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