If there is one thing that life teaches us every day, it’s that there is no good time for anything to happen. The more that you wait around for a right time, the quicker you’ll watch things pass you by and the timing will never be right. This goes for upgrading your car, buying a house and even having another baby. There is no right time in life for a baby, because a baby is going to turn the world upside down even when you don’t want it to. If one baby turns things on their head, imagine what a second addition to the family would do? Deciding to have one baby is unlocking a life achievement that many wish to complete at least once in their lives. Raising a child from new baby to adulthood is a massive privilege and a challenging thing to do. You and your partner will spend weeks, if not months, imagining that child and what they will grow up to be. The thing is, it’s always easy to have one child. One baby crying and two pairs of hands to deal with it is, well, easy. One of the biggest jokes in life is that you don’t quite realize how easy it is to have one baby, until you introduce another one to the mix.
A few years back a survey found that parents lose a staggering 6 months sleep during the first two years of their child’s life.
One of the reasons is that whilst babies (and especially newborns) sleep a lot, they do it in fits and starts throughout the 24 hour period, making it virtually impossible for parents to get a consolidated 8 hours sleep.
But despite the universal problem of parental sleep deprivation, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.
So where do you turn when you’ve listened to countless experts, bought every single baby sleep book, but still face the seemingly endless frustration of getting baby to sleep?
We talk about blw starter foods, reasons for trying blw, choking and even the comments other people feel they need to make! Pretty much everything you need to know to get started with baby-led weaning.
If you're looking for more info, I've written a couple other posts on the topic:
Before we get too far, I just wanted to mention that Jayne is living my former dream life! She has two babies, 10 months apart, and is expecting their 3rd, making it 3 under 3! I always wanted a huge family with our babies 11-18 months apart each. Now that we have a girl and a boy, we've decided we're good with that. However, I do still envy the bigger families!
Is your baby waking too early? If you're a parent, I'd be willing to bet a fair bit of money that you've wished, at least once, that you're child would sleep just a little longer in the morning, or have longer naps. amiright?
Which brings me to week 6, the final week of my Baby Whisperer Sleep Training Series. We're talkin' 'bout wakin' that baby up to make her sleep longer.
When your child is very young, it’s incredibly easy to create the best possible environment in his/her bedroom. After all, …
Back in October, our second baby, Pip, was born.
As most newborns are, he was squishy, sleepy and cuddly. I was pretty prepared for this. What I wasn't prepared for was the emotions I would feel. To the point where I thought I had postpartum depression.
When Sweet Girl was born, I had absolutely ZERO negative effects. I was SO in love with being a mama and amazed at how we lucked out with such an easy baby (she slept through the night at 3 weeks!). Of course, I didn't expect future babies to be as perfect, but I also didn't expect what I experienced with Baby Pip.
Becoming a new mother can be a very chaotic time. You will notice that your sleep quality and regulatory takes a nosedive, as does your ability to relax as you become more and more attentive to the life of brand new little human. Worrying about a million things at once is stock in trade for a new mother and father. This is fine of course, because any worry or sleepless night is repaid over a thousand times in having a bundle of love to call your own. It truly is a special experience like no other.
However, that doesn’t mean neglecting your peace of mind and sleep is something advisable. It’s not necessarily a complete requirement every single day in order to enjoy and look after your child well. Sometimes, it pays to be smart, and self-care is always smart. Now, you might be reading this thinking ‘well that’s easy for you! Am I supposed to tell my infant baby to stop waking me up?’ Well, of course not. However, what you can do is improve the quality of your sleep.