This is the perfect picture of what a sleeping newborn should look like – and yes, I do see the resemblance to a frog. Sleeper, check. Baby on back, check. Absolutely nothing else in crib, check. As you can see Gage knows the correct procedure. At least every time but nighttime. I consider it a little funny that this night owl has a son who seems to think daytimes are for napping and when the sun goes down it is time to party. I won’t go into the sleeping woes of this new mama because my parents came for the weekend and I got two nights of extra sleep. I’m feeling good and ready for the mostly sleepless nights of the upcoming week.
The following book was given to me for a pregnancy gift, but I only read it after Gage arrived. My loss. It has proved invaluable.
This photo was taken when Gage was 2 weeks old. He’s pushing 4 weeks now
I am not a huge fan of schedules but I think that babies and children can benefit from them so I was happy to read this book on how to give my baby some structure. The book recommends forming and maintaining a routine for your infant that is based on sleeping, feeding, and waketime. There are tips on how to establishing a schedule for your child and I have found it useful. I have not been able to follow it to the letter (Gage is only a newborn, after all!), but by using the guidelines loosely I have found my day to have a little more certainty.
I think there may be a danger if you try to follow it too closely. I’ve tried that and there are some things that I think will not work for Gage. Making him nap when he wants to play for a few hours seems counterproductive to getting him to sleep at night. But keeping in mind the three blocks of time and shaping them to suit your needs I think will help many first time parents feel more in control and knowledgeable. Having a plan, whether you follow it to the letter or not, goes a long way in making you feel prepared.
While I think the first chapter called Your Baby Needs a Family was well intended it did seem to lack empathy for most mothers and fathers out there that for whatever reason do not have the ideal nuclear family. If you are one of them, as are most families these days, I might just skip that chapter altogether.
This book was a gift from my friend, Kate.