For Those Who Have Read A Lot Of Baby Books

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monica - October 11

has any read the baby whisperer?

 

Narcissus - October 11

I bought it bc the cover looked nice but when I read her plan, I stopped reading. My baby needed me in a way that her method does not allow and what we ultimately chose to do worked well for us. I was into co-sleeping and her book forbids that. I chose Dr. Sears Baby Book instead. Did you read it? Do you like it? It would be great if her method works for you. It sounds so simple but I don't think life is like that.

 

monica - October 11

no I have only bought and read " the happiest baby on the block" good book but didnt really help me much with my sons sleeping issues. I wanted to read other peoples opinion before wasting my money on another book.

 

Shelly - October 12

I have the what to expect the first year and i like it a lot.I also have the dvd on the happiest baby on the block and like it as well,but with the sleeping pattern;i don't know;every baby is so different besides they keep changing their habits like every week,at least thats what it looks like,if i think igot him figured out hebwill do anything to change that lol.

 

BBK ® © - October 12

Yes, it's nice and charming. Tracy Hogg has a nice way to put things. Big drawback is that you get the window of opportunity to put the baby to put the baby to sleep in the certain intervals and things work fine. Problem is that if you miss that window of opportunity and the schedule gets upset, you're screwed! The alternative she sticks you with is once that happens, is just messed up. I also don't like her idea of the "dream feed" where you feed the baby when she's basically asleep. Forced feedings can lead to obesity! I had some friends who followed the whisperer religiously and they had no life! They had to work very hard to keep up the baby's schedule. They could never go visit anywhere or if they did it would be for a half hour.... It would not work for us.

 

monica - October 12

oh forget it .... we love to go out and if we miss bedtime its OK. Baby goes to sleep when we get home and he has done just fine. My only problem is when we go out during the day all he wants to do is sleep.

 

BBK ® © - October 12

Monica the only way I have found works is to teach the baby to fall asleep on their own without any a__sistance from you or other aids. So when Caleb does wake up at four, he won't need to be nursed or rocked or held to go back to sleep. It takes a bit of crying but long term it's the only way. I found this book very helpful: Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth. The editor could have done a better job in shortening it but the methods develop great long term sleeping habits so you won't be facing the same problem when they are toddlers and beyond.

 

monica to BBK - October 12

I put Caleb to bed with his eyes open. He does fall asleep on his own. But my problem is that he cries in the middle of the night for a snack. I am figuring he needs it. Last night though he slept from 8-5:40 and I was the one to pick him to feed him and change his diaper. you would think I would have slept all night but I was awake waiting for him to wake up....I guess I just cant relax.

 

BBK ® © - October 12

That's great.... not the case with Anna. As soon as I put her down she does the boo-boo lip and cries... she knows how to control me already! :-) Caleb probably needs food after that long but this will get better as his tummy grows and can hold more food. It's FANTASTIC he can sleep on his own! Don't even complain at all monica!

 

monica - October 12

BBK are you still swaddling Anna? it seems to help Caleb a lot.

 

BBK ® © - October 12

Monica we do, but leave one arm out, a different one every night. She doesn't have the moro reflex as much anymore but she likes the snugness of swaddling. We didn't yesterday and she didn't sleep very well. It probably had to do with the heat though as it was just turned on and it's steam heat and it's very hot in there. We have to work out a better temperature and humidity control. If we swaddled her too she'd be really hot.

 

Lola - October 12

Dr Sears is the best....It is the only baby book I follow. I had my fourth child six months ago and can honestly say that the Sears ( Dr. and his wife Martha) are responsible for my four being so well adjusted, secure and attached. There is also a web site Mothering.com, it has a forum t_tled DISCUSS, the site talks all about attachment parenting, which the Sears promote.Best of luck

 

monica - October 12

do you do the one arm out so she can start getting use to no swaddling?

 

BBK ® © - October 12

Both for that, and she likes to nibble on her thumb :-) ....she hates the pacifiers. We wanted her to use both thumbs

 

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