Well friends, I’m in the trenches with you now. I’ve got my three week old little girl and I’m knee deep in bottles and burp clothes and waking up numerous times to feed and swaddle and snuggle. Though this is my fourth, I’m in awe. I love everything about having a newborn. Everything. I don’t mind the wakings and I certainly love the snuggles. I don’t take it for granted that this sweet little girl we just brought home a few weeks ago is healthy and happy. And I intend to do my part to help keep her that way, partly by getting her the sleep she needs.
And I’m taking you along for the ride.
As Samara and I cuddle and spit up and grow over the next months, I will take note of what I do to help get her sleeping at the right time of day and night and for length of time she needs. My hope in doing this is that it will encourage you, as I will certainly face challenges. Also, I hope that you can jump into reading at whatever stage your little one is in. Perhaps you are waiting for a new baby and want to be prepared. Read on. This should help. You may be on your first and feel like your sanity is waning as you can’t get your little one to sleep for very long or at the right times. I hope you can find some answers here. Or maybe you, like me, have done this a few times but still just need some help getting baby to sleep. Join me on this journey.
A few things for you to know as you walk this sleep path with me is that I am bottle feeding, so my time tables will reflect that to some degree. I always do my best to keep breast feeding mamas in mind as I write, though. Also, there are two baby/child sleep resources I love and use most. The first is Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth and The Contented Little Baby Book by Gina Ford. These two books are pretty much my only resources and they both compliment each other well. There are a couple other resources I’m thinking to bring into the mix so be on the look out for that!
As for the format of how I plan to lay things out, I intend to document Samara’s sleep and our training month by month. I hope this will be bite sized enough to not be overwhelming, but not so detailed that it will be overwhelming.
Along the way, I look forward to hearing from you. I’d love to help, be a listening ear, or offer suggestions. So feel free to drop me a comment or e mail.