Baby Whispering - A Different Perspective
When Rosa posted this comment, my heart went out to her sleeping woes. Do you think we can workshop this one together?
I love all these comments. I am a first time mom and am stuck on what's supposed to be "normal". I have a 3 month old who really hates to go to sleep. He gets visibly tired and then cranky but once we swaddel him he starts to wail at us and push and scream. Both my husband and I get worn down from it and have not been able to keep him on a consistent nap routine. What we have learned is that no matter how we handle it, he is going to scream for a while. Any ideas out there at making the process a little less painful?
We also tried out the Baby Whisperer and couldn't even make it through the first day. I almost passed out from all the shushing - 45 minutes or more of shush and pat did not work to calm him at all, in fact he seemed to escalate once he associated it with being put down to sleep. Then I was having a really hard time dealing with a sleep deprived baby. Anyway, I was pretty disappointed for a while, in myself mostly. I would say the parent would need to be a certain kind of temperment to successfully manage the Baby Whisperer process but it makes a lot of sense. My husband and I really did gleen some good information from the book but at this point I think doing what feels right to us is working better - not great but better. I'd just love to get him over the fight to sleep. Is this normal, do most babies really hate the idea of sleeping? Are there any new ideas out there for calming a baby - I'd love to hear them.