A break from all the seriousness for a little laugh. My parter made this one night after putting our toddler to sleep. I think it’s hilarious. Can anyone relate?
Part two of a cultural exploration of western sleep training practices. (Find Part One here.) Dear Parents, Often reading about parenting can automatically turn on our defensiveness radar. Please know that regardless of your parenting choices – past, present, or future – I am not judging or condemning you. My voice on this topic of […]
Lately, the topic of sleep training (a/k/a “Cry-it-Out” or “CIO” for short) has been on the forefront of my mind. It began with an innocent question from a family member over the holidays as to whether or not we use it with our children. The question both surprised and saddened me because it […]
This is the kind of thing my partner and I concoct during middle-of-the-night encounters with a one month old: I’m illin’ for the nursies don’t try to withhold ’em if that’s the card in your hand then you better fold ’em tantrums, I throw ‘dem when you wipe my scrotum with your scratchy paper towel […]
So, now that we’ve established the detriments of C.I.O., what to do about the night waking? It can become exhausting. Here are some suggestions for coping with nighttime parenting: Get enough daytime rest. Especially in the early weeks. In the 6 weeks postpartum, it is important for mom to take her cues from baby and […]
When I was pregnant with my first baby I got a lot of unsound advice. One of those pieces of advice was that I needed to get my baby on a “schedule” as soon as possible – eating and sleeping in predictable regiments – and get him to sleep through the night, so that I could “get […]