Thursday, December 15, 2011
introduction to babywise
This is the book that saved me. Some friends recommended it before Duke was born, but my mind was still on all things pregnancy so I didn't think much about it.
All it takes is 3 weeks - 3 weeks of not knowing what to do with a newborn baby while being absolutely sleep-deprived and hormonal. I was losing my mind. I had a little flashback and remembered my friends suggesting this book. I didn't care what it was or what it said, but I was going to read it. I needed answers.
As I read it, I started implementing different concepts in the book. It was amazing. I was automatically seeing results and I felt like a new person.
What is Babywise? I'll just give you my brief description. Babywise focuses on a cycle of eating, waking, and sleeping. This cycle repeats itself all day long. It's predictable and, eventually, you fall into a schedule with your baby. Along with this cycle come longer stretches of sleep at night. Within days of starting Babywise, Duke was sleeping 5-6 hours straight at night.
That's an extremely short explanation and I'm leaving a lot out, but that's the general idea. There's so much more to it than just getting your baby to sleep through the night, but in the beginning that was my reason for reading it. There are many benefits to Babywise and I'm sure I'll continue seeing more as Duke gets older.
I keep asking myself, "How did I even function without it those first 3 weeks?" Well, I guess I didn't. I was pretty much a monster. We can all laugh about it now though, can't we? :)
I'll continue posting little bits and pieces about my experience with Babywise. Hopefully some of you will find (or have found) it as helpful as I have!