Monday, August 4, 2008

I can't believe it. Wait, yes I can.

Most of you know that I'm a die hard "Baby Whisperer".  All three of my kiddos were whispered and I LOVE the ideals in the book.  It meshed perfectly with my personality and how I viewed infanthood and parenthood.  Punky was whispered from about 6 weeks on and slept through the night at 14 weeks.  With Chicken I was lazy, confused with how to deal with 2 kids and didn't implement whispering with him until he was 3 months.  By 4, he slept through the night.  What most of you don't know is that I was determined to start New Baby on this from day one.

Low and behold, she was born at 7:17 am.  Well, the book recommends a 7 am - 7pm schedule for babies so she was born right on schedule.  :oD (that really has nothing to do with it, but it certainly made for good conversation, right?).  I started as soon as we got home from the hospital getting her on track.  She's such an easy baby, I think that's part of it, but I'm not complaining.  We're not 100% there, but she's mostly on target, although her bedtime is around 8 pm right now instead of 7.

3 nights ago, New Baby starting sleeping a whopping 7 hour stretch for me at night, 8 pm to 3 am.  I'm just tickled pink.  But you know what?  I KNOW she's doing this because I've been working hard on getting her on schedule (I don't brag about much, but I think I've earned the rights with this one).  With three very different children (personality wise), it can't be a fluke.  People tell me, "Oh you got lucky with her sleeping so well."  No, I didn't.  It's like discipline.  You don't get lucky with good kids, you make them.  Babies aren't born knowing how to sleep, you have to train them.

Therefore, my new motto is:  Good sleep habits are not born, they're made.  What do you think?  Do you agree?

4 comments:

Stephanie said...

I agree and good for you! I am so glad she is taking to the new schedule so well. Once I realized I was starving Tyler and put him on formula, that was his big problem at night, he too slept well thanks to the Baby Whisper. I love those books you got me. Now, if I only knew how to deal with having a child that was too big for his age.

Krystyn said...

Agree, definitely agree!

I didn't use the book, but I must have used the ideas (I was lucky) and Izzy slept through the night at 6 weeks!

I'm a firm believer in the schedule, too!

Stephanie said...

Agreed. Totally.

I had a strict schedule and little miss priss was sleeping through the night at 7 weeks old. It was heaven. Pure and simple.

Jennifer Shirk said...

I totally agree!

I didn't use the Baby Whisperer, but I did use Baby Wise (basically the same thing). I had my baby sleeping through the night in no time--but I needed to work and stick on a schedule.

She slept 7pm to 7am until she started kindergarten. That's when we changed her bedtime to 8PM. It's been great!