Remember my great sleeper? Well about a week ago, he decided that he can't fall asleep on his own anymore. Only a couple of times have been really bad, but I'm definitely thinking more about sleep.
Because I don't want to mess anything up. I don't want to make a mistake that will forever and ever not let Dylan learn how to sleep on his own. (Hyperbole intended...I know one action won't affect a lifetime.)
I'm relatively well-informed and wanted to figure things out on my own and kind of follow my gut, but when I'm in the moment of "ohmylordhowdoimakehimstopcryingsohecansleepbecauseiknowthatswhathewants?," I need to have a plan.
So I looked around the house for all of the sleep books that friends had lent me and had been collecting dust.
Here's what I found:
I decided to start with Babywise because I had heard of it somewhere with what I remember was a positive connotation.
My review: (I skimmed the book over a couple of hours - plenty of time to get all pertinent info.)
I thought Babywise was pretty funny because at least half of the book is devoted to proving why Attachment Parent is wrong. I know some Attachment Parents and the overall practice is not for me so I didn't need to learn why it was totally ridiculous and unfounded in this author's opinion, but it did make me chuckle.
Basically the book advocates having the baby on a flexible schedule. It promises that your baby will sleep through the night by 12ish weeks if you follow the system.
Unfortunately, besides following this flexible schedule...there is no system!
So although I learned a little more about baby sleep cycles and I was pleased that there was a section devoted to reflux that essentially said that much of this will have to be even more flexible for a reflux baby, I didn't find this book worth my time.
Dylan is already on a flexible schedule (eating 2-3 hours during the day) and he sleeps through the night.
Overall Rating: C-
I have already started The Happiest Baby Guide and it's not even comparable how much better it is. Partly why I haven't finished it yet...I'm reading every detail.