Baby Wise series of books. After seeing other moms implement this approach with their children, I was sold, and can see the Biblical implications of such training. (Please visit this blog to learn all you could possibly want to know about the Baby Wise approach!)Elijah is my sweet baby boy and only 8 months old, but a lot of training has already been going on in his life. Actually, since about his second week of life, because I chose to take a parent-led approach to raising him, based on the
No matter what your philosophy of child-rearing, I hope you will read this post with an open mind. Even with an 8 month old, I have already learned so much more about God from the opportunity he has given me to be a parent. My goodness - the love I have for that tiny baby boy is almost more than I can handle some days and just puts me in awe of our Creator who loves me so much more than I can imagine.
A part of the Baby Wise approach is establishing a good sleeping pattern for your child, which can involve allowing your child to cry it out sometimes while training them. (This is where I may lose some of you...but please hang in there!) In the beginning of our sleep training with Elijah, there were nights when I knew he wasn't hungry, he didn't need changed and was just waking up out of habit. This was when I knew I was going to have to lead him as a parent. It wasn't easy, but I had to let him cry it out some nights until he could learn to put himself to sleep. I wanted to "start as I meant to go on" (which I've either read from Baby Wise or the Baby Whisperer), meaning that I did not want to have a 6 month old that needed rocking/a pacifier/a bottle getting him back to sleep.
By the time Elijah was about 10 weeks old, he was sleeping 8 hours at night. Now he sleeps 11 hours at night, consistently. He is happy with our routine and knows what to expect each day. We eat, play, and sleep in that order! It also keeps me sane...knowing what to expect as a framework for the day. (Check out a Baby Wise book if you want to know more).
I tell you all this (even though I know it can be controversial) because of a great way this has illustrated God's love in an even bigger way to me.