A CAUTIONARY TALE OF THE GOING TO SLEEP CHALLENGE WITH YOUR BRAND NEW BABY
Every new parent will tell you how tough the endless sleepless night are, and they are, and that is tough on any one. However, that does not mean that you cannot develop adequate bedtime practices, that can make things much easier for you and your partner, or especially for you when you are on your own.
No matter the age of your child, and it does not matter if you started on the wrong foot, you can create new healthy habits at any moment, and erase those other ones less desirable, so just cheer up.
Like any other practices, once you keep repeating them, they will turn into healthy habits. And there is nothing that babies, or kids love more but rutinary activities that tell them what is going on next. Especially about important things for babies/kids lives like: eating, getting clean up, relaxing, doing physical activities, or seeing the people they love.
However, it is important to keep some balance. It is always not a good sign if you have to leave in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner, because this activity is messing up "the schedule." As much as I agree on the need of creating healthy habits, I am also a firm believer of teaching our kids from an early age to adapt to the changing circumstances of life.
Once your doctor has examined your newborn, and said that you are good to go home and raise your small bundle of joy... (by the way congratulations for that, what an amazing journey). Well now, grandma and grandpa, and all those well-intentioned folk, that came to congratulate you, have gone home. So you are pretty much on your own.
The tumble weeds start rolling in, and the tune of "The good, the bad and the ugly" starts to creeping in. Then, just take a big breath and smile, your life is really awesome if you think about it. This little person in front you will only adore you, at least for the next 4 years. No matter how much you screw up, this baby will just worship everything about you. It will follow you around, and will try to emulate and copy everything you do. So remember that. Just start by having a positive attitude, which makes life better anyway.
Allow yourself and your partner to make mistakes. Only practice makes perfect, but one needs to try things first, and learn by doing.
Read as much as possible, for example: about first aid, and the basics to provide a safe environment for your child. Do not expect that grandma will manage perfectly, especially if it is her first grandchild. Believe me it is incredible how fast one can forget. With kids, everyday is a wild adventure and we keep developing new sets of skills every single day to adapt to what is happening today. So cut some slack to grandma, and tell her how things should be instead, with love and patience.
Better safe, than sorry!
Following you will find some basic information that helped us get by, from day one.
THE BASICS OF SLEEPING SAFELY FOR BABIES 0 - 6 MONTHS
ALWAYS monitor your baby! FOLLOW government guidance on SIDS first!
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