When my oldest was about 6 months old, he reverted to waking every two hours at night. I felt like a zombie.
I craved sleep like it was a drug.
Desperate, I went to the library and checked out every book I could find on babies and sleep. As my husband arrived home from work that day, he found me (semi-conscious, I’m sure) holding our son in the rocking chair surrounded by stacks of books.
Glancing at the titles (and the bags under my eyes) he asked, “So what did you figure out?”
Exhausted, I broke down. “They all say something different. This one says do it this way, that one says don’t ever do it that way, and that over there says something entirely different from that.” I was overwhelmed. Frustrated.
Then he said something I’ll never forget. “But what do YOU think? At some point you have to put down the books and listen to yourself. YOU are the ultimate expert on your child.”
It’s probably the best piece of parenting advice I’ve ever received, and I’ve lived by it and taught it ever since.
I’m a big believer in learning everything you can, gathering all the information you have access to, and then listening to one more expert. Yourself.
What rings true? What feels right? What makes sense for your child?
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