Journey Together Through Babywise
Buy the book, find a friend and help each other.
What’s the number one topic of conversation amongst moms with new babies? I only have anecdotal research to back this up, but in my experience, it’s sleep.
New moms are living in an exhausted, sleep-deprived state, searching for ways to regain some semblance of structure and rest.
For new moms, it can be daunting if you don’t have a perfect little sleeper on your hands. While some babies naturally fall into a sleep rhythm and take little effort to get on a schedule, most need to be trained. They need help to regulate their little bodies and often take convincing that they possess the ability to fall asleep without mommy’s safe embrace.
Understanding my role in the journey
I’ve shared my struggle with sleep training in other articles, so clearly I’m not an expert, but I do believe in the Babywise constructs of parent-directed training. Although I didn’t initially feel successful in sleep training, many of the tenants written in On Becoming Babywise helped me and my baby find an effective rhythm.
I believe God has given parents the authority to raise children to follow His ways and that starts by wisely setting a schedule under which they can grow and thrive. While my primary role as a mother is to love, nurture, and guide my child, she is not the center of our home dictating when we eat, sleep, or how we behave.
What I needed in the journey
A friend and I were talking one day about how we are both Type-A wannabes. We both thrive under structure and routine, but just seem to lack the drive or ability to always effectively maintain said structures.
My friend is a Babywise mama and the thing that helped her succeed was a support system. I’m convinced that’s why I struggled so much; I needed companionship to feel secure and successful. I needed to consult with other moms who were implementing the strategies that were working so well for them.
Find companionship in the journey
So my tip to you is to buy On Becoming Babywise, find some friends and read it together. If you don’t have any friends with new babies, find a Facebook group and connect with other moms putting the principles of Babywise into practice that are a bit ahead of you and can offer advice.
And if that doesn’t work, email us here at Babywise.life. We have a team of experienced moms that would love to partner with you on your extraordinary journey.
On Becoming Babywise can offer the structure you have been looking for, and finding a friend will give you the companionship you need to help maintain a successful sleep schedule.
Annie is a former kindergarten teacher turned stay at home mom who loves God, her family, and her morning cup of coffee. She enjoys hiking in the mountains, traveling to see new places, and creating memories together with her husband and little girl.