Last week I was feeling under the weather (again) and it felt like
Isobel's early waking had reached epic proportions.
I was super tired, super fed up and feeling like a decidedly not super
So, I went to Amazon and ordered a bundle of parenting toddler books.
I don't really know why I did this as I felt much more confident and
happier as a mum when I STOPPED reading baby books.
I mean why bother opening the package, why not just let PD beat me
about the head with it.
But, I had tried pretty much EVERYTHING
When Isobel was 4 or 5 months old she started sleeping through the night, it only took two nights of rocking instead of feeding and I had a baby who slept until 6:45 and woke up happy and chatty.
Then at 8 months she got sick, vomitty sick and by 9 months would wake up hungry at 5:30.
Once she was well, I tried the rocking thing again, often holding her crying until it got to 6 and then I would feed her, to get her out of any habit. Limited success from this one.
Then after a few months I just started passing her her bottle into her cot, she'd drink and go back to sleep until 7 ish - not a bad deal. Reducing the milk I thought she'd just grow out of it.
Until she stopped going back to sleep. Then I got super tired...
I browsed the world wide mummy web and everyone said it was bedtime routine. Well, as Isobel has a bath, a cuddle, a bottle and then waves bye bye and blows kisses from her cot, our bedtime routine isn't an issue.
And, she has always been really good at waking up, making a noise and then getting herself back to sleep. Unless, she is hungry...
Anyway, having boosted the economy by ordering books, I set about fixing it myself.
Cereal in bottle, helped a little. A snack at 6 in front of telly was not quite so helpful. But, supper at the garden table after nursery (where they give them tea at 4pm) seemed to help considerably.
We are still working on it, but I think we are getting there (except on days like Sunday when Isobel doesn't want to eat).
The books have arrived and at first glance I don't like Toddler Taming; the opening of Gina Ford is a good explanation of age groups and worth PD reading, nothing new in it for me, but, shock, horror, I actually like the way she has written it; Baby Whisperer for Toddlers seems OK; Potty Training in one Week again nothing really new but love the idea of getting baby out of nappies in a week. Yes I am aware that I preferred Baby Whisperer over Gina when I was pregnant but I'd still say best Baby book was Baby Development Week by Week.
So, I have books, but I suspect they will end up like the others - on eBay
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