My One Piece of Advice for Any New Parent
Well Evie just turned 6 months. I can't believe how fast the time has gone. I remember the day she was born like it was yesterday.
I had Evie when I was 34 years old. Many years after the majority of the people my age who I grew up with but there actually seems to be a large group who have recently just had their first and I seem to have been the first of the wave. That said, all of a sudden I am getting a ton of questions and I couldn't be happier to answer them. That first few months is a nightmare, let's be real.
During my weekend away in Price Edward County I ran into a girl who was also racing with the crew and who happens to be 6 months pregnant. She and I got chatting all about babies, registries, sleep training, etc. and it got me thinking... I keep getting asked so many questions I think I should probably share it with the whole internet fam.
After reflecting on the the last 6 months I can sum up the one piece of advice I wish I had received.
Before I go there please note that this is from my experience and mine only. I am certainly not claiming to be an expert however in speaking to lots of other parents there is a definite trend on this. So here you go, my best advice...
Don't start anything that you will eventually have to end.
What I mean by that was don't start a routine, habit, behaviour to save yourself in the moment because in reality it will actually hurt you in the long run.
Soothers were Evie's favourite and I thought nothing of it. I mean you see so many babies with them, right? Well Evie couldn't sleep unless she had it in her mouth and as you know (assuming you are reading this because you are a parent too) baby's can't use their arms and hands yet so what do they do, CRY! Mike and I got up every few minutes for a few days to put it back in her mouth. Not cool baby!
We also got into the habit of holding and rocking her until she fell asleep and for months we couldn't get her to sleep unless she was being held and soothed. UGH!
The list goes on but you get the idea.
So be careful out there. There are so many (too many) products that seem like the best idea but hear me on this, they aren't! Keep things simple. Evie can now be put in her crib for naps and bedtime wide awake and fall asleep on her own. Actually she has been doing this since about 4 months. This freedom was a game changer. Travel and weekends away are so possible and we don't have to pack a million sleep aids, toys, or crazy contraptions to keep her happy and sleeping.
So all you new parents out there, sleep is sooner than you think! Let me have made the mistakes and you reap the benefits!
I hope this advice gets a few of you just a few more hours of alone time and sleep because that is oh so important.
Thanks for stopping by! Xo