It’s so often that someone tells you, oh your child is this age, he should be doing this, or shouldn’t be doing this anymore. At first, my new mommy self wants to compare my baby to others. Sometimes I’m like, “heck ya”, J is ahead of the game, other times I’m like “oh….hmmmm”. But see that is stupid. Don’t compare your child to another, they learn things differently and at different times and milestones are general.
Well, I was told recently that J was too old for a warm bottle/sippy cup before nap times and bed, that it would hinder potty training because they would pee in their sleep. J had his lunch, an avocado, some cheese and oatmeal and I decided to warm his milk for him and go back to my old days of rocking him with a bottle in hand….except it was usually a boob in mouth. He got that satisfied look in his eyes and started getting sleepy and easily went down for his nap. Months ago he was great at just being set in his crib and putting himself to sleep, then suddenly something changed. He would scream!! I told myself it’s just a phase, he will grow out of it again. But months have passed by, and I’m now doing the warm milk before nap time again. Sure I could listen to the screams, but I’d rather just have a pleasant happy baby that sleeps longer too. Happy baby = Happy momma.
So I have decided to take all the books I read on parenthood and how to handle phases that babies and toddlers go thru in stride. No more comparing my child to others, if we are happy, why put him thru hell trying to make him do something he’s not ready for right? He will only be my baby once….I can still enjoy it by rocking him to sleep like I have loved doing so many times.
My husband always made fun of me for reading those books, but really I had a reason. I don’t have a mother to call up in the middle of the night to ask why my child won’t go to sleep, “is this runny nose teething or does he have a cold”? All I have are books to educate myself on. But really that is all they are….. books. They don’t replace the real person you are trying to do right by. So maybe we are falling back into our old routines, but having a happy baby is all that matters in my heart.
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