Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Send Me Your Stories

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I have a plan. This plan has been on my mind since last winter, and I am excited it is almost time that I can implement my plan. But I need your help.

I need you to send me your stories and/or thoughts on why you love Babywise. Share your success stories. Share your happy thoughts, feelings, and experiences. It can be as short or as long as you would like.

Once you have your thoughts collected, please email those thoughts to me at valplowman@gmail.com. Please type it directly into the email--do not send attachments. If you want to type it into Word first, simply copy the text in word and paste it into your email. I will use it exactly as it is written.

Please also include how you would like to be identified. It can be an initial (V. Plowman or V.P.), your full name (Valerie Plowman), a nickname (Val), etc. You can also include a link to your website or blog if desired.

So, as a recap:
  1. Write your stories, thoughts, feelings, and experiences....why do you love Babywise?
  2. Include how you want to be identified.
  3. Type it into an email or paste it into an email and send that email to me at valplowman@gmail.com.
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PS--sorry for the lack of a poll result today. The polls are not showing up for me so I have no idea what the results were. I will post them as soon as I get them.

12 comments:

MHO said...

I love Babywise and intend to use it on all our children. Currently, we have one child and are considering having more, but have a question for you and anyone else. The question is: is Babywise harder with baby #2? Two moms whom I respect greatly, did Babywise for their first child and not for the children thereafter. They found that their next children did not adjust to Babywise. Is this common? Is it really true that some babies cannot do Babywise or whisperer for that matter? Or, is it a matter of having more children and less time and perhaps less perseverance to devote to training your litte one. Does anyone have any thoughts?

Rebecca said...

everyone I know who has done babywise and really stuck to it have had nothing but success regardless of the number of babies. My first was great...I did a lot of comparing with the second which is not a good idea because each kid IS different. However, the principle is still the same. If you remember tricks or anything like that from #1 write them down to refresh your memory with #2. Lord knows you don't have full mental capacity after birth. Also, start immediately after birth working toward that schedule.

Cassie Lynn said...

My sister just had her second baby and she is successfully implenting BW with both of her little girls. I think it depends a lot on how devoted you are to using it - more so than how the child adjusts to it (even though this is still impt). Remember, ultimatley, you're in control though so implementing from the beginning can make a big difference. I asked my sister this same question (if it was harder to implement with the 2nd child) and she said it wasn't necessarily harder - just took a little more thought about organizing the schedules. I love what Rebecca said about not comparing the two though. I think that is really important. If you're set on continuing to use BW on baby 2 when the time comes then do it! Find what works best with your family and use it! You'll do great!

Katy said...

When do you need the stories by?

ashleywheatley said...

Hey there! I have a question about sleep and would love some advice and options! My almost 6 month old had been sleeping great at night, he goes to bed at 7:30 and slept till about 7:15 or 7:30. He even did great when we dropped the Dream Feed, and never even woke up early after dropping that. He is also on a 4 hour schedule.
My problem is that he is now all of a sudden waking in the morning at 5:30 or 6 am! I don't think he is hungry b/c he is waking happy and talking. He used to do this occastionally but would always go back to sleep, but now he is waking and not going back to sleep! Any advice? Has this ever happened to anyone?
The one thing I may try is dropping the catnap. He takes 2 naps a day that are about an hour and a half to two hours, and then his catnap was in the late evening and was only about 30-45 minutes. Do you think dropping it would help? I have also noticed it is taking him a little longer to go to sleep at night when we put him to bed, so that is the first thing I was going to try. Just wanted to see if you had any advice of why this may be happening? Thanks so so much!
PS I know Babywise says to drop the 3rd nap at 6 months, but Babywise II says 8 months...
AShley

The Cleary Family said...

Hi Val, just sent you my success story!! :)

PamKlip said...

Ashleywheatley:
We just went through the exact same issue with our 6 month old. And I mean EXACT same problems: waking at 5:30/6, won't go to sleep right aways at bed time, etc. Our fix was to drop the 3rd catnap (which was never longer than 30 min) and if the nap is really needed, and some days it is, it can not go past 5:30. So if the nap starts at 5:15 it ends at 5:30. (Bedtime is 8) It has worked really well for us. Our LO has not woken up early since and goes to sleep at bed time like a dream! I hope this helps. Good luck!

ashleywheatley said...

Thanks so much PamKlip! It is always great to hear someone else that has experienced the same thing! I think we will drop the 3rd catnap for sure! I am so glad it worked for you all!
Thank you!!

Plowmanators said...

MHO, my thoughts are that BW will work for anyone willing to put in the effort.

It isn't very common for a second child to not be BWised if the first was. I think that gets more common with a 4 or 5th child because it is harder to have a napping schedule if you are on the run all the time for sports and school.

I found BW much easier with my 2nd and 3rd than my first. I knew what I was doing. I knew where and when to give some slack and when to not. It has all been much smoother.

Plowmanators said...

Katy, Great question. Let's do by July 2nd. Thanks for asking!

Plowmanators said...

Ashley, see the post "5-8 month sleep disruptions." It has a list of possible reasons for this--including the catnap.

Another thing I would consider in your situation is the sun. The sun is rising early and setting late, so that could be the culprit, also.

Plowmanators said...

Thank you Cleary Family!

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