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In The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems, Hogg outlines steps to starting her EASY routine late–meaning later than birth. She outlines what to do and what to expect when starting at various ages. I particularly love one piece of advice she gives.
Hogg says when starting a routine, take two weeks to stay home and be consistent. She says you must do at least one week. “You must make the time to make the change” (page 42). I love this advice and have given it myself many times.
We started full Babywise with Brayden when he was 9 weeks old. It was summer, and we had a lot of things going on. Add to it the fact that he was the oldest grandchild on one side and the oldest grandson on the other, and he was a popular guy. We experienced disruption after disruption. After a couple of weeks, I finally decided he needed time to be consistent and get this new way of life. My husband and I decided there would be no disruptions for two weeks to his schedule except for church.
This made a huge difference! It was such a huge difference that when we were deciding on the timing of when to have Kaitlyn, we chose a time of year that we knew we could easily establish her schedule with her. This is a huge consideration for me when I am deciding what time of year I want my children to be born.
So when you are starting your routine, give time for a routine to be established. You will be able to enjoy life a lot sooner if you do 🙂
- Starting Babywise Late: http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2007/12/starting-babywise-late.html
- Establishing Consistency–Make Sacrifices: http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/02/establish-consistencymake-sacrifices.html
- Getting a Consistent Schedule: http://babywisemom.blogspot.com/2008/01/getting-consistent-schedule.html
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