Happy Baby, Happy Parents

Before our son was born, a good friend of mine mailed me a beat up old copy of BW and swore that it was and continued to be the reason her children (now 6 and 10 years old) slept so well. When Charlie arrived, as new parents we were just trying to find our way. I assumed because he was so young, I was breastfeeding,  and that I was on maternity leave, I didn’t need to really worry about a  schedule just yet and let him eat/sleep without any kind of consistency. I had supply issues that forced me to stop breastfeeding at 5 weeks and at my husband’s prompting we decided to implement the BW schedule at that time. Charlie took to it immediately and I realized that for the past 5 weeks I  was not allowing him to sleep as much as he should be! By 7 weeks of age he was sleeping through the night in his crib in his own room. Although I had prepared myself for it, there was never really a big CIO period and he continues to go down for naps and bed time easily. He loves his crib, wakes up with a smile and can play/sing in there independently. Everyone considers Charlie to be a happy baby and tell us all the time how “lucky” we are that we have such a good baby. We try to explain to them that it is not luck, it is taking the time to implement the BW schedule that has made for such a  happy baby. I don’t need to tell you that happy baby means happy, well-rested parents! We never went through a time where we were exhausted from being up all night with him. BW was a lifesaver for us and has helped with a smooth transition to parenthood!