Happy, Well-Rested Baby

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We have one child, a 13 month old named Patrick. He is the sweetest, happiest little guy, and I think a lot of that is due to Babywise. My sister-in-law recommended BW to us, and I read the book a couple weeks before he was born. So we started right away, working on full feedings and doing the eat/wake/sleep cycle. I was amazed when Patrick slept through the night at 2 months! I loved having a predictable routine and a baby who took naps and slept well at night–that meant I was well-rested and better able to take care of my family. 

Funny thing was, even though I saw the benefits, I had some doubts about BW, fueled by the fact that most other moms I knew were co-sleeping and feeding on-demand. I started to loosen our routine, even nursing the baby to sleep sometimes…and guess what, he started waking at night. It was hard to get him back on track at that point because I had to re-train. But eventually Patrick was sleeping through the night again and taking great naps, and I learned a lot through trouble-shooting the sleep issues.  

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Whenever we go out, we always get comments on how happy and content Patrick is. We haven’t followed Babywise very strictly, but the things we have implemented have definitely made our life easier! 

Stephanie

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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at Babywise.life, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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