Impact of Disruptions {Poll Discussion Post}

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Disruptions are scary simply because you have no idea if a disruption will serve to negatively impact the progress and strides made to date. It is the fear of the unknown.


Every baby is different and some babies handle disruptions more smoothly than others. I thought it would be helpful, however, to get some insight on what real-life experience people have had with disruptions.


Please take a moment to answer the questions below. Doing so will help other parents now and in the future. It is very helpful for me when compiling answers if you at least number the answers you give. You can also copy the questions and answer them. If the question does not apply to you, simply put “N/A.”


1-How would you describe your baby/child’s general personality? For example, angel, textbook, spirited, touchy, grumpy, easy-going, etc.


2-How did/does your baby/child handle disruptions to a daily routine? What is the result? For example, go with the flow, sleep gets messed up, increased crying, no change, etc.


3-If your baby/child has some sort of change from disruptions, about how long does it usually take to get back on track once you get back to your normal routine?


4-Is there a limit to the duration of disruptions your baby/child can handle?


5-What is your current policy on disruptions? Do you limit, do you banish, do you allow all disruptions, or do you have some combo or play-it-by ear approach?


6-Any words of advice for parents facing disruptions?

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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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2 Comments

  1. Lisa Thornleigh
    December 16, 2016 / 4:40 AM

    1-How would you describe your baby/child's general personality? Angel/textbook2-How did/does your baby/child handle disruptions to a daily routine? What is the result? Harder to settle for naps following disruption/ takes longer to wind herself down/ often needs more help to settle e.g. Dummy, hand settlingShe also seems to sleep REALLY long on Thursdays which I think is because she is exhausted from church on a Wednesday night. 3-If your baby/child has some sort of change from disruptions, about how long does it usually take to get back on track once you get back to your normal routine?Within a few hours (by end of next nap/start of next day).4-Is there a limit to the duration of disruptions your baby/child can handle?No – pretty adaptable5-What is your current policy on disruptions? Do you limit, do you banish, do you allow all disruptions, or do you have some combo or play-it-by ear approach?Try to tell people no if she has had a lot of disruptions recently. We pick and choose what we will do so as not to cause too many disruptions e.g. If there was something on in the morning and the evening we would choose to just do one. 6-Any words of advice for parents facing disruptions?Try keep to the timing of their schedule e.g. They sleep and eat when they are meant to sleep and eat – but don't worry too much about how. My bubs will sleep in my arms, being rocked in pram, in sling etc. when we are out somewhere. These are all things I don't do when we are at home.

  2. Valerie Plowman
    January 10, 2017 / 6:29 PM

    Thank you Lisa!

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