Reader Week 2014

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It is reader week again! This is a fun week where you readers help contribute to improve posts that parents look to as resources regularly here. Akin to the idea of “many hands make light work,” I think many minds make great ideas. I love turning to you readers to see what you all love and getting new, fresh ideas. Here is the schedule for the week:


The Readers Sample Schedules posts are some of the most popular and most-visited posts on this blog. I know you love them! So be sure to drop by Tuesday and add your most recent (or any!) schedules. I will have a post up linking you to all of the reader sample schedule posts so you can easily get to your pertinent post. 


Poll results can be very helpful to people. It helps someone come see what is “normal” and also see that even though there is a range of “normal” there are also people who fall in a range outside of normal. If you haven’t voted on the current poll, click here to do so: 

Poll Discussion Post: Adding Baby to Family and Sibling Dynamics


I will put a post up Thursday that will take you to the various posts where you can share your blog. I have a post for various categories, everything from business blogs to “just-for-fun” blogs. This is fun because it helps keep the Babywise community close and helps you be aware of blogs written by like-minded parents. 


I will put up a post Friday to posts where you can comment and share your favorite things. These will include baby products, toys, books, etc.


Giveaways are fun because it gives you readers a chance to win something for free! Be sure to drop by Saturday for your chance to enter to win a canvas! 

Thanks to all of you for your kind words and thank yous as I write this blog. I really do enjoy it and sincerely enjoy helping you. So long as you keep reading, I will keep on writing. Have a great week!


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, 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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  1. Amanda Chapman
    July 21, 2014 / 7:25 PM

    I'm not sure if this is ok to ask a question using the comment section.I just started following your blog a few weeks ago. Our second son is 7 weeks old and I've found the blog to be incredibly helpful.I do have a question though. I'm watching our son's cues for finding his optimal waketimes. Sometimes it's very short – 30 or 45 minutes and he's yawning. We swaddle him and put him in his crib. He's not crying for long as we've been implementing CIO for a couple weeks. We have a video monitor and my question is that he'll fuss or cry for maybe 5 minutes and then he'll be content with his eyes open for 20 plus minutes. Is this normal? Does this mean that he should have longer waketimes?

    • Valerie Plowman
      July 28, 2014 / 7:58 PM

      That isn't abnormal. The baby whisperer says 20-30 minutes is a normal length of time to fall asleep. I might try different waketime lengths, though. I would go for five minutes earlier and see of that changes things.

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