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Here is some info on my current plans as far as the blog is concerned right now. I do have posts written for the month of April and most of May. I will move and rearrange as I add new posts so I can have pertinent information of what things we are dealing with. I am sure many people are interested to see how the newborn process goes (as am I!). I have already learned a lot that I am excited to share. It is amazing how much smarter you get with each child :). So posts will continue on at a regular pace.

Comments will be a different story. Since I have a baby that is only a few days old, my response time to comments will be quite long. I will answer questions as quickly as I can, but it will take some time as I attend to my family, sleep, and heal :). I hope you will all be patient and understanding.

90% of the answers I give on this blog are simply references to posts I have written, so you can more than likely find the answer to your question in this blog already. If you do ask a question and then later find the answer, it would be helpful if you posted a comment on the same post as your original question to let me know you no longer need help so I can move on to answer a question for someone else.

Feel free to answer questions of others if you have any advice to offer. It is one happy community!

I will answer questions in the order they come as I get time. Thanks so much for your patience at this time!


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. Janelle
    April 1, 2009 / 9:28 PM

    I think it’s awesome that you are so prepared to have posts written a month in advance! Thank you so much for all that you do to help new moms figure things out. I am interested in how you implement babywise right from the beginning. (I didn’t know about babywise until my little one was a couple months old). Again, thank you for all that you do and I wish you a speedy recovery and will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  2. Dvorak Family
    April 2, 2009 / 4:10 PM

    I am so anxious to see your posts on newborns. I am struggling to get my 3 week old to sleep in the bassinet. It takes me a good hour to an hour and a half to get him to fall asleep and even then he will only sleep 45 minutes to an hour. He doesn’t want to nap during the day either. I don’t have time to take an hour to get him down either as I have a 16 month old. Any tips for moms to a newborn are much appreciated!

  3. ndw
    April 2, 2009 / 5:18 PM

    just wanted to say thank you, thank you, thank you. Take care of yourself and precious new baby girl

  4. Paige
    April 2, 2009 / 10:57 PM

    Thanks. I wrote a question earlier this week, but Praise the Lord, it looks like my daughter just moved naturally to solve the problem. I don’t remember the page that I originally posted, because I am new to the “blogging” world. I hope that you can find my original post. So, YEAH, there’s no need to answer my question. Congrats on the new little one!

  5. Plowmanators
    April 17, 2009 / 8:55 PM

    Thanks so much Janelle! It is a little different to start BW from day one. I started with Brayden at about 9 weeks. With Kaitlyn and McKenna, from birth. There are several differences; one is that life is easier from the start, but you also have a lot to worry about as far as feeling the pressure to have a good schedule and all. But you also have the benefit of not having to retrain!

  6. Plowmanators
    April 17, 2009 / 8:58 PM

    Dvorak, something to consider with the bassinet is that it might not be comfortable. The Baby Whisperer (Hogg) says that the bassinet is very uncomfortable since the matress is very thin on top of a board. Be sure to see the blog label “newborns” and also “naps” and “sleep problems”

  7. Plowmanators
    April 17, 2009 / 8:59 PM

    Thank you NDW! And you are welcome.

  8. Plowmanators
    April 17, 2009 / 9:00 PM

    Thanks Paige! I probably answered it, but thanks for trying to let me know 🙂

  9. zoha
    July 25, 2009 / 5:27 PM

    Thanks for working so hard to answer questions. I have a 3 month old son and have been doing Babywise since birth. However, he still isn't sleeping through the night. he can only sleep for about an 6 hour stretch the most. We tried dropping the feeding for night but after 2 weeks, he stopped crying but sucked his fingers until morning and did not really sleep. The next day he would sleep all day to make up for it. I decided he is hungry and went back to feeding him. His schedule is 6-6:30 wake time9, 12, 3, 6, 8-8:30 and then 2:00. He is usually up for about and hour and half and then down for about an hour, sometimes hour and half. Most times it is closer to the hour ( 45 minutes). When he wakes during the day, he usually eats only from one breast for about 5 , maybe 10 minutes the most and when offered the second breast refuses and starts to cry. So I just let him go…through is I tried giving him breast milk in a bottle he will take a little bit more. I don't know what to do about that and I feel that may be why he isn't taking the extra long naps and may be the reason why he wakes up in the middle of the night for that extra feeding. I could be wrong because he does seem to manage to wait until the 2 and half hour-3 hour feeding time. I have been flexible about the feeding time (2 1/2 to 3) and that does sometimes throw off the schedule and not really sure how to get back on the right time…so not sure if I am causing myself more problems.. Any ideas?

  10. Plowmanators
    August 10, 2009 / 7:15 PM

    zoha,You are welcome! Have you tried doing a dreamfeed at 10:30 PM or so? He might make it longer in the night with the dreamfeed. During the day, 1.5 hours is pretty long for a waketime for that age. Have you tried something closer to one hour? That might help naps be longer.

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