Monday, May 01, 2006

We've Called in Reinforcements

I’m reading Weissbluth. We’re getting a copy of Ferber.

We’re establishing a Bedtime Routine, which we didn’t have before. The current plan is to achieve a solid sleep schedule, then transition Lumpyhead to his crib.

My take on Weissbluth thus far? Bleh. “Sleep is important to your baby.” No shit.

Actually, he’s kind of pissing me off. I mean, we’re trying really hard to get the baby to sleep. If we “fail,” Lumpyhead’s doomed to be a moron. I don’t need the added pressure, honestly. Plus, now I’m worried we’re doing it “wrong,” which is a ridiculous worry. I realize the choices we make for Lumpyhead are the right ones. Some doctor who wrote a book may know what studies show, but Bump and I know what’s best for our child.

I shouldn't be so negative, because the book is interesting, and some of the points are helpful. But I was definitely stressed out this evening when Lumpyhead's nap kept getting interrupted by the telephone. (Oh my god, he's not getting enough REM and now he's doomed to be a moron.)

We bought Weissbluth because Ferber's book is being revised and won't be in stores until mid-May. I wanted to start reading something - anything, I guess, because this book has a foreword by Cindy Crawford. Cindy effing Crawford. We're now looking to former swimsuit models for book reviews? Really? Is this becoming a thing? I must make sure Lumpyhead gets more sleep, because if he doesn't, he'll be asking swimsuit models for book recommendations someday.


nonlineargirl said...

I am sure you know this, but there is no "right" way. There is only what works for you and your baby. The bedtime routine is a great idea. My gal loves hers (bath-books-boob).

(and I wouldn't worry that lack of sleep will doom your child. It just makes them more cranky, which is something I like to avoid just on its own, um, merits.)

Mom at Work said...

As long as Lumpyhead resists the urge to ask supermodels for restaurant recommendations, I think he'll be fine.

Jess Riley said...

Oh, the things I have to look forward to in a few years when J and I finally take the parenting plunge. :)

Dutch said...

I seriously hope I never run into Weissbluth. What an asshole.

It works though.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

Weissbluth is a sleep nazi. He frightens me.

No need to read the Ferber. It goes like this:
Night One: Let him cry for 10 minutes.
Night two: Let him cry for 11 minutes.
Night three: Let him cry for 12 minutes.

And so on.

Odd Mix said...

Personally, I preffer attachment parenting, but that doesn't work for everyone. I guess the thing to remember is really what nonlineargirl said about "no right way".

Just stay away from Gary Ezzo, pleeease!