Are You A Baby Book Bookworm?

by Sarah on May 1, 2013

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I have a love hate relationship with baby books. I didn’t really read any baby related material before Dylan’s birth, save the Babycentre updates that arrived in my inbox each week with news of fetal development. Fast forward six months into motherhood and my son’s inability to self sooth led to to buy and read an insane amount of books which only led to one thing – total confusion…

I became so wound up by which technique I should be using I started to ignore my intuition – and I stopped listening to my little boy’s signals. Eventually after going round in circles I turned to my Mum and asked what she thought of it all; her reply “when you were tired you slept – and you slept anywhere, when you were hungry you ate…and ate most things and you were always happy to be out and about”. Very true.

From that moment I eased up on myself and Dylan. OK we had another three months of crappy nights and turned to controlled crying out of sheer desperation…but Dyls does now tend to sleep when he’s tired (no-one’s perfect eh?), he eats better than most adults and boy, my boy loves to socialise – he is one happy chappy. So here’s my message to any of you fellow bookworms out there – take what fits from the ‘how to’ books and then have the confidence to execute them in a way that suits your family. Or don’t even. Just do what fits with you. At the end of the day it’s that nagging feeling in the pit of your guts that will tell you what to do – you just need to be open to acknowledging it and responding to it.

So, I’m curious…which books did you read, if any at all? And did you find they helped?

Love Sarah xxx

FYI  I highly recommend What Mothers Do by Naomi Stadlen…it’s an empowering read.

 

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