So, as most of you know, I’m currently expecting my second child in January. Because I am a crazy over-planner in some aspects, I have a hard time just letting things “happen,” like how I plan to feed my child. I am definitely a parent that thrives best on some kind of schedule for my babies. I think I would go crazy worrying about the baby all the time if I tried to use “instincts.” I’m not sure I possess those…
At any rate, with my daughter, we practiced the Babywise techniques. I know there are thousands of people who hate this method and say it’s borderline child abuse, but my daughter was never abused and never malnourished. Today, she is a happy and independent child. With her, I feel like maybe I was a little too rigid in some aspects, so for this second baby, I’m trying to find similar schedules that maybe are not quite so rigid. So, these are the parenting books I’m reading, or want to read, this time around:
Every Child Should Have a Chance (given to me by a friend when she heard I liked baby schedules)
On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep: to refresh myself
Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems: This one is kind of a hybrid cry-it-out/not, so I’m interested in this one, but our bookstore didn’t have it, so I have to wait until it comes in the mail.
Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby: I really don’t know much about this book. It was the only one my bookstore carried that was along the lines of scheduling.
I guess I am only a type A parent when it comes to newborns. By the time my children are six, I just kind of let them do whatever. 🙂