work in progress…I’ll finish it between toddler naps, dinner, my other jobs, laundry, etc.
One of my clients recently told me (2 weeks postpartum) that she and her hubby felt they had been hit by a tornado. How can you prepare for the whirlwind who is your baby? Each baby is so different; with such unique quirks and needs. Families quickly develop rituals for living with a newborn (running the vacuum to coax her to sleep, finding that magic burp position). And, of course, everyone wants to suggest their rituals–which may not work for your family. Keep that in mind as I share my rituals.
The most important thing to remember: your baby is your instruction manual and you–the parents–are the ones who know how to read that manual. Listen closely, learn to read the cues, and follow your instincts. Don’t read books that prescribe a one-size-fits-all plan or schedule. These promises for a baby who eats and sleeps according to your schedule will undermine your instincts. Your baby is smarter than these books and knows what she needs. And you know your baby best.