Jodie Sweetin's Advice for Baby's Sleep
When I was pregnant and then when Zoie was a little baby, everyone always told us that we had to get her on a schedule. I got tons of books on schedules at my baby shower, and then even more from people after she was born. Everyone really tries to push the schedule thing onto new parents.
But for some reason, putting my baby on a schedule didn't really feel right to me. I wanted to let Zoie lead the way. I didn't want to hear her cry and then wait to feed her 'cause it hadn't been three hours since she last ate. And I certainly didn't want to wake her up from her naps because "baby's sleep time" was over and it was time for play! It's just not me.
Instead I tried to read Zoie and let her do her thing, and after a little bit, she determined her own schedule. It's sort of loose (she doesn't eat at the exact time every, single day ... but within 45 minutes of the same time) and I like it that way.
I know that for a lot of people this is a big NO-NO, but hey, it's 10:00 AM right now and she's still asleep! If I was doing the whole "I make the schedule" thing, I'd probably have to wake her up by now. But she's happy and she's sleeping so why would I?
I say let the decision be yours and not someone else's. If someone tells you that your baby has to be on a schedule and that doesn't feel right to you, go with your gut. It worked for us, and Zoie is a great baby!
Besides being mom to Zoie, you might also know Jodie as Stephanie Tanner on Full House.
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