LOL: Lessons from Baby Sleep Books
April 24, 2013
by Kate Goodin
There's nothing that generates opinions and advice quite like raising a baby (it starts with strangers asking if you're having twins and it. Never. Stops.) One ambitious mom studied up on all the baby sleep books out there to get some tips, and posted her comprehensive findings on Reddit. The results are hilarious, if not particularly helpful with your unsleeping infant. Ava Neyer writes:
"I went on Amazon and bought all the top books on baby sleep and development. I read through them all, as well as several blogs and sleep websites. I gathered lots of advice.
"You shouldn’t sleep train at all, before a year, before 6 months, or before 4 months, but if you wait too late, your baby will never be able to sleep without you. College-aged children never need to be nursed, rocked, helped to sleep, so don’t worry about any bad habits. Nursing, rocking, singing, swaddling, etc to sleep are all bad habits and should be stopped immediately. White noise will help them fall asleep. White noise, heartbeart sounds, etc, don’t work. Naps should only be taken in the bed, never in a swing, carseat, stroller, or when worn. Letting them sleep in the carseat or swing will damage their skulls. If your baby has trouble falling asleep in the bed, put them in a swing, carseat, stroller, or wear them."
Easy peasy, right??
The real gem of her essay, though, is certainly her closing line: "Sleep when the baby sleeps. Clean when the baby cleans. Don’t worry. Stress causes your baby stress and a stressed baby won't sleep."
You can read her whole post on Reddit, where it didn't take long to go viral.
Did you get conflicting advice on caring for your baby? Share your doozies!