When Finn was a few months old we had some real trouble getting him to take a nap longer than 45 minutes. A friend recommended I read the book Secrets of the Baby Whisperer, by Tracy Hogg. I am not one for parenting out of books, but after reading this and two weeks of using her tips I had a little boy who would take 2 hour naps and put himself to bed without crying or needing to nurse. It was a very long two weeks, but totally worth it in the long run.
Now I have a newborn and I’m rereading and using the same tips much earlier on in the game. I’ve noticed a huge difference already. Do I expect Seannan to magically start sleeping through the night? No, of course not, but I do have a little guy who can put himself to sleep already without crying or needing to be nursed to sleep. When he does get up at night, we change diapers, nurse, and go right back to sleep.
Tracy Hogg passed away after a battle with cancer several years ago, but she’s made a difference in many parents lives, including mine. Thanks Tracy!