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Positive advice that helped me understand my baby's needs
on 14 August 2016
Overall, I found this book really helpful. I was more flexible with the routine times than the book stipulates, but for me it still helped to establish a happy routine where both my son and I knew what was coming next. It helped me to recognise the signs of when he was tired, and when he really needed to go to bed. I'm afraid as a first time mum with no experience with babies beforehand, I would sometimes allow him to stay up for longer thinking he seemed energised, when actually he was overtired, and really desperately needed to go to sleep. The book helped me to read my baby much more accurately in terms of what he needed at the time. It didn't take long for us to slip into a daily routine that worked for us, and he sleeps very well at night ... so, the book does what it says on the tin!!! People also comment often on what a happy boy he is, and I'm sure it is because we understand each other well, and his needs are being met.
I got lots of other good tips, one simply being to burp your baby each time he comes off the nipple if you are breastfeeding, and offer him the breast again once burped, which helps him to take a longer feed in one sitting. This might sound obvious to some (or all?!) but several midwives in the hospital insisted we didn't need to burp a breastfed baby after I asked them to show me how. This quite quickly led us into problems where my son would want to feed, but when I'd bring him to the breast he would arch away crying... no doubt he had a belly full of gas :( Once he was being properly burped that problem was instantly solved.
Routine books are not for everyone, and every mother is different... you have to do whatever makes you feel supported and connected to your bubba. For us, we came away with overwhelmingly positive results, so I would definitely recommend it.