Newborn

If You Do Something Once With Your Newborn

If you do something once with your newborn, prepare to do it for a year. It’s always so hard to try to figure out what works and what doesn’t work when your baby isn’t content. Parents with infants will agree that they will do almost anything to get their newborn baby to sleep and to stop crying.

Seriously; ANYTHING.

A ride in the car, bouncing up and down on an exercise ball, a vibrating chair, the swing, extra loud white noise; the list is endless and sometimes outrageous.

One of the problems is that parents want immediate results; they want a quiet, cooing, sleepy or asleep child before they can move on with their lives, before they can take a breath, brush their teeth, or sleep themselves.

So they of course feed and change diapers and if they are not then met with the milk drunk-like sleepy baby they start with their options. try the ball, nope, not it,

Move to the seat on the washing machine (OK so I’m dating myself, chairs now are battery operated and vibrate, however 24 years ago that wasn’t the case)they swaddle, un-swaddle, crib, rock and play, up, down, whatever it takes.

Finally the baby falls asleep on their chest.

So nobody move!

Mom will lie quietly staring at the still screen on the tv that appears after pausing the on-demand show for too long. The remote is too far away.

No shower, the breakfast dishes that are piled on top of dinner dishes will wait, text with left hand since that’s where the phone is, phone may die, cant plug it in, too far away, trapped.

But! Success! The baby slept. From now on the day is centered around the naps that the baby takes on a person. Overnight newborn sleep will be in the chair, in the living room or the babys nursery.

Two reasonable educated successful adults will agree with the new plan.

Their lives take on a new focus. How to factor in that one of the parents will have to be still so the baby can sleep on them. That’s a habit that will remain until the child decides that a nice soft comfy mattress is better than a lumpy human. For about a year.

Don’t cough, have too much water or have any other children in the mix.I get it, we all do, but, maybe give a more reasonable option a minute before moving on to the next. Amazing how much you still can’t get done without a baby on your chest.

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