No more blogging until this cold kicks the curb. Bah humbug.
Well, it seems like every other night Boogie has a good night… and then a bad one. Last night wasn’t too bad actually. She went down a little early because she hasn’t been napping well (thanks to our wonderful LOUD neighbors), so she was asleep by 7… woke up twice between then and 10 but J got her back to sleep fairly quickly both times. Then she didn’t wake up until 1:45! And then she woke up at 3:30 and we didn’t get her back to sleep until almost 4:15. J finally got her back to sleep for me and she slept til almost 6. I was too tired to fight with her so we just went and laid on the couch and slept til 8. Overall a good night… especially compared to the night before when she was up every few hours!
Like I mentioned in a previous post, tomorrow is Boogie’s 10 month birthday! I still haven’t completely decided what I want to do for her 10 month photos… obviously some will have something to do with Halloween, but other than that I’m not sure what we’re doing! Anyways… just wanted to update a little on Boogie’s sleep training. 🙂
Last week was International Baby Wearing week… and I was planning on doing another post about baby wearing but I forgot! Oops! Anyways, this is copied from a great thread on the Baby Wearing Board on Babycenter.com, you can see the thread here.
Why Babies NEED to be worn:
- Wearing/holding increases oxytocin, the bonding hormone, and can help new mothers reduce depression and increase milk supply.
- Wearing/holding helps newborns regulate their body temperature, breathing, and heart rate.
- Wearing/holding means baby’s needs will be met sooner, reducing the stress on both mother and baby feel from crying.
- Wearing/holding baby tummy-to-tummy position helps the baby develop muscles, head/neck control, and visual accuity. “Tummy Time” is really only necessary for babies who spend a majority of time in fixed positions, such as in a crib, car seat, swing, etc.
- Wearing/holding baby in an upright, tummy-to-tummy position reduces gas pain and reflux.
- Wearing/holding baby helps baby’s cognitive development and emotional security. By being able to see mom’s world, watch her reactions, and watch her work, baby spends most of the day learning. Also, studies show baby hears much larger amount of language when worn than a baby would hear otherwise. (Essentially, you talk to a baby you can see)
- Strangers in public are far less likely to touch baby, reducing spread of unfamiliar germs.
- Mom can go places without carrying bulky or heavy equipment. (How soon post-partum would YOU want to carry a 15 pound car seat?)
- Mom can get things done at home being hands-free. You can even hands-free feed!
- Baby cries less reducing mom’s stress.
- Wearing can help reduce depression and increase milk supply.
- Promotes bonding and attachment.