As a new Mom, doesn't that seem to always be the question? The amount of time we spend talking and stressing about sleeping it's no wonder we (for the most part) don't get any! A new study came out today stating that letting your baby cry it out won't damage them for life (or that was the jist) but as a new Mom, do you really want to take that chance? And will that study take a new Mom who might be debating sleep training and push her over the edge to do it? Personally, I think it's such an individualized choice and a decision you need to make with your partner and that there is no study that would push me to do it. Am I crazy? Maybe. Did my child wake up in the middle of the night until she was THIRTEEN months old? Yes. Would I sleep train if I had to do it all over again? Nope. I just didn't think it was the right choice for me or, more importantly, for Kennedy. I thought (and still do think) that she was waking up because she needed me and I was alright with that. I was never a good sleeper, I'm still not, so, it made sense to me that Kennedy wouldn't be. I crawled in to bed with my parents until I was in middle school because I would wake up in the middle of the night scared to be alone. Would I want to leave my child in her crib "crying it out" if god forbid, she woke up terrified? Of course not and how do I know that being scared isn't exactly what's waking her up? On the other hand, I'm extremely lucky that I can be flexible and that there were days that I could be a zombie. I wasn't in an office trying to prove myself as a worker and hide my status as a new Mom. If I was, I probably would have felt differently and maybe I would have sleep trained. I think it's up to you and what's right for you, your spouse, your child and your family. Whatever you choose to do, I have no doubt that you will look back on those days and laugh at how much stress it caused you and you'll miss those nights where you snuggled that sweet baby back to sleep but for now, I know it's easier said than done :)
I am sorry to have been MIA but we just got back from a two week vacation in Europe with Kennedy and it was amazing! We traveled to Berlin, Vienna, Salzburg, Obertraun and Prague and loved each place just as much as the next! If you have the opportunity to take a trip with your little one, I would definitely recommend it. We did learn some things a long the way so I thought I would share my top ten travel tips on traveling with a little one under two.
I’ve never met a vacation I didn’t love and this one was certainly no exception. Kennedy may be our biggest adventure yet but I also hope that she loves to be an adventurer and the first step for that is to take her on one! So, Mamas and Papas, don’t stress about the little things (like the 8 hour plane ride), hopefully someone will let you have the whole row and it will all be smooth sailing from there (or atleast smooth enough for you to navigate!)
Concetta Aires is mother to two baby girls, Kennedy Rose and Cecilia Grace. She lives on Capitol Hill and spends her days trying to keep her children alive while keeping her sanity.