It started as breastfeeding advice that I heard in a La Leche League meeting. “Don’t watch the clock; watch the baby.” Great advice for nursing to make sure you establish a good milk supply and meet your baby’s ever-changing needs rather than putting your child on a rigid schedule. It also seems to work well beyond nursing — sleep, solids, potty-training, weaning, new experiences. As a classic Type A personality, I like to be in control. I like to PLAN. I like to read the latest research to support my choices. That’s all great, but it all has to come down to what *my child* is ready for. Are bedtimes or naptimes becoming challenging? Perhaps her sleep needs have changed and it’s time to reevaluate our routine. How do I know she’s ready for solids? Is she showing signs of potty readiness? Should I put her in a playschool program or keep her at home with me? No book can have all the right answers for every child. As parents, we have to watch our babies, know our babies, and read the signs from our babies (however old those babies) to know what they need.
Watch the baby.
That’s the advice that has WORKED FOR ME. I hope it works for you, too.
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