Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Not Rocket Science

Understanding babies isn't rocket science. If it was, human beings never would have survived as a species. As a new parent, you may be thinking, if it isn't hard to figure out what my baby needs, why do I feel so lost? Maybe your baby seems to be fine one minute and screaming the next. Maybe you are wondering how much longer your baby will keep waking up at night. Maybe you wish you knew the secrets that other parents seem to know, especially those parents with the "good" babies who seem so happy all the time. Maybe you've already read magazines and books and bought toys, bags, chairs, slings, videos, and anything else that promises to keep your baby happy. Yet, sometimes your baby is not happy; sometimes the crying and the sleepless nights seem endless.

Parenting is a tough job and sadly, much of the wisdom and support that struggling parents used to get from their own familes has been lost. Expectations for how babies should behave have been distorted by idealized media versions of "perfect" babies and their well-coifed, well-dressed mothers who get rid of their "baby weight" in the first week after their babies are born.

It's time to use a little common sense and readjust our thinking. We can learn a lot from babies and the wonderful research that has been done about them over the last 30 years. In this blog, you'll hear from moms who have been in the trenches (and in the classroom), who understand what you are going through and what your baby is trying to tell you. We look forward to sharing our knowledge and experience with you and we hope that you'll share your ideas and questions with us.


  1. I'm really hoping she at least sleeps for two hrs at a time..

  2. thankful my little man wakes me up only once at night :)

  3. My little man is 18 weeks and he is only waking up once in the night!

  4. My little one sleeps during the night she wakes up just once.