I think I led a few of my readers astray with my last post by using the term “sleep training” a little loosely. What we were doing last week was a combination of “The No-Cry Sleep Solution,” by Elizabeth Pantley and just generally soothing our son more to sleep. We are super not about the CIO method, so please don’t think that I was encouraging that for my friends with babies. I know it works for some families, but it’s definitely not the only solution out there.
Anyway, more what I think happened was that we just waited out the whole “sleep regression” bit and now we are back to getting bigger chunks! By bigger, I mean 3 hours sometimes! Huzzah!
Now onto more important things. Like, of course, books! We are not reading so many adult books at the moment (save for parenting books, which aren’t the most exciting). But some children’s books will always be sort of ageless (and timeless) in my mind, so we try to read those as often as we can. I’m thinking Milne (is this becoming a Milne blog now? I’m not sure) and Tolkien, for example.
I keep reading that babies rely so much on sound that it’s great to read them things that have a rhyme scheme to them. And, since we are all Alexander Pope fans around here, we can all get behind “sound being an echo of the sense,” and all of that. So lately we are going with poems that have more of a sound quality to them (which have always been my favorites anyway). Here’s a poem that we play a lot of in the car lately: