Welcome to the quarterly Babwise-Friendly Blog Network Week! The schedule for this week is as follows:
Today’s post by Emily is about prioritizing baby’s needs the first year of life. I can completely identify to wishing that babies were born as toddlers at times. The whole guessing and troubleshooting and reading cries and looking for cues was exhausting to me. However, putting the hard work in during that first year, I believe, primes them for life.
Emily gives some great examples about what this looks like for her family and the extra work required every time a new baby is brought in to the family. It is true that the family should not revolve around the children permanently, in my opinion, but there are times…a lot of times…that first year of life that the baby’s needs need to be prioritized. She makes a wonderful point about how all of that hard work, especially with the first child, makes it easier for the whole family to prioritize the next baby’s schedule.
Doing so makes things easier for the whole family after the second year of baby’s life. It gives the priceless gift of sleep to that child (potentially for life!) and it solidifies a routine as well as emphasizes the importance of a good sleep schedule. Even now at 3-5 years of age, we bow out of many activities during nap time…even though my kids don’t nap every single day of the week any more. That time dedicated for resting and sleep has served our family extremely well and prevented more overtiredness and illness than I can imagine. It also actually increases flexibility to your schedule by having well-rested children for those special events and excursions.
Check out Emily’s post in it’s entirety at The Journey of Parenthood!