by the book - Color Me Meg

by the book

the more i read this book, the more confident i become about life with a baby.

and i will say, it has been close to what i imagined it would be.

it cracks me up when people in my ward or that i meet out will say,
“how’s he sleeping?” and i say “great! he gets up once a night!”
they always say, “you are so lucky…”
or “don’t get too used to it!”

well, if only it was just luck.
no people, we have worked at it.
each week he gets better,
and 3 nights ago, on his 7-week birthday, he slept 9 hours.
we are officially through-the-night.
{i know it will not be perfect from here on out,
but in a week or so, he should be good to go for good.}


we average between 7-9 hours most nights which is just fantastic.

the other quasi-funny thing to me,
and i may soapbox here for a minute…

is the argument that babywise is damaging to babies.
there is nothing damaging about having a plan, being confident, and having structure.
babies love that!

you can find many extremely negative reviews out there about how babies fail to thrive on babywise cause they shouldn’t be sleeping that long.
woops- wrong again… most gain MORE on babywise.
true story.
the goal is full feedings.
when they eat enough, they sleep enough.
and babywise babies tend to grow at a faster rate because of it…

some think that babywise means that you are on a strict schedule
and therefore ignore babies when they are really hungry. 
but it does put parents in charge.
{your 3-year old would probably eat crap all day if you let her,
but no one hassles you for monitoring her diet.}
so why are newborns any different? clue: they aren’t. 

 having a schedule, albeit, a flexible one,
makes it easy to tell the difference between cries and know what he really needs.
and that is even better for me than the sleep benefits.
knowing what to expect means i have never had the panic moments of
“why is my child crying, i have no idea what to do!”

anyway- i know it isn’t for everyone,

but i think the smackdown is a little OOC,
having a plan, being organized,
and getting to know my child’s needs so things are peaceful…
i consider that my parenting style.
…it also happens to be babywise.
{this message brought to you by babywise,
and the letter T.}


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About Meg

I am Meg, a photographer and designer and a wish-i-owned-a-house-er. My husband and I are self-declared foodies and LOVE projects. We blog about food and DIY adventures from sunny San Diego with our two cutie kids and have an apparel line at to keep us busy. Email me at [email protected] to work with me!

8 comments on by the book

  1. Page Traveler
    April 21, 2011 at 8:03 pm (7 years ago)

    lol, why the letter T? And no number?<br /><br />Love you, you&#39;re doing a great job!<br /><br />-Darci

  2. Steve and Erin Larsen
    April 21, 2011 at 8:07 pm (7 years ago)

    Amen sister! I hate it when people say that &quot;I&#39;m so lucky!&quot; It takes a lot of work to get them on a schedule! I didn&#39;t start baby wise with Parker until he was 7 months. And he is the best sleeper ever! Good job!

  3. The Wizzle
    April 21, 2011 at 8:26 pm (7 years ago)

    Well, I do think that Babywise gets an undeservedly bad rap, but there are a couple of bad pieces of breastfeeding advice in it so I do take issue with it there. 🙂 That&#39;s my job.<br /><br />But I&#39;m a big fan of routines, naptimes, bedtimes, etc in my personal life with kids and I think if you start setting them up early on you have less to &quot;deal with&quot; later.<br /><br />I&#39;m

  4. cammac
    April 21, 2011 at 9:32 pm (7 years ago)

    Ya! Sleep is so fab! My philosophy: do what works! If it works, do it! I believe Happy Moms and babies = happy moms and babies. <br /><br />McKenna has always been my GREAT night sleeper but terrible napper &amp; Chantelle: GREAT-LONG- napper- terrible night sleeper but now they&#39;ve switched. At least now, I can still sleep all night cuz McKenna just reads when she can&#39;t sleep at

  5. LAENA
    April 21, 2011 at 10:00 pm (7 years ago)

    I don&#39;t have a baby, but I have always been a little baby hungry, so I (ridiculously) have already done some research… and I have always thought that the whole routine thing makes the most sense. It sure sounds like it&#39;s working for you. That is great! Keep up the good work! Sounds like you&#39;re a great mama.

  6. stevecramer
    April 21, 2011 at 11:28 pm (7 years ago)


  7. AngelaMuir
    April 25, 2011 at 4:44 pm (7 years ago)

    agreed. 100 percent. 🙂

  8. Missy
    April 26, 2011 at 6:41 pm (7 years ago)

    BIG fan of Baby Wise! My sweet baby was sleeping through the night at 5 weeks!!!! Love that book 🙂