Picking Your Pony

Parents eager to do a good job raising their children often turn to experts for their advice and methodology.

Before Lauren was born, my husband and I received a lot of books.  The ones with bright pictures and simple sentences went on the bookshelf in Lauren's nursery.  The technical books went to our bedside tables, as we tried to soak up expert knowledge before she arrived. 

The books are still on our bedside tables, coffee table, pretty much anywhere we can find them easily for reference. 

There are a lot of books out there about raising children, particularly when it comes to sleep.  Three books rose to the top in terms of recommendations from family, friends and even complete strangers.  Those books are Baby Wise,  Ferber's How to Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems, and Weissbluth's Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child.  We have all three, and I've read portions of all three.  However, it certainly seems like the best approach, if using these books, is to pick your pony and go with it.  That is, pick one method and stay that course.  At our house, we are focusing on using one pretty heavily with a few techniques from another.  I've come to recognize that solutions offered in one book don't jive well with another book's methodology. 

There are two other experts always at play in our house: my husband and me.  I have truly come to understand how a parent knows their child best.  It's very gratifying when you go "off the playbook" and follow your gut to satisfy your baby's needs and find success. 

How has expert advice factored into how you raise your children? 


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