No, I’m not talking about the old dating chestnut, but a technique I use to introduce my baby to new patterns or things. I have my ever wonderful sister and brother-in-law to thank for this pearl of advice, given to me early in my parenting ‘career’ and it is something I have found very useful ever since.
It sounds a little stringent, but basically in our experience it generally takes 3 days/nights for a baby to get used to new routines or things. For example, when you move baby from your room to their own, or when you take away the dummy (oh, thats a whole other post in it’s own right!) or when you introduce a new food you need to persevere for a period of three days before it will generally be accepted by your little one.
Now you may be lucky, and have success with your changes immediately, but generally, as we know, little ones do not take well to the unfamiliar or the different, they like repetition and to know what is coming so with anything new you are introducing you need to give it time to become familiar.
This means that you are going to have to battle through the tears and/or the sleepless nights for three long days and nights, until the little one understands or at least accepts the new routine. Always try your utmost to persevere with kindness, patience and good grace; remember it is as difficult for your little one as it is for you.
But at the end of the 3 days I find that my baby is, if not happy, is resigned to continue to continue as if the new routine has in fact, always been this way.
Perseverance is key!
Don’t forget to enjoy your day.
© 2012 Simone L Woods