I asked, and you guys answered! It was great to hear from so many parents with different philosophies, perspectives and experiences. Parents with babies, parents with toddlers, parents with big kids - each stage brings its own challenges and rewards. And it looks like a lot of us, while not in exactly the same boat, have experienced a ride on the sea of sleeplessness.
Sleep is exhausting. Or, rather, teaching kids (specifically, my kids, though I have a sense I'm not alone in this boat) to sleep is exhausting.
I'll preface this by saying: I've read the books. I've read the books, the web sites by sleep experts, the blogs by other moms, the Babycenter boards and every other resource out there. We've tried routines, sleep cues, special sleepwear, and every trick we've encountered. If there's a suggestion, we've tried it. Our kids haven't met a magic sleep trick that one or both of them hasn't been able to best.
Sometimes, it feels like we're under siege. (Is that dramatic? Sleep deprivation is a recognized method of torture.).
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