Today - Sleep. In honor of my personal quest to bring sleep back to my life.
Everything I know about sleep I learned from the book Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, by Marc Weissbluth. Just look at the peaceful little baby sleeping on the cover! Isn't that proof of how well it works? Just kidding, it does take a serious commitment, but I'm not talking about sleep training today. I'm talking about recognizing every human being's need for proper rest.
On average, up until 12 years old, your child needs at least 10 and up to 12 hours of sleep at night. That's a lot of sleep! Until age 4-5, they need a nap during the day too.
I became, how shall we say it? Completely obsessed with sleep after Oldest's first year. Where I either wore her in a sling or held her all night long for the first 6 months. Then the next 4 months she would "sleep" in her own crib, but I use "sleep" loosely because she would only sleep one cycle, then need yours truly to get her precious little self back to sleep. Because she had no idea how to do it herself. I thought that was just the plight of a mother - you had to attend to your child's needs, no matter how much it was affecting your mental and physical health.