I’ve collected a vast quantity of beakers over a year as I tried to encourage Squeak to drink water, then cow’s milk. They served mainly as elaborate items to be thrown at the cat.
I searched high and low for the perfect beaker, read endless reviews, listened as another health visitor told me how he ‘should’ be drinking less breastmilk. I decided to be proactive. I made no difference at all.
I can confirm my endless cajoling had no effect on Squeak whatsoever, except to cause bemusement and vague irritation. Then out of nowhere he suddenly became very interested in my cups and glasses and bottles, and that was that. He was officially drinking lots of water every day.
I’m adding this to things I wish I’d known. Of course! Like walking and talking his diet, which has been baby led since he was born, changes alongside his development.
Which brings me onto my favourite subject. Baby sleep. Just the other day I explained to a friend that seeing as my little family (and neighbours) get an excellent night’s sleep due to our cosleeping, we might as well plod on as we are and revisit our sleep arrangements when Squeak is old enough. What do you mean ‘old enough’ she asked. Old enough to understand about bedtimes and how he is always safe and we’ll talk through this with him until he’s happy to stay in his bed of his own free will.
It makes me sad that other people find this so strange. Why, if a child struggles to sleep alone, why oh why is it frowned upon when tired parents opt to cuddle their baby instead?