By Lisa McCourt

Sprinkled with anecdotes from mom and dad and suggestion from specialists, encouraging mums and dads to select and select what works for them and their infants.

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He'll love it! Read on for all the reasons you'll love it too. < previous page page_18 next page > < previous page page_19 next page > Page 19 14 Strap Baby On! Babies who are worn in slings are happy babies. This falls under the category of listening to your baby and believing in her wisdom. Your baby does not want to be left alone in a crib or carrier while you go about your day. Baby's cries are to alert you to this message. Yet carrying baby in your arms for much of the time would likely leave you exhausted and unproductive.

Let Baby Decide Some newborns crave the contained feeling they get from being tightly wrapped in a soft blanket. It helps them keep their limbs from flailing and also from the Moro reflex. For many, a nice tight swaddle is like an extra layer of hug. The feeling of pressure all around baby's body reminds him of the feeling of being in the wombthe more the pressure surrounds him, the more intense the association and therefore the comfort. < previous page page_27 next page > < previous page page_28 next page > Page 28 When baby lies unwrapped in a crib or bassinet, however, the pressure comes only from underneath him, which is not nearly as familiar or comforting.

When the parents themselves are ready to go to bed, they pick up their sleeping children and take them to bed with them. Sleep problems are almost nonexistent in Japanese children. Not having to overcome painful separation from their parents, these babies don't suck their thumbs to self-soothe; they don't become attached to transitional objects like teddy bears or blankets; they don't make their parents get up repeatedly throughout the night. Of course, schedules are only bad when they're imposed on a baby.

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