Our first pediatrician first introduced us to 3 day magic and I firmly believe all new parents need to be told about 3 day magic. 3 day magic can take place in a variety of forms but involves the breaking of habits. It is always hard to believe that it will really only take 3 days and 6 kids into this parenting gig. and I still have trouble believing it. What am I talking about? Here is my current example. Creed is almost 6 months old. Since the day he came home from the hospital, he has slept in a swing…swinging or not swinging. (If you need a new swing; check it out. I love this swing!) I knew it was time to get him to sleep in a bed. So last week, I geared myself up and Wednesday morning, I put him to bed in the pack n’ play. He actually didn’t cry a lot. He’d play and fuss and play and fuss, but he didn’t sleep much. He took a 20 min nap. Then, in the afternoon, he slept 30 min. He slept in there that night pretty well, but was up earlier than usual. The next day he took an hour nap in the morning and 30 min in the afternoon. Second night he still got up earlier. The 3rd day came. He easily took a 2 hour nap in the morning and another one in the afternoon. Once again, 3 days is all it took.
We have found the same thing to be true for other things as well. It has only taken more than 3 days for one of our kids to give up the paci and really, the worst was by far over after 3 days. I always think it is going to be terrible and tramatic but it rarely is.
Now, someone tell me that Creed would be sleeping 8 hours a night in 3 days if I was only willing to give it a shot.
*** My disclaimer: We all know there are exceptions to every rule. 😉